Thursday 26 March 2015

OIGA Centenary Weekend

The homecoming weekend included a number of structured activities but was there was also time to relax and catch up with old friends as well as provide an opportunity for alumni to see many of the wonderful developments the School has undergone.

The celebrations began on Friday night with the launch of the Old Ivanhoe Centenary Golden Ale Beer, courtesy of Temple Brewery and the unveiling of the Centenary Faces project. This project captured a photo-story collage of alumni and creatively documented the wide-range of experiences and memorable people, places and things during Ivanhoe Grammar School days by taking a photo of alumni holding a blackboard revealing their School secrets or memorable moments.

On Saturday the celebrations continued with a variety of activities at both The Ridgeway and Plenty Campuses. At The Ridgeway Campus the School launched the Heritage Trail where visitors can discover more about the School’s long, rich and colourful history within the grounds of the current campus. The Round Square speeches provided an opportunity for alumni to discuss charities and causes that they were involved with and share their experiences working with non-profit organisations such as Cambodian charities, 300 blankets, JellyChip, Multiple Sclerosis and Oxfam.

A number of sporting events including Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Volleyball and Cricket were also enjoyed by our alumni and competition was fierce amongst the players. In addition, the Huxley Comedy Debate was a great success and alumnus Ash Long (’74) moderated the event and ensured the debate didn’t get too heated!

At Plenty Campus audiences were treated to a full dress rehearsal of the upcoming Musical Guys & Dolls as well as student art displays in the Creative Arts Centre. Three practice matches between Ivanhoe and long standing rivals Marcellin were carried out on the oval throughout the day with the U19’s, 2nds and Seniors all making their way onto the field for some friendly competition.

The OIG Centenary Dinner promised to be a highlight of the weekend…and it was! The formal three-course dinner featured a panel of alumni speakers who entertained and enthralled the packed audience.

On Sunday 22 March a chapel service was held at St James’ Church, Ivanhoe which recognised the original site of Ivanhoe Grammar School and incorporated the unveiling of a Centenary plaque and a morning tea to follow. In addition, for those who still had the energy an alumni team ran in the Run for the Kids event.

We would like to thank all our alumni who came back to the School to celebrate the OIG Centenary Weekend; it was wonderful to see so many former students reminiscing about their fond memories spent at the School.