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President's Report

2017-2018 (Past President Mark Mulholland)

This has been a shortened year as we try to get back in line to the more traditional year end of the past. Since last years AGM, life has been busy within the College.

Gentlemen’s lunch on the 13th October with over 100 attending was a great gathering to be apart of. A group of very entertaining gentlemen with lots of stories to tell.

Two generation plus event on the 18th of October had a mix of young and old celebrating multi generations at the College

We opened the Turley bridge on the 27th October completing the link between the front of Strowan and the new Chapel, with three generations of Turley’s in attendance.

15th to 17th November the School and Old Collegians had a tent at the Canterbury A&P show.

Annual Prize giving on the 3rd of December was yet another extravaganza to showcase the talent that abounds in the College. A very enjoyable evening.

The leavers dinner on the 6th December saw the biggest year group ever leaving the College and because of the size was moved to Wigram museum. A memorable night.

Feb 23rd  I attended the Stewart Junior Centre opening. Another generous Old collegian gift to help make this building possible. A magnificent facility for sculpturing our young minds. We are so well placed now with all our state of the art facilities to guide our students into adulthood and equip them with the skills to succeed in life.

16th March Founders day. Another great celebration of our beginnings. The 60 year on group joined the event and an excellent address to the school by their representative Roger France, captivated the students.

Fri 23rd March spoke to Ladies Circle in the Chapel. Some 40-odd attended I spoke on the role of the Old Collegians from my perspective and what the duties of the President were and where we assist in College life. Very entertaining afternoon with lots of interesting questions.

Anzac Day was well attended, and I laid the wreath in the enclave on behalf of the Old Collegians. Second year back in our lovely Chapel. It was a special day for me as I had all but one of my family there, a great effort on their part much appreciated.

On the 4th May we had the bi annual Presidents Dinner. A very special occasion and a privilege to host. A fine group of dedicated St Andrews supporters and an honour to now be one of them.

31st May the Rector, head of development and I headed for Dunedin for a get together with our young OC’s. Unfortunately, it clashed with some of the exams, so numbers were a bit light. A good night of catching up with our future Doctors, scientists, theologists, in the making.

I attended the opening of the Green Innovation Centre and Library on the 8th June. So nice to see new life breathed into the old building. A light and airy space compared to the old one. The technology available to our young minds today is incredible. A 3D printer in my day was something of science fiction. Nice to see Gordon Ogilvie’s bust displayed in the reading section.

I have enjoyed my meetings with Board Chair and OC rep Bryan Pearson. These have been invaluable for my understanding of the direction of the board, decisions made, and the future governance. Thank you Bryan.

To our Patron and Rector Mrs Christine Leighton.  Chris, I have enjoyed immensely my regular catch-ups and hearing of the achievements and successes for the month.  I have been astonished at what you achieve on a daily basis and the pressure as Rector you endure. To Gavin I thank you for your support and friendship over the last two years. I have enjoyed your company immensely.

It has been a pleasure to meet and work with Evert van Florenstein this past year. He has given me an In Site into education at St Andrews and a look into the future. 

To Russell, Scott, Jude and all the Catering Staff, thank you for producing the fine dining experiences we have partaken over the year. The morning teas and the tasty treats at our meetings are much appreciated.  

To Clare thank you for your regular reports to the monthly Executive meetings and all your support. Kelsey, Jacqui, Dhara, thank you so much for your attendance and help over the last 12 months at all the various functions.

To Kate our Alumni Director, congratulations on becoming Mrs Stanbury. Many thanks for your involvement in running reunion events and general affairs of the Association it is much appreciated. Communication with our members has been my highest priority. The new online web base has greatly improved our communication. I appreciate your efforts in helping there and in keeping the Web Based “School List” a priority. Looking forward to it.

 To the Executive, thank you for your lively support. I really appreciate the interaction and spirit you bring to the table and your strong participation in decision making. To Meg and James thank you for allowing me to put your names forward for office. I wish you all the best going forward. To Andy Munro who is stepping down, we will miss your wise advice and guidance. You have given many years of service to the Old Collegians. Thank you for staying in support through my term as President.

Lastly to my wife Barbara a huge appreciation for her support and understanding over the last two years. I have been away quite a lot at various functions and a lot of juggling has gone on at home. I have valued that support.  


As the 67th President of St Andrew’s College Old Collegians, my time has come to an end. I have met many, learnt much, enjoyed plenty and leave far richer in knowledge. It has been an absolute honour to serve as President through the celebration of the last hundred and start the next hundred years. Jonathan, I wish you all the best for your term and thank you for your support over the last two years.


Mark W.D. Mulholland (1973)