PAST PUPILS’ ASSOCIATION HISTORY
The origins of the Past Pupils’ Association can be traced back to 1973. Since co-education was not to come until 1975, it was the Thomas More Old Boys’ Association that was formed with the dual aim of fostering relations between the Old Boys and the School, and amongst the Old Boys themselves. After 1976, when the first girls matriculated, the scope of the Association was broadened. Glen Bruton was the first chairman.
In later years, the chairman was co-opted onto the School Board. Rob Brislin and Dunstan Farrell, both lawyers, served in this capacity. Among achievements of those days were the forming of Cricket and Hockey Clubs, two teams in each case, and the establishment of a Clubhouse in an old building, more or less on the site of the present Clubhouse.
In the 80’s and early 90’s, the Association was struggling but things changed circa 1998, when the Robin Savory Pavilion was built. This magnificent amenity came under the control of the Thomas More Past Pupils’ Association and is administered by that body, needless to say in close co-operation with the School.
The Pavilion apart, the Association is active in several spheres, and under the energetic leadership of the present chairman, Melanie Kuster, it is flourishing. The Men’s hockey teams continue to operate and a Ladies’ team has been added. The Moorcock Chronicle, sent to everyone on the database, serves both as a mouthpiece for the Past Pupils and as a link with the School. The Association co-hosts the annual Past Pupils’ Association Day.