The Old Woodridgean Association (OWA) has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1958 – when it had just 56 members, paying 5 shillings in annual membership fees. We now have approximately 4000 highly committed members who are passionate about continuing the journey started by the schools’ founder, Mr Leslie Carter, all those years ago.
Today’s OWA provides a platform for you to reconnect with your former classmates and remain connected to Woodridge life, while helping to improve and maintain the school for future generations.
As an adjunct to the above, the OWA also promotes a culture of continuous improvement through its busy annual events calendar; a unremitting schedule of school maintenance and enhancement projects, and a strong commitment to fundraising and promotional activities aimed at growing student numbers.
|Chairman||Mr Grant Puttergill||1996||[email protected]|
|Vice-Chairman||Mr Cameron Harvey||2002||[email protected]|
|Secretary and Treasurer||Mrs Natasha Reid||NA||[email protected]|
|President (ex-officio member)||Mr Godfrey Carter||1970||[email protected]|
|Vice-President (ex-officio member)||Mr Rob Smith||1974||[email protected]|
|Member||Mrs Caren Bestbier||1987||[email protected]|
|Member||Mr Jason Kúmm||2005||[email protected]|
|Member||Ray Holmes||1976||[email protected]|
AlumNet is an online database solution, that allows the effective communication between the school, the OWA and you, our members.
AlumNet also comes with a portal interface that allows members not only to stay in touch and network amongst each other, but also to update their contact information as and when they may change. If your address is not yet registered on AlumNet, please select the “Register Now” option below or on the AlumNet landing page.
Alternatively you may drop us an email with your name, year in and out of Woodridge and your current valid email address to [email protected], we will then register your details, and forward you a welcome email which will include a link to activate your account.
Once you have been registered and your account activated, you will be able to log on and change your details at any time and also opt in or out of certain newsletters depending on where your interests lie and just how much you want to hear from us or each other.
If you are already registered, and want to network or update your contact details click on the link below.
For any AlumNet related enquiries or if you need to register your details on AlumNet, please contact Natasha Reid: [email protected]
History of the Old Woodridge Association
In 1958 several Woodridge Prep alumni held an inaugural general meeting to form the Woodridge Old Boys Association (WOBA) after attempting to contact the 300 or so past pupils. Their main objectives were to organise reunions and sports meetings, have old-boy representation on the Board of Trustees, assist pupils in need where necessary and for old boys to maintain friendships formed at the Prep.
A constitution was drawn up, revised, accepted and circulated to all old boys by the “ad hoc” committee. At the first AGM in February 1959 (attended by 27 members) Mr LJA Carter was elected as Honorary President. All of the 56 paid up members were encouraged to recruit as many past pupils as possible so that the school could grow and flourish. Mr Carter expressed the hope that in time there would be a Woodridge Prep and a Woodridge College and that they would be completely run by old boys. He concluded by saying; “either it (the school) must go forward or it must slide backwards. We must think big or we will die small.”
The committee organised a cricket match between the old boys and the school team and the old boys were given a drubbing! They had a Braai and Bop Session after the game and the old boys showed the school boys a thing or two on the dance floor. There was also a reunion dinner at the Griffin Hotel in PE during the year. The WOBA was now well established BUT, according to the minutes of the AGM, was only supported by 25% of the alumni.
By 1963 the editor noted in the school magazine that; “For the past few years the Woodridge Old Boys Association has been, to all intents and purposes, non- existent.” and appealed to all old boys to support them. This appeal worked and the association reformed under a name change. They became the Old Woodridgeans Association (OWA) which worked well especially once the school began accepting female students.
The OWA, under the chairmanship of Ronnie Paxton, was re-inaugurated in June 1970. By now the College had been founded, allowing students to complete all their schooling at Woodridge. This engendered more loyalty among the alumni and that, along with more modern means of communication, facilitated good contact growth for the OWA.
To date the OWA’s major fundraising initiative has been the 500 Club which hold lucky draws 3 times a year. They aim to sell 500 tickets each time but have not always reached this target.
Every October the OWA hold an induction dinner for the matriculants.
Modern methods of communication as well as social media have made it a lot easier to contact all old Woodridgeans and all they ask is the alumus keep them up to date with changes in their contact details.
In the same vein they have also accessed these media forms and now have an OWA facebook page that keeps everyone informed and highlights upcoming events and activities.
A/C No. 28-165-941 9
Branch Code: 05-00-17
Name of Account: The Old Woodridgean Association
Van Staden's Pass Heights
Latitude: -33.916796 | Longitude: 25.203623