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A Message from the OH President

01 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Holly Beaumont
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Dear fellow Old Hymerians,

It gives me great pleasure and is a distinct honour to introduce myself to you as your incoming President for 2018/19.

This association is approaching its centenary year in 2019/20 and I will be making proposals that will build on the success of the organisation to take it into its second century.

A bit of background as to why I’m here. I attended Hymers from 1970 to 1979. I was not the characteristic ‘bright student’ that Hymers is famous for. I was the other kind - sporty!

I left straight after my O-Levels and spent a few years trying to make it in the music business. Despite trying my very best, it didn’t quite happen.

After which, I spent a few years in the family business and then four years in Spain, before returning to Hull in 1989 to set up a creative design business that became Strawberry in 1993.

I sold Strawberry late last year and have recently embarked on a new career as a Specialist Creative Agency Consultant.

My second involvement with Hymers came about in 2006 when I became a volunteer business mentor for the successful Hymers Young Enterprise programme. I helped FORCE 7 to the European Final in Berlin. Seeing them beat the competition from all over Great Britain in the National Final in London ranks amongst my life’s most thrilling moments.

In 2016 I was invited to become a Governor of Hymers. A very proud moment indeed.

I’ve now observed the school from the inside and I’ve learned what makes Hymers one of the best schools in the North of England.

The facilities are superb, the staff are absolutely dedicated to both their work and to creating what is a wonderful ethos around both the school and its some 900 students - students who are not only extremely bright, but also great citizens. Once they leave the school, they become ambassadors for what a great place Hymers is to learn, to grow up, and to become a confident, humble and valuable member of the community and country.

I can speak from personal experience as I have a nephew and a niece (who was also Head Girl), who have both gone on from Hymers to become Doctors, as well as a nephew who is excelling at The University of York.

Ultimately, Hymers gives you more than just a superb academic education. It gives you confidence, the ability to work in a team, a sense of the wider community, and a solid network of alumni contacts.

It’s absolutely true to say that a Hymers’ education does not stop when you leave the school. It is with you for life!

My plans for the OHA are extensive and are based around evolution rather than revolution. The focus will be on developing the organisation, making it relevant for today, and ensuring that it can benefit all those who have experienced Hymers, whether it be as a pupil, a parent or a member of staff.

We will increasingly reach out to the existing 2,500 members around the world to help them in their careers, keeping them close to our great school and ensuring they continue to act as ambassadors for us.

One of the really exciting projects we have lined up for the centenary celebrations is for us to begin a process of digitisation of the school’s complete archive, making it accessible to all.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or would just like to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Jonathan Leafe President Old Hymerians Association 2018/9

Hymers College Alumni Group -

Old Hymerians’ Association Dinner - 24th November - hope see you there - RSVP by 10th November 2018, if you would like to attend

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