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Next Meeting of the F.P. Association

The next meeting of The Gordon Schools’ Former Pupils’ Association will be held at the offices of Rizza’s factory in Steven Road, Huntly, on Monday, January 7th, 2019, at 7 p.m. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up.

 

Two Former Pupils Retire

Last orders were taken last week after nearly fifty years at the bar.

The Huntly Express, 21/04/17 

 

Congratulations to Rizza’s of Huntly

Congratulations to owners of Rizza’s of Huntly, Philip and Nora Morrison, on being awarded ‘The Herald’ Rural Family Business of the year. They are pictured with family members Fiona and Donald. Nora Morrison is President of the Former Pupils’ Association. Press cuttings:

Rizza’s 1 Rizza’s 2

Huntly Express

 

Guest Book Signed

For more details please click on Guest Book above.
 

Wilma Dean-Prasad - "Living in Dallas Texas now"

John A.M. Bisset - ”Attended school 9/1939 for a year ... Remember my friend John Law.”

Alan Gordon - ”I attended the Gordon Schools between 1982 and 1986. I was in Gordon House.”

Sharon Gray (nee Taylor) - ”I attended Gordon Secondary School from 1985 ...”

Darren Millar - ”Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”

Joyce McGroarty (nee Finlay) - ”Great to find Lorna Chisholm ...”

Steven Arthur (Bushy) - ”sorry I missed the school reunion ...”

Heather Small (Anton) - ”Happy memories!!”

Glynis Lorina Eastmond - ”Was at the school from 1956 to 1960. ...”

Carol McCartie - ”I was a pupil 1974 - 1979.”

Charles MacPherson - He asks:”Anne McCauley Aren’t you Charlie Smith’s sister?”

George Riddoch - better known as Ridgy - attended The Gordon Schools from 1939 to 1951.

Brian Sandison: ”I remember about half the faces in Stanley’s photo of 1A boys 1959/60 ...”

J. Brown, 2004 to 2009, presently at Abertay University.

Philip Roger, 1968 to 69, Fairhall Farm, ”looking to get in touch with the Paterson family who lived at the end of our driveway”.

Maureen Newlands, nee Richards, 1962 to 1966.

This entry in the Guest Book is from Charlie McPherson: ”Nice to see some of the old class mates in the photos!”

David Smart signed the Guest Book (09/07/15). He is hoping that someone may have photographs of 1a girls and 1c girls (1959/60).

Stanley T. Fraser signed the Guest Book (28/06/15). He offers to share a photograph of class 1a boys from 1959/60. (The photograph has now been received. Thank you, Stan Fraser. Please click to see 1a boys - 1959/60.)

The Guest Book has been signed by Willson Raeburn Morrison. In his message he mentions John Anderson, Gordon Beverley and Ann Begg.

On February 11th, 2015, the Guest Book was signed by Jimmy Mason (”... recalling fond memories”) and Robert Wilson, who now lives in London.

Fiona Morrison signed the Guest Book on May 26th, 2015. She was a pupil at The Gordon Schools from 1966 to 1969.

 Class of 1959-1960

David Smart has made available the photograph of class 1b from session 1959-1960. To view, please click on the link:

Class 1b 1959-60

David has asked if anyone can make available an equivalent photograph of class 1a or 1c from that same session for placing on the website. See Guest Book. A photograh of 1a boys has been made available by Stan Fraser. Please click to view: 1a boys - 1959/60.

He has also passed on the whole school panorama from 1955. This is on the photographic page of the website. Panoramas

Angela Shearer MBE

 

Angela Shearer received her MBE from the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood in June. 

175th Celebrations: Vintage Night

As part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of The Gordon Schools, a Vintage Night was held in June.

For further details see: Vintage Night Poster

Introduction

A welcome from the President.

 

The Association

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Next Meeting 2019

The next meeting of the Former Pupils’ Association will be held on Monday, January 7th, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the offices of Rizza’s icecream factory in Steven Road, Huntly. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up. 
 
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Magazines

The 2014 edition of 'The School Road' has been printed and is now on sale.

 

Good Work Over Many Years

The record of the meeting held on Monday 1 May 1978 advises that:

“In his opening remarks, Mr A Watt (President) referred to the decision of the committee to revive the Dux Medal Award, after consultation with, and subject to approval of the Rector. Mr McDonald, (Rector) had expressed enthusiasm regarding the continuation of this Award, and the first medal had been presented at the Senior School Prize Giving in March 1978.”

Donald Boyd with Mrs McDonald and Ewen McDonald at the 2010 Social Event

At the time of the AGM in 1978, the medal was being engraved. Six more medals had been ordered for future years.

School showAnd there we are…

Good work carried out over many, many years, by former pupils, on behalf of and in support of pupils in The Gordon Schools, is recorded for all time and for all to see in the annual magazine, ‘The School Road’.

This good work is also recorded for posterity in the minutes of the Former Pupils’ Association, in personalised script in the log books. The origins of the Association are clear, as are their hopes, their aspirations and their concerns. You can trace the history of the Association. It is all there …

Ordinary members, new members and life members.
Honorary Presidents, Presidents and Vice-Presidents.
Committee members.
Treasurer’s reports and membership reports.
Balance sheets and accounts.
Maiden names and contact details.
Births, deaths and marriages.
People thanked and significant contributions recognised.
Deaths acknowledged and sympathy expressed.
Long-serving members recognised for working assiduously for others.
Events enjoyed, clubs formed and sport played.
Dances and whist drives, buffets and dinners.
Plays rehearsed and plays performed.
Student successes.
Balance sheets and monies raised for worthy causes.
Funds disbursed and bequests administered.
Good works supported.

In his Foreword to the first magazine in 1925, Sir Edward Troup said that:

‘The traditions of the school that must be most faithfully maintained are those of hard work, strenuous play, independence, unselfishness and mutual kindliness – things which have made Scotland a nation and opened the way to Scots in every part of the world.’

These words still ring true down the years.

 

 

 

 

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Personalities

Miss BainSome background information about the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’

Local Historian, Patrick Scott, Huntly, has kindly provided some biographical details and other background information about some of the personalities mentioned in the ‘History of the Former Pupils’ Association’.

Read the full text on the 'Personalities' page.

Early publications

Downloading these pdf files will require suitable software,e.g. Adobe Reader. They are also large files and will take some time to download over slow connections especially dial-up.