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Chairman’s 2018 Report


Chairman’s 2018 Report

I am delighted to be able to report that your Society and its Community continues to thrive. Even the most cursory glance through this year’s issue of the The Blue Paper attests to this vibrancy and highlights probably one of the busiest years ever for Society events. It is heartening, given all the thought and behind the scenes effort that goes into these events, to see the number of attendees increasing year on year at such gatherings, particularly at our annual London Carol Service which is now a firm fixture in many Worthians’ pre-Christmas calendars. Continuing our theme of decade-wide events, this year saw an extensive gathering from the 1980s with one of the largest reunions of former staff the Society has ever hosted.

Also to be applauded are all the successes of our various sporting clubs this year. Fixture lists are a particularly useful way of drawing alumni together on a regular basis around a common purpose. In that context, I am particularly pleased to see the success of the Women of Worth Netball Team in their London League. The Committee put their whole-hearted support behind this initiative and helped financially to get it off the ground. We would encourage any Worthian keen to get a new sporting or other alumni activity organised to get in touch with their ideas. We are very open to supporting further such initiatives.

Next year our focus will turn to the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the start of the Senior School. We are in the process of planning some exciting new events both in London and back at Worth and encourage as many of you as possible to join in – more information to follow in due course!  Much has changed at ‘The Old Place’ and Stuart McPherson, the Head Master, is keen to welcome Worthians back to take a look.

The Monastic Community holds a special place in the hearts of many Worthians, particularly those from the first cohorts. This was particularly evident following the passing of dear Fr Charles, a much loved former teacher and friend to many who came out in large numbers to say their personal farewells at his funeral in July. He will be hugely missed by us all.

I am also pleased to report that, under Stuart McPherson and his senior leadership team, the School continues to do exceptionally well and this academic year sees it at record pupil numbers. Of course, the inevitable implied growth for the Society brings its own opportunities but also challenges. Responding to the ever increasing and changing demand for the Society’s services requires more resources, both financial and human, where we are particularly stretched. Your Committee is looking carefully at how best to respond to these challenges but it is already obvious that the tighter the co-ordination with the School, the more effective we will be. To this end, Mary Lou is already working more closely with her relevant counterparts in the School on a day to day basis. This should enable us to do more and offer the Worthian Community not only additional events and networking opportunities but also chances to support the School in its future development in a number of different ways. We also now want to liaise more closely with the Development Office where Anna MacMahon, will be leading the development initiatives that emanate from the School’s unfolding strategic plan. Initiatives on all of the above are at any early stage, so watch this space for further news.

We have some new and exciting times ahead and look forward to you joining us as we celebrate the past, present and future of Worth’s journey.

Jeremy Fletcher G’72