On Saturday 1 October we were delighted to host our annual Reunion Day, welcoming back former pupils who were celebrating their 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60 year anniversaries since leaving the gates of Gordon’s. We also welcomed back the year groups from 2020 and 2021 who missed their Reunion Day due to the pandemic. The attendance of former pupils travelling from near and afar was greatly appreciated and we had a fantastic turn out across the year groups; from the Class of ‘60 right up to the Class of ‘97. We were especially pleased to see so many Gordonians in person after a long time apart.
For many former pupils, they had not been back to the College, or seen one another, since their school days. During the morning, they enjoyed catching up with one another, viewing the College archive photograph exhibit, taking a tour of the College whilst reminiscing about old times, sharing fond and funny memories. The tour included areas of the school that were old and familiar, whilst showcasing the new facilities which were greatly admired by all. Everyone was then invited to the newly refurbished Thomas Mackie Dining Hall to enjoy a two course lunch and continued catching up with school friends and teachers past and present.
We share a special thanks to former staff members that joined us in the celebrations: Arthur Jamieson, Kevin Cormack and Graham Sangster. Arthur comments: “It was clear to us that all former pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting up with their bygone but not forgotten classmates and teachers. From a personal point of view I took delight in moving between various groups and trying to answer their questions and confirm or dispel some myths.”
Kevin Cormack comments: “I had a ball today meeting so many faces from the past and found all their comments quite humbling. You don't always realise the impact you have, or have had, on pupils until days like today when they reminisce with such enthusiasm."
Andrew Laing, Class of ‘70 said: “Thank you to the organisers of Reunion Day on Saturday which was an excellent day, catching up with former pupils, some of whom I had not seen for many years, together with a few more local and well known faces. The tour was fascinating, especially the former RGIT wing incorporating subjects that simply didn’t exist in our day – I was quite envious. I was particularly lucky to be part of the group led by Robin Macpherson who provided an excellent insight into some of the practical and financial aspects of the school as well as outlining the longer term plans for the school buildings and Countesswells.”
We have been overwhelmed by the positive messages shared by those who attended the event, reinforcing how special it is to be part of the Gordonian community. We wish to share our thanks to all those involved in making this day such a special and memorable occasion.