April 2013. Written for yorkboarding.co.uk and published online.
As the Old Margaretian Association, the alumni organisation of Queen Margaret’s School, prepares to commemorate the centenary of its foundation, one topic has continually surfaced in the hearts and minds of old and new girls alike: enduring friendship. Reflections on the bonds of friendship developed within the setting of boarding schools unfailingly give evidence to the important roles these institutions play in nurturing and developing relationships which last a lifetime.
In June of 2012, the OMA commenced a yearlong schedule of celebrations, beginning with a well-attended service in the school chapel and luncheon to commemorate cemented and renewed friendships. This June, the programme comes to a close with a service of dedication of the OMA’s gift to the school – two stained-glass windows to be installed in the chapel. Throughout the years, the OMA has supported the school generously, with the windows offering a material testament of the bond between the school and its old girls.
These celebrations highlight not only the immense success of the Old Margaretian Association, but also the unique, life-long friendships formed in boarding schools. No matter the years separating each from her time at QM or the distances travelled, old girls of all ages time and time again recall enduring bonds of friendship forged within school walls. Threads of acquaintanceship are easily sewn together upon reunion, as gatherings of old girls representing a spectrum of generations have shown that, although the age-gap may be large, the currency of friendship allows for commonality of remembrances.
These remembrances are currently being compiled into a book recording the development of the OMA, set to be released during forthcoming June celebrations. Reflecting memories of the school and subsequent lives and careers of old girls, submissions highlight the strength of affection for the school as well as the very strong bonds of friendship between old girls. These stories, woven together, will chart the varied histories of both the school and the Old Margaretian Association.