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About Old Girls' Association

 

About KCOGA

The Kent College Old Girls' Association (KCOGA), established in 1895, is an organisation for former students and is under the umbrella of the Friends of Kent College Association.  The Friends of Kent College is an Association for former pupils, members of staff, ex Governors, ex parents, business friends and community neighbours.  
There are a number of former pupil reunions and get together's throughout the year, as well as various events organised by the 'Friends' committee.  Scroll further down the page to view our forthcoming events. 

OGA Recent Events

If you would like further information about the OG reunions and events that we organise, please contact friends@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk

Summer Reunion, May 2017

There was a huge buzz around the school on Saturday 6th May when 90 Old Girls and former staff gathered to celebrate friendship and so much more. Before enjoying a delicious lunch, Ms Lodrick and June Darbyshire, our president of the Friends Society (KC pupil 1946 to 1951 and former Chair of Governors) both took to the stage with recollections and news from the past and present, before Rev Dr John Barrett, former Headmaster 1983-1991, said grace.

The sun shone after lunch as visitors explored new site developments, relax in the school grounds, visit their old haunts, and look through memorabilia on display, this was then followed by afternoon tea.  It was a real pleasure to watch you all reminisce and see friendships reunite.

   
   

Leadership Conference, July 2016

Kent College was delighted to welcome back three former KC girls as part of the school’s Enrichment Week and Leadership Day.  This event is held every year for girls in Year 10, 11 and the Sixth Form and offers girls a valuable opportunity to hear from recent leavers about the higher education and career paths they have taken since leaving Kent College. This year our speakers and former pupils gave girls a detailed insight into careers in Law, Science and Finance.
This year we welcomed Victoria Lee who was at Kent College between 1993 and 2000.  Victoria has had a highly successful career in Law to date and is a solicitor who currently works for Bird Belderbos and Mee where she runs her own department advising high net worth clients on their estate planning concerns, Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney.  Dr Rebecca Newman also joined us, and she attended Kent College between 2000 and 2007.  Following her PhD, Becky continues to focus on immunology as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Francis Crick Institute in London.  Esther Parker attended Kent College between 2002 and 2009 and is currently working in the Operations and Reconciliation market at an investment bank after studying Art and History of Art.
All ladies gave inspirational advice and insight to the girls and we are grateful to them for taking the time out of their busy schedules. The afternoon continued with an MUN debate workshop looking at the International Perspectives on Women’s Rights.

London Reunion, November 2014


On Saturday 15th November, KC girls from four different generations enjoyed lunch at the Café in the Crypt, part of St Martin's in the Field, for the annual London Reunion. It was a delight to meet ladies who attended Kent College in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, as well as catching up with our Old Girls' committee members. The informal reunion was accompanied by a delicious lunch in Central London and an enjoyable time was had by all. 
    

 

Leadership Conference, June 2014

The annual Leadership Conference at Kent College was created to invite former pupils to talk about their career successes, and encounters, after their education at the school in Pembury.

Since its conception in 2010, the day highlights several talented individuals who have gone into high achieving roles. On Thursday 26 June staff and students were delighted to welcome back Cancer Research Scientist Aimee Eckert (2002-2009), Aerospace Engineer Sarah Porter (2002-2009), commercial property Chartered Surveyor Finola Ingham (1986 – 2001) and Social Scientist Ella Wooster (2002-2009). Each gave an insightful presentation about their chosen career paths, how they got to where they are now and what motivated them. After listening to the inspirational speakers, the students led a debate to discuss the motion; "In modern leadership, personality is more important than policy”.

Kent College hosts the conference on leadership for girls in Year 10 and the Lower Sixth. Students at this age are looking at the options and courses available for them at university and beyond. It is also an opportunity for much wider and intelligent discussion of what it is to be a woman in the world of work, what it is to be a leader of any gender and the place women now occupy in the management of twenty-first century life.

Young women across the country, but especially those educated in girls’ schools, simply expect to have opportunities and to take on roles of responsibility. This is, of course, a great thing, for the men who will work with them as well as these women themselves. However, it does mean that contemplation of the nature and style of their potential leadership skills is a necessary part of educating young women today. There is more than one route to success and it’s vital that pupils start to understand which path may suits them and how they might conduct themselves, not just as adult women, but as leaders.
 
"The most interesting questions and creative ideas come from school students. I was so delighted to come back to KC to tell the girls about my experiences in science!”
Guest speaker Finola Ingham:

"I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to return to KC. I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the pupils about working in the property industry and perhaps have been able to inspire them to consider a career in property."
Guest speaker Aimee Eckert


"Many of our students have gone on to achieve great personal success and have a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience that we want to hear about to inspire our current students. The day was a memorable and thought-provoking occasion. We know our girls will be leaders – now we need to think about how.” 
Headmistress, Sally-Anne Huang

Women in Leadership Day, June 2013

On Friday 28th June, Kent College was delighted to welcome back four former pupils who gave insightful presentations to Year 10 and Lower Sixth pupils as part of the annual Women in Leadership Conference.

Anna Nicholson (1995 - 2002), Isobel Aikenhead (1991 - 1996), Paula Newens (1993 - 1998) and Lily Noall (2007 - 2009) each gave a 30 minute presentation about their chosen career paths, how they got to where they are now and what inspired them to achieve successful careers in publishing, marketing, medicine and politics.  Each shared advice and tips on what KC girls can do now in order to prepare for the important decisions ahead of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KC OG Summer Reunion, June 2013

Kent College welcomed 40 former pupils for lunch and tours at the annual Summer Old Girls' Reunion on Sunday 30th June.

 

 

 


 

OG casts a spotlight on becoming an actress, December 2012

Calling all budding actresses! Old Girl Fiona Gent (KC 2002 - 2009) recently got in touch with Head of Sixth Form Mrs Hedgeland with her first blog article for casting agency 'Spotlight'.  To find out more click here

 



Memories of Aultmore, August 2012

Read this wonderful Aultmore inspired blog by Aultmore Old Girl Philippa Hobbs (nee Dunn) who attended Aultmore from 1983 and stayed through to the Sixth Form, before leaving in 1996.  Please get in touch if you have any of your own memories to share:
http://www.pipandmungo.com/2012/08/where-magic-happenswhy-has-forest.html

www.pipandmungo.com

 



Old Girls lead the way at Women in Leadership Conference, June 2012

On Thursday 28th June, Kent College were delighted to welcome back six former pupils as part of the school's 125th Anniversary celebrations to speak at this year's Women in Leadership conference focusing on women in business across a variety of industries.

The day started for Year 10 students with the first speaker, Anna Nicholson who was at Kent College between 1995 and 2002.  Anna gave pupils an insight into her current career as Head of UK Marketing at Bain & Company as well as offering tips and advice on what life is like post KC.  Anna was followed by Julia Russell who was at KC from 1964 - 1967 and spoke to pupils about her varied career working abroad in banking and her latest career move back in the UK as a professional coach.  The third speaker of the morning was former pupil and Governor, Reverend Helen Gardner who spoke of her career as a Methodist Minister and how she overcame discrimination to lead in her chosen career

In the afternoon, pupils were pleased to welcome Dr Paula Newens who was at KC from 1993 - 1998.  Dr Newens gave pupils an insight into a career in medicine, her role as a doctor and what to expect if they plan to embark on this type of career.  Amy Constant was the 5th speaker of the day and spoke of her career as a Speech and Language Therapist which she worked hard for after leaving Kent College in 1997.  Finishing the day, was speaker Hayley Ingram who spoke of her career in Theatre and how perseverance is key if girls want to achieve a career in the performing arts.

All speakers gave insightful and inspirational talks and girls found the day extremely interesting.  It was a pleasure to welcome back former pupils and to hear how KC girls can achieve great things as women leaders.  Many thanks to Anna, Julia, Helen, Paula, Amy and Hayley for joining us, it was lovely to have you back at KC!

 

 

 


 

OGA Summer Reunion at Kent College, June 2012

 

Kent College was delighted to welcome back Old Girls from many different generations at the annual Summer Reunion on Sunday 17th June.  The day started with a delicious lunch giving former pupils and staff a chance to catch up and reminise.  This was followed by tours of the school and the afternoon film screening of The Belles of St Trinians which was shown as part of the school's Film Festival held during that weekend.  Ladies were then invited for further tours of the school site to see new developments including the new art & library building and refurbished Countess of Wessex Theatre and Organ Room, followed by afternoon tea.  We were delighted to welcome many new faces and were thrilled to welcome back some of our recent leavers who left back in 2010.  We look forward to seeing you all at our next event.

 

 

 

 

 


Abbey's textiles for the Queen, May 2012

Kent College were delighted to hear that Abbey Rance who left KC in 2009 to study Textiles has recently had work put on display for the Queen's Jubilee visit.

"Designs were chosen because of the work we do with fashion and textiles PGCE students, who are trained to go on and teach the next generation of students to engage with fashion and textiles,” explained Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in D&T Education, PGCE D&T Programme Leader.

"The event gave us the chance to showcase the great work that is done by the fashion and textiles teachers and the impact of fashion and textiles at large.”


 

Lily's Debating Success, May 2012

 

 

 

In May, Kent College was delighted to catch up with former pupil Lily Noall who left KC in 2009.  Lily is currently at Exeter University and will be graduating this year with a BA in International Relations and Conflict Studies, she has gained a progression scholarship and will be staying on at Exeter to do a Masters of Research in Politics with A PhD

Whilst at KC Lily attended the Model United Nations as an extra-curricular activity and continued this at University, becoming Vice President and President of the Exeter Model United Nations.  Lily spectacularly led the UN group from being an unknown team to being within the top 25 competing against all Universities in the world and gaining a higher place than Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. Lily has won Best Delegate at the Harvard National Model United Nations two years in a row, against 3000 students and currently teaches Model United Nations at Exeter College.



 


 

 
Kent College Pembury welcomes HRH The Countess of Wessex, March 2012

Pupils and staff at Kent College Pembury were delighted to welcome back old girl HRH The Countess of Wessex in their 125th Anniversary year to re-open the Kent College Theatre which has been re-named ‘The Countess of Wessex Theatre' following it's refurbishment after it suffered a technical fire in 2011

HRH who attended Kent College from 1976 – 1981 was delighted to return and commented on the happy years that she had enjoyed at the school. HRH had the opportunity to meet and chat with girls in the prep and senior school who all proudly cheered and waved windmills to mark the occasion.

HRH was also treated to an excerpt of the schools' theatre production ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream' which opened this week, before announcing the official re-opening of The Countess of Wessex Theatre. Pupils also released 125 balloons to mark the occasion and to celebrate the school's 125th Anniversary.

During her visit and ahead of her busy schedule, HRH The Countess of Wessex enjoyed an informal lunch with some of her former teachers, some had even bought HRH's original mark books!

It was a great privilege to host HRH The Countess of Wessex at Kent College today. Not only was it extremely thrilling for the girls and staff to be honoured by a royal visitor, but also great fun to chat to her as an old girl about her own days at the school. We are delighted that she has allowed us to name our newly refurbished theatre in her honour and are proud of our continued association. On a personal note, I was really touched that Her Royal Highness took so much time to talk to the girls and hope that she enjoyed her lunch with some of our retired staff who taught her when she was a pupil at Kent College.

Sally-Anne Huang

Well done to all pupils and staff for their efforts in making the event such a special occasion

 

 

Thanks to Mr Dixon & his photography team: Guinevere Poncia, Alice Finta, Alexa Everaert, Olivia Gould and Esme Ham

 
Olympic Swimmer Suki returns to Kent College, January 2012

 

Double World Champion Swimmer and ex Kent College pupil, Suki Brownsdon, returned to Kent College Pembury on Friday 20th January with Team GB Sports Dietician Gill Horgan, as representatives from the British Olympic Foundation (the charitable arm of the British Olympic Association).

Suki attended Kent College in the late 70s and early 80s, simultaneously training as part of Team GB. She eventually swam her way into the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, competing in the women's 100m breast stroke. She has competed in four Olympic Games, won five Commonwealth Games' medals including gold and European silver and is Double World Cup Champion.

 

 

 



125th Anniversary commemorative magazine

Order your copy of the 125th Anniversary commemorative magazine which chronicles the history of Kent College from Folkestone to Pembury and to Cornwall in between! Packed full of memories, anecdotes and images through the years, it is a beautiful publication for anyone who came to Kent College. Copies are priced at £12 including p&p, or £10.00 if you wish to collect from the school.  Please order through Emma Donovan by contacting friends@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk  

 

 

 

 


125th Anniversary London reunion & Friends Get together, November 2011,
National Portrait Gallery Restaurant

The 125th Anniversary London Reunion  & Friends Get together was this year held at the superb Portrait Restaurant at the top of the National Portrait Gallery overlooking stunning views of central London.  It was a delight to welcome Old Girls from across the generations including mothers and daughters for an afternoon of delicious food, great company and a chance to reminisce.

A competition to Guess the Year was held with Emma Johnston (KC 1999 - 2004) and Christine Wright (nee Johnson, KC 1950 - 57) winning joint 1st prize and the 125th commemorative KC bear.

We look forward to hosting this event next year and look forward to welcoming you.

 

 


 

Kent College celebrates 125 years on 22nd September 2011

Past and present Staff, Pupils, Parents and Friends celebrated Kent College's 125th Anniversary on 22nd September 2011 by re-living the School's early days of 1886 with a Victorian themed day.  Girls and staff all entered into the fancy dress spirit with chimney sweeps, old maids, Royalty and Artful Dodgers all arriving at school for a day of celebration.  There were prizes for best costume in all year groups and lessons were given a Victorian twist, as was the school dinner menu.

Kent College celebrates 125th Anniversary with Folkestone Old Girls, September 2011


On Thursday 22nd September a special Old Girls reunion was held to commemorate Kent College's 125th Anniversary at The Grand Hotel in Folkestone.  Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang, Head Girl Harri Mckenzie-Donovan and Deputies Queenie Tse and Kelsey Howard attended the reunion and afternoon tea along with the Chamber Choir and some of Kent College's newest Year 7 pupils.  Folkestone was the original home of Kent College after it was originally founded in 1886 on Bouverie Road.  The building 'Kent House' still exists today

Girls were delighted to meet and chat with one of Kent College's oldest surviving Old Girls, Jean Bezant who was presented with flowers by Elouise Norman and Sophie Haigh.  The Chamber Choir performed a selection of songs from The Magic Flute opera which will play from the 11th - 14th October.

Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang commented:

"It was really special to have the opportunity to bring the youngest and oldest of the KC community together. The girls were thrilled to meet people related to the schools' founders and wonderful ladies who had been pupils here during the second world war. Having KC in common definitely closed any potential generation gaps and I'm sure it was an afternoon everyone present will remember with great affection."

"The afternoon in Folkestone was a great way to celebrate the 125th birthday of KC. It was a really enjoyable day and we heard many stories from the old girls which were all really interesting. We also learnt a lot about what our school was like years ago and got to see where KC was when it was in Folkestone. "  Head Girl, Harri McKenzie-Donovan

 Sophie Haigh & Elouise Norman with Jean Bezant (above)    Head Girl Harri McKenzie-Donovan



Kent College Folkestone as it is today

 


 

 125th Old Girls' Reunion, AGM & Commemorative Dinner, June 2011


A special reunion, OGA Annual General Meeting and celebratory dinner was held on Saturday 25th June 2011 to mark the beginning of Kent College's 125 celebrations.

The day started with the Old Girls' Association AGM whereby two resolutions were passed.  The first being that the Old Girls' Association will now fall under the umbrella of the Friends of Kent College Association and that all existing members, along with those that join from now on, will automatically become Friends of Kent College.  The second resolution passed, states that the funds generated by the Old Girls' Association will start a Bursary Foundation, which will provide Bursary Funding to daughters and grandaughters of former pupils.  Both resolutions were unanimously passed by all members at the AGM and we now look forward to a new era for Kent College's valued alumni and in welcoming many more members back to the school.

Following the AGM, afternoon tea was held whilst visitors relaxed in the school grounds, visited their old haunts, took tours and looked through memorabilia on display.  A celebratory dinner was held in the evening with a menu representing the past and present.  Guest speakers including Headmistress Sally-Anne Huang, current School Officers and former 1950s pupil Jane More, who all took to the stage with recollections and news from the past and present.

Kent College was delighted to welcome back so many former pupils and members of staff to share this special Anniversary. 

 
 
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