Message from the OSA Chair
I hope you are well as we move through the midpoint of the year. It has been an exciting first half of the year at the OSA and the School.
For a long time now, we have been working on the details of our product offering and I can tell you now, that what is being launched later this year is going to be very exciting.
The team has built an exciting range of products, supplied by Alumni as well as some very exciting offerings, including discounts at Higher Ground, various reciprocity opportunities and a new portal to go live this year.
This is also the half of the year where we begin planning for a myriad of events which include, the OSA Dinner, the golf day, a waterpolo festival and so much more. There are also a host of reunions taking place so look out for the details.
My big drive this year has been around celebrating our 60th anniversary as an association and part of this will include the development project at Higher Ground. We are looking at various ways of creating various levels of improvement to the facility, to offer more to more people. If you or your business would like to be part of helping us deliver this new facility, please feel free to get in touch with me as we finalise the plans for the renovations. This can include, materials, services or any form of donation which will help us deliver a world class facility for our community.
If you would like to be in touch on anything involving the OSA, please feel free to get in touch with me. I am always keen to hear your views and if you are wanting to get involved we have numerous projects which are looking for help.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events or at Higher Ground.
Stay warm through winter.
Chair Old Stithian Association
Easter Festival Report
The OSA once again hosted the hospitality tent at the annual St Stithians Sports Festival and 2018 proved to be a great success. While the rain really came down on Saturday afternoon we still saw one of the busiest Thursdays in memory and a very busy Saturday with our tent servicing up to 5 000 people at any given time. It was, fair to say, a weekend of great festivities and great sporting disciplines on display.
The tent brought in all the alumni from the various schools participating within the festival and from around Joburg. A combination of the sport being played throughout the day and entertainment happening from within the Hospitality tent, lead to a positive turnout throughout the festival, regardless of the rain that hit on Saturday afternoon.
The new layout and formation of the tent was a great success and the positive feedback in its regard will be considered when planning for next year. There are a few changes to work out some logistical issues, for both the public and the school, however, we look forward to introducing some exciting and innovative aspects to the area next year.
As an OSA member we look forward to welcoming you into the tent next year and trust that you will enjoy the space as much as we do.
Girls College Alumni Meeting
On Saturday, 26th May we invited the Girls to attend a discussion on how the OSA can be more inclusive to the Ladies. These are some of the pointers that were bought up:
- There is a lack of communication between the OSA and the girls alumni regarding what the OSA does, how the girls can be involved and what portfolios exist within the OSA, what opportunities are available for volunteers and events that are held for alumni.
- It was mentioned that the lack of communication could be due to the database being outdated and due to the fact that many of the old girls change their names after being married and subsequently their contact details have changed.
- A suggestion was made that if more girls were present and participated in alumni-related events, it may change the current perception so that all members, regardless of race or gender would feel more at home and comfortable at the One and All.
- A suggestion of ‘Old girls and partners’ type evenings and events were raised (e.g. Pub quiz with prizes, Paint the night and similar types of events were mentioned) to encourage girls to attend OSA events and develop their respective networks within the girls’ alumni. It was suggested that girls would be more inclined to participate and be present at the One and All if they felt comfortable within their networks.
- It was suggested by the girls that similar meetings should be held once a quarter to allow them to raise concerns and suggestions as to how the OSA may change its current dynamic attract more girls back to the One and All. The next meeting will be scheduled around August and will be held on a Saturday mid-morning.
Girls College 2008 Class Reunion
On Friday 1st June the 2008 Girls College class returned for their 10-year school reunion. The girls met at the Sports Pavilion where Alistair Stewart did a short welcome and introduced them to Sally James, Girls College Executive Head. Sally then took them on a short tour around the school as well as Girls Prep to see the changes over the years. They were then treated to an assembly where the pupils did some war cry songs to the ladies.
London Reunion 22nd June
On Friday 22nd June, we hosted 60 London Alumni at the Royal Airforce Club in Piccalilli. It was a well-attended event and lots of relationships were formed and reconnected. Alistair Stewart, Head of Advancement welcomed everyone with a small speech on how the College is going and introduced Celeste Gilardi, Head of Girls Prep and Dr Sally James, Head of Girls College who also hosted the event in London.
2018 Reunion Dates:
Class of 1958: (60 years)
Boys College- Michael Naylor – Proposed a lunch reunion, date 14 September 2018
Class of 1968: (50 Years)
Boys College – Bobby Bertrand – OSA Dinner 14 September 2018
Class of 1978: (40 Years)
Boys College – Mike Ralston – OSA Dinner 14 September 2018
Class of 1988: (30 Years)
Boys College- Ryan Falkenberg – Date 19-21 October in Cape Town
Class of 1993: (25 Years)
Boys College- Philip Bradford- OSA Dinner 14 September 2018
Class of 1998: (20 Years)
Girls and Boys College- Shaun Edmeston – 8-9 September 2018
Class of 2008: (10 Years)
Girls College -Aidan O’ Flaherty – 1st June 2018
Boys College- Michael Van Gysen – 25th August 2018
Annual Old Stithian Association Dinner
SAVE THE DATE! Friday, 14th September 2018 we are hosting our Annual Old Stithian Dinner. This year is a special one as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary as an Association.
Saturday, 2nd June we hosted the Annual OSA General Meeting at 13:00 at the One & All Club. Roughly 50 members attended this meeting and the new OSA Committee was voted in:
- Shaun Edmeston (Chairperson)
- Tim Thackwray (Treasurer)
- Braydon Etter
- Russell Harvey
- Stuart McIver (Vice Chair)
- Bruno Fernandes
- Mike Ralston
- Israel Skosona
- Callum Ford
- Candice Peck
- Gavin Tilo
- Chris Kypriandes
- Jacques Du Bruyn
- Philip Bradford
- Rian Hancock
- Allan Bader
- Bradley Bell
- Piet Van Tonder
Mark Burger, owner of Higher Ground Restaurant, was also nominated as an OSA Honorary Member. We thank Mark for his ongoing support for the OSA and College and look forward to having a closer relationship.
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