Former Pupils Reunite at Grace Dieu
Grace Dieu Manor School Alumni was officially launched on 11th September in the beautiful former Manor House and its grounds, which has been a thriving Prep School since 1933.
A special Family Mass was celebrated by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, the Bishop of Nottingham, alongside the School’s Chaplain Fr Denis, Fr Tobin (a former Headmaster), Fr Giles (a former Teacher) and Fr Bland (a former Pupil).
Sunshine lit up the stunning backdrop of the Manor House as former pupils gathered on the Headmaster’s Lawn to enjoy a Summer buffet and entertainment by the soulful sounds of ‘The Strife of Riley’, a local popular jazz band formed by former pupils of the School.
Former pupils’ ages ranged from 16 to 80 plus years. There was much reminiscing about happy days spent at Grace Dieu, swapping stories and memories of old school days. Many described how they had forgotten what a special place Grace Dieu was and how they still held a deep love and affection for the School.
Staff led tours around the site and showcased the new Day Nursery and Pre-Preparatory Department; the Manor House building with its newly modernised classrooms for years 3-6 enchanted the past pupils as much as they did when they were here. Visitors were delighted to see the many changes that had taken place at the School in recent years, particularly the latest development of our Outdoor Learning and Forest School. The woodland, grassland and pond are now a common feature in the curriculum as well as tending to the chickens and the alpaca herd... Peter Fisher, Headmaster, commented; “Today has been simply lovely. The charm and magic of Grace Dieu is so fondly remembered; seeing past pupils and present share their stories and memories was a joy. Our Alumni launch will enable all our past pupils to continue to be a part of all we do at Grace Dieu. Grace Dieu belongs to its pupils both past and certainly those who are present. I would encourage all former pupils to contact the School and register as Alumni as we have exciting things planned for the future.”