Several members of the class of 1998 of Aberdeen Secondary School held a nostalgic get-together during the recent holiday period to celebrate twenty years since leaving school.
Ten people, including two couples who had met whilst at school, attended the reunion, and enjoyed reminiscing at the school itself before going to the home of one of the group for a braai. A few members of their matric class have passed away, and these former friends were remembered in prayer. Many memories were shared of the time when Andy Gradwell, who is well-known in both Aberdeen and Graaff-Reinet, was principal of the school.
Of the ten, only two still live in Aberdeen: Martiens Baartman, a security officer at Aberdeen Hospital, and Magdelena Oliphant, a grade one teacher at Aberdeen Full Service School.
The remaining former pupils, Nicolene Klaassen, Silva Klaassen, Mary-Jo Flippies, Alrich Barends, Johan Klaassen, Tom Paulse, Geraldine Jansen and Elgreco Klaassen, all work in Cape Town, and had come to Aberdeen over the Christmas period to visit family.