Ivor F. Stowe, says Joe Begnell, would have been pleased that a Doonside student who received a Stowe scholarship came first in English at the HSC in NSW.
“It shouldn’t happen with our low SES here but it did,” says Mr Begnell, principal of Doonside Technology HS. “He would have been intensely proud about that. Those were the sort of things he hoped for.”
Ivor, one of public education’s most colourful characters, committed tens of thousands of dollars to helping needy schoolchildren through funds and scholarships in at last five schools in western Sydney, where he lived and taught before his death two months ago, aged 90.
“I suspect that he invested a very substantial sum of his super lump sum in the scholarships,” said Mr Begnell. His school alone had a Stowe scholarship every year for the past nine years for a year 10-11 student.