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President's Report 2016

mark mulholland

This report outlines the first six months as president from the AGM 10th August. 

 The Old Collegians Executive Annual Staff Shout on the 19 August was a good chance to mix and mingle with the staff and show our appreciation for all they do.  

The Heads of College Function on 12th October was a new initiative and well attended in most decades. Great to get amongst the school leaders of the past and hear their comments on school life at St Andrew’s through the decades. 

The Two Generation plus, function was another new initiative well attended. Families are now well into multi generations who have attended St Andrews and it was good to see how far this has come within our College family. 

I made an appearance at the 10, 40, and 50 year on reunions and it is pleasing to see that numbers are growing for these events. It is a huge task to keep track of where our class mates have got to and especially so for the older age groups. I feel the younger ones have a massive advantage over us with social media. While it may not be everybody’s cup of tea it is an efficient way of communicating, and keeping track of friends and family. These reunions are one of our strongest functions and need your support. Keep your details up to date. 

Gentlemen’s Lunch on 7th October. Over 70 attended. This would be the highlight of my year so far. It was humbling to be amongst a group of St Andrew’s Colleges finest, listening to the stories told of their time at the College in the bygone years. We have a lot to be proud of when you hear their achievements and the way they perceive the College.

 Chapel Opening on the 25th October was the first function of the Centenary Celebrations. A moving Occasion that I think the 700-odd attending will never forget. The skilful blending of the past with modern architecture and incorporating the magnificent views of the College are an outstanding achievement. We have since had a wonderful Christmas Service for St Andrews and the community, two funerals and a wedding plus there are weekly community services ongoing. 

 I attended the StAC Attack concert on the 28th October. What an amazing showcase for the pipe band and its hundred odd members. Great to see so many young students taking up the band.  

 At the Canterbury A&P Show the College had a tent. I spent a couple of hours there on Friday meeting and talking with passes by. A lot of interest was shown and plenty of them taking a prospectus. Long may it continue. 

I was at the College Prize giving 27th Nov. A fantastic collection of talented young people receiving the accolades they deserved. Some moving performances throughout the evening from the various culture groups. A most enjoyable evening.  

Year 13 Leavers Dinner 30th November. A privilege to shake nearly 200 hands, present them with our badge and wish them well for the future. A fine bunch of new Old Collegians who now belong to a fraternity of 14000. It was encouraging to listen to the heartfelt gratitude spoken of the teaching staff and their willingness to go beyond the everyday classroom.  

Finally, I find it amazing the number of Old Collegians who say they haven’t been back since they left. Some say they have no real interest and yet if we get them to a reunion they totally enjoy the experience and the meeting up of class mates. So, on that note get those registration forms in for the Centenary Celebrations. There is something for all of you. 

 

Mark Mulholland 

President