Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ex-SGGS Year 73/75 Reunion Dinner '09

More than 50 of us had our first gathering in more than 30 years on Saturday, 19 September 2009. The theme was Black Magic Women.

When the doors of the lift opened, it was as if the years had rolled back. With a blast of girly chatter, I was back in those school girl days.

The years have been good to us. Most of us have hardly aged at all but memories have failed 'cos we had to go around asking "What's your name?"

When we registered we were each given a school badge.

Our school badge

Then it was time for group photography sessions. We took photos of girls from the same primary school and then in one big group. Later in the evening we took photos class by class.

We had a scrumptious buffet spread from Cititel Penang - Sashimi, oysters and even a bottle of wine for each table. All for RM80 thanks to Dylia who is working there.

There were table draws and our table received school mugs in all sorts of fun colours.

Mug from the table prize

I received a school T-shirt for the lucky draw. The MC told me to wear it to sleep! Is it that embarrassing to wear a school T-shirt at our age?

Mug, school badge and T-shirt

After dinner, Joyce (Mei Lan) sang for us "Leaving On A Jet Plane" and May Wah put up a slide show of the school with great pictures taken by her very talented son, Justin Khoo.

To test our memories, we also had a quiz on personalities and things from our school days.

Then the Singapore girls presented an item "Singapore Twist." Actually they were hardly 2 minutes into the song before they started dragging everyone down to join them on the dance floor.

Later on we had a ball learning a dance which May Wah taught us. We proofed to be quick learners for dames over 50 'cos we got into the swing of things effortlessly.

There was a lot of catching up to do and exchange of phone numbers and emails. Then we sang the school song. TWICE.

Wow! The feeling of pride and solidarity is still strong after all these years.

St. George's! St. George's!
We'll always be true
Our dear St. George's Girls' School!

The school song was composed in 1969, the year we entered Form 1. If I am not mistaken, the music was by famous Penang composer Jimmy Boyle, whose wife was a teacher in our school, and the lyrics was by Mrs Dorothy Tan, our English teacher.

Those were the days.

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