AFTER parting ways almost 40 years ago, 80 former students of St George’s Girls’ School (SGGS) Class of 1979 gathered in Penang for a reunion.
Held in conjunction with Merdeka Day, the reunion at Evergreen Laurel Hotel saw the old girls reminiscing about their school days and rekindling friendships.
Most of the guests were clad in blue, red and white attire to mark the Jalur Gemilang colours but many opted for red, the official colour of the school.
Organising committee chairman Stefanie Kee Swee Im said the idea to organise the gathering was mooted during a lunch date with a group of former schoolmates.
“We started the ball rolling and within two months, we managed to reconnect with many other schoolmates, thanks to new technology and social media.
“Many of us lost touch with one another after leaving school in 1979.
“We are reaching our golden years and many of us have retired now.
“Since our children have also started to leave the nest, it is time for us to rekindle our long-lost friendships, ” she said.
Kee said the participants took advantage of the long weekend to drive from Kuala Lumpur, Sungai Petani, Ipoh and Seremban to Penang island, adding that one even flew from the United States.
It seemed like it was 1979 again, especially when the guests sang the school anthem called ‘If There is a Will, There is Always a Way’.
There was also a song and dance session and many went home with lucky draw prizes.
Most importantly, they went home with a long contact list.
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