House Patrons

House Patrons

The HGC House System provides up with another opportunity to create smaller communities within our larger College community, where students and teachers can make strong bonds and connections across the whole college.

HGC offers a wide variety of innovative Sporting Programs which aim to create a love of sport as well as developing a broad range of skills and abilities.

We encourage every child to participate to the best of their ability with a focus on promoting life-long health and confidence in their ability to ‘give it a go’.

Beachley House (Yellow)

Layne Beachley was born 24th May, 1972, with the birth name of Tania Gardner, before being adopted by the Beachley family. She became a professional surfer at the age of 16. Layne was the first woman in history to gain 7 World Championships, six of them consecutive, 1998 – 2003 and 2006. In 2006, she was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame and in 2011 she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Layne Beachley was the founder of the ‘Aim for the Stars Foundation’ whose slogan is “We aim to empower individuals to take control of their lives, to invest in their future and fulfil their potential. We support girls and women with initiative and passion, that are committed to achieving a dream and courageous enough to ask for help along the way.”

Chang House (Red)

Dr. Victor Chang was born in Shanghai on 21st November 1936. He was a Chinese-Australian cardiac surgeon who was a pioneer in heart transplant surgery and research. He established the National Heart Transplant Program in 1984 and the National Lung transplant program in 1990. Dr. Chang played a key role in the development of an artificial heart valve and, in later years, an artificial heart. He performed the first Heart/Lung transplant in 1986 and on 8th April 1984 Dr. Chang and his team operated on 14 year old Fiona Coote, Australia’s youngest transplant patient. He was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 1986 in recognition of “service to international relations between Australia and China and to medical science”.
The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute was established in New South Wales on 23rd November 1993 in honour of Dr. Chang.

Goodes House (Green)

Adam Goodes was born 8th January 1980, in South Australia. Goodes’ father is of English, Irish and Scottish ancestry and his mother is an Indigenous Australian. He was drafted by the Sydney Swans in 1997 at age of 17. Adam has gone on to achieve the most recognised individual and team awards in the AFL, winning both the Brownlow Medal and Premiership Cup twice. In September 2009 he co-launched the Goodes/O’Loughlin (GO) Foundation to provide indigenous children with scholarships to quality schools and to assist families in meeting the expenses for students attending these schools. In 2014, he was named Australian of the Year for his community work through the “GO Foundation” and his advocacy against racism.

Stynes House (Blue)

Jim Stynes was born 23rd April, 1966 in Dublin Ireland. A promising Gaelic footballer, Jim moved to Australia at the age of 18 where he played 264 AFL games for the Melbourne Football Club, including 244 consecutive games. In 1994, Jim Stynes co-founded The Reach Foundation and became a prominent youth worker in Victoria. The Reach Foundations vision is that every young person has the support and self-belief they need to fulfil their potential and dare to dream. Their mission in achieving this is to encourage young people, no matter what their circumstances, to believe they can achieve. Jim was named the Victorian of the year in 2001 and 2003 for his work with the Reach Foundation and received an Order of Australia Medal in 2007. Jim Stynes passed away from cancer on 20th March, 2012 aged 45.

Wood House (Orange)

Dr Fiona Wood was born 2nd February 1958 in Yorkshire, England and migrated to Australia in 1987. She is the Director of the Burn Service of Western Australia and a Consultant at Royal Perth Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. In October 2002, Dr.Wood and her team worked to save 28 patients suffering burns, deadly infections and delayed shock from the Bali Bombings. Fiona Wood received an Order of Australia medal in 2003, Australian of the Year & Western Australian Citizen of the Year. Fiona’s dedication to the Australian people and her love of working and living in Australia is reflected in her many medical achievements. Fiona is a permanent resident of Australia, the mother of six children, loves sport and is immensely proud to be Australian. Fiona works towards a society dependent on the integrity of each and every one of us.

McGrath House (Pink)

Glenn & Jane McGrath
The McGrath Foundation raises money to place Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, as well as increasing breast cancer awareness to young Australian women. Jane McGrath was married to famous fast bowler Glen McGrath who led the Australian bowling attack for over 10 years and holds the record for most wickets taken by an Australian fast bowler. Following her personal experience with breast cancer and receiving the support from a trained breast care nurse, Jane McGrath launched the McGrath Foundation in 2005. Symbolically associated with the colour pink is the McGrath foundation which are supported by the 3rd day of Sydney Test where spectators adorn the colour pink and the AFL pink lady spectacle where breast cancer patients and survivors stand on the MCG as a sign of solidarity for those who face this illness.


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