Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Reunion for Knock school

The past 25 years have seen pupils from across east and south Belfast and North Down and Ards file through the corridors of Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock.

Now, all those past pupils and staff have been invited to take a trip down memory lane on Sunday, February 6.

It is 25 years since the gates of the college, one of the top grammar schools in Northern Ireland, opened and as the current staff and students prepare for the move into their new £24 million school building (on the same site) a day of reminiscing is guaranteed for past pupils attending the ‘Nostalgia Day’.

According to principal Dermot Mullan, some 4,500 students have attended the Gilnahirk school between 1985 and 2010.

“This day has been organised to allow past staff and pupils of the college a final opportunity to walk around the old school building before it faces demolition,” he said.

“Lots of old friendships and memories will undoubtedly be revived and old escapades relived as the past pupils meet up with old friends, wander the corridors of their youth and look at the display of old photos and video footage.”

This will be the first of two reunion events open to past pupils and staff in celebration of the College’s 25th Anniversary, the second being a musical extravaganza in the Ulster Hall on March 1 with current and past pupils performing on stage.

The College was founded in September 1985 with the fusion of the Sacred Heart of Mary Grammar School, Holywood,and St Patrick's College, Knock and has a roll of 1,286 students today.

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