The Pembroke School Annual Report : Annual Report 2014
The Foundation has been restructured to ensure that it is best placed to accommodate a comprehensive approach to development at Pembroke. This includes an expanded range of funds, appointment of an expert board and the consolidation of investment management. In 2014, capital development focused on improving classrooms, Junior School library and play spaces, Middle School recreation facilities, increased undercover space, a renovated tuck shop and IT in Bills House, refurbished boarding facilities, and in the Senior School the handsome renewal of the, in some ways, iconic Potts Lecture Theatre. This modest yet worthy work has been succeeded by our commitment to an exciting, comprehensive and far-sighted Facilities Master Plan. The Principal undertook, with commendable effort and enthusiasm, the considerable task of communicating this Plan to more than 8,000 members of the School community. The response has been very positive. The task of identifying a suitable first project or projects taking into account educational imperatives identified in the PIP, planning requirements and funding is a careful, detailed and ongoing process with launch of a first project anticipated in the Spring of 2015. Financially we are in a very sound position with full enrolment and minimal debt which together with the Foundation restructure places the School in a state of good readiness to undertake the raising of funds for sustained implementation of the projects of the Facilities Master Plan. I thank our Principal, Mr Luke Thomson, senior staff and teachers for their highly professional and excellent dedication to engaging our students in effective learning, to nurturing their good character and supporting a secure school environment. I also thank our Business Director Mrs Wendy Wills and all those involved in School administration for their commitment and support of our educational programme and its numerous allied activities. I make special mention of two retirements in 2014. The Reverend Jim Keatch, School Chaplain, whose presence on stage and field as well as in chapel, gave good, compassionate and generous service to the pastoral care of our community for nearly two decades and his close colleague Mr Brian Callaghan, a teacher for 31years, who was a stalwart and valued mentor of humanities teaching, boys’ boarding and school rugby. Both were warmly farewelled. The Council acknowledges the serious responsibility that it has for the stewardship of Pembroke and appreciates the privilege of working with a very fine school and community. I thank Mr Andrew Forman, Deputy Chair, and my fellow Councillors for generously giving their time and expertise for the benefit of Pembroke. Four members retired in 2014. Mr Mark Porter, Ms Sue Grandison, Mr Bob Schinckel and Mrs Catherine Barnett. In their stead Dr Tony Stimson, Mr Simon Grubb, Ms Carolyn Luke and Mrs Jane Miller have been elected to Council. I sincerely thank retiring members for their valuable service and it has been my pleasure to welcome the new members. Council’s work is supported by its Advisory Committees and the generous and able assistance given by members appointed from the School community is greatly appreciated. Finance incorporates responsibility for audit and risk management and is excellently chaired by Mr Andrew Forman. Planning & Properties has been closely engaged with the journey of the Facilities Master Plan and very skilfully chaired by Mr Ian Budenberg. Governance, from 2015 chaired by Mr Garry Le Duff, is reviewing governance policies and procedures including the member induction process and assisting Council in achieving a composition of required skills and experience. The Foundation Board chaired by Mr David Minns, is a sub-committee of Council with delegated responsibility for fundraising and the administration of funds. Last September Council undertook a review of the advisory committees, an outcome of which was the dissolution for the present of Education and Marketing, areas in which we receive direct and comprehensive reporting from the Principal and the input of the two educationalists appointed to Council. With the aim of better connecting and sharing information with our whole community, the new format of this Annual Report is a combined publication of the School Council, the Foundation Board and the Pembroke Old Scholars Association. I commend to you this overview of the progress of our fine School, and on behalf of the Council thank you for your support and welcome and encourage your continuing involvement during this exciting stage of the School’s development.
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