The 2012 Magazine - 'The School Road'
The 2012 edition of ‘The School Road’ was published in July 2012. Click on the links for newspaper articles about this:
The President's Foreword by Nora Morrison introduced the eighty-second edition of the Magazine. In it she trailed the lead-up to the 175th anniversary of the founding of The Gordon Schools, due in 2014. She also paid tribute to the work of the outgoing President Sandra McCulloch. Later in the Magazine Sandra contributed a 'Letter from America'.
This packed edition led with an article by David Connell, who told of his medical career in a piece headed 'Try Walking Backwards'.
The Souvenir Booklet from the opening of the extension to The Gordon Schools in 1958 was reproduced in full.
Isobel Stewart contributed a poem titled 'The Northern Lights Over Glen Rinnes'. Articles included a review of a recent trip to Belgium and Paris by member of school staff Maureen Kelbie. Distinguished journalist Agnes Stevenson gave a personal view of plants and gardening.
Agnes Stevenson (photograph, courtesy of 'The Sunday Post')
Jo Pitt revealed the inside story on competing for a place in the London 2012 Olympics, as a potential member of the Paralympic Dressage Team. Sadly, Jo passed away the following year.
Patricia Ann Raeburn recounted the participation by the Jessiman Dance School in the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance at Euro Disney. There was a short article about the origins of the framed embroidery that hangs in the school foyer. It advised how this work celebrated the activities of the Former Pupils' Drama Club. Raye Marcus set out the background to the development of the new Rotary allotments in Huntly.
Former Rector John Swan told of the poignant circumstances leading to the dedication ceremony in Huntly in honour of former pupil Corporal Michael Pike, who died on active service in Afghanistan.
There were other tributes, in memoriam, to former pupils, including Champion of Champions and former Highland Dancing Teacher Betty Jessiman.
There were the customary notes of births, deaths and marriages, information about 'Personalia' and significant events 'From the Files'. Details of new members preceded a comprehensive listing of all members of the Association, including officials and committee members.
Current Rector Zander Hall and Gordon Primary School Head Teacher Paul Scrimshaw both contributed articles summarising the major events of the session gone past. Prizewinners were listed and Post Graduate student successes catalogued.
All in all it was an impressive, comprehensive and interesting compilation. And, as ever, a good read.