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New State of the Art Boarding Facility for Prince Alfred College

The College’s commitment to the boarding program.

Following an extensive planning, approval and tender evaluation process, construction work on a new Boarding facility on The Parade West, including an associated footbridge, is due to begin before the end of 2017.

Boarding has been a key part of College life at Princes since we began in 1869 and continues to make a variety of contributions to its life and culture.  We currently have the largest boys’ boarding program in South Australia. This new state of the art facility reflects the College’s commitment to our boarding program, which is a vital part of our history, our identity and our future.

The total cost of this facility will be in excess of $20 million, with the project being funded through a combination of accumulated reserves, borrowing and fundraising.  It is anticipated the duration of the construction process will be approximately one year and we aim to have the new facility ready for use in the first half of 2019.

Upon completion of the new facility, the current boarding facilities will be demolished to provide in the medium term additional open space and extra car parking and in the longer term the potential for future building projects or other facilities.  Traffic and pedestrian flows within the College will be altered to allow improved ease of movement, particularly at either end of the school day.

New Director of Basketball at Princes!

David Ingham signs on as the new Director of Basketball with Princes!

Headmaster Bradley Fenner and Director of Co-curricular Activities Troy McKinnon, are delighted to announce that David Ingham has been appointed to the role of Director of Basketball at Princes.

David was a highly-accomplished player, and an elite coach and administrator, who has impressed with his knowledge and passion for the development of the game in a youth context.

Currently, David is both the High-Performance Manager for Basketball SA and the Under 17 National Men’s Team Assistant Coach.

As a player, David was a 6-time South Australian State player, and was appointed captain on 3 occasions. In the National Basketball League (NBL), he was a championship player with the Brisbane Bullets.

David has an accomplished coaching background having been appointed the youngest ever NBL head coach (Brisbane Bullets). He has also served time as an assistant coach at the Gold Coast Rollers, Brisbane Bullets and Perth Wildcats in the NBL and has had experiences in both China and Qatar coaching in elite leagues.

David’s current roles see him lead talent identification and development programs of the state’s best young talent.
With this in mind, it is our belief that there is no man better equipped to lead our Basketball programs, our players and coaches, into the future.

We wish David well in his new role, having been thoroughly impressed with his vision and enthusiasm throughout the appointment process.

We also take this opportunity to give sincere acknowledgement and thanks to Mark Davis for his strong effort in this role previously. He has created an impressive legacy, after many years involved with basketball at Princes. We wish him well with his future directions.

Image: Coordinator of Basketball, Jack Harford welcomes David Ingham to Princes.

Wilderness School and Prince Alfred College join forces.

Respectful Relationships.

Gathering in the ANZAC Hall on Wednesday 27 September, were the young ladies from Wilderness School and our Prince Alfred boys for a combined Chapel Service “Respectful Relationships”

Opened by Prefect Angus Fry, and officiated by Rev Mark Dickens, we welcomed The Principal of Wilderness School Ms Jane Danvers and Head of Secondary School/Deputy Headmaster Mr John Kinniburgh, the Wilderness School Student Representative Council and Prince Alfred College Prefects.

The reflection by PAC Prefects and Wilderness School SRC, was led by PAC College Captain, Nick Demianyk, who detailed the initiative taken up by student leaders at both schools who were keen to partner up and tackle some of the issues concerning young people, stating “These issues primarily revolved around identity, gender, discrimination, and prejudices, but our main goal was to try to reduce the severity of any inequalities.”

In his speech, Nick went on to say, “From here we thought that one of the most powerful things that we could do was simply educate people on how actions are perceived and what we believe is and is not okay.” “With that in mind, a team of four boys and four girls from Princes and Wildy, went about making a video that we thought would open up young people to sexual harassment, generating conversation about all its forms. We were hoping that at the very least, this would reduce the frequency of sexual harassment incidences in and around our schools, to make us all feel safer, and better about ourselves.”

Following Chapel, the Official Party, Student Representative Council and Prefects came together in the Piper Pavilion for morning tea.

PAC Hosts the IBSC Regional Conference!

Regional International Boy’s School Coalition (IBSC) Conference.

Prince Alfred College is delighted to host the regional International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC) Conference on Thursday and Friday 14 and 15 of September 2017.

The conference, coordinated by our Director of Boarding and Boys’ Education, Darren Roylett and Director of the PAC based Hartley Institute, Rob Sieben, began with an address from Headmaster Bradley Fenner, followed by an engaging presentation by keynote speaker Louka Parry, Director of Programs at Educational Changemakers.

We warmly welcome Delegates who have come from different parts of Australasia and the Pacific region.

PAC Garden Party Sunday 5 November 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!

The Laying of the PAC Foundation Stone in 1867 – 150 Year Commemoration.

We are excited to announce that the second historical milestone in the lead-up to the Prince Alfred College Sesquicentenary in 2019, will be the commemoration of the laying of the College’s Foundation Stone by His Royal Highness Prince Alfred on 5 November 1867.

The laying of our Foundation Stone, 150 years ago, by the Prince ensured our name as Prince Alfred College and plans to celebrate this anniversary are being based around a historic and celebratory ‘Then and Now’ theme.  The Foundation Stone commemoration will take the form of a Garden Party on the PAC Front Oval. FoPAC will be coordinating a selection of quality market stalls, entertainment and activities for our community to enjoy from 11.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 5 November 2017.

The King’s Speech Competition – Lionel Logue Award  2017!

The King’s Speech 2017

A wonderful night of speeches (28 in total) from our 14 competitors at the King’s Speech Competition held on Tuesday evening, 8 August 2017. We are delighted to share the results from the competition.

Preparatory School Division:
Lionel Logue Award (best speaker): Max Thomas
Runner-up: Jake Hamood
Third place: this was a tie between Aditya Ghai and Henry Pontifex

Middle School Division:
Lionel Logue Award (best speaker): Ethan Hayes
Runner-up: Bailey Lock
Third place: Preshaan Thavarajah

Senior School Division:
Lionel Logue Award (best speaker): Jordan Lesicar
Runner-up: Yash Giri
Third place: Denny Han

There was a wide variety of speeches in this year’s competition. These ranged from environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation and the Great Barrier Reef, spoken in the Preparatory School, to more social and political issues such as Reality TV, nature versus nurture, gun laws and the use of euphemisms among politicians in the Middle and Senior School speeches. Adjudicators complemented our boys on the high standard of their content and deliveries this year. The courage and skill shown by all competitors, and the increasingly philosophical nature of the speech topics as we moved through our Preparatory, Middle and Senior divisions. Congratulations to all our competitors and a special thanks to our Rostrum adjudicators for the unenviable task of choosing the winners. John Shackleton for coordinating the Preparatory School boys, Seb Walker for being our MC, Mason Ross for being our Time Keeper and Ed Downing for his role as Usher and helping to coordinate the evening.

The Prince Alfred College United Kingdom Cricket Tour 2017!

PAC is a school with a unique record in cricket.

The Prince Alfred College 2017 United Kingdom Cricket Tour departed for London on Thursday 22 June 2017 and returned to Adelaide on Friday 14 July 2017.

17 of Prince Alfred College’s top performing cricketers and 4 support staff, participated in what was a unique opportunity. Our travelling sportsmen honoured associations held with other UK schools in the tradition of Cricket. The PAC team played scheduled cricket matches against some of Englands top performing schools and toured many of England’s infamous tourist attractions. The Team toured and played cricket in London, Eltham, Framlingham, Norwich, Birmingham, Worcester, Felsted, Gresham’s, Wellingborough and Leicestershire.  Playing 12 games, PAC won 7, lost 3 and 2 games were washed out.

Headmaster Bradley Fenner shares comments in his message to the program; “The opportunity to tour another country whilst still at school is a very special one. To do so as part of a school sporting team adds another valuable dimension to this experience. I am very grateful to our cricket staff – Rob Colaiacovo, Russell Thompson, Gary Jenkinson and Mark Scott, for organising what is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our boys. We are also very grateful to the parents of the boys involved, for their role in supporting the tour in a number of respects.

Prince Alfred College is a school with a unique record in cricket, of which we are very proud. Cricket has been played at the College since we began in 1869, and we are part of the longest–running, annual cricket fixture in the world with our great rivals, St Peter’s College.

The past year has seen the establishment of the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at Prince Alfred College, honouring one of our greatest Old Scholars. Greg’s involvement in developing our cricketers and coaches is already having a profound impact on our overall cricket program.

The lessons learnt from a tour such as this go far beyond what happens on the sports field. This is one of the great things about sport: it provides opportunities for individual development and growth, and establishing connections and bonds that enhance and enrich our lives.”

Bradley Fenner
Headmaster, Prince Alfred College.

Greg Chappell, Australian Test Cricket Captain & Prince Alfred College Old Scholar, also provided comments toward the UK Cricket Tour Program;

“This year’s tour of the UK has been a great opportunity for those fortunate enough to go, to learn more about themselves.” “Touring with an open and enquiring mind will ensure that the most is made of the opportunity. England is the home of cricket and it is a wonderful place to play if one is willing to learn and adapt to the different conditions.”

Greg Chappell
Australian Test Cricket Captain &
Prince Alfred College Old Scholar

“Prince Alfred College and the 2017 England Tour Team would like to thank all the individuals, groups and businesses for their support of the 2017 Cricket Tour of England. Thank you to all those who have kindly donated to the Tour’s fundraising dinner. We would also like to extend a big thank you to all the schools, Headmasters, teachers, students and families in England for looking after our boys while on tour.”

“OLIVER” The Prince Alfred College 2017 Musical!

Consider yourself…one of us!

The College musical “Oliver”,  was performed over three evenings and one matinee in Week 8 of Term 2. The talent of PAC students and guest performers from Seymour College and St Peter’s Girls’ School, gleamed in what were outstanding performances. Some of the lovely comments from the audience include; “An outstanding performance – so much talent, so much enthusiasm! Well done all!” “A tremendously talented cast. Well done everyone!” “A very professional production!”

We share with you a sample of some of the lovely photographs taken by Festival Photography, and invite you to view and order photographs taken by visiting Festival Photography’s website. http://www.festivalphoto.com.au

Prince Alfred College, 2017 Prefects take on The Worlds Greatest Shave!

PAC Prefects Team raise over $9000 for the World’s Greatest Shave!

Initiated by our Year 12 Prefects, together with a number of Year 12 students, the boys took part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave! Raising funds, the Team target began at $2000, which quickly moved to $3000 and in true PAC spirit, was raised again to $5000. With continuing donations to the Team’s online contribution link, donations reached in excess of $7000 online, and over $9000 in total with College fundraising initiatives adding to the total amount raised. The great shave took place on Friday 23 June as each student shaved their locks to beat blood cancer by taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave! Leukaemia Foundation ambassador, Kane Stoddard, hosted the Great Shave, addressing our Middle and Senior students, assisting the shave, and acknowledging the Teams’ great effort and generosity of donations to this humbling cause.

100% of funds will go directly to the Leukaemia Foundation!

Prince Alfred College Launches the New Princes Sports Uniform 2017.

We are the Reds! PAC Sports Uniform Launch 2017!

The development of our new sports uniform has been a deliberate, collaborative and bold project.

The simple aim was for the new design to represent our strong heritage in the schoolboy sporting landscape, and to deliver garments that were consistent in terms of colour, design and quality.

We feel that the new uniforms, with a return to a strong and bold Princes Red, drawn from the St George’s Cross on our crest, and accompanied by heritage stripes and our College crest placed front and centre, does just this.

The end result is a uniform that our boys should be proud to wear.

We invite you to view the development process of the new sports uniform. Please click on the link to view:

Preparatory School Grandies’ Day 2017.

Preparatory School Grandies’ Day 2017!

The Preparatory School held their Grandies’ Day on Wednesday 29 March where grandparents and special guests were invited to a morning tea in the Piper Pavilion and then treated to a performance by the boys. Following morning tea and entertainment, the boys gave their Grandies a tour of the classrooms and speciality areas highlighting the environment in which the boys spend their days.

The library opened their doors and extended an invitation for Grandparents to take the opportunity to donate a new book, from a selection on display and personalise it with a message for their Grandson.  Once donated, a special bespoke book-plate was created and placed inside the front of the book in the name of the grandparents and the grandson. This book was then available on the day for the grandson to be the first to borrow from the library.

The Prince Alfred College Grandies’ Club was formed in 1988 with members comprising of grandparents, great aunts or uncles, or special friends of current students.

Rowing Inspiration – HEAD OF THE RIVER 2017!

Head of the River 2017!

On Saturday 25 March our Rowing Club took to the water for the final regatta of the 2016/17 season, the Head of the River.

This was a great regatta from our boys who concluded with nine division wins, four 2nd and three 3rd placed crews. The day was capped off with the First Eights race. Our First VIII raced a brave race leading from the start and fending off multiple attacks through to the 1500 metre mark from a fantastic St Peter’s College crew. By the finish line St Peter’s proved too strong, however, our crew finished a comfortable 2nd place by just under a boat length.

The Prince Alfred College supporters, friends and family were a strong presence and the enthusiasm of the race atmosphere will resonate until the next Head of the River in 2018.

We congratulate all our rowers for their effort and performance throughout the season and, in particular, at Head of the River.

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Action Against Bullying and Violence

Our student led Media and Production Team “Bleed Red”, produced a short video as part of the College’s promotion of The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. The video was produced by the media team under the guidance of Mr. Oomens and was presented at a dedicated assembly last Friday 17 March 2017, which raised awareness about this important issue.

The video seeks to convey the message that bullying behaviour is incongruent with the character of a “Princes Man” – young men who are kind, who care for and support others.

This week we have continued to raise awareness about bullying with staff participating in Professional Development about preventing, responding and managing bullying issues.

Please click here to view the video.

For more information about the ‘Bullying No Way’ campaign, along with some useful resources, visit https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSZiZeNr_EI&feature=youtu.be

PAC Back Oval upgrades update.

Set for completion in Term two!

The refurbishment of College grounds and upgrades to the Back Oval and Pitch are becoming clearly visible as the process edges closer to completion.

The wicket has been completely renewed with upgrades which include a customised irrigation system and extension to the size of the Oval.

The New Dining Hall will benefit with a renewed view of aesthetic lawns and sporting oval, student gathering areas,  paved and landscaped areas and a clear view of the rejuvenated areas to the rear of the PAC Main Building.

As the images show, although still in progress, the process has been an exciting transformation, whilst still maintaining the beauty and function of the facilities and grounds.

We look forward to sharing future photographs with you once the project as come to completion in Term two.

Preparatory School Swimming Carnival!

…and the results are in!

Preparatory School Years 3 to 6 Swim Carnival was held this week in the Red Centre and resulted in some fine swimming and cheering with outstanding results for all! Taylor coming in first place and Waterhouse taking home the Spirit Cup!

1. Taylor 430 points
2. Waterhouse 427 points
3. Watsford 403 points
4. Cotton 309 points

Well done to all on your great swimming achievements and a fantastic day!

PAC 2016 SACE Results!

Prince Alfred College 2016 SACE Results.

PAC community address from Headmaster Mr Bradley Fenner.

The 2016 South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) results have been released, and we are delighted to report the outstanding performance of all our students. We congratulate our 2016 SACE graduates on their results and acknowledge the dedication of staff who guided these students throughout their education at Prince Alfred College.

Seven students achieved an ATAR of 99 or above. Terence Ang achieved the highest possible ATAR of 99.95 with seven Merit scores, thereby winning a Governor’s Commendation. Other high achievers are Daniel Subramaniam (99.90, four Merits), Don Kieu (99.90, three Merits), Fox Crowley (99.85, three Merits), Nathan Duong (99.60, two Merits), Jayden Subramaniam (99.50, two Merits) and Zachary Weigold (99.00, one Merit).

In addition:

  • 28 Subject Merits were gained by 14 students across a range of subjects: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, English Communications, English Studies, Geography, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Studies, Modern History, Physics, Research Project B, Music Solo Performance, Specialist Mathematics and Visual Arts: Design.
  • 41.4% (+7.1) of grades were A; 84.4% (+2.3) of grades were A and B.
  • The median ATAR was 83.85 (+4.25) and mean ATAR was 81.58 (+4.94).
  • 20.4% (+9.8) of students were placed in the top 5 per cent with an ATAR of 95.00 or more.
  • 62.2% (+16.4) of our students achieved an ATAR in the top 20% of the State.

Further information, including the results of students studying combined SACE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) subjects, will be shared after 4 January, the date when the IBDP results are published. We will then provide the overall picture of the 2016 Year 12 results.

Year 12 Academic Prizes, including the Dux of School, will be awarded at the College Emeritus Assembly, to be held in ANZAC Hall on Wednesday 8 February 2017, at 8.45am.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and a prosperous and rewarding 2017.

Headmaster
Mr Bradley Fenner.

A Celebration of Science

2016 Science Journal Launch “Mankind redefined.”

On Tuesday 8 November, Celebration of Science was held in The Piper Pavilion. Attended by over 80 students, staff and parents, the highlight of the evening was to launch the 72nd Edition of the Science Journal, Mankind Redefined. The first Edition of the Journal to be printed in full colour. In addition to this, we acknowledged the wide range of activities and accomplishments of our boys in Science across the entire year. After the opening address by Headmaster Bradley Fenner, several boys from Year 5 to Year 11 made presentations on various scientific endeavours which they had been involved in, including the Year 5-6 Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Competition, The Oliphant Science Awards, The Science and Engineering Challenge, the South Australian Space Camp and The Aurecon Bridge Building Challenge.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Chief Journal Editor, Eddie Han, officially launched the 72nd Edition of the Science Journal. Focusing on this years theme “Mankind Redefined” submissions were of a very high quality. The 2016 prize for best article was awarded to Year 11 student, Daniel Revesz, for his article titled “Life, Death and TTX”. His article detailed the bacterial produced toxin, Tetrodotoxin or TTX, what we know of it and what we are yet to learn.

Student work was also on display, which highlighted the innovative teaching methods which our science staff have employed this year in order to convey some quite abstract concepts in practical acticities. Some great examples were, the 3D States of Matter models from our Year 7s and the Jelly Baby Wave Machine, Year 9.

Greg Chappell returns home to PAC!

Greg Chappell Launches the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at Prince Alfred College!

On Tuesday 25 October 2016, PAC held the launch of the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy.

We were honoured to have Old Collegian, and former Australian Cricket Captain, Mr Greg Chappell officially launch the establishment of the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy, a program which will commence at PAC in 2017.

Greg Chappell MBE is, one of our best known Old Scholars, having attended PAC in the 1960s, together with his brothers Ian and Trevor, all of whom subsequently represented Australia in Cricket.

Over the years, Prince Alfred College has had nine students go on to play Cricket for Australia, with the Chappell brothers comprising one third of that contingent.

From those nine PAC Australian Cricketers, four were also captains of the Australian Cricket Team including:

Greg Chappell, MBE (1948–), Australian captain 1975–1977, 1979–1983

Ian Chappell (1943–), Australian captain 1971–1975

Joe Darling, CBE (1870–1946), Australian captain 1899–1902, 1902–1903, 1905

Clem Hill (1877–1945), Australian captain 1910–1912

Greg will now lead the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at PAC, which will focus on the coaching and development of our players and coaches. Greg will develop, oversee and direct all the programs conducted through the Academy. In the first instance, the focus will be solely on our own cricket program, with the opportunity to introduce wider programs in the future.

It was a privilege to host Greg Chappells’ visit to the College, and to also share a great moment with his brothers Ian and Trevor. They joined a number of our young rising cricket stars, two days later at The PAC Old Collegians Vintage Reds 17th Annual luncheon. It was a great occasion and cherished by all concerned.

We are delighted to share the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy Program with you, and invite you to view the photographs taken at the launch.

Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at PAC in 2017 Announced!

Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at Prince Alfred College from the beginning of 2017.

Headmaster, Bradley Fenner and Director of Cocurricular Activities, Troy McKinnon, are delighted to announce the establishment of the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at Prince Alfred College from the beginning of 2017.

Greg Chappell MBE is of course one of our best-known Old Scholars, having attended PAC in the 1960s, together with his brothers Ian and Trevor, all of whom subsequently represented Australia in cricket. Greg succeeded his older brother Ian as Captain of the national team and, following his playing career, Greg has continued to work in the sport, having been National Coach of India and currently holding the position of National Talent Manager for Cricket Australia.

Greg will now lead the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at PAC, which will focus on the coaching and development of our players and coaches. Greg will develop, oversee and direct all the programs conducted through the Academy. In the first instance, the focus will be solely on our own cricket program, with the opportunity to introduce wider programs in the future.

We believe that the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy will play a key role in our remaining at the forefront of a sport in which we have a unique history.  This is part of our commitment to ensure the highest quality in whatever we do.

We will be holding an event to launch the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy later next month and will provide details about this in due course. We look forward to welcoming Greg Chappell back to Prince Alfred College.

Winter Honours and Colours 2016!

PAC Winter Sport, Music, Honours and Colours.

On Friday 16 September Middle and Senior School students attended a special assembly to pay tribute to our Winter Sport, Music, Honours and Colours achievements.

We congratulate the outstanding successes of all students who achieved honours and colours for meeting a high level of criteria and performance. We are very proud to share with you our gallery of these distinguished recipients.

click on image to view recipients

Old Scholar, Riley Bonner has made his AFL Debut!

Another Old Red Shines in the AFL.

Recent Old Scholar, Riley Bonner (2014), made his much anticipated AFL debut for Port Power on the weekend.

Bonner, who was a hard running wingman and ‘pinch hitter’ in the forward line of our 1st XVIII, was also a hard working and well rounded student who achieved highly in athletics also.

Media reports of Bonner’s debut were glowing “Halfback Riley Bonner, Port’s first pick of the 2015 AFL draft at No. 37, and upgraded Snelling extended Port’s tally of 2016 young bloods to six.

Bonner looks a high-calibre, sure-handed piece of Port’s future.”

We congratulate Riley and wish him well as he launches his wonderful journey!

Alex Hill has won Silver at the Rio Olympic Games!

Prince Alfred Old Collegian Alex Hill (2010), has won silver at the Rio Olympic Games.

Winning Silver in the Men’s Four Rowing, Alex Hill from Loxton, began his rowing career with PAC and has gone on to win Silver for Australia in his debut Olympic Games.

Growing up in the Riverland, Alex completed is secondary education as a boarder with Prince Alfred College. Alex has quickly made his mark in rowing after winning gold in the men’s four at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Eton, followed by silver medals at the 2012 and 2013 U23 World Championships.

Pictured on the podium with his team mates; from left to right Alexander Hill, Josh Booth, Josh Dunkley-Smith and Will Lockwood. Photograph courtesy of Rowing Australia. Photo courtesy of Rowing Australia.

Congratulations Alex!

Alex Malley inspires our boys!

Our students were inspired and intrigued by stories shared by special guest  speaker Alex Malley. 

Speaking to our students on Wednesday 10 August, Alex Malley CEO of CPA Australia, award winning educator, Author and host of Nine Network’s The Bottom Line, Alex talked about dreaming big, pursuing passions and becoming successful by learning from functional mistakes.

Alex engaged our students with his own truths and experiences surrounding his journey from an accountant in Sydney to becoming one of the world’s most influential motivational speakers. He offered powerful insights and the gift of knowledge to a captive audience of student listeners as he described his youth.  Alex is a genuine bloke and authentically believes in making a difference in the world through believing in our kids.

Thank you Alex!

Jess races for gold at the Rio Olympic Games!

PAC’s adopted Olympian Jess Trengrove will make her dash for Gold on Sunday 14 August in the Womens’ marathon at the Rio Olympic Games.

Jess’s mum Deb, is a valued member of staff with PAC and we are proud to offer encouraging support to Jess and her family as Jess prepares for her run toward Gold for Australia. Jess recently visited Princes as guest speaker with an inspirational address to our boys at the end of Term two assembly, only days before departing for Rio.

Good Luck Jess!

Welcome to our new Head of Secondary School/ Deputy Headmaster!

New Head of Secondary School/ Deputy Headmaster, John Kinniburgh.

Headmaster, Bradley Fenner, is very pleased to welcome to Prince Alfred College,  Mr. John Kinniburgh as Head of Secondary School/Deputy Headmaster, whom commenced in Week two of Term three 2016.

Originally from country New South Wales, John has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England and a Master’s Degree in Science from Oxford University. He also has postgraduate qualifications in Research Methods and is in the final stages of a PhD in Education from Macquarie University in Sydney.

John was Assistant Head and Director of Teaching Schools at Wellington College in Berkshire, England, which is considered to be one of the UK’s best independent schools.  This position, where he was a member of the school leadership team, saw him leading Wellington’s relationships with a number of state schools and universities in achieving best practice across all institutions.

Prior to this, John had taught for a number of years at The King’s School, Parramatta, which is Australia’s oldest school and is another leading independent boys’ school.  John previously held the position of Head of Geography at both King’s and Wellington, and has also held key pastoral and co-curricular roles.

A keen sportsman, John achieved Australian representation in both Rugby Union and Rugby League at school age level, and has a Rugby Blue from Oxford.  He has also coached many successful school teams, particularly in Rugby.

Prince Alfred College Celebrates Old Scholars’ Week.

Taking place in the last week of July, we concluded our week by celebrating with an Old Scholars 60 Year Assembly.

Acknowledging students from the year 1956 – the whole school assembly shared with over 200 Old Scholars’ and followed with a reminiscent morning tea.

Please view the beautiful gallery of photographs capturing the sentiment of our special occasion.

Old Red Aaron Francis debuts for the Essendon Football Club

“Something I will never forget!”

Aaron Francis (2015), made his much awaited debut for Essendon Football Club in the AFL on the weekend, after being presented with his jumper by his father, David.

Aaron joined PAC in 2013 (as a boarder) and made an immediate impact playing 1st XVIII football and 1st V Basketball immediately, as a Year 10 student.

In 2015, he was awarded Honours Colours for football, our highest sporting accolade.

He was drafted with pick 6 at the end of 2015.

On the weekend, his family and closest friends, including boys from the 2015 cohort travelled over to watch Aaron’s first game, featured below.

Congratulations, Aaron! All at PAC are very proud of you.

Please click on the link below to see highlights of Aarons first game and his interview.

http://www.essendonfc.com.au/video/2016-07-25/btv-francis-something-ill-never-forget-july-26-2016

Prince Alfred Old Collegian, Winner of the 2016 Telstra Business of the Year Award!

Jordan Walsh, Prince Alfred Old Collegian, has recently won the 2016 SA Telstra Business of the Year Award!

Jordan’s environmentally sustainable cleaning and waste management solutions business, Adelaide Green Clean, with a mission to revolutionise the industry is the 2016 Telstra South Australian New Business of the Year.

At 24 years of age Jordan is the youngest ever winner. Now in its 24th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcase and celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s most brilliant small and medium businesses.

Adelaide Green Clean is a customer-focused provider of environmentally sustainable cleaning and waste management solutions set on revolutionising the traditional cleaning industry. Jordan Walsh recognised an opportunity to combine his passion for the environment, business and sustainable cleaning and created this unique ‘green’ cleaning and waste management company in 2014 with the primary focus on achieving positive environmental solutions for their clients’ needs. Currently employing more than 100 full-time and casual staff, Jordan is determined also to improve perceptions of the cleaning profession.

Adelaide Green Clean Managing Director, Jordan Walsh, says that sustainability is central to their business model.

“One of our core values is ‘environment first’ and we are passionate about providing our clients with a cost-effective cleaning and recycling solution with the unique processes that we have developed.”

Andy Ellis, Telstra Business Awards Ambassador, said the winners of the 2016 Telstra South Australian Business Awards demonstrate innovation, competitiveness and strong financial performance.

“The winners of the 2016 Telstra South Australian Business Awards are brilliant businesses who innovate, push boundaries and inspire others. They are celebrated for being bold, being disruptive, they are often at the forefront of technology, and are always looking for new ideas and ways of doing things.”

“Adelaide Green Clean demonstrated strong financial management and performance, solid planning for future growth and a clear vision for the future. They have good depth and breadth of systems and processes and leverage technology for productivity gains. Also importantly, they’ve demonstrated an outstanding culture and leadership of the business.” he said.

Winners of the 2016 Telstra South Australian Business Awards will join other State and Territory category winners at the 2016 Telstra Australian Business Awards in Sydney on Friday, 26 August 2016.

Nominations are open year-round. For more information please visit: https://www.telstrabusinessawards.com.

You can visit Jordan’s business page on Linkedin here:

https://au.linkedin.com/in/jordanwalsh

Old Reds – Historical signs come home!

Prince Alfred College Adelaide Oval signs come home!

Princes Cricket was played at Adelaide Oval from 1878-1954. Intercol football matches between Prince Alfred College and St Peters College were played at Adelaide Oval from 1878 and 1972 and these signs were proudly displayed around the boundary line. Since that time, Intercol matches are played on the PAC or Saints grounds.

Headmaster Bradley Fenner spoke fondly of the signage and our long standing Intercol connection at the End of Term Two Assembly on Friday 1 July.

Old Reds – Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016

Prince Alfred College Old Collegians’ recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016!

We proudly recognise the services of of our Old Reds and their contributions to Australia, as recently published in The Australian newspaper for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours 2016.

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
“The late Professor Michael Robin RAUPACH, ACT
PAC 1963-67
For distinguished service to science in Australia and internationally as a leader and researcher into climate change and land systems, and to professional organisations.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Thomas Lincoln CHAPMAN, Goolwa
PAC 1948-58
For significant service through leading roles with a range of youth, education, social welfare, aged care and cultural programs.

Mr Malcolm Woodhouse CROMPTON, Chippendale NSW
PAC 1958-61
For significant service to public administration, particularly to data protection, privacy, and identity management, and to the community.

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Lieutenant Colonel David Newbold BROOK Retired, Glenalta
PAC 1953-54
For service to military history, and to the pleasure boating industry.

The Reds in the News

Old Scholar George Hewett (2013) now with the AFL Sydney Swans.

Making his debut this year along with five other Sydney players, Old Scholar George Hewett spoke with the Sydney Morning Herald about his football beginnings with Prince Alfred College.
You can read this great article about George by clicking on the following link:

http://www.smh.com.au/afl/youngster-george-hewett-carrying-tradition-of-tough-sydney-swans-midfielders-20160603-gpay4u.html

A brief excerpt from the article

“Hewett’s desire to stay on the field was, McKinnon says, a sign of his commitment and dedication.
“He won’t leave a task until it’s done. He’s a boy who won’t quit,” McKinnon says. “It shows you the conviction of George and his courage and raw determination to stick with something.” SMH

The first PAC student to receive a C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship.

Timothy Hobbs, committed to Australia’s future.

Former 2015 Prince Alfred College School Captain Mr. Timothy Hobbs is the first PAC student to be awarded a C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship.

The Charles Hawker Scholarship is one of the most important in Australia and is valued at $50,000 over three years. There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character, who are committed to Australia’s future.

Former Governor-General Major General The Hon Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) presented five new Charles Hawker Scholars with their scholarship certificates at a ceremony held at Burgmann College at the ANU in Canberra. The five successful 2016 candidates were awarded C.A.S Hawker Scholarships from a strong field of 187 applicants from every state.

Timothy is currently in residence at Burgmann College and is enrolled at the ANU, studying a double degree, Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of International Studies.

Please click the link below to read more about Timothy.
Timothy Hobbs Bio

PAC Reconciliation Action Plan Launch 2016.

Prince Alfred College Celebrates a Momentous Occasion.

The warmth inside Piper Pavilion on Tuesday evening was evident as the Prince Alfred College community gathered for the launch of the PAC Reconciliation Action Plan. In attendance were three Elders, one didgeridoo player and a number of significant stakeholders as Uncle Ivan directed eighty guests through a special reconciliation ceremony. PAC Old Scholar Mark Waters, Manager of Reconciliation SA, emotionally concluded the evening with the words “40 years ago when I was here at this school, I never dreamed we would ever acknowledge that PAC stood on Kaurna Land, and today we do.”

Bradley Fenner has graciously led this journey and we acknowledge him and the RAP team for supporting this momentous occasion in the history of Prince Alfred College.

Every journey starts with a single step.  The focus in the Reconciliation Action Plan is in building relationships, showing respect and capitalising on opportunities.  The value, the success and the achievement of witnessing the words into being, will be determined by us all.

The Launch continues with the students and staff of PAC as Indigenous Leaders Uncle Ivan, Gavin Wanganeen and students will be sharing a Years 4  to 12 assembly, while Reception to Year 3 will have a Launch under the guidance of Reverend Dickens.

Please view the PAC Narragunnawali Reconciliation Action Plan by licking the link below.

Narragunnawali RAP PAC 2016[1]

PAC Old Collegians selected in the 2016 Men’s U21 Underage Australian Rowing Team.

Trans-Tasman Regatta for Old Collegians

Two 2014 Prince Alfred College graduates are on their way to compete in the 2016 Under 21 Trans-Tasman Regattas. Kane Grant and Tim Santin of Adelaide Rowing Club will compete in the Regatta which is scheduled to be run in two parts. The first leg is to be held in Sydney from 30 June until 2 July 2016 and the second leg held at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand, 8 – 10 September 2016.

Kane and Tim were invited to the Underage National Selection Trials held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre earlier this month and were selected to represent in the men’s U21 Australian Rowing Team.

We congratulate Kane and Tim on their success and wish them luck when they compete later this year.

Prince Alfred College 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan Launch

Strategic Plan Launch

The Launch of the 2016 to 2020 Strategic Plan to the College Community was held last Thursday evening, 7 April 2016 in the Piper Pavilion.

The new strategic plan clearly articulates our beliefs and goals, as well as providing us with a number of areas of strategic focus for the next  five years. Head of Schools/Deputy Headmaster Neil Andary, Council Chair John Keeves, Headmaster Bradley Fenner and Council Deputy Chair Richard Hockney, are pictured discussing the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan document at the launch.

To view the 2016 -2020 Strategic Plan please click here.

Intercollegiate Sports

Intercollegiate Competition

With the summer intercollegiate series now behind us, it is with a great deal of pride that I report on both the great success and great character displayed by our boys across six different sports, and at every level.

The Intercollegiate sports events are a unique feature of what it means to be a student at both Prince Alfred and St Peters Colleges. They are one of our most powerful and enduring traditions and they remind us some simple virtues around commitment, discipline, perseverance, and above all, fair play.

These are opportunities for great learning and they are, further, one of the reasons a Princes education is so in tune with our boys. Our boys love the opportunity to pull on the red cap, red zoot suit, red jumper or jersey and to represent their mates, their families and their College and by and large, they do it very well.

Over the course of a few weeks, we witnessed in excess of 60 head to head battles between the Reds and the Blues. At Firsts level, the scoreboard reflects close competition with Princes winning the Tennis, Cricket and Swimming, whilst the Blues had victory in the Rowing, Badminton and Water Polo. Importantly each contest was close, hard fought and played in the correct manner.

The wider scoreboard saw us win 43 head to head contests and defeated in 23. Whilst these are just statistics, they are an indicator that much good is happening, and at many different levels.

Importantly, our boys care about these results.

As such, the rivalry between the Reds and the Blues is as relevant today as it has ever been and the boys are every bit aware that these are their moments to write their chapter in the history of competition. Importantly I would add that the rivalry is built on spades of respect between the two Colleges, which is something else we are very proud of.

For all who represented and supported Intercollegiate competitions, across all levels, we offer our thanks. I believe our boys competed strongly, yet they never lost sight of the importance of adding depth to, and not detracting from, the relationship that we have with the good people of St Peters College.

Troy McKinnon
Director of Co-Curricular Activities

Grannies Day 2016

Prepartory School Grandies Day 2016

The Prince Alfred Grandies’ Club was formed in 1988 and now has over 150 members comprising of grandparents, great aunts or uncles, or special friends of current students.

The Preparatory School held their Grandies’ Day on Wednesday 30 March where Grandparents and special guests were invited to a morning tea in Piper Pavilion and then treated to a concert by the boys. After this the boys gave them a tour of their class and specialty rooms to gain an insight into the environment in which the boys spend their days.

The library opened their doors and extended an invitation to enjoy a display of books and offered an opportunity for grandparents to donate their favourite. A special book plate is then placed in the front of the book in the name of the grandparents and grandson.