Mayfair Convent Class of ’67 Reunites
By Michelle Joseph – The class of 1967 of Mayfair Convent School in Johannesburg held a reunion, with many flying in from different parts of South Africa and even from abroad.
About 50 alumni, including current principal Amalia Filiantris, gathered several of the Sisters involved in the school: Srs St John, Dolores, Claire, Declan and Goretti.
The appearance of the “girls” might have changed over the past 50 years, but they were delighted to rediscover their old schoolmates.
Visiting the Chapel and Walking the Corridors
The former pupils visited the chapel, finding that it had not changed at all. There they included in their prayers the Sisters who had taught them and the souls of past pupils who had died
There was great excitement as the class of 1967 walked again through the corridors, stairways and classrooms of the school, and much amusement as stories were recalled and experiences relived.
Mrs Filiantris used the intercom to call the “girls” to the hall — in the past a big brass bell did that job — where they were updated on the school, which now goes up to Grade 7 and serves 650 pupils, boys and girls.
A thanksgiving Mass was celebrated in what the alumni knew as the hall but is now St Joseph’s parish church. Fr Joachim Malunga gave a special blessing during Mass for all past pupils.
Some spouses joined the group for a dinner at the Killarney Country Club, where the chatting continued and friendships were renewed.
The class of 1967 thanked all who participated in the reunion, either by their presence, contributions or their participation in WhatsApp and Facebook chats.