Issue 84 August 2011
Neil Robertson (FB’72) and Director of Community Relations, Tony Bretherton, joined Graham Lee (FB’74) and wife Sally at the Francis Brown Reunion Dinner on Saturday 6 August
The winds of renewal Director of Community Relations School Council From our Principal FB Reunion and Re-opening Careers Discovery Day Positive Institutions Positive Education Bostock House Toorak Middle School Timbertop Senior School Hollywood Immersive Winter Sport Reflections Foundation South East Asia Technology OGG President OGG Gatherings OGG News 1991 20 Year Reunion OGG Sport HOGA COGA OGG in Focus From the Curator Event Calendar
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Renewal is a wonderful thing, so long as it is not understood as returning to how things once were. That’s restoration, and if the School were a somewhat scruffy 4.5 litre Bentley motorcar from yesteryear, I would be very keen to see it restored, complete with new tyres and supercharger. But the renewal of a School is different. It involves being true to its spirit. The dream remains unchanged – an exceptional education is always exceptional – but the physical location, programme details and student experience can keep on evolving. From midtown Geelong to Corio, and then add boarding, Timbertop, co-education and Positive Education – a great School does not stand still, but continually seeks renewal, higher standards, peak performance. I like the feel of the winds of renewal that I feel blowing through Geelong Grammar School (much more than the chill breeze that sometimes leaps off the bay and shakes the windows of my office in the clock tower). I sense that renewal here means being true to the past, being open to new adventures in the future, and making the very best of the present. Of course there are risks, but it is encouraging to see some being taken. We are undertaking a research project to better understand the thoughts and experiences that our parents have
of the School; we are refurbishing boarding houses; we are looking to establish an Indoor Cricket and Sports Centre and a new Equestrian Centre; we are watching students learning to serve the needs of others as they prepare for life beyond this special place. In September we will reconsider the spirit, dream, greatest challenge and focus of the School, and that will help us not only with our sense of renewal, but also with the way we talk about it and plan for the future. Over the coming months I look forward to writing a small book, outlining something of the philanthropic spirit that is embedded in our School, and that will be at the heart of what we seek to achieve in the future. When we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the School’s move to Corio in 2014, I guess we might relive the way students arrived for lessons, and send them by boat from Geelong to Corio, and set up a classroom as it once was, and teach from the texts that our forbears used. But we would only do it for a day. Renewal is not a journey towards the certainty of the past, but towards the excitement of our unknown future. Tony Bretherton Director of Community Relations
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Physical renewal The totally refurbished Francis Brown House was re-opened in a ceremony attended by over 300 former members and family of current and old Francis Brown boys on August 6. The new FB boasts state-of-the-art boarding accommodation, providing ‘singles’ for Years 11 and 12 and ‘fours’ for Year 10. With break-out rooms, kitchens and lounges, the layout follows the standard set when Elisabeth Murdoch house was built over two years ago. Our Principal, Stephen Meek, has been a driving force behind the push to renew our boarding facilities and ensure the School has facilities which underpin our position as one of the world’s leading boarding schools. After the opening of FB most attendees stayed on for a wander around the School, a Chapel Service and a Reunion Dinner in the Dining Hall. There were almost 200 at the dinner, comprised of representatives from all seven decades of FB’s life, and the level of noise generated would rival any normal meal time at GGS. As an old FB boy I had a most enjoyable afternoon and evening. Some may wonder why FB was refurbished ahead of Cuthbertson and Manifold given FB is a newer house and was partly re-modelled in 1990. Council asked Management to provide a plan for refurbishing all boarding houses and, based on architectural and planning advice, FB was proposed as the first of the boys’ houses due to two main reasons. Firstly, its floor plan was easier to adjust to the new template. This was important given the need for the work to be done with boys still in the house and for the building team to get experience
of issues arising in renovating a boarding house before tackling the more demanding jobs at the other houses. Secondly, FB’s roof had already been redone, whereas both Cuthbertson and Manifold require the asbestos roofs to be replaced before refurbishment work can be started. As no other work can occur whilst asbestos is being removed this logistically meant that refurbishment of these houses would have to be staged over two summers. The renewal of our boarding spaces will continue with Hermitage being refurbished this coming November (continuing the alternation between boys’ and girls’ houses), while the Cuthbertson House roof will also be removed over the summer break allowing it to be the next boys’ house to be refurbished. Over the past ten years the School has undergone significant physical renewal at all campuses. Classrooms, science laboratories, libraries, art schools, staff common rooms, boarding houses and units, the Wellbeing Centre, playing fields, courts and pitches, plantations, staff housing, roads and the landscape have all received significant attention with a significant investment of over $100 million for the future. As one looks around the campuses there is always more work to be done but I do believe the School is concurrent with its maintenance and renewal requirements. Those areas requiring work are being thoroughly planned so that as funds are available and scheduling allows they can be undertaken.
Council membership continues to renew as well with two changes since the last Light Blue. Rob de Fégely (FB’74) has completed his term as President of the OGGs and replacing him is Peter Chomley (Ge’63). I thank Rob for his wonderful contribution to Council and the OGGs, and welcome Peter to his role. Also joining Council is Amanda Macfarlane (Gubbins, Cl’79), who is a past and current parent, resident of the Geelong area and, I believe, the only OGG who is also a COG (Clyde Old Girl) and HOG (Hermitage Old Girl) in her own right. I look forward to seeing many members of our community at the forthcoming major events at the School, including Athletics Carnival, Timbertop Parents’ Cocktail Party, Speech Day and, a new initiative, the Year 13, 14 and 15 Parents’ Cocktail Party. Jeremy Kirkwood (FB’79) Chairman of Council
FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
From our Principal The School has a long and historic past, but a key focus for the School leadership is to ensure that the School also has a long and historic future. Renewal of what we have, of what we stand for and where we are going is thus at the forefront of our thinking. Renewal is also the theme for this edition of Light Blue and it is a timely theme for, as you will see in the following pages, there is so much which is being done. But before I focus upon the renewal which takes us forward, let me reflect upon the renewal which enables us to stand still. We are blessed with wonderful, impressive buildings, especially at Corio and they give the School a presence and a sense of timeless confidence which strike all visitors who come here. But heritage buildings need careful support if we are to maintain them for the future, in order to honour the legacy which we have all inherited, to pass it on to future generations and to maintain the beauty in which we are privileged to live and work. In addition to the normal maintenance work which we do on the buildings each year, we have just committed to renewing the War Memorial Cloisters which link the 4
main building to the Chapel at Corio. The cloisters were designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear and were completed in 1922. The renewal work to be undertaken by specialist craftsmen will start after ANZAC Day 2012 and will simply restore the cloisters to their original condition, but will cost up to $1 million. Such is the cost of honouring our past â€“ but we would want to do no other. On a different scale, but still a question of renewing what has been lost, we have just planted 230 trees on the eastern side of the Bender Centre. In time all the cypress trees will need to be replaced, as they are diseased and reaching the end of their natural lifespan. The trees are a wonderful feature of the School and are all part of our heritage. The Senior School boarding houses at Corio have been built in different eras, but we are committed to renewing them all to the same standard of our newest house, Elisabeth Murdoch House. The refurbishment of Francis Brown House was completed by the start of this term and now has single bed-sit studies for all Year 11 and 12 students and dormitories of four for Year 10 students. The
house looks magnificent, with the extension blending in well with the existing building. We had a tremendous re-opening of the House and reunion for Old Boys on 6th August (see pages 6-7) and there was universal praise for the renewal of the house. Work will start on Hermitage, as the second house to be refurbished, at the end of November. All of this work reflects the Councilâ€™s commitment to boarding, to the house system and to providing boarding in a boarding school. The same theme of renewal for a stronger future is evident at Timbertop. The units will not last forever and we need to renew them to ensure that Timbertop is there for future generations to enjoy. We are in the process of building the new D Unit on the site of the old SMQ, having built a new SMQ last year in a new location. Other units will be replaced in future years. Roger Herbert, the Head of Timbertop, explains this in his article on page 15 as well as focussing on our new fire refuge, which was completed for the start of this year. It is a magnificent building serving as three classrooms on a daily basis as well
SENIOR FROM SCHOOL OUR PRINCIPAL Main picture: Our Principal, Stephen Meek, views the Year 7Q Art class’s entry in this year’s Coriobald Exhibition, ‘Portrait of Teachers’. Top: Bostock House students assisted with the tree planting along the north-eastern edge of our Corio campus. Year 3 students Amberlie Calvert and Sophie Browne enjoy the existing cypress pines. Above: Martin Beaver with guest judge Anne Smith at the Coriobald Exhibition.
as being a fine refuge in the hour of need. We hope that we never have to use it for its primary purpose, but we are reassured to know that it is there. We held the official opening on 20th August, in which it was named as the John Lewis Centre in honour of John’s 14 years as Principal. Of course, the School is so much more than its buildings and there is regular renewal of our programmes and curriculum to ensure that our students have the best preparation which we can provide for their future. Positive Education has been the most important addition in recent years and it is fascinating to read Jan Purcell’s observations about the impact of Positive Education at Timbertop on page 20. Jan has been the most marvellous lynchpin at Timbertop for almost 27 years and thus has a wealth of experience on which to draw. Positive Education has largely focussed on the benefits for the individual and now we are looking to develop this further as the School becomes a Positive Institution. The article on page 9 explains this in more detail.
However, it is with the individual that the main focus remains. Thus Daryl Moorfoot, the Head of Bostock House, writes on page 12 about self-renewal through the use of mindful meditation at Bostock House. We have found this to be a valuable technique for students and staff to use throughout the School. Finally, Fiona Zinn, the Head of Teaching and Learning at Toorak Campus, writes about the opportunity for our Toorak students to reconnect with our Indigenous culture with Units of Inquiry with specific reference to the possum skin cloak project. It is a reminder that as we move forward, we must not lose touch with what has gone before. There is much which is being renewed at Geelong Grammar School at the moment and it is a wonderful time to be part of the School. But we should never forget that it is only possible because of the great team of teaching and non-teaching staff who are working together on a daily basis to renew the convictions which our founders had to build “a really good Grammar School in Geelong”.
Top: Year 3 Bostock House students (L to R) Laurenz Watters, Nadia Andrews, Brigitte Vlakanic and Thomas Officer tree planting at Corio. Above: Fabia Howard-Smith (Yr12 EM) and Zara Brown (Yr12 Cl) at the Coriobald Exhibition
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Francis Brown House Reunion and Re-opening More than 300 people celebrated the re-opening of Francis Brown House on Saturday 6 August. The boys’ boarding house was officially re-opened following a major refurbishment which has transformed the building – the refurbishment followed the template provided by Elisabeth Murdoch House, creating single study/bed rooms for all Year 11 and 12 students while also satisfying the broader requirements of privacy, study, play, functionality and pastoral care. Chairman of Council, Jeremy Kirkwood (FB’79), said the refurbishment complemented EM House in setting a new standard for boarding school accommodation. “It creates appropriate privacy for residents as well as providing communal spaces which are inviting and functional for 60+ teenage boys in a modern, light and attractive space,” Jeremy explained. He joined our Principal, Stephen Meek, and FB House Captain, Tim Vickers-Willis (Yr12 FB), in re-opening the house.
“Although the physical changes to FB, with many new rooms, kitchens, and accompanying facilities, have made a
significant improvement to the aesthetics of this great house, we have found that the benefits of the renovation surpass a mere physical attraction,” Tim said. “The fact that all students in Year 11 and 12 now have a single room means that they have an improved space in which to study and sleep, uninhibited by others around them... The environment within the house has become more productive and welcoming. The renovations have not only vastly improved the facilities of FB, but enriched the boarding life of the students within it. In spite of all the changes that have occurred, I can say that the core culture, or fabric of FB, is still well and truly intact. With this in mind, it is clear that a boarding house exists as more than just ‘bricks and mortar’, and is instead defined by the life and breath of the adolescents who live within it.” The culture of FB is not confined to present students – the boarding house celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012 and 170 past students and staff returned to Corio on August 6 to attend a Reunion Dinner. “Seeing all the Old FB boys return, from those who had finished in the ‘40s up to last year, certainly prompted a realisation
that the FB community far exceeds that of the current students and staff,” Tim said. “The surprising number of people who returned for the reunion and to celebrate the re-opening highlights the significance that FB still holds in their lives.” The re-opening ceremony was followed by tours of the refurbished house and an afternoon Chapel Service, which was well attended by FB old boys and featured a reading from 1945 House Captain, Denys McCullough (FB’45). The Reunion Dinner was a lively affair, with tables arranged in chronological order so year groups mixed and mingled. Penelope Jaffray, the grand-daughter of the first Housemaster, W.N. Jaffray (1937-56), joined more recent Heads of House, including Glen Bechly (1978-87), David Parker (1994-98), John Hendry (1999-2004), Dean Dell’Oro (2005-08), and current Head, Martin Beaver (2009-present). Reverend Michael Graham (FB’64) offered Grace and a slideshow of archival images provided by past students was on display.
SENIOR EVENTS SCHOOL
Top right: Current student Ben Fu (Yr11 FB) provides a tour of the refurbished house to past student Roger Hunt (FB’55) Above right: The reunion and re-opening was an occasion for past and current students to mingle Right: Current FB boys at the official re-opening (L to R) Aqil Anuar (Yr11 FB), James Hoban (Yr12 FB), Jack Mann (Yr11 FB) and Richard Heath (Yr11 FB) Below right: Fergus Cameron (FB’79), Jo Breadmore (FB’55) and David Breadmore (FB’80)
Careers Discovery Day
More than 40 Old Geelong Grammarians returned to the School to mentor Year 10 students at our 10th annual Careers Discovery Day on Sunday 31 July. The OGGs talked to students and parents about their careers since leaving the School, providing invaluable ‘real life’ information about deciding subjects, university courses and career paths. Each provided a unique insider’s perspective of their chosen career, exposing students to an incredibly broad cross-section of career paths, from sculptor Lucy McEachern (Ga’99) to architect Sarah Crowley (Cl’03), software engineer Lachlan Teague (Cu’01), agronomist Hugh Russell (Cu’99), barrister Andrea Lawrence (Cl’97) and designer Libby Pettit (Fr’96). The range of career paths was huge and was segmented into
16 specialist sessions, with students attending three sessions each and hearing from up to nine different OGG mentors. Parents also had the opportunity to learn more about VCE/IB options and the transition from school to tertiary education. The keynote address was delivered by Georgie Bean (Alpherts, A’90), who is the Melbourne-based editor of Vogue Living magazine. The Careers Discovery Day continues to provide a message that it is important to follow your interests and passions, and be prepared for a more meandering career path – it is OK not to have a specific job in mind when you are at school; it is more important to seize opportunities as they present themselves and enjoy the journey.
Top: Software and systems engineer Lachlan Teague (Cu’01) Above left: Fashion designer Libby Pettit (Fr’96) Above: Principal, Stephen Meek, flanked by Nina Anderson (Thomas, Cl’93) and Rebecca Robertson (A’01) Below: Catherine Boston (Viggers, Fr’99) and Steve Lansdell (Fr’98) Bottom: Lachlan Teague (Cu’99), Henry Legoe (M’99) and Alex Johnson (A’00)
GGS as a Positive Institution It was clear during my recent attendance at the Leading to Well-Being Conference at George Mason University in Pennsylvania, that Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School is recognised internationally as the benchmark application of Positive Psychology in education. We are very pleased with the progress that we have made thus far in the implementation of Positive Psychology for the individuals in our community – our students, teaching and non-teaching staff. Our deepened understanding of Positive Psychology has also led us to take a renewed looked at the way that we operate as an organisation. Thus last year I appointed Paige Williams as Positive Psychology Project Manager to begin work on the GGS Positive Institution Project.
understanding, self-awareness and practical skills that the training offers. Thus we are offering one final three-day course in Positive Psychology to any of our teaching and non-teaching staff who have not already undertaken the course. Moreover, in future, all teaching and non-teaching staff who join the School will undertake Positive Psychology training.
I firmly believe that organisational leaders play an important role in guiding and shaping cultural norms and behaviours. I also believe that Positive Psychology can help us to develop leadership capacities and skills which will have a meaningful and positive impact at both an individual and organisational level. To this end, I have endorsed the development of a Positive Leadership Development Programme for delivery at GGS. The programme has been developed by Associate Professor Lea Waters, Director of the Masters in School Leadership programme at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. A recognised academicpractitioner, Lea is an expert in the areas of Organisational Change, Organisational Psychology and Positive Psychology, and was awarded the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. We are fortunate to have Lea developing the Leadership Programme materials specifically to meet our requirements.
Participating in Positive Psychology training has had significant impact on individuals in our community and beyond. I have experienced this personally and heard stories from many others of its positive life changing effect. We have already trained most of our staff, but I believe it is important that we provide all GGS staff with the opportunity to benefit from the
Members of the Principal’s Advisory Committee will undertake the Positive Leadership Development Programme throughout Semester 2 this year and we anticipate beginning a cascade of the programme in 2012. Taken together, these two initiatives enable us to approach the ongoing development of GGS as a Positive Institution from different points in the
The purpose of the Positive Institution Project is to develop an approach to implementing Positive Psychology to the School at an organisational level that is grounded in research and informed by the latest thinking. Paige is undertaking a PhD with the University of Melbourne on this work and, as such, has a thorough understanding of the relevant academic literature and research. She is therefore very well placed to lead us in this project. I recently approved her recommendation for two initiatives in 2011 that I believe will have most impact individually for staff and in the way that we operate as an organisation.
organisational structure, providing maximum opportunity for impact and developing strong foundations on which to base future work.
MEASURING THE IMPACT The approach that we are taking in embedding Positive Psychology through all aspects of the School’s operation is unique. I am keen that we understand the effect of the work that we are undertaking and therefore have asked Paige to conduct a measurement programme to support the implementation of the GGS Positive Institution Project initiatives. Measures will be taken at four data-collection points in the next two years via online surveys. The first of these is taking place this term as the basis for comparison with future results. The GGS Positive Institution Project is an exciting development in Geelong Grammar School’s ongoing journey with Positive Psychology. I would like to thank the School community for the support and enthusiasm that has enabled us to achieve the significant work undertaken thus far. I look forward to sharing further developments with you as we begin this next important phase in our journey. Stephen Meek Principal
Positive Psychology and Renewal Renewal was at the very heart of the development of Positive Psychology when, as President of the American Psychological Association, Professor Martin Seligman called for a renewed look at psychology with an intentional focus on what makes life worth living. Renewal also underpins resilience, a significant topic and skill-set taught within our Positive Education programme. Indeed, David Wastell, Tom McMaster and Peter Kawalek suggest that,
“resilience refers to the ability of individuals and organizations to cope with change through a continuous process of renewal”. Bandura connects self-renewal with enduring life satisfaction, proposing that it is required for the transitional changes that take place through life, such as a reducing significance of work life, or children leaving home. Renewal is also considered important in achieving lifestyle balance. Kathleen Matuska and Charles Christiansen suggest that the extent to which an individual’s lifestyle enables them to “organize their time and energy in ways that enable them to meet important personal goals and renewal” is one of five factors that lead to lifestyle balance and subsequent higher levels of psychological wellbeing and overall health.
Implicit in the idea of renewal is a belief in the ability of people and organizations to change and develop. The research of Carol Dweck on theories of intelligence or ‘mindsets’ provides interesting data in relation to this that plays an important role in our Positive Education programme with students and Positive Psychology training with staff. More than 20 years of research has lead Dweck to understand that an individual’s mindset has significant impact on their beliefs and attitudes about effort and mistakes, their reaction to setbacks and even the way in which they set and approach goals. A ‘fixed’ mindset believes that intelligence is a fixed trait and that growth and change in this are not possible. As a consequence, they see making mistakes and the need for effort as indicating low ability and therefore avoid situations where there is a risk of failure or that require high effort levels. Setbacks are also seen as a lack of ability and so fixed mindsets lose heart in the face of setbacks and do not persevere to achieve mastery and the ensuing feelings of self-efficacy. This is significant, as research by K. Anders Ericsson indicates that the one factor that distinguishes the most successful and creative individuals from their equally able peers is the amount of effort they put in. Fixed mindset individuals withdraw from the learning situation and avoid similar ones in the future, therefore taking no transferable learning with them.
A ‘growth’ mindset believes that intelligence can be grown and, whilst not everyone is the same, we can all develop through effort and learning. Mistakes and effort are seen as pathways to learning and setbacks as a spur to renew specific learning strategies or increase effort. Individuals with a growth mindset persevere and as a result go on to achieve better performance outcomes. Whilst both views have some merit, research indicates that important aspects of intelligence can be developed, that the brain has enormous capacity to change and grow through life, and that motivation and self-regulation often have a greater impact on a person’s performance than their initial ability level. A growth mindset is therefore essential for renewal. It is a foundational tenet of our Positive Education curriculum and Positive Psychology training programmes and we deliver important ongoing training to encourage students and staff to foster and nurture growth mindsets. Paige Williams Positive Psychology Project Manager
As I enjoy my second year in the role as Head of Positive Education I am grateful for my growing experience and also for the opportunity to reflect upon and renew our developing programme. Our team of Pos Ed teachers continue to renew their approach to teaching by seeking feedback from students and considering ways to both explicitly and implicitly teach the skills of wellbeing. There remains incredible interest in our programme. In July our Vice Principal, Charlie Scudamore, presented a workshop with Dr Karen Reivich at the 2nd World Congress of Positive Psychology in Philadelphia. Their workshop was extremely well attended and provided great inspiration to educators from around the world. We continue to host our Positive Education visitors’ days and we are working collaboratively with a number of external schools and organisations to collectively grow the field of Positive Education.
We were very fortunate to have Ian Morris, Head of Wellbeing at UK’s Wellington College, visit us in July. Ian is the driving force behind Wellington’s Wellbeing programme and he immersed himself fully in GGS life during his stay at Corio and Timbertop – from running crossies, collecting wood and skiing at Mount Buller, to attending Year 10 Pos Ed classes, mindfulness sessions and meeting with a wide range of staff and students. Ian presented an evening talk to staff at Corio entitled ‘Teaching Wellbeing’, which provided great food for thought. Wellington College have been explicitly teaching Wellbeing to Form 4 and 5 students since 2006. Ian has created a programme which is deisgned around six strands of wellbeing: physical health, positive relationships, perspective, character strengths, the world, meaning and purpose. It was valuable to establish close links with Ian and Wellington College, and we will continue to explore ways to foster relationships between staff and students from our two schools.
Earlier this year our Senior School students participated in a tutorial session simply entitled ‘Sleep’. At the conclusion of the session students were asked to keep a sleep journal recording how many hours of sleep they received each night and how long it took to get to sleep. All groups of students were compared, and averaged between 8 and 8.5 hours of sleep per night with the average hours slept per night becoming slightly less as the year level increased: Year 10 (8.5hrs), Year 11 (8.25hrs), Year 12 (8hrs). The average hours slept per night were also very similar between day students (8.2hrs) and boarders (8.3hrs). All groups of students averaged between 10 and 20 minutes to get to sleep per night with day students on average getting to sleep slightly quicker than boarders: day students (13mins), boarders (18mins). We remain dedicated in assisting our students to establish healthy and consistent sleep patterns. The Australian Centre for Education in Sleep provides information and education to health professionals, communities, parents, children and young people about the importance of sleep and what happens when we don’t get enough: www. sleepeducation.net.au
POS ED IN ACTION
Justin Robinson Head of Positive Education
Main picture: Bostock House prep students Trent Allan, Joshua Colley and Sienna de Clifford engage in mindful meditation with Janet Etty-Leal
Pressing the pause button During the final week of the last holidays I spent two days in a mateâ€™s paddock cutting up old fence posts for firewood. The posts were red gum and very old. They made for very hard cutting but I knew they would burn long and well. While it was hard work it was also very therapeutic in that it was so different from my term time job. As I was cutting I got on a roll and was not keen to stop, have a rest and sharpen the saw. I eventually did stop and had a coffee while I sharpened the saw for the next assault. Once I started again the cutting was much easier and I cut more wood in the next hour than I had in the previous two. I was refreshed and the saw was sharp, so the work was not only easier but also more productive. We all need to take time out to renew ourselves not only physically but mentally, socially and spiritually. Old habits die hard for many adults; therefore at Bostock House we see it as desirable to introduce our children to the concept of self renewal before those habits are formed. We want them to understand the concept before they get entirely caught up in the schedules and business of the modern world while forgetting to once in a while have a break from the routine and to take some quiet time just for themselves. Schools are very busy places for young children and the expectations of children have increased markedly over time. Households with young children are also seldom quiet and children nowadays often 12
take part in a huge range of out of school time activities. More and more children seem to be living their lives according to a rigid timetable. Many are missing out on the very things that make childhood so special. Those quiet times lost in their imagination and wonder of the world around them. Children are born with vivid imaginations and should be given the time to exercise them. We should not plan every minute of the childrenâ€™s day, but rather allow them the time to invent their own games, pursue their own interests or to just have some quiet time and do absolutely nothing. Too often these days we hear a child say that they are bored. These children have not had the opportunity to experience the wonder of their own imagination nor have they learnt that relaxation is renewal for the body and soul. Through Positive Education we are able to show children the benefits derived from self renewal and demonstrate that the body and mind are refreshed, that things that often go unnoticed are noticed and that many of the unappreciated aspects of life can be appreciated. The mindfulness of the present has been shown to be highly beneficial to both children and adults. The children at Bostock House are introduced to elements of self renewal through activities in the classroom and by exposure to lessons taught by people like Janet Etty-Leal.
Janet has taught Mindful Meditation to the children over the last three years and she talks to children about the importance of pressing their pause button from time to time. We are very aware that our children need time to renew themselves in all four dimensions â€“ physical, spiritual, and social/emotional and that neglecting any one of those areas will negatively impact on the rest. We endeavour to inculcate habits of mind and body that will help them actively seek out and make time for self renewal throughout their lives. Daryl Moorfoot Head of Bostock House
Renewing our connections with Australia’s Indigenous culture “The earth becomes your mother; it supplies you with everything you want. Your parents and your brothers and sisters would teach you how to understand it. It was that closeness that I found so valuable.” - Uncle Bob Randall The PYP has a strong emphasis on exploring ‘who we are’ as we connect to the wider world. Renewing this notion of identity begins with an understanding of self and branches out to know who we are within communities, as a nation and as part of the global population. This year we have created opportunities for our students to build meaningful connections with Australia’s Indigenous culture (past and present), exploring the concepts of spirituality, reconciliation, belonging and connections to the land. These principles are embedded into the learning process as a cross curricular priority which link to authentic experiences involving community engagement and using culturally appropriate resources. Our Units of Inquiry provide a valuable and meaningful vehicle for this renewal process. Our Year 4 students study the Units of Inquiry ‘Time Detectives’, with the central idea that artefacts support our understanding of past and present living, and ‘Things We Believe’, with the central idea that religion plays a significant role in the societies of the world. The Year 5 students have an opportunity to explore the Unit of Inquiry ‘Learning and Dreaming’, with the central idea that cultures pass on their beliefs and values through language and the arts, whilst the Year 6 students also complete the unit ‘One Land, Many Users’, where the central idea explores traditional ownership of land and resources and the implications for Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies.
The students have made strong connections with Indigenous perspectives and renewed their understandings of identity and culture though some very moving and powerful learning experiences. These have included a welcome to country traditional smoking ceremony with local Wurundjeri elder Aunty Di Kerr, a conversational visit from former Indigenous Person of the Year, Uncle Bob Randall, and an artist in residence programme exploring the traditional practice of making possum skin cloaks with Vicki Couzens, an established and prominent Aboriginal artist from the Western District of Victoria. Fiona Zinn Head of Teaching and Learning, Toorak Campus
“My culture keeps me strong. It guides and teaches me. It is a well of knowledge and wisdom to keep our people and all people strong.” -Vicki Couzens As I write this, the Possum Skin Cloak Project is in an embryonic stage. In our initial discussions Vicki Couzens intimated the importance of Aboriginal students from Corio Campus being part of the project. Before beginning such a project we did not consider “How?” but “Why?” Vicki and I sat with the Year 4 students and their teachers, and a number of Year 7 and 8 Corio students in a circle. We spent much time yarning, discussing questions around our common values, such as “What is respect?” and “What are shared important values and beliefs?” Vicki generously shared her cultural knowledge with the students about such things.
The purpose of making such a cloak is usually for an individual or elder to wear for ceremony and healing. Sitting together we needed to form a new purpose for this unusual undertaking. After much discussion it was decided that the cloak would come to be a symbol of our commitment to respect, and the students put forward many ideas about the ways that this could be represented on the cloak. The Year 7 student Jodine Garstone (Yr7 Cn) suggested that our hands might represent our individual identities. We could include a symbol representing Australia as we all come from places far and wide, and it is this land that connects us all. Andrew May (Yr 4) felt that a tree could symbolise our commitment. He quoted Aunty Di Kerr in her Welcome to Country ceremony: “From the tops of the trees to the roots in the ground I welcome you”. It is becoming evident that as new relationships are formed, new and deep understandings and connections are being made. This very special cloak is our gift that will have a new purpose of both healing and ceremony for our indigenous student in years ahead. Sarah Bell Art Co-ordinator/Indigenous Curriculum Co-ordinator, Toorak Campus
Background image: Gulidjan elder Ronnie Arnold wrapped in a possum skin cloak from a Regional Arts Victoria project directed by Vicki Couzens. Above: Year 4 students discuss their Possum Skin Cloak Project with Vicki and Sarah Bell
A vibrant, creative place Middle School is a vibrant, creative place where a broad liberal approach to education is at the heart of all learning. The progression from one year to the next facilitates a ‘learning flow’ as students move from a primary classroom model to the more diverse secondary style structures of schooling and education. Through the promotion of multifarious learning opportunities students in Middle School are encouraged to engage in each experience with a focus on improving performance and understanding.
SPEAKERS’ FESTIVAL Each year our Year 5 and 6 students participate in the Speakers’ Festival with students from Toorak Campus. Each class selects one poetry piece to be recited by the whole class. This recital can be structured in a number of ways, but must include each member of the class. Individual students then read a well-rehearsed passage from a favourite novel and compete in a one-minute Performance Reading Challenge. Intonation, expression, flow, voice control, speed, inflexion, pause are all components in the judging. The opportunity to recite a specific passage in front of peers gives experience in public speaking. The final section of the competition is the Spontaneous Presentation. Students select a topic at random and have to speak ‘off the top of the head’ for one minute. Topics such as coffee shops, camping, adventure sports, libraries, homework and beaches can all give rise to tied and twisted tongues. This is a section of 14
the competition where students are encouraged to ‘fly the plane’. Take-off must be decisive and clear, they must keep their spontaneous thoughts (aeroplane) in the air, and then land the plane (bring the speech to a conclusion) in the last seconds. Throughout the competition we witness fine presentations, wonderful class poems, thoughtfully prepared readings and stunning spontaneous responses.
COLLABORATIVE ART PROJECTS A number of our Indigenous Scholars, including Shanni Flemming (Yr8 Cn), Tarrena Buckle (Yr8 Cn), Malika Kirby (Yr7 Cn) and Jodene Garstone (Yr7 Cn), have joined Sharona Bishop (Indigenous Education Support) and Lucy Haigh (Indigenous Education Co-ordinator) on visits to Toorak Campus to collaborate with Year 4 students on their Possum Skin Cloak Project, co-ordinated by Sarah Bell (Art Co-ordinator/Indigenous Curriculum Co-ordinator, Toorak Campus) and Indigenous artist Vicki Couzens. Students shared stories and thoughts on Indigenous culture and the similarities that exist with the values and beliefs we share as a School. Local Indigenous people traditionally used possum skin cloaks to keep warm, with the inner layer decorated with symbols that helped to tell the story of the owner, where they were from, and what was significant and important to them. This is the same premise that the students have employed when designing the inner layer of our collaborative possum skin cloak – it is
Above left: Year 8 students engage with the urban environment during a geography excursion to Melbourne Top: Kate Mousaferiadis (Yr6 Hn) and class teacher Jean Murray Above: Author and illustrator Terry Denton amazed students with his work – Luca La Cava (Yr5 Ot) is speechless!
hoped that the cloak will be shared between campuses, to be used by Indigenous elders when performing Welcome to Country ceremonies and also by the Indigenous scholars upon their graduation from school. During our recent NAIDOC celebrations Middle School Students created a collaborative painting based upon an aerial perspective of our Corio campus. This approach is one often used by Indigenous artists when painting dreaming stories about significant locations. Students from Years 5 to 8 worked with Sharona to create the collaborative painting, which will be on display in Middle School.
CROSS CAMPUS DAY Year 6 students from Corio and Toorak came together for a Cross Campus Activity Day in Term 2. Teamwork, co-operative problem solving and mindful communication were all required skills as students tackled the task of how best to inform other Year 6 students about bullying. Groups produced thoughtful and inspirational responses. Not only does this day allow students to engage in a focussed academic task, it helps build bonds and friendships as these Year 6 students make their way through Middle School and beyond. Tony Inkster Head of Middle School
TIMBERTOP Main picture: Poised at the starting line for the annual Parent and Student Campus Run up Scrubby Hill Below: Chairman of Council, Jeremy Kirkwood (FB’79) officially opens the John Lewis Centre Bottom: Head of Timbertop, Roger Herbert, Bishop of Wangaratta, Rev’d A John Parkes, Principal, Stephen Meek, Janny Molesworth (McIntrye, He’65), Richard Molesworth (M’65) and Jeremy Kirkwood
A critical stage Institutions tend to go through various stages of development. The initial phase of development is usually very exciting, especially as dreams and plans start to take shape and become reality. Next is a phase of expansion followed by consolidation until eventually there is a stage where renewal has to take place so the institution retains its ethos and energy. Timbertop is in the critical stage of renewal. Over the last five years there has been a significant amount of time and effort invested in improving the physical capital of Timbertop. Timbertop is over 50 years old and has been a tremendous success educationally but it is now time to ensure that it is going to continue in a healthy and dynamic way for the next 50 years. It is time for the rebuilding programme to start. Our first recent project was the refurbishment of the rather tired Science laboratory. This was followed by the Art Room being totally rebuilt as it had been temporarily housed in the original mechanics workshop for the last few decades. This was quickly followed by the building of P Unit in an effort to creep closer to the 50-50 balance between boys and girls, which is the desired ratio for co-education. The introduction of this new Unit required additional staffing which also meant additional accommodation. Two high quality 6-star environmentally rated houses were built on the northern edge of the campus overlooking Timbertop Creek. Following this was a new, purpose built SMQ (Single Masters’ Quarters) and then the John Lewis Centre, sometimes called “the bunker”, an amazingly solid and secure safe-haven in case of any bushfire threats. This building is of considerable significance not only for the Timbertop campus but also for the state of Victoria by setting very high standards of safety and providing a model for other institutions in the bush to copy. The building of the new SMQ provided the space to build a new D Unit, which is nearly complete.
The renewal continues and over the next few years some of the older Units will be replaced with newer buildings with the same floor plan and the similar eco-friendly design. In terms of the teaching staff, renewal and revitalization tends to take place after a period of five years, which is usually when staff move on. Teachers give their all for a short period of time putting the rest of their lives on hold, especially with our unique programme in which the working week begins on a Saturday and, in Terms One and Four, finishes with the physically and mentally demanding hiking programme on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Despite its exhausting nature, most staff see Timbertop as a rather invigorating and challenging part of one’s life and career rather than the end of the journey. Nonetheless, the programme here operates on the energy of those who not only are established but the new and fresh teaching staff who are integral in maintaining Timbertop’s vibrancy. In return for their commitment and passion, staff receive an incredible lesson on life; the dignity and reward associated with hard work which adds to their confidence to take the next step into the outside world and make a difference. This is much the same as what our students experience. Immune to the process of renewal is one very strong, unchangeable component of Timbertop – its philosophy. The Timbertop philosophy is the anchor which provides sound direction to Timbertop and ensures that this institution does not become rubbery and twists according to the will of a few. The basis of the Timbertop philosophy is founded on the educational thinking of the great educationalist, Kurt Hahn, who strongly believed in learning by doing, or Experiential Learning. Kurt Hahn was an amazing individual who escaped Germany at the start of World War II and then moved to Scotland before setting up the
Gordonstoun School. He also influenced many other well respected organisations like, Outward Bound, Round Square and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Over the passage of time at Timbertop staff will come and go and buildings will be replaced with new ones. This is how it should be; as long as the philosophy which makes a place like Timbertop inspirational and strong is understood, acknowledged and nurtured. Roger Herbert Head of Timbertop
Arnhem Land For many people, leaving behind their warm beds, hot water and set routines in the early morning frost and darkness of Corio, would seem like a screening of Bear Grills. Not for fifteen Year 10 students however, who did exactly that on the July 30 on their way to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The trip was full of laughter, the development of new friendships and many unforgettable memories that none of us will ever forget. Slightly exhausted and relatively quietened down after the long car trip from Darwin to Beswick, near Katherine, we set off to the Walking with the Spirits Festival – for most of us our first real taste of Indigenous culture. The night was filled with Aboriginal dancing, singing and even meeting some little children who we piggybacked and talked to all night long about their culture, daily lives and families. However, with only 8 days to see the rest of the spectacular sights of the Northern Territory it was time to move on. The next stops included a magnificent dinner cruise in the Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk, swimming in Edith Falls and Gunlom, and looking for crocodiles in the Barramundi Gorge.
After that was a personal highlight for me – experiencing true Aboriginal bush tucker with Patsy. She took us around her land, teaching us tricks on how to catch our own fresh water mussels, find water chestnuts, eat ants that sooth the throat (a remedy still used in Darwin Hospital today) and cook meat in a ground oven.
Eating a feast of freshly caught magpie geese, duck, buffalo and barramundi, while watching over the flood plains of Cooinda, was a truly unforgettable and breathtaking experience. We were also fortunate enough to visit Oenpelli – a sacred Aboriginal site where we were educated by an Aboriginal elder about the various stories and rules the rock paintings told. Each different experience with the Aboriginal culture helped us feel more educated and connected with the amazing culture, history and surroundings.
By the time we reached out last destination near Gove for the Garma Festival, we were exhausted. But luckily we still had some GGS zest stored in the tank and it was with this that we participated in the Youth Forum; composing songs with singer/songwriter Josh Pyke, meeting Andy Griffiths and participating in a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony. We were even lucky enough to listen to the President of East Timor speak and hear business executives from Rio Tinto, representatives of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and Aboriginal leaders discuss local and national initiatives. The trip to Arnhem Land exceeded any expectations we previously held. Every one of us was sincerely touched and blessed by the experiences we had been involved in. A huge thank you must go to Mr Meek, Mr Scudamore, Mrs Martin and all the teachers who accompanied us on the trip – it was something so valuable that cannot possibly be taught in a classroom or out of a textbook. Prudence Burnett (Yr10 Cl)
Left: Emma Dow (Yr10 EM) and Adelaide Darling (Yr10 Cl) meet the President of East Timor, José Ramos-Horta at the Garma Festival Below left: The group enjoy the ancient rock art at Injalak Hill, near Oenpelli in western Arnhem Land
Hollywood Immersive Eleven aspiring Geelong Grammar School actors travelled to Los Angeles during the Term 2 break to participate in a Hollywood Immersive programme with Melbournebased casting director Lilly Dawson and acclaimed American acting coach Margie Haber. The seven-day programme focussed on on-camera workshops specialising in auditioning, voice coaching and cold reading techniques. Year 11 drama student Chelsea Owensby (Yr11 Ga) said that the over-arching aim of the programme was to expose aspiring actors to the Hollywood film and television industry; providing a unique insight into the inner workings of the industry while also making connections with industry professionals and agents. “It was an opportunity for us to go over to LA and see if this was something we might want to pursue in the future,” Chelsea explained.
“It was an incredible experience and a chance to work with experienced Hollywood acting coaches and meet other Australian actors as well as agents, directors and managers – it was really nice to meet everyone and see what they did.” The aspiring actors were selected from an audition process conducted during Term 2 and casting director Lilly Dawson said that they were among the most talented group of young actors she had worked with. “Their professionalism, enthusiasm, talent and drive were outstanding and on so many occasions throughout the programme I was quite taken aback and very, very proud of them,” Lilly said. “It was really a very special programme – magical at times, often demanding and truly inspiring.
I hope that it opens up all sorts of avenues for these young actors and I look so forward to following their future careers.” Among those to make an instant impression were Year 11 drama students Tennessee Lang (Yr11 EM) and George Vickers-Willis (Yr11 FB), who caught the eye of veteran Hollywood casting director Fern Champion, whose credits include films like Saturday Night Fever, Police Academy and The Mask, and TV series like Beverly Hills 90210, Babylon 5 and Lost. The pair was asked to audition for an American mini-series starring Academy Award winner Kevin Costner. “It was an awesome experience,” George said. “Even if nothing comes of it, it was pretty inspiring.” More recently George joined the cast of the Senior School production of Twelfth Night (pictured below). A contemporary Australian adaptation of Shakespeare’s early 17th century play directed by Nick Mawson, the Senior School production transported Shakespeare’s Illyria from the edge of the Adriatic Sea to the North Queensland coast. George played the role of Olivia’s jester, Feste, with Camille Nock (Yr12 EM) as Olivia, Lachy Robertson (Yr12 P) as Malvolio, Camille Ahern (Yr11 EM) as Viola, James Simpson (Yr12 FB) as Orsino, Liv O’Hare (Yr12 Fr) as Maria, Mitch Smart (Yr12 Cu) as Sir Toby, Parker Rettke (Yr11 A) as Sir Andrew and Andrew McQuillan (Yr11 Cu) as Sebastian. The production was critically acclaimed, with Michael Collins Persse (who wrote the School’s 1957 pageant play Their Succeeding Race) considering it among the finest of Geelong Grammar School productions.
The 2011 Winter Season finished in climactic fashion with the Girls’ 1st Netball team playing Caulfield Grammar School in what was effectively the grand final game. In a high standard, high stakes game, the girls ended up losing by 1 goal in a dramatic finish reminiscent of the pressure of recent Australia-New Zealand games. Despite the heartbreaking loss, it was an amazing result for the team and the School’s rapidly evolving netball programme. Within six years our girls have gone from playing at a substandard venue and losing by around 50 points a game to playing at an A1 venue in the Handbury Centre for Wellbeing and challenging for the APS premiership. Congratulations to our 1st netball squad: Maddy Allan (Yr10 EM), Erin Andrew (Yr12 A), Sarah Fleetwood (Yr11 He), Lucy Harkin (Yr12 Cl), Simone Hickman (Yr11 Ga), Georgie Lamont (Yr12 Ga), Emily Mannix (Yr11 Fr), Grace Prime (Yr11 EM), Charlotte Rettke (Yr11 A), Harriet Simpson (Yr12 He), Lizzie Slattery (Yr10 He) and Kate Thompson (Yr12 Fr).
The eagerly anticipated local derby, Geelong Grammar versus Geelong College, occurred in the second last week of the season and provided our 1st XVIII Football team with an opportunity for redemption after a relatively disappointing season. Another successful Newman Club/Carji Greeves Footy Show Dinner was hosted by the Geelong Football Club on the eve of the big game and the early signs were promising, with GGS successful in the early Saturday morning fixtures. However, College held the advantage from the opening bounce of the 1st XVIII game, leading by 17 points at three quarter time. Meyrick Buchanan (Yr12 FB) and Blake Nielsen (Yr12 Fr) had kept the team in touch before man-of-the-match Devon Smith (Yr12 A) sparked a last quarter revival with a brilliant individual performance, sealing a 3-point win (9.11.65 def 9.7.61) in the dying minutes. Thousands of spectators witnessed a great win for the team and an inspirational win for the School – it was fantastic to see the outpouring of school spirit at the end of the game.
Meyrick, Devon and Sam Gordon (Yr12 P) have all enjoyed outstanding games for the Geelong Falcons at different stages of the TAC Cup season, with Devon and Sam both representing Vic Country at the AFL Under-18 National Championships. All three have attracted the attention of AFL recruiters and are a strong chance to follow in the footsteps of recent graduates Billie Smedts (FB’10) and Troy Davis (FB’10), who were drafted by Geelong and Melbourne respectively in 2010.
RUGBY Our Boys’ Rugby teams also enjoyed a breakthrough season, with the 1st XV, 2nd XV and Under-16 teams all reaching the finals. Our 1st XV finished the home-and-away season in third place before losing to eventual premiers Melbourne Grammar in the semi-finals. Our Under-16 team looked on track to repeat least year’s premiership heroics, winning every game of the home-and-away season before they too lost to Melbourne Grammar in the semi-finals.
SENIOR SPORTSCHOOL Left: Meg Gubbins (Yr12 He) in action for the Girls’ 1st Hockey team Above left: Brock Amundsen (Yr12 Cu) contests a line-out against Scotch (GGS won 17-15) Above: James Eddington (Yr12 Cu) Below left: Devon Smith (Yr12 A) Below right: Kate Thompson (Yr12 Fr)
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS A number of students won selection in representative teams. Phoebe Rothfield (Yr12 He), who plays for Altona in Victoria Hockey’s A Grade Pennant, was selected in the Vic Country Hockey team for the Australian Country Championships in South Australia. Mark Haines (Yr10 FB) was also selected to represent Victoria Hockey in the Under-17 Boys’ team. Elliott O’Reilly (Yr12 Cu) and Harry Bayliss (Yr12 M) represented Melbourne’s Banks Rowing Club in the Fawley Challenge Cup at the famous Henley Rowing Regatta in England, where their quad crew was eliminated by eventual winners Sydney University in the semi finals. Fast bowlers Corey Ogle (Yr12 Cu) and Dom McGlinchey (Yr12 A) have both been selected in the Australian Under-19 Cricket squad for a three-week tour of India and Sri Lanka in September. Dom and Corey’s selection for Australia follows batsman Meyrick Buchanan’s (Yr12 FB) successful series against the West Indies Under-19s in Dubai earlier this year. Paul La Cava Head of Sport 19
‘Reflections’ was a fortnightly column Sir James Darling wrote for The Age newspaper from 1980-1994. He produced 319 essays in total on an incredibly broad range of subjects – the very last, entitled ‘The Business of Humanity’, was published on his 95th birthday.
y awareness of Timbertop developed around the time that His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, came to Australia to be schooled at Geelong Grammar School. The Prince was a familiar figure to me as he was born in the same year that I was born and, being a “baby boomer”, all things royal were present in my life. I can recall that some of my primary school exercise books had likenesses of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, on their covers. Our schoolroom walls were adorned with framed formal portraits of her, regally attired in tiara and long gown, wearing a piece of jewellery resembling a spray of wattle. In 1956, the year that his father, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, opened the Melbourne Olympic Games, my classmates and I cheered wildly and waved our little Australian flags alongside the route that the Duke and his wife travelled to Government House. Women’s magazines of the time regularly carried stories and photographs of Prince Charles and his blonde curly-haired sister, Princess Anne, and Saturday afternoon movie matinee newsreels frequently ran stories about sundry members of the British royal family, after the audience had respectfully risen to its feet to sing a rousing rendition of the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”. And while Prince Charles put Timbertop on the map for me, coincidentally, later in my teenage years I became friends with the son of the then Bursar and, briefly, Master at Timbertop, Mr Arthur Mitchell, and also with the brother-in-law of the late Rev. Peter Thomson, Master of Timbertop, 1973-1983. These associations revealed to me many miscellaneous and varied anecdotes about life at Timbertop so I was feeling quite confident and knowledgeable as I drove into the Timbertop campus in September 1984 to be interviewed by
Jeremy Madin, Master of Timbertop, for the role of Master’s Secretary. I had given up a fast-moving urban lifestyle and career to live permanently in the beautiful foothills of the Great Dividing Range around Mansfield and, after a successful interview I commenced work in the small - but now large - office where I remain. The far-sightedness of Sir James Darling in establishing the campus and its philosophy were evident in every aspect of daily life. In those now far distant days before the IT revolution, Timbertop was a different place; quieter, more rustic in appearance and lifestyle, a microcosm set in the serene eucalypt-fragrant hillside abutting the Timbertop Creek. A place less busy than it is now with fewer staff and students, fewer buildings but still very much a force in educational philosophy. I quickly came to understand that things were never done to a half measure. The easy road was never taken. Hard things and situations were embraced and dealt with every day. The place simply hummed with the busy-ness of nurturing independence, self-reliance and responsibility for oneself and one’s environment. The more the world changed in subsequent years, the more the essence of Timbertop remained the same. Working at Timbertop has been a wonderful insight into what happens within this unique boarding school environment and a perfect opportunity to observe the closeness and bonds that grow between not only students but staff and students and staff and their colleagues. There have been many physical changes and additions and we constantly improve the detail of managing day to day life and routines, too, but the underlying philosophy has always remained the same. As the years have gone by, though, it seems to me that the boys and girls that live a year of their life here have gradually undergone a loss of innocence in their personal development. In the 21st century, children have grown up with an avalanche of negative and disturbing images in the media that they use which has coloured their view of the world. Their role models
have become musicians, actors, models and sportsmen and women, many of them seen behaving badly. So it comes to pass that when a young person arrives at a moral crossroad for the first time, as many of them do in their early teenage years, they can and do have problems with not knowing how to react and deal appropriately with what they are thinking or feeling. They are simply too young and have not yet built up enough experience of their own to rely on to assist them to make the right choices, which brings about confusing and contradictory thoughts and emotions. In 2011, I have been delighted in observing that the current cohort of Timbertop students is one of the happiest groups of boys and girls that I have had the pleasure of meeting in almost 27 years of working at the campus. Many longer-serving staff members agree with this observation. I have puzzled over what it is that has created this wave of happiness and obvious joie de vivre and what has been different in school life. Standing out like a beacon to me has been the introduction of the Positive Education programme and its influences. Of course, in research terms this is neither qualitative nor quantitative work, simply a “gut feeling” that I have. Over fifty percent of the current Timbertop students have had two full years of studying Positive Education at Corio before they reached us and I think that what they have learned has empowered them to go about their daily lives with a different mind-set and the courage and innerstrength to be who they really are. This has set a wonderful example to the entire cohort, encouraging them to flourish in their own right. As it has been for almost 60 years, Timbertop continues to be an innovation in education (with apologies to JRD and EHM). Jan Purcell Personal Assistant to Head of Timbertop
Renewal of Faith “Woman, great is your faith!” – Matthew 15:28
he Rev’d Francis Ernest Brown (1869-1939) was appointed as the fourth headmaster of Geelong Grammar School in 1912. I gather that it was a somewhat controversial appointment. The previous headmaster, Leonard Lindon, had led the school for 15 years but in the eyes of the old boys he was always in the shadow of his much-loved predecessor and headmaster of 32 years Bracebridge Wilson. The school was outgrowing its Geelong site, and the School Council had decided to move to Corio, but with that they had decided also to seek applicants for Headmaster. Lindon applied, but was rejected, and the Council chose to appoint a clergyman in his place – Francis Brown. With this appointment, as one might imagine, came a renewal of the emphasis on Christian faith within the life of the School. The magnificent Chapel of All Saints was symbolic of this. On 10th February 1914 the School moved to Corio and just two months later on April 3rd the foundation stone of the Chapel was laid and work on the first stage of the building commenced. On All Saints Day 1929, in the last year of his headmastership, the Dr Brown finally saw the extended nave of his beloved chapel consecrated. And so it stands today, right in the heart of our school, a profound symbol of Francis Brown’s ministry, his educational vision and his headmastership. Love it or not, there is no doubt that we are an Anglican School, and that Christian worship and spirituality are central to the life of our community. It is fitting that we meet here in chapel on the occasion of the reunion and re-opening of Francis Brown House; and that we celebrate an act of worship not dissimilar to those held here in the Dr Brown’s day. As you renew your school friendships, and renew your links with FB House, I sense that the Dr Brown may well be looking down on us this afternoon; and perhaps he is encouraging us all to renew our faith. Not all of you have chosen to actively pursue the Christian faith as adults. I realise some of you may have found it an endurance feat to sit in chapel week after week during your time here at school. So I use the word ‘faith’ in a wider sense as well as in the more traditional way.
I would argue that a sense of purpose and meaning in life is something we all strive for in one way or another. But it is something that can easily get lost or pushed to one side in the busyness of life. It is this sense of faith that I hope all of us may be challenged to renew this afternoon: faith in the goodness of human nature, faith in love, faith in compassion and self-sacrifice, and for many of us perhaps also faith in God. The Rev’d Francis Brown’s successor was Sir James Darling, perhaps Geelong Grammar’s best know and most influential headmaster. He was a layman, but clearly built on the Dr Brown’s Christian ideals. On 15th November 1986, more than 20 years after retiring as headmaster, he wrote an article for The Age on the benefits of ‘Going to Church’ (Reflections for an Age, p. 120):
respond to Francis Brown’s and Sir James Darlings’ call to a renewal of faith. And may we be open to the uncomfortable and challenging relationships that so often call us back into faith. Amen. Rev’d Dr Hugh Kempster Senior Chaplain This is an edited extract of Rev’d Dr Hugh Kempster’s sermon at the service to celebrate the reunion and re-opening of Francis Brown House on Saturday 6 August 2011.
“Nothing can be more important for any sojourner on this planet than to know whether life makes sense; for without sense, or even without the belief that there is sense, there is little defence against the temptation of the “bare bodkin” or “the poisoned chalice.” At some time in their lives all human beings will find themselves faced with crisis: of bereavement, of fear, of disillusionment, or of mere confusion… At such times many are ready enough to turn to God for guidance or help. Surely it is a matter of decency if nothing else, to try to keep our lines open … It is better manners to remember him not only when we need him.” There are other advantages to be derived from going to church. As the Old Prayer Book puts it: “to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word and to ask those things which are requisite as well for the body as the soul.” The counting of our blessings is an antidote to self-pity. Worship and awe foster humility. From the Bible one never knows when some word of wisdom will strike home in our hearts; to learn from the experience of others is always salutary, and to pray in the company of like-minded people is to lift one’s concern away from the centre of self. So, as we celebrate the renewal of FB, the renewal of friendships and the renewal of connections within our school, may we also 21
A philanthropic DNA The Board of the Geelong Grammar Foundation meets five times a year, including for its AGM, and seeks to support and resource our School by encouraging a strong and ongoing spirit of philanthropy across all of our community. Philanthropic support for Geelong Grammar School is embedded in our DNA. Some have paid off debt. Others within our wider community have built the Chapel or provided the clock in the clock tower, or have worked to provide a building or a scholarship or a prize. The Foundationâ€™s Board works to encourage this spirit, providing oversight for staff working to raise funds via the Foundation for the School, and the encouragement, example and inspiration that will engender active support for Geelong Grammar School . In the coming months the Foundationâ€™s Constitution will be reviewed and a revised Memorandum and Articles of Association will be presented to the 2012 Annual General Meeting for discussion and, hopefully, adoption. There may be changes to the way and for how long Board members are elected, and to the levels of Foundation Membership and to the way we honour and recognise membership. The Board has committed itself to focusing on fundraising for scholarships and the development of the Biddlecombe Society over the coming years, and this work will increasingly be integrated with present priorities, which include the Equestrian Centre, the Indoor Cricket and Sports Centre and the restoration of the War Memorial Cloisters. 22
This year the Board has established an Annual Giving Scholarship to assist someone to attend Geelong Grammar School who would not otherwise be able to attend. With all Annual Giving scholarship funding since 2007 combined to create the ongoing endowment fund, a valuable scholarship is now in place and will be awarded for the first time in 2012.
INDOOR CRICKET AND SPORTS CENTRE It has been a long journey for our proposed Indoor Cricket and Sports Centre as discussion has continued regarding its size, placement, quality and cost. This discussion has naturally impacted on fundraising for the project. However, it is good to report that these matters have been carefully and finally resolved. The proposed building will be where the present War Memorial Gymnasium now sits (with an appropriate plaque remembering the gymnasium and its benefaction) and it will complete the sporting precinct which also includes the Handbury Centre for Wellbeing and the Norman Bender Netball and Hockey Centre. Primarily designed for cricket, the internal netting and video playback facilities within the new Centre will also make it a valuable training facility for football, rugby, soccer, softball and hocky. There will be enhanced space for the various Physical Education programmes run by the School and for table tennis.
The School has increased its financial contribution to $300,000, while the cost of the building has been confirmed at $2.1M. The fundraising target is therefore $1.8M, though it is now down to $1.64M after initial financial support. The fundraising committee looks forward to working to raise funds for this facility which will significantly increase the sporting performance levels of many of our students. As with other buildings, contributions will be tax deductible and can be made over a number of years.
AN OLYMPIC SPORT AT CORIO The fundraising campaign for the proposed Equestrian Centre has continued through the autumn and winter months with a series of dinners in Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmania hosted by members of the Foundation Board and members of the fundraising committee. The dinners are aimed at informing the School and equestrian community of the proposal, and enlisting their support for what will be a wonderful new facility for our Corio campus. The proposal includes a world class all-weather covered arena suitable for competition-standard equestrian events. Additional facilities will include a classroom, kitchen and servery, protected tie-up areas, and expanded float parking with separation of cars and floats from horses and riders.
FOUNDATION Top: Principal, Stephen Meek, addresses an Equestrian Centre dinner in Sydney. Above: Chair of the Equestrian Centre Committee, Penny McBain, with Foundation Board member, Warwick Johnson (FB’77), in Sydney
A central supervision area will enable vision of the two existing arenas as well as the new indoor arena. Currently the use of the Equestrian Centre is severely curtailed by poor weather and short daylight hours in winter and this new facility will enable vastly improved use of the riding and competition facilities by current and future riders, as well as providing a beautiful and imposing entrance to the School. The School Council recognises the unique role of equestrian as an activity and a sport, and has contributed $200,000 to the fund. Many other individuals and families have also contributed generously, with tax-deductible donations being pledged over three years. There is still a significant sum to raise and further dinners are planned for Geelong and Western District families. If you would like to be associated with this project please contact Jennifer Wraight at email@example.com.
ANNUAL GIVING This year we have already given $192,550 towards our goal of $250,000, which is very encouraging, given the ups and downs of the financial world we live in. Very many thanks to all who have given this year – and indeed to all who have given since the programme began back in 1997. Total giving has now topped $2 million, which goes to show that all those gifts really do add up and make a real difference. Of course we can do much more – this year 363 individuals or families have so far made gifts from the
14,000 plus who have been asked to consider a gift – and so the call to participate, even if the gift is $25, is a call that many may yet answer before the end of the year. One person who has participated this year is Pauline Morrison, a current grandparent: “I have had a long association with Geelong Grammar School indirectly through my late husband; more directly as a parent and now with my granddaughter. My son benefited greatly from his school education and what was provided by others. Life now moves at such a fast pace and while libraries today may differ from those in years gone by, I believe they are very important. It is wonderful that I can support the Coulter Library at the Toorak Campus and in turn make a tangible difference to the education of my granddaughter. The Annual Giving Programme is one way in which I can continue to remain part of the wider School family.”
The libraries at the five campuses benefit each year from Annual Giving gifts to the Library Fund. These gifts enable continued enhancement of resources which directly benefits all students. The overall Library Fund has so far this year received $24,750. As outlined elsewhere this year we have established the Annual Giving Scholarship Fund. Every dollar given to this fund builds our capacity to help students unable to come to Geelong Grammar School without the financial assistance a scholarship can provide. The War Memorial Cloisters are a visual reminder of the supreme sacrifice our forebears made for our freedom. The cloisters are in need of repair so they will stand as a reminder of times past for future generations. Our 2011 Annual Giving Programme has resulted in 96 gifts totalling $42,096 towards the restoration of the cloisters. The overall total raised to date is $103,716.
South East Asia Geelong Grammar School’s travelling party was greeted with good numbers and warm welcomes on its annual tour of South East Asia from May 31-June 12. Our Principal, Stephen Meek, his wife Christine, Director of Community Relations, Tony Bretherton, and Registrar, Angela Mellier, met with parents future, present and past, as well as Old Geelong Grammarians, at reception functions in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta. “It was good to see so many friends of the School and to be reminded of their ongoing affection and commitment to Geelong Grammar School,” Principal, Stephen Meek, said. “Some make extraordinary efforts to travel and to be with us, and I just think it’s wonderful to see such loyalty and to be able to introduce the parents of the past to those of the present.”
In Bangkok guests included the famous filmmaker HRH Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol (P’60) and Mechai Viravaidya (P’59), who has opened a school in Thailand that he has modelled upon Geelong Grammar School. The day after the function Mechai flew (at 4 am) to the United States to be the guest speaker at the opening of a new building for the Gates Foundation.
“Our OGGs in Asia are bankers, newspaper executives, actors, doctors and accountants… the list goes on and on,” Director of Community Relations, Tony Bretherton, said. “Our parents are keen that their children perform well academically but also caring about their all round education and development. It was a pleasure to meet them and very interesting to get another perspective on how our school is viewed.” The annual South East Asia visit is important as we build up our relationships around the world; keeping parents in touch with the School their children attend (or attended) and keeping OGGs connected with their School – the source of many memories and a place they can return to and still call “home”. A good number of people in Asia support our Annual Giving Programme and other appeals, and it is important to meet benefactors and to thank them for their generous support. OGGAsia, our biennial reunion in South East Asia, will be held in Singapore in 2013, and meetings were also held to confirm dates and other details, which will be advertised in the December edition of Light Blue.
Top Left: Mechai Viravaidya (P’59), Stephen Meek, His Royal Highness Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol (P’60) Left: Aswin Martowardojo (FB’10), Indah Sulistioputri (He’05), Amanda Mochtar (He’04) Adri Martowardojo (FB’04), Syarief Syarfuan (M’01), Michael Sumarijanto (M’01), Sutadi Ng (P’02), and Ade Sulistioputra (FB’02) Above: Sulayman Tun-Ismail (FB’10) and father Tawfik Ismail, Stephen Meek, and Datin Norma Aziz
Technology in the classroom Geelong Grammar School is creating opportunities for teachers to harness technology in student learning and design innovative curriculum. An ongoing professional development programme developed with Expanding Learning Horizons is equipping our teachers with the knowledge and practical skills to embed the use of cutting edge technology in the classroom. “The challenge with education (and this is especially so in a traditional subject like Mathematics) is to bridge the gap between how students live their lives through technology and how we teach with technology,” Head of Mathematics, Dean Dell’Oro, explained. “There seems to be such a void between the two as it is still an accepted practice for teachers to stand at the front of the classroom and teach. While the ability for students to learn in this way is still an important skill to develop, this is not always the best way for students to learn.” The ongoing support provided by Expanding Learning Horizons allows our teachers to develop curriculum and classroom activities that exploit available technology, utilizing software like Microsoft OneNote and 3D
sketching programme SketchUp. “Some of the work they are doing really is groundbreaking,” according to Expanding Learning Horizons’ National Manager, Travis Smith.
“This programme allows us to build the curriculum together and understand where we can use technology to extend learning and increase student interaction.” Corio Campus Sport Manager/Activities and CAS Co-ordinator, Jenny Carlton, said the goal was to enable students to fully participate in the educational experience. “(The programme) sets challenges as to how we can incorporate technology into the classroom to improve pedagogy and to stimulate the students to learn in ways which challenge, encourage, motivate, excite and develop their strengths and weaknesses,” Jenny explained.
Lucinda Malgas said the professional development programme was a great opportunity for teachers to improve what they do. “One-on-one sessions meant that I could proceed at my own pace and learn skills that I perceived were relevant to improving the way in which I disseminated information to my classes,” Lucinda said. “It was invaluable in terms of providing fresh ideas and ways to deliver concepts in a much more interesting manner using technology to compliment course content.” Science teacher, Andy Beauchamp, said using technology effectively is an important skill for both teachers and students. “We considered ways in which students can navigate through the maze of information successfully and present their findings in an innovative and interesting manner,” Andy explained. “Current research has identified advantages to students when they are able to tackle complex topics through collaborative strategies (working within learning teams), with the computer being an important tool in this process.”
OGG President I would like to express my thanks for the great job that our immediate past president, Rob de Fégely (FB’74), did while in office. His work in arranging the inaugural meeting for our PNG OGG group exemplifies the nature of the OGG community and its “reuniting” role around the world. Another key initiative during Rob’s term was the granting of full OGG status to all HOGA and COGA members – this recognition adds to their existing status and allows their participation in all OGG committees. I would also like welcome our new Honorary OGGs; Chris Beckwith, Tim Crawford, Geoff Hunter, Janet O’Donnell, Jamie Reilly and Catherine Ward, and recognise their service to GGS and the School community. My year group recently celebrated our 50 (+1) years since Timbertop in 1960. Fifty five OGGs and 30 partners attended the reunion and the ease and enthusiasm with which everyone joined in the celebrations bought home to me the very strong bonds that GGS created during our school years. We also remembered our friends who have passed away over the years. Top left: Incoming OGG President Peter Chomley (Ge’63) (left) and outgoing OGG President Rob de Fégely (FB’74) (right), congratulated Honorary Old Geelong Grammarians, long-serving GGS staff members Janet O’Donnell, Geoff Hunter and Catherine Ward at the OGG AGM in May. Top right: Honorary OGG Glen Bechly attended the OGG AGM with Honorary OGG and OGG Fellow Michael Collins Persse. Middle: OGG Committee member Nina Anderson (Cl’93) pictured with outgoing Committee member Penny Dawson (A’83) Above: Recent school leavers Anthony Bellofiore (FB’10) and Teddy Airey (FB’10) attended the OGG AGM in May and met up with their former teacher Catherine Ward
Running an event for a year-group has a relatively high probability of success but trying to arrange an event that brings OGGs of varying ages together is much more of a challenge. Katie Rafferty (Spry, Ga’84), our Alumni Manager, does a great job in supporting the OGG communities to meet some of these challenges, but the local branches need ideas and support for their events. Finding a format that meets the expectations of first year OGGs through to the more senior members of our community at the right price point is a challenge. We want OGGs from all age groups and in all geographic areas to have access to and be active in OGG events, as it is the members that are the backbone of our community.
Social networking tools are playing an increasing role in how the OGG communicates and the OGG have set up groups in Facebook and LinkedIn – two tools servicing differing but overlapping demographic groups. Both groups have a restricted membership in that all applicants to join must be confirmed by Katie as actually having attended GGS (or The Hermitage or Clyde School) before being granted membership. I encourage you to join either or both these groups. Another project underway is the restoration of the Cloisters at Corio. The OGGs have started work on recording all OGG members who have died in the service of their country since World War 2 and their names will be remembered on a new plaque in the Cloisters. We are also recording all HOGA and COGA members who have died in service, as well as some OGGs whose names were not previously recorded. If you know of OGGs whose names are not currently recorded, please advise Katie. James Affleck’s (Cu’67) work in this area was recognised in the recent Queen’s Birthday Awards with his appointment as an AM – well done Bim! Andrew Ramsay (Cu’69), our OGG Vice President, is leading a sub-committee that includes David Henry (FB’69), Peter McIntosh (M’69) and Margie Gillett (Cordner, Cl’71), documenting the history of the OGGs. This project will result in a book that, while documenting the role of the OGGs in the history and development of GGS, will also explore the role and influence that the OGGs and many individual OGGs have had on the community, not just in Geelong or even Australia but throughout the world. If you can add to our story or have memorabilia that records the OGG community, please contact Andrew or Katie. Peter Chomley (Ge’63) President, Old Geelong Grammarians
Many OGG attended the Bangkok wedding of Erawan Wanithanon (FB’99) to Vassalinee Arayakosol, including Paen Rochanakorn (M’98), Chin Han (FB’99), Izad Karzan (FB’99), Paroche Hutachareon (P’99) Apichai Tarekungwankul (M’99), Kenny Lim (M’99) Charlie Susanto (FB’99), Thanawuth Lekviriyakul (M’99) and Itthi Nana (FB’98).
Top: Andrew Hood and Fiona Newman (MacGillivray, He’66) in Sydney Above: Elise Poiner (Ga’97) and Sian Khuman (Thomas, Ga’97) at the Sydney Young OGG function in July
At the NSW Cocktail Party were (L to R) John Paul (Cu’54), Zak Stockley (P’05), Susannah Toop (Ga’06), Ed Pullen (Fr’04), Liz de Fégely (He’06), James Crawley (P’05) and Emily Swaffield (Ga’06)
Top: Nick Wagg hosted an informal OGG catch-up at his home in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa on July 15. Pictured (L to R) are David Henry (FB’70), Nick Wagg (M’71) and Charles Henry (FB’67). Above: Current and past parents Adrian Courtenay, James Morrison (Li’77), Peter Voss (FB’77) and Ian Darling (P’79) at the NSW Cocktail Party in Sydney
OGG Gatherings NSW COCKTAIL PART Y
NSW YOUNG OGG DRINKS
The NSW Branch of the Old Geelong Grammarians organised a Cocktail Party in Sydney on May 4 at Bilson’s Number One Wine Bar on Circular Quay. OGGs, past staff, current, past and prospective parents, listened to Principal, Stephen Meek, speak about the School. Many thanks once again go to President of our NSW Branch, Will Wilson (P’78), and NSW committee members Fiona Newman (MacGillivray, He’66) and Fiona Ratcliffe (Archer, Je’77).
Recently a group of GGS alumni gathered for an informal drinks event at The City Hotel in Sydney’s CBD. The emphasis on the night was to provide an opportunity for more recent school-leavers to connect with others in the School community living in Sydney, in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Coincidentally, the night offered the perfect alternative for a bunch of Victorians to avoid the mundane spectacle of the final NRL State of Origin match for 2011. The event was extremely successful and offered a great opportunity to widen friendship circles and networks for those either from Sydney originally or who have moved there recently. It was also great to see several ‘less-recent’
(or ‘young-at-heart’) school-leavers attend to share a mid-week beer and exchange war stories about school, working life and everything in between. This event will be followed by a Tennis Day in Sydney on Sunday 16 October. Tennis skills optional. We hope to see everyone there. Zak Stockley (P’05)
OGG MOTORING EVENT
WHEN CAN I VISIT TIMBERTOP?
Book now for the inaugural OGG Motoring Event on Saturday 12 November (same day as the Tower Luncheon). The motoring event will start from the School’s Toorak Campus at 12 Douglas Street, Toorak, and follow a pre-set route to Corio. The route will include a break for morning tea and conclude with a BYO picnic lunch. Participants will have the opportunity to display/inspect classic cars and enjoy a tour of the School. The event is open to all OGGs and the wider GGS community. Registered, roadworthy cars of any age will be eligible to enter. There will be two categories of navigation, Masters and Touring, and several awards will be presented on the day. Entry is free and you can book online at www.ggs.vic.edu.au/ events or contact Katie Rafferty in the OGG Office. Please gather a team together and if you have access to an older or interesting car please bring it along for what will be a most enjoyable day. For further information contact David Henry (FB’69) on 0418 550 555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitors to Timbertop are often disappointed when they arrive unannounced and are consequently turned away at the boom gate. Visitors are welcome at Timbertop but due to the nature of the campus, need to phone first to arrange a suitable time to visit. Visitors are discouraged from visiting Timbertop when students are on campus. The reason for this is to preserve the remoteness of the campus from the students’ perspective. Do you remember your time at Timbertop? It was usually free from visitors and this is the hope for students of today and into the future. Timbertop now has 225 students on campus and the School timetable operates Saturday to Wednesday with the ‘weekend’ being Thursday-Friday. It operates this way to ensure students are not in the High Country during peak recreation times, ensuring a more remote experience when hiking and cross country skiing, and also for the ease of operations for staff. This means that the campus at Timbertop may be free for visits during Wednesday and Thursday if no other activities are happening at that time. It is
easier to accommodate visitors on these days as often students are not present on campus. To avoid disappointment please phone Timbertop in advance to arrange a visit rather than just arriving without a prior appointment. The contact number is 03 5733 6777 between 9.00am and 5.00pm weekdays.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE CLOISTERS? The War Memorial Cloisters were completed in 1922 and have suffered deterioration over the years. However, the rate of deterioration is now increasing and the structure is currently in need of repair at a cost of around $1 million. The coping stones at the top of the cloisters that shed water (thus protecting the monument) have eroded and are now failing. Those stones need replacing, as do some of the plinth stones. The Geelong Grammar Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds to restore the cloisters. Donations to this fund have reached $103,716 but with $896,284 still to be raised, further donations are most welcome and greatly needed.
Diary Dates SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2011
DENILIQUIN OGG BRANCH LUNCHEON, CONARGO NSW Above: The Timbertop class of 2011 assemble outside the recently opened John Lewis Centre. Visitors to Timbertop are advised to arrange a visit in advance to avoid disappointment. Left: Athletics Day at Corio Campus, 1917, with vintage cars in foreground. OGGs are encouraged to attend the OGG Motoring Event on Saturday 12 November.
SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2011
RIVERINA AND NE VICTORIA OGG BRANCH LUNCHEON, MILAWA VIC FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2011
APS GOLF DAY, ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2011
OGG GOLF DAY, BARWON HEADS GOLF COURSE FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2011
CLASS OF 1976 REUNION DINNER (35 YEARS) SATURDAY 8 AND SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER 2011
1971 TIMBERTOP 40 YEAR REUNION Above: Donations to restore the cloisters are fully tax deductible and may be made online at www.ggs.vic.edu.au/Philanthropy/Philanthropy-Online or by post to the Geelong Grammar Foundation, Geelong Grammar School, 50 Biddlecombe Avenue, Corio, Victoria 3214.
SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2011
SYDNEY YOUNG OGGS TENNIS DAY, MACCABI TENNIS CLUB (WHITE CITY) FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER 2011
TUNBRIDGE CLUB DINNER, RACV CLUB, MELBOURNE The War Memorial Cloisters are a GGS icon – a sacred place that commemorates the 246 former students and staff killed in war. However, some names are missing from the School’s Roll of Honour and it is hoped this will be rectified during this fundraising campaign (the OGG Association Committee has indicated funds may be made available to assist with this process). The annual ANZAC Day ceremony is a moving tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice whilst serving their country – a student is allocated a wooden cross for each of the 246 names on the Roll of Honour, planting the cross in the lawn in front of the memorial as the Principal reads each name from the roll. “One of the most enduring memories of my time at Geelong Grammar School in the 1930s remains the ANZAC Service at the Memorial Cloisters, standing in silence or, later, in the guard of honour with head bowed and resting on one’s arms reversed, listening to the Roll of Honour being read,” Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McIntosh (P’37) reminisced before his death in 2003. “The list was long, very long, but they were names. Some plain simple names
of families known to me, some that had a poetical romantic ring. But all were names and one used to try to imagine what the men behind those names were like. That they were brave, unselfish men who had volunteered to risk their lives for an ideal was clear... young men cut down at the very threshold of their adult lives. But they remained names only, however one’s imagination reached out to them.” The precentage of Old Geelong Grammarians who served in the Great War is simply astounding. In his history of the School, Light Blue Down Under, historian Weston Bate wrote: “A high proportion, of course, as they were to discover in combat, were natural soldiers – boys bred in the bush and used to riding, shooting and taking physical risks. Tough characters – made even tougher by boarding school life – many were fearless, even reckless, in the face of danger. All but two of the 1914 champion (rowing) eight were lost. One in five of those who enlisted was killed, and ten per cent of the 417 who served won Military Crosses.”
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2011 (note change of date)
WA OGG BRANCH FUNCTION, PERTH
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2011, MELBOURNE
1981 30 YEAR REUNION
THURSDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2011
MICHAEL COLLINS PERSSE’S 80TH BIRTHDAY, COCKTAIL PARTY AND BOOK LAUNCH, DINING HALL, CORIO FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2011, MELBOURNE
1958 TIMBERTOP YEAR – 50 YEAR REUNION SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2011
SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2011
OGG MOTORING EVENT DEPARTS TOORAK CAMPUS FOR ORIO CAMPUS For more information about any of the above events, please contact the Alumni Manager, Katie Rafferty (Spry, Ga’84), in the OGG Office on tel: +61 3 5273 9338 or email: email@example.com or visit the website www.ggs.vic.edu.au. 29
OGG Tom Browning (M’91), Sam a’Beckett (M’91), Marcus Duckett (M’91), Chris Griffiths (Fr’91) and Matthew White (M’91)
Emily Hoey (Robb, Ga’91) and Sophie Wallace (Ga’91)
Robin Tan (M’91), Mike Dennis (Cu’91) and Kym Notermans (M’91)
Top: Sam Armytage (M’91) and James Hamilton (Cu’91) Above: Chloe White (Lewisohn, Cl’91), Katie Gubbins (Motteram, Cl’91) and Michael Stapleton (P’91) Below: Angela Hudson (Ga’91), Janelle Riddiford (Deans, Je’91) and Ratvilai Rangsisingpipat (TM’88)
1991 20-Year Reunion The 1991 year group held their 20 Year Reunion on Saturday 30 July at the Metropolitan Hotel in Melbourne. Sam a’Beckett (M’91) headed up the organising committee and just over 100 people attended the reunion. People came from as far away as Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and nearly every state in Australia to be there. You could barely be heard above the noise of talking, which is always a good sign that people are happy to see each other again. Many thanks to Sam and his committee for a great reunion. Photos from the night can be viewed on the OGG page of the Community Portal. Log in via the GGS website: www.ggs.vic.edu.au.
OGG Above: Alex Suvoltos (FB’97) weaves through traffic
OGG Sport OLD GEELONG FOOTBALL CLUB The second half of the 2011 season has dealt mixed results for the OGs with the seniors finishing the season in seventh place – after notching up five wins from their first nine games, they managed only two more victories for the year. The reserves continue to be a shining light, finishing the home-and-away season in second place to qualify for a ninth straight finals campaign. Our social team, the clubbies, finished in fifth position with six wins, while our under-19 side was beset by injuries and overseas departures and finished the year with just the solitary win. However, having strengthened the ties with our two feeder schools, we look forward to many Year 12 leavers joining the OGs in 2012 and returning our under-19 side to the successful levels of recent years. We would also like to congratulate Jon Malpas (Fr’97) who played his 200th game for the OGs earlier in the year. In doing so, Jon becomes only the seventh person in OGFC history to have achieved this feat. James O’Hare (Fr’02)
OLD GEELONG NETBALL CLUB As the 2011 netball season slowly comes to a close, the club has seen five very social teams play at Orrong Park, Prahran, spread across three weeknights. The success of
OGs Navy has continued – guided by Annie Legoe (Cl’03) into another finals campaign. On the social side of things the annual OGs Ladies Lunch was held at the Mt Erica Hotel on Saturday 13 August with 85 ladies in attendance, followed by the inaugural Miss OGs at Club Como. This season saw a number of keen young netballers strengthen our relationship with the Old Geelong Football Club by helping out in the canteen during the home games down at Como. Special thanks to Chrissy Voss (Cl’07), Bec Cameron (OGC’07), Edwina Hawkins (OGC’07) and Bella Anderson (OGC’07). The next OGs netball season will commence in February 2012, so if you would like to join our mailing list for more information and social updates please contact Ginnie Hope-Johnstone (OGC’05) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
OGG SKI CLUB As the snow season draws to a close, the recently renovated OGG Ski Club lodge remains available for both members and non-members. Centrally located on Stirling Road in the Mount Buller Village, the lodge sleeps 18 and is open all year round. For more information about the OGG Ski Club, including membership, accommodation availability and rates, please contact our President, Andrew Morphett (FB’73), on 0412 541 151 or email: email@example.com.
OLD GEELONG CRICKET CLUB With another cricket season almost upon us, it is worth reflecting upon the strong second season of the Old Geelong Cricket Club, which made the semi-finals for the second year in a row. Our captain Rob Hunter (M’03) led the team superbly, making 412 runs at an average of 51.5, including a top score of 115. Rob not only topped the team’s batting but also won our Club Champion Award and tied for the batting award for the whole MCC Club XI competition. Our bowling was won by Cal Wood, who took 18 wickets at an average of 15 and was the first bowler to get a hat-trick for the club. Andrew Burchell (Fr’03) bowled with great pace throughout the season, scaring opposition batsmen as well as anyone brave enough to face him in the nets at training. His positive influence on the team gave us a great lift and as such he won our Clubman Award, which is appropriately named the David Oman Award (who won the award in our first season and was again a great support to us). The upcoming season is likely to see the addition of two new teams to the MCC Club XI competition, which will present a challenge we greatly look forward to. Any OGs interested in playing with us are welcome to contact us via the website: www.oldgeelong.com.au. Roly Imhoff (Cu’95)
The Hermitage Old Girls’ Association HISTORY OF THE HERMITAGE
Research on the early days of The Hermitage and interviews with Old Girls who attended The Hermitage prior to 1935 are well underway. Some of the interviews are being conducted by members of the Committee and others by the author, Melanie Guile. It is fascinating to listen to the Old Girls speak of their time at school, and all seemed delighted to be able to tell their stories. We would like as many people as possible to recall their memories of school days and stories for the book, along with memorabilia and photos. All photos will be scanned and returned to the sender (please name people in photos if possible), unless you wish to donate them to our Archives. We intend in coming months to conduct interviews and/or gather information for years beyond 1935. If you know of any Old Girls who may not have had contact with the Association and think they may be interested in what we are doing we would love to hear from them. We would also like to contact past staff, including maintenance, gardeners, cleaners and catering staff. We welcome input from you all as this will be your book about your School. Mail items to Kristeen Hunter (Horne, He’66), 3 Nicholas Street, Newtown 3220, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forty six Old Girls enjoyed a very nice lunch at Dromoland House in Pakington Street on May 18. The guest speaker was Ron Medson, who is a volunteer with Roadsafe Barwon and represents mature age drivers on the Barwon Community Road Safety Council. Ron spoke about mobility and safety for older drivers, and provided all attendees with a voucher for a lesson with a professional driving instructor.
This year, GGS invited a past Hermitage student to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the School. Ruth de Fégley (Beggs, He’49) had the honour of representing The Hermitage, Clyde Old Girls and Old Geelong Grammarians. Ruth’s uncle, Ralph Beggs (Ju’26), died during World War 1 and his name is listed in the Cloisters.
50 YEAR REUNION Thirty five Old Girls attended a 50 Year Reunion co-ordinated by Sue Warburton (Gooch, He’61) and Jenny Hensell (Price, He’61) at Jenny’s home in Kew on May 28. Of a possible 65 attendees from the Class of 1961, we were thrilled that so many Old Girls were reconnected, coming from as far away as Mackay in Queensland. We were also pleased to receive letters from some who were unable to come but filled us in with their news. Thank you to all those who contributed to the day.
Top left: Sue Warburton (Gooch, He’61) and Jenny Hensell (Price, He’61) at the 50 Year Reunion Top right: The 50 Year Reunion group in Kew on May 28 Bottom left: Barbara Robins (Farrow, He’63), Marie Jordan (Hill, He’65) and Shirley Williams (Blyth, He’61) Bottom right: Helen Brodie (Middleton, He’49) and Ruth de Fégley (Beggs, He’49)
Diary Dates MONDAY 24 OCTOBER 2011
GOLF DAY AT BARWON HEADS Time: 8.00am for 8.30am shotgun start, lunch at 12.30pm Cost: $70 for golf and lunch ($30 for BHGC members) and $25 for lunch only. Enquiries: to Lib Nicholson (Calvert, He’68) on 03 5258 1257 or email: libnicholson@ bigpond.com MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 2011
CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS
CHRISTMAS MORNING COFFEE
All future HOGA email correspondence will be via email@example.com. There is a link on the HOGA web page to Cooeegrams so they can be emailed in future, along with change of address notification. The HOGA web page can be found under the Alumni tab of the Geelong Grammar School website: www.ggs.vic.edu.au.
All Saints Hall, Noble Street, Newtown at 10.30am Bookings: Jenny Jordan (Gray, He’50) on 03 5244 0145 SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2012
1962 50 YEAR REUNION To be held in Barwon Heads. Further details to be confirmed. Enquiries: Susie Austin (Wall, He’62) firstname.lastname@example.org
Clyde Old Girls’ Association COGA AGM AND OLD GIRLS’ DAY The COGA AGM and Old Girls’ Day lunch will be held on Sunday 16 October at the Prahran Mission, 4th floor, 211 Chapel Street, Windsor. Doors will open at 10.30am for the AGM at 11am, followed by guest speaker Virginia Llewellyn-Jones (Rouse, Cl’73) at 12 noon. Lunch at 12.40pm will be provided and served by Prahran Mission catering staff. By using these facilities, COGA is supporting the Mission’s work in providing retraining and employment for people who have experienced chronic unemployment, or mental health issues such as depression and addiction. We are delighted that Virginia LlewellynJones will be our guest speaker for the AGM this year. Virginia won the Victorian title of Miss Australia in 1976. She then trained as a professional photographer before expanding into the film industry as a writer, producer and director of several productions, including To Market to Market (1987) and Seeing Red (1992), which featured AFI award winner David Wenham. She founded a successful clothing company and more recently developed a jewellery design business, travelling regularly to India to source materials. Virginia has strong Clyde connections – her mother, aunt, two sisters, first cousin and sister-in-law all went to Clyde. She is married to the well-known actor Tony Llewellyn-Jones (FB’67), and they have a son Hugh. Further details and an invitation to the COGA AGM and Old Girls’ Day will be in The Cluthan.
JUMBLE SALE SUCCESS The 2011 Jumble Sale on Thursday 23 June was attended by 33 busy workers, generating profits of nearly $3,000 for the Isabel Henderson Kindergarten. Thank you to COGA Treasurer Peta Gillespie (Cl’69) who ably counted the coins and calculated the results for each stall. There was a wonderful amount of donated jumble. Thank you to Lou Robinson (McMillan, Cl’58) for being the depot again and for bringing donated goods to the hall. Thank you also to co-ordinator Jane Loughnan (Weatherly, Cl’70) who set up the hall the previous night. Sporting the obligatory garden party hat, Mary Champion de
Crespigny (Bartram, Cl’42) served an excellent morning tea before the doors opened at 10.30am and bargain hunters rushed in. A few newcomers helping at their first jumble sale enjoyed it enough to say they would be back again next year. At 12 noon, unsold jumble was collected by the Prahran City Mission’s truck for delivery to its opportunity shops. A dozen helpers went on to enjoy a relaxing lunch afterwards at the Royal South Yarra Tennis Club organised by Anne Stoney (Peardon, Cl’62).
40 YEAR REUNION Clyde School leavers of 1971 are invited to a 40-year Reunion Lunch at the Alexandra Club, 81 Collins Street, Melbourne to be held on Friday 7 October 2011. Organisers Anna Affleck (Durham, Cl’71) and Sally Hudson (Mercer, Cl’71) are hoping to contact everyone by email, post or telephone. If you know anyone who left Clyde in 1971, who may not have received an invitation or been notified of the lunch, please contact Anna on 0419 890 128 or Sally on 0409 529 643.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS Three Clyde Old Girls were recognised for exceptional service to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2011. Congratulations to Ann Carlyon (Clapham, Cl’58), OAM for service to the community through a range of fundraising roles; Janet McCulloch (Low, Cl’51), OAM for service to the arts, aged care and disability service organisations in Ballarat; and Lady Suzanne Martin (Millear, Cl’53), OAM for service to youth through the David Martin Foundation. Together with Zara Kimpton (Cl’60), who was recognised in the 2011 Australia Day awards, this makes a remarkable year of achievement, reflecting the many years of meaningful and generous support which these wonderful women have contributed to the community.
Top left: Elizabeth Landy (Manifold, Cl’60) and Jocelyn Mitchell (Low, Cl’54) ran a popular book stall at the annual Clyde Jumble Sale Middle: The crowd of 33 helpers ensured the annual Jumble Sale was a success Top: The busy scene at St John’s Church Hall on June 23 Above: Jumble Sale co-ordinator Jane Loughnan (Weatherly, Cl’70) and COGA Treasurer Peta Gillespie (Cl’69) inspect the merchandise
Diary Dates FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER
40 YEAR REUNION Alexandra Club, 81 Collins Street, Melbourne. Time: 11.30am. Cost: $40 per person. Enquiries to Anna Affleck (Durham, Cl’71) on 0419 890 128 or Sally Hudson (Mercer, Cl’71) on 0409 529 643. SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER
COGA AGM & Old Girls’ Day Prahran Mission function rooms, 4th floor, 211 Chapel Street, Windsor/ Prahran. Time: 10.30am AGM, 12 noon guest speaker and 12.40pm lunch. Enquiries to COGA President Margie Gillett (Cordner, Cl’71) on 03 9525 3698 or email: email@example.com. Details and invitation in The Cluthan. MONDAY 17 OCTOBER
FUN CUP GOLF DAY Barwon Heads Golf Club. Time: 8am for shotgun start at 8.30am. Enquiries to Anna Tucker (Kimpton, Cl’71) on 03 9509 0952 or email: annatucker@ owendavies.com.au
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The Architect Rory Fitzwilliams Hyde (P’99) is hoping to add to his growing list of career achievements when the role of Creative Director for the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale is announced later this month. “To represent Australia in Venice would be just fantastic – a real honour,” Rory says. But, despite being shortlisted for the role, it will hardly be make or break for the Amsterdam-based architect. The 29-year-old has already established himself as something of a creative force – since graduating from Geelong Grammar School in 1999 he has won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) graduation prize, was awarded a scholarship by the Australia Council to complete his PhD at RMIT, where he also won the Anne Butler Medal for design excellence, co-hosted Melbourne radio station Triple R’s The Architects show, worked for award-winning local architecture firm BKK, started his own practice in Amsterdam, was named in Wallpaper* magazine’s 2010 Architects Directory as one of 30 ‘emerging architectural talents’ from across the world, contributed to international architecture journal Volume Magazine, and was most recently recruited by acclaimed Netherlands firm MVRD. “Of course (when I was) in Perry I had no idea what I wanted to study and no idea really what architecture was about, but I was really lucky to have some great teachers who gave me some great advice and encouragement to look into studying architecture,” Rory explains. “Lily Randall and Martin Beaver in the Art School lent me the right mags, told me the right names, and opened up that whole world to me. From then I was hooked and now, ten years later, it’s completely taken over my life.” 34
It began while completing his undergraduate degree at RMIT, where Rory developed an insatiable appetite for any design experience; making models for the Northern Stand at the MCG, assisting in the design of bin sheds for the National Museum in Canberra, and detailing house drawings for small Melbourne firms – “odd jobs that exposed me to the range of what architecture could be at all scales”. He graduated at the top of his year; winning prizes, accolades and a PhD scholarship from the Australia Council. He worked as a researcher for BKK architects while completing his PhD, “applying emerging digital techniques on real projects in the office”, and is now further developing his finished thesis with an American publisher. Rory moved to Europe in early 2009 with grand ambitions but ran headlong into the global financial crisis. “I ended up in Amsterdam working for the architectural theory journal Volume Magazine on a special issue on the urbanism of the Middle East, which was edited by my idol, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.” Rory’s interests had always strayed beyond the simple act of design to the conversation and dialogue surrounding design. He had started The Architects on Triple R with friends Stuart Harrison and Simon Knott while studying at RMIT. “Every week we would invite an architect or designer or planner to come in and talk about what they do on air,” he explained. “It was a great way to be exposed to the wide range of ideas and approaches out there, and I think this is something I’ve tried to continue since moving away through running events, writing, blogging, etc.” It was also a major reason behind his move to Europe. “Architecture in Australia is still very much understood to be a professional discipline
– whereas in the Netherlands it’s seen as a broader cultural endeavour.” This is something he would like to bring to the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. “I think having worked over here for a few years has given me a sense of how interconnected the ideas and social networks are in the rest of the world. It’s a platitude I know, but Australia is really far away! This comes across in how we’ve shown in Venice the past few biennales; we try to define what Australian architecture is, which only serves to highlight this distance. I’d like to try and involve Australian architects in this international conversation a little more, if only by simply participating in it and avoiding any nationalist pretensions.” If Rory doesn’t end up in Venice, there are plenty of exciting projects on the horizon at MVRD, which is renowned for its progressive approach to urban design – the mixed-use urban block ‘Le Monolithe’ in Lyon, France, is just one recent stunning example, incorporating social housing, apartments, offices and retail space while also providing 80% of the building’s power with renewable energy sources. “They’ve just opened an office in China and right now I’m working on a long-term strategy for what to do with the Shanghai Expo site now the party is over,” Rory explains. “It’s fun to work around all these fantastic national pavilions – like an architectural zoo. I’ve been studying what’s become of expo sites in the past, from Paris to Osaka and even Brisbane. The real challenge seems to be to work out how this fantasy land could evolve to feel like a real piece of the city and not just some avenue of follies.” It is a challenge that Rory seems perfectly suited for.
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The Honourable Sir John Young AC, KCMG, QC, KStJ, MA (Oxon), LLB (Melb), Hon LLD (Monash)
John McIntosh Young, who was born in Melbourne on 17 December 1919, the only son (with two sisters) of George David Young and his wife, Kathleen Mildred (known as Kay, and also by birth a Young), came from Glamorgan to Geelong Grammar School (then all at Corio) in February 1930, just as James Ralph Darling, aged 30, was beginning what became a nearly-32-year reign as Headmaster. John left school at the end of 1937, already full of honours – and already a friend of Jim Darling. It was a friendship that only deepened over the years, and of all the distinguished Old Boys who might have given the eulogy at Sir James’s memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, in 1995, it was Sir John Young – by then the recently retired Chief Justice (1974-91) and LieutenantGovernor (1974-95) of Victoria – who was chosen as the pre-eminent spokesman on that occasion. He was, indeed, an almost perfect product of the Darling era and the values fostered in the School at that time – values which, of course, have long outlasted it and are well alive today (50 years on, this month of August 2011, from JRD’s retirement from the School though not from public life). Perhaps John’s most outstanding quality was his kindness. From Junior House (as what is now Middle School was then called) he entered Perry in 1933, only to be transferred in 1937 with the Senior Prefect of that year, Dick Lefroy (Cu/FB’37), to the new House of Francis Brown as one of its first two School Prefects (it was typical of him that, having been asked to transfer his loyalty thus, he never wavered in regarding himself as an FB Old Boy; he was chosen in 1991 to re-open the House after its first refurbishment and a year spent by its members in “Old Perry”). He was a Cadet Lieutenant with House, rather than School, colours for athletics (he had represented the School as a junior in the APS Sports), gymnastics, cricket, and football; a member of the Chapel committee; and with honours in Latin and French – and already some knowledge of Greek; he had been well trained in classical languages by Katherine Alexander at Glamorgan and by Kay Masterman and John Ponder at Corio. At Brasenose College, Oxford, he read law (the Honour School of Jurisprudence). Oxford, too, marked him deeply, and he was to hold both the University and his College in lifelong affection (BNC elected him an Honorary Fellow in 1991, and he became both a Vice-President of the Oxford Society – one of four OGGs to receive that honour – and an officially-designated Distinguished Friend of Oxford for his work on its behalf in Australia). World War Two began before his second year there, and he enlisted in the horsed cavalry but was told that, because he was only 19, there would be a delay and he
should return to Oxford. He made an attempt to join the Australian Army by going to Australia House in London, only to find that both shipping and money were unavailable; so a second year at Brasenose followed, during which the adjutant of the Oxford University OTC persuaded him to join the Scots Guards, where he was accepted, in his own words, “on the basis of my school and those whom I already knew in the regiment”. It was an appropriate regiment for the son of a Scottish father and a mother whose family had roots in the Scottish end, as it were, of Ireland, the North; and it became, after GGS and BNC, the third great corporate influence of the four in John’s life – to be followed by that of the law. Loyalty to the Scots Guards and his regimental friends (such as Robert Runcie and William Whitelaw) remained strong; and in various capacities later on he served the military profession in Australia. Four months at Sandhurst were followed by nearly a year of training at Pirbright, punctuated by a six-week interlude at a house near Aldershot, Mytchett Place, where he was one of five subaltern officers detailed to guard Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy and successor-designate, who on 11 May 1941, to the general astonishment, had landed by parachute in Scotland. Any lingering mystery surrounding this exploit is likely to be resolved when files in the British Public Record Office are destined to be released in 2017 – the statutory 30 years after Hess’s death. He was posted to the Third Battalion of the Scots Guards, which almost immediately on his arrival – and to his dismay, for he loved horses and riding – was converted to armour as part of the Guards Armoured Division. His first battle, now with the temporary rank of Captain, was at Caumont in July 1944, in the aftermath of D-Day. Further action, during which he was Mentioned in Dispatches, was truncated by an attack of pulmonary tuberculosis which resulted in his spending most of 1945 in hospital and then a sanatorium in England. His TB was to recur more than once – and latterly was a shadow, courageously borne, over the last two years of his life. The happiest result of his years in England, although not until he was well back in Australia and at the Victorian Bar in 1951, was his marriage to Elisabeth Twining, who had served in the war as a medical photographer and in the planning of maps for the D-Day invasion, and whose talent for creating beauty wherever they were enhanced John’s life until her own final years when dementia set in and John’s unwavering love and loyalty were quietly evident in his daily visits to her in her place of care. Jenny (Dawes) was born to them in 1952, Tim (FB/L’74; Council 1999-2007) in 1956, and Trish (Cl’75) in 1959. Their seven
grandchildren include Georgie (A’03), Kate (A’04), and Islay (M’06), through all of whom, as through Tim, John enjoyed much renewed contact with GGS (his own time as a member of the School Council, in 1974, ended with his appointment as Chief Justice). Who’s Who in Australia (2009, albeit posthumously) gives some idea of the scope of John’s public work, which included service as Chairman of the Police Board of Australia (1992-98), Chief Scout of Australia (1989-96), and Chancellor of the Priory of St John in Australia (1982-91). I had the honour of delivering one of the two eulogies at his State memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral after his death on 6 October 2008, speaking about him as a man; The Honourable Clive Tadgell AO, a fellow judge, followed with a tribute to him as a great lawyer – and one of the greatest Chief Justices Australia has known. Both tributes may be read in full in the Victorian Bar News of Summer 2008-2009 (No. 146). My last words on that occasion were: “He was profoundly reflective. As a boy, when not at school, he attended with his parents their parish church of St John’s, Toorak, and listened attentively to Dr Law. As his friend Henry Speagle has written to me, ‘He was deeply read in the English classics, biography and history. He once told me that the big thing in life was to seek wisdom, implying its Biblical connotations of facing the mystery of human life and seeking keys for its understanding.’ John’s classical training at Geelong Grammar helped form a habit of mind that could detect unerringly what was bogus, and a style of speaking and writing at once incisive and felicitous. That style had both the strength and precision of Latin and the grace and flexibility of Greek. John was a natural aristocrat not only in appearance, bearing, and demeanour but, more importantly, in having that quality of soul – which can exist at any level of society or in any walk of life – the possession of which fits its bearer pre-eminently for the mingled service and leadership of others. It would have been unthinkable to let John down. Modest and understated, indeed possessed of true humility, pure in heart, self-sacrificing, and devoted to the public good, John McIntosh Young through a long life gave to all the communities to which he belonged, and to Victoria as a whole, a generous and whole-hearted service that reflected his own quality of soul, an exemplary life, and his quite exceptional goodness.” Michael Collins Persse 35
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From the Curator Nan Hudson née Belcher (He’25), who died in May 2011, two days short of her 98th birthday, was a much-loved member of the GGS community and a great supporter of the School. Her father, Alan Belcher (Old School 1895), who died in 1956, was the youngest son of The Honourable George Frederick Belcher MLC (GGS Council 1884-1909), and brother of Sir Charles Belcher (OS 1893), Archibald Edwin Belcher (OS 1895), and Edward Norman Belcher (OS 1898); also a half-brother of John Henry Belcher (OS from 1877). Nan’s own brothers (each the father of an OGG) were Monte Belcher (Day’19) and George Frederic Belcher (Day’21). Her mother, who died in 1954, was Lizzie Emily Lloyd. With Jack Gerard Varley Hudson, a New Zealander, she had four children: Michael Hudson (FB’57), Peter Hudson (FB’62), Wendy Oakley, and David Hudson (Ge’68). Thanksgiving for her long life and wonderful character was expressed at All Saints’, Newtown, in a service of great musical and literary beauty. Peter Bassett-Smith (P’27), whose 100th birthday in January we hailed in our April issue, died in July, shortly after celebrating with his wife, Diana, 60 years of marriage. Born in Argentina, he was the fourth and youngest son of Walter Bassett-Smith, an architect, and his wife, Mary. After earlier schooling in England and Jersey, he came with his family to Australia in 1922. As a young man, he began decades of service to the church at Eltham where his funeral was held; worked with Gunnersen Nosworthy, timber merchants; and studied theology at Ridley College in the University of Melbourne. With his friend David Fleay, the naturalist, he made the first recordings of the sounds of a platypus on his wire recorder. After two visits to England, where he worked for the Automobile Association, he returned to Australia in 1937 and joined the battery manufacturers Exide. Pre-war militia service was followed by enlistment, 1940-45, in the 2nd AIF, in which he reached the rank of Captain; he worked in various Signals troops and for a time, attached to the British army, on the early development of radar, and served for several years post-war in the 36
CMF. What became a lifelong passion for photography developed from the gift of a movie camera on his 21st birthday: for the Australian Religious Film Society he worked in Palestine; in 1948 he filmed for six months with the Australian-American Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (for which he was awarded a United States Government medal in 2009); and he was an honorary photographer for the Queen’s 1954 visit to Australia and the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. In 1950 he joined Gollin & Co, merchant traders, as hardware division manager. In 1964 he and Diana moved with their four children from Eltham to Kangaroo Ground. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1968, and made Citizen of the Year for Nillumbok in 2001. Community service, words, books, his garden, music, his family history, and above all his family itself were the great loves of a good and dear man in his long and wellfulfilled life. Peter Hay (Cu’30), who died in June 2011 in his 99th year, was a fine golfer who at GGS had won his Colours for both football and cricket, in which sport he overlapped in the first eleven in 1930 with his brother, Sir David Hay CBE, DSO (Cu’35). He was also the brother of Hilary (Cl’29) and Rosemary (Cl’38), who married Alex Borthwick (Ge/FB’37) and five of whose nine children came to GGS. From a pastoral background, Peter worked in business in Melbourne, latterly as assistant marketing manager for ACTA Container Shipping. In World War Two he served with the 9th Division Cavalry Regiment in the Middle East, and in Borneo with the 2/9th Australian Cavalry (Commando) Regiment. In 1943 he married Marie Louise (Puss) Carse, who died in 2010, and they were a popular couple – he quiet and orderly, she gregarious and impulsive – who had three children: Caroline, Peter (FB’68), and Christina, who all paid tribute at his funeral service at Christ Church, South Yarra. Also surviving him are twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Aurel Smith (Ge’34), who died in February 2011, aged 95, was the elder son – with a brother, Dr Colin Douglas-Smith (Ge’37 as Smith), whose obituary was in our December 2009 issue – of William Smith (OS 1892), founding chairman of the (pre-Bostock House, 192432) Geelong Church of England Grammar Preparatory School, of which Aurel was proud to have been a pupil from its first day – and adjudged its “most improved boxer” by its first Headmaster, George Hamilton Lamb (later the MHR for Horsham, who died on active service in World War Two), after Lamb had invited Aurel to put up his fists, only to find himself punched on
the nose. Nevertheless a gentle person, with a great love of life and people, Aurel became a School Prefect and champion swimmer in 1934. In June 1940 he was released as a Lieutenant from 4 AA Battery in the CMF to enlist in the newly-formed 2/2nd AA Regiment of the AIF, and five and a half years’ service ensued, mainly in the Middle East, New Guinea, and Borneo; latterly, by then a Major, he was second-in-command of 2/1st AA Battery. In November 1945 he married Margaret Ashe, and Campbell Aurel-Smith (Ge’65) was born to them in 1947. Aurel was a director of Phoenix Wool Company Pty Ltd, Smith Wool Co, Taylor & Sons Pty Ltd, and Sangay Ltd. He served in the Victorian Parliament as Liberal MLA for Bellarine from 1967-76 and for South Barwon from 1976-82, and on several committees. A keen fisherman and golfer, he was an expert yachtsman, winning the Northcote Cup 6-metre-rating Yacht Championship of Australia in 1962 and 1963. Margaret died in 1992, and in later years Aurel had the devoted companionship of Diana Tatchell until her death, and latterly of Elvala Ayton. Cam and his children spoke lovingly of their patriarch at his memorial service. A family tribute described him as “ever open to experiencing all things new, yet fiercely loyal to time-honoured traditions”. These included GGS, and his presence enhanced many of our functions. Dr Jim Gardiner MD, FRCP, FRACP. FACC (Cu’39), who died in February 2011, graduated from the Royal Melbourne Hospital and served there for two years as a resident medical officer. After a year as assistant pathologist at the Alfred Hospital, he worked for three years in London as a registrar at the Brompton Chest Hospital, In 1952 he returned to Melbourne as Kimpton Research Scholar at the Baker Medical Research Institute, where he was involved in developing new methods in cardiac diagnosis and in establishing the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Service, later split off from the Institute to become a Hospital department with Jim as its first director. From 1957 until his retirement in 1982 he was an Honorary Physician at the Alfred Hospital, serving from 1975-77 as Dean of the Clinical School. He was Censor of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Secretary, later President (1972-74), of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He contributed a chapter to In Their Day: Memoirs of Alumni, The Baker Medical Research Institute (Hyland House, Melbourne, 1992), edited by Rod Andrew (P’29) and Alf Barnett. He and his wife, Jenny, had a daughter and two sons. Astronomy and classical music were among his interests.
Emeritus Professor Jamie Mackie (P’42), who died in April 2011, was an authority on Indonesian history who was highly influential in the guiding of Australia’s growing engagement with Asia since World War Two, and in the dismantling of the White Australia policy. In an obituary in The Age of 16 May, David Jenkins described him as a “warm, wise, and generous man who had been a gunner during some of the greatest naval battles of the Pacific War” and who “sympathised with the aspirations of the newly independent, and sometimes volatile, states to Australia’s north” – “a pioneer in studying their political systems and economies”. With first-class degrees from Melbourne and Oxford, he returned to Melbourne University to establish one of the first Australian programmes in Indonesian studies, going on in the mid-1960s to Monash University as foundation director of its Centre of South-East Asian Studies. In 1978 he established the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University, where he remained an active and influential emeritus professor. Indonesia was a particular focus of his studies, books, and many dozens of papers. Hal Hill and Chris Manning wrote in The Canberra Times of 12 May: “While working mainly in political science and international relations, his active interests extended to economics, history, entrepreneurship, demography, and anthropology. He was perpetually curious... Although he did not suffer fools gladly, Mackie was a most engaging and modest man, whose warmth, wide range
of interests, commitment to causes, and conversational skills naturally attracted people to him. He used these skills to great advantage, unselfishly, in building up all the major academic enterprises that he led.” Jamie, who was a School Prefect and Captain of Perry House, remembered GGS affectionately and acknowledged the stimulating intellectual influence in particular of Sir James Darling CMG, OBE (Headmaster 1930-61) and Manning Clark AC (Staff 1940-44). Emeritus Professors Ken Inglis and John Legge paid tribute at a memorial service at Trinity College in the University of Melbourne. He is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, three former wives, and his brother, Bill (P’39). Robert Cole (Gl’49), who died in June 2011, was mainly at Melbourne Grammar but became an admired and much-loved member of the GGS – as of many another – community, not least as a parent, with Katrina née Cooch, of Hamish Cole (M’94) and Sarah (Cl’95), wife of Andrew Gaussen (M’95). Hamish and Susan’s daughter, Matilda, born eleven days before he died, is his third grandchild, following the Gaussens’ Isabella and Fleur. His father, Frank, was a son of Dr Frank Hobill Cole (OS 1877), and Rob was part of a large cousinage through both parents: his mother, Maroa, had four OGG Molesworth brothers and was the sister of Mary Hope, mother of three OGG sons. He was a keen farmer and sportsman, a very popular former President of the Melbourne Club, and a lawyer specialising in insolvency who in his professional, as in his personal life was legendary for kindness and practical help. His lifelong friend John McInnes OAM (Cu’58; Chairman of Council 19972004) spoke eloquently of Rob’s love of life and fine character at a hugely attended thanksgiving service at the Toorak Uniting Church. Lady Martin – Suzanne née Millear (Cl’53) – was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours “for service to youth through the Sir David Martin Foundation”. Emeritus Professor Adrian Lee (Ge’59), having obtained an Honours degree in Science and a doctorate in Microbiology at the University of Melbourne, held a fellowship at the Rockefeller University in New York, working with one of the world’s great microbiologists, Professor René Dubos. A research interest began – and lasted 35 years – in the microbial ecology of the intestinal tract. In 1968 he joined the University of New South Wales as a lecturer, progressing to be Professor of Medical Microbiology and Head of the School of Microbiology and Immunology from 1990-99. Teaching medical and science students was a major interest throughout his time there, and he was one of the first to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at that university and the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Australian Society for
Microbiology. For many years he acted as a consultant for the World Health Organisation in Medical Education, running workshops around the world in learning and teaching for health professionals. He was the leader of a large research team investigating H.pylori and the diseases peptic ulcer and gastric cancer, and, funded continuously by the NH&MRC from 1972 to 2003, he has published more than 250 articles. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education and Quality Improvement) at UNSW from 2000-08, and an AUQA auditor, having chaired the audit panels for four Australian universities and co-ordinated both the trial and the real AUQA audit of UNSW. Adrian retired in 2008 but since then has worked with many universities to help improve the learning experience for their students. In 2008 he was awarded a Career Achievement Award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council – an award given to those whose achievements in learning and teaching in higher education have had a major influence and left an enduring legacy.
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Maris Cash née Dunn (Cl’42), who died in May 2011, was the generous, gregarious, elegant, and energetic wife of Alan Cash AM (Staff 1950-61), an Old Melburnian and former Victorian Rhodes Scholar who after fine service at Corio as Assistant to the Headmaster and Brice Mackinnon Classics Master, was Headmaster of The Armidale School in New South Wales from 1962-82. As Tim Hughes wrote in her obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald of 2 July, “in the same way that her husband set about revitalising the academic curriculum and boarding structure at the school, his regal, sociable, and forthright partner threw light and new life into not only the school, where she continued to have an influence three headmasters later, but also the city of Armidale, which she served in retirement until her death.” As a girl at Clyde she had loved sport – particularly gymnastics – and drama; and she then trained as a physiotherapist. While at Corio, she helped many immigrants from Eastern Europe settle into a new life in North Geelong. She and Alan had three children: Dr Penelope Cash (Cl’68), The Reverend Diana (Dodie) Marsden (Cl’70), and Ian Cash (Bo’61).
John (Jo) Hutchings (Cu’60), who died in May 2011, was at various times an officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and a master (1965-66 and 1979-90) at Tudor House, the preparatory school at Moss Vale (since 1942 attached to The King’s School, Parramatta) from which so many boys have come on to GGS (particularly in the 1930s when Sir John Medley was headmaster there). A keen historian (he obtained Matriculation first-class honours in both Modern – or Renaissance – and British History), he is described in Chris Ashton’s Tudor House: The First Hundred Years (1997) as the subject of “the fondest memories” from among the teaching staff of his time. “He was kind,” wrote Miles Holt, “and everyone respected him; hence everyone... loved to be around him. Most important, he conferred self-confidence on a young, developing mind.” “Among schoolboy memories of Hutchings are the smell of his pipe tobacco; his deer-stalker; his Akubra hat and Dryzabone oil-skins; his birdwatching, signalled by the binoculars strung from the neck; his gift for breathing life into the dust of history with chalk pictures on the blackboard, and his backdrops for plays, painted at the eleventh hour with inspiration from a bottle of dry red.” He was the son of Wilfred Thomas Hutchings (Cu’23) and Ruth née Owen, and the father by his former wife (and abiding friend), Helen, of Michael, Alys, and Libby. His sister, Susan, is the mother of Anthony Metcalfe (Cu’87). The Reverend Douglas Wilson (Cu’63) is the main subject of chapter 11 (“Franciscan Echoes: The Wilson Years, 1989-2003”) of A Light in the Hills: A History of St Michael and All Angels, Mount Dandenong, Victoria – Centenary Edition, 1903-2003 by Henry Speagle OAM (published by its Vestry in 2010). Douglas, whose incumbency has been the longest in the history of that church, is described as a man of “utter gentleness allied to 37
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exquisite good manners... There was a true graciousness about him and this was closely tied to a genuine humility. He totally lacked a sense of ego; in a rare way, Douglas was comfortable with his place in the scheme of things – to be a faithful priest of God serving His people who with him constituted God’s church for the redemption of the world. There was not a shred of bombast in him; his demeanour was quiet and shone forth peace... At times he seemed almost shy even though he was always outgoing.” (Chaucer’s portrait of the Parson among the pilgrims in his Canterbury Tales comes readily to mind.) The texts of ten of Douglas’s sermons – saved almost despite himself – form a fine appendix to the book. His wife, Janet, also – with their daughters, Freedom and Genevieve – played an important part in the life of the parish. James (Bim) Affleck (Cu’67) was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours “for service to veterans and their families, particularly through the writing of military biographies”. His two books on the twentieth-century war services of Old Geelong Grammarians and subsequent two on those of Old Geelong Collegians are invaluable records for which both schools can for ever be grateful. He has also, with his wife, Anna née Durham (Cl’71), who is a pillar of the Clyde and gardening communities, been a great support of others in a variety of ways including generous help to those who have suffered bushfire damage. Their daughters are Celia or Ce Ce (Cl’95), Virginia or Pin (Cl’97), Edwina (Cl’98), and Sophie (Cl’02). Diane James née Cutts (He’69) was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours of 2011 “for service to conservation and the environment, particularly through the development of coastal planning and management in Victoria”. Mark Dean (Co’70) was appointed a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in September 2010. Nick Anthony (M’83), who is managing partner of Indigo Real Estate and living now in Thailand, has written two books for children: Princess Sausage: A Happy Thai dog (illustrated by Budis, the famous Thai painter and sculptor; Phuket, 2007; www. indigoRE.com) in which a dog is saved from abandonment and loneliness; and Tommy the Turtle (awaiting publication) in which a turtle is saved from choking on litter dumped in the sea. Nick is working on a sustainability committee with Lister Hannah (FB’61; Principal 1995-99) and reports well on the new Phuket International Academy, known as Thanyapura.
Jonathan Green (FB’93) is editor at Connection Magazines including the new ManSpace Magazine (Issue 1, 2011; www.manspacemagazine. com.au) which, in his words, uncovers “the spectacular, the quaint, the inspiring and the – dare we say it – ‘normal things’ that blokes get up to in their space. From garages and sheds, to spare rooms and purpose-built structures, these personal stories demonstrate the fantastic ideas, hobbies, collections and moments that are created by everyday men.” It is, he says, about what space “means to the owner; how they enjoy it and the times they’ve shared with others”. Mark Twain is quoted as saying that he used his billiards room “as a male retreat, somewhere to write and a place to hide from the domestic chaos in other parts of the house”. Angus Seekamp (P’02) returned to the family property, Woolcunda Station, out of Broken Hill, after the death of his father, Robert, in a flying accident in 2010. Through his mother, Victoria née Simpson (Cl’70), a daughter of Virginia née Russell (Cl’37), he and his sister, Tara (Ga’95), and brother, Tim (P’98), are great-grandchildren of Colonel Alex Russell MC, KStJ (OS’11), sheep-breeder, soldier, golfer (winner of the Australian Open championship in 1924), and a pioneer architect of golf-courses. Manning Clark AC (Staff 1940-44), who died in 1998, is the subject of two recent biographies: Manning Clark: A Life by Brian Matthews (Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2008); and An Eye for Eternity: The life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna (The Miegunyah Press, MUP, Melbourne, 2011), Nick Sampson (Principal 2001-04) has been appointed Headmaster of Cranbrook School in Sydney from July 2012, to succeed Jeremy Madin (FB’64; Master of Timbertop 1983-87). Nick has been the Master (or head) of Marlborough College in England since September 2004. Jeremy was Headmaster of Christ Church Grammar School in Perth from 1988-99 before his translation to Cranbrook.
The Right Reverend David Shand (Council 1985-88), who died in July, aged 90, was Vicar of Christ Church, South Yarra (196669), and St Andrew’s, Brighton (1969-73), before being Bishop of St Arnaud (197376) and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne – for the Southern Region (1978-85) and then in Geelong (1985-88). He was a son of Canon R. Warner Shand, a long-serving Rector of St Luke’s, Toowoomba (and thereby Chaplain of Toowoomba James Gilham (Cu’93) is Sales Manager for Prep, where I was prepared by him for Epicure, a subsidiary of Spotless. The birth Confirmation in 1945), and a grandson of Montague Selwyn Smith (Old School of a son to him and Virginia is recorded 1870-). David brought a long experience of below. independent schools and their pastoral care
to his role on our Council, and he officiated at several of our Confirmation services. The parents of three daughters and a son, he and his wife, Jean, celebrated 65 years of marriage early this year. Alex Ross (Staff 2011) is a grandson. Peter Fox – father of James (Yr6), Hannah (Yr4), and Coco (Yr1) – was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours “for service to the transport and logistics industry through a range of executive roles, and to the community, particularly to social welfare organizations”. One of his responsibilities is Avalon Airport, a near neighbour of the School at Corio.
BIRTHS Alanna and Will Adams (M’86), twin daughters, Sophie Edwina Fiona and Eliza Jane Sally, on 15 July 2008 Penny née Gude (Fr’93) and David Barlow, a daughter, Mimi Isabelle, on 3 April 2011 Emma née Lawrence (Ga’92) and Darrin Barnett, a son, Darcy Lawrence, on 3 March 2010 Jo Mackintosh and André Bertrand (P’95), a daughter, Ivy Molly, on 19 April 2011 Lucy née Hayes (Fr’91) and Joe Bowler, a son, Jonathon Paul, on 12 January 2011 Janie and Fred Champion de Crespigny (Cu’95), a son, Henry Michael, on 24 May 2011 Susan and Hamish Cole (M’94), a daughter, Matilda Hawthorne Hobill, on 14 June 2011 Iris Tratter and James Crooke (Cu’98), a son, Oliver Franz Stephen, on 15 December 2010 Anne and David de Pury (FB’81), three sons, Samuel on 30 May 1998, Blaise on 21 June 2001, and Finn on 18 April 2006 Rebecca Joyce (Ga’88) and Lachlan Elmer, a daughter, River Joyce, on 20 June 2011 Victoria née Calder (Cl’00) and Jonathon Gatacre, a son, James Edward, on 5 April 2011 Sarah née Cole (Cl’95) and Andrew Gaussen (M’95), a daughter, Fleur Elisabeth Amherst, on 5 February 2011 Marnie and Robert Gilder (M’81), a son, Alfred Robert, on 30 May 2011 Virginia and James Gilham (Cu’93), a son, Jack Peter, on 30 May 2010 Catherine and Andrew Handbury (M’93), a daughter, Olivia, on 18 October 2009 Janet and Peter Handbury (M’90), a son, George James Thomas, on 21 June 2011 Veronica and Troy Hey (A’88), two daughters, Ruby Susannah on 21 November 2009 and Lillian Josephine on 2 August 2011 Sanna Heinola and Kevin Hui (M’93), a son, Kaius Kin-Yu, on 28 July 2010 Katherine Lewisohn (Cl’92) and Quentin Irvine, a daughter, Amelie Dujardin, on 5 June 2011
Sally and Angus MacGowan (M’88), a son, Harry John Hamish, on 20 July 2011 Edwina née Heath (He’94) and David Manifold, a daughter, Imogen Mabel, on 20 June 2011 Fiona née Calder (Cl’94) and Jamie McConachy, a son, Charlie James Calder, on 12 September 2009 Barbara Townsend and Ian McCracken (M’85), a daughter, Maisie Melaleuca, on 20 May 2011 Alice née England (A’01) and Modise Modise, a daughter, Ella Thabiso, on 20 April 2011 Fern née Bonython (Cl’96) and Marcus Moufarrige, two daughters, Liv Bonython on 8 June 2007 and Ella Bonython on 26 August 2009 Patricia née Belcher (Staff 1991-2000) and Samuel Murphy, a daughter, Rose Edith, on 14 September 2001 and a son, Jack William, on 24 May 2006 Sarah née McLeish (Fr’88) and Scott Nicholas, a daughter, Olive Mary, on 27 March 2011 Sally née Stansmore (Cl’88) and Mike Philip, a son, James David (Jimmy), on 23 May 2011 Honor née Woodhouse (Cl’95) and Hugh Rahles-Rahbula (Cu’99), a son, Oliver Hugh, on 16 December 2010 Anna née McGregor (Je’92) and Andrew Robinson, a daughter, Isobel Rosie, on 1 April 2011 Georgina née McCulloch (Cl’94) and Russell Robinson, a son, (David) Harry, on 30 May 2011 Sally and Campbell Roydhouse (Fr’95), a son, David Alan, on 5 April 2011 Katherine Pacalt-Shady and James Shady (Fr’85), a daughter, Elizabeth Katherine Rayner, on 11 February 2010 Alicia and Tom Staughton (P’97), a daughter, Claudia Violet, on 29 April 2011 Meaghan and Sasha Steler (P’94), a son, Hunter David, on 8 September 2010
MARRIAGES Patricia Belcher (Staff 1991-2000) married Samuel Murphy on 22 February 2000 Caitlin Boylen (A’06) married William Wallace on 6 February 2011 Victoria Calder (Cl’00) married Jonathon Gatacre on 17 April 2010 Julie Champion de Crespigny (Ga’99) married Timothy McClelland on 13 November 2011 John Colley (A’92) married Nadeeka Arambewela on 20 May 2011 Miranda Ellis (Ga’94) married Darren Williamson on 12 March 2011 Laura English (He’99) married Eden Laybourne on 19 March 2011 Bronwyn Friday (Je’88) married Andreas Kelly on 14 May 2011 Nicola Higgins (Ga’93) married Oliver Taylor on 26 February 2010 Andrew Ingle (P’97) married Jamie Felicity Turner on 12 March 2011 Cheryl Keasberry (He’00) married Gavin Hicks on 19 September 2009 Emma Lawrence (Ga’92) married Darrin Barnett on 26 April 2008
Sophie née Bingley (He’97) and Andrew Whitlock, a son, Archie Bruce, on 21 June 2011
Sheila Mary Clark née Rushbrooke (The Hermitage to 1942) on 11 June 2011 Lorraine Clowes née Williams (The Hermitage to 1963) on 7 June 2011 Peter Arthur Charles Cross (1959-62) Robert Molesworth Hobill Cole (Glamorgan 1947-49) on 25 June 2011 David Clive Dunstan (1947-56) on 5 June 2011 Simon David Fullerton (1962-75) on 1 August 2010 John William Happell (1943-48) on 16 June 2011 Charles Eric Harbison (1936-39) on 10 June 2010 Peter Henry Hay (1924-30) on 13 June 2011 Antony Heath (1965-67) on 11 December 2010 Christopher Raymond Hennessy (1947-54) on 12 August 2011 Nancy Fredda Hudson née Belcher (The Hermitage to 1925) on 27 May 2011 Eric Higgins (1929)
Emma Luttrell (Staff 2008-) married Brett Moore on 2 April 2011
John Owen (Jo) Hutchings (1956-60) on 7 May 2011
Roderick Manning (Cu’99) married Anna Burn on 25 June 2011
Jeanette Westwood (Jenny) Ingram (Clyde 1952-60) on 12 August 2011
Penny McCulloch (He’00) married Cameron Hamilton on 30 April 2011
Margaret Jeffares née Lawrence (Clyde 1940-46) in November 2010
Sarah McLeish (Fr’88) married Scott Nicholas on 23 August 2010
George Hay Jenkins (1938-39) on 24 April 2011
Hugh Radford (FB’82) married (Dr) Elizabeth McKenzie on 16 April 2011
Frank Neale Keighley (1938-44) on 27 April 2011
Sasha Steler (P’94) married Meaghan Barbuto on 23 January 2010
(Wing Commander) Eric Vane Lansell (192734) on 3 July 2011
Erawan Wanithanont (FB’99) married Vassalinee Arayakosol on 16 May 2011
Rosemary Lowing née Millear (Clyde 193741)
Zoe Wong (Fr’01) married Simon Gannon on 11 December 2010
(Emeritus Professor) James Austin Copland (Jamie) Mackie (1936-42) on 21 April 2011
Jocelyn Nilsen née Noall (Clyde 1942-47)
Edward Clive (Ted) à Beckett (1947) on 27 May 2011 Charles Ross (Chips) Adamson (1935-39) on 17 April 2011
Nicola née Higgins (Ga’93) and Oliver Taylor, Ann (Annie) Barter née Strachan (The a son, Alfie George Brown, on 20 September Hermitage to 1948) on 26 April 2011 Peter John Bassett-Smith (1925-27 as John 2010 Marion Peter Bassett-Smith) on 4 August Holly née Slatter (Ga’91) and James 2011 Thredgold, a daughter, Sophie Lucinda, on 3 May 2007 and a son, Angus James, on 12 November 2010
Robert Denniston (Bob) Chomley (1944-47) on 18 June 2011
Winifred Annie Bickerdike (widow of Robert Bickerdike [Staff 1965-74]) on 4 August 2011
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Jill née Dunstan (A’80) and Damien Kiley, a daughter, Elizabeth Mae (Libby), on 24 August 2003 and a son, Benjamin Rex, on 7 April 2009
Edwin Thomas (Ted) Orchard (1935-38) on 1 September 2004 William James (Bill) Perry (1967-80) on 30 July 2011 Robert John (Roddie) Ritchie (1941-49) on 16 August 2011 Susanne Robinson née Howatson (Clyde 1933-36) on 8 August 2010 William Vernon Rodda (1939-40) on 11 November 2009 Leigh Alexander Ruxton (1958-66) in early May 2011
Margret Aimée Bullock née Stewart (Clyde 1939-1940) on 25 November 2010
(The Right Reverend) David Hubert Warner Shand (Council 1985-88) on 8 July 2011
Holly and Tim Wilson (Cu’93), a daughter, Chloe Diana, on 21 April 2011
(Emeritus Professor) David Edmund Caro AO, OBE (1934-39) on 15 August 2011
Arabella Ramsay (He’96) and Chris Wilson, a daughter, Marlowe, on 17 April 2011
John Maxwell Carr (1942-45) on 29 May 2011
Alastair Reginald Stephen (1944-52) on 21 March 2011
Sophie née Stuart (Staff 1997-99) and Marshall Yencken (P’87), a daughter, Zara Sophie, on 13 April 2011
Maris Tullis Cash née Dunn (Clyde 1935-42; widow of Alan Cash AM [Staff 1950-61]) on 28 May 2011
Cameron Acheson Thompson (1967-68) on 26 September 2008 Charles Trevor Turner (1941-46) on 4 June 2011 39
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