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(Issue September 2016)

Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner was held in Big School this year for the first time in a quarter of a century. It was a welcome return and enjoyed by all. With over 120 attending it was also our biggest turnout for some years. 

My thanks to Dr Vallance, in this valedictory OSU Annual Dinner for him as Headmaster, for his support for the evening and for the OSU. My overwhelming thanks to Tina Demetriou and Wendy Scotter for their fantastic efforts in ensuring the evening ran so well and was able to be enjoyed by so many.

It was a delight to welcome David Gonski AC as our new Patron. David kindly gave an insight into his experiences with the Headmaster, starting with the selection process in his role as a Trustee of the School. All with delightful insights and asides to enliven and entertain us. We look forward to a long term connection with David as Patron.

Special thanks to Phil Jameson (Senior Prefect and OSU Scholar 2011) for giving us his experiences and observations of the School under Dr Vallance. Some very entertaining recollections into the Headmaster’s management of the School and its students. Phil has only just returned from studying in the US and we wish him the best on his new career in Australia.

Dr Vallance responded to David and Phil and confirmed some of the comments and secrets they revealed. We wish Dr Vallance all the best in the next stage of his career post Sydney Grammar.


New Headmaster 2017

As announced by the School, it is very exciting to have an Old Sydneian, Dr Richard Malpass, as Headmaster starting in 2017. Dr Malpass was at the School from 1989 to 1994 and his current role is Assistant Headmaster (Academic) at Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex. We look forward to welcoming Dr Malpass home and to Sydney Grammar next year.

To read the announcement from the Chairman of Trustees please click here



I have had many enquiries into the state of the OSU Golf Club. I am happy to give some advice on upcoming events for golfers and a start to reinvigorating the group.


GPS Old Boys Golf Day

Firstly, you are invited to the other GPS Old Boys and Old Sydneians at the GPS Old Boys Golf Day at Manly Golf Club on Thursday 29 September commencing at 8am followed by lunch. Please click here for further details and registration.


OSU Annual Golf Day

Secondly, our own OSU Golf Day is set down for Thursday October 20 at Moore Park Golfers at Moore Park Golf Club. All to join together at the Moore Park Golf Club for post event announcements of the winner of the JA Buckle Trophy for the Golfers and the inaugural Tennis Trophy. Please register early so we can confirm numbers with the Clubs and ensure adequate courts and tee times are available.

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GPS Gold Challenge

Never to late to join the fun see this link or contact Matt Toll on goldchallenge@osu.com.au


AGM 2016 and Networking

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting. This will be held on November 30 in the foyer of the Alastair Mackerras Theatre. The AGM business will be brief, but I encourage everyone to attend for the networking opportunities. A formal notice of the meeting and the annual report will be sent to you as soon as possible.


Events for your diaries



Year Group


16 September


50 year reunion - Midday

29 September


GPS Gold Challenge 2016

1 October


GPS Gold Challenge 2016

15 October


20 year reunion Drinks
New York City

20 October


Golf Moore Park

21 October

1976 40

40 year reunion Tour of College St

22 October

1976 40

40 year reunion - Drinks

4 November


Annual lunch

5 November


35 year reunion - Dinner

18 November


Annual lunch

19 November



30 November


OSU Annual General Meeting

21 December


30 year reunion

23 December


15 year reunion

27 December


10 year reunion drinks


Yours Sincerely

Ian Plater (1969)








Photos courtesy of John Edwards (1951) 


(Issue #1 2016)

Welcome to 2016 from the OSU

 I would like to let all Old Sydneians know that we have started the year with a positive and harmonious relationship with the School. I thank the Headmaster for his offering of support. I know we all look forward to a constructive time working closely with the School to achieve our mutual objectives. As a small start we held our first meeting of the Committee for the year at the School and we have changed our registered office and principal place of business to Sydney Grammar School College St.

On behalf of the OSU I would like to welcome our latest Life Member and OSU Scholar – Noah Cass. Noah is currently in Year 12 and has been selected as the OSU Scholar for 2015. Noah has shown an impressive blend of academic, sporting and community contribution achievements. The OSU Scholarship provides funds for Noah to explore some of these interests after the HSC, early days but we do wish him well in this final year. I must add congratulations from his very proud Grandfather, an Old Sydneian.

The Annual Meeting of the OSU last year elected a broad range of Old Sydneians’ to the Committee as noted below. From my perspective this shows the enduring support for the OSU and the School across many generations. We have a lot to look forward to with such an energetic and committed group of people

Briefly, my connection with the School started with my father attending Edgecliff Preparatory School with Miss Van and then going on the College St, rather than Parramatta as my uncle did. I started at the new Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Preparatory School and then College St, leaving in 1969. Since then I have had 2 sons and now also a grandson attend the School, so Sydney Grammar is in my blood.

The OSU is totally committed to supporting the School, and the core of this is our role in maintaining and building the community of Old Sydneians’. An example of this has been our mentoring program for Old Sydneians’. With the first year of our Mentoring Programme behind us we would value your feedback by completing the short questionnaire on our website via the following link http://www.osu.com.au/grammar/mentor-survey-2016/

I must add my thanks Wendy Scotter for setting up our first committee meeting and for her ongoing bond and support for Old Sydneians.

Much more will be said over the next year about the achievements of Dr Vallance as Headmaster as he has announced he will be retiring from the role in 2017. On behalf of the OSU I would pass on my congratulations to the Headmaster for all he has achieved and wish him well in his after-School life.

As a final comment, the Headmaster said he wanted all Old Sydneians to understand that they do not peak at the HSC, but should be peaking at 75, I took great comfort in this and will work hard on peaking in 12 or so years’ time.



Ian Plater


Old Sydneians’ Union


Dates for your diary

GPS Old Boys Union Golf Day - Manly Golf Club 29 September 2016 - 7.30am start


O.S.U. Membership

All past students of Sydney Grammar School are eligible for membership of the Old Sydneians’ Union and we are pleased to note that over the years almost everyone who is eligible has chosen to become a member of the Union. Current eligible membership is approximately 13,737 yet we only have email addresses for 5,802 members.

So … we need your contact details, you can be as brief or as expansive as you care to be.

Simply visit the website http://www.osu.com.au/grammar/osu-members/registration/

  • enter your login name (that is your current or preferred email address) and
  • chose a password (of your choice)
  • The O.S.U. Privacy Policy is published on the website.


OSU Committee 2016


PLATER Ian (President) 1969
BLACKMAN Andrew (Treasurer) 1978
DIVE Bill (Hon. Secretary) 1957-58
SEALLY Jonathon (Immediate Past President - ex offico) 1989
EDWARDS John 1951
GIBBY Peter 1964
INBERG Phillip 2002
LEVIS, Justin 1989
MANETTAS Nick 2009
MARICH Bruce 1961
O'BRIEN (Dr) Patrick 1970
OWEN David 1974
REEVES, Andrew 1998
STEINER, Nicholas 1994
STUBLEY, Richard 1974


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