For their old school’s 55th anniversary, former Vyners School pupils travelled from as far aways as Australia.

The school in Warren Road, Ickenham, marked the special anniversary with about 130 ex-pupils from the years 1958-73. The first ever headteacher, Trevor Jaggar, joined the serving headteacher, James Heale, to welcome them.

 

Pupils acted as guides, and the Friends Of Vyners organisation provided the buffet. There was a display of old photographs and copies of the school magazine Vyners Chronicles – and a copy of an old ‘punishment book’ to giggle over

The ex-students shared their memories from 55 years ago by completing the phrase on a card: “I remember when I was at Vyners ....”

Among the memories were: “Girls and boys did metalwork, technical drawing and domestic science. Before we could cook we had to spend ages sewing a green and white checked ‘pinny’.

Visitors to the Vyners School 55th anniversary celebration
 

“I am now a great cook as are all my children which I put down to the marvellous teaching skills of my cookery teacher.”

And: “Going on the Austrian school exchange (1965 to Vienna and 1967 to Saalfelden).

“I am still in touch with both families and I still love the German language.”

And touchingly: “The amazing education, the values, the staff and wonderful memories.”

Hillingdon’s schools break up for summer today (Wednesday). Watch out for GCSE and A-level results next month at www.getwestlondon.co.uk and in your Gazette.

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