Never give up – John Stevens ’88

Here is a great article published by old boy Aaron Lord ’92 about another fellow Old Ivanhoe Grammarian John Stevens’ ’88 unconventional path to AFL football and his resilient attitude to life. As well as Johns unbelievable record breaking 20 mark game on the G!

Aaron no scrub himself, being a former AFL player for Geelong and Hawthorn, he kicked a bag of 6 goals five times in his career and his best season tally came in 1999 when he topped Hawthorn’s goalkicking with 42 goals.

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Oscar winning - Robert Mackenzie '93

Oscar winning - Robert Mackenzie '93

A big congratulations to Robert Mackenzie '93 (pictured left) for winning an Oscar for sound mixing on the film HacksawRidge. What an amazing achievement! Teacher Judy Hewett, who was head of middle school when Robert was at Ivanhoe Grammar School, was over the moon when she heard the news. She said Robert was always determined to become a sound engineer. Judy was so proud to see her former student up on stage. “Robbie was such a likeable character at school. He struggled a bit with the academic side but always knew what he wanted to do when he finished. His mum was determined that he finish year 12 and he did. This award is well deserved after many years of hard work. He always wanted to do it. Its just so good. Its great.”
Swift Success - Joel MacDonald '02

Swift Success - Joel MacDonald '02

Since he finished his AFL career, playing over 120 games with Brisbane and Melbourne, Joel MacDonald has turned his attention to the business world. He has recently been inducted into the Australian Financial Review young rich list, through the rapid growth of his software company GetSwift. Joel started at the Ridgeway Campus in 1997 in Year 7, leaving Ivanhoe in 1999 when his family moved interstate. In his final playing days, Joel was already working on a business idea, with his company LiquorRun delivering alcohol to Saturday night party-goers on the back of a scooter. To ensure that routes were optimised and deliveries tracked, Joel and his team developed the software that is now the basis of GetSwift, now one of the hottest listed stocks on the ASX. GetSwift technology can be applied to a range of industry sectors and helps to streamline the logistics of both the receiver and sender of goods.
Doctors Without Borders - Evan O'Neill '05

Doctors Without Borders - Evan O'Neill '05

Currently deployed in Bangladesh with the Doctors Without Borders organisation is the incredible Evan O’Neill ’05 from TRC. Coming from a stint in South Sudan, Dr O’Neill is currently working tirelessly as the Medical Activity Manager in Bangladesh in response to the Rohingya crisis. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is an international humanitarian non-governmental organisation that helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. Evan has recently written an article online regarding a typical working day in Bangladesh which can be viewed below. We are very proud of the remarkable work Evan is doing overseas and for his dedication in serving those less fortunate. Well done Evan.
OIGFC U19 Champions

OIGFC U19 Champions

Big congratulations to the OIGFC U19 team who won the section 3 Grand Final. The 1st placed Ivanhoe faced off with 2nd place Old Haileybury who they have already had nail bitting finishes against earlier in the year. However the boys came to play as they defeated Haileybury 101 - 47.
2030 Commonwealth Games - Adem Karafili '95

2030 Commonwealth Games - Adem Karafili '95

In light of Greater Victoria's bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games, former Swisse Managing Director and Old Ivanarian Adem Karafili '95 (left) has been appointed Chairman of the committee. We wish Adem and his team goodluck for a successful 2030 Commonwealth Games bid. (Adem pictured with former Olympic athlete John Steffenson at the Ballarat Town Hall)
Neale Danihers powerful message to OIGFC

Neale Danihers powerful message to OIGFC

Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Football Club was honoured and humbled to have Neale Daniher as the special guest speaker at the final home game of the year. Neale spoke of the opportunities that arise through adversity and the struggles he endured to maintain a positive outlook on life after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Neale spoke in front of 120 guests and the Senior and Under 19 teams and it proved inspirational as both teams had impressive and important wins: the Senior boys defeated Old Geelong to secure their spot in C grade in 2018 and retained a slim chance of playing finals and the Under 19 boys secured top spot on the ladder. It will go down as one of the most memorable days of the clubs history and something that those in attendance will never forget. (Pictured: Under-19 captain Max Jones, club president Kevin McLean, Neale Daniher and senior captain Michael Mitris)
Firefly! – Steve Beck ’97

Firefly! – Steve Beck ’97

Now living on the west coast of the USA, Steve has been selected as a Firefly, an amazing group of cyclists that raise funds every year through their long-distance cycling. The Fireflies will be riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles over 7 days in early October, riding over 700 miles and raising funds for the City of Hope and their ongoing work in cancer and diabetes research. Steve has dedicated this ride to his father, who has been battling with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma for the past 18 years.
Nigel Kendall Shield

Nigel Kendall Shield

Thursday 30th November 2017 saw the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Cricket Club and the current Ivanhoe Grammar School 1st XI contest the Nigel Kendall Shield Twenty20 on the turf wicket at Chelsworth Park. In a good-spirited and well-supported affair the current schoolboys displayed their considerable cricketing talents to cruise to a comfortable win and retain the shield for another year. It's great to continue to foster links from school sport to the OIG alumni sporting clubs and it was a treat to have current OIGA President Wayne Vanderwert representing the Old Boys XI. All school cricketers, ex-cricketers, IGS friends & family are encouraged to follow along and support the OIGCC - we warmly welcome social members and anyone considering pulling on the whites for game.
The Adventures of Cloud Girl - Steve Beck ’97

The Adventures of Cloud Girl - Steve Beck ’97

Steve Beck ’97 has released his new book ‘The Adventures of Cloud Girl’ in which he co-wrote and co-illustrated. Steve released the book through his business “Left shoe lost” which is a creative incubation company focused on creating inspiring content for kids, which ranges from a variety of mediums including: pictures books, series content, films, online and progressive mediums like VR/AR immersive entertainment experiences. Steve is no novice within the industry as he has had 30 years of experience in the film and animation industries. With Steve’s love of telling stories and his drive to create inspiring characters, he hopes to promote creativity and entertain kids around the world.
Something Blue - Anne Gasko ’04

Something Blue - Anne Gasko ’04

Many members of the School community will remember Anne as a very talented singer and performer in Plenty productions and School concerts. Anne is back in the limelight through her own production company, Something Blue Productions, providing an outlet for her own talents as well as other young Melbourne – based performers. Anne’s next big project is a monthly concert opening in October, called Odds, Sods and Thingamabobs.
Pharmaceutical Maestro - Michael Wonder '78

Pharmaceutical Maestro - Michael Wonder '78

Michael Wonder has been busy working on an amazing healthcare database that gives subscribers the ability to search pharmaceutical information by technology type, disease, clinical trial phase and other variables. Having worked as a pharmacist for many years, Michael’s consulting firm has developed the MAESTrO database. MAESTrO makes complex information about new and emerging treatments readily available to subscribers, whose numbers include some of the top global pharmaceutical firms.
30 Under 30 - Akshaya Ravi '08

30 Under 30 - Akshaya Ravi '08

Congratulations to Akshaya Ravi ’08 for being named as a finalist for the 2017 Lawyers Weekly ‘30 Under 30’ awards in the area of Commercial Law. These awards not only identify the best young lawyers across Australia, but enable career progression through industry-wide recognition for professional competency. A panel of high-profile judges will select two winners for each category, which will be announced at a cocktail event at The Ivy Ballroom, Sydney on 23 June 2017. Best of luck to this rising Commercial Lawyer!
Australian Potter - John Dermer ’67

Australian Potter - John Dermer ’67

In 2017 John held his 40th Annual pottery exhibition in Yackandandah, Victoria. John still recalls his early works in pottery that were made under the tutelage of his Ivanhoe Art Teacher, Mr Denis Dwyer, back in 1966 whilst John was in Year 11.
Kicking and saving goals - Kehley Bitzas '15

Kicking and saving goals - Kehley Bitzas '15

As if attending College in the US isn’t exciting enough, Kehley Bitzas was recently named Defensive Player of the Week in her College league. Kehley completed her secondary schooling at Plenty Campus in 2015 and now attends Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. This is the second time Kehley has been named the top defensive player this season. Her most recent honour came as a result of Kehley’s 13 brilliant saves during 200 minutes of play as her team, the Wildcats, tied with Missouri Valley 1-1 and defeated Baker 2-1.
Queens Birthday Honours List

Queens Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to the following people from our Ivanhoe Grammar Community for being recognized in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List. James Hogan ’75, received the prestigious (AO) for distinguished service to the aviation transport industry, to the development of tourism and trade linkages between Australia and the Gulf States. David Larkin ’84, for his service in business and commerce through leadership and innovation in the Australian beef export industry.
Rochester Sports Museum - John Forbes '59

Rochester Sports Museum - John Forbes '59

Old boy John Forbes '59 has put together the most memorable collection of memorabilia. A collection so big and so impressive it is getting its own museum so more people can share in the stories of Forbesy and his passion for sporting memorabilia. What sets this enormous collection apart from others is that many of the pieces have a strong personal connection with the 75-year-old through his long career with Puma and across a raft of charitable works. Fittingly, Forbesy has agreed to hand his collection over free of charge to the Rochester Lions Club, who will use it to start the Rochester Sports Museum.
P-TECH schools - Nick Wyman ’86

P-TECH schools - Nick Wyman ’86

A great article about Nick was posted in a recent edition of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine which highlighted his achievements in the field of school to work transition. Having won a Churchill Fellowship to investigate worlds-best practice in facilitating students moving from the classroom to employment, Nick has taken the concept of P-TECH schools and developed this model for Australia. Along the way, Nick is helping to change our mindset so that, as a society, we all understand that quality vocational education is a major driver of good employment opportunities.
Fashion Designer - Sara Bailes '01

Fashion Designer - Sara Bailes '01

Fashion Designer Sara Bailes ’01 has recently launched her self-titled clothing line which has been described as, ‘sophisticated, fresh, sporty and chic’. Check out her online store and make sure you drop the code “Ivanhoe” at checkout for 40% off. visit www.sarabailes.com
Mick Malthouse Elite Sports Bursary - Tom Hoogenraad '16

Mick Malthouse Elite Sports Bursary - Tom Hoogenraad '16

Congratulations to alumni Tom Hoogenraad, Plenty School Captain 2016, for being awarded The Mick Malthouse Elite Sports Bursary. This is a once off bursary, to the value of $10,000, to help you fund your studies while you pursue your sporting dreams! Tom is a member of the Victorian Junior Cross Country ski team and is aiming to be selected in the Australian team this year and was tested at the AIS in April with the current members of the Australian Junior and Australian teams. He will be using the bursary to travel to Switzerland at the end of the year to train and race. Congratulations Tom, we're so pleased for you.
Efjay - Fadi Jabbour ’16

Efjay - Fadi Jabbour ’16

Fadi Jabbour ’16 has recently started pursing his dream of becoming a rapper and is fast creating a name in the industry. On stage, Fadi goes by “Efjay” and he recently debuted his first single “whos laughing now” and performed a live freestyle at a hip hop bar in Melbourne’s CBD.The aspiring rapper said he would never have thought that he would actually pursue a career in hip hop, but he started making pop and rock music at a very early age, then at 12 years old, he was inspired by Eminem’s “Not Afraid” which sparked an interest in becoming a rapper himself. Fadi described himself as a determined, focused student while at Ivanhoe Grammar School and is enjoying studying (Bachelor of) Arts Music Industry at RMIT (city Campus). Fadi says, “It's a course that is perfect for me and I really enjoy it as every class and piece of information that I absorb is relevant to what I want to do in the future” A admirable young alum, we would like to wish Fadi a long and successful career in the hip hop industry!
Young gun - Ayden Hurst '15

Young gun - Ayden Hurst '15

Ayden Hurst '15 has accepted a scholarship to play college Rugby Union in the USA for Lindenwood University, Missouri. Ayden is keen to progress his rugby and academic endeavours in the USA as he will be studying a 4 year advertising degree. Congratulations Ayden.
Alumni supporting men’s health

Alumni supporting men’s health

The month of November saw 50 alumni who collectively represented a >50 year span of Ivanhoe Grammar School graduates, actively support men’s health online and in person. From donning a fake moustache for the OIG Movember ‘Mug Shot’ awareness-raising campaign, to growing a real mo and raising hundreds of dollars individually for the important work of the Movember Foundation, there was no shortage of support from our Old Ivanhoe community. The Men’s Health Forum held on Thursday 10 November at The Ridgeway Campus, involved the Global Research Lead for the Movember Foundation, Mark Buzza ’90 inform an audience of 70 (mostly) alumni, current and past parents about the initiatives and projects around mitigating and managing prostate and testicular cancer, as well as addressing various mental health issues and the prevalence of suicide. It was wonderful to have alumna Molly Hyndman nee Trouse ’03 – Movember’s PR Manager – at this Forum who furthered Movember’s key messages and raised $450 worth of Mo merchandise too! The Old Ivanhoe Grammarians’ Association applauds the alumni who individually participated in the Movember campaign, and to mark this commitment the Association proudly made a donation of $480 in recognition of the following alumni efforts: Keith Wilkinson ’66, Matthew Aitchison ’90, Mark Buzza ’90, Anthony McKay ’94, Mark Begbie ’98, Scott Curatolo ’00, Scott Weston ’03, Shayne Marshall ’03, Saul Smith ’03, Jamie Hyndman ’03, Nick Stecher ’04, Jake Dempsey ’04, Molly Hyndman ’05, Michael Bacskos ’09, Adam Veli ’10 and Nathaniel Karam ’13.
Dear Dyslexic - Shae Wissell '97

Dear Dyslexic - Shae Wissell '97

Shae Wissell '97 is the founder and host of Dear Dyslexic, an open forum to discuss all topics relating to dyslexia and learning difficulties. Originally trained as a Speech Pathologist, Shae went on to complete a Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Administration. Through her work as a speech pathologist, public health practitioner and her own personal experiences of having dyslexia, Shae has developed a passion for supporting young people and adults with dyslexia, and learning difficulties. "On this site www.deardyslexic.com you’ll find the Dear Dyslexic Podcasts, which are hosted by me, Shae Wissell. In the series I’ll talk to different people about dyslexia, with a focus on young people and adults in the workplace. I’ll share my own personal experiences, speak with fellow dyslexics, and with experts in the field to try to reduce some of the myths and stigma around dyslexia and learning difficulties. I hope that the podcasts will be a useful tool for education professionals, supervisors and managers who have employees with dyslexia and learning difficulties, policy makers and health professionals."
World championships - Mitch Bodycoat ‘04

World championships - Mitch Bodycoat ‘04

We applaud Mitch Bodycoat and his team ‘Rapid Ascent’ for finishing 35th out of 99 teams who competed in the World Adventure Race Championships. The race requires each team to travel the entire course together, while never being more than 50 meters apart. Mitch and his team kayaked, mountain biked, trekked, pack-rafted and caved their way through 14 gruelling legs in the Shoalhaven region of NSW, whist navigating without digital aids, day and night to reach 60 check points along the course. Mitch and his team completed the race in 137 hours which is almost 6 days of racing which included only 12 hours of sleep – an enormous feat and supported by the OIGA.
Chairman - Daniel Proietto '96

Chairman - Daniel Proietto '96

President Wayne Vanderwert and Members of the Association heartily congratulate Daniel Proietto, School Captain 1996, on his being elected Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Board’s Annual General Meeting in March. Daniel has been a Board member since 2010 and is also a past councillor of the OIGA. Daniel becomes only the fourth Ivanarian to Chair the Board in its 102 years history and we wish him well as he leads us into what will be exciting times for the School.
Ironman - Jordon Risstrom ‘95

Ironman - Jordon Risstrom ‘95

World-class athlete, Jordon Risstrom successfully completed an Ironman Triathlon in Mallocra, Spain in October. The gruelling event requires a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and a 42km run through the Spanish coastline made up of pristine sand beaches, steep cliffs and secluded coves of great beauty. Jordon completed this mammoth event in a staggering 11 hours and 40 minutes which is an extraordinary effort! Well done on behalf of the Association.
1st place Grace - Grace Cooper '14

1st place Grace - Grace Cooper '14

Congratulations to the creative and talented Grace Cooper '14 who won first place in the RMIT Student Floral Fashion Design Competition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Well done Grace!
3 minute thesis winner - Nathaniel Swain ‘07

3 minute thesis winner - Nathaniel Swain ‘07

Nathaniel recently competed in the 3 Minute Thesis competition. Having won the Melbourne University Final, he competed in the ASIA PACIFIC GRAND FINAL at the University of Queensland on Friday 30 September. Nathaniel presented his thesis "Teenage Crime - Making Sense of It" and was announced as the RUNNER-UP in the field of 50 top PhD students from the leading universities across the Asia-Pacific region.
Squirrell's take Everest - Mark Squirrell '89

Squirrell's take Everest - Mark Squirrell '89

Three generations of the Squirrell family, including nine-year-old Oscar, have battled “debilitating” Himalayan conditions and managed to trek to Mount Everest base camp. Mark Squirrell, '89, along with his 75-year-old mother, Jane, and nine-year-old son Oscar, shared an incredible experience together. The avid walkers from Arthurs Creek conquered the 10-day trek, walking between four and six hours daily, before reaching base camp at an altitude of almost 5500m
Stawell Gift - Nathan Riali '09

Stawell Gift - Nathan Riali '09

We congratulate Nathan Riali '09 for coming second at this years Stawell Gift at 12.27 seconds. A fantastic achievement for someone who only started taking athletics seriously in 2013 when Nathan decided to get some coaching from old boy Scott Rowsell ’93.
Dream job - James Minas ‘03

Dream job - James Minas ‘03

An exceptional achievement by every measure, but particularly exciting for this Disney fan - James Minas composed the majority of the music for Disney’s new trailer ‘Beauty and the Beast’. This Hollywood production boasts stars such as Emma Watson and Ewan McGregor and will be in theatres on March 17, 2017. Congratulations to James and his business partner Lydia Davies for continuing to achieve such notoriety through their business KUDU Sounds, which focuses primarily on creating customised music for moving image and live projects.