What is AROPS
AROPS is open to representatives of all school alumni societies and provides a forum for the exchange of views and the sharing of experiences in running alumni organisations.
Members represent a wide range from small prep schools to the top UK public schools.
The Royal School, Haslemere - 23 February 2017
AROPS South Regional Networking Meeting took place for the third time at The Royal School, Haslemere, Surrey on Thursday February 23, 2017. Those attending were from left to right:
Stella Baynes - King Edward’s Witley, Judith Curati (at rear) - Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Gilly Kelly - Lord Wandsworth College, Q.D. Seymour-Smith - AROPS, Old Decanians/Millfieldian, Polly Murray- Prior’s Field, Naia Edwards- St. John’s Leatherhead, Frank Rogers - Aldenham, Vickie Ingle - Cranleigh School, Sue Hawkins- Luckley House, Bill Gillen AROPS President, Anne Lynch Principal, The Royal School, Joe Kerridge - John Lyon School, Caroline Scallon AROPS The Royal School, Michelle Gascoine - John Lyon School, Diana Nelson - Farleigh Prep School.
Click here for a summary of the discussions that took place.
AROPS’ 2016 South Regional Meeting was held at The Royal School, Haslemere, Surrey on Thursday, 25 February. Among those attending were from left to right: Stella Baynes (Alumni Co-ordinator, King Edward’s School, Witley), Diana Nelson (Farleigh Society, Farleigh School, Andover), Sue Hawkins (Luckley Alumni, Luckley House School, Wokingham), Mrs. Anne Lynch, Principal, The Royal School, Tim Cunis (AROPS committee, Old Pauline Club) and Caroline Scallon (AROPS committee, Royal School Association). They were joined by representatives from Kingston Grammar School, St. John’s School, Leatherhead, Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks and Q.D. Seymour-Smith (AROPS committee, Old Decanians and Old Millfieldians).
Several present had attended AROPS meetings before. For the majority this was a very useful first time opportunity to meet and share news, views and ideas on how, in this changing world, we tackle relationships between alumni associations and the schools; maintain channels of communication and attract the interest of past pupils in their old schools as well as in each other. Among the topics under discussion were data protection and charitable status together with relevant legislation, communications, record keeping, archives, funding, mentoring, venues for reunions and events designed to lure different age groups.
Verdict – a very useful exercise indeed!
There was a good turnout for the last South-East meeting at The King’s School, Canterbury in November 2014. The topics covered included use of Twitter, spiralling postage costs, improving levels of alumni engagement and alumni societies – independent or part of the school?
Please click here for the full report.
Subscriptions, social media and attracting current and former teachers to events were the main topics of discussion at The Royal School, Haslemere in June when the South Region met in the school’s splendid Stoatley Hall.
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With many thanks to The Royal School for their very kind hospitality.
In the next academic year The Royal School will be celebrating 175 years since its foundation. A full programme of events for the whole school community is being arranged and will be advertised in due course.
The last South Region meeting was held at Lord Wandsworth College in Hook, Hampshire. Click here for the minutes.
26 April 2017
Midlands Networking: Rugby School, Rugby
13 May 2017
AROPS Conference: Prior Park College, Bath
14 June 2017
London Area Networking: Eton College
22 June 2017
East Midlands Networking: Trent College, Nottingham
12 October 2017
AROPS AGM, Queen's Gate School, South Kensington, London
Regional meetings are also open to non-members