Dear former and current students, staff and parents

We are delighted to invite you to join us on Sunday, 26 November as we celebrate 60 years of education: from the early days of Elwood High, then Elwood Secondary and Elwood College today.

1pm-4pm  Sunday 26 November

101 Glenhuntly Road, Elwood


It’s an exciting time at Elwood College as we remember the school’s wonderful history while looking forward to the future. We are currently undergoing an extensive rebuilding program, with a new wing nearing completion and refurbishment of the Glenhuntly Road main building about to commence.

While building work delays will impact on the number of buildings we can open, the anniversary celebration will give former students the opportunity to connect with each other and a final chance to tour one of our oldest buildings before its demolition. There will also be music and refreshments.

The event will run from our Science and Language Centre (entered from Glenhuntly Road) between 1pm-4pm.

If you plan to join us on Sunday, 26 November, please RSVP (with your name/maiden name and graduating year) by emailing

You may also wish to bring along memorabilia to share on the day.

Please forward this on to any former students or staff who may wish to be informed.

Todd Asensio
Assistant Principal

Fantastic news from the State Athletics Championships on 23 October. Year 9 student Marlon Trevitt won a gold, silver and bronze for the Under 15 400m, 200m and long jump. Year 11 student Nelson Gray came 2nd in the 16-20 years AWD Shot put. Year 10 student Evan Warman came third in the Javelin.
This follows a stunning medal haul by our students at the Southern Metro Athletics Carnival on 12 October.
Congratulations to our medallists:
Evan Warman - 1st in Javelin
Marlon Trevitt  - 2nd, 1st, 1st and 1st in 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump
Nelson Gray 100m - 1st in 100m
Kitty Smyth  - 3rd in hurdles
Darak Sok - 3rd in hurdles
Brie Bartleet - 3rd in 1500m
Well done also to Enya Talbot, Brock Tyers, Will McCarthy, Jack Ranieri and Tasmyn Tueli who competed at the Southern Metro event after great results at the inter-school athletics. It is an impressive effort just to qualify for this level of competition.
Top image: Nelson, Kitty, Brie, Marlon and Darak with their Southern Metro medals.  
Middle: Evan Warman with his State bronze medal.
Bottom: Nelson with his State silver medal.
This Thursday and Friday evening (19 & 20 October), join our Theatre Studies students for their production of After Magritte!
After Magritte! Will be showing in the Phoenix Theatre at 7.30pm both nights.

"We are putting on a play. First, we were doing The Laramie Project. Mr Green said no. Then, we were doing Dark of the Moon. Mr Green chose it, cast it, then said no. This October, prepare yourselves for the Theatre Studies production no one was really waiting for, but will knock your socks off any way... After Magritte!

Reginald and Thelma Harris, and of course Thelma's ridiculous mother are a peculiar bunch. So when the abrasive police constable Chief Inspector Foot arrives on their doorstep accusing them of a crime, you won't believe what happens next! Or maybe you will, if you come to After Magritte! A delightful, chuckle inducing farce, written for stage by Tom Stoppard."
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through Trybooking by clicking here
Poster Design by Maggie Kontev.

Our students performed in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular on Saturday, 16 September.

Year 10 student Isabella Hodgman was a Principal Vocalist while Clancy Lee, also Year 10, performed as a Circus Artist and Ensemble Vocalist. A further 19 students joined in the mass choir with students from all over Victoria. Thank you to music coordinator Jodie Paxton and teacher John Harte for helping our students have this fantastic experience year after year.

Isabella reports on her experience: "Performing as a Principle Vocalist in the State Schools Spectacular was one of the best experiences of my life. I got the chance to perform to over 6,000 people in Hisense Arena, work personally with and learn from music industry professionals, and make friendships with the cast and crew that I will never forget. Every level of participation, from mass choir and dance, student stage management, student media crew, costume design, to principle vocals is an amazing experience. The people I've worked with over the year are like a family to me, and we all came together and put on an amazing show."

From Clancy: I have learnt so many important lessons that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One, you should always surround yourself with people who care about you and will support you no matter what. Two, you shouldn't stress over the tiniest things in life, just have faith that you know what you are doing. And finally, treasure every moment you spend with the people you love, the cast of spec are my family and I have been so lucky to be a part of that family and I will never forget it. The overall experience was one of laughter and joy. I will always remember it.

Barry Pang attended Elwood High 1963-67. Although he has a Mechanical Engineering degree, his real passion was always martial arts and he founded one of the first Kung Fu schools in Melbourne in 1974. With an entrepreneurial spirit, he has other interests in property, art consultancy and horse racing. When he joined forces with trainer Gai Waterhouse and other syndicate owners, his horse Fiorente won the 2013 Melbourne Cup. He is pictured with his wife Anne, with the Melbourne Cup trophy, and practising Kung Fu in the 1970s.

“My parents were both born in Canton, in China, and came to Australia at the end of WWII. I was born in Australia. In the late 1950s we lived above our delicatessen in Acland Street. My father would cook legs of ham in a huge copper pot to sell in the shop and my mother made home-made pies which were very popular. We knew all the owners of Chinese restaurants in the street and I knew John Zeleznikov, who went to Elwood High, as his parents ran the café Scheherazade.

I went to St Kilda Park Primary School, Elwood Central for Form 1 (Year 7) and then Elwood High for Years 8 – 12. I have such fond memories of Elwood High and still see a lot of friends from those days. I was struck by the large number of Jewish students at the school; they were competitive and hardworking and academically the school was very strong. I remember that our form got 16 Commonwealth scholarships one year.

The teachers were a mixed bunch. They all wore academic gowns and were very serious. I was a bit naughty at school and one day I got the strap from Mr Will, the Deputy Principal for play wrestling with my friend in the corridor. Mr Will thought we were fighting and the strap, which had special heavy leather at the end, hurt. We had Mr Will for Pure Maths. He would photocopy the whole of the Maths syllabus for the year and we would be expected to work through the exercises in class and at home. He would write the solutions to problems on the board but there was very little real teaching or discussion.

I played in the school footy team, and also played cricket. I had been taking Tae Kwon Do lessons since primary school at St Johns Church in Elwood. In Year 12 you could choose to do sport or do private study at home. I was the only student in the whole school who elected to do sport. I invited the Tae Kwon Do instructor to come to the school to teach students, and I helped him during sport times.

There were only two other Chinese or Asian families at Elwood High when I was there. Most of my friends were Jewish. There was racism in Australia at that time but not at Elwood High. It was such a multicultural school. Being a student there enabled me to mix with anyone and I learned how to network and market.

In Year 12, the school dispensed with Prefects, chosen by the teachers and Principal, and allowed students to vote for their representatives. I had friends in Years 10, 11 and 12 so I got them to help me campaign and I was elected.”

Barry wanted to study at Monash University because it was a new campus, and it was lively because of the student protest movement against such things as the Vietnam War. He enrolled in Mechanical Engineering but never enjoyed the course and wanted to drop out after first year. His parents insisted he complete the four-year degree. As soon as he did, he headed off to Hong Kong for a year to study martial arts under Bruce Lee's famous Wing Chun instructor, Wong Shun Leung.

Lee died the year before Barry arrived in Hong Kong. Lee’s father was related to Barry’s mother and they were from the same village in Canton. On his return to Australia, Barry started teaching martial arts and, although he also completed a Diploma of Education and taught Maths and Science for a year, he was soon teaching Kung Fu full time. He founded one of the first Kung Fu schools in Melbourne in 1974. These schools have produced many state and national champions.

In 1998 he established the Southern Universities Sports Association (SUSA) Kung Fu championships, which opened up martial arts competitions to seven universities.

In 1996 Barry was awarded the Blitz Hall of Fame Kung Fu Tribute Award, the most prestigious award in Australia.

By the late 90s Barry had diverse interests in property, the share market and other businesses and began an art consultancy firm, dealing in Australian fine art with his wife Anne. They set up a gallery business and became keen art collectors, amassing an impressive collection that featured some of the biggest names in Australian art history. They sold the collection in 2015.

His other real passion has become horse racing. He joined the stable of the highly regarded trainer Gai Waterhouse and the horse which he part owned, Fiorente won the Melbourne Cup in 2013. The story of Barry’s life and journey to the Melbourne Cup featured in an ABC TV story in 2013 (see the first link below).