The Reunion Society provides a forum for students who left Tavistock School 25 years ago or more. The Society meets annually and publishes an annual magazine called 'The Phoenix'. We have an active membership of approximately 250 people representing a wide range of school years.
The Society's activity is organised by a committee. Society members pay a fee of £5 per annum. This mainly pays for publication and distribution costs associated with the production of 'The Phoenix'.
Part of the pleasure in being a member is simple nostalgia and part is renewing old friendships (and making new ones) with both students and staff. We also hope to increase the liaison with Tavistock College and develop the membership further. This could be done by having a representative for each year, so if you are willing please let us know.
For the future, there are possibilities such as placing ' The Phoenix' (current and back issues), history of the school, old 'Speech Day' programmes and even school photographs on the web-site, with your permission of course. Please see the 'we need your help section' for more information.
We meet annually in May in Tavistock. We encourage you to organise an additional reunion for your year during the same day or on the following day.
2009 was the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Tavistock Comprehensive School. (The first intake was September 1959).
The Tavistock School Reunion Association (TSRA), is holding it's Annual School Reunion on Saturday 25th May 2013 from 7pm at Tavistock Town Hall, Bedford Square, Tavistock. (Please note the later date this year). There will be an entry charge of £2.00 to cover the cost of the Town Hall. Past pupils, teachers etc., who left in 1988 or before are all welcome. (Those who left 25 years ago or more). Please tell your friends and bring along a group perhaps. You can also contact us at email@example.com
'The Phoenix' is your way of sharing your experiences with other ex-students. We ask you to write articles which can take a variety of forms. Some are about what you have done since leaving school, maybe a profile of yourself or your friends, or a poem that captures a memory. 'The Phoenix' has contained many a tale, no doubt embellished in the telling. It has also enabled ex-students to trace friends from the past. And now you can email your article to us!!
You can do so by contacting us through the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name and address and we will contact you.
We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you to the next reunion. For those of you who left more recently, we urge you to set up your own group. If you email indicating your interest, we will be pleased to pass on names and addresses and help in the organisation.
I am currently a Teacher of History at the College and last week the caretakers came across some old photos of the school from 1939, 1949 and the 1950s. Looking at these sparked a real interest in many staff and I would like to set up a digital photographic archive of students, staff and the school in general. In this I am supported by the Head, Helen Salmon. I would be very grateful if any of the members of the school reunion association have any cuttings, photographs or memorabilia which we could store on the archive, which I propose will be accessible by all.
My own experience of working at the College goes back 30 years now - I started when Jim Metcalf was Head, and my husband (Lawrie Harris), now retired, became Head of the Biology Department in 1982. I am also a local historian and now we have the technical expertise at the College it would be wonderful to create something that would record life at the school for future generations. With the anniversary of the First World War approaching, anything (especially from the early years of the 20th century) would be really welcome - it is all genuinely interesting to students here today.
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