At the AGM held at the Annual Dinner Friday 2 August, we welcomed in the new WOSA Committee for 2019/20:
Ian Hardwick (’00) – President
Scott Tilbrook (’98) – Secretary
Cameron Henderson (’10) – Treasurer
Peter Goldsworthy (’65) – committee
Madeleine Vezis (’88) – committee
Carly Aherne (’96) – committee
Alex Reardon (’17) – committee
Fraser Bock (’18) – committee
Peter Trenorden (’77) – committee as Public Officer, and is also the WOSA Executive Officer.
The motion to adopt the new Rules of the Association was also carried. These are in the process of being finalised for lodgement and will be shared in an upcoming eNews.
At the Annual Dinner, Andrew Harding, who has now retired from the WOSA Committee, was awarded with a Westminster Honour Award, which is the School’s highest honour for a non-Council member. The award was presented to Andrew by Chairman of School Council Phillip Styles (’66), with the following citation:
This award is presented to Andrew Harding (’77) in recognition of over 40 years of outstanding service to Westminster Old Scholars. Andrew served on the Westminster Old Scholars’ Association (WOSA) committee from 2001 to 2019, and at the end of his tenure, is the Association’s longest serving President (2007 to 2014). He set new directions for the Association and continues to proudly uphold its strong relationship with the School. Also a recipient of the Association’s highest honour, the Peter Hawkins Service Award, Andrew is a true Old Scholar champion who has made an exceptional contribution to the Westminster School community.
Congratulations to a most deserving recipient.
Not surprisingly, the Harding family were on hand to celebrate Andrew’s recognition and, in being there, comfortably took out the honour of being the family with the greatest representation with six Old Scholars – Andrew (‘77), his children Sarah Roff (’06), Tom Harding (‘09) and Molly Harding (’12); siblings Madeleine Vezis (’88) and Matthew Harding (’85); and brother-in-law Jim Farrent (’78). To complete the table were Andrew’s wife Wendy, and sister-in-law Sue Farrent, the Head of our ELC.
The Class of 1977 took home the Sugar Bowl Trophy for greatest year group representation. Sure they are Andrew’s classmates and that may have counted in this sterling year group’s favour but the Class of 1977 has always been a strong contender for this coveted trophy. This year there were 12 in attendance: Andrew Harding, Gary Allison, Peter Wellington, Andrew May, Peter Jessup, Greg Pratt, Geoff Wiltshire, Mark Snowden, Mark Lawrence, Scott Simpson, Peter Spooner and myself. Well done Class of 1977!
We sadly recorded Year 8 student Mitchell Grigg as the Class of 2023 when he passed away on Monday 5 August. Mitch was diagnosed nine months ago with a rare and untreatable form of brain cancer. Our heartfelt condolences go to Mitch’s parents Kylie and Scott Grigg and brother Lachlan in Year 10.
Peter Trenorden (’77)
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