Two Teachers Admitted As Honorary Members of the Alumni Association - 31 January 2010

Principal of BBHS Shaun Addy and Educationist and former BBHS teacher Ivor F (Stowe) were today admitted as Honorary Members of the Blacktown High Alumni Association Inc.

Principal Shaun Addy President Chris Bryett said that without Principal Shaun Addy's efforts BBHS would not be heading back to its former lustrous reputation and that current and future ex students would not be reunited.

Ivor FVice President Graham Blackman referred to Ivor F's outstanding career and devotion to educating the youth of Blacktown and noted that even at age 85 he still took remedial student classes.

At today's meeting all but one position on the Management Committee were filled. Chris Bryett said he was pleased with the outcome as this would allow the Management Committee to allocate the last position as a casual vacancy when the right candidate appeared.

Toni Collette wins Golden Globe

Toni Collette

Toni Collette with her award Source: AP

18 Jan, 2010 04:46 PM Illawarra Mercury

Australian actress Toni Collette ( a Blacktown Girls High School Old Girl ) has won a Golden Globe for her role as a mother-of-two living with dissociative identity disorder in the TV series United States of Tara.

''Gee, thank you so much,'' Collette said in her acceptance speech at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

''This is a real pleasure".

''The last time I came here 15 years ago, I was on the loo and missed my whole category.''

The other nominees were Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Lea Michele (Glee).


5th January 2010

By Roderick Shaw

'Even though many of us hadn’t met for 39 years,
the camaraderie that existed was there and it was
as if we’d never been apart.’ Chris Bryett

Blacktown Sun Article

Chris Bryett, Shaun Addy (Principal BBHS), Mike Miller, Graham Blackman, Rob Conway, William Jones and Bob Wynne.

Picture: Natalie Roberts

School alumni formed Old lads get together: Blacktown Boys High School principal Shaun Addy, front, and some of the students from older days, are keen to maintain friendships and help today’s students as well.

OLD boys from Blacktown High School recently formed an alumni association. This makes Blacktown Boys High the only government school in NSW to have one.

‘‘A lot of schools have old boys’ and old girls’ associations,’’ the school’s principal, Shaun Addy, said. ‘‘The difference is that alumni want to be more than friends of the school; they want to do fund-raising and build on it in other ways.’’

One of the alumni, Chris Bryett from the HSC class of 1970, said he and other ‘‘old Blacktown boys’’ decided to form the association at the school’s recent 50th anniversary celebrations.

"Even though many of us hadn’t met for 39 years, the camaraderie that existed was there and it was as if we’d never been apart,’’ Mr Bryett said.

‘‘Even old nicknames were remembered.’’ He said they determined to
maintain their old friendships and do something for the school that had done so much for them.

Mr Bryett is a senior associate at Bamford Lawyers and said he owed this to the education Blacktown Boys High provided him.

‘‘Other ex-students are doctors, defence force officers and politicians,’’ he

Mr Addy said the association planned to raise funds for new buildings, such as a gym, and scholarships for needy students.

‘‘They can also provide work experience for students and other links
with employers,’’ Mr Addy said. ‘‘I see it as redefining and promoting our image in the community.’’

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