Spotlight on an Old Concordian
Tania Aliis Hyde (Lapidge, 2003)
Tania has forged a career as a successful professional artist, the basis of which can be traced back, in part, to her time studying art at Concordia College. Her mixed media canvas works and prints have now been stocked in various shops across South Australia and she also runs a popular online store.
To read about Tania's journey, visit the Spotlight on our Old Concordians page on the College website.
Interest Group Update: Old Concordians' Soccer Club
The Old Concordians' Soccer Club, now in its second year of competition, has had a great start to the long awaited CSL 2020 season. After a long delay, the Club has been able to enter three teams this year with over 50 registered players. All three teams have had strong starts, with the A and B teams sitting top of their divisions and the C team sitting in third. Those looking to join will unfortunately have to wait until next season due to the amount of players already registered.
The Old Concordians' Cricket Club had a highly successful season, with the B Grade making the grand final, but narrowly missing out on the premiership. A Grade and C Grade both finished one place out of the finals.
Last season we were excited to welcome recent Old Concordians from the Class of 2020 – Oliver Long, Marco Rosa and Clark Miller – all of whom contributed well to their teams. At the end of season presentation night, Club President Tim Kupke was inducted as a Life Member of the Club after many years of service.
We are looking forward to the season ahead that starts in October and welcome all new Old Concordians and friends to come and play. Trainings are at the Concordia cricket nets and oval. Our three teams cater for a wide range of abilities. You can follow our results on the MyCricket App, at www.concordiacricket.com.au or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ConcordiaCricket to view our highlights.
The Old Concordians’ Netball Club is eagerly getting ready for another summer netball season, which will start in October on Wednesday nights at the SAUCNA courts on Anzac Highway.
Old Concordians of any age or year are welcome to join a team - please get in touch with the organiser, Chrissy Barnard.
As our newest interest group, the Old Concordians’ Volleyball team went straight to the top, winning the grand final (2 sets - 1 set) in its inaugural season! The team comprises a mixed gender group of Old Concordians from several peer years, all of whom played volleyball while at Concordia. Currently, they compete in a social competition run by the Norwood Bears at Campbelltown, with games on Monday nights each week throughout the season.
Future hopes for Old Concordians' Volleyball include expanding to multiple teams across a range of abilities and ages. To get involved, please get in touch with the organiser, Emma Whyte (see details below) if you are interested.
Would you like to join an Old Concordians’ Sporting Club? Please contact the organiser listed below.
Lives in Parallel
Robin Eckermann AM and Bill Handke OAM
Two Old Concordians who attended the Concordia Alumni event in Canberra in April have lives with remarkable synchronicity. Bill Handke OAM (Class of 1964) and Robin Eckermann AM (Class of 1965) both came from farms near the small town of Eudunda in South Australia. They went to Concordia College at the same time, and both moved to Canberra after graduating from University. In yet another parallel event – on the same day in 2018 – both were honoured to receive Order of Australia Awards from the then Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, for their significant contributions to the nation.
Robin’s Order of Australia Award was in recognition of his contributions to the telecommunications and energy sectors. Following the initial 25 years of his career in information technology, he had the privilege of leading the establishment of one of the world’s first advanced broadband networks a decade before the NBN was conceived. Under Robin’s guidance as Chief Architect, the $250m TransACT network was deployed across a large part of Canberra between 2001 and 2003 – and it continues today as a competitive alternative to the NBN. TransACT marked a transition into the telecommunication industry, and Robin subsequently served on both the 2012 and 2015 Regional Telecommunications Reviews – reporting to the responsible Ministers and to Parliament on the opportunities and challenges faced by Australians living and working in regional, rural and remote areas. Robin’s work in the field has been acknowledged by his appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and his induction into the Pearcey Hall of Fame.
In the energy sector, Robin helped establish and in 2012-13 chaired an advocacy group “Smart Grid Australia” that promoted awareness of the need to “reinvent” the electricity sector to cope with a rapidly changing environment due to climate change, the uptake of renewables, increasing consumption, electric vehicles, distributed storage and smart appliances.
Bill’s Order of Australia Award was for his contribution to the environment and to community health in the areas of kidney disease and organ and tissue donation. The award complements the Angel Award presented to him by the former Governor General, Dame Quentin Bryce, for his contribution to improving the lot of kidney disease patients; his ACT Chief Minister’s Award for Organ and Tissue Donation advocacy and public awareness raising; his three Australia Day Council Awards for High Achievement in Public Policy; and his 2014 Environmentalist of the Year Award.
In his early Australian Public Service career in the 1970s, Bill was the Treasury officer on the staff of Treasurers Dr Jim Cairns, Bill Hayden and Phil Lynch during the tumultuous times of the Whitlam Government and the subsequent Fraser Government. Subsequently he was involved in many high profile public policy issues, including the vexed matters of forest management and conservation, water resource use, dryland salinity control, natural gas competition reform, natural resource management, and the National Landcare Program. The policy approaches that he devised in these areas and that were adopted by the Commonwealth and State Governments have profoundly changed the way these things were handled around Australia. He is still deeply involved in environmental and conservation issues: particularly as the founder of a community-action movement – now replicated along the east coast of Australia and overseas - to control the introduced pest bird, the Indian Myna; in nature conservation matters and ecosystem restoration activities.
These two old Old Concordians were delighted to attend the Concordia Alumni event in Canberra and to speak to a couple even older and many much younger Old Concordians. They welcome Concordia Alumni events as a way to keep in touch with fellow Concordians and to hear of the progress and changes that have occurred at Concordia College.
Once again, our reunion program has proven to be a popular way for Old Concordians to come together and enjoy spending time with one another over a meal or drinks and canapes. Below is a selection of photos from the following reunions held this year:
- Class of 2020, Welcome to the Old Concordians, 25 February
- Class of 1959 Reunion Tour and Drinks, 25 March
- Canberra Reunion, 29 April
- Sydney Reunion, 30 April
- Recent Leavers’ Reunion, 6 May (no photo)
- 70+ Reunion, 7 May
- Old Concordians' Centenary (+1) Dinner, 4 June
We are excited to be bringing you some opportunities to meet before the end of the year. Please see the reunion dates below.
If any future changes to Government restrictions mean an event cannot go ahead, guests will be notified as soon as possible, and any payments refunded. For further information, or to book, please contact the Alumni Manager, Sue Spry, on 08 8291 9339 or email email@example.com
Partners are welcome to attend all Old Concordians' Association events.
Brown & Gold 60+ Lunch // Thursday 23 September, 12–3pm // The Suaviter (old Chapel), Concordia College // All Concordians who started at Concordia in 1961 or prior are invited to attend // $25 per person, includes three-course lunch // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BNLOR
Class of 1961 60 Year Reunion (part 1) // Thursday 23 September, 12–3pm // The Suaviter (old Chapel), Concordia College // $25 per person, includes three-course lunch // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BNLMT
Class of 1961 60 Year Reunion (part 2) // Friday 24 September, 4.30pm // College tour and drinks in the Heritage Centre (complimentary) followed at 6pm by dinner at Damien on Fisher, 123 Fisher Street Fullarton (pay at the venue) // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BNLMT
Class of 1996 25 Year Reunion Tour // Saturday 16 October, 5.45–6.45pm // Concordia College // A tour at the College will be followed by a reunion at The Edinburgh Hotel, High Street Mitcham at 7pm. // $25 per person, includes drink on arrival and three-course meal // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BOBLN
Class of 1991 30 Year Reunion // Friday 29 October, 6–7pm // Concordia College // A tour at the College will be followed by a reunion at The Edinburgh Hotel, High Street Mitcham at 7:15pm. // $25 per person, includes food and a drink on arrival // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BPZXC
Class of 1971 50 Year Reunion // Friday 12 November, 6–8pm // Concordia College // Tour the College and enjoy catching up with other members of the Class of '71. // $20 per person, includes drinks and canapes // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BTCTV
Class of 2001 20 Year Reunion (since graduating) // Friday 19 November, 6-8pm // The Art Courtyard, Concordia College // Catered family picnic-style dinner and drinks // $30 per adult, children free // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BNLQM
Class of 2011 10 Year Reunion (since graduating) // Friday 26 November, 6pm // The Edinburgh Hotel, 7 High Street, Mitcham // Garden cocktail party // $20 per person, includes canapes and a drink on arrival // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BNLQC
Class of 2016 5 Year Reunion (since graduating) // Friday 3 December, 6pm // The Edinburgh Hotel, 7 High Street, Mitcham // Garden cocktail party // $20 per person, includes canapes and a drink on arrival // Bookings: www.trybooking.com/BNLPX
For more information about any of the reunions, please contact Sue Spry, Alumni Manager by email or phone 08 8291 9339.