Celebrating 40 Years of the Hearing Unit

On Friday 26 August Pembroke School celebrated 40 years since the Hearing Unit was founded. Hearing Unit old scholar Alastair McEwin addressed the Senior School assembly. All current Hearing Unit students from each sub-school attended as well as several old scholars and past teaching staff of the unit. Alastair talked about how he felt when he was in Years 11 and 12, unsure about where he fitted in the world and what his purpose was. As the immediate Past Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW and the current Disability Discrimination Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights Commission, I think it is safe to say that he has definitely found his purpose. I am sure he inspired many of our students.

After the assembly there was an opportunity for the old scholars and past teachers to catch up over morning tea, followed by tours of each campus. The old scholars thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane and and were delighted to bump into teachers they had known in their school days. A delightful display of old Hearing Unit photographs and memorabilia sourced by Alison Bell in Archives and curated by Grace Ferrier was also enthusiastically received.

The evening function was another opportunity for those involved with the Hearing Unit over the years to catch up with each other. The formalities of the evening involved a passionate speech by old scholar Natasha Stott Despoja on the strong female leadership that ensured the creation and success of the Hearing Unit and the value of the Hearing Unit to the entire School community. Kevin Borick QC (past parent) gave a thought-provoking speech on why it was important for him to lobby for the creation of the Hearing Unit, and Alistair rounded out the formal part of the evening with an entertaining speech about his time at Pembroke.

All those who attended the day’s events are enthusiastically looking forward to the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ondine Caon
Coordinator of MS Learning Support

Peta Harries
Pembroke Old Scholars' Association

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