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Old Dolphins' Association

The ODA

In 1910, just five years after the founding of the school, The Old Dolphins’ Association (ODA) was established “not at my instigation” stated Miss Gertrude Clement, Head Mistress at the time, "but at the demand of some Old Dolphins who claimed the right to connect themselves in some definite way with their old school."

Miss Clement wrote these words in 1916, yet they continue to reflect the ODA’s main aim 100 years later: to maintain an active network of G&L alumnae by providing a range of opportunities for Old Dolphins to stay connected with each other and the wider school community.

Generations of Old Dolphins attribute their time at G&L was being a very important part of their development into confident and capable women. Bound together by the common experience of an extraordinary secondary education, Old Dolphins form a community numbering thousands of women living and working around the globe.

Old Dolphins
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The ODA encourages Old Dolphins remain connected to the school by volunteering their time and expertise to G&L as leaders of the Association; as leaders of year groups, regional groups and other alumnae networks; and as higher education and career mentors to current students and other alumnae.

Old Dolphins also support G&L through their gifts to the Bursary Fund and the Annual Giving Programme. Contributions to the School are also made through periodic campaigns for capital projects and to establish new educational initiatives, as well as through planned giving programmes for legacies and other forms of charitable gifts.

ODA Highlights

Old Dolphins' Day.

Old Dolphins' Day is held in September each year. It's a great opportunity to catch up with your classmates. Our alumnae travel from across the world to join in.

All former G & L pupils are invited back to the school for the Old Dolphins' Association AGM and for lunch and tours of the school. A special invitation is extended to the classes who left Godolphin 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 years ago for their anniversary reunions.

The photo shown is of the Class of '56 at the 2016 Old Dolphin's Day

Reunions

Many Old Dolphins choose to organise their own reunions, however the ODA also coordinates regular get togethers for year groups from Godolphin. In the Summer Term the leavers from the last two years are invited to informal evening drinks. Members of 'anniversary' classes are invited to reunions at the Old Dolphins' Day. In September 2017 we look forward to welcoming back to school the classes of '07, '97, '87, '77, '67, '57, '47 and hopefully '37 and '27 as well.

Alumnae Speaking Opportunities at G & L

Our Higher Education and Careers Team regularly welcomes Old Dolphins back to school to share their professional insights. If you are happy to be contacted please email the ODA with details of your current role and sector or update your details using the form on this website

Old Dolphins' Day.

Old Dolphins' Day is held in September each year. It's a great opportunity to catch up with your classmates. Our alumnae travel from across the world to join in.

All former G & L pupils are invited back to the school for the Old Dolphins' Association AGM and for lunch and tours of the school. A special invitation is extended to the classes who left Godolphin 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 years ago for their anniversary reunions.

The photo shown is of the Class of '56 at the 2016 Old Dolphin's Day

Reunions

Many Old Dolphins choose to organise their own reunions, however the ODA also coordinates regular get togethers for year groups from Godolphin. In the Summer Term the leavers from the last two years are invited to informal evening drinks. Members of 'anniversary' classes are invited to reunions at the Old Dolphins' Day. In September 2017 we look forward to welcoming back to school the classes of '07, '97, '87, '77, '67, '57, '47 and hopefully '37 and '27 as well.

Alumnae Speaking Opportunities at G & L

Our Higher Education and Careers Team regularly welcomes Old Dolphins back to school to share their professional insights. If you are happy to be contacted please email the ODA with details of your current role and sector or update your details using the form on this website

ODA Executive Committee

Janaki Prosdocimi nee Nicholas, class of 1989

Chairman of Executive Committee

I am a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Finance specialist in growing businesses and strategy. I have a range of clients in Media, Retail & Banking. I am also a mother of three.

Favourite School Memory: My favourite school memories are of playing hockey, putting on fashion shows and experimenting in the science lab.

Joy Puritz, class of 1967

Hon. Secretary of the ODA and Minutes Secretary of the Executive Committee

After leaving Birmingham University in 1973, where I graduated in German, I worked for over 37 years for Grant & Cutler Ltd, the largest foreign-language bookseller in Britain. I also studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I was a part-time professional singer after that for many years. I was editor of Dolphin Link for its first four years.

Favourite School Memory: Singing the role of Mr Noye in Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” in February 1966.

Julia Collins, class of 1994

Treasurer of Executive Committee

After studying philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, I joined Arthur Andersen where I trained as an accountant. In 2003 I began working at Easyjet in treasury and then investor relations until 2007. Since then I have worked at Firefly Tonics, a small company making natural juice drinks where I attend to all things financial and anything else that shows up on my desk.

Favourite School Memory: Mr Raleigh explaining that:  + 1 = 0 was the perfect combination of all the most significant concepts in Maths and was so perfect it might make you believe in God.

Ruth Mitchell nee Bower, class of 1965

Executive Committee Member – Events

Having worked in Banking for 35 years I am now retired. I am a Trustee of the School’s Bursary Fund and am also a member of the Bursary Finance Committee. I have been married to Chris for over 45 years.

Favourite School Memory: Probably the day after our Head, Miss Bishop, returned from Buckingham Palace after receiving her D.B.E. We were all instructed to say, “Good Morning Dame Joyce” when she arrived at assembly and then she gave us all a delightful resume of the events and proceedings of her time at the Palace.

 

 

Melanie Wood nee Corbett, class of 1981

Executive Committee Member – Sports Events Co-ordinator

I qualified in medicine from The Royal London Medical College in 1987, and married Simon. I undertook postgraduate training in Eye Surgery at Moorfields, Oxford, Kings and St. Thomas’, where my research lead to an MD degree. I specialise in diseases and surgery of the ocular surface, cornea and cataract. I am also responsible for training ophthalmologists throughout London, and teaching the trainers nationwide. I still play tennis, squash and hockey competitively.

Favourite School Memory: Winning the Southern Counties Hockey tournament and progressing to the National finals.

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The Charity called The Godolphin and Latymer School (charity registration number 312699) is administered by The Godolphin and Latymer School Foundation, a charitable company limited by guarantee (Company number 3598439)