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Edition 120 ‡ April 2014

The Wesley College Community Magazine

A grand opening for a grand design Features: Wesley’s transformative Grand Design | And the bands play on | A remarkable bequest

A True Education



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Wesley’s theme this year is Rites of Passage, something so naturally associated with school days that you might wonder why special attention is being drawn to its implications for a modern education. In the long-ago time of my own education, school itself went under the umbrella of a rite of passage – something that went on for roughly twelve years, less if you were deemed not be scholastic and better suited for a “trade� – at the completion of which you were then ushered into what was termed the “real world�, as if the growing years were nothing more than an illusion, the shadow of a dream. How differently we now apprehend childhood, recognising that children are not simply proto-adults, and that both childhood and adolescence are themselves narratives, full of some never-to-be repeated experiences both wondrous and challenging.

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Features 2013 Scholars and Duces ............ 6 Academic excellence at Wesley ..................................... 8 Grand opening for a grand design ............................. 9 A most remarkable gift ................. 12

College Snapshots ............... 14 From the Archives................ 22 Foundation............................... 24 From the OWCA Features, reports and information ............................ 28

Contributors Managing Editor: Richard Stone Copy Editor and Features Writer: Dawson Hann OWCA Editor: Richard Sluggett College Correspondents: Jacinta Janssens (Elsternwick) Dean Triplett (Glen Waverley) Paul Munn (St Kilda Road) Suzanne Camm (Clunes) Hayne Meredith (Outdoor Education) If you would like to change your details on our mailing list, please contact the OWCA VMĂ„JLVU

Printed on recycled paper Front cover photo: The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, and President of the Wesley College Council, Peter Harrison, at the opening of the Moubray Street Precinct – see story on page 9

Incidentally, while the phrase in question was not regularly used, for a long time I thought it was to do with rights of passage. Somehow you incrementally accrued certain rights as a person, and these turned you eventually into HM\SS`ÅLKNLKHK\S[,]LU[OPZTPZ\UKLYZ[HUKPUN^HZUV[LU[PYLS`KL]VPK of truth, but I had missed, of course, the notion of ritual so central to any understanding of how young lives develop. 0U[OLZLTVYLLUSPNO[LULK[PTLZZJOVVSZOH]L[VILZ\MÄJPLU[S`ÅL_PISLHUK broad in both their thinking and structure to accommodate the idea that our YP[LZVMWHZZHNLHYLPUKP]PK\HSS`ULNV[PH[LKHUKVULZPaLÄ[ZHSSUVSVUNLY applies. There is a certain formalising of the process which everyone can share, and we do this in the various ways students are now graduated from one level to the next. A student these days who eventually completes a PhD can expect to graduate close to a dozen times before taking their place in the next stage of life. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of this and it certainly highlights [OLJVTT\UHSUH[\YLVMZJOVVSPUNHÄUL[OPUN[VLTWOHZPZL)\[^P[OPU[OH[ formalised framework, every individual has to deal in their own ways with the various upheavals we collectively label rites of passage. This is a challenge for schools, for the students and for their parents. Teachers, parents and school administrators are required to work closely and harmoniously together to help the young to survive what can sometimes be a rough passage. To do this effectively often means confronting some tough questions, all associated with rites of passage. How far must a child be kept safe from the vicissitudes of experience? How truthful should we be in pointing out shortcomings, or delivering the unhappy news that certain expectations are unrealistic? Even though it can break your heart, isn’t the rite of passage of a disappointment experienced by someone you love so necessary to moral growth (for both parties)? It seems to me these represent one facet the rites of passage we are being asked to consider this year, and a progressive school like Wesley will continue to face them sensitively, in accordance with modern practice, but also fearlessly. And that becomes a rite of passage for a whole institution. Dawson Hann | Copy Editor and Features Writer

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Principal’s lines I have previously written about my idea that each year a theme be established across the College as a kind of glue binding our separate campuses and our diverse activities together, so that no one need ever lose their sense of belonging to this close community. If properly activated and frequently spoken about, this “theme”, or point of focus, is relevant from Prep to Year 12, although it will, of course, mean something different to a variety of ages and year levels. Our teachers are also encouraged to adopt the theme in their work. In 2014 our theme is “rites of passage”, those transforming moments in young lives that are part of the complex process of growing up and reaching a new understanding of the world. This is the perennial challenge for schools: to provide HJVTT\UP[`PU^OPJO[OLZLZVTL[PTLZKPMÄJ\S[I\[VM[LU exhilarating experiences can safely occur. I was especially mindful of this when I spoke to Years 7s at the combined Celebratory Chapel Service at the historic Wesleyan Church in Lonsdale Street in the city. Three students, one from LHJOVMV\YTL[YVWVSP[HUJHTW\ZLZYLÅLJ[LKX\P[LILH\[PM\SS` on what “rites of passage” meant to them as individuals, and as members of a community, and I reminded the students that there is no more meaningful expression of Wesley’s convictions about the importance of community than our school hymn, All of Us Are One.

St Kilda Road students at a Women in Rotary breakfast as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

I was, at this point, pondering on the theme I had proposed for others, too, to think about through the coming year, acknowledging to myself how reassuring it ought to be for our students to encounter those occasionally daunting “rites of passage” within such a strong community framework. All those children at that service will face the challenges of growing on their own terms, but they do so knowing they share such experiences alongside others within a caring and supportive place, in which the common humanity of all is stressed. In many ^H`Z^LHZHZJOVVSJHUKVUVTVYL[OHU[OH[)\[P[PZPU itself, something powerful and enduring. When we talk about the Wesley “family”, which we do frequently, I know that it is more than just a catchy phrase. I see evidence every day of how much like a family we are: occasional discords, but a proper respect for individuals working together towards a better Wesley, and ultimately a better world. The Years 7s with whom I shared these thoughts were collectively undergoing a “rite of passage”: the transition from primary to secondary schooling. All of us have been there, and most will recall what a big moment this is. Almost overnight, everything about school suddenly seems more important. The stakes are higher. You have something called subject teachers (more people to get to know!) Older siblings deliver grim ^HYUPUNZHIV\[^OH[[VL_WLJ[)\[RUV^PUN[OH[`V\HYLPU[OL same boat with others is comforting, and often will liberate all kinds of creative energies. This is the next step along the way. And when those creative urges link together within a single place, the results can be wondrous. Hence our need at the St Kilda Road campus in the last two years to develop the Moubray Street Precinct, incorporating the Menzies Wing, the refurbished Adamson Hall, and the new Music School and Media centre. In the end, such undertakings are driven by demand, and it is invariably the creative energies and accomplishments of the students which make such bold

Year 4 Choir at the St Kilda Road Commencement Service at St Pauls Cathedral

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(and expensive) steps forward an imperative, not an indulgence. >OH[Z[\KLU[ZYLX\PYL[VM\SÄS[OLPYJYLH[P]LPUZ[PUJ[ZKYP]LZ[OL future. The new facilities at the St Kilda Road campus have been the result of a generation of musicians and performing artists undergoing their “rites of passage” in such sustained and brilliant ways that their particular community has been deeply enriched, and in some ways shaped. Of course, adult leaders ^PSSOH]LTHU`VM[OVZLPKLHZULLKLK[VYLÄULHUKKL]LSVW[OL best ways to implement a change which so often is, I believe, made irresistible because of what our students set out achieve. It would be fair to say that the temporary “home” for music and [OLWLYMVYTPUNHY[ZPU[OLHKQHJLU[)S\LZ[VUL^HZJOHSSLUNPUN for all parties, but great music and theatre still emerged, such is [OLHIPSP[`VMV\YJVTT\UP[`[VNL[VU^P[O[OPUNZ)\[^OV^V\SK deny them the pleasure they are now taking in these superb new and renovated buildings? This, too, has been a “rite of passage” for the whole of the St Kilda Road community, and hard earned. And the urgency with which young people want to get to know the wider world (yet another important “rite of passage) can also have exciting consequences. The world keeps changing, HUKNVVKZJOVVSZT\Z[YLZWVUKHJJVYKPUNS`0UV\Y(ZPH7HJPÄJ region, the emergence of China has led to Wesley focusing on new relationships and educational programs with that nation, though with the passing of my friend and colleague Anna Simonsen (see a tribute elsewhere in this edition), I am reminded of the history of our connection to China, and how strongly Anna promoted extensive cultural links. Many of her students visited China and kept up their language skills post-school, and the present generation is providing the energy, and will, to enlarge this connection. They truly want to engage with their region, and Wesley will be delivering some new initiatives. Just recently I met


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Kenneth Park and the Governor-General in the new Wesley History Gallery

The new Glen Waverley Chaplain, Reverend Graham Bartley, with Middle School students

Girls’ Premiership Badminton Team

Girls’ Premiership Swimming Team

with many parents of present Chinese students, and was truly heartened by their determination to become a part of the great community of the school they have chosen for their children. The Wesley family grows all the time. The year has started with great focus and purpose at each of our Melbourne campuses, as well as at Clunes and Yiramalay ^P[OHZPNUPĂ„JHU[NYV^[OPUZ[\KLU[U\TILYZHUKH[V\YV\[KVVY sites at Chum Creek, Mallana and Lochend. How reassuring for us all - school leaders, teachers, parents, students, and indeed Collegians young and old – to know that 2014’s “rites of passageâ€? will be transacted in the best circumstances we can provide. Girls’ Premiership Tennis Team

Helen Drennen

Announcement New President of Wesley College Council Following the Annual General Meeting of the Wesley College Council held on 26 March, 2014, the Wesley College Council is pleased to announce several key leadership retirements and appointments passed at the meeting. Marianne Stillwell has been appointed as the new President of Council. Marianne has been a member of the College Council since 2006. A parent with three of her children attending the College, Marianne is the current President of the Wesley College Foundation, a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee, and former Chair of the Nominations Committee. The retiring President of Council, Peter Harrison (OW1969), has served the College Council with distinction for 22 years, including a period of four years as President. During his time on Council, Peter has held the positions of President of the Wesley College Foundation, the Chair of the College Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Chair of the College Strategy Committee.

In addition, the College Council would like to announce that the Uniting Church in Australia Moderator’s nominee to Council, the 9L]0HU)YV^UOHZZ[LWWLKKV^UMYVTOPZYVSLHUKOPZWVZP[PVU ^PSSILÄSSLKI`[OL9L]+Y:\UU`*OLU,J\TLUPJHS*OHWSHPUH[ The University of Melbourne. Ian has served on College Council for 14 years. A parent of a former student at the College, Ian was Vice President of Council and also served on the Nominations Committee and the Remuneration Committee Following Ian’s retirement, Philip Powell (OW1973) has been appointed Vice President of the Wesley College Council. A member of Council since 2008, Phillip is the current Chair of the Nominations Committee, a member of the Foundation Advisory Committee, and former Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee. The Council would like to acknowledge the leadership and service that both Peter and Ian have given the College during their tenure on Council. Their commitment to the stewardship and governance of the College Council leaves the Council well placed for the future to remain a leading educational institution in Australia.

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2013 Scholars and Duces Glen Waverley

William Pan (VCE) Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

Tim Shaun Cheok (VCE) Draper Scholar Year 11

Nicholas Ensor (IB DP) *

Jia Zheng (IB DP)

Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

Draper Scholar Year 11

Michelle Yeoh

Daisy Lu (IB DP)

General Excellence Dux (VCE) Year 12

Draper Scholar Year 11

Aimie Lim General Excellence Dux (IB DP) Year 12

Elenna Niteros Alexander Wawn Scholar Year 12

Jonathan Tucker Lance Pilgrim Family Scholar Year 12

Grace Bussey Judith Patterson Prize for English Year 12 * Recipient of the highest possible result of 45 – an ATAR score of 99.95


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St Kilda Road

Julia Heyward (IB DP) *

Evan Votskos (IB DP)

Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

General Excellence Dux Year 12

Roshan Karri (IB DP) *

Isabel Wassmann (IB DP)

Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

General Excellence Dux Year 12

Grant Silbert (IB DP) *

Tomas Kantor (IB DP)

Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

Alison Arnold Scholar Year 12

Anne Williamson (IB DP) *

Kinsey Reeves (IB DP)

Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

Alexander Wawn Scholar Year 12

Anita Xue (VCE)

Isobel Hymer (VCE)

Walter Powell Scholar Year 12

Draper Scholar Year 11

Corinna Lagerberg (VCE)

Daniel Williams (IB DP)

General Excellence Dux Year 12

Draper Scholar Year 11

Daniella Neri (IB DP) General Excellence Dux Year 12

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Academic excellence at Wesley At Wesley our graduating students move on with much more than an ATAR score. Each has been encouraged to aspire to achieve excellence and personal best in all areas of endeavour. Wesley College places the highest value on academic excellence and on the full development of each individual. Our students’ achievements are a great testament to the quality of our teachers at every level, from early childhood through to Year 12, and to the support of their parents.

Academic achievements of the Class of 2013 College highlights • Five Year 12 students achieved the highest possible ATAR ZJVYLVM   ‹ >LZSL`*VSSLNL^HZ[OL[VW0)ZJOVVSPU=PJ[VYPH ‹ >LZSL`*VSSLNL^HZ[OL[VWJVLK\JH[PVUHS0)ZJOVVSPU Australia

Key results ‹ >LZSL`TLKPHU=*,0)+PWSVTH(;(9 ‹  HSS>LZSL`Z[\KLU[Z=*,0)+PWSVTH(;(9%  ‹ WLYMLJ[Z[\K`ZJVYLZ^LYLHJOPL]LKHJYVZZ=*,0) Diploma subjects ‹  >LZSL`0)Z[\KLU[Z(;(9%  • 96.12% Wesley students offered First Round Tertiary places

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) 2013

Tertiary destinations for the Class of 2013


University of Melbourne 26%

Monash University 29%

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Wesley College


Other 6%

La Trobe University 3%

>70 RMIT University 17%

>65 0%


Victoria University 2%


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Swinburne University of Technology 6% Deakin University 11%


St Kilda Road students, Wesley staff and guests gather on the Back Turf to welcome the Governor-General

Grand opening for a grand design When schools as historic as Wesley at St Kilda Road, with its imposing facade and some trepidation After all, such places are embedded in a location. And so a variety of interested parties - local planning authorities, parents, staff and especially alumni, both recent and of more seasoned complexions - subject the project to unusually severe scrutiny. This is to be expected; anxieties about change are often born of deep affection. We often own institutions in highly personal ways (current students rarely make a fuss, if they even notice; they are, quite properly, of an age in which functionality matters most). This makes it all the more gratifying that the new Moubray Street Precinct, housing the transformed Adamson Hall stage and new Music School, as well as the previously completed Menzies Wing, has been greeted with almost universal acclaim. Rumblings have been unusually subdued. As well they might, since this magnificent structure, disdaining the excesses of modernism, has been designed along classical lines as befits its surroundings, and with which it blends so harmoniously.

of Adamson Hall as a central place within the school’s educational and spiritual fabric. As one student who notices such things observed: It has the excitement of the new, and the comfort of the old. From the outset, the Principal, Helen Drennen, was adamant that this revered hall must continue to be the heart of the school. And while the interior with its beautiful renovations and new seating and flooring is truly a revelation, the feel of the hall as an historic place has been retained; for example, the honour boards which track our notable scholars and our school leaders have been returned to their rightful positions. This is both an historic school hall and a theatre, and both contexts are held in balance. The stage, of course, is something else. It is now a performance space as good as any you could wish for, with a fly tower (at last) to enhance already revered production standards, with a lighting and sound capacity that would be the envy of any theatrical venue in a school. They have, in a word, “got it right.”

Apart from the wonderful spaces in which our many young musicians will now rehearse and perform – and to all OWs, especially the musos of yesteryear drop by and have a look in when you are passing, and you will marvel at the band room and ensemble rehearsal rooms, and a recital salon of breathtaking beauty. Much praise has been rightly directed, too, to the retention

The entire precinct, including the refurbished Menzies Wing on the western extremity, which has been in use for a year now, was opened by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, in a brief and moving ceremony on Tuesday, 4 March, (a warm autumn afternoon generously provided by the weather gods to lend their support to the significance of the occasion). We do

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For those who love collecting facts... Here are a number arising from the new building and adjacent renovations: In the new Adamson Hall stage, with 300 stage lighting spotlights (25% of which are the latest technology programmable LEDs); 8 motorised lighting bars and 7 motorised fly lines and 20 pneumatic scissor lift rostra for the thrust stage. Within the entire performing arts complex including the new Music School, you would discover, if you had the time, 1866 data and control patch circuits to provide for microphones, speakers, headsets and CCTV, plus 500 lighting patch circuits. In all there are 5 kilometres of cabling for audio-visual circuits only. For the volume minded, you might be swept away by knowing that the new building contains 2100 cubic metres of concrete, 100 square metres of paving slabs and 400 square metres of brass cladding. The whole area is integrated by 1000 square metres of concrete paved areas. The 1500 square metres of stone for the classical façade were sourced from England (a cheaper option as it turned out, than from our own Grampians, whose supply had been over-committed). For the ecology minded (which should be all of us), be aware that 80% of demolition and construction waste from the old Music School was set aside for re-use, or recycled. The new building has a 5 star green rating in design with automated shut down, when not occupied, for air conditioning , lighting and so forth. Finally, rainwater is collected and stored for use in toilets and for irrigation.

Looking east through the Hattam Quad towards the new Music School

these ceremonies well, with a combination of due solemnity and creative energy, and this was no exception. As always, students played a prominent role in proceedings: some exuberant taiko drumming settled everyone down, a brass and percussion ensemble welcomed the official party, and after the unveiling of the plaque by Her Excellency and President of College Council, Peter Harrison, a wonderful number called Unwritten, with Senior A Cappella singers, a Year 12 string quartet and the Big Band sax and rhythm sections, sealed the grandness of the moment. In her opening remarks, Helen Drennen reminded the audience (of several hundred invited


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The revamped Adamson Hall forecourt and the new look Menzies Wing

guests, and all present students and staff) of how, over a century and a half, Wesley had continued to build upon its central idea of community. She likewise emphasised the role of the performing arts in this process, with their capacity to build resilience and focus, and to enlarge our social and emotional capabilities. In other words, to ignite that humanity that is the core of any well-functioning community. The guest list read like a Who’s Who of the modern Wesley, and countless very familiar names and faces spanning six decades or more enjoyed yet another occasion to come and participate in an event that encapsulated their own affection for, and belief in, a school committed to progressiveness in so many ways. In her speech preceding the actual unveiling of the plaque, the GovernorGeneral took a few moments to express her private admiration for another Wesley initiative, the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School in the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia, which Ms Bryce saw as a visionary and enlightened step along the path towards reconciliation with our indigenous fellow Australians. She was able to establish a connection with the various strands of Wesley’s programs seeking ultimately to enlarge our humanity. Three “donors” of different kinds are to be specifically honoured in various spaces in the new and renovated areas. The late Tony Scanlon, inaugural Director of the Adamson Theatre Company, donated years of relentless energy to this much respected and in many ways innovative unit within the broader performing arts spectrum, and the refurbished stage has been named for him. In a similar vein, the band room in the new Music School has been named for another Wesley legend – John Lee (OW1953), former Head of Music and founder of Wesley’s most senior brass unit, the amazing Big Band, many times national champions (see separate story, And the Bands Play On). A third space, the Recital Salon has also been named, for Gillian Stillwell, mother of the prominent Wesley family (daughter Marianne is a current parent, Chairman of the Wesley College Foundation and newly-elected President of the Wesley College Council) and the Stillwells have been significant donors to the Moubray Street Capital Campaign. The family wished to honour Gillian, who is still very much alive, for her long commitment to and support of the performing arts in Melbourne. The naming of the Salon is a tribute, not a memorial. After the official ceremony the many guests stayed on for afternoon tea and a stroll through the superlative new facilities, entertained


by numerous musical rehearsals in the various spaces, organised for the occasion by a proud Head of Music, Margaret Arnold. After two trying but nonetheless highly productive years over the YVHKPU[OLVSK)S\LZ[VULOLYKPZWVZP[PVUPZVUL of both relief and high energy anticipation. And anyone straying into Adamson Hall to put to rest any misgivings they might have harboured were treated to a rehearsal of Hamlet, a classic aptly chosen to open the new theatre. The GovernorGeneral certainly enjoyed being out amongst all the post-ceremony activities, chatting with students and guests while taking time to admire what she had just opened. )\[PU[OLLUKI\PSKPUNZHYLQ\Z[[OH[ÂśI\PSKPUNZ however impressive. It is what happens in them that matters most, in this instance the joyful collaboration of students and teachers in an endless progression of great music and great drama whose spirit and meaning resonate way beyond the walls behind which they were created.


And the bands play on Speaking from the newly renovated Adamson Hall stage on the night of the opening celebratory concert for the performing HY[ZJVTWVZLYHUKQHaaNYLH[7H\S.YHIV^ZR`6>  confessed to a packed house that he was eventually steered away from his probable destiny as a classical pianist by the power of big band music. Paul was a musical prodigy at school, and WHPK[YPI\[L[V[OLSH[L1VOU3LL6> ^OVOHKLZ[HISPZOLK [OL>LZSL`)PN)HUKPU[OL Z"P[^HZHWPVULLYPUN]LU[\YL amongst Victorian and Australian schools, many still hamstrung by conservative music programs. Fittingly, the band room in the new Music School St Kilda Road is named for John, whose legacy in band music continues to proliferate at all three Wesley campuses.

>OH[^V\SK[OL¸)PN-LSSHšZLLUV^PMOL^LYLZ[PSSHTVUNZ[\Z WSH`PUNOPZJVVSZH_&(THUVMIV[OÄLYJLPUKLWLUKLUJL`L[ with a powerful collegial sense, he would doubtless be pleased that each campus has developed big band musicians and ensembles in different ways, not in competition with each other, but complementing each other’s programs, all of them part of H\UPÄLK>LZSL`L[OVZ1VOU^V\SKUV[L[OH[H[,SZ[LYU^PJR where he also helped lay the groundwork for band ensembles during the time of the Special Interest Music Centre in the nineties, younger students are able to develop their skills, enjoy the thrill of playing some great music, and anticipate enhanced performance opportunities later on at one of the Senior Schools. 7YVÄJPLUJ`HUKM\UHYLOHWWPS`JVTIPULKHUKVWWVY[\UP[PLZ WSLU[PM\S!H\KP[PVULKIHUKZSPRL[OL,SZ[LYU^PJR)PN)HUKHUK [OL:`TWOVUPJ*VUJLY[)HUKZP[HSVUNZPKLV[OLYZTHKL\WVM those who love to be a part of a band, but do not necessarily demonstrate more than rudimentary abilities. At Glen Waverley, John would encounter different but equally valid expressions of that seventies vision. As the campus assumed its Senior School garb in the early nineties, obviously the scope of musical offerings needed to be broadened. Not wishing to upset its city cousins by copying nomenclature, this campus boasts a :[HNL)HUKH1Haa)HUKHUKH:OV^)HUKHUKZVTL[OPUNLSZL [OH[OHZLTLYNLKMYVTHSSVM[OLZL!H:V\S)HUK[OH[YLJLP]LZ equally rapturous receptions wherever it plays. Where orchards VUJLÅV\YPZOLK[OLZV\UKZVMJP[`T\ZPJOH]L[HRLUOVSK;OL Glen Waverley bands are happy too doing their own thing, playing

Middle School students test the acoustics of the John Lee Band Room during a recent Occupy Music Day

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at concerts and festivals of their choosing, independent of the VSKLYIYV[OLY)\[1VOU^V\SKHWWSH\K[VVHÄKLSP[`[V[OLZWPYP[ of what he set out to establish four decades ago. And at St Kilda Road? There too John would perhaps be astounded by the number of off-shoots from that original conception. Here too open-entry core groups spawn the more ZWLJPHSPZ[NYV\WZZ\JOHZ[OL1Haa)HUKHUK[OL:[HNL)HUK HUKVMJV\YZL[OL)PN)HUK[OLKHKK`VM[OLTHSS^OPJOOHZ ILLUUHTLKUH[PVUHSJOHTWPVUPUOPNOS`JVTWL[P[P]LÄLSKZVU a number of occasions at the Generations in Jazz festival at Mt Gambier. He might even be surprised to discover that since his time, only two other staff, Peter Foley (now at St Leonard’s) and )LU4HYZSHUKWYLZLU[T\ZPJHSKPYLJ[VYOH]LSLK[OLIHUK While Wesley’s bands are always an exciting addition to any concert – it is hard not to be thrilled by the genre – John would recognise and endorse that they are only a part of a comprehensive music program which caters comprehensively for different styles and musical interests, from string orchestras to a capella choirs. And John would of course support the WOPSVZVWO`[OH[KYP]LZ>LZSL`T\ZPJPUP[ZKP]LYZLN\PZLZ)LPUN part of a performance ensemble is nothing if not democratic; to insist – as happens at each campus – that those who win places in the specialist bands through auditions are absolutely required to contribute their talents to the core groups as leaders and role models, is a concept that sits very comfortably alongside

Concert Band rehearsing in the new band room

Wesley’s deep commitment to inclusiveness and participation. It is a proper way to nurture talent and also combat elitism, and to allow everyone of varying aptitudes to enjoy the great democratic artistic process of making music together. And while at each of Elsternwick, Glen Waverley and St Kilda Road campuses, the sounds of these wonderful bands frequently enliven the spirit of the school, there is more of a presiding presence than might be evident. Just sit near to the fortnightly breakfast meeting of the three Heads of Music, Alexandra Cameron (Elsternwick), Geoff Smith (Glen Waverley) and Margaret Arnold (St Kilda Road), and listen for a while to the harmony and unity of their policy-making, and you will realise that more than just a vague reverence for the Muses keeps things ticking along in such a coherent and progressive way.

A most remarkable gift ;OL*VSSLNLILULĂ„[ZMYVTHU\UL_WLJ[LKILX\LZ[ A few weeks ago on just another Friday afternoon, a gentleman walked into the St Kilda Road campus reception and, without identifying himself, handed over two paintings and said they were for the College from a former student. In the plastic bag were two small unframed oil paintings on board, with an accompanying typed note to say “these two WHPU[PUNZI`)LYUHYK/HSSHUK Frederick McCubbin were in the possession of a former student Richard Lowe (OW1964) on stage with Greg Ross (OW1965) during of Wesley College in the 1960s. his student days at Wesley Richard Lowe (OW1964) lived most of his life overseas and he requested that these paintings be given to Wesley on his death. He recently died and as a friend it is my intention to carry out his instructions.â€? That was it. No name or follow-up details. I was not at the College, but I received a telephone message to say that some treasure had been presented [V[OL*VSSLNL0JHSSLK[OLVMĂ„JLZVTL^OH[PU[YPN\LKHUK^HZ


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very surprised to hear to that one painting bore the signature of -4J*\IIPU HUK[OLV[OLY^HZI`3)LYUHYK/HSS>OLU I viewed them the following Monday, they looked like the real thing, especially in the case of the McCubbin, with its distinctive brushwork. After some hasty calls and many emails with a leading expert on Australian art the works were authenticated. Richard Lowe had just presented the College with the most L_[YHVYKPUHY`NPM[;OL^VYRI`-YLKLYPJR4J*\IIPU-LIY\HY` Âś+LJLTILY VULVM[OLSLHKPUNHY[PZ[ZVMOPZKH`HUK prominent in the Heidelberg School, is a delightful bushland scene ^P[OHĂ„N\YLPU[OH[(\Z[YHSPHUPTWYLZZPVUPZ[PJZ[`SL0[PZHNYLH[ addition to the collection, since we already own a McCubbin – a view of South Yarra painted in 1912 which was gifted to the College by Mr and Mrs JT Tweddle in 1938. The other delightful, homely scene titled The GrangePZI`3PUKZH`)LYUHYK/HSS+LJLTILY  Âś-LIY\HY` HU,UNSPZOIVYU(\Z[YHSPHUHY[PZ[HUK MVYTLYKPYLJ[VYVM[OL5H[PVUHS.HSSLY`VM=PJ[VYPH Âś  Richard’s father, Ronald Lowe (OW1929) also attended Wesley. He was a distinguished pharmacist, but moved into ophthalmology. During his time at Wesley, Richard was prominent in theatrical productions on the Adamson Hall stage. A glance at the Chronicle


highlights his superb acting skills. There can be no better praise than that he worked closely with two greats of Wesley teaching, Lindsay Newnham and AA Phillips. A May 1964 review in the Chronicle of The Government Inspector (by Nikolai Gogol, and on the English Literature syllabus) declared “the opening scenes of the play were dominated by the Mayor (Richard Lowe) whose experience and ability held together the more nervous members of the cast…The light, open set, mainly the work of Richard Lowe, really looked like a richly furnished room in a Town Hall…” After leaving school, Richard continued to return to the Adamson Hall stage for several `LHYZ^OPSLZ[\K`PUNHZWHY[VM[OLÄYZ[PU[HRLPU[VÄSTHUK[LSL]PZPVU Z[\KPLZH[:^PUI\YUL0UZ[P[\[LVM;LJOUVSVN`0U HYL]PL^VM Ned Kelly praised his skill:…“the settings, designed and executed by Mr Richard Lowe (OW), added an interesting feature to the WYVK\J[PVU4Y3V^LPZ[VILJVUNYH[\SH[LKLZWLJPHSS`MVY[OLÄUL backdrop he painted of Australian bushlands.” And once again, in 1967, a review of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible critically judges that…“this performance was rendered even more effective by the attractive setting designed, once again by Richard Lowe (OW)”. The design was judged by The Sun;OLH[YL*YP[PJHZ[OL)LZ[:L[HUK Staging for a school play in 1967. In 1971 the Chronicle reports that “in a postcard from Florence to Mr Gare, his former Art Master, [he] recalled lessons taught on Renaissance Art as he made his ^H`[OYV\NO[OL<MÄaP.HSSLY`¹0[^HZHSZVUV[LK[OH[9PJOHYK^HZ combining travel through Europe with study at the London Film School and had been working part time as a researcher for Sunday Bloody Sunday directed by John Schlesinger, and as a dresser for Oh Calcutta! (though it is hard to imagine the role of the dresser in that famously nude play).

L Bernard Hall’s painting entitled The Grange

Throughout the 1980s, the Chronicle offered regular reports of Richard’s successful career as a decorative artist, and in jewellery and fashion design, with exhibitions across Europe and the United Sates, not to mention at the famous Gallery at Georges of Collins Street. Richard Lowe’s gift speaks volumes for his affection for his old ZJOVVSHUK[OLPUÅ\LUJLVMOPZTHZ[LYZPUJS\KPUN7OPSSPWZHUK Newnham (men who enjoyed the challenge of teaching motivated and thoughtful students). I think it is great compliment that they welcomed him back after he left the College to work with them on their dramatic productions. In fact, Richard stayed in touch with his old school and the Chronicle regularly reported on his career. A few years ago, he donated to the Archives his old schoolboy scarf in Wesley colours knitted by his mother. The Chronicle underlines the simple fact that Richard developed strong friendships with the “creative spirits” of the Wesley community and he shared his life’s journey with many of his former teachers and old boys on his regular trips back to Melbourne. Richard’s gift of these two very ZPNUPÄJHU[WHPU[PUNZ[VOPZVSKZJOVVSPZHUL_[YHVYKPUHY`HJ[VM generosity. The works will be reframed and shared with both the Wesley and the wider community. >OPSL[OPZPZUV[HUVIP[\HY`P[PZÄ[[PUN[VHJRUV^SLKNL9PJOHYK Lowe for daring to be wise in life. This great act of remembrance for his old school, and his gift to future generations of Wesley students, is an example to all. A bushland scene painted by Fred McCubbin in 1907

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College Snapshots

Learning to lead with empathy Early in the school year the Elsternwick campus Years 5 and 6 leaders, along with the Year 9 captains and vice captains, attended the annual National Young Leaders Day. This annual event is hosted by the Halogen Foundation and is specifically for young people who aspire to lead themselves and others well. It’s about exploring leadership potential and thinking about the role that individuals play in both the school community and beyond. The theme of the day was I Am Somebody and it was emphasised that, as leaders, we can all make a real difference. For each of the five speakers there was a chance to record notes and main thoughts, pose questions and respond to the question “What does this mean for me?”

An inspiring and engaging day for us all, our young leaders returned energised and inspired to lead through example as they reflected on the key messages of the day for themselves and what they might now put into action. One parent communicated the impact the experience had on her child by stating that he came home from this experience bursting with enthusiasm and eagerness to become a better person in general. Inspired by one of the speakers, he too started thinking about possibilities of small businesses working locally to make a profit and therefore assist with underprivileged people. The conversations I had with him after his day were incredible.

Also embedded into the day were significant quotes and messages such as, Nothing great, cool or long-lasting ever starts out that way and Empathy, an important attitude for leaders to have and show, is the ability to experience the feelings of others. Inspiring guests included well-known Australian author, John Marsden, who communicated the power and influence language can have in leadership, X Factor band, The Royce Twins, entertained with their rendition of I Won’t Give Up and young entrepreneur, Daniel Flynn, shared his goal, alongside a team of friends, to make a difference to the less privileged in Africa by marketing a bottled water called Thank you to raise money for fresh water. The two other speakers were Jess Fox, Olympian and silver medallist from London 2012, and Kevin Sheedy, former coach of the Essendon Football Club and Greater Western Sydney.

Proud Elsternwick students pictured at the National Young Leaders Day

Solemn recollections Wesley has an enduring linkage with the Australian military, a connection first established during the Boer War. Indeed, Anzac Day is always special at each Wesley campus. Who, for example, is not moved by the haunting melancholy induced in the Prest Quadrangle at Glen Waverley by the chiming bell, as the roll call of Wesley students who gave their lives for their country is read out? In February, 65 students from the Glen Waverley campus attended the Darwin Defenders Commemoration Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance (this year marked the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, was present). Year 10 students at Glen Waverley have attended this ceremony for many years, as the war in the Pacific is a focus of their history curriculum. In recognition of Wesley’s ongoing support for the commemoration service, two Glen Waverley students, Yanni Nguyen an Lucinda McGarrity, played key roles in the official ceremony. Yanni and Lucinda read eyewitness accounts of the attack on Darwin and their erudition was a key component of the guest speaker’s address (by Australian historian Tim Gurry).


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Glen Waverley students gather at the Shrine of Remembrance for the Darwin Defenders Commemoration Ceremony

Students from 25 other schools were present, but Glen Waverley students comprised by far the largest contingent. This is surely an indication that Wesley’s recognition of selfsacrifice is alive and well in 2014, just as preparedness to actually make such a sacrifice was at the turn of the twentieth century.

New chaplain sings his way into Wesley hearts The Glen Waverley campus is delighted to make welcome [OL9L]LYLUK.YHOHT)HY[SL`HZOL[HRLZ\WOPZHWWVPU[TLU[HZ the campus chaplain. He has already made his mark as a man of spiritual faith, humanity and quiet yet assured dignity (the sense of quiet dignity does not extend to assembly, however, for he is apt to strum his guitar and sing gospel songs interspersed by personal YLĂ&#x2026;LJ[PVUZYLSH[PUN[VOPZV^UJSHZZYVVTHU[PJZ^OPSZ[HZ[\KLU[H[ Scotch College). Clearly, Graham and the Glen Waverley campus have already a very strong rapport, and he has commented: I know that I am very blessed to have landed in the midst of this talented community and inclusive culture. I am already loving my role and looking forward to the learning and sharing that lies ahead. Graham grew up in Glen Waverley during the 1960s and 1970s. Educated at Scotch College, he played in the First Cricket and Football teams, winning APS premierships. At the same time (1978) he began to assume youth leadership roles at the Glen >H]LYSL`<UP[PUN*O\YJO([\UP]LYZP[`OLJVTWSL[LKH)HJOLSVY VM*VTTLYJLHUK)HJOLSVYVM(Y[ZTHQVYPUNPU7OPSVZVWO` ILMVYLJVTWSL[PUNOPZ+PWSVTHVM,K\JH[PVU/PZĂ&#x201E;YZ[[LHJOPUN appointment was at Hamilton and Alexandra College, as a teacher of Accounting and Legal Studies. Married to Andrea, with three children, Graham spent seven years as a Uniting Church minister at Stratford Uniting Church in Gippsland, before accepting the chaplaincy at Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston. After 10 years in Tasmania, Graham and

The Reverend Graham Bartley engages his audience

Andrea have returned to Melbourne, where both his parents and children are living. In regard to the Glen Waverley campus, Graham says, 0OH]LNYLH[S`HWWYLJPH[LK[OLLMĂ&#x201E;JPLU[I\[^HYTWYVMLZZPVUHSPZTVM the Glen Waverley staff at Wesley, and the delightfully friendly and welcoming student body. As many people informed me ahead of time, it is a very special community in which to work. I have been especially impressed to witness the sensitive ways in which people have supported and strengthened one another through some emotionally distressing times at the start of this year. >L^PZO.YHOHTHSVUNMY\P[M\SHUKZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[JOHWSHPUJ`[LU\YL

Re-imagining mother earth During Term 4 last year our students had the wonderful, enriching experience of watching and working alongside our resident artist, Jenni Vincent, a Melbourne artist who joined us in the Elsternwick Art Department for the term to work on an amazing sculptural installation based on the theme Mother Earth. Emphasis was on caring for our environment, as Jenni worked with mainly recycled materials to create the sculpture. The intention was to promote an awareness of our responsibility in maintaining and caring for our Mother Earth so that she can be enjoyed in all her glory for generations to come. The project involved mainly Middle School students participating in the weaving and assembly of the tree root system, the decorating of mushrooms and toadstools, and the imaginative creation and decoration of a variety of creatures that abound in and around the tree root environment. Materials were gathered from a variety of sources including the Melbourne Reverse Art Truck, which collects rejects, seconds and factory off cuts for distribution to schools, community groups and individuals. Their sole aim is to provide the community with a large variety of affordable resource materials HUK[VLK\JH[LVU[OLILULĂ&#x201E;[ZVMYL\ZPUN[VYLJ`JSLHUKYLK\JL

Mother Earth â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a sculptural installation created by Elsternwick students and resident artist, Jenni Vincent

Materials included such things as fabric offcuts, spiral springs MYVTVSKL_LYJPZLIVVRZ\ZLKJVYRZVSKĂ&#x201E;STYLLSZ^HSSWHWLYHUK paper offcuts, chicken wire, coat hangers, air-conditioning foil and insulation, bamboo steamers, polystyrene balls, ribbon, lace, glitter and beads. The list is endless.

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Singing in the season On Thursday 12 December, the day after school had broken up for the year, twenty students gathered at St Kilda Road campus Music Department to prepare for singing carols at The Alfred Foundation Bequest Christmas Function. This mixed voice choir consisted of students from Elsternwick and St Kilda Road campuses, who sang a selection of traditional carols and Christmas songs as guests arrived at the venue. Their singing resonated around the foyer and nearby corridors, and their music raised spirits. The students enjoyed the experience, particularly the opportunity to share their music making skills in singing the harmonies and descants of the traditional Christmas repertoire. It was a delightful way to wrap up the school year and the students were thrilled to receive an Alfred teddy bear for their singing.

Alex Cameron rehearsing the choir

The Elsternwick Year 7 students were Francesca Abrahams, Gemma Bud, Christian Foyle, Laetitia Gaubert, Gemma Livingstone, Audrey Mims, Zac Mistri, Tess Ogilvie, Sophie Reid, Caitlin Samuels, Ciaran Samuels, Clem Short and Alexandra Zimmermann. Elsternwick Year 9 students were: Renee Aun, Sebastian Calderon, Jared Gibson, Amy Kayman and Ramsay Waterhouse. The St Kilda Road campus students were Ryan Aun and Isabela Calderon. The organising teachers were Alexandra Cameron, Head of Music at the Elsternwick campus and Margaret Arnold, Head of Music at St Kilda Road campus. Students prepare to entertain guests at an Alfred Hospital Christmas function

An ambassador for her culture, and a treasured teacher The number of former students attending the memorial service for teacher of Chinese at St Kilda Road, Anna Simonsen, who passed away recently after a long illness, was testimony to the profound influence she had on young lives. A great many of her students were enriched by her unfailing enthusiasm for cultural connections, and by her devotion to promoting greater understanding between Australia and China. How often it is that the scale of a teacher’s influence for the good on countless others is not fully recognised until they are no longer with us? Anna came to Wesley in 1989 to teach Chinese, and over time established a wide network of


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students, friends and colleagues thoroughly engaged by her warm presence and diverse passions about language and culture (and good food: her adored husband Ray, who died too soon a decade ago, was a brilliant chef and restaurateur). Anna led a burgeoning interest in Chinese language as a Head of Learning in that subject, and later in her career she worked as Special China Project advisor to the Principal. She likewise played a key role in facilitating the Nankai/Wesley International Residential Learning Program, laying the foundations for Wesley’s growing engagement with China today. Everyone involved with Anna was always carried along by her optimism and entrepreneurial spirit. Many of her former students have retained a passion for Chinese culture that outlasted their school days, visiting and even working in the Middle Kingdom, something made clear in the beautiful tributes at the memorial service delivered by former students Ed Kuss (OW2005) and Nat Eisen (OW2006). Anna and Ray’s children Pia (OW1997) and Kim (OW2002) also spoke movingly of a generous and loving mum whose personal qualities ensured that she was also a wonderful educator.

Mandarin Chinese


A sad and affectionate farewell With great sadness, the Glen Waverley campus said farewell to Karen Duffy, teacher, colleague and mentor, who passed away PULHYS`-LIY\HY`OH]PUNYLZVS\[LS`HUK^P[OPUÄUP[LJV\YHNL fought a debilitating illness. On a hot Sunday morning, hundreds of friends, colleagues, present and past students paid their respects to Karen at a memorial service held in Cato Hall. The College was honoured that Karen and her family wished to hold the funeral service for her at Glen Waverley, because Wesley had played such an important part in her life. The service was a wonderful tribute to a special colleague and friend. While it was a family service, it nonetheless had all the elements of a very Wesley service. Over 300 people were in attendance, including many current and former Z[\KLU[ZWHYLU[ZHUKZ[HMM9LÅLJ[PVUZVU2HYLU^LYLWYV]PKLKI` 2HYLU»ZIYV[OLY:[L]LHUK@LHYZ[\KLU[)PSS`.VSKI`-VHYK)PSS`»Z YLÅLJ[PVUPZPUJS\KLKILSV^HUKMVYTLYZ[\KLU[ZYLÅLJ[LKOV^)PSS`»Z words captured their own thoughts and feelings about Karen as their teacher over the 14 years she taught at Wesley. 0[^HZPU@LHY^OLYL4Z+\MM`ILJHTLX\P[LZPNUPÄJHU[[VTL and my life at Wesley. Prior to Year 11, I hated English.... or at least I thought I did. I struggled with some of the concepts, as I believed my brain just wasn’t wired that way! I can recall when my mum and I attended a parent teacher interview with Ms Duffy last year. She was her normal self…cheerful , happy and in a good mood. We sat down and mum raised some concerns HIV\[T`SHJRVMJVUÄKLUJL^OLUP[JHTL[V,UNSPZO4Z+\MM` went silent, took a few moments, and then looked me straight in

the eye and said: “Billy how on earth could someone as wonderful and talented as you NOT believe in yourself?”

Karen Duffy – a respected teacher, colleague, mentor and friend.

She wouldn’t allow me to think like this, and Ms Duffy promised me and my mum that day, that she would change this! I looked at mum and she had tears in her eyes and I thought great… this is awkward…but then I looked at Ms Duffy and she was crying TOO!”

From then on Ms Duffy became my mentor and friend and we shared a really special bond. And what’s more, after that interview, mum never worried, hassled or questioned me about English again. Thank you Ms Duffy! ;^VVM2HYLU»ZMYPLUKZ3V\PZL+H]PLZHUK:HSS`)H[[LUZWVRL Louise read from Kahlil Gibran’s, (9LÅLJ[PVUVU-YPLUKZOPW, and Sally shared a lovely poem that had been written by a former staff member Fleur Diamond; it eloquently and genuinely captured Karen’s qualities as a teacher and friend. The Glen Waverley Common Room Association hosted the refreshments in Coates Pavilion after the service.

Chinese families embrace the Wesley vision On 26 February, over 30 Chinese parents of Glen Waverley students attended a morning tea hosted by Head of Campus, Peter Dickinson, and the Principal, Helen Drennen. This idea was the initiative of Peter Dickinson in response to the requests of several Chinese parents who were keen to have an informal discussion on Wesley’s educational policies and implementations. Often because of the language barrier, and unfamiliarity with the Australian education system, many Chinese parents have questions on the school’s curriculum, methods of assessment and results, as well as the cocurricular programs on offer (these an essential part of a Wesley education). Many parents of Chinese Z[\KLU[ZÄN\YLKP[^HZ[PTL[VOLHY[OLL_WSHUH[PVUZHIV\[ philosophy and outcomes from the school itself, rather than simply gathering second-hand information from a variety of sources, not all of which could be deemed reliable. Starting with calling for attendance from interested parties and collecting some questions, the Chinese parents showed a great deal of interest in learning more about Wesley, and discovering further details about the school’s programs in general. Some

questions concerning Junior, Middle and Senior Schools were collected and sent to Peter Dickinson prior to the morning tea. It was great to hear from him about his views, and his explanations on those concerns raised by the parents. He was able to use his drawing skills to explain diagrammatically complicated questions HIV\[0)HZHNHPUZ[=*,Z[Y\J[\YLZHUK^OH[YVSLWHYLU[ZTPNO[ be required to play in their child’s education. Some parents, for [OLÄYZ[[PTLYLHSPZLK^OH[[OLPYJOPSKYLU^LYLKVPUNH[ZJOVVSHZ previously it had not been easy to understand the Primary Years Programme (PYP) or Middle Years Programme (MYP), especially if no one was immediately on hand to provide translations. So the morning tea turned out happily to be a free exchange of crosscultural dialogue. Half way into the morning tea, Helen Drennen joined the discussions. She gave the parents further assurances on Wesley’s goals in relation to academic achievements. In addition, she also illustrated the visions and targets of the school’s future plans, particularly where those goals related to China. Again, it was so important for those Chinese parents to understand Wesley’s educational views and values in depth, rather than just making do ^P[OZ\WLYÄJPHSRUV^SLKNLHUKOLHYZH`

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Chinese parents gather at the Glen Waverley campus

0[^HZZ\JOHUPUMVYTH[P]LHUKWSLHZHU[TVYUPUN[LH)V[O7L[LY Dickinson and Helen Drennen were able to communicate some very important ideas and plans about the school’s programs regarding international relations. Dr Drennen’s illustration of the school’s future plan certainly inspired the parents and gave them LUOHUJLKJVUÄKLUJLPU[OLZJOVVS»Z^PKLYHZWPYH[PVUZ/LY]PL^Z on the preparation of the children at this school as global citizens for the future were much better understood and appreciated. This ^PSSKLÄUP[LS`OH]LZVTLWVZP[P]LPTWHJ[VUWHYLU[Z»Z\WLY]PZVY` roles at home. This exercise of getting together for a morning tea gave the Chinese parents an opportunity to learn, as well as to do some homework. For example, some material in Chinese was KV^USVHKLKMYVT[OL0U[LYUH[PVUHS)HJJHSH\YLH[L6YNHUPaH[PVU»Z VMÄJPHS^LIZP[LHUKJPYJ\SH[LKHTVUN[OLWHYLU[ZWYPVY[V[OL morning tea. There was a genuine feeling of mutual support, and a great sense of the school and the Chinese working together to reach a clear and intelligible resolution of any misunderstandings or misinformation. The morning tea was regarded as a very successful and happy event, yet a further example of how cultural differences can be encountered and how, through meaningful KPHSVN\LT\JOJHUILHJOPL]LK)V[O[OLWHYLU[ZHUK[OLZJOVVS

surely on this occasion felt a true sense of a partnership – one that will be extended in the near future as Wesley further explores its connections to China. At the Glen Waverley campus, some 48 parents have formed a chat group using modern technology – iPhone Wechat. The chat group has made communication among the parents much easier. In addition, it is also a great way of translating and posting the school’s information and messages in Chinese language. From now on, whenever the Glen Waverley campus has any important events, sessions, activities and forums, a notice will be posted on to the chat group to inform the parents. This is also a very convenient way of exchanging ideas and views, both among the parents, and with the school. Any Wesley parents who can read Chinese characters are most welcome to join this chat group. To join, please contact Peter Pan or Kui Hua Wang or any Chinese parent, who can add you onto the chat group. Many thanks to Kui Hua Wang, who submitted this account of such an important “summit” between the school and one of its PUJYLHZPUNS`ZPNUPÄJHU[WHYLU[NYV\WZ

Forging bonds and having fun too At the start of the year, the Elsternwick campus held a community afternoon for Years 7 and 8 students in order to forge bonds between those students new to secondary school in Year 7, and the Year 8 students with more experience of Middle School. There were a variety of activities to engage and connect students, MYVTHNPHU[PUÅH[HISLVIZ[HJSLJV\YZL^OLYL`LHYSL]LSYHJLZ were held, to super hero sumo suit wrestling and many a game of football, cricket and soccer. The students enjoyed music provided by the resident Year 9 Captain DJs and were treated to popcorn and a pizza dinner. This night helps to develop and strengthen bonds between the year levels and there was a real community sense with all of the students getting involved and having fun. Students saw the event as a great opportunity to interact with people you wouldn’t usually and a great way to start off the year. Year 8 girls who helped to welcome new students to Elsternwick


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Nick and his family call Wesley home Despite surface homogeny – inevitable, given the demands of a school uniform – the fabric of the Wesley community is a heterogeneous mass of individual stories and life experiences. Occasionally, an individual (or indeed, a family) makes a significant contribution to that fabric. As a community, we are richer, intellectually and spiritually, for their presence. The Glen Waverley campus has had (and continues to have) the privilege of such an individual (and his family): Nicholas Ensor, Middle School Captain, Senior School Captain and now, the 2013 campus IB Dux, with a perfect score. Nicholas was born in South Africa at the end of the infamous apartheid era, when the country was still experiencing social upheaval. The Ensor family was particularly active in the fight against apartheid. Nicholas and brother Cameron’s aunt was “banned”, with restrictions to her movement and freedom, as a young university student leader, and was forced to flee the country through the African bush, armed only with a knife and compass. She lived in exile for 17 years. Likewise, their uncle also went into political exile (another aunt was a trade unionist and leading journalist). Nicholas and Cameron’s father, David, was also involved in the struggle to end apartheid, and eventually headed up a program, funded by the European Union, to assist the new parliament during the transition period. Leaving South Africa, the Ensor family made Australia – and Wesley, Glen Waverley – home. The campus has clearly added value to Nicholas (and Cameron), even as Nicholas and his family have added value to the Glen Waverley community.

Nick Ensor (OW2013), pictured second from the right, capped his many achievements at Wesley College with a perfect IB score

Perhaps the last word should be left to our campus IB Dux: Wesley has played a huge part in creating the person I am today. I say this because one of my favourite aspects of the school is that it doesn’t only focus on the academic student, but rather aims to develop well-rounded community members. However, Wesley’s academic program is what has allowed me to achieve my goals; something that I am extremely grateful for.

Helping parents help their children Engaging parents in their children’s education is a powerful way to ensure each child has an opportunity to reach their potential. There is no better example of parent engagement than in the numbers who attended the Parent Reading workshop conducted at the Elsternwick campus. The afternoon workshop, led by Elsternwick’s Head of Learning for Languages (Prep to Year 6), Anne-Louise Tammesild, was an opportunity for parents to see how a teacher engages his or her students in the process of learning to read. Anne-Louise, dutifully supported by the early years teaching team, shared the theory behind reading development, as well as strategies that will assist each child to improve their reading. The practical workshop enabled parents to get a sense of what teaching how to read can look like, and how parents can apply some of the many and varied strategies used by their child’s teacher. It is this sharing of teacher knowledge, coupled with a parent’s knowledge of their child, and of teaching and learning, which will help develop a love of reading in all our children.

Anne-Louise Tammesild discussing approaches to reading with Elsternwick parents

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Starting the year on a ritual note It is becoming an Elsternwick tradition to celebrate the commencement of the school year with a church service, conducted at the local St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Uniting Church, a short walk from the campus. This service embraces and articulates our identity as a school of the Uniting Church. As we gather each year in this sacred space, the concepts of belonging and identity are explored in ways that are familiar to some students and unfamiliar to others. The commencement service is like a rite of passage into the concept of belonging to the community of Wesley Elsternwick. Like rites of passages generally, participants are invited to understand themselves from a new perspective. The perspective offered on this occasion is that of belonging to the wider human family in relationship to the Divine Spirit. The songs, prayers, stories all seek to offer insights about this sense of belonging and wider human identity. Rites of passage are like this. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commencement service was conducted by the Campus Chaplain, the Reverend Peter Wiltshire. Students and staff were welcomed to St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by a senior congregational elder, Jack Campbell. Our Principal, Dr Helen Drennen, thanked Mr *HTWILSS^OVOHZILLUHTLTILYH[:[1VOUÂťZMVY`LHYZHUK whose wife is a former student of MLC, Elsternwick. The Principal then read a story from St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gospel that highlighted an important rite of passage experienced by Jesus of Nazareth, (Mark 1.9-11). Head of Campus Jacinta Janssens, read a compelling story Listen to the Wind, that expressed the human values of service to others, and compassion. Heads of Junior and Middle Schools, together with students, offered prayers that expressed gratitude and compassion for others, while the student choral and instrumental music inspired our hearts and souls.

Ayel and friends - an exuberant way to spend lunchtime

Year 8 student, Felix Langham shares the pulpit with Rev Peter Wiltshire

Senior School productions light up the stage March was an exciting month for senior students at both the St Kilda Road and Glen Waverley campuses. Productions of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hamlet and Dario Foâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Accidental Death of an Anarchist provided great opportunities for budding thespians and stimulating entertainment for the audience. The performance of Hamlet in the revamped Adamson Hall also offered a valuable opportunity for directors and technicians to explore the enormous potential of the upgraded venue.


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From the Archives

An intriguing Wesley rediscovery in the Australian War Memorial This time in 2015, Australia will be commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. On Anzac Day ^LHJRUV^SLKNL[OVZL^OVOH]LZLY]LKPUHSSJVUĂ&#x2026;PJ[Z6]LY[OL next few years the College will mark, through special events and provision of information, the important Wesley anniversaries of World War I. Wesley College Council member, Philip Powell (OW1973), has devoted considerable time and effort in reviewing the historical records of World War I and Wesley College. What follows is a fascinating piece on his journey of research which highlights the WP]V[HSYVSLWSH`LKI`1VOU)HSMV\Y6> YLZLHYJOHZZPZ[HU[[V [OL6MĂ&#x201E;JPHS/PZ[VYPHUVM>VYSK>HY0*OHYSLZ>)LHU The Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra holds a vast HTV\U[VMHYJOP]HSTH[LYPHSMYVT[OLLHYSPLZ[JVUĂ&#x2026;PJ[ZVM(\Z[YHSPHUZ in nineteenth century colonial wars through to Afghanistan. Last year in researching the AWM archives, an astounding piece of information relating to the service of Old Wesley Collegians in the )VLY>HYHUK[OL-PYZ[>HY>VYSK^HZ\UJV]LYLK 0U  1VOU)HSMV\Y4),6> ZLLIV_ILSV^QVPULK *OHYSLZ)LHUÂťZ[LHT[V^YP[L[OL6MĂ&#x201E;JPHS(\Z[YHSPHU/PZ[VY`VM>VYSK War I)HSMV\YÂťZQVI^HZWYPTHYPS`[VYLZLHYJOHUKKVJ\TLU[HSS[OL IPVNYHWOPJHSKL[HPSZVMLHJOWLYZVUTLU[PVULKPU[OLVMĂ&#x201E;JPHSOPZ[VY` )LHU^HZKL[LYTPULK[OH[[OLOPZ[VY`^V\SKILVUL[OH[JV]LYLK the actions of all ranks, and was not just a repeat of long dispatches from generals justifying their losses and glorifying their victories. 0[ZLLTZ[OH[PU )HSMV\YZ[HY[LKVUOPZV^UHJJV\U[ reviewing Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honour Roll to ensure the lists were complete. +\YPUN(\N\Z[ OL^HZHISL[VHK]PZL[OL[OLU/LHKTHZ[LY Harold Stewart, of a small number of omissions. Around this time he appears to have commenced a biography for each former >LZSL`Z[\KLU[^OVOHKZLY]LKPULP[OLY[OL)VLY>HYVY[OL -PYZ[>VYSK>HYV]LYUHTLZ)`SH[L OPZĂ&#x201E;SLZZOV^ OL^HZ^YP[PUN[VZL]LYHSWLYZVUZZLLRPUNJVUĂ&#x201E;YTH[PVU[OH[[OL` had attended Wesley, along with their service details. So it seems [OH[[OLI\SRVMOPZ^VYR^HZKVULMYVT [V 6UL assessment of this huge task, which was apparently undertaken in his private time, would be at least one year of full time work. ([ZVTLZ[HNLIL[^LLU HUK OLT\Z[OH]L]PZP[LK the school and reviewed the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entry Book, as he has documented for each serviceman key enrolment data such as Ă&#x201E;YZ[`LHYVMLUYVSTLU[M\SSUHTLKH[LVMIPY[OHKKYLZZUHTLVM parent or guardian and previous school. <ZPUNZLY]PJLĂ&#x201E;SLZOL[OLUWYLWHYLKHZPUNSL[`WLKWHNLZOV^PUN for each serviceman their enlistment date, units, dates of wounds or illness, next of kin, return to Australia or date and place of death. In addition, if the serviceman had been awarded a bravery award, the citation was typed on separate sheets. As well, L_[YHJ[ZMYVT[OLVMĂ&#x201E;JPHSOPZ[VY`VY\UP[OPZ[VYPLZ^LYLHSZV[`WLK\W


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when that person had been named. For some, extracts of articles from ex-service magazines such as Reveille were appended. For most of the servicemen, there was also a single sheet that summarised their position. The result was two large boxes of PUKL_JHYKZ(>4 HUK Ă&#x201E;SLZLHJOJVU[HPUPUNIPVNYHWOPJHS information on about 1,200 persons (AWM43 Items C1-C129). 0[SVVRZSPRL[OH[I`[OLLUKVM )HSMV\YOHKUV[^P[OZ[HUKPUN some minor gaps, completed his data collection. It is not clear ^OH[OLYLHSS`WYVWVZLK[VKV^P[O[OLPUMVYTH[PVU0U OL wrote to Stewart saying he had recently seen the 1923 Melbourne Grammar book of the World War I history of its former students, and he thought that such a publication should also be undertaken by Wesley. We suspect that by the mid-1930s there was little enthusiasm from the Stewart administration to put resources into publishing such a document. In 1921, LA Adamson had contributed a chapter in the 1865-1919 School History that was JVUZPKLYLK[VILHĂ&#x201E;UL[LSSPUNVM¸;OL:JOVVSHUK[OL>HYšHSVUN with a list of those who had served with lists of the various service distinctions awarded to OWs. (U`OV^)HSMV\YJVU[PU\LK[VZOV^HUPU[LYLZ[PUSPZ[ZWYV]PKLKI`[OL school. In late 1940 he wrote to Stanton Crouch (OWCA Honourable Secretary) with amendments to the September 1940 supplement of World War 2 servicemen for the December 1940 supplement. /PZĂ&#x201E;UHSSL[[LYVUĂ&#x201E;SLKH[LK4H` PZ[V/HYVSK:[L^HYK^OV had by now retired) to note several errors and omissions in the list of Wesley Collegians from 1866 to 1940 printed in the 1920 to 1940 History, which of all things, excludes his own name! 6U)HSMV\YÂťZYL[PYLTLU[PU OLWHZZLK[OL6>TH[LYPHSV]LY to the AWM for safe-keeping. In view of the 1989 St Kilda Road 3PIYHY`Ă&#x201E;YL[OPZ[\YULKV\[[VILMVY[\P[V\Z0U^LJHUVUS` be amazed by this collection. Kenneth Park, Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Curator of Collections says, It is the largest compilation of OW material that exists outside of our own archives. While much of the material JHUUV^ILL_[YHJ[LKMYVTZV\YJLZZ\JOHZZLY]PJLĂ&#x201E;SLZ[OH[HYL digitally available from the National Archives of Australia, it is a remarkable collection. Philip Powell who spent two days looking through the collection at the Research Centre of the AWM says, I felt very humbled after SVVRPUN[OYV\NO^OH[HYLWYVIHIS`WHNLZVMTL[OVKPJHSS` [`WLKUV[LZ^P[O)HSMV\YÂťZVJJHZPVUHSULH[HUKWYLJPZLPUR notations. Not only is the scale of the undertaking enormous, but reading the material gives you a marvellous view of the composition of the boys who attended Wesley and their lives after school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realise how many became doctors and dentists! Philip took many photos of the material to bring back to Melbourne to share with the Archives and OW staff. He says, I am

Left: John Balfour MBE (OW1907) in uniform Top: A typical page from John Balfourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meticulous record of Australian servicemen Above: Part of the Balfour Collection to be found at the Australian War Memorial

now using the photos to double-check the research I have been KVPUNVU6>>VYSK>HY0ZLY]PJLTLU:VTL[PTLZ[OLĂ&#x201E;SLZOH]L HSP[[SLIP[TVYLPUMVYTH[PVUHUKHSZVOLSWTLJVUĂ&#x201E;YTKH[LZ[OH[ ^LYLWYL]PV\ZHTIPN\V\Z(SZV[OLĂ&#x201E;SLZOH]LM\SSUHTLZMYVT[OL school entry book, that is a great help as most of the Chronicle and other Wesley documents just provide surname and initials. ;OL)HSMV\YĂ&#x201E;SLZHYLHJJLZZPISL[VHU`VUL[OYV\NO[OL9LZLHYJO Centre at the AWM. John Balfour (OW1907) 1VOU)HSMV\Y^HZIVYUPU4HS]LYU=PJ[VYPHVU6J[VILY /L was a Commonwealth public servant before the First World War. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in August 1914 and served in various headquarters units at Gallipoli, and in France and the United Kingdom. He joined the Australian War Records :LJ[PVUPU1\UL >P[O*,>)LHUOLYL[\YULK[V(\Z[YHSPH]PH .HSSPWVSPPUTPK  /L^HZTHKLH4LTILYVM[OL)YP[PZO,TWPYL

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A night to celebrate and a night to remember

Top: Alumni performers on stage Bottom: (L-R) Jane Harber, Lachy Hulme, Sophia Brous, Josh Piterman

On 24 February, more than 300 guests attended the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration of the performing arts event to mark the completion of the stunning Moubray Street Precinct redevelopment and acknowledge the legacy of the Adamson Theatre Company, Tony Scanlon and John Lee. The beautifully redeveloped courtyard in front of Adamson Hall HUK[OL/H[[HT8\HKJHTLHSP]LHZN\LZ[ZLUQV`LKĂ&#x201E;ULMVVK and wines, including MUMM Champagne, who along with 9V^SHUKZ*V_(YJOP[LJ[ZHUK*VJRYHT)\PSKLYZZWVUZVYLK this event. MUMM also provided their Champagne Ambassador from Sydney, Chris Sheehy, who demonstrated the art of sabrage. The event showcased the talents and versatility of music and performing arts students and staff in the superb spaces of the Music School, including the Stillwell Recital Salon, John 3LL)HUK9VVTHUK+YHTH:[\KPV.\LZ[Z^LYL[YLH[LK[V [OLZV\UKZVM[OL)PN)HUK,\YVWLHU;V\Y*VUJLY[)HUK and String Orchestra, jazz ensembles, studio recordings by Music Production students and rehearsal for the Senior School production of Hamlet4HYNHYL[(YUVSK)LU4HYZSHUKHUK[OL T\ZPJZ[HMMHUK4HYJ\Z7PUULSSHUK)YHUMVYK.Y\HYHYL[VIL [OHURLKMVY[OLPYZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[JVU[YPI\[PVUZ[V^HYKZ[OLZ\JJLZZVM the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program. The second part of the event was a remarkable series of performances by a galaxy of professional alumni performers and Wesley parents on the Tony Scanlon Stage in Adamson /HSS;OLZLPUJS\KLK!7H\S.YHIV^ZR`6> 3HJO`/\STL (OW1988), Jane Harber (OW2002), Josh Piterman (OW2003),


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:VWOPH)YV\Z6>(T`=HSLU[*\YSPZ6> :VWOPL Raymond (OW1991), Sam Dundas (OW2000), Graham Foote (OW2003), Rachel Findlay (OW2011), Martin Quinn (2011) and Wesley parents Deborah Conway and Willie Zygier. The Foundation was most grateful for the support of all our performers who generously donated their time for this very ZWLJPHSL]LU[;OLWLYMVYTHUJLZ^LYLHĂ&#x201E;[[PUN[YPI\[L[V[OL remarkable talent that the Adamson Theatre Company has nurtured over many years. The Foundation acknowledges with gratitude the role Dawson Hann played in helping to ensure the success of the alumni program. The function concluded with the launch of the Your Seat in History program in Adamson Hall and the auctioning of the Gold Seat and Premier Seats. The auction of these 26 seats raised in excess of $60,000 in addition to the many other seats alumni and parents have already purchased.

Guests enjoying the celebration

Guests gather in the Hattam Quad

Guests enjoying the celebration

Reserve – your seat in history Adamson Hall is the single building at the St Kilda Road campus embodying the values, traditions and memories of the College. Built in 1908 through donations from the College community, it bears the name of our legendary Headmaster, LA Adamson, whose vision was to make Wesley College the “greatest school in Australia”. The redevelopment of Adamson Hall, as part of the $30m Moubray Street Precinct Redevelopment project, has resulted in a stunning restoration of the hall that includes an enlarged stage with a two storey fly-tower for rapid set changes, new sound and lighting systems, air conditioning and new seating. To celebrate the reopening of this historic facility, the Wesley College Foundation has launched the Your Seat in History program, enabling members of our College community to make a tax deductible donation to “name” one or more seats. Names will be acknowledged on a donor board in the foyer of Adamson Hall and will be a lasting legacy to commemorate your family name, or that of a loved one.

To reserve your seat(s) in history, please visit and follow the links to The Wesley College Foundation page. For further assistance, please contact Debra Stiebel in the Foundation Office on 8102 6121 or Donations to the Wesley College Foundation Building Fund are tax deductible.

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Wesley History Gallery As a result of the Moubray Street Precinct redevelopment, the old Music School foyer has been transformed into a superb, JVU[LTWVYHY`T\ZL\THUKNHSSLY`ZWHJL-VY[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[PTL elements of Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive archival collection can be displayed in museum quality display cabinets and our Cato Collection of paintings can also be exhibited in a secure, purpose built facility.

encourage visitors to see things in a new light. A sample of the Prefect boards allows current and former students to see names of those well-known to the school community and some more widely known, such as former Prime Minister, Harold Holt. Visitors do not usually look up in a gallery space but here you will see a rowing scull from the 1920s, suspended from the ceiling. Other objects may seem quite â&#x20AC;&#x153;domesticâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wesley badged goods including a china [LHZL[HKYLZZPUNNV^ULNNJ\WHĂ&#x201E;YLZJYLLUHUKVMJV\YZLH collection of College (both Wesley and Cato) uniforms and hats. A highlight of the gallery is the touch screens which tell stories about the objects, people and events at Wesley. Touch a picture and the story behind it will come up, thus bringing Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history alive.

Liz Oglesby, Bill Cook (OW1968), Liz Cook and Will Cook (OW2007)

The gallery features objects around the themes of Foundation, Sport, Service and Wesley Life. We can now securely display items such as the trowels used in the foundation of the school, and Adamson Hall, together with the contemporary reed rope used to open the Yiramalay Eco Tents in 2013. There are objects which have never been seen, and some items which are familiar but will

While the four key cabinets will be permanent, some of the display areas will change more frequently, allowing the display of new acquisitions, and items related to particular current themes, events or a reunion or function in the Cato Room. It is not to be a Z[H[PJKPZWSH`I\[VUL[OH[^PSSYLĂ&#x2026;LJ[[OLJOHUNPUNUH[\YLVMSPMLH[ Wesley, now and always. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the MVSSV^PUNHS\TUP^OVOH]LHZZPZ[LKPU[OLM\UKPUNVM[OPZZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[ MHJPSP[`!7L[LY)VHN6> 1VOU>PSSPHT)PSS*VVR6>  [OLSH[L:[LWOLU)YV^U6> HUK[OL,Z[H[LVM>PSSPHT()PSS Cook (OW1937).

Stillwell family gift â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stillwell Recital Salon The College and Foundation gratefully acknowledge the outstanding leadership gift from the Stillwell family to name the stunning Recital Salon in the new Music School. The family have dedicated this naming to their mother, Gillian Stillwell, in YLJVNUP[PVUVMOLYZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[JVU[YPI\[PVU[VIV[O[OLMHTPS`HUK the arts here in Melbourne, including the NGV and Orchestra Victoria, through her own personal efforts and those of her O\ZIHUK)PI:[PSS^LSS0[HSZVYLJVNUPZLZ[OLJVUULJ[PVU[OYV\NO her grandchildren who attend Wesley. We are honoured to have the Stillwell name associated with one of the most important spaces in the new Music School. The familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[NPM[[V[OL4V\IYH`:[YLL[*HWP[HSJHTWHPNUPZNYLH[S` appreciated and has assisted to raise valuable funds to offset borrowing costs associated with this historic $30m redevelopment.

Back (L-R) Marianne Stillwell, Nicholas and Kylie Stillwell Front (L-R) Sidney, Claire, Julian, Camille and Leo Stillwell

There are a limited number of spaces still available to be named and the Foundation welcomes interest from alumni and parents who wish to have their name or that of a loved one commemorated in this way. Please contact Jack Moshakis in the -V\UKH[PVU6MĂ&#x201E;JLVUVY email:

Hoang Pham (OW2002) and Marjorie Nicholas at the inaugural recital given in the Stillwell Recital Salon 26

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The Sapere Aude Bequest Society The Society welcomes well known Old Collegian, Frank Opray (OW1963), to the position of Planned Giving Officer. As many alumni are aware, Denis Oakley has scaled down his time with the Foundation having provided significant and successfuly leadership for The Sapere Aude Bequest Society over a number of years. We thank Denis for his wonderful contribution and he will continue to produce the Society’s excellent newsletter and remain a feature of alumni and Foundation events. Frank Opray is now stepping into that role having supported the work of the Foundation as a consultant over the past four years. Frank is a past student, a former Treasurer of the College Council and a former Director of Development at Wesley. He comes with much background and knowledge of Wesley’s history and Wesley’s people. We welcome Frank’s involvement and are confident The Sapere Aude Bequest Society can aspire to even greater support for Wesley, and in particular, its scholarship program. Frank would be very pleased to hear from alumni, current and past parents and current and past staff for a confidential chat to explore supporting Wesley’s scholarship program, or any other project, through a bequest. Frank can be contacted on 8102 6304 or The Society has already welcomed several new members this year including Dr Jonathan Hartley (OW1961) who is a passionate collector of contemporary Australian art. Jonathan’s bequest will take the form of a donation of a painting and we are delighted that he has remembered Wesley in this way. His father, Rev Frank Hartley, was a prominent Methodist Minister who established the Prahran Mission and, along with former Headmaster, Dr Tom Coates, introduced Social Service at Wesley as an alternative to cadets.

Dr Jonathan Hartley (OW1961)

Another new member is former Wesley staff member, John McMillan. John taught primarily at the then Syndal campus but was also a boarding house master. John counts his time at Wesley as the most enjoyable and rewarding of his career and still maintains contact with some of his old colleagues. John joins a growing number of current and former staff who have become members of the Society.

Tony Ayerbe Bursary As reported in the last edition of Lion, the Tony Ayerbe Bursary was set up by a group of alumni from the 19641968 era, who felt that it was time to “give back”. Roger Mendelson (OW1967), who with a small group of his peers organises the annual luncheon, was a driving force of this initiative. So far, we have raised close to $10,000 and it is growing. Our aim is to build sufficient capital so that we can help struggling families who may otherwise be faced with the choice of withdrawing their child from the school. It has been a great bonding exercise for the group and has given us a sense of shared purpose, consistent with the ideals we feel have been instilled in us from our privileged school years, said Roger If any alumni from that era would like to make a tax deductible donation to this project or add their name to the annual luncheon list, please contact David Crow (OW1967)

(L-R) David Crow, Roger Mendelson, David Kennedy

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From the OWCA

President’s report Two events held for the opening of the new performing arts precinct together represent without doubt one of the recent highlights for the wider Wesley community. The spiritual heart of St Kilda Road had a transformation, with what can only be described as a world-class music and drama centre being built all around this facelift. It was an honour to have Her Excellency the GovernorGeneral of Australia, Quentin Bryce, visit Wesley to open the centre officially at the start of March. Melbourne turned on a beautiful day for this historic occasion with many OWs were among the 400 invited guests and students cramming the Back Turf. The second event was a real celebration of the performing arts, and the great history that Wesley has in this area. Guests were treated to performances from both current

students, as well as a number of OWs, each of whom, after their time at Wesley, has gone on to build a successful career in all aspects of the performing arts, including television, theatre, music and opera. One of the highlights of the evening was the live auction for naming rights to a number of seats in Adamson Hall. With the opportunity to secure many a family’s name, bidding was fierce, with the coveted Gold Seat going to Craig Joel. If you have seen the new music and drama facilities, I’m sure that you will agree with my earlier “world-class” comment…and if you have not, then I’d highly recommend it. The OWCA held its Annual General Meeting on12 March and following the AGM, we had a dinner for the past presidents of the association. With eighteen former presidents attending, a great night was had by all and it was fantastic to hear about their time and experiences with the OWCA, as well as memories from school days. Scott Hudson (OW1993)

Australia Day honours 2014 Many Old Wesley Collegians and members of the Wesley College community featured in the recent Australia Day honours. The College congratulates each of them on their achievements and the contributions they have made, and continue to make, in the community. Dr Murray Chilvers KEMP AO (OW1943) For distinguished service to education as an economic theorist and academic, to international trade, through contributions to leading professional publications, and as a mentor. Dr Harry HEMLEY AM Past Parent the homeless, and as a general practitioner. Professor John Henry OLVER AM (OW1970) rehabilitation of acquired brain injuries. Dr Philip Laurence WILLIAMS AM (OW1966) Past Parent

Mr Kenneth William FALCONER OAM (OW1959) For service to the community of Doncaster. Mr Jacob Israel GRINGLAS OAM (OW1968) For service to the Jewish community, and to education, particularly through philanthropic works. Mrs Suzanne Laura HAMPEL OAM Past Parent For service to the community through the promotion of understanding and tolerance. Mr Christopher Denton LEACH PSM Current Parent For outstanding public service as Regional Director Northern, Ageing Disability and Home Care, within the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.


OWCA executive President Scott Hudson (OW1993) Immediate Past President Toby Loakes (OW1993) Treasurer Frank Opray (OW1963)


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College Co-Heads Mark Hibbins (OW1978) Executive Jack Ayerbe (OW1963) John Benjamin (OW1968)

Ian Thomas (OW1982) Yana Podolskaya (OW1993) Tim DeYoung (OW1996) Gale Schupack (OW1996) Sarah Bostock (OW1996) Richard Hosking (OW1996) Alex Webster (OW1999)

Are you interested in becoming involved? The OWCA is always looking for new input. Please contact College Co-Heads, on 8102 6405 for further information.

Past Presidents join the Principal at this year’s dinner Back Row: (L-R) Peter Harrison, Neil Evans, Geoff Wagstaff, Frank Opray, Andrew Stewart, David Crow, Doug Oldfield, Jodie Dobson, Scott Hudson, Richard Ball, Warrick Mitchell, Scott Wagstaff and Peter Sandow Front Row: (L-R) John Gellie, John Ball, Helen Drennen, Jim Barry and Ian Dakin

Many of you will have attended one of our reunions or events over the last year or so, and our attendances continue to grow, with almost 2,500 people coming along to one of our functions in 2013. There is little wonder when we have the calibre of speakers such as John Borghetti, Virgin Australia CEO and Andrew Westcott, CEO Australian Grand Prix Corporation speaking at the Wesley Foundation’s Business Breakfast and Founders’ Day Lunch respectively. We are seeing increasing demand and popularity from OWs in attending for networking purposes, as well as to catch up with old friends, and to celebrate all things purple and gold.

The current President, Scott Hudson (OW1993) reported on the activities of the OWCA and was pleased to mention that the attendances of OWCA events and reunions continues to rise with more alumni coming back and re-engaging with their old school. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Principal and the President of College Council (also a past president of the OWCA) to meet with the past presidents and thank them personally for their the unanimous decision that this event will become a regular item on the OWCA calendar of events.

We constantly hear very positive feedback from OWs, particularly when people reconnect with an old school mate whom they may not have seen for decades. There are OWs in every walk of life and scattered all over the world, and there is something very powerful about this network. So if you were one of the 2,500 we saw last year, we look forward to seeing you again in 2014. If not, and whether you have been away for one or 41 years, we will always welcome you back to the OWCA. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you for a chat, along with old and new friends, at one of our events soon.

to share stories of their times leading the OWCA at the Past Presidents’ Dinner and it was a thrill to have two father and son past presidents with us (pictured with the Principal, Dr Helen Drennen).

Past presidents who are father and son (L-R) Richard Ball, John Ball, Helen Drennen, Geoff Wagstaff and Scott Wagstaff

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Never a dull moment! Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Graeme Wilson (OW1971), looks back on an extraordinary year 0[OHZILLUHUPUJYLKPISLÄM[LLUTVU[OZMVYTLZPUJLHYYP]PUNPU Pretoria in January 2013 to take up the position of Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with non-resident HJJYLKP[H[PVU[VZP_V[OLYJV\U[YPLZ!(UNVSH)V[Z^HUH Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. The diversity and challenge of the work is daunting, and ranges from supporting Australia’s political and commercial interests to

There were many other highlights during the year. I had the honour of calling on Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his capacity as Patron of the Australian Awards program. Now 82, Archbishop Tutu is as lively, energetic and charismatic as ever. I also HJJVTWHUPLK7YLZPKLU[.\LI\aHHUKOPZTLTILYKLSLNH[PVU on a Guest of Government visit to Australia. On the trade and PU]LZ[TLU[MYVU[^LPUH\N\YH[LK[OL(\Z[YHSPHU)\ZPULZZ*OHTILY of Commerce for Southern Africa to coincide with this year’s Australia Day and our High Commission coordinated Australia’s presence at the huge Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, at ^OPJO[OL>LZ[LYU(\Z[YHSPHU7YLTPLY*VSPU)HYUL[[^HZVULVM the keynote speakers.

Graeme Wilson and his team welcome the Prime Minister to South Africa

promoting cultural and sporting links, overseeing consular and immigration issues, and managing our largest mission in Africa. A truly amazing 2013 culminated in the outpouring of emotion to mark the passing of Nelson Mandela, the man who changed the course of South Africa’s history and inspired the world. 7YPTL4PUPZ[LY;VU`(IIV[[HUK6WWVZP[PVU3LHKLY)PSS:OVY[LU attended the State Memorial Service. In what was one of the largest gatherings of world leaders, just over 100 current and former Heads of State and Government paid tribute to this global icon. Following the departure of the Prime Minister and his delegation, my wife Lisa and I were proud to represent Australia at the viewing of Mandela’s body lying in state. It was an unforgettable experience.

Graeme visits the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

It is an exciting time to be Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with Australia taking on a number of important international responsibilities and with the bilateral relationship going from strength to strength. 2014 will mark the second year of Australia’s term on [OL<5:LJ\YP[`*V\UJPSHUKV\YÄYZ[[PTLHZ7YLZPKLU[VM[OL. arguably the world’s most important global economic governance body. South Africa is an active player on the international stage, including in the United Nations, and is the only African member of the G20. 2014 will also see celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa. As part of those celebrations, the Australian High Commission will be organising a photographic exhibition to highlight Australia’s role in the struggle against apartheid and the evolution of the bilateral relationship over the past two decades. The exhibition will be held in both Australia and South Africa in the second half of the year. Australia and South Africa share much in common. We are both countries with a history of migration and multiculturalism. We share the fundamental values of democracy, equality, human rights and respect for the rule of law. Our economies are highly dependent on commodities and there are striking similarities in climate and landscape. Perhaps most importantly, Australia and South Africa share very close people-to-people links, including through sport, culture and education.

Graeme and Tony Abbott


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0OH]LZLLUH[Ă&#x201E;YZ[OHUK[OH[(\Z[YHSPHHUK:V\[O(MYPJHHYL[^V of the most passionate sporting nations on earth. As an avid sports fan and former vice captain of the 1971 Wesley Firsts Cricket team, I am in seventh heaven! The recently completed test cricket series between Australia and South Africa was very hard-fought and of the highest quality. While the focus is often on our cricket or rugby rivalry at the elite level, the reality is that there are constant sporting exchanges between our two countries at all levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including in netball, hockey, swimming, golf and even Australian Rules football which has 22,000 registered players in South Africa, both boys and girls, many of whom are from informal settlements. I am a great believer in the power of sport to develop team skills and leadership, and to build bridges between countries and nations. I still love doing MVV[IHSSHUKJYPJRL[JVHJOPUN^OLYL]LY0JHUĂ&#x201E;UK[PTL;OL only problem is my body keeps telling me I should stick to my diplomatic duties! While not without its challenges and risks, my posting to South Africa has been a pulsating and enriching experience so far. When not working, I have managed to get away with my family to some truly beautiful places, including several game parks. There is nothing like the thrill of being â&#x20AC;&#x153;up close and personalâ&#x20AC;? with

Graeme with the coach of the Australian cricket team, Darren Lehmann

lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and all sorts of other majestic HUPTHSZ0YLJLU[S`JLSLIYH[LKHZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[IPY[OKH`LUKPUNPU a zero) with a memorable visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls, followed by a few days at a superb game lodge in Chobe in )V[Z^HUH0M`V\^HU[L_JP[LTLU[\UWYLKPJ[HIPSP[`]HYPL[` and beautiful scenery, then South Africa and its neighbouring countries could just be what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for!

New sponsor for OWCA Our contact at Dixon Advisory Group Limited is Nick Ries (OW2000) Nick Ries is as enthusiastic about Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) as an investment vehicle. He has considerable experience advising trustees of self-managed super funds and other long-term investors on their investment portfolios. (JJVYKPUN[V5PJR:4:-ZVMMLYNYLH[LYĂ&#x2026;L_PIPSP[`HUKJVU[YVS than industry or retail funds and give investors the ability to tailor PU]LZ[TLU[Z[V[OLPYPUKP]PK\HSNVHSZYPZRWYVĂ&#x201E;SLHUKZ[HNLVMSPML Nick provides investment and portfolio construction advice to clients in line with the views of the Investment Committee. He

works closely with clients to help them achieve their short and long-term investment objectives, focusing on a range of asset classes including cash, income investments, Australian equities, overseas equities, commodities and property. )LMVYLQVPUPUN+P_VU(K]PZVY`OL^VYRLKHZPU]LZ[TLU[HK]PZVY H[HU\TILYVMIV\[PX\LĂ&#x201E;UHUJPHSZLY]PJLZJVTWHUPLZHJ[P]LS` managing a large number of private clients. 5PJROHZH)HJOLSVYVM)\ZPULZZ4HUHNLTLU[MYVT4VUHZO University. He has completed the Margin Lending and Geared Investments Program and a Diploma in Financial Planning through Kaplan and is currently studying towards an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.

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Affiliate news Bowls The OWCA Bowls Club has had limited success over the course of the year, but looks forward to the APS Inter-School competition at Glen Waverley Bowling Club on 30 March 2014. Unfortunately, we have lost two main stalwarts in Bruce Gregory (OW1944) and John Bell (OW1953) during the year. We hope to have a number of competitive teams this year to blunt Xavier’s domination over in January 2014 our friends half-mast for the late John Bell.

The impressive new light towers stand tall at the Harry Trott Oval

always a pleasure to watch the families of ducklings grow from tiny feather balls to mature ducks over the course of the summer, but the large amounts of duck droppings on the edge of landing can become an issue! One of the services AMC members provide to the rowing program is to hose off the landing on

Collegians’ Lights Project – Giving Opportunity The exciting development of game standard lights at the Harry Trott Oval, (see article below), provides a wonderful opportunity for Collegians’ supporters to “give back” to the club in a meaningful way. The lights will be available both for Collegians’ games and for Wesley College First XVIII matches. The club has registered the lights project with the Australian Sports Foundation, which means that gifts to that foundation, tagged for the Harry Trott Oval Lights Project, can receive a tax deduction for their gift. For further information on this opportunity and how tax deductibility can be achieved, contact Frank Opray in the

Peter Rogan (OW1956), Doug Meagher (OW1958), Michael Furzer (OW1957)

We badly need new players to help our depleted ranks, so if you are a bowler of any standard and age, and interested in joining, please contact Richard Sluggett (OW1972), OWCA Alumni and 6602. We would love to have you join our club. Collegians Football Club Collegians are looking to 2014 a disappointing 2013. We have a few players who, after not playing in 2013, are back in the purple and gold for 2014. The season kicked off on 12 April for the Seniors and available at


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0407 316865.

The Under 19s season commenced a week earlier on 5 April.

to the project can get in touch with Collegians Treasurer, Greg Tregear, on greg@

The big exciting project that will of weeks in the lighting project at our home ground – Harry Trott Oval at Albert Park. These new lights are very exciting for all at Wesley and Collegians, and will enable night football game scheduled under the new lights is a school Firsts game against Geelong College on ANZAC eve 24 April 2014. All Collegians teams will have the chance to play under lights this year with games still to be decided when they will take place. The club will be fundraising this year to help pay for the new lights and anyone interested in donating

To keep up to date with Collegians Football Club – or contact the Secretary, Rodney Nancarrow, on 0412 687 430.

Rowing – Alan Mitchell Club The summer is a wonderful time to row, with early mornings and late evenings providing delightful conditions for rowing. The long days mean we can row in daylight even at the typical early 6am start time for many crews. But of course the summer is also school rowing season, and as usual, the club has been able to help with the school rowing program. It is

a regular basis, cleaning up the mess. Pictured above is a photo of Ernst, our main duck-poo hoser, doing his work a few weeks back keeping the landing clean for the Wesley rowers. Well done Ernst! More exciting news from there AMC in future issues! Tally Ho Fitness Group

If you’re visiting Wesley’s Waverley campus on most Saturday mornings you’ll see around 80 guys running around the oval, lifting weights, throwing basketballs or doing any one of 101 other activities they enjoy for an hour or so (one Saturday in four is at an off-campus site for variety). To keep members’ involvement and the excitement up, each morning features a different program delivered by our professional instructors, or one of our


members who has trained as an activity leader. In this photo our members are going through a stretching routine with which each morning begins. Each member decides the level at which they participate, exercising always at their own pace and within their own capabilities. Removing the cobwebs

If you’re itching for a bit of exercise, just phone Winston Marsh on 0415 358 324 and

he’ll arrange for you to come along and give it a try. We are sure that you will love it! Wesley Collegians Triathlon Club The Wesley Collegians Triathlon Club began in November 2013 and already has many engaged members. The club caters for past and present students as well as parents and friends of Wesley College. It also appeals to a very diverse range of talents from a “weekend warrior” to an

Australian representative and everything in between. The Head Coach of the club is Emma Carney (OW1989) a twotime World Champion. Emma has a great passion for the sport and really enjoys training people working to improve themselves. We have already had a few members and current students. For further information please visit

OW updates

The Australian Grand Prix to have permanent home in Albert Park Prix was held at Albert Park in 1953, a plaque commissioned by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport was unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday at Albert Park. The commemorative plaque, measuring almost a metre square, was created by Melbourne periodontist, Dr Ross Bastiaan (OW1968), who motorsport at Albert Park.

How lucky we are as a country to have so many sporting memories live within such an iconic circuit, said Dr Bastiaan. The opportunity to shape this history into something tangible really was a privilege and I only hope that I have done these great men justice.

Unveiling of plaque at Albert Park: (L-R) Sir Jack Brabham, Alan Jones, Dr Ross Bastiaan (OW1968), Andrew Westacott (OW1982), Andrew Papadopoulos

Dr Bastiaan, an expert in historic plaques, has created and installed over 200 Australian military history plaques in over 20 countries. His work can also be found at some of Victoria’s most famous landmarks including the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Hisense Arena, as well as along the Great Ocean Road.

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Reunion program In 2013, 2,404 people attend OWCA events and reunions. The `LHYĂ&#x201E;UPZOLK^P[OZP_L]LU[Z!;OL>LZSL`:JV[JO>HY@LHYZ3\UJO VU5V]LTILY"[OL.LLSVUN9LNPVUHS3\UJOVU5V]LTILY" [OL:[2PSKH9VHK@LHY9L\UPVUVU5V]LTILY"[OL MLC Decades Lunch on 17 November; the 2012 Glen Waverley 1 Year Reunion 22 November and the APS Golf Day on 6 December, in which the OWCA came second. The Wesley/Scotch War Years lunch was held at Scotch College, marking seventy years since Wesley College spent its last year at :JV[JOPU -VY[`VSKIV`ZMYVT>LZSL`*VSSLNLHUKĂ&#x201E;M[` Ă&#x201E;]LVSKIV`ZMYVT:JV[JO*VSSLNLJHTL[VNL[OLY[VZOHYLS\UJO while they reminisced about when the two schools shared Scotch Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facilities in 1942 and 1943. In 1941, on 7 December, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour HUKI`-LIY\HY` 1942 they were bombing Darwin. On the 12 March 1942 Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headmaster, Neil MacNeil was told to evacuate the St Kilda Road site within a week as it was to be commandeered by the defence authorities. A week later, 19 March, the Scotch Headmaster .PSYH`^LSJVTLK>LZSL`*VSSLNLH[P[ZĂ&#x201E;YZ[HZZLTIS`PU:JV[JOÂťZ Memorial Hall. Wesley shared Scotchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classrooms and grounds for two years, returning to the St Kilda Road site for the beginning of the 1944 school year. As the Wesley historian Andrew Lemon writes â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was only possible by working shifts. Scotch started early and spent the mornings in the classroom, taking to the sports grounds after lunch. Wesley played sport in the mornings and transferred to the classrooms after lunch.â&#x20AC;? It is no wonder that at this turbulent time in Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history a

Humanitarian mission Graeme Southwick OAM (OW1964), plastic surgeon, has recently been in Cambodia with the Australian Governor.LULYHS8\LU[PU)Y`JL working with children maimed by war. He graduated in medicine with honours from Monash University in 1970. He then pursued post-graduate studies at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where he was awarded the Sir Gordon Graeme Southwick (OW1964) Gordon-Taylor Prize by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1973 for the highest THYRZPU[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[WHY[L_HTPUH[PVUZH[[OLJVSSLNL(M[LYJVTWSL[PUN surgical training, Graeme was made Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in otorhinolaryngology (ENT Surgery) as well as in plastic and reconstructive surgery.


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strong bond was established between the students of two schools who shared facilities on a daily basis for two years. As a farewell present, a small drinking fountain was erected on the northern curve of the main oval. Wesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior prefect, Ian Parkin wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wesley regarded their gift not as payment of our debt to you â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such a friendship as yours has been, cannot be repaid by mere stone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but as a mark of appreciation for all you have done.â&#x20AC;? The MLC/Cato Decades reunion was held in the Prest Room at the Elsternwick campus. Ladies from the 1980s, 1970s, 1960s,  ZHUK ZJHTL[VNL[OLY[VYLTPUPZJLHIV\[[OLPY[PTL together, when the Elsternwick campus was an all-girls school. Many took the opportunity to go on a tour of the school and were impressed by the many changes that have recently occurred to their old classrooms. This reunion is growing in numbers and is a unique event on the OWCA calendar. ;OLL]LU[ZJHSLUKHYILNHU^P[O[OL Ă&#x201E;M[``LHYYL\UPVU ^P[O[OYLL[LYYPĂ&#x201E;JZWLLJOLZMYVT7OPS+L@V\UN9PJR+\UNL`HUK :[L]L)LUUL[[YLJV\U[PUNTHU`[HSLZMYVT[OLPYZJOVVSKH`Z woven around the theme â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;was it worth it?â&#x20AC;? The answer was a resounding â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;?. ;OL JYPJRL[LYZJHTL[VNL[OLY[VJLSLIYH[L[OLPYWYLTPLYZOPW victory, by watching and having lunch with the current First XVIII while they played Scotch College on the Front Turf. Over 70 people attended the St Kilda Road 1994, 20 year reunion on a warm March evening on the Senior School Terrace. Friendships were renewed long into the night, as the 20 year reunion always seems be a special occasion, as peers re-engage IV[O^P[OLHJOV[OLYHUK[OL*VSSLNLVM[LUHM[LYHZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[ time apart.

Events Foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day in Sydney Friday 9 May, 6.30pm Venue: Michael Reid Gallery, 44 9VZHS`U.HYKLU,SPaHIL[O)H` Format: Cocktail party

Foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day Cocktail Party Saturday 24 May, 7.00pm =LU\L!)PZ[YV)HRPUP:[ Kilda Road, Melbourne Format: Cocktail party


Wesley wedding in Jakarta A remarkable wedding took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia on 8 December 2013 with two OWs tying the knot and with fourteen OW attendees in all. OWCA Treasurer Frank Opray was working in Jakarta from October to December 2013 and was made aware of the special occasion.

both were studying at Wesley College, when Stephanie Kartadi (OW2005) moved to St Kilda Road from the Elsternwick campus. Darmawan Deli (OW2006) was a year younger than Stephanie, however they have been together since they were in Years 11 and 12 respectively. Their ties to the Wesley College Indonesian alumni are strong, and consequently many of their friends, even those from Bali and Surabaya, took the time to come to Jakarta to attend their wedding. It was a wonderful “Wesley” occasion! As the photo shows, 14 out of the 21 people featured are OWs.

(L-R) Kristian Bunjamin, Amelia Bunjamin, Vesha Adi Dharma (OW 2006), not known, not known, Christina Chandra (OW 2006), Yuki Kharisma (OW2006), Aileen Kuncoro (OW2006), Marissa Salim (OW2005), Kathlyne Harsono (OW2005), Stephanie Kartadi - bride (OW2005), Darmawan Deli - (bridegroom) (OW2006), Pauliady Widjaja (best man) (OW2006), Medwin Wahyadiyatmika (OW2007), Hendra Untung (groomsman) (OW2008), Marisa Lius, Kevin Tanila (OW2006), Adi Janitra (OW2005), Derek , Marcella Leonita , Michael Wangsadipura (OW2006)

OW achieves goal at Sochi Our very own Olympic skier Katya Crema (OW2006) recently produced the best skiing of her entire career to make the ski cross semi-finals at the Sochi Winter Olympics, ultimately finishing in 7th place overall. Her goal for this Olympics was a spot in the top 8, so needless to say she was absolutely rapt with her placing.

achieved at Vancouver. The Olympics is unlike any other event. The positivity and enthusiasm amongst the Australian team was contagious. Everyone was incredibly supportive of each other… I feel like I did absolutely everything I could in the four years leading into these Games. So I can’t ask for anything more. It was a great experience and an incredible event, and I gave it my all.

To the uninitiated, ski cross is an exciting, relatively new freestyle skiing discipline in which the competing skiers essentially hurl themselves down and around a course that is comprised of both natural terrain and man-made features like jumps, rollers and banks. Actually hurl is really only half the story, for ski cross is not only about strength and courage, it’s also about grace and finesse. To watch Katya at work in a ski cross race is to watch a highly trained athlete half ski, half fly down a mountain very, very quickly! According to Katya, in this sport, you can’t over-think things. Everything happens so quickly that you have to put trust into the hours and hours of training, and hope that it comes automatically. I like to clear my mind in the start gate and then just go for it. Katya has been “just going for it” ever since she first had skis clipped to her feet at age 3. Needless to say, she was a veteran of Wesley snow sports, competing for Wesley in the Victorian and Australian Interschool competitions for nine years, from Year 4 right through to Year 12. She was captain of the snowsports team in 2004 and in her final year in 2006. At school and beyond, Katya has collected an impressive list of trophies (including four-time Australian National Alpine Champion and Australian National Ski Cross Champion for the last four years running) and high rankings in major international competitions. Having competed in her first Olympics in 2010, Katya relished the opportunity to go to Sochi and build on the 15th placing she

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New Socceroo Congratulations to Curtis Good (OW2011) former GW student on being selected in the Australian Socceroo’s squad for a friendly International. In 2009 after completing Year 9 Curtis became part of the AIS program. I watched Curtis play with the (Australian) Under 22s in Oman, which was a really important Curtis Good (OW2011) tournament for us, and I thought he was a standout, coach Postecoglou said. I had a brief chat to him saying he had to get himself some regular football because I really see him as somebody who can be an outstanding defender for us in the future. Tim Cahill has lauded the new-age Socceroos for producing some of the finest football he has seen from an Australian team, despite suffering a heart-breaking last minute 4-3 loss to Ecuador in London. Curtis Good, the youngest player at just 20, started in defence, gaining his first cap and proving Postecoglou is serious about building a new ‘golden generation’. Good played alongside Matt Spiranovic, with both putting in solid performances, making a return for former captain Lucas Neill less likely. The centre back pair didn’t play against Costa Rica in November, but came in for the overlooked Neill and injured Rhys Williams. Australian Poems that would Confound a Kangaroo Philip Rush (OW1957) has recently published his twentyfirst book of poetry, Australian Poems that would Confound a Kangaroo, taking total sales to over 150,000 copies, which makes him one of Australia’s top-selling poets of the past thirty years, if not Australia’s best-selling poet.

Philip Rush (OW1957)

Philip and his wife, Yvonne, live on forty acres of bush above the Huon Valley, Tasmania – magnificent views, marvellous lifestyle!

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Samuel Johnson (OW1995) and sister Connie He’s broken the world record for longest distance travelled on a unicycle, raised over $1.5m and the whole way around strove to remind every young Mum in the land to be breast aware. Promise kept! The support they have received over the last year has been mind-blowing for Connie and Samuel. It’s been the best year of their lives and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many people from all across the country. For all donations please go to

Tim’s voyage The September 2013 edition of Lion reported on Tim Spiteri (OW1996) and eight men, rowing over 8,500km from Western Australia to South Africa in April this year. Tim is waiting for the arrival of his vessel into Fremantle (it is being shipped from the UK). Then he has to arrange road transport from Fremantle to Geraldton. He writes -

Philip has been the poet on the ABC Tasmania’s Country Hour for the past twenty years, and has shared over 920 poems on that program. He has also given more than 650 talks on Tasmania’s ABC Sunday Program, each talk ending with a poem. Eight of Phillip’s poetry books have been a finalist in the Australian Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth over the past fifteen years, and Australian Poems that would Captivate a Koala was Original Verse Book of the Year in that competition in 2006.


Mission accomplished! Love your sister - he made a promise and was determined to keep it The April edition of Lion in 2013, reported on Samuel Johnson (OW1995) undertaking a ride on a unicycle around Australia for his sister Connie. On Thursday 13 February, 2014, Samuel Johnson completed his mission...

Tim Spiteri (OW1996)

I am in a final mad rush ordering the food for the voyage we will be using Back Country Foods supplied by Sea to Summit. Clif Bars for our energy bars and Tees Superfood for an amazing natural muesli bars. Other than that we will be eating protein powder, energy drinks and two minute noodles, instant soups. Stephanie Mawson (OW2002) has just been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship in order to complete her PhD at Cambridge. She will study the colonisation by the Spanish in the 17th century of the Pacific, including the Philippines and Guam by forced migration of Spanish soldiers and peasants from Mexico, as well as other parts of Latin America. Much of her study will take place in archives in places such as Seville and the Vatican. She already has an excellent grasp of Spanish having completed her MPhil, which was based in similar archival research.


My road to the Olympics Noam Tidhar (OW2012) A year after graduating from Wesley College, I can faintly see my childhood dream become a reality. My dream? To represent Australia at the Olympic Games.

KPMĂ&#x201E;J\S[[VPSS\Z[YH[LI`^VYKHUKJHUVUS`ILWYVWLYS`\UKLYZ[VVK if they are experienced in person. One of my personal favourites is the causally liberating feeling from a perfectly timed throw that causes your opponent to hurtle through the air and over your shoulders without much effort. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if time slows down.

1\KV^OPJO0ILNHU`LHYZHNVOHZMVYTLKHZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[WVY[PVU of my life. 0[^HZUÂť[\U[PSHM[LYJVTWSL[PUN[OL0U[LYUH[PVUHS)HJJHSH\YLH[L Programme at St Kilda Road that I made the decision to do judo professionally. I knew that doing this would require an intense level of commitment and dedication. I have travelled internationally six times to more than 10 countries with the national team (among countless interstate trips). (ZPKLMYVT[OLJVTWL[P[PVUL_WLYPLUJLHUKKPMMLYLU[Ă&#x201E;NO[PUNZ[`SLZ one of the things that encouraged me to continue judo was the unique setting of each trip. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always interesting to see how the dynamics and feel of the trip changes in different countries: that is, from the lively streets of Lithuania, to competing in the humidity of Samoa, to early morning runs in the numbing cold of England. Regularly travelling away from home is a big commitment with inevitable consequences. Just throughout last year, I missed my KHKÂťZ[OT`6>*(`LHYYL\UPVUHUK[OIPY[OKH`HTVUN other important events). In addition, living out of a suitcase is not HS^H`ZZVLHZ`LP[OLY>P[O[OYLLOLH]`Ă&#x201E;NO[PUN\UPMVYTZ[HRPUN\W the majority of my luggage space, I am usually limited to just the bare essentials â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which makes laundry critical on a two-week trip. The experiences of competing in major competitions are those I value the most. For example, the amazing feeling of hearing the ISHZ[PUNYVHYVM[OLOVTLJYV^KPU7VSHUKHZ[OL7VSPZOĂ&#x201E;NO[LY slams his opponent to win bronze; or, if fortunate enough to stand on the highest podium step, the honourable feeling of belonging and achievement as everyone stands in silence listening to your countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national anthem. The majority of these feelings are

The Wesley lion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for now and always! What a fabulous special touch! With the insertion of the iconic Wesley Lion into the new cricket and multisport area on the )HJR;\YMH[:[2PSKH9VHK;OHURZ[V)LYUHYK,]HUZ6>  of GrassSports. The 3m x 4m lion in school colours was specially commissioned HUK[\M[LKPU[V[OL:<7,9.9(::,0[SVVRZTHNUPĂ&#x201E;JLU[HUK imposing for all the school community to enjoy.

Noam Tidhar (OW2012) tackles an opponent

(SVUNZPKLQ\KV0HTHSZVZ[\K`PUNMVYH)HJOLSVYVM:JPLUJLH[;OL University of Melbourne and am working with the Sports Department at Wesley. A question that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve often been asked is about my ability to study, train and work simultaneously. My immediate response is always: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy. Fortunately both Melbourne University and Wesley are very accommodating in this respect. At university, an Elite Athlete Sport Scholarship provides me with HYHUNLVM]HS\HISLZ\WWVY[MYVTĂ&#x2026;L_PISLZ[\K`HYYHUNLTLU[Z [VĂ&#x201E;UHUJPHSHZZPZ[HUJL:PTPSHYS`[OLZWVY[Z[HMMH[>LZSL`HYLHSS very helpful in ensuring thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a substitute whenever someone is \UH]HPSHISL0HTX\P[LJVUĂ&#x201E;KLU[PUZH`PUN[OH[^P[OV\[[OPZZ\WWVY[ doing all this would not be a possible.

A new Senior Counsel David Gilbertson (OW1980) was appointed Senior Counsel VU5V]LTILY David Gilbertson practises in all areas of administrative, commercial, corporations, media and defamation law. His corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law practice includes market-related matters, such as insider trading and market manipulation, and schemes of arrangement. David Gilbertson has an extensive practice in media and defamation law. As well as for plaintiffs, he has acted for most of the large media outlets and several book publishers in Australia.

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OWCA functions 2014 May Thursday

1 Foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day lunch

Kooyong Tennis Club

12.00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3.30pm

Friday 9

Sydney/ NSW cocktail party

Michael Reid Gallery


Friday 23


Victoria Golf Club


Saturday 24

Foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day cocktail party



June Friday 13

GW 2004 10 year reunion

Union Hotel


Friday 27

SKR 2003 10 year reunion

Union Hotel


Friday 18






Cato Room

6.30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10.30pm

Union Hotel


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August Friday 1



Friday 8 Friday 22


1974 40 year reunion dinner

Friday 19

Golden Lions lunch

Union Hotel



Union Hotel



Union Hotel


September Cato Room

7.00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10.30pm

Cato Room

12.30pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3.30pm

October Tuesday 7

Mornington Peninsula lunch



Friday 10

1984 30 year reunion

Cato Room

7.00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C;10.00pm

Friday 17

GW 1994 20 year reunion

Coates Pavilion


Sunday 9

MLC Decades reunion

Fitchett Hall

12.00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3.30pm

Friday 14

Geelong garden party



Friday 14

APS Golf Day

Royal Melbourne

All Day

Friday 21

GW 2013 1 year reunion

Union Hotel


Friday 28

SKR 2013 1 year reunion

Union Hotel



Foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day Lunch Thursday 1 May 2014 Foundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day Lunch with guest speaker, Andrew Westacott 6> *OPLM,_LJ\[P]L6MĂ&#x201E;JLY Australian Grand Prix Corporation From the grey towers, the yacht race and the Harry Trott to the Formula 1 starting grid A Wesley education, the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditions, Melbourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major events strategy and the legacy and contribution of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. How it all happens and much more.


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OWCA affiliate contacts Welcome to Jeff Lu (OW 2004) as our new contact in Japan. Jeff has recently been relocated to Tokyo, along with his wife, by his current employer, IFM Investors, a Melbourne-based global funds THUHNLTLU[Ă&#x201E;YT0-40U]LZ[VYZ is most well-known in the funds management industry for its infrastructure investments with ZPNUPĂ&#x201E;JHU[V^ULYZOPWPUHZZL[ZZ\JO as Melbourne Airport, Newport Power Plant and Southern Cross Station. Jeff would like to organise reunions with OWs living in Japan. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to encourage everyone living in this part of the world to drop him a line with their contact details.


OWCA contacts College Co-Head OWCA Tel: + 61 3 8102 6983 Mark Hibbins (OW1978) College Co-Head OWCA Tel: + 61 3 8102 6405 Email: Richard Sluggett (OW1972) Tel: + 61 3 8102 6604 Email:

Ski Club Lew Targett (OW1969) – 0417 385 117 Tally Ho Fitness Group Richard Williams – 0410 624 554 Triathlon Club Andrew Hartnett – 0401 049 928

Amanda Webster

Theatre / Drama Productions Branford Gruar (OW2012) - 8102 6412

Tel: + 61 3 8102 6325 Email:

Athletics/Cross Country Ross Tennant (OW1982) – 9563 0324 Basketball Mens – Albert Park James English (OW1998) 0412 836 612 Big Band Tahli Foley (OW2004) – 0401 063 267 Bowls Richard Sluggett (OW1972) – 8102 6604 Cato Golf Diana Carter (MLC Cato 1958) 9563 7936 Cricket Rob Savedra (OW1985) 0407 054 217 Football Rod Nancarrow (OW1982) 9859 8644 (w) Golf Ed Johnson (OW1964) – 0419 345 097 Hockey Mark Perraton (OW1995) – 0417 312 989 Masonic Lodge Gavin Birch (OW1971) – 0438 448 854 PO Box 1163 Doncaster East 3109 Rowing – Alan Mitchell Club Roland Scollay (past parent) 0438 044 223

Water Polo Scott Emerson – 0418 373 550

Sydney Bruce Dufty (OW1963) Tel: 0412 015 319 Email: Perth John Kerr OAM (OW1952) Email:

China (Shanghai) Adam Brougham (OW1984) Tel: + 86 21 5480 8311 Email: Indonesia (Jakarta) James Tabalujan (OW1971) Tel: + 62 21 350 3080 (w) Korea Ben Jeon (OW1996) Tel: + 82 10 9726 1008 (w) Email:

Bendigo Rick Dungey (OW1964) Tel: 0418 509 033 Email:

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Eddie Lo (OW1958) Tel: + 605 675 3359 (w) Email:

Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula Jack Ayerbe (OW1963) Tel: 0419 310 686 Email:

Singapore Mark Samlal (OW1982) Tel: + 65 917 24606 Email:

Goulburn Valley Peter Gaylard (OW1962) Tel: + 61 3 5831 2341

Thailand (Bangkok) Eugene Boonpiti (OW1980) Tel: + 66 2 632 4000 (w) Email:

Mornington Peninsula Geoff Wagstaff (OW1949) Tel: + 61 3 5984 2573 Email: Wimmera David Leembruggen (OW1971) Tel: + 61 3 5382 0111 (w) Email:

United Arab Emirates (Dubai) Stewart Routledge (OW1963) Tel: + 971 050 559 5856 Email: United Kingdom Anthony Morris (OW1995) Tel: + 44 7 427 837 507 Email: USA (Arizona)

Brisbane Don Leembruggen (OW1974) Tel: 0414 819 644 Email: Noosa Tom Standing (OW1964) Tel: 0408 177 960 Email: Canberra John Fuhrman (OW1961) Tel: 0404 887 137 Email:

Wesley College has a range of wonderful facilities available for use by the Wesley and wider communities.

of our sporting facilities, classrooms, halls or an inexpensive

Ethan Edwards (OW1978) Tel: +1 928 710 0733 Email: USA (New York) Robert Tanzmann (OW1982) Tel: +1 212 841 5912 Email: USA (San Francisco) Tanya Wilkins (OW1993) Tel: +1 617 921 6094 Email:

holiday at one of our Victorian sites, please contact Kim

out more information via the Wesley College website under Community College.

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1.1954 OWCA Cricket re-unite at cricket donorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch. On Saturday 22 February, members of the 1954 cricket team joined the present players for lunch 2. Mornington Peninsula lunch 2013 3. Decades reunion 1983 group 4. Decades 1983 5. Decades 1943 6. Decades 1963 7. Decades 1953 8,9. SKR 2012 leavers reunion 10. Katherine Rayner, Josh De Bell GW 2012: 11. (L-R) Alex Holdsworth, Jo Birelli, Mitch Newton, Hannah Pyke, Simone Chaochalakorn 12. (L-R) Nikisha Swami, Ellen Rankin, Alice Bussey, Rebecca Saniga 13. (L-R) Sally Byers, Christine Green, Annabell Mitchell, Mel Johnson, Peter Leggo







14,15. Wesley students at Scotch war years lunch 1964 50 Year reunion: 16. (L-R) Graham Farquhar, Chris Trotter, Tim Smith, John Bitcon, Doug Thomas 17. (L-R) Graeme Southwick, Rick Williams, Bruce Downing, Rick Dungey 18. (L-R) Ian Hicks, Alan Oxley, Phil de Young, John Skinner, Rodney Morley, David Owens Geelong Lunch: 19. (L-R) Rohan Teasdale (OW1967), Danni Teasdale (OW2000), Malcolm Ralton (OW1961),Czeslawa Ralton 20. (L-R) John Butler (OW1967), David Manks (OW1970), Peter Stubbs (OW1971), Jack Ayerbe (1963), Richard Schnabel (OW1963) 21. (L-R) John Butler (OW1967), Annie Butler, Jan Hastings, Peter Scott (OW1952), Anne Scott, Malcolm Hastings (OW1958) Jenny Stubbs, Alan Williams (OW1965)




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2. The Morrison twins 3. Charlotte Muir 4. Rosa Campbell 5. Ariano Catanzariti


Birth notices ANDRIANAKIS To Sam (OW2001) and Jessica on 23 December 2013, a daughter, Eleni ARNOTT To Simon (OW1993) and Megan, a son, Ashton, on 2 January 2014, a brother for Lyla BULLAS To Adam (OW2002) and Belinda (OW2002) (Wilkinson), a son, Charlie Peter Desmond, on 17 January 2014 CARROLL – MANNING To Sharni (OW2002) and Shane on 13 September 2012, a son, Blake Riley CATANZARITI To Angela (OW2000) (Liaskos) and John on 5 February 2014, a boy, Ariano Victorio, a brother for Gianni DAHLSTROM – MOORE To Jasmin (current staff) and Ro on 28 December 2013, a daughter, Poppy Michaela DICKINSON To Simon (OW1992) and Alexandra, on 5 March 2013, a daughter, Scarlett in Winchester, England FUNG To Francis (OW1998) and Trang on 28 July 2013, a daughter, Charlotte Rose GORDON To Rohan (OW2001) and Melinda on 11 November 2013, a son, Ethan James, a brother for Caleb KATSAVOS To Dean (OW1999) and Sarah on 6 KENNEDY To Sam (OW1993) and Tessa on 6 February, a son, Louie LAMB To Victoria (Tori) (OW1994) (Nicholson) and Simon (OW1994) on 18 October 2012, a daughter, Charlie, a sister for Ruby LARCOMBE – BULLEN

MUIR To Robert (Rob) (OW1998) and Belinda on 10 November 2013, a daughter, Charlotte Leigh SCHMIDT To Nicholas (Nick) (OW1985) and Nicole on 23 July 2013 a son Joshua Christian, a brother for Lachlan SINCLAIR To Jarrod (OW1997) and Pereena on 27 November 2013, a daughter, Sienna Louise WEISS To Daniel (OW1991) and Nicky on 21 February 2013, a son Raphael Dov, a brother for Maddy


Engagements BOTTRELL – KIRK

Tamlyn (OW1995) to Andrew GILES – PATRICK

Sarah (2004) to Matthew MORRIS – EZRA Richard (Richie) (OW2001) to Georgia PRICE

Stewart (OW1999) to Prudence Ho WIRUBOV – PLAYFAIR

Ksana (OW2001) to David


Andrew (OW2001) to Jessica – married on 16 March. SEPHTON – PAVLOU Josephine (Josie) (OW2005) to Adrian Pavlou (OW2005) – married on 16 November 2013 SLUGGETT – NEWCOMBE Matthew (OW2005) to Claire on March 9 at Eagle Ridge, Rosebud

To Annabel (OW1994) and Mark on 30 October 2013, a daughter, Lola Bertie LOMBARDO – FRANCIS To Beatriz Miralles-Lombardo (OW1997) and Stephen Francis on July 11, 2013, a daughter, Olive Alisi MORRISON To Nadine (OW1987) (Thomlinson) and Brett on 15 January 2014, twins, a son Darcy and a daughter Molly

Alex and Ingrid

Ingrid (OW1999) to Alex on 6 April 2013 at St Mark’s, Darling Point, Sydney

Death notices ABBOTT Alexander (Alex) Grainger (OW1954) on 11 December 2013, brother of Bruce (OW1962), father of Andrew (OW1983), uncle of David (OW1984) and Cameron (OW1987) BELL John Sutherland (OW1953) on 29 January 2014, brother of Malcolm (OW1956), father of Andrew (OW1991) and Lindsay (OW1994) BLACK Warren (OW2004), brother of Caitlyn (OW2006) BOURCHIER Edward James (OW1940) on 14 July 2013 CALLAGHAN Mitchell (Mitch) (OW2013) on 22 February 2014, brother of Thomas (OW2010) COMBEN Keith Raymond (OW1945) on 24 November 2013, wife Jean (dec), grandson of (OW1889) and father of Neil (OW1977) DAY Ian Wesley (OW1942) on 4 November 2013, brother of Bill (OW1929) (dec), Alan (OW1931) (dec) and Howard (OW1934) (dec), father of Malcolm (OW1968)

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DIKSTEIN Peter Anthony (Tony) (OW1962) on 29 December 2013, father of Samuel (OW1993) DUTTON Emma Ashlee (OW2009) on 23 December 2013, brother of Jordan (current student) FLEMING Kenneth James (OW1939) on 7 October 2013 HATTAM Gordon Franklin (OW1947) on 4 January 2014, son of Gordon Dallas (OW1911) (dec) KEEFER +VUHSK.6> VU+LJLTILY 2013, uncle of Simon (OW1974), David (OW1976) and Leanne Hodolic (Keefer) (MLC Cato 1982) KELLEY .VYKVU,K^PU6> VU1HU\HY` 2014, brother of Raymond (OW1934) (dec) and father of Greg (OW1976) KIRK Linton (Lin) James (OW 1938) on 4 December 2013 LAYTON 2LP[O)HZPS6> VU+LJLTILY MH[OLYVM)PSS6> 7L[LY (OW1976) and David (OW1980), NYHUKMH[OLYVM2HYP6> MACFARLANE 0HU+6> VU+LJLTILY father of Amy (OW2001) MADDER ([OVS1VOU9H`TVUK6> VU November 2013 MATTHEWS Peter Ralph Tyson (OW1948) on 22 February 2014, brother of Jack (OW1940) (dec) and Robert (OW1941) (dec) McLEAN 1VOU5VY]HS6> VU+LJLTILY 2013 MENZIES Stuart Leslie (OW1964) on 21 May 2013, brother of Robert (OW1971) MOORE +LUUPZ[VU+LUUPZ*HWWLY6>  VU1HU\HY`ZVUVM.LVMMYL` (OW1912) (dec)

OULTON /HYY`4H_^LSS6> VU4HYJO 2014, son of Geoffrey (Geoff) (OW1982), grandfather of Emily and Adam (current students) NYE +HY`S/LH[O6> VU +LJLTILY 2013 PRICE Roland M L (OW1961) on 29 January 2014 SELLECK 9PJOHYK)Y`HU)Y`HU6> VU 1HU\HY`ZVUVM.LVYNL6>  KLJIYV[OLYVM+H]PK6> HUK 9PJOHYK9PJR6> MH[OLYVM;VU` 6> HUK+LIIPLJV\ZPUVM)VI )P[JVU6> NYHUKMH[OLYVM5PJR Schnizler (OW2009), Adam Schnizler (OW2012) and Ellie Schnizler (current student) STEPHENS >PSSPHT)PSS)VUKĂ&#x201E;LSK6> VU 1HU\HY`IYV[OLYVM;LK6>  *HU6> KLJHUK4HYR6>  STOCKFELD .LYOHYK16> VU6J[VILY STYLES )L]LYSL`,SZWL[O43*,SZ[LYU^PJR  .YPMĂ&#x201E;[OZVU6J[VILYTV[OLYVM Karen (MLC Cato 1978) and Debbie (MLC Cato 1982)

Obituaries WILLIAM (BILL) BONDFIELD STEPHENS (OW1951) 30/12/1933 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23/1/2014 +Y)PSS:[LWOLUZ lived life to the full, studied hard and became a OPNOS`X\HSPĂ&#x201E;LK pioneering physician, raised four fabulous children, loved sport, music, the church and the arts, and maintained a superb sense of humour right to the end. )PSS^HZIVYUPU VU6JLHU0ZSHUK when his father, Henry, was stationed


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[OLYLHZ[OLTLKPJHSVMĂ&#x201E;JLY;OLMHTPS` returned to Australia two years later, and then travelled to England and were in London during the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is hard to imagine what they went through; Henry was tending to the wounded from Dunkirk, brother Geoffrey was born under the stairs during an air raid, and when his mother said, I wish there was a THUOLYL)PSSH[ZP_`LHYZVMHNLYLWSPLK Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry mum, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a man. Again the family returned to Australia, HUK)PSSILJHTL[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[VMMV\Y:[LWOLUZ IV`ZH[>LZSL`MYVT  (SS were taught by those wonderful teachers *OLZ[LYĂ&#x201E;LSK3LZZLY4P[JOLSSHUK 4HY[PUKHSL)PSS^HZJHW[HPUVM[OLJOLZZ club, and rowed in the second crew. 0U OLLU[LYLK4LKPJPULH[;OL University of Melbourne, and at Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s *VSSLNLOPZYVVTTH[L^HZ3L_)HY[YHT As young doctors, both men became leading medicos in North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales. )PSS[VVRVU[OLYVSLHZ[OLVUS` specialist physician in the area and was instrumental in setting up coronary and PU[LUZP]LJHYLZLY]PJLZH[[OL(SI\Y`)HZL Hospital. As there were no resident staff `L[Z[H[PVULKPU(SI\Y`)PSS^HZĂ&#x201E;YZ[VU call for all acute medical cases at the time - including paediatric cases. He set up outpatient clinics throughout the Riverina and endoscopic services at the Insight Clinic. Study was a life-long commitment MVY)PSSHUKOL^HZ[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[JV\U[Y` physician in Australia to receive a Doctorate of Medicine from The University of Melbourne for his thesis on cardiovascular risk factors in returned Vietnam Veterans. In subsequent years )PSSILJHTLHUH]PK[LHJOLYHUKPU addition to training many residents and registrars in rural rotations from St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, he also tutored students at Monash University. /PZĂ&#x201E;UHSTLKPJHSYVSL^HZ^VYRPUNMVY the Department of Veteran Affairs after marrying Judy Yoffa and moving to 4LSIV\YULMVSSV^PUN[OLKLH[OVMOPZĂ&#x201E;YZ[ wife in 1994.


Bill was a warm and gentle man and was highly respected by colleagues and staff; he was the Royal Physician for the visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to the Riverina in 1983. Bill is survived by Judy, four children, three step-children, 16 grandchildren, and his brothers, Ted and Mark and their families. Submitted by Mark Stephens (OW1965) with thanks to Bill’s daughter, Professor Katie Allen, The Age, and the OWCA. GORDON THOMAS COATES (OW1963) 26/12/1946 – 24/8/2013 Gordon was the son of Dr Thomas Coates, Wesley College Principal from 1957 – 1971, and Joan Coates. He was younger brother to Roger and Alan and elder brother to Alison. Gordon was born in Melbourne, but the family spent many holidays in Hobart, his mother’s birthplace. From 1949 to 1951 Gordon and his twin brothers stayed with their grandmother in Hobart when his father undertook PhD studies at the University of London and his mother taught nearby. For most of Gordon’s school life his father was also his headmaster. The family lived at the St Kilda Road campus. He was never keen on ball-sports at school, but enjoyed rowing, which aligned with his love of boats. Gordon was a good student and from early years set his sights on a medical career. He matriculated with a string of first class honours, enabling him to enrol in medicine at The University of Melbourne. Gordon did well in his medical course and after hospital experience and travel, worked as a GP in Sydney. Gordon took a special interest in pain management and palliative care. In the early days he was a colleague of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, who cared for terminally ill children. He maintained his connection with the Australian Kubler-

Ross Association. Gordon was a pioneer of the hospice movement in Australia and was a founding vice-president of the Palliative Care Association of New South Wales. He cared for terminally ill patients in hospices, ran a community based palliative care service and developed departments of palliative care in two Sydney teaching hospitals. He later returned to general practice and was a very caring and thorough GP who continued home visits to patients well after that became unusual. He also worked in difficult areas of practice, including geriatric medicine in nursing homes. He wrote and published a book on How Cancer Pain is Treated, to provide information to cancer patients (and as a reminder to their physicians). Gordon had a lively mind and followed various interests, including running a website ( dedicated to human health and wellbeing. It covers areas such as self-help, philosophy, communication, travel health and the basis of emotions. The website has several free eBooks, including the book on cancer pain. Gordon also loved music and one of his lifetime hobbies was high fidelity music reproduction. He loved the technology and the music. Gordon was twice married, but had no children. His wife, Suzanne, the extended family and his friends deeply grieve his sad loss, but admire his life of love and service to others. Submitted by Roger Coates (OW1961) PETER ANTHONY (Tony) DIKSTEIN (OW1962) 12/06/1944 - 29/12/2013 Tony commenced at Wesley in 1958 and left Wesley at the end of 1962. Tony leaves behind his partner Liz and children Tobi and Samuel (OW1993). Tony’s working life revolved around his ownership and operation of many successful restaurants. He also was the Manager of The Groop, a very successful band in the 1960s made up of Peter McKeddie (OW1962), Max Ross (OW1962) and Richard Wright (OW1961). Submitted by Peter McKeddie (OW1962)

GORDON FRANKLIN HATTAM (OW1947) 13/03/1930 – 4/01/2014 Few had closer family ties to Wesley than Gordon. His father Gerry was a student, master and later Deputy Headmaster at Wesley following the sudden deaths of McNeill and Gwillim. Gordon’s sister Anne taught at Wesley in the 1950s and 60s. Gordon spent his school life at Wesley and went on to complete a commerce degree at Melbourne University. Gordon’s working life in the airline industry started in 1952 as a cadet in a junior executive training scheme at Australian National Airlines (ANA) including two years in ANA’s London office in the 1950s. He returned to Melbourne to a senior position in the passenger services department at ANA, covering all in-flight services for passengers. Following the take-over by Ansett the airline became AnsettANA and eventually Ansett Australia and Gordon became Deputy Manager and later Manager of Passenger Services. His responsibilities covered all food services around the network, flight attendants (including training), cabin services and equipment. New aircraft types were progressively introduced that all involved inputs from Gordon’s area: the larger and faster frontline aircraft (DC-6B, Viscount, Electra, B727, DC-9, B737, B767, A320) as well as smaller aircraft for secondary routes (F27, F28, BAe146, F50). After the TNT/News takeover of Ansett, Gordon remained in a key position reporting to Jock Balding (OW1944). Gordon never married, but devoted his family life to his sister Anne and her husband Jack Salvado and their sons John and Neil Salvado. He was a great supporter of Wesley and several Melbourne institutions. He seldom missed Founders Day dinners, was a long-time patron of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the RACV Club, Rotary and the Graduate Union. After retirement he became a tour guide at the MCG and a regular attender at 50 year member lunches and MCG events. He is remembered for his courtesy and integrity by everyone who knew him. Submitted by Robert (Bob) Bitcon (OW1948)

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RICHARD BRYAN SELLECK (BRYAN) (OW 1947) 29/3/1929 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6/1/2014

-VSSV^PUNPUOPZMH[OLY.LVYNLÂťZ6>  MVV[Z[LWZ)Y`HUJHTL[V>LZSL`MYVT OVTL[V^U)HYOHT5:>PU HUK loved the boarding house life. His Wesley years undoubtedly helped form the person he became. In seven years at >LZSL`OLOHKTHU`OPNOSPNO[Z)V_PUN Champion of the Middle School, in his Ă&#x201E;UHS`LHYZHWYVIH[PVULY+Y\T4HQVY in the Cadets, and stroke of the 1947 Wesley First Rowing crew that won the Head of the River on the Yarra in a record time that stood for many years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of his proudest achievements. His father George also achieved this feat, and research would suggest they are still the only father and son to have stroked winning Head of the River crews for the ZHTLZJOVVS)Y`HUVUS`YL[\YULKMVYH seventh year at Wesley to again stroke the First crew, and spent much of this year attending off campus activities such as motor mechanics at the local Tech, the Newmarket Sale Yards learning about sheep and cattle, and wool classing courses, all while still living in the Wesley boarding house. (M[LY>LZSL`)Y`HUYL[\YULK[V)HYOHT to become a grazier, cropping and sheep, and also to run the family citrus orchards. He married wife Laurie (dec) PU /LZLY]LK^P[OKPZ[PUJ[PVUMVY `LHYZVU[OL)HYOHT/VZWP[HSIVHYKHUK was instrumental in establishing Murray /H]LU[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[HUKVUS`HNLKJHYLMHJPSP[` PU)HYOHT:PY9VILY[4LUaPLZ6>  HJSVZLMYPLUKVM)Y`HUÂťZMH[OLYHZRLKOPT to stand for the Federal seat of Riverina in [OL ZI\[HM[LYT\JO[OV\NO[)Y`HU declined, as he felt he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able [VĂ&#x201E;[PUWVSP[PJHSSPML^P[OOPZIVH[HUKJHY racing pursuits!


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He was a gifted pianist who could play by ear, and a talented mechanic, who spent most of his life building and racing boats and cars, running the farm in between! )Y`HUOLSKTHU`YHJPUNYLJVYKZMVYIV[O boats and cars, amongst them the record for fastest time of day for a pre-war car at the Geelong Sprints in his Ford V8 ZWLJPHSMYVT /L[YH]LSSLK[OL eastern states to attend hill climbs and YHJLTLL[PUNZMVYTHU`KLJHKLZ)Y`HU restored, and for many years proudly owned, a rare 1923 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio, and he bought an EH Holden that he competed with in a number of Variety *S\I)HZOLZYHPZPUNTVUL`MVYJOHYP[`

until the last couple of years, passing away after two days in hospital. He exited his life as he lived it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fast across [OLĂ&#x201E;UPZOSPULÂśHM[LYHSPMLM\SS`SP]LK )Y`HUPZZ\Y]P]LKI`IYV[OLYZ+H]PK 6> 9PJOHYK9PJR6> ZVU ;VU`)\[JO6> KH\NO[LY+LIIPL Schnizler, grandchildren Nick Schnizler (OW2009), Adam Schnizler (OW2012) and Ellie Schnizler (current student), nephew Nick Selleck (OW1990), cousins +PJR6> 1PT6> +VU 6> HUK)VI)P[JVU6> 

)Y`HUÂťZNYLH[LZ[JHSSPUN^HZHZH mechanical engineer; in his time he invented and patented a chaff cutting machine, broom processing production line, and the second only ergometer in Australia in the 1960s, which he donated to Wesley Rowing, a machine used for rowing training for many decades. )Y`HUHS^H`ZJVU[PU\LKOPZJSVZL association with his old alma mater â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he brought workers and machinery from the farm to carry out ground works for the ovals at the new Syndal (now Glen Waverley) campus in the 60s, he was Regional Chairperson for Victoria and NSW for the Grey Towers Appeal raising money for the College, he and great friend Graeme Fudge were responsible for establishing the Rowing Pool (tank) at the Glen Waverley campus, he drove the coach car for many decades at the Head of the River, and organised dredging of the river in front of the boat sheds. He and the family were honoured when in 2009 the College chose to name the )V`ZÂť-PYZ[=000[OL:LSSLJR-HTPS`MVYOPZ ZLY]PJLZ[VYV^PUN)Y`HU^HZ[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[V donate for a new VIII under the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ă&#x2026;LL[\WNYHKLHUK^HZKLSPNO[LK[V christen a boat with his name in 2011. He was a well-known face in the Wesley Rowing community, only ever missing VUL)VH[9HJL+PUULY"OLH[[LUKLKPU all during his life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; surely a record! /PZ[PTLH[>LZSL`NH]L)Y`HUOPZ moral compass, his sense of giving to community, and the rich gift of lifelong friendships with crew mates and others. He always looked forward to Wesley functions for the opportunity to meet up ^P[OVSKTH[LZ)Y`HUSP]LKH]LY`M\SSSPML

OWCA/OSCA golf day 2014 Victoria Golf Club â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday 23 May 2014 All members of the Wesley community are welcome to play Enquiries to Amanda Webster VUVYLTHPS

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Samuel Alexander Lecture 2014 The future of Australia To be delivered by Malcolm Fraser AC CH

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