Should I go to my school reunion?


A younger Simon Biagi I feel old, really old!

I got a text from a school friend the other day and he told me that we have a 30-year reunion taking place in October this year. At first I thought he'd made a mistake and it must be the 20-year reunion but, without the aid of a calculator, I realised I was that old!

I left Watsons in Edinburgh in 1979 to go to Napier College (later Napier University) to study Biology. I had my first personal passport shortly afterwards and here's the photo from it – it really makes me laugh (I'm 18)!

The question is, should I go to the reunion? It will be in Edinburgh and although I have other reasons to go back (my mum has recently moved there to a new flat and is keen to show it off), it’s a long way to go to be with people I should remember but know I will not!

I've hardly seen anyone from school since I stopped playing rugby for the former pupil's club in 1982. I'm interested to see how people have changed and perhaps to catch up with a few old friends but would hate to go all that way just to leave early!

Has anyone been to a reunion like this? What’s it like? I would love to hear about your experiences before I make my mind up. What’s it like bumping into old girlfriends/boyfriends? When we last saw each other we would have been about 17 or 18, and now we're all getting close to 50!

It makes me realise that I'm not a young man anymore but have firmly entered the era of middle age.  The next thing you know I'll be getting a garden shed!

Simon x


  1. Sylvia February 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    I would say go for it.You should never forget your roots and you will meet old friends who might or might not have done aswell as you in life but please remember to treat them all as you would like to be treated yourself.As they say in Scotland “Hae a grand time”

  2. Debbie February 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    50 is the new 30. Have you not read Debbie Greenwood’s blog? So, no self-pity, please.
    Dust down your your tartan and get yourself up the road!
    If you are thinking of wearing your kilt , check that there’s nothing worn under there. If there is, just wear your trews and nobody will be any the wiser.
    Lang may yer lum squeak.
    Best wishes
    Mrs Coia x

  3. Anesha February 11, 2009 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    I am sure it would be an interesting evening and you might have fun. I would go.have a nice day.

  4. LINDA PLANT February 16, 2009 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    I have been to several reunions and they are great fun. You soon recognize people, and the years melt away when you start talking. My first reunion was 20 years ago at age 40 and had’nt seen a lot of the class mates in 25 years, but friendships soon rekindled and many of us still meet up regularly – we are not the age we are, we still react to each other as we did in school, and we have all become the closest of friends because of that.
    A word of advice. Dont be the big I am, it never works, but listen to how others have done and comment. That way you will be remembered pleasantly and asked back for further get togethers ! Go and enjoy !

  5. Yvonne February 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    Go on go for it. Go to the reunion.
    I left school in 1978 but have not heard of a reunion for us I would loved to have a reunion.
    Hope you go and have a good time.

  6. K. Ashman March 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Go for it I say. If you DON’T go, come the day you will wonder whether you should have gone and whether you are missing anything. You might meet some very interesting people and people you really like.
    If the reunion gets too boring, you can always creep away to see your mother and her new flat. Best of luck and I look forward to a report back?

  7. Mandy March 2, 2009 at 7:13 am -  Reply

    Dear Simon,
    I have exactley the same dilema. I left my school about 30 years ago and did not stay in contact with anyone as the school a boarding school abroad with people from allover. Well now facebook has a lot to answer for, and we are all getting back in touch. It feals so strange people are talking about doing a reunion but it means travelling and I do have to ask myselfare memories better off left as memories I just don’t know.

  8. heather reynolds March 7, 2009 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    I would say go. I am a Watsonian too and left in 81 so still remember you. That makes me sound old!

  9. Simon Biagi March 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Thanks so much for all your encouragement. I think I should go! Now, what to wear!
    Simon x

  10. Sue Bayley March 8, 2009 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon
    We’ve had several reunions and we left school in 1966! Many of us have kept in touch anyway and it’s great to see everyone. We had many clever people in my grammar school year but no-one has become full of his/her own importance. Maybe we’re lucky – we all socialised together whilst in school and it really is so easy to pick up where we left off. The last one was just before Christmas and we travel from all over – because it’s worth it. Now most of us are retired it’s quite bizarre to recall things that happened nearly half a century ago. And we remember it all so well!!!
    The only negative aspect is that several people have died and it’s very poignant recalling their contributions to schooldays.
    The school has been demolished now (so sad) but we old pupils keep the memory alive. Go to your reunion Simon….you may be nervous and apprehensive at the outset but once you’re there, it’s an amazing experience. The time flies and I bet you’ll agree to go to the next one!!!

  11. Sarah T April 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    So did you go? Am in the same situation now and would love to know what you decided!

  12. Derek Coldham December 17, 2012 at 6:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon we were in the same year at GWC and I’ve never been to any of the reunions. How did it go in 2009?

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