Former Pupil's Visit

This year saw another great turnout for the Raynes Park Former Pupils’ Society 66th Annual Dinner with 95 people in attendance at Glenmore House in Surbiton on Friday 7th October 2016.  The evening started with the Society’s AGM.  Tony Tuley, the Chairman of the Society first took to the floor to provide an update in respect of the efforts being made to encourage new members with the new website and promoting the Society to pupils leaving the School. 

The President of the Society, Mrs Heard, was thrilled to provide an update on the School, the first being that Ofsted had visited the week after last year’s dinner and had given the result “Good”.  The 80th Anniversary celebrations had been a great success and this summer the GSCE and A Level results had improved from last year. 

At the AGM both Mrs Heard and the Head of PE, Mr Hayes, reported on the successes of the School’s Basketball and Dance Teams, competing nationally and internationally respectively.  Mr Hayes went on further to mention the number of pupils within the School attempting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  The Raynes Park Charitable Trust is seeking donations to assist pupils in this regard; their target is to raise £5,000.  Trustees were in attendance and encouraged everyone to give generously, at the time of going to press we are awaiting to hear exactly how much was raised but we think it will go some way to reaching the target.    

Following the AGM it was time to go down to the bar area to listen to some gentle jazz being played on guitar by the very talented ex-pupil, James Hutchinson and his brother Robin.  After socialising with fellow ex-pupils, teachers and other members of the Society it was soon time to be seated at our table in the grand dining room.  Here we enjoyed a delicious four course meal and flowing wine. 

Society member, ex-pupil and cyclist extraordinaire Corrine Hall delivered a speech to the guests relating to her experiences in the Rio Paralympics, showing her gold and bronze medals and making special mention of all the help the Raynes Park Former Pupils’ Society had given her in the past.  In closing, she presented Graham Francis, former Chairman, and Mrs Heard a signed framed Paralympic cycling shirt, to be displayed at the School.  A second shirt was auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Society in order to help with future projects for current or ex-pupils.

Once the food had finished there was then a flurry of movement about the room as guests had the opportunity to speak again to other fellow pupils of the past, or with teachers that once taught them.  One group of guests, the class of 1956, were celebrating their 60th Anniversary since leaving the School!  With conversations flowing well until midnight it was time for another Society annual dinner to draw to a close and another year to wait until the next one.  Save the date now as it is already booked in for Friday 6th October 2017.

We look forward to welcoming new members so please join RPFPS by either looking at our website at www.rpfps.co.uk or emailing the Membership Secretary at members@rpfps.co.uk


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