Old Pocklingtonian 2019/2020 - Page 3

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PRESIDENT ’ S VIEW

WELCOME
Dear OPs , A very warm welcome to the 2020 OP magazine .
In these extraordinary times , I hope that you and your family are well . The last few months have been a really strange experience for all of us , but spare a thought for those overseas students who have recently joined our OP community and had to quarantine for up to a month in different places before being allowed home .
Also , for all our students who face an uncertain future . If you are able to offer support to our younger OPs and sixth-form students with insight visits , writing CVs , job applications , finding out more about university courses , etc ., then please do contact Rachel in the OP office and consider joining the Pocklington School Careers & Business Network if you are not a member already . In her speech at the “ virtual ” Prizegiving event , Head Girl Hebe Quinney mentioned the “ sense of community and togetherness which really sets Pock apart from other schools ”, a view that I ’ m sure many of us share . Indeed , this engagement and willingness to help each other may become even more important in the coming years .
The OP community is vibrant , despite the enforced cancellation of many events in recent months . Hopefully some planned year-group reunions will still take place at a later date . I would like to conclude by thanking all the committee members for their support , in particular Eszti Pontone ( nee Gyamarti , 95-97 ) for her excellent work as Treasurer , and Rachel Dare for her continued dedication as Secretary , ably assisted by Leanne Maycock .
Take care , stay safe and always embrace the “ Spirit of Pock ”!
Best wishes to you all ,
Trevor Loten ( 70-80 ) President , Old Pocklingtonian Association

OPA COMMITTEE

OP ELECTED
President : Trevor Loten ( Teaching staff and OP 70-80 ) Vice President : James Sweeting ( 81-88 ) Treasurer : Eszti Pontone ( née Gyarmati , 95-97 ) Joan Gough ( née Sawyer , 75-77 ) Sarah Gough ( 96-07 ) Charlie Lambert ( 01-08 ) Tom Nash ( 68-77 ) Simon Spence ( 74-81 ) Co-opted ( Newcastle ): Steven Kyffin ( 70-77 ) Co-opted ( London ): Richard Skowrenek ( 99-10 )
SCHOOL APPOINTED
Toby Seth ( Headmaster ) Rachel Dare ( OP Liaison Officer , OPA Secretary ) Phil Donaldson ( Teaching staff ) Lucy Hornby ( Teaching staff and OP 02-04 )
EX OFFICIO
Andrew Wilson ( 89-99 , immediate Past President )

AGM 2020

ELECTION OF THE COMMITTEE
The Annual General Meeting of the Old Pocklingtonian Association will take place on Thursday 12 November 2020 , 7.00pm to 8.00pm via Zoom .
During the meeting , the committee will be elected for the forthcoming year . All OPs are welcome to attend the AGM and / or stand for election . Please make your intentions known in advance of the meeting if possible by contacting Rachel in the OP Office . Nominations for election to the committee should be sent to Rachel as soon as possible .
The agenda is as follows :
• Apologies
• Minutes of last AGM
• President ’ s Report
• Secretary ’ s Report
• Treasurer ’ s Report and approval of accounts
• Nomination and election of committee
• AOB
( A copy of the OP annual accounts is available upon request ).

COVER STORY

This year ’ s front cover features Lucy Bennett-Baggs ( 03-07 ), marketeer , founder and CEO of purpose-led events company Just Challenge . Read her story on pages 6-7 .
Printed on paper from responsible sources .

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