POGA Secretary’s Report 2019
The Association continues to make itself known to both past and existing pupils at the school. We try to encourage those who are leaving to keep in touch and to hopefully maintain future links with the school by joining the Old Grammarians’ Association. There are details of how to do this posted on the school web site as well as details of any events planned by the Association during the year. We endeavour to maintain contact with Old Boys through the termly newsletter and Social Media. As with any organisation we do rely on members to let us know of any change of postal and e-mail addresses. It is surprising how many people forget this when changing their broadband supplier. It has been good to receive items of news for the newsletter from former pupils and it is always good to receive these. Perhaps you could write a short piece for us too!
As an Association we continue to fund the continued publication of the Dolphin Magazine which seems to go from strength to strength year by year and provides an amazing insight into the life of the school today and the many achievements of its pupils. We will continue to distribute the Dolphin by post to all those members who have made their wishes known to the Secretary and for those still living locally we will endeavour to deliver it by hand. You can of course always call in at the school to collect a copy if you have not received yours.
Membership remains steady and we continue to encourage more recent leavers, especially those going on to College or University, to keep in touch as a Student Member. This can then be converted to Full Membership on completion of studies. If you would like to join the Association or renew a lapsed subscription then please either contact me or download the membership form from the Website. New members pay their subscriptions through the Old Grammarians Account within the School Trust Fund, thus ensuring that we can claim gift aid to boost the contribution made. If you still pay your subscription into the original Poole Old Grammarians’ Account you may also wish to change and this can simply be done by filling in a new mandate form, to be found on the school website.
The Reunion Dinner remains a real focal point of the year for many members of the Association. April of this year found over 80 former pupils gathering at the RNLI College here in Poole for a really enjoyable Reunion Dinner. We were treated to an update on school events by the Head Boy, Matt Cliff, as well as contributions from the Head Teacher, Andy Baker, and our Chairman, Tony Farquhar. We return there again in 2020 – do put the date in your diary now: Friday 24th April. Further details and application form can be found in this magazine. Another event which is also planned for that same date is an opportunity for old boys to meet up at the school and see what it is like now – possibly not recognizable to many of you – and to have an opportunity to see a selection of activities in progress. .
Remember that this is YOUR association and it would be good to have your thoughts and ideas for the future.It would be so good to have representatives from recent years at the school on our Committee as none of us are getting any younger and we need to be mindful of succession planning to enable the Association to flourish in the coming years. Do contact me if you feel able to offer any help at all. Please keep involved so that we can continue to move forward and be something for all members to be proud of.
Nigel Paton, Secretary