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Named scholarships – biographies

Alan Blackwood MC Memorial Scholarship 

To be awarded for the first time, to a son or grandson of an Old Boy, for entry into Year 7 2018. The Old Boys’ Association established this scholarship to recognise the commitment and dedication of Alan Blackwood MC, staff member for 35 years (1949 to 1983) including 18 years as Deputy Headmaster. Alan displayed integrity of the highest order and held a deep conviction for the School. Upon retirement the Old Boys’ Association elected “Mr Blackwood” an Honorary Life Member.

The Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship was made possible by a gift to the Old Boys’ Association from the Christ Church Grammar School Foundation in 2011. This scholarship is offered to a senior school student who shows general excellence and who would not otherwise be able to attend the school for financial reasons.

The Old Boys’ Association Gift of Christ Church Scholarship

First established in 2010, this scholarship was made possible due to the generous support of the Christ Church Old Boys’ Association during the celebrations to mark the school’s centenary. The scholarship is awarded to a promising young man whose financial circumstances would otherwise have prevented him from attending the school.

The Lynlee Rae Harriott Memorial Centenary Scholarship

This scholarship was first established in the school’s centenary year of 2010 with the generous support of old boy John Frederick Harriott (1959-1963) as a memorial to his wife, Lynlee Rae Harriott (deceased). Lynlee shared her husband’s admiration and support of Christ Church and the benefit a Christ Church education can provide. With John’s further generosity, from 2017 this scholarship will be offered in perpetuity and its establishment will coincide with the centenary of the Old Boys’ Association.

JCR and Denby Roberts Scholarship

This 100% scholarship has been established with the support of Denby Roberts. It reflects her deep commitment to Christ Church’s values of diversity and community, commitment to education and acknowledges the strong school connection with the Roberts family. Commencing in 2017, this scholarship is offered to a senior school student who shows general excellence and would not otherwise be able to attend the school for financial reasons.

 Scholarship_Harry-Perkins The Perkins Family Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Harry Perkins, who was one of the first members of our community to leave a bequest to Christ Church Grammar School. Harry’s significant connection and contribution to rural Western Australia, through his leadership of Wesfarmers, sees this scholarship awarded to the son or grandson of an old boy from a rural background.

Harry Perkins was a graduate of Geelong Grammar School. He married Margaret and had a corporate career including being chairman of Wesfarmers and chancellor of Curtin University. His son Charlie Perkins (1987) was an outstanding Christ Church boy and prefect.

Harry’s younger brother, John, was a boarder at Christ Church from 1959 to 1964. John was married, had a young son and was farming near Gidgegannup when he was injured in a farm accident and suffered brain damage and became a paraplegic. Headmaster Jeremy Madin offered John’s son Matthew (1989 to 1992) a scholarship to attend Christ Church. Matthew attended the school as a day boy, living with his uncle Harry in Claremont during the week.

In 1996 Christ Church launched its bequest program Mitre Society and Harry became aware of this. Grateful for the generosity of the school in educating his nephew and the successful experience of having his own son educated at the school, Harry offered to make a bequest and instructed that it be used to support a scholarship for a boy from a rural background who was also the son or grandson of an old boy.

Scholarship_John-Harriott The Harriott Family Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is a memorial to the family of old boy John Frederick Harriott (1959-1963) and is John’s first significant gift to the school. John’s parents (deceased) Frederick Charles Harriott and Violet Rose Harriott, made a large financial sacrifice to enable John the opportunity of a Christ Church education. His wife Lynlee Rae Harriott (deceased) also supported John’s enthusiasm for the school. This scholarship is an indication of John’s long-term commitment and involvement in education as a means to enable society to move forward.

Scholarship_Dean-Bowker The Dean C Bowker OBA Scholarship

The Old Boys’ Association established this scholarship to recognise the commitment and dedication of old boy, former student and staff member Dean Bowker (1948–1955). Dean played a significant role in the establishment of the Christ Church Foundation as well as formally engaging the ‘old boy’ alumni network. Under the leadership of then headmaster Tony Hill, Dean went on to establish the first fundraising office in the school.

Arch Campbell photo The Arch Campbell Memorial Scholarship

The Arch Campbell Memorial Scholarship, supported by the Christ Church Old Boys’ Association Scholarship Trust, was first awarded in 2015. This general excellence scholarship, open to all students entering year 7 who fit the required criteria, covers 100 per cent of the school tuition fees. While subject to annual review, it is tenable for the duration of a boy’s education at Christ Church. Click here to learn more about Arch Campbell.

IMG_0275-1-1 The Matthew Carulli Memorial Scholarship

The Matthew Carulli Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2015. Matthew was a student at Christ Church from Year 5 to Year 11 until his death from childhood leukaemia in January 2014. Click here to learn more about the Matthew Carulli Memorial Scholarship.

The McKenzie Family Scholarship

The generosity of Andrew and Cate McKenzie has enabled this 100% scholarship. It was awarded in 2012 to a promising young man who would not otherwise have been able to attend the school.

Scholarship_Vern-Eagleton The Ruth and Vernon Eagleton Old Boys’ Association Scholarship

Vernon Eagleton (1922-30) made a bequest in his will to endow an Old Boys’ Association scholarship. Despite having spent the greater part of his working life in India, where he was CEO of the General Electric Company, Vern and his wife Ruth (nee Hassell) have strong ties to the school. In retirement, Vern would visit the school to meet and chat with the headmaster and old boy scholars. Through this, he determined the school was educating boys in an atmosphere fostering enduring respect for achievement. What impressed him most of all was the fact that special attention was paid to maximising the personal development of each student. He liked this approach and wanted to contribute to it. The Ruth and Vernon Eagleton Scholarship was first awarded in 2005 and is available to the sons and grandsons of a Christ Church old boy.

The Old Boys’ Association Centenary Scholarship

The last recipient of this scholarship was Matthew O’Clery, who held the award from 2010 to 2015. The scholarship was made possible due to the generous support of Christ Church old boy donors in the lead up to the school’s centenary.

Hartley Poynton The Hartley Poynton Old Boys’ Association Scholarship

First awarded in 1997 to honour their late father and old boy Hartley Poynton (1933 to 1936), Alex Clarke and John Poynton (1957 to 1968) generously donated this scholarship, which is awarded to the son or grandson of an old boy to attend the school.

The Old Boys’ Association Scholarship

A scholarship made possible due to the generosity of the Old Boys’ Association, it provides an opportunity for a son or grandson of a Christ Church old boy.