25th October 2019

Dear Old Boys

The end of the year is rushing towards us and with it comes a number of traditional Old Boy events.

These are outlined later in this edition of Gravel and we do look forward to your attendance where possible.




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More Good News!

The Wairarapa Times Age profiled two Old Boys in late September. Both are attending Lincoln University, and both are heading overseas after being awarded Prime Minister's Scholarships.

Tom McKay (2012-2016)

Tom is in his final year of a Bachelor of Agri-Commerce degree and is to spend four weeks in Brazil observing their extensive beef production before spending a further ten days exploring other parts of South America. Next year he will be back on the family farm in Alfredton before travelling to Canada later in the year.

Callum Woodhouse (2013-2017)

Callum is a second year Agricultural Science student who is heading to China where he will spend a good amount of time investigating the marketing of New Zealand products in China. He is expecting to encounter a very different world from the Eketahuna sheep and beef farm where he grew up!

John McKeefry (2011-2015)

John, who is also currently on a Rugby Scholarship at Lincoln University, was selected as a New Zealand Universities Rugby representative at the World Universities Rugby Tournament in Japan. Universities attending represent Japan, Russia, England, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France and New Zealand.

Wairarapa Gathering

A recent, casual gathering of Old Boys occurred early this month in tandem with a Wairarapa Bush rugby match.

Thanks to the efforts of David Pereira, Jacob Smith and Jock Cameron, the influence of Facebook and the bar at Lonestar, around thirty Old Boys enjoyed the chance to catch up.

2019 College Leavers' Dinner and Old Boys' Association Registration

Wednesday 30th October at 6.30pm

Rathkeale College Dining Hall

Cost for Old Boys: $15 per head

All Old Boys are invited to join this year's College Leavers at this year's Leavers' Dinner.

Stuart Sexton, a member of Winchester House (1983-1986), is this year's Guest Speaker. He was born with Spina Bifida and has devoted much of his life to working in the area of access and disability and has been an active Vice Chair of Arts Access Aotearoa. He is currently a member of CCS Disability Action.

His interests include the outdoors, biking (hand cycling) and "running" (in his wheelchair). He is currently focused on participating in the 2020 Bali Ultra, an event that brings together extraordinary people for unique endurance events that make change happen. The event will be in support of needy children.

If you wish to attend, please email:  OR phone 027 246 6707 before midday Tuesday 29th October. Eftpos will be available at the dinner.

Old Boys will regroup at Lonestar, Dixon Street, Masterton, following the dinner.

Old Boys' Association 2019 Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Lonestar Café & Bar, Dixon Street, Masterton

6.30pm Gathering in downstairs bar, refreshments provided

7.00pm AGM upstairs

An excellent opportunity to hear what ROBA is up to and to have your input into the future of the Association.

Wellington Function 2019

Thursday 21st November from 5.30pm, 2019

Wild Fire Churrascaria, 60 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Join other local Old Boys, ROBA Executive members and College staff at a highly rated venue for a chance to reconnect with other Old Boys in the City prior to the Christmas rush. An all you can eat Brazilian barbeque - $59.00 per head.

RSVP Contact:

With all good wishes

Grant Harper


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