75 Years Since Yea
With the entry of Japan into the Second World War and the threat of invasion in Australia growing, it became apparent that boarding schools should move away from the larger cities for the children’s safety. As the war effort became more pressing armed services began looking for more accommodation for the various different divisions and branches it serviced. This lead to negotiations between Ivanhoe Grammar School and the Army authorities in lending the school grounds to the military and moving the school to the country town of Yea, 70 miles out of Melbourne. Life in Yea was different to what the kids were used to, a mixture of class room work and outdoor activities. Life in Yea for students was centred around the Bike and the outdoors. They fished, they swam, caught rabbits with ferrets, went on cross country runs and even made friends with the farmers and their families! In spite of its difficulties, the majority of the boys enjoyed their time at Yea and look back with very fond memories. The army authorities occupied Ivanhoe Grammar School’s premises for two years, with various different military units using the School grounds. However, the longest and last occupants were the Women’s Signalling School. During their occupancy the iconic North Ground became a collection of women dormitories. Ivanhoe Grammar remained at Yea for two years of the war 1942 & 1943 until the danger of invasion passed.
Suresh Senathirajah '85 - Senior Suresh
Peter Demeris '81 - Lost in London
OIGFC Womens Team 2018
George Elovaris ’15 & Christian Cortese ’15 – Where’s Wally (& Fletcher)?
Kicking and saving goals - Kehley Bitzas '15
Eilish Gilligan ’11 – Singing up a storm!
Suresh Senathirajah '85 - Senior SureshCongratulations to Suresh Senathirajah ’85 who has been appointed as a Senior Counsel of the Victorian Bar by the Chief Justice of the Victorian Supreme Court. This is a considerable achievement as all candidates for appointment are rigorously assessed, not just by their peers and senior colleagues but also by the judiciary as proven leaders in their areas of legal practice. Well done Suresh.
Peter Demeris '81 - Lost in LondonIn early 2017 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. The audience comprised 550 packed cinemas in the USA and one UK cinema in London. Peter’s role as live director was to coordinate the various elements needed to transform the single camera shot and performed dialogue into a seamless live cinema event indistinguishable from a regular feature film. In addition to Peter’s main role, he was also employed to shoot behind the scenes; capturing the trials and tribulations of the many rehearsals, script reads, meetings and the technical facilities required to create the live movie. We are very proud of Peter for his major contribution in the world first “Lost in London’ and wish him the same success in all of his future endeavours. Lost in London will be available on iTunes in 2018. Pictured: Hollywood star Woody Harrelson & Peter (right) The behind the scenes video Peter shot and directed can be viewed by clicking below
OIGWPC PremiersOld Ivanhoe Water polo Grand final day was a hoot! Our Men’s team won 12-7, and our Women’s put up a serious fight but lost 3-9. This is a game that requires a unique type of fitness and strategy and we couldn’t be prouder of all the alumni who played on GF day and throughout the season. Special thankyou to Troy Rosenlis ‘04 and Lauren Chan ‘07, you are true leaders who are developing a dynamic, supportive, fun and social Club, congratulations to you both and all the Club members. Bring on 2018!
OIGFC Womens Team 2018Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Football Club is excited to announce that it will be entering a Women’s team in the VAFA for the 2018 season. Currently the VAFA runs a competition with 40+ teams over 5 divisions. The season commences in April and concludes in August, with the 1st 4 rounds being grading games to ensure that the competition is fair and equal. We are seeking women over the age of 16 to join this exciting new era of OIGFC football in 2018. There will be further announcements, but we are in the process of seeking candidates for all positions including coach, in the coming weeks.Contact can be done via Facebook or email: [email protected] or calling: 0448 844 780
George Elovaris ’15 & Christian Cortese ’15 – Where’s Wally (& Fletcher)?Great to hear that all those years hanging out at The Ridge have not been wasted on George and Christian – they have just started a new ice creamery called Wally & Fletcher in Burgundy Street, Heidelberg. A perfect place to visit on these hot summer days – and your pretty certain to see a few Ivanhoe alumni there, on both sides of the counter!
Kicking and saving goals - Kehley Bitzas '15As 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.
Eilish Gilligan ’11 – Singing up a storm!Eilish has a voice that has been described as “beautiful, and melancholy, and inventive, and excellent” - no wonder she is in the running for the #Hottest100 on Triple J. For those on the East Coast, you will have the opportunity to see Eilish live when she tours with Woodes, performing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane during March 2018.