The year is racing by but we are ever closer to the next big event – The Great Debate. The Committee has assembled an exceptional team this year to take on the all-conquering School team, that recently won the ISDA championship for the third year running. If you haven’t booked your places, please do so immediately as we are expecting record numbers this year.
It will take place on Friday 21 July at the School in the Alastair Mackerras Theatre. Click on image below to book tickets.
Sydney Grammar School will hold a parliamentary style debate on the topic:
That the Royal Family should surrender their sceptres
Join us as the Old Boys take on Grammar’s finest debaters
The Hon Justice François Kunc (OS 1980) and his son Thomas (OS 2017) are both proud Old Sydneians. His Honour debated throughout his time at College Street, ending as Captain of Debating in between being Editor of The Sydneian and School Archivist, as well as taking part in numerous musical activities. After six years as a solicitor at Allen Allen & Hemsley, he was called to the Bar, taking silk in 2007 and then was appointed to the NSW Supreme Court in 2013. While used to presiding in a court room, he hasn’t debated for some time. His last outing representing the School was at the GPS Gold Challenge. Guaranteed however, his Honour will be well in control of this debate.
James Hooke (OS 1988) debated for the Grammar GPS Firsts, combined GPS, NSW Schools and Australian Schools Debating Team who were runners up at the inaugural World Schools Debating Championship. He debated at university and coached ISDA teams at Grammar. He has worked a lawyer, freelance writer, management consultant, newspaper publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, and with Macquarie Group, where he served as CEO of New York and Australian Stock Exchange listed companies. He is now a company director.
Damien Timms (OS 1994) is another frustrated lawyer. He works during the day at a serious law firm doing serious law things. But at night he is TippyTappy Sports, a platform for alternative sports commentary. He has made sports documentaries in exotic locales like Vanuatu, India and… Narrabeen. He’s best known for being the Tony Curtis straight man to Dom Knight’s Jerry Lewis.
Dom Knight (OS 1994) views Timms as more of a Jack Lemmon. At Grammar, he edited a disreputable magazine called The Tiger, and later founded a disreputable satirical newspaper called The Chaser. At university, he ran GPS and ISDA adjudicating, and in that capacity, has already awarded this debate to the OSU. He has been a radio presenter, television writer and novelist, and like everyone else in comedy, is now doing a podcast. He’s considering giving up on the media and starting a hedge fund, whatever that is.
The Sydney Grammar Team is captained by Remy Sloan (VI) who is ready for an exciting rematch against the Old Boys. Remy’s pilgrim ancestry provides a sense of patriotic duty to win this debate.
Kasra Roushan (VI), who embodies the ancient civilisation of Persia right up to its fractured modern history, is still bitter about British involvement in the 1953 Iranian coup. From this, he will aim to seek his revenge in the debate.
Will Ellis (V) has a unique ability to make the most complex things simple. This simplicity often leads his opponent into a trap of complacency, in debate changing moments.
Daniel Lloyd Hurwitz (V) has an ambivalent perspective of the crown. Being a UK citizen and also a member of the opposition, Dan will be able to reveal the weaknesses of the Old Boys’ team—weaknesses they may not themselves realise exist.
Back to Weigall
The following day is the official Back to Weigall day where the School will be competing against Shore in rugby and The Scots College in football; please come along to support the boys. The First XV are undefeated and the Second XV have two wins from three in the GPS competition, while the First XI are one from three and building, and the Second XI are undefeated. It is a great opportunity to gather to watch some quality action on the field and share some even better stories of your past sporting exploits. (Firsts XI at 10:30am and Firsts XV at 11:00 am).
2023 Annual Long Lunch
I am pleased to update that the Annual Long Lunch will take place on Friday 22 September in the Strangers’ Room at NSW Parliament House, a fantastic venue for our 130th celebration. The celebration will start at 12:00pm. There is an early bird offer, book a table of ten and receive a 10% discount before 5 August 2023, prizes to be won and several exciting and exceptional Old Sydneians sharing their stories. This is not one to be missed so please gather together your year groups and book your tickets here without delay.
Congratulations to Will Jones (VI) who is the recipient of the 2023 OSU Scholarship.
L to R: Mr Walter MacCallum, Will Jones (VI) and Dr Richard Malpass
Lastly, Grammar shone brightly again this year in the King’s Birthday honours. The Committee proudly congratulates the following Old Sydneians on their well-deserved awards:
King’s Birthday Honours 2023
Officer (AO) of The Order of Australia in The General Division
Mr Orwell Peter Phillips AO (OS 1968, Former OSU President 1997-1999)
For distinguished service to heritage conservation, to architecture, and to professional organisations.
Medal (OAM) of The Order of Australia in The General Division
Mr Donald Wilson Mackay OAM (OS 1951)
For service to the arts.
Mr Simon Pennington OAM (OS 1993)
For service to rowing.
Mr John Harcourt Turner OAM (OS 1967)
For service to the people of and Parliament of New South Wales.
Dr Brett Andrew O’Donnell OAM (OS 1976)
For service to ophthalmology.
Member (AM) of The Order of Australia in The Military Division
Brigadier Hugh Walter Meggitt AM CSC (OS 1988)
For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in capability development, modernisation and diplomatic relations.