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President's Report

August 2021

We have been most fortunate to see our Old Collegian events return to pre-COVID19 normalcy in the past few months, welcoming back many familiar faces to the College.

After not being held last year, to be back in the Centennial Chapel for the 2021 Anzac Day Service felt even more poignant than usual. It was evident from the number who attended hat many others, including a number of Old Collegians, felt the same way. I felt particularly honoured to lay the Old Collegian Association wreath and to read the Roll of Honour alongside Rector Christine Leighton as we remembered those who gave their lives for us.

The 50 Years On reunion classes of 1970 and 1971 were also held in May and June, respectively. The 1970 reunion group which included Mike Johnston (Scrump – 1974), very much enjoyed watching the St Andrew’s 1st XV beat Christchurch Boys’ High School before attending their reunion dinner in Strowan House and reminiscing about when they themselves had beaten Boys’ High. Gordon McCormick (1974) made a memorable Toast to the College, and John Stevenson (1974) performed the Address to the Haggis in front of his year group, which was highly entertaining. Thank you to Andy Munro (1974) for playing a key role in helping to organise the function.

Alex McLaughlin (1975) followed suit at the 1971 reunion and addressed the haggis in front of his year group. The 1971 reunion group spent Friday and Saturday evening in Strowan House catching up on the years that had passed since many of them were sleeping upstairs as boarders. Thank you to Rob Mulholland (1975) and Peter Chamberlain (1975) for assisting with organising the function.

Old Collegian, Jonathan Scragg (1996), was most generous in hosting the Old Collegians’ regional event at the Duncan Cotterill offices in Wellington. The event had a great turn out of Old Collegians ranging from 1962–2014. The evening was full of lively conversations, and we were fortunate to have current Head Boy, Jack Calder, attend and say a few words about how it felt to meet some of the Old Collegian group that he himself will be joining at the end of the year.

The 101st Old Collegians Association AGM was held in Strowan House on Wednesday 16 June, when we acknowledged outgoing Board Chair, Bryan Pearson (1980) for his 12 years as the Old Collegian nominee on the Board of Governors. We thank Bryan for his time and strong leadership over this period.

Meg Black (OC 2010)