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The Morrisonian Club Annual General Meeting May 2012

THE MORRISONIAN CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MEMORIAL HALL, MORRISON’S ACADEMY SATURDAY 26th MAY 2012 1. WELCOME AND APOLOGIES PRESENT: Lisa Nicholas (Chair Person), Landel Johnston (Vice Chair), Michelle Murchie (Treasurer), Simon Pengelley (Rector), Flora Sharp (Chair Board of Governors), Ann Ross, Rob Bolton, John Stewart, Bayne Shaw, Nadine Leonard, Heidi McBride, Sandy MacKenzie, Jim McGregor, Natalie Dick, Max Baxter, Fiona Walthall, Pamela Haggart, Kirsty Macdonald (Secretary) APOLOGIES: Jenny Lee, David Glen, Derrick Docherty, David McCall, David Lindsay, Iain Barr, Andrew Biggart, Crawford Marshall, Sheena Dryden, Andrew Watson, Charles Watson, Mike McNie, Gordon Martin, Jimmy Graham, Catriona Reid, Ian Parkill, Peter Hingston, John Paterson, Miranda Paterson, Jemma Paterson, Russell Hall, Fraser Kirkcaldy, Jane Kirkcaldy, Richard Rooley, Roger Robinson, Angus Smith, James Fairbairn, Kathleen Comrie, Brian McLean Lisa Nicholas opened the meeting and thanked everybody for attending. 2. MINUTES OF 2011 AND MATTERS ARISING Neither of the trophies for FP golf had been located. It was thought that the Lorna Muir Quaiche was last won in the 90s. It was suggested that the Strathearn Herald be used as a way of trying to find the trophies. Previous Minutes: Approved – Landel Johnston Seconded – Michelle Murchie 3. PRESIDENT’S REPORT – MRS LISA NICHOLAS (1985) Lisa Nicholas passed onto the meeting that David Glen was feeling better. Those present wanted it recorded that they all sent their best wishes to him. Archives: The school was leading this project and investing in the software and hardware needed. It will prove to be a fantastic asset to the school and former pupils. Lisa thanked Des Hamilton, Head of IT and Alec Law, who was dealing with the sensitive records, for all their help and commitment to the archive project. Jim Harley was leading the Archive team who were scanning and tagging articles at the moment. Once this had been done other volunteers would be very welcome. The Club had donated £750 to this project which was a tiny proportion of the schools costs but a welcome gesture. Club Branding: The Club was in the process of refreshing its whole branding to appear more modern and in line with the school. It was hoped that the first time the new logo be used would be on the minutes for this AGM. The Club also had a new e-mail address – 1


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morrisonianclub@morrisonsacademy.org. Lisa Nicholas thanked Landel Johnston for all his hard work on this project and also his hard work and commitment to The Morrisonian Club throughout the year. Civics Programme: It had been decided that The Morrisonian Club would be part of the school’s flagship civics programme. It is thought this will be called The Engagement Programme. This will involve Club members engaging actively with pupils throughout the school from early primary, when they would share what school was like when they attended, to senior pupils who The Club would support and inform as they moved onto work or university. Natalie Dick was thanked for all her work putting this programme together and preparing lesson plans appropriate to each stage. It was hoped to invite back FPs who could offer work experience to senior pupils and also recent leavers who could share their gap year experiences, university finances etc. The time for these presentations was set as period 3 on Thursdays as the whole school takes part each week. Any FPs who would like to become involved would be very welcome. Club Database: The Club database needs to be continually kept up to date. The committee would be very grateful if you could let them know of anybody who was not getting information and encourage those who were receiving letters to pass on their e-mail contact information to the development office and remember to let The Club know if any of your details change. Tricia Halley from the development office was working through the current paper records and sending out data capture cards. This would take a considerable amount of time. Committee: Lisa Nicholas thanked her committee and the office bearers for all their hard work throughout the year from stuffing envelopes, being members of sub committees to keeping an eye on the finances. She also thanked Nadine Leonard and Tricia Halley from the development office who really helped the Club to function. Lisa Nicholas thanked the Rector, Simon Pengelley, for his active and continued support of The Club. His presence was very welcome at all The Club events and The Club was grateful for the use of school facilities. 4. TREASURER’S REPORT – MRS MICHELLE MURCHIE (1985) Michelle Murchie told the meeting that The Club’s accounts had been externally verified. The Club ended the financial year with a surplus of £564.91 and a bank balance of £1456.71. The Club’s income came from life membership fees - £6 per pupils. This year was the highest income which reflected the schools increased roll. Michelle Murchie explained that last years accounts indicated The Club had a much higher income but this was because The Club received two sets of life membership fees in one financial year. The main expenditure for The Club was FP events. The Club was building on the success of the events in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. These events had been able to break even so far and it was hoped in future they may help us to support other Club commitments eg leavers gifts, dux medals. Club merchandise was now available to buy from the development office and The Club would get the profit from these. Currently on offer was the silver Pegasus pendant and bow ties. There was now a sub group looking at Club merchandise and what other items The Club could offer. It was suggested from the floor that a jumper for FPs with the school badge may prove 2


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popular. Umbrellas had been considered but the last ones had proved too expensive so sourcing was important. Cufflinks in the style of the ladies Pegasus pendant were also being considered. Accounts: Approved – Natalie Dick Seconded – Bayne Shaw

5. CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNOR’S REPORT – MRS FLORA SHARP (CRERAR) (1972) Flora Sharp told the meeting that she had taken over rather unexpectedly from David Glen earlier this year. David Glen’s contribution to the board and the school had been enormous from ensuring the school was run along sound financial lines to planning the changes within the campus and to leading the highly successful 150 th celebrations. The school and the Club owed him a great deal and once he was fully recovered it was hoped to see him back within the school. The School Board: Flora Sharp told the meeting that the school was very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of people who work for the school on a voluntary basis. The board is made up of 16 members with a good mix of experience and different backgrounds. There are FPs, current parents, university representatives and co-opted members. The board was working on gender balancing with currently 25% of the members ladies. There are well established sub committees whose remits are wide ranging. Development: The board has a 25 year vision for the school campus which will result in state of the art academic and sporting facilities. The first stage of this is the new nursery which will open in September 2012. The board’s vision is bold and ambitious and includes plans for the primary school, old school and the moving of PE to Dallerie. This will be partly funded by the sale of the Ewanfield campus. Giving: Morrison’s Academy has a proud history of giving. It is important that the school now moves this onto a professional footing to raise larger capital sums of money. This has fast become the norm in UK independent schools. The launch of the annual giving campaign for smaller scale projects raised £80,000 in the last academic year. Flora Sharp told the meeting that the school roll was healthy and the school was in good shape, ably led by the Rector, and that the school continues to strive to maintain its ethos of developing the whole child and to adhere to its motto of “Ad Summa Tendendum”. Comments from the floor: The meeting concurred with Flora Sharp’s comments on David Glen and echoed her thanks. There was concern that membership of the Board of Governors may, in future, be based on gender rather than competence. Flora Sharp assured the meeting that the Board needs a wide range of skill sets and whilst it was striving to increase the gender balance it would always be with a view to the competence of the nominee.

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There was a question as to what would happen to the current nursery once the new one was built. It is planned that this will be sold. The meeting wondered about the plans to move the entire sports department to Dallerie and whether a swimming pool featured in these plans. The plans for Dallerie are in a very early stage. The current pool has served the school well but has now had its day so it is hoped a new one will be built in the future. Until then the old pool will need to ‘limp on’. 6. SCHOOL REPORT – MR SIMON PENGELLEY (SCHOOL RECTOR) The Rector opened his report by thanking David Glen and stating that it had been an enormous privilege to work with him. Simon Pengelley said that the FPs were an important part of the school and it was a pleasure to invite people back. Simon Pengelley thanked Lisa Nicholas for her comments on his support but wondered who the school belonged to, who is the school? He felt that the school was made up of FPs, current pupils, staff and current parents. FPs were considered very much part of the school community. Simon Pengelley explained that the current fees, of around £10,000 per year, cover the current costs. If the school wanted to carry out its bold plans for the next 25 years then giving would be the way forward, just as the school had originally happened through Thomas Morrison giving to establish a place of education. Simon Pengelley reflected on the recent successful trip to Hong Kong with the school pipe band and how favourably the pupils’ behaviour had been commented on by flight crew, hotel staff and others they came into contact with. The Rector felt it was sad that Morrison’s children were marked out because they behave but it demonstrated that the school still valued courtesy and respect. The academic results reflected the core business of the school of teaching and learning and Morrison’s pupils continue to do well with a 91% pass rate in advanced highers. The school tended to loose track of pupils’ academic results when they moved onto university and this was something the school was looking at. Within games the school won just under 50% of its matches. There was now a very successful climbing club and the film making club had held its premier in Memorial Hall. They successfully presented a 20 minute film made by pupils and supported by members of staff. The upper primary school would be performing Beauty and the Beast, the musical, in June 2012 and the senior drama group would present The School Mistress also in June 2012. The school now was a health promoting school, a green apple school and an eco school from primary to secondary. Morrison’s Academy was the first Scottish independent school to awarded the title of Rights Respecting School, reflecting the fact that respect was at the heart of the school. The pupils continued to travel far and wide. The running group took on the David Wilson trail in Hong Kong, winning their section. There were two trips to Italy, the Advanced Higher historians 4


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visited Florence and Venice and a group of geography students visited Vesuvias (a well risk assessed trip). The regular trips eg the Battlefields, the music exchange to Munich etc continue and were felt to be an important part of developing pupils. Simon Pengelley emphasised the importance of the creation of an endowment fund. The school currently assisted pupils with fees to try and widen access to a Morrisonian education. This assistance came from fee income. It was hoped to create a bursary fund to support these children, and follow the original plan of Thomas Morrison to make an education within the school available to everyone in Strathearn. There was a question from the floor regarding charitable status. OSCR had looked at a number of independent schools, four did not meet the requirements and were then given two years to change their procedures. They had now passed. OSCR will eventually look at Morrison’s Academy but Simon Pengelley did not think the school is high on the risk list as other schools had passed and there were many other charities needing to be checked. The Rector was asked about how the school was implementing Curriculum for Excellence. Simon Pengelley explained that the school would meet the outcomes through its teaching. However, Morrison’s was intending to continue with its present curricular provision on the grounds that it suited the boys and girls of the school and provided the best kind of education for those going onto university, the eventual destination for by far the great majority of Morrisonians. The school would continue to offer a broad curriculum in Transitional, S1 and S2 comprised of 14 individual subject areas. Towards to the end of S2 pupils would be asked to choose 8 subjects which they wish to study in S3 and S4. Thereafter pupils would study five subjects in S5 and three or four in S6. Morrison’s would continue with Intermediates in 2014 and not switch to National 4 and 5s until 2016. This would allow two years in which the school could continue to offer Intermediate courses whilst preparing for the new qualifications. 7. SCHOOL GOVERNOR NOMINATION Landel Johnston explained to the meeting that with the resignation of David Glen from his various roles within the school there was now a vacancy for a male Morrisonian Club representative within the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors had specifically asked The Club to source a nominee with a particular skill set and financial experience. The nominee put forward to the AGM was Andrew Godfrey (1971). Andrew Godfrey is a partner at Grant Thorntons and lives in Dunblane. His two children attended Morrison’s Academy and his wife was also involved in setting up the school’s nursery. Andrew Godfrey is a qualified CA which reflected the Boards requirement for a good financial background. He has audited accounts for independent schools in Edinburgh, has significant business experience and charity trustee experience. He has also worked and lived in Hong Kong. Andrew Godfrey is taking early retirement so is prepared to spend a significant amount of time on this role. He apologised for not being able to attend the AGM but was at his retiral weekend. Nominees for this position need to be formally appointment by the AGM. The board were keen to have our nomination earlier than September which was why the date of the AGM had been moved to May. 5


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Appointment Proposed – Landel Johnston Seconded – Lisa Nicholas 8. ELECTION OF HONORARY MEMBERS Landel Johnston explained to the meeting that The Club had the opportunity to elect honorary members from time to time for specific reasons out with how long they have been involved with the school. Sandy McKenzie had not been at Morrison’s Academy for the normally required 10 years but had contributed a large amount to the school in his time there. He was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Civics Programme and had also designed a special S6 programme geared towards broadening the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of what life would be like beyond school, encouraging community involvement and ensuring that they completed an academic programme. Sandy McKenzie joined the school’s maths department in August 2004 and was then promoted to Depute Rector. He was moving onto Shanghai to continue his career. The Morrisonian Club committee felt his contribution had been significant and had therefore nominated him for Honorary Membership. This was agreed by the meeting. Sandy McKenzie will be presented with his tie at the leavers’ lunch in June 2012. Sandy McKenzie thanked the meeting and said he would be delighted to accept Honorary Membership. He felt the school was in a very good place at the moment. He viewed the school as a ven diagram with the FPs underpinning it. He thought that this whole school community involvement was crucial to the success and the development of the school in the future. 9. RETIRAL AND ELECTION OF NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS Michelle Murchie had served 3 years as Treasurer and, under the terms of the constitution, must now step down from this role. She had agreed to stay on as part of the committee. Lisa Nicholas proposed Heidi McBride as the new Treasurer. This was agreed by the meeting. There had been a good response to the request for new committee members. Lisa Nicholas was currently speaking to people who had volunteered and was hopeful that there would be 2 or 3 new members in due course. 10. UPDATE ON CLUB EVENTS FOR THE COMING YEAR – MR LANDEL JOHNSTON (1983) The Golf Day 25 May 2012: This had been played in glorious sunshine and enjoyed by all those who attended. 90s and 00s Reunion: This event was to take place after the AGM. It would be the first decade reunion for this age group. It was hoped around 70 people would be attending. 30s, 40s and 50s Lunch at Yann’s: This would be taking place after the AGM with around 20 people attending.

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Forthcoming Events: Annual Gatherings: Edinburgh, 6th September, Castle Room, New Club 7pm – 9pm Glasgow, 27th September, The Bootleg Room, Corinthian Club 7pm – 9pm London, 11th October, The Tower Suite, Landmark Hotel, 7pm – 9pm In the past there had been approximately 30 to 40 people at each of these events and they had proved to be very successful with a good spread of ages. The Club were trying to choose venues that were prestigious but suitable and welcoming for everyone. It was noted from the floor that these gatherings were a fantastic way of meeting people you last saw on Speech Day and they were highly recommended. Landel Johnston thanked the development office for all their hard work supporting these events. Crieff Event: The Giros who were a school band in the late 60s had reformed and would be playing a reunion gig in the Memorial Hall on November 3rd, led by Norman Begg, a 1970s dux medal winner. Full details would be available in due course. It was planned that the first weekend in June would become the decadal reunion weekend with a rolling programme. This was a date that suited the school. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee resulted in a change of date this year. This rolling programme would start in 2013 with a full reunion for FPs from the 1930s – 1950s, followed in 2014 by a 1960s reunion. The programme was planned until 2025. The Club would be happy to help with any other events FPs are organising. Rob Bolton was planning an event to mark his year groups 50th anniversary and The Club would be supporting this by helping in the Communication to FPs currently on the Database." ANY OTHER BUSINESS There was a question from the floor regarding the date of the AGM. In the past the AGM had been held on sports day which gave those attending another reason to visit Crieff. It was also noted that there was no Morrisonian Club tent at sports day and nothing to welcome back FPs. Could there be another event after sports day eg a Burns Supper with speakers provided by the school to make it more of a weekend? Landel Johnston explained that the AGM had been moved to May this year because of the need to nominate a new member for the Board of Governors. If the AGM had not been moved The Club would have had to call an EGM. This date had been chosen because it tied in with the 90s and 00s decadal reunion and the 30s, 40s and 50s lunch. The school themselves were fully committed on sports day and would prefer us not to hold our AGM then. It had been some years since the AGM was held on sports day. The AGM was moved two years ago to tie in with the 150th celebrations. The Club was working hard to find an appropriate date that suited the school and the FPs. It had been suggested that in future the date of the AGM matched the planned decadal reunions, perhaps holding it on the Sunday morning before people travel back home. There was disquiet that a Sunday morning meeting would mean those attending church 7


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would be unable to be there. Landel Johnston suggested that the AGM could be held after church. It was also suggested that there be a section of the MAPA tent for FPs with The Morrisonian Club book and a member of the committee there to welcome FPs. It was noted that those attending the AGM had not been given prior notice of the nominee as their male representative for the Board of Governors. Would it have been appropriate for people to have been informed before the meeting on his background and his proposed nomination before being asked to vote? Perhaps in future FPs would be able to vote electronically through the web site? Landel Johnston thanked Lisa Nicholas for all her hard work as Chair of The Morrisonian Club. Lisa Nicholas closed the meeting. She thanked people for coming and said she hoped to see them at the reunion or lunch later in the day.

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