Ringing in 125 years of Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School
Every year is a big year at Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar School but 2017 is going to be grand!
We will be celebrating the 125th birthday of IGGS, with a number of celebratory events planned throughout the year to provide opportunities for the whole School community to come together as one.
A highlight of the year will be our special birthday assembly on 1 March 2017, marking 125 years to the day since our foundation IGGS students had their first lessons in their new classrooms under the leadership of then-Headmistress, Miss Fanny Hunt.
A special commemorative logo has already been designed to proudly recognise the occasion – a pale blue bell. Our IGGS bell holds a special place in the heart of each and every IGGS girl who passed through these hallowed halls and rang the bell to mark the completion of their final exams in Year 12. The girls will wear these enamel bell pins with pride in 2017 after presentation at the 125 birthday assembly.
Development of an Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar School Cookbook, celebrating 125 years of IGGS, is also underway, with the memento set to feature not only delicious recipes but stories and tales from current and past students, staff, families and friends of IGGS and IJGS.
A special edition Canterbury “hoodie” has also been designed and will be available for pre-orders early in 2017 via FlexiSchools online ordering, or in the Cottage Shop. Don’t miss out!
Below are some of the highlights planned for 2017. Please save the date, and keep an eye out for further details to follow.
Parents & Friends Welcome BBQ – Monday 6 February
Parents, please join us for a relaxed BBQ & drinks on the Grammar Green following your Meet-the-Teacher (IJGS) or Head of House (IGGS) information session.
125th Birthday Assembly – Wednesday 1 March
A not-to-be-missed celebration that will see the whole school community (past and present) come together to celebrate 125 years of IGGS throughout a morning of festivities and throw-backs to the School’s early days.
Open Day – Saturday 11 March
Open Day is set to be bigger and better than ever in 2017, culminating in a cocktail celebration in the Phoenix Room that evening, with a fireworks display and live music. We also welcome back our 2016 Seniors for their Year 13 Lunch.
Tea & Symphony – Sunday 30 July
Join us for a magical afternoon celebrating the talents of the Ipswich Girls’ and Junior Grammar Co-Curricular Arts Department. Featuring internationally recognised artists, sessional staff and gifted and talented students, you will be treated to musical performances of the highest calibre.
Hosted by the Old Girls Association, this is an afternoon to suit everyone, so please bring along your family and friends.
The Long Lunch – Saturday 2 September
Set to be a highlight of the Ipswich social calendar in 2017, The Inaugural Long Lunch – A Feast Beneath the Figs will be an afternoon of feasting and entertainment set amongst the Avenue of Trees. Funds raised will support the 125th Birthday Capital Appeal. View invitation here.
Parents & Friends Spring Soiree – Friday 20 October
Enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere with food stalls, bar, rides, performances and more.
What an exciting year it will be for the entire School community!