We encourage existing students to consider joining the Guild – Wycombe High School’s student association.
Every student has the opportunity to join the Guild on her entry to school, by paying a modest one off payment, or five instalments. To find out more, please download a description of benefits and membership form here. The Wycombe High School Guild is an organisation for all students and staff -past and present- of Wycombe High School.
The story of the Guild began in 1910, nine years after the School was founded, and the first pupils had become 'old girls'. Many were anxious not to lose touch with each other and the School and as a result, the idea of the 'Old Girls Guild' developed, warmly welcomed by Miss Christie the first Headmistress. The aim of the Guild is to promote fellowship between students and staff of the School.
Wycombe High School and Guild Annual Magazine
Each year the Guild and School produce an annual magazine celebrating the life of current and former students and staff. The 2018 Wycombe High School and Guild Annual Magazine is still available to view online here. If you prefer a hard copy, please download the order form below and return it to the Guild Administrator via email firstname.lastname@example.org or post.
It is that time of year again when we write to you asking for news and / or original contributions for the 2019 magazine. You may feel you have little of interest to tell but members continue to enjoy reading about your interesting lives and achievements after your school days. Original contributions are always welcome. They may include a poem; short story; an account of an interesting holiday; a favourite hobby; life at university and / or your profession. Photos (especially when you were at school), drawings and artwork would all be appreciated.
The deadline for replies is Friday 1 February 2019. If possible, please send your original contributions (maximum 1,000 word count) and news (maximum 250 word count) by e-mail in Microsoft Word or pdf for text and jpg or pdf for photographs.
Please send in your contributions to the Guild Administrator at email@example.com. If you are submitting hard copy, please post this to y the Guild Administrator using the school address.
We Need Group Leaders
We are very short of Group Leaders and will be making a plea for more volunteers in 2019. Group Leaders collate their groups’ responses for publication and forward the content to the Editor. It is not a difficult job and we would love to have a Group Leader for every year so if you know of anybody who would be willing to lead any of the groups below (even if they are not a Guild member) then please pass on my details and ask them to get in touch.
Leaders are currently needed for the following years: 1958, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971,1972, 1974, 1975,1978,1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009.
If you are interested in becoming a group leader, please contact the Guild Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for Your Diary
2 May 2019 – Guild Wine and Cheese evening
24 June 2019 – Guild Lunch and AGM
Keep in Touch!
If you are a Facebook fan or member of LinkedIn, we encourage you to join the Official Wycombe High School Groups linked below and to follow us on Twitter.
Mary Christie Centenary Grand Reunion
2017 marked the 100 year anniversary of the death of Mary Christie, the first head mistress of Wycombe High School. We held a grand reunion on 24 of June 2017 which was for all past students and staff of Wycombe High School and Lady Verney. Please follow this link to see photos from the day.
We were thrilled to welcome former student, Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry and former non-executive director of the Competition and Markets Authority, Lloyds Banking Group and the UK Statistics Authority who delivered our welcome speech.
Trace a Friend
Let us help you find a friend or member of staff. Please tell us their full name and if possible dates at WHS/LVHS. Email us at email@example.com.
Guild members are potentially a tremendous resource for WHS as there are numerous ways in which Guild members can become involved in the life of the School, to the benefit of the girls. Please let us know how you would like to become involved by completing the Guild Links form and returning it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not join the Official Wycombe High School Facebook Group (members of staff and former students only please) and if you have your own business become a member of the WHS Business Directory on Facebook to help network and promote fellow WHS entrepreneurs. You can also follow us on Twitter @WycHighAlumnae
'Inspire Series' of Lunchtime Talks
The Guild organises the annual 'Inspire Series' Lunchtime Talks led by former students together with our Higher Education and Careers Advisor. We encourage former students from diverse backgrounds to return to school and speak to students, staff and parents about their life after school and the career path they chose.
Last academic year we welcomed Sally McIlhone (class of 2003) a playwright and Deputy Editor of SHOP (an international fashion and travel magazine); Dr Laura Hunter (class of 2004) a Dentist and Medical Lawyer focusing on Dento Law; Nicola Brown (class of 1992) pilot for British Airways and Lucy Forbes (class of 2001) teacher of Psychology.
This year we have welcomed Paula Lee (class of 1996) former Deputy Mayor of High Wycombe, Natalie Awdry (class of 2004) lead for Research and Analytics at Amazon, Frances Sheadown (class of 1986) Deputy Managing Director at Insight Solutions, Kanta Media, Dr Catherine Rozier (neé Goode, class of 2006) a Classics lecturer at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Lampeter and Ella Blakstad (class of 2010) Digital Analyst at Accenture UK.
If you would like to be a part of our lunchtime talks, please email us at email@example.com.
We are very fortunate in having such a comprehensive collection of school records, photos, timetables, exercise books, text books, uniform etc. which can be used to trace the history of the school, from its foundation in 1901, and the lives of past pupils.
The aims of the Archive are:
To preserve the heritage and history of Wycombe High School and the Wycombe High School Guild
To enhance and contribute to the learning experience of students at Wycombe High School
To contribute to the academic study of the history of girls’ state education
The objectives are the Archive are:
The retention, preservation and cataloguing of significant records and artefacts from Wycombe High School, Lady Verney High School and Wycombe High School Guild
The promotion of the archive to staff and students
The provision of access to the archive for staff and students
The promotion of the archive to the wider community
The provision of access to the archive for the wider community
The ongoing work of volunteers receiving, sorting, cataloguing and housing records for the archive, is very much appreciated. We should very much welcome more volunteers to help with:
Sorting, cataloguing and housing records
Digitisation of records
If you would like to know more about the Archive, just to visit it or to help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are usually there on Wednesday mornings during term time and at other times by prior arrangement.
We welcome donations of material associated with Wycombe High School including photographs, uniform, programmes of School events, CDs, memoirs - really anything connected to the School. Please send in your contributions along with a letter describing the article and providing the first name, surname and maiden name of the original owner. We welcome background stories for the artifacts donated.