Sheila Glasswell, left, is pictured with Maureen Martin, head mistress of Coloma Convent school, at the reunion

On Saturday May 8, Coloma Convent girls’ school and the Coloma Old Girls’ Association (COGA) welcomed more than 260 former pupils into school for the 140th anniversary reunion lunch.
The day began with Mass in the chapel, celebrated by Fr Joe O’Connor. Guests then proceeded to the splendid marquee on the school grounds where they were welcomed with a drink of their choice and canapés before sitting down for a buffet lunch, which was followed by the annual general meeting.

Subsequently, Sister Sheila Mahoney made everybody laugh with her quick wit and reminiscing, encouraging everybody to share their memories of their time at Coloma. Guests also had an opportunity to purchase their copy of Coloma Memories, a 178-page paperback book compiled by ex-pupil Sheila Glasswell.

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Afternoon tea was served after everybody had the opportunity to tour the school and in particular to view the display boards that were prepared by each academic department showcasing the work of current students.

As a result of the successful raffle and generous donations of our members, COGA is now in a position to send over £1,000 to the new Coloma primary school in Uganda, which has recently been opened by the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, who also founded Coloma in Croydon.

Coloma was founded by the Daughters of Mary, who were themselves founded by Canon Van Crombrugghe in 1817.