Welcome to the Winter Newsletter of 2019-2020. I would like to start by thanking you for your support of the club and our activities over the past year. And I have to say a massive thanks to the Office Bearers and Committee who contribute to an active and strong club. As we move towards the Annual Ball we are building excitement for many reunions and we hope to make them special for all who attend. In this update, I hope to reflect on our past year and give you an insight into the relationships we are building with the Paisley community to promote the wellbeing of the school.
If you have any questions or would like to collaborate on a project, never hesitate to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Without further ado, here is an update from 2019, and our activities for 2020.
The ball is a chance for all old grammarians to come together, catch up all in aid of supporting charity. We invite all who have a connection with the school to attend such as current and former pupils and staff.
This year we send a special reunion invite to the:
Class of 2015 for their 5 year anniversary
Class of 2010 for their 10 year anniversary
Class of 2000 for their 20 year anniversary
Class of 1990 for their 30 year anniversary
Class of 1980 for their 40 year anniversary
Class of 1970 for their 50 year anniversary
and so on...
The ball will be held at the Ralston Golf Club on Friday 6th March 2020 and will feature a three-course meal (with vegetarian and vegan option available), ceilidh dancing, disco, raffle and games. We ask guests to arrive at 7pm, to be seated by 7:30pm.
Tickets cost £25 (£20 for current school students). For booking online there is a £1 booking fee for using Paypal.
To avoid this fee you can purchase your ticket by getting in touch with a committee member and paying in cash or BACS bank transfer. You can purchase tickets now or enter our payment scheme of a £15 deposit and full payment two weeks before the night of the ball.
If booking for a group or to purchase a full table please get in touch directly through Facebook messenger or email email@example.com
Senior Lunch Report
The Autumn Lunch was held on Monday, October 28th., and saw us return to the Glynhill Hotel in Renfrew after an 11 year break! Food, accommodation and service were all first-class. Our Group of attendees numbered almost 80 with six Senior pupils including the Head Boy and Girl, and a musical trio who performed a very entertaining ‘set’ after the meal.
Our Guest Speaker was Caron Macpherson (nee Workman) of Waterstones who gave a witty and enthusiastic account of her time at Paisley Grammar School, and her devotion to her life as a Bookseller and Manager. Six whisky glasses, engraved with the OGC crest were raffled by the S6 students and raised £100 for Club funds. Many thanks to Douglas Mill who donated the prize, and congratulations to John Kerr on winning the glasses!
Our THIRTIETH Lunch will be held at the Glynhill on Monday, 27th. April, when our Guest Speaker will be Eleanor (Mackenzie) McLaren, a lawyer in North Ayrshire, who has recently published a very amusing and popular book about the fun and frustrations of a full-time Mum coping with three energetic and adventurous little boys! Eleanor is also heavily involved with Centre Stage Youth Theatre in Kilmarnock. We hope to have musical entertainment provided by Alan Orr (PACE Theatre Company), and Kenny Reid (Danish National Opera). All welcome.
The Parent Council are supporting the raising of funds for school sports kit for pupils who represent the school at various athletics and cross-country events, as well as three school football teams who represent the school at a local and national level, and require new football strips. The school is accepting small donations and is interested in any bids for local business sponsorship.
If you are willing to help support the young people of Paisley Grammar by making a donation towards the fundraising target of £2000, or would like some further information please contact Mark Ruddy, Education Support Manager for Paisley Grammar School on 0300 300 1400. Any donations will be recognised via our school app which goes out to the whole school community.
Paisley Museum Transformation
The club is excited to announce we will be updating you on the Paisley Museum Transformation over the next few years. The museum is a special place for the School and its students and we are delighted in the £42m refurbishment taking place. Once re-opened in 2022, it will deliver a visitor experience of international quality, and help to tell the inspirational stories of Paisley, its heritage and its pattern.
Excitingly, the Lottery awarded £3.8m this week, taking the total amount secured to £37m. We are speaking with the Paisley Museum Reimagined team, and look forward to sharing their new website in the coming weeks.
We still have a plentiful supply of Club Lapel Badges, available for £2 at Club events or £3.50 by post.
A pen which celebrated our 90th Anniversary is also available for £1 at Club events or £2.50 by post. Old Grammarians' Club Prize
The committee has been working to better align the Old Grammarians' Club prize with the interests and outlook of the school. As such, we have proposed to the school a document which outlines a fair, democratic and more transparent process for nomination and selection of the winner. As such the Club has also proposed an amendment to the awardees profile.
The club has proposed that the Prize is no longer awarded to a male and female in 6th year. The two prizes will instead be awarded to one student in the junior school (1st-3rd year) and one member of the senior school (4th-6th year). We hope this will open up the recognition of exceptional students to all in the school.
We have also worded a statement which defines the winner's contribution:
The recipient of this award will embody the purpose of the club: “Support and promote the wellbeing and interests of the school and its current and former pupils and staff.”
The recipient of this award will embody the following statement: “The student who embraces the school values to promote the wellbeing of the current and former, pupils and staff within the school and wider community.”
We hope that this will continue to produce credible and worthwhile award recipients. Golf Report
The Club’s Golf Section continues to thrive under the leadership of James Andrew. If you are interested in joining the club and competing for the prize, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Elizabeth School Trophy
Held at the usual Edinburgh venue of Royal Burgess on the weekend of the 28-30 September/
The pairs representing the Club this year were:
On Saturday 28th September
Won 3-0 Old Reptonians
Andy Reid & Alan Murphy
Chris Grant & Stuart Mclean
Fraser Grant & Matthew Hughes
On Sunday 29th September
Lost 2-1 to Old Lorrettonians
Andy Reid & Alan Murphy
Scott Anderson & Matthew Hughes
Ross Douglas & Lewis Fleming
John has a good source of players and reserves to call upon when needed. Even the “oldies”. Dates for QE 2020 are Saturday 28th -30th September. The match was still well supported with 28 schools from throughout the UK competing for the trophy, which was presented to commemorate the Coronation in 1953.2019 winners were Merchistonians who defeated Old Lorrettonians in the final. The Club Online
If you would like to find out any more information about the club’s events and organisations, check our website at: www.old-grammarians.co.uk. Here, you can also find our archive of old school photographs and articles from the Grammarian magazines.
Do not forget to take a look at the school's Wikipedia page as it now looks very impressive! You can see this at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_Grammar_School
Once again, let me thank you for reading our newsletter. The Club can only continue with the support of our members at our events and our committee members who help to organise them. The committee meets 8 times a year in Paisley Grammar School and if you are interested in becoming more involved in the Club, contact me at email@example.com.
We also encourage you to share this newsletter with those who might like to become members and share the website with them where they can join our mailing list or become members themselves www.old-grammarians.co.uk/membership.
All the best,
Old Grammarians’ Club
The Grammarians' 92nd Charity Ball
Featuring Ceilidh Dancing, DJ, 3 Course Meal.
Friday 6th March 2020
Ralston Golf Club
Tickets and more information available via our website.