Editors • Denis McMullen & Ina Thiessen • Volume • Issue 3
C R O M W E L L
C O L L E G E
Within the University of Queensland
Å Coca News 1976
From left: Old Collegians Robert Rankin (1972-1973) with partner Sue Waldron, Alan Whiting (1971-1974), first COCA President, Coral and Phillip Sweeney (1973-1974) Ç
Å From left: Mrs J. Mathewson, Ken Bishop and Dr Richard Chapman (Chairman and Secretary of the Board f Governors in 1976)
Å Dr David and Mary Hill at the Inaugural Meeting of COCA on the 29th October 1976
CROMWELL OLD COLLEGIANS’ ASSOCIATION TURNS 30! The Cromwell Old Collegians’ Association was offi cially formed at the inaugural meeting followed by a dinner on the 29th October 1976. Rev Dr Lockley remembers (as printed in the COCA News Vol. 1 November 1976): “I understand that the numbers attending the dinner were round the two hundred mark, including the wives and other partners of old residents...One of the gratifying things about the gathering was that it was representative of people who were resident in most of the twenty-three years in which residence has been available. Participants ranged from several men who had braved life in the incomplete buildings in 1954 down to men and women who will graduate within the next few months... My personal hope is that membership of the new body will include the great majority of those who have lived within the college.” Some snippets from the early stages of COCA: “The success of this Association will depend greatly on the support it receives from you... Through your support we can establish a truly worthwhile organization.” (Alan Whiting, Cromwell resident from 1971-1974 and first COCA president in the first COCA edition)
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A Magazine for Old Collegians, Friends of Cromwell, Current Residents and their Families
From the Principal
Guest Speakers at Formal Dinners
World Scholar Athlete Games Scholarship
Refurbishment of the Chapel
Cromwell College Volunteer Refugee Tutoring
“As you can see the Cromwell Old Collegians’ Association has begun to crawl; let us make sure it goes forward from here and becomes an important, integral part of the College.” (Dr David Hill, Cromwell resident from 1956-1961 in COCA NEWS Vol. 2 May 1977).
“Thus, if students, staff and governors share a feeling of something very worthwhile happening in Cromwell, this is because many persons have been sharing ideas and working to achieve common goals. With Old Collegians involved as well, I believe there is good hope that the Cromwell community will embody more the ideals its founders and members have held and presently hold.” (Dr. Clive Krohn in COCA NEWS Vol. 2 May 1977). A vision of a few enthusiastic Old Collegians became reality thanks to the support of so many Old Collegians, College Principals, members of the Board of Governors and friends of the College over 30 years. It has not always been easy. “The attendance at the AGM and Dinner - the first since our spectacular Inaugural Dinner - was quite small: only a dozen members joined the Committee for a very pleasant evening. At this stage I had real doubts about our future viability.” (Dr Don McKenzie, first Cromwell resident 1954-1957 and COCA President in COCA NEWS in August 1978).
Some Facts & Figures • 1976: COCA was founded. • 1979: COCA established the Lockley Fund. • 1979: COCA established the Old Collegian’s Prize for scholarships to be awarded to the student with the best academic performance over the previous three semesters. • 1983: For the first time, the Lockley Fund supported 2 students who otherwise would have had to leave College because of unforseen financial hardship. • 1988: Inauguration of the Cromwell College Foundation. The Special Project Fund contributed to the following projects: • Refurbishment of the JCR • Refurbishment of the Dining Hall • Landscaping (major project) covering more than 60% of overall costs architect was Old Collegian Gordon Roseler (1964-1968) • Tennis Court • Acquisition of wall hangings for the rear end of the Dining Hall to complete the beautiful stained glass windows at the High Table end • Funding new rowing shell for the Cromwell College Student Association
COCA Presidents Years
Year(s) of Residency at Cromwell
Jann Offer (nee Crossley)
1983 - 1987
1988 - 1990?
1995? - 2006
Dr Stuart Bade
1974-75 First female president
(Some of the years of Presidency are not certain. If you have information on the correct dates, please let us know.)
Old Collegians John Argus and Dr David Hill, so Cromwell has been told, have made invaluable contributions in the establishment and development of COCA. On behalf of COCA, present and future Cromwellians, we thank you for your support in so many ways - keep up the good work for another 30 years of COCA!
Two major COCA events for 2007 are in the early planning stages: Some of the Old Collegians from the years 1970-1975 have expressed interest in a reunion and are keen on helping out with the organisation. This event is planned for mid- year 2007. The exact date will be published in the next COCA edition. If you have any ideas or would like to help out please contact Ina Thiessen on: (07) 3377 1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The COCA Dinner in Canberra in 2004 was a great success. The distance to Brisbane prevents many Old Collegians from attending College functions and participating actively in the College’s life. This is why we would like to bring the College to Melbourne to give Old Collegians who are now Melbournians an opportunity to reconnect with the College and fellow Collegians. We also would like to take the opportunity to personally thank our many strong and generous supporters in Melbourne and surrounding areas. If you are interested in attending such an event, please call Ina Thiessen on (07) 3377 1300 or send an email to email@example.com It would greatly help us in organising this event.
Were you at College between 1970 and 1975? Alan Whiting, first COCA President and resident at Cromwell during 1971-1974 recently visited the College and brought many memories with him. He described his years at College as one of the times in which probably the most drastic change in Cromwell History took place: the change from male only to co-educational. It was a unique, special, but sometimes difficult time within the Cromwell community. Please help us to preserve those memories and stories. If you were at Cromwell during the years between 1970-1975, please send us your story or snippets of your memories to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lessons from Europe: Recently I spent 20 days walking in key areas between Budapest and Prague. It was a fascinating experience that was physically rejuvenating and historically and culturally stimulating. I took many photographs during the trip but there is one I want to show you.
life and light become clearly visible. This same principle applies to us. “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake shall find it.” May the Lord bless you all this Christmas. Wielding the sword with kindness:
This sculpture is called ‘Vietnam’ and demonstrates with great visual effect the fear that war brings and its dehumanizing power. Violence has a way of destroying both victim and perpetrator as this Middle East proverb makes clear: “if you seek vengeance, dig two graves, one for your enemy and one for you”. I also took a photo in a church in Prague in which there is a stature of the Pope skewering a heretic with his staff. This is a graphic reminder that at times in its history the Church has forgotten its calling to be like Jesus, to love the enemy, to turn the other cheek, to refuse to lord it over others as others do. Christmas and the Gospel story is a reminder that Jesus refused to seek the kingdom through military or worldly power. He lived out what he taught and he conquered evil by allowing it to crucify him. The great irony of the photo above is that in seeking to snatch life through power, true humanity is lost, whereas in Christ’s willing surrender to darkness, his
One of the great challenges of my job is to lead young adults in the right direction, sometimes using discipline, but to do so in a way that is gracious, educative and ultimately liberating for the person involved. This is a challenging task but one that can be most rewarding. It is fantastic when you meet an ex-student who was disciplined when in College but who is now a responsible and effective citizen. It may be simply that they grew up, but I believe that the role of senior staff in a college is very important in setting the tone and direction for that process. The Interview: Every applicant is personally interviewed. This process is also important in helping the student understand what leaving home and coming to College is about and how they should understand and manage the risks. With each interview taking up to an hour, this is a time consuming process but one that must never be taken lightly. The interview is structured around the College values and aims to help the student understand what freedom, tolerance, community and maturity really mean.
this place spit and polished and ready for my successor and for the students of the next 50 years. To turn this dream into reality requires a plan and a planner for no development can be achieved without hard work in the planning stage. As previously discussed my dream can be summarised as: 1. The need to refurbish the existing wings. 2. A desire to build an additional selfcatered wing much like Campus Lodge. 3. A desire to solve some internal problems (Lockley in particular is difficult to manage as a student location) and create new opportunities by building an extension to Hancock and a hall with underground parking and student storage. Of course a professional planner is an option but expensive. However, there may just be out there a retired or semi retired ex-planner/developer/engineer who would love to help the College in this way. This person must know how to plan, be in touch with development issues and be practical and willing to work within the visions of the College. It may be that we will have to invest in a professional planner at some stage but as suggested above a capable volunteer in the early stages would be fantastic. If YOU ARE OUT THERE, please give me a call on 07 3377 1300 or 0419 656 377 or email email@example.com
Frustrated or bored planner required: As previously indicated, “I have a dream” and in that dream there are some major goals I want to kick before I retire from Cromwell. It is my deepest desire to leave
Hugh Begbie Principal
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Academic Dinner The academic dinner this year was held on the 22nd August with Professor Ross McKenzie as the guest speaker. Prof McKenzie is a graduate of ANU and Princeton and has been an academic in the United States, Sydney and now Brisbane. He is a research professor who specialises in the description of materials, especially organic materials, using mathematics and
the tools of quantum physics, with over 100 publications in professional journals. He is involved in discussions involving the often perceived conflict between faith and science and is married to Robin with two children. There were some stunning results from within the student body this year although our average GPA was a fraction down on
2005 with the girls, as usual, performing better. In all thirty, residents achieved a GPA of 6 or greater and three students achieved straight 7s in semester one. Whatever the results, the College supports those who are doing their best. Congratulations to our students and special congratulations to our prize winners.
Students who achieveda GPA of 6 or higher Congratulations to Cassie Aprile, Christopher Ash, James Barton, Katie Bauer, Julie Bauer, Murray Bauer, Andre Bec, Tristan Bec, Teagan Burke, Kimberlee Ciranni, Katherine Conway, Nicholas Faulkner, Daniel Faux, Zenan Franks, Emma Graves, Kobi Haworth, Daniel Hayes, Natasha Hayward, Jaime Heiniger, Benjamin Hoiberg, Joshua Keep, Daniel Moran, Kassandra Nofz-Venturato, Sofia Robleda Gomez, Shoko Satake, Sarah Van Dyk, Benjamin Willcocks. Students who achieved straight 7s in semester 1 – Joshua Brimblecombe, Steven Cosnett and Thomas Reilly. Academic dinner is also the venue for presentation of prizes to residents. The list of prizes covers all the major Faculties and some demand consistency over three semesters.
Award for the highest achievement in the area of
Uniting Church Investment Service prize
First year studies
Joshua Brimblecombe, Engineering (GPA 7), Christopher Ash, Arts and Law, and Andre Bec, Engineering, both with a GPA of 6.75.
Edwin Hobart Lockley Prize
Faculty of Arts
3 semester GPA of 6.75 is Steven Cosnett
Rod McElhinney Prize
Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences over three semesters
Jaime Heiniger (GPA 6.25)
VE Hancock Memorial Prize
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Katie Bauer (GPA 6.42).
Rev. Daniel Faculty of Natural Gunson Memorial Resources, Agriculture Prize and Veterinary Sciences
Sarah Van Dyk (GPA of 6.17)
Cromwell College Prize
Faculty of Social Science Cassie Aprile, Criminology and Law (GPA of 6.25)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Kobi Haworth, Pharmacy (GPA of 6.79)
Old Collegians Prize
Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture over three semesters
Thomas Reilly, Engineering (GPA of 6.58)
Cromwell College Foundation Scholarship
Best results over the previous three semesters
Kobi Haworth (GPA 6.79) and Steven Cosnett (GPA 6.75)
Frederick North Memorial Prize
Spiritual leadership in the College
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Academic Dinner Guest Speaker Prof Ross McKenzie with sisters Katie and Julie Bauer, brother Murray was absent due to lectures - all three are among the high achievers at Cromwell.
Stephen Pick, student representative on the Board and Senior Tutor 2006 with Rod McElhinney, Cromwell Resident 19571960, founder and sponsor of the Rod McElhinney Prize
Academic Dinner Group The D.C. Gale Shield is awarded to the corridor with the highest combined GPA in semester one. This year’s winner is Top Han with an average GPA of 5.51.
Our Guest Speakers at Formal Dinner Semester 2 On the 1st August Ex-Collegian and former president of the Cromwell College Student Association David Wildermuth spoke on ‘making the most of it’. He encouraged students to make the most of their time at Cromwell and at the same time to contribute to the Cromwell community. To keep the focus on study and that ‘piece of paper’ at the end but also look for opportunities to try a new activity, sport or role in the College. There are great opportunites to develop certain life skills that aren’t easily available to those who don’t live in a college. He also shared some highlights from days at College (including winning the ICC volleyball - male and female on the same night), jelly wrestling and “some of what I’ve been up to since College”. David works for the Department of Natural Resources and Water, is married to Anne. They live in Bardon, and are kept very busy with their three children Jack (13 y/o), Sam (11 y/o) and Holly (9 y/o).
Bronwen was involved with drugs and prostitution, a heroin addict and went through abortions. With the help of a doctor and Christian faith, her life changed dramatically. Today, Bronwen is married, a mother of two beautiful children and a sought after speaker. Her powerful testimony is captured in her book “Trophy of Grace”. Bronwen and her husband Jason are the founders of the Hope Foundation to bring hope, help and healing to the hurting people in our nation. You’ll find more information on www.trophyofgrace.com Thank you Bronwen for sharing so honestly your inspiring and encouraging life story.
From left to right: Amy Harbrow, Sofia Robleda Gomez, Bronwen Healy and Gregory Patton.
David Wildermuth with current students from left to right; Sam Rippon, Sarah Bull, Gareth Davies, Andrew Commins, Amy McDonald, Benjamin Chapman and Shane Midgley. On 8th August, the inspiring speaker, Bronwen Healy, told her amazing story. She has been on Channel 7 Sunrise with Mel and Kochie and interviewed on “Mornings with Kerrie Anne”. Money Manager, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, Australian National Council on Drugs and many others have reported on the amazing story of Bronwen Healy.
On the 29th August, Old Collegian Rachael Truscott, Executive Sponsorship Director of Business Icon Queensland, and Lyla Andrade, Executive Public Relations Director of Business Icon Queensland, introduced Business Icon Queensland to the students of Cromwell. Business Icon Queensland is the premier entrepreneurial event for young Queenslanders in 2006. The competition, to be run in late November, will enhance business intelligence, stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and develop creativity amongst 18-25 year olds across our state. Contestants will participate in a series of challenges judged by representatives from business, government and community sectors. Think “Australian
Idol” without the singing. Think “Survivor” without having to starve. Think “The Apprentice” without Donald Trump’s bad hair!
From left to right: Nyasha Ngara, Joshua Keep, Lyla Nadrade and Rachael Truscott. On 12th September, Old Collegian Meggie Palmer, Cromwell resident from 2002-2004, spoke about the challenges and excitements of her job as a Journalist. Within a short period of time after graduating, Meggie made it to being a Journalist for Ten News, TTN Ten’s Kids News Program and Queensland Rules Ten’s AFL show. She is also a Producer for Ten News Brisbane and Associate Producer of Queensland Rules, Ten’s AFL Show. Well done Meggie and hope to see you on TV for many years to come!
From left: Ursula Palmer, Christine Eadeh, Meggie Palmer and Kirsty Fanton.
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World Scholar Athlete Games
Over the Semester break, six UQ College students and I received a scholarship to represent the University at the World Scholar Athlete Games at the University of Rhode Island in the USA. The purpose of this scholarship was for the University to see first hand what the games were about as they were looking to host them in 2008. They have since decided not to. The whole idea of the Games is to bring together young people across the world, from both sporting and academic backgrounds, in a ten day program. The whole focus was not super competitive as one would expect from the name, but on gaining first hand an understanding of different cultures and issues facing others across the world. There were no national teams, and no prizes given for placings. This is whole new idea in sport with such a large and talented group.
Outside of the sporting programs, there were many other activities. These included many keynote speakers, informal discussion sessions, as well as opportunities to play other sports. The Speaking program at this event was very impressive and diverse, including former US president Bill Clinton, Claus Nobel, and many other personalities little known outside the USA. There were many speakers throughout the week at two or more a day. I got the feeling that there
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were too many to digest within a single week. Sadly also many speakers were focused on American issues only. The US Political commentator Bill O’Reilly offended almost everyone there. By complete contrast Bill Clinton took a much more global approach; he discussed the major world issues such as poverty and world hunger- and even offered possible solutions! He was quite a casual speaker, though, compared with the others. The audience during all the weeks’ speeches highlighted a rather interesting cultural difference for me: Americans will clap at anything in a speech, and even stand up! There, audiences are way more active! In addition to the formal speaking program, there was also an opportunity for participants to take the microphone and speak in front of the rest of the participants. For me, some of these speeches were far more relevant and eye-opening than those that were professionally written. One Participant in particular, from Sierra Leone, said something particularly profound, the essences was “Take a good look around: we really have more in common with each other than differences” As far as the sporting program was concerned, being a cyclist I have very few other sports in which I can compete, so having only fitness to offer, I decided on long distance running. The track and field program was very well run with daily well-structured coaching sessions, and even scheduled recovery sessions! The participants were awesome. From what I heard, sportsmanship is quite poor in the US; by contrast, I didn’t see any trash talking or any bad sportsmanship over the entire day of competition. I ended up racing the 1500m to 5th place, although I would have preferred something of the order of a 10k. Another side of the program which I took advantage of was the opportunity to try other sports. I have never played Rugby before, so thought it would be an excellent opportunity given I at least knew how the game was played and the Americans didn’t have a clue. I also played soccer for the first time since I was in under 6’s.
While in the USA, being so close to New York City, I took the opportunity, with a few other UQ College kids, to spend the week backpacking there. It was a complete contrast to the Games, NYC literally does not sleep; we found ourselves up at 7 in the morning for the cliché run around Central Park, and were still out in the city at 9 at night as if it were still day. As you would expect, we did all the touristy things in NYC: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ground Zero etc. It was
amazing, just walking around the city, how many things seemed familiar from movies and TV shows. As well, shopping was incredibly cheap with expensive Jeans for $10-20. It was unbelievable, so, needless to say, my bag went home a little heavier. The limit of things to do in the city seemed endless, and upon leaving I felt we hade barely scratched the surface.
Overall, the trip to The World Scholar Athlete Games and NYC was an awesome experience; the Games were truly unique with the concept of bringing together young people who are competitive sportspeople and achieving academically as well. I met so many cool people, and couldn’t think of a much better way to spend the semester break. Joshua Keep Current resident at Cromwell
Farewell to Ricki Stolte and Sharon MacInnes:
It was with sadness that two long-serving members of staff were farewelled in August. Ricki is known to around 17 College generations of students and her company and occasional much needed hugs will be missed. Ricki had been House Manager for the last few years, a role that is very important for the healthy running of the College. Thank you Ricki for your long and faithful service and we wish you well as you begin a new chapter in your life. Sharon worked in the kitchen for 13 years (that’s a lot of chopping, cutting, washing and serving) and has seen many chefs come and go. Kitchen staff have a significant influence on student morale and I thank Sharon for her faithful service and wish her well for the future. A Special Thank you and Farewell for Ricki from the “Top North” girls: This semester has marked the end of an era at Cromwell, with Crommie kids sadly saying farewell to their cheery housekeeper. Ricki has been the beloved “mother duck” of north for as long as anyone here can remember. Always ready with a big hug and a kiss for anyone within arm’s length, she has been a ray of sunshine prowling the corridors with her vacuum cleaner and mop. Ricki has been so much more than a cleaner to many students at College. She has been a surrogate mother to so many countless homesick, stressed and occasionally messy (who, us?) students, but more importantly she has been a great friend. Ricki, on behalf of all Crommie kids, past and present. “We’ll miss you. We wish you every bit of luck and happiness in the future. Thank you for all of the fun times and the great memories. College won’t be the same without you!” Ricki (middle) with housekeeping staff Love Phano and Cookie. Sereana, Marie, Delma and Ruth
Staff matters: Life can be challenging and it is with sadness that I report that we have had our fair share of sickness. Yvonne Rogers on the Board has been very ill as is John Rohrig, a member of our maintenance staff. Denis McMullen the Dean has concerns with his heart and will be retiring a little earlier than he anticipated. I have appreciated his help and am grateful that he has paved the way for a new Dean who will hopefully commence work in January 2007. My prayers and friendship go out to all those who are currently having a difficult time. Congratulations to David and Kristy Richards on the birth of their baby boy. Benjamin Roy was born on 21st August 2006 by CSection, weighing 10lbs 4 oz.
Refurbishmentof theChapel The Chapel has always been a central part of College and speaks strongly of its Christian heritage. The desire to encourage the Christian faith is built into the College Constitution and is certainly a primary motivator for the Principal. However, times have radically changed and young people today have been deeply influenced by secular humanism and know little of the Christian story. They are also uncomfortable with traditional Christianity. This is one reason why the Board has decided to refurbish the Chapel and over time will be seeking to do the following: Air-condition; change the pews for high quality individual but linkable chairs; supply digital projector and screen; paint and recarpet. The aim is to make the Chapel more comfortable and flexible to the Principal and others so that it can be used as effectively as possible for Christian purposes. A secondary reason is that flexibility also allows the Chapel to be used for other groups or activities that are not specifically Christian but are none the less compatible with Christian values of the College. Some of these would be income producing, some would provide a greater service to the students. Indeed, the Chapel is already used for debating and public speaking competitions across the Colleges.
“Mother and baby doing well and the family is adapting to the changes! We are thankful for the support and love from the College Community.” David & Kristy
Cromwell Chapel pews for sale! • Length: 17 pews are approx. 3270 mm long; 1 pew is approx. 1800 mm long • Shallow saddle shaped into the seats • Timber arm rests each end • Fold-down foot rests • Hymn book shelf • Build around 1950 • Good condition • Natural light timber colour (not stained) • Coated in clear gloss estapol • Price $450 per pew If you are interested please call (07) 3377 1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are most welcome to have a close up look anytime from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
The College has already purchased chairs for the Chapel and is offering old Cromwellians first right of purchase of the pews. If any of you would like to take a reminder of Cromwell into your home or place of work then please contact the College as indicated in the adjacent advertisement.
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Reunion of Old Collegians 1955-1965 It all started of with a phone call from an Old Collegian letting us know that he was still in contact with a few Old Collegians from his time and also other Old Collegians he made contact with through his business. A proposed lunch at Cromwell with an informal gathering of a few Old Collegians turned into a reunion of about 60 Old Collegians including partners.
For this reunion, held on the 15th July 2006, David Clendinning and wife Gaby came all the way from Sydney, Thomas Toogood (1956) from Newcastle, Stuart Harrison (1962) from WA, Denis Higgins (1963-1965) from Mackay and Brian Williams (1957-1958) from Sydney or if you like from China. Others came from Toowoomba, the Sunshine and Gold Coast and the Brisbane area. The reunion started with attempts to recognise each other (thanks to the name tags) and catching up. At the “typical” College lunch everyone had the opportunity to catch up, indulge in memories and some found even business opportunities. The guest speaker, Eric McChesney-Clark, Cromwell resident in 1964-1967, current Board member and a strong supporter of the College, gave an emotional speech about what Cromwell meant for him and many other, past and present students, and the development of the College since he has left. A slide show put together by Bill Robinson (1963-1966) was another highlight of the reunion (see more in textbox opposite). A tour around the College was well received, especially by those who had not been back since they left College at least 40 years ago.
David Clendinning (1956-1962) and wife Gaby
Dr David Hill (19561961) with wife Mary
“Could we do this again?” and “When do we meet next time?” were the questions of many Old Collegians when they left. Old Collegian Eric McChesneyClark (19641967)
from left to right: Robert (Bob) Keers (1961-1964), Alan Chew (1964-1967) and Doug Bubach (1964-1965) are having fun reading Protectors
Tony Caston (1956-1962) with wife Ann
Daryl (Mac) Walker (19601962) and wife Jill discovered their engagement photo Denis Higgins (1963-1965) and Dr William (Bill) Rawlings (1963-1967) John Griffiths (1965-1967) with wife Sally
Clinton Singh (1957-1959) with wife Corine
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Prof Bill Kitching (1959-1961) left and Kevin Wood (1959-1962) both recipients of the Cromwell College pennant
Brian Williams (1957-1958) with Development Manager Ina Thiessen
There was a lot to talk and laugh about...
Graham Sampford (1959-1960) with wife Marion and Clinton Singh (1957-1959)
Table in the front (from left to right): Stuart Harrison (1962), Noel Logan (1960-1964), Dr David Allan (1961-1963), Tom Toogood (1956) and David Roberts (1960-1963
Cromwell College Photos 1963-1966 on CD “The College had a great spirit and atmosphere about it, and I look back on it with great pleasure as time of relative innocence, hard work, great friends and wonderful sporting activities.” Bill Robinson (1963-1966)
Noel Logan (1960-1964), Peter Reed (1956-1960), Kevin Wood (1959-1962) and Alf May (1960-1964)
Although not being able to attend the reunion, Bill put together a CD with 77 photos he took during his time at Cromwell. He even wrote explanatory notes to each of the photos. Bill donated these CD’s to the College and wishes that the money raised through the selling of these CD’s goes towards the Cromwell College Foundation. Here are some pics to give you a taste....
If you would like to purchase a copy, please email email@example.com Thank you Bill, you are a legend!
One of the few cars to have a complete engine rebuild in a Thatcher room. Was very economical, as Pin always turned the engine off when going down hill
Mr Whippy on a Sunday morning. John Mitchell playing Greensleaves
College concert 1964: John Mitchell’s rendition of “Long Tall Texan” while seated on Bill Robinson.
Commem 1965: Vet School ﬂoat protesting about sprinkler bans
Dear Hugh, eet you at e delighted to m Gaby and I wer ve the reunion and to ha the recent college former y an ng up with so m d to chance of catchi ste re te particularly in and Collegians. I was el ap ch windows in the ents see the fine new em ov pr any attractive im to admire the m d an in ed to carry out you have manag well. around the Crom and many thanks Congratulations y Clendinning David and Gab
Hugh Begbie, Ina and Jud
y, Thank you for your wonderf ul hospitality over the Reunion weekend. I enjoyed it very much and was impressed by the way the College has developed over the years. The standard of maintenance of the buildings and gardens is a credit to the Governors and staff. I would give anything to be a student again with David’s eggs to order & such an inviting fruit selection for breakfast! All the best for 2nd Semeste r & until next time kind regards, Stuart Harrison
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COCA Dinner in Toowoomba Old Collegian Darren Lewis (1990-1994) supported by Clinton Singh (1957-1959) organised a night out at the Downs Club in Toowoomba. Over 20 Old Collegians and parents of current students currently living in and around Toowoomba enjoyed the night of good food, musical entertainment, catching up with Old Collegians, and a juicy speech by Old Collegian Dr David Van Gend (1981-1989). Avoiding all intrigue, although spiced with a little controversy, David spoke on the very important topic: “Will Old Cromwellians live forever?”
David’s wife Jane, also known as ‘Jane Kelly’, resident at College 1986-1989, gave a musical interlude on the piano while David and Jane’s sons accompanying the piano on their violins. A mother of a current student said, “We really enjoyed the night, especially meeting other great people from Toowoomba.” Overall, it has been a great night thanks to Darren’s and Clinton’s efforts, the Van Gend family and everyone who came. Many expressed interest in making an annual event for Old Collegians and parents of current students in Toowoomba. Watch out Toowoomba for 2007! If you are interested in having a similar event in your city please contact Ina Thiessen on (07) 3377 1300 or email to i.thiessen@ cromwell.uq.edu.au.
Parents of current residents enjoyed the night Ç
The Van Gend Family Å Entertainment Team Å Old Collegian Dr David Van Gend (1981-1988)
“Crommies Come Home” Dinner On the 18th August 2006, around 60 Old Collegians and current students attended the “Crommies Come Home” Dinner. The dinner was organised for all those who left College during 2004-2006. Lisa Rickards (2002-2004) and current resident Cassie Aprile, put a lot of effort into making this event a success. The evening was intended to be a casual get together for dinner in the Dining Hall at Cromwell. It was an opportunity to meet up with College friends, past and current Cromwell residents, and the Principal. As usual our chef, David, and sous-chef Wayne did a great job in preparing an array of delicious foods. Cassie prepared a great slide show with much to reminiscent and laugh about. Thank you, Cassie and Lisa for your hard work and thanks to all who attended. Please do not forget to keep in touch, change your address when you move and please, Crommies, come back!
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Great Ambiente at the Ñ Downs Club in Toowoomba
Dr Matthew Sippel (1997) Hello once again, Mr Begbie, Indeed, it has been sometime since I have had contact with anybody at Cromwell, but in saying that I have always enjoyed reading through the College magazine when it arrives. “May you have an interesting life” is an old Chinese proverb, which can be either taken as a blessing or a curse. In the case of my interesting life since leaving College, my life has been blessed. As most people may remember, I worked for two years as a boarder master at St Peter’s after leaving Cromwell. I finished my BSc and headed south to Macquarie University, North Ryde NSW where I completed my masters in Chiropractic. Whilst at Mac Uni, I stayed on campus at Sir Robert Menzies College (RMC) were I was the first externally appointed tutor/floor senior in the history of the College. Life in Sydney was great because I had the opportunity to enjoy the 2000 Olympics. College life at RMC is nothing like college life at Cromwell. Amazingly enough, there were some ex-Emmanuel students at RMC and we did our best to fuel the fires of inter-college rivalry. But the Mexicans are a rather dull mob really. After graduating, I worked for 18 months as chiropractor in the RedcliffeCaboolture areas, before setting up my own clinic “Coast to Country Chiropractic” in Gatton (It helps to set up business where you are related
to 80% of the population!) From the humble beginnings of opening the front doors without a single patient on my first day, Coast to Country Chiropractic has steadily grown to include a second chiropractic clinic in Sandgate. Mind you, in this period of life it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Not long into starting, Mum was diagnosed with cancer and spent 7 months in hospital receiving chemotherapy. For me, this meant having to move home and look after the farm as well as my clinics whilst Dad moved to Brisbane to be with Mum. As is always the case, God uses these times to draw us closer to him. Mum’s cancer has significantly reduced and though further treatments are required the future looks promising. The silver lining in this storm of turmoil was a formation of a friendship, relationship and engagement to my fiancé, Sharith. Sharith’s a chiropractor from Townsville and was a rock of support and God’s blessing on my life. I have no doubt that my interesting life will grow, expand, twist and turn many different ways over the next 10 years. But on all accounts, the future looks promising. God Bless Matty Sippel PS: Anyone wishing to say hello or check out chiropractic, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or www.c2c.com.au
Jacob Diefenbach (2001-2002) Little over a year ago, you had a better chance of spotting Jacob dancing at “The Beat” than performing at “The Zoo”, launching his debut LP on the eve of the Valley Fiesta. But in that short time, Jacob has firmly established himself on Brisbane’s local music scene with his prodigious piano skills and instantly memorable vocal sound. In the space of a year, Jacob’s successful debut at Brisbane’s “The Troubadour” has led on to invitations to perform at the Pride Festival, Queer Film Festival, and an endless string of live performances.
Renee Kelly (2001-2002) I’m Renee Kelly (aka ‘Chatz’, old girl, 2001-02). I am working at the University in the BEL Faculty Resource Centre, where I am currently busy handling MANY assessment pieces and, being QTAC time, plenty of enquiries from prospective students. I look forward to seeing lots of current Cromwellians of the BEL Faculty through my office over the coming months, and wish you all the very best with your finals. Perhaps I will also see some of your younger siblings and friends considering study at UQ. When I’m not working I enjoy swing dancing, a hobby about which I am very enthusiastic (some might even say obsessed!). But it certainly keeps me fit, and out of mischief! I’d also like to say a big “hello” to all the girls of Mid-Han 2001! All the best, Chatz Brian Williams (1957-1958) I am both retired and working - quite legal in this modern world. After being retired at 55 by the big corporations, I spent most of the next decade in China working as a geologist in the gold mining industry. Two years ago I retired again to spend time with my dying wife. Sadly, this time was not nearly long enough. Last year I was getting so bored with retirement that I looked for a job or two. This year I have been lucky enough to get 9 months work on a project in SW China working for and with some of the many friends I now have in this country which I love almost as much as my own. Next year - retirement again! I am really looking forward to catching up with any of the old Cromwellians from my years. I have kept in close contact with David Agnew but he is the only one I have seen since graduation except a chance meeting with Henry Nix in an airport in the 60’s. David was at the reunion 2 years ago so I have been given some background on a few of the people.
After his CD launch in mid-September 2006 at “The Zoo”, Jacob will be supporting “The Dresden Dolls”, performing a dramatic, original electronic piece with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. Just to keep him busy, he’s also been invited to launch the Brisbane Cabaret Festival as their featured annual “up and coming artist”. Jacob’s next project is well underway but “top secret” for the time being. Jacob is planning to tour Sydney and Melbourne in early 2007. This is an extract from Jacob’s homepage on www.jacobdiefenbach.com with permission to use. Well done, Jacob!
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Old Collegian Melissa Schembri (1997) and Business owner of “Home Sweet Home” Conveyancing Solicitors took home the Excellence Award. “Home Sweet Home” landed an award in the Emerging Business category at the Sunshine Coast’s Excellence in Business and Export Awards. There were 350 nominees for the Awards night which recognises regional businesses that excel through leadership, professional customer service and quality business planning. “As you can imagine we were totally thrilled when “Home Sweet Home” was named in front of 600 business people who had packed the Novotel Twin Waters to accept the award. It seems like all of the passion and hard work we have invested to provide a high quality legal service to our clients has paid off!” Congratulations to Melissa and her team!
Engagement Two Old Collegians, Laura Pickanick (2000-2003) and Benjamin Day (2000-2004) announced their engagement. Once more Cromwell proves to be a place where one can make friends for life. Congratulation Laura & Ben.
Grant Linnemann (2001-2004) Hey everyone, Grant “Gus” Linneman (2001-2004) here. For those who haven’t heard, I’m engaged! That’s right, on the 23rd June (the same day Australia got through to the second round of the World Cup), I asked Elizabeth Pearce to be my wife. On the 25th of November we’ll be getting married right here in Brisbane. Liz is studying Law/Arts at UQ and was at Women’s from 2003-2005. What have I been doing since I left College? Well, last year I worked helping to make and market QAX Mathematics computer software for a small Queensland company. Since January this year, I’ve been working for University Impact, a Christian student group at UQ. It has been an awesome growing experience. I love it! In other random happenings, I played and sung at the Australian Gospel Music Festival in Toowoomba at Easter this year (not quite as prestigious as Cromwell idol runner-up I know). Hopefully I’ll be back there again next year. Congratulations Grant and Elizabeth!
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Tania Lerch (1987-1989) Dear Cromwell friends, A quick update since 1989, my last year at Cromwell: I’ve been living in WA for more than 10 years now. I met my partner, Edward, through my good friend and fellow Cromwellian, Janine Ellem (now Janine Lee) in 1994 at her wedding. I moved to Kalgoorlie to live with Edward in 1996 and we moved to Perth later the same year. The rest, as they say, is history! We have a beautiful little boy, Daniel, who was born in April 2004. I work part-time at Curtin University of Technology as a project officer in the field of higher degrees by research. I provide support to the Dean in improving the quality of the research training experience and we offer various programs to support research students including online training in generic skills. I also worked at UQ for several years in similar areas before I moved to WA. Edward is a geologist in gold exploration and his work takes him off to some exciting destinations - sadly I’ve only accompanied him twice in all these years - to the USA and Brazil. I’m hankering for another trip soon, especially now that Daniel is a little older. I still keep in contact with quite a few of the people from my year at Cromwell, but it is always great to renew old acquaintances! Best wishes, Tania Scott Bouvier (1985-1987)
Scott Bouvier is a partner in the leading international commercial law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques - Sydney office where he advises on commercial dealings and disputes with intellectual property. Scott also provides legal advice to The University of Sydney and so is significantly involved in the education sector. He is married to Skye, with two children Jack 3 and Rex 1.
Fred Reitano (1960)
Fred and Mary Reitano in their family home in Sunnybank I was born in Sydney in 1919 where I attended school and worked as an office worker before World War II. I served in the army for 4 years in Australia, New Guinea and Borneo and was discharged in February 1946. Whilst in Borneo I met my future wife who was nursing in an army hospital. We married in January 1946 after we had returned to Australia. I joined the Civil Administration in PNG after my discharge. Initially I was employed as Patrol Officer in the Department of Native Affairs where I served for 14 years rising to the position of District Officer. In 1956 I commenced studying as an external student aiming at obtaining a law degree from the University of Queensland. I was engaged in my studies for 4 years. I found this a trial whilst employed as a field officer and applied for and was granted two years leave without pay to complete my studies as apart time student and be admitted to practise after I had graduated. I have been advised that I should apply to become a
resident at Cromwell by people who had studied at UQ and were knowledgeable regarding the residential colleges at the university. For financial reasons my wife Mary (nee Fleming) from Lismore, NSW proceeded to her family home in Lismore and took up a nursing position in the Lismore Base Hospital. After I had been accepted by the Principal Rev Dr. Lockley, I spent a happy year in 1960 at Cromwell. As was noticed in the Protector 1960, I travelled to Lismore each weekend by bus, which I found a drag, and decided to live out for 1961. Eventually, I graduated in November 1961 and was admitted to practise as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Following my return to PNG, I transferred to the Law Department in Port Moresby where I remained until independence was granted to PNG in September 1975. I was then appointed as Principal Legal Officer in the AttorneyGeneral’s Department in Darwin, eventually becoming Assistant Crown Law Officer. After 2 years service, I was retired for medical reasons and we came to live in Brisbane where we have built a home at Sunnybank. We arrived here I December 1977 and are still at Sunnybank. I have been involved with a number of voluntary organisations and I studied part time at Griffith University where I obtained a BA and Master degrees in Australian studies completing 1992. We have two sons, one is a lecturer at New England University after serving as a High School Teacher in Brisbane for almost 20 years and obtaining a Doctor’s degree in Education following a BA and Masters Degree and Diploma in Education. The other son served 31 years in the RAAF retiring with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He is now in the Defence Materiel Organisation and is on the active reserve as a Squadron Leader. We have 4 adult grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. We celebrated our Diamond Wedding Anniversary in January this year.
Volunteer Refugee Tutoring Student life at College can be enthralling. Maintaining a community focus is often a neglected ideal. However, this year 17 Cromwell volunteers have dedicated time to assist disadvantaged children and refugees of all ages with their education. We visited Yelangi Indigenous Preschool at Indooroopilly each week, where we would simply play games, assist with artwork, read books and just support the teachers. At Yeronga Primary after school homework club, Cromwell students tutor grades 6 and 7 students in maths, English, science and other assignments. Working with High School students in the Queensland program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASST) is more challenging, as we have to remember our own High School subjects! We were paired with year 11 and 12 students to work on subjects within our own specialisations. We were pleased to have a couple of the QPASST students and the QPASST coordinator, Marcela Ramirez, come to tour both the university campus and our College here at Cromwell. This excursion arose as the high school students were considering a tertiary education but had little idea about how local universities worked. The students who participated were very grateful and were keen to come again, maybe to share a meal with the Cromwell students the next time. The conversation, company and the friendships were just as important as the educational tutoring for both the refugee students and the
Rowan Walker (front row middle) with Marcela Ramirez (front left), currents students Andrew Yorkston (back row middle), Jennifer Fromal and participants of the tutoring program.
Cromwell students. As the refugees have come from difficult backgrounds or, at the very least, a developing country, they learn from you in many ways. Work ethic, relational skills and life skills are just a few of the many benefits of the whole tutoring experience for them, whilst we had our eyes opened to how difficult other peoples’ lives could be. Rowan Walker Cromwell resident and volunteer coordinator
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ICC Reports Cultural Report - Semester Two Semester Two cultural events at Cromwell went off with an absolute bang! We enjoyed success beyond our wildest dreams and had a blast doing so. All are to be congratulated on the obvious effort that went into each and every cultural event. Public Speaking was the first event on this semester’s cultural calendar. Jemma Cutting was our Cromwell representative and she performed commendably in both the prepared and impromptu sections of the event. With only a few days to prepare after being given the topic, Jemma delivered a very professional and passionate address. Our College One-Act Play this year was convened by Cameron Clark, Taryn Wockner and Jennifer Gillen. The play, entitled ‘The Seven Visits from Mr Whitcomb’, centred around a crazy simpleton and a talking goldfish. The absurd piece proved to be a roaring success with Cromwell taking home 2nd place overall in the ICC competition. Furthermore, our very own Christopher Garrick was awarded the prize for best individual performance he is to be commended for this outstanding achievement.
Our 2006 Chess ICC Champions: Steven Pick, Shay Kurz, Andre Bec and Tristan Bec Cromwell “A” team, consisting of Stephen Pick, Shay Kurz, Andre Bec and Tristan Bec, defeated Kings in the grand final to take out the top place. This is an outstanding achievement and they all deserve an enormous congratulations for their efforts.
Dancefest was possibly the biggest cultural event this year with mammoth efforts by all involved. It was convened with much enthusiasm and professionalism by Amanda McCosker, Louise Hudson and Iain More. The obvious effort showed in every aspect of the final performance with Cromwell’s stunning piece entitled ‘Entrapment’ awarded second place by the judges on the night. The performance captured the world of the ‘zombie’ and told of the perilous journey of six foolhardy young teenagers who tried desperately to free themselves from the zombie’s lethal grasp. The event was hosted One Act Play with our actors Andrew Yorkston, at the UQ centre this year with thousands Teegan Burke, Steven Cosnett, Christopher Garrick of supporters in attendance. It was a fabulous night and a wonderful conclusion and Amy Raymond. to the cultural year. Well done everyone. Our college Art Show submissions this year were, once again, of exceptionally high quality. Most importantly however, Cromwell had a very high rate of participation in the event as compared with previous years, submitting seven different pieces in total. Special mention must go to our trophy winner for 2006, Sarah Van Dyk, whose painting entitled ‘The 12 Apostles’ Cultural Dinner was highly impressive. The ICC Chess competition saw our greatest victory of the cultural year with our team of four winning the competition to become ICC Chess Champions for 2006. The
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On Thursday 5 October Cromwell hosted its first ever Cultural Awards Evening. This event was a project that had been in development all year and it was wonderful
to see it come off so successfully. Nearly all 200 members of the College turned out to celebrate the very real success that Cromwell has enjoyed in the cultural sphere this year and also to welcome the beginning of a positive new change for the culture of Cromwell College and the foundations for a new tradition - one that recognises the importance of cultural pursuits in our lives and duly awards those who have excelled in this area of College life. The night included a spectacular three course dinner; an address by guest speaker, Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw, who is, by occupation, a ‘professional speaker’ and a slide-show which captured all the memorable cultural moments of the year. Hopefully the event will be continued and improved on by future cultural convenors so that it becomes a highly anticipated event on the college calendar. Thank-you to all who helped to make Cromwell’s first Cultural Awards Evening a huge success; your efforts are greatly appreciated. It is with sadness that I now report my time as cultural convenor for 2006 has come to an end. I have been truly amazed at the sheer talent our small college has produced this year. Raising the profile of Cromwell’s cultural side is something that has been struggle in the past but this year I have watched it develop with pride and we have achieved remarkable success. We were awarded places in four of the ICC cultural events leading us to the outstanding position of overall THIRD PLACE in the 2006 ICC Cultural Competition - something that last year I never would have believed possible. We were beaten only by St. Johns and Emmanuel who outsize us in numbers considerably and have had a long stranglehold over the cultural competition. Who knows, maybe next year we can kick them off their perch and do even better. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in the cultural side of College life this year. We have performed exceedingly well and done so in the spirit of fun and humility that is characteristic of our fine college. Thanks for a wonderful year. It has been a pleasure to work with you all. Cassie “Squeaker” Aprile Cultural Convenor
Winner of this year’s cultural awards: Best Supporter: Iain Moore Best Cultural Convenor: Amanda McCosker Winner of the Cultural Cup: Cameron Clark
Female Sports Report 2006 has been a fun filled and busy but successful, enjoyable and awesome year of Crommie chicks’ sport. I have a few words to describe how I feel about Crommie chick’s sport: dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, commitment, perseverance, fun, friendships and support. Enthusiasm: Whether it have been Sunny sticking up her hand to play tennis or Soogie rolling out of bed to play squash, there were always Crommie girls keen to have a chop at which ever sport came their way when a fill-in was needed. Dedication:The ‘Chicket’ girls showed a huge amount of dedication to get out and train. Unfortunately, our training was put to waste again but I would like to thank these girls and Phano the convenor for their dedication.
playing on a team with them, Crommie sport has always been a place to meet people and make friends. I am very proud to say that although coming 7th overall in this years ICC Sports Shield, when weighted against the number of girls we have at College, the Crommie girls placed 4th behind St John’s, Emmanual and Duchesne. While we didn’t do too well overall in sport this year, we can recognise the sporting potential at Cromwell with many outstanding performances and a huge amount of passion and ticker. The Volleyball girls won the ICC competition, and the Soccer and Basketball girls both placed 2nd overall. Sarah Bull, Female Sports Convenor
Male Sports Report I am very proud of everyone’s dedication, every sport was well organised and everyone gave it their all. Everyone would always try to make trainings and games. Sure, we did not place as well as we have in previous years, coming 6th overall and 2nd in the weighted shield. I still look at most of the sporting teams this year and see them as being the best teams we’ve had over my past three years at Cromwell. There is still so much talent at this college, the Crommie lion is ready, just waiting for
Stephen Bradbury with Sports Convenors Sarah Bull and Gareth Davies
The Guest Speaker – Stephen Bradbury The guest speaker for the Sportsmen Dinner, held on the 10th October, created history in 2002 when he became the first Australian to win a Winter Olympic Gold Medal. This was in Salt Lake City when his competitors crashed out at the final corner leaving him to take gold. His gold medal win was not entirely as accidental as many would believe. He knew his limitations and also the unpredictable nature of short track racing. Half the battle is staying on your blades, and he did just that, right when it really counted. Dubbed “the luckiest gold medallist”, Stephen Bradbury won fans the world over for the honesty and humility he showed after the win. He saw his victory as reward not for one race, but for a decade of hard slog that has included more than his share of misfortune. At Sports Dinner, he shared with us his adventures and hardships throughout his career. ICC Sports Results - Semester 2
Bridget McNee in Action Commitment: Crommie girls always put in 110% effort whether winning or losing The basketball girls always put up a fight... quite literally in Sunny’s case, they trained twice a week and their efforts resulted in a successful 2nd place. The volleyball girls, who were also very committed to training and games, deserve a huge congratulations for winning the ICC competition. Perseverance: I love the way that Crommie girls never give up. Fun: Whether it was Gandalf scoring a goal at soccer or the hockey girls always having a good time, Crommie chicks’ sport this year has been incredible fun and enjoyable. Friendship and Support: From making friends on the sideline with other Cromwellians while supporting, meeting people from other colleges, or getting to know fellow Cromwellians better by
Men’s Sports John Sleeman at the shotput the right time to pounce. There have been some fantastic accomplishments this year. ICC soccer was a great win and winning the Great Court Race again this year for the 3rd consecutive year was awesome. The cricket and athletics guys continued to be very competitive in their respective sports, gaining third place. We may be the smallest guy and girl colleges respectively, but despite this we give it our all. Trophys and Pennants at this years Sportsmen Dinner
Athletics Basketball Rugby Union Soccer Squash
3rd 7th 5th 1st 7th
Overall in 2006 Weighted Shield
Women’s Sports Athletics Basketball Netball Soccer Squash Tennis Overall in 2006 Weighted Shield
5th 2nd 8th 2nd 7th 6th 7th 4th
Female Convenor of the Year: Kate Sprogis Male Convenor of the Year: James Coats Supporter of the Year: Kurt Gaudry Sportsman of the Year: Sam Rippon Sportswoman of the Year: Bridget McNee Corridor Cup: Mid Cock Fresher of the Year: Bridget McNee President’s Cup: Stephen Pick
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Scored Twice: Bridget McNee - Fresher of the Year 2006 and Sportswoman of the year É
Female Sports Convenor of the Year: Kate Sprogis Ñ
Sportsman of the Year: Sam Rippon Ñ
É ICC Volleyball Champion Team
É Winner of the Corridor Cup - the girls from Mid Cock
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Supporter of the Ñ year: Kurt Gaudry
Å ...and girls who coached some of our teams
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Å Winner of the Presidents Cup: Stephen Pick
Å Our ICC Soccer Champion Team
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