2013 Newsletter :: Simon Grier


Dear Wesley College Past PupilPresident Simon Grier

AGM
Wednesday, 22nd May
Wesley College

Golf & Dinner
Friday, 28th June
Rathfarnham Golf Club

Annual Dinner
Friday, 4th October
Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club

London Reunion
Saturday, 1st March 2014
Guoman Tower Hotel

This may be an unorthodox way to start the President’s letter, but I felt it was important to emphasise these key social events. As my school report card often stated “attendance is good, but could be better”, so I encourage you to make a note in your diary now, and over the course of the year, invite an old friend or two to one of these enjoyable and relaxing occasions. Thank you for your support.

Our website, www.wesleyppu.com, contains a wealth of information and is frequently updated. It also includes our Facebook newsfeed so you can read the weekly updates about the school, past pupils in the news, PPU events, class reunions, and other stories of interest. You may be interested that our most popular post was about Bob Reed’s retirement which reached 2,039 people and we currently have 366 Likes. We plan to grow these numbers substantially as we interactively engage with the thousands of Wesley past pupils who use social media on a daily basis.

2013 is the year of “Gatherings” in Ireland. If your class is planning a reunion please send us the details and we will promote it on the website and offer any practical support. Small gatherings are very welcome at the Annual Dinner in October and currently the classes of ’61 and ’63 will be attending. We would be delighted if other years joined us, but as places are limited, please let us know soon to avoid disappointment.

Looking back on the last year, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President. Although, my first engagement at the Golf outing was postponed and then cancelled due to the Irish weather, I am delighted to report that this year’s outing will be on Friday, 28th June in Rathfarnham. Andrew and Melanie have secured an excellent rate, and amateurs and pros are all very welcome.

I had the honour to represent Wesley at our kindred Associations dinners and other events, where I met many old friends, made new acquaintances, endured a few hangovers and put on some extra weight. On a more serious note, it was interesting to hear how these successful schools face a common challenge of current government policy and the increasingly unfair teacher/student ratio that is being imposed on them. As a parent of young children I have to wonder how this will affect Wesley, and I encourage all past pupils, both young and old, to take a keen interest in the debate.

My thanks to the PPU committee for their hard work, dedication, and spirited discussions at meetings during the last year. I would like to specially thank Sally Syme and David Phillips who are our new Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer respectively. There is always room at the committee table for new faces, so if you would like to be involved, please do get in touch. Finally, I’m sure you will join me in sending best wishes to the incoming President, Melanie Lawlor (née McDowell)

Yours sincerely,

Simon Grier
President
Class of 1989

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