The Saint Kentigern Old Boys' Association was established over 50 years ago with the primary purpose of being an organisation that represents and provides opportunities for fellowship for former students of Saint Kentigern. With the introduction of girls to the College in 2003, the Association reviewed its name to become the Old Collegians' Association.
Originally membership was optional and open to boys who had attended Saint Kentigern College. The Association then expanded to include all students who attended either the College in Pakuranga and/or the Boys’ School in Remuera. More recently, that was further reviewed with the addition of the Girls’ School and the Preschool in Remuera.
In recent years, the membership fees for the Association have been included as part of the acceptance fee for students entering Saint Kentigern and hence all students who now attend any campus become automatic Life Members of the Association.
While the primary focus of the Association has not changed, we now see our role as being more than simply fellowship for past students, and we have furthered our objectives to include:
- Support for the College, Schools and Preschool in their endeavours
- Support for the building development programmes on all campuses
- Provision of scholarships for students entering either of the Schools or the College
- Support for past students of Saint Kentigern
- Financial support for the Preschool, Schools or College
- Support new College leavers as they start their tertiary education and careers
The Association is run by a voluntary committee headed by the President. This position is a two year term generally taken up by the previous years' Vice President and supported by the immediate year's Past President. The committee consists of the President, Vice President, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and general committee members which usually number approximately 5 - 8.
Regular main events
The Association runs several events each year which include:
1. Annual Reunion Dinners
There are currently three main gatherings during the course of each year. The Annual Old Collegians Reunion Dinner has been held each year at the College for many years. In more recent times, an Annual Dinner by Decade has been held for former students of the Boys’ School and a Reunion Dinner for former boarders and House Staff is held at Bruce House.
These events are always well catered and well attended with invited guests, Trust Board members, and an interesting or controversial guest speaker.
2. Annual Overseas Reunions
For a number of years, Old Collegians based in London and Australia have gathered annually for dinner. The London reunion is hosted in Central London and attracts those living in the UK as well as those on their travels in June/July. In August, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane take it in turns to host a dinner, often associated with a major sporting event.
3. Annual Golf Days
Two Golf Days are held each year. All Old Collegians gather at an Auckland based golf club in the final quarter of the year. This generally enjoys excellent participation so it pays to book early. Early in each new year, generally in February, former students of the Boys’ School also gather for a day of golf and camaraderie, also very well attended.
4. College Sports Awards
This dinner is sponsored by the Old Collegians' Association on behalf of the College to honour outstanding sportspeople at the College in all sporting codes. It is a highlight of the year for many students and their parents to see their endeavours honoured and rewarded. The Dux Ludorum is awarded to the highest sporting achiever. This event is held in November each year.
5. Girls’ School and Boys’ School Leavers' Dinner
These dinners are sponsored by the Old Collegians' Association on behalf of both the Boys’ School and the Girls’ School and areheld in December each year for the Year 8 students and their parents.
5. Recent Old Collegians (ROCS)
Subsidised events are held each year for the younger set of Old Collegians who are either still at university or in the early stages of their careers. There is generally an event held in both Auckland and ‘Otago’ each year.