AROUND 8000 former students of Suva Grammar School are expected to converge on Fiji for Golden Jubilee celebrations next year.
This was revealed by committee members of the Ex Suva Grammar Students' association at a media launch of build-up to Golden Jubilee 2010 in Suva yesterday.
Committee member Selina Kuruleca said the proper week-long celebrations would run from July 24 to 31 next year, when a flood of old scholars from all over the world would converge here.
"It is difficult to get everyone together for the jubilee celebrations but we are anticipating an estimate of 8000 ex-scholars from 1960 to 2008," Ms Kuruleca said.
"Some of the programs for the event include a church service and activities for old scholars in their different decades during the week."
She said the ex-scholars also had a list from the school indicating where the needs were. She said they would work to provide the school with a new computer lab, walkway and furniture.
President of the association Jasmine Tam was surprised and overwhelmed with the interest and support shown by old scholars in the lead-up to the event.
"The Golden Jubilee launch will be held on August 1 at the Tattersall Leisure Centre and it's surprising the number of ex-scholars who are asking to buy tickets," Ms Tam said.
The Golden Jubilee launch will be kicked off by patron Gerald Barrack.
Former pupil, Catherine Swann, said the event was something to look forward too.
"My last year was 1978 and I'm looking forward to the celebrations next year," she said.
Suva Grammar School was opened on February 9, 1960. The 50th anniversary celebration was expected to be an action-packed week.