News of Old Boys
We are always keen to receive up to date information on the activities occupying the time of our Old Collegians community. Send in your recent history via the OWCA email address.
If the pitter patter of future little Wesleyans has occurred in recent times, email the OWCA with the details.
WASP Hockey Club celebrate their 80th season!
Join the Wesley South Perth Hockey Club to celebrate their 80th season. Click here to find out more.
Here at the OWCA we're extremely proud of Old Wesleyan Chris Rogers(90-94) who has been named to open the batting for the Australian Cricket Team in the first Ashes Test today.
Chris' Year 8A (1990) Cricket coach Barry Angus has fond memories of Chris as a steady player, who always kept his wicket intact, without scoring to many runs. Except in the final game of 1990 against Aquinas where Chris scored 66 not out and took 3/23.
Chris continued to represent the College in the A teams of each year including the Darlot Cup winning 1st X1 teams in both 1993 and 1994.
Catch up with fellow Old Wesleyans in London
Headmaster, David Gee is coming to London and invites all Old Wesleyans who are based in the UK or travelling through to join him to celebrate Wesley College's 90 year anniversary.
The events details are;
Thursday 27 June 2013, 6.30pm-8.30pm
The Caledonian Club, Stuart Room
9 Halkin Street
This is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow Old Wesleyans also in London. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21 June.
Wesley boys - past and present come together!
On 16 May Wesley College was honoured to have some of the earlier 'boys' of Wesley Old Boys back at the School for Pioneers' Day. The Wesley Pioneers are a treasured group of Old Boys who have left the College fifty years or more ago. Over 70 Pioneers joined us for a day packed with activities including morning tea in Jenkins Quad, followed by a chapel service, a special assembly where the Senior School boys were addressed by Arthur Marshall and a delicious lunch overlooking the Swan River in the Joseph Green Centre Staff Room. The Pioneers' Day 2013 also marked the first Pioneers' event for the Class of '62.
John Robbins, Jim O'Grady and Brian Churchward enjoying catching up with old friends.
Men For Others Alive and Strong
Old Wesleyans Alex Au Yong (00-12), Angus Paterson (08-12) and Dale Atkinson (99-11) have carried Wesley's 'Men For Others' into their lives as tertiary students at UWA.
Early this morning (17 April 2013) they were in the Angelo Street car park selling Prosh papers to the many adults at the Sports Centre as well as to parents as they drop off students. Here they caught staff member, Stephen George, on his early morning rounds.
A bit of Prosh history:
In 1931, a small group of students compiled a small, satirical newspaper called the "SRUSS SRUSS Times" of humorous but possibly offensive content, as part of graduation-time shenanigans. Later in that week, the Perth newspaper The Sunday Times berated the creators of this newspaper, calling it trash and filth, and the creators were subsequently penalised, in the form of a fine payable to the local children's charity. Evidently, this punishment wasn't effective, as the tradition of publishing a satirical humour of 'ill taste' continues to this day, 80 years later, however in a much larger and slightly more organised fashion.
Currently, PROSH (which is now one of the oldest UWA traditions) is kept alive by volunteers writing, editing and distributing the newspaper annually in April - all in the name of fundraising. Each year a new group of charities are chosen as the beneficiaries of all money raised by Prosh. In 2011, Prosh took place on 13 April and while counting continues, has so far made roughly $153,000 for charity, breaking all previous records
Farewell to Alumni Manager, Beau Wardman
At the OWCA Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 12 March 2013, the Old Wesleyans who were present bid farewell to Alumni Manager, Beau Wardman (00-04), who has been looking after the Wesley College Alumni since January 2011, as well as being an integral part of the College's AFL football and cricket coaching teams since July 2009.At the AGM, outgoing President, Graham Percival, officially thanked and farewelled Beau for his work with the College's Alumni.
"We are terribly sad to be losing a friend and colleague like our Alumni Manager, Beau Wardman. It is clear to all who have watched Beau in this role, that he has put his heart and soul into the position and gone above and beyond what is required of the position."
He has a quiet and even disposition which, for many of you, has added to the respect you have for him. Beau, we wish you well in your future endeavours, both as a respected football umpire, sports coach and whatever else lies ahead. It has been a pleasure to work with you."
Beau Wardman with Barry Angus (43-46)
A New President for the OWCA
At the AGM, outgoing President, Graham Percival, handed the reins of President of the Old Wesley Collegians' Association to new President, Greg Brown (82-86), saying, "today, I finish my tenure of five years as OWCA President. I feel privileged to have been able to be involved at this level and feel that whilst not everything has gone to plan, the association has made some good inroads and has been operating in a smooth and harmonious way. I look forward to continuing as a member of the OWCA Committee and help the transition of our new President into the role.
The new OWCA President is Greg Brown - a Leaver from 1986. Greg has been an active member of the OWCA Committee for several years and I am confident he will continue managing the best interests of all OWCA members and hit the ground running.Greg owns a business call Windows Logic which is a specialist information management systems and service provider. Welcome."
Greg Brown (82-86) with Graham Percival (78-82)
Jazz, relaxation and good company at Wesley
What better way to spend an evening in November than sitting with friends and family, enjoying a picnic, listening to jazz and sampling some of the finest wines from Wesley family wineries.
To see the photos from the evening, please go to the story on the website story in Wesley in the News
2012 Queen's Birthday Honours
Wesley College and the Old Wesley Collegians' Association heartily congratulates two Old Wesleyans who were honoured in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Dr Alexander Segger George (49-55) was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the environment as a botanist, historian and author, particularly in the area of Australian flora, and through roles with national and international professional organisations.
Associate Professor Ross Roger Haslam (59-63) was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine, particularly as a leader in the specialities of perinatology and neonatology, to professional development, and to medical research and education.
Huge Turnout for the OWCA Golf Day
There was impending rain and even a couple of downpours, but that didn't stop the OWCA Golf Day on Friday 8 June from being an all-round successful day.
To read more and look at the photos go to http://www.wesley.wa.edu.au/view/news/
Wesley College New Uniform
The College is in the process of implementing a new uniform. Two key outcomes of the uniform review were:
to develop a smart, contemporary and coherent Pre-kindergarten to Year 12 uniform that honours the traditions of the past
to introduce modern, comfortable, climate-friendly (and student-friendly) fabrics at a comparable cost to the existing uniform.
We feel this has been achieved. If you would like a look at the new styles please go to www.wesley.wa.edu.au/uniform
Grave Site of Old Boy Found in Burma
It's not every day that you're invited to Burma, but when the invitation comes from a 95-year-old former World War II Prisoner of War, you know it is something special that can't be missed.
A condensed version of this story was featured in the Winter 2012 edition of The Wesleyan. To read the full story, and it is definitely worth reading, please download here: Burma - with an Old Boy theme. Some photos of the trip are below.
A 'By Daring & By Doing' believer passes away.
One of Wesley's legendary Old Boys, Strelley Hardey (29-31-33), passed away on 27 February 2012. Strelley was the oldest member of Wesley's Pioneers' Club and has always been an active participant in Old Boy events - nearly always attending in his 'stripey' blazer. He was a real character who lived a full life and had plenty of stories to share.
Above: Strelley Hardey pictured with Eric Knight (31-33-34) - Pioneers' Day 2011
Strelley Hardey was born on 3 December 1915 and attended Wesley from 1929 until he left at fifteen years of age in 1931. His grandsons, Dirk, Royceton and Mark also attended Wesley. Up until a week before he died, Strelley lived at home and and was still getting about the family property. He ws 97 years of age when he died.
Old Boys and Katitjin Boys Team Up
Pioneers shared some stories about life around, and on, the Swan River when they were lads.
To read more and see all the stories go to Wesley in the News / Old Boys and Katitjin story
Girls at Wesley
During 2011, and because of factors beyond our control, Council had an opportunity to review the College's enrolment models, based around the education of girls at Wesley. With a re-focus on providing suitable curriculum and sporting opportunities for girls, a strong demand for their enrolment resulted and in 2012 we will have a couple of year groups where the enrolment of girls is strong enough that both classes in that year group are co-educational.
After an extensive consultation and consideration, College Council resolved to provide a complete pathway for girls at Wesley from Pre-kindergarten to the end of Year 6. It is interesting that Middle School staff were the most supportive of the proposal and it was fortuitous that the new Middle School classroom and pavilion buildings were constructed with future growth in mind. There will be some slight adjustments to the curriculum to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum (such as introducing Drama a little earlier than currently offered). Sporting arrangements for boys in Years 5 and 6 will not be affected and we believe we can accommodate the sporting and curriculum arrangements for girls within the structures that already exist as girls can participate in the Junior PSA competitions. Many girls currently participate in community competitions with boys, such as hockey, and we may also form connections with external community competitions - with netball, for example - as many of the girls' schools do.
As a background, the first girl enrolled at Wesley in 1940 was Nancy Rossiter, the daughter of the Headmaster, JL Rossiter and, in 1941, her friend, Barbara Hargrave, joined Nancy in classes at the College. From the 1940s it was boys only until the co-educational Preparatory School covering Years 1 to 7 opened in 1978 with six girls joining the ten boys in the Year 1 class that year. In 1997, following a restructure of the sub-schools, it was decided that co-education at Wesley would not go beyond Year 4. We now look forward to providing a co-education experience for our students from Pre-kindergarten to Year 6.
If you would like to read the full Enrolment Model Review, please download the document here.