Oxford Falls Campus 27th November 2017
The Year 9 Student Empowerment Team for 2017 coordinated a successful forum on Leadership for Years 7 and 8. The day included MindMatters activities in groups of 12 led by three Year 9 leaders. The middle of the day encompassed three insightful presentations by well-respected leaders in their own right. The Years 7, 8 and 9 students were given insight into leadership by the following presenters.
Greg Growden, father of Angus Growden Year 11, was for more than three decades a senior sportswriter for The Sydney Morning Herald. Raised on a rice farm in the Riverina and after playing representative sport with the sons of notorious Griffith Mafia identities, Greg joined the SMH from school on the day of the Hilton Hotel bombing in 1978. He then spent many summers sitting next to Bill O’Reilly covering Sheffield Shield and Test cricket for the SMH, before becoming the newspaper’s chief rugby union writer in 1986 .
He was the SMH and Sun-Herald’s chief rugby union correspondent between 1987 and 2012, covering hundreds of Test matches, more than 20 Wallaby tours and every World Cup tournament. He is one of only three international rugby writers to have covered all eight Rugby World Cup tournaments.
He left the SMH in late 2012 to become the Australian rugby correspondent for the ESPN network including espn.com.au and scrum.com. He is now ESPN Australia’s Columnist at Large, writing on numerous sports.
He has written 14 books including ‘A Wayward Genius’, a biography of Australian Test cricketer Leslie ‘Chuck’ Fleetwood-Smith, rated by renowned British writer Frank Keating as among the 100 best sporting books of the 20th century. His rugby titles include: ‘With the Wallabies,’ ‘Inside the Wallabies,’ and ‘Rugby Union for Dummies.’ His most recent book was writing with Test cricketer Brad Hogg,‘The Wrong ‘Un.”
Greg still believes his greatest claim to fame was having the main race at a Wentworth Park greyhound meeting named after him and on the night of the race, after presenting the trophy, being kicked out of the Chairman’s function room as he and his guests were too rowdy. This was well before the NSW Government attempted to ban greyhound racing but that night may have been a contributing factor.
Dr John Honnor is the youngest son of Ralph Honner, who was the commander of the 39th Battalion in New Guinea, especially on the Kokoda track. Dr Honner attended a Catholic School in Sydney where at different times he was captain of debating, rugby and cricket teams. He has been a school teacher, a university teacher and is an expert in modern physics.
Our school is an Edmund Rice school and Dr Honner is one of the leaders of Edmund Rice Education Australia which includes over fifty schools across Australia.
Stuart Maclaine attended SPX between 2007 and 2012. He was the School Captain in 2012 which was the 75th Year of operations for SPX. He has studied Chemical Engineering and Arts at UNSW since 2013. He is now completing an Honours thesis on the risk management of legionella species in water filtration (this is the shortened title).
In his time at UNSW he has been the President of the Chemical Engineering Society and Treasurer of both the Exotic Beer Society and the NSW Uni Theatrical Society. Stuart has worked part time in several different research and development engineering roles whilst studying at Era Polymers, James Hardie and the Water Corporation of Western Australia.
Stuart is currently working as the Deputy Dean of the UNSW Colleges, a role he has held since mid-2016. This is mainly an administrative and pastoral care role focused on building a diverse community of young people within the UNSW community. Stuart is also a member of the UNSW Equity, Diversity and Inclusion board.
After lunch the Year 9 students ran a gratitude session, highlighting the benefits of being thankful on their journey of becoming young men. The day began and ended with prayers from Year 9 focusing on leadership qualities.
A big thank you to the staff involved in the day: Ms Felicity Whelan, Mr Greg Virgona, Mr Rick Russo, Mr Joe Lynch, Ms Veronica Kugananthan and Ms Diane Rogers.
The Year 9 Student Empowerment Team did a marvellous job with coordination of the day. Feedback was highly positive regarding the guest speakers and MindMatters Activities.
Ms AFoord - Well-Being Coordinator Stage 5