Guest Post from My Ning. It’s a little hard to tell whether My Ning is nominating this piece for worst person, worst newspaper, worst journalist or worst private school, but what the hey, let’s tick all of them. The fact that he has included a shot of the billionaire’s bonce showing it at it’s worst is good enough for me. My Ning says…During the past few months, The West Australian has been reminding us of what a fantastic success Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest was when he went to the private WA boys private school Hale back in the late 1970s. Forrest, of course, is the Cottesloe-based billionaire and great grand nephew of pioneering WA premier Sir John Forrest, who has made a fortune from spruiking minerals stocks.
In some recent articles in The West, most notably in an extended cover piece by chief reporter Mark Drummond, the paper has gone to some lengths to tell us how Forrest – during his two years at Hale (1978 and 1979) – was a school prefect, a house captain, a member of the first XV rugby team, an interschool athlete and swimmer and, finally, a member of the school’s debating team. Forrest, the Drummond article said, went to Hale after spending some years at Christ Church Grammar School, which he left, apparently, because he had a penchant for standing up to bullies. What the piece didn’t mention, however, was the fact Forrest repeated year 11 at Hale after a disastrous one at CCGS. If anything, this all proves two things: (1) groveling celebrity articles about the rich and famous always seem to omit crucial details, and; (2) it is important to choose the right private school for your kiddies.