THE HALEIAN Volume 23 | No. 1 | July 2011
COVER CELEBRATION OF AN ERA 50 years at Wembley Downs Designer: Taran Dunn For all editorial enquiries or feedback, please call 9347 9754. An electronic version of The Haleian can now be found on the Hale website www.hale.wa.edu.au
THE HALEIAN JULY 2011
4 Headmaster 5 Chaplain’s Corner 6 Student Achievements 8 Senior School
10 School Ball 12 Development
14 Service Learning 16 Middle School 18 ISTA
20 Junior School 24 Hale’s Historical Timeline 28 Archives / Museum 30 Music 31 Hale Happenings
32 Drama 34 Summer Sports 36 Old Haleians 46 Chairman’s Report
47 Annual Report 48 Out & About EDITOR Jodi MacNeill DESIGN Angelyne Wolfe Taran Dunn
CONTRIBUTORS Judy Greaney Dave Reed Glenys Walsh Sophie Hirth
PHOTOGRAPHERS Angelyne Wolfe Taran Dunn Justine Sharbanee Hale students & staff Mark Lawrenson Photo Hendriks
PRINTING Scott Print
HEADMASTER FROM THE
We are doing all in our power to enhance the reputation of Hale and the way to do that is by ‘providing opportunities for every boy to excel’.
his year we celebrate 50 years at the Wembley Downs campus. At our re-enactment ceremony on 8 March this year, the school gathered on the very spot of the official opening of the campus on 6 March 1961 in front of the administration building. We noted that the land was purchased for 2260 pounds in 1939. The Chairman of the Board at the time of purchase – Bill Brine, and the Headmaster – Arnold Buntine, were the driving forces behind the decision, a decision that I have said on more than one occasion was probably the most courageous and the most significant in the history of this school. It is fitting that their names remain on the tips of our tongues today when we refer to Brine and Buntine Houses. At the re-enactment ceremony we acknowledged the Members of the Boards of Governors of Hale School who were party to the decision to purchase the land and those who undertook to raise the finances to develop the land in the late 1950s, especially the efforts of the Honorable Leslie Craig, the Chairman of the Board who oversaw so much of the move. It took long, sometimes public, discussions before agreement was reached between the Perth Diocese and the Board of Governors in the 1950s to secure the necessary funds. We also acknowledged the parents and Old Boys who supported the School, both financially and in other ways during these challenging years. Tom Fowler, an Old Boy from 1930 who brought his front-end loader up from Williams in 1950 and spent two weeks clearing two ovals was one such person – one among many. Also, the staff who moved here and had the unenviable job of teaching classes during the building phase when sand was literally everywhere. And the boys, whose efforts in firstly getting to school, when transport was not so easy and then remaining focussed enough to go about their business in what was virtually a skeleton of a school. At the end of 1961, the following ‘impressions‘ were recorded in the Cygnet magazine: “A concise word picture of the life of the School in its first year at Wembley Downs is impossible. All that one can do is to place on record a few scattered impressions. 4 | The Haleian
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First and foremost there is noise. At first it was everywhere as the workmen completed their buildings around us, through us, over us, and underneath us. Then suddenly it concentrated into a riot of pneumatic drills right opposite the senior classrooms, as wrongly placed concrete slabs were removed. Shortly afterwards it erupted at the western end of the site as the excavations for the School Hall proceeded, the ear-splitting presence of the pneumatic drills being in time replaced by the quiet and persistent irritation of concrete vibrators, and at the end of the year by bulldozer sounds and other sweet music from the swimming pool site. Amid all this, the sounds produced by 500 boys have (usually!) been barely noticed. It is the same with the sand, and yet somewhat different. At first the sand was everywhere, all around us and in everything. The advent of rain, blessedly early this year, brought some relief in April, and slowly the grass asserted itself, bringing the sand around the buildings under control, but only to re-assert its presence in the vast mounds of sand being gouged out at the swimming pool site and the various other places where work is still proceeding. Transport too, must remain a lasting impression. Special buses, so carefully planned, were hopelessly overcrowded or ludicrously empty. Familiarity has almost bred contempt here too, for now buses are arranged at the drop of the proverbial hat to suit varying requirements, with the kind co-operation of the transport authorities. Next, the bicycles battled laboriously up Hale Road, the only redeeming feature for the labour being the hope of a comfortable glide downwards later in the day. A smaller, but not insignificant minority, have reminded us of this motorised age on motor cycles, mostly driven at reasonable speeds, or parents’ cars, apparently surprisingly easy to borrow.”
receives Honours for volleyball or drama, the end of the final 1st XVIII game last year when players and supporters who had gathered to watch swarmed onto the field, staff driving the 22 seater buses to all points on the compass at the commencement of the mid-term breaks to assist the boarders getting home for a long weekend, the public recognition of boys who achieve in their academic studies, the fact that we have 25 places available for boys to work at the Sony Camp for children with special needs and over double that number apply when they could be out celebrating the end of the exams is to see a school that is true to its Vision and Values. They are snapshots, and there are new ones almost daily that make you proud to be part of this school. The staff are committed. Pretty much every situation I have listed involves staff, both teaching and nonteaching, getting involved. I believe the School is travelling well. It is full, it is vibrant but it is not complacent. Academically, right through from the Junior School, the boys are working with determination. On the sporting fields, the boys are proud of their efforts and we are trying to expose them to the best coaching possible. The Music and Drama areas are thriving with more boys getting involved in these fields of endeavour each year - service learning, public speaking, outdoor education, leadership opportunities, the list goes on. We are doing all in our power to enhance the reputation of Hale and the way to do that is by ‘providing opportunities for every boy to excel’. The pages that follow bear witness to our Vision. Mr Stuart Meade Headmaster
So, what sort of school is Hale today? A wise soul once said, “A good boys’ school is one that is good for boys.” I believe Hale is a very good school for boys. To witness: 190 Year 8 boys embark on a lap-a-thon around Vernon Murphy Oval raising thousands of dollars for charity, the rapturous applause as one of our Year 12 music scholars performs a violin solo in a weekly Assembly, the support for a boy who
s part of the Strategic Intent, I was asked to write a paper, titled “Anglicanism at Hale School”, for consideration by the Board of Governors. I thought in this Haleian I would share with you an edited version of this paper. The Compass Rose is the symbol of the Anglican Communion. It is centred on the Cross of St George, and with the biblical motto “The Truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). The Compass Rose itself bears witness to the mission of the Anglican Communion as it extends this message to all corners of the globe.Anglican churches uphold and proclaim the Catholic and Apostolic faith, proclaimed in the Scriptures, interpreted in the light of tradition and reason. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, Anglicans are committed to the proclamation of the good news of the Gospel to all creation. An important way in which the Church does this is in the provision of schools. Hale is just one of the hundreds of Anglican schools throughout Australia.
AN ANGLICAN SCHOOL
CHAPLAIN’S CORNER There is a strong emphasis in Anglicanism in taking a thoughtful and considered approach to controversial and contemporary issues. This is reflected at Hale, with its concern to encourage students to think and reason as well as to participate in the creative arts and to deepen relationships with others and the natural environment.
3. Inclusive and open - valuing all students.
the historic creeds, and its Episcopal and synodical form of policy, while retaining a capacity to be responsive to its cultural and contemporary context. Hale School preserves what is good from the past while being thoughtfully responsive to education innovation.
6. Pastoral Care. Anglicanism has always maintained a strong emphasis on pastoral care.
In establishing the distinctiveness of Hale School it is important to try and identify some of the features of Anglican schooling and especially those which flow from the nature of Anglicanism itself.
It is our intention that we make available a caring Christian education to as wide a cross-section of the community as possible. All students are valued whatever their cultural, religious background, socio-economic status or their abilities might be.
At Hale School this is evidenced in part by the appointment of a Chaplain but, as importantly, by a commitment on the part of all staff to care for the whole person. The school has structures in place to ensure that pastoral care is given the highest priority.
So what is distinctive about Anglican schooling at Hale?
4. Positively affirming all that is wholesome in human life.
1. Aiming for excellence and the development of the whole person.
We rejoice in all that is wholesome in human life and experience and seek to live in a celebrative way. We also affirm humankind’s need for renewal and healing and rejoice in the knowledge that ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.’ [2 Corinthians 5:19]
7. Providing Anglican Christian studies and promoting Anglican Christian values.
Hale School takes seriously the needs of the whole person, that is, their spiritual, physical, intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic and moral needs. Such a stance reflects a Christian view of the nature of people and the need to affirm the particular gifts and abilities of each person.
2. Providing a thoughtful and balanced education.
Students at Hale School are encouraged to explore Christian faith and practice, and to develop a value system for their own lives which gives expression to such faith and practice.
5. Maintaining continuity with the past but thoughtfully responsive to education innovation.
References for this paper came from: Anglican Communion Online, Diocese of Melbourne, and Anglican Schools Commission WA. If you wish to discuss any of these please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Anglicanism maintains continuity with the past in its liturgies, its adherence to
The Rev Dougal Ethell The Haleian | 5
AWARDS TWO GENERAL EXHIBITIONS
These are awarded to the top 40 WACE Examination students in the state based on the average of their best five examination scores with at least two from the humanities/ social sciences list and two from the mathematics/sciences list. Two General Exhibitions were awarded to: • Daniel Chu • Jeremy Tan
TWO COURSE EXHIBITIONS These are awarded to the top student obtaining the highest combined mark in a WACE course and were awarded to: 2010 WACE General Exhibition, Course Exhibition and Certificate of Distinction Winners. (Back Row - left to right): Tavis Bennett, Matthew Ng, Jayden Catto, Jeremy Tan and Samuel Fong (Front Row - left to right) Daniel Chu, Shane Chandra, Darren Tan and Lawrence Lee
WACE RESULTS ‘10
Hale School students of 2010 continued the School’s tradition of excellence in achieving outstanding results in the WACE examinations. EXAMINATION RESULTS
Hale School was named in Curriculum Council data showing schools having the highest performing students in no less than 15 Stage 3 courses. They were: Accounting and Finance (in the top 10 schools), Ancient History (in the top 3 schools), Applied Information Technology (in the top 9 schools), Biological Sciences (top 14 schools), Human Biological Sciences (in the top 10 schools), Chemistry (in the top 15 schools), Engineering Studies (in the top 5 schools), Economics (top 15 schools), Literature (in the top 15 schools), Mathematics 3CD (in the top 15 schools), Mathematics Specialist 3CD (in the top 15 schools), Modern History (in the top 15 schools), Philosophy & Ethics (in the top 5 schools), Physics (in the top 15 schools) and Visual Arts (in the top 15 schools). The School is immensely proud of the collaboration between boys, parents and teachers which creates the strong culture of teaching and learning that characterises Hale School.
COURSE RESULTS Of our 188 Year 12 students in 2010 who sat for the WA Certificate of Education examinations, 96 students (51%) achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank or ATAR of 90 or higher, placing them in the top 10% of students throughout Australia. 61 students (32%) achieved an ATAR of 95 or higher, putting them in the country’s top 5%. 33 students (17%) achieved an ATAR of 98 or higher, putting them in the top 2% in the country. 19 students (10%) achieved an ATAR of 99 or higher, putting them in the top 1% in the country. Our three top scoring students were Daniel Chu, Darren Tan and Jeremy Tan, who each achieved an ATAR of 99.9. The School’s median ATAR was 90.5, the second highest of WA’s boys’ schools and close to the highest in the state. 6 | The Haleian
• Jayden Catto (Applied Information Technology) • Tavis Bennett (Engineering Studies)
CERTIFICATES OF DISTINCTION Nine Certificates of Distinction for results in the top 0.5% of candidates based on the WACE course score or the top two candidates (whichever is greater) in a WACE Examination course. • Yousef Abu Shamleh (Accounting and Finance) • Samuel Fong (Accounting and Finance) • Samuel Fong (Human Biological Sciences) • Lawrence Lee (Accounting and Finance) • Matthew Ng (Accounting and Finance) • Jayden Catto (Applied Information Technology) • Tavis Bennett (Engineering Studies) • Darren Tan (Mathematics) • Shane Chandra (Modern History)
CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE Twenty two Certificates of Excellence for attaining at least 18 ‘A’ grades in WACE course units or equivalents and achieving the WACE. • • • • • • • • • • •
James Abbott Callan Adler Tavis Bennett Shane Chandra Daniel Chu Samuel Fong Andrew Gorter Brandon Hayward Paul Keong David Laczko Lawrence Lee
• Reagan Leung • Duncan Lissiman • Matthew Ng • Saagar Shah • Darren Tan • Jeremy Tan • Eugene Teo • Drew Van Der Post • Aditya Varma • Andrew Vieraitis • Adam Wilkinson
11 students were in the CareerLink programme and eight of those achieved Certificate I, one achieved Certificates I and II, and two completed Certificate III in a wide variety of industry areas. WestScheme Prize for Excellence in Vocational Education and Training. • Charles Cousins
SPREAD THEIR WINGS
The post-Year 12 destination survey for 2010 indicates that 90% of the 199 Year 12 students of last year are now enrolled in a variety of university courses in WA, interstate or overseas while others are enrolled in TAFE courses or have begun apprenticeships or employment. The variety of courses chosen reflects the wide range of individual interests and career aspirations of our students. Many of the courses upon which the Year 12s of 2010 have now embarked have demanding entry criteria which reflects both the ability of the students and the effectiveness of the School’s well-considered approach to course and career advice.
UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS BY TYPE OF COURSE (INCLUDING DOUBLE-DEGREES)
Courses - other
SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS •
Animal Science, Veterin
178 students (90%) are at university, continuing the
trend of the past two years that 90% go to university, up from the trend of 85% over the previous decade.
Marine Science, Earth S
- 114 students (57%) are enrolled at UWA and
Architecture and Lands
- 28 students (14%) are at Curtin University.
• A large number of students – 78 in total - is studying Commerce and/or Economics either separately or in combination with another degree course. • Engineering courses were popular with the 2010 cohort. - 26 students (13%) are studying Engineering either separately or in combination with another course eg. Commerce (5 students), Science (6 students) or Computer Science (2). •
16 students (6.5%) are enrolled in Law degrees or
Medicine, Dentistry Commerce and Economics 32%
Animal Science, Veterinary Science 1%
Architecture and and Resource E Landscape ArchitectureGeology 1.5%
Geology and Resource Economics 2.4%
Marine Science, Earth Science Law 1.5% and Environmental Science
Medicine, Dentistry 2%
Computer Science 2%
Broadcasting / Journalism, Health Communication, Marketing andScience, Exercise Physiotherapy, Creative Services, Digital Media 1.5% Occupat
Courses - Other 2.6%
Health Science, ExerciseArts and Sports Science, Psychology, Biomedicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy,Engineering Biological Sciences, Pharmacy 8%
Law double degrees in combination with Arts, Science, Economics or Commerce.
STUDENT DESTINATIONS 2010
• For the third year in succession a large number of students - 5 students - are enrolled in Medicine and Dentistry at UWA. Four are studying Medicine and one Dentistry. From the three years, 2008 – 2010, a total of 6 boarders and 23 day students have enrolled in Medicine and Dentistry. •
44 students are studying a Science course.
75%, 29 out of the total of 39 Year 12 boarders
National Service Repeating Year 12 Private sector training Gap year
of 2010 are enrolled at university. Their courses include Science, Engineering, Commerce and Economics, Agribusiness, Physiotherapy. •
4 Indigenous scholarship students in 2010 all achieved Secondary Graduation:
- One has commenced in the UWA Aboriginal Students Orientation Program. - One has been accepted and deferred for a gap year from the ANU University Preparation Course. - One is an apprentice and playing football in Queensland. - One is in full time employment and has applied to Curtin University.
Commerce and Econom Unable to be contacted
Apprenticeship Employment UWA 57.3% Curtin 14% Edith Cowan 5%
Private Sector Training 0.5%universities Overseas
Overseas Universities 2%
Looking for work 0.5%
TAFE 3% UWA
Employment 2% Employment
University of Notre Dame Australia
Private Sector Training
Universities elsewhere in Australia 5%
National Service 0.5%
Gap Year 2%
University of Notre Dame Australia 2%
University of Notre Dam
Repeating Year 12 0.5%
Murdoch Unable to be contacted 0.5%
Mr David Bean Universities elsewhere Lookingand for work Director of Curriculum Deputy Headmaster
Universities elsewhere in Australia
Repeating Year 12
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SENIOR SCHOOL Hale School is a busy place that provides ample opportunities to be involved and strive to do your best. It is easy to fall into the trap of taking things for granted. In the last few weeks, I have been fortunate to show some visiting teachers and parents around Hale School. This is a rewarding process as you reflect on all of the opportunities that exist for our students and the world class facilities we inhabit.
In our 50th year on the Wembley Downs site, many have commented on the courageous decision to relocate the school into ‘the bush’.
Without this foresight from our predecessors, I have no doubt we would be unable to offer students the current range of opportunities. Whilst the facilities are important, much can be lost if we do not have the staff, student and family support to enable a culture that matches the physical environment. We are fortunate to have this special blend of passionate, committed and highly competent staff and students who pursue an amazing breadth and depth of activities, whilst parents support these worthwhile endeavours. When looking back over the first six months of this year, I reflect on some of these opportunities: • Class extension, tutoring and Homework Club that provide support and extension to countless students. These are not part of any co-curricular commitment of the staff, but willingly undertaken by teachers who want their 8 | The Haleian
students to achieve their best. • House activities that provide a ‘real’ opportunity for leadership and mixing of year groups to enhance the boys’ sense of belonging. These have included summer house sport (cricket, basketball, tennis, squash, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee), Swimming Carnival (relay events), winter house sport (AFL, hockey, badminton, soccer, walla rugby) and chess. The houses are busy preparing their house bands, choir and artists for the upcoming Arts Cup as well as the cross country and athletics next term. When watching the commitment of the boys whilst representing their house, I am reminded of the saying of a long retired House Master who said, “When competing, the boys will bleed for the School, but die for their house”. I assume he was talking metaphorically........ • Drama productions in the first six months of the year including: Shakespeare in the Quad King Lear, Skellig, And Then There Were None and Batavia. • 450 boys in the Senior School are involved in musical tuition and/or bands, groups and orchestras. A far cry from 50 years ago when an Old Boy remarked, “We only had one muso in my time who played the piano and we all picked on him”. Some performances include: Music Under the Stars at St Mary’s Outdoor Education facility, Metricup, Garland Music Competition, Hale St Mary’s Cantate Evensong at St George’s College and Cathedral, Hale St Mary’s Concerto Night, Cantate and Redfoot Theatre Pre-Tour Recital. • Hale School has more tours and camps than any other school in Western Australia. The financial support of parents and generosity of staff to give of their holiday time, provides wonderful opportunities and experiences. The tours and camps that have or will occur this year include: Senior Cricket Camp,
Senior Volleyball Camp, Senior Football to Melbourne, Senior Hockey to South East Asia. Year 12 Student Service Learning to Vietnam and Cambodia, Year 9 Football to Tasmania, Senior Rugby to Sydney, French students to France, Music Camp, Senior Soccer Camp, Cross Country Day Camp, Year 9 Rugby to Gold Coast, Cantate and Redfoot Theatre to England, Year 10 Student Service Learning to Solomon Islands, Philosophy Camp, National Philosothon to Sydney, Da Vinci Problem Solving to Sydney, Senior Volleyball to Melbourne, Jazz Band to USA • The five dedicated Outdoor Education staff provide unique experiences for the Year 6 to Year 10 boys. The flagship camp is the Year 10 trip to Exmouth that provides a “Rite of Passage” for the boys whilst spending 12 days in pristine World Heritage areas in WA. Many Old Boys comment when they return to the School of the life-changing experiences that they had at Exmouth and prior to that, Wittenoom. • The vast array of other co-curricular activities provide further opportunities for personal growth and an area that all boys can display their gifts. These include: mock trial competition, philosophy club, debating, MathsPlus/MathsPrime, drama clubs, art club, public speaking, kayaking club, chess club and electric vehicle club. When you include socials at various year levels and the Senior Ball, you can see that Hale School is a busy place that provides ample opportunities to be involved and strive to do your best. We owe a great deal of thanks to the previous generations who provided the platform for the current facilities and opportunities available. In our 50th year at Wembley Downs we have a great deal for which to be thankful. Mr Ross Barron Head of Senior School
BOARDING “Both boys are PROFILE outstanding public speakers and these awards recognise their talent in this area. I am sure they will perform with distinction in the national finals. We are obviously very proud of their efforts”
Mr Meade with Joshua Dunne (Year 9) and Hamish Robinson (Year 11)
Nicholas Forrester (Year 11), Ben Slater (Year 10) and Christian Parker (Year 11)
Hamish Robinson receiving Colours at assembly
HALE BOYS KNOW WHAT’S ON
The National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition is a joint initiative of The Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and is proudly sponsored by the National Geographic Channel. The 2011 competition has been successfully completed in schools all around Australia with approximately 750 schools entering and nearly 80,000 students participating.
Rostrum’s Annual Voice of Youth Speaking Competition for Secondary School Students, proudly sponsored by Woodside, invites students to compete, posing the question: ” Have you got something to say?” Hale has been involved in this competition for several years and has had much success in the past with Junior and Senior participants – 2011 was no different.
National Geographic Channel
The competition promotes the study of geography in Australian secondary schools. It is open to students studying geography, or an integrated social science that includes geography, in all years of secondary school. This year proved a most rewarding one for Hale School with many outstanding results. The most notable came from Year 10 Hale student Ben Slater. Ben achieved a placing of equal first in Australia in the Junior Section (Under 14). He was also tied in the Intermediate Section (Under 16) but unfortunately was not successful in proceeding to the Australian Finals in this division. Ben received a special certificate and a book prize to mark this achievement.
Nicholas Forrester 11 WLS, competing in the Senior Section (16 years and over), has gained a place in the “Geography’s Big Week Out” which is being held in Melbourne in October. One place is offered to a male student in WA and through a tie-breaker process (the organisers viewed school assessments), Nicholas was successful against two other students, one of whom was another Hale student, Christian Parker 11 RLY. In the Senior Section six students were placed within the top 3.2% of the entire Australian cohort, whilst in the Intermediate Section Ben Slater came second in Western Australia and Year 11 Henry Ryan was placed in the top 0.6%. Year 12 student Nathan Sawyer also performed well, winning himself a place at Geography’s Big Week Out. Unfortunately, as Nathan will be writing his WACE exams at that time he was deemed ineligible to attend. In the Junior Section two students were in the top 0.1% of the cohort, Ben Slater and Ziao Veneziani 7 BNT, and four other students were in the top 0.9% of the competition cohort.
Year 9 student, Joshua Dunne, won the Junior state finals and Year 11, Hamish Robinson, won the Senior state finals. Both boys had to present an eight minute prepared speech and a three minute short notice (impromptu) speech. They will both be competing in the national finals later this year in Perth. Over WA, 500 students took part this year. Hamish was presented with Colours at assembly by Headmaster Stuart Meade, highlighting his outstanding performance, exemplary attitude, loyalty and commitment to the advancement of his public speaking. The Haleian | 9
HALE BALL INVASION BOARD OF GOVERNORS
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ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith strides out onto Craig Oval with the newly awarded Prefects for 2011
Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG, Opens the School Year and Inspires Hale Boys to “Have a Crack!” The visit of Ben Roberts-Smith to Hale School was nothing short of a coup. After he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his service in Afghanistan on January 23 2011, the ensuing media frenzy and formal engagements were unrelenting. For two weeks, Corporal RobertsSmith flew around the nation giving addresses to Australian Defence Force personnel, the Australian cricket team, the Wallabies and numerous television and radio interviews - his schedule was a military operation in itself. Trying to organise Ben to visit the School was no easy feat, so the Headmaster asked the one person who might have some sway in his very busy post-award calendar - his mother! Ben was granted his first day off from the ADF media schedule on Tuesday, February 5 and to his amazing credit, Ben agreed to come and share his story with Hale School boys. Ben arrived at Hale School on the morning of the Prefects’ induction assembly. Without his usual military entourage, Ben ducked his head through the administration front doors to be greeted by the Headmaster and soon was sitting on stage in front of a packed Senior School assembly. Upon invitation to address 12 | The Haleian
the School, Ben’s first comment was, “It wasn’t that long ago I was sitting in those seats (referring to the 800 plus boys seated in front of him) thinking, I hope this guy doesn’t talk for too long. So, I’ll keep it quick fellas.” Ben’s address focussed on his friend and fellow soldier, Sergeant Matthew Locke, who courageously stood up and managed to scale a sheer, eight metre cliff face, after the patrol had taken heavy casualties and held the flank in a running solo battle until nightfall, saving the rest of the team. Although Sgt Locke was, sadly, killed in action the following year, Ben wanted to convey a memorable message for the boys, impressing that it wasn’t just the act that Sgt Locke did that day which was to be remembered, it was the way in which he lived every day of his life. Ben continued by encouraging the boys to a, “pursuit of excellence, integrity and team – above all else”, reiterating, “we are representative of Australia in all we do and must represent these values. Remember, it is not a single act, not the grand final that you win or lose, not the exam that you pass or fail and not the Victoria Cross which defines you. It’s who you are all the time
that matters. You need to give 100 percent always, however daunting it may seem and, to coin a phrase, “Have a crack, fellas.” After assisting the Headmaster by presenting the 2010 prefects with their badges, Ben was extremely accommodating with a request for a few photos with the boys. Captain of School, Adam Birman said of the visit, “We are extremely fortunate to be able to spend some time with Ben, and his great advice on leadership, the importance of passion and mateship has put us in very good stead for the challenges that will confront us in the coming year.” Ben has returned to active duty and we look forward to seeing him at the school when he returns. We also look forward to seeing Ben’s brother, Sam, an opera singer, perform as part of the Hale School Visiting Artists’ Programme on Sunday 23 October at 2.00pm in the John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre. For the full transcript of Ben’s address, see “Old Haleians” page 35.
Baristas, Matt and Sebastian perfecting the ‘latte’
Ben Minson (97-2001), Seaton Ridout, Matthew Sie, Sebastian Maingard, Jake Bando, Chris Ninkov and Tom Meade
Ben Minson talking on ABC radio
CYGNET SOCIETY RICHARD TRUSCOTT
Sebastian Maingard, Jake Bando, Toby Anderson, Annie Warrender, Matthew Sie, Kerri Smart, Ben Minson (97-2001), Chris Ninkov and Tom Meade
OPEN EARLY FOR A CAUSE
THE NULSEN ASSOCIATION
COFFEE FUNDRAISER The traditional fundraising method of shaking a tin was thrown out the window when a group of Year 11 Service Learning students agreed to participate in a fundraising first! An alliance between Old Boy, Ben Minson (1997 - 2001), The WA Barista Academy and 5 Senses coffee generated a unique platform to raise funds called: “Open Early for a Cause”. This fundraising initiative not only provided students with valuable industry experience and qualifications, but managed to generate funds for charity with no shaking of any tins. During Term 4 2010, a group of eager Year 10s attended a barista course in Northbridge. After many hours of grinding beans, filtering coffees and frothing milk, the boys were ready to inflict their newly acquired knowledge on the general public. With barista certificates in hand, the group invaded Scope Cafe at the Floreat Forum every Wednesday morning in Term 1 2011 where the boys made ‘coffee for a cause’ at the invitation of the owner, Ben Minson.
The event gave the boys hands-on industry experience and they all honed their coffeemaking skills throughout the term. As part of the exercise, a marketing committee was formed and from these meetings, new inventive ways of trying to increase patronage were adopted. From roadside signs along Grantham Street to letter-drops and assembly announcements, these new entrepreneurs found their niche in promotion early on. The highlight of the campaign was when two Hale baristas managed to convince Eoin Cameron, broadcaster from ABC radio, to receive coffees delivered live on-air during his ABC morning show. The boys were interviewed and managed a very unsubtle ‘plug’ for their cause. At the end of the term, over $3000 was raised for The Nulsen Association which was used to buy one of their residents a brand new scooter. Hale will continue this fundraiser next year with a new batch of Service Learning students. Hale thanks Ben Minson for the use of his café, his excellent mentoring and above all… his patience!
Cygnet Society member Richard Truscott
If you are like me, an association with Hale School has provided many great experiences, good times and great friendships. I enjoyed my time as a student and my 18 years teaching at the School was a full and exhilarating time. I became involved with the Old Boys’ Association committee over a number of years and have attended and enjoyed many functions, not the least of which was the recent City Dinner that honoured my old friend Roger Gray. Reflecting on this recently, I became attracted to the Cygnet Society, the aim of which is to encourage Old Boys to remember their old school when considering the ultimate distribution of their estate. By making a bequest to the School, Old Boys can show their appreciation of good times and friendships and, of course, assist the School’s future. It’s never too early to prepare a will and I urge you to consider being part of the Cygnet Society and ensure that the generations which follow can enjoy being part of a school that is so much of our lives. Richard Truscott
For more information please contact the Director of Development, Dave Reed on (08) 9347 9729. The Haleian | 13
By the completion of this year approximately 185 students from Years 9 through to 12 will have participated in Hale School’s Student Service Learning programme. This number is a great reflection on the importance of the programme and the extremely powerful impact it has on the culture of our school. The notion that by giving back to the community one person can make a significant difference is emphasised to all students who participate in the programme. The students have again interacted within the local and overseas communities by visiting children at various schools and shelters plus adults in aged care facilities. It is always wonderful to know that our students have such a positive influence on the people they visit. A new initiative this year has been for our Year 11 students to be involved twice a month in the Red Cross Soup Patrol. This programme has made the boys very aware of the plight of homeless people who live on the streets of Perth. I would like to sincerely thank all the Hale School staff and students who have given their time and energy to make this programme so successful. In April 2011 we took an enthusiastic group of Year 12 students to Vietnam and Cambodia, spending six days in each country. The tour was an extension of our Student Service Learning programme and as such, we volunteered our time in orphanages for able bodied and disabled children, shelters for street children, shelters for the elderly and programmes for disadvantaged and at risk children. We also visited “Hale School” in Cambodia and spent two very energetic
mornings interacting with the children there. A very important aspect of the tour was a visit to the War Remnants Museum in Vietnam plus a visit to the S-21 Museum and The Killing Fields in Cambodia. These visits enabled our young men to gain a far greater understanding as to why these two countries are still struggling with the aftermath of war. For many of our young men the tour will be life changing. They not only coped amazingly well with confronting and challenging situations, but brought a lot of joy and happiness to the people they interacted with. Many of our boys now truly appreciate family and friends as well as the wonderful education they receive at Hale School. A desire to give back to the community and involve themselves in voluntary work is also very evident as a result of this tour. Mrs Jill Maskiell Service Learning Coordinator
VIETNAM / CAMBODIA A STUDENT’S REFLECTION It is hard to communicate my thoughts on this year’s Vietnam and Cambodia Student Service Learning Tour without sounding cliché – that is because the experience truly was one of the most rewarding and powerful things I have ever done. Reports from boys who have been on previous tours have always spoken about how fantastic
it is, but after experiencing it for myself, I now know what they are talking about. The tour was challenging, confronting, fun, rewarding, eye-opening and something that impacts you well after arriving back in Perth. This year, fourteen Year 12 boys, along with four staff took part in the two-week tour over the April school holidays. Our first destination was Hoi An, a small town on the eastern coast of central Vietnam. While we were here, we visited three organisations. The Hoi An Orphanage, a government-run facility that cares for children (many of whom have physical and physiological disabilities) who have been abandoned by their parents. The Brighter Futures project – a primary and middle school for street children, and finally, the Hoi An Aged Care Facility. For many boys, the Hoi An Aged Care Facility was one of the more challenging visits of the tour. Here we were confronted with an overwhelmed facility that was underfunded and provided a service that was far below that of what we would see at home. We spent our time chatting with the elderly residents (in very limited Vietnamese), playing games and assisting the carers in serving lunch. There seemed to be an extremely strong sense of camaraderie between the residents, and when we handed out donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo, the residents did not fight and argue about who would get what. Instead, we noticed that they shared the gifts they had been given with the other people in their dormitory. For many of us this was in sharp contrast to the very self orientated
society that we realised we belong to. While in Vietnam we also spent time in Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Christina Nobel Foundation projects. We also had a chance to learn about the ‘American War,’ visiting both the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. The second half of the tour was spent in Cambodia with Frank Surgener from Ride Aid – Hale’s school charity. He organised several visits for us to various orphanages, schools, training centres and day shelters. We also visited the “Hale School”, which was the school partly built using donations that Hale fundraised for. The Mango Tree Project was a particularly touching experience for many of us. This project is a morning play group for extremely poor children in a rural village outside of Phnom Penh. When we arrived, the children, many of whom had little or no interaction with Westerners, ran away shyly. Gradually, however, the children became more comfortable with us and began to participate in the activities we were running for them. When it came time to leave, we had kids on our shoulders, posing for photos and chasing us around trees. While in Cambodia we were also able to learn about the tragic history of Cambodia by visiting the S-21 Museum and The Killing Fields. This, for many of us, was a poignant and confronting experience as we walked over the site where millions of people had been killed during the reign of Pol Pot. I can say with great confidence that this year’s tour was an experience that will be treasured by everyone involved for many years to come. Our eyes have been opened to the struggles that face those far less fortunate than ourselves, but also to the difference that can be made by ordinary individuals. An enormous thank you must go to Mrs Maskiell – without her tireless work the tour would not be anywhere near the success that it is. Also to Mrs Wendy Corbitt for her work in organising the tour and to Clare Maskiell, David Alderson and Jason Dallman who accompanied us on the tour. Preston Sudlow Year 12 Vice Captain of School
On the 22nd of February, 11 Hale Year 10 students donned their name badges and journeyed to Quintilian School with Mrs Maskiell (or “Jillie” as she is affectionately referred to by the children) to meet their new buddies in the “Bumble Bee” pre-primary class, led by Ms Clare Maskiell. Upon arriving, the boys were greeted by a class full of energetic children, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new friends. Each Hale boy was assigned at least one buddy, some two. Since Week 4, these 11 students have been regularly visiting their buddies every Tuesday afternoon. Upon arriving they are enthusiastically greeted by the children in a chorus-like manner, in which the boys attempt to reciprocate! During the course of 40 minutes, the boys engage with their buddies in the school’s undercover area using an array of sports equipment. After this the boys and their now somewhat relaxed buddies, return back to the classroom to read or, on some occasions, help them with their projects. For example, the boys helped them begin their “My Invention Project.” Many creative and innovative ideas sprang up from the ten minute discussion, some ideas including an invisible water creator! At the conclusion of each session, the children are often reluctant to let their Hale buddies leave, however, they now know that in one week they’ll be back, and so with a commotion of high-fives and “bye-byes”, the Hale boys re-board the bus and head back to school. The visit to Quintilian School allows these Hale boys the opportunity to be role models to the children, as well as look back on their own early education and see some of the parallels, an experience that is relished by all. Varun Kaushik Year 10
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MIDDLE SCHOOL “Our past 50 years as a school has been a period of remarkable growth, extraordinary physical development and seen us sustain a strong standing in the broader community.”
For more than 150 years boys have undertaken a journey through Hale School, a school that has, at its heart, a vision to inspire the development of strong values and human qualities, to complement the academic capacities of all boys who progress through the school. In recent months I have been reminded of the boldness of the Hale School Governors in the late 1950s to shift the school from its prestigious and established location in the city, to the wilds of Wembley Downs. It is a decision that over 50 years has paid extraordinary dividends to the entire Hale School community. Our past 50 years as a school has been a period of remarkable growth, extraordinary physical development and seen us sustain a strong standing in the broader community. Our Middle School is a most recent addition to our Hale School community. In this article I will write broadly about the nature of teaching and learning over the past 50 years and how we must consider the needs of our boys and our society as we commence the next 50 years at Wembley Downs. To promote our enduring success we have, for generations, profiled the achievements of so many Old Boys after they have left Hale School. We have celebrated their success in all fields of endeavour. Success, that was hard earned and representative of a fulfilling and respected existence. We have celebrated the lives of statesmen, soldiers, sportsmen, farmers and solicitors - men who have had distinguished lives; men who have agreed that their school, Hale School, had a lasting, positive impact upon their development in 16 | The Haleian
later life, believed Hale School enabled them to explore their capacity, and opened their eyes to what they were capable of achieving. It was also a school which fostered in them the honour of supporting others in the community. Yet, it is remarkable how different each of their journeys must have been through Hale School. Imagine the school experiences in the 1960s, 1980s and in 2000. Education would have been dramatically different in so many respects. Such men would have an incredible kaleidoscope of memories and experiences relating to teachers, subjects, triumphs, tragedies, mates, general highjinks, Headmasters, boarders and buildings, discipline and personalities. I wonder how much the teaching and learning has changed? I wonder if you agree that we have reached a time where we must continue to acknowledge long held values that the School stands for; but that we also must examine the needs of the young men currently in our classrooms as we prepare them to lead the world in the 21st century. I wonder if the ultimate outcome of education might be evaluated partly by considering the occupation we ‘end up doing’. All of us as adults sometimes, if not always, sit back and realise it has been an exhausting week at work. We are worn out. But are we worn out from having been immersed in a project or occupation that for at least some part of the week, saturated us with excitement and fascinated us; or are we exhausted mostly from the tiredness of mechanically pushing
ourselves to master more material generated by someone else? How much of our individual intellectual capacities like problem solving, lateral thinking, reflection, self-direction or innovation (as well as our emotional intelligences) are being utilised to create a fulfilling work life? This is an aspect of life we so inextricably link to earlier success at school. Much thinking and research indicates these particular broader intellectual abilities are going to be very important for working in the 21st century. It seems a reasonable assertion that creative thinking, innovative collaborative strategies, and multi-dimensional solutions are core needs for our society in the next 50 years. Creativity, innovative thinking and a sense of personal enterprise must surely have been used when previous generations of successful inventors, entrepreneurs, business leaders or other such Hale Old Boy visionaries identified their niche, their innate capacity to lead or organise, their ‘wow moment’, their talent, their authority, or, their business vision over the past 50 years. Did we teach them these qualities? I don’t think we did explicitly, but many of these success stories probably found themselves in an environment where they were encouraged to learn – and encouraged to demonstrate their learning as opposed to being taught in a one-way conversation. I think if we all look back, our greatest teachers invited us to participate in our education – the evidence we were asked to provide to demonstrate our learning was
“21st century learning is about seeing connections and in Middle School these connections must involve values, ideas, engagement, creating new knowledge and confident demonstrations of all these things.” personalised to some degree. We had a sense of discovering it, of earning it, of owning it. It is a profoundly important educational principle. What the future seems to hold is that our boys today, and those beyond, will all be required to see connections and problem solve to participate in society. Society needs these skills so that they can look at the big picture issues, to empathise, to organise and to create. These skills of innovative thinking and creative strategies for problem solving were once thought to be the domain of a small percentage of boys. These skills were thought to be innate; that is, a lucky few were born with them and they went on to be successful, in spite perhaps of a modest educational experience. It is not the case. Creativity, innovation, problem solving and even empathy should be core subject values, in all subjects. By doing this we interconnect our community of teachers and learners and so extend what is possible. It will create new knowledge and new thinking - new knowledge and new thinking for new problems and new opportunities. So, what becomes important in our middle school years now is the slow careful work of focus, connection and interconnection, uniqueness and emotional richness. It is going to require us to consider just what needs to be learned by this generation and those that follow. The collective knowledge which the world has accumulated has become an enormous beast that continues to grow in every direction. To continue to teach boys in isolated learning areas where the implication is that year by year the totality of the subject is eventually transferred, is a concept whose end is nigh. Such a realisation compels us to consider what we teach our boys and of that this includes so much more than just subject specific knowledge. It is appropriate that any
such examination of what we teach boys in this new knowledge context includes problem solving, innovation and creativity as distinct and important academic qualities. We also need to develop collaborative strategies as well as identify and clarify the deep and enduring connections that exist between each learning area. This then compels us to provide boys with opportunities to demonstrate their acquisition of all these skills and qualities and that cannot be done in a written exam. It is a confronting future we face. The sheer volume of knowledge now demands that the broad connections that abound between maths, science, the humanities and the arts speak eloquently to one another in our classrooms. We also cannot ignore the human clock and the need for learning with depth. Therefore 21st century learning is about seeing connections and in Middle School these connections must involve values, ideas, engagement, creating new knowledge and confident demonstrations of all these things. It must be a time when boys connect with the world, identify their uniqueness and be guided through a time where they can be buffeted, but also learn from, the rawness and uncomfortableness of growing up. We need them to confidently communicate their thoughts and perspectives as well as their insecurities and hypotheses. We must be alert to the capacities of their technological life which has had such an impact. Mobile phones, texting and social networks are erasing those natural barriers; the emotional frictions which define those uncomfortable awkward moments as an adolescent where so much can be learned about communicating your uniqueness and your identity. These are the moments where
‘human gravity’ kicks in, the reality of being human is not about being perfect. We are human, we need to develop – we cannot accelerate our learning and successfully achieve the depth of learning required to ensure enduring lessons and values are achieved. Technology in our classrooms remains a stunning asset when it is used to amplify our boys’ learning, connect our thinking and engage them with our teaching. However, it is in society where we see it streamlining what it is to be human and even dumbing down the richness of our existence. The middle school years over the next generation at Hale School must be about defining what it is to be fully human and to explore the capacities of the bright lads who are set to lead our new world. Hale School at Wembley Downs over the past 50 years has become an incredible interconnected system incorporating community, curriculum, strong values and a memorable period of existence for boys where they are happy, safe and learning. So many went on to joyful and productive lives in our state and around the world. As we commence our next 50 years let us look forward to the challenges of seeking to develop our fundamental human capacities to reason, to communicate, to imagine, to create, and to act upon issues and concerns that impact upon all of us. That is the future of schooling. It is important and noble work. What a beautiful place we have to undertake it. Mr Michael Valentine Head of Middle School
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MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA
EATRE SCHOOLS TH STIVAL 2011 ASSOCIATION FE
ver the mid-term long weekend in Term 1, the Middle School was filled with students from schools as diverse as Presbyterian Ladies’ College and French International School of Hong Kong! Over 160 students and 40 staff, supported by Hale School parents took part in a drama festival of significant standing. The International Schools Theatre Association is a distinguished community of students, teachers and professional theatre practitioners who travel the world. There are some 30 or so ISTA festivals held around the world each year and what a privilege it was to host this one at Hale School. I was asked to open the festival with a short address talking about Drama at Hale School. It was a pleasure to recall a profoundly rewarding moment on the opening night of “Bugsy Malone”, a major production we undertook in the Junior School in 2006. With about 90 seconds until the cast burst onto the stage of the opening song routine I positioned myself beneath one of the magnificent sets where I could see the 18 | The Haleian
“There are some 30 or so ISTA festivals held around the world each year and what a privilege it was to host this one at Hale School.” entire cast ‘hiding’, waiting for their cue. There was a huge sense of joy, energy, anticipation, enthusiasm as well as nervous whispers and giggles evident. I knew then that Drama provides something very special. Right before my eyes was a stunning display of authentic learning so passionately displayed by the boys and girls of the Bugsy cast; 1. I could see that these boys (and girls) had learned the reality of concentration, engagement, sophisticated routines, stage craft and the realisation certainly that the ‘whole’ is much more than just the sum of the parts. 2. They had learned to recognise the personal value of being part of a collective rhythm that exists when you work together towards a vision. 3. They demonstrated a faith and a trust in their teachers that was deep and enduring.
It was a mighty learning experience for me and I still recall the night with very fond memories. I knew that these boys and girls had begun to construct the important parts of themselves – the real qualities that a real education provides this amazing generation of young people. It was a superb weekend of community, tales from across the world and enduring learning. My sincere thanks to the array of helpers who assisted with meals over the weekend and those wonderful parents who invited our visiting students into their homes over the weekend. Good on you for showing them such warm and generous hospitality. Well done to Danny Parker and the Middle School Drama teachers for taking on such an inspiring initiative. Mr Michael Valentine Head of Middle School
HAVELOCK ST RE-ENACTMENT
n 2011, the 50th anniversary of Hale School’s re-location to the Wembley Downs campus, it seemed fitting that the annual Year 8 Drama Tour culminate in a performance at the old Hale School building in Havelock St, the current Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. The tour gave Year 8 boys the opportunity to engage in the exciting but extremely demanding experience of devising a completely original piece of theatre for a real audience. They carefully researched information from written and verbal accounts of Hale School in the late 1950s, including a highly engaging and motivating talk by Old Boy, Mr Bruce Strickland, and used this to devise a piece of promenade theatre which would once again bring to life the old school site. The resulting play, entitled “Jimmy”, would be performed for invited Old Boys, who had attended the school just before the move to Wembley Downs, and for parents and friends.
parents and friends wandered slowly across the car park of the Constitutional Centre to join the actors and all gathered silently at the darkened entrance to the old stone building. The atmosphere was palpable. It was just at this moment that the the actors began to move and speak, and the long lost memories came flooding back. At first, there were murmurs of recognition from the Old Boys as the old gym and boarding houses were pointed out. Nicknames of teachers and students from days gone by were sprouted forth and laughter rang out across the car park. Then, as the audience parted and young ‘Jimmy’ left his solemn father and made his slow way up the steps to begin his journey as a new Hale School boarder, more than a few tears were shed. The performance had begun. Ms Julia Jarel Middle School Drama Coordinator
Just before 6pm on the Thursday evening, after four days of research, discussion, improvisation and rehearsal, nerves were jangling and it was almost time to begin. The Old Boys,
A chance to commence a remarkable journey the Year 7 Beginner Band!
erbie Hancock, the master jazz player speaks of “living life in the moment”. He says that as a musician you have to have “the courage” to live life in the moment. I was struck by the validity of this thinking as I sat and watched our Beginner Band rehearsals in Term 1. Over 40 Year 7 boys accepted the invitation to join this group of first-time players. This opportunity seeks to recognise that many boys starting Year 7 may not have had the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and we are saying, “it’s not too late”. I admire the boys who have taken the challenge and I realise they have indeed demonstrated some courage to commence this journey. To look at an instrument for the
first time is surely a remarkable feeling. The images that fill their heads must be those of virtuoso performers they have seen on television or in concerts, perhaps. Skilled musicians who certainly play ‘in the moment’; with the authority and energy their skill has given them. It is truly fantastic that boys of this age, who still possess far more dreams than memories, can choose to join a band in Year 7; and yet be so raw, musically speaking. It reveals a trust in those coordinating this venture, which I acknowledge so strongly. It reveals a dedication and an appreciation of purpose which will bring rewards - lifelong rewards. The courage Hancock speaks of soon becomes obvious. I am sure this is when the boys realise as individuals, they are integral to something mighty. That vision of performing like a virtuoso becomes evident to all boys; and the power of musical performances, that enraptures and defines so many of our music teachers, begins to unite this group of boys. It is a powerful, enduring and potentially life changing realisation. The passion of Mr Philip Venables, Mr Martin Taylor, Mr Matthew Walker and Mr Gavin Kerr, I am convinced, creates this yearning for excellence that only master teachers possess.
concepts that to me are abstract, but to them are achievable experiences to be found in the heart of the brass section, deep in the shimmering utterances of violins, or, incredible moments of crescendo when an orchestra or band is truly united in performance. I do not overestimate the incredible journey these boys are on as they begin to translate the marks on a page into sounds from a new instrument; and then seek to collaborate with the others to unite all that sound into a seamless, rich and timeless experience. It is a fabulous example of personal, identifiable and enduring learning. There is much to be learned, inspired and enjoyed from seeing boys respond to such a challenge. They understand there will be difficulties, they strive for excellence through teaching, through learning, through joy, and, through – yes, seeking to be ‘in the moment’.
Musicians speak in a strange code. They talk passionately and with dramatic effect about
Mr Michael Valentine Head of Middle School
JUNIOR SCHOOL The nurturing tone makes this Junior School a very special place to be, and worthy of the great tradition and heritage of this outstanding school. I love hearing my mother-in-law talk about how Perth has changed in her lifetime. At 88 years of age, she has certainly seen Perth evolve! Just how much is highlighted when she describes the excitement her family felt when moving to a new estate on the edge of the city. She was about 10 years old and the name of the new land release was West Leederville. In this context, I reflect upon the courage and foresight that the Hale School Board of Governors of the time demonstrated, in implementing the move to the Wembley Downs campus. At the time, the move must have seemed a ‘pipe dream’ and beyond imagination to many observers. There is no doubt that the Junior School has greatly benefited from this decision made all those years ago. Many primary schools within a similar vicinity of the central business district are ‘landlocked’, unable to expand their buildings without encroaching on valuable playing space. In fact, many have limited space where the students have to be rostered on playgrounds during their recess and lunch. 20 | The Haleian
Classrooms are often on top of each other and back onto houses or commercial properties. As I sit writing this article, my senses become attuned to the Junior School environment and the contrast to what I have described above. The Junior School is an environment where the boys are engaged in learning, birds are nestled in the trees that surround the school grounds, and the distant whistle on the football field tells me a visiting school is here enjoying our facilities as they compete against one of our teams. The nurturing tone makes this Junior School a very special place to be, and worthy of the great tradition and heritage of this outstanding school. Obviously this has not just happened overnight. This Junior School is a result of the visionary leadership that has gone before me. Since Miss Doris Green opened the doors for the Year 1 class of 1961, the Junior School has evolved into one of, if not the most, highly rated choice of schools for primary school aged boys in Western Australia. This is something that we can all be proud of, and I praise all those who have gone before me in achieving this reputation.
At the time, the move must have seemed a ‘pipe dream’ and beyond imagination to many observers.
In gaining some insight into the Junior School’s past, I will begin with the previous Head of Junior School, Mr Michael Valentine. For 14 years, Mr Valentine inspired an educational revolution that resonates today. During Mr Valentine’s time, the east and west wings of the building were expanded, and the Year 7 Centre was built (now Year 6 Centre). When Mr Harry Weston commenced in 1989, the Hale Lake had just been completed and became a regular feature of science lessons. The staff and boys recall fond memories of Mr Weston’s warm and caring approach to all
Jesse Kirwan-Williams, Thomas Hume, Flynn Peacock, Declan Neilson, Callum Henderson and Corban Chapple (Year 6)
Cooper Ferris and Lachlan Menezes (Year 1)
those with whom he came in contact with. Prior to Mr Weston, the Reverend Russell Davis was the ‘Master in Charge’ for many years. During this period, a staff member recalled Reverend Davis’ ability to tell a ‘ripping yarn’ that would keep all engaged and wanting more. Unfortunately, it has proven a little difficult to find out more about Mr Bertie Mill’s time as ‘Master in Charge’. However, I am sure Old Boys and staff here in the seventies will have some great memories.
Mrs Trudi Edwards, the Junior School team has been working tirelessly to ensure that Hale will be an exemplar to other schools, as compulsory implementation is mandated in 2013. I am genuinely excited about the Junior School’s future, and I feel honoured to be working with an amazing team as we continue to define and strive for excellence.
Of the many outstanding teachers who have worked in the Junior School, Mrs Marianne Swain is one of the longest serving. This year marks Mrs Swain’s 25th year in the Junior School. Often, I see an Old Boy come in to check up on Mrs Swain and let her know where life has led him. Mrs Swain’s beaming smile
during such meetings epitomises the ongoing relationship established in the Junior School. In 2011, the Junior School continues to enjoy building additions, such as the new Junior School multi-purpose hall completed in 2010. Further discussions and subsequent plans are currently being discussed to determine a vision for the future structures. So what of the future? I can assure you, the Junior School will not sit idle as we continue to strive for excellence. The bar is always rising and we intend to set the height! The educational landscape is at a momentous point in history. For the first time, Australia will have a National Curriculum and the Junior School is implementing this wholeheartedly. Led by the Head of Junior School Curriculum,
We should always remind ourselves of the evolution and history the Junior School has experienced over the past 50 years, and ensure we never take this magnificent learning environment for granted. I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank the staff, students and families that made, and continue to make, this Junior School an exceptional place. Mr Alex Cameron Head of Junior School The Haleian | 21
Feature photo: Andrew Parker, Joel Phillips, Kristian Jongeling, Aaron Nguyen, Mitchell Georgiades and Piers Kirk (Year 4)
he 2011 Junior School Interhouse Triathlon was held in April, marking the first year all Year 2 boys were given the opportunity to compete in this event.
Each boy was expected to take part either as a team member, or as an individual competitor. It was a positive afternoon for all involved, especially the large number of boys who took on the challenge as an individual competitor. Many parents came along to support their sons and contributed to making the carnival a great success. The school grounds certainly are a wonderful part of Hale School and allowed the students to swim, bike and run over a great course. All of this was achieved within the boundaries of the Hale School property. Davy was the eventual winner of the 2011 House Triathlon Championship. Mr Andrew Robertson Sportsmaster
THE BARD OR BUST DRAMA MASTER-CLASS 2011
This year, the Drama Master-Class consisted of a three day intensive workshop exploring the life, times, works and theatre of William Shakespeare. While some of the boys were hesitant about ‘doing Shakespeare’, it was under the expert guidance of Drama specialist, Ms Moira Arthurs, that they were soon engrossed in all things Elizabethan. On the second day, the boys attended a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which stimulated excited comments such as, “I want to come to these plays more often” and “I would love to go and see it again and would also love to go and see other Shakespeare shows.” The boys are to be congratulated on their enthusiasm and application during the intense three days. My thanks and appreciation goes to Ms Moira Arthurs for her expertise and passion. Miss Catherine Flanigan Head of Gifted and Talented Education 22 | The Haleian
BY THE SEA
ear 6 boys ventured to Cottesloe Beach to view the “Sculptures by the Sea” as a source of inspiration for their art project. As the boys climbed, felt and mimicked the sculptures, they developed their ideas of methods of how they were created and how the method affects the meaning of the artwork. The knowledge gained from the excursion was noted in all the boys’ artworks as they made sculptures from bread, wood and broken electrical devices, expressing their ideas on deforestation. Ms Lisa Hakkinen Art Specialist
HALE KNIGHTS YEAR 2 KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE The myths and legends of the Middle Ages came alive in the Junior School on the final afternoon of Term 1, as the Year 2 boys earned the right to become Knights of the Hale Round Table. Jousting challenges, shield designing and dragonslaying activities captured the boys’ hearts, and the hearts of those young at heart, in the culmination of a term’s worth of commitment from the boys. Sir Cameron and Queen Kennedy had the honour at the conclusion of the afternoon, of officially welcoming the boys to Hale’s elite in recognition of their engagement, responsibility, manners and positive approach to life in Year 2. Congratulations to all the boys on a wonderful achievement. Miss Megan Kennedy Year 2 Teacher
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THE HALE HISTORY THE EVOLUTION OF A GREAT SCHOOL
HALE SCHOOL THE LAST 152 YEARS
The Governor, Sir Charles Gairdner, assissted by Chairman of the Hale School Board of Governors, the Honourable Leslie Craig, cut the ribbon to officially open the Wembley Downs site on 6th March 1961.
Bishop Hale opened the Bishop’s Collegiate School, the predecessor of Hale School, on 28th June1858.
PILLARS OF WA HISTORY
The School closed temporarily early in 1872 but several weeks later re-opened under Colonel E.W. [‘Paddy’] Haynes. It subsequently joined the newly constituted High School in 1878.
Since its establishment over 150 years ago, Hale School has produced an acting Prime Minister, Commonwealth Treasurer, six Premiers of the state, numerous cabinet ministers, 13 Rhodes Scholars and many recipients of the Order of Australia. Among them have been influential pastoralists and industrialists, as well as prominent musicians, artists, sculptors, novelists and poets. Many Haleians have served their country with distinction, 125 having paid the supreme sacrifice, now commemorated in the Hale Memorial Grove. They have all consistently upheld Hale School’s long standing reputation of producing young men determined to excel, to lead and above all, to implement the School’s motto and fulfil their duty to their mates, their families and to the community.
Hale School celebrates 50 years at the Wembley Downs campus. Chairman of the Hale School Board of Governors Mark Hemery, assisted by Captain of School, Adam Birman, re-enact the School’s official opening.
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In the mid 1930s, Chairman of the Board of Governors, W.L. (Bill) Brine began the search for a new school site. In 1939 he concluded the purchase of the ‘Herdsman Lake’ estate for 2, 260 pounds.
In 1933 Hale School had only 205 pupils, including 33 boarders. By 1953 there were nearly 100 boarders, some sleeping above the Headmaster’s living room, and nearly 400 pupils all told.
â€œNo school or its graduates have played as prominent and integral role in the governance and development of Western Australia as Hale School and its Old Boys.â€?
High School shifted across to the old Military Hospital in George Street, next to the Pensioner Guard Barracks.
On the 28th June, precisely, the 100th anniversary of the School, Chairman of the Board Leslie Craig and Premier Hawke laid the foundation stone for the new School on the Wembley Downs site.
Following the appointment of Charles Faulkner as headmaster in 1890, the number of students rose from 26 to 81 within two years.
The new School opened its doors at Wembley Downs on 6th March, 1961.
Source: From Slate to Cyberspace (2008)
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ARCHIVES/MUSEUM “Of all our national assets, Archives are the most precious; they are the gift of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilization.”
Arthur G. Doughty, Dominion Archivist, 1904-1935
CECIL MAITLAND FOSS – A HERITAGE LOST y, s Cemeter Pucheviller nce a Fr n er th Nor
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DONATIONS Colin Fox (deceased) - his collection of “Cygnets”, 1938-1958 Robert Reid - 1947 1st Four pennant (winners) [stroke J.D.LANGE; No 3 D.SMITH; No 2, W.LESLIE; Bow, R.REID; Cox, M.WATSON] Dudley MacGibbon - his old school cufflinks Ken Sealey - 1932 Cygnet Michael Eva - coxwain’s loud hailer,1957-1989 Darius Yeo - his Hale School coat 1994 Roger Gray - Wittenoom brikettes, rescued by Roger from the remnants of “Harry’s Knob” on top of the scarp after Hale Wittenoom closed down in 1989. (See the history of Hale Wittenoom in the 2008 publication, “From Slate to Cyberspace”) Keith Lloyd Treadgold - 1930 Hale School fete badge Malcolm / Nigel Treadgold - two suit / blazer pockets Bruce Roe - copy of a document listing equipment required by boarders in 1949 found inside school trunk. The Haleian | 28
Captain Cecil Maitland Foss, or “Maty” to his family, entered Hale School in 1907 from a property near today’s town of Babakin. His nickname at school was “Nurse”. After the outbreak of the Great War he joined the Western Australian 28th Battalion in 1915 and subsequently fought in the Gallipoli campaign. Later, in France, he led the first assault by Australian troops at Armientieres in April 1916 and was awarded the Military Cross for valour in action. Australian forces then became involved in the August 1916, Somme Valley offensive. Over twenty thousand young Australians were to subsequently lose their lives in the Pozieres / Mouquet Farm sector of the line. Cecil Foss was the first Haleian lost in action in France, at Pozieres village on 11th August, 1916, in the push to control the heights overlooking the German lines. A commemorative plaque for him is in Kings Park and another was placed in the Hale School Memorial Grove on the 10th November, 2000. A moving tribute and a fitting finale. Well, so we thought, until quite recently when a member of the Foss extended family, Simone Reeves, sent us more sobering detail from New South Wales. The full tragedy of the Foss story then became apparent. Cecil Foss was the youngest of five children, three boys and two girls from the union between Cecil Vaughan Foss, a descendent of Irish pensioner convict guard Christopher Vaughan Foss, and Isabella Burges of the
pioneering York family which has, to this day, strong Hale connections. The eldest boy, Ernest Cecil, born in 1884, a member of the Western Australian 11th Infantry Battalion, also died in World War I, at Mont de Merris on the Somme on 3 June 1918. The second brother, Henry Clinton Foss, serving in the 28th Battalion had been killed near Bullecourt on 3rd May 1917, twelve months before Ernest and eight months after his youngest sibling, Maty. The remaining girls, Victoria and Nora subsequently married and each had one daughter and moved to other parts of Australia. The direct Foss line and the name thus died out and the farming property at Babakin passed to another owner. With a population of only around five million people during the period, the ripple effects of the Great War struck similarly at the heart of almost every Australian family. Many hundreds of small towns all over Australia, with their cricket and football teams, their bush churches, general stores and dance halls; all viable, effervescent communities before the Great War, also disappeared when the sons did not return. Today their sites contain little more than the remnants of crumbling buildings where historians and archaeologists sometimes pick over vague artefacts. Overgrown small patches close by, where once there was a cricket pitch or a tennis court or a crude stable, bear testimony to a way that Australia once was, a heritage in the Lawson or Paterson tradition, but now barely a memory. Mr Bill Edgar Archivist / Curator
ARCHIVES / MUSEUM
YEAR 7 VISITS THE MUSEUM The start of the new school year was an exciting time for the Hale School Museum staff, as they were not only making preparations for the celebration of 50 years at the Wembley Downs campus, but also getting ready to introduce a new teaching programme for the Year 7 students. In recent times, many groups of students, particularly Year 8 and Year 10 boys, had visited the museum to learn about the school’s history from Mr Edgar, the Archivist and museum curator. It was considered a good idea to extend the programme and to incorporate it into the curriculum. The museum staff along with the Middle School management team designed
a programme that would initially involve the boys in accessing the newly designed “Museum” portal page to gauge their level of knowledge about the school. Mr Edgar transferred a lot of material contained in his book, “From Slate to CyberSpace”, as well as many images and an oral history of the school, onto the website. Towards the latter part of the first term, each class, along with their class teacher, visited the museum for a lesson. During this time, the students learnt not only about the origins of the school and its development over the past 152 years with special emphasis upon the 50 years at the Wembley Downs campus, but also where they fitted into the
ongoing history of the school. Finally, the boys were provided with a detailed booklet, complete with a series of questions, about the campus before being sent off to visit each of the 20 significant locations around the school grounds. Upon their return to their classrooms, the boys could access the museum’s portal page to conduct further indepth research about any of the sites they had visited. It is hoped that the programme will extend into Year 8 next year when the students will return once more to the museum to develop their knowledge and understanding about significant Haleians.
LITTLE FOOTSTEPS TO FILL BIG SHOES
Answering a call from Megan Kennedy, the Year 2 teacher in the Junior School, the museum staff put together a presentation about Hale School’s eight different campuses during its 152 year history. The boys were fascinated as they heard about some of the school’s rich history. The final question of the day was directed at Mr Meade, which fortunately he did not hear. “Were you Headmaster when the School opened?” pretty well summed up the visit and only goes to prove that we are all part of history in the making!
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ale Jazz Orchestra and Hale Chamber Orchestra had an early start to the year with a music camp prior to the start of term: those early and intensive rehearsals are already proving their worth as we approach Concerto Night and as HJO prepare for their tour to America in December. A new initiative for 2011 is the introduction of a Middle School Beginner Band for boys new to Year 7. Along with Year 5 boys, who start something similar on entry in Year 5, these students and parents attended the instrument ‘test drive’ afternoon, listening and watching demonstrations of instruments by our music tutors, trying them out themselves and then deciding which instrument they would like to learn. These Band Programmes and the String Programme, which begins in Year 3, are central to the development and success of Music at Hale as we seek to nurture and develop enthusiasm and talent amongst boys entering the school in those years. These existing String and Band Programmes have paid rich dividends; for example, when you hear Hale Chamber Orchestra at Concerto Night and Hale St Mary’s Concert Band at Governors’ Concert, a number of those boys began in the String and Band Programmes in Junior School. Already the Middle School Band Programme is engendering enthusiasm for quality music making. To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding of St Mary’s, Music Under the Stars was held at St Mary’s at Metricup this year, a marvellous outdoor setting for an evening of music. I thank the boys for so willingly committing to this, many of them hopping on buses after Saturday sport to travel south, rehearse, change and then give a concert before returning home the next day. The richness and quality of Hale Music across the school is very evident; Junior School Music Assembly and String Recitals, Middle School Music Night and Open Assembly Performances; Senior School Chamber Music Night, St Mary’s Music Night and the Visiting Artists’ Concerts. Look ahead in the calendar and the full breadth of performances to come offer something for everyone! The strong curricular music life of the department continues unabated and we prepare for two international music tours this year, Hale Jazz Orchestra to America in December and Hale St Mary’s Cantate to England in July. I hope to be able to see you at many of the concerts and recitals in the remainder of the year, details of which are in the Music Calendar and the Music Newsletter, accessible through the school website. As always, may music be a source of joy, comfort and inspiration in all of your lives. Mr Andrew Bushell Director of Music 30 | The Haleian
SENIOR SCHOOL GARLAND MUSIC COMPETITION WINNERS The Senior School Garland Music Competition was held in Term 1 and the winners for 2011 are: Woodwind - Hale Woodwind Cup Winner: BEN CLAPIN (Year 10) playing clarinet Guitar - Hale Guitar Cup Winner: ETHAN REED (Year 12) playing electric guitar Pianoforte - Gladstones Piano Cup Winner: JOSEPH HAVLAT (Year 12) Brass - Harvey Brass Cup Winner: SAM HADLOW (Year 10) playing trombone Strings - Hale String Shield Winners: LIAM ANDERSON (Year 10) playing violin WILLIAM HUXTABLE (Year 10) playing violin Percussion - Hale Percussion Shield Winner: JACK FISCHER (Year 12) playing drum kit Voice - Clarke Choral Cup Winner: WILLIAM HUXTABLE (Year 10) Ensemble - Barlow Ensemble Shield Winner: BEN CLAPIN (Year 10), WILLIAM HUXTABLE (Year 10), LIAM ANDERSON (Year 10), SATURO YAMAMOTO (Year 10) Friends of Hale Music Encouragement Award Winner: WILLIAM HUXTABLE (Year 10) Garland Music Prize for 2011 Winner: JOSEPH HAVLAT (Year 12) playing Pianoforte; Ruralia Hungarica (1st-4th Movements): Erno Dohnányi Adjudicator: Mr John Beaverstock All Saints’ College
Hale School representatives for 2011 National Philosothon Sydney
Is Mathematics a “Divine Language?” Is it moral to fake kindness? Does a flourishing economy depend on delusion? Does strong religious belief provide an evolutionary advantage?
THE MATHS FACTORY Hale’s Middle School maths extension students were recently treated to “The Maths Factory” in the pavilion. Scitech outreach provides this programme which delivers engaging maths activities to Middle School aged students across WA. Using puzzles, full body mazes, maths problems and conundrums from famous mathematicians, students use a range of problem solving skills and learn how maths is involved in their daily lives. The boys used a range of big, colourful, full body maths activities such as mazes, floor puzzles and maths games covering various
learning areas as well as hands-on exhibits displaying a variety of maths concepts such as Pascal’s Triangle, Tower of Hanoi and Chaos Theory. Students then participated in activities in relation to each exhibit which allowed them to explore each concept. Maths Extension teacher Pasquale Sansalone said, “The Maths Factory activities assists teachers to achieve many outcomes in the Curriculum Framework focusing on both the Appreciating Mathematics and Working Mathematically learning areas in a fun way. The boys really enjoyed the sessions.”
YEAR 12 PERSPECTIVE EXHIBITION Four Year 12 Art students of 2010: Will Burton, Drew Thornton, Clayton Whitsed and Mason Hewitt were selected to be in the Art Gallery of WA’s Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition. Head of Art Haydn Jackson said, “All four boys excelled in art making and were extremely committed to the production of exhibiting quality artworks.” Collectively they performed extremely well in their external assessment and Hale was a top 10 school for Visual Art 3AB in 2010. Drew
Professor John Kleinig with Philosophy students
Thornton was the top Art student at Hale School, closely followed by Will Burton. None of the boys have pursued Art as a profession but all are studying at university. The boys recently went back to the Art Gallery and met Director Dr Stefano Carboni who took time out to chat informally with the boys. Dr Carboni is opening the Fine Art@Hale Exhibition in August.
Following on from the highly successful “Explorer in Residence” programme in 2010, which saw Antarctic explorer Syd Kirkby (1944-50) visit the school to share his stories, 2011 has seen the inaugural “Philosopher in Residence” event come to fruition. Old Haleian, Professor John Kleinig (1955 – 1959), dedicated a full week to sharing his knowledge and experience with many fortunate Hale School students. For the students involved, the interaction and discussions on philosophical issues with the world-renowned professor was a fantastic learning opportunity. Professor Kleinig, who is a world authority in criminal justice ethics and has an ongoing interest in medical ethics and the philosophy of education, prepared papers and discussion tools for the students on each of the topics he spoke about. Some of the topics discussed were: • Collateral Damage - Civil Emergencies and the claims of Innocence. • Forgiveness. • Arguments for and against the existence of God. • The person/human being distinction Hard cases-teratomas, foetuses, the comatose and corpses. • Was Iago a Machiavellian? • Loyalties - friendship and familial bonds and broader concerns about organisational and patriotic loyalties. • Utilitarianism aggregative / distributive theories, pleasure / happiness distinction, act / rule-utilitarianism, and the quantity / quality distinction. • Is torture ever justified? • Cannibalism: Should people be permitted to consent to being eaten? The “Philosopher in Residence” programme was an amazing success and will be an annual event thanks to Professor Kleinig’s generosity. The Haleian | 31
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Watch a hesitant, nervous student step into a drama space, and see how with care, passion and time their step becomes surer, their expression brighter, their world a little larger - and you’ll understand. Drama moves to a human heartbeat - it explores who we are, where we are, how we got here and what we can do now we've arrived! In a world full of stories, fictional, factual, fantastical and farcical - it's our relationship to these stories, how we tell them, interpret them and understand them that allows us to create our own, unique view of the world.
nother busy programme for redfoot Youth Theatre has seen productions and workshops throughout both the school and the wider community. Our story telling production of “A Christmas Carol” toured throughout primary schools in Perth, finishing its run here at Sony Camp. The troupe of Year 9 students told Dickens’ classic tale with huge imagination and energy and it was received with genuine admiration by schools far and wide. Who could forget the roaringly good production of Roaring Robin Hood – another Panto Express production? This year’s show tried hard to avoid those pesky panto pirates, but to no avail, they were back at their meddlesome best, and a great time was had by all. Our annual Shakespeare in the Quad production was “King Lear”. Another large cast and an imaginative outdoor staging of this classic had the audience enthralled. Director Moira Arthurs pushed the young cast to a truly memorable level of performance. The first student-led production of the year was “And Then There Were None”, with Ryan Lewis making his debut as a director. This classic Agatha Christie murdermystery was performed to packed houses in the Stow, with the performers finding a maturity beyond their years! Julia Jarel and Helen McIntosh led the Middle School in a production of “Skellig”. Once again we were treated to a sublime production – all the elements of drama were drawn tightly together to produce a professional and memorable evening. Redfoot is in very safe hands as these young performers have proved once again. Mr Danny Parker Director of Drama
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SUMMER SPORTS WRAP
“It just goes to show that winning isn’t always the only thing – a wonderful message for our young boys.”
Without doubt, the busiest sporting term in the school calendar is Term 1. Boys are involved in seven PSA sports, with many training off-site or in the mornings. Whilst Term 1 is predominantly the competition term, the foundations are set in Term 4 and in the January holidays for the majority of the 1st squads. January 2011 was no exception with basketball and water polo embarking on a combined tour to Singapore whilst internal camps and training were conducted at Hale School for cricket, rowing, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Our senior basketball teams added a 5ths team this year; such was the enthusiasm from the older boys. Not only did this allow boys greater court time, it also highlighted the enormous depth in Hale School basketball, as all teams from the 2nds to the 5ths won more games than they lost. The 1st V squad finished in equal third position, in what was a very even and healthy 2011 competition. The general feeling before the first game was that our team could have won all games, or lost all games, and this was confirmed when the team defeated eventual winners, Scotch College, by one point in the Hale School gymnasium. The Darlot Cup has returned to the Hale School trophy cabinet after the 1st XI won the competition for the second time in three years, and the 12th time since moving out to the Wembley Downs campus. The success was largely due to an outright win against Trinity College in round 2 - an incredibly rare feat in 34 | The Haleian
the Darlot Cup format. With only one round to play, the undefeated Hale School team had plenty to do as a determined Scotch College team were chasing hard and had secured many valuable bonus points of their own. In what was an amazing last round, Scotch College were defeated by Trinity College and the Hale School boys hung on for a draw against Aquinas College – all in the last five minutes of the day. As a few keen statisticians pointed out, if both results had gone the other way, Scotch College would have won the Darlot Cup by only one run! Special mention must be made of the Year 12 boys in the 2nds, many of whom would have played in opposition 1st XI teams, such was the strength and balance of the Hale School team. In tennis, the 1st VIII finished in third position behind Christ Church Grammar School and Scotch College. The depth in Hale School tennis is impressive, as every team from the 1sts to the 7Cs won more than 50 percent of their games, many over 80 percent. Given this statistic, competition for spots in most teams are hotly contested and boys often played their best tennis against each other in challenge matches at training! Hale School volleyball has been increasing in strength and numbers over the past few years, so it was not surprising to see our 1st VI finish their season at equal second with Trinity College and Wesley College, all behind an undefeated Aquinas College side. Across all year groups, there is a clear distinction
between the top four schools (which Hale School sits comfortably within) and the bottom three schools. At 1st team level, the standard of play has improved dramatically, which in part is due to many Hale School boys’ involvement with the Perth Coastal Volleyball Club who train at Hale School each Tuesday evening. The resolve in the Cygnet Hall rowing shed remains impressive. At the 2011 Oarsmen’s Dinner, the boys spoke to their audience with passion and enthusiasm, as did their coaches, all with a common theme of participating with their mates and a willingness to improve. One of the coaches summed up the season beautifully when he said, “We don’t choose to race, but we choose to row”. At the annual Head of the ‘River’ at Champion Lakes, Hale School placed sixth in the Hamer Cup (for all crews) and seventh in the 1st VIII. The most significant challenge for the shed now is to retain the numbers through the Year 10 and 11 period, which is where we have lost a number of boys to other sports. After a successful tour to Singapore and a dominant Term 4, the 1st VII water polo team were confident they could win the Dickinson Shield for the third time in its history (commenced 1992). A round 2 loss to Christ Church Grammar School seemed to rattle the team as they were unable to regain their form in round 3, going down to Scotch College. However, the competition was healthy and a win in the final round against Aquinas College
would have meant a shared premiership for the team. This wasn’t to be as a 10-7 loss left the team in equal third position and left many boys, and their coaches, wondering what could have been. The 2nds were awesome in their competition remaining undefeated and the 3rds took on the challenge of playing in the 2nds competition as Guildford Grammar School did not have a team. Despite not winning a game, the 3rds were very competitive and not once did they complain about the position they were in. No doubt this will serve them well in the future, both in and out of the pool.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge all staff, parents, parent support groups and friends of Hale School for their unwavering support of the boys. I’m sure that one day, they will thank you! Mr Simon Young Director of Sport
2011 was seen by many as the ‘big year’ for the Hale School swim team – always a dangerous tag for young boys. The reason for such optimism was the second placing last year at the PSA Inters, largely on the back of the 2010 Year 11 group. Unfortunately, Christ Church Grammar School were simply too good on the night with their depth and consistency, meaning they won by over 200 points. The real race for Hale School on the night was for second, with Wesley College chasing hard – which made for interesting viewing in the stands given both squads were sitting next to each other! It came down to the last race, the Open 4 x 50m Division 1 freestyle relay, with Hale School needing to finish ahead of Wesley College to secure second position overall. The ever reliable Year 12 boys stepped up and not only finished ahead of Wesley College, but finished ahead of all other teams. The team and supporters were delighted with this and it just goes to show that winning isn’t always the only thing – a wonderful message for our young boys. The Haleian | 35
THE OHA COMMITTEE - 2011 PRESIDENT John Garland (1972-76) VICE-PRESIDENT Grant Robson (1981-85) TREASURER Grant Kidner (1972-76) SECRETARY Gary Dye (1972-76) COMMITTEE Ian Beeson (1963-66) Paul Carter (1976-80) John Deykin (1947-48) Tim Greaney (1995-99) Andrew Hassell (1978-82) Clark Maul (1995-99) Lee Panotidis (1989-94) Barry Sanders (1947-51) Mathew Stinton (1984-89) Bruce Strickland (1956-64) IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Eric Isaachsen (1964-68) BOARD OF GOVERNORS Chairman: Mark Hemery (1976-80) Jon Birman (1969-75) Sam McDonagh (1983-88) Phillip O’Meehan (1973-78) Peter Taylor (1966-73) OHA MANAGER Judy Greaney
SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES The Old Haleians’ Association has provided Bursary funds since 1964. This funding provides support to families where their financial position would otherwise prevent them maintaining their son/sons or grandsons at Hale. The vast majority of bursaries have provided fee remissions of 25% with the duration ranging from one to five years. Since 2001, the total value of such funding has been $175,000 where 25 families have received fee assistance, with 15 from a country background. Applications for Bursaries should be addressed in writing to: The Manager, Old Haleians’ Association, Hale School, Hale Road, Wembley Downs WA 6019. Details concerning attendance at Hale School of a relation or relations of the student concerned will be required.
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PRESIDENT All things are changed, and we change with them. (William Harrison; 1577)
Now I don’t want to come across as a literary intellectual because I’m sure my former English teacher, Bill Altorfer, would have attested that nothing is further from the truth. The reality is that the ‘depth’ of Wikipedia allowed me to find an appropriate quote in context with this report faster than I could have opened the library door. The Old Haleians’ Association is a unique organisation in that its membership base ranges from our eldest member, Jim MacKenzie (191725) at 102 years of age to our youngest alumni at 17 years of age. The common bond being the shared sense of pride in being a past student of the school and the desire to see Hale continue to be a leading educational institution in the state, if not the country. As such, the committee of the OHA is constantly reminding ourselves that we need to remain relevant that the strength of our organisation is only as good as its ability to adjust to the needs of our broad membership. As you would all be aware, we recently bid Roger Gray (1958-64) farewell after his lifetime association with the school and his wonderful service to the OHA as our Secretary. The very successful City Dinner allowed a large number of ‘Old Boys’ to recognise Roger’s career and to induct him as the third recipient of the newly established Faulkner Award, which recognises service above and beyond by an Old Boy to the Association. Roger now joins Barry Sanders (1947-51) and John Deykin (1947-48) as an awardee. Fittingly, Judy Greaney, the recently appointed OHA Manager was in attendance and introduced to the gathering. Judy will work with both the School and the Association to cover many of those aspects of Roger’s work on behalf of our members.
OHA President - John Garland (1972-76)
A further sign of the changes occurring at school is the new OHA office. Old Boys are invited to ‘drop in’, whether it’s for a chat or to browse past copies of the Haleian magazines to check out how you really performed as opposed to what you’ve been writing in your resume. The OHA room is situated in the old tuckshop alongside the Tom Hoar Dining Hall. One of the more significant changes experienced, is the addition to the OHA Committee of two new members - Tim Greaney (1995-99) and Clark Maul (1995-99). Tim and Clark have been very active organising HYPE functions and are keen to better represent the younger generation of past students by focusing on events and issues that will be of interest to those boys from the nineties and the noughties. The committee’s depth has also been expanded with the joining of Bruce Strickland (1956-64), Andrew Hassell (1978-82) and Matthew Stinton (1984-89) at our last General Meeting. At the same time, we thanked Steve Wholer (1972-74), who retired from the committee, for his service and invaluable contribution. On the social front, the traditional Old Boys’ Day assembly was well attended, particularly by a large number of Old Boys who joined their sons and grandsons at the assembly. Our Eastern States and overseas branches continue to hold events with numbers of attendees growing at each occasion. The next big gettogether is in Melbourne where Matthew Crewe (198993) is gathering Old Haleians together for the Fremantle / St Kilda game at Etihad Stadium on Friday 5 August. Whilst change has been abundant and we look forward to the future, some things do stay the same and to that end we thank those stalwarts who continue to serve on the OHA committee for everyone’s benefit. John Garland President - Old Haleians’ Association.
JUST HAVE A CRACK, FELLAS!
Ben Roberts-Smith (1994-95) VC MG School Address - February 1, 2011
It is how you live your life every day that defines you.
“Firstly, to the Headmaster Stuart Meade, to all of the staff at Hale School, to the parents who are here today and more importantly, to all of the lads, I’d just like to say thanks very much for having me today. It means a lot to me to be able to come and talk to you guys. It wasn’t that long ago I was sitting in those seats thinking, ‘I hope this guy doesn’t talk for too long!’ So I’ll keep it quick, fellas. I just want to start by telling you a story about a friend of mine called Sgt Matthew Locke. We were in the same patrol in Afghanistan in 2006 and we had just conducted a pretty arduous ten-hour foot infiltration up a mountain to get in a position where we could over-watch a valley where coalition troops were engaged by Taliban. They took pretty heavy casualties and had to withdraw and we started from the mountain to provide air cover for them to control the aircraft and - for whatever reason, our position became located by the enemy, so the five of us began a pretty intense fire fight with a numerically superior force. We had been engaged from pretty much 360° by small arms and RPG - which are rockets, and it got to a point where they got to an elevated position on one of our flanks. Sgt Locke, at that point decided that he needed to get up there to protect our flank and to protect the rest of the team. So he stood up amongst all this fighting and slung his rifle. He now had no weapon - and he scaled an 80 metre, sheer cliff face. Free climbed it to the top and once he got there, he got into a running solo battle with the insurgents at the top of this small cliff which went for about two and a half hours. He held that flank to night fall and by doing that, saved the rest of the team. For Sgt Locke, although that was a brave act, he didn’t just make that decision on the day.
Photo by: Andrew Campbell, The Australian
He developed his character over time. He ended up dying 12 months later in another fire fight, but he lived the ethos - and when he died, we didn’t remember him for that one day that he protected the patrol, or the discharge of that prerogative. We remembered the way he lived his life every day. In the pursuit of excellence, unquestionable integrity and team above all else, team first. You, like me, will always make mistakes, but it’s if you identify the mistakes you have made - and learn from them, it will always keep you one step ahead. Everyone, no matter what career you pursue, are representatives of Australia. What you represent is the values of our society and that
is extremely important. It is not a single act that makes you the man you are, it’s not the grand final that you win or lose, it’s not the critical exam that you pass or fail. It is not whether or not you have been awarded the Victoria Cross. It is how you live your life every day that defines you. Remember, no matter how daunting the task, you have to always give 100%.... always. And when given the opportunity, to coin a phrase I have been using a fair bit lately, ‘just have a crack fellas’. It’s worth it in the end. Thanks very much for having me and good luck for the rest of the year.”
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OLD BOYS’ DAY Much has been said about the new grounds, the new buildings and the new start during this year of celebration, but mention must also be made of the relationships and sense of community and traditions formed during this time that have created our strong ‘school spirit’. Old Boys’ Day provided a perfect opportunity for celebrating a community strengthened by the generations of families who have attended Hale School and who have contributed to enriching the intricate fabric that is Hale School. Bruce Strickland (1956-64), one of the students in attendance on day one at Wembley Downs in 1961, was able to attend Old Boys’ Day this year with his son Cameron (200610), who has only just become an Old Boy of the school. This Strickland family connection spans the entire time the Wembley campus has been in situ – but stretches back even further as Bruce’s father, Phillip (1922-30) was also an Old Haleian. Bruce and Cameron were an ideal choice to take the readings at the Chapel Service, representing the connections between family and school built up over the past 50 years and the beginnings of a tradition in this family which hopefully will be maintained for years to come. The Stricklands were not the only family with a long connection to the school in attendance this year. The Sudlow family, the Youngs, the Murdochs, and many more, all with a long and strong connection to the school over a number of generations are guilty of having a strong sense of school spirit. In fact a record number of Old Boys with sons or grandsons at the school celebrated Old Boys’ Day together this year, beginning new threads of tradition to be taken into the future. Barry Sanders (1947-51), was humbled to be called upon during the assembly to be presented with the inaugural Faulkner Award, details of which can be found on page 37. John Deykin (1947-48) another long-time supporter of the Association was also to be 38 | The Haleian
presented with the Faulkner Award at the assembly, but was unable to attend on the day. As Captain of the 1st VIII in 1961, Ken Court (1957-61) was called upon to give the address and was helped by other members of his crew to present the 2011 1st VIII rowers with their suits for the Head of the River the next day. The Roll Call started at 2010, was interspersed with an entertaining video narrated by Tom Hoar and Bruce Strickland and concluded, as usual, with a resounding standing ovation for Jim Mackenzie (191725), at almost 102 years of age. Lunch, which was served on Vernon Murphy Oval, provided a great opportunity for catching up whilst the Town and Country cricket match unfolded in the background. The Country team was awarded the Roger Gray Trophy at the conclusion of the game, which was presented by Roger’s brother, Geoff and those with any stamina moved on to “The Boulevard Hotel” to be joined by Old Boys who were unable to get away during the day.
The Sudlow clan
The 1st VIII of 2011 discuss tactics with members of the 1961 crew
Just two of the group that met at The Boulevard at the end of the day
Another enduring relationship with Hale School spanning almost 100 years, that was celebrated on Old Boys’ Day was by the attendance of two special guests, Julia McEntee and Joan Dannell, grandaughters of past staff member John Newbery. Newbery was recruited from Perth Technical College in 1917 as a science master and became known by generations of Old Boys as “Dil” - a nickname derived from his habit of writing “DIL” (diluted) on inumerable bottles of chemicals! They had a great day catching up with their grandfather’s Old Boys. “The stories we heard of Uncle Colin Newbery (1918-28) and our grandfather were quite amazing”, said Joan. “Thank you so much.”
Geoff Gray (1960-66) presents the Roger Gray Trophy to Cam Taylor (1978-82), Captain of the winning Country team
Julia McEntee and Joan Dannell, grandaughters of John Newbery
The Singapore Chapter group met at Muddy Murphy’s Irish Bar
Barry Sanders (1947-51) proudly displays his Award
THE FAULKNER AWARD Charles Faulkner served as Headmaster of Hale School from 1889 to 1914 and was a key figure behind the establishment of the Old Haleians’ Association in 1909. The Faulkner Award recognises an outstanding contribution by an Old Boy through interest, involvement and passionate support for the Association, its organisation and its representation.
Nigel Withers (1975-84) and Tom Plant (1987-91) meet Headmaster, Stuart Meade at the inaugural Sydney Chapter function
CHAPTERS Chris Kuhn (1998-04) celebrated Old Boys’
Day at Muddy Murphy’s Irish Bar with an enthusiastic group of Old Haleians resident in Singapore; Tom Plant (1987-91) took advantage of Headmaster, Stuart Meade’s visit to Sydney earlier this year to stage the inaugural Sydney Chapter function and Matt Crewe (1989-93) and his Committee, after the success of last year’s events, have a Friday Night football function and a dinner at The Australian Club in Melbourne planned for later in the year.
Neal Davis (1955-62) is canvassing Old
The inaugural Faulkner Award was presented at this year’s AGM. In fact two inaugural awards were presented – if that is possible!
Haleians, resident in the Canberra area, with a view to starting a new chapter group in the ACT. If you would like to attend Chapter functions or help organise events, please let the following co-ordinators know:
John Deykin (1947-48) and Barry Sanders (1947-51) were both recognised for their
MELBOURNE: Matthew Crewe (1989-93) email@example.com
incredible commitment to the OHA over more than fifty years, having both served in various positions including President and conveners of sub-committees during that time.
SYDNEY: Tom Plant (1987-91) firstname.lastname@example.org
A special presentation of a third award was made to Roger Gray (1958-64) at this year’s City Dinner in recognition of his fine commitment to the Association over a similar period of time.
SINGAPORE: Chris Kuhn (1998-04) email@example.com
WAYS/WAPSO ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Were you once a member of WAYS (WA Youth Strings) or WAPSO (WA Primary Strings Orchestra)? This will be the 21st year of the organisation and to celebrate there will be an Anniversary Concert held at The Perth Concert Hall on Thursday September 22. We are eagerly seeking past members who would like to see the concert and catch up
NEW YORK: Rob Shilkin (1988-92) firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON: Steve Papadopoulos (1980-91) email@example.com CANBERRA: Neal Davis (1955-62) firstname.lastname@example.org with friends and founding conductor Gunther Frey and present conductor Ashley Arbuckle. We would be thrilled if you wanted to perform with your alumni, a piece that Gunther has specially composed for the occasion. Already we have past members from as far away as Tasmania and Queensland who are looking forward to the event. If you would like join us in this celebration please register on our website www.wayouthstrings.org.au
Pip Murdoch at work in the Old Haleians’ office
MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS When a call went out for volunteers, current parent Pip Murdoch was one of the first people to put up her hand. She cites her interest in history, the long family connection to the school and using any excuse for getting out of the house as her prime motivations. Pip’s Hale connection includes her father, Phillip Lefroy (1949-52) and two brothers, David (1977-81) and Jonathan Lefroy (1984-89) as well her two sons Callum (2003-08) and Andrew Murdoch who is currently in Year 12. Phillip’s father, Ted Lefroy (1907) and two of his uncles also attended Hale School. The Lefroys were a country family from the Murchison district. To get to school in the early 1950s, Phillip, and his parents and younger sister, would leave Yuinmery Station (via Sandstone) and drive in an old Chev to Mt Magnet along a gravel, corrugated road taking three to four hours. Phillip arrived in Perth the following morning at 7am, in time for breakfast at Havelock Street. Phillip had completed primary schooling by correspondence, so it was a pretty tough trip for a little kid from the station - who was just turning 12 years old when he started boarding at Hale School. In those days the boarders slept in alphabetical order! Phillip Lefroy slept in the next bed to Geoff Lacy (1947-52) and there began a friendship spanning more than 60 years. Phillip attended Old Boys’ Day this year with his Grandsons to celebrate the School’s 50th Anniversary at Wembley Downs, an event Phillip rarely misses. This is the sort of ‘school spirit’ that Pip is keen to see continued. She has given up her time tirelessly to help find ‘lost’ Old Boys and to reconnect them to their old school. The Haleian | 39
Nerida Porter, Dixie Marshall, Jessie Zempilas and Sue Roberts-Smith
SEIZE THE DAY!
Behind every good man - there’s a great Mum! To commemorate the Centenary of International Women’s Day, we invited the mothers of a few good men (all prominent Old Haleians), to tell us their side of the story . . . Dixie Marshall, herself a current parent, hosted the event and set the informal tone of the breakfast by inviting the guests to share their secrets about the upbringing of their successful sons.
Sue of course was really proud – but she also just wanted to slap him! When asked about how she felt about Ben’s current career, all she could say was that she was always eternally grateful when he came home.
Nerida Porter, mother of Christian Porter (1983-87) Treasurer and Attorney General; Jessie Zempilas, mother of Basil Zempilas (1984-88) Channel 7 Sport and 92.9 breakfast presenter and Sue Roberts-Smith, mother of Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith (1994-95), VC MG and Sam Roberts-Smith (1991-02) opera singer, were all very happy to pass on their tips.
Basil was always a born leader. Even at preschool he was referred to as the ‘Director’ or the ‘Manager.’ He was the youngest of three, with two older sisters – or as Jessie put it – three mums! He too was a mad keen sportsman, but his mother was keen for him also to be involved in drama and debating. Basil can still hear her saying, “Mind your diction, Basil!” Jessie also reinforced the notion in Basil that, ‘You are no better than anyone else and no-one is better that you.’
Sam apparently was a keen sportsman and enthusiastic rugby player who eventually ‘did’ his cruciate ligament - and so began a career in singing. Ben on the other hand came home one day and told his mother that he’d signed up with the army for four years – because she was too tough to live with! When Ben told his mother in 2006, of the circumstances behind his Medal of Gallantry award - all she could say was, “Don’t do that again!” He was a little more careful about how he conveyed the story behind his Victoria Cross. 40 | The Haleian
Christian Porter was the perfect child who ‘squeezed the life’ out of Hale School! According to Nerida, he never sat still and was always planning what he was going to do next. It came as no surprise to her that Christian headed in the direction of politics. His grandfather, a Liberal MP in the 1970s, was well known for locking horns with Joe Bjelke-Petersen and his father “Chilla” is a former state Liberal Party director. Ultimately, they all agreed that a good sense of humour and open communication lines
were the secrets to their success. They also agreed that it was more difficult to be bringing up children in this electronic world. Dixie finished by saying that she hoped in years to come that she would be invited back as the mother of a successful son to tell her side of the story, adding that even in his short time at Hale School, she has noticed a dramatic change in the way he stands, smiles and thinks about himself.
The ‘Accidental’ Philosopher The second of our breakfasts took a completely different turn featuring Old Haleian, Professor John Kleinig (1955-59), who was visiting from the US as the inaugural ‘Philosopher in Residence.’ As Professor of Philosophy and Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at New York City University, John took us on his journey: explaining the ‘seize the day’ moments that resulted in the ‘shy kid from Hale School becoming a world expert on police ethics.’
A proud moment for Ross Rogers (1934-40) with Dr Ken Michaels, Governor of WA
MY LIFE! JOHN LONGLEY (1953-63) started at Hale in Year 3, with only two other Year 3 students in the class. He remembers the school at Havelock Street well and was surprised by its smallness.
In response to the question; “What did Hale do for you?” John quickly replies with, “Changed my life”. John charges into a story about Cadets at Hale School. Given his short stature, he had an uneasy fear of the compulsory nature of Cadets and knew that these programmes were a breeding ground for physical bullying and rough and tumble justice. Fortunately, Phil Davies, with fellow teacher Axel Kruse saved the day by introducing a new cadets programme at Hale - ‘Naval Cadets.’ This programme was much more to John’s taste. After some months, the Naval Cadets unit (named TS Cygnet) had flourished with all students being issued their 303 rifles (which they took home – with no bolt of course) and before long, the school had access to a 27 foot Whaler. Through his years at Hale, John quickly mastered sailing and was often chosen by masters for sailing tasks. John recalls one (of the many) mock battles that Phil Davies set up during subsequent camps at Garden Island for the cadets which involved the Whaler sailing to the anchored “Junee” (a mothballed corvette), which was being protected by a group of older boys. The ‘mission’ was for
John Longley (1953-63)
John to deliver his heavily laden vessel (filled with invaders) to the Junee to attempt a takeover. As the battle began, which saw “a hell of a lot of wrestling, shoving and a throng of bodies overboard”, John would often find himself sailing on, blissfully unaware whether or not his crew were in fact winning the battle. It was this almost idyllic love of the water, wind and sailing that saw John achieve amazing things throughout his sailing career. One of John’s greatest tasks was asked of him by Phil Davies who requested he captain the Whaler from Cygnet Hall to the camp site at Garden Island. John relished the opportunity and took a day off school with several naval cadet mates to sail this adventure. They left at dawn, sailing and rowing all the way to the river mouth only to be confronted by a howling sou’ wester all the way to Garden Island. John vividly recalls the physical effort required to fight all the way to Garden Island and upon their arrival after lights out at 10pm that night, there was one very angry but relieved Phil Davies. In recognition of John’s achievements in sailing, the Longley Tasker Cup will be awarded to the winning House sailing crew on October 23 at Cygnet Hall in Crawley. This inaugural event will see Hale boys battle it out on the river in International Topper sail craft. For the full story on John Longley, visit the new-look OHA website: www.oldhale.com
LISTER DRAKE SCHOLAR 2012 We are delighted to report that Cameron McAlpine (10 W) is the winner of the Lister Drake Scholarship for 2012. Criteria for selection were changed this year in order to recognise ‘an all-rounder’ – a student able to play a full part in all activities of the School. Cameron achieves well academically, learns guitar, participates in drama productions, Service Learning and debating. He plays football and tennis, coaches juniors in tennis and is well on the way to completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Cameron is a worthy recipient who has made his grandfather, Tony Ryan (1951-56), very proud.
Bill Shaw (1955-59) receives his Order of Australia Medal
Greg Lupton receives his Order of Australia Medal from Dr Ken Michaels, Governor of WA
We would like to congratulate the following Old Haleians who were awarwded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours list this year. ROSS ROGERS (1934-40) for service to the community of the Kalgoorlie region. BILL SHAW (1955-59) for service to music through the Adelaide Male Voice Choir. GREG LUPTON - Past Staff Member for service to the community through a range of sporting, aged care and education organisations. VICTOR REBIKOFF (1953-55), awarded an OAM for service to migrants in 1989 and NEVILLE THOMAS (1937-42), awarded an OAM in 2002 for service to people with disabilities in Western Australia through the Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officer programme, have also been added to our Order of Australia Honour Board. JOHN BENNISON (1941) We also congratulate, John, former CEO of Wesfarmers who was inducted into the Royal Agricultural Society’s Hall of Fame earlier this year for his contribution to the rural sector. The Haleian | 41
Checking the attendance list . . .
Basil Zempilas (1984-88), Sam McDonagh (1983-88) and John Garland (1972-76)
The first City Dinner was held in 1904. I’ve scoured all archival records of those days and have not been able to unearth any mention of penguins in attendance on that night!
Hoad walked us through 50 years of Olympic water polo stories and Headmaster, Stuart Meade, gave a short snapshot of Hale School 2011, for those who needed the update.
A group of penguins found on land is called a waddle – and that is what we had at the 2011 City Dinner! If you had been in attendance on the night, you will understand the relevance of their attendance and, if not – suffice to say it has a lot to do with Roger Gray’s fascination for penguins as a biology teacher, a bit of end of term skullduggery by Year 12 boys and a ransom note!
It is fair to say that guest speaker, well known comedian, Peter Rowsthorn, was well and truly upstaged by a biology teacher who obviously missed his vocation in life. Roger should have been a comedian. He had the whole room in stitches with his duck shooting story, complete with actions - told I think, in fluent ‘penguin’ with not even a pause for breath from beginning to end. It made many a reference to “doulfouble balfarrelled sholfotgun” and “qualfack, qualfack” with the odd “balfang, balfang” thrown in here and there. We might not have been exactly sure what he was saying, but all were in agreeance, even those who had heard it before on
Thanks are extended to Basil Zempilas (1984-88), who as MC for the night, was in fine form. He regaled the attendees with many a yarn with a distinctive Old Hale flavour, jogging memories and enticing a laugh from young and old alike. Tom
DR DAVID PORZIG BDSc
Old Boy (1989-1991)
camp at Wittenoom years before, that it was absolutely hilarious and should have been videoed! There is often a more serious side to functions and the time came in the evening for us to acknowledge our reason for being gathered together: the remarkable career of past student, teacher and Old Boy, Roger Gray (195864). To mark the occasion, OHA President, John Garland (1972-76), presented Roger with an etching by fellow Old Haleian, Leon Pericles (196265), called Batavia, which was suitably personalised by Leon with the addition of assorted ‘penguin paraphernalia’ – some powdered penguin aphrodisiac and reference to aforementioned ‘skullduggery.’ Roger also became the third recipient of the Faulkner Award which was presented by John in recognition of Roger’s passionate support
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for the Association over a long period of time. There was still plenty of time for camaraderie. The Hale community bonds and networks were strengthened, deepened and forged. Old Haleians gathered from all parts of the eastern seaboard. Ian McAllister (1973-79) came all the way from the UK to join a 30-Year reunion table and James Cruickshank (1981-85) popped over from the US! Three generations of the Anderson family gathered from all over the south-west to share in one another’s company, class groups came together, football teams relived the good old days and new connections were made across year groups and generations. A great night was had by all.
Waiting for Roger . . .
Roger Gray (1958-64)
THANK YOU “I would like to thank very much the fantastic team of Old Haleians who attended the recent City Dinner held partly in my honour.
John Clapin (1944-48) and Jeff Langdon (1947-51)
Thomson Naude (1996-03) and Tim Slate (2002-03)
I was ‘blown away’ by the fuss made of me and particularly by the wonderful array of penguins who joined us on the night. I would like to say how much I appreciated the gift from the Old Haleians’ Association of the Pericles etching, which I shall treasure forever. Leon Pericles is a very old friend of mine and it was great to see him at the function as well. I was also much moved by being made a recipient of the Faulkner Award and I thank the OHA Committee for this very considerable honour. Can I also thank those who couldn’t attend, but who sent messages of good wishes to me. Overall, I had the night of my life and I apologise to anyone with whom I didn’t catch up with to say hello to during the evening.” Roger Gray
The Anderson Clan
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ALL ABOUT SPORT The Old Boys vs The School water polo team
Old Boys vs Hale Students volleyball match
For one reason or another, Summer Sports Day didn’t happen in quite the same format as it has in the past. That’s not to say that a large number of Old Haleians did not get involved in a variety of sports over the summer period.
SWIMMING Head swimming coach,
Chris Guard (2000-04) and Steve Hill (1975-80)
worked hard at getting a group together for the annual relay challenge in the lead up to the Inters. Word from the Hale pool was that the current crop of senior swimmers were well placed to break what had become a tradition of Old Boys’ dominance in the pool . . . and the word was right!
water polo contest. For a while it looked as though they were going to be outsmarted by the younger team who had brought back some new tactics from their recent trip to Singapore! Experience won the day however, and the Old Boys reigned supreme.
VOLLEYBALL There was a really good spirit displayed by both teams on the volleyball court. The boys all obviously love their volleyball and there was a huge amount of respect from both teams for the 1st VI coach, Nenad Peisker, who acted as referee. There were loud calls of, “C’arn the Oldies!”, from the sideline, which was a real laugh as none of the Old Boys would have been much over 21.
The Old Boys ‘got hammered’ and the school team went on to take second place in the PSA Swimming Inters.
The school team went on to win 3:2, due mostly of course to the dodgy decisions made by the one-eyed ref.
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John Guhl (1965-73) was again instrumental in coercing the sailors into action for the College Cup - with mixed results this year. Usually he only has
Sam McEntee (2005-09)
to contend with Mother’s Day, but this year the Cup was all part of Easter and the school holidays which made it difficult to gather up enough sailors to be really competitive. Best result on the day was a second place. Undeterred, John is keen to avenge next year! If you are not already on his sailing list, but would like to be involved, please contact him on 0403 122 285 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
ROWING Tim Widdicombe (2003-07) has been selected for the Australian Under 23 Team and will be competing at the World Championships in Amsterdam at the end of July. Jack Reddrop (2003-10) and Alex Lyche (1999-10) both competed in selection trials for places in the junior national team where they placed third in the country at the initial finals competition. Alex went on to the next round, narrowly missing out on a spot on the Australian World Junior team. Since then Alex has gone on to row for Australia at an international event in New Zealand and has recently won 2 silver medals in the Australia Youth Championships.
3.43.34 It has been held for 52 years, but Herb Elliott’s Western Australian, Under-20 1500m record has finally been broken by none other than Sam McEntee (2005-09). Sam, who is currently on scholarship with Villanova University in the United States, went into the race with a time of 3.47.67 and came out with a huge personal best of 3.43.34 - but more importantly, taking 1.66 seconds off the Elliott record of 3.45.0. Talking about his win, Sam said, “It’s pretty unbelievable to be honest; it’s an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence as someone of his calibre. He is a legend of distance running and someone to aspire to be like.” Sam’s trying not to focus too much on the fact that ‘the time’ puts him inside the top 10 on the all-time Australian Junior list for 1500m. The possibility of representing his country in the future is obviously every athlete’s dream, and something he will aspire to do – after a lot more hard work. Sam arrived in the US in January of this year to sub-zero temperatures and only a few days to settle in before classes and training began. Whilst at Hale, he was playing football and only running around 40km a week! Now he’s consistently running 80km which he says, “In the scheme of things it’s not ‘massive’ – but combined with the consistency - it has really benefitted my running.” “This is a remarkable achievement for Sam,” said Headmaster Stuart Meade, “but given his commitment to his sport, it is not surprising.”
THE NEW LOOK OHA WEBSITE www.oldhale.com
RETIRED OLD HALEIANS’ LUNCH This event is one of the most popular on the OHA Calendar – however it can and has generated confusion in the past. “Can I attend if I’m not retired?” We believe we have the solution. To coincide with WD50 – the moving from Havelock Street to the Wembley Downs campus fifty years ago – it is proposed to change the name of this luncheon to the Havelock Lunch. This reference recognises that the current attendees of this lunch all have a connection to the Havelock Street campus and that important period of time in the school’s history. As the lunch continues in time to include past students of Wembley Downs, the name will continue to signify our connection with West Perth and the evolution of the school.
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The OHA congratulates the following Old Haleians: WEDDINGS
Glen Giles (1980-91) and Karen Walker Andrew Quigley (1994-01) and Joanna Pederick Travis Hollins (1989-92) and Erica Garland Christopher Huxtable (1994-98) and Mirjana Pal Gary Davis (1982-87) and Daniela Sukwoska
Bradley Hames (1982-86) and Joanna welcome son, Arthur Andrew Steers (1991-96) and Tanya welcome daughter, Hannah Wesley Smith (1989-93) and Rose welcome daughter, Rose Tim Flavel (1982-87) and Sally welcome daughter, Lauren Nicholas Flavel (1984-89) and Rebecca welcome son, Jeremy Justin Black (1987-91) and Jodee welcome daughter, Lara David Stroud (1998-02) and Jade welcome son, Mitchell Condolences are extended to the families of the following Old Haleians whose deaths are known to the Association.
VALETE Alfred King Atkins (1937-40) Geoffrey Barnes (1942-43) Paul Broomfield (1988-92) Roger Roy Nelson Bell (1966-67) Haldane Peter Caddy (1955-59) Nicholas James Clark (1991-98) Geoffrey John Ellett (1985-96) Lloyd Edward Fethers (1929-39) Lyndon Rae Forbes-Smith (1938-46) Ernest Brian Gardner (1946-48) Colin Henry Hicks (1926-32) Richard William Kelly (1950-52) Ernest Henry Lee-Steere (1922-29)
Maxwell Russell Lilleyman (1946-47) Anthony Alexander Lorian (1970-75) John Murray Packham (1941-43) Dallas Sydney Yeo (1947-50) Percival Cale Oliver (1927-35) Douglas Haig Hunt (1930-33) David Ewan Jones (1982-86) Peter John Pearson (1956-64) Hugh Charles Davison (1958-60) John Michael Gibbs (1947-50) Norman Frederick Lewis (1944) John Darryl Fabricius (1955-57)
The criteria for inclusion has also changed slightly, in that invitations will be extended to all Old Haleians who left school 50 years or more ago – regardless of whether or not they are retired! This year, invitations will go to past students in the years up to and including 1961. Next year the invitation will include past students from the Class of ’62 and so on.
2011 CALENDAR DATES Friday 5 August
Victorian Chapter: Friday Night Football St Kilda v Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
Sept/ Oct Friday 7 October
Singapore Chapter: Boomerang Bistro & Bar during Rugby World Cup and AFL Finals Series. Contact Chris Kuhn for details.
Friday 14 October
HYPE: Q&A Style Lunch featuring Ben Roberts-Smith and Christian Porter other panellists to be confirmed.
Victorian Chapter: Dinner at The Australian Club.
Friday 11 November Havelock Lunch Formerly ‘Retired Old Haleians’ Lunch’.
REUNIONS 2001 1991 1981 1971 1961 1951
Fri, 4 November James Mawhinney 0410 852 368 Sat, 22 October Simon Barrett 0411 559 738 Sat, 24 September Bruce Williamson 0418 912 895 Fri, 18 November Judy Greaney 9347 0169 Sat, 8 October Warren Lilleyman 0407 196 964 Wed, 26 October Judy Greaney 9347 0169
1952 TBC 1962 Fri, 23 March 2012
Arthur Lodge 0419 998 625 Peter Mallabone 0419 936 681
Further information is available on the OHA website (www.oldhale.com) or contact Judy Greaney on 9347 0169
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
REPORT The Old Haleians’ Association has, for 101 years, played an absolutely vital role in the life of the School. The Headmaster and School Management, and the Board of Governors, of which I am the current Chair, value very much the contribution of the Association and, indeed, of all Old Haleians which it respresents. As times change, so does the school, and so has the role of the Old Haleians. There are a number of areas in the modern day where the Association’s on-going contribution is, and will continue to be, indispensible to the strength of Hale School and its community into the future. First and foremost, the Old Haleians’ Association, as an alumni association, is responsible for maintaining fellowship and links between the Old Boys of the school. But this is not just a matter of providing opportunities for enjoyable social interaction (which, of course, is crucial!). It is also the way in which that intangible feeling known as ‘school spirit’ is maintained. Without a strong and vibrant Old Haleians’ Association, Hale’s ‘school spirit’ would be at risk of fading away, which would be a great loss. The warmth of the feeling amongst the Old Boys from a number of generations, and for the school, was on show, in abundance, at the City Dinner held on 27 May 2011, in honour of Roger Gray. The Board of Governors wish to thank and congratulate the Old Haleians’ Association and its Committee, and the school’s staff, who, together, organised what was an outstanding night of fellowship. On behalf of the Governors, I also wish to add my thanks to Roger Gray for his many years of service to the school and to the Old Haleians’ Association. As an aside, could I ask that someone get down on film that routine which Roger did at the end of his speech, and that the film be given to Bill Edgar and placed in the school’s archives! 46 | The Haleian
So why do I say that the maintenance of ‘school spirit’ is so important for the School? One reason is, it relates to effective management of the school. Hale School is a charitable organisation set up for the purpose of advancing boys’ education in WA. It is run by volunteers, the Board of Governors, who are nominated by the Old Haleians’ Association and the Anglican Church in equal numbers. The Old Haleians’ Association, therefore, has a formal role in the running of the school as an ‘electoral college’ for half of the nominees to the Board. The spark which I know drives me (and I am sure the other nominees of the Old Haleians’ Association) to serve the school as a Governor, is our deep affection and passion for Hale School. This is a reflection of ‘school spirit’ and of the great work of the Association of which it is a product. The on-going role of the Old Haleians’ Association in maintaining that passion amongst Old Boys, therefore, is vital as a matter of ‘succession planning’. We need a strong cohort of passionate Old Boys willing to volunteer to serve as Governors in the future. One Old Boy who has served in this capacity is Brett Fullarton. Brett retired from the Board at the end of 2010, having served ten years on the Board and four as Chair. I would like, on behalf of the Board of Governors, to acknowledge Brett’s outstanding contribution to the School over those years. Brett is a great “Hale Man” (as Mac used to say) and is continuing to make a difference through his membership of the Board of Management of the Hale School Foundation. I would also like to acknowledge our most recent Old Boy nominee to the Board of Governors, Sam McDonagh. Sam has already made a substantial contribution to the school through his membership of the Old Haleians’ Association Committee, and I am sure he will be a fine Governor who will add much to the management of the school over his time as a Governor.
Another important role of the Old Haleians’ Association is also a ‘spin off’ of maintaining a strong culture of fellowship and engagement amongst Old Boys. This is to provide security for the school through tangible contributions to the school by Old Boys and their families. These tangible contributions come in many forms – bequests and donations, scholarships and bursaries, enrolments of sons and grandsons of Old Boys, the provision of voluntary services, and so on – the possibilities are endless. But they are all motivated by the positive feelings toward the school fostered by the work of the Old Haleians’ Association. These tangible contributions of Old Boys are very much valued by the school – and the school could not survive without them. However, they are a by-product of the Old Haleians’ work in maintaining school spirit, not its raison d’etre. The true reason why the Old Boys, their Association and the Old Haleians’ nominees to the Board of Governors do what we do is simple. We see the enormous value of investing in the education of our young men. Having had the privilege of a Hale School education, we understand what a good education can do for our boys, and for the community as a whole. I am honoured to have been asked to serve as Chair of the Board of the School. I look forward with excitement to the continuing work which the school does in providing educational opportunities for boys under the superb leadership of Stuart Meade and his Senior Management Team, who share the Old Boys’ passion for the school and for the education of boys. Mr Mark Hemery Chairman Board of Governors
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
A complete version of the School’s 2010 Operating Revenue 2011 Annual Report can be found on the School’s website. The following is an abridged version. OPERATING REVENUE 2010
Student Fees (75%) Commonwealth Grant (11%) State Grant (7%) BER Grant (5%) Other (2%) STAFF NUMBERS In 2010, there were 145 full time equivalent teaching staff and 118 full time equivalent non-teaching staff. Of the 118 non-teaching staff, 34 are engaged predominantly in boarding activities.
Student Fees (75%) Commonwealth Grant (11%) State Grant (7%)
Operating BER Grant (5%) Expenditure Other (2%)
FINANCIAL REPORT The School’s auditors, Ernst & Young, have their audit of the School’s 2010 2011finalised financial statements and issued the Board of Governors with an unqualified audit report. An abridged copy of the financial statements has been posted on the School’s website.
OPERATING EXPENDITURE 2010
Salaried Employee Expenses (69%) Capital Works & Equipment (11%) Operational (8%) Administration (7%)
DEBT The recent construction of the Forrest Library, new teaching precinct abutting Hale Road and Middle School projects increased the School’s interest bearing loan facilities. That level of debt peaked at the beginning of 2010 and the School has embarked on an accelerated OPERATING REVENUE Capital Works and Equipment (11%) repayment schedule to reduce its debt. The The School’s main source of income is from average debt per student decreased from the receipt of tuition and boarding fees. Fees Administration $17,356 at the end of 2009 to $14,142 by represented 75.4% of the(7%) year’s recurrent the end of 2010. income in 2010. Commonwealth Grants Operational accounted for 15.8%(8%) of the balance (including CAPITAL EXPENDITURE the balance of grants received from the government’s economic Teaching (5%) stimulus package) and The table below reflects the capital expenditure of the School over the last five years. The State Government Grants 6.9%. The School also receives income from application Salaried Employee Expensesfees, (69%) School continues to invest significantly in replacing or refurbishing the infrastructure trading activities and the hiring of its facilities. on its Wembley Downs campus. In addition, the Junior School Multi-Purpose Hall was OPERATING EXPENDITURE completed during 2010, which was almost The major expenditure item for the School in entirely funded as part of the Commonwealth 2010 at 69.5% of recurrent costs was salaried Government’s Building Education Revolution employee expenses. Direct teaching costs stimulus package. include resources teaching departments, sport,
NEW AND REFURBISHED FACILITIES ($’000)
FURNITURE, PLANT & EQUIPMENT, VEHICLES & COMPUTERS ($’000)
Teaching (5%) STUDENT NUMBERS Student enrolments in 2010 averaged 1,440. There were 302 in Years 1 to 6 in the Junior School, 329 in the initial year of the Middle School and 809 in the Senior School for Years 9 to 12. Of those 1,440 students, 11 were full fee paying overseas students. 188 boarded in the Junior and Senior boarding houses.
and those relating to the outdoor education programme, staff professional development and boarding. Costs relating to repairs and maintenance, cleaning, utilities and the like are categorised as operational expenditure. General administration costs cover insurance, information technology, publications, development, supplies, bank fees and taxes.
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OUT & ABOUT
OUT & ABOUT
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Kyla Murray, Marianne O’Shea and Michele Wollens
Marianne O’Shea, Helene Metcalfe and Louise Johnson
Parents enjoying the Sundowner served by Prefect, Rob Ferritto
Louise Hall and Tania Timmins
Samantha Kennedy and Nadine Georgiades
HALE SCHOOL BALL Prefect Liam O’Shea serving Dad, third from right, other parents Mr John Inverarity with the cast of “Guyshis and Dolls” celebrating theand Music and Drama Centre 10th Anniversary
Lori Peoples, Justine Sharbanee, Linda Pepall, Bec Rule, Ruth Bigwood, Natalie Tate, Lou Young, and Tracy McAlpine
Head of Junior School Alex Cameron with mums at the Mother’s Day High Tea
MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA 8.5.11 Sonya Tizzano and son Cristiano 48 | The Haleian
Mums enjoying Mother’s Day High Tea
Barbara Home, Jenni Power and Debbie Thornton Simone Glass and son Harry
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