COGA is Coloma’s alumnae association. The acronym stands for Coloma Old Girls’ Association but don’t take the description literally as you don’t have to be old to join our organisation! Anyone who has been a pupil of Coloma is eligible to join our club. Whether you left this year or thirty years ago, there is no difference and you will be very welcome.
Each year we hold a reunion luncheon at the school. This year’s event was held on Saturday 28th April and around 80 past pupils and current and ex-teaching staff attended a day which started with Mass in the chapel. Guests enjoyed a Prosecco reception, a sit-down lunch and afternoon tea prepared by Elliott Jones Catering. After lunch and the COGA AGM, Year 9 pupil, Sophie Rayner, was presented with the first COGA Maureen Martin OBE Award – a cheque for £100. Sophie was awarded the prize because she is a hard-working and enthusiastic pupil who likes to stretch and challenge herself to develop her learning. Outside of lessons Sophie is a young girl who will go out of her way to be helpful and kind to others including staff and her peers. She is always cheerful and has a positive outlook on life in general and school in particular. She always attempts to do the right thing and she is truly deserving of the prize. In an act of true selflessness, Sophie has decided to use the prize money to help raise funds for charity. Sophie’s mother, Jennifer, is a Coloma Old Girl herself and Sophie’s younger sister starts at Coloma in September 2018. COGA will be presenting this award annually to a Year 9 pupil who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and put others first. COGA created the award to mark the tremendous contribution to the school by retired Headteacher, Maureen Martin OBE.
2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of Coloma and ex-pupils of the school will celebrate the occasion with a very special reunion. The organisers expect a record attendance and a date for the event will be announced in the autumn. Watch this space for further details.
If you aren’t already a COGA member make sure you are on the mailing list by joining now. You can download the membership application form as a Word document here or as a PDF here. Membership for 2018 costs just £7.
If you need further information, you can contact Chair and membership secretary, Suzy Stoyel on 07702 039611 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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