The Old Maidstonian Super Saturday 2022 – Saturday 26th March

Please find appended the information and poster for a new Super Saturday Sports Day at the school where they are opening their doors to welcome as many Old Maidstonians back as possible to celebrate the growth of sport at MGS and the new 3G pitch. This is the day after the supper (please buy your tickets!) and will make for a great weekend event to celebrate our community.

Please come along for a drink and a bite to eat at the Ron McCormick Pavilion. They are opening at 12pm and hosting some fierce alumni sporting competition for you to watch:

12.30-14.30: The OM 7 a Side Football Tournament.

15.00-16.30: The 2019-21 OM Rugby Team vs the MGS 1stXV.

This is new, so please share widely on social media and/or in your WhatsApp groups!

OMS AGM and Annual Supper 2022 – Friday 25th March

The Old Maidstonian Society AGM and Annual Supper will be held at the school on Friday 25th March 2022. Dress is jacket and tie.

The AGM will be held from 17:45 to 18:30. The Supper will commence promptly at 19:30, and will conclude equally promptly by 22:00, as there will again be a Master of Ceremonies to ensure that all runs on time, as it has done for the past couple of years, pre-covid.

The President, Nancy Powell, has once more invited Toby Davies as her guest. Toby left MGS in 1994. Since leaving he has worked as a stage and screen writer (something he began to much acclaim whilst at MGS). He has worked on major TV series, and stage shows, here and in the US for a range of production companies. We are certain he will be an entertaining speaker, and will be intrigued to hear what effect the pandemic has had on his industry.

The incoming President for 2022 to 2023 will be Graham Walker, who retired in 2018 after 37 years at MGS, and whom many of you will remember, not least because he was the President’s guest at the Annual Supper 2019.

There will again be a professional bar service with beer, spirits, port and soft drinks being served before dinner and also at tables during the meal. The bar will be open by 18:00, and the hall and bar will remain open until 23:00. Entrance will again only be through the main entrance door, where you will be greeted.

There will also be the now legendary raffle, tickets on sale on the night, any prize donations are very much welcome, please email the Membership Secretary with these via oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk.

We are delighted to confirm that the caterers for the Annual Supper will be Cucina. They will again be preparing our meal, and the menu is appended to this post. The caterer will provide place names with each diner’s menu choices printed on one side.

You can book using the online booking form, or by email, phone or mail, as below.

Everyone attending is requested to:
Make payment by one of the methods below;
Pre-select their menu choices from the attached menu, and forward them to the Membership Secretary either by e-mail, phone, or by mail to the school, addressed to the OMS;
Advise the Membership Secretary when booking if you wish to sit with another member.

The cost is £25 per head, which remains the same as 2019 and still reflects the very high quality and quantity of food being served. In view of the fact that meals will be prepared and served with each individual’s menu selections, payment must be made in advance.

You may pay either by internet bank transfer to:
The NatWest Bank
Maidstone Branch: 3 High Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XU
Account: Old Maidstonian Society
Account no: 00051802
Sort Code: 60-60-08
IBAN: GB31 NWBK 606008 00051802
BIC (Swift): NWBKGB2L
Reference: Your name/OMS AS
(If you use this method, please drop the Membership Secretary an e-mail letting him know)

Or by sending a cheque, made payable to ‘Old Maidstonian Society’ to:
The Old Maidstonian Society
Maidstone Grammar School
Barton Road
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 7BT
Tel: 01622 752101

2021 AGM

It would not be legal to hold an AGM in person at present. Here is a statement of how the Society plans to proceed. Please read if you are a member. The reports referred to in the statement have been concatenated wth it into a single pdf file which is available here for members. Note that the Society does not usually put such documents on its website, although they are of course circulated to members.

OMS 2021 AGM Statements & ReportsI

Mentoring scheme: mentors sought

Now that the school has restarted, the Society has offered to resume mentoring.
 
This is a particularly difficult time for the students, and the decision as to what career direction to take must be of concern to some. 
 
We have a number of members who have already offered mentoring, and we will be contacting them to confirm that they still wish to become involved.
 
Communication between mentors and mentees will probably have to be either by e-mail, phone or video call, as physical contact may not be possible at present, but nevertheless we feel that there will be many members who will be able to offer sound advice.
 
If you are able to offer mentoring, would you please download the form available here, in docx or pdf format
Old Maidstonian Society Mentoring Schemx.docx
Old Maidstonian Society Mentoring Scheme.pdf
edit it and return it to oms@oldmaidstonians.org.uk, or complete the online version available below

    Old Maidstonian Society Mentoring Scheme




    Please limit it to one word to summarise each area of expertise.

    Experience to support the field/s of expertise:
    Please give very brief details of work and career experience.

    Contact between mentor and mentee:

    It will be necessary for the mentor and mentee to be in contact and in completing this form and submitting it to the Old Maidstonian Society you are supplying the above details of your skills and career experience and agree that this information be passed on to current or recent past MGS students to assist them in their educational and career choices.
    Contact between the mentor and mentee will probably be either by e-mail, telephone or video call and in completing and submitting this form it is accepted that these contact details be passed to the school and a student.

    Mentoring scheme – more mentors needed

    Dear Old Maidstonian,

    As you may know we have started to run a student mentoring scheme for MGS students (mostly Sixth formers). The idea is to enable students to have one-to-one contact with Old Maidstonians in their sphere(s) of interest. Old Maidstonians cover an enormous range of professional interests and they are often able to give a little guidance on training, university selection, job opportunities, useful contacts and insights into specific careers. So far we have a team of about 30 mentors, covering some of the fields which interest current students. There are however a few fields not covered and others where the demand cannot be satisfied from our current team. Please consider carefully whether you could spare a little time communicating with a student by email, letter or in person. The demands are very light and always under your control. Whatever your job or profession, we would like to put you on our register of mentors. The scheme can only work if we can offer sufficient diversity of areas of interest and geography. (You do not have to live near Maidstone.)

    All fields are welcome, but the following is a list of a few for which we have particular needs at present:-
    Architecture
    Environmental conservation
    Film/TV production (several students)
    Marine biology
    Medicine

    Please complete one of the attached forms and e-mail or post it to me.
    (Webmaster: the forms can be found at the Mentoring page)

    Kind regards,
    Peter Weaver

    Peter S.Weaver
    Tel: 01435 864541
    E-mail: p.weaver@iee.org