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Sheffield Girls' celebrates first 'Melbournians' event

Last week we celebrated our inaugural group of ‘Melbournians’. This is the name we give to girls who have been at Sheffield Girls’ since Reception right through until Year 13. 

Our Melbournians, Anyaa, Imani, Adithi, Naina, Khushi, Emily, Isobel, Hannah, Sophie, Stephanie, Lizzie, Zara, Annabel and Ananya were treated to a celebratory lunch in the Junior Hall with Mr Hald, Miss Green, Mrs Leslie as well as Mr Spick and Dr Mac.

After a delicious lunch, a spontaneous piano performance from Stephanie, and a chance to look at photos from their first days at school, the Melbournians travelled the short distance to the Infant building to meet our Reception class who were incredibly excited to meet the ‘big girls’. Mrs Leslie created pure joy as she shared items from her box of memories; favourite reading books, school uniform and even a treasured jigsaw, uniting our oldest and youngest pupils in their treasured memories of their own first days at Sheffield Girls’.

The Melbournians were then proudly shown into the Art Room by the Reception girls, where everyone had a brilliant time creating shared artwork of a ‘Melbournian’ on her first day at school. Our Reception class loved having the Melbournians stay and play with them, and it was hard to tear them away as the event drew to a close. One girl said, “I loved colouring with the big girls, they’re fun! I wanted them to stay with us forever” 

Deputy Head Girl, Khushi said “I have had a wonderful 14 years at this school, with every school day teaching me something valuable. Sheffield Girls’ has instilled in me the values of kindness, courage and positivity. Attending the Melbournians event was greatly nostalgic and made me have immense pride to be a Sheffield Girls’ student. It was so much fun to spend time with the Reception class, and really moving to be back where it all began for me.”

We couldn’t leave without getting our oldest and youngest pupils together for a photo to commemorate such a special occasion, and there was much giggling and shuffling as everyone found a space to sit on the Junior stairs, where many a class photo has been taken over the years. At the end of the event there was a real sense of excitement amongst our youngest pupils about the time ahead of them at Sheffield Girls’. We can’t wait to see what the next 14 years will bring for them. 

Our Melbournians will become the newest members of the Sheffield Girls’ Alumnae Network alongside all their Class of 2024 cohort. We wish them all well with their upcoming exams and look forward to welcoming this wonderful year group back to reunions and events in the future. 

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