The end of an era at Frensham for Ives family

ARTISTIC ENDEAVOUR: Frensham student Lillian Ives with her 2019 HSC visual arts major work, Natures impact on people.
ARTISTIC ENDEAVOUR: Frensham student Lillian Ives with her 2019 HSC visual arts major work, Natures impact on people.

Jane and James Ives from Hay greeted the 2019 HSC with a mix of relief and sadness as Lillian - the youngest of their three daughters to board at Frensham from year 7 to 12 - finished her schooling.

Reflecting on the family's Frensham experience, Jane Ives said they had been thrilled with their 12-year association with the school for their three daughters: Grace, Emily and Lillian.

"Each girl is extremely different and the school allowed them all to follow their passions and excel to their strengths," Jane said

"Frensham instils into each and every student, the capacity to care, show empathy and respect to others, and be proud of their peers' successes, whilst striving to achieve to their own highest, individual ability.

"The ethos of the school gave our daughters the opportunity to gain an all-round education that will stay with them forever."

A prefect in her HSC year, Lillian was an outstanding contributor to school life, according to head of Frensham, Julie Gillick.

"She readily shared her energy and sense of good fun for the benefit of all," Mrs Gillick said.

Lillian's HSC visual arts major work: "Natures impact on people".

Lillian's HSC visual arts major work: "Natures impact on people".

"The Ives family have been valued members of our school community. Jane and James are incredibly supportive and we will miss them as a family."

A distinguished achiever in Visual Arts, Lillian's personal HSC body of work, "Nature's impact on people", was selected for the Artexpress HSC exhibition. Through paintings and etchings of the family and farm, "Glencoe", her impressive work suggested themes of resilience and determination in the face of drought.

In 2020, Lillian is looking forward to a gap year on a cattle station in the Northern Territory, followed by a nursing degree at UNE in Armidale in 2021.

"On reflection, Grace, Emily and Lillian feel very fortunate to have attended Frensham and have fond memories," Jane Ives said.

"We all made lifelong friendships and were offered amazing experiences and opportunities while at school."

The Ives family at home on their property, "Glencoe", at Hay (from left) James, Grace, Emily, Lillian, and Jane.

The Ives family at home on their property, "Glencoe", at Hay (from left) James, Grace, Emily, Lillian, and Jane.

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