Old Boys’ News – December 2019/ Old Boys
This is the final newsletter of the year. Only Christmas remains of 2019 and our minds are already on the 2020 programme.
The past month has been exceptionally busy. The Chairman, Secretary and Rector attended various Old Boys’ functions around the globe, with events being held in Edinburgh, London, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Dubai. As usual, Old Boys were superb in their organising of gatherings, as well as welcoming and kindly hosting us in each centre. The reports and many photos of these meetings are large files and they have been added as links to this newsletter.
Wayne Witherspoon is our featured past Head of School in this edition. Three Hensmans: Rory (posthumous), Sean and Michael are our conservationists for their work with elephants and communities. Alan Redfern and Michael Strachan are at different points in their journeys in education. Gareth “G-Dog” Jenkinson and Nick Tatham are becoming prominent voices on the sporting airwaves. In this edition, Gareth shares his experience covering the rugby World Cup.
In the world of sport, Rory Button is making a name for himself on his bicycles, both at road and MTB events. Sean Gilson is a member of the Tukkies cricket team, which won the Campus Cricket World Finals.
Cameron McIntosh and Simon Gane met at the EUFOREA medical specialist forum.
On the home front Gordon Bruins and Nick Grice were welcomed as Fellow Associates for their years of dedication and commitment to the school, particularly with regard to building developments. The Punchbowl astroturf, donated by the Sacco Family, was opened on 22 November. Des, Angela and Patrick Sacco were guests of honour at the ceremony.
On the light-hearted side, the winners of the Superbru World Cup Predictor Pool are unveiled.
At the annual Remembrance Day service was held last month, the poignant story of the brotherhood between two Michaelhouse boys, Mike Rosholt and Peter Susskind was read out by Michael Bradford and Michael Ross. This relationship is our excerpt from the archives.
This newsletter closes with a message from the Phil Roberts, president of the Old Boys Club and notices about planned activities for 2020.
May you have a blessed and safe Christmas. My best wishes to you and your families for 2020. Have a blast, give it horns and make a difference.