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It’s only a few weeks until our 55th Reunion and we are just finalising the numbers. If you haven’t yet confirmed that you will be joining us, would you please contact one of the committee.
After the success of the last two reunion events, we’re planning on this probably being the last formal trip back to Frankston Campus, so would like to see as many of our ex-colleagues as possible.
Sandra, Gary, Kevan, Tony & Howard

Thanks to all who have replied to our invitation. We have now made contact with 70 of the 1960 Frankston Teachers College Intake. There are still 55 ex-students we have atttempted to contact, but we aren’t sure if they received the Newsletter.
We would appreciate it if you haven’t replied yet, that you make contact, even if you aren’t sure whether you can join us in November by email, phone, this webpage or through our facebook page.
Sandra, Kevan, Howard, Gary & Tony

facebook; https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632672000301295/

1960 UP
55 years
FRANKSTON TEACHERS COLLEGE
1960 ENTRY

NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2015

http.//frankston.parkershouse.net

• Afternoon Get-together at College.
• Optional Informal Dinner at Taggarts (Frankston).

Saturday November 7th 2015
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Seahorse Tavern, Monash Peninsula Campus, Frankston.

Gary Hopcraft has made the booking for the Seahorse Tavern. (At this stage we are negotiating finger food and tea or coffee for less than $20 and drinks to be paid for at the bar.)

An informal dinner is planned for Saturday night and bookings can be made for an overnight stay at the Best Western motel if required.

Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway, Frankston 3199
03 9781 3444
info@frankstoninternational.com.au www.frankstoninternational.com.au

Sandra has made enquiries regarding dinner at Taggarts (Best Western) on the Saturday night. For numbers around 40, we can make a group booking. The cost will be $44 per person for a 3 course meal. (2 course offered at $38 pp) Pay on the night. Start time: 6.30pm. Tables will be 8 – 10 persons in a section of the restaurant.

We are happy to coordinate arrangements for Taggarts, but you must let us know if you wish to dine there.

We also need to let the Seahorse Tavern know the number attending in the afternoon.

At the end of this newsletter is a form that we would like to you to send back to us so that we can do some planning.

We have been unable to locate the following and perhaps you can help get the word to them and let us know their contact details.

Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.

In addition to the above, we have contact details for the following, but have had no response:

Michael Johnson, Jennifer Gaudion, Peter Watson, Valda Morgan, Narelle Nelson, Dzintra Apinitus.

If you know how to get in touch with any of these colleagues, please pass the message on to them and let Sandra know of their latest address.

Sandra has sent out emails to the email addresses that we have on record and were successful previously, but she has had some “bounce-backs”. They are:
Barbara Garner, Maureen McKenzie, Glenda Saunders, Ann McCallum, Hugh Stevenson, Ken Launder, Fred Heesh, Janet Evans, Heather Barker, Wendy Stamp, Wendy Burns and Marian Murray. Please contact Sandra with their new email addresses.

Members of our Planning Committee are:

• Sandra Parker (Bradford) sandra@parkershouse.net
• Tony Neville tnan@primus.com.au
• Gary Hopcraft helengary@primus.com.au
• Howard (Harry) Wills howard_wills@bigpond.com
• Kevan Porter kporter@bigpond.com

Sandra Parker has set up a website for our reunions so that you can keep up with the latest information. This is our main means of communicating with you. The website contains copies of all our newsletters and an assortment of photos.

You can find the website at:

http://frankston.parkershouse.net

We also have a Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1632672000301295/

Could you please check with your FTC friends to ensure that they have the 2015 reunion in their diaries? It is just possible that they may not receive this newsletter because of communication gremlins. Let them know about the website if they have not heard.

FUNDS
We have $365 left in kitty from 2010 and 2012 to help offset any expenses. This will be used on mail-outs to those without access to the internet The balance will be used to offset other costs.

SAD NEWS
Orme informed us that sadly Wendy Sanders (Devenish) died last Easter after a long battle with breast cancer and its secondaries.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 7th November. This may be the last reunion, so please make an effort to get to the afternoon get-together at least!

Sandra, Tony, Gary, Howard and Kevan.

We have now contacted all ex students by their listed email. A number of you have changed your address. Please make contact to keep us up to date. Thanks to those who have passed the Reunion details on to other 1960 college entrants.
For those without email, you will be contacted by post.
Please make sure we have your current contact details, even if you are unable to join us on the 7th November.

Keep 7th November in your diaries for our 55th Reunion. Details to follow. Please let any colleagues know the date.

FRANKSTON TEACHERS COLLEGE
1960 ENTRY

http.//frankston.parkershouse.net

I know it is in your diaries, but just a gentle reminder:

Saturday November 10th 2012
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Seahorse Tavern, Monash Peninsula Campus, Frankston.

Gary Hopcraft has made the booking at the Seahorse Tavern.

Informal dinners are already being planned for Saturday night and bookings are being made for an overnight stay at the Best Western motel.

Best Western International
389 Nepean Highway, Frankston 3199
03 9781 3444
info@frankstoninternational.com.au

Sandra has made enquiries regarding dinner at Taggarts (Best Western) on the Saturday night. For numbers around 40, we can make a group booking. The cost would be $42 per person for a 3 course meal. Pay on the night. ($35 for a 2 course meal.)

We are happy to coordinate arrangements for Taggarts, but you must let us know if you wish to dine there.

We also need to let the Seahorse Tavern know the number attending in the afternoon.

At the end of this newsletter is a form that we would like to you to send back to us so that we can do some planning.

Bring along any memorabilia that you think others would be interested in. We can display it at the Seahorse Tavern during the afternoon.

We have been unable to locate the following and perhaps you can help get the word to them before November.

Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.

In addition to the above, we have had no response from:

Michael Johnson, Jennifer Gaudion, Peter Watson, Valda Morgan, Narelle Nelson, Dzintra Apinitus, Janet Evans.

If you know how to get in touch with any of these colleagues, please pass the message on to them and let Tony Neville know of their latest address.

Members of our Planning Committee are:

• Sandra Parker (Bradford) sandra@parkershouse.net
• Tony Neville tnan@primus.com.au
• Gary Hopcraft helengary@primus.com.au
• Howard (Harry) Wills howard_wills@bigpond.com
• Kevan Porter kporter@bigpond.com

Sandra has set up a website for our reunions so that you can keep up with the latest information. This is our main means of communicating with you. The website contains copies of all our newsletters and an assortment of photos.

You can find the website at:

http://frankston.parkershouse.net

Could you please check with your FTC friends to ensure that they have the 2012 reunion in their diaries? It is just possible that they may not receive this newsletter because of communication gremlins. Let them know about the website if they have not heard.

Funds.
We have $365 left in kitty from 2010 to help offset any expenses. This should be ample.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 10th November.

Sandra, Tony, Gary, Howard and Kevan.

Dear Colleague

It is almost two years since the 50th reunion of 1960 entry Frankston Teachers College students. At that reunion many participants wanted to have a get-together every 2 years.

The Planning Committee agreed to set a date in 2012 and make a booking at the Seahorse Tavern (at the old campus) for the afternoon. The idea was that people could make their own arrangements for any other activities.

We are not sure if the enthusiasm expressed two years ago still remains, but if so, the attached newsletter gives details of the afternoon’s activities, accommodation and a dinner venue for Saturday night.

We still have some of our year who we have been unable to contact. Please help us spread the word if you have contact details.

Hope to see you on Saturday 10 November.

Let us know which activities you are coming to so that we can do the bookings.
RSVP no later than 30 September 2012
Regards
Kevan Porter (for the Planning Committee)

Time flies. It doesn’t seem long since we got together for a highly successful 50th reunion in November 2010. At the time, we agreed that we would meet again every two years and that our next function would be at the same venue:

Saturday November 10th 2012
12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Seahorse Tavern, Monash Peninsula Campus, Frankston.

Gary Hopcraft has made the booking at the Seahorse Tavern. If smaller groups want to meet the night before or for dinner on the Saturday, then that will be up to the groups to arrange it. Similarly for accommodation. We can give details of suitable dinner venues and motels closer to the event.

For the afternoon session of the 50th reunion in 2010 we had 80 ex-students out of a possible 125. (The original intake was 138, of which 125 are still living.) We are hoping that some who could not make it in 2010 will be able to come this year.

We were unable to locate the following and perhaps you can help get the word to them before November.

Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.

Our Planning Committee is smaller this year as there is not so much to do. Get in touch with any of the following if you have an address for any of the Missing People:

• Sandra Parker (Bradford) sandra@parkershouse.net
• Tony Neville tnan@primus.com.au
• Gary Hopcraft helengary@primus.com.au
• Howard (Harry) Wills howard_wills@bigpond.com
• Kevan Porter kporter@bigpond.com

Sandra Parker has set up a website for our reunions so that you can keep up with the latest information. This will become our main means of communicating with you to cut down on the committee’s workload. The website contains copies of all our newsletters and an assortment of photos from the 2010 reunion.

You can find the website at:

http://frankston.parkershouse.net

We have not included photos in this newsletter because it is too difficult to send large files to some email-boxes.

If you do not have a computer and email address yet, we ask that you use a relative’s or friend’s. This way it is much easier for us to communicate with you. (Note that we will be sending out very few emails, so if you are using someone else’s email address, it should not be an imposition on them.) If you have a new email address since last time, could you please email the new address to Sandra, Tony or Kevan.

Could you please check with your FTC friends to ensure that they have the 2012 reunion in their diaries. It is just possible that they may not receive this newsletter because of communication gremlins. Let them know about the website if they have not heard.

Funds.
We have just over $300 left in kitty from 2010 to help offset any expenses. This should be ample.

Looking forward to seeing you on 10th November.

Sandra, Tony, Gary, Howard and Kevan.

Of the 138 students enrolled in 1960, we located 116 prior to our Reunion in 2010. We would appreciate any assistance you could give in locating the last 9.
They are: Michael Dunne, John Good, Robina Cavendish, Christine Eley, Beverley Gyles, Judy McKee, Barbara McKinnon, Shirley Moore, Lorraine Power.
If you can help please let us know.

A little over fifty years ago we sat at our first assembly in front of the old Struan house and watched with apprehension as details of Teachers College unfolded. Most of us were fresh from secondary school and excited at the prospect of embarking on a career. How hard will the course be? But I can’t do maths! Will I have to teach music? Who’s the guy with the long sideboards and the flowing black gown?

If we’d been asked what we’d be doing in fifty years time, we’d have said we can’t think past tomorrow. It’s all too unknown. Yet we’d have guessed that statistically some of us would not make it to 2010, some of us would remain teachers all our career, and some would change careers at various stages. In those days it was highly likely that most of the women would resign to have babies because the system was stacked against married women and there was an assumption that you got married to have children and if you had children you couldn’t teach! After all, men were paid more than women for equal work because they were the “bread-winners”. It was assumed that men would ultimately become principals and if a woman didn’t marry she would become thefeared Infant Mistress.

As the year progressed we developed new friendships, became influenced by dynamic lecturers, had our comfort zones tested and teaching rounds began to challenge our resolve. Extra-curricular activities increased and we became aware of those with extraordinary talents. While we would have guessed that Max Gillies would have continued his success on the stage, we could not have guessed that he would be impersonating the Prime Minister of the day on national television. Who would have guessed that the lad with the crew cut and the perpetual grin (Mark Skinner) might be removing our spleen in sunny Queensland! Or that Helen Thomson the Age theatre reviewer was the Helen Dimsey we once knew. As for Diane Haig being a Professor at universities here and in America – well, I’ll leave you to read the rest! These four are just a selection of FTC graduates from the 1960 entry year who have achieved so much since our college days.

Sadly twelve of our intake of 135 have died (tributes to two of them are amongst the profiles). A few lecturers remain (two will attend our reunion), but most have passed on.

The less obvious successes of the past fifty years are the enormous influences that 135 teachers can have ongenerations of students. The ultimate compliment a teacher can receive is for an ex-student to comment manyyears later on the positive influence they have been. We know from experience that such compliments arethe “tip of the ice-berg” and that we have influenced thousands more students in a positive way.

The following profiles reveal a diverse array of talents, not just in teaching. The TPTC and TITC encouraged usto be generalists and we have been able to contribute to our communities in a very broad sense. Most of us are retired, but we are still active community members (in between all the travel that we seem to do).

Thanks to the contributors for giving us some insight into your fifty years since our college days. There are some sad tales and some amusing ones, but the theme is one of self-improvement and achievement in providing quality education for future generations.

On behalf of us all I would like to acknowledge the hours of work that Orme Harris (Lind) has spent in collating the profiles. She says it was a very rewarding task, but I know it took a lot of her time.

Thank you Orme!

Kevan PorterFor the Planning Committee.

Download the Frankston Teachers’ College Profile PDF document, with over 45 pages and 22,000 words, take a trip back in history.