The 1987 Deputy School Director, Jon D’Almeida, took up his appointment as School Director in December 1987. During the 1988 year he exhibited an intense dedication to the role of conducting high quality courses that directly reflected the Hahn philosophy. He constantly sought new ideas for modification and enhancement, and has shown considerable skill in administration and staff management.
Marketing Director Shona Brown joined us in May 1988 and immediately impressed with her energy and enthusiasm for the job. She has grasped every available opportunity to promote public awareness of Outward Bound courses and to increase the confidence of current and potential sponsors.
Craig Elliot completed his first year as Deputy School Director during December, giving strong support to the Director in all areas of School management and specifically in instructor training, equipment, and safety.
In May 1988 Bruce Hills accepted the newly designated role of Chief Instructor. This position was established to monitor staff development and to assist with staff training.
Bill Hathorne, who has given such strength to the maintenance team for 26 years, completed a year as Maintenance Director in April 1988. Bill’s loyalty to the School is legendary and his service during the year continued to be invaluable.
The management of the Trust and the School is in very capable hands. The team is both dedicated and professional.
The Trust Accountant, Carolyn Henwood, must be congratulated on her meticulous handling of the budget, set on a 95% course fill factor. Administration strategies are now in place which have reduced the drop out rate. The booking fee was raised to $100 and this has brought greater stability to the system. However, it cannot be stressed too strongly that members also play a vital part in assisting to keep the School full.
On the advice of the Trust Auditor, it has been agreed that movements in endowment and sponsorship funds and the related investment income will be disclosed more clearly.
I offer my sincere thanks to all those organisations, individuals, and members who have contributed so generously to the Endowment Scheme and by donations for course fees or to the Estate. Their confidence in the worthwhile nature of OUTWARD BOUND courses is an inspiration to us and to potential donors.
Frank Pearson, a well-known and experienced financial consultant, has agreed to act as investment advisor for the Trust. His expertise has already been gratefully received.
It is pleasing to report that six sections have been sold in the Morrison subdivision. A strip of land between the subdivision and the School will be planted in native trees. The two remaining sections are currently on the market.
The uncertainty brought about by the Government in the area of Trust taxation has made forward planning difficult. While we do not call on Government for direct financial assistance, we have continued to advocate the importance of retaining our tax-exempt status.
Alan Scarfe has presented very comprehensive reports on the state of vehicles and on the Estate, with recommendations for the Operating Committee to consider. These have provided a sound basis for forward planning.
Building of a new duplex home unit was completed during the year to extend staff accommodation, and the unit is now occupied.
During 1988 twelve standard courses comprising 85 watches were operated, giving a total of 1169 students, with female representation reaching 46%. This percentage has shown a steady increase since 1981, with two intakes exceeding 50%. Associations should note that while the increase is pleasing there is still much room for improvement.