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SJHS reunion promises to be an entertaining affair

by Genna Buck - Monday, July 30, 2012

This article is courtesy of Telegraph Journal

For vice-principal Sherry Golding, the Saint John High School grand reunion is a family affair.

The 1981 grad is organizing the reunion's variety show, one of many celebratory events slated for the weekend of Aug. 3-5.

Golding will be singing Patsy Cline's Crazy. She also hopes to perform a duet with her dad, who graduated from Saint John High in 1949 and is now in his 80s. They are planning to sing Unforgettable by Nat King Cole.

" There's a long history. My dad went here, I went here, I've got nephews and nieces that have gone through here," Golding said.

Although smaller class reunions take place often, grand reunions for all Saint John High grads only happen every seven to 10 years, said Bruce Grant, chair of the reunion committee.

The last one was held in 2005, when the school had its 200th anniversary.

This year is special as well - it marks 30 years since the founding of the alumni association and 80 years since the school moved into its current building on Prince William Street.

Events planned for the weekend include a family barbeque at the Irving Nature Park, an alumni wine and cheese reception, and the variety show on Friday. On Saturday, there will be breakfast at the City Market, followed by a cruise on the St. John River and a reception and dinner at the Trade and Convention Centre.

Festivities will be capped off with an ecumenical service at Trinity Church on Sunday morning.

The variety show is going to be one of the highlights of the weekend, Grant said.

The class of 1992 performed the musical Grease way back when they were students, and they'll be taking up their old parts to reprise Summer Lovin', Golding said.The teachers have their own band, and they'll be playing too.

"There's a pretty wide range, from skits to musical acts," Grant said. "There are a lot of talented people who have graduated from High School over the years."

Grant ,who graduated in 1987, took over as chair of the committee this fall when Dr. David Moir stepped down from the position after 30 years.

" I said no problem. I was always happy to do anything for Saint John High School," Grant said.

The alumni committee will be taking time out from the festivities to dedicate the school boardroom in Moir's name, Golding said.

The room is decorated with photos of students and staff from throughout the years.

Saint John High has an active alumni group with a long history that schools all over the country would envy, Golding said .

" I think most alumni always have pretty close ties to Saint John High School. A lot of people like to come back and get in touch with all their old classmates," Grant said.

Alumni donate thousands of dollars to the school each year, Golding said, adding that the association has donated microscopes and smart boards and contributed to the choir and athletic teams in recent years.

Last minute tickets to the reunion are $90, space permitting, and can be purchased during registration at Saint John High starting at 10 a.m. on Aug 3. Everyone is welcome at the variety show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Any money that is raised from the events will go to the alumni association and allow them to continue to contribute to the school, Grant said.

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