At Hale, we enjoy a strong connection with our past students. Old Haleians not only play an active role in the School, they also contribute on the worldwide stage. We celebrate the success of all Old Haleians. And, they enjoy giving back to the School, imparting their knowledge and experience with our students. Read some of their stories below.
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Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG
A great education creates great people. I was fortunate enough to obtain my education at Hale and feel wholeheartedly that it lay the foundations for me to become the man I am today. My personal beliefs and disciplines are directly attributable to that education. The seed planted by dedicated teachers and mentors at Hale helped me to always strive for excellence and pursue my dreams. As I was formed by my education at Hale, the motto “Duty” first and foremost, stays with me. Duty to community and country, duty above one’s self. It was the essential core of my military service. My personal dictum “Leadership, Integrity, Community and Excellence” links me inextricably to Hale; to all that I learned and experienced as a young man and to all that I stand for, now.
The Hon. Christian Porter MP
Federal Member for Pearce
My experience at Hale was a key part of becoming prepared for decision making roles in public service. I was definitely too young to appreciate how this was happening at the time and 28 years on, it’s hard to pinpoint now exactly what it was that helped me prepare for public life. With hindsight I suspect it was all about creating an environment combining the technical aspects of a best quality education with the highest possible care factor.
Richard Goyder AO
Managing Director, Wesfarmers Limited
The School always expected the best of you and at its core this was about teachers really caring. Caring how well you did, how hard you worked and caring enough to let you know if you made a bad call for yourself or in relation to your peers. It is a great thing to spend formative years surrounded by people who are genuinely invested in you but maybe it also kind of hard-wires into you the idea that all your decisions count; because they affect people you care about and because of the expectations of people who care about you. To put it simply, when you first get elected and one of the first calls you get is from your headmaster of 20 years ago the immediate thought is - I better work hard to make sure I don’t stuff this up and that’s probably a good thought to keep with you in public life.
I had a wonderful time as a boarder at Hale School. Great mates, a brilliant campus, and the opportunity to indulge my passion of sport was just terrific for a country boy. It is a school I am proud to say I went to.
Fortescue Metals Group and Philanthropist
Hale School represented a turning point in my life. To attend a school which believed in me and my potential allowed me to achieve well above what I ever had in many areas. On reflection, the support and drive that was instilled in me can be traced back to the staff, many of whom saw more in me that I did myself. I can remember the Headmaster of the time, Dr Tregonning waking me from a very comfortable sleep and forcing me to attend swimming practice. That kind of drive and support helped me enormously, I even joined the school debating team, in a crash or crash through strategy, to get rid of my stutter. I look back at those years and know that Hale School played a role in making me who I am today and I fully support Hale School continuing the vital role it plays in providing opportunities to all of its students in the future.
My time at Hale was amongst the most formative experiences of my life. I came to realise years after I graduated what most of us come to appreciate in time: that our school years set the foundation for everything that follows. At a time when a young man is deciding what to do with his life, what is most important to him, what career and goals to pursue, it is his parents, his teachers, his peers and his role models that matter most. In forging the right kind of environment, Hale excels.
Hale gives its students the grounding to make the most of the opportunities that will shape their lives in the years to follow. Hale afforded me the opportunity to reach beyond the syllabus, read more widely and learn more deeply. I was given the opportunity to play new sports, to explore my interests in music and drama and to develop the public speaking skills that would one day lead me into the courtroom as a barrister. It was a school that didn’t just offer each of these pursuits, but valued them. Schools can do many things for their students, but Hale is one of those rare and privileged institutions that does them all.
Head of Corporate Finance, Hartleys Ltd and winner of the 40 under 40 award 2013.
Hale School taught me how to learn. I was lucky enough to be taught by many outstanding teachers, who I came to appreciate all the more once I moved on to higher education. The sense of duty that Hale instilled still resonates very much with me today. The opportunity to attend Hale School that my parents gave me is an opportunity that my wife and I now give to our two sons.
Hale School always encouraged me to pursue my passions. I was supported by wonderful teachers who never rolled their eyes at my hair brained ideas. Instead they championed imagination and exploration. I really believed ‘the sky’s the limit’ while I was at Hale School.
Syd Kirkby MBE
Throughout my seven years at Hale (1944 – 1950) those I think of more as mentors than teachers were tireless in furthering my education (“how” and “why” rather than “what”) while also urging me to indulge in the broader delights available. There was never a moment when I was not encouraged to revel in sport, art, debating, drama, science clubs, hobby clubs, Alliance Francais, Goethe Society, dropping across Malcolm Street to watch Parliament at work, pestering the eccentrically wonderful Mr Spigl, the Government Astronomer and head of the adjacent Observatory. I drank pretty deeply from those cups, perhaps at some cost to what I believed more mundane aspects of schooling.
I have no shred of regret. How could I after so much fun and wonder?
It was impressed upon me, too, that because I had privileges I also I had obligations. “Duty”. Initially this was a bit intimidating until the awesome realisation that I was being equipped to do my duty, and with effort I would be able to meet my obligations.
Who would not then give it a bit of a go? And Hale does it even better, now.