I am so pleased to be assuming the role of President of the Old Lawrentian Society. I believe that the College goes right through to the very heart of me and who I am. I spent all my time in secondary education at St Lawrence (Junior School and Newlands) thanks to a bursary. Then, after seven years, I returned to SLC as a chemistry teacher (1977-2014). I was a Housemaster (Newlands, Tower and Manor Grange), Deputy Head and finally a part-time Development Director (2014-16). I am glad to be involved still even though I have moved away from Thanet.
As someone who has benefited from teaching many of you over numerous years and seeing you start your lives from wherever you are around the world, I think it only right that our alumni activities reflect your personalities, your interests and your goals. We have always possessed an impressive diversity among our community and immense global outreach. I am fortunate enough to still be in contact with many former pupils and I take great interest in hearing about what you have gone on to do in your lives.
As President it is my aspiration to ensure that any activities that we undertake as alumni take into account our cosmopolitan nature, our diversity and the opportunity to encourage even more former pupils to re-connect with each other and the College. St Lawrence has always been a place where people from any background can get on together.
This updated website will outline some additional services that will help all Lawrentians, wherever you live, to benefit from a life-long association with the College – and all within a structure which, I think, will prepare us much better for the future.
Ellis Gill, OL