An alumna of St Mary’s School, Cambridge cherishes her memories and friendships from her time at our school.
She is a mature, independent and well-informed individual with an instinct to achieve and the ability to lead. She is a confident global citizen with a strong sense of responsibility towards others. She is a young woman of faith and reason, ready to make her mark on the world, supported by a network of lifelong friends who is an active participant in our alumnae association.
In October 2014, the Pastonian Association was brought under the auspices of St Mary’s School, Cambridge, which now has the capacity to support a wide range of exciting activities and events for all of our alumnae.
The school’s efforts to engage with and keep in touch with its alumnae can be traced back to a ‘first’ Christmas Pastonian Newsletter in 1946. At this time, The Old Pastonians were a self-governing body with a committee of 10 and a total of 188 members. The newsletter contained an alphabetical list of Old Pastonians and a brief update of their news – stories from the war, some school news and some staff news.
We now have a database of over 4,000 names and contact details and, with input from our alumnae, we will be able to continue to grow this. The Pastonian Association, which is co-ordinated by the Development Office, offers its members a number of benefits including:
- Events and reunions – enabling alumnae to meet up and stay in touch
- Careers – offering our current students access to careers mentoring, work experience and gap year opportunities through our alumnae network
- Prayers and Mass – for those alumnae who have made contact with the school regarding special intentions or adventures
Please note: St Mary’s School, Cambridge student leavers only become full members of the Pastonian Association when they reach their 18th birthday and have left the school. Students who leave the school in Year 11 become affiliated members of the Pastonian Association, until their 18th birthday when they become full members.
Our Development Office, which is headed up by Miss Julie Hogg and supported by Mrs Emma Whittley as Alumnae Officer, was set up in 2014. The development team’s aim is to grow and develop the programme of events on offer to alumnae, parents, former staff, friends and supporters. Julie also develops fundraising programmes to support a number of capital projects which will help to build and grow the school’s reach in terms of the range and quality of facilities on offer, as well as building up an endowment fund to ensure the long term future of the school.
The Development Office’s primary focus is to ensure that alumnae always have a place at St Mary’s School, Cambridge and to bring together our community through a range of projects, events and activities which enhance and enrich the school.
Keeping in touch
Please keep in touch and tell us your news by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and by joining our dedicated Pastonian Facebook group – click here or just search for the Pastonian Association, St Mary’s School, Cambridge the next time you are on Facebook.
|Thursday 9 March
||Madonnas & Miracles
||The Holy House in Renaissance Italy exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum will open to the public on Tuesday 7 March, and we are delighted to be able to invite family and friends of the school to attend a bespoke lecture, Madonnas & Miracles, presented Dr Victoria Avery (Keeper of Applied Arts and In-House Curator at the Fitzwilliam Museum), at the school on Thursday 9 March. The Renaissance period is one of the most fascinating in history and for many historians it is seen as the beginning of the modern age – the lecture will enable all to get a taste of the intense period of change, spirituality and the social and economic climate which enabled it. Click here for further information or to book.
|Thursday 20 April
||It's not fair!
||Following the successful talk by parenting guru Judy Reith last September Judy is back by popular demand. This time Judy will talk about the often tricky relationship between siblings and what parents can do to encourage their children to get along, have more love and loyalty, and to see less fighting, tale telling, and jealousy. The talk will be held from 6.45pm to 9.30pm in the Senior School hall. Please click here for further information or to book.
*Unless these events are free of charge they are school fundraising events, with proceeds going to the school’s chosen charities or development projects.