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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.

2016 News

International star - Jack Reid ‘13

International star - Jack Reid ‘13

Based in Sapporo, Japan, Jack is playing rugby professionally for a team called the “AKK Barbarian Bullets” as part of the Top East Competition. Whilst relishing all the playing and travel this adventure affords him, Jack will spend the Christmas period doing volunteer service work with an affiliated charity to IGS.
OIGs at Macpherson Kelley

OIGs at Macpherson Kelley

George Haros ’91 and William Sheehan ’06 first met playing Old Ivanhoe Soccer on the North Ground in 2012. George, the partner of a law firm, offered Will, a law student at the time, a work experience position and the two have been scoring goals at Macpherson Kelley ever since! Now there are four alumni working for this firm including Akshaya Ravi ’08 and Terry Kokkinos ‘89!
150 games and counting - Michael Saunders ‘03

150 games and counting - Michael Saunders ‘03

Michael came onto the AFL list from obscurity in 2009 with a strong running background but without that core of experience around him it took a few years for him to work out how to get the best out of himself from an umpiring sense. “It took me until 2011/12 to figure out a routine that suited me. I had to run all year and do a lot of things right before that consistency of performance came. All of those pieces had to fit together balancing work and life was critical to my success.”
Hometown hero - Matt Zull ‘03

Hometown hero - Matt Zull ‘03

Emergent Melburnian hip hop duo Otis High wear their love of their home town proudly in their debut single Welcome Home, a stylish, scratch-dappled love letter to the (03) area code simply overflowing with infectious energy.
Rebecca Styring nee Morton ‘00

Rebecca Styring nee Morton ‘00

The OIGA was thrilled to enlist one of our own creative talents to hand-make this year’s OIGA Transition gifts (which are given to the Year 12s as a transition gift from the OIGA). Known as ‘Up The Garden Path’, Beccy’s accessories are stocked in 15 stores around Melbourne.
Sold-out Stand-up - George Dimarelos ‘04

Sold-out Stand-up - George Dimarelos ‘04

Standing ovation for George who sold-out most of his shows at this year’s International Melbourne Comedy Festival and again at the end of July in Melbourne at the Greek Centre. George is a seasoned performer and has generated laughter interstate and overseas. According to one fan, “George sweeps you away with his infectious and obstreperous stage presence, he takes you on a journey of his Greek-Australian upbringing that everyone can relate to in this hilarious show”. George also sheds light on backpacking, finding himself, talking to girls after attending an all-boys School. Stay abreast George’s news, quirks and shows by following him via his Facebook page www.facebook.com/thegdima/
Chief Geek - Steven Nicholson  ‘99

Chief Geek - Steven Nicholson ‘99

Steve – a creative designer and lateral-thinking (self-proclaimed) ‘Chief Geek’ knows how to engage an audience, no matter the brief. Steve and his company AIRBAG scored 9 Ad- Fest Awards for the Melbourne International Film Festival ‘The Emotional Trailer’ campaign. Most importantly, they also picked up 3 Cannes Lions - including a gold! Find out more here!
A new partnership has emerged - Zoe Koulouris '09

A new partnership has emerged - Zoe Koulouris '09

The not for profit organisation 'Share the Dignity' aims to provide homeless and at risk women nationally with sanitary products to allow theme a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most. We are excited to have teamed up with Zoe Koulouris '09 to help propel this worthy cause. During the month of March there will be a collection bin located in the Development Office (2 Merton Street, Ivanhoe) and we encourage alumni to pop by and drop off cottons sanitary items all for this very important cause. We are also thrilled that in April, as one of the only schools in Victoria our students will be running this very special campaign on campus. Alumni are of course able to make contributions in April too. Contact [email protected] for further details.
Upstanding Kids - Peter Parker '89

Upstanding Kids - Peter Parker '89

In late 2015, the OIGA gave Upstanding Kids (charity founded by Peter Parker ’89) a Grant to install two standing desks – one at Plenty and Ridgeway Campus – to help improve the health and performance of current Ivanhoe Grammar School students. These are being located in the libraries for all students to trial and use. Peter, the OIGA and School look forward to connecting and supporting each other on this important wellbeing front in the future. Please see the Charities section of our website to see how other alumni are creating positive change alongside other charities.
All Star Kids - Tim Walsh '04

All Star Kids - Tim Walsh '04

‘All Star Kids’ Holiday Program will run for the first time at The Ridgeway Campus in Term 1 Holidays aptly led by Tim Walsh and supported by the OIGA. Tim has also enlisted the support of alumni who are fully qualified, experienced and passionate about kids health, fitness and fun to assist with running the various sessions! The Program seeks to grow a range of skills (sporting and artistic) in a supportive atmosphere from Tuesday 29 March – Friday 1 April, then from Monday 4 April – Friday 8 April, and times can be flexible to accommodate working parents. The OIGA encourages alumni with primary-aged children to consider this a great opportunity for both kids and parents to ‘run-around’ and take a day or two for themselves! Contact Tim for further details by emailing [email protected] or call 0407 092 494

2015 News

Patrick Holcombe ’04 & Jordan White ‘08

Patrick Holcombe ’04 & Jordan White ‘08

Three years in the making, Cathedrals is the debut album from Melbourne folk-pop quintet Playwrite including Patrick Holcombe ’04 and Jordan White ‘08. Recently released, this diverse and powerful work was crafted with producer Jimi Maroudas (Kimbra, Eskimo Joe, Bertie Blackman) and brings together eleven songs spanning the band’s evolution over the past five years.
Ben Lennon ’13

Ben Lennon ’13

Richmond Tigers young gun Ben Lennon ’13 was named Rising Star for Round 22 of AFL Football this year. The AFL Rising Star award is given annually to one of the weekly nominees who is then voted the standout young player in the Australian Football League. Ben was Richmond’s first pick in the 2013 AFL National Draft and the twelfth pick overall in the draft.
Andrew Cassin ‘89

Andrew Cassin ‘89

Andrew Cassin ‘89 recently published his first book, On Your Terms: 101 Ways to Prepare a Business For Sale or Succession. Andrew joins two other alumni author peers from Class of 1989 – Mark Squirrell From Arafat to Everest, and Dr Andrew Wake The ‘Good Enough’ Parent.
Jaxon Merritt ’09

Jaxon Merritt ’09

Jaxon Merritt ’09 has secured an Olympic position for our country at the canoe slalom World Championships in London. This placed Australian in the top 15 nations, cementing Australia’s position at the 2016 Rio di Janiero Olympic Games!! We wish Jaxon well as he prepares for the selection trials to be held in Sydney in early 2016.
Foti Grigoris ‘06

Foti Grigoris ‘06

Foti Grigoris ’06 was recently accepted into the PhD in Finance program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which is one of the oldest universities in the USA. The program is full-time for five years, and Foti is thrilled to be combining study, work and travel whilst being fully supported by the University.
Alex Bolzan ’04

Alex Bolzan ’04

Alex Bolzan ’04 relocated to St John's Newfoundland, Canada (East Coast), for work and recently helped to start a local Aussie rules team -the St John's Puffins. They are actually playing footy in their summer -- too much snow in winter! Lachlan Page-Wood ‘04 also played whilst visiting.
Nicholas Wyman ‘86

Nicholas Wyman ‘86

Nicholas accompanied Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a school visit in Brooklyn and the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) model was subsequently featured as part of Australia’s Innovation and Productivity agenda. Nick has since been appointed by the Australian Federal Government (Education) to drive a pilot in two schools. The model is highly successful in the US with 27 Schools up and running since 2011, involving 100 employer partners including companies such as IBM, Cisco and Microsoft. His latest book, Job U, is now available on the Penguin Random House website.
Peter Parker ’89

Peter Parker ’89

Osteopath Peter Parker ’89 established the not-for-profit registered charity ‘Upstanding Kids’ this year and embarked on an awareness and fundraising campaign in August riding for 6 days and covering 578km across Pilbara, Western Australia to install 15 standing desks at Roeburne District High School where indigenous students will reap the health benefits. To support and / or get involved, contact Peter online - www.upstandingkids.org
Sara Bailes ’01

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 www.sarabailes.com
Richard Ballantyne ’75

Richard Ballantyne ’75

A Choir member during his Schooldays, it is no surprise that Richard Ballantyne ’75 is the Vice-President of Victoria Chorale where he sings bass and performs four major concerts each year.
Michael Del Monte ’09

Michael Del Monte ’09

Michael recently created the app Movement built upon the key elements of a healthy lifestyle: Food, Fitness and Motivation. The App enables people to share content, with the option to create recipes and workouts whilst allowing nutritional information for example, to be statistically monitored.
Professor Tom Romberg ’57

Professor Tom Romberg ’57

Professor Tom Romberg ’57 retired in September 2014 as Chairman of Engineers Australia Southern Highlands and Tablelands Regional Group. Tom’s career was in the broad landscape of engineering with involvement in nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering. Tom enjoys cycling 12km most days into the hinterland near Bowral where he now lives and plays an important role with the Hume Coal Water Advisory Group to ensure that 'best practice engineering standards' are applied to major projects.
Michael Weller, School Captain 1945

Michael Weller, School Captain 1945

A most welcome visitor to the School recently was Michael Weller, School Captain 1945. Michael, who resides in Vancouver, was accompanied by three of his four daughters and also intends to visit his brother Brian ‘47 who lives in South Australia. Both boys are Yea Boarders! Michael writes “It was great to see how Ivanhoe has developed both in facilities and in the approach to the process of educating young minds and helping them to grow.”
Wesley Spargo ‘12

Wesley Spargo ‘12

Wesley Spargo ’12 will be putting his physiotherapy career on hold as he relocates to Westminster College, Salt Lake City (Utah) USA, as a Track & Field Athlete. He was awarded their ‘Transfer Presidential Scholarship’ with Athletic aid, which is the highest award any transfer student may obtain.
Daniel Mottau ‘03

Daniel Mottau ‘03

Daniel Mottau ’03 is Founder of Helping Hands for Nepal which is working to support the children of the Jorpati Disabled Rehabilitation Centre (DRC), right at the epicentre of recent devastating earthquakes. Helping Hands has temporarily shifted its focus to cater to the immediate needs on-ground; to provide food, clean drinking water and shelter to the residents of the DRC, all of whom are now displaced and living on the street.
Mathew McKie ‘98

Mathew McKie ‘98

The Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club were thrilled to announce the inclusion of our Matt McKie in The Outback Australian Gridiron Team for the 2015 World Cup to be held in July in Canton, Ohio USA. Matt will become the 14th Ranger player to represent Australia at the highest level.
Peter Royce ‘06

Peter Royce ‘06

For the last year Peter has been volunteering with the St Vincent De Paul soup ban program which has led to his work with 300 Blankets, a charity which raises awareness of the plight of the homeless as well as raising funds to purchase blankets which are distributed in Melbourne’s streets.
Daniel, Claude, George & David '04

Daniel, Claude, George & David '04

To honour their journey of sketch-making during their time at Ivanhoe, Class of 2004 students Daniel Matheson, Claude Jabbour, George Dimarelos and David Pratico continue to produce sketches under a fully-fledged production company titled '5MA Productions'. David now manages the production, Daniel is the chief writer and creator, Claude is a working actor in the Australian TV industry and George, an MC and stand-up-comedian.
Melanie Von Blackensee nee Wels ‘00

Melanie Von Blackensee nee Wels ‘00

Melanie founded ‘Life by Food’ after undergoing a journey of health and healing through food. Based on Melanie’s own experiences, the aim of Life by Food is to help people eat healthily. Life by Food works with clients to break down major dietary changes into slow steps that help create a sustainable healthy change; they also provide tailored meal plans, food ideas and recipes.
James Jayesuria ’04

James Jayesuria ’04

Following their wedding in 2013, James and wife Jacqui decided to create a website called Wedding Service Matcher which simplifies and refines the process of wedding requirements by retaining only the relevant and available suppliers based on a couple’s needs. Getting married or know an alum who is? Point them to James’ site to help take the stress out of organising this momentous occasion!.
Haris Stamboulidis '14

Haris Stamboulidis '14

Haris Stamboulidis ' 14 represented the U19 Australian School Boys on a UK tour, playing with Machester City FC sister club Melbourne City and recently played two games for the U19 Grek National Soccer team against Ukraine in Tripoli, Greece. He looks forward to studying and playing soccer at Columbia University in NY.
Michael Hong ‘00

Michael Hong ‘00

Michael has the opportunity to play in the Corpus Medicorum orchestra on their tour to St Petersburg, Russia in June last year. This orchestra, consisting of mostly doctors, was chosen and supported by the City of Melbourne to celebrate the 25th year of Melbourne’s sister-city relationship with St Petersburg. Money raised was donated to the Advita Childhood Cancer Charity, a Russian organisation that provides financial support for the treatment of children with cancer.
Cathy Hosking ’02

Cathy Hosking ’02

Cathy Hosking ’02 is the new OIGA Assistant and as a mother of two children, she is helping to drive the Alumni Parent Group alongside Hannah Naylor ’02 – please get in touch if you’re a new parent, we also have an EGO YA bib to send you!