The new playground at North Rocks Public School

March 10, 2014 by  

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north.rocksStudents, staff and family members celebrated the opening of the special playground at North Rocks Public School on June 28.

The Primary Club was represented at the opening by several sporting legends. Alyssa is in the current Southern Stars squad of women cricketers touring the UK, and is the NSW Breakers keeper/batsman. Bryan, a current identity on “The Footy Show”, played 13 games of rugby league for Australia, representing NSW on 14 occasions and played over 200 first grade games for the Roosters, Rabbitohs and Wigan; while Mick Gillett played over 160 games for the Panthers, Tigers and London Broncos. Both Bryan and Mick played in our last Marathon Cricket event at the SCG and expressed their delight at being invited to view the new playground at North Rocks.

North Rocks Public School provides quality education to its students in eighteen classes for mainstream children. Additionally, the school has a special education class for about 30 moderately intellectually disabled students. A separate playground has been constructed using safe materials and softfall surfaces for the latter group. Mainstream children are encouraged to join the disabled kids at play as part of the latter’s integration and learning process.

Now BELL joins COOK, BROAD, ANDERSON and PRIOR, the Pommie Primaries – $10 for an English Primary

December 22, 2013 by  

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ashesIan Bell becomes the latest English Test player to score the dreaded Primary (Melbourne, 28th December)!  He joins Alistair Cook (Perth), Stuart Broad (Adelaide), Jimmy Anderson (Adelaide) and Matt Prior(Brisbane), who suffered this fate this season.

In England, Trent Bridge (10th July 2013), England’s Steven Finn scored a dreaded primary and a few days later, Jonathon Trott too joined him in the club. Prior joined them in the 4th Test played at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.

The members of the Primary Club of Australia donate a $5 “fine” to the charity every time an Australian cricketer gets a first ball duck – a Golden .. a Primary (call it what you will) .. but the Ashes is a special event in the heart of all cricketers and the members of the Primary Club of Australia have said they will be willing to donate $10 every time they see an English Golden Duck!

How do you do this?

You can join the Primary Club of Australia by clicking the link to the right.

Or you can donate directly to the charity via the link to the right.

Remember that 100% of tax deductible donations go directly to the charities we support.

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Congratulations to Jim Maxwell on 40 years on ABC Radio

December 3, 2013 by  

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On behalf of the Primary Club committee congratulations on 40 years on ABC Radio, which you celebrate this week.

Well done and congratulations.Its seems only yesterday that we heard Alan McGilvray, whom you started with in the box that day in 1973 at the start of the Lillee / Thompson era, and the World XI Tour of Australia.

We will enjoy your commentary again in Adelaide this week.



Challenge Accepted !!! – Are you willing to take on the challenge ?????

October 27, 2013 by  

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Since the first Test Match between Australia and England in 1877, there have been countless occasions where batsmen have fallen first ball – the dreaded Golden Duck.

When the Primary Club of Australia took up the challenge to raise money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities in 1974 – we looked to the dreaded Australian Golden Duck as an opportunity to raise this money.

37 years later – the Primary Club of Australia is again creating a new challenge – this time involving cricket teams from around Australia, coming together to raise money for the Primary Club of Australia through your Golden Ducks.

The 2013-14 Cricket season is upon us, and The Primary Club’s President, ABC Commentor and cricket legend, Jim Maxwell, invites all players across to country to come together in the event that a team mate scores a Golden Duck and has a whip around in the name of unfortunate player for the Primary Club of Australia.

Money raised can be donated via our “Donate Now” link you’ll see to the right.

We’ll also have certificates available that you can print out and present to the ‘unlucky’ player to acknowledge his or her contribution.

Meet Jess Gallagher

August 18, 2013 by  

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The Award is named in honour of the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales, Sir Roden Cutler (Governor from 1966 to 1981). Sir Roden was a keen sportsman, a distinguished diplomat and the winner of a Victoria Cross in the military. During the Battle of Damour in 1941, Lieutenant Roden Cutler suffered a serious injury and had his left leg amputated. As an amputee, Roden understood life’s challenges for all people with a disability, particularly those with a competitive spirit. He epitomises the mission of the Primary Club, and was appointed our first ever Twelfth Man and Patron, a role he held from 1974 until his passing in 2002.

The Sir Roden Cutler Award is presented for outstanding sporting achievement by a person with a disability, and includes a grant for sporting and recreational equipment up to the value of $20,000 to the organisation nominated by the recipient.

In 1999, the Primary Club presented its inaugural Sir Roden Cutler Award to blind marathon swimmer James Pittar. Winners of this award since 1999 include Zoltan Pegan (Yachting), Julie Higgins (Equestrian), Michael Milton (Skiing), Ben Felten (Adaptive Rowing), Jan Pike (Equestrian), Kurt Fearnley (Wheelchair Marathon), Brad Dubberley (Wheelchair Rugby) and Ame Barnbrooke (Sailing). Each of these past winners has represented their country at the highest level in their chosen sport.

Jessica Gallagher created history at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, becoming the first Australian woman to win a Winter Paralympic Games medal. To make this feat even more amazing was the fact that she had only spent 150 days on skis and was able to win it on her 24th birthday!

With guide Eric Bickerton, Jessica, who currently holds scholarships to both the Australian and Victorian Institutes of Sport, claimed bronze in the women’s vision-impaired Slalom, capping an amazing rise in the sport after joining the APC’s Alpine Skiing program following a career as a gifted track and field athlete.

In January 2011, she confirmed her status as one of Australia’s best athletes when she became the first Australian athlete in history to medal at a major international SUMMER AND WINTER championship when she won silver (Long Jump) and bronze (Javelin) medals at the 2011 IPC World Athletics Championships on her international athletics debut.

Aside from being the only Australian athlete concurrently representing Australia in a summer and winter sport, in 2009 Jessica completed her Masters of Osteopathy and is now a fully registered Osteopath working with elite athletes. She has recently been named the first Global Ambassador for Vision 2020, a World Health Organization/ Australian Government initiative for preventing avoidable blindness and vision loss. She is also an ambassador for the Australian Paralympic Committee, Vision Australia and 2XU. In 2010 she was named Australian Female Paralympian of the Year and received an Australian Institute of Sport Achievement Award.

The Primary Club is pleased to announce the Sir Roden Cutler Awardee for 2012/13 – JESSICA GALLAGHER.

Passing of Stephen Brown

June 7, 2013 by  

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Vale Stephen BrownIt is with great sadness that I advise members of the passing of Stephen Brown, a long-term and staunch supporter of the Primary Club and our ideals.  Stephen served the Club for forty years, serving as a Vice President, an active Committee Member and a frequent attendee, along with wife Pip, at Club functions.  His funeral was held at Macquarie Park at 11:30am on Friday 7th June.  Pip and the family have advised that donations be made to the Primary Club’s charity trust, in lieu of flowers.

If you wish to make a donation, you may do so on-line using Visa or MasterCard at, or simply send a cheque to the Primary Club, PO Box 783, Pennant Hills NSW 1715.

May he rest in peace.

James Maxwell AM, President


May 2013 Primary Club of Australia Newsletter out now

June 4, 2013 by  

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This version is designed for viewing on your computer and emailing to friends and family who may be interested in finding out about the Primary Club of Australia.

If you wish to print out a copy please click here to download an a4 version (16 Mbs and perfect for printing).

To make a donation to our charity on-line using your American Express, Visa or MasterCard, simply click on

Primary Club of Australia President Jim Maxwell awarded an AM

January 28, 2013 by  

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Jim Maxwell, Primary Club of Australia President has been awarded an AM for significant service to sport, particularly cricket, as a commentator, and to the community.

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