A truly remarkable tale – Kurt Schuster (1929 – 2020)

Ivanhoe Grammar School past staff and students would be sad to hear of the passing of former French teacher Kurt Schuster. An esteemed member of our academic staff for 25 years until his retirement in 1987, Kurt was a fine teacher, strict in the classroom and a formidable sight in full flight, despite his short stature. The story of how Kurt came to Australia, and ultimately to Ivanhoe, is worthy of retelling. At the end of a gruelling world tour with the Vienna Boys Choir, Kurt was scheduled to sail from Fremantle to Europe on 4 September 1939 when, overnight, the British Government declared war on Germany. All shipping was halted, adults of German descent were interred, and Kurt and his fellow choirboys became stranded in Perth. At the invitation of Archbishop Mannix, Kurt and the other choirboys travelled to Victoria where they attended Parade College in East Melbourne and were billeted with host families in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Throughout his schooling, Kurt lived with Mrs Rae and her 3 daughters in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Subsequently, Kurt married Madeleine, the second of the three daughters. Following studies at Melbourne University and an initial teaching appointment at Burke Hall (Xavier Preparatory Campus), Kurt commenced his 25-year association with Ivanhoe in 1964, serving as a Sports Master and Year 8 Level Master, as well as teaching French. In 1979, 40 years after setting out on the world tour, Kurt finally had the opportunity to make an emotional return to Austria, where he was reunited with his mother Poldi and sister Trudi. The family reunion almost didn’t happen though, as Kurt arrived several weeks earlier than planned and Poldi had the habit of refusing to open her door unless she knew who was on the other side. Fortunately, Kurt was persistent and still fit enough to twice climb the one hundred stairs up to his mother’s apartment. After Kurt’s second ascent to the apartment, followed by repeated knocking, Poldi eventually opened the door to see that her long-lost son had finally returned. A truly remarkable tale.

FIDELIS USQUE AD MORTEM

Latest News

2019 News

Old Ivanhoe Law Society Podcast

Old Ivanhoe Law Society Podcast

We are proud to announce the launch of the Old Ivanhoe Law Society Podcast Series. In OILS mission to provide value to its members it was decided little over a year ago that they would interview and record a large number of podcasts with a celebrated group of alumni lawyers. In them, alumni share their experiences, observations and insights of the law. These podcasts are directed at OILS members doing a tertiary law course or also IGS students considering a career in the law and are packed with invaluable knowledge and guidance. These podcasts are an enduring gift from one generation of alumni to the next and a great resource for the Ivanhoe Grammar family. Visit www.oldivanhoelaw.com to join
Gunnie Waddell '36 turns 100!

Gunnie Waddell '36 turns 100!

In mid November the Principal and Geoff Brown flew to Canberra for the day to celebrate the 100th birthday of Gunnie Waddell, Class of 1936. Gunnie was born on 13 November 1919 on a farm in Yea, and spent his primary years there before boarding at Ivanhoe. During his short time here Gunnie was involved in tennis and cricket but his real claim to fame was being a member of the School’s first Premiership Football Team in 1934. Gunnie returned home in 1935 after his father was taken ill. In 1939 he answered his country’s call and enlisted in the Army becoming attached to the 2/2 Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He saw service in Palestine, Syria and New Guinea and considers himself one of the lucky ones. At wars end Gunnie undertook a university degree and began working for the Immigration Department. He became the School’s first diplomat and represented Australia in New York, Washington, London, Paris and Rome with short stints in the Channel Islands and Spain. Gunnie still lives independently. Asked if he does his own cooking, his reply with a wry smile was, “I more heat things than cook”. Gunnie has full intentions of coming to Melbourne in April next year to march in the Melbourne ANZAC Parade and it is hoped he will be part of our TRSC Service on 24 April, 2020. Gunnie considers the people he has met over his lifetime to be the most important aspect of what has been a long life, well lived. (Gunnie Waddell proudly holds the photo of the 1934 First XVIII Premiership Team of which he was a member.)
Moon Dog World - Karl Van Buuren '02, Jake '98 & Josh Uljans '02

Moon Dog World - Karl Van Buuren '02, Jake '98 & Josh Uljans '02

Dubbed ‘A craft brewery on steroids!’ Moon Dog World is the latest project from our unconventional but genius alumni Karl Van Buuren ‘02 along with brothers Josh ‘02 & Jake Uljans ’98. After years of brewing successfully within the walls of Duke Street, Abbotsford, the boys decided they needed a bigger space to brew more beer in order to keep up with the growing demand from customers. The solution, Moon Dog World! An enormous brewery that holds 725 people, brews 10 million litres of beer per year, equipped with a bar that is loaded with 72 taps, a beer garden, a hidden tiki bar, a lagoon and waterfall, and a food menu that will satisfy all group sizes and dietary requirements. Make sure to pop by and explore this phenomenal venue! Well done boys.
Changing the environment, one bowl at a time - Jamie Forsyth '90

Changing the environment, one bowl at a time - Jamie Forsyth '90

The trailblazing Jamie Forsyth ’90 Co-founder of the revolutionary KeepCup (along with his sister Abigal), are back at again with their newest innovative business idea RETURNR. RETURNR is an environmental initiative that aims to replace single use takeaway packaging with equivalent reusable solutions. It is managed and shared through the existing cafe networks, minimising waste and resources. So how does it work? At participating cafes, restaurants etc request your food in a RETURNR. Pay deposit with cost of meal. Rinse then return to any cafe in the network to have your deposit refunded. Repeat. We wish the dynamic sibling duo all the best with their newest venture!
Jimmy Starbuck ’04 & Burak Ozdemir ‘09

Jimmy Starbuck ’04 & Burak Ozdemir ‘09

Exciting times for Jimmy Starbuck ’04 who was hard at it over the weekend as his Trucking and Excavation Company “Starbuck Excavation” imported and then removed 650 truck loads into marvel stadium for the Australian Supercross Final. Jimmy has great people working with him. In his capacity as Operation Manager, Burak Ozdemir ‘09 supported Jimmy in this colossal event. This was the first time ever the AUS-X had ran under the roof of the famed Marvel Stadium which was the largest international Supercross and action sports event ever held outside of USA.
OIGCC ALUMNI TAKE A WIN OVER IGS 1st XI

OIGCC ALUMNI TAKE A WIN OVER IGS 1st XI

The South Ground was immaculate and the weather magnificent when the annual Kendall Shield game took place between Old Ivanhoe Cricket - OIGCC and Ivanhoe Grammar School 1st XI. The game was played in great spirits with the OlGCC enjoying a win. Alumni represented, Wayne Vanderwert (89), Brendan Moncrieff ('11), Mark Moncrieff ('06), David Peacock (01) Blair Dawson ('14), Jake Chimenello ('14), Kyle Langford ('14), Aaron Lambert (91), Ryan Hense (96), Ryan Pearce ('01).
Tantalising Travis! - Travis Tomarchio '16

Tantalising Travis! - Travis Tomarchio '16

Congratulations to Travis Tomarchio '16 for his success in this weekends Australian National Karate Titles. Not only did he win his Black Belt Division, but he also won the Champion of Champions Title. This Title is the highest level of success a tournament fighter can reach in Australia. Well done Travis! #EGOYA
100 Years of AGSV

100 Years of AGSV

The AGSV are celebrating their Centenary in 2020! We are proud to be apart of such a great sporting competition and look forward to what is shaping up to be a memorable 2020, as both the AGSV and the OIGA celebrate 100 years! Have a look at their promotional video by clicking below.
Did you hear the one about.... - Grange Wallis ’01

Did you hear the one about.... - Grange Wallis ’01

Congratulations to Grange Wallis ’01 for featuring with Australia’s best writers, comedians and jokers in the children's book ‘Funny Bones’. The book out later this month is Grange’s first published works and all proceeds go to the War Child Australia Charity. Grange is an amazing artist and illustrator (check out his social pages) and is currently working on comics, cards and games. We look forward to seeing more of his amazing work in the future.
Livin La vida Lagonda  – Bernie Jacobson ‘54

Livin La vida Lagonda – Bernie Jacobson ‘54

Bernie Jacobson ‘54 is a proud owner of a Lagonda, so much in fact that he even takes it along with him for holiday! Lagonda is a British luxury car marque established in 1906, which has been owned by Aston Martin since 1947. Lagonda’s are one of the world’s oldest and longest running motorcar marques. Still available, if you can raise the Millions of Dollars purchase price for the current model. Bernie’s Lagonda is a 1934 “Rapier” which he has owned it since 1976. Among other little outings, Bernie’s Lagonda has been to the UK and Europe with him, as daily transport, several times (Approximately every five years since 1984). Pictured is Bernie with his “Rapier” in the French countryside, what a charming way to travel Europe!
King Family achievements – Bill King ‘48

King Family achievements – Bill King ‘48

Bill King ’48 has recently finished his extensive family history research for the State Library of Western Australia. Bill’s ancestors were early settlers in the Swan River Colony and heavily contributed to the development of the colony in its infancy. Previous to the completion of the family history, Bill also concluded the history on the settlement of the North West Cape and Gascoyne Goldfields for the shire of Exmouth library. The Kings were the first permanent settlers in the region at the turn of the 20th century when they established Exmouth Gulf Station and prospected the Eldorado goldmine in the 1920’s. “When Val and I retired in 1998 we headed off to the west to research the achievements of the family, I’d travelled extensively through the Kimberley at work and did in fact open up the Gibb River road some 50 odd years ago.” The Gibb River road is a 660 km track right through the wild heart of the Kimberley and Is now on the bucket list for all serious 4X4 explorers as well as being one of the Kimberley's main attractions. (Pictured: Left Bill atop of Mt Augustus Pictured Right Bill’s wife Val with her 19.5kg barramundi caught on the Roper River in the NT.)
30 cracking years! - OIGCC

30 cracking years! - OIGCC

The Old Ivanhoe Cricket Club are celebrating 30 years in their 2019/2020 campaign! Last season was one to savour for OIGCC with all three teams playing off in the Grand Final for the first time in the clubs history and the 1st XI winning the Kelly Shield premiership in emphatic fashion after dominating the regular season. So let’s make sure we get behind the boys for their 30th year as they try back up their stellar 2019 season. #EgoYa
Efjay can't be deleted - Fadi Jabbour '16

Efjay can't be deleted - Fadi Jabbour '16

The incredibly talented Efjay aka Fadi Jabbour ’16 has released his debut hip-hop EP ‘Don’t Delete’. Fadi has been working industriously to grow his loyal fan base of nearly 18 thousand Instagram supporters. With his unique flow and intricate lyrics, his distinct sound and style have captivated audiences from around the world. Be sure to check out Fadi on all music platforms.
What a small world! - Wayne Vanderwert '89

What a small world! - Wayne Vanderwert '89

OIGA president Wayne Vanderwert, donned his whites to represent Old Ivanhoe Cricket - OIGCC over the last two weekends. Wayne, pictured here with OIGCC coach Bryan 'Barney' Reid, not only enjoyed taking to the pitch, but was thrilled to discover that Barney was great friends with his parents. Although, the two had never met Wayne had heard so much about Barney over the years. Barney, has been with Old Ivanhoe for 12 months, is an astute cricket coach and played a major part in the OIGCC winning the flag last season. He also has a connection to IGS having been involved with Junior School coaching programs in the past. Wayne reports the Ivanhoe 2nd XI defeated Keon Park convincingly! Let's all get behind the OIGCC this season.
Blast from the past!

Blast from the past!

Brothers Matthew Aitchison ’90 & David Aitchison ’94 spotted with one of their most admired teachers from their time at Ivanhoe Grammar School Graham Renshaw, while attending the Peter Crimmins Medal (Hawthorn Football Club Best & Fairest). Mr Renshaw has been a trainer at Hawthorn FC for over 25 years and was even awarded the honour of life membership in 2012 for all his service to the club.
Superwomen Shae! - Shae Wissell '97

Superwomen Shae! - Shae Wissell '97

Congratulations to Shae Wissell, (Class of 1997) who continues to shine a light on Dyslexia Awareness. Shae, the founder and CEO of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation received three awards at the recent 2019 Ausmumpreneur awards ceremony. This networking community is recognised as Australia’s largest community of female entrepreneurs and Shae was acknowledged for her leadership and advocacy for Dyslexia. Shae won the People’s Choice Award for Leadership and the Women’s Business School Accelerate Award and came second for the Making a Difference Award (Non-Profit). The month of October marks Dyslexia Awareness Month.
From Ivanhoe --> Millano! - Adrian Del Monte '06

From Ivanhoe --> Millano! - Adrian Del Monte '06

Our very own Adrian Del Monte ’06 had the honour of hosting the 2019 FIFA Best Awards Green Carpet Show in Milan’s renowned Piazza della Scala, surrounded by the world’s best footballers. Adrian was even lucky enough to grab an interview with one of the greatest players ever to grace the football pitch, Lionel Messi. What a remarkable achievement! Congratulations Adrian.
OIG's at the World Championships

OIG's at the World Championships

Outstanding effort to have 5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarian athletes at the Senior World Canoe Championships. Well done to Maddie Wilson ‘17, Tristan Carter ’17, Kaylen Bassett ‘15, Richard Merjan ‘07, and Lachie Bassett ‘18.
 A.O. Duer Scholarship Award Winner - Kehley Bitzas '15

A.O. Duer Scholarship Award Winner - Kehley Bitzas '15

2015 Plenty Alumna and current Culver-Stockton College student-athlete Kehley Bitzas has been selected as the 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' A.O. Duer Scholarship Award recipient. The award recognizes student-athletes who excel in scholarship, character, and citizenship. Bitzas is a standout goalkeeper for the women's soccer team. Bitzas set the school career shutout mark in three years and currently has 21 shutouts in her career. In 2018, Bitzas recorded seven shutouts and was subsequently named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference first-team and the NAIA All-America team as an honorable mention selection. Head coach Tyler Tomlinson described Kehley as “one of the most determined and focused students I have coached at Culver-Stockton, She is a very talented player and has left her legacy all over our soccer record books. While starring on the field, Kehley is also kicking goals off the field. Kehley is currently majoring in psychology and has hopes of pursuing a career in occupational therapy, not to mention she is maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. Outside of her accolades Kehley is dedicated to serving others. Kehley has taken part in causes such as Field of Dreams Uganda, the annual Kick it for Cancer game and Toys for Tots. What a great role model for our young girls keep up the fantastic work Kehley!
New CEO - Stewart Carter '92

New CEO - Stewart Carter '92

In June this year, the dutyof.care Board appointed Mr Stewart Carter, (nee: Gray, 1992) as Chief Executive Officer. Co-founders Daniel Muggeridge and Cameron Bedford, inspired by survivor Luke Benson, who in 2015 gave evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse created dutyof.care, a Melbourne-based tech social enterprise helping to ensure Australia’s children and vulnerable people are safeguarded. Stewart brings an exceptional leadership capability developed in the army as a graduate of the Royal Military College and the University of NSW and refined over more than a decade in the private sector. These unique experiences combined with a passion for people and creating great teams and a strong culture provides Stewart with an ability to align strategic opportunity with service delivery, capability and swift execution. “Stewart is a wonderful addition to lead the dutyof.care team,” said dutyof.care Chairman, Daniel Muggeridge. “Stewart has skilfully helped transform other organisations across both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors and we’re excited about what he brings to dutyof.care”. Accepting his position Stewart said, “Our immediate goal is to build enduring and trusting partnerships with key industry leaders across education and sport to cement our presence, commercialise the platform and accelerate scale”.
Fighting Coeliac - Professor Jason Tye-Din '89

Fighting Coeliac - Professor Jason Tye-Din '89

An International study, co-led in Australia by OIG Associate Professor Jason Tye-Din ‘89 from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has the potential to revolutionise the current testing regime for coeliac disease. Researchers have found distinct markers in the blood of people with coeliac disease that could lead to a world-first test for diagnosing patients. Read more by clicking the link below.
Nikki's got next! - Nikki Wishart '17

Nikki's got next! - Nikki Wishart '17

Nikki Wishart ’17 is making her mark in the music scene with the release of her debut single ‘Frère Jacques’. Deriving from a mainly pop background, she brings a quirky edge to the scene with her newest release. Passionate not only about music but social change and awareness of important issues, she hopes to leave an impact through her music. What great start to what we are sure will be a very successful music career.
All rounder Arj - Arjunan Puveendran '06

All rounder Arj - Arjunan Puveendran '06

After graduating TRC in 2006 Arj decided to study arts/law at Monash University and now works in Sydney as a Senior Associate at Thompson Greer. Arj was even shortlisted for Australia’s 30 under 30: Arj also maintains heavy involvement in music and the Arts. He regularly performs as a South Indian classical musician including collaborations with local and international artists. He has also co-produced some works for the Sydney Sacred Music Festival such as Ātma: Music and Movement as well as Bhakti: Art and Devotion: Separately, Arj was involved as one of the three musician ensemble for “Counting and Cracking”, a ground breaking play which was the highlight of the Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival. Apart from sell out audiences and critical acclaim, it picked up 7 Helpmann Awards and has been extremely positive for diversity in the arts sector:
CEO of Blackmores - Alastair Symington '90

CEO of Blackmores - Alastair Symington '90

Blackmores, Australia’s leading natural health company has brought an end to their 100 day international search for a new chief executive with the announcement of OIG Alastair Symington ’90 being selected to head the company as CEO. Alastair comes to the new role with a strong background in consumer goods most recently as senior vice-president for Coty, a large manufacturer and retailer of consumer products including Cover Girl and Max Factor cosmetics. Congratulations on the new appointment & best of luck in the future Alastair!
Josh Pyke Partnership Winner! - Eilish Gilligan '11

Josh Pyke Partnership Winner! - Eilish Gilligan '11

Our extremely talented singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan (Plenty ’11) has won the 2019 Josh Pyke Partnership which provides funding and mentoring help to support emerging artists. Congratulations Eilish, well deserved!
The House on the Mountain - Ella Holcombe '00

The House on the Mountain - Ella Holcombe '00

‘It’s not often that a picture book makes you cry, but The House on the Mountain did just that.’ Ella Holcombe’s ’00 ‘The House on the Mountain’ is a powerful story of a family experiencing the black Saturday fires, it’s devastating aftermath, and the long process of healing and rebuilding. Many alumni may of known Ella’s Father David Holcombe who was a teacher at the Plenty campus. Ella’s book has been met with rave reviews and is one to definitely check out.
Telescreen

Telescreen

A group of alumni from the class of 2014 have been making some noise in the music industry recently! Matthew Martin, Nic Schwarz, Dan Carolan, and Ali Ward, four friends who graduated from TRC in 2014 form ‘Telescreen’ an Indie Pop band who have just released their new single ‘In Mind’. The track has been met with positive reviews on Triple J Unearthed and is quoted as ‘being a mashup between Angles–era Strokes and Phoenix, sees the group offer waves of melodic hooks, backed by a steady groove and some slick basslines’.
OIGCC Premiers

OIGCC Premiers

Season 2018/19 was one to savoir for the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Cricket Club. With all three teams playing off in the Grand Final for the first time in our history and the 1st XI winning the Kelly Shield premiership in emphatic fashion after dominating the regular season. Led by captain Ryan Pearce ‘01, the Old ‘Hoes dismantled the hapless opposition in the Grand Final winning by 7 wickets with man of the match Mitch McAuley bowling one of the all-time GF spells taking 7/6 off 11 overs. There were a lot of notable individual performances throughout the season but the teamwork, effort and mateship from every player at every level of the club is what drove us to success.
Queens Birthday Honours List - Geoffrey Raby '71

Queens Birthday Honours List - Geoffrey Raby '71

The President and members of the OIGA would like to extend their congratulations to Geoffrey Raby ‘71 on becoming an Officer of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List. A member of the School’s Gallery of Achievement, Geoffrey received the honour for “distinguished service to Australia-China relations through senior diplomatic roles, and to multilateral trade policy development.” Geoffrey has held many roles but was the Australian Ambassador to The Peoples Republic of China from 2007 until 2011. Congratulations also to current parents Carrie Bickmore OAM and Cameron Smith AM.
Concert for Cambodia

Concert for Cambodia

Always a pleasure to have Alums 'come back' to the School. Last Friday, at the Concert for Cambodia at our Plenty Campus, the Screaming Eagles and Old Ivanhoe performers Wilbur Wilde (aka Nick Aitken '72) James Chappel '03, Samuel Chappel '08, Joe Pearson '13 and Payel Chakraborty '14 Carly Spark '15, Dylan Spark '18, Layton Yap '18, Mika Facchinetti '18, and Ryan Cornish '18 were a 'big hit' with the crowd.
Brown & White runs in the family!

Brown & White runs in the family!

Here is Rafael Gianni Swain (son of Nate Swain '07) having a snack with his Grandpa (Peter Swain '75) while sporting his new EgoYa bib. If any alumni would like a free EgoYa bib for their little one please email us at [email protected]
Centre Half Bench

Centre Half Bench

Footy fans! OIG’s Brenton Aisbett & Carl Oates both from the Ridgeway Class of 2010 have their own podcast ‘Centre Half Bench’. Centre Half Bench is an hour long production that takes a look into the lighter side of the AFL, filled with weekly reviews, previews and whatever is topical in the world of football. The podcasts are available to stream on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many other podcast platforms or by clicking the link below.
Alumni back to start the conversation

Alumni back to start the conversation

On Monday 27 May, it was wonderful to welcome back to IGS alumni Jamie Forsyth ‘90, Elise Dunstan ’01, Lori Dalton ’01, Geoff Golden ‘02 and Hayden Burch ’11 to start the conversation on sustainability. Jamie, Elise, Lori, Geoff and Hayden were on the panel and provided information and advice that was accessible, thoughtful and motivating to the audience, which included current students and staff of IGS. It’s always great having alumni back in the auditorium to provide their knowledge and experience to current Ivanhoe Learners. Thank you to Jamie, Elise, Lori, Geoff and Hayden for giving their time and being a part of starting the conversation – as we know from little things, big things can in fact grow!
Banyule Council Volunteer Award

Banyule Council Volunteer Award

Congratulations to Year 11 student Khushi who has been recognised by the Banyule council with a National Volunteer Award for being an excellent role model in school, the local community and internationally. The award was presented by Banyule Councillor and OIG Peter Castaldo '96 (Left).
OIG's Rock!

OIG's Rock!

Clearly, IGS and our alumni rocks! Jack Van Staveren '09 and Hudson Sharp (a current IGS student - and son to Glenn '89) are currently performing in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School Of Rock The Musical”, which is presently touring China. Jack and Hudson have had the privilege of playing father and son together on tour. The smash hit show is receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses all throughout the country. This is not the first time, they have performed together. Last year, they appeared in “Dream Lover The Musical” at The Arts Centre. Hopefully we will catch up with Jack at his 10 year reunion. We look forward to seeing Hudson’s father Glenn next week attending his 30 year reunion! Ivanarians past and present crossing paths and remaining connected - how wonderful.
NGV Honours - John Dermer '67

NGV Honours - John Dermer '67

John Dermer '67 has been honoured with a survey exhibition for his contribution and achievements in ceramics for more than 50 years. John is one of three potters that have been honoured this way and he acknowledges the support of his family in particular, his wife, Shirley. John's exhibition will be held at the NGV until 6 October 2019. Pictured above, with John Dermer (Left) is Nigel Kendall, who attended the NGV opening with his wife Annette, as John's guests. To read more about the exhibition click below.
A Booklover’s Comedy Show – George Dimarelos ‘04

A Booklover’s Comedy Show – George Dimarelos ‘04

Now Playing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Get down to Tasma Terrace 2 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and support George Dimarelos ’04 in his show ‘A Booklover’s Comedy Show’. George performed this show at the Edinburgh Festival last year and has since been to both Perth and Adelaide before ‘taking the show’ to hometown Melbourne. For more information or to book tickets click on the 'View more' button below.
Sam & Rubi + Friends - Sam Torre '15 & Rubi Dinardo '17

Sam & Rubi + Friends - Sam Torre '15 & Rubi Dinardo '17

OIG’s Sam Torre ’15 and Rubi Dinardo ’17 are hosting an exhibition at RMIT First Site Gallery featuring fellow Plenty alumni. The exhibition reflects on personal experience and imagination. “We are exploring both physical and ephemeral ideas in response to the house and considering that it is memories, stories and shared experience that shape a home. Collaboration has always been the centre of both of our practices, which is why we brought together a group of creatives compiled of both family and old classmates spanning 10 years in age”. Rubi who is currently studying Fine Arts and Sam who is currently studying Architecture are joined by: Lou Verga, ’10, who has recently completed his masters in literature Tori Dinardo ’13, who is currently studying Interior Design Will Dundon ‘16, who is currently studying Audio Production/Engineering As well, Joseph Fonti who is currently finishing his final year of Fine Arts.
Rowsell Athletic Development - Scott Rowsell '93

Rowsell Athletic Development - Scott Rowsell '93

OIGA Scott Rowsell ’93 was not only a great athlete at IGS but is now a development coach training the athletes of tomorrow. If you would like to take your game to the next level contact Scott, who has proven methods to help with speed development, through strength and conditioning, injury prevention, technical movement patterns and more. Scott has limited positions available. If interested contact him directly on 0416023645 or [email protected]
IGS University Campus

IGS University Campus

Ivanhoe Grammar School’s New Year 9 campus has been featured in an Education HQ article “Australia’s first school ‘university campus’ to officially open”. Click below to see the full article.
Nigel Kendall Shield

Nigel Kendall Shield

The 14th annual Nigel Kendall Shield match was played between OIGCC and IGS 1st XI on the South Ground, Wednesday 20th Feb 2019. OIGCC were led by Captain Ryan Pearce ‘01 and included old boys Wayne Vanderwert ‘89, Ryan Hense ‘96, David Peacock ‘01, Mark Moncrieff ‘06, Jake Chiminello ‘14, and Blair Dawson ’14. The match was played in fantastic spirit by all involved and it was good to see the OIG’s have a win against the School XI for the first time in 5 years. Thanks to Allen Burton for the photos. #EgoYa.
Mary Poppins Returns - Tarik Frimpong '12

Mary Poppins Returns - Tarik Frimpong '12

OIG Tarik Frimpong ’12 has recently made his feature film debut, landing the role of ‘Angus’ in Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Tarik first made his professional theatre debut and gained wide prominence playing the role of 'Young Simba' in Disney's 'The Lion King'. Tarik was also a big part of the musical theatre scene at Ivanhoe appearing in productions of Urinetown, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Witches of Eastwick and Chicago, and he continues to support the performing arts community at Ivanhoe. What an incredible achievement for this talented 24-year-old!
Old Ivanhoe Soccer Club

Old Ivanhoe Soccer Club

It’s a match made in heaven! Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Soccer Club and Ivanhoe City have merged to form Old Ivanhoe Soccer Club, creating an exciting opportunity for young players to go from junior football right through to the senior ranks. Read the full story by clicking the link below.
Australia Day Honours

Australia Day Honours

Alumni Mark Squirrell (’89) and Ian Watts ('65) were honoured on 26 January 2019 by the Governor General of Australia, General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC. Humanitarian Aid Worker and Motivational Speaker, Mark Squirrell from the Class of 1989 received an OAM for service to the international community through humanitarian aid. A former member of the Australian Army Reserve and author of 'From Arafat to Everest', Mark climbed to the top of Mount Everest in 2006 to raise awareness on global hunger. Mark has returned to Ivanhoe on numerous occasions helping to inspire the next generation. Manager of Public Programs at Old Treasury Building Museum, Ian Watts from the Class of 1965 received an OAM for service to the museums and galleries sector. Ian’s service has included over four decades of volunteer involvement in museum education networks, providing a constant source of energy and initiative for his colleagues and the community. It is wonderful to see members of the Ivanhoe community, Mark Squirrell and Ian Watts, receive recognition through these highly esteemed awards for all their hard work and dedication.
 World Cross Country Championships - Tom Hoogenraad '16

World Cross Country Championships - Tom Hoogenraad '16

OIG '16 Tom Hoogenraad had his first competitive race in Europe in 12 months on the 22nd January this year. He was representing Australia in the Junior World Cross Country ski championships in Lahti, Finland. His father Andrew, who teaches at the Plenty campus braved -16 degree, snowy conditions to cheer Tom on against over 100 competitors from around the world. Tom had this to say about his experience: "it's hard to describe how it felt to compete for Australia on the world stage for the first time. I am fully satisfied having pushed my body to the absolute maximum on an uncompromisingly brutal 10km course. I am endlessly thankful to everyone who helped me get to Lahti and made sure that I performed at my best." Let's hope Tom gets lots more opportunities to represent Australia.
 Royal Australian Navy recognition - David Cronin '61

Royal Australian Navy recognition - David Cronin '61

The contribution of 196 Royal Australian Navy members unit have been recognised at a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial for their efforts during the Vietnam War. Among the unit included one of our own in David Cronin ‘61 (known as shippy in his IGS days). David’s unit was responsible for transporting around 250,000 troops per year into and out of battle over a four year period. To receive such a gallantry award is quite the achievement, we would like to thank David & his unit for their brave service to the country. (Pictured: David 4th from the left)
Jarod Brullo  - reaching for the stars!

Jarod Brullo - reaching for the stars!

The winner of the 2018 Wanless Family Aviation Scholarship is Jarod Brullo. Jarod has just completed Year 12 at the Plenty Campus and plans to pursue a career in aviation. As the successful applicant from a very competitive field, Jarod received additional flight training to the value of $6000, and this has no doubt assisted him to get his career off to a flying start! Greg Wanless and family have established this Scholarship to support the career aspirations of Ivanhoe students and the School will seek applications for the 2019 scholarship in February.
Another OIG joins the SE Melbourne Phoenix!

Another OIG joins the SE Melbourne Phoenix!

The good news keeps rolling for the SE Melbourne Phoenix as they recently announced Simon Mitchell ‘90 as the inaugural Head Coach of the NBL’s newest team. Mitchell has switched to the new cross town rival as he was previously the assistant coach for Melbourne United over the past 4 years, which included their 2017/18 NBL Championship. The good news follows as another OIG Tommy Greer ‘02 was appointed as General Manager of the South East Melbourne Phoenix a few weeks back. We are very proud of both Tommy & Simon and wish them luck in their inaugural season next year. Go SE Melbourne Phoenix!
Congratulations to James & Samuel Chappel!

Congratulations to James & Samuel Chappel!

At the 22nd Annual Victorian Drama League Awards night on Sunday 2 December, James '03 was nominated for the “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his role in the play “Realism” by Klimenko, performed by the Hartwell Players. This is a great honour, and a well-deserved recognition James’ acting skills! James’ brother Samuel ‘08, also an OIG, was nominated for the Best Director, and the play was nominated for Best Production. Good to see our talented OIGs recognised! (Pictured: James Chappel ‘03 (bottom left) with his brother Samuel ’08 (back right)
Full Blue - Maddi Wilson '17

Full Blue - Maddi Wilson '17

Maddi Wilson has been a busy girl since graduating in 2017! Maddi is currently studying Exercise Science at Victoria University which she is loving. When Maddi isn’t in the books studying she is on the water training for upcoming events. Earlier this year Maddi was preparing for the world cup competitions in Celje (Slovenia) and Banja Luka (Bosnia) which ran from June through to August. All the training seemed to pay off for Maddi as she made finals for her solo runs in the category of C1 women’s finishing 10th place overall in both Banja Luka (Bosnia) and Celje! (Slovenia) However, for the C2 women, Maddi with her partner managed to finish an amazing 2nd place, being awarded the silver medal for Australia! Maddi was recently awarded the Full Blue at Victoria University for her achievements overseas and is now getting ready for the upcoming Australian team selections once again.
Star turned GM - Tommy Greer '02

Star turned GM - Tommy Greer '02

The NBL have appointed former star player and IGS Alumni Tommy Greer ‘02 as the general manager of the competition’s new team in Melbourne’s South East. Tommy has had plenty of experience with the NBL as he captained the Melbourne Tigers during a 227 game career which included 2 title-winning teams in 2006 and 2008. Since turning administrator, Tommy has played a key role in relaunching the NBL as general manager of major events and programs. All the best for the new franchise Tommy!
'Blasts from the past'

'Blasts from the past'

A couple of blasts from the past called in to say hello this week – Jeremy ZHANG ’14 and Marco CHAN ’13 popped in to see the school, old teachers and fill us in about their post year 12 studies. Jeremy has completed a Bachelor of Science at Uni of Melb and half way through a Master of Engineering (Civil and Business) at Uni of Melb. Marco has completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Economics) at Monash Uni and also a Master of Finance at Uni of Melb. Marco plans to return home to Hong Kong next month and secure a position in Banking/Business.
Athlete of the Month - Kehley Bitzas '15

Athlete of the Month - Kehley Bitzas '15

We have some exciting news in from the US about alumna Kehley Bitzas who graduated in 2015. Kehley attends Culver Stockton College where she is playing outstanding soccer and pursuing a degree in Psychology/occupational therapy. She was recently honoured the Primo's Student-Athlete of the Month for her work on the field and in the classroom. It's wonderful to hear from our graduates - well done Kehley!
On the Ropes - Claude Jabbour '04

On the Ropes - Claude Jabbour '04

Claude Jabbour ‘04 stars in SBS new hit drama series On the Ropes. Claude plays Tariq Al-Amir the brother of Amirah Al-Amir who is an aspiring Iraqi-Australian boxer who has idolised her world champion father Sami her entire life. On The Ropes explores themes of female defiance as it follows the complex and nuanced relationships of a migrant family alongside the deep-seated culture of misogyny in the sporting world. Fast-paced, compelling and full of heart, the series premieres on SBS at 8.30pm on Wednesday 28 November and runs for four weeks. Well done Claude!
1986 Alumni Catch Up

1986 Alumni Catch Up

A few weeks ago a group of close mates from the class of 1986 got together for a half-way party in Hong Kong. From left to right Nicholas Vasudeva (Sydney), Scotty Ramsdell (Melb), Damien Perry (Melb), Andy McKeon (San Fran), Paul DeBortoli (Melb) and Philip Rompotis (Hong Kong). Great to see the boys continuing their Ivanhoe Grammar School friendships after many years!
OIG Equestrian Stars

OIG Equestrian Stars

Micky Bray ‘15 on her horse Flowervale Florenz competed at the recent National Dressage Championships which were held at Boneo Park in October. Micky won the International Young Rider Teams test, Individual test and Freestyle against some tough competition from around Australia, and was named the FEI CDI-Y National Champion. This was an outstanding achievement for Micky as she juggles her riding career with her studies at University!
Alumni Christening at Plenty Campus

Alumni Christening at Plenty Campus

Gemma Dunstan ’04 and her husband Mike McCracken flew all the way from Perth over the weekend to Christen their beautiful baby girl Eleanor Rose. Gemma and family flew down so that the Christening would be held on home territory in the charming white Chapel at Plenty Campus. (Pictured: Chaplain Kirsten Winkett with Eleanor Rose, Gemma & Mike)