I’m not sure if there is a term for addressing you as a collective group of former students. So, I hope I’m not offending any individual, or breaching any protocols, when I use the term “Wesleyites”. If I am, I apologise!
Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome this year’s school leavers to the PPU. As from Wesley far you scatter, we wish you well in your studies and look forward to hearing about your adventures and successes.
Since the last Wesley PPU Newsletter was issued (Spring 2011), the PPU Committee has been looking at ways in which we can communicate more effectively and efficiently with existing PPU members and, at the same time, harness new technologies to reach more past pupils. Nowadays, everyone is used to receiving up-to-date information. The annual Newsletter provided an excellent summary of the previous year’s events but, by the time it was published, it was “old news”. So, without a great deal of fanfare during the year, we have been gradually up-grading the PPU website to the point where reports and photos of events have appeared soon after they occurred. These included the dinner last November at which we celebrated Wesley’s centenary of co-education, the usual golf outing, table quiz and London reunion. Thanks to those who have sent messages of approval! Having discovered the website and facebook link, former pupils who previously had no real association with the PPU have also posted comments and attended events. I would encourage all PPU members to keep up-to-date by checking the website and facebook at intervals. At the same time, I’d like to reassure all those who attend events on a regular basis that we will continue to use postal communication to keep in touch with you. Details of the next PPU dinner and London reunion are included with this mailing so please put the dates in your diary!
Support of the Bursary Fund is an important focus for the PPU. Thanks to all those who have contributed during the year. A separate report with this mailing gives more information about these finances. Also included is the agenda for the forthcoming PPU AGM which will take place in the College on Wednesday 30 May 2012, commencing at 7.00pm with tea and biscuits. Your presence and suggestions will be most welcome!
I’d like particularly to acknowledge the contribution made to the PPU over the years by two long-serving committee members: Alison Galbraith, Treasurer, who looked after the finances and Valerie Grimes, Honorary Secretary, who ensured that all the major events ran like clockwork. Both will be retiring from their respective positions in May. Huge thanks to them from all of us. And finally, I’m sure you will join me in sending best wishes to the incoming President, Simon Grier.