Preparing for a School Reunion

January 4, 2013

For Mum

Preparing for a School Reunion

School Reunion

School Reunion Preparation Tips!

Sometime in December, I thought I’d check my ‘others’ message folder in Facebook. It was a random decision and not something that I do often at all. Very rarely in fact, as I mostly forget that it’s there, assuming it to be full of crap from scammers and spammers.

BUT to my huge surprise there was a note there from a primary school pal, someone I had not seen in well over 3o (cough) years! Blow me down!

As you can see by my Year 1 photo above, I began school in 1974 and yep, that’s a long, long, long time ago. Yeronga, our suburban Brisbane stomping ground, was in 1974 a fairly close knit community and most families knew the ins-and-outs of neighbours and other residents of the area. My Mum and Dad remembered this schoolmate well, and his family, and so contact was made and discussions started around the organisation of a school reunion.

Our class of mates travelled through the 7 years of primary school with very few changes. Some kids left, some newbies arrived but many of the core group pictured here finished at Yeronga State School in 1980, still together in the same class. From there, it was high school and we scattered across a number of different high schools around Brisbane.

Margo, my friend from kindergarten (even before this photo in 1974) is still very much part of my life today. We’re stuck with each other. The others though, well it’s been decades. Until now.

On the 11th of January, there is our own little school reunion. From that photo – with thanks to Facebook, the White Pages, and some parents who continue to live in the same house years on – we have tracked down 12 eager-beavers for dinner. I’m actually really excited and can’t wait. Not at all nervous ….. like I have been with the previous High School Reunions I’ve attended.

I’m in close contact with Margo on this one, as we’ll be travelling it together, and so in readieness to see some of the kids I’ve not seen in 30+ years, here’s how I’m preparing for this School Reunion …

  • only ONE glass of champagne with Margo before heading to the restaurant and then upon arrival I’ve made an undertaking to be very sensible in my consumption of refreshments
  • there is not enough time between now and then to rid the body of unwanted kilograms SO a floaty maxi dress will be the order of the day! Besides, while some of us girls may be wearing more weight, some of the fellows may be wearing less hair!
  • I’m wracking my brain to think of at least 5 hilarious primary school anecdotes that can be regaled when conversation re-starters may be needed.
  • Niko pen and sticky name labels in the handbag, just in case it’s not all that easy
  • iphone at the ready for – contact updates, instagram snaps, facebook accounts etc
  • under no circumstances order anything to eat which may require the use of fingers, or be covered in rich dark sauce or be unpronounceable on the menu

So the above are just the rules of thumb I’ve pondered to date. In my excitement, that is.

Do you have any tips to add for approaching a dinner for 12 with school friends you may not have seen for at least 3 decades?

I’m preparing for a school reunion

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25 Responses to “Preparing for a School Reunion”

  1. Rachel from Redcliffe Style Says:

    How exciting!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it. My father was in the Army so we moved around, I would love to have childhood friends. Or even remember the schools I went to. Rachel xx

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    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Rachel – I am pretty excited about it. I can only imagine how hard it would have been moving around heaps as a kid. Tell you what, if they turn out to be the super bunch I’m hoping for, then you can adopt them too xx

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  2. Mandy Says:

    Sounds like fun. I’m probably going to be organising our 20 yr reunion with a girl friend for this year. can’t wait.

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    • Shari Says:

      I’m sure it will be fun, Mandy – as yours will be too! Good luck with the organising!! Hope it all goes really well xx

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  3. Declutterbug Says:

    OMGoodness!i have no idea :) my first school was a little village school and I have reconnected with some of my school friends through Facebook, so we have a few conversation starters ready To go,I guess. Have fun though, I am sure that once you get going, you will have a great time.

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  4. Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos Says:

    I went to my 10 year reunion and had a blast!
    Unfortunately no one organised a twenty year one, and although I thought about it, I was heavily pregnant at the time and just wasn’t up for it!
    I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time, and will no doubt look great. Just remember that everyone else is a little older too, not just you! :)
    xx

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    • Shari Says:

      How true Tracey – I’m actually the youngest by a few months, so I’ll play that card if I need to! I hope someone organises a 25th year one for your crew! xx

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  5. Happylan Says:

    How exciting! I think your preparations sound very sensible. I hope you have a great time.

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  6. Mel @ Adventures of a Subversive Reader Says:

    How exciting – sounds like you’re well prepared.

    Funnily enough, my father did seven years at Yeronga Primary too – but a long time before you were there :) There’s not that many differences in the photos, though – except there were a lot more bare feet in his :)

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    • Shari Says:

      Wow Mel, what a small world and LOL at the bare feet. I bet that Yeronga Infants block still looks the same, you know! xx

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  7. Mumabulous Says:

    School re-unions can often be an emotional minefield but this one sounds like its going to be lovely evening.

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    • Shari Says:

      Oh yes, I was quite hesitant about my highschool ones, but this one is making me very excited, and I’m glad about that :)
      xx

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  8. Housewife in Heels Says:

    This sounds like so much fun Shari! It’s so nice that you have been friends with Margo for so long! I have kept in contact with some of my kindy friends- Facebook definitely makes this easier. I hope you have a terrific dinner. Don’t worry too much about the rich dark sauce- just wear black :)

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    • Shari Says:

      Ahh yes I shall wear black – slimming too, right??? ;)
      Facebook IS such a great reconnection tool – it’s been a fun few weeks tracking people down xx

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  9. Alicia Says:

    You have it very well covered, nothing like being prepared. Maybe a few photos of your family now. At least you have Margo to be there, I imagine it would be very different without her.

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    • Shari Says:

      Oh yes, need to have all bases covered on this one and I’m sure no-one will be surprised to see that Margo and I are still partners in crime LOL xx

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  10. Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker Says:

    I’ve never made it to a school reunion. How exciting, especially so, given you’ll have a bestie there!

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  11. Ang Says:

    We had a 10 rear reunion. It was great to see how everyone had changed.
    Sounds like you have thought it all through well. I say just be yourself. Nothing like a genuine, happy person.
    I am still extremely close to my best friend, whom I have known since preschool.
    I love that we have been in each others lives from the beginning. Well, as early as we can really remember anyway :-)
    Have fun

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    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Ang – it’s quite interesting to see what people are up to isn’t it? It sounds like you and I both have been lucky enough to snare a true best friend for life – seems amazing to have known someone so well forever. I’m sure we’ll have just as much fun debriefing afterwards ;)
      xx

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  12. Grace Says:

    Oh, how exciting!!! I can’t wait to read all about it! Not long to go now, either! Take lots of photos and have heaps of fun!
    You’ve actually inspired me to get a group of my old high school friends together! :) x

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    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Grace and yep, there will be plenty of photos!! Did you manage to get your group of pals together???? xx

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  13. Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right Says:

    I have surprised myself by becoming more social as I get older, and I love a reunion. I love that these people shared my childhood – I think it’s very special. Have fun!!!

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