Throwback Thursday - Class of '57

This week’s Throwback Thursday pays homage to the wonderful Class of ’57 who joined us back at the Castle for an afternoon visit on March 7. The reunion stemmed from a special visit from Hilary (Wevill) Nichols who had travelled to Canada from England with hopes of reconnecting with her former classmates and who wished to show her son, Thomas, her roots. Beth (Yearley) Alma, Patricia (Davis) Beal, Roxanna (Phelps) Bowman, Pat (Atkinson) Johnstone, Ann (Parmley) McDougall, Donalda Parkes, Karen (Munro) Ridgely, and Helen (Ferguson) Voutt were joined by former faculty Isobel Sinclair as the group travelled back in time and took to the halls, classrooms, Chapel, and old residence rooms.

In Chapel the women broke into song with the original rendition of the College Song, now known as Dear Old Trafalgar, which was written by the graduating class of 1925 in honour of their alma mater.

They delved into a fetal pig dissection with Ms. Kanagalingam’s Grade 11 Biology Class and recounted countless tales of their time at the School. Following an extensive tour, the Class of ’57 with two lovely gentlemen in tow, gathered in the Alumnae Archive and Memorabilia Centre for an afternoon tea where they continued to reconnect with their dearest and oldest friends. The photos captured here are but a glimpse of the remarkable bond of an incredible 58 years of friendship.

“What a delightful trip down ‘MEMORY’ lane,” said Pat Johnstone. “We have a special group of gals who have always gotten along…that is why 58 years later we’re still together!”

“It was wonderful to reconnect with each of our classmates and our teacher, Isobel, and to walk the halls and classrooms where we spent many exciting times way back when,” said Ann McDougall. “Lots of fond memories in that old castle!”

Collectively the group also made a gift toward this year’s Annual Fund in support of the School’s Endowment Fund. 

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See photos from the reunion below.

Class of 57' Reunion


140 years well worth celebrating!

Joined by board members, past parents, and former and current Trafalgar staff, more than 125 alumnae spanning from the Class of 1945 to 2014 travelled from as far away as British Columbia, Quebec, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia Beach, the Bahamas, and Spain to celebrate Trafalgar Castle School’s 140th Alumnae Reunion on June 27 through June 29th.

The weekend offered Old Girls the opportunity to come together across generations to celebrate the School’s rich heritage, relive past memories, and most importantly, reconnect with fellow alumnae to refuel their sense of Ontario Ladies’ College (OLC)/Trafalgar sisterhood.

“I’d like to thank all of you for sharing in this celebration of Trafalgar Castle School’s birthday,” said Megan Briggs, Class of ’02 and President of the Alumnae Association. “I recognize the unique experience we all had in attending OLC and Trafalgar Castle School and I feel truly fortunate to be connected to all the great women gathered here through this shared experience.”

Alumnae and guests were entertained with a series of workshops including a self-defense workshop offered by Durham Regional Police Service Detective Kim (Dunn) Bagg from the Class of ’90; a Zentangle art workshop from Ann (Thompson) Fisher, Class of ’74; and a workshop on strategies for healthy eating led by Marina Cortese from the Class of ’04. Others joined Robb Spessot, a Trafalgar faculty member and sommelier to gain insight into the art of wine tasting and food pairings and many took pleasure in the pampering of our massage and manicure and pedicure stations.

Former faculty Eleanor Davis and Robb Palmer led the group in a beautiful tree planting service held in memory of former Dean Dorothy (Parry) Hallpike prior to the afternoon barbeque where many alums were joined by their families.

At the gala dinner alumnae learned first-hand of the many wonderful things happening in the School today from Head of School Adam de Pencier, incoming Head Girl, Megan and Grade nine student Zahra. “We’re not as big as some schools, but we punch above our weight as the expression goes,” said de Pencier. “In this school, in your school, this is exemplified by the wonderful sense of tradition that graces the Castle: from May Day to Trafalgar Day, to Christmas Dinner, to camp, to the Turkey Trot, to Senior Dinner, to all the many festivals that weave such a wonderful tapestry that mean so much to the girls and their families and are so fondly remembered by our alumnae.”

The weekend culminated in a Chapel service led by Reverend Susan (Bennett) McAllister, Class of ’73 and one last fantastic meal by the School’s catering services.

The reunion marks the beginning of Trafalgar Castle School’s 140th anniversary year of excellence in girls’ education.