Christ Church Grammar School, Old Boys' Association | August/September 2011
Annual Giving is still underway. A busy June and July has seen the total raised climb closer to the 2010 total of $214,656. It would be wonderful to exceed that amount this year so if you have not responded yet it is certainly not too late to do so now. All old boys are encouraged to support the campaign with a gift within their means. Projects being supported are the CCGS Building Fund and the OBA Scholarship Trust. To download a gift form, click HERE.
2011 Battle of the Bands
The second annual OBA Battle of the Bands, held at Claremont Yacht Club on 6 June, drew 140 punters – doubling the audience of last year.
Launched last year as part of the OBA’s Centenary events, the OBA-funded event was deemed a resounding success. This year’s event was no exception with seven bands, featuring old boys from the ‘60s, ‘80s, ‘00s and 2010, as well as Christ Church’s Middle School Rock Workshop Band, who battled it out for the champion’s title, prize money and the respect of their peers.
This year’s judges Jim Fisher (1970) and Peter Michael (1981) awarded first prize to 2009 leavers’ band, The Reginalds; second prize to 2010 band, Mourning the Collector; and third prize to the Middle School Rock Workshop Band, who held their own against the old boys.
An impromptu performance by an ‘all stars’ band, including judge Jim Fisher, concluded the night. Thanks must go to Tony Salom who arranged the sound and lighting as well as compering the evening.
To see a photo gallery from the night, click HERE
Unforgettables Winter Reunion
The Unforgettables Winter Reunion was held on Wednesday 8 June at Mt Claremont Pavilion. The members enjoy their quarterly get together and this occasion was no different. As always, special thanks must go to Graeme Hartill (1947) for his logistical support.
Photographed with stalwarts Roger Metherell (1948 left) and Terrence Newton (1949 right) is Walter King (1949 centre).
The Unflappables met for their Winter Lunch on Friday 15 July – a wet, wild and wintery day at the Mt Claremont Pavilion. Thirty-five old boys were present including first-time attendees Bill Vernon (1959) and David Schupp (1957). David, who has spent most of his life away from Western Australia, has recently retired home to Perth. The barbecue lunch was well received and a raffle, raising $235.00 was donated to the Old Boys’ Association Scholarship and Bursary Fund.
To see photos from the lunch, click HERE
OBA Businessmen's Lunch
The OBA Businessmen’s Lunch was held on Friday 22 July at The University Club. This year’s guest speaker was Heytesbury Chief Executive Officer Paul Holmes a’ Court (1990).
Paul gave a wonderful address, which touched on his family background and his experiences as a Prep School boy at Christ Church. He also touched on his business interests including Vasse Felix winery and Heytesbury Stud, before giving a detailed account of the recent live cattle export ban, which impacted his own cattle export business. You could have heard a pin drop as Paul explained his take on the campaign against the industry, the political machinations behind the decisions and the impact those decisions have on the various components of the industry. A lively question time followed until the master of ceremonies Haaron Bokhari (1995) called time and fellowship resumed.
Appropriately, lunch consisted of WA beef and Vasse Felix wines.
To see a photo gallery from the luncheon, click HERE
To see a video from the luncheon, click HERE
Legends @ Lunchtime Launch
Old boy Matt Hudson (2003) launched the OBA’s annual career development initiative, Legends @ Lunchtime, at the first assembly for Term 3. The programme brings CCGS old boys back to School to talk to interested Senior School boys about their occupations. This year, the OBA is providing catering at the lunchtime sessions and is also offering a prize of an iPad to one lucky attendee, to be drawn at the end of term. An interesting range of speakers is lined up with a presentation nearly every week of term.
Pictured here is David Meager (1971) who spoke to boys about civil engineering on 4 August.
Mark Shirley (1999) attended on 5 August and spoke to interested boys about trade based employment in particular electrical services. Mark and brother Brett (1993) have their own electrical business (see business card pictured).
Driver Enhancement Course
Graduates from the Classes of 2009 and 2010 can take advantage of the Driver Enhancement Course initiative for young OBA members. The Driver Enhancement Course (Level One), formerly known as the Defensive Driving Course, is available to Christ Church graduates at a discount. Thanks to the OBA, members who complete the full-day course within two years of leaving school are offered a $100 rebate, paid by the OBA on completion of the course.
David Mulhern (2010), who completed the course earlier this year, sat the second phase of his license recently and passed successfully. David said he would recommend the course to any interested graduates. “The facts they presented relating to speed and distance when driving were pretty eye-opening,” he said.
The next courses will be held on Saturday 20 August, Monday 22 August, Saturday 3 September, Saturday 24 September, Saturday 8 October, Monday 17 October and Saturday 22 October.
To make a booking, you will need the following details:
Contact: Adrenalin on 1300 791 793, quote promotional code Christ Church Grammar School for discount
Item number: DR13218IV
Venue: AHG Driving Centre, 46 Grogan Road, Perth International Airport
Cost: Discounted from $295 to $265.50 for CCGS old boys plus $100 rebate
OBA’S Online Community is Growing
Since the appointment of our Online Content Editor, Mark Dixon, the Old Boys’ Association’s online community is growing. The OBA Facebook group now has over 400 members since its establishment six weeks ago. Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn, old boys will find weekly updates on events, reunions, sports results as well as photos, videos and blogs. Find lost friends, make business connections or view our ‘Old Boy of the Week’ videos featuring John Poynton (1968), Cameron Ewers (2004), Ian Dadour (1973), Richard Newnham (2005) and David Payne (1978).
To start connecting with your online alumni community, click below to choose your social network connection.
Old Boys Get Onboard for ICEA Surf Classics
A number of old boys supported the second annual ICEA Classic surf competition, held on 22 July, at the Cottesloe reefs. The event, which supports the Indigenous Community Education Appeal (ICEA) founded by old boy Lockie Cooke (2007), included a lineup of 60 up-and-coming surfers from across the metropolitan area and South West of WA.
This year’s event was co-ordinated by Oli Angliss (2007) who said, despite the cold and wintry day, attracted more than 400 spectators. As well as some sensational surfing from the young talent, the crowd had an opportunity to learn about more Aboriginal culture and hear dreamtime stories of the ocean by local Nyoongar elder Noel Nannup. “Young local DJs kept the crowd going at the event, as well as the much-anticipated ICEA Classic After-Party, which in itself was a massive success with 250 attendees,” Oli said.
Oli said plans to extend ICEA Waves, a mentor surfing programme, were set to begin later this year. “This programme will undoubtedly contribute to one of ICEA’s major goals of reconciliation through the integration of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures,” he said.
CCGS Sports Results
The results of the previous week’s PSA games are posted on the School website each week. If you would like to view these results at any time, use the link provided HERE.
PSA Firsts' results are also available on a new website (www.psa.wa.edu.au) the Monday after the weekend competition. This site also features the weekly fixtures and results’ ladders.
The Firsts’ results are also available in the Sunday Times each weekend.
CCGS Gym and Swimming Pool - Community Hours of Operation (Term 3)
Mon to Thu: 5.00pm to 8.00pm
The Gym is not available before school during Term 3. Old boys are required to present their Life Member tags to ensure entry into the Gym.
If you have needs outside of the available school gym hours, an arrangement has been made with Daly Difference for discounted rates and personal advice at their gym in Lemnos Street in Shenton Park. Contact Richard Daly directly on 0403 133 877 or email@example.com and clearly stating that you are a Life Member of the OBA.
Mon to Fri: 5.30am to 7.30am (2 lanes available)
Mon to Fri: 5.00pm to 7.00pm (2 lanes available)
Sat: 7.00am to 6.00pm
Sun: 12noon to 6.00pm
Memorabilia & School History Now Available
The Old Boys’ Association has a new merchandise order form making it even easier for you to purchase your CCGS OBA memorabilia. To view the current range of memorabilia click HERE
This photograph was found in Archives with no names, event or date. If you recognise the people or the event, please contact School Archivist, Freida French, on (08) 9442 1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all the old boys who gave information about the Lost Boys photograph featured in the last Old Boys’ e-newsletter. Most thought that it was taken at Perry Lakes Stadium in 1964. The old boys indentified were:
Back (l-r): __________, David Harley, Brian Leader, __________.
Front (l-r): Nick Strahan, Rob Dann, Ian Eckersley.
Harvey Hatch (1965):
Photograph of the 1965 Head of the River and rowing memorabilia
Peter Lynn (1945):
11 items of school uniform owned by his sons Robert (1974) and David (1976)
Bob Woollett (Staff 1972-1971):
Film from the 1984 Rugby Tour and scripts with notes from the Midnite performances of Bequest to the Nation and A Phoenix Too Frequent
Erwin Drok (1964):
A mounted gavel used for the christening of the Erwin Drok in 1987 and two rowing pennants for the Head of the River wins in 1963 and 1964
If you have any items related to your time at Christ Church that you would like to donate, please contact School Archivist, Freida French, on (08) 9442 1532 or email email@example.com
The ongoing partnership between UWA Extension and the FutureSphere at CCGS continues to provide a variety of digital programmes to the community. There are a number of new courses on offer this spring. They include ‘Making the most of your iPad and its apps’, ‘Build your own website’ and 'Safe social networking'. If you are interested in finding out more about these great courses and others, click HERE to view the Spring 2011 brochure.
Claremont Yacht Club
Remember, OBA Life Members can enjoy the Club’s bar and restaurant facilities (not jetties or boat ramp) and are entitled to bring up to five guests under our social membership arrangement with the Club.
If you are looking for a venue for your next function, why not consider the Club’s newly refurbished facilities? Drop by and take a look or contact new Functions Manager Rob Rogers on 9384 8226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to receive the Club’s weekly email advising of current menus and other happenings, email Rob as above or visit www.claremontyachtclub.org.au to view bar opening hours and menus.
Learn to Crew
Would you like to learn to crew a sail boat? The Club invites any OBA Life Members interested in crewing, down to the Club on Sunday afternoons during the fortnightly Winter Frostbite Series. No experience is required. The series dates are 7 August, 21 August, 4 September and 18 September. Racing commences at 2.00pm. If you are interested, call the Club on 9384 8226 or email email@example.com
Lawyer, author and poet Hal Colebatch (1962) has had two new novels published by international publisher Acashic. Counterstrike, described as “an inspiring narrative of clear thinking, patriotic resolve”, is a novel combining a high seas adventure, lethal international politics and a sliver of romance. Time Machine: Troopers is the story of the second journey in time by the time traveller – from HG Wells’s The Time Machine. One reviewer describes Time Machine: Troopers as “the kind of story that used to be written (especially for boys), a rousing tale of courage and loyalty and hope.”
Old boys Larry Iffla (1972) and Jeremy Wade (1974) have retired from Mallesons Stephen Jaques to establish their own boutique law firm Iffla Wade. The former Mallesons partners – Larry, specialising in property, and Jeremy, in mergers and acquisitions, worked together at Mallesons for some 31 years. Larry and Jeremy were at school together, first in Romsey and then at McClemans boarding house. Larry boarded from 1968 to 1971. Jeremy “escaped” from the boarding house after fourth form, boarding from 1964 to 1970. The gentlemen are photographed here outside their new premises at 307 Murray Street, Perth.
World Match Racing skipper Peter Gilmour (1977) is currently sitting in second place at the sixth stage of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. Peter, on board Australia’s YANMAR Racing, was beaten in the petit final of the Stena Match Cup Sweden by Denmark’s Jesper Radich last month. Peter now heads to St Moritz, Switzerland, for the next stage of the tour where the skippers will vie for the title of ‘King of the Mountain’.
Marcus Holmes (1977) has set up his own law practice in Subiaco, Land Equity Legal. Marcus specialises in native title agreement making. He also practices mining and environmental law. He is pictured here in Nice during a trip to France last December.
Two old boys from the Class of 1978 have been named recipients of the Ernst and Young 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Western region). Andrew Forrest (1978), founder and CEO of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and the Australian Children’s Trust, was named the Champion of Entrepreneurship. Professor Michael Henderson (1978), together with Professor Bruce Robinson, (pictured) from the International Skills and Training Institute in Health (ISTIH), were named Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Michael and Bruce established the institute in 2005 due to a lack of focus on WA-driven aid initiatives in the region – activated reactively during the Indian Ocean Tsunami. ISTIH subsequently mobilised staff to the region and helped with developing new, or supporting existing, training programmes in medicine, nursing and allied health areas. ISTIH brought together experienced professionals who had delivered successful aid projects, focusing their efforts on quickly enabling devastated areas to train their own health workers and to create ongoing proactive programmes.
Marcus Michael (1983) called into the Senior School recently to meet current Head of Queenslea House Digby Gibson. Marcus, whose son Jack is in Year 4 at Christ Church, was Captain of Queenslea House in his final year. Jack will follow in his dad’s footsteps by joining Queenslea House when he enters the Senior School in Year 7. Marcus (right) is pictured here with Digby in the Queenslea office, in front of the honour board recognising its house captains.
Red Dog producer Nelson Woss (1986) recently attended the movie’s WA premiere at Karratha’s Walkington Amphitheater, where locals turned out to see the film under the stars. Nelson’s dog Koko, who plays the dog in the film, also flew in for the event. Red Dog is the much-anticipated film about the legend of the kelpie/cattle dog cross, thought to have died in 1979, who was well known for his travels throughout the Pilbara region. Like British author Louis de Bernières, who was inspired to write the best-selling book loosely based on the Red Dog myth, Nelson too was drawn into the legend. At the premiere, Nelson thanked the Pilbara community for embracing and supporting the film. “This movie really is a love letter to the Pilbara,” he said.
Old boys Rob Towner (1986) and Matthew Sheldrick (1982) recently returned from competing in the Gibb River Road Mountain Bike Challenge. Rob, Matthew and their team, pedalled their bikes over the challenging, 700km+ team relay event to raise community awareness and funds for charity. Not only did the team achieve its goal of completing the cycle from Derby to El Questro but thanks to the support of a wide range of friends, family and business associates, raised a phenomenal $36,042 for Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia and $14,057 for WA Police Legacy. Their fundraising campaign was launched at a charity lunch by comedian Peter Rowsthorn, who entertained the crowds at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. The team chose CFWA in memory of their good friend David Goldberg (1987), a fellow Christ Church old boy.
Members of the Class of 1986, currently living in London, held their own 25-year reunion on the same date as the Perth reunion, reported on in the last newsletter. The crew of three includes Stewart McLeod, Dan Young and Matt Calthrop (1986).
Dr David Cox (1987)
has been promoted to partner in commercial law and litigation at Jackson McDonald.
Erin Cahill (1991) and wife Natalie welcomed a son, Patrick James Cahill, on 31 June. Patrick was born at St John of God Subiaco before returning home to ‘Dalky’ Walebing.
Greg Waddell (1997) recently married Megan Haines at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Melbourne. The newlyweds celebrated with a reception at Mountain Goat Brewery with close friends and family including fellow Christ Church old boys Joshua Pullan (1997) and Paul McWilliams (1997). Greg and Megan are enjoying married life in Melbourne.
Old boy Karl Svatos (1998) was part of the first team from Australia to take part in the international division of the South Eastern Asian ‘Slo Pitch’ Softball Tournament, held annually in Jakarta. The event draws many expatriated Australians, Americans and Europeans, who mix it up with locals from their posted nation. Karl says: “Slo pitch is like ordinary softball, however, the game is slightly modified. The ball must be pitched between six and 12 feet. That means, at most, the ball travels four miles/hour and if you have decent hand-eye, you don’t need to be able to run fast to play (a reason why it is a popular corporate game globally).” Whilst in Jakarta, Karl caught up with old boy Rainier Taufik (1998) for the first time in almost 15 years. “It was great to introduce Rainier to some of my team mates. That made the trip one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had in recent memory.”
William Baron-Croston (2008) is in his second year at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) as an Officer Cadet and member of the Australian Regular Army. He is studying aeronautical engineering as a pilot trainee and upon graduation, aspires to fly within the Corps of Australian Army Aviation. He reports that living at the academy has provided many great experiences and the training, both academic and military, has been excellent. ADFA, located in Canberra, is a tri-service training institution in which midshipmen and officer cadets study regular degrees, such as engineering, science or business as well as undertaking military training. William is pictured here during a parade.
Calendar of Events
Class of 1981 (30 Year Reunion)
Friday 2 September
Claremont Yacht Club, 6.30pm
Unforgettables Spring Gathering
Wednesday 14 September
Mt Claremont Pavilion, 11.00am
2011 PSA Golf Day
Friday 14 October
Cottesloe Golf Club, 11.30am
Class of 1976 (35 Year Reunion)
Saturday 15 October
Mosman Park Bowling Club, 4.00pm
2011 OBA AGM
Thursday 20 October
Claremont Yacht Club (downstairs), 6.00pm
Sundowner for Life Members 2011
Thursday 17 November
Claremont Yacht Club, 6.30pm
Former Staff Lunch
Monday 5 December
Unforgettables Summer Gathering
Wednesday 14 December
Sandover Dining Hall, 12.30pm
Class of 2001 (10 Year Reunion)
Saturday 17 December
Claremont Yacht Club, 6.00pm