Rose & Waratah

11 December 2018
Issue Four
A Note from Nelson
Staff Profile
Our Learning
Our Community
Old Scholars
Giving at Friends'
Special Events
Thank you
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A Note from Nelson


As the end of the School year approaches, it is common for us to reflect on the past year as well as look to plans for the future.  We have had many staff make the decision to retire this year, including three key leaders at Friends': Ina Johnson, Tony Barrett and Mary-Margaret Gibson. We will all miss them and their caring leadership model. We wish all our retiring staff the best for the future.


While we will miss those who are leaving us, we are excited about the coming years and the enriching viewpoints that new staff bring to Friends'. One such example is Shaun O'Rourke, our incoming Deputy Principal. Shaun is a native Tasmanian returning after 17 years at The Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan.


In addition to welcoming new families and staff, we are excited for the plans that are underway for the development of new and upgraded teaching and learning spaces on campus that will further the School's Purpose and Concerns. The Friends' School strives to assist young people on their pathway to adulthood: to be clear thinkers who search out 'the truth' and then take action as positive, contributing members of society.  While introducing new learning areas does not guarantee this development, having the appropriate space for students to work together and to develop necessary skill sets is crucial. There will be more information about this in the new year.


I would like to finish this note with one of my favourite quotes - one that I keep in my shirt pocket every day:  It is from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from his book God in Search of Man. He states "Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement...get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything around us is phenomenal...To be spiritual is to be amazed." 


I hope everyone has a lovely summer holiday filled with the amazement of the world around us.

Staff Profile

Jen Scharkie
Enrolments Manager

When did you join The Friends' School?

I commenced at Friends’ as the Enrolments Manager in September 2013.


How did you end up working in Enrolments? 

 I took the long way around to arrive into Enrolments. For 10 years I worked as a Director of Boarding and as an International Registrar. I loved my time with the students but wanted a change and went to work in a company that marketed internationally for independent schools across Australia.  I travelled to exciting destinations and far away places such as India, Russia, Brunei and UAE; countries far different from the usual European or Asian countries I had visited previously. After a few years, I had had enough of travelling six months of the year and I struggled with never seeing the students and families I had met and enrolled. I made the decision to find a job that put me back amongst students and a school community.


Where is your favourite place in the world?

Other than my bed on Sunday mornings, I have two favourites: Eaglehawk Neck and Jaipur in India.


Why Friends? 

Friends’ had always been a bit of a mystery to me and to be honest I was not entirely sure I would fit in. However, by the end of my first week of working at the School, I found myself telling everyone and anyone who would listen how inspiring the students were and what a kind place it was to work. I still believe this five years on.


Who is your "hero"? 

My four daughters are amazing people, however, my husband is my very own hero.

Our Learning

Maker Fair



Students, parents and the community were invited to the second Friends’ Maker Fair, held in The Farrall Centre in October. The Maker Fair showcased student's work from Prep to Year 12. There were demonstrations of how to program robots, 3D printing, wearable technology, physical computing, video and print media, design technology and composing music.


Students confidently showcased projects they have made during the year and there was also an opportunity for everyone to try/tinker/experiment with some of the technologies, such as various robotics kits, Arduinos and 3D printers. The Dash robots were a real hit and many of them were programmed by young students to go whizzing around The Farrall Centre.


We had a steady flow of students, parents and community members through and the students all enjoyed sharing their learning with others.

Don't Keep History a Mystery - Millie Crombie (Year 11)


Imagine me

at the age of 8

sitting on slightly scratchy carpet

Fiddling with the fraying Velcro straps on my school shoes

caked with mud from overly competitive games of chasings at lunch

My teacher holding up a picture of men in red coats and large hats in front of a big sail clad ship

They looked proud, triumphant, victorious

But the bright red coats looked like they were shouting

Over the whispering greys and greens of the bush behind them


“these are the men that discovered Australia”

“they travelled here by boat from Europe, you know that big group of countries, a very long time ago”

“lots more people came to Australia when they heard how nice it was”

“they discovered an island, the convicts came, they found gold, the Chinese came, they built factories, the Europeans came”


My school dress was chequered white and blue

I thought the way the lines of blue overlapped each other to form new shades was far more interesting than these men with coats the colour of stop signs


“what do we call this when people start building towns on land they find”

She had wiry blonde hair that was going grey near her ears

She always wore big earrings and pink lipstick

I wasn’t even listening to the question


The answer my teacher wanted to hear was colonisation

The answer she needed to hear

was invasion


I was taught Australian history every year in primary school since then

And every year I became more familiar with the loose threads on my uniform and scuffs on my shoes


I learnt dates…

Federation was the first of January 1901…

I learnt names…

Tasmania was originally named Van Diemen's land by the Dutch

I learnt stories…

The isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck was lined with dogs to alert the guards if a convict escaped...

I studied so many drawings and watercolour paintings of the men in red coats

Standing smugly in front of horses they rode, houses they built, hope they created

But what about the homes they destroyed


And when it came to the topic of aboriginal perspectives

We were simply fed the phrase “they didn’t like the Europeans”


I was never told that the aboriginal community were introduced to alcohol by the Europeans

The poison that white men called liquid courage

Left communities cowering in corners

We blame them for the reputation of a drunk nation

Pin the brooch of shame on their breast pockets

Don’t forget we were the ones that brought the bottle to their lips


We are taught about spears and boomerangs but ignore the guns and smallpox that trumped them

We are taught about dream time stories but neglect to credit the elders that spoke those beautiful words

We are taught about the women weaving and creating jewellery out of seashells but forget to mention these are the same women that had their children ripped away from them


We cannot continue to only teach half of history

We cannot continue to train our children to see white as pure

And brown as dirty

These people built this beautiful land we stand on

The earth beneath us is rich with stories of trials, tribulations, celebrations and community

And we drag our shoes over it with no care at all


We are responsible for creating generations that pride themselves on

Stupidity disguised as superiority


We are the only people we have to blame

Because we are the ones that have chosen to ignore our history

We have swept genocide, abduction and exploitation under the carpet

And left it to fester with the dust mites and delayed apologies


For so long we have simply skimmed over aboriginal culture

From the Muwinini people whose land we stand on today

To the Ngunnawal land on which our parliament house is built upon


The Gweagal land that the Europeans first harboured at and named Botany Bay

The Wurundjeri land that hosts the great city of Melbourne

Kunanyi, Uluru, Kakadu, Kata Tjuta

We have pushed a pillow called ignorance against their mouths

smothering any voice that tries to escape

Because not only do these people deserve our acknowledgement

more than that they deserve our remorse


For the past hundreds of years we have neglected to educate our children on a community that built our earth


We built curriculums on Sonnets instead of solidarity

Atoms instead of empathy

Calculus instead of compassion


And god forbid we let another 8 year old girl sit on scratchy carpet

and pay more attention to her school uniform than to the history of her home

Australian Science Olympiad


Some of our science students participated recently in the School Science Olympiads.  The Australian Science Olympiads are a national program for top performing secondary science students, which provides an opportunity for students to extend themselves way beyond school science through challenging exams, stimulating residential programs and international competitions.  Congratulations to the following students for their fantastic results.

Isaiah Sadiq – Distinction in Physics

George Cui - Distinction in Physics

Emily Taylor - Credit in Chemistry and Physics

Digory McCormack - Credit in Biology

Angus McMahon - Credit in Biology

Tasmanian Science Talent Search

Wilhelmina Johnson and Grace Furness recently had research investigations entered in the senior division of the Tasmanian Science Talent Search. They both received Merit Awards plus Rowe Scientific Awards for Scientific Investigations. Receiving these awards has also qualified them to enter the BHP Billiton National Science Awards which will be judged in early 2019. Both Wilhelmina and Grace developed their investigations as part of their coursework for TCE Environmental Science. Wilhelmina’s investigation was into the effects of heat on the germination of Acacia decurrens seeds - a highly relevant project as Acacia spp species are commonly used for mine site rehabilitation but they are notoriously difficult to germinate. Grace completed an investigation looking into algal growth and biodiversity inside and outside of marine protected areas. This involved Grace diving in the middle of winter to place artificial substrates on the sea floor - a massive effort! We are exceptionally proud of their efforts and they are deserving of the awards received.


Nicola Anderson – Teacher of Science

Australian Night of Mathematics

At the recent 2018 Australian Night of Mathematics hosted by the Australian Mathematics Trust at New Town High School, Alex Boxall (pictured left)  was presented with an award for (equal) Best in State in Year 9. Owen Mulcahy (pictured right) was also fortunate to receive a High Achiever award in Year 8.  Well done to both students.

Rubbish in our World

The Kindergarten students are concerned about rubbish in the environment.  Recently they have been working with their teachers as well as Morris ICT Coordinator Adele Harding to produce this video with an important message that they would like share.


TCE/IB Art Exhibtion

Thank you to everyone who attended our wonderful TCE/IB Art Exhibition held in The Farrall Centre. Our talented students worked so hard to put together this stunning collection for their final assessment and the results were outstanding. Thank you also to Tasmanian artist Katy Woodroffe for opening the exhibition for us. 

Georgia Hines (Year 12 Studio Practice) and Gabrielle Larsson (Year 11 Art Production) were this year's winners of the Old Scholar's Association Art Prize!

Student Artwork Turning Heads 


Year 11 student Millie Crombie has been selected as a finalist for the Abel Tasman Arts Prize, held by Kingborough Council. 

The Abel Tasman Art Prize is a great opportunity for students in Years 11 and 12 at schools and colleges throughout Tasmania to experience a semi-professional arts competition.  They are invited to apply for the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at an exhibition in December. It was initiated by the Dutch Australia Society in Tasmania in 2000 to celebrate the bonds between the Netherlands and Tasmania and to foster a relationship with the municipality of Grootegast, the birthplace of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. It is a reciprocal award, with the Tasmanian winner spending three weeks in the Netherlands one year, and the Dutch winner spending three weeks in Tasmania the following year.

The exhibition is being held at the Kingston Beach Hall in December this year. 

Year 12 student Rory Bliss has had two photographs selected for the 2019 Annual Victorian and Tasmanian International Baccalaureate Diploma World Schools Visual Arts Exhibition. This is an exhibition of selected artwork from International Baccalaureate students across Tasmania and Victoria. 


The exhibition is to be held at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery in Victoria in February 2019. 

Wind Ensemble at the Victorian School Music Festival

In late August the School Wind Ensemble went to Melbourne to participate in the Victorian School Music Festival, an event that sees hundreds of school bands, choirs and orchestras perform at a variety of venues in Melbourne over several months.

The event is much more than an eisteddfod. An adjudicator directs the band at the conclusion of each performance, focussing on two or three performance elements that will help the band improve. Band directors are also able to review a video recording of their conducting whilst under the guidance of an experienced conducting clinician.

This was the School’s third time at the Festival, but the first for the Wind Ensemble. We were therefore delighted with the outcome, with the Ensemble receiving a Gold Award. Congratulations to the students, the music staff and especially to the conductors Marg Reid and Catherine Morris for this wonderful result.

A recording of the live stream of the Festival may be found here for those who missed the ensemble’s performance or would like to hear it again.

Fundraising Concert - Afghanistan National Institute of Music

On Thursday 20 September, the School hosted a very special chamber music concert to raise funds for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM). This student-led initiative, instigated by Year 12 student and violinist Max Parr, saw a number of School chamber music groups play in conjunction with the Kettering Piano Quartet. The event raised over $1000 with all proceeds used to support the ANIM directed by Dr Ahmad Sarmast.

ANIM seeks to train future musicians of Afghanistan, and in the process use music to bring people together and contribute to achieving long-lasting peace in that nation.

The concert was held in the Bahai Centre and ANIM was represented by documentary filmmaker Polly Watkins.  In 2012 Polly made a film about ANIM titled Dr Sarmast's Music School.

Congratulations to Max Parr for organising such a beautiful event, and we thank the various chamber music students and in particular the Kettering Piano Quartet for their involvement.


Pierre de Coubertin Award Recipient


Recently the School nominated William Sargent (Year 11) as its recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin Award. The award is part of the Australian Olympic Committee's national education program to celebrate the positive effects of Olympism such as striving for excellence, respect, fair play and inclusion in honour of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics. William was selected not only for his outstanding achievements in school and club sailing but also for his understanding and consistent demonstration of the Olympic values. As The Friends’ School’s recipient of this award, William was invited to an Academy Day at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport where he heard from guest speakers, discussed experiences with fellow award recipients from around the state and engaged in some sporting challenges, in which he achieved the top score in an agility test. William has expressed goals to compete at the Olympic level and we look forward to seeing him share his enthusiasm with his fellow students in the future.


Health teacher Kaitlyn Fassina was involved in the Academy Day as a guest speaker, sharing her experiences as an elite weightlifter. Kaitlyn won silver at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and recently returned from the World Weightlifting Championships in Turkmenistan, where she finished 10th. She shared her experiences of being an elite athlete but more importantly, she was able to explain the deeper connection of how the crucial lessons learned through sport can more broadly enrich a person’s life. Kaitlyn is a fantastic role model for our students and we are very fortunate to have her as a member of our staff.


The School considers this award and educational process a very beneficial opportunity for students and one which aligns closely with the School’s Purpose and Concerns. We encourage students to keep this award in mind as it approaches next September.

Hockey State Representatives

The Friends’ School was well represented at the National Hockey Carnival in October.  Incredibly, 11 Under 13 Friends’ students represented their state and did themselves and their families proud. Friends’ parent Bianca Pritchard also coached the boys team - a family effort!

Pictured from L to R:

Photo (1) Bianca Pritchard (coach and Friends’ parent), Bailey Stephens, Oscar Pritchard and Mitchell Walker

Photo (2) (Standing) Emily Rockefeller, Belle Kruimink, Rosabella Fish, Sophie Kruimink Maeve Bylsma, Georgia Bennett (GK) - (kneeling) Georgie Fox and Giselle Fernandez

Thanks to parents Louise Walker and Belinda Fish for providing the photos.

Details on the tournament can be viewed here and here

Our Community

Why the Waratah?

Recently, some beautiful Waratahs flowered at Pendle Hill. These are the first Waratahs to flower on the School grounds in recent living memory, thanks to the loving care of Groundsman, Wilbur. The Waratah is a prominent part of The Friends' School crest, and here is why (in the words of Principal Ernest Unwin): 


"The colours are the School colours, scarlet, blue, and grey. The grey or silver cross on a blue field is very like the Hodgkin coat of arms, the only one available among the early supporters of the School. Probably most Quakers of the olden time thought coats of arms too worldly, but the cross is on our field because we stand for the Christian faith. The red rose and the scarlet waratah are emblems of the land of origin and of adoption, and suggest how much this School in far-flung Tasmania is linked with Friends at home. As for the torch, it is the symbol most appropriate for a school, with its suggestion of tradition and the handing on of the torch in the race, each doing his best to hold it aloft and to keep it burning. It suggests that we need the fire of divine and eager purpose, and high ideals." 


Bought from a nursery, these are apparently Telopea speciosissima (New South Wales Waratahs) though Wilbur suspects that they may, in fact, be the Tasmanian Telopea truncata!  The generic name Telopea is derived from the Greek 'telopos', meaning 'seen from afar', and refers to the great distance from which the crimson flowers are discernible.

Wendy Chapman - Obituary by Pam Poulson

It is with great sadness we note the death of Wendy Chapman. Following her funeral, in September, colleagues, friends and former students gathered at the Meeting House to honour her long-term service and contribution to The Friends School. Wendy taught at Friends’ from 1964 until 2000, except for two years of travelling and polishing her French. She held many roles during her 32 years of service, years which exemplified excellent teaching and honouring of Quaker values. Her main teaching areas were French and English but when needed British History and Latin. She was an Assistant Senior Mistress and Head of Languages before becoming Assistant Head of Clemes in 1961 when the Matriculation Centre was established.

Wendy’s ability to care for people is probably her enduring legacy. She was greatly admired for her treatment of staff and students, and for making others feel cared for. She put the welfare of students at the highest level of priority. She was a tireless colleague. As Mark Curtis recalls of the time they both led Clemes, Mark as Head and Wendy as Assistant to the Head of Clemes:
‘If someone was in trouble, she would want to help. She would adopt the lonely. If you were snowed under with need in any way, Wendy would be there. She would brighten any gathering of people with her presence.’
Wendy played a large part in the creation of the outstanding school culture of these years; a culture which continues. Wendy’s contribution to her subject was not limited to the School: At various times she was State Moderator for French, Setting Examiner and Matriculation level Marker. Wendy epitomised how French should be taught. She loved language and taught with passion and warmth. She was especially encouraging of new French teachers. She was a vigorous member of Alliance Française, holding various positions such as President or Vice President over many years. She was the social convenor, acting as hostess at coffee croissant mornings, and organising events and finding guest speakers. She organised the largest language competition in Tasmania. It involved finding judges for 10 sections: poetry, posters, conversation, reading and listening comprehension. It also involved setting and
Even faced with piles of marking, Wendy’s positive nature never seemed to fail her, and nor did her sense of humour, her joy in life, her love of learning and her interest in travel. She was the first Friends’ School teacher to undertake an international trip for students when she travelled to New Caledonia. She was to lead six subsequent School trips. Wendy loved France and the opportunity to converse in French. Her death came as she returned home from another wonderful French holiday. She died in ‘the midst of life’ and we are all the richer for knowing her.


Photo: Female staff attending the Botanical Gardens in 1964 (Wendy Chapman second from right). 

The Friendly Conference

Quaker Service Australia generously provided funding to foster connections with Refugees and Migrants in our community this year. The funding helped International Baccalaureate CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) Year 11 students spend three days engaging with TAFE Young Migrant Education Programme (YMEP) students. Students sampled a range of activities including playing games that helped them with learning English and Maths such as ‘Simon says’, going bowling and meeting with Bushcare on the Queens Domain to collect and categorise rubbish.


In August, the theme of the CAS day was about the importance of reducing pollution in the environment, especially plastic pollution. Students learned how to make macramé pot holders from materials at the landfill centre and they were also taught how to make beeswax wrappers, which can be used instead of soft-plastics like glad wrap. The final day held in early November at Long Beach Reserve, Sandy Bay was a hive of activity with four teams consisting of Friends and YMEP students taking part in numerous activities based on co-operation that was fun, helped promote Maths and English skills and allowed everyone to participate.

The Friendly Conference, with a theme based on Australia and its obligation as a nation to refugees, was a melting pot of culture, knowledge, relationships, community engagement and perhaps most importantly, Service Learning. Guest speakers included Gillian Triggs and freelance storyteller Manal Younus. Each Clemes tutor group fostered a relationship with a few students from the Young Migrant Education Program (YMEP) at TasTAFE over the course of five weeks, exchanging knowledge, ideas, stories and customs.


The culmination of the Friendly Conference was the World Food Fair, in which every tutor group cooked a recipe from the home country of one of their YMEP students who was invited to share this food extravaganza. Money raised, $1200, was donated to the local Red Cross asylum seeker program, but the relationships students developed with these young migrant students was much longer lasting and rewarding.

Kenyan Book Drive

Over the course of last month, Greg Hill and several students from the High School have been working on a service activity to raise awareness, funds and books for the Gaigedi Secondary School in Kenya. Our aim is to promote equality and convey the importance of education through action, ultimately helping students with their learning and their future opportunities. We held various meetings to learn more information, we made clear goals and plans and spread the word through our Gathering meetings. We then proceeded to put boxes around the High School to collect donations and novels, in the High School Library, Common Room and High School Office.


The Kenyan Book Drive has been successful in retrieving books and we are still looking for even more generous people to donate. A small gold coin contribution to help send books to Gaigedi Secondary School would be greatly appreciated. If you have any old or unwanted books suitable for children of high school age, please feel free to drop them off in any of the three locations. This small action will benefit these kids greatly and we hope to see boxes full of great novels by the end of the year.


- Lia De Santis and Aaliyah Walker (Year 9)

FriendsMusic Farewell

We recently said farewell and thank you to Rhoda Girao, a long-serving member of FriendsMusic. Rhoda’s daughter, Kaelyn, finished Year 12 at the end of this year bringing Rhoda’s time with this parent-support group to an end.

Rhoda has been a highly creative and energetic member of FriendsMusic, and an inspiring member of committees that organised events such as this year’s Barn Dance, the Country Hoedown in 2016 and at least one curry night. Rhoda has always been a strong supporter of school performances and has been a wonderful help with interstate trips, such as the 2015 marimba trip to Sydney, where she made at least 10 kgs of chocolate brownies for the close to 75 students who participated!

Thank you, Rhoda, for the wonderful support you have provided Music at Friends’ during your six years as a member of FriendsMusic.  

Old Scholars

The Jenkins/Cooper/McHugh Family - Four Generations at Friends'



Photo: L to R: Back row: Charlie McHugh, Lucy Cooper, Craig Cooper, Elizabeth Cooper, Angela McHugh, Scott Cooper, Isabelle Cooper, Olivia McHugh. Middle row: Andrew Cooper, Billy Cooper, Henry Cooper. Front row: Ben Cooper, Anneka McHugh


Elizabeth Cooper (Jenkins) commenced at The Friends’ School Boarding House in 1957 aged 10. In those days the Boarding House held 100 Boarders and if the boys didn’t stoke the boiler - there was no hot water. Excited, and not a bit daunted, she understood this new path would provide opportunities for a broader education than that offered by her local area school.


Elizabeth’s enrolment at Friends’ came after a visit by former Principal Bill Oats to Elizabeth’s father, old scholar George Jenkins (1931), AFM. Elizabeth’s mother, Enid, who was educated at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, subjected him to a quiz of pertinent questions, and the decision was made.


Elizabeth later sent her children Scott Cooper (1990), Craig Cooper (1992) and Angela McHugh (Cooper) (1994) to Friends’, all of whom travelled around the world and lived and worked on the mainland.  They all returned to Hobart “to settle down” and she now has nine grandchildren at the School.


Elizabeth’s children have always been close, so the opportunity for them to be educated together at a co-educational school was important. All Elizabeth’s children went on to earn two degrees each, reflecting the quality of the education provided to students. When grandchildren Anneka and Ben are in Y11 and Y12 respectively it will be 100 years since their great grandfather George Jenkins commenced at Friends’ in 1929.


Making a conscious choice to ‘do grandparent help’ in various schools and now Friends’, Elizabeth values the vertical integration of students and feels the responsibilities given to students sets Friends’ apart. “The attitude of Friends’ and its students is different - open-minded, global, principled”, Elizabeth told me. “If you give a child a good education, that is something that no-one can take away from them and sets them up for life. They can then be responsible for their own lives. It is what I wanted to give my family.”

- Elizabeth Cooper (Jenkins) (1963)

Old Scholar Mentor Network - Help us build our mentoring network


In partnership with the School, The Old Scholars’ Association is establishing an Old Scholars Mentor Network. A mentor network can provide immense value to old scholars who are establishing careers, moving geographically or changing occupations and the use of modern technology allows for global reach. A 30 minute conversation with an established old scholar when you move to a new town, graduate from your studies or are making plans to change careers could provide immeasurable value.


Please email Lucy Loney if you are able to be involved. We are seeking old scholars world-wide.

Old Scholar's Association - Report from the Secretary

Pictured: 1964 Hockey Premiership team. OSA Secretary, Mary Woolnough, back row, second from right. 



The Old Scholar's Association Committee met on Monday 5 November.  We had a lively meeting with good discussions taking place – even though we had several members unable to attend.  
The Treasurer, Mike Gluskie, reported the accounts were currently being audited and we will be able to meet with the School in December to discuss our future funding arrangements.  We spent a lot of time discussing the history of prizes and projects we had supported in the past and future projects we would like to support. We agreed that once our funding is confirmed we will make this list available on the Old Scholars’ page on the School’s website. We also discussed updating the old scholars’ section of the website as an ongoing commitment.
The President, Richard Batt, had attended the Leavers’ Service and presented 150 badges.  He reported on the enjoyable address from long-serving staff member Peter Jones. He also reported that he would be attending the Visual Arts exhibition later that week.
Lucy Loney had further investigated other schools’ mentor programs and at this stage the concept for FSOSA will be promoted by using Facebook and this newsletter.  A notice will be included in the November edition of Rose & Waratah.


We noted the Fair will be held on Saturday 30th March and we agreed the Old Scholars Association would continue with the Satay Stall. This was a huge success last year and we are hoping for another good year in 2019.
Lucy reported that she had three Year 12 girls indicate they would like to continue to play football next year in an old scholars’ team. She will progress with helping with the administration of this and we agreed to sponsor this team should they enter the competition.
The Development Office advised there would be three reunions held in December:  one-year out on 13 December, five years out on 14 December and ten years out on 15 December. The annual 50-plus luncheon will be held next year on Sunday 17 February 2019.  
We set up our 4 meeting dates for next year including the AGM, which will be held on Monday 13 May 2019.   All old scholars are very welcome to attend this meeting so put this date in your diary now.
I am very pleased to report that the OSA has had a successful year and has renewed commitment and energy.   We look forward to supporting the School next year, and always welcome new members to be on the Committee.

The Friends' Old Scholars Memorial Grant for Year 11

The Trustees of The Friends’ Old Scholars Memorial Grant are delighted to advise that the 2019 Grant has been awarded to Alex Exarhakos. Each year, the Trustees work with the Heads of High School to find a student with an old scholar connection who is academically sound, an active participant in the life of the school and strong in service. In conjunction with the Heads of High School one grant of $4,000 is awarded towards Clemes fees in Term 1 2019. Congratulations Alex!
To see more information about the Grant, please visit our website. Applications for the Old Scholars Memorial Grant for 2020 will open in Term 3, 2019.

School Fair 2019 - Calling old scholar businesses

The Friends’ School 2019 Fair will be held on Saturday 30 March. The Fair Committee invites old scholars with a business venture to participate as stall holders in next year’s Fair. Whether it is a product or service or another concept, the Fair Committee are keen to hear all ideas and involve old scholars in meaningful ways in this much loved community event. To get involved, email [email protected]

Giving at Friends'

The Friends' Fellowship

“The Friends' School and the Fellowship are a great opportunity for someone who wishes to further their education in the best way possible. I am excited and very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Friends’ School community.”  

- Friends’ Fellowship 2019 - successful applicant


This year during Annual Giving the School community came together to establish The Friends’ Fellowship. We wanted to demonstrate our commitment to our shared values in a meaningful way through the gift of education for a family without financial means. Funds raised by our community will cover 75% of school fees for two years commencing in Year 11 in 2019.


In their letter of acceptance, the family asked us to ‘please pass on our thanks to the donors and let them know how much we appreciate this opportunity’.


Thank you to all who donated. You have created opportunities for a young student, and enrichment for our learning community.

The Argyle Street Canteen Redevelopment

Plans are underway for a significant upgrade to the Argyle Street Canteen with the Canteen temporarily relocated to The Farrall Centre Box Office Kitchen to make way for building works to begin this Term. Buildings Manager Richard Apted explains, “function and flow will be greatly enhanced through improvements to the facilities, and the new look will be fresh, inviting, and focused on promoting healthy food choices to our smallest and tallest students”. We look forward to sharing more information in the new year. Thank you to all who donated to this project during Annual Giving.

Information Literacy in the School Libraries
(Library Fund)

Students continue to make use of the rich resources provided through digital databases and e-book catalogues funded entirely by donations to the Library Fund. Through the use of these resources, students develop information literacy skills that enable them to sift through vast amounts of information and data acknowledging validity and biases, navigate complexity and, importantly, habituate crucial skills for life. The Friends’ Libraries are at the heart of our School, providing resources and places for students to explore both within and outside of class times.

Friends' Volunteers - Thank you! 

This year more than 200 community members gave their time to School programs and events, co-curricular groups and teams, committees, classrooms, excursions and the School archives. Our volunteer community is a deeply valued part of School life, personally enhancing the educational experience of a vast number of our students, and without whom many activities would not be possible. We thank each and every volunteer for their time and the difference they have made in students’ lives.

Volunteer Profile - Dawn Sharif

When Dawn’s grandson Alex started in Prep in 2014, Dawn offered to do ‘grandparent help’ in the classroom. She came weekly, reading with the children, and when Alex moved on at the end of the year, Dawn decided to stay! She has been volunteering in Prep S ever since.

“I’m retired, I have the time and I enjoy seeing people learn to read. I used to teach English as a foreign language so I thought this would be a nice thing to do.”

Prep S love reading with Dawn, with some 100 students benefiting over the last four years, including her granddaughter Francesca. On behalf of all the children who have benefited from your time and generosity, Dawn - thank you. We are grateful for all that you do.


For more information about volunteering at Friends’ visit:


To learn more about the giving programs at Friends’ and to get involved, please contact Lucy Loney, Development Manager, or Bill Avery, Director of Community Engagement. You can also visit the website to see more information.


Special Events

50+ Summer Luncheon

In February each year, we come together to celebrate those old scholars who left Friends’ 50 or more years ago. Held in The Farrall Centre, it is an opportunity to renew connections and friendships and to share some time together. In 2019 we will particularly welcome those old scholars who left in 1969 and are joining us for the first time. We look forward to seeing everyone in February.


50+ Summer Luncheon - Alma Mater - Singers required

Each year old scholars attending the 50+ Summer Luncheon sing the school song Alma Mater, a much anticipated and joyful part of the celebrations. We are seeking old scholars willing to learn a four-part harmony arrangement of Alma Mater to perform at the Lunch. Depending on interest, a limited rehearsal schedule will be organised. Please email Lucy Loney if you would like to be involved.

Dates for your Diary


2 January 2019 – School Main Reception
1 February 2019 – Year 7 and New Students 2019 Orientation
4 February 2019 – Term 1 starts
17 February 2019 – 50+ Summer Luncheon – The Farrall Centre
18 February 2019 – Old Scholars Association Meeting
21 March 2019 – Whole School Gathering - Harmony Day
23 March 2019 – Head of the River

30 March 2019 – The School Fair and Scholarship Exams

Thank you

Thank you to all of the Friends’ School community for making 2018 a happy and prosperous year. We appreciate those who have contributed stories and updates for Rose & Waratah, Focus and Facebook throughout the year.

If you have any news or updates on activities by students, old scholars, teachers or past staff please let us know. If you have any feedback and news you’d like to see in Rose & Waratah we’d love to hear from you.

We wish you and your families a safe and restful holiday season.
Best wishes
The Friends’ School Community Engagement Team

Bill Avery – Director of Community Engagement
Jen Scharkie – Enrolments Manager
Melinda Young – Enrolments Support Administrator
Lisa Preston – Main Reception
Sandra Van Ravels – Enrolments and Reception Assistant (temporary)
Melinda Clark - Archivist
Lucy Loney – Development Manager
Zoe Geard – Communications Coordinator
Deb Conley - Community Engagement Administrative Assistant
Katharine Dean – Events Coordinator


‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ - Gandhi

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