brentalexanderOld Boys' Society

Presidents Report 

The 11th annual OBHS Foundation Golf Classic was held at the Otago Golf Course on Friday 26th February with a packed field and a full line up of hole sponsors.  We are grateful for the continued support of all our sponsors, in particular Crest Clean as major tournament sponsor.  Once again hats off to Mike Christie and his team of helpers who ably put the event together.  The weather was fine and very warm which also contributed to a successful and enjoyable day.

Many of you will have read in the media the appointment of our former rector, Clive Rennie, as acting Principal at Waitaki Boys’ High School who have been battling through some difficult times; such are the challenges of running a modern boys high school. 

Our current rector, Richard Hall, is doing a great job and has implemented some excellent initiatives all geared toward what he terms as ‘Best for Boys’.  I have written many times before in this column how impressed I am with the teaching staff and leadership team at our school - this is a genuine belief.  My youngest lad, George, recently started 6th form (Year 12) so I have direct contact with the teachers through him as well as in my role as Society President.  The school is in excellent shape and we are starting to see some roll growth in a competitive and diminishing market.  Simply, there are 500 less secondary school students in Dunedin - so there are less boys to go around (the equivalent of 1 school) and the challenge remains to attract as many as we can to Otago Boys.  Old Boys can do their part by spreading the good word and helping out in some way.  Please keep an eye out for future fundraising activities and events - we want our alumni to feel a sense of ownership and remain connected.

If you haven’t seen the redevelopment of the Stuart Street tennis courts then I implore you to pay a visit.  Resurfacing of the lower 3 courts is complete along with a full makeover of the gardens, walls and clubhouse.  This has given the courts a new lease of life and is now being well utilised by the boys as an all-weather facility.  Refurbishment of the 3 remaining courts will follow.  This has been all been achieved through some very generous financial contributions as well as donations in kind from our Old Boys and wider school community.

                    

Brent Alexander

President OBHS Old Boys' Society