CONTENTS
Headmaster’s report	
IGS 150 report	

3
10

Boarding	16
Academic reports 	

21

Junior School 	

43

Middle Schoo...
2013 Board of Trustees

IPSWICH GRAMMAR SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES
LEFT TO RIGHT: 	
		

Ms Janice Boys, Mr Adam Ward (Deputy...
Headmaster’s report

T

HIS year we
celebrated. We
created history for
Ipswich Grammar
School, for the city of
Ipswich and...
The Great Hall as it currently
stands and (inset) the old hall.

Minister directs me to admonish you to
be more careful in...
1963, was not without its concerns. It
was marked by a visit to the Education
Minister requesting a grant of £15,000 to
re...
Year 12 parents have been wonderful
stalwarts of our P&F and various support
groups. I would like to especially thank
outg...
Staff directory
SENIOR MANAGEMENT

English
Mr John Acutt

Headmaster/CEO
Mr Robert Henderson

Geography
Mr Stewart Wells

...
ACADEMIC STAFF
BY DEPARTMENT

ESL
Ms Mary-Lou Watkins

Accounting
Mr Geoff Dieckmann

Geography
Mr John Chalvatzis, Mr Mat...
Year 6
Ms Jodie Carnell, Mr Greg Simmonds
Year 7
Mr Darren Hines, Mrs Kate Pitty,
Mr Len Reidlinger

Bus Drivers
Mr Bruce ...
IGS 150

1

T

HE formal beginning of Ipswich
Grammar School was announced
in ‘The Courier’ on 24 September
1863 with the ...
3

2

4

5

by players from both schools and are now
on display at Brassall Sporting Complex.
About 200 people attended th...
6

9

7

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More than 240 people including staff,
parents, Old Boys, invited guests and
sponsors gathered for this histori...
‘Voices in the Halls’
The fields are laced with evening dew 	
Lights gets called inside the towers
The flying fox is far f...
Think Pink Week

HELD from 29 July to 6 August,
our annual Think Pink Week
aimed to extend on previous
success and further...
Old Boys / Parents & Friends
OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION

T

HE Old Boys’ Association (OBA)
enjoyed another busy year and
was we...
Boarding

O

NE hundred and fifty years
young, what a tremendous
achievement for such a
wonderful school.
I cannot help bu...
BOARDERS
BACK ROW:	
		
FIFTH ROW:	
		
FOURTH ROW: 	
		
THIRD ROW:	
		
SECOND ROW:	
		
FRONT: 		
		
ABSENT: 		

B. Fan, T. ...
INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS
BACK ROW:
Andy Hsieh, Oscar Hsu, Niall Blair
THIRD ROW:
Axiel Rice, Blake Zhang, Victor
Wang, Bruce...
Curriculum

T

his year was another busy
and productive one across the
learning and teaching areas of
the school.
A major ...
Other results:
• OP 4: Nine students
• OP 5: Nine students
• OP 1-5: 25% of cohort
• OP 1-10: 58% of cohort
• OP 1-15: 85%...
Academics
Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School

21
COMMERCE
AGAIN, a busy but satisfying year has
been experienced by the Commerce
Department. After introducing the MYOB
sof...
CAREERS & COUNSELLING
COUNSELLORS support students
who are experiencing social, emotional,
behavioural and educational dif...
GEOGRAPHY
THE Geography Department at Ipswich
Grammar continues to evolve, engaging
students and challenging their decisio...
JAPANESE
2013 proved to be yet another busy year
for the Japanese Department. Students had
the opportunity to participate ...
ITAD
INDUSTRIAL Technology and Design
(ITAD) continues to thrive at Ipswich
Grammar School. Students now have the
opportun...
VISUAL ART
ENGLISH author and artist Neil Gaiman
said: “Go and make interesting mistakes,
make amazing mistakes, make glor...
DRAMA
THE Drama Department continues to
thrive at IGS. Captains for 2013, John
Massey and Daryan Butler, represented
the d...
ENGLISH
THE English Department has contributed
to the celebrations of Ipswich Grammar
School’s 150th year in a number of l...
MUSIC
MUSIC at Ipswich Grammar School has
continued to thrive throughout 2013, with
the enthusiasm of our musicians and
si...
SPARQed immersed students in the
research experience as we became more
familiar with how to work in a research
laboratory....
Student work & excursions

ITAD - Adam Smith (hand winch)

ITAD - Harry Wilton (skateboard deck design)
rtboard cabinet)
I...
ITAD - James Addison (bowl)

ITAD - Adam Smith (jew
ellery box piano)

n)
ITAD - Lachlan Ross (skateboard truck desig

ITA...
Visual art - Year 7 mask art

Visual art - Year 6 Unmasked entry

y (IGS campus)
Visual art - Paul Godfre

it)
Visual art ...
ESL students using laptop technology

Students showing cattle
at the

Boonah Show

HPE students work on their basketball s...
Engine rebuild in automotive studies

Senior drama rehersals

dies
ers from ag and hort stu
Award-winning sunflow

Year 12...
Art excursion to Goma

Smith Park revegetation
program

lin, Thomas Cochran,
Legal studies - John Massey, David Marco
Itra...
‘The Boarder (an old ghost story)’	
recoiled suddenly from the shot. It
drove into his shoulder, and Will had
to bite his ...
‘Doctor Roderick Albert Perry, One of Ipswich Grammar School’s Untold
Stories’
Ipswich Grammar School has had
many famous ...
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This private school yearbook, from the year marking its 150th anniversary, is a sample of my graphic design work. Total inside pages: 160. School crests and 150th anniversary crest were supplied by the school.

Client: Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich, Queensland

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  1. 1. CONTENTS Headmaster’s report IGS 150 report 3 10 Boarding 16 Academic reports 21 Junior School 43 Middle School 71 Senior School 79 School Captain’s report 80 Extra-curricular reports 86 Class 150 156 Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 1
  2. 2. 2013 Board of Trustees IPSWICH GRAMMAR SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES LEFT TO RIGHT: Ms Janice Boys, Mr Adam Ward (Deputy Chairman), Mr Mark Wilton, Dr Andrew Winter, Mr Jon Kent (Chairman), Mr Robert Henderson (Headmaster/CEO), Ms Vilma Gallinaro (Secretary), Mrs Faye Ramsey MEET THE BOARD MR JOHN KENT: An IGS Old Boy who attended Ipswich Grammar School from 1971 to 1975. After graduating he went on to gain his law degree at The University of Queensland and is now practicing law at his firm, Jon Kent Lawyers, in Ipswich. Mr Kent is a former president of the Old Boys’ Association and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees in January 2012. MR ADAM WARD: A partner at Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accounting, specialising in all types of formal insolvency appointments, and is a member of CPA Australia, the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Ward is also a Registered Liquidator, Official Liquidator and Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy. His son currently attends IGS. DR ANDREW WINTER: A graduate of the University of Glasgow. In 1992 he was invited to join the Narkos Partnership, an Ipswich-based specialist anaesthetist practice which provides services for St 2 Andrew’s Ipswich, Ipswich Hospital and Greenslopes and Wesley hospitals in Brisbane. Dr Winter’s three sons attended IGS and he has been actively involved with the school since 1996. MR MARK WILTON: Has been involved in electrical engineering for more than 30 years. He left school and began working with government departments before joining Webb Australia Group in 1989, where he is currently chairman of the organisation. Mr Wilton joined the board in 2007, and is a past member of the IGS Football Support Group. His three sons attended IGS from 1999 to 2008. MS JANICE BOYS: Joined the Board in January 2013. Has had a lengthy career in education and educational administration and has experience at board level in the tertiary sector. Ms Boys held senior positions for Education Queensland, working in Chinchilla, Toowoomba and Ipswich. While in Toowoomba she was a member of the Council of the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, and remains a member of the Council of the University of Southern Queensland. Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community MRS FAYE RAMSEY: Has extensive experience as a director in the private, government, educational and community sectors. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she has been involved in management and training roles in the legal and financial industries for more than 20 years. Since January 2006 she has managed her human resource management and training consultancy specialising in business management and the financial services industry. Mrs Ramsey is married to an IGS Old Boy and has also sent three sons to the school. MS VILMA GALLINARO: Started her career with Coopers & Lybrand in Brisbane before travelling to New Zealand and London as an audit manager. Upon her return to Australia she worked for solicitors Corrs Chambers Westgarth as a finance manager and moved into the real estate industry as business manager for Knight Frank Brisbane. Ms Gallinaro was business manager at Clayfield College for seven years before joining Ipswich Grammar School.
  3. 3. Headmaster’s report T HIS year we celebrated. We created history for Ipswich Grammar School, for the city of Ipswich and for the state of Queensland. Celebration is the right word, but it is also essential that we learn lessons from our past. I would like to present a very brief synopsis of our historic year, but also describe challenges for us to embrace as we move into the next phase of our school’s life. Old Boy Rhubert Mellor wrote that he was “jolly glad of his rugger training!” It is easy to be slightly bemused with the language of the day. However, Mr ROBERT HENDERSON Headmaster/CEO it is the context of the statement that has the most meaning. The year was 1916 and the “rugger training” enabled Rhubert to dive for the ground in record time every time a shell came over while fighting in World War I. Innocent comparisons between schoolboy sport and war is indicative of the rapid growing up that was required by our students from earlier generations. In its infancy IGS was known as a “modern Athens” as we embarked upon our self-appointed position as Queensland’s seat of learning and cultural refinement. That Greek reference was used by our 2013 seniors when they adopted a Spartan as our school mascot. It was Wednesday, 7 October 1863 when 16 boys aged from nine to 17 entered the schoolroom of polished floors and unblemished desks. These young men carried a heavy burden, for they represented the future prosperity of not only Ipswich Grammar School, but also the fledgling colony. Education was very new. Of the 348 boys aged between five and 15 in Ipswich in 1861, 89 were illiterate, 88 could read but not write, and 171 could read and write. It was a very different world with roughly half the age group uneducated. Those who did have the benefit of education were only taught at a very elementary level, which was representative of the situation across Queensland. Our history has reflected the ebbs and flows of Ipswich, Queensland and Australia. Enrolments reached 79 by 1865 and dropped to 42 by 1869. More recently student numbers hit the magic 1,000 mark in 1986 but dropped to 862 by 1999 as new schools provided increased competition. History can be a great teacher. Scholarships in 2013 are a contentious issue at IGS and at GPS schools in general. However, they are certainly not new. Competitive scholarship examinations commenced in Queensland in 1873 and there has always been an expectation that recipients will be strong contributors to all aspects of school life. In 1893 IGS student Robert Irwin received a letter from the Minister for Education’s office advising “that you have been careless ... inclined to be trifle with your work. The Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 3
  4. 4. The Great Hall as it currently stands and (inset) the old hall. Minister directs me to admonish you to be more careful in future so as to avoid the withdrawal of your scholarship and you are hereby admonished accordingly”. Again, I love the language, but the sentiment is the key. Irrespective of circumstances it is important that all of our students make the most of opportunities that are afforded through Ipswich Grammar School. 150 AND BEYOND OUR 150-year celebrations were a real highlight of 2013. We welcomed the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley, AC to our First Day Commemoration on 7 October – exactly 150 years after school began at IGS. Launching Sophie Church’s historic book was an important part of our early year celebrations. Both of these events were deliberately held in The Great Hall. It is a building steeped in history and tradition. 4 It signifies a school which epitomises our four core values of Excellence, Leadership, Integrity and Community. We also conducted a very important assembly early in the year when we inducted School Captain Jarred Hancock and his Prefects. To launch the occasion we were honoured with the presence of 27 past School Captains and 40 members of the class of 1963. During proceedings I invited our class of 2013 to our 200-year celebrations in 2063. Jarred will be 67 and I am sure will be an outstanding guest speaker. I will be 100 and hopefully part of the organising committee! At the outset I expressed that we can learn from our history and the struggles along the way. Headmaster Kerr noted that the temporary closure of the school in 1942 was a “paralysis that took some time to recover”. That recovery period extended post war when student numbers further declined from 200 in 1946 to 117 in 1951. Even our centenary year, Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community IGS QUICK FACTS • More than 15,000 students have attended Ipswich Grammar and about 500 teachers have guided their progress. • IGS has had 15 Headmasters, with Mr Richard Kerr serving for 30 years. • IGS has had 175 Duces since 1864 and 112 Senior Prefects (School Captains) since 1909. • IGS produced seven Rhodes Scholars. • IGS has won 62 GPS premierships. • World War I claimed the lives of 37 IGS men, while 36 died in World War II and one lost his life in the Vietnam War. • The school closed between January and May 1942 during World War II. • IGS has produced a Deputy Premier of Queensland, the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a Chief Justice of the High Court, a Chief of the General Staff of the Australian Army, two successful filmmakers, several eminent scientists, a Scottish Laird and a member of the House of Lords. • A school uniform was introduced in 1954, the same year IGS welcomed overseas students. • The first indigenous student joined IGS in 1961.
  5. 5. 1963, was not without its concerns. It was marked by a visit to the Education Minister requesting a grant of £15,000 to remain viable. The Minister remarked at the time that the “Trustees were spending too extravagantly, noting that the Headmaster’s salary was higher than at BGS, the class sizes were too small (too many teachers) and clerical expenses per student were much higher than at BGS”. The 1990s was also a challenging time for IGS. It was noted that “competition from the large number of Brisbane schools, the problem of attracting fee paying clients in a lower socio-economic area” had been ongoing issues for decades. So what have we learned from our history? Our geographical location in Ipswich is a source of great pride for our school. However, it does mean we face challenges different from Brisbane’s GPS schools. We are confronting some difficult decisions. It is important that our financial modelling is appropriate. For years we relied on the millions of dollars that were generated through Brassall land sales. Brave moves are currently being undertaken to ensure our financial viability and also to work towards ensuring our fees are accessible to the fast growing Ipswich community. By definition, our school is in a strong financial position. By mid-2014 Ipswich Grammar School will be totally longterm debt free. However, our financial performance needs attention as currently we are asset rich and cash flow poor. A SUCCESSFUL 2013 OUR students continue to shine in the classroom and at GPS sport and other activities. Competing against much larger schools our young men continue to enhance our reputation as a very strong GPS school. Success is not just confined to sport, with excellent performances in music, debating, chess and other cultural activities. I would like to especially acknowledge and congratulate our long serving Deputy Headmasters; Mr Mike Connors, Mr Tony Buckley and Mr Jon Snow. They have given a combined total of 74 years of service to IGS. Their commitment to the school and its students is unquestioned and their loyalty and support to a succession of Headmasters and Boards has been exemplary. A great sense of community characterises IGS. Many of our outgoing Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 5
  6. 6. Year 12 parents have been wonderful stalwarts of our P&F and various support groups. I would like to especially thank outgoing P&F President Tony Russell, Alannah Russell, Sue O’Connor, Terry Mellor and Madonna Adcock for leading our P&F and for the countless hours of volunteer work they have given our school. I encourage other parents to get involved in your sons’ education. To Board Chair Mr Jon Kent and his fellow Trustees, I express gratitude for your hard work and unwavering support. IGS exists to educate our young men. We are immensely proud of our students for their exemplary manners, their diligence, good humour and sense of school spirit. Our School Captain Jarred Hancock is a humble young man who leads by example. I notice a resilience amongst our community, a warmth from our young men, an unpretentious nature 2012 OP RESULTS OP 1-5 OP 1-10 OP 1-15 IGS 25% 58% 85% State Females Males 19.6% 20% 19% 48.9% 50% 46% 78% 80% 76% ACADEMIC BREAKDOWN • 2012 OP results were very impressive, with six OP 1s being the best of any school in the region. • NAPLAN results were above the state average in Years 5 and 9 in all numeracy and literacy measures and above the state average in Years 3 and 7 in all areas except spelling. • Seven High Distinctions, nine Distinctions and six Credits in the Australian Chemistry Quiz. • Tournament of Minds team placed second at the Australia/Pacific championships. • Ten High Distinctions, 45 Distinctions and 149 Credits in the Australian Mathematics Competition. • Mathematics Team Challenge team finished second. • One High Distinction, one Distinction and six Credits in the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition. • Seven High Distinctions, nine Distinctions and seven Credits in the RACI Australian National Chemistry Quiz. • Six High Distinctions, 48 Distinctions and 131 Credits in the ICAS Australian Science Program. • Two High Distinctions and 12 Distinctions in the QETA Economics Competition. 6 Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community of our students. We are also blessed to have very gifted and talented staff. This year the school undertook challenging enterprise bargaining and restructure processes. Throughout I was impressed by the professionalism, competence and common sense exhibited. The contributions of so many of our teachers to our 150 celebrations exemplifies their commitment and passion for the school. As well as being authored by Mrs Sophie Church (the wife of a former IGS teacher), ‘The Story of Ipswich Grammar School’ included poetry by Mr Brett Dionysius, cover design by Mr Craig Amos and a commemorative song penned by Mr John Acutt. The book tells of outstanding educators from the past. Future editions will remember fondly many of the current era of excellent teachers. I conclude with part of Mr Dionysius’s poem: “The 1863 brass plaque has been rubbed mirror bright. As the seniors brush over it on their way to the quad. Every student’s shoe add a little more buff. Warm To the touch; a yellow sun, it has captured thousands Of souls in its historical pull” Happy sesquicentenary, Ipswich Grammar School.
  7. 7. Staff directory SENIOR MANAGEMENT English Mr John Acutt Headmaster/CEO Mr Robert Henderson Geography Mr Stewart Wells Deputy Headmaster (Curriculum) Mr Mike Connors German Mrs Megan Barrett Deputy Headmaster (Student Welfare) Mr Jon Snow Health & Physical Education Mr Mike Murray Deputy Headmaster (Operations) Mr Tony Buckley Head of Middle School Mr John Chalvatzis History Dr John Volep DEPARTMENT HEADS & TEACHERS IN CHARGE Industrial Technology & Design Mr Stephen Butterfield Art Mrs Beth Barrett Information Technology Mr Geoff Faulkner YEARMASTERS Careers Miss Fiona Darlington Japanese Miss Natalie Horrobin Year 12 Mr Nigel Lucas Commerce Mr Geoff Dieckmann Junior School Sports Co-ordinator Mr Jamie Morgan Counselling Dr Mark Taylor Learning Support Mrs Kathy Gibbs Drama Miss Rose Isbell Mathematics Mrs Ann Marie Turner (Years 11-12) Mr Michael Stjepcevic (Years 7-10) Head of Junior School Mr David Macknish Business Manager Ms Vilma Gallinaro Year 11 Mr Geoff Dieckmann Year 10 Mr Rob Charles Assistant Head of Middle School Mr Alex McArdle Director of Sports and Activities Mr Nigel Greive Early Childhood Co-ordinator (Prep-Year 1) Mrs Catherine McGrath Sports Co-ordinator Mr Aaron Moore Early Childhood Co-ordinator (Years 2-3) Mrs Shelley Ede Director of Boarding Mr John Beaumont Earth Science Mr David King Deputy Director of Boarding Mr Glen Cronan Economics Mrs Maggie Chay Music Mr Gary Neaves Physics Mr Phil Trezise Science Mr John Martin Teacher/Librarian Mr David Cunningham (Senior) Mrs Kelly Lewis (Junior) Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 7
  8. 8. ACADEMIC STAFF BY DEPARTMENT ESL Ms Mary-Lou Watkins Accounting Mr Geoff Dieckmann Geography Mr John Chalvatzis, Mr Matthew Johansen, Mr Stewart Wells Agriculture & Horticulture Mr Darren Brown Art Mr Craig Amos, Mrs Beth Barrett, Mrs Maria Brown Automotive Studies Mr Ashley Beruldsen Biology Dr Carol Browne, Mr John Martin Business Principles Mrs Maggie Chay, Mr Glen Cronan, Mr Geoff Dieckmann Careers & Counselling Miss Fiona Darlington, Dr Mark Taylor Chemistry Mr John Martin, Mr Alex McArdle Drama Miss Rose Isbell, Mr Michael Wellings Earth Science Mr David King Economics Mrs Maggie Chay English Mr John Acutt, Mrs Megan Barrett, Mr John Beaumont, Mr Brett Dionysius, Mr Matthew Johansen, Mr Len Reidlinger, Ms Kaitlin Robbs, Mr Gordon Schroeder, Mrs Cristie Stoddart, Mr James Strathdee, Ms Mary-Lou Watkins 8 German Mrs Megan Barrett Health & Physical Education Mr Rob Charles, Mr Mark Fancourt, Mr Nigel Greive, Mr Darren Grose, Mr Bruce Hardy, Mr Jamie Morgan, Mr Mike Murray, Mr Andrew Walsh History Mr Gordon Schroeder, Mr Jon Snow, Dr John Volep, Mr James Strathdee Industrial Technology & Design Mr Ashley Beruldsen, Mr Stephen Butterfield, Mr Ken Lightbody, Mr Nigel Lucas, Mr Tim Ragdale Information Technology Mr Geoff Faulkner, Mr Adam French, Mr Bruce Hardy Japanese Miss Natalie Horrobin Keyboarding Mrs Maggie Chay, Mr Len Reidlinger Dance, Mrs Fran Davey, Mr Adam French, Mr Mal Head, Mr Michael Stjepcevic, Mrs Cristie Stoddart, Mr Phil Trezise, Mrs Ann Marie Turner Music Mr Ian Feltham, Mrs Bronwyn French, Mr Gary Neaves, Mr Laurence Keating, Mr David Stephens, Mr David Sue Yek, Mrs Lissa Sullivan-Ward, Mrs Robyn Tank, Ms Laura Thomson, Mr Leon Wensley Physics Mrs Lyn Dance, Mr Adam French, Mr Phil Trezise Science Mr Darren Brown, Dr Carol Browne, Mrs Sally Ann Chalvatzis, Mr John Cronin, Mrs Lyn Dance, Mr Mark Fancourt, Mr Adam French, Mrs Jennifer Hoyle, Mr David King, Mr John Martin, Mr Alex McArdle, Mr Phil Trezise Humanities Mrs Beth Barrett, Mr Glen Cronan, Miss Natalie Horrobin, Mr Matthew Johansen, Mr Gordon Schroeder Prep Miss Alyce Lindenmayer Year 1 Miss Alice Marsh, Mrs Nicole McGrath Year 2 Miss Jane Caton Learning Support Mr Rickie Dodd, Mrs Kathy Gibbs, Mrs Katie Goschnick, Mr Fabian Horridge, Mrs Shelley Martin Year 3 Mrs Sandra Corry Legal Studies Mr Michael Dixon Year 4 Mr Kristian Brock, Mr Peter Smith Mathematics Mr Alan Campbell, Mrs Sally Ann Chalvatzis, Mr John Cronin, Mrs Lyn Year 5 Mrs Karen Carseldine, Ms Harlie Thompson Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
  9. 9. Year 6 Ms Jodie Carnell, Mr Greg Simmonds Year 7 Mr Darren Hines, Mrs Kate Pitty, Mr Len Reidlinger Bus Drivers Mr Bruce Bosworth, Mr Geoff Hall, Mr Frank Kert Catering Alliance Information Services Ms Allison Luque, Mr Lindsay Norton, Mr Dave Peace, Mrs Greta Riddle, Mrs Linda Sutton, Mr Peter Yeates Laundry Mrs Gloria Leschke Administration Mrs Michelle Hawck, Mrs Karen Hawkes, Mrs Kym-Maree Horsey, Miss Sindy Perrem, Mrs Angela Thompson Cleaners Mrs Susanne Cole, Miss Kym Johnston, Mrs Marion Johnston, Mrs Veronica Lukritz Marketing Mr Danny Breen, Mr Brad Weier, Mrs Lisa Hooper Clothing Store Mrs Michelle Owens, Mrs Di Sheppard PA to Headmaster/CEO Mrs Wendy Utz Before & After School Care Miss Simone Bawden, Mrs Susan Corke, Mrs Debra Downes, Mr Ben Golding, Mrs Katherine Green, Mr Thomas Hardy, Miss Stephanie Marsh, Mr Richard Tank, Mr Thomas Walsh Crossing Supervisors Ms Bronwyn Morris, Mrs Judith Neibling, Mr Kerry Smith ADMINISTRATION & ANCILLARY STAFF Boarding Masters Mr Doug Allen, Mr Craig Amos, Mr Frank Byrnes, Mr Alex Canavan, Mr Brett Dionysius, Mr Mark Fancourt, Mr David Fulcher, Mr Andrew Huntley, Mr Ken Langdon, Mr Nigel Lucas, Mr Simon Manchee, Mr Visshagarajan Maniam, Mr David Maskell, Mr Andrew Spence, Mr Ben Vialle, Mr Andrew Walsh, Mr Michael Wellings Boarding Mother Mrs Anne Usher Boarding Tutors Mr Calum Acutt, Mr Conor Acutt, Mr Alex Barnett, Mr Daniel Barnett, Miss Ashleigh Barrett, Mr Nicholas Birnie, Mr Pat Egstorf, Mr Doug Holt, Miss Margaret Massey, Mr Michael Stjepcevic Community Relations Mrs Kathryn Searle Data Management Mrs Nicola Oakley Finance Mrs Debbie McCourt, Mrs Narelle Spithill, Mrs Wendy Townsley Grounds & Maintenance Mr Terry Bird, Mr James Condon, Mr Brian Graves, Mr Chris Hancock, Mr Brett Kickbusch, Mr Dennis McCourt, Mr Russell Mellor, Mr Peter Siebenhausen, Mr Daniel Spithill, Mr Paul Taylor Health Centre Mrs Rebecca Blanford, Mrs Janice Lant, Ms Emma Terrell, Mrs Marianne Turner, Mrs Catherine Wilson Historian Mrs Sophie Church HR & Payroll Mrs Michelle Shepherd Secretary to Deputy Headmaster (Curriculum) Mrs Colleen Marsh Senior School Library Mrs Colleen Page, Mrs Julie Stewart Science Technicians Ms Jaycinth Bean, Mrs Gay Reu Student Services Mrs Virginia Hall-Smith Swimming Pool Miss Jess Chandler, Mr Cade Fasala, Mr Greg Fasala, Mr Oliver Pye, Mr Liam Roberts, Mr Jack Scully Teacher Aides Mrs Louise Dixon, Mrs Bronwyn French, Mr Ian Gabb, Mrs Kylie Gallagher, Ms Leearne Hardgrove, Ms Kay Harvey, Mrs Lisa Hooper, Ms Clare Horsfield, Mrs Angela Isaacs, Ms Tracey Kahl, Mrs Alison Krause, Mr Nigel Ladd, Mrs Pamela Morrow, Mrs Danielle Schossow, Ms Kylie Stenzel, Mrs Rebecca Wilson Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 9
  10. 10. IGS 150 1 T HE formal beginning of Ipswich Grammar School was announced in ‘The Courier’ on 24 September 1863 with the words: “There can be not the slightest doubt that Ipswich, by thus leading the van in taking advantage of the wise legislation which enables them to initiate an undertaking of such vast importance, has stolen a march upon the other towns of the colony.” Some 150 years later, 2013 was a time of celebration and reflection. The year began with Assembly 150 on Monday, 11 February. Twenty-seven former school captains and 40 members of the class of 1963 joined the IGS community in a special morning that launched the school year in historic fashion. This was followed by cricket heritage round on Saturday, 23 February, which 10 commemorated the first ever sporting fixture between Ipswich Grammar School and Brisbane Grammar School. As was the case in 1869, the standard of play between these old foes was high, with Mikey Wilson’s knock of 79 leading IGS to victory. Commemorative bats were signed Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community 1 150 art students helped create the award-winning ‘150th Anniversary Mural’. 2 Old Boy Sir Llew Edwards and former Headmaster Denis Frederiksen returned for a special assembly in February. 3 More than 80 people turned out for the IGS 150 Golf Day at Brookwater. 4 The IGS 150 Gala Dinner was a huge success, with more than 240 people in attendance. 5 A year of celebration officially began with Assembly 150 in February.
  11. 11. 3 2 4 5 by players from both schools and are now on display at Brassall Sporting Complex. About 200 people attended the official launch of ‘The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013’ on Friday, 15 March. The Great Hall was illuminated by candlelight to replicate the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the school in 1868. Written by author and historian Sophie Church, the book went on to win a silver award at the Queensland Heritage Awards and a gold award at the Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence. Celebrations continued at the 150-year Anniversary Ladies High Tea in June, where Year 12 students served food and drinks to parents and friends of Ipswich “ 2012. Old Boy and Wallaby Berrick Barnes was presented with a commemorative First XV jersey before the First XV game against Churchie. Celebration Week began with a field of 82 people attending the IGS 150 Golf Day at Brookwater Golf Club on Friday, 4 October. There can be not the slightest doubt that The week continued with the Ipswich, by thus leading the van in taking First Day Commemoration in advantage of the wise legislation which The Great Hall on Monday, enables them to initiate an undertaking 7 October. Her Excellency, of such vast importance, has stolen a Ms Penelope Wensley AC, march upon the other towns of the colony Governor of Queensland, was guest of honour at the assembly, which included a parade More than 150 former students of IGS uniforms from throughout the returned to Ipswich Grammar School for years. Celebration Week came to a close Old Boys’ Day on 14 September. Among at the IGS 150 Gala Dinner on Saturday, those in attendance were members of the graduating classes of 1953, 1993, 2003 and 12 October. Grammar School in a sold-out Great Hall. June also saw football in the spotlight, with IGS hosting BBC for another memorabile heritage round. The First XI played their part by defeating a gallant BBC 3-2. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 11
  12. 12. 6 9 7 8 More than 240 people including staff, parents, Old Boys, invited guests and sponsors gathered for this historic night at Brookwater Golf Club. Our artists were acknowledged for their hard work when ‘150th Anniversary Mural’ won the Student section of the Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence on Tuesday, 15 October. The collaborative work showcases the talents of 150 students and is on permanent display in the Clive Wyman Resource Centre. The final 150 event was a community choir performance on Sunday, 10 November of ‘Voices in the Halls’, a 12 10 commemorative song penned by Head of English Mr John Acutt. IGS 150 celebrations would not have been possible without the support of our generous partners Ipswich City Council, Llewellyn Motors, River 94.9, Hoopers Carpet One, BOQ Winston Glades, Eaton Services Group, Canon, Greater Springfield Orthodontics and Spotless. Thanks also to the 150 organising committee of Lesley Mahaffey, Terry Mellor, Roz Jackwitz, Kathryn Searle, Lisa Hooper, Danny Breen, Brad Weier, Bruce Prasser and Bob Adcock for their superb contributions to our celebrations. Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community 6 Students formed a perfect ‘150’ on the oval in July. 7 Headmaster Robert Henderson and author Sophie Church at the Launch of ‘The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013’. 8 The 150-year Anniversary Ladies High Tea was held in June. 9 IGS uniforms through the years. 10 Junior School students enjoyed special 150 cupcakes in October. This committee was very ably led by Deputy Headmaster – Curriculum Mr Mike Connors. 2013 was a busy and rewarding year for the Ipswich Grammar School community as we paid tribute to the past while looking ahead to a bright future. The next 150 years promises to be another amazing journey.
  13. 13. ‘Voices in the Halls’ The fields are laced with evening dew Lights gets called inside the towers The flying fox is far from home And won’t be home for many hours. No summer breeze, the air is still The mango falls from the trees Something’s heard from down the hall Something’s whispered in the leaves. We’ve got ... Simon We’ve got ... Izaac We’ve got ... Eric We’ve got ... William Call the name of every boy whoever strode these ancient halls Voices reach to every ear and “Hail” us back across the years Classrooms, lessons, lunch detentions, the games, the battles, whistles blow. “I’ve been called up to the office.” “Sometimes you reap the crop you sow.” Faded foolscap, HB pencil, the Speech Night walk across the stage, I fold the tie and shed the blazer, the end of school, another page. Rough winds blow from every quarter Winds bring news of drought and rain But stand we tall and stand united A breath of hope gives life again. Rough winds blow from every quarter Winds bring news of drought and rain But stand we tall and stand united A breath of hope gives life again. Dawn is breaking, it’s tomorrow, a silver glow across the fields Soon the halls will fill with voices, a sea of grey and shuffling heels. The flying fox returns at last, to sleep all day his belly full, Another day renewed with promise, another day on Grammar Hill. I hear the sounds of bellowed orders from old parade grounds long ago Orders echo, world asunder, young men marching row on row Soldiers tall they’re off to battle, now they march toward the foe They’re like those who die as cattle, into the roaring cloud they go. Down any street in any city, I’ll hear a voice call out my name Shake the hand and say, “How are you?”, one past that says we’re all the same. On and on the echoes whisper, from every voice a story told Fourteen thousand men together, fourteen thousand young and old. We’ve got ... Trevor We’ve got ... Richard We’ve got ... Michael We’ve got ... Conor And from the furnace from the fire, not a word since last July The battle’s done there’s no more thunder, in her hand your short good-bye. “I do not like to leave you know, without a parting word to you. Hoping when the whip starts cracking, I’ll do what I’m supposed to do.” We’ve got ... Jimmy We’ve got ... David We’ve got ... Lachlan We’ve got ... Johnny We’ve got ... Andy We’ve got ... Samuel We’ve got ... Harry We’ve got ... Patrick We come from the nearby houses, the black soil flats and Denmark Hill Sons of miners, railway workers, “Dad works at the woollen mill” “My dad works hard to send me here. I want to make the most of it.” “I ride in from Sandy Gallop, if I don’t pass they’ll have a fit” We’ve got ... Matthew We’ve got ... Jarred We’ve got ... Thomas We’ve got ... Lukas We’ve got ... Ryan We’ve got ... Adam We’ve got ... Daniel We’ve got ... Jacob We’ve got ... Norman We’ve got ... Calum We’ve got ... Hamish We’ve got ... Alex Faces to each name we render memories that we all remember Shared in times of cheer and strife we are the men of red and white Rough winds blow from every quarter Winds bring news of drought and rain But stand we tall and stand united A breath of hope gives life again. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School – John Acutt, Head of English 13
  14. 14. Think Pink Week HELD from 29 July to 6 August, our annual Think Pink Week aimed to extend on previous success and further develop the community relations between Ipswich Grammar and the Kim Walters Choices Program. The week started with the Middle School versus teachers dodgeball game, which saw the newly refurbished gym come to life in what proved to be a fierce competition. Crowd favourites Mr Chalvatzis and Mr Walsh lead the teachers to a 2-1 win. Tuesday’s hot dog and slushie sale proved to be extremely successful, and this momentum carried into Wednesday’s water bomb 14 throwing. Thursday’s seniors versus teachers basketball game produced many memorable moments, such as Mr Wellings’ four three pointers and an alleyoop performed by Joel Berry and Brennan Cross. The school week concluded with the Senior School versus teachers dodgeball game, which was once again won by the teachers. Saturday’s home rugby and basketball fixtures resulted in a large amount of merchandise sales, and the following Tuesday’s Think Pink Concert raised almost $4,000. I can proudly announce that the IGS community raised a Think Pink Week record $15,300 Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community for Kim Walters Choices. The week would not have been possible without the efforts of a number of people. Staff co-ordinator Mrs Pitty did an amazing job, giving up her time and using her skills to help create a wonderful week. Thank you to all the Pink Ambassadors who sold merchandise and set up activities. Thanks also to the Senior Management Team, Mrs Sweeney and Alliance Catering, Mrs Sonia Watts, Mr Murray, Mr Moore, the grounds and maintenance staff, Music Captain Ben Boehm and our generous prize donors. – Jacob Teevan
  15. 15. Old Boys / Parents & Friends OLD BOYS’ ASSOCIATION T HE Old Boys’ Association (OBA) enjoyed another busy year and was well represented during IGS 150 celebrations. Thirty former school captains and 40 members of the class of 1963 were special guests at Assembly 150 on 11 February. Many Old Boys also attended cricket heritage round, the launch of ‘The Story of Ipswich Grammar School’, the 150 golf day, gala dinner and First Day Commemoration. A record number of Old Boys returned to the school for interviews as part of the Year 7’s annual Hail IGS program, and more than 150 former students including a number of reunion groups enjoyed Old Boys’ Day on 14 September. I am proud to announce that this highly successful event is now a permanent fixture on the IGS calendar. Mr BOB ADCOCK Old Boys’ Association President It was pleasing to see distinguished Old Boys such as former Queensland Deputy Premier Sir Llew Edwards, Wallaby Berrick Barnes and State Member for Beaudesert Jon Krause return to IGS for a number of special events. Several Old Boys also generously contributed to the school’s Red & White Annual Giving Program, which supports the Building Fund, Scholarship Fund and Library Fund. The OBA presented the graduating P&F ASSOCIATION O N BEHALF of the Parents and Friends of Ipswich Grammar School I would like to congratulate the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Headmaster/CEO Mr Robert Henderson and all those who have gone before them in stewarding our fine school through 150 years of excellent education in Queensland. We acknowledge the commitment of the teachers, administration staff and groundsmen who are so dedicated to our sons’ education and well-being. The P&F began the 150th year with a welcome evening that supported the launch of Mrs Sophie Church’s historical book ‘The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013’. Mr TONY RUSSELL P&F Association President There were many opportunities for the P&F to contribute financially to the school, most notably being the refurbishment of the gymnasium. Also, a sense of history and pride in the achievements of former students was acknowledged as honour boards were erected in the Auditorium. Initiatives such as these resulted in a class of 2013 with polo shirts, bags, caps and pens at the annual Valedictory Dinner and final assembly. Students who represented the school at the highest level also received special OBA Firsts ties. The OBA continued to raise money through the sale of its limited edition IGS 150 wine, and we hope to fund the purchase of new honour boards for the Auditorium in early 2014. I would like to thank the Old Boys who regularly return to the school to support current students and volunteer as coaches and mentors. You make a significant contribution to the school. Thanks also to the OBA executive of Russell Brockman, John Edmondson and Eric Clarke, as well as school liaisons Brad Weier and Kathryn Searle. Special thanks to Headmaster/CEO Mr Robert Henderson and the Board of Trustees for their continued support. significant investment by the P&F. Congratulations must go to the Year 12 leadership team and the entire senior cohort for the fine example they set throughout the year. May they go forward in life knowing that their parents have given them a great gift in the form of an Ipswich Grammar School education. Next year’s leadership group should also know that their selection is based on 150 years of tradition, excellence and pride. Lastly, I must thank the small but incredibly supportive and committed group of parents who attended the monthly P&F Association meetings during the year. They must be congratulated for their dedication to furthering the well-being of the Ipswich Grammar School community. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 15
  16. 16. Boarding O NE hundred and fifty years young, what a tremendous achievement for such a wonderful school. I cannot help but reflect on what the boarding house must have been like in those early years. The trials and tribulations may have been different but in many ways similar to those we experience even today. Laundry, bedding, food, sport and home life would definitely have dominated conversations. Living away from home at Ipswich Grammar School may have been difficult, but the friendships built and respect earned I’m sure would have made the journey physically, emotionally and socially worthwhile. Much the same as today. The significance of 150 years was 16 Mr JOHN BEAUMONT Director of Boarding certainly not lost in the boarding house, and so we celebrated this milestone together in 2013. We welcomed many Old Boys for tours of the facilities, shared meals and of course some more traditional festivities such as rugby days, reunions and arts evenings. It is always a pleasure to welcome back and share wonderful stories with men Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community who collectively at some point have called Ipswich Grammar School home. Our boarding houses this year were certainly places of intense activity and diligent study. Our Year 12 cohort was simply magnificent in setting a tone that highlighted excellence and respect. I commend Boarding Captain Brennan Cross and Vice-Captain Vincent Wen on their perseverance, patience and concern for all boarding matters. Every member of the Year 12 boarding group was involved in a number of co-curricular activities and attended to their studies with careful consideration and persistence. These young men were fantastic role models and have certainly set the bar high for next year’s seniors. As with all communal living arrangements there were highs and lows.
  17. 17. BOARDERS BACK ROW: FIFTH ROW: FOURTH ROW: THIRD ROW: SECOND ROW: FRONT: ABSENT: B. Fan, T. Gorringe, G. Brown, N. Blair, B. Sullivan, S. Cronan, O. Hsu, J. Guymer, B. Jackwitz, K. McKenzie, L. Davenport, J. Batho, J. McLean, D. Jennings, B. Xue, E. Davidson, J. Song, G. Phineasa, C. Anderson, B. Walters, S. Kawale T. Christian, L. Campbell, M. Adcock, A. Rice, C. Van Dugteren, R. Kennedy, B. Bobongie, V. Wang, T. Zheng, L. Johnston, L. Mudu, D. Dreyer, D. Blinks, R. Gibson, B. Rathbone, B. Zhang, J. Gillett, B. Hammond Mr S. Manchee, D. Gale, W. Lauenstein, A. Huen, S. Oldershaw, C. Storck, B. Warren, T. Gillanders, K. Fairhurst, M. Michael, J. Logan, R. Williams, G. Marsh, D. Pan, J. Bulgarelli, J. Lui, J. Huen, J. Mooka Mr M. Wellings, E. Page, D. Flanagan, T. Thompson, Ivan He, X. Michael, A. Chan, M. McPherson, W. Cook, B. Edwards, R. Maskelyne, P. Jones, Q. Collins-Cobbo, C. Bailey, J. McQuilty, S. Olver, I. Rodda, Mr M. Fancourt A. Jennings, B. Murray, S. Logan S. Maniam, T. NG, J. Garrett, H. You, R. Mitchell, C. Smith, B. Laidlaw, M. Schrader, T. Liu, K. Chen, D. David, J. Marrott, V. Williams, J. Schefe, J. Runnegar, L. Miller Mr C. Amos, Mrs A. Usher, Mr B. Dionysius, Mr J. Beaumont, K. Tomachy, R. Murray, R. Page, B. Cross, V. Wen, T. Sharpe-Jones, T. Mowles, L. Graham, D. Bowen, H. Fisher, Mr R. Henderson, Mr G. Cronan, Mr N. Lucas, Mr M. Stjepcevic J. Liao, N. Spencer SENIOR BOARDERS BACK ROW: Joel McLean, Kalum McKenzie THIRD ROW: Edward Davidson, Joe Guymer, Daniel Jennings, Oscar Hsu, Todd Gorringe, Brooke Walters, Stanford Kawale SECOND ROW: Bruce Xue, Toa Christian, Carlin Anderson, Niall Blair, Glen Brown, Gerald Phineasa, Jae Woo Song, Brian Fan FRONT ROW: Billy Jackwitz, Brenton Sullivan, Mr Glen Cronan, Vincent Wen, Mr Robert Henderson, Brennan Cross, Mr John Beaumont, Liam Davenport, Jack Batho ABSENT: Scott Cronan I am particularly happy to report that for the academic year of 2013 the highs far outweighed the lows. We enjoyed another outstanding year, which is due in no small part to the masters, refectory staff, tutors and maintenance department. To Glen Cronan, Simon Manchee, Anne Usher and Michelle Hawck, I cannot thank you enough for your tireless efforts and many deeds that simply go beyond all reasonable expectations of the workplace. Your support, understanding and friendship is never taken for granted by myself and those in our care. Thank you. As the year races to its conclusion, I take pause to reflect on the many new friendships established and the strengthening of old. Memories made and sustained that will endure and withstand the test of time despite embellishment. Much the same I would presume of those 150 years ago. Hail IGS. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 17
  18. 18. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS BACK ROW: Andy Hsieh, Oscar Hsu, Niall Blair THIRD ROW: Axiel Rice, Blake Zhang, Victor Wang, Bruce Xue, Stanford Kawale, Tony Zheng, Jeremy Gillett, Joshua Logan SECOND ROW: Samuel Logan, Jay Liao, Ryan Maskelyne, Alan Chan, Jae Woo Song, Ivan He, Tony Liu, Tom Ng, Suri Maniam FRONT ROW: James Runnegar, Kent Chen, Vincent Wen, Mr Glen Cronan, Mr John Beaumont, Mr Robert Henderson, Ms Mary-Lou Watkins, Brian Fan, Daniel Pan, Hugh You Indigenous Students BACK ROW: FOURTH ROW: THIRD ROW: SECOND ROW: FRONT ROW: 18 Coen Van Dugteren, Rhys Gibson, Ethan Page, Lindsy Mudu, Raymond Butterworth, Rhyen Kennedy Xavier Michael, Kaelum Fairhurst, Allan Huen, Barry Bobongie, Brendan Warren, Mitchell Michael, Gerrard Marsh, Jackson Weir James Bulgarelli, Matthew McPherson, Tyrell Thompson, Toa Christian, Gerald Phineasa, Daniel Jennings, Carlin Anderson, Todd Gorringe, Jonah Lui, Bryce Edwards, Pierce Jones Brannon Murray, Walter Lauenstein, Jayden Marrott, Jermiah Mooka, Fredric Walker, Wyatt Cook, Daniel David, Juaun Garrett, Quayden Collins-Cobbo, Verle Williams, James Huen, Ryley Page Leon Miller, Khalli Tomachy, Louis Graham, Mr Ricky Dodd, Mr John Beaumont, Brenton Sullivan, Mr Robert Henderson, Mr Glen Cronan, Austin Jennings, Richard Murray, Dhareese Bowen Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
  19. 19. Curriculum T his year was another busy and productive one across the learning and teaching areas of the school. A major initiative was our involvement in the Self-Improving Schools Project developed by Independent Schools Queensland. Being a part of this project, the school has identified two key focus areas for improvement – the development of an IGS pedagogical framework and also professional development on instructional leadership for the school’s middle management tier. This project will continue for two years and ultimately a framework will evolve whereby teachers become more strategic and educational outcomes improve. The system of academic tracking emphasising Grade Point Averages by Mr MICHAEL CONNORS Deputy Headmaster (Curriculum) students and also Pastoral Tracking has been most effective. Students now have the capacity to review their overall results and seek ways for self-improvement through reflection and the adoption of learning strategies. Also, these indicators have become very important aspects for subject selection in the senior years and future study pathways post-school. The implementation of subjects under ACARA guidelines has been successful and the challenge now is to plan for the future and review our curriculum mix, particularly in Year 10 to align this year level more with senior schooling. Our NAPLAN results have been pleasing with above-sate mean scores on a number of occasions. The graduating class of 2012 achieved very well, and we acknowledge the following students: • OP 1: George Yang, Piyumal Tennakoon, Calum Acutt, Matthew Benn, Cameron Busch, Zachary Dowling. • OP 2: Anthony Liu, Qiancheng Wei, Seb Thomas, Aaron Pleash, Nicholas Baker, Mitch Roetteler. • OP 3: Haider Shah, Greg Beazley, Brent Habberman. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 19
  20. 20. Other results: • OP 4: Nine students • OP 5: Nine students • OP 1-5: 25% of cohort • OP 1-10: 58% of cohort • OP 1-15: 85% of cohort The school’s pathways program is becoming more successful, with Year 12 graduating students entering a diverse range of studies and work. More than 80% of students who completed Year 12 in 2012 continued in some recognised form of tertiary education or training. The most common study destination was bachelor degree (65%), with a combined VET study destination accounting for 16%. Our preparation for work in the trades area is proving positive, with 23 students undertaking school-based apprenticeships and traineeships as well as being employed in full time or part time capacities. The major field of study of Year 12 graduates in education or training is in engineering and related technologies. This continues the school’s history and success of developing fine engineers. Other 2013 highlights include: • Successful Pathway C program in senior years with 21 traineeships, five school-based apprenticeships, 11 students attending TAFE/Southbank and 35 students doing structured work experience. • 14 students graduating with a Certificate III in Hospitality. • Seven High Distinctions, nine Distinctions and six Credits in the Australian Chemistry Quiz. • Tournament of Minds team placing second in the Australian/Pacific championships. • 10 High Distinctions, 45 Distinctions, 149 Credits in the Australian Mathematics Competition. • Second place in the Mathematics Team Challenge. • Expansion in Certificate III Sport & Recreation and Fitness studies. • ACARA history and geography units successfully completed. • Publishing ‘The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013’ by Sophie Church, with contributions from Craig Amos (cover) and Brett Dionysius (sonnets). • Production of ‘The Russian Lieutenant’ and ‘Voices in the Halls’, thanks to Mr John Acutt. I sincerely wish to thank all staff for their support and professionalism. Our curriculum has significantly changed over the years and will continue to do so into the future – a challenge to all educators. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Deputy Headmasters Mr Tony Buckley and Mr Jon Snow for your wisdom and friendship, and to my secretary Mrs Colleen Marsh for your dedication and support. All the best for 2014. NAPLAN RESULTS Year 3 IGS Boys Girls State Reading Writing Spelling G&P Numeracy 418 391 422 407 392 450 386 410 407 430 396 419 429 387 384 386 Year 5 IGS Boys Girls State 510 491 503 497 489 454 486 470 495 513 476 486 495 540 485 495 493 487 476 481 Year 7 IGS Boys Girls State 540 529 538 533 518 498 532 515 537 538 534 521 551 543 542 532 554 543 534 539 Year 9 IGS Boys Girls State 20 435 399 417 408 585 566 579 572 579 527 570 548 595 589 569 557 588 580 578 568 610 578 569 573 Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
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  22. 22. COMMERCE AGAIN, a busy but satisfying year has been experienced by the Commerce Department. After introducing the MYOB software package into our business principles and accounting courses several years ago we upgraded to Version 19.8 this year. This program is now well used by all classes from Year 9 to Year 12. Year 9 business principles classes work through the cash books section of the program, while Year 10 classes work through a fuller program that addresses the retail industry. Year 12 students are exposed to the full MYOB program. Keyboarding students continue to use a software program called Typing Master. The sophisticated program is screeninteractive and allows students to progress at their own pace. I must thank Mr Len Reidlinger and Mrs Maggie Chay for the enthusiastic work that they are doing in engaging the boys in Year 7. We continue to investigate other software packages that will complement the present program. There are also a number of enrichment courses available on MyIGS. Mr GEOFF DIECKMANN Teacher in Charge of Commerce This course aims to teach students how to touch type. By the end of the year students should feel comfortable using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. Touch typing is almost a mandatory skill in our modern society. We continue to modify our Year 9 and 10 business principles course to expose students to more consumer education and business enterprise as well as the computer work mentioned above. This year we introduced an e-commerce topic that was well received by Year 10 students. We have also introduced financial literacy and insurance as topics in Year 9. Taxation is addressed in depth at the end of Year 10. Interesting developments have ECONOMICS ECONOMICS is a small but successful department at IGS. Unfortunately an increasing number of students wait until university to study economics and as a result experience difficulty. This could be eased by taking economics at high school. Again, one of the highlights of the course is boys spending a week at a Brisbane business where they participate in an extension program called Ecoman. Another highlight was Year 11 student Caelan Rafferty winning the Queensland title in the Australian Economics 22 been made with respect to delivering information and workbooks electronically via MyIGS and One Note. With the rollout of laptops, students are able to complete work on screen and save it. This reduces the consumption of paper as booklets are not required for all topics. We continue to offer the School Sharemarket Game to students who show an interest in the stock market. This simulation gives students the chance to test their skills in a real-world situation without having to commit any of their own money. Syndicates start the game with $50,000 and are able to buy and sell via the internet to expand their portfolio. The school has experienced some success in the Sharemarket Game over the years. Three years ago Ethan Smith came third in Australia and first in Queensland, while Keegan Hunter finished first in Queensland and second in Australia two years ago. The past year or so has not unearthed any more high flyers! My thanks must go to Maggie Chay, Glen Cronan and Len Reidlinger for all the work and co-operation they have extended in helping our department. Credits. The UQ Economics Competition was entered by nearly every high school in Queensland. IGS once again recorded some excellent results, with 66% of Year 12 students receiving a Credit or better and 75% of Year 11s doing the same. COMPETITION RESULTS Mrs MAGGIE CHAY Head of Economics Competition, with Matthew Roetteler coming fourth. Gary De Muelenaer and Andrew Love received Distinctions, while William Herzig and Conor Tarpey received Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community YEAR 12: David Marcolin (High Distinction); Jacob Butcher, Andrew Jarrett, Prescott Fraser, Jack Lorton, Elliot Randall, Matthew Waters, Brayden Leisemann, Itrat Memon (Distinction); Tom Cochran, Brennan Cross, Cameron Bargewell, Joshua Cheadle, Cheng-lung Hsieh, Stanford Kawale, Grant O’Connor, John Freeman, Niall Blair (Credit). YEAR 11: William Herzig (High Distinction); Caelan Rafferty, Andrew Love, Connor Renwick, Keegan Hall-Smith (Distinction); James Troeger, Cameron Boyle, Andy Pengelly, Matthew Roetteler, Jacob Street (Credit).
  23. 23. CAREERS & COUNSELLING COUNSELLORS support students who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural and educational difficulties and provide career guidance. Another key role of the department is liaising with external sources such as doctors, health agencies and therapists. Development and implementation of programs designed to enhance wellbeing are an important component of the curriculum. Years 1, 5 and 7 students completed the Mind Up program, which promotes well-being and resilience, and the Preps learnt how to help themselves through the Fun Friends program. A conflict resolution presentation was held for parents under the auspices of the Middle School, and a program titled Unravelling the Mysteries of Boy Behaviour was held in Term 2. SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) has already been attended by more than 50 staff and a number of parents Dr MARK TAYLOR Guidance Counsellor and Year 12 students. Ipswich Grammar has become a more suicide-aware community as a result of this program. Miss Fiona Darlington, who specialises in careers counselling, provides valuable service to students in Years 10-12. Ipswich Grammar has developed three pathways that students may undertake in their senior years – Pathway A: Pathway to University (OP), Pathway B: Alternative Pathway to Tertiary Study (Selection Rank), and Pathway C: World of Work. Students are required to choose which pathway and subjects to take during their individual ESL A SIGNIFICANT focus for the ESL Department was the hosting of short-term study tours from China and Korea. The year began with 36 students and four teachers from Fanghua High School in Shanghai visiting IGS in January. This was followed by visits from Beijing No. 15 Middle School, Beijing No. 94 Middle School and The Branch Middle School. A delegation of 10 Chinese teachers was hosted in February, and a study tour from Korea was hosted in July. Meanwhile, ESL classes resumed for the 20 Chinese and one Korean student at IGS. These classes offered intensive English language instruction in the areas of Ms MARY LOU WATKINS ESL Specialist reading, writing, speaking and listening. Multiculturalism is embraced at IGS and we are proud of our ESL students and their achievements. The non-English speaking students worked hard and maintained high levels of motivation to achieve academic success. This dedication SET Plan interviews in Year 10. Year 12 students received group and individual sessions on the QTAC application process to ensure they were successful with receiving a QTAC offer. Students in Years 10-12 took part in the Careers Expo in Term 3 and Careers Day in Term 2, with more than 40 presenters from industries such as police, health, real estate, trades and universities in attendance. This was followed in Term 3 with more than a dozen sessions for students to attend, from resume writing to careers in health and accommodation at UQ. A number of work experience, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities have also been offered to our students including placements at Ipswich Hospital and Defence Force – Military Aviation, as well as in fields such fitness, IT, electrical, plumbing and auto-electrical. Thank you to Miss Darlington for her continued dedication and commitment in developing a successful career education program at Ipswich Grammar School. was rewarded with strong academic results and prizes in maths and science. Two ESL prizes were presented at Speech Night. An encouragement prize was awarded to Year 10 Chinese student Tony (Tong) Zheng, who worked tirelessly to achieve rapid language acquisition and excellent marks in his subjects. The Year 11 encouragement prize went to Chinese student Hugh (Hu) You, who experienced success through quiet persistence and determination. Year 12 student Vincent (Hsuan-Yao) Wen from Taiwan was also recognised for his academic success, as well as his role as Boarding Vice-Captain. I look forward to 2014 when IGS will once again open its doors to visiting and permanent international students. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 23
  24. 24. GEOGRAPHY THE Geography Department at Ipswich Grammar continues to evolve, engaging students and challenging their decision making while integrating Blackboard into the learning processes. The Year 7 program is progressing well and the 2013 cohort undertook integrated study units under the guidance of Head of Middle School Mr Chalvatzis, Miss Pitty and Messer’s Hinze and Reidlinger. The current seniors have worked well and on exiting, standards well above the state average are expected. The curriculum incorporates a number of excursions and field trips to complement the theoretical side of courses. Year 8 SOSE students were introduced to electronic learning through their online mapping unit. This was followed by another e-learning experience on desert and rainforest BIOMES. These units will be Mr STEWART WELLS Head of Geography/SOSE continued in 2014 under National Curriculum guidelines. Year 9 students started the ACARA National History Curriculum with integrated geography units. Year 10 students travelled to suburbs such as Teneriffe, New Farm, Red Hill, Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley and Paddington and identified land use types specific to Brisbane. Year 10 industrial studies focussed on mass production and marketing and a field trip to the Coca-Cola plant at INFORMATION SERVICES THE amalgamated teams of library, print, audio visual and information communication technologies this year added identification cards and the access control system to our fleet of responsibilities at the Clive Wyman Resource Centre. We again promoted reading through Accelerated Reader, with notable mention of Chris Fox for working with Mr Cunningham, and the Middle School teachers in demonstrating why reading is so important for lifelong learning. We added to the school’s audio visual facilities by utilising the green screen for student projects and staff presentations. Print services was again busy, with the 24 Mr PETER YEATES Information Services Manager & eLearning Co-ordinator intended reduction of fleet device utilisation in favour of the print room to help improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. Mrs Riddle returned to work as we moved Years 4 and 7 and several staff to Windows 8 with a combination of new Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community Richlands. Year 10 students also extended their knowledge of farming by visiting Peak Crossing and Salt Gully at Boonah. Year 11 students ventured to Noosa to observe and analyse processes that form, shape and change our coastlines. They also examined the Springfield master planned community as part of their urban studies. Year 12 students were also encouraged to get out into the field to record primary data which was used in their environmental report. The theme was ‘Water Quality in the Brisbane River Catchment’ and the students carried out water sampling at five sites within the catchment before returning to the biology laboratory to run the tests. In closing, thanks must go to all teachers for their contributions to the Geography Department in 2013. Best wishes in the future to our graduating seniors. and existing tablet PC devices designed to further support desired learning outcomes. There was also much effort from an e-learning perspective in the provision of self-directed learning opportunities for staff to extend and apply their ICT skills. From the start of Term 4 and throughout the school holidays we were busy refreshing infrastructure for 2014 and beyond. Thank you to the students and staff who have respected and taken great care of the school-provided devices over the past year. Thank you also to all members of the Information Services Department who have worked tirelessly throughout the year, and to all our customers who have provided feedback to help us build for another great year in 2014.
  25. 25. JAPANESE 2013 proved to be yet another busy year for the Japanese Department. Students had the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural activities and competitions including the Australian Language Certificate Tests, the Gifu Daiichi visit, Japanese Obento lunches and dinners with family members, origami making and calligraphy. Throughout the course of Japanese study students are exposed to the many facets of language acquisition including culture, history and society. This begins in Year 6 with students studying language and culture and learning colours, adjectives, verbs, numbers and body parts. Year 7 students spent the year immersed in intercultural language learning, writing Haiku poetry, making origami, looking at Japanese geography and gardens and visiting a virtual Japanese school, all while mastering the reading and writing of Hiragana (Japanese script) and Kanji. Making the most of the school’s one-to-one laptop program, they utilised interactive Japanese programs and script learning games on MyIGS, created family Miss NATALIE HORROBIN Teacher in Charge of Japanese member manga and learnt how to type assignments in script using global IME. Year 8 students were exposed to numerous cultural experiences, trying Japanese Obentos, calligraphy and origami while developing their acquisition of script and language. They learnt how to discuss their family, hobbies and abilities, favourite sports stars and talk about what they like to do in their free time. Years 9, 10 and 11 sat the Australian Language Certificate in August, with the three classes achieving well above the Australian average. Students hosted 22 Gifu Daiichi High School students, whom arrived early on 18 August. After a special assembly our Japanese visitors joined their Ipswich Grammar School buddies and LEARNING SUPPORT STUDENT Services staff help improve outcomes for students with additional learning and support needs. This year has seen an increased focus in: • Working with classroom teachers to support students with additional educational needs and identifying specific learning and support needs. • Planning, implementing, modelling, monitoring and evaluating personalised adjustments for learning with the teacher, student and/or parent or carer. Mrs KATHY GIBBS Head of Learning Support • Providing direct support for students with additional learning and support needs through a range of strategies went on a tour of the school, had morning tea and set off to Brisbane to explore the Sciencentre and Southbank and view the beautiful Kangaroo Point cliffs and riverside by CityCat. 2013 sees my first Year 5 students become Year 12s, and as such they are very dear to my heart. Their personalities and commitment to their academics is truly a credit to them. As part of a Queensland Universities initiative, achieving a Sound or above on exit of Year 12 language study entitles students to ranking points towards their OP. Throughout the year the composite class of Year 11 and 12 students were encouraged to use their Japanese in a variety of contexts such as speaking on assembly in Japanese, various excursions and immersion days. I would like to thank all the students from Years 6 to 12 for making 2013 such a fantastic year. I look forward to the continued growth of the subject and anticipate another exciting year in 2014. Finally, a special thank you to Jacob Butcher, Marcellus Hindes-Meyer, James Moroney and Matthew Owen for making this year so memorable. I wish you every success in your future endeavours. including direct instruction and delivery of adjusted learning programs. • Providing specialist advice and assistance to teaching staff. Once again, a big thank you to Indigenous Liaison Officer Rickie Dodd; Prep-Year 3 Support Teacher Shelley Martin; Year 3-8 Support Teacher Fabian Horridge; Year 7-10 Teacher Aide Clare Horsfield; Prep, Year 1 and Year 8 Teacher Aide Louise Dixon; Year 2, 5, 8 and 9 Teacher Aide Kylie Gallagher; Year 3, 7 and 8 Teacher Aide Dani Schossow and volunteer Sonia Watt. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 25
  26. 26. ITAD INDUSTRIAL Technology and Design (ITAD) continues to thrive at Ipswich Grammar School. Students now have the opportunity to choose from six subjects across design and skills-based fields. The variety of courses ensures all boys are able to learn useful and useable skills in a field that interests them. These options also assist students in choosing pathways that are more appropriate to their future career goals. The practical outcomes that our boys have achieved have again been exceptional, and some examples of student work from 2013 are showcased in this yearbook. Engineering students produced a number of practical articles while learning Mr STEPHEN BUTTERFIELD Head of ITAD and refining their skills in welding and metal turning processes. Similarly, furnishings students learnt to use industry standard manufacturing equipment in the production of timber projects. Automotive classes continue to work in the multi-million dollar Trade Training Centre and engaged in a variety of automotive service activities including a MATHEMATICS THE most rewarding experience for any mathematics teacher is the ‘Eureka moment’ when a student understands something they did not understand before. The Mathematics Department believes that in order for students to achieve this, the following four points are fundamental: • A positive attitude and a determination to understand the work, not merely rote learn it. • Be prepared for lessons. • Plan study time from the start and seek support. • Complete all homework to a high standard to help consolidate class work. The potential for technology aiding students in their understanding of mathematics increases each year as staff add to online resources. These are particularly suited to helping with homework and review. 26 Mrs Ann Marie Turner Head of Mathematics The Mathematics Teams Challenge was held at Indooroopilly High on 24 May. Our Junior team of Cooper Nunn, Nicholas Verrenkamp, Nicholas Piper, Oliver Pye and Ben Carter performed exceptionally well to finish second, just four points behind the winners. A second Teams Challenge was held on 13 August at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, where 15 boys from Years 6-9 attended. Congratulations to the Secondary Team A of William Eberhardt, Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community complete engine teardown and rebuild. Graphics and technology studies continue to be strong subject choices. In these courses students have the opportunity to showcase their design flare and creativity by producing graphical solutions and practical products that solve real-world problems. Congratulations to Adam Smith, Jacob Nugent, James Addison and Ben McLary, whose projects were prize winners in a Mitre 10 sponsored student competition at the Ipswich Home & Lifestyle Expo. The great outcomes that have been produced this year are only possible due to the commitment and enthusiasm of our ITAD staff. I would like to thank our staff for their professionalism and look forward to another productive year in 2014. Jared Dowling, Cooper Nunn, Paul Godfrey and Nicholas Verrenkamp, who won the competition with a score of 57/60 in the pairs section. This was one of the highest scores ever attained in this section. Finally, 413 students from Years 7-12 took part in the Australian Mathematics Competition on 1 August. IGS received 10 High Distinctions, 45 Distinctions, 149 Credits and 156 Proficiencies. The winner of the Prudence Award for the most correct answers in a row went to Brendan Richardson, who answered 14 questions. In addition to the usual teacher tutorials, a group of seniors headed by David Marcolin continued the peer tutoring that started in 2012. It is hoped that this initiative will be continued by future senior classes. In conclusion, I would like to thank all members of the Mathematics Department who work very hard as a team to provide the best learning environment possible.
  27. 27. VISUAL ART ENGLISH author and artist Neil Gaiman said: “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” Ipswich Grammar School visual art students are encouraged to follow this philosophy. Every artwork may start with a common theme. However, there are a number of solutions to the same problem. During this year of celebration many of the artworks have looked at our great history, with Year 9s creating canvas paintings of the school and Year 10s researching IGS Old Boys to create biographical portraits. Year 9 students Ricardo Cabrera, Paul Godfrey, Callum Wilton, Frank Kuresa and Connor Armstrong won gold in the Student section of the Ipswich City Mrs BETH BARRETT Head of Visual Art Council Awards for Excellence, while Year 10 students Alistair Snow, Oscar Park, William Hodgkinson and Braden Schiller won silver in the same section. Our major work for the year saw 150 students each paint one section of a large collaborative work of the original school buildings inspired by Richard Bell and Imants Tiller. This work was the overall winner in the Student section of the Awards for Excellence, and is on permanent display in the Clive Wyman GERMAN DRESSED in their traditional German finery, students were bussed to the RNA Showgrounds for a wonderful cultural experience of singing, dancing and eating the culinary delights of Bavaria at the 2013 Oktoberfest. More than 100 students attended the festival and a great day was shared by one and all. Year 10 students Oliver Pye, Hayden Randall and Matthew Haspels were shortlisted for the Love the Lyrics Song Competition. These boys were given the privilege of performing their song live with German band Buam in front of 1,700 students from across Queensland. Wunderbar, this was a great achievement for Ipswich Grammar German students! This year we explored a range of topics including the environment, holidays and Frau MEGAN BARRETT Teacher - German celebrations, fairy-tales, hobbies, school, history, animals, restaurants and food. Our exploration in the sphere of food led to sampling traditional German delights such a bienenstich, bratwurst, black forest cake and sauerkraut. The highlight of the food unit was the Year 10 kaffeeklatsch, or café, where students set up, prepared and served staff. Students Resource Centre. Year 6C students participated in the Ipswich Festival’s annual Unmasked competition, winning second place. Visual art studies was introduced to give Year 11 students hands-on experience in all aspects of art practice, as well as workplace and safety training. The senior classes attended a life drawing workshop which they later used as inspiration for their works. Year 12 students again combined with Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School to showcase their works at UQ Ipswich. Throughout the year we had rotating exhibits of student work in Admin to showcase their talents. Art staff have again worked tirelessly throughout the year to create interesting and inspiring activities to engage the boys. My thanks must go to Mrs Brown, Mr Amos, Mrs Stenzel and Mrs Isaacs, without whom we would not be able to achieve all that we do. were rewarded by attending the Black Forest Restaurant in Highgate Hill, where they dined in true German fashion. Students made great advancements and overall marks improved exponentially as the year progressed. Many achieved excellent results in the Australian Language Certificate, with a number of students placing in the top 5% of the country and earning either a Certificate I or Certificate II in German. It has been another fantastic year, and I have enjoyed sharing my classroom with a lovely group of young men. I have immensely appreciated the opportunity to teach German to such a wonderful group of students and look forward to sharing new experiences in 2014. In closing, I would like to thank parents for supporting their sons with their German studies. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 27
  28. 28. DRAMA THE Drama Department continues to thrive at IGS. Captains for 2013, John Massey and Daryan Butler, represented the department admirably with their effective leadership and high standards of dramatic ability. An absolute highlight was the Ipswich Grammar and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar musical production of ‘The Russian Lieutenant’. The home-grown production, written by Head of English John Acutt with music by former IGS teacher Stewart Riddle, was performed on 16, 17 and 18 May at Ipswich Civic Centre. In September this year, as a culmination of their studies in senior drama, the Year 12 cohort performed a play titled ‘Invincible’ written and directed by IGS drama teacher Michael Wellings. ‘Invincible’ followed the story of a teenage boy, Walt, who had lived a sheltered and indulged life. This play delved into personal responsibility, parental relationships and the consequences of underage drinking. Students performed the show for an audience of their parents and friends, who Miss ROSE ISBELL Head of Drama were entertained and impressed with the confidence, focus and expertise of the boys. For the second year running the department worked in conjunction with Markwell Presents to fuse live performances with filmed sequences. The boys were filmed in character, in and around the school, and this footage was edited into the show to link scenes. This was a very successful addition to the senior production, rendering the show even more engaging and professional. Year 10 students spent Term 4 devising, rehearsing and polishing a performance titled ‘You’ve Got Male’, which they performed at a special event in November. This presentation was a combination of powerful and entertaining scenes from HPE 2013 saw our first group of Year 12 Certificate III in Fitness students undertake their final year of training. Mr Charles was responsible for taking the boys through a variety of strength and conditioning activities that will allow them to work as group fitness instructors and in gyms. Mr Hardy added to his HPE responsibilities by capably teaching senior physical education this year. In junior physical education we undertook a range of new activities that 28 Mr MIKE MURRAY Head of HPE were well received by students, including boxing and wrestling, with a new circuit training section used in the weights room. Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community contemporary Australian plays such as ‘Two Weeks with the Queen’ by Moris Gleitzman and ‘Blurred’ by Stephen Davis. Students in Years 8 and 9 were involved in various units such as improvisation, voice and comedy. The Year 9s performed their annual Clowning Show for the Prep students as a culmination of their study of comedy. Again, it was wonderful to see the older boys enjoying the opportunity to communicate with, perform to, and take responsibility for the younger students. Year 11 and 12 students attended productions at the Queensland Theatre Company and the Powerhouse Theatre. These included a performance of ‘The Pitch and the China Incident’ and a production of Bertolt Brecht’s political play ‘Mother Courage and her Children’. Year 11 students also attended a performance of the comedy ‘School Dance’, while senior students enjoyed in-school workshops on Greek theatre and political theatre. The younger grades were exposed to a fantastic in-school performance from Zeal Theatre. Thanks to Michael Wellings for his support, dedication and sense of humour this year, and best wishes for a rewarding and happy life for our graduating seniors. The HPE subject area continues to be a popular choice in the senior years, with students undertaking studies in senior health education, senior physical education, Cert III in Sport and Recreation and Cert III in Fitness. The major renovation to the gym that was undertaken by IGS and the P&F was greatly appreciated by HPE staff and students alike. The new sprung floor is superb and the inside painting has the facility looking great. Many thanks to all the HPE staff for their contribution to another excellent year.
  29. 29. ENGLISH THE English Department has contributed to the celebrations of Ipswich Grammar School’s 150th year in a number of literary ways. Central to this celebration was the annual Vance Palmer, Tom Shapcott and B. Harris Writing Competitions. Each year we celebrate famous Old Boy writers, Vance Palmer and Thomas Shapcott, with awards given in their names. The Vance Palmer Literary Awards are for students in Years 7-9, while the Tom Shapcott Prizes are for Years 10-12. In both categories there are separate awards for prose and for poetry. In the senior section there is also an extra award, the B. Harris Poetry Prize, which traditionally is for work that deals with Mr JOHN ACUTT Head of English an Australian theme. This year it was awarded to an entry that specifically dealt with an historical aspect of the school. Stories and poems featured tales and reflections of famous Old Boys who served in war, our architecture, sport, classroom memories, past teachers and Headmasters and the school’s place in the community. LEGAL STUDIES SENIOR legal studies students studied a variety of topics including the legal system, contract law, family law, criminal law, tort law and sport and the law. Year 12 students completed their major inquiry study on topics such as the legality of the Iraq invasion, a Bill of Rights for Australia, legalising euthanasia, discrimination in sport, capital punishment, WikiLeaks, identity theft, and more. Students also investigated and evaluated a multitude of legal scenarios, principles and outcomes. IGS participated in the Bond University High School Mooting Competition, which involved hundreds of students from across Australia. Three Year 12s travelled to the Brisbane Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the Commonwealth Law Courts to compete in the preliminary round. Congratulations to Jacob Butcher, who attained an Advocacy Merit Award. IGS made it to the finals at Bond University, Mr MICHAEL DIXON Teacher - Legal Studies where the standard of advocacy work executed by legal teams in the ‘Penelope v David’ case was exceptionally high and the IGS representatives performed commendably. Thank you to Mr Ian Berry MP and Mr Alexander Horneman-Wren DCJ for their help in preparing the boys. Year 12s travelled to USQ Springfield to participate in a workshop where prominent speakers delivered an array of legal topics. A visit to Parliament House gave Year 11 students the opportunity to experience the history and workings of A central pillar to the 150 celebrations was the wonderful history of the school written by Sophie Church. Important contributions were made by English/ art teacher Craig Amos in the form of a beautifully designed cover to the history, and by English teacher Brett Dionysius, who wrote a reflective suite of sonnets that feature in the book’s opening pages. I also wrote a commemorative song titled ‘Voices in the Halls’ that has been sung at various functions this year. WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS Vance Palmer Prize: Matthew Bristow (Prose), Isaac Irons (Golden Pen Award). Tom Shapcott Prize: Jacob Butcher (Prose), Mitchell Michael (Poetry). B. Harris Prize: Sean Adcock. Parliament. Students explored the campus, observed a live sitting of Parliament and learned why the Queensland Legislative Council was abolished. Students traced the legislative process and conducted a mock electoral vote. Several Year 11 students had the opportunity to occupy the seats of State Members of Parliament during Youth Parliament. Acting as Opposition Leader, Dean Patterson delivered a short speech outlining his vision for Queensland. With Madam Speaker, Honourable Fiona Simpson MP presiding, students debated the proposed Bill that ‘Students should undergo random drug testing in schools’. The Bill was considered in detail before divisions were called and voting ensued. The sitting continued with the adjournment debate, where students spoke on an issue of their choosing. Congratulations to the 2013 cohort of Year 11 and 12 students who have worked very hard over the past year. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 29
  30. 30. MUSIC MUSIC at Ipswich Grammar School has continued to thrive throughout 2013, with the enthusiasm of our musicians and singers fuelling our ensembles programs with great energy and drive. We had a couple of staff movements during the year as Mr Neil Wickham left IGS for a position at Brisbane Grammar School. Neil was our Instrumental Coordinator and a Junior and Middle School classroom teacher. His passion and encouragement for all things musical made him a valued member of the department, and he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and the students. His move to BGS enabled him to spend more time with his young family. We wish him well for the future. The role of Instrumental Co-ordinator is now with Mr Ian Feltham, who takes over from Mr Wickham and will attend to any inquiries regarding instrumental instruction, fees and timetabling. We welcomed two new music staff to IGS at the start of Term 3. Firstly, Mrs Lissa Mr GARY NEAVES Teacher in Charge of Music Sullivan-Ward has taken over the role of classroom music teacher for Year 7 and Year 8. Lissa is known to many woodwind students as she was a flute and woodwind tutor at IGS and conducted the flute choir and string groups earlier in the year. She will continue to take her woodwind students in instrumental instruction, and has also taken over the leadership of the Intermediate Concert Band and the Year 5 Band. Mr Leon Wensley joined us as an instrumental tutor in saxophone and clarinet and has played a key role in preparing our Year 12 music extension boys. Leon comes from a very SCIENCE 2013 has been another year of success for science students at IGS. The following is a synopsis of the year. SPARQed: Conducted at former Australian of the Year Professor Ian Fraser’s UQ Diamantina Institute, SPARQed offers Year 11 and 12 students the chance to be immersed in cutting edge research and medical science. Andrew Whittering, Jack Burrows, Matthew Cook, James Moroney and Kristoffer Hua all participated in this fantastic opportunity. Here is Kristoffer’s 30 Mr JOHN MARTIN Head of Science overview of Program 68: “A group of students from multiple schools undertook an investigation at the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Translational Research Institute. We Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community experienced background and has a close association with the Conservatorium of Music at Southbank. He will be of value for our senior boys and was fast in supporting the teachers’ band at the Pink Concert. Our new strings tutor, Laura Thomson, has provided a new dimension to the program. This year IGS combined with Ipswich Girls’ Grammar to form a string orchestra and expand opportunities for the string players to perform. Success came when they entered the Ipswich Eisteddfod and won first in the string section. Cello tutor David Sue-Yek joined us in Term 3, bringing much experience as a performer and teacher. We welcome all our new staff and wish them every success in their musical ventures at Ipswich Grammar. Thank you to the dedicated instrumental music staff of Mrs Bronwyn French, Mr Laurie Keating, Mr David Stephens, Mr David Sue-Yek, Mrs Lissa Sullivan-Ward, Miss Laura Thomson and Mr Leon Wensley, who have enabled us to enjoy the continued improvement of the music program. were provided with samples of DNA that had been retrieved from a family diagnosed with a case of anauxetic dysplasia, a skeletal disorder that restricts bone growth. We worked in a scientific environment using modern genetic assays to evaluate the nature of the mutation. Students also joined multiple seminars and were taught how to use advanced lab equipment. Also included were library tutorials encompassing how to write and reference a scientific report and how to search for useful resources online and in a university library. At the conclusion of the week students finalised and presented their results.
  31. 31. SPARQed immersed students in the research experience as we became more familiar with how to work in a research laboratory. All lab procedures were explained and guided by the director of the program. Interested Ipswich Grammar students are strongly recommended to nominate for this amazing opportunity in the future.” QUT STEM CAMP: Year 11 student Jack Burrows participated in the inaugural STEM Camp at QUT. The four-day program covered the latest issues and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Here is Jack’s report: “The camp involved working in teams to solve a challenge. I worked in a team of six to design and test a virtual rocket to place a payload into orbit using a 3D space flight simulator. This required applying physics concepts and planning that would be used in a real rocket launch. We presented our results to other students as well as a number of industry professionals including the Chief Scientist of Queensland and the QUT Vice-Chancellor. Overall, the camp was a fantastic experience. A number of presentations helped to inform me of the many STEM career opportunities available. I encourage anyone interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to apply for this camp.” RIO TINTO BIG SCIENCE COMPETITION: Jack Burrows (High Distinction), Sean Adcock (Distinction), Lachlan Ross, Jordan Ross, Matthew White, Ben Boehm, James Moroney, William Russell (Credit). SCIENCE OLYMPIAD EXAMS: Jack Burrows participated in the qualifying exams for the National Science Olympiad teams in biology, chemistry and physics. RACI AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHEMISTRY QUIZ: Hugo Briec, Isaac Brown, Jack Burrows, Matthew Cook, William Trezise, Matthew White, Lucas Sippel (High Distinction), Nicholas Allum, Hamish Kirton, William Lavery, Thomas Michel, Julien Barrett, Justin Dawes, James Moroney, Nicholas Muir, Matthew Owen (Distinction), Benjamin Burton, Patrick Croker, Jordan Ross, Caelan Rafferty, Matthew Roetteler, Christopher Goode, Zachary Hunter (Credit). ICAS AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE COMPETITION: Joel Rosenberg, Sebastien Carvolth, Tristan Fraser-Preston, Chase Cawood, Patrick Wilson, Jack Burrows (High Distinction), Thomas Chappel (Distinction). EXPERIENCE SCIENCE PROGRAM: Jack Burrows, James Moroney, William Russell, Vincent Wen, Daniel Spithill, Ben Boehm and Sean Adcock attended this program at the start of Term 3. Students attended lectures, participated in hands-on workshops and obtained information about tertiary options. FIELD TRIPS: Year 11 Earth science students undertook field trips to Noosa and the Bremer River, while Year 12 biology students visited the Adventure Education Centre at Hastings Point. Conducting field trips is a significant undertaking. My sincere thanks to all staff for their contributions on these trips. Year 10, 11 and 12 agriculture and horticulture students continued construction of an IGS community garden at a school residence on Woodend Road. Students continued to produce wonderful lettuce varieties and broccoli that they proudly distributed around the school. They also utilised the hydroponics and aquaculture facilities in the science block. The school this year entered into a partnership with Ipswich City Council as part of the Habitats Connections program. The program involves the restoration and reconnection of degraded urban bushland corridors. Students continued revegetating areas in and around Brassall Sporting Complex, as well as a nature corridor near the school. Agriculture and horticulture students exhibited their produce and investigated value, producing rosella jam and sauce. Students were awarded first and second place for their rosellas and first for their table pumpkins at the Ipswich Show. They also won awards at the Rosewood Show and finished third in the UQ Largest Sunflower Competition. STAFF: Mr Darren Brown was a finalist in the People’s Choice Awards at the Queensland Healthy Waterways Awards for his outstanding work with the Habitat Connections program. The hardworking science staff of 2013 were Dr Carol Browne, Mr David King, Mr Phil Trezise, Mr Darren Brown, Mr Alex Mcardle, Mrs Lyn Dance, Mr John Cronin, Mr Adam French, Mrs Sally Chalvatzis, Mr Mark Fancourt and Mrs Julie Swinton. All staff have made a most valuable contribution to the teaching of science at IGS. I must make special mention of Year 7 teachers, and in particular Mr Len Reidlinger, for their efforts. Mrs Jay Bean and Mrs Gay Reu provide the tremendous support we need for our science lessons. We are so fortunate to have Jay and Gay with us. Best wishes to the students who are leaving us. Thank you for the time we have spent with you. We hope you use the opportunities you have had here to help build safe, happy and successful lives. Thank you to all students, staff and parents for their support. Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 31
  32. 32. Student work & excursions ITAD - Adam Smith (hand winch) ITAD - Harry Wilton (skateboard deck design) rtboard cabinet) ITAD - Jacob Nugent (da ITAD - Ben McLary (vice) ITAD - Kalum McKenzie (fishing tackl e storage) 32 Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
  33. 33. ITAD - James Addison (bowl) ITAD - Adam Smith (jew ellery box piano) n) ITAD - Lachlan Ross (skateboard truck desig ITAD - Jason Newdick (living room) ITAD - Gerrard Marsh (toolbox) Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 33
  34. 34. Visual art - Year 7 mask art Visual art - Year 6 Unmasked entry y (IGS campus) Visual art - Paul Godfre it) Visual art - Oscar Park (biographical portra Visual art - Year 7 mask art 34 Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
  35. 35. ESL students using laptop technology Students showing cattle at the Boonah Show HPE students work on their basketball skills Year 12 waterways studies Middle School Hail IGS interviews Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 35
  36. 36. Engine rebuild in automotive studies Senior drama rehersals dies ers from ag and hort stu Award-winning sunflow Year 12 chemistry experiments Year 8 Viking studies 36 Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
  37. 37. Art excursion to Goma Smith Park revegetation program lin, Thomas Cochran, Legal studies - John Massey, David Marco Itrat Memon, Benjamin Arka Basu, Jack Lorton, William Russell, Stanford Kawale Russell, Sebastian Fox, Matthew Waters and represented IGS at the USQ conference. Students celebrate the annual visit from Gifu Daiichi High School and Jacob Butcher Legal studies - Thomas Cochran, Matthew Waters the Bond University Mooting Competition. were finalists in Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 37
  38. 38. ‘The Boarder (an old ghost story)’ recoiled suddenly from the shot. It drove into his shoulder, and Will had to bite his tongue to keep shooting. He It was the first day of school. After The year was 1939. The room was shot the dummy once in the chest, two saying goodbyes to his parents at the shrouded in darkness. Shadows more times in its right leg and the final airport, William was finally going back flickered down the hall from the candle one in its head. “Good work Will,” to his boarding school. He got onto the light. William Jenkins rolled over, He was bus which was filled with students from training instructor Lewis said. groaning loudly, unable to fall asleep. the biggest Will had ever a huge man, Year 12, all the way down to one boy in His movement made the bed creak seen, with a bushy moustache and a s’s best Year 7. George Cooper, William noisily and he heard George tell him never ending frown. The target Will friend, motioned over to him. “Will!” to stop moving. The boy next to him, more than He said eagerly. “How have you been?” had been shooting at was no Sam, was trying not to cry. Everyone s. He sat down on a a pile of splinter “I have been alright,” Will replied knew how scared he was of the dark, nearby chair for a break. He noticed trouble with a grin. “How much but he was a new boy and was two that the new boy, Sam, was next in have you been in over the holidays?” grades younger than anyone else. He line to fire. Sam cautiously picked up “Well, besides the incident with old was in Year 7, just travelled from Perth the rifle, barely able to lift it. “Alright, lady down the street, I wasn’t that bad two weeks earlier. He was the odd one now load your ammo into it,” Lewis actually. Here let me tell you all about out, preferring not to talk to anyone and instructed. After a bit of fumbling it.” Although he found some parts mainly reading. Will’s thoughts were around, Sam finally put the magazine interesting, Will’s attention wandered suddenly interrupted by the boarding in the rifle. He raised it up, hands off. He kept looking at the boy in the house mother who was walking back r it seat beside him. He had never seen such trembling. Will couldn’t tell whethe down the corridor for the last time, or from the weight. He was from fear a young boarder, and he could making sure everybody was asleep. aimed, and slowly squeezed the trigger. Suddenly, tell that the boy was scared. Will ducked his head in the pillows, The gun recoiled back suddenly and the bus went quiet, as the driver turned doing his best to pretend that he was Sam tripped back, landing in the mud up the rusty old radio at the front of the asleep. He could see George was doing behind. His whole uniform was a mess, bus. “World War II has begun!” said a the same. Sam however, still had and Will could tell he was about to start gravelly voice from the other end of the his eyes open. The boarding mother crying. A few boys sniggered beside radio. “The Germans have taken spotted him straight away and walked him, and Lewis turned and scowled Poland and are now moving towards briskly over to him. When she got close, at them, “Training dismissed. I hope Paris at remarkable speed. All of she became more relaxed and gently none of you will need it.” Will warily England is preparing, and so should kneeled next to Sam’s bed. Her candle stepped towards Sam and held his you. Join now and fight for your shone off his face, it was clear he had hand out for him. Sam grasped it and country!” For the rest of the trip been crying. “Let me get you a tissue,” muttered a thank you under his breath, there was silence. she said in a gentle voice. She fumbled before hurrying off. Little did Will around in her pocket, not paying much know, the young boarder would not Monday, 10 August attention to the candle she was holding. survive the night… Will could only watch in terror as it The students were crowded on the slipped from her grasp and landed – Isaac Irons, school oval. Thick smoke rose high onto the bed sheets, setting Sam’s whole the Golden Pen Award winner of into the air. The rifle Will was holding bed ablaze… Monday, 10 August 38 One week earlier Excellence - Leadership - Integrity - Community
  39. 39. ‘Doctor Roderick Albert Perry, One of Ipswich Grammar School’s Untold Stories’ Ipswich Grammar School has had many famous people pass through its gates. Some of them have gone on to become famous sportsmen, writers, politicians and entertainers, but some have gone on to be quiet achievers, helping people while living their lives as ordinary people. Take for example, Doctor Roderick Albert Perry, one of Ipswich Grammar School’s untold stories. In 1936, Albert and Maisie Perry were awaiting the arrival of their first child, Roderick. His birth would come at a time of great joy but also great sadness, due to the death of Roderick’s paternal grandfather in a mining explosion on 16 May ,1936; one month before Rod’s birth on 20 June. Rod is the elder brother of three sisters. Having been born into a family of coal miners, Rod’s family did not have much money or get paid much, but Rod’s parents still managed to make family life happy and worthwhile. Rod began his education at the early age of four at Silkstone State School. Unfortunately his schooling was interrupted by the beginning of World War II, so he had to stay at home for a few months. When school resumed, he enjoyed it immensely. Seven years later in 1949, Rod sat the State Scholarship Exam. A good mark would mean getting a scholarship to one of the best secondary schools. After the exam, Rod finally went on school holidays. Six weeks later, Rod’s exam marks were posted to him. He was worried about his result, took a deep breath and opened the envelope. His mark was 89%, which meant Rod could go to the school of his choice. The other options at the time were to go straight into the workforce or to the Ipswich Technical College. Rod did not want to go to the college because he was not much of a ‘tech head’ since he had been reading books for most of his life and did not interact with technology much. Finally, his choice was made; he decided to go to Ipswich Grammar School. After reading Tom Brown’s ‘School Days’ about a boy’s school years at grammar school in England, Rod soon found out IGS was quite different to the school in his book. Rod began at IGS in Year 8. Back then Year 8 was IGS’ lowest grade. All Year 8 boys were called ‘newies’ because they had only just come to IGS. The ‘newies’ were usually bossed around by the Year 12 boys who gave them many chores to do. Although Rod had a scholarship, there were still other fees to be paid. Rod’s parents could not afford fees, so every afternoon Rod would go to his local chemist and wash medicine bottles to earn money to pay for his school fees. Even though Rod’s wage helped, he had to keep getting good grades to keep his scholarship. Rod loved learning Latin and when he was not allowed to study the subject during school hours his teacher, Mr Foggon, taught Rod outside school hours, which was a good thing because Latin was required to study medicine. In 1953 Rod became School Captain and Dux of IGS and won a scholarship to study medicine at the University of Queensland. During his break before starting university, Rod worked at the Ipswich Woollen Mills to earn some money, which he would need for books since the scholarship only paid for fees. Working there was hard as Rod was handling all types of coloured dyes that rubbed onto his skin and took at least a month to wash off. Rod thought it was worth it, since he got good pay. Rod studied medicine for six years. He called this “the six years of anxiety” because if he failed one exam, he would lose his scholarship. While on a visit to see his family, Rod was cutting the grass using a reaping hook and he cut a frog’s leg. He decided to sew the wound closed. Two of his sisters refused to hold the frog as they were scared of them. His youngest sister Betty held the frog on an upside down kerosene tin while Rod stitched the wound with a needle and cotton. Fortunately, Rod passed his exams and achieved his goal of becoming a doctor. Through his years as a doctor, Rod has cared for many people and even helped deliver babies. Now retired, Rod still spends time helping others, visiting the elderly and the ill. In his spare time Rod still studies Latin. Rod has not only been a very good doctor, he has been a very good great uncle, my great uncle. – Matthew Bristow, winner of the Vance Palmer Award for Prose Proudly celebrating 150 years of Ipswich Grammar School 39

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