Reunion 15th 16th & 17th November 2024

Sacred Heart


At the Granary, Founders Heritage Park, Nelson

Dear Sacred Heart & Redwood Alumni,

Mark your calendars! The much-anticipated Sacred Heart & Redwood Reunion Weekend is just around the corner, taking place from Friday, November 15th to Sunday, November 17th, 2024.

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for this historic occasion, where we come together to celebrate our shared memories and lifelong friendships from our beloved Sacred Heart & Redwood days. It promises to be a weekend filled with laughter, reminiscing, and creating new memories to cherish for years to come.

To ensure your participation in the reunion events, please register using the link provided below. Simply scroll down to the end page or click on ‘Register’ at the top right of the screen. When making your payment, please use ‘Reunion’ as the bank reference.

We look forward to reconnecting with you and relive the magic of our school days. See you at the reunion!

Friday 15th November, 2:00 pm
The Granary at Founders Heritage Park.

Welcome to the first day of our highly anticipated Sacred Heart & Redwood Historic Reunion! We’re excited to kick off this memorable weekend filled with nostalgia, laughter, and cherished reunions.

Please join us at the Granary, Founders Park, Nelson, to commence our festivities. Here’s what you can look forward to today:

Event Details:

  • Location: Granary, Founders Park, Nelson
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Activities:
    • Sign in and reconnect with your college year groups
    • Enjoy a welcome drink and indulge in Nelson light bites
    • Collect your welcome gift pack, including your name badge

Schedule Highlights:

  • Official Reunion and Class Group Photographs: Commencing at 3:00 pm

Make sure to arrive promptly to catch up with old friends, make new connections, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of our reunion.

Let’s make unforgettable memories together as we celebrate the legacy of Sacred Heart & Redwood.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 16th November, 2:00 pm
The Granary at Founders Heritage Park

6:00 pm Dinner at Tides Restaurant, 66 Trafalgar Street.

As we continue our Sacred Heart & Redwood Historic Reunion, we invite you to enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of Nelson Markets or take the bus ride to the iconic Mapua Warf. Spend quality time with your friends and families, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere of your hometown Nelson.

Morning Activities:
Nelson Markets: Explore and savour the delights of Nelson’s local produce, crafts, and more.
Mapua Excursion: Experience the charm of Mapua with its scenic vistas and culinary delights.

After a delightful morning, we’ll reconvene at the Granary, Founders Park, Nelson, at 2:00 pm for an afternoon filled with meaningful activities:

Afternoon Agenda:

2:00 pm: All attendees gather at the Granary for:

Couch Stories and Remembrance Time
Historic College presentation
Past Teachers sharing their stories

Evening Celebration:

6:00 pm: Join us for a celebratory Reunion dinner at the Tides Hotel Bar & Eatery (formerly known as Trailways Hotel), located at 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson.

Further details regarding our special Reunion Dinner and Function will be updated and emailed to all registered past pupils.

We look forward to reconnecting, reminiscing, and creating new memories together throughout the day and evening. If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to us

Sunday 17th November, 12:00 pm
Mass at St. Mary’s Church
Manuka Street.

12:00 midday – special dedication Mass will be held for all Reunion attendees, friends and families.

Following the Mass, we will enjoy more chats, laughter and shared stories during our lunch at St. Mary’s Hall, Manuka Street.

After lunch, we bid you all farewell and the reunion is over.

But before you leave the Manuka Street premises, be sure to appreciate the opportunity to walk around the old Manuka Street location – what was at the heart of the College.

Reunion Book

Invitation to Share Your Memories for the Reunion Book

Dear Sacred Heart & Redwood Community,

We are excited to announce the creation of the Reunion Book, a compilation of our collective stories and photographs that will serve as a timeless keepsake of our cherished memories.

We invite all past pupils and staff to contribute your stories and photographs to be included in this special publication. Whether you have hilarious anecdotes that still bring tears of laughter, touching memories that evoke nostalgia, or courageous tales that inspire, we welcome them all. This is an opportunity to preserve our shared experiences before they are lost to time.

The deadline for story submissions is Tuesday, 1st October 2024. Please email your stories and photographs as soon as possible to

The Reunion Book will feature images from our Reunion Facebook Group and website gallery, plus photographs capturing the essence of our reunion weekend. It will be a self-published book, with details regarding purchasing arrangements and pricing to be finalized on Sunday 17th November. The price will depend on the final number of pages.

We encourage you to share your memories on any topic of your choosing, as your contribution will help create an amazing book that celebrates our shared history.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to receiving your stories and photographs, and to preserving our collective memories for generations to come.

Design Our Book Cover

Design Our Book Cover

Front and Back Cover Design is to be created

As we continue to gather stories and photographs for our upcoming Reunion Book, we are excited to extend a special invitation to all illustrators and artists within our community.

We believe that your creative talents can add an extra layer of richness and depth to our project. That’s why we’re reaching out to invite you to contribute your artwork to be featured alongside our collective memories.

Whether you specialize in illustrations, paintings, sketches, or any other form of visual art, we would love to showcase your work in our Reunion Book. Your artwork will help bring each decade to life, creating a visual journey through our shared history.

If you’re interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible. We’ll provide you with further details on specifications, deadlines, and how to submit your artwork.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to contribute your creativity to our Reunion Book. We can’t wait to see the amazing artwork that our talented community members will bring to this project!

Submit Your Book Cover Artwork and or Illustrations to


Email your favourite 100 word ‘special memory’ and we will post here for you.

Imagine being a fourth former and thinking you have all the confidence in the world because you are no longer a Third former or a newbie and also don’t have the stress of being a fifth former with School Certificate to worry about and then your mother gets summonsed to the school to be told her daughter is boy crazy!! Thanks, Sister Celine!!!!

Erin Silke December 1975

"Boy Crazy"!

On a warm day our Science Teacher had scheduled her lesson on chemical reactions, or specifically why Phosphorus is stored in water – it ignites when exposed to oxygen. We did have in our scantily resourced Lab a Fume Cupboard. She exposed a piece of phosphorous to the air and shut the cupboard door – we then had a second unscheduled lesson. The poisonous fumes escaping through the vents at the back of the cupboard were sucked back into the classroom through the open window next to it – warm air flows toward cold air! We evacuated the Lab, lesson cut short – yippee.

Clare Haycock (Byrne) December 1975

Science Lesson – Phosphorus Fumes & Evacuation!

Starting in 1971, our year was one of the first to be at Redwood College right through, rather than at Sacred Heart or a little of both. We did feel so very grown up when we arrived on our first day in our new red uniforms and panama hats. No gloves by the time we started but our hats were legendary. I’m sure everyone from my year will remember how perfect Anne W’s hat remained right throughout our years at college. Everyone else’s looked pretty battered in next to no time but Anne’s remained pristine from start to finish.

Paddy McBride 1971 to 1974

New Red Uniform & Panama Hats!

I enjoyed the special occasions when the nuns would take us around to Our Lady’s Grotto and we would help tidy the area and plant new flowers. The Grotto was my favourite place to visit. Other special memories were our sunbathing on the far end of the back fields, chatting about our fun and happy lives – and most likely chatting about the boys walking past on their way to the Boy’s College! Plus of course, sitting on the fire escape outside the common room, and watching the boys walk by!

Bernadette King-Turner December 1975

Our Ladies Grotto, Sun Bathing & Boys

For all those girls who were in Form 3 at Sacred Heart College Nelson in 1955 – here is a true story. Now let’s see how many of you remember this ‘Dastardly Deed’ which is chicken feed compared with what happens at College these days. Cast your minds back to Sister Faith’s class room second floor up, and looking toward the left of the blackboard, where a row of cupboards stood. Now I think it was one of the Boarders who told me that there was a trap door in the cupboard. So one day curiosity overcame our terror, and two or three of us (who were you?)crept upstairs during lunchtime and with one of you as guard at the classroom door, – myself and two others with hearts beating madly, quietly opened the cupboard to find YES the trapdoor was positioned on the floor. We gingerly and carefully lifted it up; our mouths fell open as we leaned forward to view the Sisters at work in the kitchen below. BUT something unexpected happened while I had my mouth open, – a long snake like dribble oozed from my mouth, and to my horror before I could slurp it back, it wound itself slowly down, and dropped fair and square onto one of the Sisters headgear. For several seconds our eyes were transfixed as the last of the dribble descended, and then panic set in; – we hastily closed the trapdoor and cupboard door, and fled. The rest of the class thought we were so brave and brazen. I can still remember this as if it were yesterday. It’s actually 68years ago this year. Diana Clark (nee Inwood)

Diana Clark (Inwood)

‘Dastardly Deed’

The giggling excitement and rowdy commotion of Redwood college girls leaning out the first-floor windows announcing the sight to those of us inside is one to remember. Mrs. Maplesden had arrived wearing a TROUSER SUIT. More of us rushed to the old-sash windows to get a look. This was the early ‘70s, but to see a woman teacher in trousers, I actually wondered if ‘the nuns’ would allow it! It had cuffs and pressed lines, burnt orange, the jacket open at the front with a twin set top underneath. But life soon went on as usual, Mrs Maplesden, who seemed above it all, continued having cheerful chats with Sr Celine, occasionally throwing chalk at pupils at the back who were talking rather than listening, and teaching us Geography and English, leaving us all with many fond memories.

Gabriel King-Turner

Mrs. Maplesden

Sacred Heart & Redwood Reunion 15th, 16th & 17th November 2024

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