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June Darbyshire

What year were you first associated with Kent College? I think, 1946.

How are you linked to Kent College? I am orignally an Old KC Girl, I then became a Governor and I am now the Chair of the Friends Commitee.

Tell us your fondest memory of your time to date at Kent College. When I was a pupil I was very happy and sporty and I have fond memories of Sports Days. One other memory is our Christmas dance, we were allowed to wear long dresses and come down the main staircase for the dance (all very grown up)! The dances were Scottish, as the Head was, and I remember one year she asked ME to partner her in the Sir Roger de Coverley. My pride when I was a Governor and the school name the Science Block 'The Darbyshire Wing , which of course I am still very proud of. I also was proud when my granddaughter become a pupil  seeing her in productions. Now as a Friend I love coming to KC, it embraces you when you walk through the door, it's like coming home.

 

Alison Smith (Hebdtich)

How are you linked to Kent College? I was a pupil 1971-1984, a parent from 2008- 2013. I am now on the Old Girls Association Secretary 2008 – to date and Secretary to Friends Committee & Old Girls Representative 2011- to date

What year were you first associated with Kent College? I began in Reception Class with Miss Lawson at Aultmore in 1971.

Tell us your fondest memory of your time to date at Kent College. Being part of the Kent College Community has always been something I have valued, the friendships that I made whilst at School which still continue today and remembering some of the teachers and how they inspired me during my school days and how their values and wisdom that have stayed with me throughout my life.

Jane More (Linfield)

How are you linked to Kent College?  I was a boarder from 1951 -1958, have been on commitees on and off since then. Now I help to look after the Heritage Room.

What year were you first associated with Kent College?  1951

Tell us your fondest memory of your time to date at Kent College. My best and funniest of many happy memories was of the dress rehearsal for the 1957 nativity play at Pembury Old Church. I was Joseph and was a prefect in the Upper Sixth. The Vicar and Rev Douglas Wiswell, sat in the front pew watching the rehearsal. Next to him sat his new pet pug, Ike. Now pugs have very prominent eyes. Mr Wiswell wore small lensed round specs. He and Ike looked to me very similar! As I saw them I tried vainly to speak my serious lines to the Innkeeper, played by my friend, Mary Wollen. I started to giggle, so did she and so did the entire cast - Mary, Angel Gabriel, Shepherds and the Wise Men! Our poor long-suffering English teacher, Miss Enid Rose, had to STOP the rehearsal. With the words "I'll see you later, Jane.". We all hastily made our exits - still laughing. I had to stand outside the small staff room until she appeared. Her sense of humour prevailed and she said she could quite understand why I laughted, but she added " you must learn to control yourself, Jane." Well, I'm afraid I continued to get the giggles but I did redeem myself somewhat in her eyes by passing A Level English!  

Debra Bradbury - Ward

What year were you first associated with Kent College? I've been a parent at KC since the year 2000. 

How are you linked to Kent College? I sat on the KCPPA for 7 years & was the Chair for 3 years.

Tell us your fondest memory of your time to date at Kent College.  I have two;firstly when the KCPPA put on the first ever KC cat walk show. Secondly, during the 2012 Speech Day my eldest daughter, Lily, was introduced as a LAMDA gradruate & now RADA student when receiving her A level certificates. I was bursting with pride!

Lynn Gadsby

What year were you first associated with Kent College? I have been a parent at KC since 2010.

How are you linked to Kent College? Current parent of Year 5 girl and Chairperson of the KCPPA (prep)

Tell us your fondest memory of your time to date at Kent College.  Helping out at the KS2 disco last year for the first time. Watching all the girls excitedly transform into glittery disco divas with neon makeup and then strut their stuff on the dance floor, whilst singing to Taylor Swift! Even the mums joined in!

 

Julia Russell

What Year Were you First Associated with Kent College? 1964

How are you linked to KC? Originally as an Old KC Girl - I was in Miss Groom’s class at Aultmore (when it was in Kingswood Road). I left in 1967 to go to grammar school in Tonbridge. I am now a Friend of KCC and on the Friends’ Committee.

Tell us your fondest memory of your time to date at Kent College Goodness – so many! One of my earliest was playing in the massive rhododendron bushes at Aultmore (now a housing estate!) with my brother who was also a pupil. We didn’t need a gym then! Also the sound of Miss Wellborn (Headmistress) and Miss Tabors’ heels on the oak floors followed by the scratching of several claws as their long haired daschunds  trailed along behind them. Winning the prize for spelling – we had to learn twenty new words a week. More recently, being invited to speak at the Women In Leadership Conference in 2012 to Year 10 as part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations talking about my career since I left all those years ago!

 

 

 

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