Historically, St Benedict's has struggled to establish a meaningful Old Boys' Association. There have been numerous attempts to initiate a process but none have enjoyed sustained support and momentum.
A St Benedict's Old Boys' Association will be able to provide the school with valuable support, ranging from the mentoring of students to advocating publicly and privately for the school, its vision and its mission. It will foster a spirit of loyalty and promote the general welfare of the school.
The following three steps (to be undertaken between July 2013 and June 2014) are recommended as the process to be followed:
Step 1 - Form an Interest Group
- Identify a group of enthusiastic and willing individuals to take on organisational initiative
- Meet informally with these individuals to obtain an initial group of names
- Lean on existing old boys' structures/networks that are in place
- Use school records and social networks to compile a data base of old boys
- Telephone and personally meet with old boys
- Establish a reasonable nucleus of old boys to participate in association's activities
- Select a chairperson to drive the organisation
Step 2 – 1st Communication
Correspond with old boys, introducing them to the chairman, requesting them to update their contact information, and inquiring if there are any interested volunteers for the committee
Step 3 – Getting Organized
A meeting should be convened of interested alumni to agree upon the association’s objectives and form a committee.
It is hoped that these initial efforts will culminate in our first Bennies Old Boys' ("BOB") Conference hosted in July 2014.