Posted 05 JUL 2022
With the resumption of international travel, I recently attended the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC) Annual Conference at St Mark’s...
With the resumption of international travel, I recently attended the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC) Annual Conference at St Mark’s School of Texas. It was wonderful to once again gather and network with educators from around the globe to champion boys' education. The theme of the conference ‘The Path to Manhood’, was explored through thought-provoking keynote speakers and workshops across pedagogy and practice, many of which focused on character development and positive masculinity. Post conference it was beneficial to review and reflect on the strategies SPSC is implementing to chart a course that will prepare our young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and ever-changing world. Whilst in the US I was fortunate to attend Chapter Dinners in New York and Los Angeles. Both dinners attracted a diverse group of old scholars, all with a keen interest in the School and its direction. I extend a sincere thank you to LA Convenors, Alastair Boucaut (DAC 2006) and Nick Tjia (DAC 2006) and New York Convenor Doug Elix AM (DAC 1966) for organising these gatherings and to old scholars and their partners for attending. In campus news, our Maintenance, Grounds and Property Service departments are on the move to their new facilities located on the old Sanitarium site on Hackney Road. Purchased by the School in May 2016, the site covers some 8300 sqm with over 3300 sqm of building floor area. Extensive maintenance and upgrade works have been undertaken to re-purpose the buildings and site to support a range of school related activities. The works have included an upgrade to the stormwater system serving the precinct, installation of a new main fire hydrant system, installation of IT systems, removal of asbestos roof sections, provision of new and upgrades to existing ablutions amenities including accessible facilities, bitumen car parks accommodating 40 car parks, landscape upgrades and an upgrade to administration offices. The completed facilities will provide: Buildings and trades workshop Maintenance service centre and property services staff office and administration areas Grounds offices/administration/workshop/storage and amenity areas Refurbished generic and open plan administrative areas with shared amenity spaces Secure on-site storage The site will also provide improved vehicle parking facilities for weekend sport with external access to bathroom facilities. With the existing Maintenance, Grounds and Property Services buildings now vacated, plans for a new integrated learning facility overlooking the Wilson and Farr ovals on the large site from the rear of Da Costa Dining Hall towards Pembroke Street, will be further explored. I hope to see many of you the SPSC 175 Gala Ball on Saturday 6 August. In what will be the School’s flagship celebration, 175 years of enduring friendships, traditions and achievements will be celebrated. With over 1,100 tickets already sold, don’t miss out on what will be the largest gala ball in our School’s history. Buy tickets here by Friday 15 July – unless sold out prior.
Posted 29 JUN 2022
We are celebrating 175 years (1847-2022) this year, but it is interesting to look back 100 years to 1922 when...
We are celebrating 175 years (1847-2022) this year, but it is interesting to look back 100 years to 1922 when our School was celebrating its 75th birthday. Our School was still feeling the effects of the deaths of 173 old scholars in the ‘Great War’ and War Memorial Hall, in their memory, was under construction, but progress was slow. The Jury Fountain (in memory of George Rischbieth Jury, who was killed in World War I) had been built and the new classroom block on the Southern side of the “Big Quad” was in its third year of use. The House system had been introduced by Headmaster Bickersteth, who was in the third year of his Headmastership, but the Day Houses were named Wait’s, Irwin’s, Wood’s and Price’s following the tradition in some English Schools where the Houses are named after the Housemaster. It was not until the beginning of 1924 that Irwin’s House became Hawkes House, Wait’s became Short House, Hill’s had become Wood’s which became Da Costa House, McMillan’s had become Price’s which became Farrell House. Late in 1923 the Council of Governors decided to name the Houses after benefactors and founders of our School. Our 1922 First XI cricket team was strong. It was the only time we had two cricketers in the First XI that went on to play for Australia – PK Lee and HC Nitschke. We defeated Prince Alfred College in the 46th Intercollegiate game by an innings and 38 runs. This margin was a record at the time and was our fourth victory in a row. PK Lee took 9 wickets and made 89 runs. After this match we had won 25 intercollegiate cricket games, PAC had won 19, and 2 had been drawn. CB Sangster was also in the team. He went on to play for South Australia. The First XI had a tour to Melbourne. On this tour CB Sangster took 8 wickets in Melbourne Grammar School’s innings. There were 631 boys in the School. 431 in the Senior School and 200 in the Preparatory (now Junior) School. We had 189 senior and junior boarders. Senior School boarders were in three Houses: School (59), Wyatt’s (43) and Brooks (28). 1922 was the year that one of our greatest old scholars Howard Florey arrived in England to take up the Rhodes Scholarship that he had won in 1921. Later he was to share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Sir Ernst Chain and Sir Alexander Fleming for his role in the development of penicillin. Florey's discoveries, along with those of Chain and Fleming, are estimated to have saved over 200 million lives, and he is regarded by the Australian scientific and medical community as one of its greatest figures. He had left the School in 1916. Whilst at St Peter’s College he was a School Prefect. He won a range of academic prizes and scholarships and he played in the Intercollegiate Cricket, Football and Tennis Teams. He was Captain of his District (Souths) at a time when boys were in Districts rather than Houses. Many old scholars would remember studying Physics and Chemistry in the Florey Building which was completed in 1966 and opened in 1967 and named after Sir Howard Florey. At Speech Day 1922, the Bishop of Adelaide mentioned “the value of teamwork” on and off the sports field. He talked about St Peter’s College: “Their sports had shown them the value of teamwork – every man playing for his side. They had shown the importance of playing together and knowing each other’s play…. There were a great many boys who were not able to excel on the sports field, but what they might do in school might mean more to the School. They could put in good steady work and exercise a strong and upright influence in the School…… He urged them not to forget the value of teamwork in school…….” 100 years later is not “teamwork” for the boys of St Peter’s College as important in 2022 and it was in 1922? Researched and written by David Docwra David Docwra retired from St Peter’s College in December 2015 after 37 years’ service and is fondly remembered by many as a dedicated teacher, a committed coach of squash, cricket and soccer, and most especially as a passionate Head of Hawkes House for 21 years. David remains connected to St Peter's College and regularly provides historical articles for the St Peter's Old Collegians newsletters.
Posted 06 JUN 2022
We owe a great debt to our Founders and early benefactors for our 175 years of existence. The first day...
We owe a great debt to our Founders and early benefactors for our 175 years of existence. The first day in the life our School was July 15th 1847. Image above - The School Room was the Collegiate School's temporary home from July 1847 to December 1849. Built behind Trinity Church, it was later extended and then demolished in 1932. Main image - artwork by John Baptist Austin looking from the West End of Hindley Street in November 1849. Trinity Church is in the foreground on the left and the single-gabled School Room next to it. Every year we have a Founders’ Day Service to give thanks for the group of men that played a role in founding our School. Names of generous early benefactors are also mentioned in the Service. Their vision of a school for Christian gentleman has led to a great School that celebrates its 175th birthday in 2022. As the 175th Founders’ Day approaches on July 15th 2022, it is timely to remember some of these Founders and early benefactors to whom our School owes so much. A study of our School’s history shows that benefactors have been essential to its success. Augustus Short (1802-1883), was the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide. He transformed the school which had been started at Trinity Church in Adelaide into the Collegiate School of St Peter, and on 24 May 1849 laid its foundation stone. Short House is named in his honour. Captain William Allen was a principal Founder and provided most of the funding for the building of Old School House. Marshall MacDermott was a principal Founder and was a member of the first Council of Governors. Benjamin Mendes Da Costa has been the School’s major benefactor, but it was over 40 years after his death in 1869 until the Council of Governors gained full control of his estate. James Farrell’s bequest on his death in 1869 allowed the School to pay off most of its debts and embark on an extensive building and development programme. George Wright Hawkes was elected a Governor in 1852. He was on the Council of Governors for nearly 50 years. Other current Senior School Houses are named after George Henry Farr (the school’s second Headmaster – the great pioneering Headmaster), Charles Beaumont Howard (the first Colonial Chaplain), Sir Henry Fox Young (the Governor of South Australia in 1849, who donated 111 acres of land to fund exhibitions and prizes) and Reverend William Woodcock, incumbent at St John’s Church, Halifax Street, in 1849, who was on the first Council of Governors. Our Founders and early benefactors would not have known that their vision and generosity would lead to one of the finest schools in the world. Our School is one of six Australian schools that are members of the G30 association of schools along with The King's School, Paramatta; Carey Baptist Grammar School, Melbourne; Cranbrook School, Sydney; Geelong Grammar School; and Melbourne Grammar School. Our School has produced many outstanding old scholars and a large number of young men with a strong sense of service to the community. As we celebrate 175 years, we owe a debt of gratitude to those whose vision and generosity, in the challenging early years of the colony of South Australia, laid the foundations of our great School. Researched and written by David Docwra David Docwra retired from St Peter’s College in December 2015 after 37 years’ service and is fondly remembered by many as a dedicated teacher, a committed coach of squash, cricket and soccer, and most especially as a passionate Head of Hawkes House for 21 years. David remains connected to St Peter's College and regularly provides historical articles for the St Peter's Old Collegians newsletters.
Posted 28 JUN 2022
It was a wild and wintery evening for the Class of 2012 10 Year and Class of 2017 5 Year...
It was a wild and wintery evening for the Class of 2012 10 Year and Class of 2017 5 Year Milestone Reunions held on Saturday 4 June. 120 old scholars gathered in Da Costa Dining Hall for pre dinner drinks and a welcome from Tim Browning, Headmaster before making a dash in the pouring rain to the National Wine Centre for a cocktail reception.
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Posted 27 JUN 2022
There are two Honour Boards that hang in the foyer of Memorial Hall to honour old scholars who have...
There are two Honour Boards that hang in the foyer of Memorial Hall to honour old scholars who have served in military and peacekeeping operations since World War II. The boards were unveiled by Brigadier M.L. Clifford AM CSC (HWD 1974) on Friday 16 May 2003. Service continues to be a core value at St Peter’s College and Memorial Hall is a lasting tribute to those old scholars who made the ultimate sacrifice through their service, Pro Deo et Patria. SPOC recently sent our congratulations to Major Mac Jensen OAM RFD JP (Ret’d) (YNG 1981) who received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) (General Division) for service to the Indigenous community of Western Australia. pictured with former Hawkes Housemaster, David Docwra in 1981 Mac has lived a life of service, both military and civil. As an Army officer, he recruited, trained and led remote Indigenous soldiers for the Australian Army in the Kimberley and northern Australia for over 15 years, including operational border protection tasks when commanding Kimberley Squadron NORFORCE. He remains a strong advocate for remote Indigenous ex-servicemen. For the past 20 years, he has continued his training and capacity building work with remote Indigenous communities in the Kimberley and western desert regions of WA in civil employment, particularly with remote Indigenous land management and cultural heritage ‘ranger’ programs, and leading successful remote Indigenous training, employment and capacity-building initiatives. Mac continues his work with Indigenous people and has previously led Australian Army Indigenous units for many years (23 years service in the Regular Army and Army Reserve), including on important military operational service. For the past 25 years he has worked very closely with Mr Keith Payne VC AM (pictured below), Australia’s most highly decorated veteran, another strong advocate for Indigenous military service. In 2014, Mac was honoured to meet the Queen in Buckingham Palace with Mr Payne. Mac Jensen says, “Military operational service is important to the defence of our nation, and many old scholars continue to be involved in very important and inherently dangerous operational activities in various capacities…[current St Peter’s College] students who aspire to military service (ie defending their nation and its freedoms) should be aware that any operational or peacekeeping military service they participate in will be recognised and acknowledged by the School on these Memorial Hall Honour Boards”. "Service, in its many forms, both civil and military, is a very strong value at SPSC, and ought to be encouraged and recognised at every opportunity. I remember receiving the ‘Headmasters Prize for Service’ at the completion of Year 12 in 1981. That meant a great deal to me and has had a significant influence on my career. That is the power of recognition, and a clear demonstration that you don’t have to be an outstanding scholar or sportsman to be recognised at SPSC." Honour Boards serve as a reminder to all who pass them of the acts of service, achievements and sacrifice of our old scholars. On behalf of the Headmaster, we encourage old scholars to contact us regarding their service in declared military and peacekeeping operations so that we can ensure these important Honour Boards are kept current. Contact Bianca Harms, SPOC Secretary via Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 8404 0526
NewsSPOC SportUpcoming Events
Posted 28 JUN 2022
Please support our SPOC teams as they compete against PAOC in the upcoming Winter Intercols. Spectators are welcome to attend....
Please support our SPOC teams as they compete against PAOC in the upcoming Winter Intercols. Spectators are welcome to attend. Football Saturday 9 July 2.15 pm Caterer Oval, St Peter's College Golf Friday 22 July 8.00 am for 8.30am shotgun start Royal Adelaide Golf Club book now Basketball Monday 25 July Cs 6.30 pm, Bs 7.30 pm and As 8.30 pm Burchnall Sports Centre, St Peter's College Bridge Tuesday 26 July 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start Junior School Hall, St Peter's College Chess Tuesday 26 July 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start Pentreath Building, St Peter's College Squash Tuesday 26 July 6.30 pm Red Centre, PAC Badminton Thursday 28 July 7.00 pm Burchnall Sports Centre, St Peter's College Snooker Thursday 28 July 5.00 pm Naval and Military Club
Posted 27 JUN 2022
Over 50 guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the National Wine Centre at the SPOC Business Lunch on Friday 13...
Over 50 guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the National Wine Centre at the SPOC Business Lunch on Friday 13 May 2022 with guest speaker Tim Silvers. Tim Silvers, CEO Adelaide Crows Football Club shared stories from his career; from entry level payroll clerk at Hawthorn Football Club to CEO of the Adelaide Crows. He spoke candidly about his vision for the club, as well as some wonderful behind the scenes storytelling, featuring some well-known footy legends. The St Peter’s Old Collegians thanks Tim Silvers for his time and great presentation with real insight into the Adelaide Crows and AFL Footy clubs. We also thank Paul Bauer, Adelaide Crows and Tim Browning, Headmaster for attending. The next SPOC Business Lunch is being held on Friday 28 October 2022 with guest speaker Andrew Daniels (WDK 1978). Andrew was CEO of the Adelaide Oval for 10 years and was instrumental in the successful redevelopment of the precinct. Andrew is now Chairman of South Australian Motor Sport which has just announced a 5 year deal to host the finale race in the Repco Supercars Championship. Andrew is currently Chair of the board at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and a board member of Novita Services. Tickets are available now.
Posted 28 JUN 2022
St Peter’s Old Collegians have been involved with the Saints Careers Evening for many years. This year we welcomed over...
St Peter's Old Collegians have been involved with the Saints Careers Evening for many years. This year we welcomed over 40 exhibitors to Memorial Hall, many of whom were old scholars. The evening is an important night for Year 10 and 11 students as they discover more about various industries, pathways, and careers. Thank you to all the old scholars who supported the evening and Hewitson Wines for their ongoing partnership with SPOC.
Posted 26 MAY 2022
We were thrilled to welcome over 100 School House old scholars back to St...
We were thrilled to welcome over 100 School House old scholars back to St Peter’s College on Saturday 21 May for a special reunion to mark 20 years since School House merged with Wyatt & Allen. Edward Rasheed (SCH 2002) convenor and MC introduced our guest speakers, The Hon Ian MacLachlan AO (SCH 1954) and former Housemaster, Mr Andrew Greenwood. Both spoke about the lasting connection and friendships boarders have with each other, as well as some more mischievous tales. Pre-dinner dinks were held in Athenley House where Tim Browning, Headmaster welcomed old scholars back to the School, and 2022 School & Allen House Captain, Oakley Price introduced the S&A Prefects. The guests then walked across the grounds to Da Costa Dining Hall for dinner. It was a wonderful night of reconnecting with old friends. Guests travelled from interstate and regional South Australia and spanned leaving years 1954-2005. We hope to hold more broad SPOC Boarding Dinners in the years to come.
Posted 28 JUN 2022
As we celebrate the School’s remarkable 175 year history, it is fitting to reflect on the long history of giving...
As we celebrate the School’s remarkable 175 year history, it is fitting to reflect on the long history of giving to St Peter’s College and the role benefaction has played in developing and sustaining the School since 1847. Founded just 11 years after the first settlers arrived in South Australia, St Peter’s College owes its establishment to its early benefactors who had the foresight to create an institution that would foster the development of the colony by educating the hearts and minds of its future leaders. The original endowment by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and those of Bishop Short, Captain William Allen and other individuals enabled the purchase of land on which the School now stands and its early development. Since then, benefaction has provided for the School’s ongoing advancement, growth and renewal as well as providing needs-based scholarship opportunities for talented and promising students. Over the last few years, the culture of philanthropy has flourished at the School and like the generosity of our founders and early benefactors, the generosity of our community in recent times will forever be etched in the School’s history and will greatly assist the School in realising its vision to be an exceptional community of learning. The School’s inaugural Giving Day last year will have an impact for years to come through the establishment of the 175 Year Anniversary Scholarship thanks to over 700 members of our community who generously supported this initiative. The impact of recent giving will also soon become a reality for our senior students with the much anticipated opening of the historic Big Quad precinct in July. The transformation of the Big Quad to re-establish it as the heart of academia at the School would not have been possible without the support and contributions of the St Peter’s College community. The completion of the Big Quad project is the first step to realising the School’s ambitious Master Plan and we look forward to seeing this bold vision brought to life. As we prepare our students for the opportunities of tomorrow, you are invited to leave your mark on the next generation through our 175 Years of Giving appeal. To make a tax-deductible gift, please click here or scan the QR to donate or contact the St Peter’s College Foundation via email at email@example.com or phone +61 8 8404 0528. Your gift. Their future.
Event RecapUpcoming Events
Posted 28 JUN 2022
Old Scholar Development Liaison, Philip Marshall (SHT 1964) hosts regular old scholar lunches for small groups which include...
Old Scholar Development Liaison, Philip Marshall (SHT 1964) hosts regular old scholar lunches for small groups which include a tour of the School and a visit to the Headmaster’s Study. Recent lunch attendees enjoyed a visit to Palm House with lunch served in Higgins Hall in the Junior School. The gentlemen visited classrooms with Jasmine Taylor, Head of Junior School and met with some of the School's youngest students. The event ended with afternoon tea with Tim Browning, Headmaster in his study. Old scholars are warmly invited to register their interest in attednding these lunches by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 27 JUN 2022
We have continued to have a successful run this season. Results so far — A Top Won 6/7 B Top ...
We have continued to have a successful run this season. Results so far — A Top Won 6/7 B Top Won 7/7 C 4th Won. 3/6 D 6th Won. 2/6 ( plus 2 x draws) E 5th Won. 3/6 F Top Won. 6/6 G Top. Won. 6/6 H 5th Won. 3/5 Training has had good numbers, however I feel the inclement cold weather and upcoming University Exams will soon take their usual annual toll. COVID continues to cause issues with many teams being affected each week. Our A team defeated PAOC 50/49 on the buzzer a few weeks ago which sets the scene for a very competitive SPOC v PAOC Intercol Basketball on Monday 25 July from 6.30pm, Burchnall Sports Centre. Our first 'Pub Night' held in May was a great success however Saturday 4th June, was poorly attended — very disappointing indeed. We hope have lots of you turn out on July 2nd and show your support for the Club! SAVE THE DATE - SPOC v PAOC BASKETBALL INTERCOL MONDAY 25TH OF JULY Old Scholars Week games hosted by SPOC Basketball in the Burchnall Sports Centre C team 6.30pm -- B team 7.30pm -- A team 8.30 pm These teams are worthy of your support and these games are sure to be hard fought. Regards, William Strangways (HWK 1957)
Posted 27 JUN 2022
Richard Thomas Potter Memorial The following is a transcript of the eulogy delivered by Ian McLachlan AO (SCH 1954) at...
Richard Thomas Potter Memorial The following is a transcript of the eulogy delivered by Ian McLachlan AO (SCH 1954) at Dick Potter’s Memorial held in Memorial Hall on Sunday 5 June. Caro, Susie, Simon, Jamie, Andrew and grandchildren of this wonderful double’s partnership. Ladies and Gentlemen. Andrew asked me to say a few words about Dick’s old friends and friendships and as I look around there are plenty of old friends here today. And many of us fit both categories in this great Hall, exactly the right place to celebrate Dick’s life. I well remember when a Mr R.T. Potter arrived at Saints, a young House Master at the Senior Boarding House, School House, which occupied nearly all of what is now the Pentreath Building. Dick’s days on the corvettes, seven years passed, but he was, to us, already famous. He was famous for three things, he’d been about to play in his first League game when he was smashed up, he’d kicked 16 goals for Melbourne University against Adelaide University (as yet unproven) and he had beaten Frank Sedgman in the U16 Tennis Championship of Victoria. Dick’s room in the Boarding House was at the far end of School House so you had to walk 80 metres to the Master’s Common Room in Old School House. And it was quickly noticed by irreverent small boys that the new Mr Potter had a distinctive walk. His left leg thrust out forward, his left arm held vertically, right hand behind his back, stylishly athletic with a bit of a swagger. And after a while, four or five boys would be following along this new master imitating Mr Potter, giggling away. One day we counted over 20 of them doing the same thing. Dick took no notice whatsoever. Later I asked him what he thought of all this and he said they didn’t know that I could see their reflections in Trunk Vollugi’s study mirror so I thought over time I’d keep on exaggerating, which is what he did. And I can tell you I can still do that (the Dick Potter walk) without the athleticism. When Dick was a junior Boarding House Master, we all grew up only seven or eight years younger than he was and those of us who finally finished up in the senior positions in the House got to know him extremely well, especially if you knew anything about sport. In 1955 Dick and I turned up in England together. Dick was already teaching at the Dragon School, the famous Prep School in Oxford, and I was to go to Cambridge in the next October. The Dragon School year ended in May and Wimbledon was approaching fast. So I stayed with Dick and about a dozen Australian and American tennis players preparing for Wimbledon. Some already famous and some about to be so. Ashley Cooper, one or two others, Ham Richardson from America in a hotel near what is known as Kangaroo Valley near Earl’s Court. I went to Wimbledon most days as Dick’s guest and was watching when he very nearly upset the eventual runner-up Kurt Nielsen. My mother sent a cable, or a message somehow, thanking Dick for looking after the ‘boy’ as she said, and I still have his reply which I shared with Dick more recently in which he said, that he’d been in bad form, only just started playing well, and I’d been very supportive. Well, I have to say, it is surprising how supportive you can be when you get free tickets to the greatest tennis tournament in the world, free meals, strawberries and cream, Pimm’s on call, and seats at all the finals. It wasn’t too tough being supportive. What I do remember very well was how well he started to play with almost no practice. The others had been on Tour , he’d been to a couple of minor tournaments in England just enough to get prepared, and despite his broken leg, which he informed me was full of copper, he played extraordinarily well and very nearly upset Kurt Nielsen, the eventual runner up. After Wimbledon, Dick and I went on a four-week tour in his immaculate Morris Thousand with another English School Master, back in the UK for the summer, called David Stalky Dyer who was the worst driver who had ever been allowed to desecrate the wheel of a motor car. He finally persuaded Dick to let him to drive his motorcar when we were near Venice one night which he managed to back into a drainage channel where we stayed all night. We couldn’t get out because we were bogged and would have been carried away by the mosquitos. That was the first time that I saw R.T. Potter fiery hot. We were pulled out the following morning by a very reluctant Italian farmer. I have seen him, I’ve heard him, I’ve read him fiery hot on one other occasion. I got two letters once when I was in a senior position at the South Australian Cricket Association. One of them was the most ferocious letter that I have ever received in my life. The other was from Don Beard who finally forgave me because he found the beer was cheaper at the Adelaide Bowling Club. But the Adelaide Oval Bowling Clubs most ferocious letter came from Dick Potter and I’ve asked him many times whether he has forgiven me and every time he said ‘no, you made a giant mistake’. Well maybe I did and maybe I didn’t and I must say it was a letter that I have conveniently lost. Well before Dick came back from England, he had accumulated friends from his school days already. In fact when he was at the Dragon School, people would find their way to Oxford. He managed to some how or other be a friend at school, but still in a responsible position in control, and then a good friend to so many afterwards. The other time I have seen him fiery hot was again on the same trip. As you know, Dick had a religious bent from his family history and we had in 35 days been to two steeples a day, everyday. We had been to every church and cathedral that there was to be seen in most of Western Europe and I simply refused to go to the last building that he had in store for us. Even though I had been told that it was on some place on the Isle de la Cite’ in Paris. Luckily our friendship survived my childish stupidity of refusing to go to Notre Dame! Old boys continued over all of the years that he was there to find their way to catch up with him. He was a disciplinarian, nevertheless all through his school life, these students became friends almost as they walked out the gate. He was trusted, he was firm, he was friendly and he was caring. I might have been the only person who saw him play a quarter of football. You might say it wasn’t much because it was Oxford University v Cambridge University Aussie Rules Football and we had to rake in some people from outlandish places like the Cirencester Agricultural College, a place of no academic repute. He was careful about his leg that day, but in the last quarter I took the whistle from him, said you play for Cambridge and we’ll watch and I have to say that although he didn’t go into very dangerous positions he was so fast that we got a glimpse perhaps of what might have been. I returned to Australian in 1958 as he did and almost the first thing we did was to go looking for the son of Charles Bannon, Nicholas, in the Flinders Ranges. The night before we went, we were told the boy was missing, Dick turned around and said “I’m going in the morning, is anybody coming?” And that was Dick, straight away. Everybody who knows, played with or was coached by Dick at tennis and footy, still talk now about how good he was at coaching. How much he seemed to care about their game and how encouraging he was. He did play a bit of cricket. He didn’t let on much that he played cricket, but he had an infuriating habit of not going anywhere near the cricket net then making 50 every time for the Masters vs the School XI. And I’m told that that went on for many years again with no practice at all. Dick was asked by a very excellent Headmaster Colin Gordon (there’s lots of excellent Headmaster’s at St Peter’s College), but refused until a particularly unpleasant character was no longer a teacher at the School. Dick won that bout and stayed for a further quarter of a century, in fact more. Potts, as I called him, still accumulated friends. He ran the Quarterly Lunches for old scholars producing speakers with great ease and they were well attended. Caro had a walking group which ageing husbands were occasionally asked to join. And we went on some very lovely walks in the Hinterland of Australia. We had other dinners to congratulate the girls for their weekly efforts keeping fit on our behalf. Hugo Shaw was Art Master when Dick was getting on to be a Senior Master in the Common Room. Hugo says that in early days he was always immaculately dressed, but changed his car so often that you could tell Dick by his sports coat, but never by his car. I think he may have changed that habit a bit after Caro and he were married. There were tennis groups which added to the friendships. Even old boys from other schools were allowed occasionally to join the tennis groups. And Dick’s great love of golf played a great part of his later life. As Andrew has said, he played a lot with Don Bradman. I played with them once when Dick and I were playing well and Don was playing badly. It was a great day really- I have to say! Most of what I have spoken about was BC. Old times and before Caroline. But the boys have spoken about the later part of Dick’s life. He was so proud of you all. Doug Stott was School Captain in 1954 and afterwards had a house on the grounds with his wide Adey, when Dick and Caro were for many years running the Wyatt & Allen Boarding House. Doug says that Dick was almost the perfect School Master – firm, reliable, always the same, had a balanced life both in and outside the School, and he enhanced that balance by running tours around the world after he retired from the School. I haven’t, until today been able to verify whether Dick beat Frank Sedgman in the U16 Championships of Victoria or not because I couldn’t find it when I looked it up many times. But Dick Scott-Young who was also a great friend of Dick’s, and here today, told me the other day that he was at Memorial Drive with Dick Potter and Dick saw Frank Sedgman. And Frank saw Dick and said “Ah, Dicky Potts, Dicky Pott” and I thought when he told me that story that is a school boy nick name and there’s no doubt that they played a lot of tennis together and I was convinced before I heard it today that Dick Potter had beaten Frank Sedgman whether it was in the U16s or not. I just in finishing say that we have really all come here today because of Dick’s ability to make and keep friends for all of his life. Friends of every age, in this great Hall which was burnt down and built again, which commemorates those who served their country, as Dick did all his life. And there’s no more fitting place for us to today celebrate, whether family of friends, the life of a very very fine Australian gentleman. pictured in 2018 with the late former Deputy Headmaster, Ray Stanley (left) Our thanks to Ian McLachlan AO (SCH 1954) for allowing us to share this special tribute to a much loved teacher, coach, mentor and friend.
Posted 26 MAY 2022
Thanks to those who joined Fleurieu convenors John Jackson (WDK 1951), Richard Fairweather (HWK 1962)...
Thanks to those who joined Fleurieu convenors John Jackson (WDK 1951), Richard Fairweather (HWK 1962) and Robert Gun (FLL 1963) at the 14th Annual Fleurieu Luncheon on Sunday 1 May 2022. Our thanks to old scholars Seb Packer (FRR 1991) and Ben Goldsmith (HWD 1990) for their generosity and hosting us at the Flying Fish Cafe, Port Elliot.
Event RecapMemory BankReunions
Posted 04 APR 2022
With the Summer Intercols taking place over the weekend, we were pleased to host some of the 1967 1st XI...
With the Summer Intercols taking place over the weekend, we were pleased to host some of the 1967 1st XI team at Oval House on Friday 1 April 2022. L-R Dan Carter (HWD 1967), Alastair Douglas (FLL 1967), Jock McFarlane (SHT 1968), Chris Bowman (HWK 1967), Brent Emmett (MAC 1967) and Peter Wiese (SCH 1967). Alastair Douglas (FLL 1967) shared the story of the team’s Intercol. The Reverend John Miller, Headmaster at the time was thrilled with the long-awaited victory over Prince Alfred College, the team winning the match for St Peter's College for the first time in 12 years. On display, their team photo in the 1967 Saints Magazine and their Cricket Scoring Book (see images below). These former teammates have stayed in contact over the past 55 years and have even played matches against the SPSC boys on some occasions. Seeing the gentlemen together, sharing stories and reliving their school days is a reminder of the deep affection so many of us feel towards the School and the lasting mateship gained through sport.
Old Scholar NewsSadly Missed
Posted 29 JUN 2022
2022 Obituaries to date – Sadly missed: Ken Langley (DAC 1940) Bruce Harrington (SHT 1944) Lance Perrett (DAC 1945) Jim...
2022 Obituaries to date – Sadly missed: Ken Langley (DAC 1940) Bruce Harrington (SHT 1944) Lance Perrett (DAC 1945) Jim Boucaut (HWK 1946) David Williams (SCH 1946) Peter Harbison (HWK 1946) John Laurie (WDK 1949) Graham Wald (W&A 1949) John Tassie (W&A 1950) Graham Anders (DAC 1951) John Winnall (SHT 1952) Keith Angus (HWK 1952) Neville Martin (HWK 1953) Ken Andrews (W&A 1954) Bill Cornish (DAC 1954) Richard Haselgrove (HWK 1954) Graeme Spafford (WDK 1960) Christopher Leaver (DAC 1962) Daryl Abbott (SCH 1965) David Ball (HWD 1978) David Dudman (WDK 1980) Alexander MacLachlan (DAC 1983) Adam McCallum (DAC 1990) Michael Skopal (MAC 1993) Jason Januszke (FLL 1995) Sam Rees (FLL 2007) The School is notified through families or newspapers of these death notices. We need your assistance to keep our database as current as possible. If you know of a class mate, friend or past staff member that has passed away, please let us know. Call the St Peter’s Old Collegians office directly on +61 08 8404 0526 or email email@example.com.