PAST EVENTS AND MEETINGS

PPN (Hong Kong Chapter) 2017 Autumn function 

The fourth PPN Hong Kong Chapter event was held on 17 October in the delightful surrounds of the NockArt Gallery and DineArt - Italian Chef Cosimo's hidden private kitchen.  Past parent Michael Nock (pictured below), father of Camille (EM'11) and Lucy (EM'12), who owns the gallery, graciously opened his doors that evening for the exclusive use of the PPN. The combination of art gallery and fine dining in Hong Kong’s Aberdeen district made for a unique and delightful experience. 

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Twenty past parents attended the gathering - a lovely mix of old and new members and visitors on a business trip from Australia. We were also delighted to welcome Joanne Nitz, newly appointed GGS Director of Advancement, to Hong Kong.

Michael had curated the gallery to feature Australian artists (including himself). The result was an eclectic mixture of artworks featuring Hong Kong and China. Chef Cosimo laid out a fabulous smörgåsbord of delectable Italian treats. 

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Everyone enjoyed the combination of art and gastronomic delights in this relaxed and congenial setting. Champagne and wines donated by Christine and Michael Olesnicky, and Michael Nock, were greatly appreciated by the gathering. Our most sincere thanks to Michael for his support and hospitality.

Our next event is planned for Autumn 2018. We will let you know the details as soon as they are in place in case you will be in, or passing through, Hong Kong at the time. We look forward to growing our group and expanding our network over the coming year.

Suzy Rayment
Chair, PPN Hong Kong Chapter

Attendees: 
Michael Nock, Nancy Liu, Young Sook Eddington, Christine and Michael Olesnicky, Suzy Rayment and Guy Nowell, Ka Kee Pyne, Claire and Tony Chen, Ping Wah Chow, Paul Moore, Anne Salt, Mary and William Ahern, John Langley, Peter (Tim) Derham, Janice and Wayne Densley, Joanne Nitz.

PPN Spring function at Kyneton VIC – 19 November 2017

Ninety Past Parents gathered in Kyneton VIC on Sunday, November 19th. It was most encouraging to later learn that nearly twenty per cent of those present were at their first ever PPN event - and there were a number whose children were 2017 leavers. The Network continues to grow.

Our event started at the Kyneton Old Rectory on the corner of Ebden and Piper Streets. Will Jones (CU’72), and his partner Kyu Wan Choy, have lovingly restored this remarkable home and the perfectly manicured gardens were at their absolute best for our gathering. We enjoyed drinks under a 150-year old walnut tree and admired the majestic climbing hydrangea (hydrangea petiolaris) that was growing nearby. Will gave a most informative talk about the building, the town and the district before we moved – en masse – to the next stage of our function.

David and Julie-Anne (Ross Cl’82) Gibney as well as James (P’08), Emily (Cl’10) and Joe (P’14) welcomed us to their classic California Bungalow residence. There, in the Spring garden we enjoyed a sumptuous lunch accompanied by wines produced by Ben Ranken (M’94) and Sally Richardson (Cl’95) of Wilimee Winery in the Macedon Ranges. Markela had brought superb roses from her garden and these adorned the tables, Sandie had home-made very yummy brownies, Sarah and Cathie brought along acres of strawberries - all this to accompany beef, ham, green salads, potatoes, condiments, breads, pavlova, lemon tart and a wonderful range of cheeses from Roland.

David and Julie-Anne were generous and hospitable to a fault. Their neighbour thought it a good idea to mow his lawn during the speeches!

The 2017 PPN Spring function proved to be yet another happy, smile-filled day. There was, however, a note of sadness as the group bade farewell to Cathie Kemp who has decided to step down from her role as Co-Chair of the PPN. Cathie has worked tirelessly in this role for the past two years and her Co-Chair Markela Peck shed more than a few tears as she publicly thanked Cathie for her support, hard work, and friendship. 

Our sincere thanks to Will Jones for opening his beautiful B&B - “The Kyneton Old Rectory” - for us to view, and for providing a platform for the day’s event. And again our thanks to David and Julie-Anne Gibney, for their generosity in opening their home to the Network and hosting such a happy event. 

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