50th reunion for Roosevelt High School Class of 68

The committee that organised the Roosevelt High School Class of 68 reunion.

The Roosevelt High School Class of 68 recently held their 50th reunion.

After a successful 40th reunion, there was no way that this would not be followed by a 50th.

Many of the 200-odd matrics of that year were contacted of which about 50 of them and their partners attended the luncheon held at the Cradle of Humankind.

This was hosted by the De Wits on their beautiful property, adding to the success of the event.

 

The Roosevelt High School Class of 1968 banner.

There was a relaxed lunch where everyone could chat with their fellow classmates and catch up on what had happened in their lives after leaving school 50 years ago.

Some had not seen each other since the last day of school.

Photos from the old school days were posted around the place and there were scrolling pictures on a screen that kept people enthralled with many comments such as, ‘Do you remember when….’.

Some had come all the way from countries such as Canada, USA, Australia, and the UK, and many came from other parts of South Africa too.

Two of the teachers of the time, Joey McDonald and Pam O Brien, also attended and kept their past pupils enthralled with their experiences of the Class of 68.

The comments and thank you messages were full of praise for the wonderful occasion and ‘see you in five years time’ rather than in 10, as of course, everyone is getting older.

 

Roosevelt High School Class of 68 gather for a photo at their 50th reunion.

The committee made up of Clive Durston, Anne-Louise (Barratt) Woods, Cherry (Crofts) Hart, Brenda (Simpson) Barrett, Merryn (Garrard) Owen, Richard Cooper, Marian (Cope) Smith, John Ritchie and Jane (Dennler) Spowart spent many happy hours planning and sharing memories while doing so.

The official luncheon was followed by a visit to the school the next day.

Those who went along were impressed at the improvement to the buildings and grounds over the past 10 years.

To round off the reunion weekend, several returned to their haunt of the late 60s, the Thunder Gun, for lunch.

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  AUTHOR
Zandile Sithole

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