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The Brown and White Acknowledgements Design: Lauren Poetschka Copy:

Joshua Blasco-Burke Geoff Brown Mirella Busso-Lee Lara Edgley Linda Paltoglou Peter Swain Tim Swain

Photos: Josh Boland Dean Phipps Please advise us of any change in your personal contact details. Email or contact Linda Paltoglou at Ivanhoe Grammar School PO Box 91, Ivanhoe 3079, Australia Phone (03) 9490 3508 The Brown and White is a quarterly newsletter for alumni and supporters of Ivanhoe Grammar School. Cover photo: Members of the Ivanhoe family featured in this issue.

Staying connected OldIvanhoeGrammarians ivanhoegrammariansofficial groups/4828929



Despite the ongoing disruptions caused by the pandemic, the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association (OIGA) has continued to focus on our primary objective, to reach, connect and support our members. A 2021 innovation has seen the OIGA create a Class of 2021 badge, to signify the commencement of the transition from Ivanhoe Grammar School student to Old Ivanhoe Grammarian. This badge has been a popular addition to the Year 12 uniform this year, and in the future will be presented to all students at the commencement of their final year. Although our reunion and event program has again been disrupted, during Term 3 our Alumni Coordinator, Mirella-Busso Lee, hosted a welcome lunch with Year 12 from Sherwood House at The Ridgeway Campus on Monday 2 August. Mirella presented to the group and explained how alumni can continue their connection with Ivanhoe Grammar School through our various groups. The presentation was followed by a pizza lunch which was enjoyed by all. Other house lunches will be scheduled when the School returns to on-campus learning.

With the departure of Alex Bacskos (’13) from our Development Office after more than five years of outstanding service, I am very pleased to announce that Lara Edgley (’20) has joined Mirella and Geoff Brown (’62) to work on OIGA matters on a part-time basis. Lara is looking after our social media and website content, with particular focus on our younger alumni. She has already shown herself to be a great asset to the team, assisting with final testing of the new OIGA website which went live late in Term 3. Our various affiliated sporting clubs remain strong. Our athletics club, The Ivanhoe Harriers, is currently second on the ladder and on the lookout for new members for the Summer Track and Field Season. Our Old Ivanhoe Cricket Club is preparing for the 2021/22 season, with the likely introduction of a veterans team. Last season, our cricketers were very successful, with all three teams making the finals and one team winning the flag. The current football season has been significantly disrupted, but we look finals bound in the Men’s Seniors and Reserves, and work continues to ensure we will have a Women’s team up and running in 2022. Late in Term 3, the OIGA organised a free coffee day for alumni at Magnolia in Doreen and Mr Peebles in Ivanhoe. These venues are managed by Jacson Cecil (’10) and Scott Curatolo (’00) respectively. This is another example of how we can support alumni. Despite the obvious challenges during the last 18 months, the OIGA continues to thrive, providing a great platform for our alumni and supporters of Ivanhoe Grammar School to stay connected. Wayne Vanderwert President Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association


Honouring a pioneering alumnus Ivanhoe Grammar School has produced many highly respected and pre-eminent experts across all business, professional and sporting sectors as highlighted in our Gallery of Achievement. One industry in which our alumni have excelled is the medical field. The School was delighted to learn that Peter Gates (’69) received due recognition for his work, being awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his service to neurology. Peter completed his medical degree in 1975 at The University of Melbourne and his neurology residency at Prince Henry’s Hospital in 1981. In 1986, Peter became the first neurologist to move out of Melbourne and set up a regional centre of neurology in Geelong, where he pursued a career in clinical neurology and research, and provided neurological education in rural Victoria. Over the past 40 years, Peter has cared for more than 50,000 people. As Geelong’s first permanent neurologist, he has built a body of knowledge, researching and treating conditions of

the brain, spinal cord and the nervous system, which he is now using to challenge accepted norms in his field. Since the mid-1980s, his contributions to studies of those at risk of stroke have helped formulate accepted practice in the field. The website he produced in 2015 is the culmination of over four decades of clinical practice and teaching, and the textbook he authored in 2010, ‘Clinical Neurology – A Primer,’ is considered to be a ‘bible’ as a reference book. In addition to his Geelong practice, Peter has taught medicine in Fiji and Rwanda, and made a significant contribution to his field through the many journal articles he has written. He has held senior medical positions in the UK, Canada, and Melbourne, as well as being the Professor of Neurology at Deakin University and Head of Neurology at Barwon Health. Peter has strived to pass on his understanding and knowledge of neurology to make a complicated subject simpler and easier to understand. To Peter, seeing the sudden look of understanding in the

face of his students is one of the most rewarding experiences of his career and he thoroughly enjoys engaging with the bright doctors of tomorrow. Peter’s expertise as an educator is widely recognised being a dual recipient of Barwon Health’s Richard Hallowes Teaching Award in 2005 and 2006. Peter is married to Rosie, and they have raised three children. He finds the time, between family and work commitments, to enjoy snow skiing, cycling and a round at Barwon Heads Golf Club. Peter remains closely connected with Ivanhoe Grammar School, to which he has been a generous donor since 1987, supporting our Scholarship Fund. He always reminds the team in the Development Office that he is forever grateful to Mr V R C Brown, Headmaster 1948 to 1974, for awarding him a scholarship, enabling him to complete the last two years of his Ivanhoe education, and giving him the opportunity to become a leader in his chosen field. His Queens Birthday honour is richly deserved.

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Celebrating our Olympians The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, were postponed 12 months to July 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Just when Australia needed a sporting event to boost national morale, the television broadcasts did just that, bringing huge interest in watching the world’s finest athletes compete at the highest level. Given the great success of the Australian team at these games, it is appropriate to remember those Ivanhoe Grammar School athletes who have graced the Olympic stage.

Alf Watson (’24), Amsterdam 1928 and Berlin 1936 Following an outstanding sporting career at Ivanhoe Grammar School, Alf went on to represent Australia in athletics at two Olympic Games. In 1928, Alf broke the Australasian record in the 440 yards hurdles and was chosen to represent Australia at the Amsterdam Olympics. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury during training a few days before his race and was eliminated in the first round of both the 110 metre hurdles and 400 metre hurdles events. Eight years later at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he was again eliminated in the first round of both these events. However, at the 1938 Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Sydney, he finished fourth in the 440 yards hurdles and was a member of the team which won the bronze medal in the 4 × 110 yards relay. Alf was in Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Team of the Century in Athletics and Cricket, and was a popular selection as Captain of Ivanhoe Harriers Team of the Century in 2014, for which he ran until his mid-thirties. In a long and distinguished career, Alf won 16 Victorian Championships and 5 Australian Championships in the 110 yard and 440 yard hurdles events. A champion all-round sportsman, Alf will always be known as Ivanhoe Grammar School’s ‘First Olympian’. He died in 1992.



Bradley Camp (’82), Seoul 1988 Brad had a highly successful running career from 1987 to 1993, both as a cross-country runner and a marathon athlete. In his younger days, Brad was a very handy cross-country runner, finishing fourth in the national All Schools U19 title in 1983 behind Ray Boyd, David Lightfoot and Colin Dalton, and one ahead of Sean Quilty – all of them going on to successful senior careers. He was selected for the Seoul 1988 Olympics team, fulfilling a long-held ambition. He finished the event in 41st position in the highly respectable time of 2.23.49. He also ran the marathon for Australia at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games finishing in 19th position. He competed in numerous international road races including two IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and was also a winner of some of Australia’s most famous races including the City to Surf (Sydney) in 1987 and the Gold Coast Marathon in 1989, in a personal best of 2.10.10. Regarded as a ‘competitive beast’, Brad sits firmly in the top echelon of Australian distance runners with the 7th fastest ever marathon time by an Australian. His advice to athletes is ‘follow that dream; don’t be scared to train hard, always push beyond your comfort zone. Treat your body and mind as a temple’. Brad lives in Queensland with his wife and two children.


Simon Coombs (’93), Atlanta 1996

Richard Vagg (’85), Atlanta 1996

Michael Curcija (’94), Sydney 2000

At the age of 17, Simon became an Australian age record holder in swimming before going on to be an Australian Open Champion.

Richard was born into a sporting family with his father Barrie playing in Melbourne Football Club’s last premiership in 1964. Despite his Australian Rules pedigree, his baseball skills were apparent in his youth, and he was chosen to represent the Victorian Under 13 team.

Michael had a highly successful soccer career, both in Australia and overseas, playing as a striker.

In the 1996 Australian Swimming Championship and Olympic Selection Trials, he won the 200 metres individual medley. Defeating the likes of Matthew Dunn and Michael Klim allowed him to follow his dream of becoming a member of the Australian Olympic Swimming Team, which was a reflection of his ambition, dedication and drive for success. At the 1996 Olympics In Atlanta, he competed in the men’s 200 metre Individual Medley event, finishing sixth in his heat in a time of 2.07.31. From 1993-1997, he attended the Australian Institute of Sport. Following his retirement from swimming, Simon entered the real estate industry and is now a director at Ray White in Doncaster. Aside from real estate, Simon enjoys golf, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Richard represented Australia at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. This was the second appearance for baseball as an official medal sport. Eight nations competed, with the preliminary phase consisting of each team playing every other team. The Australian team finished 7th in the Olympics, winning two of their seven round robin games. He became a top infielder in the Australian Baseball League, playing over 360 ABL games with the Melbourne Monarchs and Melbourne Bushrangers. He also spent two years playing in Japan. Richard is married to Jacquie and they have two children. He is now the Managing Director of VAGGPACK, one of Victoria’s foremost packaging and printed bag suppliers based in Epping.

He made his debut in the National Soccer League at the age of 17 at South Melbourne where he established himself as one of Australia’s most prolific young strikers. He helped the club to successive championships in 1998 and 1999, and scored a personal best of 19 goals in the 1999–2000 season. His career highlight at South Melbourne was representing the club in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil. His performances at Under 20 level were rewarded with selection in the Olyroos Squad for the Sydney 2000 games, where he started all three of Australia’s games alongside legendary Socceroo Mark Viduka. The Olyroos finished 15th in the tournament. For Michael, the memories of representing his country at any level hold a special place in his heart, but the Olympics stands out as a particular point of pride, particularly as the first game was at the MCG in front of 93,000 spectators. Married with two children, Michael won two full Socceroo caps and is now the Technical Director at Essendon Royals Soccer Club and the Head of Soccer at Caulfield Grammar School.

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Sam Bramham OAM (’07), Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008

Emily Bamford (’09), Sochi 2014

Richard Merjan (‘06), Rio de Janeiro 2016

Sam is one of Ivanhoe Grammar School’s most successful Olympians and was still at school when he represented Australia at the 2004 Paralympics. Born without his right femur, at age five he had an aboveknee amputation.

Growing up on a horse racing farm in Doreen, Emily was a natural equestrian and competed in dressage, show jumping, and eventing at state level.

Richard took up canoeing as a Year 7 student at Ivanhoe Grammar School. He was hooked from his first session and credits his passion for the sport through the support provided by the School.

Although he was not encouraged to play competitive sport at school, he discovered swimming. With his upper body strength, he was able to defeat his friends and found solace in this sport. Selected for the 2004 Paralympics, Sam won bronze in the 100 metres butterfly after earlier breaking the world record in the heats of this event; and in the same games, won gold in the 4 x 100 metres medley relay and silver in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay. He repeated these results in the same events at the 2008 Beijing games. He also broke the world record for the 400m Freestyle in Beijing. In between these games, he competed in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and World Championships in Durban. Since retiring from competitive swimming, Sam has become a motivational public speaker, and wrote his first book ‘Three Quarter Man’ where he relayed some of his pranks and passions during his time as a Paralympian. In 2009, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sport and was also inducted in the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Hall of Fame in 2012. Today Sam runs a successful hospitality business including Chei Wen in Ivanhoe and Fly Lie Bar in Kew, and is an ambassador for Disability Sport and Recreation, Bully Zero and other community support groups. 6


In 2008 at the age of 16, Emily gave up equestrian to pursue her passion for snow skiing, moving to Stratton Mountain School in Vermont in the United States. Stratton is a preparatory boarding school focussing on winter sports. Emily subsequently represented Australia in the Junior World Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012. She was then selected for the Sochi 2014 Olympics for both the Slalom and Giant Slalom, in which she was placed 50th. A three-time winner of the Australian New Zealand Cup for the Overall Slalom, Emily competed at three World Junior Championships and was a member of the Australian National team for 10 years. In 2017, Emily was the first female welcomed into Ivanhoe Grammar School’s Gallery of Achievement. After retiring from skiing, Emily completed a Bachelor of Communication at RMIT. She has retained her interests in sports working for Mt Buller Snow Reports, Nike Victoria Racing Club and the Seven Network, and is now a Digital Presenter for Tennis Australia.

His progression was rapid and by Year 9, he was in the Australian Development Team, and was travelling and competing for Australia overseas. In 2003, he started training with the Australian national team and while he wished to compete on the biggest stage possible – the Olympics – was cognisant of the importance of a life after a sporting career. Unable to commit to full time training and being a holder of dual citizenship through his father, Richard opted to compete for Lebanon in 2009. He was able to remain in Australia, balancing full time study, work and training. Richard missed qualification for the 2012 Olympics due to injury, but in 2016 he qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, becoming the first Lebanese slalom canoeist to compete at the Olympics. He finished 19th in the Mens C1 Slalom. Still a keen spectator of Olympic canoeing, Richard is extremely thankful for the opportunities that Ivanhoe Grammar School offered, ultimately enabling him to get to Rio. While lockdowns impacted his training to the point where he withdrew from the Tokyo qualifying events, Richard has his sights set on Paris 2024. In the meantime, Richard has gone on to complete MBA studies at Monash University and now works as a Strategist at Hanwha Defence Australia.

Donor Impact Statement 2020 – 2021 Inspired by the values of our founder, the Rev. Sydney Buckley and his wife Evelyn, many in our wider community have over the years contributed to the School to create excellent educational opportunities for current and future generations. The generous philanthropic support of our Alumni, Ivanhoe families, staff and friends of the School has never been more important. Our students are involved in many programs that help to build a culture of giving, and we can support our young people of character by considering a gift to the School. The global pandemic continues to have far-reaching impacts for everyone including educational institutions. It was decided in 2020 to reduce our communication with regular donors; notwithstanding, the proactive support from our community was enormous with offers of assistance and impromptu donations, particularly to our Scholarship Funds. A very significant additional contribution was made by 33 families who elected to forego their school fee discount in order to support other families who were suffering financial hardship. In 2021, we held our Annual Appeal with a focus on building our Scholarship Funds, enabling us to offer an Ivanhoe Grammar School education to those who would otherwise be unable to attend our School. The Fidelis Society was established in 1998 to acknowledge those who have included Ivanhoe Grammar School in their will. This gift may be a way of saying thank you, honouring a loved one, recognising the value of a member of staff or wanting to invest in the future of the School’s students and our learning facilities. In the following pages we acknowledge all our donors who have contributed to our Scholarship, Building and Library Funds. We also acknowledge donations made to Named Prizes, as well as members of the Fidelis Society and our Parent and Support Groups which raise funds and contribute many volunteer hours to the School and specific causes. Despite restrictions during the last 18 months, all our support groups continue to work creatively to achieve their goals. On behalf of the Principal and the Board of Governors, we thank all our donors and supporters for their generosity. For any further information about philanthropic opportunities at Ivanhoe Grammar School, please contact Peter Swain (’75) at

The Ivanhoe Grammar School Development Office has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this Donor Impact Statement. We apologise if any omissions or errors have occurred. The School is respectful of the privacy of its community and is bound by the principles of the Commonwealth Privacy Act.

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Scholarship Fund Bevacqua John & Suzanne Bliss Alan (’74) Brown Catherine & Mark Rochford Cementon Enrico & Nicole Woodrow Chien Grace & Sunny Costa Joe & Kylie Dowd Jenny & Kerin Turner Faulkner Simon (’08) Freedman Charlie (’70) Gates Peter (’69) & Rosie Hua Vinjer (’20) Karalis Betty & Lou Khan Anne & Michael Krienke Steve & Sue Lou Nominees Lowe Mel & James Horne Ma Lin Marsh Norma Marsh Randal (’77) Marslen Sylvia McGregor Gregor (’47) North David (’68) Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association Pain Gerald Pemberton Don (’54) Powick Adam & Jane Romanov-Hughes Alexander (’67) Saliba John & Silvana Sher Loren & Christelle Botha Stecher Helen Swain Peter (’75) Theuma Cathy & Joseph Tingay David & Sally Duguid Townsend Ian (’51) Wortley Renn (’63) Anonymous (1)

Mary Buckley Scholarship Cole Jack (’41) Dewhurst John (’49) Hellstrom Michael (’50) McGregor Gregor (’47) North John (’44) Philpott Guy (’49) Reale Marian & Frank 8


Smith Keith (’44) Sullivan John (’51) Sutherland Ken (‘45) †

Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Centenary Scholarship Carver Hux (’47) & Mary Cooper Craig Ducker Claus (’50) & Judith Duncan Ben (’89) Duncan John (’60) & Anne Dunstan Elise (’01) Freedman Charlie (’70) North John (’44) Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association Petersons Erika Pizzey John (’63) & Betty Preston Nigel (’72) & Freya Carkeek Reed Ann & Frank Selleck Paul (’75) Swain Peter (’75) Anonymous (1)

Peter Huxley Scholarship Brown Geoff (’62) Duncan Ben (’89) Gorton Michael (’76) Le Page Ian (’75) Motton Wayne (’77) Petersons Erika Proietto Daniel (’96) & Alison Swain Peter (’75) White Don (’75) Anonymous (3)

Slater/Graham Scholarship Bliss Alan (’74) De Boos Brian (’62) & Gill Duncan John (’60) & Anne Graham Warwick (’70) & Anna Harris Andy (’59) & Joan Hood Peter (’66) & Anne-Marie Jeeves Bruce (‘58) & Kay Knorr Geoff (’55) McKenzie John (’66) & Ruth Purcell Howard (’57) & Bev

Purcell Stuart (’84) Reseigh Chris (’61) Stevens Bob (’65) Stevens Godfrey (’62) Tong Gordon (’63) Anonymous (1)

Staff Supported Scholarship Arnas Voula Atkinson-Buck Damien Batsanis Stella Beeby Tamara Brown Daniel Brown Geoff (’62) Bruhn Leisl Burgess Falia Busso-Lee Mirella Chaidir Widha Chapman Garry Chappel James (’03) Clarkson Heidi Corporate Golf Day Costigan Vanessa Davis Lynn Davis Paul Di Ciocco Angela Ellis Vicky-June Feben Russell Foley Gerard Galvin Genevieve Garla Kristina Gibson Darren Gill Catherine Gill Murray Girdwood Julie Good Rosa Groenewegen Rebecca Harding Kathryn Harrison Janice Hartnell Kym Hewett Judy Hogg Peter Jarni Nada Jordan Danny Kalatzis Dina Keenan Jayde Kendall Nigel

Kendall Peter Keuneman Pieter Kitchen Terry Kolasseril Dennis Linke Emma Marslen Sylvia & Peter Maynard Rachelle McInerney John Miles Leyton Moore Chris Moselen Zowie Neilson Melanie Norwood Christine Paltoglou Linda Peat Justin Parker Kevin Parodi Christina Poynton Kimberley Ratcliffe Gillian Redmond Kellie Rickards Tom Rizzo Robert Roberts Jessica Roussel Meelane Rowe Renata Rufus Diane Scanlon Julia Shadbolt Gai Smith Heather Spencer Leesa-Marie Strauss Debra Swaby Ben Swain Peter (’75) Tannock Denise Taylor Michelle Telford Lisa Udawatte Dileepa Van Beek Michelle Van Beek Stephen Van Leest Kasia Verrocchi Daniel (’98) Villanti Julieanne Walsh Paul Webster Ordette Wilson Kath Wilson Leanne Wilson Mark Anonymous (1)

Library Fund Ang Hai Leng & Woo York Aults Accounting and Tax Cementon Enrico & Nicole Woodrow Chang Anne & How Yee Loh Dassanayake Gayani Faulkner James (’05) Harper Peter (’79) Jiang Jonathan Khan Anne & Michael Lin Jessie Ma Lin Paltoglou Linda Philpott Guy (’49) Robinson Angus (’64) Skok Ed & Teresa Stecher Helen Sullivan Byron (’62) Swain Josh (’08) Swain Peter (’75) Thenuwara Nimal & Thedeepa Kumara Veal John White Gwenda & Ross Wortley Renn (’63) Anonymous (4)

Building Fund Adams Anne & Rhys Vaughan (’86) Adams John (’70) Aldous Milton (’54) Angus Alex & Robyn Bacskos Jim & Sophie Bevacqua John & Suzanne Blanchard John (’52) Brasacchio Domenic & Mary-Anne Cementon Enrico & Nicole Woodrow Clements John (’53) Cook Geoff & Sandy Cooper Craig Creed Richard & Virginia Crunkhorn Investments Pty Ltd Dalgleish Adrian & Angie Dimarelos Christine & Paul Ellis John (’64) & Ann Faulkner Simon (’08) Giaprakis Irene & Lou

Golden Doug (’77) Hansen Nadine & Tor Hellstrom Michael (’50) Knorr John (’52) & Rosemary Ivory Sandra Ladies’ Association Lennox Fiona & Michael Lin Jessie Longmuir Mark (’84) & Dora McColl Don (‘74) & Pam McCrae Peter (’58) & Agneta Mellor Andrew (’99) Miles Real Estate Motton Wayne (’77) Nichol Grant Nichol Julie Paltoglou Linda Payne Sue Parrish Jamie (’70) Pizzey John (’63) & Betty Raymond Frank (’84) & Sue Reed Ann & Frank Scotis Peter (’54) Sharples Ashley & Kelly Thenuwara Nimal & Thedeepa Kumara Traicos Constantin & Erica Wang Lila & Tony Yap Whitchurch Garth White Gwenda & Ross Wright Ian (’72) Yong Dominic (’86) & Kristin Young Jan & Ken Anonymous (2)

Named Prizes Friends of Plenty Performing Arts Friends of Ridgeway Theatre Ivanhoe Grammar School Lodge Marsh Randal (’77) Pain Gerald Anonymous (2)

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The Fidelis Society Alston Gordon (’36) † Benson Athalie † Brown Geoff (’62) Buckley Harold (’25) † Buckley Jean † Carver Hux (’47) Connell John † Dickson Bryan (67) Foote Henry & Lillian † Frost Russell (’63) † Gee Phil † Golden Doug (’77) Gough John (’45) † Hall Graeme (’50) † Holman Leigh (’28) & Betty † Kendall Nigel Knorr John (’52) Little Ken (’27) † Lyon Bill (49) † & Brenda Marsh Norma Marsh Randal (’77)

Murphy John † Norman Graham (’59) Norman James (’86) North John (’56) † Northcott Frank (’35) † Osborn Mary † Pemberton Ken (’57) & Sandy Purcell Howard (’57) & Bev Robinson Angus (’64) Rowse Colin (’46) † Schuster Bill & Norma † Sedgfield King (’27) † Smith Bruce (’42) & Irene † Smith Ron Swain Allan (’41) † Watts Fred † Waugh David Williams Peter (’56) Williams Reina † Wright Ian (’72) Anonymous (10) † denotes deceased

The Round, our award-winning building at Plenty Campus, was built with the support of donations to the Ivanhoe Grammar School Building Fund.



Parent and Support Groups Friends of Buckley House Friends of Equestrian Friends of Ridgeway Music Friends of Plenty Campus Friends of Plenty Performing Arts Friends of Plenty Primary Friends of Ridgeway Theatre Friends of Snowsports Greek Parents Association Ivanhoe Grammar School Lodge Kayak Support Group Ladies’ Association Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association Ridgeway Club South Ground Club

CELEBRATED ALUMNUS RETIRES In 1990 he founded the internationally recognised Victorian Family Heart Study, looking at genetics relating to blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors. Among Stephen’s discoveries was the first association of the human Y chromosome and blood pressure. He has also played a major role in multinational clinical trials of stroke prevention (PROGRESS) and cardiovascular protection in diabetes (ADVANCE) respectively. Stephen has been on a range of professional committees, editorial boards and advisory groups. He was President of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia between 2005 and 2010 and the President of the International Society of Hypertension from 2010 to 2012. In that latter position, he placed special emphasis on encouraging younger clinical scientists and researchers. Stephen has held many positions at The University of Melbourne including Head of Physiology, Chairman of the Biomedical Sciences Academic Centre, and Chair of the Human Ethics Committee for Medicine and Dentistry. He was a much-respected member of the Curriculum Commission which developed the Melbourne Model, admired by students in his role as a lecturer, and highly regarded while Consultant Physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Stephen Harrap retires Another of Ivanhoe Grammar School’s alumni who has made an enormous contribution to the medical field is the recently retired Professor Emeritus Stephen Harrap (’72).

A member of our Gallery of Achievement, Professor Harrap enjoyed a long, rich and memorable career. Following completion of his medical degree at The University of Melbourne, Stephen worked as a renal physician, and subsequently completed his PhD, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1984. Stephen has had an extensive and highly decorated research career spanning four decades. Much of his focus has been integrating physiology and genetics to understand common diseases, with an emphasis on cardiovascular conditions. This interest was sparked by a family history of high blood pressure.

His retirement in June 2021 has provided him with time for reflection and he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Shelley and their family. We thank proud father Brian (’44) for sharing news of Stephen’s retirement. Stephen and his brother Michael (’73) have both followed in Brian’s footsteps in completing PhD’s. We wish Stephen a rich and rewarding retirement and congratulate him on a stellar career.

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HAVE YOU HEARD? Ben has come a long way since performing in Plenty Campus productions, but he has on many occasions given back to our community, singing at gala events and returning to help out our current students by holding guest workshops and helping to develop our future stars. Ben is married to Caitlin and they have two young children.

Ben, a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, was seen by many of our alumni on The Voice during 2018. After turning all four of the judges’ chairs in his blind audition, Ben chose Delta Goodrem as his mentor. Ben was Delta Goodrem’s last remaining contestant, ultimately finishing fifth overall. Shortly after he graduated from the VCA, Ben joined international group The Ten Tenors touring the world for six years. Phantom of the Opera was to mark Ben’s return to Opera Australia having played the role of Prince Tamino in The Magic Flute for their Schools Tour in 2012. Ben has also appeared in the Helpmann award winning season of Victorian Opera’s Sweeney Todd. Ben’s highlights as a soloist include: • Performing ‘You’re The Voice’ on Boxing Day at the MCG during the 2017 Ashes Series • Singing the National Anthem at Hisense Arena at the Danny Green vs Kane Watts Boxing World Title Fight • Performing with Marina Prior at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.



Lana has been a great supporter of Ivanhoe Grammar School, hosting our 2018 alumni networking event ‘Cocktails and Connections’, as well as performing at School Gala nights. While at school, Lana was a committed supporter of our Cambodia service projects and this service ethic continues. When travel restrictions allow, Lana will no doubt return to Siem Reap where she and other alumni have done so much for the young people of Cambodia.

Hopes for the Return of The Phantom! Despite Melbourne being in lockdown several times this year, Ben Clark’s (’02) star continues to shine. He was recently cast in Opera Australia’s production of Phantom of the Opera which was scheduled to open in July. Unfortunately due to ongoing restrictions, the decision was made to postpone the show at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne until 2022.

Lana made the move back to Melbourne into the Nine Network’s highest rating newsroom three years ago. As Crime Reporter, she files from dawn on the Today Show until the 6pm flagship bulletin.

Rising Media Star Lana Murphy (‘10) will be a familiar face to television viewers. She is the Crime Reporter at Nine News in Melbourne. No day is ever the same for the former Athelstane House Captain, given her key tasks are investigating murders, exposing criminals and chasing down high profile identities. After graduating from RMIT, she moved to the country to start her media career. Lana undertook a cadetship at Echuca’s Riverine Herald newspaper, covering court, crime, local government and agriculture. She became the editor of EchucaMoama Magazine and won the 2016 Victorian Country Press Association Award for Best New Photograph, and was a Melbourne Press Club 2015 Quill Award Finalist. Her switch to television came in 2017 with the launch of Nine Local News which replaced WIN News across the State of Victoria. Based in Shepparton, she became the network’s first video journalist, working solo across the Goulburn Valley as the camera operator, editor and reporter all in one.

Brunswick Bar Reopens Scott Assender (’90), one of Melbourne’s most successful hospitality operators, continues to expand his portfolio despite the impact that COVID-19 restrictions are having on the sector. He recently purchased The Penny Black, a much-loved Brunswick venue that closed in early 2020. Scott has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry. He is one of Australia’s most experienced operators having managed over 100 different venues across five countries, including approximately 10 years in the UK managing venues in the Walkabout pub chain. Scott is a director of the 100 Burgers Group, which owns the successful Welcome to Thornbury and Welcome to Brunswick venues. Since its re-opening in July, The Penny Black has been renamed Penny’s and in positive news for live music lovers, Scott plans to restore this venue to its former glory, with a twist!

HAVE YOU HEARD? While its offerings may be familiar to many, the bar will meld Japanese influences with its history as a grungy rock’n’roll pub, permeating through the overall feel, fit-out and menu. Hopefully live music will return soon and the band room, with its capacity of nearly one thousand patrons, is expected to attract many local acts. Conveniently the bar is located right next to Welcome to Brunswick and the planned bridge connecting the two venues will make it an ideal place for a big night out. As Scott says ‘The idea is to have a precinct where people will go from one part to the other as the night progresses, depending on what they want.’

friends who became family, and I got to dance, sing, act and have voice training every day!’

entertainment industry, his career has been curtailed by the lockdowns resulting from the pandemic.

At the end of the course, when other students were meeting agents, Thomas decided he would manage his own opportunities rather than joining an agency. He moved back to Melbourne and started working on his one-man show ‘Basically Nocturnal’.

Claude’s latest role was as the lead in Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Cyrano at Southbank Theatre which was due to open in July. Unfortunately performances had to be cancelled but it is hoped the show will be re-scheduled later this year.

The show, an original compilation by Thomas, takes the audience on a journey of his thoughts when he stays up late at night and was originally conceived for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. In 2019, after his performance for Carols by Candlelight, he was approached by Chairman of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Board, David Mann, to be an Ambassador for Blue Ribbon, a position he still holds today. Other highlights of Thomas’ short but exciting career include:

• Performing at the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final • Being part of the workshop cast for ‘Gold: A new Musical’ • Numerous radio performances.

Thomas Currie – Nocturnal Blues Thomas Currie (’17) appears destined to join the greats as one of Australia’s leading musical theatre exponents. An actor, singer and producer, Thomas has most recently been performing sold out shows in Basically Nocturnal at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival (Chapel Off Chapel) in 2021.

Thomas has immense passion for mentoring students and has acted as a vocal coach and artist in residence for schools and other training programs in Brisbane and Melbourne. He is booked to take Basically Nocturnal to the Wynnum Fringe Festival in Brisbane later this year, and the whole Ivanhoe family wishes him every success.

Introduced to the performing arts at a young age, Thomas’ dream was always to be an actor. One of the highlights of his final year at Ivanhoe Grammar School was when he played Pontius Pilate in the school production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Thomas is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University which is ranked in the top 50 Performing Arts Universities in the world. After successfully auditioning while in Year 12, he moved to Queensland in January 2018. He described his time there as ‘an incredible experience, a highly disciplined environment with great

Easily recognised with his distinctive, brooding good looks, Claude has worked alongside some of Australia’s greatest stars, including Cate Blanchett and Asher Keddie in the Matchbox Pictures television series ‘Stateless.’ He also featured in SBS mini-series On the Ropes, alongside Igal Naor, Jack Thompson, Nicole Chamoun and Priscilla Doueihy and the Melbournemade Feature Film M4M, starring Hugo Weaving and Faysal Bazzi. His previous television credits include guest appearances on The Unlisted (Netflix), Fat Tony and Co (part of the Underbelly series on the Nine Network) and Warriors (ABC). Forging a career in television drama, Claude is also a writer and comedian featuring as the leading talent in a global ad campaign for Treasury Wine Estate’s ‘Squealing Pig’ brand. On the back of his comedy sketches and character work, he has built up a strong online following with his videos being viewed over 100,000 times. He recently made an appearance in The Unboxing, a series created by Hannah Lehmann, starring Tanya Hennessy. It is one of the first Australian comedies commissioned by Facebook Watch. Away from the bright lights of screen and stage, Claude is a keen sportsman and was a key driver in the formation of the Old Ivanhoe Soccer Club. He has been a great supporter of the OIGA, performing in Locksley Arts Edge with other alumni on several occasions.

Claude Jabbour

We can only hope that if not this year, then in 2022, we will have the chance to see Claude’s live acting talents once more.

Another alumni with numerous screen credits is Claude Jabbour (’04). As with many performers in the TERM 3 2021



Snippets Three alumni in one AFL game! In what we believe to be a first for Ivanhoe Grammar School, three alumni played in the one AFL game!

University Campus Mural During the Term 2 holidays, Olivia Loh (’17) was busy installing the incredible Ivanhoe Learner Attributes mural at the School’s University Campus. This mural will be replicated across the School and visually link our campuses together. In conjunction with the Global Citizenship Centre, Olivia developed the concept incorporating the UN Goals and the distinctive rainbow colours you can see in the mural. To ensure current students’ artwork was included, Olivia ran workshops where students were brought into the design process. What a wonderful contribution to the School, Olivia!

When Essendon played Adelaide on 9 July, Bombers Nik Cox (’19) and Kyle Langford (’14) faced Crow Lachie Murphy (‘16) in a match won by Essendon (where Adelaide recorded its lowest ever AFL score). While the boys probably never faced each other in school sports, we wonder if there was time for old house rivalries to be mentioned! Help for mothers and children Anna Say (‘16) has embarked on a challenging project as part of her thesis for her ACU Honours degree, which will investigate the relationship between the eating styles of mothers and their children. It is hoped that this research will provide important up-to-date knowledge to help parents feed their children in today’s complex food environment. If you are a mother and have a child between 2 and 12 years of age, please help Anna with her study and follow this link: https:// SV_5oktWxn3rlg3JUW

Alice at Fever Pitch! With Alice Teague-Neeld (’14) in careerbest form, West Coast Fever looked like making a big statement in the 2021 Super Netball Finals Series. Alice led the Fever to a 75-67 victory to eliminate netball powerhouse Sunshine Coast Lightning from the premiership race in the first week of the final series. Three-time Super Netball player-of-theyear Jhaniele Fowler attracted plenty of attention from the Lightning defence, but it was Alice with 15 goals and nine goal assists who set up the victory with a fantastic first half. Unfortunately, the Fever came up short the following week against the Giants and are now out of the 2021 Super Netball Premiership Race. 14


Even prouder Poppy For the second year running, Tara McKeon (’04), who founded Proud Poppy Clothing in 2019, has been nominated for the 2021 Ausmumpreneur People Choice Awards in several categories, including Customer Service, Leadership, and Making a Difference (Business ) categories. You can read more about Tara’s story in the ‘Have You Heard’ section of the new OIGA website.

Congratulations Ump! Congratulations to Michael Saunders (’03) who made his 250th appearance as an AFL boundary umpire earlier this year. Michael who resides in Randwick, NSW, has been umpiring in the AFL since 2009 and officiated at the 2013 Grand Final. His umpiring is not a full time role, despite the training and travel commitments. Michael has extensive Sales and Project Management experience and is currently the National Contracts Manager for Elgas Limited. True confessions Khushi Jadhav (’20) started her own podcast ‘The Confession Tapes of Khushi Jadhav’ at the end of July this year, creating a platform for her to share, confess, rant, observe and claim things she wishes she could have known or said in the past. Khushi interviews many intriguing people to share their truths in an attempt to bring people together. Listen in via Spotify show/1dxyVdJVbr0GZG8g1WfQu5

AROUND THE SCHOOL Senior Years Olympic Theme Assembly

Show jumping Championships Stars The Victorian Equestrian Interschool Series show jumping Grand Final was held in July at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre. The weather was perfect for the 130 competitors who took part. Plenty Campus riders Ella Barker, Zali Vanderwert, Miranda Darby, Charlotte Pierce, Alice Davies, Alice Darby and Eleanor Shephard all rode competitively in their respective classes to gain points for the VEIS schools award. Overall Ivanhoe came second (by 2 points!) to Melbourne Girls Grammar. For a small team to perform so well bears testament to each student’s hard work and dedication, along with the constant support and assistance of their parents. Ivanhoe Grammar School sponsored the winner’s rugs and it was fantastic to see Eleanor Shephard (Year 7) awarded a rug for winning the Encourage series (65-75cm), and Miranda Darby (Year 11) awarded a rug for winning the Advanced series (105-115cm) which gives her a spot in the Victorian team for the Australian National Championships. Well done to all riders for their outstanding performances over the past season!

This project has been many years in the making, commencing with a student design competition at our Plenty Campus in 2017. The concept design developed by Rubi Dinardo (’17) was selected by Randal in conjunction with the OIGA. The team at Wood Marsh worked with specialist stonemasons, Henderson’s Marble and Granite, to develop a detailed design and produce the memorial which was fashioned from a single piece of granite.

Plenty Campus Memorial to the Fallen With the generous support of the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association, Randal Marsh (’77) and Marco Zerbi of Wood Marsh Architects, a beautiful Memorial to our Fallen has been installed at the Plenty Campus.

Our OIGA Executive Officer, Geoff Brown (’62) has managed the project through to completion, and the memorial is now installed in an appropriate and reflective part of Plenty Campus, where it will be central to our commemoration of ANZAC Day and other events of national significance for generations to come.

Coinciding with the 2020 Tokyo Games in August, the Senior Years Assembly had a special Olympic theme. One of the highlights was our Sports Prefects interviewing Warwick Draper who is both a staff member and former Olympian! Students heard his fascinating story first hand and how he competed as a slalom canoeist at Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Warwick was a two time Olympic finalist with a best finish of fifth place in Beijing. He is currently teaching Mathematics, is a Mentor to Year 8 students and is heavily involved in Ivanhoe Grammar School’s very successful kayaking program. Various themes were covered in the assembly including: • Following your passion • Overcoming challenges to achieve your goals • The pressure of performing when it really counts • The reward of competing at the highest level • Being proud of your achievements even if you don’t reach your ultimate goal.

Strong Enrolments Continue at Ivanhoe Grammar School Notwithstanding the challenging times facing Ivanhoe Grammar School and the wider community, interest in developing young people of character through an Ivanhoe education remains very strong. If anything, our ability to offer outstanding educational outcomes through our online learning programs has increased the interest from prospective parents in Ivanhoe Grammar School. Alumni and supporters who are considering enrolling children or grandchildren should commence the application process at the earliest opportunity. We do offer enrolment priority for the children and grandchildren of Life Members of the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association, but the child must be less than five years of age at the time of application, for enrolment priority to take effect. Successful enrolment is not guaranteed for any child, regardless of Life Member status, so please start on that application now! TERM 3 2021


DEVELOPMENT Lifetime Benefactors

Athletics Captains’ Cup

Hatched and matched!

Lifetime Benefactors of Ivanhoe Grammar School hold a very special place in our history. By virtue of their incredibly generous donations and support of our School, these benefactors have funded scholarships, buildings and resources that have enhanced our educational offerings for young people of character.

John Pizzey (’63) together with brother Alan (’57) and sisters Dorothy and Eileen, have very generously donated the Athletics Cup to the School that was originally awarded to their father George (’25). John organised for the cup to be re-silvered and engraved with the names of other members of the Pizzey clan, including George (’25), Bill (’30), John Marshall (’37), Allan (‘57), G John (’63) and John Martin (’90).

We are delighted to announce the following baby arrivals:

Our Lifetime Benefactors include alumni, past staff members, parents, grandparents and affiliated Parents and Friends groups. Some names may be familiar to our readers, others not so. A few of our benefactors developed their affection for the School through an initial friendship with a staff member, for example. Our Lifetime Benefactors are listed below in the order in which they achieved this status: • Henry and Lillian Foote • Sinclaire Trust • Kevin and Colleen Bamford • Harold Mitchell AO • Bill and Norma Schuster • Bill Lyon (’49) • Mary Buckley (pictured above) • Ladies’ Association • Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association • Betty and John Pizzey (‘63) To recognise the invaluable contribution of our Lifetime Benefactors, a new Honour Board has been erected outside the Board Room in School House, adjacent to the Principal’s Office.

The Pizzey name is synonymous with Ivanhoe Grammar School, with countless sporting and academic achievements reflected in numerous entries on honour boards in Buckley Hall and elsewhere around the School. The most recent recognition being the addition of John’s name, specifically G. J. Pizzey (‘63), to the new Lifetime Benefactors Honour Board in School House. With the support of the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association, this cup has been mounted, as pictured above, with sufficient space to allow the names of the Captains of Athletics to be engraved each year, commencing in 2021. Both captains will be presented with an award to mark their leadership of the team. The cup will be known as the Athletics Captains’ Cup and will be prominently displayed in our Sports and Aquatic Centre, as well as being a source of great pride to all aspiring athletes.

• Timothy Dorgan (’99) and partner Dani welcomed their second child Zoe • Hannah Cooper (’00) and partner Ross welcomed their second child Patrick (pictured above) • Mitch Bodycoat (’04) and his partner Laura welcomed their first born, a son Teddy • Olivia Shipsides (’05) and partner Paul welcomed their first born, a daughter Primrose. If you have an addition to your family and would like a free bib like Ted Butler (son of Nick (‘00) and Mel) is modelling on the front cover, please contact Mirella at In news of future nuptials, Chris Goodrope (’03) proposed to his partner Melissa overlooking the Barossa Valley on 23 June 2021.

VALE – FIDELIS USQUE AD MORTEM We acknowledge the passing of the following individuals who were part of the Ivanhoe Grammar School family. Michael Boquest 1981 Sligo Era Bruce Crump 1965 Brown Era John de Frederick 1950 Brown Era

Alan Dobell 1955 Brown Era Ian Downie 1956 Buckley Boy Rev Stewart Eiseman 1943 Buckley Boy

Marg Nolan 20 Year Staff Teacher (TRC) Ken Sutherland 1945 Buckley Boy, Yea Boarder John Worland 1966 Brown Era