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)
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
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)