Fellow Past Pupils,
I am delighted and honoured to take up the role as Union President for 2022/23 and would especially like to thank the members for placing their trust in me.
I would like to thank all my predecessors for their excellent stewardship of the Union since its incorporation in 1984, particularly those I have worked with –James Muldowney, Gavin Lee, Rob Brennan, Alan Gough and especially our outgoing president, Stephen Taylor. Stephen has done a phenomenal job over two terms through a very difficult period – well done again, Stephen.
The Union offers past pupils a great way to stay connected after school. The importance of staying connected, helping each other and remembering shared experiences cannot be underestimated. The wonderful Tom McCormack (Class of 1979) continues to keep us connected through the social media channels which we greatly appreciate. Furthermore, I would like to thank my fellow Committee members for their ongoing support, with a special welcome to our newest member Michael Mitchell (Class of 2000). I’d also like to pay tribute to Paul McNally and Barry O’Loughlin who this year both stepped down from the Committee, and who have been great supporters over the years.
As we look to the year ahead our focus is to continue to deliver great events, to foster and fuel the strong relationship with the current staff and pupils and to champion our benevolent fund, The Flaming Sword, who tirelessly work to help past pupils faced
with all kinds of difficulties, in the true spirit of St. Michaels.
I would be delighted to hear from you with any suggestions on how we can improve the Union – email@example.com.
Finally, I am very pleased that Patrick McMahon has agreed to accept the position of Vice President of the Union, and I very much look forward to working with him and with the whole Committee and the wider Past Pupil community in the year ahead.
Philip Smith (Class of 1997)