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Catherine Morgan - Class of 1979

Catherine has been awarded an OBE for Services to Classical Scholarship. She will be leaving the British School at Athens to take up a Senior Research Fellowship in Classics at All Souls College, Oxford from October 2015. 

Class of 1971 Reunion (July 2014)


Christine Thomas organised a reunion to coincide with Erica Thorne visiting from Australia. She lives in Ballarat. Chris arranged it at her house Lodge Farm Alvechurch.

From the left:
Sue Shaw (Cochrane), Louise Everard (Everett), Annie Wood, Sally Fairhead, Cathy Glover, Lesley Coglan (Galer), Sheila Eccleston (Hudson), Erica Smith (Thorne), Kathryn Paape (Sachs)), Sue Peake (Hinsley), Gillian Potter (Pover), Beryl Murphy (Abbott), Daphne Currier (Lewis


Heather Stone (née Brookstein) - Class of 1976 (July 2014)

Hi! or G'day! I have been living in Sydney, Australia for 20 plus years, and wonder if there are any Old Eds down under, particularly in NSW and Sydney? We could have our own reunions when we don't have the time or means to travel back. (Incidentally I never say G'day, but have been known to end a conversation with a "catch you later".)

Eva Burkowski (née Percival) - Class of 1970 (July 2014)

After reading Classics at Oxford, I went on to a 3-year fine arts course, and then taught art at Edgbaston High for 2 years. I had by now met my Canadian husband, and in 1979 emigrated to Thunder Bay, Ontario (pop. 110,000; also bear, moose, and several million pine-trees), where I taught sessions of English in college and art history in university. I then obtained a B.Ed. and for the last 25 years, until my retirement Jan. 2014, happily taught English in high school. I have been involved for many years with local community theatre and have directed eight Shakespeare plays. Gordon and I have two children, grown and flown, and thus there are spare beds for any Old Edwardians crossing the continent :)

(Editor's note: Eva kindly visited us at KEHS this year to revive the beautiful mural at the top of the staircase by the Principal's Study. It looks stunning and we are very grateful to her for her time and effort!)

Mary Harper (née Castle) – Class of 1970 (June 2014)

I went to Surrey University to study French and German. I then did a trilingual secretarial course and worked in industry for several years as an Export Assistant and Linguist. After a gap to bring up my two daughters, I studied for a PGCE at the University of Greenwich and spent over 20 years teaching German.  I took early retirement from my job as Head of German at the Rochester Grammar School and have spent the last two years teaching English at the school in Germany where I had previously set up a programme of visits.  I am living in the most delightful part of Germany, the Moselle valley, which is the heart of the wine-growing industry.

Judy Martin (née Hague) – Class of 1970 (June 2014)

My husband and I have started a charity that helps very poor people in Tanzania through partners we have got to know there. The Wabia Network supports companies that offer micro-credit loans to women in certain areas, promoting economic activity and family welfare right in the heart of rural Tanzania.

Women receiving loans are given training covering entrepreneurship, business planning, loan contracts, cash flow, banking and business discipline. The training emphasises honesty and responsibility, showing them that their repayments go to help others. Since it was established in 2009, no one has defaulted on their loan.


Wendy Griffiths – Class of 1975 (née Hill)(June 2014)

I qualified as a Physiotherapist at the QE and went on to work in Stourbridge before getting a senior post at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. I gave up treating people and went into treating animals when I started my family in 1983. When my daughter went on to study Physiotherapy, I was tempted to 'return to practice' (at the grand age of 50!) and now have a lovely job at Droitwich Hospital. How orthopaedic surgery has moved on since I first worked! The challenge has been enormous but I am really pleased that I made the effort to return to the hospital setting.