October 7th 1863 saw sixteen boys commence their education at Ipswich Grammar School. This date is celebrated each year with a special assembly that commemorates the legacy that these sixteen boys and the staff started 154 years ago. The school hope to honour them and over 16,000 other students that have followed in their footsteps and this year’s Foundation Day saw all students from Prep to Year 12 attend alongside a large number of Old Boys of the school from a variety of cohorts. Most special of these Old Boys guests was Fred From (Class of 1953) who recently celebrated his 100th birthday and was thrilled to be back again at the school that is such an important part of his life.
Paul Casos (Class of 1969) was the guest speaker and his message of honouring the school values of Resilience, Honour and Belonging in everyday life, resonated with the students and Old Boys alike. He then went on to directing a message to those that are to become Old Boys with the significance of having a goal to work toward, but not at the cost of the smaller details that play an important role in achieving these goals.
The Old Boys then had the opportunity to convene to a morning tea in the Great Hall and share stories with the current school leaders of their times at school. These events are also proving to be an opportunity where the Old Boys can impart their knowledge of what it means to be an Old Boy and strengthen the bond that each student has with their school.