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Chapter 17: The Future

The FP Club is an established organisation which has developed and prospered over the years and is now a flourishing, world-wide association of men and women whose common bond is the School which gave them their education and set them on the road to what each has become. Morland Simpson could not have dreamed that the Club which he founded, and which owes so much to his inspiration, would develop as it has – or might not his proven farsightedness have led him to realise that this Club of his had the potential for greatness? The Club is still, in a very real sense, what Theodore Watt described seventy years ago as the “officially recognised custodian of the interests of the School”. Through the Club Centre it provides a focal point for FPs everywhere, and through the Magazine it fulfils its other aim of keeping its members in touch with the School and with one another. The current Membership Platform is the latest initiative from the Executive with the generous support of one Former Pupil to aid our efforts in maintaining and rowing our Former Pupils Club.

Looking to the future let us reflect upon what that great Rector, Sir James Robertson, said about the Club in his Toast to the School and the Club at the celebrated 1963 Dinner:

“The Club? In my term as Examiner, your marks were consistently high! You never fell into that excess of zeal and intervention which some heads of schools have found a bit oppressive in their Old Boys’ Club. In the days of threat, you showed much restraint and sound sense! You abounded in good works; your support was unfailing. And later when certain shabby folk sought, unbeknownst to us, to filch our little bit of free endowment, did we not plunge together into that jolly and successful venture, Grammarian Fair?

Advice to you? Just what your founder gave the Club when it was young – Exist primarily for the School. Fellowship is precious and nostalgia well enough, but sentiment keeps better when it is rooted in the continuing life of the School. Remember too that when in a changing world you give your heart to a School, it must be for better, for worse, and the rougher the weather, the more it needs you. And this to end with: it is still meaningful to speak of your school. For it’s theirs only by statute, whereas yours is that better title which derives from loyalty and love”.

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