brentalexanderOld Boys' Society

Presidents Report 

Once again it has been my privilege as Society president to attend prize giving ceremonies and celebrations around the boys who are leaving school.  Our lads continue to do well in all areas - academic, cultural and sporting which is a credit to the hard-working and dedicated teaching staff at OBHS.  My two sons, Nick and George, have just successfully completed years 12 and 9 (forms 6 and 3) respectively and have formed some great friendships as we did during our time at the school.  The abundance of learning and growth opportunities available to our sons is extraordinary and OBHS remains in very good shape heading into 2014.

Now that the 150th celebrations are over the Old Boys’ Society can focus on our regular activities such as organising functions for our local members.  These include the upcoming Old Boys vs. pupils sports day held in February every year and the occasional luncheon with a guest speaker - we will announce plans early in the New Year for our next luncheon.  We will also be holding more regular informal gatherings at a local watering hole for those keen for a yarn over a pint or two after work.  The only way we have of effectively communicating with our database is via this newsletter or by email so please keep an eye out for announcements.  Of course we also rely on word of mouth so let’s keep the grapevine working too and help spread the word.

I have just begun reading ‘Above the City’; a wonderfully written and fully illustrated history of the first 150 years of Otago Boys’ High School.  This is a truly brilliant book and I recommend all Old Boys and others with an interest in Otago Boys order a copy by contacting the school or purchasing from the University Book Shop.  The author, Rory Sweetman, has thoroughly researched his subject and put together a riveting ‘warts and all’ account of the school from its establishment in August 1863 through to the present day.  Rory is a talented and dynamic writer and our thanks go to him and his editorial team for producing such a splendid volume.

It’s been a busy year and I am looking to a hard-earned break over the holiday period.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2014.

Brent Alexander

President OBHS Old Boys' Society