THE PRINCIPAL: Mr Jeremy Ludowyke
In 2010 I spoke at the MHSOBA AGM urging the Association to restructure its operations to ensure that it continued to appeal and be relevant to Old Boys of every generation. I have been pleased with the steps the current MHSOBA Council have taken to place the Association on a new footing financially, administratively and functionally. The unseemly events leading up to the MHSOBA AGM this year demonstrate that there is still work to be done. How does the MHSOBA diversify to ensure that it is relevant to all generations of Old Boys?
As the GM&B has now entered its third decade it is timely to ask the same question of the GM&B. How does the GM&B ensure that it continues to fulfil its charter and objectives? How does it adapt to the changing circumstances and demographics of the School and MHSOBA? The constitution of the GM&B gives as its purpose: ‘to contribute to the sustainable development of Melbourne High School so that it is nationally and internationally competitive and recognised as such through the excellence and quality of its educational and experiential programs, its facilities and the achievements of its students and their pride in the School.’
There are two exciting developments on the horizon for the School that I would like to explore with the GM&B in the near future. One is the School’s increasing focus on an international presence and perspective and the other a major rejuvenation of the School’s facilities in readiness for the centenary of Forrest Hill in 2027. Finally I wish to particularly acknowledge and thank GM&B members, Mr Robin Tuckerman and Mr John McIntosh for their assistance with the ‘Call to Arms’ project that has seen a revitalisation of the School’s proud military heritage in the year of the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. Jeremy Ludowyke