Reunions / Events


Manawatu/Wairarapa Old Girls' Lunch

Manawatu, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay Old Girls have been meeting in March, for several years. The 2020 function will be held of the St Matthew’s College Grounds.

“These gatherings are well worthwhile. No matter what “era” we are from we all have one thing in common. The atmosphere is always pleasant, relaxed and enjoyable.”

More information for next year will be posted on the FB page or you could contact:

Lynn Lamb (Watson) 06 378 7860, Errol Warren (Ashdown) 06 370 9332 Bev Armistead (Bunny) 06 323 3577 or Inga Ward (Andresen) 06 354 4709.

The Inaugural Annual ROBA/SMOGA Auckland Reunion

The 2019 inaugural annual Auckland reunion at the Parnell Tennis Club was a huge success. There were approximately 100 people in attendance with some last-minute RSVPs.

The reunion was a fabulous opportunity to share stories, renew old acquaintances and catch up with the impressive achievements of so many of former students.

The March 2020 Reunion details will be posted on the ROBA and SMOGA FB Pages.

L-R Tania Clifton-Smith (Clifton), Caroline Petrie (Martin), Bruce and Gwen Levick, Rowan Cowie, Celia Motion (Tatham).

Current Rathkeale Principal, Martin O’Grady and wife Sara with Past Rathkeale Principal John Taylor and his wife Sarah.

2020 Combined ROBA/SMOGA Reunion Weekend Proposal

Over recent years the Rathkeale Old Boys’ Association have focused on Queen's Birthday Weekend for their Decades on Reunions. There is a growing appreciation amongst the Old Boys that the Reunion model is working well and becoming an established annual event.

ROBA and SMOGA would love to see some year groups who are planning reunions consider making Queen’s Birthday weekend their reunion weekend of choice. The Old Girls could organise time to look around at St Matt’s and to do their own thing as well as potentially joining the Old Boys for time with their combined year group. This could possibly be a joint dinner on the Saturday night.

If you are part of a cohort that finished its time at Rathkeale/St Matthew’s in 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 or 2010 then Queen's Birthday 2020 is your time to come back to share time with your College contemporaries. 2021 will be the year for all those whose cohort finished on a ‘1’ year and so on.

The format adopted by ROBA is as follows:

Friday Evening

6:30 pm Social gathering for all attendees and partners in College Dining Hall ($30.00 per person)

Saturday Morning

Morning tea, school tours, photographs and lunch (courtesy of the College)

Saturday Afternoon

Free time or activities as organised by Year Group Facilitators.

Saturday Evening

Individual year group functions (1970 Lindsay Watts, 1980 Gary Herrick, 1990 TBC, 2000 Michael Tosswill, 2010 Jacob Smith)

If you or your year group would like any further information about how the Rathkeale Reunion model works, call Grant Harper 027 246 6707 or 06 370 0175 extn. 7730 or email | website