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
Living the dream - Grace Lusk '17
Australia Day Honours - Peter Williams ’56
Australia Day Honours - Peter Hood '66
Past Captains Assembly
Stateless - Claude Jabbour '04
OIGA Celebrate the centenary in Albury
OIGNC NEED YOU!
Young stars on the rise!
Back to school!
Cambodia Support Dinner
OIG KAYAKERS CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY
who's the fairest of them all? - Nikki Wishart ’17
The OIGA centenary kicks off!
Welcome back - Jack Pead ‘06
Living the dream - Grace Lusk '17Grace Lusk always knew she wanted to work for Disney, so during 2018 when she was browsing the career pages and noticed that the Disney Cultural Exchange Program was open to Australians, she completed the application forms the same night, and the rest, as they say, is history. Not that Grace’s entrée to her dream job was simple or straightforward. After a rigorous five stage selection process, she commenced working with the Disney organisation in August 2019. Grace has since enjoyed every moment of her time in the United States. Her favourite memories are the Halloween and Christmas parties and helping young fans to meet their Disney heroes. Seeing the faces of the youngsters light up brings great enjoyment to Grace’s work. From here, Grace is determined to live life in the United States to the fullest. She plans to travel to New York, California and Hawaii at the end of her Cultural Exchange Program before returning to Melbourne in late 2020 to finish her Design Degree at Swinburne University of Technology. In the meantime, Grace is living the dream!
Australia Day Honours - Peter Williams ’56Peter John Williams OAM was recognised for his service to maritime history in the recent Australia Day Honours. Peter had links with the School from a very early age; his father Bill (’28) was an Ivanarian and Peter was christened by the School’s founder, Rev Sydney Buckley. Peter grew up in Alandale Road, Eaglemont and attended Ivanhoe Grammar School during his primary years, before transferring to Wesley College where a family member was on staff. After completing secondary school, Peter attended RMIT and subsequently graduated with a Diploma in both Graphic Design and Advertising. His working life included many years with Kraft in advertising roles, but Peter’s enduring passion was history, particularly maritime history. In 1970, Peter was a founding member of The Maritime Trust of Australia where he served for 5 decades, including acting as Secretary and President. He played a vital role in the restoration of HMAS Castlemaine, now a much-loved museum located at Gem Pier in Williamstown. Amongst other community involvements, in 1967 Peter was a founding member and later President of the Heidelberg Historical Society and Treasurer of Maritime Museums of Victoria. Peter’s unsurpassed knowledge of maritime matters has led to his authorship of several books on Australian and Victorian maritime history. Peter remains a very active contributor to Ivanhoe Grammar School, through his assistance in setting up the Ivanhoe Grammar Heritage Trail and frequent donations to our archival collection. Peter still lives in the family home in Eaglemont and regularly returns to School for Anzac Day events and the Buckley/Brown Reunions, where his smile never fails to light up the room.
Australia Day Honours - Peter Hood '66Peter John Hood AO was recognised in the Australia Day Honours for his distinguished service to business and commerce at the state, national and international level, and to the resources sector. Peter commenced at Ivanhoe Grammar School in Grade 5 1959 and completed Year 12 in 1966 as Dux of School. He was an active participant in the sports program, representing the School in swimming, athletics and the First XVIII football team, later playing for the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Football Club. After school, Peter completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Chem) at the University of Melbourne and later graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Peter began his career at Kwinana Nickel Refinery, where he worked for 10 years as a Production Engineer. His career has subsequently included numerous senior management and CEO positions as well as board appointments. Notably, since 2009 he has been a Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. With his wife Anne-Marie, Peter resides in Western Australia and over the years he has attended several Buckley / Brown reunions and is a regular at our Perth reunions.
Past Captains AssemblySchool Captains Tristan Bell, Ethan Clare, Vaida Mancino and Haleena Nguyen welcomed alumni to the Past Captains Assembly on 31 January as depicted in the above photograph. Our principal, Gerard Foley, thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity for the current School Captains to meet our oldest living School Captain, Graham Hawke (’44).
Stateless - Claude Jabbour '04In a highlight of his acting career so far, Claude Jabbour (’04) can be seen playing a key role in the six-part ABC drama series ‘Stateless’, which was launched in February. ‘Stateless’ is a story inspired by true events about the lives of four strangers: a woman escaping a cult, a refugee fleeing with his family, a father trapped in a dead-end job, and a bureaucrat on the verge of a national scandal. The four characters find their lives intertwined in an Australian immigration detention centre. Claude, pictured above in the role of Farid, appears alongside stars Cate Blanchett and Asher Keddie in the series. ‘Stateless’ has been critically acclaimed and the global rights were recently acquired by Netflix who will broadcast the series outside Australia. Congratulations to Claude on his acting achievements so far – hopefully we will see much more of his work on both big and small screens.
OIGA Celebrate the centenary in AlburyIn continuing our Centenary celebrations it was wonderful to connect with alumni in the Albury and surrounding communities. Great luncheon spent among friends. EGOYA!
OIGNC NEED YOU!The OIGNC are looking to start their first mixed netball team this coming season. The season begins at the start of term 1 and games are played on Thursday nights in Macleod. The OIGNC welcome all skill levels and ages. They also have established women’s teams of varying skill levels if new members are interested. Any keen OIGs please contact Emily at [email protected]
Young stars on the rise!Congratulations to three young alumni stars; Elena Maini (’19), Regan Phillips (’19) and Tim Howard (’19) (pictured above, left to right) who performed at the Arts Centre Melbourne during March as part of the prestigious Top Class series. Top Class is a showcase of the very finest work of VCE students from across Victoria for which there is a stringent selection process. Apart from achieving a perfect score on their performance examination, students face an external panel represented by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and must achieve an ‘exceptional result’. As only 20 Theatre Studies students state-wide are selected for Top Class, this is truly an amazing achievement by Regan, Tim and Elena. We wish them well for their respective performances. To have three Ivanhoe Grammar School students selected for Top Class also speaks volumes for the quality of teaching and direction within our Theatre Studies faculty, so big congratulations to our teaching staff as well.
Back to school!Wonderful to welcome back our newest alumni to pass on their stories, knowledge to the next crop of students. All Year 12 IB Standard Level Maths students participated in a launch introducing them to their IB Mathematics Exploration, a mandatory part of the IB course. The newest of our alumni shared their stories giving them the benefit of their experiences and knowledge. It was a very successful morning and greatly enjoyed by all.
Chappel brothersChookas to Alumni James '03 and Samuel Chappel '08 who are performing in the Eltham Little Theatre Company production of ‘The Sum of Us’. Opening Night this Friday 14 February. Bookings can be made via link below.
Cambodia Support DinnerYou are invited to a buffet dinner at the home of Robyn & Alex Angus to raise funds for the Peak Sneng village Primary School. Ivanhoe Grammar School has worked with this Cambodian community since 2006. In 2013, The Governors and alumni group cycled to Peak Sneng, to paint the library and experience it first-hand. Astrida Cooper participated enthusiastically on this trip, and this fundraising is in her honour. The dinner will raise funds to extend the much-needed school kitchen. Our goal is A$1500. Click the link below to book!
OIG KAYAKERS CELEBRATE THE CENTENARYTo celebrate the OIGA Centenary our kayakers recently set off on an adventure of a life time and paddled the 130 kilometre Franklin River. The river is located in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park at in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. A combination of perfect weather and river height provided a stunning five day trip on one of the best multi day adventures anywhere in the world. Our kayakers are hoping that you will join them in one of their future adventures. Photo of “Rock Island Bend”, made famous by Peter Dombrovskis with the “photo that saved the Franklin”. From left to right: Bill Hopper, Jack Currie, Scott Weston, David Gibbs “Gibbo”, Alan Robinson, Mitch Bodycoat, Alex Hopper and Joe Robinson
who's the fairest of them all? - Nikki Wishart ’17Nikki Wishart ’17, released her second single “Mirror Mirror’ via Spotify on Friday. Nikki hopes ‘Mirror Mirror’ shines light on looking beyond the mirror – realising self-worth, and making friends with your fears. Nikki believes songs are “interpreted by people the way they want to receive it. Everyone will take pieces of their life experiences to draw out the meaning behind a song. That is what makes music special. That it’s universal. I hope this song reaches at least one person who needs it. That’s why I write music. Not only for its therapeutic properties but to allow others to not feel alone” Stream ‘Mirror Mirror’ now on https://ampl.ink/nDkl8 If you are an alumni musician and would like to reach, connect and support with other likeminded alumni contact Mirella – [email protected]
The OIGA centenary kicks off!A Round Square meeting required School Principal, Gerard Foley, to travel to London in January. Gerard took the opportunity to meet past students who currently call London home, thereby launching the 2020 OIGA Centenary Reunion program. Though in the depths of winter, the atmosphere in Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar was warm and inviting. Many of our UK-based alumni were re-connecting with the School for the first time in years, though Frank Prenesti (’82) and Rohan Burdett (’84) are regulars at our London gatherings. Edward Cole (’91) flew into Heathrow that afternoon and went straight to the reunion. It was also great to see Lauren Chan (’07), Angela Yang (’09), Julia Goddard (’09) and Brana Vukmirovic (’11) representing our female alumni. Everyone must have enjoyed the catch up because Gerard reported retiring very late that evening!
Welcome back - Jack Pead ‘06Always great to have alumni come and visit and tour the school. We welcomed back School Captain, Jack Pead ‘06 today. Jack is currently living in New York and working for the Australian Consulate. We look forward to seeing Jack again at the OIGA New York Drinks to be held on Friday 28 February 2020. We hope to see you to check out FB events for more info!