Chronicle Post December 2015

From The President

Welcome to the new Chronicle Post. By moving to an electronic format it is possible to communicate more frequently by email up to four times a year. We can bring you more news, photos and celebration of events and achievements so please send your stories to our Alumni Officer, Deborah Hill.

St Hilda’s has a new website with a refreshed Old Scholar page and an online link that allows you to easily update your contact details. Visit here to follow our events program for 2016, see the listing of newly elected OSA committee members and learn how to become a student Mentor. Please save St Hilda’s as a favourite on your browser and remain up to date.

The new communications policy resulted from a comprehensive review of the Old Scholars Association in 2015. I would like to acknowledge everyone’s contribution to the strategic plan, particularly Jay Verry-Barker (’99) for overseeing the project.

This initiative was one of many undertaken by Angela Heaton (Mitchell ’75) during her four years as President. I sincerely thank her for her enthusiasm, tireless work and vision for the Old Scholars Association. Angela has agreed to stay on the committee with her valuable knowledge and as the Old Scholar representative on the School Council.

The baton was passed to me at the September AGM and I can reassure you the Old Scholars’ Association will continue to uphold the traditional values and events of the organisation as well as providing opportunities which aim to build connections with younger Old Scholars.

I wish you a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Anu van Hattem (Palmoja ’75)
Contact the President

Awards and Special Mentions

We congratulate the 2016 School Officials with special mention of those related to Old Scholars: Head Border, Darcie Young, daughter of Michelle Young (Gray, '85); De Grey House Captain, Annie Gooch, daughter of Alison Gooch (Hammond, '82), granddaughter of Elizabeth Gooch (Kopke, '56); Blackwood House Official, Jane Storm, daughter of Sheena Storm (Richmond, 83); De Grey House Official, Annabelle Atkins, daughter of Michelle Atkins (Wark, 84), granddaughter of Anne Meecham (Gardner, '59); De Grey House Official, Siobhan Blake, daughter of Deanne Blake (Lawrence, '85); Fitzroy House Official, Annie Aird, daughter of Gemma Aird (Bagshaw, '89), granddaughter of Elizabeth Bagshaw (Formby, '63).

We are proud to announce that Isabella Suleski is the winner of the OSA Year 11/12 2015 Scholarship. Isabella is the granddaughter of Jan Lord (Ransom, ’62).

Rachael Young (’10) was the successful applicant of the 2015 OSA Travel Award and has already departed Australia to pursue voluntary work for three months in the African community of Kisumu. Rachael secured a fellowship through the not for profit organisation Mama Hope and is close to reaching her fundraising goal of US $20,000. Follow her blog here

70+ Morning Tea

Earlier in August the winter sun warmed the hearts of 140 Old Scholars who returned to School for the annual 70 Plus Morning Tea held in the School Hall. There was much resounding chatter and laughter as friends reunited.

Delicious hand baked treats were prepared by Year 10 students, complemented by tea and coffee which was served by volunteer Old Scholars. Local artist Rowena Walsh (’85) donated a beautiful painting for the raffle, which was greatly admired and was of particular interest to Rowena’s former Art Teacher, Rae Wackett (Martin, ’58), who attended as a guest. All proceeds from the raffle contributed to the OSA Scholarship Fund. Angela Heaton (Mitchell, '75)

Country Lunch Makes a Comeback

The long held tradition of a Country Lunch made a strong comeback in October after slipping off the OSA events calendar for a few years.

An enthusiastic bunch of Old Scholars from Perth and all corners of the South West and Great Southern descended on the tiny town of Darkan for the 2015 OSA Country Lunch. More than 50 Old Scholars met for champagne and canapés in the wonderful, lovingly-tended garden at North Valley Farm, generously opened for us by Des and Ellen Gooding. Lunch followed, with remarkable hospitality provided by a group of dedicated locals, committed to community and charitable causes.

Guests came from as far afield as Denmark, Narrogin, the Ferguson Valley, Bunbury, Kojonup, Australind, Bridgetown, Collie and Nannup. Perth guests were grateful for the use of a St Hilda's bus, driven by a selfless volunteer, Leslie Craig, better known as "Magic". We are most grateful to him.

All in all, it was a perfect day in the country, filled with noisy reminiscence, great food and beautiful blooms. Pam Casellas (Greenway, '70).

10 years on, our cohort of 2005

On 31 October 2015, 60 girls flocked to the Mosman Park Golf Club to celebrate the St Hilda’s 10 year reunion. Girls came from South Africa, Indonesia, Sydney, Melbourne and WA to celebrate what was indeed a wonderful night. Some girls hadn’t seen each other since they said their last goodbye at school, but it was as if we all saw each other yesterday. We were graced with a song by the very talented Shameem Taheri-Lee, which definitely made us all feel like we were back in the locker room. It was great fun reminiscing on the good old school days and catching up on what everyone is doing 10 years later. It was a privilege to see so many wonderful girls that have grown into lovely, successful and beautiful women and I look forward to catching up with everyone on our 20 year reunion. Sharni Tietzel

30 years on, our cohort of 1985

A group of 20 Old Scholars were amazed and impressed with the change of facilities at St Hilda’s, showcased during a tour of the Bay View Campus. A lot of memories were triggered, some good and some not so good. The girls who were Boarders noted the increased luxury of the accommodation and apparent freedom for the current Boarders to move around the school. Photos were taken with "Brad" (a cardboard figure) who apparently gets shared around the current Boarders' cubicles!

Following the tour, about 50 girls gathered in the courtyard of The Cottesloe Hotel and the level of excitement, laughter and chatter accelerated! Jodie Radford (Du Four) had come from the UK, Alison Ward from Dubai, Georgie Howitt from Melbourne, Canda Reynolds (Farquharson) from Brisbane, five of us from Sydney/NSW to name a few that had made a significant effort to attend. This made it a very special night for catching up and sharing memories and diverse life experiences.

It seemed that after 30 years since leaving school, life generally has handed us all some challenges and opportunities and most of us have managed to survive and thrive! We also remembered our dearest friend Mardi Newman who sadly is no longer with us, but will always be in our memories and hearts.

We were all buoyed by the experience of sharing our school day memories and our life experiences post-school. The enduring spirit of friendship forged through the years beginning with school was evident.   Katie Ireland (Gardner).

40 years on, our cohort of 1975

What a happy and joyful day was had on 19 September with the 40th reunion for the Year of 1975.

35 girls came to the Mosman Park Golf Club for lunch, with six from interstate and four from outlying country areas. Lunch was also held in London and a follow up get together in Sydney a week later!

It was difficult to orientate oneself during a School tour, with all the new buildings and changes. Sally Hodder recalled that a large part of the School used to belong to her family before it was sold to the Parnell sisters during the ’30’s depression. Sally has photos of the old sandstone house (now Hope Nicholas House) with a black stallion out the front. Apparently the old gym was the stables!

Despite our schooling held mainly in prefab classrooms, Sally Scott (Grant) reminded us all of how wonderful it was for us to have had the opportunity to attend St Hilda’s.

A back drop of a photo slideshow, put together by Barbara-Dene Jones, kept everyone entertained during lunch. At 4.30 pm late stayers were shuffled out the door as some headed off for further drinks catch up and dinner!

Our reunions have always been every five years, so the next will be in 2020 (that’s scary)! Rosalind Bell (Williams)

60 years on, our cohort of 1955

Friday started with an inspirational and perfect chapel service, followed by morning tea (in Miss Mitchell’s ‘you are in trouble’ room), a guided tour of school, and a delicious lunch to conclude the day. Various discussions of “was this the border’s dining room” or “the food was never like this” ensued. Most were absolutely amazed at the new buildings and School facilities. We enjoyed seeing the students in class and having the opportunity to talk to a few girls and their teachers. It was delightful to see one child rush over to hug Granny.

Seven of our class performed “Tiddley Ohm Pom-Pom-Pom, a melodrama remembered and revised” with piano accompaniment from the Head of Music, Mr Tim Chapman. The rest of us were in tears of laughter. They were magnificent and so stupidly funny! Everybody loved being back at School and we send a BIG THANK YOU to the many who helped us.

The following day we went by bus to Patawilga, being a small rural property we visited at our very first reunion (now owned by Vanessa Cornelius (Ellison, ‘64) and her husband David). Thank you Vanessa and David for your hospitality and a truly wonderful day.

There was the best atmosphere the whole weekend which some continued on privately for a few more days. All appear to have enjoyed it immensely. Jill Lewis (Ainslie)

CIGS Golf Day

Perth College Old Girl Val Gmeiner played in the inaugural CIGS Golf Day 50 years ago and was proud to join the field once again in October this year to mark the Golden Anniversary at Royal Perth Golf Club. Joined by 165 other players, Val shared her memories over lunch and enjoyed celebrating the milestone - as did all the guests - with gifts, special presentations and a raffle.

Playing Foursomes Stableford, the winning team was Penrhos Kobeelya with 72 points, well ahead of second place, St Mary’s.  St Hilda’s came 7th, within two points of five other schools. Our best two pairs were Lyn Meadows (Moore, ’60) and Jan McFarlane (Anderson, 71), and Penny McDonald (Adkins, ’63) and Bethwyn Keech (’90). Bethwyn also won the longest drive on the 3rd hole in the 21+handicap division.

For the first time in many years St Hilda’s did not field the full 24 person team and disappointingly, were down by one pair. Please save the date of 10 October, 2016 when we hope to have a full team representing St Hilda’s. If anyone is keen to be included in the mailing list for next year’s CIGS please send an email to Anne Marie Tsaknis (Lilburne) at

Also golfing related

33 women of the wider St Hilda’s community joined the OSA Social Golf Day in September, enjoying 9 Hole Elimination Ambrose at Mosman Park Golf Club.   The Clubhouse veranda, with magnificent views of the Swan River, provided an ideal venue to sit and enjoy lunch following the game.

Winners: Jan Grimoldby (‘70), Nola Banfield (Richardson, ‘70),Pam Casellas (Greenway, ‘70) and Claire Macaulay (‘69). Net 31 3/8

R/Up: Jodie Pyke, Joanne Lester, Jenny Knox, Tracey Forward (Stone, ‘74)  Net 31 5/8.

Most grateful thanks to Sara Breen (Smith, ’74) for assistance with prizes. Thanks also to Bonnie Tollafield (‘71) Anne Tregonning (’73) and Anne-Marie Tsaknis (Lilburne ‘77) for their organisational skills in the lead up to the event and on the day.

Local Artist Rowena Walsh (Keall, ’85)

West Australian landscape artist, Rowena Keall Walsh, continues her painting journey exploring our environment and conservation of the natural landscape.

Rowena’s next project is artist in residence at North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club where she will paint in and around the club as well as hold children’s painting workshops and a fundraising exhibition at the conclusion of the residency.

1962 Our Dear Friend Helen McNee

This photo was amongst Helen McNee’s treasured belongings. It was taken at Hilda’s in 1962 and shows me, Helen (front left), Jennie Wise (Gillespie), Jacquie Pryor (Wickham), Maxine Hudson (Turton), Pat Oglesbee (Aird), Elizabeth Monger (Hindle) and June Wells (Allsop) sitting on the lawn outside the library where we spent most lunchtimes in lively and intimate discussion. I imagine Helen loved this photo because it reminded her of our togetherness and of the affectionate friendships that continued well beyond our school days.

Helen was an extremely able student who went on from St Hilda’s to graduate from UWA with first class Honours in Classics and Ancient History. At 23 a car accident left her paraplegic but in spite of recurring health problems and severe physical limitations, Helen gained employment, completed a Master’s degree and enjoyed some independence.

June predeceased Helen but she, Jacquie, Jennie, and I were among a number of friends who stayed close to her.  Helen died in 2012. In recognition of her happiness at St Hilda’s and of her sincere appreciation of the long standing relationships which had begun there, Helen was farewelled in the St Hilda’s Chapel. A wheelchair space in the Performing Arts Centre has been established in her memory. Jan Lord (Ransom)

2016 Reunions

Please follow regular event updates on the St Hilda's website. The next issue of Chronicle Post will carry a full listing of OSA events and reunions for 2016.

2010 - 2012 Reunion
Contact Eliza Honey

2006 10 Year Reunion
Contact Sophie Weedon

1996 20 Year Reunion
16/17 December 2016
Contact Sarah Wallace

1986 30 Year Reunion
Saturday 24 September, 2016
Mosman Park Bowling Club
5pm - 11pm
Contact Kate Buffham (Thompson)

1976 40 Year Reunion
Contact Karen Farley

1966 50 Year Reunion
Contact Judith Dowson

1956 60 Year Reunion
Friday 29 April 2016
Contact Davilia Bleckley


Lucy Trevaskis took out top place for ‘Best Senior Secondary Fiction’ at the prestigious national ATOM awards in recognition of her WACE submission Dark Matter.

Rosie Viner’s voluntary work has taken her from the slums of India to Vietnam. Within Australia, Rosie has convened a Camp offering respite for families of children with disability and volunteered with Save the Children on trips to Kununurra. Rosie expects to graduate as a doctor in 18 months following her studies at Bond University and The University of Notre Dame Fremantle.

After specialising in social Media marketing for the past 3 years in Sydney, Becky Brewer is off to New York, to work for Carrot Creative in a Project Management capacity.

Susannah Honey (2005) graduated from the American Film Institute and is now working in Los Angeles as a production designer. Susannah’s first feature film Sleight has just been selected for Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where it will receive its World Premiere.

Cameron Brewer has rowed for Australia 3 times in the World Championships

Megan Brewer is the second undersecretary to the Ambassador in East Timor

Christine Parfitt has established a charity - Bottle for Botol - that brings together Australian and Balinese schools to address the environmental impact of plastic and alternative solutions for a sustainable future. Follow Christine’s remarkable project here  

Davinia Lefroy has a private practice in Claremont as a clinical psychologist, with special interest in eating disorders, adolescent issues, disability (including functional impairment, grief and loss) as well as socialization and relating issues.

Prof Susan Prescott, a pediatrician internationally recognised for her work in disease prevention through healthier lifestyles, has published a new book “Origins – Early life solutions for the modern health crisis”. Orders can be placed here 

Frances Stone (Craig) has recently trained as a holistic counsellor and is assisting with the establishment of women’s sheds in WA

Joan London (Hankin) has recently been awarded the 2015 Patrick White Literary Award for her ongoing contribution to Australian literature. Earlier in the year Joan won the Kibble Literary Award for established authors for her book The Golden Age.

‘Bubbles’ Haynes (Moncrieff) lives in Kenya where she is involved with the East Africa Women's League and actively involved in fundraising efforts around the country.

Our thanks to Barbara Whitehead (Sanders, '55) and her brother Barry Sanders for their generous donation of a watercolour painting. The painting of our main school building was done by their mother, Ethel D Sanders, at the request of Headmistress Miss Una Mitchell in 1953. The painting was then used on greeting cards that many Old Scholars will recognise. Ethel was an Art teacher at St Hilda's for four years before moving to Tasmania.


Congratulations to Old Scholars and their families on the following births:

Asha Stipanicev ('07), a daughter, Chloe Sofia
Clara Marais ('03), a daughter, Lilly
Kitty Hamilton ('02), a daughter, Aurelia Zenobia Moffatt
Briony Larkin (McCarthy, '00), a daughter, Chloe Margo
Rebecca Worthington (Hall, '00), a son, William Leslie
Amy Collins-Walker (Collins, ’98), a son, Felix
Anna Roughan (Denison, ’98), a daughter, Lola May
Claudine Creasy (Gardiner, ’96), a daughter, Harriet Paige
Stacey Scott-Branagan (Ellwood, '95) a daughter, Queenie
Jennifer Munro ('94), a son, Tom Edward Haddrick
Cy Williams (Bailey, 92), a daughter, Ivy Sienna Bailey
Tracie Murray ('88), a daughter, Inez Salvemini

Engagement and Marriages
Congratulations to Old Scholars and their partner on the following announcements:

Emily Higham ('09) engaged to Michael Sneyd
Sharni Tietzel ('05) married Bart Murray
Jennifer Pooley (’04) married James Abbott
Alena Choo ('00) married Jimmy Khoo

Chapel Weddings:

Casey Nelson (’06) to Joshua Pearse
Phillipa Baker (’97) to Bryan Wilsie

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of:

Barbara Giles (Pointon, ‘63)
Judith Sienkiewicz (Downing, '54)
Robin Hamilton (Stuart Taylor, ‘47)
Kathleen Breen (Kempton, '29)
Dr Russel Perry