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From the President

The President
Ian Bonnette, President of The Scots College Old Boys' Union

In 2016, the Old Boys’ Union began a process of strategic review and set out to plan the next chapter of our history. It is with pleasure that we are able to share with you our new plan to enrich the lives of Scots Old Boys.

A Timeless Mission: The Strategic Plan of the Old Boys’ Union 2017-2020 provides for the continued development of the Old Boys’ Union in line with our timeless mission to make a positive and lifelong difference in the hearts and minds of Old Boys.

We believe in planning for the future to ensure both continued development and alignment with the rich history of our community.

It is clear that, after the implementation of our previous plan, we are now a relevant and outstanding alumni association. We see this every year as we reconnect hundreds of Old Boys with each other and their College. Furthermore, we tell the stories of generations of men who have changed the world since 1893.

Institutions like ours cannot remain still, we must develop and advance while retaining a timeless focus on our core reason for existence. A Timeless Mission brings into relief the College motto — Utinam Patribus Nostris Digni Simus — by providing a comprehensive plan for us to operate the Old Boys’ Union in alignment with that central ambition.

A Timeless Mission provides the Old Boys’ Union with a clear pathway for continued improvement over the next three years. It articulates the ‘why’ and provides details of the tangible strategies we’re putting in place to help us achieve our vision and enrich the lives of Scots Old Boys. 

I commend it to you.

Ian Bonnette
President


Our Vision

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By 2020, the Old Boys’ Union will be a multi-dimensional community that sustains an outstanding, relevant and valued connection for life between our members, their College and a world of opportunities.

Our Aspiration

The Scots College Old Boys’ Union was originally formed in 1900 by resolution of the College’s founder, Rev Arthur Ashworth Aspinall, and Old Boys who, according to a mid-twentieth century account of the meeting, saw ‘‘advantages to be derived from preserving the association of school life’. 

It was with this aspiration that Old Boys who supported the bestowing of the Honour Cap, an award that predates the Old Boys’ Union, built an association that could grow and mature with a central connection to the values of the College.

In 2017 — we reaffirm our aspiration to preserve the timeless advantage of continued association and we give thanks for the foundational stone laid by our founders’ who sought to build a connection for life capable of standing the test of time.

...advantages to be derived from preserving the association of school life
Lang Syne, Vol 16, No 3 September 1969

Our Mission

In seeking to be worthy of our forefathers, The Scots College Old Boys’ Union exists to be a lifelong source of connection, care and camaraderie in the hearts and minds of Scots Old Boys.

Our Strategy

The Scots College Old Boys’ Union is a lifelong source of connection, care and camaraderie in the hearts and minds of Scots Old Boys. Old Boys are part of an outstanding, relevant and valued community that transforms and enriches their lives.

Team at the table
Andrew Bullock ('87), Zachary August ('16) and Andrew Patterson ('87).

We are a living community that grows and develops in line with a timeless mission centred squarely on our Old Boys.

We seek to grow a community that cares, connects and celebrates excellence by implementing programs that benefit the lives of Old Boys.

 We will make a lifelong and generational impact in the lives of Scots Old Boys by being:

  • A community that cares: fostering a spirit of care for individuals, families and friends.
  • A community that connects: connecting Old Boys with each other, building community relationships that optimise opportunity, encourage generosity and sustain lifelong friendships.
  • A community of camaraderie: engaging across the College community to strengthen our connection to the past and the future.

Father and Son

George Shannon (’15) and father Christopher Shannon (’84) at the 2015 Handover Ceremony.





Andrew and William Patterson

Andrew Patterson became a Scots Old Boy in 1987. His son, William Patterson, will join the Old Boys' Union in 2022.



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