OT President's Welcome
I have always believed that the defining characteristic of Tettenhall College is its strong sense of community. This community comprises pupils, former pupils, parents and staff; the sense of belonging is lifelong.
The Old Tettenhallians’ Club has been a central component of that community spirit throughout the history of the school. It is not solely an organisation which seeks to provide a mechanism for former pupils to keep in touch. Indeed, some may question why in the age of Facebook, Skype and email a “club” is necessary. These forms of communication, although highly effective, fail to capture the sense of shared experience that the Club seeks to foster.
The OT Club is crucially a living reminder of a proud past – honouring former pupils who have distinguished themselves fighting for their country, as recalled in the Annual OT and College Remembrance Service, or in sport, business or the professions.
However, the Club continues to thrive by focussing particularly on the future: “New” and “Old”. Accordingly, it aims to ensure the events it hosts, such as the highly successful reunion barbecue, attract younger members.
In this spirit, as I take over as President this year, the Club is producing two innovations. We intend to host an annual lecture given by a prominent Old Tettenhallian and I am very pleased that Lord Hughes, a Justice of the Supreme Court, has agreed to deliver the first one on 1st December 2017. Also, our usual London Reunion will be taking place at The House of Commons on 24th November 2017. Further details on both of these events will be circulated.
Besides providing a framework for social events and keeping in touch, the Club’s central mission remains to support the School in whatever way it can. All OTs wish to see a thriving, prosperous and successful College and to aid this growth in whatever ways possible.
The current membership of the Club is international and intergenerational. The Old Tettenhallians' Club exists so that tomorrow's pupils will still have a connection to the College whether they live in Belarus, Birmingham or Beijing – this is the true sense of a proud, vibrant and evolving community.
Andrew Wynne (TC 1977 – 1990)