It's amazing what you can find when you rummage around in your parents' old files! For example, here's an edition of the school's old newsletter, The Tallis, from December 1989. Laura Crocker, teacher of Languages and former Tallis student, recently discovered this historical document and has kindly shared it with us here. It contains some fascinating details.
Laura tells us:
At my mother's house, hidden at the bottom of a huge pile of papers, I found this gem. My parents must have been given this during my first year as a pupil at Thomas Tallis. It was 1988. It evoked so many memories of my time at school in the late 80s/early 90s. The Christmas Carol concerts in St James' Church, the end of ILEA, Baker days, Inverliever!!!!!!!, Mr Lark... In 2002 I returned to Thomas Tallis as a teacher. It is lovely to remember the staff named in the letter (who were my teachers and who became my colleagues), the beginning of FRACAs, the launch of the Sixth Form Centre, the big Congratulations for the 'superb' GCSE results!...... Tallis, and indeed education, has changed so much, but the spirit remains.
And here it is, I imagine carefully cut and pasted by Brian Macmillan, the school's media resources officer at the time. You can almost smell the fumes from the banda machine!
Click here to view an interactive version of the newsletter, allowing you to easily zoom in on items of interest. Thanks to Laura for sharing this fascinating document with us. Do you have any old Tallis related ephemera in your collections? If so, please consider sending a copy of them to us for publication here.