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Vale – Roderick D Fraser (1950 – 2021)

MARCH  7, 2021

Vale Roderick D Fraser AM
It is with much sadness that we convey the news of the passing of Ivanhoe Grammar School’s fourth Principal, Mr Rod Fraser AM.
Rod was raised in an educational environment therefore it was no surprise that he ultimately became an educator.
His father was a Master at Geelong Grammar School and Rod graduated from there as a member of the Class of ’67. He studied Commerce at the University of Melbourne, completed his Dip.Ed. and embarked on a career in education that was to influence thousands of lives.

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Zac Dowker ’00- Pop and Weasel

In addition to Dr Zac Dowker (’00) running his own private chiropractic clinic, he has recently launched a new children’s footwear brand called Pop and Weasel, alongside his wife Fleur. Zac and Fleur saw a gap in the marketplace for children’s footwear that had a creative edge. Their goal was to fill this gap with their first collection inspired by the belief that every child is led by their imagination. Pop and Weasel focuses on inspiring creativity in children while encouraging them to explore the world of play. There is a shoe for every child and the bright and engaging prints draw attention from the beach goers, sport lovers, dancers, constructors (and destructors!) to name a few. Guided by their tagline, ‘We are Pop and Weasel. Let’s Play’, and paired with exciting names such as Builder Boots, Magicools, Little Legends and Spacies, we have no doubt every child between the ages of 2 and 7 will be lined up asking their parents for a pair for Christmas. As a brand, Pop and Weasel places a huge emphasis on sustainability and in ensuring their shoes are ethically made. The shoes are made from high quality, eco-friendly materials and are 100% vegan. With a focus on using ethically sourced materials, recycled textiles are used to help reduce the waste of clothing fibres in our planet.

Elly McInerney ’19

  Elly McInerney ’19 is currently studying at Polk State College in Florida on a Volleyball Sports Scholarship. After completing a tough but rewarding freshman season in 2020, Elly returned to Polk State this year as the starting setter and Team Captain. Her leadership skills were honed when she was Captain of the back to back AGSV champion Volleyball team at IGS in 2018 and 2019!Polk State competed at the Nationals in November this year finishing 10th.  Look out for our Q&A with Elly in the coming weeks!

Invitation to all from John Dermer ’67

World renowned potter and ceramicist John Dermer ’67 has extended an invitation to the OIGA community for his upcoming exhibition. If you are interested in a country drive, live near the Yackandandah area or surrounds, we highly recommend a stop at John’s exhibition.

Ellen Weigall ’13 – BABY Pink Gin

Wonderful to see Ellen Weigall ’13 feature in the Sunday Herald Sun with her BABY Pink Gin in hand. Ellen is the Founder and Director of BABY Pink Gin, which is the only female-owned spirits company in Australia. Congrats to Ellen! Ellen said “Up until now, I’ve been so nervous to put my face to the BABY name, for fear of being judged for being too young, too feminine or too inexperienced in the alcohol industry. But finally after 4 years of working so hard on this business, proving not only to the industry but to myself that BABY deserves to be on the shelves with the other premium gins, I’m ready to put a face to the name. It turns out being the only 100% female owned spirits company in Australia is a good thing!” She also expresses “It’s hard to fully process moments like these, but I’m just so proud of how much BABY Pink Gin has grown and achieved in just under 2 years on the market. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this adventure over the years, even bigger things to come!”

MCC Baseball Star Alex Hondromatidis ’10 takes his expertise to MCC Cricket

We wish Alex Hondromatidis ’10 all the best on his recent appointment as Head Fielding Coach for the MCC Cricket Section. Alex’s story was shared in an article which includes a great Q&A by MCC via their Sporting Sections newsletter. Alex joins his brother Robert ’05, Nick Djorgonoski ’09 and Olympian Richard B Vagg ’85 as IGS Baseballer’s who have played at the elite level. To read the article click here

Jordan O’Neil ’07- 2XU Wellness Run

Jordan O’Neill ’07, his team (many of whom are alums) and his company O2 Events are organising the 2XU Wellness Run/Walk to take place on the 5 December 2021 at Catani Gardens, St Kilda. This first time event is proudly supporting  Beyond Blue. If your workplace is looking for a way to get everyone moving for their wellness/mental health and would like to raise funds for Beyond Blue’s 24/7 Support Services in the process, this event is a great vehicle to achieve both. Jordan informed the OIGA that Nick Butler ’00 will be commentating at the event and he is aware alumni have registered. This is a great opportunity to gather some friends and participate.  Use the code OIGA10 to receive a 10% discount! You can also email  [email protected] to set up your company or group if you are having difficulties. Visit https://wellnessrun.com.au/?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=08-10-21-conversions&utm_content=carousel 

2021 OIGA Encouragement Award Recipients

Congratulations to Rosie Pettenon who is the 2021 recipient of the OIGA Encouragement Award. Rosie commented “I began with a charcoal drawing of a girl I was babysitting and then painted undercoats in vivid green before building up the layers of oil paint to create the delicate form of the face and hands. I spent 3 days of Open Studios in the June school holidays in Locksley working 6 hours a day on this painting.” Claudia was awarded the 2021 OIGA Excellence and Encouragement Award. Claudia has a passion for creativity and was given the opportunity in her Year 10 Product Design and Technology class to design and make a bed for her pet chihuahua. Claudia enjoys working with all mediums available in the arts and in this case her choice was wood. She was inspired to create an elegant bed fit for a princess. Claudia is currently studying Year 11 Product Design and Technology and Studio Arts, intending to have a career in the Art and Design Field. *Pictured is Rosie Pettenon’s artwork

Nick ’96 and Daniel ’94 Russian- Bar Bambi

Somethings are worth waiting for. Alumni Nick ’96 and Daniel ’94 Russian have now opened their new venue – ‘Bar Bambi’ on AC/DC Lane, Melbourne. Bar Bambi officially opened on Thursday November 11, so far being a hit for all with its Italian classics like spicy vodka pasta, decadent Tiramisu Martinis and immaculate luxury design.  The venue shares its name with a bar their beloved Nonno ran 80 years ago in his hometown of Trieste, in Italy’s north. This is also where the brothers gained inspiration for their own venue. Nick says the focus won’t be solely on the food or the drinks or the entertainment; rather, he’s trying to strike a perfect balance between all three. Definitely worth a visit! Check out the article from broadsheet here

Tarik Frimpong ’12 a ‘Wiz’ as ‘Scarecrow’

  For our alumni based in the UK grab your tickets for the musical ‘The Wiz’, where Tarik Frimpong ’12 will be starring as the ‘Scarecrow’. The show will be performed at the Hope Mill in Manchester and runs from the 24 November 2021 to 16 January 2022. Tarik has said ‘it is an incredibly special thing to be apart of and I am so grateful to be along for the ride.  If you know me you know how much this means to me!’ We look forward to supporting Tarik from Australia. Congratulations Tarik!

Sam Bramham ’06 gives back to IGS

The Prefect team held a fantastic interview with alumnus and twice gold medalist at the Paralympics, Sam Bramham (’06) during a recent online assembly.  Sam competed at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympic, taking home a total of two gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze medal During the interview Sam commented he had attended IGS from Prep to Year 12 and always felt a “sense of inclusion and belonging” with the School.   He also shared life lessons and reminded the students that “mistakes are inevitable, see them as learning opportunities”, he encouraged them to “always take a risk, if you’re not willing to take risks you have to settle with what you’ve got” and shared with them a motto he is continuing to follow: “Success is a process not an event”. Sam encouraged the Year 12s to “go out there and find something you can enjoy” and wished them well in their upcoming exams.  To see the full interview – click here – it is definitely worth a watch!!

Lucas Gillard ’97 – A tribute to soccer’s giants in Australian History

  Lucas Gillard ‘97 has always had a passion for reciting sporting statistics but admits his ‘skill’ may have been unwelcome in many situations at school! It seems fitting that decades later he has co-authored a book ‘Be My Guest – Football Superstars in Australia’, which highlights international superstars of the game who have played for a time in Australia. The book starts with the incredible tale of Alex ‘Sandy’ Young, one of Everton’s most prolific goalscorers, who settled in Tongala in country Victoria in 1914. More familiar household names are covered in the book and many who might surprise football (soccer) fans. They include Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Trevor Francis, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Moore, Iaonnis Samaras, David Provan, Ossie Ardiles, Ray Clemence, Paul Mariner and Nicola Berti. The book recounts what was involved in bringing the players to Australia, and how the players, clubs, fans and competition benefited. Furthermore, it examines the simple but often flawed logic that, bringing football superstars to Australia would provide a turbo boost to Australia’s domestic football competition, whether that be the former National Soccer League or the A-League. The book was a labour of love for Lucas whose passion for football was really ignited at the tail end of his high school experience. He professes to “being born with two left feet, so my absence from IGS soccer squads was no great loss to the school’s fortunes on the pitch. Some sportsmen were made for sitting behind a desk.” Lucas wrote ‘Be My Guest’ at his desk during the lockdown of 2020 while juggling his fulltime job in marketing and his four-year old daughter Darby, who never quite believed his claim that ‘dad was writing a story’. Lucas commented “even if she did, football was the least of her interests at the time: a painful fact that continues today.” Today Lucas balances work, remote learning and the pressing needs of his second daughter Tully, who was born late July 2021. He hopes she may one day be willing to join him for 5am Champions League finals but doesn’t hold much hope! To purchase Be My Guest  go to https://www.fairplaypublishing.com.au/product-page/be-my-guest-football-superstars-in-australia or good bookstores/Amazon. It can be also purchased as an e-book and will be available in the IGS libraries.

Richard Merjan – From IGS to the Olympics and Beyond

Richard Merjan had never been in a kayak until his first session during Year 7 in the IGS swimming pool and he was hooked! He credits finding his passion to his time at the School and the two key kayaking teachers, Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Hogg, and recalls the rapid development of the sport. In Year 9 he was a member of the Australian Junior Development Team and was travelling and competing for Australia overseas. Richard always knew he wanted to compete on the biggest stage possible, the Olympics. He raced in many Australian teams during 2003-2008. He knew a time would come where he would need to make some important decisions regarding the balance between kayaking and studying. Richard held dual citizenship and began racing for Lebanon in 2009. In 2016 he qualified for the Rio Olympic Games. Richard balanced full time work, study and a vigorous training schedule, strategically pinpointing the international races he needed to compete in, setting and achieving goals along the way. He is forever grateful for the support he received from the Lebanese Olympic Committee, Australian Canoeing, Ivanhoe Grammar School and of course his mother. His coach, Zlatan Ibrahimbegovic, who Richard credits as one of the ‘biggest inspirations of his life’, always instilled the importance of study and ‘life after a sporting career.’ This advice prompted Richard to consider another passion which included numbers and the stock market. Richard completed a double Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Arts, majoring in Finance and Arabic  and subsequently a Master of Business Administration from Monash Business School in 2019. His commercial finance career was kick-started in 2012 when he graduated, with the assistance of OIGA Executive Officer, Geoff Brown (’62), who connected him to fellow alumni and former CEO of Etihad Airways, James Hogan (’75).  James assisted Richard in gaining an internship in Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways. His career progressed with a graduate position at Deloitte in Australia, followed by commercial finance positions at Jetstar Airways and Bapcor. Currently, Richard is working for Hanwha Defence Australia in a strategic role. The support which these companies provided throughout his training was instrumental in Richard competing at an unforgettable experience at the Rio Olympics. Watching the coverage of the Tokyo Olympics was bittersweet for him, as the lockdowns impacted   his training to the point where he withdrew from the Asian qualifiers. However, he has his sights set on Paris 2024 and the qualification events in 2023. Richard’s advice to young alumni and current year 12 students is to “have the confidence to ask questions, reach out to alumni for mentoring or advice especially during lockdowns and these uncertain times, keep a routine, set goals and stay hungry! This is so important – balancing family/ friends, education, exercise and career.” We wish Richard every success in his career and look forward to cheering him on in Paris! Photo Credit: JGR images  

For Thomas Currie ’17 – ‘The Curtain’s Going Up’

  Introduced to the performing arts at a young age, Thomas’ dream was to be an actor. Growing up all elements of live theatre fascinated him.  Performance, Music, Production, Sound & Lighting, it didn’t matter, he was hooked, he loved it all.  It was no surprise that during his time at IGS he was involved in the Performing Arts. His final year a highlight where he played Pontius Pilate in the school production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He auditioned for the Queensland Conservatory at Griffith University whilst he was in year 12 and knew the percentage of offers into the course by a school leaver were extremely low but, his sights were set.  Thomas fondly remembers the moment he received his offer – only moments before sitting his year 12 English Exam he recalls ‘it was a strange feeling. I felt so lucky – it was the only audition I attended and wanted. I felt it was the best fit for me and then I had to focus and sit my English Exam.’ He moved to Qld in January 2018 and describes his time as ‘an incredible experience, a highly disciplined environment with great friends who became family and I got to dance, sing, act and have voice training every day!’ In 2019, after his performance for Carols by Candlelight for the Victorian Police he was approached by Chairman of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Board, David Mann AM to be an Ambassador for Blue Ribbon. A position he still holds today. Then covid hit. Fortunately, in his final year of studies (2020) he was able to perform the graduate show at the beginning of the year before Lockdown.  Not long after the performance, all students were informed to ‘go home’ as all was so uncertain.  ‘It was hard to leave, not only had we become like family, but we didn’t know if we were coming back. It makes you rethink everything.’ By June 2020 the university gave students permission to resume the course on campus. ‘It was a big rush back, I finally graduated but performances were cancelled, and others needed to be reworked and were smaller.  I was grateful to be back on campus, but it was hard to see what my family were going through in Melbourne’. At the end of the course, he returned to Melbourne and started working on his one man show ‘Basically Nocturnal’. The show, an original compilation by Thomas, takes the audience on a journey of his thoughts when he stays up late at night. Interestingly when submitting his application for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival in early 2021,  the original piece of music he used included a piano/synthesizer, cello and drums which create an eccentric sound throughout the show.  With the application successful, he performed ‘Basically Nocturnal’ to a packed house and great reviews in June this year at ‘Chapel on Chapel’. Unfortunately, elation turned to disappointment when another Victorian lockdown was introduced, and the show could not continue for further performances. Looking back, Thomas commented ‘it was a wonderful night’ and he was pleased the comedic element of the show […]

Free Coffee on the OIGA

Enjoy Coffee? Hot Chocolate? Tea? On Thursday 19th August – let us brighten your day and buy you a coffee. Collaborating with alumni businesses Magnolia Cafe and Restaurant (Jacson Cecil ’10) in Doreen and Mr Peebles (Scott Curatolo ’00) in Ivanhoe all coffees, hot chocolates and teas will be on us between 9am – 2pm to all alumni. If you live within the 5km covid restriction zone of either Doreen or Ivanhoe – take a break, go on a walk, grab a coffee and call a mate. Don’t forget to mention the OIGA when ordering!  

Olivia Loh ’17 completes mural

Over the holidays alumna Olivia Loh ’17 was busily installing the incredible Ivanhoe Learner Attributes mural at the University Campus. This mural will be replicated across the School and visually links our campuses together. In conjunction with the Global Citizenship Centre Olivia developed the concept, incorporated the UN Goals and came up with the distinctive rainbow colors you can see in the mural. To include current students’ artwork, she ran workshops where students were bought into the design process. To see the mural come to life – CLICK HERE 

Ben Clark ’02 joins Phantom

A huge congratulations to Ben Clark ‘02 for his casting in the Phantom of the Opera. We know how hard you have worked and look forward to seeing you on the stage at the Sydney Opera House and Melborne Arts Centre. #egoyah

Queen’s Birthday Honour for Prof. Peter Gates

Congratulations to Professor Peter Gates, , Class of 1969, OAM. Peter received his OAM in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his service to Neurology. Photo Credit – Geelong Advertiser

Claude Jabbour ’04 in ‘Eden’

Tune in to watch Claude Jabbour ‘04, who plays Sgt Ben Drysdale, in the series Eden which premieres tonight on Stan. See how the mystery disappearance of a young woman unfolds in a seaside town, setting off a devastating chain of events. #egoyah #oigaalumni

NAB Rising Star – Nik Cox ’19

Congratulations Nik Cox ’19 who is this week’s NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. Nik was awarded the nomination for his round 12 performance on the wing against Richmond at Optus Stadium on Saturday night, registering 23 disposals, eight marks, one goal and seven score involvements. ‘He also played a remarkable 91 per cent game time – the highest of all full-time midfielders on the night – in a measure of his elite endurance.’ #egoyah Credit: Essendon Football Club

Michael Saunders ’03

Congratulations to Michael Saunders ‘03 who officiated his 250th AFL Game. #egoyah Photo credit – AFL Umpires Association

Bassett and Carter join Australian Teams

Some more great news for our Kayakers! Congratulations to alumni Kaylen Bassett ’15 and Tristan Carter ’17 on their selection in the 2021 Australian Senior Teams #egoyah

Alex Mirkov ’17 joins Carlton

Congratulations to Alex Mirkov ’17 who was drafted to Carlton Football Club today. Have a read on the Carlton Football Club website for a great article. Alex joined Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Football Club in the VAFA for the last 2 years and represented Ivanhoe Grammar School playing volleyball in the AGSV competition. He is also a sports coach at the School. Photo Credit: – Carlton Football Club

Photo Gallery – Class of 2020 Plenty Campus

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Class of 2020 – Plenty Campus Reunion

A wonderful night to celebrate our Class of 2020 – Plenty Campus! Gathering at The Brunswick Mess Hall, a business owned by alumni Scott Assender ’90, a total of 71 students and staff reconnected on 14 May 2021. Reminiscent of an airport arrivals hall, it was evident the cohort was excited to see each other and also their year 12 leadership team.  Laughter could be heard throughout the venue and there was a genuine sense of family in the room. Many of the Plenty Campus Class of 2020 are studying at universities across Melbourne. Biomedicine at Melbourne, Commerce and Architecture at Monash and Sports/Commerce at Latrobe seem to be the most popular courses amongst the cohort. It was also great to see Liam Nichol enjoying his electrical apprenticeship with alumni Tristian Grieve (’99) from Roar Connected. President of the OIGA, Wayne Vanderwert mentioned it was ‘outstanding to have the Class of 2020 reconnect at this event given their final year was affected by the start of Covid. OlGA Councillor and former year 10 boys’ basketball coach Alex Bacskos (’13) was in attendance and commented ‘it was great to reconnect with the basketball boys, they have developed into fine young men and it was a pleasure to hear what they are now studying. Hopefully, I may see a few of them down at the OIGA Football Club in the future’.

60th Anniversary – Cadet Unit

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Ivanhoe Grammar School Cadet Unit. What a fantastic milestone to have achieved for the Cadet Unit which has grown from strength to strength and is a huge part of the School and its history. It was wonderful to have the Honorary Colonel of the Unit, Lt Col (Retd) David Waugh and the first CUO Geoff Brown ’62 in attendance to help us celebrate the Ceremonial Parade (aka Passing Out Parade) this afternoon. Geoff recalls he had 40 cadets under his command 60 years ago. There is now over 500 cadets in the unit!

Alumni return to Plenty

Alumni from the Class of 2017-2019 returned back to the Plenty Campus today to reconnect with the current year 12’s. They offered some advise and insights to the cohort for the rest of the year which were invaluable. If you are an alumni and interested in being on a mentor list please send an email to our Alumni Coordinator, Mirella on [email protected]

Old Ivanhoe Supports School Family Camp

The synergy between the OIGA and the Ivanhoe Grammar School community was put on show on the weekend when our Old Ivanhoe Kayak Club provided over thirty past students from 1992 to 2019 with river safety and coaching at the recent Family Camp. This unique camp allows past and present students and parents to mix as well as showcase the sport of whitewater paddling to our new Year 7 students and families. School families are both overwhelmed and grateful for the way that out Old Grammarians provide care to our School families with their paddling expertise, ensuring a safe and adventurous weekend to all.  A camp such as this would be impossible without the assistance of the OIGKC for which the School family is thankful.

Class of 2020 – TRC Photos

To see the Class of 2020’s  video gallery from the 1 year reunion – Click here     

Class of 2020 – TRC Gather for the 1 year reunion

As a result of the disruptive year in 2020, it was wonderful to welcome back last year’s graduates, Ridgeway Campus, back to the School on 30 April 2021 to gather for their 1 year reunion. Despite being ‘off campus’ for six months,  the most popular comment was ‘it feels like we haven’t been here for ages’ and ‘it’s good to be back’. Principal, Gerard Foley, addressed the 120 students in attendance and the Year 12 leadership staff reaffirming they are always welcome at Ivanhoe Grammar School and will forever be an Ivanarian. A majority of the cohort are attending university and enjoying their studies especially being on campus while others are enjoying having joined the workforce or taking a gap year. We wish them all the best and look forward to keeping in contact with them.

Alex Mirkov ’17 signs with Carlton

Congratulations to alumni Alex Mirkov ’17 who has signed with Carlton Football Club Reserves Squad for the 2021 VFL season. Alex has been a sports coach at Ivanhoe Grammar School since 2018. He represented the School in Volleyball in the AGSV sports competition and is currently coaching Volleyball (Summer Sports) and Girls Basketball (Winter Sports). Alex has also played two seasons with Old Ivanhoe Football Club in the VAFA and was a valued team mate and player at the Club. We wish him well for 2021 and beyond. Photo: Carlton Football Club.

From Law Student to Employee

Fabulous work by President of the Old Ivanhoe Law Society (‘OILS’) Nigel Preston (’72), with his recent publication of an e-book, ‘A job of choice after law school’. Nigel has also launched a collection of YouTube videos of the same title intended for students nearing the end of their law degrees. The e-book will be published in the UK and possibly the USA before the end of this year. “It appears that no-one has written a serious work about the transition from law student to employee of a law firm. Consequently, students have no real idea what appeals to law firms nor how to prepare for these ‘once only’ interviews. This book levels the playing field both with law firms and with other students”. Members of OILS are entitled to this e-book at no charge. Contact [email protected] #Egoyah #oigaalumni #oldivanhoelaw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6hy5xb6F28&t

IGS hits 100 AGSV Premierships

100 Boys Premierships! What a week for Ivanhoe Grammar School taking home the silverware! Congratulations to the Boys Volleyball, Cricket and Touch Football teams who won Premierships over the weekend. A historical weekend with the Boys Volleyball team not only winning their first premiership but also making it 100 boy premierships for Ivanhoe Grammar School in the AGSV Competition – the first school to reach the tonne! A momentous occasion for the 1st XI Cricket Team awarded the Premiership for the first time in 19 years in a fantastic hard fought season. Special mention also to the Girls Volleyball who played a great Grand Final – narrowly missing 1st place by 1 point. #egoyah #2021premiers

Con receives Award

Congratulations to Sergeant Con Matsamakis ’89 who was presented with the Peter Toomey Police Officer of the year Award.  Sergeant Matsamakis was nominated to the local Rosanna Rotary Club for his continued service to the Heidelberg, Banyule and wider North West Metro, Division 5 community, especially in relation to his community engagement work. During the presentation, Sergeant Matsamakis was supported by his colleagues and the Rotary community.

Nik debuts for the Bombers

Congratulations to Nik Cox ’19 on an impressive debut game with the Essendon Football Club on Saturday night. Well done Nik on all your hard work and determination. Photo: Courtesy of Essendon Football Club

Mia launches the Student Space Podcast

Mia Haravitsidis ’15 has a passion for supporting youth. Whether it was coaching and mentoring gymnasts at Ivanhoe Grammar School, Our Ladies of Mercy College and  Eltham College, tutoring maths students or being a graduate ambassador and peer mentor to undergratuates,  Mia has been able to inspire students. Despite, being a motivated and enthusiastic student, Mia’s own experiences on starting university was very different. She felt disconnected and lacking guidance in her Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University,  and couldn’t connect with her new peers or course. In her words, she was out of her depth. However, her persistence (she completed a Commerce Degree and is now in her final year of her Masters in Teaching)  and her ability to navigate through university has cultivated into the launching of the Student Space podcast. A resource for secondary school students which focuses on supporting students after secondary school, imparting knowledge and experiences on navigating through university. The first series of the podcast focuses on university life. Mia is joined by other university students who share insights to their undergraduate courses and share what they wish they knew when they were in the senior years of school. The first episode is out now and features alumnus Steph Elovaris ’16 about her Commerce/Engineering degree at Monash. Check it out on – Spotify: https://lnkd.in/gVqGniE Google Podcasts: https://lnkd.in/gRZrXHs Apple: https://lnkd.in/g6sdBkp You can also follow Mia and her teaching and learning journey on instagram @the.studentspace 👉 https://lnkd.in/gQekVjJ

Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Cricket Club Win Premiership

Breaking news! OIGA HQ have just heard the OIGCC 2nd XI have just won the Les Horne Shield Premiership at Chelsworth Park. Congratulations to the team and all at the Club. Another trophy to add to the cabinet!

Opportunity for Law Student/Law Graduate

A message from OILS A member of OILS requires a law student/law graduate for at least 4 days per week assist in producing  member  disclosure material (particularly product disclosure statements) and related for the 2021 production. This is a large and highly prestigious organisation. It’s is a 3 month fixed term position with scope to extend. The organisation and the Senior Lawyer is well known by OILS. We encourage our law student/law graduate member base to apply. This is a great opportunity for the right person. It would also be formidable experience on a CV. To fit the organisations requirements, it may be necessary to reduce your current work load, but we believe the experience gained would be worth it. The specifications are: ·         Law student (ideally more than 50% progressed) or graduate ·         Minimum 4 days p/w ·         3 month fixed term commencing April but scope to extend ·         The role is to assist in producing member disclosure material in particular product disclosure statements and related material for the 2021 production.  It will involve organising and maintaining the department’s file and archive systems for storage or disclosure material and general paralegal duties such as liaising between the Legal Department and business, preparing letters, emails, routine correspondence.  It will also include arranging execution of documents and some research tasks. If capacity permits, there is opportunity to work with other teams within Legal (eg Disputes, Commercial, Group Sec) ·         Technical knowledge o   Basic understanding of company law, trust law and contract law o   Advanced legal research skills o   Advanced Microsoft Office software skills o   Website design / coding skills ·         We are looking for someone with drive and self motivation, excellent technical, administrative and consulting skills, ability to quickly forge effective working relations, and an organiser and planner. If you’re interested, please prepare your CV quickly (by Thursday this week) and include a short covering letter. When preparing your CV please ensure  you address the criteria above. CV’s can be emailed to [email protected]

Vale – Roderick D Fraser AM (1950-2021)

Vale Roderick D Fraser AM It is with much sadness that we convey the news of the passing of Ivanhoe Grammar School’s fourth Principal, Mr Rod Fraser AM. Rod was raised in an educational environment, therefore, it was no surprise that he ultimately became an educator. His father was a Master at Geelong Grammar School and Rod graduated from there as a member of the Class of ’67. He studied Commerce at the University of Melbourne, completed his Dip.Ed. and embarked on a career in education that was to influence thousands of lives. Rod commenced his role as Ivanhoe’s fourth leader in 1996. He had previously held senior roles as Deputy Principal at Launceston Grammar and as Principal of Scots School, Bathurst NSW, prior to returning to Victoria. Ivanhoe had not long been a multi-campus school and co-education at Plenty Campus had just reached Year 12. His arrival coincided with the emergence of computers in schools, a more global outlook, and increasingly strong connections to Asia. Early on, Rod put in place several strategies to strengthen his one school philosophy. Whole school events were introduced including services at the cathedral and gala presentation evenings. Cross campus professional development events were scheduled bringing together staff and resulting in a shared curriculum across the School. Overseas trips, seminars, cadets, sport and performing arts became increasingly one school in approach and practice. Our membership of Round Square began in 1997 representing a significant turning point in the history of the School. By the time it was Ivanhoe’s turn to host the international Round Square conference in 2005, its pillars of internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership and service had become embedded in every aspect of student life. Internationalism has become a fundamental pillar for the School, manifested through Round Square activities, Cambodia service projects, the International Baccalaureate, the enrolment of overseas students and the Year 9 international trips program. Rod was passionate about making Ivanhoe Grammar School a more international, outward looking school. Significant changes to the uniform were also made during Rod’s tenure and a notebook computer program provided impetus for change across the curriculum. However, the most noteworthy change under Rod’s leadership was the School’s successful transition to coeducation, a legacy that has endured and developed. In addition, vertical pastoral care structures were re-introduced at The Ridgeway Campus underlining Rod’s desire to create a friendlier environment for every child and where cross age mentoring might occur as a natural part of school life. During his leadership, considerable building and refurbishment projects were undertaken on both campuses. At The Ridgeway Campus, many of the older buildings were renewed to world-class standard including the Middle Years Centre, The Ridge Cafeteria, the TR Lee Science Building and Arts Edge at Locksley. At Plenty Campus, the Sinclaire Enterprise Centre and The Round were innovative buildings far ahead of their time. Rod Fraser has cemented Ivanhoe Grammar School firmly into various international networks of schools and organisations creating extraordinary opportunities for our students. More than ever, Ivanhoe students are living and working internationally and playing their part in a world vastly different to 1915 when St James’ […]

Stephanie Carroll ’10 supports Mental Health Victoria

Stephanie Caroll  ’10, a creative at heart always knew she needed to harness that side of her personality. After graduating from year 12, she completed a Diploma of Visual Merchandising at RMIT followed by a Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne, major in Graphic Design, minor in architecture and design histories specialisation. For the last 8 years, she freelanced specialising in events – particularly for large public events which sparked an interest for her in project management and communications, so she decided to commence a Post Graduate course in Project Management at RMIT. Stephanie considers her current role as a Project Officer for Mental Health Victoria (MHV), aligned to her views and sense of community strength and resilience. The Research, Engagement, Collaboration, and Information (RECI) project, is to assist in identifying, recognising, and addressing the gaps in knowledge and awareness with sectors that are currently not accessing mental health training/services across Victoria. Stephanie’s role is to co-design and implement a comprehensive strategy to engage with the community mental health sector and cross-sector services, and broader Victorian community to research and highlight any gaps. She is also creating a framework to address the issues through a training needs analysis and final report, with recommendations, that will be published as an external MHV resource. Stephanie has invited alumni to participate in the research through a baseline scoping exercise or contacting Stephanie for further contribution targeting specific needs. Individuals will remain anonymous as results will be published collectively. https://lnkd.in/gHG2YZE

Wil hits our screens on the ABC

Congratulations to Wil King who is starring in the ABC TV series: Why are you Like This. The six part series is currently showing so check it out or catch up on iview. We hear it will be on Netflix by the end of the year!

Nikolas Cox ’19 is a Bomber!

Congratulations to Nikolas Cox ‘19 who was Essendon Football Clubs first pick at no. 8 in this years NAB AFL Draft. Nik is described as ‘One of the most unique prospects in this year’s draft’ as he  boasts remarkable athleticism for a 200cm tall, running the 20m sprint in 2.95 secs and the 2km time trial in 6:05 mins (third overall in the country) at the recent Victorian Combine. Nik will be in good company at the Dons joining fellow IGS alumni Kyle Langford ‘14 & Federica (Fede) Frew ‘14 at the Club. Best wishes to them all for the 2021 season.    

Harriers join the OIGA Sport Stable

Welcome to Ivanhoe Harriers Athletic Club who joins as an Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Affiliated Club. The new uniform with the OIGA badge looks great and we look forward to seeing it run around the track during competitions as well as the partnership of both associations. #EGOYAH

Sam & Rubi + Friends – Sam Torre ’15 & Rubi Dinardo ’17

OIG’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 ’93

OIGA 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]

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.

Ivanhoe 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 Shield

The 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.

Mary Poppins Returns – Tarik Frimpong ’12

OIG 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 Club

It’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.

Chappel brothers

Chookas 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.

Opportunity to mentor!

Seeking young alumni who can share their experiences with current year 12 students regarding Uni life and/or their experience leaving home after year 12. If you are interested please email our alumni coordinator Mirella at [email protected]

‘A Touch of Formal’

last week our year 12 students at The Ridgeway Campus celebrated ‘A Touch of Formal’. Students were presented with a very special commemorative gift from the OIGA and Ladies Association of an #isograds felt pennant.

Inspiration in Iso

It was a pleasure connecting with Samantha Haravitsidis ’18 last week. A motivated and driven alum who wasn’t going to let a pandemic squash her determination. Sam, a 2nd year physio student at Latrobe is a fitness and health fanatic.

Alice joins the Diamonds and faces a Granny!

Shout out to alumna Alice Teague-Neeld. A huge week for Alice, not only being selected in the Aussie Diamonds 2020/2021 Development Squad but also playing GA for Westcoast Fever in Sunday’s ‘Suncorp Super Netball’ Grand Final.

Tarik takes on the leading role with the AOC Initiative

Tarik Frimpong ‘12 was destined for the stage.
In 2005, at just 11 years old, and just 2 years before starting his journey as a junior student at IGS, he landed his first professional role playing ‘Young Simba’ in the Australian Production of The Lion King.

Nick brings ‘the yips’ to the spotlight

Nick Djorgonoski ’09 knows all about the pressures of being at the top of your game. Whilst still at School, Nick was selected by the Victorian Institute of Sport and played in numerous state teams and also was selected in the under 16 Australian squad.

From ER to finalist – Tara McKeon ’04

Tara McKeon (nee Hodges) ’04 has had a terrific 12 months. Formerly an Emergency Department – Critical Care Nurse, Tara changed out of her ‘scrubs’ to take the plunge in her own clothing business – ‘Proud Poppy Clothing’.

OIG Farmers in the Weekly Times

News just in that Chris Balazs ‘Bazza,’ a cattle farmer and Adam Jenkins, a dairy farmer, both from the Class of 1989 were both featured in the Weekly Times dated 29 July 2020.

OIG’s Host Teams on 10!

Great to see two Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Dylan Buckley ’11 and Nick Butler ’00 hosting their own show Teams on 10! This weeks episode was extra special featuring the addition of another Old Ivanhoe Grammarian in John Stevens ’88.

OIG’s Webinar to year 12

On Monday members of our young alumni community Liam Jackson ’18, Pip Snodgrass ’18, Paddy Wong ’19, Jet Worsam ’19 and Patrick Vaughan ’19 shared their experiences and advise in a webinar to our current year 12’s.

Our soon to be newest alumni are all Class!

There’s nothing stopping the current Year 12 students from celebrating their final year at school! Despite our Year 12’s at The Ridgeway Campus missing out on their formal, they still had a great time celebrating at an event organised on campus, A Touch of Formal.

Queens Birthday Honours – Noel Griffith ’46

Congratulations to Noel Griffith ‘46 who has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List. Noel received the OAM for his service to music and to the community.

Pushup for Mental Health Awareness

You may have seen the Pushup Challenge on your newsfeed. An initiative to raise awareness of Mental Health in Australia. Nat Khwanmuang ’19 saw the post on Facebook calling for participants and immediately gathered some fellow alumni Tim Howard, Blade Cunningham and Riley Booth, to create a team.

Protecting our frontline – Dr Michael Mutavdzija ‘11

vanhoe Grammar School had a special visit recently from Dr Michael Zoran Mutavdzija ’11 and Dr Tony Truong from Protect our Frontline (pictured with Director of ICT and eLearning, Steve Brophy). The School is thrilled to be supporting Protect our Frontline through the provision of essential 3D printed face-shields.

First ever Online OIGA Council Meeting

OIGA Councillors convene their monthly meeting over Zoom last week. It was lovely connecting and discussing all matters OIG for the first time.

Archie & Fox – Nikki Wishart ’17

Managing your online presence can be time-consuming. Nikki Wishart ’17 and the team at Archie and Fox offers the best of what digital content can bring; with witty-filled captions, quirky animations, and colorful, captivating photography they are more than your everyday digital agency.

Hunt Family adapt during isolation!

Like so many, Ben Hunt (class of ’89) business, Synergy Australasia – mostly retail fit out and exhibitions – has had to shut up shop for a while. Luckily Ben with the help of Ethan (class of ’18) has been able to pivot… he has designed and built the IsoDesk.

BIG GROUP HUG – Sophie Brasacchio ‘19

Congratulations to Sophie Brasacchio ’19 – Youth Ambassador for Big Group Hug. Sophie was involved with The Big Group Hug, whilst a student at Ivanhoe Grammar School, now as Youth Ambassador she is hoping to raise awareness and engagement for youths.

Moon Dog Craft Brewery – Josh Uljans & Karl Van Buuren ‘02

Our pals Josh Uljans ’02, Karl Van Buuren ’02 and the rest of the team at Moon Dog Craft Brewery are searching for Melbournes best Iso-mullet! They are giving away a free 4 pack of their own Jean-Strawb Van Damme to everyone who takes on the challenge.

Living the dream – Grace Lusk ’17

Grace 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.

Message to OIG’s – Peter Parker ’89

Peter Parker, (School Captain ’89) reaches out to the OIGA Alumni Community about the importance of ‘staying connected’, well being and ‘moving more’. Not only an Osteopath for 25 years, Peter is also the CEO of Bluearth Foundation a non for profit organisation.

Past Captains Assembly

School 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).

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.

Stateless – Claude Jabbour ’04

In 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.

OIGA Celebrate the centenary in Albury

In continuing our Centenary celebrations it was wonderful to connect with alumni in the Albury and surrounding communities. Great luncheon spent among friends. EGOYA!

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.

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.

Australia Day Honours – Peter Hood ’66

Peter 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.

Australia Day Honours – Peter Williams ’56

Peter 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.

Cambodia Support Dinner

You 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.


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.


To 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.

Who’s the fairest of them all? – Nikki Wishart ’17

Nikki 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.

Welcome back – Jack Pead ‘06

Always 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.

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.

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.


A 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’.

Queens Birthday Honours List – Geoffrey Raby ’71

The 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.

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]

Concert for Cambodia

Always 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.

OIGCC Premiers

Season 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.

Gunnie Waddell ’36 turns 100!

In mid November the Principal and Geoff Brown flew to Canberra for the day to celebrate the 100th birthday of Gunnie Waddell, Class of 1936. Gunnie was born on 13 November 1919 on a farm in Yea, and spent his primary years there before boarding at Ivanhoe. During his short time here Gunnie was involved in tennis and cricket but his real claim to fame was being a member of the School’s first Premiership Football Team in 1934. Gunnie returned home in 1935 after his father was taken ill. In 1939 he answered his country’s call and enlisted in the Army becoming attached to the 2/2 Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He saw service in Palestine, Syria and New Guinea and considers himself one of the lucky ones. At wars end Gunnie undertook a university degree and began working for the Immigration Department. He became the School’s first diplomat and represented Australia in New York, Washington, London, Paris and Rome with short stints in the Channel Islands and Spain. Gunnie still lives independently. Asked if he does his own cooking, his reply with a wry smile was, “I more heat things than cook”. Gunnie has full intentions of coming to Melbourne in April next year to march in the Melbourne ANZAC Parade and it is hoped he will be part of our TRSC Service on 24 April, 2020. Gunnie considers the people he has met over his lifetime to be the most important aspect of what has been a long life, well lived. (Gunnie Waddell proudly holds the photo of the 1934 First XVIII Premiership Team of which he was a member.)

Moon Dog World – Karl Van Buuren ’02, Jake ’98 & Josh Uljans ’02

Dubbed ‘A craft brewery on steroids!’ Moon Dog World is the latest project from our unconventional but genius alumni Karl Van Buuren ‘02 along with brothers Josh ‘02 & Jake Uljans ’98. After years of brewing successfully within the walls of Duke Street, Abbotsford, the boys decided they needed a bigger space to brew more beer in order to keep up with the growing demand from customers. The solution, Moon Dog World! An enormous brewery that holds 725 people, brews 10 million litres of beer per year, equipped with a bar that is loaded with 72 taps, a beer garden, a hidden tiki bar, a lagoon and waterfall, and a food menu that will satisfy all group sizes and dietary requirements. Make sure to pop by and explore this phenomenal venue! Well done boys.

Changing the environment, one bowl at a time – Jamie Forsyth ’90

The trailblazing Jamie Forsyth ’90 Co-founder of the revolutionary KeepCup (along with his sister Abigal), are back at again with their newest innovative business idea RETURNR. RETURNR is an environmental initiative that aims to replace single use takeaway packaging with equivalent reusable solutions. It is managed and shared through the existing cafe networks, minimising waste and resources. So how does it work? At participating cafes, restaurants etc request your food in a RETURNR. Pay deposit with cost of meal. Rinse then return to any cafe in the network to have your deposit refunded. Repeat. We wish the dynamic sibling duo all the best with their newest venture!

Jimmy Starbuck ’04 & Burak Ozdemir ‘09

Exciting times for Jimmy Starbuck ’04 who was hard at it over the weekend as his Trucking and Excavation Company “Starbuck Excavation” imported and then removed 650 truck loads into marvel stadium for the Australian Supercross Final. Jimmy has great people working with him. In his capacity as Operation Manager, Burak Ozdemir ‘09 supported Jimmy in this colossal event. This was the first time ever the AUS-X had ran under the roof of the famed Marvel Stadium which was the largest international Supercross and action sports event ever held outside of USA.


The South Ground was immaculate and the weather magnificent when the annual Kendall Shield game took place between Old Ivanhoe Cricket – OIGCC and Ivanhoe Grammar School 1st XI. The game was played in great spirits with the OlGCC enjoying a win. Alumni represented, Wayne Vanderwert (89), Brendan Moncrieff (’11), Mark Moncrieff (’06), David Peacock (01) Blair Dawson (’14), Jake Chimenello (’14), Kyle Langford (’14), Aaron Lambert (91), Ryan Hense (96), Ryan Pearce (’01).

Tantalising Travis! – Travis Tomarchio ’16

Congratulations to Travis Tomarchio ’16 for his success in this weekends Australian National Karate Titles. Not only did he win his Black Belt Division, but he also won the Champion of Champions Title. This Title is the highest level of success a tournament fighter can reach in Australia. Well done Travis! #EGOYA

100 Years of AGSV

The AGSV are celebrating their Centenary in 2020! We are proud to be apart of such a great sporting competition and look forward to what is shaping up to be a memorable 2020, as both the AGSV and the OIGA celebrate 100 years! Have a look at their promotional video by clicking below.

Did you hear the one about…. – Grange Wallis ’01

Congratulations to Grange Wallis ’01 for featuring with Australia’s best writers, comedians and jokers in the children’s book ‘Funny Bones’. The book out later this month is Grange’s first published works and all proceeds go to the War Child Australia Charity. Grange is an amazing artist and illustrator (check out his social pages) and is currently working on comics, cards and games. We look forward to seeing more of his amazing work in the future.

Living La vida Lagonda – Bernie Jacobson ‘54

Bernie Jacobson ‘54 is a proud owner of a Lagonda, so much in fact that he even takes it along with him for holiday! Lagonda is a British luxury car marque established in 1906, which has been owned by Aston Martin since 1947. Lagonda’s are one of the world’s oldest and longest running motorcar marques. Still available, if you can raise the Millions of Dollars purchase price for the current model. Bernie’s Lagonda is a 1934 “Rapier” which he has owned it since 1976. Among other little outings, Bernie’s Lagonda has been to the UK and Europe with him, as daily transport, several times (Approximately every five years since 1984). Pictured is Bernie with his “Rapier” in the French countryside, what a charming way to travel Europe!

King Family achievements – Bill King ‘48

Bill King ’48 has recently finished his extensive family history research for the State Library of Western Australia. Bill’s ancestors were early settlers in the Swan River Colony and heavily contributed to the development of the colony in its infancy. Previous to the completion of the family history, Bill also concluded the history on the settlement of the North West Cape and Gascoyne Goldfields for the shire of Exmouth library. The Kings were the first permanent settlers in the region at the turn of the 20th century when they established Exmouth Gulf Station and prospected the Eldorado goldmine in the 1920’s. “When Val and I retired in 1998 we headed off to the west to research the achievements of the family, I’d travelled extensively through the Kimberley at work and did in fact open up the Gibb River road some 50 odd years ago.” The Gibb River road is a 660 km track right through the wild heart of the Kimberley and Is now on the bucket list for all serious 4X4 explorers as well as being one of the Kimberley’s main attractions. (Pictured: Left Bill atop of Mt Augustus Pictured Right Bill’s wife Val with her 19.5kg barramundi caught on the Roper River in the NT.)

30 cracking years! – OIGCC

The Old Ivanhoe Cricket Club are celebrating 30 years in their 2019/2020 campaign! Last season was one to savour for OIGCC with all three teams playing off in the Grand Final for the first time in the clubs history and the 1st XI winning the Kelly Shield premiership in emphatic fashion after dominating the regular season. So let’s make sure we get behind the boys for their 30th year as they try back up their stellar 2019 season. #EgoYa

Efjay can’t be deleted – Fadi Jabbour ’16

The incredibly talented Efjay aka Fadi Jabbour ’16 has released his debut hip-hop EP ‘Don’t Delete’. Fadi has been working industriously to grow his loyal fan base of nearly 18 thousand Instagram supporters. With his unique flow and intricate lyrics, his distinct sound and style have captivated audiences from around the world. Be sure to check out Fadi on all music platforms.

What a small world! – Wayne Vanderwert ’89

OIGA president Wayne Vanderwert, donned his whites to represent Old Ivanhoe Cricket – OIGCC over the last two weekends. Wayne, pictured here with OIGCC coach Bryan ‘Barney’ Reid, not only enjoyed taking to the pitch, but was thrilled to discover that Barney was great friends with his parents. Although, the two had never met Wayne had heard so much about Barney over the years. Barney, has been with Old Ivanhoe for 12 months, is an astute cricket coach and played a major part in the OIGCC winning the flag last season. He also has a connection to IGS having been involved with Junior School coaching programs in the past. Wayne reports the Ivanhoe 2nd XI defeated Keon Park convincingly! Let’s all get behind the OIGCC this season.

Blast from the past!

Brothers Matthew Aitchison ’90 & David Aitchison ’94 spotted with one of their most admired teachers from their time at Ivanhoe Grammar School Graham Renshaw, while attending the Peter Crimmins Medal (Hawthorn Football Club Best & Fairest). Mr Renshaw has been a trainer at Hawthorn FC for over 25 years and was even awarded the honour of life membership in 2012 for all his service to the club.

Superwomen Shae! – Shae Wissell ’97

Congratulations to Shae Wissell, (Class of 1997) who continues to shine a light on Dyslexia Awareness. Shae, the founder and CEO of the Dear Dyslexic Foundation received three awards at the recent 2019 Ausmumpreneur awards ceremony. This networking community is recognised as Australia’s largest community of female entrepreneurs and Shae was acknowledged for her leadership and advocacy for Dyslexia. Shae won the People’s Choice Award for Leadership and the Women’s Business School Accelerate Award and came second for the Making a Difference Award (Non-Profit). The month of October marks Dyslexia Awareness Month.

From Ivanhoe –> Millano! – Adrian Del Monte ’06

Our very own Adrian Del Monte ’06 had the honour of hosting the 2019 FIFA Best Awards Green Carpet Show in Milan’s renowned Piazza della Scala, surrounded by the world’s best footballers. Adrian was even lucky enough to grab an interview with one of the greatest players ever to grace the football pitch, Lionel Messi. What a remarkable achievement! Congratulations Adrian.

OIG’s at the World Championships

Outstanding effort to have 5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarian athletes at the Senior World Canoe Championships. Well done to Maddie Wilson ‘17, Tristan Carter ’17, Kaylen Bassett ‘15, Richard Merjan ‘07, and Lachie Bassett ‘18.

A.O. Duer Scholarship Award Winner – Kehley Bitzas ’15

2015 Plenty Alumna and current Culver-Stockton College student-athlete Kehley Bitzas has been selected as the 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ A.O. Duer Scholarship Award recipient. The award recognizes student-athletes who excel in scholarship, character, and citizenship. Bitzas is a standout goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team. Bitzas set the school career shutout mark in three years and currently has 21 shutouts in her career. In 2018, Bitzas recorded seven shutouts and was subsequently named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference first-team and the NAIA All-America team as an honorable mention selection. Head coach Tyler Tomlinson described Kehley as “one of the most determined and focused students I have coached at Culver-Stockton, She is a very talented player and has left her legacy all over our soccer record books. While starring on the field, Kehley is also kicking goals off the field. Kehley is currently majoring in psychology and has hopes of pursuing a career in occupational therapy, not to mention she is maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. Outside of her accolades Kehley is dedicated to serving others. Kehley has taken part in causes such as Field of Dreams Uganda, the annual Kick it for Cancer game and Toys for Tots. What a great role model for our young girls keep up the fantastic work Kehley!

New CEO – Stewart Carter ’92

In June this year, the dutyof.care Board appointed Mr Stewart Carter, (nee: Gray, 1992) as Chief Executive Officer. Co-founders Daniel Muggeridge and Cameron Bedford, inspired by survivor Luke Benson, who in 2015 gave evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse created dutyof.care, a Melbourne-based tech social enterprise helping to ensure Australia’s children and vulnerable people are safeguarded. Stewart brings an exceptional leadership capability developed in the army as a graduate of the Royal Military College and the University of NSW and refined over more than a decade in the private sector. These unique experiences combined with a passion for people and creating great teams and a strong culture provides Stewart with an ability to align strategic opportunity with service delivery, capability and swift execution. “Stewart is a wonderful addition to lead the dutyof.care team,” said dutyof.care Chairman, Daniel Muggeridge. “Stewart has skilfully helped transform other organisations across both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors and we’re excited about what he brings to dutyof.care”. Accepting his position Stewart said, “Our immediate goal is to build enduring and trusting partnerships with key industry leaders across education and sport to cement our presence, commercialise the platform and accelerate scale”.

Fighting Coeliac – Professor Jason Tye-Din ’89

An International study, co-led in Australia by OIG Associate Professor Jason Tye-Din ‘89 from Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has the potential to revolutionise the current testing regime for coeliac disease. Researchers have found distinct markers in the blood of people with coeliac disease that could lead to a world-first test for diagnosing patients. Read more by clicking the link below.

Nikki’s got next! – Nikki Wishart ’17

Nikki 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.

All rounder Arj – Arjunan Puveendran ’06

After 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 ’90

Blackmores, 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!

Josh Pyke Partnership Winner! – Eilish Gilligan ’11

Our 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!

Centre Half Bench

Footy 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 conversation

On 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!

Banyule Council Volunteer Award

Congratulations 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.

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 ’67

John 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 ‘04

Now 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.

Australia Day Honours

Alumni 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.

World Cross Country Championships – Tom Hoogenraad ’16

OIG ’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 ’61

The 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.

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)

Full Blue – Maddi Wilson ’17

Maddi 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 ’02

The 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!

‘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.

Athlete of the Month – Kehley Bitzas ’15

We 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 ’04

Claude 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 Up

A 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 Stars

Micky 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!

Alumni Christening at Plenty Campus

Gemma 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)

Old Ivanhoe Law Society Podcast

We are proud to announce the launch of the Old Ivanhoe Law Society Podcast Series. In OILS mission to provide value to its members it was decided little over a year ago that they would interview and record a large number of podcasts with a celebrated group of alumni lawyers. In them, alumni share their experiences, observations and insights of the law. These podcasts are directed at OILS members doing a tertiary law course or also IGS students considering a career in the law and are packed with invaluable knowledge and guidance. These podcasts are an enduring gift from one generation of alumni to the next and a great resource for the Ivanhoe Grammar family. Visit www.oldivanhoelaw.com to join.