Old Boys Society

Presidents Report

The Old Boys’ Society held a farewell function for Clive Rennie at the Savoy on Wednesday 19th November to mark his 14 year tenure as rector of the school. The contribution Clive made to OBHS has been immense and cannot be undervalued. He has ably led the school through some tough years, in a changing world and at a time of massive educational restructuring. Clive spoke of Otago Boys as being his ‘turangawaewae’ - his place to stand, a place where he felt at home. The Old Boys’ Society presented a magnificent oil painting of the Otago Harbour which we felt was a fitting thank you gift. On behalf of all old boys I extend our very best wishes to both he and Ann for their hard-earned retirement in Wanganui.

‘One door shuts and another door opens’, as the saying goes and so it is with great pleasure we welcome Richard Hall, our new rector. Richard is an old boy of the school (1987-88) and has enjoyed a successful career to date in teaching and secondary school administration. Richard returns to Dunedin with his family from his last posting as deputy principal at Tauranga Boys' High School. He has settled in quickly and seems to have been well accepted by staff, parents and most of all, by the students.

I know Richard is only too aware of the challenge that lies ahead and the responsibility that comes with the position. He brings a fresh perspective, new ideas and a renewed energy to the school with a focus on uniform standards, 100% completion of assignments and high academic achievement. Continued support for cultural and sporting activities remains an important part of the educational offering and point of difference at Otago Boys High School.

Despite recent media attention around declining school roles in Dunedin, Otago Boys is marching into a period of anticipated growth. The current role of 780 is expected to return to its capacity of around 900 in a short time. However with increasing pressure on grabbing market share the school needs unwavering support from its community and stakeholders. Now, more than ever, the value of our Old Boys network can be put to good use. Old boys should keep an eye out in the (social) media, through their families and via internal communications for opportunities to get involved and to help fundraise. Our thanks go to Brent Nicholson for his tireless and continuing fundraising work toward upgrades to the hostel (which is full to overflowing). An expedition of volunteer Old Boys will head up to Mt Aspiring to tackle some well overdue maintenance and improvements. Please don’t be afraid to ask how you can help - just phone, email or call into the school.

Brent Alexander

President OBHS Old Boys' Society