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andrew oliver


“i believe that clarendon stands for excellence. i also believe we all have a role to play to ensure this excellence is achieved for the future prosperity of the school.  i am confident in the direction of the school with the quality of current staff and i believe we can all look into the future with confidence.  

i strongly believe in supporting the wider ballarat community including the school. my connection and involvement with the college means that i will continue to take an interest in the school’s development, which is why i was pleased to be one of the first old collegians to purchase a rowing seat in this year’s annual giving program.”

andrew entered ballarat college in grade 3 in 1961.  he followed his father, geoff (1945) and his uncle max (1950) into the school.  his family connection with clarendon and ballarat clarendon college is significant with jill, his wife, being an old collegian of clarendon (1973) and his three children fiona (2000), samantha (2003) and james (2007) also attending the school.

andrew attended latrobe university studying science before heading to the uk where he worked for doc martens.  he returned to oliver and stevens in ballarat in 1974 and over a 40 year career rose to managing director.

andrew joined the college board of directors in 1993 as treasurer (a position his father held a generation earlier) and has been instrumental in guiding the college into its current sound financial position. he resigned from the board in 2013 but has maintained a loyal supporter of the school.

dr ed roberts

ed roberts bio photo

“in 1994, i was grateful to receive an academic scholarship to enter year 7. as a student i was able to enjoy the balance of a quality education in the sciences coupled with an opportunity to appreciate the arts and humanities through studying history, literature, philosophy and music.

over 22 years later, i still feel privileged to have been offered this life-changing opportunity as it continues to motivate me to be true to my abilities, to be generous to others and to foster the joy of learning in the next generation of students.

i encourage you to consider making a donation to the school’s scholarship program today. your donation could be the deciding factor as to whether a child is able to receive this amazing gift – a first-class education.”

dr ed roberts is a general and paediatric radiologist working with mia victoria. he is proud to be a scholarship ambassador.

mao family


“as former parents of the school, we look back during our time with fond memories even though our son, alexander, is no longer with us.  we remember alexander being well supported by his class-mates and teachers. the school has continued to keep alexander’s memory alive and for this we are truly grateful. the school supported alexander and ourselves during a very difficult time in our lives, and we wish to return the favour by continuing to support such a wonderful school year-on-year.” 

mr binh and mrs cam mao have been ongoing supporters of the school for many years. their son, alexander, who had been a student at the school from the age of four, tragically passed away in year 11 after a tireless battle against leukaemia in 2009. prior to his passing, alexander’s commitment to cairns house knew no bounds.

the ‘alexander mao memorial trophy for dedication to school and house,’ is awarded every year to the person who devotes themselves to the school, with no desire for any reward or plaudits. a similar award in alexander’s name is awarded during the senior school’s annual presentation night in october. both prizes come from just some of the money regularly donated by the mao family. the generosity of mr and mrs mao ensures the legacy of their wonderful son lives on.

bruce sarah

bruce sarah

“to me, the school represents a balanced education and i have been privileged to be coach to so many rowers who have put just as much effort into their rowing as they do their studies. the strong and stable leadership the school provides had allowed me to be a part of the rowing program for many years. as an old collegian, it was a great thrill to be a part of the winning head of the lake crews but the real joy i have felt from the school has come from giving back to the community as a coach, school council member and of course seeing my children attend the school.”

the sarah family rowing connections start with bruce’s father, harry sarah who was a highly regarded coach for many years, while his children, matthew (1993) and jacqui (1995) rowed for the school. bruce’s wife, faye, was also a big part of the program and was bruce’s rock and a huge supporter to the school throughout his years as a coach.

bruce’s commitment to the school and rowing program can be seen through the many success stories he holds including; 6 winning head of the lake crews, 1 national championship gold medal crew, 5 silver medal crews and 2 bronze medal crews.

bruce truly represents a coach – committed, talented, selfless and compassionate. he gave his time and talents to helping young people gain a love of the sport that had so captured him. 

janine balharrie

 janine balharrie

“my husband, bruce, and i were both privileged to attend ballarat clarendon college, i remember walking through the front gate on my first day and feeling a sense of belonging. one of my favourite things about the school has been its complete devotion to the students, guiding them academically whilst also providing a full array of extra-curricular activities. 

being a country girl, i was raised with the understanding that each person in a community gives back. when our three children, maxwell, kate and ned began at clarendon in kinder, it felt only natural to get involved with the school. i enjoy supporting the students in every activity they undertake, whether it’s barracking for the rowers or football or enjoying the performing arts, regardless of whether my children are involved. 

i decided to be a part of the parents’ auxiliaries to ensure important events and initiatives are able to take place, enhancing the school experience for every student. there are so many opportunities for parents and friends to volunteer and support the school community in some way. we support the school each year as our family has appreciated the support the school has given us.”

janine balharrie (Hornbuckle) has quite possibly volunteered and/or supported every event and initiative that Clarendon has had to offer throughout her volunteering career. Janine has been involved in all of the school’s auxiliaries including the Junior School Parents Group, Parents & Friends and 1920 club. She has also served as the JSPG President from 2006 to 2008 and the P&F President from 2012 to 2014.

jack netherway

jack netherway

“i have been privileged to be a part of this school over the last 70 + years. as a school captain and later as deputy headmaster, i have seen with my own eyes how much the school has grown from strength to strength. my wife marie, also a former student, and i have enjoyed being a part of this community. many of our fondest memories centre around the school and we take pride in knowing the foundations that we have laid in the past, are the corner stones for a strong future.” 

the school has been part of jack’s life since he began as a student in 1938. having completed his own schooling here, jack returned as a long-serving staff member. while fulfilling the role of deputy headmaster, later deputy principal, he taught science, particularly physics, and mathematics, influencing the development of generations of students. but his forte also lay outside the classroom, particularly when coaching rowing, football and athletics. over his career, jack coached 18 winning crews on head of the lake day, won 2 football premiers including a 1 shared title with st pats and countless winners on the hurdling front.

it was no surprise that jack and marie also chose the school for education of their own children. for many years during his well-earned retirement jack would appear at school bearing plants from his garden that he wished to share with staff, and he always was eager for a chat, often sharing his school memories and anecdotes about his past students. he took great delight in the recent 150th celebrations and, although his mobility may not be what it once was, we know that ballarat clarendon college blood still pulses through his veins.

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