Past Student News - Where are they now?
HONOURS COLOUR AWARDS
The School has awarded Honours Colours for 2013 to four TOPSA members. This award is presented to a person, usually a past student, who has achieved excellence in their area of expertise.
NICHOLAS WARNER – Excellence in career achievement
DAVID HILLE - Football
RODERICK McKILLOP – Education
RICHARD VAUDREY – Music
Congratulations to these recipients.
Nicholas Warner - Class of 1968
Nick currently holds the position of Director General of A.S.I.S. – Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
Education – Latrobe University and ANU Canberra.
Nick is an Old Boy of the school and attended Peninsula from 1962 to 1968.
Whilst at Peninsula Nick was a strong academic and keen sportsman.
He was a member of the First X1 in 1967 & 1968 and was captain of the First X1 in 1967 & 1968. He gained Combined AGSV Cricket selection, as vice-captain, in 1968 and was a Full Colour winner in cricket.
He was a member of the First XX1 in 1967 & 1968 – Full Colour winner.
He was captain of the Basketball team in 1968.
He was also an excellent swimmer and was captain of the school team in 1968 and also competed in athletics and cross country.
David Hille - Class of 1999
David attended Peninsula from 1992 to 1999 and was a member of the First XX1 in 1998 and 1999. He played with the Dandenong Stingrays in 1999. He was selected in the Victorian U18 Vic Metro team in 1999.
David was also a member of the School Athletics and Volleyball teams. He gained Combined AGSV Volleyball selection in 1999 and represented Australia in the National Youth Volleyball team in Taiwan in 1998.
He was selected in the Combined AGSV Football team in 1999 and was drafted to Essendon as pick No. 40 in the 1999 National draft.
He played his first AFL game in 2001.
He played 197 games and kicked 153 goals with Essendon and was the acting captain in 2006 when Matthew Lloyd was injured.
In 2008 he won the Club Best & Fairest (Crichton medal) after an outstanding year and narrowly missed out on All Australian selection.
Roderick McKillop - Class of 1968
The end of 2013 marks the conclusion of an era at The Peninsula School with the retirement of Roderick McKillop. Roderick first started at The Peninsula School as one of the School’s very first students when he commenced in Grade 5 in 1961. He returned to Peninsula in 1983 as a staff member, having previously taught at King Island District School and Geelong Grammar. Since then, Roderick has spent 31 years contributing to our school, culminating in 2013 with the award of Master Teacher.
Richard Vaudrey - Class of 2001
Richard was a student at Peninsula form 1995 to 2001 and was heavily involved in the School’s music program whilst at school. Richard has spent the last four years in New York completing a doctorate in cello performance and improvisation whilst also acting as a teaching assistant to the renowned Emerson String Quartet. He has regularly performed on New York City stages from Carnegie Hall to renowned underground venues such as the Stone. Richard is no stranger to a myriad of musical worlds from new classical, through fusion Jazz to Indie pop.
Read below of news of past students; see what they are up to and where they have gone following School.
Simon Flowers - Class of 1983
Career in IT implementing SAP projects. Left Australia in 1999 first to UK for 2 years and since 2001 living in Vevey, Switzerland. Work on projects in Europe, mainly Munich at the moment. Love the outdoors life in Switzerland. I am a keen runner though I keep injuring myself by going and playing soccer.
Married in 1991 I have two children: Bianca 21 completed a Commerce degree and is doing a finance internship in Beijing. She had a strong academic career and a gift for languages with fluency in French, Spanish, German and Mandarin. Dylan 18 is more creative as is studying graphic design at the University of Arts London. My wife Gillian is an english-as-a-second-language teacher, mainly to staff at Nestle which is headquartered in our town. So with all that and my parents in Australia I basically live on Skype.
David Burren - Class of 1984
I live in Melbourne with my wife Jane, and am self-employed. Having spent many years working in IT, since 2005 I’ve been working as a photographer.
Most of my photography involves the outdoors, although I also work in areas including food, architectural, and corporate photography. I’m an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers.
I do a lot of photography education (and spent four years teaching at Photography Studies College). I have private students and run workshops. We’ve travelled a lot (all seven continents) and since 2009 I’ve been taking other photographers on expeditions around the world through LuminOdyssey.com.
For example last summer I got to take two groups to Antarctica, and in July 2011 I’m taking a group to Svalbard in the Arctic.
Greg Sugars - Class of 1985
Have recently taken over as CEO of Preston Rowe Paterson Australasia Pty Ltd, a national firm of Property Valuers and Property Consultants servicing the corporate and government sectors.
Currently have 2 sons attending TPS, Mason (Year 12) & Riley ( Year 9). My wife of 23 years, Virginia, is a teacher in the Junior School also. As you can imagine I have a lot to do with the school still.
In a professional sense I am also a Director of one of Bendigo Banks’ successful Community Bank franchises. I have been heavily involved in the community sector and have chaired a number charities and foundations. Last year I was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow Award for services to the Community by Rotary International.