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2016 Hall of Honour

December 16, 2016

Hall of honour

The Hall of honour is a special award that recognisezes those students who have represented Australia or who have achieved recognition at a national level in a “pool” that is representative of the breadth of the population.

HARRISON ROOKE Year 12 – National Youth Science Forum

Harrison Rook was selected by the South Sydney Rotary Club to attend the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) at the Australian National University in Canberra in January 2016. Of 2000 students who applied, 50 were nominated for interview and 26 students selected to go to Canberra. Based on his performance there, Harrison was selected as an Australian delegate to go to the Canada Wide Science Fair which is for Canada’s top young scientists and delegates from around the world. Harrison was selected to be a judge of one of their competitions.

OLIVER PENN (OA2010)

At the age of 7, Oliver befriended a boy whose mother was a golf professional. This early mentor, coupled with his grandparents living opposite a golf course, led him to playing golf from an early age. When Ollie was at SACS, he tried and succeeded in many other sports which were recognised initially when he received the Aiden Mailey Memorial Trophy for all round sporting effort in Year 9, and again when he became Boy Sports Captain in 2010. Returning to golf at 20, Ollie was awarded a golf scholarship to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma USA. Career highlights include: competing in US National Golf tournaments as a NCCA Div 1 golfer, being selected for the Golf Australia national training and development team 2015 -2016 and placing second in the Summit League Championship (USA). Ollie has turned professional this year and is currently in the US competing in the web.com golf tour.

STUART SKELTON (OA1986)

Stuart has been critically acclaimed for his beautiful voice, outstanding musicianship and his intensely dramatic portrayals in performances on the leading concert and operatic stages of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera and the Vienna State Opera.

Stuart has twice been honoured with the Sir Robert Helpmann Award, once for his performance of Siegmund in the State Opera of South Australia’s 2005 production of the The Ring Cycle, and again in 2010 for Best Male Performer in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Peter Grimes for Opera Australia. He received a 2010 Green Room Award for A Streetcar Named Desire and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for his performances as Peter Grimes with the English National Opera. In 2014 he was awarded the very prestigious International Opera’s Award for Best Male Singer

Stuart cannot be here tonight as he has finished his Australian tour with Simone Young and he flew out last Saturday to return to the Opera National de Paris to prepare for the title role of Lohengrin. Old Andrean President, Mr Darcy Bray, will be collecting the award on his behalf.

ROBERT (BOBBY) OLUP (OA1958)

Robert was trained in the Cecchetti method and danced in

various television productions before joining the Borovansky Ballet Company in 1959 where he remained until its disbandment in the early sixties. He toured nationally as an original cast member of the rock musical Bye Bye Birdie after which he joined the Elizabethan Trust Opera Company as Principal Dancer in La Traviata, choreographed for Stephan Beinl’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos and was responsible for the re-staging of Algeranoffs’s choreography for Falstaff.

In 1962 Robert joined the Australian Ballet as a foundation member and in August the following year he went overseas and was Guest Artist with the Irish National Ballet. He later toured Europe with London Festival Ballet, now known as the English National Ballet.

Robert returned to the Australian Ballet in 1965 as a senior soloist where he remained until joining the Sydney Dance Company in 1977, becoming Ballet Master before retiring as a dancer and rejoining the Australian Ballet Administration in 1989. Bobby retired as Manager of the Patrons Programme of the Australian Ballet and has since appeared as Guest Artist with the company until the present time. He has taught for various ballet schools as well as adjudicating scholarships, and eisteddfods.

ROD MACQUEEN (OA 1963)

Having played over 200 games for Warringah and Eastwood teams, Rod Macqueen took his first coaching job at the NSW Waratahs in 1991 and would join the national set-up the following year as a selector. Rod became head coach of the Brumbies in 1996 but left them the following year to take on the Australian Wallabies. Rod is credited with defining professional rugby in Australia as “being fit, being prepared and doing everything you could to make sure you played your best”.

During his four year stint as coach, the Wallabies enjoyed unprecedented success winning and retaining the Bledisloe Cup four times, claiming the Tri-Nations crown (2001), beating the British & Irish Lions (2001) and most famously, winning the 1999 Rugby World Cup with a 35-12 victory over France in the tournament finale. He coached legendary rugby players including John Eales, George Gregan and Tim Horan, and he achieved an astonishing 81 percent winning ratio.

In 2001 Rod co-authored his book “One Step Ahead” which became a best seller both in the sport and business sector. During the same year his success as National Coach was acknowledged by the IRB when awarded the “International Coach of the Year”.

In the 2003 Australia Day Honours List Rod was awarded with a Member of the Order of Australia.