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IVANHOE ISSUE NO. 128 June 2015


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Already nearly halfway through our Centenary Celebration Year, the School community has enjoyed a number of wonderful events created to celebrate our first Centenary of operation:


03 01 R  od Fraser and Chairman Peter Kempen with

The Reverend Sydney Buckley and his 14 First Day Boys

02 Rod  Fraser, former Premier of Victoria John

Brumby (‘69) and Chairman Peter Kempen

03 John  Pizzey (‘63), Rod Fraser, Chairman

Peter Kempen, John Knorr (‘52) and The Late Mary Buckley

04 G erard Foley 05 T  he Late Mary Buckley, daughter of the

School’s Founding Headmaster, The Reverend Sydney Buckley

06 The Late Niki Bryant

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Connor Dowsett who rode to school in a horse and carriage with a number of other children on the Student Centenary Day at Plenty Campus. A number of families organised this as a special Centenary treat for their children so they could arrive at school in the manner that students would have done 100 years ago.


Congratulations to the class of



The Student Centenary Day on each Campus, included a visit by our Founder, The Reverend Sydney Buckley (aka Will Rothnie and Jesse Vasiliadis); the School Captains’ Assembly, where 45 former School Captains returned for the induction of our Centenary Captains; the launch of the School History Book during which a wonderful interview with the daughter of our Founder, Mary Buckley, was a highlight; the dedication of the Chapel of St Paul at the Plenty Campus; and a very successful Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association weekend. Term 2 commenced with a Board of Governors’ Staff and Past Staff Cocktail Party (where more than 85 former staff returned to the School) and ended with the School’s Centenary Gala. Later in the year, the School’s Centenary Ball and Teams of the Centenary Dinner will be further highlights to enjoy. The Centenary is not just about looking back and reflecting, although this is an important opportunity to do so, and it is certainly not just about celebration. The Centenary also provides us with a chance to look forward and to plan for the next century and how the School will meet the challenges of remaining a contemporary, relevant institution, providing a high quality educational opportunity to those who choose the School for their son or daughter. For this challenge we are, I believe, well placed. It was Leonard Bernstein who said that, ’to achieve success you need a plan and not quite enough time’.

Once again, I am pleased to report that 2014 was another successful year for our VCE and IB students. Congratulations to the Dux of The Ridgeway Campus, Sarah Webster who achieved an ATAR of 99.85 and to the Dux of Plenty Campus, Selby Rogers, 97.00.

As we commence our new century of educational provision, I believe that we have the elements of a good plan. We also have time, but of course success and achievement will only come if we are prepared to continue to innovate, commit to objectives and deadlines and strive to be mindful of our capacity to help others achieve greatness for the benefit of others in the future. The plan we have and the educational legacies that form part of our Centenary include: the launch of the Ivanhoe Diploma, which occurred at our Honours Assemblies earlier this year, led by Professor John McKenzie AM (’66), the achievement of our Council of International Schools Certification for Global Citizenship, the refining of our Year 9 Out of Classroom Program and the development of the Ivanhoe Grammar School Year 9 Certificate. Other areas are being explored, including the establishment of a Centre for Global Leadership and Intercultural Understanding and the launch of the Ivanhoe Grammar School Centenary Scholarship Program. Of course, there are also ongoing plans in relation to our physical development that will continue to support and enhance the educational programs and the experiences for both students and staff who work and learn in our great community. Roderick D Fraser PRINCIPAL

There were 235 students who completed either the VCE or IB Diploma in 2014 and overall 34% of students gained an ATAR equivalent of 90 or above. In addition, 53% of students achieved an ATAR equivalent of 80 or above, with students achieving 20 perfect study scores across a range of VCE and IB subjects.

Next School Principal I am delighted to advise that the Board has invited Mr Gerard Foley to be the next Principal of Ivanhoe Grammar School. Gerard will assume the role towards the end of the year to coincide with the start of the Early Commencement Program. Gerard has been at Ivanhoe Grammar School since 2008, serving as Head of The Ridgeway Campus and from 2011 as Deputy Principal/ Head of The Ridgeway Campus. Gerard is married to Anne and they have two daughters, both of whom have attended the School.


I would like to congratulate Gerard on his forthcoming appointment and look forward to working with him during the transition and beyond.

Gerard’s inauguration will take place in a ceremony to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 10 November in the presence of the Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier. Mr Peter Kempen Chairman, Board of Governors


Mary Buckley The School lost its most direct link with its Founder The Reverend Sydney Buckley, with the passing of Mary Buckley (also known as Kate Osborn) on Friday 13 February this year. Mary was his only child and the School was privileged that she was a central part of our Centenary Book Launch held on Monday 9 February 2015, for the 100th Anniversary of the Founding Day of the School. Thirty three The Ridgeway or School House, as it is now known, was home to Mary until her father retired in 1947 and she often spoke of those wonderful days growing up on campus. When the School moved to Yea in 1942, Mary also went and it was a natural progression that through her close association with the School she would eventually become an esteemed Old Ivanhoe Grammarian and proud of it! She was also a past parent, her Late son Brett a member of the Class of 1972. As a member and Patron of the Fidelis Society, Mary’s legacy will live on through her bequest to the School. Deepest sympathy is extended to her granddaughters, Evie and Sian, who very much cared for Mary in her final years. Geoff Brown (‘62) Executive Officer - Centenary Committee


Niki Bryant The School is saddened with the passing of Niki Bryant on 18 March 2015 who worked tirelessly and energetically on many school publications throughout her time in the Communications and Marketing area. A wonderful Editor and word smith, Niki’s professionalism and dedication ensured the highest standard in everything she did and always with a smile and kind word. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband Brian, parents, brother, family and friends.


Staff and Vale


Centenary Founders’ service

and Prefect Induction

Wednesday 19 November, 2014


Wednesday 19 November marked the official launch of Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Centenary year with the induction of the 2015 School Prefects and honouring of the School’s founders at the Centenary Founders’ Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The service, the theme of which was ‘Real Hope’, commenced with an Academic and Clerical Procession. The Dean of Melbourne, The Very Rev’d Dr Andreas Loewe provided the welcome for the service and Principal Mr Rod Fraser addressed the audience. Mr Andrew Prideaux (‘90) gave the sermon and students read selected passages throughout the service. Upon completion of Bible readings, the School Prefects were formally inducted and presented with official Prefect badges and ties by Mr Fraser and Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr Peter Kempen.


all school staff and student event Thursday 5 February, 2015 The New Year commenced with our All School event on Thursday 5 February and it was certainly a memorable day for all students and staff across the School. The day began at The Ridgeway Campus with a procession of Year 12 students from St James’ Church, led by ‘The Reverend Sydney Buckley and his 14 First Day Boys’. They made their way through the streets of Ivanhoe to Buckley House where they were greeted by our Primary students, then processed up The Ridgeway, to the applause of Senior students and staff, on to the South Ground where they were addressed by ‘Reverend Buckley’ and the Centenary Cake was cut. Celebrations then moved to Plenty Campus where we started with an Indigenous ‘smoking ceremony’ followed by a formal assembly which was again addressed by ‘The Reverend Sydney Buckley’ and included a performance by the Plenty choir of several songs of the time. Many students and staff wore period costumes and enjoyed a history lesson and games from the period.

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Centenary Events


Official Launch

of the School’s History Book Monday 9 February, 2015

Over 250 invited guests witnessed the official launch of A Passion to Serve performed by The Late Mary Buckley, John Knorr (‘52) and John Pizzey (‘63) on Monday 9 February, the School’s Foundation Day. The Principal thanked the History Book Committee and particularly its Chairman, Nigel Kendall.

Nigel, in turn, acknowledged the work of the author, Helen Penrose. A highlight of the event was a poignant interview conducted by Paul Walsh with Mary Buckley, daughter of the School’s Founder. The Launch was also marked by the attendance of former Headmaster, The Reverend Charles Sligo and his wife, Betty.

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Monday 9 February, 2015

The School welcomed back 45 past Captains to be part of the Captains’ Induction Assembly. They included Peter Bethell (our oldest from the Class of 1939) and Matthew Pyers and Annie Douglas (our youngest from the Class of 2014) – covering a span of 76 years. Graham Hawke (‘44) and Graeme Adamson (‘55) made the journey from Queensland, Warwick Graham (‘70) from South Australia and Michael Wonder (‘78) from NSW. Kevin McLean (‘60) addressed the student body and responded to the welcome given by two of our Year 7 students. 01 2  015 Prefects with Gerard Foley, Rod Fraser and Deborah Sukarna on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral 02 C  lerical Procession at the School’s Centenary Founders’ Service 03

‘The Reverend Sydney Buckley and his 14 First Day Boys’ lead the procession through Ivanhoe

04 Connor Dowsett and Ken Emery (‘59) celebrate the Student Centenary Day in front of the Emery Bell 05 T  he Centenary Cake 06 Rod Fraser, School Captains, author Helen Penrose, The Late Mary Buckley and Nigel Kendall launch the Centenary History Book 07 P  ast and present School Captains from 1939 to 2014 at the Captains’ Induction Assembly

Centenary Events








School Leaders Plenty Campus

School Prefects Manny Saka (Captain) Nev Rikalo (Captain) Micky Bray Hannah Bathen Kehley Bitzas Jessie Vasiliadis Tiffany Carr Joshua Catalano Stuart Brachen Joe Primerano Samuel Torre Elif Aslan Angus Payne

The Ridgeway Campus

School Prefects Ruby Marslen (Captain) Nick Johnson (Captain) Gloria Yang Meiting Rao Tash Findlay Ruby Maishman Ashleigh May Fiona Ye Sophie Reid Tessa Newland Mia Haravitsidis Aidan Fuller Liam Hales Grace Hall Ruben Benakovic George Elovaris Trent Marshall Patrick Conlan Ayden Hurst Angus McArthur Kaylen Bassett Yang Chen Olivia Derndorfer Keely Jende


Year 7

Shehana Vyravipillai Lily Robertson Josh Hanvey

Year 8 Yujie Hu Anastasia Fiume Bella Saliba

Year 9 Andrew Simonovski Mika Facchnietti Mark Thavarajah

The Ridgeway Campus Middle Years Leaders

Olivia Casamento Juliet Garro Samuel Grant Zak Janetzki Demetri Kyriakopoulos Hugh Marslen Linus Mayes Kayla Sgambellone Pip Snodgrass Yusra Tawfic Bingham Thomas-Nagle Portia Walsh

Year 10 Tysha Clark Lachlan Nichol Brittney Baroutas

Buckley House

Year 11

Mia Henderson (Captain) Harrison Matsamakis (Captain) Nicholas Kasjan Joshua Bailey Natalie Petrongolo Christopher Ross Sasha Nikolovski Nadia Kolitsis Annalise Sortino

Daniel Grimes Laney Facchinetti Caitlin Dagher

Primary Leaders

Plenty Campus Primary Leaders Mark Thompson (Captain) Jessica Sherwood (Captain) Adnan Abu-Shaban Mia Giddy Blayde Ah-Kiau Stefan Gudelj Frank Bevacqua Imogen Hammond Courtney Black Arya Kumar Lauren Black Zac McCormack Chantel Broderick Vismi Millawana Josh Campbell Ethan Parker Charlotte Constable Andre Pinto Zoe Cornell Marcus Prosperi-Porta Callum Dunn Samuel Skinner Tyson Faulds Rigby Stow Poppy Fenwick

01 P  lenty Campus School Prefects

07 R  od Fraser 1996

02 T  he Ridgeway Campus School Prefects

08 Peter Kempen, The Late Mr Stan Clark, Mrs Sandra Ivory and Rod Fraser at the turning of the sod for the Sinclaire

03 P  lenty Campus SRC 04 Buckley House Primary Leaders 05 T  he Ridgeway Campus Middle Years Leaders


Plenty Campus

06 Plenty Campus Primary Leaders


Trust Enterprise Centre at Plenty Campus in 2000

09 Governor of Victoria, His Excellency The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Rod Fraser and 2013 Captain of The

Ridgeway Campus Shiu-Li Lai at the opening of the Middle Years Centre at The Ridgeway Campus on 22 April 2013

10 T  he School hosts the 2005 Round Square Conference



Continuing the series of articles on the School’s four Principals, here we outline the distinguished leadership of the School’s fourth and current Principal, Mr Rod Fraser. Mr Roderick D Fraser AM, BComm, DipEd, FACE, FACEL Principal 1996 - 2015 Rod Fraser commenced his role as the School’s Principal in 1996. He had previously held senior roles in both Tasmania and NSW prior to returning to Victoria. Ivanhoe had not long been a multi-campus school and Rod’s arrival coincided with the emergence of computers in schools, a more global perspective and increasingly strengthened connections to Asia. Our initial membership of Round Square occurred in 1997, representing a significant turning point in the history of the School. By the time it was Ivanhoe’s turn to host the International Round Square Conference in 2005, its pillars of Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service had become embedded in every aspect of student life. In particular, Internationalism has become a major thrust made manifest through Round Square activities, Cambodia Service Projects, the International Baccalaureate, the enrolment of overseas students and the Year 9 International Trips program. Early on, Rod Fraser put in place a number of strategies to strengthen his school philosophy. Whole school events were introduced, including services at the Cathedral and Gala Presentation Evenings. Professional Development events were scheduled bringing staff together and resulting in a shared curriculum across the School. Overseas trips, seminars, Cadets, Sport and Performing Arts became increasingly one-school in approach and practice. Significant changes to the uniform were made, girls were enrolled at Buckley House and the notebook computer program provided impetus for change throughout the curriculum. Vertical pastoral care structures were re-introduced at The Ridgeway Campus, underlining Rod’s desire to create a friendlier environment for every child and where crossage mentoring might occur as a natural part of School life. In 2003, The Ridgeway Campus became fully co-educational and in 2008


Stephanie Louey became its first female Captain of School. To ensure the School had the best facilities to meet the needs of a twenty first century education, Rod put in place major refurbishment and new building programs throughout the School. Rod Fraser has placed Ivanhoe Grammar School firmly into various international networks of schools and organisations creating extraordinary opportunities for our students. More than ever, Ivanhoe students are living and working internationally and playing their part in a world vastly different to 1915 when St James’ Grammar School for Boys first opened its doors. Schooling under Rod Fraser’s era has meant that our students are now more prepared to meet the challenges that living in a global community presents. The School’s membership of Round Square and Rod’s leadership as Chairman of the Organisation, together with our taking of the Victorian curriculum to China where we offer an external VCE, are all examples of his commitment to advancing education throughout the world.


In the recent Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List, Rod was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The award recognises Rod’s significant service to secondary education, to national and international learning development organisations, and to the community. Rod’s commitment to the importance of developing students’ global competency and internationalising the curriculum was recognised with an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Council for Education Leaders, an honour awarded to outstanding leaders in the practice and/or theory of educational leadership. Rod was also admitted to the rank of Fellow of the Australian College of Educators in 2011.

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In his final year as Principal, the School salutes his 20 years of leadership.

From the Archives



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performing Violet Violet proved something significant: that obscure, lesser-known theatre can reach a target audience if the production values are strong, but more importantly, if the performances are detailed and intelligent.

The band was exemplary. The designs were original and inspired. The sound and lighting were ideal. The crew was disciplined and focused. The staging was imaginative and dynamic. The atmosphere of the four performances was charged with excellent performances from both casts.

So it was for the 2015 Musical Production at The Ridgeway Campus. The double-cast of this gentle, quirky musical gave it everything they had. The musical score spoke to their generation and the story of a marginalised girl reached them. The rehearsal process brought out the very best in everyone involved; they celebrated the work being presented by the leads and they committed fully and generously when it was their turn ‘on the boards’. There were many times in the rehearsal room when you could hear a pin drop; every cast member was committed to all that unfolded.

Word of mouth spread like wildfire. People were coming along to see what all of the fuss was about. Not just from the School community, but members of the public, professional performers and even theatre agents. This fabulous cast earned the sweet taste of success and playing to capacity audiences was their reward. A number of the leads have been offered artistic representation by professional theatre agents.

Buckley Hall was transformed to middle-America circa 1964. Civil rights were gaining momentum, Kennedy’s time had passed, America had committed to the Vietnam War under LBJ, a cheeky boxer emerged, who was as fast with words and ideas as he was with his hands and who made everyone see things differently, and The Beatles had launched their American invasion. The world was changing. Against the backdrop of all of that social upheaval, a lonely, isolated girl invested all of her hope in the possibility of a televangelist healing her scarred face.

The future looks bright for Performing Arts. Shaun Murphy Head of Theatre Studies The Ridgeway Campus

01 T  he cast and crew of Violet 02 P  erformers on stage 03 F  lick played by Scott Chandrasiri 04 Violet played by Keely Jende 05 P  erformers on stage


06 Young Vi played by Andrea Franco

Performing Arts


Guys and Dolls The Plenty Campus Musical production of Guys and Dolls was a huge success. Directed by Mr James Chappel, the cast and crew are to be congratulated for putting together three outstanding performances.


The 2015 production of Guys and Dolls was based on Damon Runyon’s short stories which were written in the 1920s and 1930s about gangsters, gamblers and other characters of the New York underworld. The premiere on Broadway was in 1950 and Guys and Dolls won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1951. The story begins with a bet. Nathan Detroit (Will Pyers) bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson (Jesse Vasiliadis) that Sky cannot persuade Save-ASoul Missionary Sister, Sarah Brown (Rose Kenney) to accompany him on a trip to Cuba. While the worldly Sky works his charms on a wary Sarah, Nathan is doing his best to stay outside the matrimonial clutches of his long-suffering fiancÊe, Miss Adelaide (Emily McCarthy). The cast of 50 included gangsters and gamblers, missionary sisters and dancing showgirls and one of the greatest musical scores in the history of American theatre. From the lead roles, dancers and ensemble to those who played in the band and helped backstage, all students worked together to produce a memorable production. The show was thoroughly entertaining and the singing, acting and dancing were of a very high standard. Above all, it was clearly evident that students were enjoying themselves congratulations to all involved! A special thank you to Charlie Sweeney and her costume team for all their hard work, and to the parents of In Tune who assisted with photos, meals and the silent auction. Thank you to James Chappel and the staff who provided support backstage and during rehearsals. It was a great team effort!


Virginia Creed Head of Music Plenty Campus




12 07 W  ill Pyers as Nathan Detroit, Jacob Minarelli and Nicholas Scott 08 Emily McCarthy as Miss Adelaide and Rose Kenney as Sarah Brown 09 The cast and crew of Guys and Dolls 10 J  oey Biltmore played by Dylan Spark 11 Emily McCarthy as Miss Adelaide and Hot Box dancers 12 N  icholas Scott as Big Jule, Harrison Vasiliadis as Lt Brannigan, Jesse Vasiliadis

as Sky Masterson and Jacob Minarelli as Harry the Horse

Performing Arts


Buckley House – Centenary Art Project


To commemorate the School’s Centenary year, students and teachers from Buckley House joined together to create an array of Australian native flowers to form a beautiful collaborative art project. Flower designs were drafted, sketched and modelled with coloured air drying clay. Once the flowers dried, they were sealed and arranged into the number 100 onto a photo foam-board displaying historical photos from the archives of the School. The collaborative Centenary Art Project fostered a sense of pride and belonging at Ivanhoe Grammar School. The completed artwork is proudly displayed in the reception area at Buckley House.

News Around

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Annual Cadet Camp - Mt Pilot The Annual Cadet Camp, held from Sunday 22 to Friday 27 March, is an integral part of the Cadet year and involves all Cadets from both campuses in a week-long experience in the State forest near Chiltern.


The camp is eagerly anticipated by all Cadets, as it provides a wonderful opportunity to spend a number of days in the field practicing their skills and developing leadership qualities. Students enjoyed a range of activities, including bushcraft and living in the field, camouflage and concealment exercises and a confidence course as well as day and night orienteering exercises.


High Resolves Global Citizenship Program On Wednesday 22 April, Year 8 students from both Plenty and The Ridgeway Campuses participated in a Global Citizenship program conducted by High Resolves. The program is strongly aligned with Ivanhoe Grammar School’s community values and partnership with the Round Square group of schools and its associated IDEALS. Students focused on ‘Collective Identity’ and participated in a number of thought provoking workshops and activities directed towards on the unity of the human race, embracing diversity and overcoming divisions.

Continuous Reporting In addition to a comprehensive report at the end of semester, continuous reporting for students in Years 7 to 12 was introduced in 2014. Parents and students now receive formal reports throughout the semester after major pieces of assessment have been completed. This provides more immediate feedback, specific information about progress and identification of areas for improvement that can be addressed in the immediate future. With new online software implemented, this is an exciting development that has put Ivanhoe at the forefront of continuous reporting and is a process that should go from strength to strength in the coming years.



International School Student Welcome Event The Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov AC QC, along with the Deputy Premier of Victoria and Minister for Education, James Merlino, formally welcomed International school students to the state at the International School Student Welcome Event. On Wednesday 11 March at Government House, ELICOS students Jenny Chen, Wency Zhang, John Xu and Bont Xu attended the event and enjoyed mingling with other International students in the specially prepared rooms and beautiful gardens of Government House.




Honours Assemblies On Wednesday 11 February, the School welcomed students from the Class of 2014 to the Honours Assembly, which is held to celebrate their results and achievements. Sarah Webster was announced as the first female Dux of The Ridgeway Campus, achieving an ATAR of 99.85 and presented with a VCE General Excellence Award. The proxime accessit award for The Ridgeway Campus went to Lukas Anagnostou. At the Plenty Campus Honours Assembly, held on Friday 13 February, Selby Rogers was announced as the Dux, achieving an ATAR of 97.00 and presented with a VCE General Excellence Award. The Plenty Campus proxime accessit was Emad Khraim.

Ivanhoe Alumni receives VCE Top Award On Friday 20 March, Jett Janetzki (‘14) was selected to showcase his work at the prestigious Top Designs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. The annual exhibition showcased over 100 student exhibitors who completed VCE Media, Product Design and Technology, Food and Technology, Systems Engineering, Visual Communication and Design or Interactive Digital Media. The exhibition was officially opened at the Melbourne Museum with over 500 people attending the launch, including the exhibitors, family, friends, teachers and principals. Five awards were presented to students at the launch with Jett being awarded the prize for Innovation for his Visual Communication Design ‘Travel Kit’ exhibit. 07

01 B  uckley House Art Teachers Sofi Tsolakis and Helena Swain with the Centenary Art Project 02 A  nnual Cadet Camp 03 Y  ear 8 students enjoying the Global Citizenship program 04 ELICOS students John Xu, Bont Xu, Jenny Chen and Wency Zhang attend the International Student Welcome 05 M  arjorie Supple, Deborah Sukarna, Selby Rogers (‘14), Professor John McKenzie (‘66), Emad Khraim (‘14) and Craig Caracella 06 G erard Foley, Sarah Webster (‘14), Professor John McKenzie AM (‘66), Lukas Anagnostou (‘14), Marjorie Supple and Rod Fraser 07 J  ett Janetzki (‘14) with his award winning ‘Travel Kit’ exhibit




The Dedication of the Chapel of St Paul In 2014, Ivanhoe Grammar School successfully purchased St Paul’s Church, a disused chapel built in 1883, from the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo. Since that date it has been meticulously restored to its former beauty. On Tuesday 24 March, a service of dedication was performed by the Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Reverend Dr Philip Freier, along with Plenty Campus Chaplain Warwick Grant. A number of guests travelled from Bendigo to attend the service, some whose relatives used to visit the church in its early days. For further information about naming opportunities in the Plenty Chapel, please contact Astrida Cooper, Director of Development, on 9490 3886 or

News Around Students Live Below the Line

the school

From Monday 4 to Friday 8 May, 11 students from Years 8 to 10 along with staff at Plenty Campus, took part in Live Below the Line. The campaign endeavours to raise awareness about poverty by challenging people to live 02 on the equivalent extreme poverty line for five days. Plenty Campus teacher Angela Burton said, ‘The students made significant sacrifices and planned their meals carefully.’


The students exceeded their target and raised $2,898 to assist the organisation. What a fantastic effort!

Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program that is designed to support high achieving Senior students. The program is offered by The University of Melbourne and is named in honour of Kwong Lee Dow, a distinguished scholar, leading educationalist and former Vice Chancellor of The University of Melbourne. In December 2014, the program welcomed over 700 new students, including three Ivanhoe Grammar School students, Laney Facchinetti, Noura Tawfic and Danny Martin. Following an extensive selection process involving close to 2000 applications, these students will join the Kwong Lee Dow Class of 2016. Students volunteer at OrphFund A small group of enthusiastic Years 11 and 12 students volunteer on the weekend at the OrphFund Stall at Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy. By volunteering, these students are not only gaining a number of skills and learning about development projects in Africa, but it also helps to fulfil a component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and International Baccalaureate program. The students have assisted at the Market by selling photo-blocks from upcycled Australian wood and bucket-shaking at the entrance. 04



Virtual Excursion Virtual excursions are fast becoming the go-to option for schools. With fast internet speeds and powerful video conferencing platforms, schools now can ‘beam’ experts into their classroom to engage with the students. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the ANZACS landing at Gallipoli, Year 4 students at Plenty Campus read the book ‘The Beach They Called Gallipoli’. To augment their learning experience, students participated in a virtual excursion through a Polycom video conference system with the publishers of the book and other schools from around Australia. The students were able to engage in ‘real time’ from the comfort of their classroom in a hands-on workshop. When the students engaged with the presenters about the story, Polycom’s eagle eye technology would automatically track who was speaking and zoom in on them. Virtual excursions at Ivanhoe Grammar School are helping to flatten the walls of the classroom and open up amazing global and national learning possibilities.


01 S  t Paul’s Church finds a new home at Plenty Campus 02 S  tudents and staff participate in the Live Below The Line program 03 D  anny Martin joins the Kwong Lee Dow Class of 2016 04 Fiona Ye and Elizabeth Luby volunteer at the OrphFund Stall 05 Y  ear 4 students engaged in virtual excursion 06 Students attend the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Breakfast Club 07 C  epheus Liu (‘14) with Leisl Bruhn

Urban Camp Each year a group of students in Years 10 to 12 from The Ridgeway Campus, attend the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Urban Camp and assist with programs such as the Breakfast Club and literacy classes at a local primary school. The Camp aims to provide secondary students with the opportunity to connect and learn from some of the disadvantaged in the community, giving them a greater appreciation of their own lives and the benefits of helping others. It also teaches them to express compassion, leadership and develop communication skills with people from a variety of age groups.

Proud video launch


As part of the preparations for the School Centenary celebrations, a video entitled ‘Proud’ has been produced by the School and will be shown throughout the Centenary year and beyond. This video celebrates the School’s significant history but also focuses on the dynamic and contemporary present.

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Ivanhoe Grammar School is excited to launch the video.

Victorian International School Student Awards On Thursday 21 May, the annual Victorian International School Student Awards were held at Queens Hall, Parliament House. Cepheus Liu (’14) received a 2014 Victorian International Student Award Commendation for Academic Excellence, which is presented to a Year 12 student who has achieved the highest ATAR score in VCE or IB equivalent. The annual awards reward outstanding achievement and recognise and honour the contribution made by International students to Victorian schools. In 2013, Tsering Lama received the Year 12 Community Engagement Award, which was a fantastic achievement. This was the first time that an Ivanhoe Grammar School International student has received an Academic Award. Ms Judith Graley MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier, The Hon James Merlino MP, presented Cepheus with his award and Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian Consulate officials were also in attendance. 07

Cepheus is currently studying Commerce at The University of Melbourne and is enjoying his course and university life. News




The commemoration of ANZAC Day was particularly poignant this year as Australia marked the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. The cross campus ANZAC Day services are an important way for students, staff and the Ivanhoe community to come together and reflect on and remember the sacrifices of those who have served in the military. During WWII, the School’s founding Headmaster, The Reverend Sydney Buckley, kept in close contact with his Old Boys who were on active service and the School has a unique record of their stories. Seventy past students lost their lives and each year their sacrifice is remembered and their relatives are invited to the service. Students and School Cadets also attended a variety of services around Melbourne on ANZAC Day, including the CBD, Heidelberg RSL and Whittlesea marches as well as the service at Laurimar and the Dawn Service at Epping. Thursday 7 May signified the official conclusion of the Cadet year with the Ceremonial Parade. The 14 Battalion Chalice took pride of place on the dais. It was donated to the School in 1994 to serve as a reminder of the achievements and sacrifices of those who served in combat. The Chalice’s original home was St George’s Presbyterian Church in St Kilda and in 1914 it was taken to Gallipoli during the

War. Some time after the War ended, the Chalice was stolen and was missing until the 1980’s where it was discovered buried, during excavation work in St Kilda. A history making event was marked at the Parade as Ridgeway 4 Platoon won all three Cadet Shields this year, a feat never achieved by a single Platoon before. The three shields are:


Redhead Shield: named after Frank Redhead, a past student who was captured by the Japanese at the fall of Ambon in WWII. This is awarded to a Platoon from each campus with the highest cumulative score for the various exercises. Rhoden Shield: named after a WWII hero, Phil Rhoden, who later became Honorary Colonel of The Unit. It is awarded to the Platoon with the best Dress and Drill in the various drill competitions and inspections throughout the Cadet year.


Scott Shield: named after a Ridgeway student, Will Scott (‘96) who was the Unit’s RSM. His family instigated this competition in memory of Will and it is awarded to the Platoon which is the best organised and most efficient whilst at camp.



On the afternoon of 24 April, 2015, following the Senior ANZAC Service at The Ridgeway Campus, 95 students and eight staff from both campuses made the journey to the Melbourne Showgrounds to participate in the Camp Gallipoli experience.

Camp Gallipoli afforded students the opportunity to be a part of a special event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings, which had such a profound impact upon Australia. Even more special for students was the opportunity given to Cadets from the School to provide the guard for the arrival and lighting of the ANZAC Flame, and the Catafalque Guard for the moving Dawn Service, conducted on the morning of Saturday 25 April. Students and staff were immersed in what has become known as the Spirit of ANZAC, including ceremonies, shared meals, traditional songs, interviews with veterans and moving tributes.


ANZAC Day Services


In addition to this, participants also enjoyed live music performances from Shannon Noll and Claire Bowditch, followed by a screening of the movie The Water Diviner. On ANZAC morning, despite very wet weather conditions and brisk temperatures, students and staff woke before dawn to witness the mounting of the Catafalque Guard and the Dawn Service. The drill performed by Ivanhoe Cadets was exemplary and reflected the rich ethos of service that is so much a part of the fabric of the School. Other students and staff looked on with great pride and emotion as our Cadets stood stoically in trying conditions. Ivanhoe Grammar School can be very proud of the contributions made by all participants, both here and in Services around Melbourne, on this most special of days.

01 A  NZAC Day service at The Ridgeway Campus 02 A  NZAC Day service at Plenty Campus 03 T  ia Brullo at the Whittlesea ANZAC service 04 Creative pursuits of the Ivanhoe Diploma 05 C  ivic engagement of the Ivanhoe Diploma 06 Intercultural understanding of the Ivanhoe Diploma




The School’s new Diploma program was launched by Professor John McKenzie AM (’66) at the Honours Assemblies at both Campuses in February this year.

The Ivanhoe Diploma is an innovative and exciting program for all Senior Years’ students at the School.

Students participate in a number of learning and leadership activities, both within and outside the School, covering a broad range of areas. These include creative pursuits, physical activities, civic engagement, intercultural understanding and leadership. Students keep a personal portfolio of their achievements and activities over their senior years at the School which are then assessed by a team of teachers. The program is voluntary and is structured so students can design their own program, based on their skills, passions and interests. Students who already participate in programs outside the School can have these approved to be counted towards the Diploma.

By participating, students will experience travel and adventure, develop an understanding and empathy for other cultures, connect with their community and help make a difference in their world as well as broadening their outlook. They will gain valuable skills including self-discipline and persistence, problem solving, team work and overcoming challenges Throughout Years 10 to 12, students participate in a wide variety of programs and keep a record of their achievements. These are then assessed by the School and the Diploma is awarded if students fulfil the criteria.

For more information scan the QR code to watch the Ivanhoe Diploma video or students can speak to their Level Manager about how they can become involved in the program.





Ivanhoe Centenary Scholarship program To mark and honour our Centenary year, the School seeks to work with its community to establish an Ivanhoe Centenary Scholarship Program from tax-deductible donations, large and small. This program will provide a lasting gift enabling many students, regardless of their financial circumstances, to benefit from an Ivanhoe education. At Ivanhoe we aim to attract and support the best students from a range of backgrounds regardless of their means. Ivanhoe is a school built on service and aims to nurture able students of character. The real measure of our success as a school is the achievements of students and their contribution to society, their community and their profession. Since our founding in 1915, scholarships have been a consistent part of the Ivanhoe story. Our first Headmaster The Reverend Sydney Buckley inspired many students with his open invitation and philanthropic support to ‘come and join Ivanhoe’, regardless of their circumstances. Over the past 20 years, the financial pressure on families to educate their children has grown enormously due to the significantly rising cost

Peter Holloway Scholarship

of education. School fees are now a much higher proportion of a family’s expenditure with both parents working in many cases. Without significant financial support, many talented students are not able to consider Ivanhoe for their education.

Daniel Proietto, Board Member and Class of 1996 I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to Ivanhoe which enabled me to come to the school. Being able to come to Ivanhoe was life changing for me. I received a first-class academic education which set me up for the rest of my life, and enjoyed so many different experiences through all the extra-curricular activities. I also made many life-long friends.

With your philanthropic help we can provide the scholarship funds required to enable the most deserving and talented students to come to Ivanhoe regardless of their capacity to pay school fees. By supporting students through scholarships, you make an investment in young boys and girls who, empowered by an Ivanhoe education, will influence, serve and lead positive change for Australian society and the world.

For further information about the Centenary Scholarship Program, please contact Astrida Cooper, Director of Development, on 9490 3886 or or you can make a tax deductible gift online at


Earlier this year, together with the Freemasons Foundation Victoria, the Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Lodge presented the seeding funding to the School at the annual Lodge Buckley Night thus creating a new School scholarship named The Reverend Peter Holloway Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Masonic Lodge Scholarship. Astrida Cooper, Director of Development, accepted the gift on behalf of the School, thanking all those who made the scholarship possible. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming deserving student who would not be able to benefit and enjoy an Ivanhoe education without such support. Peter Holloway (‘39) began at Ivanhoe Grammar School in 1935 as a boarder from Bairnsdale, thanks to a scholarship he received. Peter’s association with the School remained strong over the years and he was a regular attendee at the annual Buckley Boys’ reunions. Peter was also an active member of the Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge. In 2011, Peter was invited to deliver the School’s ANZAC Day address where he spoke of some of his former schoolmates who gave their lives in the service of their country. He later said his aim was ‘to try and make today’s young people realise that these were real folk, just like them, who could be taken as role models to follow.’ Of Ivanhoe Grammar School, Peter wrote just before his death in June 2013 ‘I can never repay the School’s investment in me.’



An opportunity to honour a loved one at the


Plenty Chapel

With the opening of the Plenty Chapel, several opportunities exist to celebrate, honour or remember loved ones. Naming opportunities are extended to donors who make a tax deductible gift of $600 or more to the Plenty Chapel through the Ivanhoe Grammar School Building Fund. Naming opportunities exist for individual seats, an entire pew, Chapel windows and the Chapel bell. For further information about naming opportunities in the Plenty Chapel; please contact Astrida Cooper, Director of Development, on 9490 3886 or or visit the website at



The Ridgeway Club After three years of consolidating leadership by past parent Geoff Cook, The Ridgeway Club heads into our Centenary year full of enthusiasm to ensure that it makes a difference in some way to the quality of education our students enjoy.


• Inspire our Ivanh oe students • Provide future stu dents with access to a n Ivanhoe education • Celebrate and rec ognise the School’s Ce ntenary in a meaningful and practical way • Provide young peopl e with life-changing op portunities • Enhance our studen ts wellbeing


01 A  strida Cooper with members of the Holloway Family,

Mary, Janis and Michael u PO Box 91 Ivanhoe VIC Australia 3079

02 S  t Paul’s Chapel at Plenty Campus

Ivanhoe Grammar


03 R  od Fraser and James Norman (‘86) launch the Heritage Trail

04 Vice President Grant Nichol, Deborah Sukarna and President

James Norman (‘86)

Online Giving...

Director of Deve lopment astrida.cooper@ivanh +61 3 9490 3886

05 V  ice President Grant Nichol, Angie Dalgleish, Wayne Motton (‘77) Astrida Cooper

and John Kingsford (‘79)

for your special supp ort in our Centenary year.

For more information on annual appeal, scholarship support or bequests please contact:

Thank you...


What is the Annual Ap

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Leading the Club this year is James Norman (’86) ably supported by Vice President Grant Nichol, a current Plenty parent and son of a former Club member. The Club has been pleased to welcome new members Roula Grege and Robyn Angus, both current parents, and past parent Don McColl (’74). Together with their partners, the Club looks forward to a long and rewarding association with them.

Every gift makes a difference and has an impact on our students. Our Centenary proje cts will:

This year you can also make your gift onlin e using our secure site: Current families: www m/donate Friends: www.ivanhoe.

Since its formation in 1988, the Club has contributed over $800,000 to support the Principal by financing certain projects nominated by him that are outside budgetary consideration. The Ridgeway Club’s Centenary gift is the Heritage Trail which is mentioned on page 27 of this Ivanhoe News.

The Annual Appeal is a fundraising progr am desig involve the whole Ivanh oe community. It raises ned to vital projects that will funds for come to fruition in the short term and directly benefit students.


C entenary

It is not too late to Give...

Annual Ap peal

Enhancing our stud ents

Wellbeing and Accessibility

Each year our community is invited to support the School through the Annual Appeal. The emphasis for the Appeal this year will be on growing our scholarship offerings to provide the opportunity of an Ivanhoe education to deserving students whose families are not in a position to make the financial commitment of sending their children to the School.

Your gift will mak e a difference

The brochure ‘Take the opportunity to invest in the next 100 years’ appeal has been mailed to alumni, whilst current families and our wider community have received the Wellbeing and Accessibility brochure and we are grateful for the gifts already received. Other areas for support this year include the commissioning of a stained glass window in the new Plenty Chapel acknowledging the Founder of our School, The Reverend Sydney Buckley, as well as a focus on health and exercise. The opportunity to participate in the Appeal is still possible and with our new online donation facility, you are encouraged to make your tax deductible gift online at All gifts, no matter the size, make a difference to our students. For further information about the Appeal, please contact Astrida Cooper, Director of Development, on 9490 3886 or




our school



Board of Governors cocktail party For current and past staff – Monday 13 April, 2015


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Cocktail Party P  ast and present staff at the Board of Governors Cocktail Party F ormer Headmaster The Reverend Charles Sligo, Peter Kempen and Rod Fraser Past staff at the Board of Governors Cocktail Party G  reek parents Morning Tea L adies Association Mother’s Day Luncheon L adies Association Mother’s Day Luncheon

The Chairman welcomed all current staff and nearly 100 past staff to this special Centenary event. The Principal and Chairman spoke about the enormous contribution made by past and current staff to the School and its students. It was clear that all staff enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with each other and to renew old friendships; it was a fitting tribute to the School and, for many, a fantastic journey down memory lane. Special guests included the former Headmaster The Reverend Charles Sligo and his wife Betty. Daniel Proietto (‘96) and a member of the Board of Governors, proposed the Toast to the School, highlighting the fact that he was School Captain in Rod Fraser’s first year as Principal.

Save the Date for the last major Centenary event of the Year Teams of the Centenary at Leonda By The Yarra – Wednesday 28 October Enquiries to


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Mother’s Day Luncheon

During Term 1, members of the Greek Parents’ Association and the wider Greek community attended a morning tea and tour of the redeveloped ArtsEdge at Locksley. The occasion was hosted by the Principal who particularly thanked Mrs Sophia Dedousis and other guests for their continued interest and support of the School over many years.

The Ladies’ Association Mother’s Day luncheon was held at Va Tutto Restaurant on Wednesday 6 May and was attended by 140 mothers and grandmothers of students from both The Ridgeway and Plenty Campuses.

All School Photo The All School Photograph was taken earlier in 2015 to commemorate the School’s Centenary. It features all students and staff. Families can purchase additional copies of the photograph for $49.50 each. Photos can be ordered at and can be collected from your Campus Reception.

The day was fun filled with all participants taking part in a raffle which included many prizes donated to The Ladies’ Association. The Association Convenor, Marianne Jowett, thanked all who attended and made a special presentation to Principal Rod Fraser thanking him for all the support he has given to the Association over the last 20 years. She also congratulated Deputy Principal/Head of The Ridgeway Campus Mr Gerard Foley on his appointment as the new Principal and said how much the Association is looking forward to working with him. The Principal thanked the Ladies’ Association and all those present for their kind words and spoke about the importance of their contribution as a friendraising and fundraising group within the School. A special thanks to Myrto and her staff at Va Tutto for their wonderful support. Terry Kitchen Community Relations Manager

School Family


Year 9 Journeys


Each year students in Year 9 are provided with the opportunity to embark on national and international trips as part of the Year 9 program – A World of Opportunities. The trips foster independence, meaningful learning experiences and challenging out-of-classroom activities. During Term 1, students departed for journeys to Central Australia, India, Thailand, Bali, Cambodia and China. The Cambodian experience began with a five day stay in the capital Phnom Penh, where the group was instantly immersed in the life of the crowded city. They participated in a Cambodian dance and music session, gave MasterChef contestants a run for their money during the cooking class and toured the Royal Palace. The local guide, Veasna, shared his family’s story with the group, deepening their understanding of the torrid times experienced during the Khmer Rouge regime. From here, a long and bumpy bus ride delivered the group to Siem Reap where they visited Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. The group also spent their time visiting local orphanages where they played games with the children, painted play equipment, landscaped and put their handyman skills to use. The group left Cambodia with a much greater appreciation for the many things in life we often take for granted. In Bali, a group of 15 students and teachers stayed in the mountainous region of Ubud, visiting the main tourist attractions and learning about the Balinese way of life. A large part of their journey was based at Green Camp, which provided a stimulating program of varying activities designed to foster learning in four key areas: environmental awareness, personal development and team building, cultural connections and adventure-based challenges. Students who travelled to India observed the profusion of bright colours in clothing, shopfronts, housing and signage - as well as a disregard for road rules! A major component of the trip was the completion of the Cultural Heritage of India Certificate at Daly College. Early morning yoga sessions were a welcome form of relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city and the students enjoyed pottery, painting and traditional dance. Highlights of the trip included travelling to Jaipur, Agra and Delhi where the group visited Amber Fort, Jal Mahal Palace, Albert Court Museum, Jantar Mantar and the Taj Mahal.

The journey to Central Australia included a tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges from Alice Springs, five nights at Lilla, an Aboriginal Community near King’s Canyon and the Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park. The outcomes of the trip were focused on developing an understanding of Aboriginal culture and lifestyle with the group undertaking community service, clearing weeds, planting vegetables and assisting with literacy and play activities at the local school. The breathtaking walk around King’s Canyon and experiencing sunset and sunrise at Uluru and the Olgas were also highlights of the experience.



In Thailand, the group observed and discussed the effects of globalisation as they travelled to three different villages of the Hmong tribe in the mountains outside Chiang Mai. The group also visited a small local Thai Primary School within Ayutthaya. Often the language barrier meant that conversation was limited; the group managed to find that playing games with the young children was a universal language. Students who travelled to China engaged in activities with the Bi Le High School in Shanghai. Classes included traditional calligraphy, art and dance, which allowed students to engage in some cultural aspects of Chinese education as well as observe the similarities and differences between the students’ schooling. During their time in China, the group visited the Yuyuan Gardens and participated in a mini Amazing Race around Shanghai, allowing them to interact with each other and the locals in the community. Students also visited children at the XingXing School for street kids, playing board games, painting and having fun. Highlights of the trip included The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and The Great Wall of China.



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Thailand India China Central Australia Bali Cambodia AGSV Swimming Carnival




summer Swimming

At the combined AGSV Swimming Carnival the Boys and Girls performed exceptionally well with both teams finishing in second place for the second year in succession. The standout individual performances of the night came from Isabella Gardner (1st under 16, 50m Breaststroke), Kelsie Walker (1st under 16, 50m Backstroke), Naoya Ikeda-Nenishkis (1st open, 100m Breaststroke) and Alexander Malcolm (1st under 17, 50m Backstroke).

In the relays, we had two winning swims, both at the under 15 level for boys. They were the 4 x 50m Freestyle (Callum Leech, Zak Janetzki, Demetri Kyriakopoulos and Flynn Schneider), and in a record time, the 4 x 50m Medley (Demetri Kyriakopoulos, William He, Callum Leech and Sebastian Modica). Congratulations to Dean Voss, Graham White, Jo Love and Rachel Johnson who helped prepare the students so well, and also to captains Olivia Derndorfer (Girls’) and Naoya Ikeda-Nenishkis and Lachlan Stirling (Boys’ co-captains). Neil Buszard DIRECTOR OF SPORT

representation AGSV

We congratulate the following students on their selection in an AGSV representative team. These students, together with those from other AGSV schools, play against the corresponding teams from the APS.



Badminton Joy Lai (AGSV Vice-Captain), Milla Teodosijevic, Catherine Liu and Catherine Cai

Badminton Eric Lu (AGSV Captain)

Softball Sophie Reid (AGSV Captain), Elizabeth Luby, Elizabeth McGrath and Cecilia Baldassarre

Cricket Andrej Yaksender (AGSV Vice-Captain), Mitchell Barnewall

Basketball Lukas Kafritsas

Volleyball Anna Say and Cara Eddings

Tennis Connor Di Marco, Kris Murthi

Tennis Nev Rikalo

Volleyball Angus Andrews


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Boys’ Badminton

Boys’ Basketball

Table Tennis


Consistency has been the hallmark of our Firsts team for the past five seasons, with another top three position achieved in 2015. In a semi final cliff-hanger to reigning premiers Camberwell, the team performed creditably once again.

The Boys’ Firsts Basketball season was destined to finish in spectacular fashion with every game merely preparation for the showdown against rival team, Marcellin College.

After a difficult start to the season, the Firsts Table Tennis team finished with three consecutive wins, each more impressive than the previous result.

The tennis team once again enjoyed a very successful year, only losing two games. Unfortunately, one of those losses was the Grand Final against PEGS!

Once again, the competition was dominated by PEGS and Camberwell Grammar. The team was ably led by Adam Kalfas, who frequently sacrificed his game in taking on the strongest opponents in opposition teams, yet maintained an excellent team spirit despite the early losses.

Our two AGSV representatives, Connor Di Marco and Kris Murthi played extremely well all year and their performances in both singles and doubles against the top seeds set the standard for the other boys to follow. Other consistent performers were Jake Marin (Captain), Alban Aslani and Dion Gavalas.

Year 9 student Darren Qiang was a bonus to the team, playing in four matches and winning all singles contested and Kevin Wu and Finn Turpin acquitted themselves well at this level. Joy Lai strengthened the team significantly in the four matches she played. Congratulations to Eric Lu, who was not only selected to represent the AGSV team, but also appointed Captain. In the annual blockbuster against the powerful APS team, he won his doubles rubber and lost his singles in a see-saw encounter with a tough opponent. Wayne Johnson TEACHER IN CHARGE BADMINTON

In the final game of the season, the team’s fate had unfortunately already been sealed after experiencing three losses, however Ivanhoe scored the first points to take the lead within the first minute. They extended and maintained the lead throughout the game, finishing the victors. The atmosphere after the game was one of great excitement, disbelief and satisfaction. It was an exciting and very enjoyable season and the senior leadership group were great role models and mentors for the younger players, developing and enhancing the team environment both on and off the court. Ian Anderson TEACHER IN CHARGE BASKETBALL

Year 12 students John Kapeleris, Dean Clohesy and Christos Giannopoulos improved greatly throughout the year, achieving many impressive wins. Lukas Genis was another able Year 12 player, winning both School tournaments staged throughout the year. Peter Hodge TEACHER IN CHARGE TABLE TENNIS

The Girls’ Firsts Tennis season was a challenging one, with illnesses and injuries. Year 12 team member Nev Rikalo, the top player and Captain played very well losing only one singles match for the season. Nev had a good season along with fellow Year 12 teammate Jess Angelovski who performed well in doubles matches over the season. Claire Candido showed great improvement from last season and won most of her matches, an outstanding effort. Jeremy McKay and Paul Vassallo Coaches Tennis

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Girls’ Volleyball

Boys’ Volleyball


Girls’ Softball

Whilst facing tough competition, the girls showed a great attitude and motivation towards the game. Everyone put in a lot of effort and worked hard during every game. Outstanding work was shown by all the girls, particularly Anna Say and Cara Eddings who were chosen to represent the School in the AGSV/APS competition.

This season was a rebuilding year for Firsts Volleyball. The team trained hard and committed themselves well this year. They should feel very proud of the improvements they have made both individually and as a team.

Over the course of the season, the Ivanhoe First XI played some very good cricket, however were not able to beat the top three schools Marcellin, Yarra Valley and Trinity. The highlights of our season were an exciting last ball win over Mentone and an outstanding team performance in beating Assumption at Kilmore. The best batting performance came from Andrej Yaksender in scoring 90 against Trinity, the best bowling performance was Mitch Barnewall’s 5\20 against PEGS.

The final two games of the season were much like the start of season, very tight scoring games and a true display of talent. Ivanhoe was unlucky to fall short, yet it was fantastic to see the team play so well against tough competition like Wesley College and Caulfield Grammar, teams which possess many state players.

Every member showed outstanding improvement and attitude and should be congratulated on their efforts. The emerging talent of Volleyball sets the team in good stead for the next year.

Well done to the following students for a hard working season and farewell to our Year 12s who were strong leaders for the team: Cam Merjan (Captain), Angus Andrews (Vice-Captain), Pat Conlan, Finbar Conlan, Michael Lowe, Nicholas Papachristos, Alex Mirkov, Joe Fuller, Matthew Katopothis and Liam Naylor.


John McInerney Teacher in Charge Volleyball

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Boys’ Tennis Team Badminton Team Table Tennis Team Girls’ Tennis Team Girls’ Volleyball Boys’ Volleyball Team Boys’ Cricket Team Boys’ Basketball Team Girls’ Softball

Daniel Stanford provided some solid performances with both bat and ball and Lachlan Murphy with the ball and Steve Di Cioco with the bat were good contributors. The Colin Corstorphin trophy winner for the First XI player of the season was Mitch Barnewall and he and Andrej Yaksender gained AGSV selection. Congratulations to all members of the First XI squad for the effort that they put in over the season and the fine way in which they represented the School.

The team played seven fantastic games and managed to claim four victories and three very close losses, never more than 3 runs behind. Over the entire season, the team averaged 15 runs per game which eclipsed previous seasons; a tremendous effort by all the girls. More impressive was the score margin of our victories in which the team averaged a 12 run advantage. Anna Cross TEACHER IN CHARGE SOFTBALL

Roger Gill Teacher in Charge Cricket


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from the


Whilst the OIGA Centenary Weekend has passed, the Association, School, Council and I would like to acknowledge the many alumni involved in planning and participation of the multiple events and activities that took place on both campuses and off-site during March 20-22, 2015. The variety of avenues enabled alumni to connect with other past students, the Association and School itself which is of course central to our Association’s objective; to reach, connect and support past (and current) students. The feedback and response following the weekend has also been invaluable and has helped to inform us in making plans for future engagement with alumni. This 100 Year celebration is a great opportunity for alumni to come forward and share in celebrations, but it is also a platform to tell us how we can best reach, connect with and support you.



Please stay connected and all the best for the second half of our Centenary year. Peter Swain (‘75) President of the OIGA

2015 OIGA Reunions and Events DATE



Friday 26 June

OIGA Centenary London Drinks

The Admiral Codrington

Friday 21 August

OIGA Plenty 5 Year Drinks

Temple Brewing Company, East Brunswick

Friday 28 August

OIGA TRC 5 Year Drinks

The Kingston Hotel, Richmond

Friday 11 September

OIGA TRC 30 Year Dinner

Buckley Hall Gallery & Watts Foyer

Friday 13 November

OIGA TRC 10 Year Drinks

The Kingston Hotel

Tuesday 24 November

Brown & Buckley’s Boys Reunion

Chapel & Buckley Hall Auditorium

Friday 27 November

OIGA Plenty 10 Year Drinks

Temple Brewing Company, East Brunswick

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Olivia and Damian Bevilacqua (‘00) and Scott Curatolo (‘00) at the Centenary dinner OIGA Run For The Kids team Michael Smith (’69) and Graham Forbes (’63) Alumni at the OIGA Dinner Alumni and partners at the OIGA Dinner The Reverend Stephen May, John Knorr (‘52), John Emery (‘55), Peter Swain (‘75) and Ken Emery (‘59) at the St James’ Chapel service on Sunday 22 March


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What have you been up to in recent years? No matter how significant, we would love to hear from you! Email and LIKE our official OIG Facebook page: Please invite your OIG siblings and friends to help us reach 2015 likes by 1 December 2015!

Michael Del Monte (’09)

Michael recently created the app Movement built upon the key elements of a healthy lifestyle: Food, Fitness and Motivation. The app enables people to share content, with the option to create recipes and workouts, whilst allowing nutritional information for example, to be statistically monitored. Scan the code to download the Movement app for iOS.

Daniel, Claude, George and David (‘04) To honour their journey of sketch-making during their time at Ivanhoe, Class of 2004 students Daniel Matheson, Claude Jabbour, George Dimarelos, and David Pratico continue to produce sketches under a fully-fledged production company titled ‘5MA Productions’. David now manages the production, Daniel is the chief writer and creator, Claude is a working actor in the Australian TV industry and George, an MC and stand-up comedian. Scan the code to watch one of their sketches.

Melanie Von Blanckensee nee Wels (’00) Melanie founded ‘Life by Food’ after undergoing a journey of health and healing through food. Based on Melanie’s own experiences, the aim of Life by Food is to help people eat healthily. Life by Food works with clients to break down major dietary changes into slow steps that help create a sustainable healthy change; they also provide tailored meal plans, food ideas and recipes. Visit to find out more.

Michael Hong (’00) Michael had the opportunity to play in the Corpus Medicorum orchestra on their tour to St Petersburg, Russia in June last year. This orchestra, consisting of mostly doctors, was chosen and supported by the City of Melbourne to celebrate the 25th year of Melbourne’s sister-city relationship with St Petersburg. Money raised was donated to Advita Childhood Cancer Charity, a Russian organisation that provides financial support for the treatment of children with cancer.

Haris Stamboulidis (‘14)

Haris Stamboulidis (‘14) represented the U19 Australian School Boys on a UK Tour, playing with Manchester City FC sister club Melbourne City FC and recently played two international games for the U19 Greek National Soccer Team against Ukraine in Tripoli, Greece. He looks forward to studying and playing soccer at Columbia University in NY.

Peter Royce (’06) For the last year Peter has been volunteering with the St Vincent De Paul soup van program which has led to his work with 300 Blankets, a charity which raises awareness of the plight of the homeless as well as raising funds to purchase blankets which are distributed in Melbourne’s streets. Visit for more information.

Foti Grigoris (’06) Foti Grigoris (’06) was recently accepted into the PhD in Finance program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which is one of the oldest universities in the USA. The program is full-time for five years, and Foti is thrilled to be combining study, work and travel whilst being fully supported by the University.

Daniel Mottau (’03) Daniel Mottau (‘03) is Founder of Helping Hands for Nepal, which is working to support the children of the Jorpati Disabled Rehabilitation Centre (DRC), right at the epicentre of recent devastating earthquakes. Helping Hands has temporarily shifted its focus to cater to the immediate needs on-ground; to provide food, clean drinking water and shelter to the residents of the DRC, all of whom are now displaced and living on the street. Scan the code or visit to find out more.

Matthew McKie (’98)

Nicholas Wyman (’86) Nicholas accompanied Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a school visit in Brooklyn and the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) model was subsequently featured as part of Australia’s Innovation and Productivity agenda. Nick has since been appointed by the Australian Federal Government (Education) to drive a pilot in two schools. The model is highly successful in the US with 27 Schools up and running since 2011, involving 100 employer partners including companies such as IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. His latest book, Job U, is now available on the Penguin Random House website.

Wesley Spargo (’12) Wesley Spargo (‘12) will be putting his physiotherapy career on hold as he relocates to Westminster College, Salt Lake City (Utah) USA, as a Track & Field Athlete. He was awarded their ‘Transfer Presidential Scholarship’ with Athletic aid, which is the highest award any transfer student may obtain.

Scan the code to watch Matt play!

The Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club were thrilled to announce the inclusion of our Matt McKie in The Outback Australian Gridiron Team for the 2015 World Cup to be held in July in Canton, Ohio USA. Matt will become the 14th Ranger player to represent Australia at the highest level.

James Jayesuria (’04) Following their wedding in 2013, James and wife Jacqui decided to create a website called Wedding Service Matcher which simplifies and refines the process of wedding requirements by retaining only the relevant and available suppliers based on a couple’s needs. Getting married or know an alum who is? Point them to James’ site to help take the stress out of organising this momentous occasion! Scan the code or visit:


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Centenary Old Ivanhoe GrammarianS’ Drinks Friday 20 March

The weekend of the 20-22 March was abuzz with activity as the OIGA community celebrated and reconnected for the School’s Centenary.

This event kicked off the OIGA Centenary weekend. Attracting past and current staff and approximately 200 alumni from the Brown, Sligo and Fraser eras, The Ridge was alive with a party-like atmosphere.

Complete with a photo-booth, lolly buffet and showbags for guests, the success of the night can in many ways be attributed to a number of talented alumni contributions. These include: DJ Aaron Rupasinghe (’11), Whiteyboard decorator Michael Catalano (’04), Free Is Better OIG Water provider via James Loganathan (’12) and especially photographer Jessica Harris (’08) who was also thrilled to finally unveil her Centenary Faces collage initiative.

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No doubt the two biggest draw cards were the launch of our specially crafted Old Ivanhoe Centenary Beer thanks to Nick Pang (’94) and his Temple Brewery team, and our comedic MC George Dimarelos (’04) who thematically humoured the crowd. Special thanks also to Cristian Launech (’11) for his AV work promoting this event and on the night. To view George’s speech, please scan the QR code on right. Elise Dunstan (01) Alumni Coordinator


Saturday 21 March

Saturday 21 March kicked off with many sporting matches across The Ridgeway and Plenty Campuses. These included the Volleyball Round Robin, Soccer matches as well as the OIGA Cricket Club Twenty20 Match and the Netball Round Robin.

Cricket Club Twenty20 Match Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Cricket Club proudly coordinated the Centenary Twenty20 Cricket match on Saturday 21 March on the hallowed turf of the South Ground. Various peer years were represented, with Cameron Baulch (‘84) offering his unbiased umpiring services and players including Peter Pearce (‘74), Andrew Tragardh (‘84) and Luke Lochran (‘97). Shaun Brentnall (‘10), who hit two balls over the Russell Street fence on his way to 32 runs off a single over to ease past a half century. Other batsmen to notch up scores of 30+ retired were Tim Buszard (‘06), Andrej Yaskender (‘15), and Blair Dawson (‘14), with Wayne Vanderwert (‘89) and Adi Narayana (‘14) being the pick of the bowlers. A fantastic day out in the sunshine was had by all. Thanks also to the support received from long-time First XI coach Roger Gill, groundskeeper Brad and his team, together with Jeff Dawson and the South Ground Club for catering. Andrew Harris (‘04)

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Netball Round-Robin At the exquisite Plenty Campus sports grounds, alumni, teachers, friends and family made up the five teams that participated in the tournament. Team Storm won the competition in an exciting grand final, taking out the prestigious title of Ivanhoe Grammar School Centenary Round Robin champions. Following our hard work, we all enjoyed the home baked goodies that the OIGNC Sweeties Stall had to offer. It was a fun and great way to celebrate Ivanhoe Grammar’s centenary. Congratulations to the winning team: Lauren Burge (09), Sofia Pace, Rachael Horsford (‘14), Olivia Vella (‘08), Zoe Koulouris (‘09), Stephanie Speight and Kim Nash (‘11). Special thanks to OIGNC super-coach Lauren Chan (’07) for coordinating the matches and to Natalie Lo Piccolo (’09), Emma Menkinovska (’07), Charlotte (‘10) and Amelia Kerr (’11) for coordinating the Old Ivanhoe Sweeties Stall. Georgia Newland (‘12)

The Heritage Trail

Huxley Debate

The Heritage Trail was opened by the Principal Rod Fraser and President of The Ridgeway Club James Norman (‘86). The trail is the Centenary gift of The Ridgeway Club which they have funded over two years with a total gift in excess of $40,000.

The Late Peter Huxley was a much revered and eccentric English Master who inspired hundreds of Ivanarians to have an abiding love of the English language. Peter was in charge of Debating at Ivanhoe and, following his death in 1996, the Huxley Debate was instigated to honour his memory.

The Heritage Trail has been specifically created to recognise those areas of the School that have been historically significant to the life of its students since its relocation to this site in 1920. It is hoped it will give those walking the Trail an opportunity to see aspects of School life as it was, at the same time creating awareness of the benefits that progress has made in enhancing the educational experiences of our students today. During the day, School Prefects conducted well supported tours around the trail for the benefit of alumni, parents and friends alike. Elise Dunstan ALUMNI COORDINATOR


For the Centenary celebrations, former debater and original convenor of the event Michael Gorton AM (‘76), had gathered an enormous array of talent to Debate ‘That things were better in our day.’ Taking the rostrum and pushing the affirmative side were Wilbur Wilde (’72), former member of staff Mark Biss and Ben Barnett (’99) who pitted themselves against the erstwhile team of Mark Hoysted (’76), Dr Elizabeth Mullins and Michael Gorton (‘76) himself. The moderator was the ever effervescent (but at all times controlling) Ash Long (’74), not a stranger to this role, who handled it with his usual aplomb and humour. The audience adjudicated and, after an afternoon of sheer enjoyment, decided on a tie! The question on the lips of the 100 plus who attended was: ‘when is the next one?’

Old Ivanhoe GrammarianS’ Dinner This was Ivanhoe at its very best. Opening the evening’s entertainment was a musical tribute to ‘Ivanhoe, as we know it’ by Jack Brown (’06), Tom Campbell-Dick (’06) and James Chappell (’03). To bring our rich history to life, Stephen Mayne (’87) moderated a panel representing major aspects of School life, namely: Graham Hawke (’44), Bruce Jeeves (’58), Peter Lorbeer (’88), Claire Waterman, nee Rowan (’00) and, representing our wonderful staff, Nigel Kendall. Principal Rod Fraser reflected on the School’s many successes during the last one hundred years in the Principal’s Centenary Address and John McKenzie AM (’66) rounded out the formalities with a moving Centenary Toast to Ivanhoe Grammar School. A most enjoyable and memorable evening ended on a high note with the School Song and War Cry lead by sons of First Day Boys, John (’52) and Geoff (’55) Knorr and John (’55) and Ken (’59) Emery. Peter Swain (‘75) PRESIDENT

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Old Ivanhoe Grammarians enjoying the Centenary Drinks function George Dimarelos (‘04) comedic MC at the OIGA Drinks N  atalie Lim (’01), Paul Walker (’01), Sarah Caruana (’01), Bryan Steel (’99) and Mark Verrocchi (’01) at the OIGA Drinks Stephen Mayne (‘87) at the OIGA Dinner OIGA Cricket team OIGA Netball Round-Robin participants

Sunday 22 March

The Church Service

Run For the Kids

What better place to have our Centenary Thanksgiving Service than where it all began one hundred years ago, St James’ Church and Parish Hall. Led by Vicar Stephen May and assisted by Plenty Campus Chaplain, Warwick Grant and former Chaplain Chris Carolane, together with the Principal and First Day Boy descendant, John Emery (‘55) who read the lessons, the service paid homage to the School and its Founder, The Reverend Sydney Buckley.

For the last event of the weekend, a group of OIGA’s took to the pavements of Melbourne to walk, jog or run either the 15.5km long course or 5.4km short course in the annual Run For The Kids fun run. We were fortunate enough to have a clear and sunny morning with alumni participants wearing the new OIGA t-shirt which helped us spot other past students who were running! Thank you to all who participated and for those who would like to join the next OIGA fun run, please contact

At the conclusion of the service, the congregation moved to the Hall where a plaque to commemorate the founding of the School was displayed and morning tea was enjoyed by all.

Akshaya Ravi (‘08)

Geoff Brown (‘62) Executive Officer Centenary


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03 01 K  eith Smith (’45) and Graham Hawke (’44) 02 J  ohn Sullivan (’51) and Peter Williams (’56) 03 P  eter Corfield (’57), Neville Prowse-Brown (’55),

David Bogle (’57), Irwin Faris (’57) and Albert Sage (’57)

04 Anne Hill, Bob Hill (‘48), Ian Petty (‘48), Lorraine Petty

and Bruce Smith (‘42) at Buckley’s Boys




Buckley’s On November 25 last year, our oldest past students gathered under the banner of Buckley’s Boys to once again renew old friendships and enjoy one another’s company. The day began with a Chapel Service followed by lunch in Buckley Hall. It never ceases to amaze when our 90 year olds turn out in great numbers each year. Last November was no exception with no fewer than nine in attendance! Many guests still travel long distances to join us - Graeme Adamson (’55), and Graham Hawke (’44) travelled from Brisbane and Peter Corfield (’57) travelling from Sydney. Ian Petty (’48) came from Deniliquin and Ian Stroud (’48) journeyed from Merimbula.

The School’s thanks go to the wives, partners and carers who make the effort to be available so that their loved ones can attend this great day. Whilst numbers naturally decline, it is always great to see and feel the spirit of Ivanhoe that lives in the hearts of those who attend this reunion through their unswerving loyalty to the School and their obvious enjoyment of being together under the name of Sydney Buckley, the man who started it all! Geoff Brown (‘62) Executive Officer Centenary

The President and members of the OIGA regret the passing of the following former students of the School Peter Gough 1949 Yea Boarder, Buckley Boy

Athol Bennett 1938 Buckley Boy

Brian Towler 1947 Yea Boarder, Buckley Boy

John Mundell 1960 Boarder, Brown Era

Mary Buckley 1945 Honorary Life Member of the OIGA

John Whitten 1948 Buckley Boy

Ian Strahan 1952 Brown Era Daniel Mera 2012 Fraser Years

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Ken Williams 1946 Yea Boarder, Buckley Boy

Charles Elliott 1999 Fraser Years Harry Curtis 1954 Brown Era


The 25 oldest known living Old


Gordon Ernest Alston, b 26 July 1918

Robert James Oakley, b 2 December 1921

Peter Sedgfield Bethell, b 1 December 1922

Geoffrey Bruce Mill, b 19 December 1918

John William Berry Down, b 29 January 1922

Vivian Jack Cole, b 11 February 1923

Walter Fred Hemmy, b 19 May 1919

The Reverend Alexander Chas Hamilton Crigan, b 16 February 1922

Kenneth Leslie Pulling, b 11 May 1923

Prof Frank Hirst, b 10 June 1919 Gunnie Sanders Waddell, b 13 November 1919 Mervyn Edison Barton, b 29 September 1920 John Dickenson Bacon, b 21 November 1920 Dr Alfred Bardsley, b 10 December 1920 Hugh Thomson OAM, b 14 October 1921

Gordon Stuart Warmington, b 17 February 1922

Robert David Cole, b 17 June 1923 Alan Robert Hughes, b 22 December 1923

Geoffrey Lewis Gregory, b 7 September 1922 Ronald Albert Stott, b 18 September 1922 Kai Swee S Cheong, b 10 October 1922

Frank Nichol Retallack, b 26 January 1924 Allan Frederick Swain, b 30 January 1924 George Brook Howe OAM, b 3 April 1924

Harold Jonathan Plummer, b 9 November 1922

We would be delighted to include a photo of each top 25 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians in the next few editions of Ivanhoe News. If you would like your photo to be included please send it to Geoff Brown (‘62) c/o PO Box 91, Ivanhoe 3079 or via email If you would like to let us know what you are doing now for our records, please do so.

Gordon Stuart Warmington (‘40) Allan Frederick Swain (‘41)

Gordon Ernest Alston (‘36)

John Dickenson Bacon (‘37)

Peter Sedgfield Bethell (‘39)


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Merchandise Inspired by our beloved War Cry, the catchy EGO YA phrase has taken to bibs, caps, wrist bands and car stickers! For a closer look at the latest additions to Old Ivanhoe merchandise, visit the Development Office (2 Merton Street).

To purchase, visit

Alumni Stories

Exceptional Partly inspired by Australian Story and partly by our alumni forging diverse and very interesting pathways, this special Centenary project seeks to share and celebrate a collection of diverse and interesting ‘Alumni Stories’ which were showcased at the Centenary Gala. Each has been filmed by professional film producer Chris Kamen (’01) who has worked in conjunction with James Minas (’03) - a professional composer to produce original compositions to complement each Story. Esteemed former Deputy Principal Nigel Kendall provides the introduction, but these Stories speak for themselves…





Scan the QR code to watch the videos See the first of the collection here and stay tuned for the others via our Centenary website. Email to submit a worthy past student. 01 02





Andreana Reale (‘02) Tony Clifton (‘54) Derek Welton (‘98) Nicholas Pang (‘94)

Thank you to our

Centenary sponsors

The School gratefully acknowledges the support of our corporate partners, without whom the Centenary celebrations would not be possible.

PLATINUM Etihad Airways

GOLD Miles Real Estate

Austral Piano World

The Ridgeway Club

SILVER Building Engineering Pty Ltd

EFI Furniture

Hanging Rock Winery

BRONZE D&D Digital Printing DIB Audio Visual GWI Services Pty Ltd



Paul Mitchell Hair Care Trident Computer Services Pty Ltd


Ricoh Australia

Spitting Image

Meridian Travel

Russell Kennedy Lawyers


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for your

diary 2015



Saturday 8 August

Centenary Ball, The Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 7.00pm

Tuesday 25 August

Buckley House Centenary Showcase Concert, Buckley Hall, 6.30pm

Thursday 10 September

Plenty Campus Spring Luncheon, Farm Vigano, 11.30am

Wednesday 16 September

Plenty Campus 25th Anniversary Concert, Founders’ Centre, 6.00pm

Thursday 17 September

The Ridgeway Campus Centenary Showcase Concert, Buckley Hall, 6.00pm

Tuesday 6 October

The Ridgeway Campus Year 12 Art Show, Round Square Gallery, 9.00am to 7.00pm

Monday 12 October

Plenty Campus Visual Arts Exhibition, Creative Arts Centre, 6.30pm

Wednesday 28 October

Teams of the Centenary Dinner, Leonda By The Yarra, 7.00pm

Thursday 19 November

Buckley House Art Show, Innovation Centre, 6.30pm

Friday 20 November

Ladies’ Association Christmas Function, Heidelberg Town Hall, 12.00pm

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