It is always a pleasure to see our old girls and past members of staff at reunions and events here at Dame Alice. We will update this section with details of upcoming occasions, and we hope to see you soon!
Miss Morse Memorial Service
The Memorial Service for former Headmistress Miss Morse will take place on Thursday 21st March at 3.30 pm at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford, followed by Afternoon Tea at Bedford Girls’ School. To assist us with numbers please confirm your attendance by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DAHSA Reunion - 3rd July 2011
On Sunday 3rd July we welcomed 350 former pupils and staff back to school for our biggest ever Dame Alice Alumnae Reunion Event!
'Old girls' spanning almost eight decades came back to see Dame Alice for the last time and reminisce with old school friends. As you can imagine there was lots to catching-up to do and the Assembly Hall quickly filled with delighted faces, long-awaited greetings and the sound of laughter.
Guests were treated to a wonderful buffet lunch, drinks reception and tour of the school and its grounds in the beautiful sunshine, giving them a final chance to look around before the transformation into Bedford Girls' School this September.
As part of the event, our alumnae also heard from the last four school Headmistresses about their own memories of school life: Miss Morse (1970-1990), Mrs Randle (1990-2000), Mrs Berry (2000-2010) and Miss MacKenzie (2010-2011). The day concluded with the ceremonial cutting of four different varieties of cakes, each one spelling out DAHS.
You may also be interested to read about the local coverage of the reunion: http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Biggest-ever-old-school-girls-reunion-12072011.htm
Back to School for the Class of '91
By Mrs Willis:
On Saturday 12th March, we were delighted to welcome Alison Cameron back to school. Alison and six of her friends, all from the class of 1991, fitted in coffee, cake and a tour of the School before setting off to have a long lunch in Bedford. Angela Bowyer, Phillipa Lamb, Julia Oxley, Susan Peel, Andrea Thompson and Claire Underwood, along with Alison, thoroughly enjoyed visiting parts of the school they recognised as well as being amazed at some of the changes that have taken place since they were here. It was equally fascinating for me to hear their stories and to learn of their careers up to now. Miss Sanders and Miss Chubb also joined the tour and contributed greatly to the stories that were being exchanged!
DAHSA Reunion and AGM
On Saturday 11 September, Dame Alice was host to over 130 former pupils and staff for the annual DAHSA Reunion and Annual General Meeting. Guests were invited to tour the Dame Alice Senior School and the Bedford Girls' School Junior School (in the former Dame Alice Junior School buildings), guided by current Dame Alice girls. Guests ranged from 2008 leavers to leavers from the 1940s, and displays in the library of old uniform, magazines, mementos and photos from each decade provided a fascinating browse through the history of Dame Alice.A wonderful buffet lunch was provided for all guests, girls and staff, and the dining hall resounded with the vibrant chatter of alumnae catching up with one another's news.
Old friends thrilled to meet up once again.
These four 1970s leavers enjoy one another's company.
Two of our more recent leavers catch up with current staff.
Slideshows of archived photos were shown on the library laptops.
The catering staff provided a fantastic buffet lunch, complete with four pudding options!
For more photos of the reunion, visit the Dame Alice Harpur School Alumnae Facebook page.
Old Girls and Year 13 Leavers' matches
Tuesday 30th June 2009
On Tuesday 30th June, the Dame Alice PE Department hosted an event which provided an opportunity for Old Girls to compete in sports matches against girls who are currently in Year 13. Former pupils (of all ages) were invited to take part in the following sports - Water Polo, Badminton, Netball, Tennis, Rounders and Rowing. The matches took place between 4pm and 6pm and a buffet tea was provided for all competitors from 6pm onwards.