OT President's Welcome

President’s Welcome

After I left Tettenhall College in 2010, I was often asked if I missed being Headmaster.  My answer was always the same. I did not miss the long hours and all the responsibilities which come with the post but I did miss that sense of community which Tettenhall College generates; a community which comprises pupils, former pupils, staff, governors, parents and other friends. Therefore, I was both honoured and delighted to be asked to serve as your President this year and to be able to maintain and grow my links with this special community.

The OT Club is evolving as any organisation has to do to remain relevant as the world moves on at an ever-increasing pace. In recent months, the Club and the College have agreed financial and administrative changes to our relationship which will see both parties working even more closely together to assist the Club in its aims to provide a framework for OTs to keep in touch, to socialise with one another and to support the College in any way that we can.

The Club is also very conscious that the events which it holds to foster a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst its former pupils must be attractive to all generations. Therefore, I was delighted to see such a wide range of OTs at events in 2017/18; the London Re-Union at the House of Commons and the Sports fixtures and the Barbecue at the Reunion weekend in June for example. Thank you for your support. The message which I wish to highlight is that former pupils of all ages will receive a warm welcome at all the Club’s events in 2018/19, the details of which can be found elsewhere in this magazine and on the website.

If you are reading this and wondering why the communications which you used to receive from the Club/College, including invitations to OT events, ceased at the end of May, it could be that you have not replied to the consent form, required by the new GDPR regulations introduced on the 25th May 2018, and distributed by e-mail to all OTs on the database at that time. Please contact alumni@tettcoll.co.uk , or visit here to complete the form online, if you did not return a consent form and wish to continue to receive communications from the Club/College.

Andrew Wynne set a high bar as President last year and I would like to thank him for his work, particularly for his new initiatives and vision for the future. Jeremy Ireland-Jones continues to chair the Committee with consummate skill and diplomacy and I am grateful to members of the Committee for their contributions and hands-on assistance with the organisation of events. My thanks also go to the Headmaster, David Williams and the Bursar, Chris Way, for their support.

Stephen Corns is our Club Secretary, official photographer, magazine editor, convener of events and much else besides. He works tirelessly on behalf of the Club and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you, Stephen.

I look forward to meeting as many OTs as possible during the course of the year ahead and to catching up with your news.

Peter Bodkin

(Former Headmaster at TC 1994-2010)



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