Our Annual Appeal is well underway. Many thanks to those who have already supported the Appeal this year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, especially by our current students. The end of the financial year is fast approaching.
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Nikki's got next! - Nikki Wishart '17
All rounder Arj - Arjunan Puveendran '06
CEO of Blackmores - Alastair Symington '90
Josh Pyke Partnership Winner! - Eilish Gilligan '11
There's nothing unfair about IB - Max Young '18
300 Blankets presents: Winter Wonderland, 2019 cocktail fundraising event.
The House on the Mountain - Ella Holcombe '00
Someone Else for Eilish
Queens Birthday Honours List - Geoffrey Raby '71
Concert for Cambodia
Brown & White runs in the family!
AFL Debut - Patrick Naish '17
Centre Half Bench
Alumni back to start the conversation
Disney's Aladdin - Tarik Frimpong '12
Banyule Council Volunteer Award
Class of 1989 Reunion
NGV Honours - John Dermer '67
A Booklover’s Comedy Show – George Dimarelos ‘04
Sam & Rubi + Friends - Sam Torre '15 & Rubi Dinardo '17
Rowsell Athletic Development - Scott Rowsell '93
Inaugural Slater/Graham Scholar meets his benefactors.
IGS University Campus
Nigel Kendall Shield
Australian Crime Stories - Bryan Cockerill '82
Mary Poppins Returns - Tarik Frimpong '12
Old Ivanhoe Soccer Club
Australia Day Honours
Twilight Concert - Ben Clark '02
World Cross Country Championships - Tom Hoogenraad '16
Royal Australian Navy recognition - David Cronin '61
Jarod Brullo - reaching for the stars!
Where old friends meet
Another OIG joins the SE Melbourne Phoenix!
Congratulations to James & Samuel Chappel!
Young Gun - Tom McKenzie '18
Full Blue - Maddi Wilson '17
Star turned GM - Tommy Greer '02
'Blasts from the past'
Athlete of the Month - Kehley Bitzas '15
On the Ropes - Claude Jabbour '04
1986 Alumni Catch Up
OIG Equestrian Stars
Alumni Christening at Plenty Campus
Nikki's got next! - Nikki Wishart '17Nikki 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. Listen to Nikki’s debut single by clicking the link below.
All rounder Arj - Arjunan Puveendran '06After 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 '90Blackmores, 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! Link to the full article below.
Josh Pyke Partnership Winner! - Eilish Gilligan '11Our 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!
There's nothing unfair about IB - Max Young '18Recent graduate Max Yong from the Class of 2018 has managed to get a piece of writing published in the Age Newspaper! The piece is about the International Baccalaureate Diploma and his views on the new changes to the IB and ATAR conversion system. Well done to Max on getting your writing published, what an achievement! To read Max's article please click on the link below.
300 Blankets presents: Winter Wonderland, 2019 cocktail fundraising event.Australia is in the grip of a homelessness crisis, with more than 200 people turned away from agencies across the country each day. On average, about 90 are from Victoria. In inner Melbourne alone, there are about 300 people sleeping on the streets each night. Peter Royce ’06 and 300 Blankets are hosting a Winter Wonderland fundraising evening to help raise funds for 300 blankets so they can continue to do essential work in our community. 300 Blankets is a major provider of blankets in Victoria for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. 300 Blankets purchases and distributes blankets through the Homelessness Outreach Program, Soul Kitchen and through other homelessness services. Peter (Vice President) has been a keen volunteer with 300 Blankets since 2014 and is currently the Outreach Program Manager. Event details: Thursday 25 July 2019 18:30 – 23:00 AEST Meat Market 5 Blackwood Street North Melbourne, VIC 3051. Entertainment, food and beverages are all included in your ticket. It’s a small price to pay to make a lasting and positive contribution to people at risk of, or who are experiencing homelessness! Click the link below to secure your tickets.
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.
TelescreenA 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’ Telescreen will be launching the new single this Friday at the Gasometer, Smith street Collingwood. Find Telescreen on Facebook by clicking the link below.
OIGCC PremiersSeason 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.A lot of hard work goes into a successful cricket season and the OIGCC committee set the foundations for on-field success with the pre-season appointment of coach Bryan Reid. Coach Bryan, the victorious 1st XI players as well as club committeemen should be commended for their efforts.Any OIGA looking to pull on the baggy brown next season is encouraged to register their interest via [email protected]’re hoping to form a ‘veterans’ side in the coming seasons so get your mates together and head down to Chelsworth for some cricketing shenanigans with the Old ‘Hoes! Ego Ya!
Someone Else for EilishEilish Gilligan’s ’11 new single ‘Someone else’ is out now. Catch Eilish on tour and playing at one of her favorite venues The Workers Club on Saturday June 29th tickets available at by clicking the link below.
Queens Birthday Honours List - Geoffrey Raby '71The 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 CambodiaAlways 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!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]
AFL Debut - Patrick Naish '17Congratulations to Patrick Naish '17 who will make his AFL debut against Geelong in tonight's Round 12 clash at the MCG. Good luck Patrick!
Centre Half BenchFooty 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 conversationOn 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!
Disney's Aladdin - Tarik Frimpong '12Congratulations to Tarik Frimpong '12 on making his West End debut in Disney's Aladdin as Prince Abdullah/Ensemble. Tarik's first show is on 3 June 2019. Well done Tarik!
Banyule Council Volunteer AwardCongratulations 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). Well done to all involved!
Class of 1989 ReunionThe Class of 1989 came together at Buckley Hall for their 30 Year Reunion. 133 in attendance including 95 members from 1989 and 38 teaching staff from the 1980’s. An interesting statistic from this cohesive group of Old Ivanhoe Grammarians is that 21 of them (pictured) have children that currently attend IGS. Surnames of the families are Vanderwert, Cvetkoski, Hubble, Moad, Bhar, Ebbage, Wake, Kerwood, Sharp, Pryor, Matsamakis, Reddrop, Bisogni, Tye-Din, Koo, Wong, Lontos. Missing from photo: Papadopoulos, Marcocci, Hunt, Heath A fantastic evening of reuniting everyone!
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 '67John 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 ‘04Now 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 '17OIG’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 '93OIGA 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]
E-YOGA! E-YOGA!ALUMNI YOGA ENTHUSIASTS OIG Corinne Dunstan ’99 is now a qualified yoga teacher and fortunately for our community, she is running yoga classes in Buckley Hall one Sunday each month for 2019. Each class is a 60 minute power-flow vinyasa with a relaxing meditation to end. Supported by the OIGA, Corinne warmly invites partners, family members and friends of alumni to join the yoga movement. Class cost: $10 (cash only) BYO water bottle *plastic-free event BYO yoga mat or Hire a yoga mat (gold coin donation) All gold coin donations go to funding four Cambodian tertiary students in Peak Sneng. Active wear is best. Spaces are limited – secure your spot by emailing [email protected] indicating your preferred class time (9am or 11am) in the subject field. Class times: Sunday 9:00am and 11:00am Sunday classes: 31 March 28 April 26 May 23 June 28 July 25 August 15 September 13 October 24 November Christmas Special TBC
Inaugural Slater/Graham Scholar meets his benefactors.The Boardroom was abuzz recently when many supporters of the Slater/Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund gathered to meet the inaugural recipient of the scholarship, Jesse McIntosh. Jesse is a great all-rounder and has represented Victoria as a junior in AFL, basketball and athletics. Convenor of the group and driving force behind the fundraising efforts to establish the scholarship was Captain of School 1958, Bruce Jeeves. Bruce congratulated Jesse on being the first to receive the scholarship and introduced him to Mr John McKenzie AM, Class of ’66 and a member of our Gallery of Achievement, who will act as a mentor to Jesse during his schooling. Members of the Graham and Slater families were also present to wish Jesse well. Rob Slater and Alan Graham ’32 were Masters at the School and revered coaches during their time at Ivanhoe. They are remembered in perpetuity through this scholarship, and the hill on the North Western side of the South Ground which bears their name. (Pictured: Left Jesse (at the back) with his well-wishers. Right Jesse at the Slater/Graham Memorial Hill)
IGS University CampusIvanhoe 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 ShieldThe 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.
Australian Crime Stories - Bryan Cockerill '82Bryan Cockerill class of ’82 has a new series from his production company “The Full Box” premiering on the Nine Network from next Thursday Feb 21 at 8:30. Australian Crime Stories (Series 3) is the latest true crime documentary series created, directed and executive produced by Bryan. Watch the trailer below.
Mary Poppins Returns - Tarik Frimpong '12OIG 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 ClubIt’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 HonoursAlumni 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.
Twilight Concert - Ben Clark '02Ben has toured the world with The Ten Tenors and was a semi-finalist on The Voice 2018. His versatility and outstanding tenor voice have made him one of Melbourne's most sought-after performers. With the sun setting on beautiful Edendale Farm, this promises to be a magical evening not to be missed. Get your tickets here https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=447406
World Cross Country Championships - Tom Hoogenraad '16OIG '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 '61The 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!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.
Where old friends meetThe School and the OIGA recently welcomed back former students who attended school under the leadership of our Founder, Sidney Buckley, and the second Headmaster, Victor Brown. This annual event commenced with a Chapel Service conducted by our Chaplain Kirsten Winkett, and a lunch was then held in Buckley Hall for over one hundred past students together with partners. Our thanks go those carers who also accompanied our older Alums. Many travelled from interstate and country Victoria to be in attendance. Geoffrey Davey ’45 and Colin Rowse ’46 were presented with their “Living Treasures” plaques for reaching the age of 90 during the year. In fact 6, 90+ year olds were there on the day! Principal Foley brought everyone up to date on School matters including the exciting news regarding the commencement of the new sporting complex to be built at the Ridgeway Campus. Many also took the opportunity to use the new car park under the South Ground which was specially opened for their benefit.
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!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)
Young Gun - Tom McKenzie '18A big Congratulations to Tom McKenzie '18 for being North Melbourne’s first pick in the 2018 Rookie Draft. Tom caught scouts eye at the combine when he recorded the equal second-best score in the goal kicking test. Well done Tom, we cant wait to see what you can do in 2019!
Full Blue - Maddi Wilson '17Maddi 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 '02The 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!(Pictured: Right Tommy Greer ’02)
'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.(Pictured: Left Jeremy ’14 & Marco Chan ’13 with Leisl Bruhn)
Athlete of the Month - Kehley Bitzas '15We 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 '04Claude 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 UpA 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 StarsMicky 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! Joe Pearson ’13 has again been awarded the National Champion for Equestrian Mounted Games making it his 5th win in a row. Joe and his sister Billie ’09 have represented Australia many times, competing around the world in Mounted Games events at the highest level. Well done to our OIG equestrian stars! (Pictured: Joe Pearson '13)
Alumni Christening at Plenty CampusGemma 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)