This weekend was Alumni Weekend, and many former students returned to the school to see old friends, watch a few sporting events and enjoy all kinds of other activities, including cultural and musical performances from current students.
The festivities began on Friday evening, when a statue of Reg Wenman, a beloved teacher, was unveiled at the Wenman pavilion. James Wenman ’66 represented the Wenman family and the Senior Brass Band, with vocalist Andy Erasmus, played the school song. Afterward, alumni receptions were held at Reynolds house and in an outdoor marquee. This year, it was the classes of 1979, 1984 and 1989 that celebrated special reunions. Much later, class reunions fanned out to different locations across Victoria to continue the fun of catching up with old classmates.
Saturday’s events began at noon with the SMUS International Students Cultural Extravaganza. Young performers brought Japanese and Mexican songs to the stage as well as Indian and Scottish dance. Students had also prepared traditional foods, including spicy samosas, churros and bubble tea, and were selling small cultural artefacts.
Also on the field were the 1st and 2nd XV rugby squads, who both took on Oak Bay. The SMUS 2nd XV started off playing their best rugby of the season, leading 10-5 at the break, but the second half proved less satisfying and the boys were eventually defeated. At 1st XV level, after an even opening twenty minutes, SMUS eventually gained a 24-8 advantage by half-time. Slick inter-passing and strong running from Conor Mackenzie and centre Mike Fuailefau, combined with the skill of two-try scorer John Humphries, the hosts extended their lead to a whopping 43-8 with fifteen minutes to play. Oak Bay fought back and scored their final try, but SMUS ended the game with a sweeping sixteen-pass, multiple-offload try to win 48-15.
Not all the athletic action was on the rugby field, as students and alumni came together to play squash, basketball and cricket. A non-competitive squash tournament took place in the Monkman Athletic Complex and on the basketball front, both female students and alumni faced each other on the court.
Sunday was the student cricket team’s much anticipated match-up with the alumni squad, and the young players faced a team that included four former and current national players. The school team ended up losing by twenty runs but there were some notable performances from Nathan Hauseman who scored 47 runs and Bhupinder Dulku who claimed two wickets.