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Businessmen's LunchPosted: Friday, 3 October 2014
Businessmen's LunchPosted: Friday, 3 October 2014
Chris Webster’s (1999) inspiration for the 2014 Businessmen’s Lunch was to bring an unknown old boy from London, ask him to entertain the gathering while cooking a veritable feast of four courses at the same time. And so Paul Salmeri (1999) rose to the challenge and did just that. The historically named Businessmen’s Lunch has morphed into something quite different from the suit and tie event held in St George’s Terrace for many years.
Paul had not lived in Perth since he left school at the end of 1999 and joined the Navy. So commenced his experiences around the world culminating in him cooking at the famous River Café in London, a two Michelin star restaurant.
The lunch, held on a perfect spring day overlooking the river in the St Hilda’s Dining Room, was in the style of a rustic Italian village scene, created by Tony Salom (1982). It ended with appetites sated and digestives (limoncello and amaro) passed down the tables as the sun set.
• Joel Pember (1997) and his father Michael for providing fresh produce from The Boatshed
• Blair Hill (former staff member), Aravina Wines
• Rob Towner (1986), Flametree wines
• Roland Smith (1978) for photography
• David (1978) and Jono Payne (2009) for assistance in the kitchen
• Adrian (1993) and Damian Pelliccia (1996) for linen
• Chris Webster (1999) for inspiration
• Paul Salmeri (1999), the Master
Brisbane SundownerPosted: Saturday, 20 September 2014
Brisbane SundownerPosted: Saturday, 20 September 2014On Saturday 20 September, a small group of Queensland-based old boys gathered for a sundowner at the heritage-listed Norman Hotel in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba, just down the road from the Gabba. For the cricket buffs, it would seem that the Gabba is appropriately located, as the Aboriginal meaning of the name Woolloongabba is ‘fight talk place’! The assembled old boys crossed over three decades of Christ Church, from 1960 to 1982, and included Peter Bennett (1962), Peter Lewis (1964), Digby Yeoward (1980), Rohan Whittington (1981) and Scott Moller (1982). As memories were reflected on, with the help of browsing through the School History book, A School with a View, Rohan revealed that during his time as a McClemans boarder, he operated the film projector on Saturday nights in the old Memorial Hall. Many a boarder would still remember the days when intermission was required for changing the reels!
Old boy Trevor Matthews (1959) was at the Sundowner in spirit, having missed a bus halfway on his journey to the Norman Hotel! In a separate conversation, Trevor recalled the time in 1958 when Akos Kovacs was hit in the back of the head by a shot put. The injury was serious enough to require an operation and spending two weeks in hospital.
Old boys making the move to sunny Queensland are advised to update Andrew Baird at Christ Church so you can be invited to Queensland-based functions.
Scott Moller (1982)
Captains' Dinner - Class of 1977Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014
Captains' Dinner - Class of 1977Posted: Friday, 15 August 2014Like all good events the initial idea germinates over a cold beer, a glass of wine and a feed… and so it was with the 1977 Captains’ Dinner, a night with a dual purpose.
To bring together ‘elite’ past students … some have weathered better than others… to bask in the glory that was 1977 when this band of exceptional students achieved many notable successes: the Darlot Cup for cricket; the Alcock Cup for football; with further joy in athletics; gymnastics; swimming; rowing; debating; chess… you name it, the Class of ’77 achieved it.
And from a more sombre perspective it was to reflect on the contribution of one of our fellows, Luke Holland (dec), who lost his life in a car accident late in our final year at school. To many of us Luke exemplified all that was good in a human being. He was a top student, an outstanding competitor in sport, he held a strong faith, but most importantly he cared for others, always prepared to spare a moment or two.
A great theme then for a great night that followed...
Thirty-two old boys from the Class of ’77 gathered for drinks and a feed at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. Ten lads were apologies so after 37 years since we left CCGS, it was an excellent turnout. Richard McNeil (Adelaide) and Ian Wood (Melbourne) made the trip across the Nullabor whilst a few others headed in from their bush settings.
The evening kicked off with some great banter, followed by a moving talk by Headmaster Garth Wynne who talked about how Luke’s legacy had been embraced in the School’s message to Year 12s. This was a most sombre 15 minutes, with all the lads in a reflective space, contemplating how we had all continued our own journeys and yet Luke had lost his so early in his life.
As the dinner progressed and the ‘social’ lubricant flowed speeches were shared by Joe Fisher, Clayton Lewis and Richard McNeil… reflections on how we won the cricket and football in ’77 and Luke’s contribution to these successes. During these tales the ‘rogue’ of our years, ‘Camel’ Gary Watkins jumped to his feet and shared the most significant impact that Luke had played in his life at school… it was really a touching observation.
This was a night that was fondly enjoyed by all who attended… and not surprisingly a small group of ‘stayers’ were asked to move on at 12.30am by the yacht club staff… we just love havin’ a good time… laughs a plenty!!
So for the class that is 77 it is all about carpe diem… we continue to ‘seize the day’!
Thank you Luke Holland for the inspiration and leadership and fellowship that you shared in abundance.
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Tommaso's success at GamesPosted: Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Tommaso's success at GamesPosted: Wednesday, 13 August 2014Tommaso D'Orsogna (2007) (pictured far left) won gold and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games. Tommaso was a member of the Australian Men's 4x100m freestyle relay team, which won gold in Glasgow on 25 July.
In the 100m freestyle, Tommaso won a bronze medal after finishing third behind his Australian teammates James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy respectively.
Tommaso celebrated with his parents and two sisters who were in Glasgow to cheer him on.
After the win, Tommaso commented on the support he received from his grandfather as a young swimmer: "It was a special night for me. I lost my grandfather, my namesake, earlier this year, so it was unfortunate he wasn't still around to witness my first international long-course medal. I know he will always be a part of me... I also have my Scottish heritage of the McLarty clan on my mother's side. So this medal will always hold a special place in my heart now."
Legal and Accounting Professional SundownerPosted: Thursday, 24 July 2014
Legal and Accounting Professional SundownerPosted: Thursday, 24 July 2014The Old Boys hosted the inaugural Legal and Accounting Sundowner at Varnish on King as a networking opportunity in the relevant professions. About 50 old boys, from students to senior practitioners, enjoyed the ambiance of the venue and the opportunity to meet other old boys. There is definitely an opportunity for the association to grow professional gatherings of this nature. Thanks to Bryn Hardcastle (1995), of Bellanhouse Legal, for sponsoring the event and to Matt Caddy (2003), of Minter Ellison for assistance in its promotion.
OBA v School Winter Sports CompetitionPosted: Saturday, 19 July 2014
OBA v School Winter Sports CompetitionPosted: Saturday, 19 July 2014Thanks to Sports Director Anthony Lynch who worked with our committeemen Matt Caddy (2003) and Adam Collins (1987) to pull off a successful launch to a winter sports competition between the School and the OBA. Feedback has been fantastic from all quarters and we believe the competition can only get bigger and better from here. Headmaster Garth Wynne said he was extremely happy to support these matches "if they were as well organised by the old boys as they had been this year”. In the future we hope that different codes may play at the one ground increasing the atmosphere and opportunity for spectators. The weather was kind and the barbecue at Mt Claremont after the hockey was appreciated.
Thanks to Brendan Noble, firsts hockey coach, and Mark Boyne (2002), ‘captain’ and organiser of the old boys’ team with help from Jared Cranston (2002) and Drew Caddy (2007). Ric Charlesworth (1969) gave the firsts team some pointers at half time despite which the old boys managed to keep the scoreline in their favour throughout. Congratulations to David Timms – fairest and best on the school team. Thanks also to Hamish Jolly (1983) and David Payne (1978) old boy committee members who turned sausages on the barbecue.
The score was 3-3 at full time and the old boys won 5-4 on penalties so a close game all round. Congratulations to Geremy Fatouris – fairest and best on the school team. Thanks to Mark Lee, firsts coach and Sam Stone on the day as well as Sean Allen (2003) ‘Captain’ of the old boys’ team.
Committee members playing on the day were Simon Swan (2013), Matt Caddy (2003) and Chris Webster (1999).
Thanks especially to Matt Caddy and Adam Collins for inspiration for the matches.
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