PRESIDENT’S EVENING 2013
The Friends’ School Old Scholars’ Association President’s Evening took place at the School on Saturday 18 May. At the Annual General Meeting, the President, Colin Milliken presented his report on the year. A highlight was the Friends’ School May Ball, a collaboration between the Old Scholars’ Association and the Parent Teacher Association. The Ball had raised over £12600 and Colin Milliken expressed his pleasure at making an donation of £2000 on behalf of the Old Scholars’ Association to the funds raised on the night of the Ball for the School’s Astroturf Appeal. At the AGM the office bearers for the 2013-2014 year were appointed, including the incoming President, Aidan Pearson.
The Principal of Friends’ School, Elizabeth Dickson, also made a report on the last year. She mentioned the success pupils had enjoyed in public examinations, noting that, across GCSE and A level, individual pupils had been placed in the top three in Northern Ireland in English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, Spanish, Business Studies, Geography and Additional Mathematics. Elizabeth Dickson thanked the Old Scholars’ Association for their support and acknowledged the strength the School draws from its community of parents and former pupils.
The Dinner, held in School, was an enjoyable occasion. The entertainment was provided by a vocal ensemble featuring Ashley Fulton’s Musical Theatre pupils in School. The pupils presented a short programme of songs from the shows, arranged by Ashley Fulton. Before the meal, Aidan Pearson presented Colin Milliken with an Old Scholars’ plaque in recognition of his contribution as President. He also presented the Head Boy and Head Girl, John Logan and Courtney Johnston, with Life Memberships of the Association. In his speech, Aidan Pearson spoke of his memories as a boarder at Friends’ School in the 70s and expressed his pleasure that a number of his contemporaries were present, along with his brother Garth, who had travelled over from Scotland for the occasion. Also present were Aidan’s daughters, Rachel and Claire, the 7th generation of Pearsons to attend Friends’ School. Speaking of his strong ties with the School as a member of the Board of Governors, Aidan Pearson expressed his hope that his year as President would see the School continue to flourish.
Old Scholars Colin Doak, left, and Alfred Martin meet up at the Friends’ School OSA President’s Evening