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Our oldest ambassador is Ella Bambery (nee Rewell) who was a student at Williamstown High School in 1927. She is talking to our youngest ambassador, Williamstown Primary School student Chris Pullen, at the launch of the WHS Centenary Fund, August 22, 2012.
At the launch Ella sang the older version of the school song, The Greatest School of All, to rousing applause from the audience. Chris is a budding musician himself.
Rachel Jarry is an ex- student and a member of the 2012 Australian Olympic basketball team. Rachel’ s team won the bronze medal at the London Olympics after a hard-fought contest. Rachel, seen here at the WHS Centenary Launch, was happy to show of her bronze medal.
Olive Gilbert was one of the school captains at the time of the theatre fund launch in 2012. She shared the podium with her father, well-known actor Andrew S Gilbert who was MC for the launch event. The Gilbert family has been strong supporters of the school for many years.
Callan Ward is an ex-student of Williamstown High School, although he is better known for his football exploits. He is currently co-captain of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Football Club. Originally playing with the Western Jets in the under-18 TAC Cup, he was drafted by the Western Bulldogs in 2007 and made his debut for the club midway through the 2008 season. He later moved to GWS for their inaugural match in the 2012 season and kicked the club’s first ever goal.
Local Williamstown business identity John Marks attended Williamstown High School in the 1960s and has many stories to tell about his secondary school years. For many years John ran the successful Marks Brothers Retravision shop in Ferguson Street in Williamstown. Now retired, he spends his time diving and sailing.
Angeline Armstrong was dux of the school in 2010. As a theatre fund ambassador, Angeline, spoke fondly about her time at WHS and the opportunities she had to indulge her passion for the arts. Angeline’s band, Parapluie, was at the launch of the WHS Centenary Theatre to entertain the guests.
Ian Whitehurst graduated from WHS in 1990 and plays tenor saxophone for jazz bands. A multi-talented musician he won the 2002 ARIA award for Best Jazz Album and the 2012 Bell Award for the Best Australian Jazz Ensemble. Ian fondly remembers the fantastic staff at WHS who encouraged him to pursue a career in music.