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SHSOBU All High Old Boys Lunch

Over 330 High Old Boys joined together to celebrate connections made during their time at Sydney High School in what was one of the biggest gatherings in years.
29 May 2023


More than 330 passionate High Old Boys rallied round together on Friday 12 May at the Australian Turf Club Function Centre from 12noon to 4pm to celebrate High success and to have fun doing just that. Our MC Mark Swivel, Dux of the Class of 1983, lead the celebration and a powerful and very emotional opening video set the mood for the afternoon. Paul Harapin, OBU President welcomed Dr. Kim Jaggar OAM SHS Headmaster, GPS OBU Presidents and all Old Boys including former Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Scott Morrison. Paul outlined an impressive School achievement history and some Old Boy achievements both of which were captured in a silent video that played throughout the afternoon. This group also included over 30 former High School Captains, possibly the largest group ever assembled in one room in the history of the school.

John Stanley, Class of 1973 Radio Broadcaster, interviewed Evan Wong, Class of 2010, CEO & Co-Founder of Checkbox and George Miller AO, Class of 1963, Filmmaker, Director, Producer & Writer, both discussions were very thought provoking and entertaining.  George’s movie reel was "worth the price of admission". Sam Makhoul, Class of 1993, was sandwiched in between Evan and George, as he brought Dr. Tomaso D’Sousa PHD hoax keynote speaker alive with a very funny presentation on AI and the future of education. Sam harpooned selective schools, Elon Musk and both current and future parents generally. He capped his presentation by bringing Spot, the robot dog on stage (credit to Spire Group) and by enabling his AI self to close out the hoax (credit to IBM) while Sam amused himself by having Spot respond to various commands.

A very entertaining afternoon of celebration and fun was capped off with a boisterous rendition of the School song lead by a very enthusiastic hastily assembled Old Boy Choir and an after party at the Doncaster Hotel in Kensington. Sincere thanks to all attendees and to our four sponsors:

Gold Sponsor Adam Dong Class of 2004: Snowpak (fabulous ski holidays at Old Boy prices)  

Gold Sponsor  Calvin Ng Class of 2001: Aura Group (financial services & wealth management)

Gold Sponsor Frank Thiruchelvam Class of 2000: Pink Tank Creative (brand strategy, design, digital)

Bronze Sponsor Paul Almond Class of 1981: Paul Almond Employment Law 

Thakn you also to our raffle donors (Australian Turf Club, Venues New South Wales, Rugby AU, NSW Rugby Union, The Apollo Restuarant, Cho Cho San Restuarant, Bistro Rex Restuarant, Ezra Restuarant, Ponti Restuarant, Lady Chu Restuarant, Joh Bailey and Premier Health & Fitness), and to our many volunteers who assisted before and during the event. Photos of the event can be seen in the gallery below this article and the two videos referenced above can be viewed at our youtube channel, which we will link to once they have been added.

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