Reunions and Events

ONLs are warmly invited to come back to School at any time. Please don’t wait for a reunion – if you are going to be in the area, simply contact the Alumnae Office; we would be delighted to organise a visit for you, with a tour of the school led by current girls. Please contact or call 020 8951 6377.

ONLs have an open invitation to attend school shows, performances and sports matches. Last year the School hosted 36 productions in the Performing Arts Centre, plus art exhibitions throughout the year.

We aim to provide ONLs with a full programme of events over the year, both at the School and at other venues, so that you are able to meet not only those in your own year group but also ONLs who share similar interests and careers.

ONLA hosts reunions for those who may have left North London last summer, or 60 years ago! We are delighted to welcome alumnae back for their 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 55+ reunions.

We also host sector-specific societies, to enable ONLs to network and build useful relationships. Societies for 2016-2017 are:

  • Arts
  • Business and Finance
  • Law
  • Media
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Medicine

In February 2016, our industry symposium focussed on Women in Media, and explored careers across sectors such as publishing, marketing, communications and PR.

In September,  the Rt Hon Lady Justice Sharp (ONL) spoke at the ONLA Law Society evening.  She sits as a judge in the Court of Appeal and is the Vice President of the Queen’s Bench Division and talked about her route from NLCS to her current role. 

The annual ONLA Picnic in June is always well-attended and ONLs from across the generations enjoy exploring the grounds with friends and family. 

We hope to see you at an ONLA event soon.

Carolina Jayson and Poorvi Smith, Alumnae & Development Officers

Programme of events for 2017

ONLA Arts Society drinks evening   18 Jan 2017 NLCS
ONLA Women in Medicine Society drinks evening   25 Jan 2017 Central London
Founder's Day By application 31 March 2017 NLCS
Class of  1977,1987,1997 and 2007 Reunion   6 May 2017 NLCS
ONLA Picnic All ONLs 25 June 2017 NLCS

Please contact us by email to find out more or to RSVP for any of these events.

Class of 1974 - 40th Anniversary Reunion

'The person you had to feel sorriest for at our 40th reunion was the woman with the task of taking our group photo. Herding 30 wilful, giggling, disobedient schoolgirls is a tough task – made more so when you realise that this group was actually 58 years old.
Next our sympathy must go to the girls at the school who were foolhardy enough to offer to show us round – and to return us in time for lunch. Fortunately some of us at least had glimpsed the delicious food that awaited us (and the wine), and so knew it was worth getting back for. Otherwise the poor girls would never have kept any control, as our groups split and reformed, noticing the new library where the smelly hockey boots were once stored, admiring the performing arts centre, seeing how much more welcoming the indoor swimming pool looked than the chilly outdoor one we enjoyed or endured.
The school was exciting, with so many activities and posters posing questions and providing information. For most the days of formal education are well behind us, although I hope that we are still learning. This looked like a marvellous environment in which to study and I am sure that several of us felt it would be nice to stay on and take a few classes, throw a few pots or investigate the stage lighting.
But we had other things to do. There was lunch to eat and the grounds, now beautifully manicured, to explore. And most of all there was the talking. Was the ‘dungeon’ that seemed to mark the start of a secret passage still there? (It was). What had happened to the spooky skeleton in the science labs? (Stolen apparently).
We noted the marvellous cultural diversity of today’s pupils. We talked about ourselves – about careers and redundancy and retirement, about new opportunities and publishing and volunteering, about children and grandchildren and husbands and partners and parents, about divorce and bereavement, about choirs and paragliding and books and films.

It was a great day, with wonderful hospitality from the school and a chance both to catch up with old friends and talk to people who one scarcely knew. We have shared photos beyond those who attended, and even tracked down a former schoolmate in America who we thought had disappeared and who was delighted to reconnect on Facebook.

Thank you North London for your hospitality, and for an enjoyable and eye-opening day.

Ruth Slavid ONL (1974)

Click here for photographs from the day. 

Class of 1964 - 50th Anniversary Reunion

The school was delighted to welcome back the class of 1964 to their 50th reunion.


Class of 1963 - 50th Anniversary Reunion

A very happy day was enjoyed by all in beautiful sunshine filled grounds of Canons at the 50 Year Anniversary Reunion of the Class of 1963.

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