Old Sydneians Office
Old Sydneians live and work all over the world.
For those of you who live near Sydney, the School organises many activities which will help you keep in touch with your friends and former teachers. Reunions are an important part of this; we also support a Big Band for Old Sydneians called Dr V’s Swing Thing, an Old Sydneians’ Orchestra, Cricket Club, Rugby Club and a variety of occasional sporting clubs. Each year the Headmaster travels to Europe and the United States where he meets groups of Old Boys.
If you would like further information about any of this, or if you would like to organise a reunion, please contact Wendy Scotter in the Old Sydneians’ Office at College Street. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundations magazine and The Sydneian provide convenient ways of keeping up with events here. If you are not receiving these, and would like to, please make sure that we have your current address details correct once again by contacting Wendy Scotter at the above address.
The Old Sydneians' Office plays a key role in the life of the School, assisting with fundraising, communications and relations with Old Boys.
For more information contact the office:
Phone: 9332 5843
Fax: 9332 5164
Sydney Grammar School Foundation
The Sydney Grammar School Foundation was established in 1979 and is a public company limited by guarantee. Today the Foundation is governed by the elected Trustees of the School. The various associations within the School are represented on the Fundraising Advisory Board which supports the work of the Foundation. A number of funds are managed through the Foundation all of which are tax deductible. These include the Building Fund and the Library Fund.
Sydney Grammar School Foundation Scholarship Fund
The vision of providing an endowment to support scholarships is as old as the School itself. In fact, it was one of the School’s founders, Dr John Woolley, who first envisaged Grammar as a fee paying school supported by an endowment which paid for scholarships. This vision is strongly supported by the Trustees of the School.
Donors wishing to support our means-tested programme are now able to claim a tax deduction.
Old Sydneians' Scholarship Fund
A few years ago, a group of Old Boys from 1948 established the Old Sydneians' Scholarship Fund. The aim is to raise two million dollars - the amount needed to put one means-tested scholar in each of Forms I-VI.
To help us to reach this ambitious target, we are seeking ambassadors from various year groups to assist us in our efforts. If you would like to assist, please contact the Old Sydneians' Office on 9332 5843. Donations are now tax deductible.
For those wishing to remember the School through a bequest, the matter of tax deductibility may not be an issue. In a sense a bequest is the ultimate gift, a way of expressing the affection you have for your School. By giving in this way you can enable a talented boy, whose parents cannot afford the fees, a chance to take advantage of all that Sydney Grammar School can offer.
A bequest can take the form of:
- Stocks and shares
- Works of art, collections, personal effects such as jewellery
- A specified amount of money
- A life insurance policy
- Life income plan, annuities, or trusts
- Proportion or whole of an estate
- A specific bequest of property
For further information on any of the above, please contact the Old Sydneians' Office, on (02) 9332 5843.
Dr V’s Swing Thing
Formed in 2002, Dr V’s Swing Thing is Grammar’s Big Band for Old Boys of the School (and friends of Old Boys) who can never get enough jazz.
Led by the School’s much-loved jazz guru, the ARIA-winning trumpeter Mr Vladimir Khusid (aka ‘Professor of Jazz at the University of Azerbaijan’), and taking its name from the band’s patron, Dr V’s Swing Thing has become a well-known ensemble in Sydney jazz circles. Some of Sydney’s finest young singers, including Jo Fabro and Lisa Abbott, regularly front this 20-piece ensemble for performances throughout the country. In May 2014, the band is performing with James Morrison in The New Hall, as well as going on tours to Darwin and Wangaratta. All jazz enthusiasts are welcome to join the band – rehearsals are held in the Alastair Mackerras Theatre on Monday nights, 7-9pm.
Old Boys' Rugby Club
The Sydney Grammar Old Boys' Rugby Club was established in the beginning of 2011 and also entered the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Competition that same year.
In its short existence, the Club has already won a premiership proudly claiming the Meldrum Cup in the 2012 season. The Club aims to provide schoolboys of the past the opportunity to continue playing competitive rugby in the traditional black and gold. With rugby being such a physically and emotionally demanding sport, it is important that teams have something to play for and more importantly, play alongside others who share those same passions. The Old Boys' Rugby Club provides an environment for this to occur as well as allowing schoolboys of the past to remain connected with the Grammar Community.
Sydney Grammar Rugby has a rich history behind it. The Great Public Schools (GPS) association was formed in 1892 and Sydney Grammar School joined the organisation that year. Nine different schools make up the GPS and contest various sporting events among themselves. The Rugby Union competition commenced in 1892 and Sydney Grammar has been a part of it ever since. The Old Boys' Rugby Club continues to have a close association with the School and its rugby program.
The Club's home ground is Reg Bartley Oval at Rushcutters Bay. Located on the waterfront and recently re-developed, it is a premier location for a rugby club. The oval is still used by the School and many of the boys feel right at home as they would have played on it in the past.
The Club encourages Old Boys and current schoolboys, their friends and family to get involved with us in one way or another. With ongoing support, the Club will grow to be an even greater organisation than it is now.
Old Sydneians' Cricket Club
Founded in 1953, the Old Sydneians' Cricket Club has competed every year in the City and Suburban Cricket Association which is a direct affiliate of the NSW Cricket Association, under the banner of the Sydney Cricket Association.
The CCSA provides good quality cricket (with a number of ex-grade players) in a friendly but competitive atmosphere. Matches commence at 1:30pm and are usually played with 35 overs per side.
All Grammar alumni receive free membership to the Old Sydneians' Cricket Club for the first two years after leaving school.
Please contact the Captain, Julian Lavigne on 0438 075 200 or at email@example.com for further information.