2021 is finally drawing to a close and, for many of us, it cannot come soon enough. It has been a hard year and, in particular, I want to take this opportunity to applaud our Sixth Form boys, who have probably experienced the most difficult HSC period out of any cohort to go through Sydney Grammar School. I wish them the very best for their ATAR results when they are released in January next year. While one chapter in their lives is now closing, another one is opening – as freshly minted Old Sydneians they will now join the larger OSU community for life. On behalf of the Committee, I welcome you all to the OSU community.
Although this year has seen another swathe of cancelled events, the Committee is now planning some exciting new events for 2022. The first main event to be held next year will be the OSU Golf Day and the Great Debate. We are also deciding as to when the Annual Long Lunch will be held. It will most probably be in the first half of next year, so please stay tuned for further information about this event.
While it has been a difficult time for many of us, numerous Old Sydneians are continuing to shine and achieve new heights of excellence and contribution to our societies. One Old Sydneian, who is continuing to lead the way in his chosen field, is Brett Solomon, the founder and director of Access Now. Brett recently published his TED Talks from his new ‘digs’ at Bryon Bay and I recommend it to you.
Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday period and I look forward to attending lots of reunions and OSU events in 2022.
Thank you again to the incredible assistance from the Committee and, of course, Wendy Scotter and Steve Gonski, who have tirelessly worked in all matters relating to Old Sydneians throughout the year, including this newsletter.
Mr Walter MacCallum (OS 1987)