Invicta Grammar School hosted the annual Alumni Event on Friday, 17 June 2016. The event was open to all former students and staff and this year the guests included staff and students who were at the school last year and as far back as 1945.
2016 is the 75th Anniversary of the opening of Invicta and the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the current site. We celebrated with the alumni members with the cutting of a special cake, afternoon tea, music from Mr Riley and speeches. There will be ongoing celebrations for the current students of the school, throughout the next year including a celebration picnic for the whole school in September.
We were thrilled that Mrs Margaret Apps attended our special Alumni event.
Margaret attended the Maidstone Technical High School for Girls in 1941 when it was just a room in the Technical High School for Boys, on the corner of Westree Road and Tonbridge Road. She was a pupil when the female students were moved to their own building in Albion Place School during the war.
When Margaret left school, she worked in various accountancy roles and continued to do so beyond the standard retirement age. She raised a family and her Great Granddaughter is currently a student at Invicta Grammar School. It is fantastic to think that after 75 years that not only is Margaret able to visit us but that her Great Granddaughter is able to continue the family connection. To have both generations with us to celebrate our 75th anniversary was very special. It made our day and certainly confirmed the importance of our Alumni events.
Margaret is a very interesting lady, full of wonderful memories and stories - everything from the teachers, students, buildings, smells of rooms and of course, the uniform! It was a genuine pleasure talking to her. She had kept her school beret from her school days which she has kindly donated to the school. Our students and staff loved to see how things had changed so much, but equally to know that they were part of a school that had such a colourful history and it has still maintained some of its traditions.
Former students and staff are being invited to share their memories and experiences which will be promoted on the school website. They will form part of a book outlining the brief history of the school that is currently being written.
Thank you to Mrs Stafford and her team for putting on such a wonderful event for our ex-students. We would like to especially thank Mrs Harris, who is compiling the Invicta History book