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Editorial For those of us â€“ still a large majority of the population â€“ whose primary education occurred in the pre-digital age, the function of memorising information was an important focus of schooling. We were submitted, often painfully in more ways than one, to a variety of spelling bees, mental arithmetic tests, and lists of foreign monarchs, capital cities, and cereal crops, all the details of which needed to be recalled in â€œtestâ€? (and testing) situations. Failure to recall information stored in the brain might lead to punishments unimaginable in these politically correct times so preoccupied with self-esteem and comfort zones. Advocates of the system of enforced memorising can make a substantial case that the brain was being exercised usefully, and that memory is a vital life function and must be developed systematically. Now, information far exceeding anything we could store away for ourselves can be extracted with some digital dexterity from oneâ€™s mobile phone. There is no longer any need to keep information in the memory; the calculator sounded the death knell for purely mental arithmetic, and numerical skills. Most would argue that this is a good thing, removing all the tedious and mundane aspects of problem solving. That is, the memory has been freed up for more important work. Others argue that the consequences of freeing ourselves from memorising are as yet unforeseen, and may turn out to be less propitious than expected. Ironically, the old way of schooling the mind reďŹ‚ects a different and enriching function of memory. Gather two or three people together who shared the same rigours of schooling and there will be a rapid collapse into hilarity and hyperbole; most people thrive on the enjoyable memories of shared experiences, and schools provide the one essential common experience. Everyone went there; everyone has stories. And no number and variety of digitalised databases can surpass the sheer joy (or pain) of the narratives stored away in our minds and hearts. The insistence, and persistence, of memory are crucial in reďŹ ning our humanity. Schools continue to shape us well into life in the kinds of memories they provide. Not all, regrettably, will be good, but Wesley continues to offer an abundance of those that are. A quick glance at all the experiences of our students past and present whose stories and activities are recorded in this edition of Lion conďŹ rms this. Letâ€™s hope all that space freed up because we no longer need to â€œmemoriseâ€? all those marginally useful facts and ďŹ gures is being amply ďŹ lled with truly humanising memory; the kind that links us closely to other people and cultures, and which we carry with us everywhere, and which doesnâ€™t require retrieval from the latest gadget. Dawson Hann Copy Editor and Features Writer
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A True Education Wesley Collegeâ€™s website provide great insight and information about the school. Have a look at www.wesleycollege.net
Principal’s lines Schools like Wesley have numerous “sacred sites”, places around which memories gather, and often in which history is made. These kinds of places are important for our collective memory, and I note that in this issue of Lion there are a number of references to the role which memory plays in our schooling, in different ways. Students and staff often develop strong affections for signiﬁcant places, and yet any institution needs to adapt to changing circumstances and different demands, sometimes calling into question the continued usefulness of such places. The link between past and present, between what worked once and what is needed now and for the future, is often a matter for careful consideration. Memory and renewal are both combined in our culture, and each requires attention; together they have constituted our history over nearly a century and a half. So far this year there have been three openings, each of which is a part of Wesley’s vision for the future. On 20 May the Yiramalay/ Wesley Studio School in the remote Kimberley was ofﬁcially launched and then visited by the Governor General, Quentin Bryce, on 11 and 12 August; on 6 June the new Sports Complex at Glen Waverley was opened; and on 27 June a smaller but no less signiﬁcant opening happened at St Kilda Road: the Silagy Gallery, in the Sir David Rivett science laboratories (the result of a bequest by the Silagy family). Reports on each of these are to be found in Lion, since they, too, are now a part of our history. These openings, all notable occasions, serve as a reminder that no school can ever stand still. As our song The Best School of All reminds us, the school which is “handed on” from one generation to the next must always seek to improve its purposes to its students in subsequent years.
Governor General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, meets students at Yiramalay
soon, much cherished buildings at the St Kilda Road campus are to undergo a major overhaul, but while the physical changes will be marked (internally at least), the spirit that has inhabited these buildings – especially the historic Menzies Wing and Adamson Hall – cannot, of course, be touched at all. The Music School has outgrown the increasing demands placed upon it, and its loss will not be mourned; it has done its service, but clearly has been inadequate for a number of years. Yet, in all three buildings, the memories associated with everything that has occurred in them cannot be erased, and let’s be thankful for that.
Music School Adamson Hall Menzies Wing
So, it is important to appreciate buildings and what they stand for, but not so much that this stands in the way of better facilities. Very
Architect’s drawing of Moubray Street Precinct redevelopment
In the case of the Menzies Wing and Adamson Hall, what we are planning is a complete refurbishment: the present Music School will disappear altogether, to be replaced by a state-of-the-art four storey building that ﬁnally will satisfy the burgeoning needs of the performing arts. This redevelopment of the Moubray Street Precinct (as it is known) will be the most signiﬁcant since the Nicholas brothers largely rebuilt Wesley in the 1930s. Plans, developed with Cox Architects, are now being ﬁnalised, and building will start towards the end of the school year. An artist’s impression of the new Music School
It has also been largely facilitated by the Wesley College Foundation in the lead up to the Collegeâ€™s sesquicentenary in 2016 and, to date, $3.5 million have been raised. With such support, memories will be preserved, new facilities will be provided, and the future is promising. No one will ever forget the work that has gone on in the present buildings. But these too are now valuable memories, part of a culture that is ever-developing, and will be enjoyed always by those who experienced them. But it is time to move on. Every student who leaves a school is entitled to love what they have experienced but should be rightly disappointed if things donâ€™t change. (L-R) James Edward Stretch, Alex Byrne, Rohanna Cherel
With best wishes Helen Drennen
Samuel Andrews, Chair of the Bunuba Aboriginal Corporation and Peter Harrison, President of the Wesley College Council, unveil the plaque at the opening of the Studio School, 20 May 2011
The War Memorial well, donated by LA Adamson in 1916, has now been relocated to the front of the St Kilda Road campus
Governor General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, and Principal, Helen Drennen, meet Daisy Anne Walker and Luke Peters on 11 August 2011
Elsternwick strings perform at opening of College Sports Complex at Glen Waverley
The Wesley College Institute Arriving... When the recently appointed Director of the Wesley College Institute, Andrew Blair (OW1970) AM, FACE, left Wesley College more than forty years ago, he certainly did not pursue a goal of one day returning to his alma mater, even though his has been a life spent in education. Qualifying as a visual arts teacher in the early 1970s, his impressive career has been built entirely within the state system. He began as a young art teacher at Derrinallum High School, a location that may challenge many, and ﬁnished his school career as Principal of Mt Eliza Secondary College, more familiar territory, after several other leadership roles. Since then his eclectic educational experience has seen him amass further experience in a variety of educational institutions. In fact, so diverse and wide-ranging has been his work in Australian, Asian and Indigenous educational projects in an advisory and consultative capacity, that the only metaphor at hand in any way illuminating is that of the chest of campaign ribbons on an American general. Honoured widely by his peers, he is not unexpectedly a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (an honour not carelessly dispersed), and in 2010 he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list. So what has brought him back to the private sector after a distinguished career in public education, and what, more speciﬁcally, has brought him “home” to Wesley (though he might not have envisaged the move in these terms)? He is frank about this; like many opportunities in life, it is the right place, the right time, and in this case, the right job, so there are elements of chance. He speaks from authentic motives; he sees an opportunity, through the Wesley Institute, for furthering the ideas about innovation and teacher learning that have impelled his work for forty years. Andrew is keen to ensure that all the services to do with curriculum, teacher training, professional development and technological support that currently exist under the “virtual” (a word he carefully chooses himself) umbrella of the Institute become a part of the living and breathing “reality” of the Wesley teacher’s everyday experience. He sees many opportunities for our core business to relate to the best that is happening elsewhere, both nationally and internationally. One of his driving interests has been how best to use available resources to overcome disadvantage, and how to forge partnerships that will be in the best interests for all participants. Alongside this, place Andrew’s desire to ensure that Wesley remains ahead of the game in the highest professional standards
for teachers by furthering an already well established “professional practice” culture to which Wesley continually aspires, and you can judge that the newest head of our Institute for Innovation in Education is a man with a mission, but of the most inclusive kind.
...and departing Annette Rome, who has most recently worked for the Institute in the area of Teacher Education, has taken up an opportunity as Director of Teacher Learning at Methodist Ladies College. Her loss to Wesley will be keenly felt, as she has been an effervescent presence both inside and outside the classroom, serving the College in a variety of capacities. Her palpable affection for Wesley began back in the late 80s, teaching in the summer school; eventually she gave in to her best instincts and came to Wesley full time in 2002, accepting an appointment as Campus Curriculum Coordinator at St Kilda Road. She then left brieﬂy, for a stint as Deputy Head at Korowa. Once again, her heart refused to be denied, and she was back again in purple and gold by 2006, as the Head of Senior School at Glen Waverley campus with a particular responsibility for developing internationalism (an area in which she has been published, and which has taken her to numerous conferences here and overseas). By now, she had ﬁnally settled into her Wesley life, comprehensively enough to ensure that she has been the mother of three purple and gold children, all of whom have enjoyed (or are enjoying) the school as much as Mum. Since 2008, Annette has been ﬁrmly and creatively embedded in the Wesley Institute, as its Director from 2008 – 2010, and this year as the Director of Teacher Education. While enjoying the stimulation of ideas and educational theory, Annette is nonetheless a committed classroom teacher, and has never abandoned her roots in the quotidian, ﬁnding inspiration in the everyday. One senses that above all she loves the notion of a school as a bustling, vital and hectic place, one from which she would never wish to be far removed. She has been a beacon to many of her colleagues, and her warm and generous nature has delivered her many friendships, and a host of signiﬁcant professional relationships. She confesses to loving a great deal about Wesley – the music, the theatre, the sport, the passion and fun of the students, the staff – and has left an indelible mark on our recent times. But another call has sounded, and we wish her the best for her future.
Wesley musicians in France and Belgium Western Belgium and Northern France are places that evoke powerful responses for Australians with even rudimentary historical knowledge. They are associated with great sadness, and were the scenes of a catastrophic waste of young and innocent (and ignorant) lives. Names of small villages, towns and landmarks that were the site of momentous and horriďŹ c battles are forever embedded in our national consciousness: names like Passchaendale, Polygon Wood, the Menin road, and Fromelles in Flanders, and Pozieres, Bullecourt, Le Hamel, Villers Bretonneux and Peronne in the once again beautiful Somme Valley. The landscape is dotted with cemeteries and memorials that silently record the scale of the losses and memorialise the pain of war, never its mythic glory. Such is the devotion and care with which the Commonwealth War Graves Commission tends these cemeteries, they have become places of a strangely arresting beauty. There is a stillness and quiet that any visitor with imagination cannot help but compare with the torn and brutalised landscape we associate with the Great War of 1914-18. These were the places visited by 78 young Wesley musicians from the St Kilda Road and Elsternwick campuses, and where they played a series of concerts in communities they had almost certainly never heard of before. It is unlikely they will now ever forget them; all were surprised by the depth and emotion of the welcome they received, and by the attention they attracted in these tiny places, largely as a result of the actions of their forebears. Australia is a deeply respected presence still in this region. Indeed, a number On tour in Paris
A warm welcome to Fromelles
Baguettes on the go
The Bullecourt procession
Discussing foreign affairs
A private reﬂection
in the group placed tributes alongside the headstones of family members whose details they had brought with them, and these were especially poignant and indelible moments. A hundred years on, the Great War still touches individual Australian lives. The tour was the initiative of the Music Department at St Kilda Road, in conjunction with Elsternwick, and replicated a similar trip undertaken ﬁve years ago. But this time there was an additional honour accorded the group, as Wesley was engaged by the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide the musical accompaniment for the dawn service at Villers Brettoneux, the site of the principal Australian memorial in France, and visited by increasing numbers each year. While historically in the shadow of Gallipoli, the tiny French village was the scene of a famous Australian victory in the allied defence of Amiens, coincidentally on 25 April, three years after the baptism of ﬁre in the Dardanelles. Villers Bretonneux is the “new Anzac Day”, and the service was broadcast live to Australia on ABC national television. It was a singular honour for Wesley to participate on this occasion, and later in the day at twin ceremonies at Bullecourt, another place commemorating huge Australian losses in 1917. The Wesley musicians will probably never again experience a day quite like it; rising uncomplainingly at 3.00am, they didn’t return to base until late in the afternoon. Needless to say, they rose to the occasion in typical Wesley fashion. The broader musical component of the tour was a rich experience for all those went,
Wesley remembers. The memorial plaque at the entrance to Adamson Hall
many of whom played in more than one of the many ensembles that provided the repertoire for the concerts: these, variously, were a tour orchestra, a string orchestra, a concert band, a big band, a saxophone ensemble, a large choir, and ﬁnally, a ceremonial band which, aside from its duties at the dawn service at “VB” (the inevitable Australian diminutive), also played at equally moving ceremonies at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and at the Menin Gate in Ypres. The man in charge (an affectionate “Colonel” to his subordinates) was the Assistant Head of Music at St Kilda Road, David Mowat, and he spent two years developing his strategies. Needless to say, not a detail was overlooked. His seamless entry into Paris, the Somme and Flanders met with little local resistance, and he was brilliantly supported by other members of the music party: Margaret Arnold (Head of Music at St Kilda Road), Ben Marsland, Alexandra Cameron (Head of Music at Elsternwick), Louise Hildeyard, Jack Howard and Cate Mowat. Nick Evans (Head of Senior School at St Kilda Road), and Dawson Hann (campaign veteran), trailed along in their wake, marshalling the troops into manageable formations when called upon, as well as providing the appropriate historical and literary insights.
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School opened with love and respect An enduring memory for those attending Readers of Lion will have been following with interest over the past couple of years the story of the development of the Yiramalay/ Wesley Studio School in the Fitzroy Valley in Western Australia. The partnership between the two communities has been based on a deeply held belief that education holds the key to the future, in reconciling cultural differences between Aborigines and the rest of Australia, and producing more equal opportunities for all Australians. This belief has driven many hard working and visionary members of our two communities to plan with great patience and care a project that will reďŹ‚ect the power of learning to create a more equitable world. These thoughts might indeed have occupied the minds of many of the two hundred or so people who attended the launch of the Studio School on 20 May on Leopold Downs
Welcome to Yiramalay
Station, 80 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing in the remote Kimberley. The accompanying pictures tell most of the story of this happy day; it was a time for rejoicing in the capacity of wisdom and understanding to prevail over pessimism and mistrust.
Hannah Oâ€™Donnell and Rhimon Hoad at the opening
Opening of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
In her address to the gathering, following traditional welcomes to those coming on country for the ďŹ rst time, and those returning, the Principal, Helen Drennen, spoke of the development of the Studio School as â€œa story about the power of friendship and the power of loveâ€? and about â€œthe power of dialogue and genuine true relationships to transform who we are.â€? She spoke too of â€œformidable teamworkâ€?; and while Helen has pursued this undertaking with unfaltering resolve, and a deep philosophical conviction, she is quick to point out the reciprocal enthusiasm and devotion to the task of the Fitzroy Valley community. Many, many people of goodwill have been sharing the load; here at Wesley our
Governor General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, with Latrell Lennard
Governor General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, with Rohanna Cherel
Sunset at Yiramalay
Ned McCord, Executive Director of Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
teachers and curriculum planners, two of our Heads of Campus, Council members and ancillary staff; in the Valley, the unwavering commitment of community leaders Joe Ross and June Oscar, and the Business Coordinator of the Bunaba Cattle Company (and now Executive Director of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School), Ned McCord, as well as numerous others, has meant that an entire remote community has become an integral part of Wesley College, Melbourne. It was a long day for many who attended the launch. Buses brought members of the Wesley community out from Broome (some 400 kilometres away) for the day, returning them back there that night, after the midday ceremony and festivities. The President of the Wesley Council, Peter Harrison, doubtless articulated the thoughts of many when he emphasised the “daring” and “wisdom” that had led to this great occasion. Former President Warrick Mitchell also made the trek, one he was not unfamiliar with, having been a strong “hands on” supporter of the project in its earlier days. The theme for all who came to take part in the ceremony, both from Melbourne and the local community, was “friendship, trust and mutual respect”, words easily thrown around, but in this instance deeply embedded in the recognition that what was once an idea has become a tangible, working place, with a discernible path into the future. Everyone involved with this undertaking since its inception has recognised that this path will be long and not always easily negotiated; what the Studio School may yet become, and what its impact will be on both communities, are both perhaps still hidden from view. But what is clear is that it will play a part in changing how we think about learning in the Senior School, as Helen Drennen stressed in her opening address. And what is also apparent is
June Oscar, Bunuba Leader
The ﬂame of the ﬁre pit burns brightly
how the delivery of this vision supports Wesley College’s long held views about its responsibility to make a difference in the world beyond our boundaries, and to encourage its students to reach for something greater than themselves. These convictions are as old as our 145 year history, and are also to be found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in which Article 26 states in part: Education shall be directed to the full development of the human person and…shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations [and] racial and religious groups.
Any opening is a Wesley event We love celebrations and “events” at this school, and invariably do them well, acknowledging that ceremony and tradition are important rituals that need to be observed for the good health and continuity of any community. Our events tend to be inclusive, big on “ceremony” and small on “pomp”. (Dame Edna Everage made a useful distinction between the two during her seminal coverage of the recent nuptials of William and Kate). Adults and students alike are involved in the presentations, there is a certain relaxed formality, and mostly everyone is left satisﬁed that the event was impressive, but didn’t overreach itself. And there is always room too for the unexpected – the unplanned moment. All of the above were well and truly on display at the opening ceremony for the Wesley College Sports Complex Stage 2 on a sunny afternoon in early June at the Glen Waverley campus. This was a major College occasion, and no Wesley event worthy of the name is without music. There was plenty of that, and varied too: the Year 4 Percussion Group from Glen Waverley, likewise the Combined Piccolo and Dolce Canto Choirs, as well as the Elsternwick Strings. Students featured prominently too at a number of times during the program, with Middle School captains from each of the three campuses announcing several well scripted acknowledgements and introductions, as well as the closing remarks. The ability to integrate our students into ceremonies undertaken by the College has long been a strength. And what a telling metaphor the occasion was turning out to be, uniting science, music and sport. The Principal, Helen Drennen, welcomed the ofﬁcial guests, which included a number of present senior Wesley personnel, former heads of Glen Waverley, the Mayor of the City of Monash, Greg Male, and Anna Bourke, the Federal Member for Chisholm, whose job was to unveil the plaque commemorating the opening of this superb new facility, which combines a
(L-R) Helen Drennen, Peter Harrison, Anna Bourke MHR, Greg Male and Peter Dickinson with Middle School Leaders at the unveiling of the plaque
sporting complex and sports ofﬁces. The symbolic closeness, in this case, of the academic and the experiential was duly noted, reminding us as it does of Wesley’s focus on individual and personal development, as well as being part of a team. All the First Team College sports captains for summer, winter and spring seasons were notably honoured guests. Dr Drennen’s warm thanks to all those who had invested time and energy into the planning of the complex were endorsed by the President of the Wesley College Council, Peter Harrison, who also spoke in praise of the coordinating efforts of many staff. Once again, all on track for another exemplary Wesley event – all boxes ticked. The high point of this occasion was quite rightly the unveiling of the plaque, and this is where the unexpected, always potentially there in the many wonderful things the College undertakes, made its presence felt. Anna Bourke MHR, following some inspiring reﬂections of her own, and some equally moving words of dedication from the Glen Waverley Chaplain, Nicole Lourensz, was duly on hand to execute this important ceremonial moment. Raising the students’ spirits to unexpected levels of excitement by urging them to jump in a frenzy into the air, arms and legs akimbo, (think of the Toyota ad) at the critical moment, Ms Bourke pulled the curtain to reveal – a blank wall. Someone hadn’t checked to see the plaque was in place; not
Testing the new facilities
all boxes ticked after all, an always refreshing Wesley oversight. Cometh the hour, cometh the man; with the kind of sang froid and composure required in such unexpected moments (nearly a crisis, but it never quite is at Wesley) Peter Dickinson, Head of Glen Waverley, stepped forward and recovered the poise and dignity of the occasion with a simple announcement: “Let’s call that a rehearsal.” Hastily retrieving the plaque from where it had been casually placed aside and temporarily neglected in the heady tempo of the occasion, Peter had it quickly secured in its appointed place, closed the curtain, and invited Ms Bourke to repeat her lines. The students responded with even more gusto, and a mixture of hilarity and relief swept over the whole gathering. And that is how you turn a somewhat prosaic “opening” – dutiful, thoughtful, splendidly executed throughout, with all the appropriate symbols about a true education well and truly in place – into an “event” with a delightfully Wesley edge. And that’s also how you create a memory that becomes another small part of our culture and history. Those who were there will dine out on recounting this for a while yet. Footnote: The complex by the way is, in its ecological features, a model of modern building. It contains an automated natural ventilation system, optimised natural lighting with even light
“Let’s call that a rehearsal!”
distribution, and automated electrical systems designed to save energy by closing down particular amenities when they are not in use. All rain water is harvested for toilet ﬂushing, and all materials have been selected for their low embodied energy.
Arts Day at Elsternwick On 31 May, all Elsternwick students participated in arts activities. They also watched a performance by one of the world’s greatest magicians, Sam Angelico, the 1985 winner of The World Award of Comedy Magic in Madrid. Sam has elevated his magic into an art form and took us all on a journey that was mesmerising and hilariously funny. He established a wonderful rapport with his audience and followed his performance with a discussion. We even learnt how to perform a magic trick. Jigzie Campbell and her son Rueben also performed for us. Their show, Jamaica Irie, paid tribute to the songs, dances and stories of traditional and contemporary Jamaica. It was a
lively, exciting, colourful and informative performance. Jigzie invited the audience to interact and capture some of the spirit which motivates the people of this vibrant island. In the middle of the day we held multiaged activities. Middle years students participated in music, dance, art and circus activities, many of them assisting our teachers by co-teaching during the workshop activities. This was a wonderful experience for all students and allowed Junior School students to share their
arts experiences and make new friends in Middle School. The vibe across the campus was wonderful and everyone is eagerly anticipating Arts Day 2012.
1. Jigzie entertains the Junior School students 2. Year 5 students and kindergarten students making rainsticks 3. Sam Angelico, Luca Simon and Isabella McLoughlin
Anjuli Evan’s Year 1 class delivered the following fairly astute summary: The magician was great and we did awesome tricks and it looked real. The ﬁre coming out of the wallet was great and we enjoyed the bird trick when he put the bird in the cage and it disappeared. We liked the egg trick and when he taught us how to do that trick.
The epic journey of Aiden Lin Aiden Lin is an international student from China, and is in only his second year at the St Kilda Road campus, where he is the very pro-active International Relations Prefect. To say that he has embraced the culture of his Australian school is an understatement, and he is continually urging other international students to get involved in as much as they can, and to make the most of their Wesley experience. He is an especially enthusiastic member of The Pride, the football support group that has emerged over the past two seasons.
and with remarkable poise, Aiden found his way, by a variety of public utilities, to West Geelong, a feat even the most seasoned Victorian would ﬁnd almost beyond comprehension. He arrived for the last ten minutes of the game, in time to cheer with his mates a Wesley victory.
Aiden plots another trans-urban adventure
Aiden’s public transport adventure began ominously with a wrong turn to Caulﬁeld Grammar’s Caulﬁeld campus en route to the school’s playing ﬁelds at Wheelers Hill. Unfazed by the unexpected detour and a late arrival he enthusiastically pulled on the boots for his beloved Fourth XVIII. Aiden is, unsurprisingly, a latecomer to Australian football, but like everything else has embraced it wholeheartedly. Most would consider this particular trek enough for one
day. But not Aiden, who is equally devoted to the fortunes of the First XVIII (who were playing at Geelong), so missing one of their games was simply unimaginable. Moving like a veteran across suburban Melbourne, a combination of buses, Metro and V Line delivered Aiden to Geelong Grammar, where he was surprised (but not alarmed) to ﬁnd the oval and its surrounds empty of purple and gold. The game, as it turned out, was at Geelong College. Undeterred,
But his day was not yet over. Either through exhaustion, or emotional plenitude at the Wesley triumph, he caught a bus in the direction of Torquay, alighting when he realised his mistake (remember, every location is as unfamiliar as it probably is to most native Melbournites). Stranded at a bus stop in the gathering dark, his purple blazer was spotted by a passing car, happily a Wesley family heading south, who returned him to Geelong station and saw him on to a train that would ﬁnally land him, now late into the evening, back into Melbourne. Doubtless he managed a couple of hours of study before a brief night’s rest freshened him up for a Sunday spent backstage for the Senior School play.
“Pink Day” at the footy There was a rosy hue around the Front Turf on Saturday 28 May other than that provided by a resounding win the Wesley First XVIII recorded against Carey Grammar. Pink was in abundance to raise funds for cancer research, in keeping with what is fast becoming a national tradition in sporting contests on nominated days. Pink balloons, pink wrist bands and other pink items for purchase, pink fairy ﬂoss (to entertain children, and tempt adults with fond memories of showgrounds) and food stalls (with pink bunting of course) were the order of the day – while the team, not to be outdone, wore specially prepared pink socks. First teams at Glen Waverley were similarly kitted out that afternoon, and substantial amounts were raised on behalf of the Cancer Council of Australia. This follows a similar day held at Scotch College during the cricket season.
Tom Curran sporting the pink
Delicacies in shades of pink
The Pride adds a splash of pink to the familiar purple and gold
Clunes awash – with writers, and PMs past and present On 14 May, Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in response to the ﬂoods at Clunes and Creswick, walked the cold windswept streets of Clunes. Along the main thoroughfare, in Widow Twankey’s Confectionary Emporium, Ms Gillard’s coffee break was suddenly interrupted by the Wesley College Clunes photography class, who saw her through the window as they walked by. As one student said to his mate, “”The Prime Minister is in Clunes. How cool is that?” Piling into the shop, self-conﬁdent and self-assured (what Wesley student isn’t), the photography class proceeded to have their photograph taken with Ms Gillard, who patiently answered their many questions. As Alex Allwell, a Year 9 Clunes student from the Glen Waverley campus remarked (somewhat bemusedly, for Alex’s ambition is to be the youngest ever member of the Australian Liberal Party) “The Prime Minister was very, very friendly!” This was only the beginning of a very busy weekend for the Clunes students. Back to Booktown had arrived, with Prime Minister
Gillard, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and many prominent authors in attendance. (Around 15,000 people visit Clunes for the event, which is solely organised and run by volunteers). During Booktown, Wesley students volunteered for a variety of jobs, including handing out programs, helping community groups run food stalls, working in the children’s Booktown area and supporting in the setting up and packing up). As Alex noted: “Every student on campus contributed many hard but fun-ﬁlled hours preparing for the 15,000 people that were to pass through the town. Books of all varieties were traded and there were also many lectures from prominent authors including Bob Hawke. Mr Hawke gave a very colourful and interesting account of his time in politics.” The Wesley College Clunes experience certainly offers students a rich, varied and thought-provoking educational interlude during Year 9.
Oh! What a Literary War! As an adjunct to the Anzac Tour to France and Belgium, the St Kilda Road Music School and the Adamson Theatre Company combined resources to present an evening of music and readings to raise awareness about the places the students would be visiting, and as a tribute to the millions world wide who lost their lives in this epic conﬂict. The music was a chance for the touring musicians to have a ﬁnal practice before departure, while the readings of some of the Great War poets, such as Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and famous prose writers like Robert Graves and Erich Maria Remarque, were undertaken by a combination of staff, parents and students. All were wonderfully and sensitively delivered, in front of numerous montages of First World War imagery. The combination of pictures not only of battleﬁeld horrors, but portraits of the young men who went away unhesitatingly when the nation called, and the carefully selected words from the vast literature of the war, brought a lump to many throats. A linking narrative, written by Dawson Hann and splendidly delivered by Nick Evans, provided
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Voices from the trenches brought to life by Dawson Hann and Emile Frankel
the historical and literary context, while the interposed orchestral tour pieces, and the vocal numbers from the era by the Tour Choir, were deeply moving. As a prelude to the Anzac Tour, and as a dramatic event
in its own right, the performance certainly touched those who came.
Patterson Station community mosaic project During semester one, Elsternwick students from Years 5 to 9 had the wonderful opportunity to work on an exciting community art project. The project, led by local artist Pamela Irving, involved the students designing and creating large mosaic tiles based on the theme Faces, to become a part of a mosaic mural to adorn the walls of Patterson Railway Station, on the Frankston line, in Bentliegh. Various other schools and artists from all around the world are involved in this exciting collaboration that promotes a celebration of life, diversity and an enduring love of art. This rich, authentic and creative learning project naturally ties in with the Primary Years Programme philosophy of International Mindedness but also promotes many, if not all, of the Curriculum Frameworks Essential Elements such as Knowledge, Concepts, Skills, Attitudes and Action.
One of the important aspects of the Arts in our program is to teach students about the role that visual art plays in society and its diverse cultures. This was explored during the project by looking at related concepts such as architecture, sculpture, community art and self-expression through the arts. The students are very much looking forward to searching for their contribution amongst the quilt of faces at the station. You are encouraged to take a visit to Patterson Station to celebrate our involvement and appreciate this wonderful collaborative artwork.
(L-R) Sophie Reid, Brandon Oberklaid and Chisato Kajiwara admire completed mosaics
Pamela Irving and Jill Stanbury installing the mosaics
Elsternwick Year 6 at Camp Mallana Camp Mallana, near Lakes Entrance, is the camp destination for Year 6 each year. Mallana provides students with the opportunity to participate in water based activities such as canoeing and sailing, and to experience the great outdoors. The emphasis is on encouraging independence. The students are responsible for building their own bivvies, lighting their own ﬁres and cooking each meal. They work in small groups with the teacher’s guidance. It was wonderful to watch the Year 6s learn how to use ﬂints
to create sparks in cotton wool and then slowly feed the ﬂames with sticks they had collected themselves. The ﬁre provided light, warmth and a hot meal each night. Many students this year talked of canoeing as a highlight of their time away; for many it was the ﬁrst time they had had the chance to learn the skill of manoeuvring a canoe with a partner and having the freedom to paddle out into the lake. The sun shone during that ﬁrst week of April and we were lucky enough to enjoy Mallana to the full.
I will never forget the great things that happened at Camp Mallana and I will deﬁnitely go back in Year 10! My favourite memory will be swimming in the lake at sunset and canoeing with my friends, was Jack’s considered view. Sailing was the best activity because we had so many things to do, like steering the main sail, using the rudder or just sitting back relaxing in the sun. Harrison
Elsternwick celebrates International Day Something of a tradition at Elsternwick, International Day 2011 was a wonderful success. Celebrating our cultural diversity was the focus of the day, which began with a parade of costumes and continued with parent-led informal workshops with the younger members of the campus. Sharing their cultures were parents from Vietnam, Japan, India, Israel and the Middle East. Our Years 7 and 8 students were also wonderful, and led the younger students in a range of activities from mexican hat dancing, to Irish trivia, Italian singing and ﬂamenco dancing. Other events for the day included a belly dancing workshop for the Year 9 students and entertainment in the capoeira tradition for all year levels at the end of the day. For many of us, the day’s highlight was undoubtedly a shared lunch that included, among other culinary delights, English scones, Israeli dips, French and Greek pastries, and American hamburgers. Our thanks are extended to the parents who went to so much trouble to support this event by preparing food, sewing costumes and sharing their stories with the children. As with many of our celebrations, International Day reinforces how lucky each of us is to be a member of the special place that is the Elsternwick campus.
Year 2 students
This year’s festivities also served as a farewell to our much loved Junior School Japanese teacher, Colleen Butler, who has led us in many International Day activities since its inception. Sadly, Colleen leaves us to take on a new teaching role at the International School in Bonn, Germany. Her organisation of this special Elsternwick event will be a challenge to replicate and she will be greatly missed by the students and staff of this campus alike.
Colleen Butler with Prep students
Elsternwick Year 8 camp at Lochend The Year 8 camp is a six day outdoor education based at Lochend, near Portland in the far western Victoria. The students spend every day under canvas, do their own cooking and cleaning and undertake many activities including: canoeing, surﬁng, caving, swimming in the lake, day walks, lessons on camping and hiking skills and a three day “exposition” along the Great South West Walk. The camp has many goals. At a basic level it teaches students the skills required to live in the outdoors. More importantly, though, students are taught to be more responsible and resilient. By being placed in a situation where their levels of comfort are reliant upon their own actions, students learn that their actions have a direct impact upon their own wellbeing. This teaches them responsibility for their own belongings, decisions and
Year 8 students on location at Lochend
actions. The nature of the camp, where they face many challenges that are outside of their comfort zone, also increases
resilience. The camp is an excellent part of the Year 8 experience.
Music maestros return to their roots At a very special evening on 20 July organised by the Wesley College Society for the Arts, two former students who have earned international reputations in their ﬁelds headlined a concert at the Iwaki Auditorium at Southbank. Hoang Pham (OW2002) is considered one of the ﬁnest pianists for his age in the world, and Chris Howlett (OW 2002), who has earned similar accolades as a cellist, were the “star turn” playing with contemporary Wesley students from all three campuses at An Evening with Hoang Pham, Chris Howlett and Wesley Friends. Both spoke humbly and warmly of their Wesley roots, and the concert got off to a sentimental start when Chris conducted the Elsternwick McArthur Strings, accompanied by Hoang on piano. Both these brilliant young musicians had begun with this very ensemble way back in their early Wesley days, and clearly felt deeply about the opportunities they experienced in their Wesley education. They were an inspiration to all the other present students who also played beautifully in a variety of combinations. But the highlight, of course, had to be the Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, when Hoang and Chris, who have become accustomed to playing together on the world stages, joined their breathtaking talents in a virtuoso performance. And playing for, and with, their old school, clearly meant a great deal to both.
Hoang Pham and Chris Howlett
Making his mark at Wesley and elsewhere The Glen Waverley campus, and its Music Department in particular, has reluctantly said goodbye to Mark Ford. Mark has been appointed Head of Music at Mowbray College - Melton & Caroline Springs Campuses. This is a wonderful opportunity for Mark. Mark commenced at Wesley in October 2006. He held various positions, ranging from being a teacher of IB DP Music, Head of Percussion, Head of Brass and the conductor of the Symphonic Band. Mark also directed the Ted Joyner Big Band. In the short time that Mark has been at the Glen Waverley campus, he has promoted excellence and helped the Music Department continue its excellent reputation both within and outside of Wesley College. For example, the Ted Joyner Big Band, under Mark’s directorship, won the prestigious ﬁrst prize in Division Three of the Jazz National Stage Band Awards in Mount Gambier, 2010. This result is testament to the musicianship of Mark and his ability to bring out the best in those with whom he works. Whilst we congratulate Mark on his new appointment, the Glen Waverley
Mark Ford acknowledges an appreciative audience
campus – its students, parents and teachers – will miss Mark’s unfailing enthusiasm, dedication and sheer class when fostering Wesley music.
Famous novels ďŹ nd a stage life In keeping with its policy of presenting substantial but accessible theatrical works, the Adamson Theatre Companyâ€™s ďŹ rst two plays for 2011 have seen it tackle stage adaptations of two much-loved novels. In mid-May, a large ensemble cast of Senior School students performed Nick Enrightâ€™s and Justin Monjoâ€™s dramatised version of Tim Wintonâ€™s Cloudstreet, a novel as widely read as any in the Australian canon. (Coincidentally, the much anticipated television mini-series commenced in the same week). This was epic theatre at its most authentic, sparsely but effectively staged, to allow for distances in locations and time to be felt and appreciated without losing narrative coherence. It was a long evening (though considerably shorter than reading the novel), but at all times the audience remained deeply and quietly engaged, largely because of the breadth of acting talent on display. There was not an awkward or unconvincing moment in just over three hours of stage time. The directorsâ€™ faith in the quality of the acting
was amply rewarded, and the company continues to back its judgment about the level to which student performances can rise when presented with a theatrical challenge. The same holds true for the Middle School play in June; again, another impressive ensemble cast brought to life Ian Serrallierâ€™s childrenâ€™s classic The Silver Sword, a novel once read by most students in Years 8 and 9, and generally enthused about. The reasons for this are clear; it is a narrative with which the young can identify, as four children struggle across war-torn Europe with little adult assistance, to be united with their parents, who have escaped to Switzerland. The young best understand their own vulnerability, and the play is both poignant and inspiring, qualities beautifully captured by the highly talented newest performers in Years 7-9 who are the Adamson Theatre Companyâ€™s immediate future. It is surely in good hands. Once again, â€œepic theatreâ€?, and the sincerity and skill of its delivery, ensured an engaging evening. In the ďŹ nal year of his long and outstanding service as Artistic Director of the Company, Tony Scanlon is clearly continuing to insist that the standards of excellence associated with the company are met in all elements of performance. The three musicals, Kiss Me Kate (Senior School) in late August, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Middle School) in October, and Aladdin (Years 5 and 6) in early December are bound to be highlights in the second half of the year. The Silver Sword
A crucible with plenty of heat Wesley Student Theatre, Glen Waverley campus, recently performed the Senior School play, The Crucible. Written by Arthur Miller, the play uses the historical subject of the Salem Witch trials as an allegory for the activities of Senator Joe McCarthy and his House Committee on un-American Activities during the 1950s. The play issues a warning to contemporary society: protect your rights to question political authority, and to hold political opinions contrary to majority opinion. With magniﬁcent period costumes and a superb black and white background depicting the Puritan judges, the production was compelling drama by virtue of its many pathos induced characters and the serious, complex and multifaceted script, which was delivered with such amazing skill and understanding by the actors. This made for compelling drama. As Jessica Perera, Performing Arts Prefect who played Abigail Williams, remarks: Throughout the rehearsal process it was clear that passion and commitment were the driving forces behind the show, with many cast members traipsing down to the Drama Studio to practice nearly everyday. The end result was a show that every person felt tremendously proud to be a part of, both for their individual performances, and for the performance of the whole ensemble.
Peter Dickinson, Head of Campus at Glen Waverley, concurred: This was one of the best plays that I have had the pleasure of seeing at Wesley and in particular, the stand out performances of Rohan D’Sousa, Anna Harrison, Jess Perera and Steph Dixon were something to behold. If audience reaction was anything to go by (and it surely was), the Wesley Student Theatre production of The Crucible, and its underlying message to contemporary society, will not be forgotten for a very long time.
Like grandfather…like father…like son On a recent chilly Saturday afternoon at St Kilda Road, that enduring spirit of the Front Turf, the still ubiquitous Lex Hibbins, announced to no one in particular, indeed to anyone who was interested, that it was 60 years since he had ﬁrst played in the Wesley Firsts. The occasion was a game against Carey, and the object of Lex’s attention that afternoon was his grandson Sam, a Year 12 student at Glen Waverley, whose appearance in the First XVIII this year has provided the last link (so far) in a notable footballing chain. Lex’s brothers Geoff, Colin and Ian all played in the senior team, and Geoff went on to become one of the greatest amateur footballers since the war. Sons Mark (OW1977) and Nick (OW1982) also were Firsts players and Mark had an early and highly regarded career in the Western Australian Football League; he also has been an outstanding amateur footballer here in Victoria, is a current staff member, coached the school Firsts, has been College Head of Sport, and is now coach of Collegians, who are once again setting the pace in Premier
For the love of the game - Mark, Sam and Lex (still dreaming of his glory days)
Division. Those in any doubt as to whether footballers are carried in the blood need no further evidence than comparing the distinctive gaits of grandfather, father
and son. For old timers, the sight of the characteristically blonde-headed Sam moving speedily to a contest must have awakened many memories.
Snags, songs and a touch of comedy A former Wesley teacher who had spent several years overseas teaching at international schools declared, on returning to St Kilda Road, that he knew he was back home when the smell of a barbeque and the sounds of a rock band lured him like a siren’s song through the school gates. The sounds and smells indeed of many a lunch hour; fundraising food stalls are as much a part of a Wesley day as a morning tute and a Friday afternoon Maths test, as well as the up tempo pop song that ends the school week at precisely 3.15pm on Fridays. To these needs to be added the increasingly popular lunchtime Talent Quests where various individuals entertain their peers with some well rehearsed (mostly) musical items, and a few bizarre comic routines. Two things stand out about these events, organised by the Performing Arts prefect. Firstly, the courage of those who perform in front of a large audience with little or no experience (not all are the seasoned performers of the Music School and Theatre Company); and secondly, and most importantly, the unfailing generosity of the enthusiastic response they receive, which acknowledges uncritically the “at least I had a go” aspect of our Wesley Pride. There are priceless lessons here, for the observed and the observers.
1. Senior students offer their support 2. Fundrasing for cancer research 3. Footballers take to a less familiar stage
A Glen Waverley reﬂection on the school motto Dean Triplett (OW1982), now teaching English at Glen Waverley, shares some thoughts on classroom practice at the campus he now calls home. Traditionalists have never truly held sway at Glen Waverley. Born into a milieu of cultural change (of which DH Prest, the former headmaster, said in response: “Liberality implies freedom, but not licence!”) the Glen Waverley campus progressive pedagogy is not surprising. Progression was the genesis of the campus: it had no traditional underpinning, an underpinning bequeathed to the St Kilda Road campus by Adamson’s link with Great Britain’s Rugby School, and The Twenty. First coined by Horace, the Roman lyric poet, the Wesley motto, Sapere Aude, attaches Wesley to Greco-Roman traditions of
schooling, classicism and rhetoric. And yet the poetic context of the phrase, Dare to be wise, remains acutely progressive; for Horace wrote: “He who has begun is half done: dare to be wise. Make a beginning”. (This appeal to human endeavour, persistence and the need to overcome obstacles forms the moral to a story in which a fool waits for a stream to stop before crossing over it). The pedagogical risks, implicit in the Wesley motto, have always guided the curriculum development and teaching practices of this campus. Two interconnected periods of curriculum development and associated pedagogy – one from the early to middle 1970s, the other current – serve to illustrate the inter-generational milieu of teaching at the Glen Waverley campus. Mr Neville
Thomas, a former 12 year Glen Waverley staff member, recalls the centrality of pedagogical risk-taking to the curriculum and teaching practices of the campus during the mid-1970s: “I recall “pedagogical risks” being reﬂected in so many areas of campus practice. Neville continues his recollection: “Simon Hills took risks with his student-orientated classroom management strategies.” (How Old Collegians adored Hillsy, remaining ready to do anything for him, because of his adroit ability at fostering personal relationships; and how Hillsy was ready to do anything for his students, such as the life-giving ﬁrst aid he applied to students badly injured during the March 1978 Grampian bus crash.) Today, many teachers who are likewise involved in innovative curriculum and teaching practices link their own teaching and their own curriculum development to the Dare to be wise pedagogically risky philosophies of the middle 1970s. The Middle School English Department has, for example, teamed up with the Glen Waverley Wesley Student Theatre. The department has a Year 8 English class speciﬁcally modelled on the Stand Up for Shakespeare curriculum of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company. Again, a trans-disciplinary subject, Marvellous Melbourne, has been created by the Middle School English and Humanities Departments. Taken at Year 9, this subject exposes students to a diverse range of topics, with complementary ﬁeld trips; for example, academic research at the Melbourne State Library and the sailing of a replica of “The Enterprise” off Williamstown. And so the list of innovative curriculum and teaching goes on…
Glen Waverley Year 9 students enjoying a hands on learning experience as part of the Marvellous Melbourne curriculum program
Surely, one of the wonderful things about Wesley College is the continuity between generations of teachers and their willingness to be risk-takers. (Indeed many Old Collegian teachers have learnt risky pedagogical philosophies as pupils of former Wesley teachers.) Many
current Wesley teachers across the three campuses would doubtless endorse Neville’s insight into Wesley pedagogy: “I have always believed that the Wesley motto and the term “pedagogical risk” are wonderfully matched, and provide Wesley teachers with permission to tackle
curriculum and teaching practices in much the same way that Sapere Aude encourages Wesley students to take risks in order to seize every opportunity to achieve their potential and to express their individuality.”
A Wesley winter reﬂection Following the winter successes of First Teams in 2010, Wesley students eagerly prepared and awaited the 2011 season. It was always going to be a challenging season, as we were now “the hunted”.
It is a ﬁne line between collecting the trophy and just missing out; with no ﬁnals in our competitions it often gets down to a head-tohead contest. Provided we are willing to commit to the hard work required; Wesley will continue to be a force in APS and AGSV sport. With a compulsory sports program success can be measured in a number of ways. Success in sport, as in most areas of life, should always be measured subjectively, whilst at the same time measured objectively. Criteria such as improvement, learning, skill development, effort, enthusiasm and team work are just as important as “winning” or “losing”. Furthermore, recognising opportunities and seeking challenges can be a more effective measurement than trophies or records, because they are examples of acquired skills, whilst the latter are bound to be superseded at some time.
We hope that all Wesley students and families have beneﬁtted in some way from their involvement in the sports program and sampled success. At the First team level, we noted the commitment and development of our young netball team, the continued belief shown by the First XVIII football team, who this season had ﬁve players representing the Victorian Metro team in the National carnival; the competiveness demonstrated by both boys and girls hockey squads’ again with a number of boys playing in State squads; the skill and ﬂair of our soccer and basketball squads with all four teams in the top three and again students representing at State and National level, the strength and ﬂexibility of our gymnasts, the speed and endurance of all our cross country athletes resulting in a number of top 10 ﬁnishes at the State Championships. The winter season was again ﬁlled with many highlights.
1. Tom Curran 2. Dan Mitchell 3. Nick Blackney 4. Ebru Efe 5. Georgia Evans
Sweet triumph for Elsternwick choir It has been many years since a choir from Wesley College Elsternwick has participated in a choral competition. This year, the Chamber Choir sang at the Eisteddfod by the Bay, formerly the Mordialloc Eisteddfod, at the Kingston City Hall; after arriving in plenty of time to have a good warm up backstage, the choir opened the competition singing two unaccompanied part songs: Lift Thine Eyes from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, followed by a spiritual titled I’m Going Home on a Cloud. The Chamber Choir sang conﬁdently, producing a beautiful sound and adhering to many of the things we had discussed during rehearsals. The quality of their performance brought spontaneous and enthusiastic applause from the audience, and it soon became apparent that the choir to beat was from Shelford. It was a large choir, almost four times the size of ours, comprising girls from Years 7 to 12. As was to be expected, there was nervous tension among the choristers as the adjudicator talked about the lovely tone and excellent singing he had heard, and how it was difﬁcult to separate the ﬁrst two place getters.
Head of Music, Alexandra Cameron, with the successful choir
To our surprise, the winner was the Elsternwick Chamber Choir, achieving 91 marks out of 100! It was undoubtedly an exciting moment for the choir, for myself as their conductor, and for the parents and friends who had the delight of hearing them in the vast Kingston City Hall.
Menahem, Harriet Mendelson and Kassidy Silver, Year 8 students Claudia Goodman, Isabella McLaughlin, Emily Oulton and Jacqui Singer and Year 9 students Isabela Calderon, Imogen Cygler, Rebecca Gurry and Holly Hodgson.
Members of the choir are: Year 7 students Jared Gibson, Amy Kayman, Rebecca
St Kilda Road Music Festival
1. Martin Quinn hears the spirit 2. A choral extravaganza 3. Exotic sounds from the Big Band
Wesley at war Over the past few years Lion has featured many stories about the service of OWs at times of conﬂict. World War I, in particular, stands out as a dramatic time in the history of the College and of course, our nation. The events of this war to end all wars, especially in the tragic loss of so many lives, have been seared into the psyche of Australia. Many would willingly serve and sadly, many would make the ultimate sacriﬁce. As we approach the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, there is renewed interest in that calamitous campaign. OWs have continued to offer service in times of peace and conﬂict. In World War II, Wesley College itself gave up its buildings on St Kilda Road for military purposes by “decamping” to a generous and welcoming host, Scotch College. The relatively new Headmaster NH MacNeil, a distinguished veteran of World War I (being awarded the Military Cross and twice mentioned in dispatches) had already set about making his mark by reforming Wesley. Wesley College Cadet Lieutenants 1943 He is remembered by many old boys for ordering “frequent haircuts, compulsory games, sewing up of pockets, substitution of Speech Day for choose between the cadet corps, school band, St John Ambulance, Speech Night, reduction in the number of prefects, the removal of or scouting. ”But an even more interesting development was an the prep school from daily assembly”. This new disciplined approach initiative involving a few senior boys forming a study group to lead meant “something of the pleasantness of Wesley was put aside in a discussion as to the causes of war, and averting war, and the those early years, while MacNeil sought to instill a kind of muscular promotion of a stable world order.” This noble effort appeared to Christianity.” only last for a year or so. The cadet corps would prove popular and in 1942 there were 371 members with other boys selecting one the As Geoffrey Blainey, James Morrissey and SEK Hulme in Wesley accepted alternatives – 44 boys worked on camouﬂage-net making, College The First Hundred Years noted, in 1939 there were few 20 in air raid precautions and 5 in the St John Ambulance. The references in the Chronicle relating to the war, apart from the introduction of cadets by MacNeil represented the fourth reincarnation whereabouts of members of the Wesley community. The December of the scheme in the history of the College. With the end of the war, 1939 edition mentioned that HJ Kroger was a sergeant in the 6th interest in cadets would naturally wane. Indeed, in 1947 “the makers Division, RG Hulme had been invalided out of the army with pleurisy of the camouﬂage-nets, now diverted to cricket nets, were joined by and IH McBride was in training. In fact, “the war had come to Wesley footballers and cricketers who had a year or so earlier had held them very quietly” but things would soon change. “On 10 May 1940, the in high scorn.” day on which Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of England, there died Wesley’s ﬁrst war victim – Flying Ofﬁcer Allan Lindsay May The entry of Japan into World War II on 7 December 1941 caused the (OW1928), killed in training at Cressy. He was the ﬁrst of 143 old boys Council to approve the digging of slit trenches wherever necessary… who would die before the war ended, their years of entrance ranging with survival taking propriety above games. An interesting aside at from 1876 to 1941. In all, so far as the records show, 1,462 old boys the Elsternwick (Cato) campus, one student recalled in Cato College would serve in one or other of the armed services”. 1981 Silver Jubilee Booklet “a trench was dug along the eastern boundary…and twice a week a siren sounded for air-raid practice. In 1940, MacNeil advocated the formation of a cadet corps. At the Girls were required to have with them at all times a large, clean time, the policy of the Methodist Church did not support military handkerchief (bandage), a large rubber (to stop biting the tongue in training in schools, but in a reﬂection of the times “a compromise shock if bombs fell), a piece of string (tourniquet) and cotton wool (to resulted in the institution of National Service, each boy being able to protect the ears). When the siren sounded, they would go in a ‘croc’
to the trenches, where they would squat with the rubber between their teeth and skirts over their heads (to protect against ﬂying glass) until ‘all clear’ sounded.” The real challenge came in 1942 when the news came that the Australian Army might want to occupy Wesley College itself. Indeed this transpired and the school was occupied by Australian soldiers, becoming the Headquarters of the Master General Ordnance, Australian Military Forces. This resulted in the school being forced to move and operate from several sites, including Scotch College. On 13 March 1942 at the ﬁnal assembly at Wesley, MacNeil, in a call to the ranks of Wesley students and staff, declared that “at such a time as this, when the School runs the risk of losing its identity, we can make or mar history. It is necessary now, more than ever before, for every boy to prove his worth if he would hold his place in the ranks of Wesley. The Soul of the school must still live.” A few days later the Headmaster of Scotch College Sir Colin Gilray welcomed Wesley in Scotch Memorial Hall. In another great speech… he said ”on behalf of my school, I welcome you to Scotch College. You are not to feel strangers here. Everything we have is at your disposal. Wesley College will carry on just as it did at its own school. We at Scotch will do everything in our power to help you carry on with your normal work and games. This is your Assembly, and your own headmaster will now carry on.” Gilray then left the assembly. The two schools worked very successfully together over next two years. It was extraordinary given the interschool rivalries of the day especially at sport. In fact, Wesley College at Scotch brought out the very best in Wesley in the examinations and at sport. Enrolments stayed high and when Wesley returned to St Kilda Road in 1944 “nothing of its identity had been lost, and its spirit had never been higher.” The name of Scotch’s Headmaster, Sir Colin Gilray, has been maintained at Wesley by the naming of a classroom at Glen Waverley. In a future article, we will look at some of the personalities of Wesley and their stories from
Wesley College Cadets 1940 (photo courtesy of A Burrows)
World War II. Nearly 1,500 OWs served in World War II, and as Wesley College, The First Hundred Years states ”undoubtedly the school’s most distinguished soldier was Major-General George Vasey CB CBE DSO and bar, MC (Greece) DFC (US) (OW1912)”. He was, as Prime Minister John Curtin said after his death in an accident in March 1945, “a magniﬁcent soldier and an inspiring leader.” His funeral was attended by several thousand off-duty soldiers and the address was given by another old boy Major-General Edward James Milford (OW1912) who noted that, amongst Vasey’s many qualities, “he stood aside from the jealous friction that discredited so much of the senior Army command”. Poignant words from one OW about another OW. An interesting quote in the Australian Dictionary of Biography notes that “Edward was educated (190812) at Wesley College. Its headmaster LA Adamson encouraged senior boys to apply for admission to the newly established Royal Military College, Duntroon, Federal Capital Territory. Milford entered Duntroon in 1913, one of the college’s third intake. A fellow Wesleyan, George Vasey, joined with him and became a lifelong friend.” The War Memorial Library at St Kilda Road stands as a permanent commemoration
for all those OWs who made the ultimate sacriﬁce in service of their country. Information for this article has been largely drawn from Geoffrey Blainey, James Morrissey and S EK Hulme Wesley College The First Hundred Years.
Lindsays in the Lobby Soﬁtel Melbourne is hosting an exhibition of artworks by Norman, Daryl, Lionel and Percy Lindsay drawn from the Alec Cato Collection, Wesley College. Alec Cato (OW1907) bequeathed his art collection for the beneﬁt of the College, especially for educational purposes. Wesley regularly provides works to public galleries and other institutions. This display provides an insight into the Lindsays, one of the most famous and fascinating artistic families in the history of Australian art. The works will be on view in the lobby, Soﬁtel Melbourne, until 30 October 2011. If you are in the city and near the Soﬁtel, do call in and have a look.
Wesley Foundation - the spirit of philanthropy We hope things are going well for Wesley College, staff and students. We certainly enjoyed our years with the Wesley community while Kevin was enrolled at the College. He formed wonderful, lifetime friendships and remains in close contact with some of his former Wesley classmates. Wesley holds a special place and memories for us. Phil and Melinda Pon, parents of Kevin (OW2003), donors to our 2011 Annual Giving Campaign, who live in the United States
Wesley was the best thing that happened to me and I look back on those years in the late 50s and early 60s with considerable gratitude. It was a wonderful school, and still is. As a result I am particularly keen to maintain scholarships for talented boys (and girls, now!) Dr Joseph V Johnson (OW1961) donor to Wesley’s scholarships program
Buildings and facilities - Wesley 2016 Wesley is about to embark on its most signiﬁcant redevelopment since the Nicholas brothers rebuilt the St Kilda Road campus in the 1930s. The College Council and staff have been working with Cox Architects on redevelopment of the Moubray Street Precinct for more than two years and plans are nearing ﬁnal stage. A stunning, state of the art, four storey Music School will be built and the historic Menzies Wing and Adamson Hall will be completely refurbished at a cost of approximately $30m. These developments will enhance the outstanding reputation the College already enjoys in the performing arts by providing contemporary facilities that are ﬁt for purpose.
Chris Silagy (OW1979), MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, FAFPHM, who was a leader in evidenced based medicine and who died at the age of just 41. Chris had a distinguished academic career including two years at Oxford as the Sir Robert Menzies Scholar in Medicine; Foundation Chair of General Practice at Flinders University; Professor of Public Heath and inaugural Director of the Monash Institute of Health Sciences Research. His son, Nicholas is in Year 12, his niece, Stella, is in Year 11 and his brother Geoffrey also attended Wesley.
The Wesley College Foundation has launched a major Capital Campaign to raise $10m over the next ﬁve years, to assist the College in funding this project. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $4million in donations and pledges from parents and alumni. In the lead up to Wesley’s sesquicentenary in 2016, all members of the College community are being encouraged to make either a single donation or an annual pledge for up to ﬁve years to the Wesley College Foundation Building Fund, which is tax deductible. To the parents and alumni who have already contributed, we say thank you! All donations, irrespective of quantum, will be very greatly appreciated and will help to achieve our fundraising target. Jack Moshakis and Debra Stiebel from the Foundation Ofﬁce will continue to personally contact parents and alumni to seek donations for this historic development. Your support will be vital to ensure the vision of this project is fully realised and to minimise borrowings and associated costs. Information on this project and the capital campaign is available on the College’s website. The Chris Silagy Biological Sciences Gallery at St Kilda Road campus was dedicated on 27 June. This informative and dynamic space was created as a result of a very generous donation by Dr Marianne and Mr Leslie Silagy in memory of their son, Professor
(L- R) Stella Silagy, Geoff Silagy, Jane Silagy, Les Silagy, Helen Drennen, Marianne Silagy, Nicholas Silagy
The science staff spent a number of years planning this gallery around the theme of what it is to be human. However, without Marianne and Leslie’s support, this gallery would not have been built. It is now an outstanding showpiece housing a number of exhibits including a set of skulls previously donated by Wesley Pride. The Silagys were delighted and commented on…the beautiful Chris Silagy Science Gallery. The transformation of the empty, rather drab space we had seen VUV\YÄYZisit has been amazing. We hope that it will inspire students for years to come. This would meet the apprV]al of Chris who was passionate about education. The opening of the College Sports Centre at Glen Waverley on 6 June provided an opportunity for the Foundation, through the President of College Council Peter Harrison, to express its sincere appreciation to all donors to this project. In particular, the Foundation acknowledges the generosity of the Delis, Tomkins and McGee families.
The Foundation is honoured that distinguished alumnus, Dr John M Schubert (OW1960), is the Patron of the Foundation’s WESLEY 2016 capital campaign. John was Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia from 2004-2010 , Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Director BHP Billiton Limited, and Past President of the Business Council of Australia. John is encouraging all members of the College community to consider making a gift in support of the historic redevelopment of the St Kilda Road campus. Wesley has been a poZP[P]LPUÅ\LUJe on so many young li]LZand this exciting rede]Llopment program will allow that to continue which will further enhance theILULÄ[[o the whole community.
Major donors to the Sports Centre: Tomkins, McGee and Delis Families
Events The Foundation hosted its largest Business Breakfast on 29 March at the Soﬁtel on Collins when 400 guests came to hear the CEO of the ANZ, Mike Smith. The growth in popularity of this signiﬁcant annual event is due to the high calibre of speaker and this year, we were very fortunate to secure Mr Smith who is an internationally recognised leader in banking and ﬁnance. He provided guests with a frank and thought provoking assessment of the Australian economy within the context of the global economic situation. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the ANZ, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Paciﬁc Search Partners, the role played by former Wesley parent, Eric Beecher, Chairman of Crickey! and Business Spectator, who facilitated the event and the St Kilda Road Big Band who performed to enthusiastic applause. Thanks also to parents Frank Colli and Craig Joel (OW1979) from the Foundation Advisory Committee, who were instrumental in the success of this event. Guest speaker Mike Smith
Lion - August 2011
The lasting legacy of a bequest The Sapere Aude Society The Foundation was recently notiďŹ ed of very signiďŹ cant bequest from Rosetta Lenzer, the sister of Louis Posner (OW1925), to endow a scholarship in his memory. This endowment, of more than $1m through ANZ Trustees, will provide a number of half scholarships annually for students who would not otherwise be able to attend the College. Louis was a member of the Society and left a large bequest to the College when he passed away several years ago. Rosetta subsequently became a member and valued her continuing association with Wesley, despite having no direct afďŹ liation. This generous act of philanthropy is a remarkable and lasting legacy that will beneďŹ t many future Wesley students. Danuta and Peter Clark
As reported last year in Lion, a bequest of $925,500 has been ďŹ nalised through the Estate of William (Bill) Schuster (OW1934) and his wife Norma who were Society members. Bill attended Wesley as a student and also taught here from 1956 to his retirement in 1979. In keeping with their wishes, this historic bequest will endow the William Schuster Scholarship to enable worthy students, who would otherwise not beneďŹ t from a Wesley education, to
attend the College. In recognition of their wonderful gift, the College has named the recently renovated biology laboratory at St Kilda Road, The Schuster Science Laboratory, in their honour. Society members, Peter Clark SC (OW1963) and his wife Danuta, recently conďŹ rmed a very substantial bequest towards the Wesley/Yiramalay Studio
School to support Indigenous scholarships. Peter was very impressed with this innovative partnership and met Helen Drennen, to discuss how he could assist Aboriginal students further their secondary education. As a result they directed their bequest be used for this purpose.
Annual Giving The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the many donations received from alumni and parents to this yearâ€™s fundraising projects. In addition to our regular Annual Giving mailing, a team of young alumni again contacted several year groups of alumni to extend a personal invitation to their reunion or annual luncheon, update their details, provide information on College and alumni programs and activities and seek their support for Annual Giving. This is the fourth year that the Old Wesley Collegians Association and Foundation have conducted a telephone campaign and it provides a great opportunity to reconnect with alumni, particularly those who may not have had the opportunity to return to the College in recent years. The Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School continues to attract signiďŹ cant gifts from parents, alumni and the corporate sector, including signiďŹ cant scholarship support from the Kimberley Diamond Company. In less than 12 months, more than $400,000 has been raised to support this important initiative â€“ a wonderful reďŹ‚ection on the spirit of philanthropy at Wesley.
Seb Evans (OW2010) manning the phone
President’s report Firstly in sports, it gives me great pleasure to report that Kieran Johnson Vickers (OW2009) won gold at the Athens Special Olympics in the 50m breaststroke, a fantastic achievement. He also was placed 6th in the 50m freestyle ﬁnal and 4th in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay ﬁnal. Locally, we have ﬁnally been able to beat Scotch in the OWCA/ OSCA Golf Day at Kingston Heath in what were atrocious weather conditions. Thanks to Ed Johnson and all the players for a terriﬁc day, especially given the Wagstaff/Clayton Cup is now back where it belongs! Founders’ Day Lunch proved to be another success, and I congratulate Wayne and Amanda Dyer, who were awarded Honorary Life Membership of the OWCA. Special thanks to our guest speaker Lawrence Money (OW1966) who shared many funny memories of his time at Wesley College. The Founders’ Day Dinner guests were entertained by John Champion’s (OW1968) band and enjoyed dancing and catching up with old school friends.
On networking news, our Facebook presence is building and we now have over 1,500 friends. This is a great way for OWs to keep in touch with news, and details of reunions. Look out for an upgrade to our Business Directory, with extra services including an employee bulletin board. We are looking for alumni who are willing to offer deals to the wider Wesley community in a “Catch of the Day” style offer. If your business could do with a bit of a lift, please notify the OWCA ofﬁce. We have had a very successful year so far with reunions and we look forward to continuing that success. For an online update about when your reunion is on, please visit our new website at www.owca.net and we can be followed on Facebook under the Old Wesley Collegians Association, so add us as a friend today! The OWCA Executive Committee has had some productive meetings that have seen some great new initiatives on the horizon, and we are looking forward to providing more details soon. I wish you all well, and the best of luck, on and off the ﬁeld, to all our afﬁliates. Go Wesley! Toby Loakes (OW1993)
Caroline and Michael win VCE Premier’s Awards Caroline Thomas (OW2010) and Michael Edwards (OW2010) have both been awarded Premier’s VCE Awards for achieving outstanding results. Both students have now begun their tertiary educations, both studying at The University of Melbourne - Caroline is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Michael is studying a Bachelor of Music. Caroline Thomas, a St Kilda Road campus student, received the award for her English studies. Nathan Armstrong (OW1998), an English teacher at Wesley’s St Kilda Road campus, taught Caroline English in both Years 11 and 12 and says that she truly embodied the Wesley motto “Dare to be Wise”. She was enthusiastic and engaged in all aspects of the English course. She set a brilliant example for her fellow students and was more than willing to help them and share her thoughts during class discussions and activities.
Michael Edwards, from the Glen Waverley campus received an award for Music: Solo Performance. Michael started at Wesley College in Year 5 and quickly became a member of many music and theatrical cocurricular groups, with his most notable performance playing the role of Sweeney Todd in his ﬁnal year at school. He sang in vocal groups, played saxophone in the jazz groups and also played the bassoon. Last year, Michael was the Performing Arts Prefect at Glen Waverley.
Vice chancellor’s visit Wesley’s outstanding reputation as an academic and internationally renowned school was enhanced recently when it was chosen by Oxford University as the Victorian location for their information sessions about studying at Oxford. The Vice Chancellor of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, noted that Wesley College has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any other school in Australia and there are more undergraduate and postgraduate students from Wesley, currently studying at Oxford, than any other school in Australia. Professor Hamilton is pictured with Matthew Albert (OW1998), who studied at Oxford, and Wesley students.
Paul Cosentino makes grand ﬁnal it. He stumbled onto simple magic tricks by himself when he was 12 years old.
At an age when most kids were playing computer games and kicking footballs, Paul Cosentino (OW2000) discovered magic. This young and charismatic Melbourne illusionist now performs to sold-out crowds around the world. As with many talented people, Paul’s success has years of hard work and dedication behind
“It brought me out of my shell, it gave me conﬁdence, it allowed me to grow and gave me freedom of expression – an outlet that a lot of kids don’t have, especially in that teen period where the world’s all complex and everything’s against you,” says Paul. “Magic is a tool to help you cope, it seemed like I could do anything.” That passion comes through in his performance. Whether you’re a magic skeptic or a believer, it’s rare to see someone who so dedicated to the art and who continually challenges himself for our viewing pleasure. In the short term, Paul would like
to continue touring Australia to larger crowds with a bigger, more elaborate show, but his ultimate goal is to tour the world, eventually performing in Las Vegas. He has already achieved what many performers have only ever dreamed of: three times Australian Award Winning magician, a Guinness World Record contributor and a nominee for the prestigious Helpmann Awards. The Helpmann Awards (TONY Award equivalent) is the pinnacle industry event for Australia’s performance industry, recognising the very best in live performance. Go to www.cosentino.com.au to view Paul’s Grand Final performance on Australia’s Got Talent
Robot Ruby breaks record The world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube-solving robot has been developed by students at Swinburne University of Technology. The team comprised identical twin computer whiz kids David and Richard Bain (OW2004), Daniel Purvis, Jarrod Boyes, Miriam Parkinson and Jonathan Goldwasser. The robot, named Ruby, can solve the scrambled puzzle in just over 10 seconds, including the time taken to scan the initial status of the cube. It was built from scratch by six students as their ﬁnal year project for the double degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics) / Bachelor of
Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering).” Ruby works by scanning each face of a scrambled cube through a web cam. It then uses a software algorithm to develop a solution which is fed to the highspeed robot through a real-time embedded control system,” said Professor Chris Pilgrim, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. They are applying to have Ruby’s Rubik’s Cube-solving skill recognised by Guinness World Records. The current human world record for single time on a 3×3×3 Rubik’s Cube is held by Feliks Zemdegs who had a best time of 6.24 seconds at the Kubaroo Open 2011.
As at October 2010, the world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube solving robot, the Cubinator, was able to solve a scrambled Rubik’s Cube in 18.2 seconds. The robot was on show at Swinburne’s Open Day in August 2011.
OWCA – Old Scotch golf day On a day when Melbourne turned on its famous four seasons in a day, a full shot-gun ﬁeld took to the magniﬁcent Kingston Heath Golf Course on 7 June. The day was remarkable not only for the unpredictability of the Melbourne weather, but for two other reasons besides.
Firstly, Wesley was able to wrest from Scotch possession of the Clayton/Wagstaff Cup for which past students from each school compete each year. The result was a fairly convincing 34 down to Wesley defeating Scotch 52 down – tallying the best 15 individual scores from each school. Secondly, the day saw Peter Dakin (OW1963) step into the winners’ circle yet again, on this occasion taking out the HJ Kroger Best Four Ball Trophy teaming with Euan Luff (OW1963). Of the three trophies played for – Best Four Ball, Best Scratch Score and Individual Par, Peter’s name appears on the trophies a total of seven times across the three competitions. Remarkably, he has won the Individual Par on three occasions playing left handed (1976) and right handed (1990 and 1995). As any golfer would know, to be ambidextrous at golf is a remarkable thing, but to win the same tournament over time playing left and then right handed is all but unheard of! The other winners this year were: WR Chenoweth Championship Trophy (Best Scratch Score), Michael Johnson (OW1998) and the Dr John Kennedy Handicap Trophy (Individual Handicap Par) Jackson Ross (OW1998). Golfers should note the upcoming Associated Public Schools Past Students’ Golf Day at Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Friday 16
3 1. Peter Dakin (OW1963) winner 2. Andrew Smith (OW1993), Charles Cohen (OW1970) and wife Jo, and Toby Loakes (OW1993) at the OWCA/OSCA Golf Day at Kingston Heath 3. Kevin Eng (OW1995), Michael Johnson (OW1998), Jackson Ross (OW1998), Peter Johnson (OW1995) 4. Ed Johnson (OW1964) was presented with the winning Clayton/ Wagstaff Cup
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Vision Australia Whilst Kristina Lecluyse (OW1996) nee Batchelor - was at Wesley College, the Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind (RVIB) was next door on St Kilda Road. For her community service in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Kristina was a Newsline reader for the Association for the Blind in Kooyong. In 2004, the RVIB amalgamated to form Vision Australia, Australia’s ﬁrst truly national blindness agency. The beautiful bluestone RVIB premises were then sold to the Belgian Beer Café, a favourite haunt for Kristina and her Belgian husband, Dieter. Whilst working for Colonial First State in Sydney, Kristina studied to become a workplace trainer; skills she has transferred to her
(L-R) Andrew Guttmann, Paul Jones, Christos Cypreou, Kristina Lecluyse, Elsie Taylor-Hatch, Spenser Coombe, Daniel Butera
role as Vision Australia’s Training and Compliance Coordinator. Kristina now runs a 12 month vocational training program for job seekers who are blind or have low vision in Kensington and Brisbane. Interns study a nationally recognised TAFE certiﬁcate in administration, information technology,
event management, process management or warehouse distribution, and gain valuable on-the-job training in preparation to enter open employment. For more information about her work, Kristina can be contacted on (03) 8378 1267 or email email@example.com
Our Major Generals The OWCA wishes to acknowledge our Major Generals. A Major General is a senior rank of the Australian Army and is the third-highest active rank of the Australian Army and commands a division or the equivalent.
Major General Michael Milford AM (OW1979)
Major General Michael Krause AM (OW1979) Deputy Chief of Staff International Security Assistance Force Joint Command - the Senior Australian Ofﬁcer in Afghanistan
Head of Information Communications Technology Operations Department of Defence. See Archival story about Michael’s grandfather, Major General Edward James Milford, who was also a Major General in the Australian Army
Major General Jim Barry AM MBE RFD ED (Retd) (OW1950) National President, Defence Reserves Association Fellow of Wesley College
Queen’s Birthday Honours Many Old Wesley Collegians and members of the Wesley College community featured in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours. The College congratulates each of them on their achievements and the contributions they have made, and continue to make, in the community. Susan Balint OAM (Past Parent) was awarded a Medal of The Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia. David Copolov OAM (Current and Past Parent) was awarded a Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the medical research, to professional organisations and to higher education.
Katherine Kaplan OAM (Past Parent and Past Staff) was awarded a Medal of The Order of Australia for service to women through support for victims of domestic violence and to the Jewish community. Gordon Newton OAM (OW1950) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly through Wesley College. Gordon is founder and patron of The Sapere Aude Society, an extension of the Wesley College Foundation.
Ian Olver AM (OW1970) was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medical oncology as a clinician, researcher, administrator and mentor, and to the community through leadership roles with cancer control organisations. Stephen Shaddock CSC (OW1970) was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement as the Staff Ofﬁcer Grade One Health Materiel Logistics and Pharmacy within Joint Health Command.
Owen Symington selected for Amsterdam Owen Symington (OW2009) and Harry Picone travelled to Amsterdam in August to compete at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The two raced in the coxed four event in a crew made up of Australian rowers who currently attend American universities. Symington and Picone also spent time rowing and conducting time trials on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, New Jersey. All Australians living in the USA
were eligible, but the combination of rowers that was put together in the four had to trial a fast enough time in order for Rowing Australia to be able to send them. They were joined in Amsterdam by an eight comprised of rowers still living and competing in Australia. In recent years, a growing number of Australians have been disqualiﬁed for national team selection because of their status as students at American universities. But now that they are able to draw from this talent pool in events like the coxed four, the Australians will be able to build on past success.
Lion cubs We had a wonderful response to the stories in the last edition of Lion about the next generation of Wesley Collegians. It is one of the parts of the job that we take great pleasure in, sending out lion toys to the newest members of the Wesley community. We receive the most gorgeous photos of the little ones in response, and thought we should showcase them again!
Visit the Wesley College website for more details! Please ensure that you let us know your happy news by contacting the OWCA ofﬁce on (03) 8102 6353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Belle, daughter of Jacquie (OW1993) (Gluck) and Adrian Richardson
As an OW, the application fee to enrol your children at Wesley College is waived.
William Joel, son of Jane (OW1995) (Webster) and Joel (current staff) Burch
Rudy James, son of Vicki (OW1995) (Inglis) and Chris Green
Eva Marianna, daughter of Daniel (OW1986) and Kathy Markus
Charlotte Quinn, daughter of Kathryn (OW2001) (Gauci) and Michael Torcasio
Zoe Kayla, daughter of David (OW1995) and Melanie Katz
OWCA functions 2011 SEPTEMBER Friday 2
1961 50 Year Reunion
APS Golf Day
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
The Golden Lions Lunch (over 75s)
OCTOBER Sunday 9
1947 MLC Elsternwick Reunion
Cato/MLC Golf Day
Commonwealth Golf Club
MLC Elsternwick 1945 Reunion
NOVEMBER Friday 11
GW 2010 Leavers
SKR 2010 Leavers
College Lawn Hotel
MLC/Cato “Decades” Reunion
Directing Sophie Raymond Sophie Raymond (OW1991) has recently directed a new documentary, Mrs Carey’s Concert, alongside Bob Connolly. The self-distributed ﬁlm, which opened the 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival, has been a huge success. During her years at Wesley College, Sophie showed remarkable energy towards performing arts. There was simply no challenge to which she did not rise with effortless charisma and commitment. Her achievements with Adamson Theatre Company include The Silver Sword (1988), Anything Goes (1991), It Happened in Hamelin (1986), The Boyfriend (1987), South Paciﬁc (1988), Sweet Charity (1989), The Inspector (1989), Carousel (1990) and The Crucible (1990). In 1990 she co-directed a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Meanwhile, Sophie’s Southern Ladies’ Animation Group ﬁrst major short ﬁlm It’s Like That continues to be highly awarded both at home and abroad, including the accolade of best short animated ﬁlm at the prestigious Amsterdam Film Festival in 2002. Sophie’s earlier ﬁlm Essence of Terror has been screened at 27 festivals around the world. She was also an assistant animator alongside Adam Elliot on the short animated ﬁlm Harvie Krumpet, which received the Oscar for the best short animated ﬁlm at the 2004 Academy Awards in America.
Wimmera David Leembruggen (OW1971) Tel: + 61 3 5382 0111 (w) Email: email@example.com
Indonesia (Jakarta) James Tabalujan (OW1971) Tel: + 62 21 350 3080 (w) Email: pmjdas@paciﬁc.net.id
Lucy Rodgers-Wilson (OW1995) College Co-Head OWCA Tel: + 61 3 8102 6983 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Eddie Lo (OW1958) Tel: + 605 675 3359 (w) Email: email@example.com
Rebecca Morley (OW1996) Alumni & Afﬁliates Liaison Ofﬁcer Tel: + 61 3 8102 6367 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canberra Ken Smyth (OW1963) Email: email@example.com
Ofﬁce Mark Hibbins (OW1978) College Co-Head OWCA Tel: + 61 3 8102 6405 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Webster Community Relations Ofﬁcer Tel: + 61 3 8102 6325 Email: email@example.com Victorian Contacts Bendigo Rick Dungey (OW1964) Tel: 0418 509 033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula Jack Ayerbe (OW1963) Tel: 0419 310 686 Email: email@example.com Goulburn Valley Peter Gaylard (OW1962) Tel: + 61 3 5831 2341 Mornington Peninsula Geoff Wagstaff (OW1949) Tel: + 61 3 5984 2573 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
After graduating from Wesley College, she continued her studies in Arts at Monash University. Sophie, yet again, excelled in her performing arts with the Horned Moon Company, appearing in Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, where she enjoyed an extended encore season in Singapore. After returning to Melbourne in 1997, Sophie undertook a course in ﬁlm animation at RMIT University. This led to her foundation of the Southern Ladies’ Animation Group and the production of a series of highly acclaimed short animated ﬁlms. She also founded Aussie Croc Pot, an organisation aimed at furthering the interests of performers of acoustic music. Sophie has herself toured extensively, performing her music to receptive audiences throughout India, Europe, the USA and Canada.
Brisbane Don Leembruggen (OW1974) Tel: 0414 819 644 Email: email@example.com
Sydney Bruce Dufty (OW1963) Tel: 0412 015 319 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Perth John Kerr (OW1952) Email: email@example.com International Contacts China (Shanghai) Adam Brougham (OW1984) Tel: +86 21 5480 8311 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org China (Guangzhou) Kenny Chen (OW2004) Tel: +86 1363148 5324 Email: kenny.chen@ﬂy1999.com.cn Hong Kong Guy Wylie (OW1989) Email: email@example.com
Singapore Mark Samlal (OW1982) Tel: + 65 917 24606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thailand (Bangkok) Eugene Boonpiti (OW1980) Tel: + 66 2 632 4000 (w) Email: email@example.com United Arab Emirates (Dubai) Stewart Routledge (OW1963) Tel: + 971 050 559 5856 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org United Kingdom David Paynter (OW1985) Email: email@example.com United States of America (Arizona) Ethan Edwards (OW1978) Tel: + 928 710 0733 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org United States of America (New York) Robert Tanzmann (OW1982) Tel: + 212 841 5912 Email: email@example.com
Wesley College community & Jellis Craig ALLIANCE
Wesley College and Jellis Craig (Estate Agents, Auctioneers, Property Management) are pleased to inform all members of the Wesley community of a mutually supportive alliance. For several years now the OWCA and Jellis Craig have enjoyed such an alliance and it is with great pleasure that we announce that this alliance has been expanded to incorporate the whole Wesley community. The alliance relates to any property owned by a member of the Wesley community, which is listed with Jellis Craig on a 60 day Exclusive Sale Authority or Auction Authority and subsequently sold by any Jellis Craig Real Estate Office.
There is a 10% discount granted on the agreed commission of which the vendor receives a 5% discount and the College/OWCA receive a 5% donation.
Contact: Damien Davis Partner/Auctioneer 0409 961 264 or 9832 0521 firstname.lastname@example.org
All members of The Wesley Community considering selling their property are invited to call upon Jellis Craig (Hawthorn, Balwyn, Glen Iris, Richmond, Clifton Hill and Armadale) for a free market appraisal. Jellis Craig request that you inform the sales consultant of your Wesley status.
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1961 Sports Premiership Dinner
This year has seen the continuation of our busy alumni relations program. Our aim is to engage with as many OWs as possible and encourage them to reconnect with each other and the College. In recent months we have had a number of wonderful reunions, where past students have come together to catch up with friends, and relive their time as students at Wesley. The St Kilda Road campus welcomed back OWs from 1951 and 1986, as well as organising the 1961 Sports Premiership dinner, with each night being a huge success. Whilst the crowd for the 25 year reunion was more exclusive, we were honoured to have Rob Crowe OAM (OW1986) as our guest speaker. Having competed at an elite level as a cyclist, Rob spoke about winning a gold medal as a pilot rider at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Our younger generation from 1996 and 2001 from both campuses enjoyed fun-ﬁlled evenings. In May, we celebrated the 145th anniversary of the founding of Wesley College with a Founders’ Day Lunch and this year saw the return of the Founders’ Day Dinner. Attendees at the lunch were entertained by Lawrence Money (OW1966), who had the crowd in stiches with many hilarious stories of his school days. Kieran Johnson-Vickers (OW2009) also spoke about his journey in becoming selected for the 2011 Athens Special Olympics. In particular, he took the opportunity to thank the OW community for their huge support in helping him to raise the funds necessary. We thank everybody for taking the time to provide us with feedback from the Founders’ Day events, which will enable us to ensure that the traditions of these celebrations remain strong. We have an exciting second half of the year planned for 2011, and hope to see as many of you as possible coming along. For further information on our events, log on at www.owca.net or contact Amanda Webster firstname.lastname@example.org or 8102 6325.
Founders’ Day Dinner
Glen Waverley 1996, 15 Year Reunion
St Kilda Road 1951, 60 Year Reunion
St Kilda Road 1986, 25 Year Reunion
Founders’ Day Lunch
St Kilda Road 10 Year Reunion
1. Ross Oakley (OW1961) and Peter Lucas (OW1961) 2. Bruce Allan (OW1962) 3. Bruce Gregory (OW1944), Geoff Everett (OW1961) and Ken Rowe (OW1961) 4. Doug Hill (OW1961), Kim Luff (OW1961), Martyn Smith (OW1962) 5. Gareth Brigilia (OW1995), Dave Cronin (OW1995) and Tom Champion (OW1995) 6. Toby Loakes (OW1993) with Amanda and Wayne Dyer, the OWCA’s latest Honorary Life Members 7. Ian Tayles (OW1966) , Peter Lumb (OW1966), Geoff Waters (OW1965), David Troon (OW1966) and Roger Tyler (OW1965) 8. Sarah Wade (OW1996) and Nadine Kapitaniak (OW1996) 9. Tim Maher (OW1996), Todd Fraser (OW1996) and Travis Booth (OW1996) 10. David McCaughan (OW1996) and Athena Johnson (OW1996) 11. Brent Papadopoulos (OW1996) and Brunton Stewart (OW1996) 12. Natalie Rowe (Davis) (OW1996), James Ellisdon (OW1996) and Jacqui Hill (Robert) (OW1996)
13. Nathan Niven (OW1986) and Costas Yiangou (OW1986) 14. Rob Crowe (OW1986) guest speaker 15. Nick Anagnostou (OW1986) and Stuart Berryman (OW1986) 16. Antony Thow (OW1986) and Scott Raglus (OW1986) 17. David Walduck (OW1962), Alex MacKenzie (OW1960) and Neil Evans (OW1957) 18. Doug Oldﬁeld (OW1970) and John Arrowsmith (OW1969) 19. Lawrence Money (OW1966) 20. Jim McGee (OW1933) 21. Peter Hutton (OW2001), Lewis Johnson (OW2001) and Jarrod Rubenstein (OW2001) 22. Georgia Costello (OW2001), Carl Evans (OW2001), Andrew Meszaros (OW2001) 23. Graham Graham-Smith (OW1951) and Jim Barry AM MBE (OW1950) 24. John Mann (OW1952) and John Mitchell (OW1951) 25. Alan Hopgood (OW1951) with Donald Matters (OW1951)
OWCA afďŹ liate news Collegians Football Club At the time of writing this update, Collegians are half way through the 2011 season and seemingly in great shape for yet another tilt at the LA Adamson Cup, the Victorian Amateur Football Associationâ€™s highest honour. The new season saw champion OWs Nicholas Stone (OW1999), James Fry (OW1998) and Fergus Watts (OW2003), amongst others, missing, but the recruitment of Nicholas Sautner (OW1994) ensured a vibrant start to the season. In addition, the club has retained and attracted a signiďŹ cant number of players from last yearâ€™s school teams, as well as other areas, and numbers across all sides are better than they have been for some time. All sides are in contention for ďŹ nals action. Off the ďŹ eld, the club continues to enjoy fantastic facilities and would like to thank Wesley College for its help via its participation in the Harry Trott Association. This partnership has enabled the facilities to become a benchmark in the competition and something we can all be very proud of. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the efforts of Graham Sullivan and the Wesley College grounds staff, for the ongoing commitment to ensuring the best possible playing surface. The club is in a very good place; functions have been well attended, with the players â€œfancy dressâ€? and the recent trivia nights being outstanding successes. We would like
Reunion of the Collegians 1961 Premiership team
to acknowledge the outstanding milestones achieved by a number of OWs during the year, among them Richard Hosking (OW1996) (200 games), Julian Hampton (OW2003) (100 games), Andrew Scott (OW2004) (100 games) and Ollie Howard (OW2003) (100 games). We are also always on the look out for volunteers to get involved in the running of the club. If you would like more information or want to be added to our database, please visit us at www.collegiansfc.com
Collegians Hockey The Collegians X Hockey Club is seeking new players for the 2011 season. Established in 1931 by an enthusiastic group of Old Wesley Collegians, the club has grown into a vibrant, friendly, and social network. We have three menâ€™s teams (State League 5, Metro 2, and Metro 4), two womenâ€™s teams (State League 4, Metro 4) and a veteranâ€™s team that cater for players of all abilities and ages. If you have played hockey in the past, or even if you have never played before - we would love to hear from you. Hockey is one of the great team sports and we are one of the great clubs!
Ollie Howard (OW2003) leads the Collegians Football team out on the ďŹ eld for his 100th game
The winter ďŹ xture started on 2 April in 2011, but newcomers are welcome year round. This season we are proud to be playing some home games at Wesley College Glen Waverley, but have also retained our home base on the world-class water-based pitch at Monash. For more information on joining the fun, please call Club President Craig â€œWoolyâ€? Miller (OW1995) on 0403 194 656.
Richard Hosking (OW1996) celebrates his 200th game with Collegians Football Club
The Ken Orchard 10km Handicap Race was held at Albert Lake in May this year. This is an annual event which began in 1930 and is named in the memory of Ken Orchard (OW1937) who died in active service during World War II. Ken formed the Old Wesley Running Club back in the 1930s and was instrumental in the early days of the association. Kenâ€™s niece, Elizabeth (MLC Cato 1966) has been an active supporter of the event over the years and it is always great to see her along each year. The race is held between APS schools and is open to anyone to compete that has an association to an APS school via family or friend. The race this year was won by Jason Antonelli (33min 48s) & Angela Carswell (41mins 22s) both of Old Xavier. The fastest male athlete for Old Wesley was Paul Gladwell in a time of 37min 44s and fastest female runner was Kuniko Bowden in a time of 45min 32s. The highest placed runner for Wesley in the handicap was Jeff Coster
who has won this event for three years running. Other Wesley runners to compete were Dennis Freeman (current staff), Greg SchoďŹ eld (OW1973), Andrew Nagle, Richard Harcourt (OW1948) and Field Rickards (OW1966). At the conclusion of the event an enjoyable afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. After another successful day of running, Lucy Rodgers-Wilson (OW1995) College Co-Head of the OWCA was at hand to help present the trophies along with Elizabeth Orchard (MLC Cato 1966). I would love to see anyone from the Wesley community next year at the event (or other runs that we do). You do not have to be a fast runner, the slowest time will be around the 70 minute mark; there is a wide range of abilities. For more information, please call or email Ross Tennant on 0419 113 645 or email@example.com; it would be great to hear from you.
Tally Ho Fitness Group The Tally Ho Fitness Group is a gathering of about 90 men from all walks of life and range in age from mid 30s to over 70. They all have a common interest in wanting to get ďŹ tter and stay ďŹ t. The group meets every Saturday morning of the year at 7.00am sharp â€“ rain, hail or shine â€“ and ďŹ nish about 8.15am. Some members meet afterwards for a coffee before heading home. The majority of the sessions are run at Wesleyâ€™s Glen Waverley campus. Tally Ho Fitness Group are involved in the Monash Senior (over 55s) Festival for the month of October, and every Saturday within that month is open to anyone and everyone. Upcoming events include:
t 4 BUVSEBZ4FQUFNCFS$PMMJOHXPPE Football Clubâ€™s ďŹ tness coach, David Buttifant will be the ďŹ tness instructor for the morning. David has been one of the instrumental ďŹ gures to the clubâ€™s recent success t 4 BUVSEBZ0DUPCFS(BNFT)BMM Wesley College, St Kilda Road t 4 BUVSEBZ0DUPCFS(BNFT)BMM Wesley College, Glen Waverley t 4 BUVSEBZ0DUPCFS/PSUPO1BSL Wantirna South t 4 BUVSEBZ0DUPCFS#SJOHB'SJFOE Day, Games Hall, Wesley College, Glen Waverley t 4 BUVSEBZ0DUPCFS(BNFT)BMM Wesley College, Glen Waverley Any enquiries, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact Richard Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org
Book launch Tim Bonyhadyâ€™s (OW1974) most recent book, Good Living Street, was launched by the Patron of the Wesley College Institute, Sir Gus Nossal, at the National Gallery of Victoria to coincide with the Winter Masterpieces Exhibition, Vienna: Art and Design. It tells the story of Timâ€™s family, the Gallia family, who commissioned designer and architect, Josef Hoffmann, to design their Viennese apartment in 1913. A review of Timâ€™s book can be read in the July/August edition of the NGVâ€™s GALLERY magazine. Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Victoria: Gerard Vaughan, Tim Bonyhady and Sir Gus Nossal
OWCA afďŹ liate contacts Athletics/Cross Country
Ross Tennant â€“ 9563 0324 email@example.com
Ed Johnson â€“ 0419 345 097
Craig Miller â€“ 0403 194 656 www.collegiansx.com
Andrew Barbayannis â€“ 0433 135 272 firstname.lastname@example.org www.blfc.com.au
Mens â€“ Albert Park James English â€“ 0412 836 612 email@example.com
Tally Ho Fitness Group
Richard Williams â€“ 0410 624 554 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tallyho.org.au
Tahli Foley â€“ 0401 063 267
Gavin Birch â€“ 9450 8949 (W) PO Box 1163 Doncaster East 3109 email@example.com
Bruce Gregory â€“ 9509 4241 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Law â€“ 0414 683 666 email@example.com
Nathan Biggins â€“ 0419 938 043 firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Carter â€“ 9563 7936
Hope Sallmann â€“ 0409 144 971
Rowing â€“ Alan Mitchell Club
Alexander Zent â€“ 0409 598 238 email@example.com
Roland Scollay â€“ 0438 044 223
Lew Targett â€“ 0417 385 117 Bookings: Tony Lansdell 0412 372 176 firstname.lastname@example.org www.collegiansskiclub.org.au
Rod Nancarrow â€“ 9859 8644 (W) www.collegiansfc.com
Theatre (What Just Happened Productions)
Scott Emerson â€“ 0418 373 550 (w) email@example.com www.mcwaterpolo.com
OWCA updates Dr Kenneth Vernon Bailey (OW1946) recently coordinated the creation of an Environment Meditation and Healing Garden (Canberra Multicultural Project), by the Canberra Interfaith Forum. The beneﬁts to the community will contribute to crosscultural understanding, harmonious dialogue and friendships and appreciation among the faith groups and the cultural communities represented; promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and nonAboriginal Australians, and between spiritual traditions otherwise prone to misunderstanding or conﬂict; and deepen awareness of environmental conservation and sustainable living issues. Stephanie Batsakis (OW2007) made the Dean’s Honours List for her Arts degree and has also been given a Law scholarship worth $5,000, where only two students from Victoria received the scholarship. Dean Bryant (OW1993) was the scriptwriter for Mathew Frank’s fabulous musical direction in the prodigious musical theatre pairing known as Bryant and Frank. Their newest theatre foray Britney Spears: The Cabaret is a juke box up close, personal, unplugged with the pop starlet herself, played by her uncanny look alike, new diva on the block Christie Whelan. Dean recently returned from New York, where he has been Associate Director on the Broadway premiere of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and just directed the Australian premiere of Pulitzer-Prize winning musical Next To Normal for the Melbourne Theatre Company. In June, his two new cabarets Jose in the Bathhouse and In Vogue: Songs By Madonna premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and he is about to direct Anything Goes for The Production Company, starring Amanda Harrison and Todd McKenney.
Eli Firestone (OW2002) is currently working as a volunteer engineer at Kampuchea House, an Australian-funded orphanage, located approximately 40km from the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Eli has donated his time to oversee the design and supervise the construction of two new houses that will soon be home to twelve more orphans. He believes that giving back to the community is really important. Nikki Hollett (OW2008) currently attends Troy University in South Alabama, USA. Nikki plays top level softball for the Troy Trojans. The shortstop earned the honor for the Trojans this season after her performance in four games. She was selected for the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Softball All-Tournament Team. Lachy Hulme (OW1988) and Kenny star Shane Jacobson are going underground after signing to play Todd Russell and Brant Webb in the much-anticipated Channel 9 production mini-series Beaconsﬁeld. It will tell of the dramatic rescue of the Tasmanian miners trapped 1km underground for 14 days.
Rod Campbell (OW1995) recently returned from living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rod claimed to have made no notable achievements in Rio other than having a great time. When pressed by the editors for further details, at least some that would be of interest to Lion, he conceded the following:
He learned enough Portuguese to differentiate “pão”(bread) and “pau” (wood) He became a supporter of the Bangu Beavers, a soccer team He gained a deep love of Brazilian culture He is hoping to return for carnival 2012
Kieran Johnson-Vickers (OW2009) did exceptionally well at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens, winning a gold medal in the 50m breaststroke. He also was placed 6th in the 50m freestyle ﬁnal and 4th in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay ﬁnal.
He blew enough trumpets at street parties to make John Lee proud
OWCA Executive President Toby Loakes (OW1993) Immediate Past President Scott Wagstaff (OW1975) Treasurer Nick Roach (OW2000) College Co-Heads Mark Hibbins (OW1978) Lucy Rodgers-Wilson (OW1995)
Executive Jack Ayerbe (OW1963) Peter Barton (OW1976) Bruce Gregory (OW1944) Frank Opray (OW1963) John Durlacher (OW1967)
Jo Ressom (OW1993) Gale Schupack (OW1996) Larissa Grifﬁths (OW1991) Tim DeYoung (OW1996) Scott Hudson (OW1993)
Are you interested in becoming involved? The OWCA is always looking for new input. Please contact the College Co-Heads, Lucy Rodgers-Wilson on 8102 6983 or Mark Hibbins on 8102 6405 for further information.
Birth notices ALDER To Sarah (Fransella) (OW1997) and Edward on 28 January 2011, a son, Hugo Timothy
STEWART – CHAPMAN To Felicity (OW1988) and Sebastian on 10 June 2010, a son, Carlos
BANDY – RENKIN To Jo (OW1996) and James (OW1996) on 8 March 2011, twin boys, Ned and Archie, brothers for Finn
SLAUGHTER To Jacqui (OW1994) and Gary on 10 July 2011, a daughter, Georgina Claire, a sister for Abigail
BECK To Joanna (Palka) (OW1998) and Peter on 8 June 2011, a son, Owen Peter, a brother for Samantha
TORCASIO To Kat (OW2001) and Michael on 30 May 2011, a daughter, Charlotte Quinn
BLAKE To Jackie (Jonas) (OW1994) and Ben on 29 September 2010, a son, Aidan Jonah
WATERS To James (OW1996) and Martine on 7 October 2010, a son, Oliver James, a brother for Claudia
BRITTEN To Jonathan (OW1998) and Catherine on 16 April 2011, a daughter, Mackenzie Leigh
WATERS To Catherine (OW1994) and Matthew on 30 May 2010, a daughter, Mia Georgie
GAUVIN To Ira (Galushkin) (OW1993) and Ward on 4 March 2011, a son, Sidney
WONG To Abigail (OW1997) and Daniel on 22 December 2010, a daughter, Amarissa Kuan, a sister for Joshua Kuan
HARDING To Sam (OW1993) and Sarsha on 19 April 2011, a daughter, Willow, a sister for Coco Rose HUDSON – MORGAN To Kirsty (OW1995) and Harry on 9 August 2010, a son, Madi JOHNSON Michael (OW1998) and Peisha on 26 June 2011, a daughter, Anneliese Kate, a sister for Thomas LISLE – WILLIAMS To Chris (OW2001) and Katherine on 24 May 2011, a son, Felix James Frederick LIVITSANOS To Andrew (OW1994) and Marina on 19 June 2011, a son, John Marcus MARKUS To Daniel (OW1986) and Kathy on 28 April 2011, a daughter, Eva McARTHUR To Rob (OW1994) and Danielle on 10 June 2011, twins, Keira Alexa and Anna Rose, sisters for Aoife Catherine MORRIS To Nic (OW1997) and Claire on 17 May 2011, a daughter, Charlotte Grace. Granddaughter for Athol (OW1968) and Pam, great granddaughter for Maurice Morris (OW1931) (dec), niece for Anthony (OW1995) and Richie (OW2001) RICHARDSON To Jacquie (Gluck) (OW1993) and Adrian on 27 March 2011, a daughter, Gemma Belle, a sister for Lucas
Engagements GRAY – GUSMAN Ben (OW2001) to Rachel GRAY – NORQUAY Amy (OW2003) to Kirsten MACLEOD SMITH – BRACCHI Jacquie (OW2002) to Steven RODGERS-WILSON – GILFILLAN Lucy (OW1995) to Dan SILBERSCHER – ROZENBES Paul (OW1997) to Nina SUTHERLAND – RIDGWAY Ellie (OW2006) to Aaron
Marriages BRITTEN – FROST Jonathan (OW1998) to Catherine on 5 June 2010 KELLY – GUY Jane (OW1999) and Luke on 16 April 2011. The bridesmaids were Christine Kelly (OW1995), Georgia Gutjahr (OW2000), Georgina Scholes (OW1999) and Alex Guy. SMALE – HANSFORD Sarina (OW1994) Mike on 19 February 2011
Secure your child’s place at Wesley now We value the fact that many Collegians choose to continue their connection with Wesley by sending their children to the College. However, places at Wesley are always in high demand and it is essential that you register your interest at the earliest possible date. All applications are prioritised based on the date of receipt of the application and many families choose to submit applications shortly after their child is born. A further priority is given to siblings of current students and the children of alumni, but early registration is strongly advised, to secure a place. The application fee is waived for Old Collegians.
Contributions to the Lion We would like to hear your news. What have you been doing recently? As well as publishing stories about our alumni, it is important that we include information about births, engagements, weddings and the passing of members of the Wesley community. We aim to maintain an accurate database of contact details for all our alumni to ensure effective communication within the Wesley community If your postal address, email details or telephone numbers change, we would also like to be kept in the picture. Please send information to: OWCA Ofﬁce, Wesley College, 577 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004 firstname.lastname@example.org + 61 3 8102 6367
Death notices BAILEY John (OW1946) on 7 July 2011, son of Sir Kenneth (OW1916) (dec), brother of Peter (OW1945) and Kenneth (OW1946) BIGNELL Owen (OW2003) on 10 June 2011, brother of Eleanor (OW2006) BOUGHTON Russell Neish (OW1929) on 13 October 2010, brother of James (OW1929) (dec) BROWN Arthur (OW1933) on 20 May 20110 CATO Ross (OW1952) on 6 February 2011 CHARLESWORTH Geoff (OW1937) on 24 July 2011 COWEN Dr Percy (OW1937) on 18 April 2011, father of Peter (OW1967) DIMSEY Lance (OW1943) on 11 May 2011, brother of Donald (OW1941) (dec), uncle of Robert (OW1973) and Peter (OW1977) FARQUHAR David (OW1969) on 11 March 2011, brother of Graham (OW1964) FOSTERNELLI Wayne (OW1962) on 2 May 2011 GIERSCH Karl Maurice (OW1985) on 31 March 2011, husband of Sue Cummings (OW1987) (Pascoe), brother to Gregory (OW1989) (dec) HART Glen (OW1943) on 12 April 2011, brother of Lance (OW1947) KERITZ William MBE (OW1939) on 23 May 2011 LAWS Graeme Bartlett (OW1939) on 7 June 2011
LYLE Charmaine (past staff) on 12 May 2011 MUIR Max (OW1942) on 7 June 2011, father of Ric (OW1969) and Ian (OW1971), grandfather of Andrew (OW1994), Stuart (OW1996), Cameron (OW1998), Robert (OW1998), James (OW1999), Sally (OW2002) and Emily (OW2004) PEARCE Kevin (OW1942) on 6 December 2010 PECK John (OW1962) on 14 June 2011, brother of Michael (OW1956) and Robert (OW1957), grandfather of Christopher (OW1994) and Charles (OW1998) PLUMMER Leon (OW1950) on 27 May 2011 POTTER Gavin James (OW1933) on 18 April 2011, brother of Douglas (OW1926) (dec) POTTS Robert Murray (OW1938) on 4 May 2011, brother of Frank (OW1940) and David (OW1941) (dec) SCANLON Tony (current staff) on 14 August 2011 TREMBATH Thomas Norman (OW1929) on 27 March 2011, father of Robert (OW1958) THOMSON Ralph (OW1951) on 31 March 2011 THORNTON Maxwell (OW1954) on 13 February RANDALL Neil (OW1950) on 13 May 2011 WOOD Ted (OW1946) in 2008, son of William (OW1920) (dec), nephew of Samuel (OW1927) (dec), brother of John (OW1944) and father of Gary (OW1972)
Max Muir 3/11/1925 – 7/6/2011 The Wesley community was saddened to hear of the passing of Max Muir (OW1942) in June. Max was the “patriarch “ of the Muir family and was the ﬁrst in line that saw his two sons, Ric (OW1969) and Ian (OW1971) and eight grandchildren, Kathy (Oakley) (OW1992), Andrew (OW1994), Stuart (OW1996), Cameron (OW1998), Robert (OW1998), James (OW1999), Sally (OW2002) and Emily (OW2002), follow in his footsteps at Wesley College. As a young boy, entering the old Junior School on Punt Road, Max enjoyed all aspects of Wesley life and went on to participate in many sporting activities, including rowing, athletics, boxing and football. Max left school during World War II and trained with the Royal Australian Navy, before peace was declared, subsequently joining his father’s agricultural supply business in North Melbourne. Max continued managing this business, EE Muir & Sons, until health forced his retirement in the early 1990s. By this time the business had grown considerably under the guidance of his two sons, Ric and Ian. Max continued as chairman, and eventually saw four of his grandsons, Andrew, Stuart, James and Cam, join the family business. He was extremely proud of the growth of this family business to its current position of having 27 branch outlets across all states of mainland Australia. His early schooling and ongoing support to the Wesley community gave the Muir family a wonderful base on which to develop this impressive business legacy, which will hopefully continue, and see future Wesley College graduates follow in his footsteps. Max is survived by Betty, his loving wife of 63 years. They were married in the St Kilda Road Chapel on 13 March 1948. He is also survived by daughter, Sue and sons, Ric and Ian.
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