President's Welcome

Portrait image of Joan Gough, elected OP President in 2020

Dear Fellow OPs

Welcome to the OP website which is regularly updated by Rachel and Leanne in the OP office; I hope you enjoy browsing through it as it contains much useful and interesting information.

I was honoured to be elected President of the Old Pocklingtonian Association, taking over from Trevor Loten (70-80). Trevor has stepped down after three years, during which time he has attended every OP Event, no mean feat, whilst also giving so much of his time to teaching and other school activities! He is also an extremely popular member of staff who has taught maths at Pocklington for 34 years and is revered by many generations of OPs so his are big shoes to step into!

I would like to thank all my predecessors whose collective efforts over the years have brought the Association to its present healthy position and am delighted to have not just Trevor, as ‘ex-officio’ on the Committee but also Tom Nash (68-77) and Andrew Wilson (89-99), Trevor’s immediate predecessors who have agreed to remain involved. Their combined experience will be of much value.

The Committee as a whole is now very representative as we have a number of younger members who have recently joined, I look forward to getting to know and working with them and am grateful to all the Committee for being willing to give up their time to help whilst also balancing family and work commitments.

The Association continues to work together with the school to strengthen the support available to our younger OPs through the ‘Pocklington School Foundation (PSF) Careers and Business Network’. This is particularly relevant with the current situation caused by the pandemic, where the future is full of uncertainty. The progression through life which we have all taken for granted in the past, has currently been taken away from them as GCSEs and A Levels are cancelled and university life and graduation ceremonies are not at all what they were before. Whilst Zoom and other such platforms have been invaluable during this time, lectures and graduation ceremonies conducted through these mediums are just not the same and I’m sure we all feel for the current generation of younger OPs.

If you would like to get involved in assisting  with careers support through mentoring, help with applications, or offering work experience for example, please do get in touch with Rachel, your contribution could make a real and lasting difference.

The superb "Old Pocklingtonian" magazine, produced by Rachel, is packed with information and features, so please do have a read and let Rachel know of any significant items of news for future magazines or for our monthly e-mail news bulletins – we look forward to hearing from you, and also welcome suggestions about the Association and our activities!

As you are all aware, the events which were planned for 2020 sadly had to be cancelled and it is uncertain when they will be able to resume. We are working hard to find other ways of connecting with our members and will be publishing some provisional dates for events later this year in the hope that, with the arrival of the vaccines, we may be able to meet again in person. We recently held a joint Zoom event with school for the PSF Careers and Business Network which was extremely successful and we are hoping to plan more of these in the coming months. If you have any other ideas as to how we can connect during this time, we would love to hear from you so please do get in touch.

I very much look forward to a time when we can all meet again in person at live events but in the meantime, look after yourselves, keep safe and thank you for your support.

Best wishes

Joan Gough (née Sawyer, 75-77)

OP President

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