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Notre Dame High School a history them what is necessary to equip them for life. New panel >Those were the words of sister Julie Billiart, the founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame a group of women who dedicated their lives to young people.

"I really enjoyed coming to school here. We were known though we were caught up on one of the turrets in our bras sunbathing and were told off," Mrs Edwards added.

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As the busy crowd took their seats, current headmaster Brian Conway reflected on the school's beginnings at its "historic milestone".

Setting up schools all over Belgium, it was not long before the women came to England.

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Hundreds of visitors and a reunion of more than 70 members of staff ensured that it was a nostalgia filled day.

Allen and Annette Edwards, both 66, left the school in 1965 and have stayed close for the past 50 years.

Sister Cecile recorded the dramatic moments during an air raid: garden was covered with incendiary bombs. Immediately all the able bodied sisters transformed themselves into firefighters and, by their united efforts, saved the building from serious damage. the school eventually became fee paying, the sisters honoured their promise to exist for the poor and every morning provided a cup of tea and a bacon roll for those in need.

"We owe the sisters of Notre Dame a huge debt. They were brave and strong women," he said.

Known for their mischievous antics, the pair took the opportunity to share their favourite tales.

the values that inspire us".

"I remember when the first male teacher came to the school, and all the girls were hanging out of the windows of the gymnasium excitedly, it was big news for everyone," Mrs Allen said.

Helen Abbot, 47, described her years at the school as "the best days" of her life.

During the Second World War, the school escaped largely unscathed although several of the sisters were forced move to rural areas of Norfolk in 1942.

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´╗┐Generations of teachers and pupils revisit Norwich school for poignant event celebrating its 150th anniversary

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He added that although they might not recognise the new classrooms and developing technology, the sisters would still recognise "the ethos and Converse Chuck Taylor Shoes Sale

Linda Read, 74, started Notre Dame High School in 1945 when she was just six.

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At first, the sisters were adamant that the poor were most in need of their help. In 1808, Sister Billiart wrote: ask you again to receive only poor little girls who cannot pay at all. Collect as many of them as you can. We exist only for the poor, only for the poor, absolutely only for the poor. as an all girls school, the St Catherine Hill building has since been a girls boarding school, a mixed preparatory school, a girls direct grant grammar school, a mixed comprehensive and a mixed academy.

The biggest change came in 1979, under Sister Mary Cluderay leadership, when 72 boys were admitted.

Open day entertainment at Notre Dame High School, Norwich where staff and pupils, past and present celebrated the schools 150th anniversary. Photo: Steve Adams

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"The junior school was nearly all run by nuns and I remember the only male was saw was the gardener," Mrs Read said.

Taken from Notre Dame High School, Norwich A Celebration of the First 150 Years 1860 2014 by John Eady.

"I loved being here, I love it with a passion. It was a real community here. I don't think we appreciated what we had you would walk along here and just see the nuns. It was beautiful," she added.

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In 1931 a small sixth form was created and by 1937, the school population had expanded to 460.

"It was very strict on behaviour and manners if you were going up and down stairs between clasrooms and you passed a teacher you offered to carry their bags and walk with them. I really enjoyed it," she added.

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launched, while a display of old photographs brought back memories for former pupils.

Following her retirement, John Pinnington became the first male headmaster in 1997, followed in 2010 by Brian Conway.

"We really value learning that lasting impression has given us all memories to treasure and I think their educational support reverberates around this school."

Former staff, students and proud parents flocked to the Notre Dame High School's grounds on Saturday to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

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