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Winter 2018 Issue 134

Acknowledgments Editor Rosa Good Design Amy Constable Copy Editors Amy Constable Rosa Good Judy Hewett Communications and Marketing Manager Kristina Garla Photographers Dean Phipps, Allen Burton, Andrew Fox Cover photo Dean Phipps The editorial committee gratefully acknowledges the many contributions to this edition of Ivanhoe News. Ivanhoe News is published biannually and is distributed free of charge to alumni, parents and friends of the School. Send correspondence and address changes to: Editor

From the Archives A scene from the Shakespearian play As you Like It performed in the gardens below Ivanhoe House early in 1921. This scene is entitled The Forest of Arden. Many well-known people associated with the very beginnings of the School were involved including Mr Frank Pizzey, who produced the show. The Ivanarian of May 1921 says ‘when the great hour arrived over 700 people were present. The night was clear and wonderfully calm, and a full moon rising in the East helped to create an atmosphere uniquely beautiful for the performance of As You Like It.’

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Art with Heart Global Citizenship Centre Report Page 14


In this issue... Content Page

7 Q&A with Ashley Price

18 Ivanhoe Learner

8 School Captains

15 Primary Arts

20 Early Learning Centre News

28 Round Square Vietnam Service Trip

From the Archives


From the Principal


For your diary


Staff News


News around School


Celebrating Family


Global Citizenship


Performing Arts


Summer Sport




Reunions 30 Supporting Ivanhoe


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From the Principal

As always it has been another busy semester with student learning evident across many areas of the School. Our Early Learning Centre and Foundation students commenced the year positively and in great spirits; we welcomed back our highly successful class of 2017 graduates to high achievers’ celebrations; two outstanding musicals were held at Plenty Campus and The Ridgeway Campus; there were numerous outstanding individual and team achievements in sport, particularly kayaking, volleyball and basketball; more than 500 students attended the annual cadet camp, and numerous service projects were held across the School. In each of these areas character education could not be more evident. In 2017, Ivanhoe Grammar School determined, as part of our Strategic Plan, that our purpose was ‘To develop young women and men of character’. But what does character education really mean? In an Ivanhoe context it means developing character in three key umbrella areas: Performance Character – Perseverance, grit, diligence, self-discipline and a growth mindset. These attributes can be applied to all learning domains; academia, the stage, sport, personal development and giving service to others. Moral Character – Empathy, courage, fortitude, honesty and loyalty. Civic Character – Understanding our responsibility to others. To be kind, compassionate and community-minded. 4 | Ivanhoe News Magazine

Intelligence plus character. “ That is the goal of true education. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

In short, good character education is simply good education and supports the values of our parents and community. This is why development of character has been a core part of the learning of an Ivanhoe student since the School’s inception in 1915 and continues to be built upon today with the introduction of the Global Citizenship Centre and the development and launch of the Ivanhoe Learner earlier this year. The Ivanhoe Learner has identified seven key attributes that develop young people of character. Courageous. Innovative. Balanced. Collaborative. Ethical. Reflective. Compassionate. Progressively these attributes will be embedded into everything we do at Ivanhoe, ensuring character education and the underpinning philosophy of Round Square are a part of the fabric of all Ivanhoe Grammar School graduates through their academic, co-curricular and pastoral experiences. The winter edition of Ivanhoe News has a focus on character, particularly the Ivanhoe Learner, and its application across all domains of learning at the School. Enjoy the various articles and updates on happenings across the School. Gerard Foley Principal

Cheer Squad at the AGSV Swimming First day of school at Plenty Campus

For your diary 2018

The Ridgeway Campus Deuces 2017

Thursday 14 June

Student Future Pathways Evening

Monday 18 June

Plenty Campus Community Forum with Andrew Fuller: Unlocking your child’s genius

Tuesday 31 July

Piano and Soloists Competition

Saturday 11 August

Silk & Spice Gala Ball, Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 September

Buckley House Musical

Wednesday 17 October

Plenty Campus Valedictory Dinner

Friday 19 October

The Ridgeway Campus Valedictory Dinner

Tuesday 13 November

Ivanhoe Parents & Friends Volunteers Thank You Function

Thursday 22 November

Prefect Induction Service

Friday 23 November

Ladies’ Association Christmas Lunch

First VCE cohort from Shanghai with Principal Gerard Foley

Welcome students from Shanghai In 2015, Ivanhoe began a split high school program with students at the Shanghai I&C Foreign Languages School. As part of our Global Citizenship initiative, these students undertook intensive English courses in Year 10, followed by VCE units 1/2 in Year 11. These classes were taught by local teachers, with the quality assurance and curriculum, overseen by Ivanhoe Grammar School staff ensuring an education of the highest standard. The aim of this program is to offer the best of Chinese and Australian education, by allowing students to complete preparatory studies in China before coming to Melbourne to complete their VCE and finding a pathway to an Australian university. In 2017 our first cohort from Shanghai transitioned to Ivanhoe and blazed a formidable trail for future students of the program. We are very excited to be welcoming our second cohort in July this year - twelve new students, six at The Ridgeway Campus and six at Plenty Campus - to complete their VCE studies. Ms Leisl Bruhn, Dean of International Students sees the extension of the program to include both our campuses as an endorsement of our ‘One School’ philosophy and a broadening of our Global Citizenship initiatives, “We are very excited that this year we will warmly welcome students from the Shanghai program to both the Ridgeway and Plenty Campuses, allowing for all Ivanhoe Grammar School students to further enhance their intercultural understanding as true global citizens.”

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Staff News At the end of 2017, we announced a new pedagogical structure and the appointment of Cross Campus Directors of Academic Learning (Carmel Fry) and Co-Curricular Learning (Chris Branigan). This year, we are continuing the theme of investing in staff with a new curriculum and co-currucular structure across the secondary school. The structure comprises four separate learning communities with a Pedagogical Leader for each campus to lead these communities. Within the learning areas, curriculum leaders for each campus have been appointed. Most leadership appointments have been made from within the existing pool of talented educators but please welcome the following new recruits:

Sandra McCowan Curriculum Leader – Language and Literature The Ridgeway Campus Sandra completed her Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Arts, and Master of Arts at the University of Western Australia. Sandra returned to Melbourne last year where she taught English and VCE Literature. Sandra spent 13 years at Scotch College in Western Australia where she was the Curriculum Leader of English Years 8–12 as well as Head of House.

Emma Agius Curriculum Leader – Humanities and Social Sciences The Ridgeway Campus Emma has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration together with a Graduate Diploma in Education Secondary (English /Humanities). Emma comes to us from Haileybury where she was Head of Middle School Humanities. Working closely with the Head of English, Maths and Science, Emma was responsible for learning programs from Years 5–8 across four campuses.

Mark Barnett Head of Learning Area – The Arts Plenty Campus Mark joins us from Camberwell Girls Grammar where he was Head of Department – Art and Design. He has broad curriculum, pedagogical and leadership experience across a range of areas including Visual Communication Design, Studio Art, Digital Media and Information Technology. He has been involved in school musicals and other performance groups as well as Cadets, Volleyball coaching and The Duke Of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Head of Learning Areas and Curriculum Leaders Title

The Ridgeway Campus

Plenty Campus

Head of Learning Area – The Arts

Jacinta Patterson

Mark Barnett

Curriculum Leader Art and Design

Andrew Noble

Lawrence Dalton

Curriculum Leader Music

Stephen Carpenter

Virginia Creed

Curriculum Leader Theatre Studies

Shaun Murphy

Virginia Creed

Head of Learning Area – Humanities & Social Sciences

Emma Agius

Andrew Luscombe

Curriculum Leader Commerce

Hayley Seadon

Gary Hodges

Curriculum Leader Faith, Ethics & Attitude

Robert Rizzo

Pippa Lidgett

Curriculum Leader Health & PE

Christina Parodi

Andrew Luscombe

Curriculum Leader Humanities

Garry Chapman

Jesse Delaney

Head of Learning Area – Language & Literature

Sandra McCowan

Chris Bourne

Curriculum Leader English

Joanna Boer

Courtney Richmond

Curriculum Leader Languages

Kasia Van Leest

Kumiko McLay

Head of Learning Area – STEM

Wendy McCarry*

Andrew Hoogenraad

Curriculum Leader Mathematics

Leanne Wilson

Rose Shamoail

Curriculum Leader Science & Technology

Laura Aubrey

Geoff Place

* from May 2018 Leanne Wilson will be the Acting Head of Learning Area STEM

Q&A with Ashley Price Year 6 teacher Ashley Price shares with us his experience using technology in the classroom to inspire his students to both question and understand the world around us. How do you share your passion for digital and innovation with students? This is something that I am passionate about! We have a 1:1 iPad program and an iPad needs to do more than what we can achieve with a pen. It is a powerful tool that helps students venture beyond the walls of the classroom. Just recently we completed an investigation into an inspiring leader from Australia. The students created a poster and made it come alive using Augmented Reality. The poster became not just a piece of paper but a stimulating, informative and innovative tool to help the audience truly grasp who this inspiring person was. As a teacher, I read widely to inform myself about the latest ideas in digital technology from around the world. I enjoy working out how to incoporate these ideas in the classroom to enhance our programs. An App I recently discovered can read aloud the students’ handwriting by scanning their page. If it can’t read it then their handwriting needs improvement. It will be a useful tool in many ways. This term, we are looking at our Global Neighbours in Asia. Throughout the unit we plan to interact with an Asian school directly from our classroom through a video link up. This kind of thing really helps to bring learning to life. Also, throughout the year we are following the journey of Dr Kate Leeming, a mountain bike rider who is travelling the world and raising awareness of different causes. We are partnering with her and will connect with her as she travels across the South Pole. All of this is possible with technology. It’s just a bit different from when I was at school and we waited 10 minutes for the Windows logo to show up!

“As a teacher, I read widely to inform myself about the latest ideas in digital technology from around the world. I enjoy working out how to incoporate these ideas in the classroom to enhance our programs.” What inspires you about teaching students at Plenty Campus? We have a supportive and skillful staff. There are many experts I can turn to for advice, we all see that it is our collective job to make this school the best it can be and give the students the best learning environment possible. Our Head of Primary, Darren Gibson, leads the team and offers a good balance between pastoral support and curriculum expertise. Our facilities and resources are top notch. If there are problems with anything from technology to maintenance, they are dealt with swiftly and professionally.

Can you describe something unusual that happened this year in your classroom? I teach Year 6 and we are big on self-management and looking after ourselves and our belongings. Yet still I have students lose and forget the strangest things. From forgetting certain important pieces of clothing when going to swimming lessons to forgetting their entire school bags! Sometimes it’s the unusual things that make school fun and laughter is something I love to hear. Ashley Price Year 6 Teacher

Ultimately though, it’s the students who love coming to school who inspire me to be the best teacher I can be for them.

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From the School Captains

Recently inducted school Captains Linus Mayes, Yusra Tawfic, Sophia Sapardanis and Mika Facchinetti reflected on what it means to be a leader. Is being school captain what you expected it to be? What surprised you? Linus Mayes: The role has been as expected, however I was surprised by how much influence I have now. Yusra Tawfic: The role has been what I expected. What has surprised me is the different opportunities that I have, such as meeting the captains from AGSV schools. Sophia Sapardanis: The responsibility was initially quite daunting. I was excited but really unsure of what was required. It is an immense honour and I have loved everything the role has to offer. A surprising aspect is how many events I am now part of, whether it be for primary students or younger secondary students. This is the most enjoyable part of the role as I am able to have conversations with younger students and meet new people. Mika Facchinetti: It has been a pretty good experience so far. Having an older sister as a school captain prepared me for what to expect in the role, but I’ve enjoyed that I can be both a school captain and an ordinary student. I have also enjoyed getting to know more people from different year levels across both campuses.

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How do you define leadership and what makes a great leader? LM: A leader is a person who gets people to a place they wouldn’t be able to go by themselves but doing it in a way where that person thinks they have done it themselves. I believe a great leader is someone who leads by example. YT: Leadership is about working as part of a team and helping people get where they want to be. It is important that a leader leads by example, but also helps other individuals find their voice. SS: A leader must have great communication skills. I believe leadership is shown by an array of people every day. All it takes is courage to be able to positively influence those around you and make a difference. MF: Leadership can’t be summed up as just one quality, but as a combination of many that allow you to be someone who is both respected by others, and also someone who can show respect. Who do you look up to as a leader and why? LM: I look up to footballer Luke Hodge. What makes him such a great leader is his willingness to charge into the play and set the tone of the game for the whole team. YT: I admire Martin Luther King Jr. His leadership style resonates with me as when it was required he led from the front, but he also led from the back encouraging everyday American’s to stand up for their human rights. I think having both these traits, and the ability to lead by example is imperative in a leader.

Captains Sophia and Mika, Deputy Principal/ Head of Plenty Campus Daniel Brown and students in French masks.

“I believe leadership is shown by an array of people every day. All it takes is courage to be able to positively influence those around you and make a difference.” S O P H I A S A PA R D A N I S Captains Linus and Yusra at Cadet Camp

SS: Oprah Winfrey — in today’s world where a majority of CEOs and world leaders are still men Oprah and women like her have given me the confidence to be a leader in my own community. MF: I look up to Martin Luther King Jr., as I feel he really demonstrates what a leader should be. Not only did he stand up against the oppression that he was facing in his everyday life, he also helped hundreds of thousands of others to find a voice within themselves, without resorting to brutality. He showed that the ability to inspire is one of the most valuable characteristics a person can have, and I think that attitude is something common within our school. What school accomplishment are you most proud of? LM: Last year, I was promoted to Executive Officer (XO) in the school cadet unit. In this role, I have organised the program for Tuesday cadet times, as well as the bivouac and annual camps. I am very proud of this achievement and have loved my time in the cadet unit. YT: Being promoted to a Platoon CUO in the school cadet unit, has been a monumental accomplishment for me. As part of this role I have led a group of individuals from different year levels and worked with people I may have never met if I didn’t take part in this program. I have been able to help each student learn about the importance of teamwork and positivity.

MF: I was honoured to become a Senior CUO of the cadet unit because it showed how much I’ve changed in my six years at Ivanhoe. When I first joined the unit, I was a tiny, scared kid who was ready to quit just as soon as I’d joined, so to go from that to being promoted to the highest position in the unit is a really proud achievement for me If you could have a superpower what would it be? LM: My superpower of choice would be the ability to speak every language in the world fluently. This way I would be able to travel everywhere in the world and get the full experience. YT: I would like to teleport anywhere so I could travel the world whenever I wanted to. It has always been a long term goal of mine, to travel and learn about different cultures around the world. SS: If I could have one super power it would be teleportation, for me some of my greatest memories have been new experiences and travelling. If I could teleport I would be constantly moving, seeing new places and trying new things. MF: If I had one superpower, it would be immortality. To see the world change around me and experience its evolution would be amazing.

SS: One of my proudest achievements was being named Dux of Year 7. I think this really kick-started my determination to succeed. My most recent accomplishment is my role as school captain. This accolade is one that I am very proud of.

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News around the School Here are some highlights from the past six months around our busy school.

Music in the Round

Battlefields tour

First Day of School

Donuts for Cambodia Fundraiser

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Wellbeing cooking class in action


Longest Line

Dr Kate Leeming with students

Students with Prince Edward at Royal Melbourne Tennis Club

Year 7 Camp

ANZAC Day Service

Primary Twilight Sports

Nick the Greyhound wellbeing program visit

National Anti-Bullying Day

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Celebrating Family Term 1 may have been a short term but it was also a busy one with many community events held across the School.

Year 7 Parents Welcome Function Thursday 8 February

The Principal and the Head of Middle Years hosted an information session and welcome function for Year 7 parents at The Ridgeway Campus. Gerard Foley gave an update on Campus highlights, including the launch of the Ivanhoe Learner and the Ivanhoe Grammar School App.

Plenty Campus Welcome Barbecue Friday 23 February

Head of Campus, Dan Brown and parent Steve Stankovski rolled up their sleeves to cook a gourmet barbecue for around 80 parents and staff who joined us on a perfect summer’s evening. Thanks also to the Friends of Plenty Campus for their support of this event.

Friends of Buckley House Drinks at Dusk Friday 2 March

Russell Feben and many of his staff joined parents for this annual event, hosted by the Friends of Buckley House, to mark the start of the School year and to welcome new parents into our community.

Year 7 Family Picnic Sunday 4 March

Chelsworth Park was the venue for our family picnic, an informal opportunity for Year 7 families to get together, particularly those who are new to the School. Tim and Ashlee Walsh (OIG 2003) who operate All Star Kids, entertained students and their siblings with some sporting activities.

Ladies’ Association Activities The Ladies’ Association’s focus in the first half of the year has been to organise an Easter raffle for Buckley House students, a Girls’ Movie Night Out on Friday 20 April and their ever popular Mother’s Day Lunch at Va Tutto Restaurant. To cope with the demand for bookings, two dates were offered in May with both filling up quickly.

Year 7 parents enjoying the picnic

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Gerard Foley with John Silvester at the Principal’s Breakfast

Principal’s Breakfast: A Lesson in Australian History Underbelly Style Wednesday 21 March

It was an early start, but well worth it for those who packed in to Buckley Hall for our 2018 Principal’s Breakfast. Our special guest for the morning - author, journalist and broadcaster John Silvester (aka Sly of the Underworld) - took the audience through the criminal events that have fascinated Melbournians since the early 20th century. John’s recall of names, dates and events coupled with his ability as a clever storyteller, ensured that those who attended were not only educated in the history of underworld crime in Melbourne but were also thoroughly entertained as well. Alongside many of the stories, some familiar and some new, was the poignant message that if we are to defeat organised crime and eradicate the trafficking of drugs to our children, we as a society must look at suppressing the demand. To achieve this, it requires education from our politicians, parents and schools in the same way we have successfully tackled other significant social issues. John has 40 years of stories at his disposal and he probably only just scratched the surface in his time with us. However for those parents, staff, students, alumni and supporters of the school who attended, it was a history lesson delivered in style. Terry Kitchen Community Relations and Events Manager

All Star Kids with Year 7 students

Friends of Plenty Campus Welcome Barbecue

Silk & Spice Gala Ball Saturday 11 August

We are looking forward to the Silk & Spice Gala Ball on Saturday 11 August. Parents, staff and alumni have been invited to what is sure to be an unforgettable evening. Highlights of the night will include: •

A menu specially created by renowned Melbourne chef, Adam D’Sylva and inspired by the spice route

Dancing to the 12 piece Baker Boys Show Band

A chance to dress up – Black Tie with a touch of colour – and enjoy an evening of fine food and beverages in the glamorous surrounds of the Grand Hyatt Ballroom

Alumni from the Old Ivanhoe Law Society at the Principal’s Breakfast

Guests at the Ball will also have the opportunity to bid for a fabulous holiday provided by Jodie Quick at Meridian Travel. Jodie’s ‘Silk & Spice’ Fascinating India Tour will include airfares and an exclusive private tour over eight days and seven nights for two adults and two children. In conjunction with the Silk & Spice Ball, we are holding a Tuition Fee Raffle which will be drawn on the night. You don’t need to be in attendance at the Ball to participate in the Raffle. Don’t miss this chance to win one year’s 2019 annual net tuition fee for one currently enrolled student. Tickets available at $50 each until 29 July and can be purchased online at: Friends of Buckley House Drinks at Dusk

We thank our generous sponsors for their support of the Silk & Spice Ball:

Ladies’ Association Easter Raffle Winners

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Global Citizenship Centre News

Brendan Kelly, Aditi Agrawal, Ali Meighan and Tom Rickards at Art with Heart

Kate Leeming with Dan Brown, Gerard Foley, Aditi Agrawal and students

Kate Leeming Partnership

Buckley House student Athulya at the Art with Heart Exhibition

The year got off to a great start and it looks like 2018 will be an eventful year for Global Citizenship at Ivanhoe.

Dr Kate Leeming cycled the equivalent distance of twice around the world at the Equator and throughout 2018 she will conduct a series of training expeditions in the lead-up to her expedition Breaking the Cycle; a supported attempt to be the first person to cycle across the Antarctic continent via the South Pole.

In discussion with staff, students and teachers, The Global Citizenship Centre identified four primary focuses for 2018 and will spend each term focusing on activities that tackle a single UN Global Goal and the Ivanhoe Learner attributes best suited to making meaningful change towards that goal.

Ivanhoe was chosen as a Foundation School to help drive the project’s educational aspect. Kate says she was impressed by the School’s Global Citizenship Centre. “I needed a reliable group of students and teachers who could really embrace it,” Kate says. “Ivanhoe is really the perfect school for this. It fits with the Global Citizenship Centre and all of their ideas about creating good global citizens.”

Term 1 was all about Gender Equality using the Ivanhoe Learner Attributes of Courage and Collaboration to work towards a safer and more equitable society for women and men.

The expedition will take place on the world’s first all-wheel drive Fat Bike and will be shared with our students as a unique learning opportunity via live video link.

Art With Heart

Global Neighbours Unit

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we opened Art With Heart; a community exhibition exploring gender equality through collaboration and courage. The event was an overwhelming success with more than 50 artworks created by more than 40 artists. Students and teachers of all ages and genders joined the conversation around Gender Equality, and their contributions were on display in the Global Citizenship Centre, Round Square Gallery. A number of teachers and staff worked tirelessly to bring this exhibition to life including JUMP! Foundation and Global Citizenship Centre Coordinators Aditi Agrawal and Ali Meighan as well as staff members from the art department and other areas.

Year 6 students undertook a Global Neighbours unit in Term 2. The program focuses on geography and exploration in the context of Australia’s neighbouring Asian countries. Students were given the opportunity to dig a little deeper beyond ‘facts’ about these neighbours, and learn more about the lives and challenges they face.

In Term 2, we explored Indigenous Awareness & Issues by being Reflective and Ethical. In Term 3, the focus will be on Sustainability through Innovation and Balance and in Term 4 it will be Peace and Justice using Compassion.

This unit ties into our partnership with Kate Leeming and we will use Kate’s 2010 expedition in Africa as inspiration for exploring developing nations. Students will then follow Kate’s journey across Antarctica throughout 2018.

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Students selected a neighbouring nation to identify a specific issue facing the country and explore ways to solve it. At the end of the unit, they will participate in an expo where they will share their findings and solutions.

Primary Visual Art Buckley House and Plenty Visual Arts Collaboration The primary campuses collaborated closely on various art projects this year. Art Specialists Nancy Ventrice and Sofia Tsolakis have worked together on various art projects including a collaborative wellbeing artwork to the Global Citizenship Cenre Art With Heart Exhibition. This year we introduced the Ivanhoe Learner Profile into the art curriculum. The process of discovering what each learner profile ‘looked like’ in the Visual Arts program needed teamwork and collaboration to unpack and understand each learner profile. ‘What does courageous, innovative, balanced, collaborative, ethical, reflective and compassionate look like in art?’ Nancy Ventrice and Sofia Tsolakis created a set of learner profile Visual Arts posters which were displayed in the art studios and used to make connections with student’s art discovery and making. Another cross campus Visual Arts initiative involved all students from Foundation to Year 6. Students were encouraged to paint their self portrait to create a wellbeing mural focusing on self-awareness. Parents and the wider community were able to view both murals displayed at each campus.

Year 5 and 6 collaborative artwork for Art with Heart

Students also contributed to the Art with Heart exhibition. Each campus worked closely with various students to brainstorm ideas on the theme of Gender Equality. There will be more opportunities for Visual Arts to collaborate throughout the year where both art specialists will work closely together to plan their annual Art Show in November. Nancy Ventrice and Sofia Tsolakis Art Specialists





Creativity takes Courage by Noah Gottlieb

Ship with Butterfly Sails by Salvador Dali

Southern Cross by Alexander Calder

Country Children by Rebecca Cool

Ivanhoe Learner in Art




Untitled by Artist Unknown

Down on his luck by Frederick McCubbin

Simpson and his Donkey by Peter Corlett

What does courageous, innovative, balanced, collaborative, ethical, reflective and compassionate look like in art? Posters displayed in both art studios featuring examples from traditional and contemporary art asked this question of students.

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Performing Arts

The Secret Garden In the past few years, The Ridgeway Campus has presented contemporary musicals with edge and stinging social and political commentary; modern scores suited our talent-pool. The theatre-building experience was central to creating and staging the work and heightened-theatricality and choreography were the name of the game. This year the focus was on elevating the standard of performance through the interpretation of a ‘book’ musical. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s celebrated novel The Secret Garden deals with the themes of family, regeneration and belonging. Originally published in 1911, it has been told and retold through film, stage-dramatisations, opera and of course, in the version we presented over four performances in March, a musical. Marsha Norman penned this celebrated interpretation of the book into a libretto with Lucy Simon’s beautiful score, which drew widespread critical acclaim. Why does The Secret Garden matter in the pantheon of Musical Theatre repertoire? The answer is simple: because it is about kids and their experience of fear and rage at the inequalities of life. It is about the ghosts that haunt us until we are strong enough to let them go. It is also about the support and love we experience from others in our personal quest to understand ourselves. It is about the right to hope. The interest from the outset was overwhelming with 95 students auditioning leading to the biggest cast we have ever had. The crew interest was equally substantial with over 130 students involved. Once the students committed to the project, the parents supported them unreservedly with a hands-on approach. Working bees were organised for set building, prop making and sourcing, costume construction and design, hair and make-up, marketing and active

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networking with the wider community to strike interest in the work. Friends of Ridgeway Theatre (FoRT) are the beating heart of this department; they have made it possible to achieve all that we have achieved to date. With their commitment came their contacts with the broader community who have enthusiastically come on-board with a ‘watch this space’ fascination for the expansion of the Arts in our corner of Melbourne. So to the final result: four terrific nights of playing. This was the first time we played to capacity in a Musical season at The Ridgeway Campus. The cast performances reflected their commitment, integrity, honesty, self-discipline and the belief in a shared vision for storytelling. It was all framed by beautiful stage and costume designs, an elegant lighting and sound rig, and an 18-piece orchestra who played the score with the lyricism and good taste it required. Without a doubt, The Secret Garden set a new benchmark for theatre at Ivanhoe. Next in the pipeline is The Ridgeway Campus Film Project, which builds on the success of last year’s inaugural event. There is a difference however. Under the guidance of Nick White, this will be a short film event; students will submit scripts and four will be chosen to develop into an eight minute story-telling venture. Again, the interest is visceral, so keep your collective eyes peeled for this showing during late August. Shaun Murphy Head of Theatre, The Ridgeway Campus

High School Musical After selecting High School Musical as our 2018 production I immediately resolved to do everything I could to make the experience as much fun as possible. High School Musical is full of comedy and upbeat music and that, along with the energy our students brought, made it almost impossible not to have a whole bunch of fun. However, the most important thing I wanted to achieve with this cast and this show was unity. Unity amid diversity is a challenge at any stage of a person’s life, but in secondary school it is of paramount importance. High School Musical gets to the essence of this concept. The show takes you back to the adventure and excitement of high school; a place where one is faced with discovering who they are and where they fit in and often this self-discovery results in cliques. To break free from the status quo and achieve togetherness takes courage. When people come together with a common purpose, in spite of their differences, there grows tremendous strength and unity. This poignant theme was reflected not only in students’ performances, but also their own personal experiences in this musical. The characters of High School Musical may seem exaggerated on the surface, but there is something very real and recognisable about each of them and the incredible cast excelled at finding their own way into their characters, and bringing them to life on stage. The cast of 44 brought an infectious energy to the show with its catchy songs and spirited choreography.

Congratulations and thank you to all of students in the cast and crew for their hard work and positive attitudes. I especially want to wish all the Year 12 students involved a very fond farewell. It has been wonderful to see you grow over the course of the last six productions and I hope you know that you are always welcome to come back to help with future musical productions; we value the support of our alumni enormously. I would like to pay particular thanks to the parents of In Tune who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. My thanks is also extended to Ryland Sack, Samantha Scott, Rebecca Hill, Rachel Bowen, and Mark Barnett who have brilliantly filled the enormous shoes of Virginia Creed while she was on long service leave. James Chappel Director

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Ivanhoe Learner

Ivanhoe Grammar School is committed to developing young women and men of character. But what defines ‘character’ and how do we go about teaching it? Many things have changed in the 103 years since Ivanhoe opened its doors with less than 20 students in its charge. The social and technological advancements of the 20th and 21st Century have ushered in an entirely new era of education and industry. It is a brave, new, globalised world and the school curriculum - not just what students learn but perhaps more importantly, how they learn it - is almost unrecognisable from that of those 20 students from St James Church of England Grammar School for Boys.

The Ivanhoe Learner outlines a set of attributes that define a person of character. Those attributes are:

But there is one thing that remains proudly unchanged as part of an Ivanhoe Grammar School education and that is the commitment, first made by the School’s Founding Principal Reverend Sydney Buckley, that it is a school’s duty and privilege to prioritise the development of character in their students. This was neither popular opinion, nor common practice in the school system of the early 20th Century. This was a unique and groundbreaking priority for a school to assume, and Reverend Buckley made clear that ‘the development of cultured individuals, of men and women with broad interests and deep sympathies,’ was the cornerstone of developing young people ‘who have something to contribute to the society in which they live.’

Balanced — We develop intellectually, physically and emotionally in a balanced way, enhancing wellbeing

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Courageous — We have the confidence and tenacity to take responsible risks to extend our capacity, persevere when presented with a challenge, and learn from our mistakes. Innovative — We value being original and creative in our thinking; being curious and seeking opportunities to introduce new ideas or ways of doing things

Collaborative — We value the input of others and seek opportunities for shared effort across a range of methodologies and environments Ethical — We value acquiring and building moral judgment in order to be autonomous and responsible Reflective — We use our own ideas and experiences and those of others to support our own learning and development Compassionate — We take on the feelings and perspectives of others and act intuitively to support them

These attributes can be used in conjunction with academic enquiry and co-curricular achievement at all levels. Students will be asked to use them as a benchmark for their enquiry and to challenge their goals and outcomes: is the research innovative? Are the methods ethical? Did I reflect upon the results with care and attention? Are we playing collaboratively as a team? Did I consider all viewpoints in a balanced way? Is the expression of these ideas courageous? It is our priority to integrate the attributes of an Ivanhoe Learner into every aspect of the learning experience and staff have already begun using the profile as part of their curricular and co-curricular programs. One initiative has students asking what these values look like in art and the Global Citizenship Centre is using the Ivanhoe Learner attributes as tools for discussing the achievement of the UN Global Goals with a new focus for each term. We believe that learning is a life-long commitment, and we seek the application of these values in students and staff alike. From the Early Learning Centre, through to our longest serving staff, our community of Ivanhoe Learners extends beyond the classroom. Staff, students and families are committed to a life of enquiry and learning – from each other and the world around us.

Every member of the School community is asked to strive to embody these characteristics, nurture them in our students and lead by example. The development and support of ‘cultured individuals’ - young people with the strength of character to contribute something meaningful to the world - will not only lead to exciting future outcomes for students, but better outcomes for a rapidly changing world.

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Early Learning Centre

It is with great pleasure that we can report that in 2018 our Early Learning Centre has been rated Exceeding National Quality Standard under the National Quality Framework. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children’s education and care services across Australia. Services are assessed against the NQS by the state or territory regulatory authority and receive a rating for each of the seven quality areas of the NQS, as well as an overall rating. Seven quality areas assessed are: •

Educational program and practice

Children’s health and safety

Physical environment

Staffing arrangements

Relationships with children

Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

Leaderships and service management

This incredible result is a testament to the wonderful work that all staff do in the area of early childhood development, as the Early Learning Centre Manager, Nerolee Dagley said, “After a rigorous assessment and rating process, the Early Learning Centre was rated as Exceeding National Standards in all seven areas. The staff are very pleased to have their work, and dedication to the education of young children recognised.”

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The assessment is a reflection and confirmation of the quality programs provided in the ELC. The programs celebrate each individual and provide continuity of learning for each child in a stimulating and safe environment. Educators consistently facilitate the development of respectful and equitable relationships with each child ensuring that every child feels secure, confident and engaged. An overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standard is given to services that go above and beyond the requirements of the National Quality Standard in at least four of the seven quality areas. However, the Early Learning Centre not only received an overall Exceeding rating, it rated Exceeding in all seven quality areas. This wonderful outcome is not achieved by many services. The assessor stated, “Educators consistently promoted children’s learning, and planned learning experiences that enhanced children’s learning and development. The program and routines were effectively organised to provide multiple opportunities for children’s engagement, involvement and active participation in the program. Educators actively promoted children’s agency and autonomy.” Clearly, the youngest members of the Ivanhoe community are in very capable hands and the School is proud of this result and congratulates the Early Learning Centre staff for all the hard work and dedication they have put in to achieve such an outstanding outcome.

University Campus

Opening a new campus takes an enormous amount of energy across a number of areas of the School. Additional to site renovation and recruitment, there has been the development of curricular and co-curricular activities and collaboration with our parent community and La Trobe University to ensure the new campus delivers on our vision. Led by Principal Gerard Foley and Head of University Campus Stella Batsanis, a number of people have worked tirelessly to ready the campus to open at the start of our Early Commencement Program in November. While the campus may be new, our Year 9 Program has been successfully running for over 10 years. The activities that form part of the Year 9 Program - now, and at the new campus - are designed to take full advantage of the curious and adventurous thinking that is typical at this stage of adolescence by taking them out of their usual learning environment. Current Year 9 students have been involved in a number of activities this year, ahead of the new campus opening in November. Students from The Ridgeway Campus spent two weeks in Richmond undertaking the Urban Program, creating and presenting a video about the history of the area from Federation to the daily lives of women and children in the early 1900s to the foundation of Richmond Football Club. Students worked together to select a topic of interest and spent two weeks researching at the State Library, Melbourne Museum and the Richmond Historical Society. The project is designed to be both a research and an environmental challenge.

“There were many struggles we faced with completing this program, such as the trains not running or finding quiet places to film our video,” students Allegra and Amy noted in a reflection, “but we overcame all of these challenges with a great product in the end.” Students from Plenty Campus spent two weeks at La Trobe University in a scientific research program which culminated in an expo to showcase their findings. A full house of staff, parents and visiting professors attended the student exhibition where they were presented with research findings in subjects that ranged from Cancer and Alzheimers to River Blindness. The Year 9 Program will continue to do great work for students at University Campus; a place and program designed especially for Year 9 students and their transition to senior years and beyond.

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Alumni in the Arts In recent years, graduates have gone on to pursue amazing opportunities in the Arts, and some highly coveted tertiary places. We chatted with Nicole Wishart (’17) and Oliver Tapp (’16) about their experiences.

“What I became so in love with and passionate about, was how a performance had the ability to move people. To allow them to relate and confide in lyrics and a melody.” NICOLE WISHART (‘17)

What made you decide to pursue a career in Performing Arts?

Where and what course are, you studying? How has the transition from school to university been? I am studying a double degree in Music Performance and Entertainment Management at the independent tertiary college, Collarts. Personally, the transition was surprisingly smooth, even though I didn’t know anyone at university, I was able to establish strong friendships rapidly, due to the supportive and caring nature of the Collarts community. My work ethic founded at Ivanhoe helped me to transition academically with ease. Within the first two weeks of attending university, I was up performing at Melbourne’s major arts event White Night, attending conferences such as the Nandos music exchange, and volunteering at festivals such as Download, making time management a crucial skill to have. My time so far at Collarts has been a whirlwind of experiences and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I am learning from the likes of Jesse Hooper and Al Harding who have major accolades and experience behind them, exposing me to the industry I have dreamed so long to be a part of. What is your dream career? Ever since my first singing lesson in Year 3, I knew what I wanted to do. What I became so in love with and passionate about, was how a performance had the ability to move people. To allow them to relate and confide in lyrics and a melody. As people, we all go through stress, sadness and trauma, and the realisation that I could take what I was feeling and put it into a song is how I got through an array of events and moments in my life. Hence, my main goal is to further establish myself as a singer/songwriter as well as being able to manage myself. To be able to solely support myself off my music would be amazing, but for me, as an artist, the rush of adrenaline after a performance can never be traded.

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That feeling of performing and the impact it can have, although scary and vulnerable at times, is the most amazing part of being a performer. I had a lot of health and social problems in my late teens, and I found music was my escape. It allowed me to step away from all that was going on around me and just relax. The tranquility of this and the extreme healing power of music made me realise that, in my life, I want to create music that helps other people, just as someone else’s helped me. Did anyone at Ivanhoe encourage or inspire you to go into this field? There is one name that always remains prominent as one that truly inspired and helped me in my path into life after school. Head of Theatre, Shaun Murphy, graciously gave his time and contacts to help me improve and nurture my passion for the performing arts. There will never be enough words or time to be able to thank him for all that he did for me. Through him, I gained confidence in myself, not only in terms of the arts but as a person. His ability to so compassionately give everything to help the kids refine their craft still astonishes me. Surrounded by friends who were supportive of my songs and work also gave me the confidence to go into this field. It also helped to have great friends such as Thomas Currie also going into performing arts to lean on and talk to. Can you name a pivotal moment at Ivanhoe that set you on this path? There are multiple, but if I had to pinpoint one it would be the moments spent in the rehearsal room of the school musicals. It was not only about the end result but the deconstruction of the piece and the way, as a team, we built something incredible each time.

“I first met Mr Shaun Murphy at a time when I was feeling pretty vulnerable and downtrodden about being a male dancer in early adolescence. He showed me the possibilities of theatre.” O L I V E R TA P P ( ‘ 1 6 )

What made you decide to pursue a career in Performing Arts?

Where and what course are you studying? How has the transition from school to university been? I am studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) at Victorian College of the Arts. I am in my first year of the course, even though it is now my second year out of school. The transition from school into uni was quite a big shift for me. I auditioned for the acting courses at the end of Year 12, and nearly got in, but did not end up being offered a spot. At the time, I was devastated, as all my plans had kind of been based on getting into university straight away. However, looking back on it now, I am glad I didn’t get in, as I just wasn’t ready or mature enough for the courses at that time. Instead, I did a full-time musical theatre course called Showfit, run by the owners of the dance school where I have been training over the last few years. It took me most of the year at Showfit to develop a work ethic that I could be happy with. Starting at VCA this year though, I’ve just felt myself jump upwards in my work ethic and I’m now actively seeking to do more work than the course provides. What is your dream career? It’s really hard to pin down at this point. Every week I find something that kindles a different ambition within me so I usually say that I want to be doing whatever I can. There are a few artists and companies that inspire me such as the work of the American company Outside The Wire. I’d really love to end up exploring and pushing the boundaries of what is possible in acting and theatre, and groups like The Wooster Group and The Living Theatre inspire me. At the end of the day though, I just want to be doing something.

There are so many answers to that question, so I’ll tell the story of how I started in the performing arts. When I was a kid, my sister and I would take turns choosing a film to watch. One night, she chose an old VHS copy of a performance of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by The Australian Ballet. I complained that this was a stupid choice, until I started watching and by the end, I had been so enthralled by the Banksia Men leaping around on stage with incredible power and finesse, but also fun, that I said to my mum that I wanted to start ballet classes and 12 years later, here we are. Did anyone at Ivanhoe encourage or inspire you to go into this field? First and foremost, Shaun Murphy has always inspired me. I first met him at a time when I was feeling pretty vulnerable and downtrodden about being a male dancer in early adolescence. He showed me the possibilities of theatre and has been a mentor to me. I went back to him for help with my audition preparation to get into the schools this year, as I know others have done in the past. Other than Mr Murphy (I still call him that; old habits die hard), just knowing that there was a group of us in school that shared the same passion and drive to make it in the arts really helped me reassure myself that what I was doing wasn’t completely insane. I remember in particular how Ruby Maishman and I were working at the same time on our audition monologues during my Year 12. We ended up auditioning together for WAAPA, and I was so excited when I heard she got in, because it meant that it was possible for me to do the same. Can you name a pivotal moment at Ivanhoe that set you on this path? I had a million amazing moments in the arts at Ivanhoe. If I were to choose one, I’d again go with the first real one. I was walking across the South Ground in Year 8, heading towards the auditions for the school musical. This was a really terrifying walk for me, as it was kind of a leap of faith that I would be accepted, and that it would be okay for me, a fourteen-yearold boy, to audition for a musical. That audition was what really set me on this path. After all, I am still terrified, and excited, and ambitious, and hesitant, and basically every other feeling, about where I am headed in the future, after VCA.

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Summer Sports It was a very successful summer season in sport, with a number of premierships.

The summer season of sport proved to be very successful. Not only did we win premierships in boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball, we were runners up in boys’ badminton, boys’ table-tennis and boys’ tennis, we finished 3rd in boys’ volleyball and our cricketers just missed finals on percentage! In girls’ sport, our softball team finished a creditable 3rd and our touch team made the final four. And whilst our

Girls’ Softball

badminton and tennis teams were competitive, we were unable to match it against some of the bigger schools. A highlight however was the selection of three of our girls (from softball, badminton and tennis) as captains of their respective AGSV representative teams. Couple all these results with our 2nd place in the boys’ and girls’ swimming, and one could reasonably argue that Ivanhoe truly led the way in summer sport across the AGSV and AGSV/APS compositions. Neil Buszard Director of Sport Girls’ Volleyball

AGSV Representatives It’s wonderful to see so many of our students feature in various AGSV Representative Teams and we congratulate them all. Girls’ Badminton

Girl’s Tennis

Boys’ Cricket

Kayla Sgambellone (Captain)

Claire Candido (Captain)

Jesse King (Vice Captain)

Boys’ Badminton

Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ Volleyball

Brendan Wang Darren Qiang

Isaac Law

Charlie Simonsen

Cooper White

Thomas Rattray-Wood

Girls’ Softball

George Sakkas

Cecilia Baldassarre (Captain)

Girls’ Volleyball

Maggie Fitzpatrick (Vice Captain)

Elly McInerney

Brooklyn Hutton

Taylor Langford Emily Gallagher Isobel Shaw

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Boys’ Basketball Mackenzie Graham Rhys Begeman Boys’ Table Tennis Oscar Li (Vice Captain) Kim Wang

AGSV Swimming Finals

Girls’ Badminton

Table Tennis

Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ Cricket

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Sports Reflections

Positions of leadership in sport are an opportunity to face challenges and grow, both athletically and personally. Volleyball Captain Elly McInerney and Basketball Captain Mackenzie Graham offered the following reflections after an amazing summer of sport. What does the role of being a sports captain involve?

How did it feel to win the premiership?

The role of volleyball captain required enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Throughout this year I had the privilege to captain the Girls’ volleyball team to a premiership through the commitment of multiple training sessions per week and the hard work of the team. Being organised and communicating with both team mates on and off the court is a vital thing to do as captain, as it allowed everyone to feel included.

To win the first ever AGSV volleyball premiership in the School’s history was an amazing feeling. To know that no other students, girls or boys that have come before us have achieved as much success means that all the hard work put in all year round by all members of our team was worth it. This premiership was also an opportunity to promote the sport of volleyball within the school community. Years of hard work and training by both players and coaches has built a strong program within the school which will hopefully bring more success in years to come.

What do you most like about your sport? I enjoy playing volleyball because it is played as a team sport and you cannot be successful without the contribution of your team mates. Volleyball is a team sport, however an individual is responsible for their actions, meaning that you must focus on your specific role and execution for the team to be able to be successful. Team bonding and getting to know the girls that are part of your team is always lots of fun, as some of the girls you play with end up being some of your closest friends.

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Elly McInerney Volleyball Captain

What does the role of being a sports captain involve? It was a great honour to be selected as captain of the basketball team. I was responsible for making sure the team knew when training sessions were planned, games scheduled and to create cohesion and lead by example. I have been shaped by previous sports captains, particularly in the area of respect for sport officials and the competition and showing humility both in victory and defeat. What do you most like about your sport? I love how competitive basketball is, and that the game can move so fast, there is always a chance for the other team to win, so it makes you play hard for the entire match. If you lose your intensity for a moment, you can lose momentum. How did it feel to win the premiership? Winning the premiership was a dream of mine since I first made the team in Year 10. We came close last year, just one game away from making the Grand Final. Getting so close really motivated our senior players and gave us confidence. So for all of this season it was about making sure we played good basketball against any opposition. The team worked hard and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. It doesn’t hurt to have such high callibre coaches like Grant Wallace and Miss Hibbert; their experience and knowlege helped us overcome that last minute push from Marcellin. I will never forget the friendships and the memories that I have made whilst being involved in school sports at Ivanhoe. Mackenzie Graham Basketball Captain

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Service “The Vietnam trip was an incredible experience. I developed an understanding of different cultures and gained insights into who I am.” ADAM McKERN, YEAR 11

Round Square’s Big Build Trip to Vietnam took place in February. The Big Build is a new initiative by Round Square that combines a number of smaller projects into a single service trip. This particular trip to the remote Vietnamese village of Na Mon was only the third ever Round Square Big Build trip, and our students had the opportunity to improve the living conditions of a village that has historically struggled with extreme poverty. Service trips like Big Build can be life-altering experiences for both the local communities and the students who undertake them. Adam reflected on his time in Na Mon: ‘We contributed by fundraising and building two dams that would improve the infrastructure of the village. I not only had an amazing time but also met many amazing people from countries all over the world such as the UK, Canada, Kenya, India, South Africa and many more. We helped by building a dam, but we also had an opportunity to experience the culture by eating the local cuisine, cooking with the locals, playing soccer, making baskets and weaving. While we were there we lived in the village and ate Pho soup, lots of specially cooked chicken, beef and lots of rice! The experience has expanded my views and improved my leadership skills. Overall the trip was an incredible experience allowing me to develop my understanding of different cultures and gain insights into who I am as person. My trip to Vietnam will stay with me forever.’ Adam McKern Year 11

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OIGA News From the President Firstly, let me bring you up to date on some Council news. Earlier this year Vice President, Steph Louey (’08), announced she was off to the Big Apple to try her luck together with partner, Ryan Buckingham (’08). As a consequence Elise Dunstan (’01) has been unanimously appointed by Council to fill the role as Vice President and I know that she will perform with the passion and commitment that is her trademark! Mike Gowans (’93) has also relinquished his position on Council as has Claude Jabbour (’04) and Jess Harris (’08). I take this opportunity to publicly thank them for their years of service to Council and the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association.

Water Polo Premiers 2017

The work of Council goes on and by the time you read this our Cocktails and Connections networking event will have taken place but not without the concerted efforts of Alumni and Development Officer, Peter Swain (’75) and Alex Bacskos (’13). The reunion program continues with six having already taken place in what has been a busy first six months. My thanks to those Councillors who gave up their time to support this important program. A reminder to alumni to let us know when their contact details change in order to stay informed of School and OIG news as well as to be invited to OIG events. Email to update your details. Our sporting clubs had some good results in 2017 with our men’s Water Polo team taking out back-to-back Grand Finals and our Netballers losing in a playoff in their Grand Final match. Mixed results for our cricket, soccer and football clubs with the U19s taking out the premiership in Section 3 of the VAFA. However the enthusiasm of all clubs to strive for better things in 2018 is very apparent. It is great to know that the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Football Club will be fielding a Women’s AFL team in 2018. We continue to support the Cambodian Teachers Scholarship, enabling four teachers from a small village school in Peak Sneng to attend university in Siem Reap. We invite you to support this worthy venture via our website at as we still have two years to go before completing our commitment of $5,000. Until next time, Wayne Vanderwert (’89) President OIGA

President Wayne Vanderwert presents First XI Captain Jesse King with the OIGCC Kendall Cup 2018

Vale We regret to announce the passing of the following members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School Community Simon Brown (’60) Buckley/Brown Era David Evans (’64) Brown Era Kenneth Pulling (’41) Buckley Boy Bruce Porter (’42) Buckley Boy Bruce Chivers (’57) Brown Era Ross Herron (’67) Brown Era


Mervyn Barton (’38) Buckley Boy Peter Miles (’60) Brown Era Maxwell Williams (’42) Buckley Boy John Down (’40) Buckley Boy Peter Nicholls (’55) Brown Era

Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association LinkedIn Group OIGA Website

Leslie Hudson (’43) Buckley Boy, Yea Boarder Ray Prasad (’49) Brown Era Geoffrey Wright (’48) Buckley Boy

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Reunions Reunions are a terrific way of connecting with alumni. The OIGA, in conjunction with the School, runs an extensive reunion program locally, regionally, interstate and overseas. Here are some recent highlights and we look forward to seeing you at the next reunion. Buckley/Brown Era Reunion 2017 2017 was the 75th Anniversary of the School’s move to Yea in 1942 to allow the Ivanhoe site to be occupied by the Army. It was great to acknowledge ten of our Old Boys who made that move at the Buckley/Brown Era reunion held in November last year. John North, Graham Hawke, David Tynan, Bill Upham and Keith Smith each received their ‘Living Treasure’ award for reaching the age of 90 and Geoff Knorr, Bruce Paton, Charles Hider, Tony Clifton and Alan Dobell received their Life Membership for advancing to 80 years of age.

Class of 1978 Reunion

Principal Gerard Foley and OIGA President Wayne Vanderwert (’89) brought everyone up to date on School and OIGA matters and the rest of the day was spent reminiscing and reliving those long gone days at School as if it was only yesterday. Class of 1978 – 40 Year Reunion A loyal group from the Class of 1978 met at Buckley Hall in March to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their leaving Ivanhoe. School Captain that year, Michael Wonder, journeyed down from Sydney together with Mark Durran but the long distance traveller was Stuart Ritchie who flew in from Brisbane. Ex-staffer David Waugh delighted all with his take on life at Ivanhoe at that time and particularly the last days of the boarding house which closed that same year. It was great to have five boarders present from those times. The Horrorscope from the final Spectator for that year also provided a great talking point. Thanks to John Freeman for providing copies for the evening.

The Yea Boarders line up at the Buckley Brown Era Reunion

Class of 1968 – 50 year Reunion Commencing with a tour of the School conducted by Director of Development, Astrida Cooper, members of the Class of 1968 then adjourned to the Board Room at School House for lunch with Principal Gerard Foley, and former Deputy Principal Nigel Kendall. Representing the OIGA were President Wayne Vanderwert (’89) and Michael Smith (’69). Rob Lake flew down from Brisbane especially for the event. Thanks go to Cathy Sheehan and Jenny McKinnis who accompanied their respectives, Gary Davison and Robert Richards. It is always a delight to have partners join us. With three doctors and a radiologist in the group those present felt well at ease and thankfully their expertise was not needed on the day. 30 | Ivanhoe News Magazine

Class of 1968

Principal Gerard Foley catches up with Dave Tynan (’45) while Graham Hawke (’44) enjoys the moment

Tim Threlfall and Tony Brooks at their 40-year reunion

Members of the Class of 1978

Oldest Known Living Old Boys Gordon Alston – born 26 July 1918

Peter Goad born 8 October 1924

Gunnie Waddell – born 13 November 1919

Ken Pizzey – born 17 November 1924

Jack Bacon born - 21 November 1920

Stuart Reed – born 23 February 1925

Alf Bardsley - born 10 December 1920

Stewart Eiseman – born 8 March 1925

Bob Oakley – born 2 December 1921

Charles Gahan – 14 April 1925

Stuart Warmington – born 17 February 1922

Knox Waddell – 27 July 1925

Ron Stott – born 18 September 1922

Rob James – born 1 August 1925

Harold Plummer born 9 November 1922

Ian Buckley born - 26 September 1925

Jack Cole – born 11 February 1923

Murray Hull – born 9 October 1925

Alan Hughes born 22 December 1923

Kel Pearson – 22 October 1925

George Howe OAM – born 3 April 1924

Howard Barclay AM – 22 October 1925

Ian Gillespie – born 13May 1924

Maurice Reeves – 11 January 1926

Tom Lingford – born 27 July 1924

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Have You Heard?

Camilla Pondel (’11)

Lachlan Murphy (’16)

ANU Law graduate Camilla will spend one year working as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague after she was awarded the ANU College of Law PCA Scholarship for 2018. The award provides financial support to a current student or graduate of the ANU College of Law, to undertake a 12 month Fellowship with the PCA in The Hague, Netherlands.

Lachlan received high praise from AFL legend Dermott Brereton for his first JLT community series match win over Fremantle. Brereton praised Lachy’s goal kicking on SEN radio. “He had good pace, buzzed around, crumbed very well, and looked ready made for it. Watch out for this kid”. Lachy was selected by the Crows with their second last pick in the AFL rookie draft.

David Purser (’10)

Claire Waterman (’00)

David has been busy since graduating in 2010. He has recently completed a double degree and first class honours in Aerospace Engineering and Business Management at RMIT University. During David’s studies he spent seven months in Germany working at Airbus Defence and Space on the final assembly line of the 5th generation fighter jet, the Eurofighter Typhoon. David also competed in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition in Texas.

A huge congratulations to Claire for being acknowledged with a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to family violence system reforms. This is becoming quite routine for Claire as in 2016 Claire was also awarded an Australian Council of Women in Policing Award (ACWAP) being Highly Commended in the Excellence in Policing Category. Well done Claire, this is a great honour and a testament to all your hard work in creating a safer Victoria.

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Peter Demeris (’81) Peter was chosen as the live director for Lost in London, the world’s first live feature film, written, directed and staring Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson and also featuring other Hollywood heavyweights Willie Nelson and Owen Wilson. Lost in London made film history as it is the first movie to be shot in one continuous single camera shot and broadcasted live into cinemas with no post production or pre-recording.

Navneet Ganesh (’07) Navneet was selected as an Ambassador of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The GC2018 Ambassador Program helped Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Coorporation to achieve its vision of staging a great Games in a great city leaving great memories and great benefits for all.

Supporting Ivanhoe

Bill Leung (’90)

Howard and Bev Purcell with Purcell Commerce Award Recipient, Year 10 Zachariah Soulaiman

Purcell Commerce Award The School’s annual prize giving assemblies recognise the achievements and efforts of individual students. The Howard and Bev Purcell Commerce Award was first presented in November last year at the Ridgeway Campus to the highest achieving Commerce student in Year 10, Zachariah Soulaiman. The award was established by Howard and Bev Purcell who have a long association with the School with Howard’s father, Bill, enrolling at the School in 1920. The Purcell family were instrumental in the School’s move to Yea during World War Two. Howard’s association with the School has been lifelong, most recently as a long serving OIG Councillor. Bev’s association has also been ongoing, assisting the School while son Stuart

attended Ivanhoe during the 1980s, and as a ‘MOPS’ (mothers of past students) following Stuart’s departure. Bev’s brother Geoff Hacquoil was a student during the 1950s. The Purcell’s philanthropy is well known and appreciated at Ivanhoe through the establishment in 1990 of the W A Purcell Library Collection in memory of Howard’s father Bill (’24), and their recent commitment to The Fidelis Society. Over the last few years eight new awards have been endowed across the School’s three campuses. For a confidential discussion about endowing a named award please contact Director of Development Astrida Cooper on 9490 3886 or

It’s all in a name Naming opportunities continue to inspire members of the Ivanhoe community to recognise a person, or a number of people through a meaningful commemoration. In a touching tribute to his Headmaster, past student Bill Leung (’90) acknowledged the wonderful influence that the leadership of the Reverend Charles Sligo had on he and his brother Sam (’91) whilst students. Through the naming of a Seat of Learning in the Middle Years Centre, Bill’s gift to the School will remind others of the influence Reverend Sligo had on many generations of Ivanhoe students, in particular Bill and Sam Leung. For a confidential discussion about naming a Seat of Learning please contact Director of Development Astrida Cooper on 9490 3886 or Winter 2018 - Issue no. 134 | 33

Supporting Ivanhoe David Gibbs and Peter Hogg Perpetual Trophy A new trophy, the David Gibbs and Peter Hogg Perpetual Trophy for participation and contribution to the sport of Kayaking was donated by the Bassett family in 2017 whose sons, Kaylen (’15) and Lachie (’18) have both excelled in the kayaking program. The trophy is awarded annually and together, David Gibbs and Peter Hogg were announced as the inaugural recipients in November 2017 for their vision and unstinting loyalty to the kayaking program over many years.

Make your Mark - Naming opportunities at Plenty Campus Throughout its history, Plenty Campus has characterised itself through a sense of adventure, camaraderie and enviable community spirit. There is much to be proud of and we anticipate with excitement what is yet to come. The ‘Make your Mark’ is an ongoing campaign offering naming opportunities at Plenty Campus, and is an avenue to remember, recognise or honour a family or loved one in perpetuity. In addition to consideration for this long term recognition, gifts immediately benefit current and future students by allowing the School to advance numerous projects at a pace not otherwise achievable, and to provide students with the best resources, facilities and opportunities.

Having a name recognised within the School is a powerful tribute – the name will remain visible in the fabric of the School now and into the future. Ivanhoe community members might like to consider joining with grandparents or other family to name something of significance to their family. For a confidential discussion about supporting the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign please contact Director of Development Astrida Cooper on 9490 3886 or via email

Rowan and Gavan Sharples

Annual Appeal 2018 Every Gift Counts Since 1984, Ivanhoe Grammar School has extended an invitation to support the Annual Appeal to current parents and friends of the School, and since 2012 for alumni after a long break of many years. The School gratefully appreciates the collective generosity and long-term support from our community. It comes as a surprise to many that tuition fees alone do not provide the capital needed to shape the future of Ivanhoe. Therefore, the Annual Appeal is an important fundraising initiative that provides essential support for the operating budget. Each gift made through Every Gift Counts 2018 assists the School to plan for the future and helps provide students with outstanding resources and opportunities in welcoming facilities. The end of financial year is a particularly good time to consider your philanthropic options. We seek your support through though our tax deductible Annual Appeal Program in support of the area you choose, whether that be to facilities, scholarships or library resources. Every Gift Counts!


PAYMENT DETAILS: Please charge my:








The Ivanhoe Grammar School Building Fund



The Ivanhoe Grammar School Library Fund The Ivanhoe Grammar School Scholarship Fund The Buckley Scholarship

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The Slater/Graham Scholarship Email



OIG Year

The Peter Huxley Scholarship



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I would like my donation to remain anonymous I would like to know more about making a bequest to Ivanhoe Grammar School


Ivanhoe News | Winter 2018 | Issue 134  

What is an Ivanhoe Learner?

Ivanhoe News | Winter 2018 | Issue 134  

What is an Ivanhoe Learner?