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Newland Alumnae

Newland School for Girls has a long and proud history within Kingston-upon-Hull. We would love to hear from any and all of our ‘old girls’. Over the past few years we have had 30, 40 and 50 year reunions and we have had the pleasure of welcoming those parties into school and our girls have learned lots about life at Newland over the generations.

If you have a great story to tell, a picture to share or you just want to keep in touch, then please contact us at school.

In memory of the late Margaret Elliott who sadly died on the 5th March 2021 at the age of 95.

 

“My Mother was a pupil at the school I guess in the 1930's. I was told that she passed her School Certificate which equates to the modern day baccalaureate.

 

Margaret Elliott (nee' Taylor) because a school is not just about the here and now. In common with all structures there are foundations, walls, stages and rooves. The former pupils have something which they can hand down to the following generations. Indeed, I remember my Mother saying to me when I was a teenager that the thing that often set apart fee paying schools from state schools was the willingness of alumni at fee paying schools to keep in touch and help the generations that follow.

 

The interesting feature about Mother was that she was dedicated to education. The education of women in particular and in a subtle sort of way equality for women kind.

 

Her Father, George Taylor, believed that his daughters should enjoy all the same rights and privileges as his sons. The relatively unique aspect of his philosophy was the era. In the 1920's and 1930's equality for women was an aspiration which even now has not been fully realised. It may not be appreciate that until the passing of an act of Parliament in 1885 a woman was considered the chattel of her husband. Taken from the Latin the word chattel translates to cattle. 

 

Her life was a successful one and she passed on to younger women not just the benefit of education but a self belief that they too had an equal role to play in this society of ours. A woman was the equal of any man.

 

I think that that is the message that my Mother would want pass on to the current generation is that they must have the self belief of their status as a woman in this modern society but added to which they should have the courage to take that next step

 

Class of ’68 Reunion

The girls from Class of ’68 were keen to see what had and what hadn’t changed from their time at Newland, as they walked around the school reminiscing about the headteacher’s office and the school hamster!!

With thanks to www.yellowbellyphotos.com

1956 ‘Old Girls’ Reunion

The Newland ‘Old Girls’ who first started in 1956, enjoyed lunch at the Mercure Hotel with a surprise guest joining them; the current Headteacher Ms Callaghan, who was delighted to meet them all and hear about their stories. The girls then enjoyed a tour of the School, I’m sure there’s been some changes in 60 years!!

 

1943 ‘Old Girls’ Reunion

September 8th 1943 was the first day of school for the Newland ‘Old Girls’ who joined our new year 7 on their first day of school – September 8th 2015. For many it was their visit back in a good number of years but it did take long for them to remember the green tiles, old teachers and of course join together in a chorus of the school song. Y11 Prefects did a spectacular job keeping them in check.