A VISIT to a former classmate who had suffered a stroke got Patricia Rajasingham thinking about reconnecting with friends from her school days.
The 68-year-old retired lecturer and Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Seremban former student is now on a quest to get in touch with former batchmates from the class of 1968.
“When I visited my friend who was ill, it struck me that none of us is getting any younger.
“It got me thinking about my friends from school who may need support. We don’t know how many of them have lost their husbands or maybe just need someone to talk to,” she said.
Patricia then looked up several of her former batchmates who live in Negri Sembilan and the group met for high tea recently.
Led by Patricia, the group of 12 ex-Convent girls from the class of 1968 have now set their sights on a grand reunion next year.
“We’ll soon be turning 70 and it’ll be nice to get together before we reach that milestone.
“We’re hoping to gather as many old girls as possible from near or far. I would love to get in touch with my batchmates Tan Mee Mee, Tee Siew Peng, Rosemary George, Fong Yoke Chee and Agnes Siow who now live overseas, among others,” she said.
Patricia also recounted fond memories of her alma mater, including the strict no-nonsense ways of the headmistress at the time – Reverend Mother Monica.
“Reverend Mother Monica was a disciplinarian but her guidance has helped us to become who we are today.
“Back then, it didn’t matter if you were rich or poor or whether you were Malay, Indian or Chinese. We were all proud to be convent girls and we lived and breathed the school motto – Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty,” she said.
Once among the more prominent schools in the state, Convent Holy Infant Jesus Seremban was located in the centre of town.
Sadly, the school building was demolished in the mid-1990s to make way for development.
Patricia added that it would be wonderful to meet her former batchmates to reminisce about their school days.
“It would be nice to go down memory lane and share memories.
“After leaving school, many of us had lost touch with each other as our careers or families kept us busy.
“But now that the children are grown and we have more time to ourselves, the time has come for us to catch up and reconnect,” said Patricia.
The group plans to organise their big reunion in mid-2020.
Ex students from Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Seremban’s class of 1968 can call 019 309 0126 (Patricia) or 012 234 6619 (Lily).