Volunteers play a crucial role in our community, working tirelessly behind the scenes in various projects happening across the different sectors of the School. Two of our leading volunteers, Jeremy Withers Green and Vanessa Mitchell-Thomson, talk to us about their roles within the St Paul’s Community and why they wanted to give their time to these causes, as well as sharing some of their highlights from the role.
What is your current role at St Paul’s?
JWG: I am the Old Pauline Club’s Social Engagement Officer and will take on the editorship of Old Pauline communications from Simon Bishop in 2020.
VMT: Chair of the St Paul’s Juniors Parent Group.
What encouraged you to volunteer?
JWG: I was a bursary boy as my parents wanted me to have the best education they could not afford. When I left my day job, I felt it was time to give back to the school that opened up opportunities to me.
VMT: After 20 years of working in a professional finance environment I thought it would be the right time to give something back to my own community as a volunteer, even though I was quite nervous about whether I could contribute effectively. I was extremely happy to be able to support the school's invaluable fundraising for local charities, the school's bursary fund and even the small things that make a difference for the boys around the school. I also cherished the opportunity to learn more about the word in which my son spends so much of his time.
What is the best project you have been involved with?
JWG: The termly events programme is evolving into an informative, highly professional publication that is setting the benchmark for all the communications that the Pauline Community produces. It has been great to be involved in its production since inception.
VMT: The most entertaining event in the school calendar that I have helped with has always been the boys' talent show, the SPJ Factor. It is incredible to see the huge talent of boys at our school. I still can't quite believe when an 8-year-old boy gets on stage on their own to perform so confidently in front of a packed audience. It always bring a huge smile to my face.