For the past year, College has been undertaking a thorough modernisation of the Pink Pavilion. The work has transformed the interior of this iconic building, whilst importantly retaining its original external character. It will provide high quality co-educational changing facilities, as well as providing the opportunity for Wellington to host representative sport both on Turf and around College more widely.
Upon its reopening in May, the Pink Pavilion was renamed ‘The Potter Pavilion’, in honour of the Potter family who have given so much to generations of Wellingtonians over the last 90 years.
This legacy began with Arnold Potter, who joined the Common Room in 1932 where he served College for a record 42 years as a highly respected HM and a distinguished teacher of mathematics. He and his wife Fraye, brought up a family of five sons and two daughters here, most of whom attended College in the 1960s and into the 1970s.
Chris, their second son, has had an immeasurable impact on College life and many readers will readily identify with his powerful, understated and enduring presence around campus and the positive affect he has had upon the lives of countless Wellingtonians and their families both as a teacher, an HM and for the past ten years, as a member of the Wellington Community Office.
The ties between Arnold, Fraye and their family with the Wellington Community are manifold. Together they have served College for well over half of its history and the College is so pleased to be able to honour them in this way.