Welcome to Bernie's Two Minute Friday where we will invite you to take a couple of minutes out from your busy schedule to read about what is happening in the world - all with a St Bernard’s Old Collegians focus.
We wanted to provoke some reminiscing of years gone by, so we're going to dig into the St Bernard's College Archives and fish out some memories! We'd love it if you have photos from your time at St Bernard's and would be willing to send them in to share with us!
The year was 1999, The GST bill is passed through the Senate, with the help of most of the Australian Democrats, in exchange for exemptions on fresh food,East Timor votes for independence from Indonesia, Tony Lockett becomes the greatest goalscorer in VFL/AFL history by overtaking Gordon Coventry's long held record of 1299 career goals when he scores career goal number 1300
An excerpt from the 1999 Clairvaux - "Precious moments from The Strand!"
Want to request a specific year or photo for the next "The Way We Were"? Reach out via email - email@example.com or hit the socials!
On Saturday, 5 November we were thrilled to be able to return to hosting the Mass for Deceased Old Collegians on-site at the College in the Marion chapel.
The mass was attended by over 90 people, with Fr Gerard Dowling celebrating his 60th year of concelebrating the mass, it was an honour to have him in attendance.
A big thank you to Fr Gerard Dowling, Fr Joe GIacobbe, Fr Frank Moloney, Fr Ray Scanlon and Mr Jeff Misfud for their contributions on the day
On Friday, 19 October, The St Bernard's Old Collegian Association was able to host the annual SBOCA Chris Lane Cup Golf Day, after a long hiatus due to COVID
It was a fantastic day of golfing with Old Collegians from many different eras of the College, Adding a real sense of community across different eras of the College
Thank you to Medway Golf Club for their hospitality on the day and, thank you to our sponsors - the support they provide makes days like this possible.
MNG Lawyers, Scotchman's Hill, Bendigo Bank Strathmore, Arthur Reed Photography, Metro Printing, Winestar, Ascot Vale Hotel, Moonee Ponds Club, TOTE Bar
Congratulations to our 2022 Champions Jack Curran, Chris Smith, Nathan Wilson & Shane Reddaway!
On Monday, Nov 7, St Bernard's hosted 11 other ACC schools for the ACC Junior Debating and Public Speaking Tournament
It was fantastic to have this type of event back in person & even more so to show other schools our impressive facilities
Well done to all who competed.
The St Bernard's Foundation's annual Hall of Fame dinner has been locked in for Friday, 28 April, 2023
More details will be released in early 2023!
A fantastic submission from Mr John Andressen on his Old Collegian Social Group.
Twenty years ago, a handful of old boys from the early days of St Bernard's College set about tracking down their old schoolmates with a view to setting up an annual reunion programme. Calling themselves the "Forty-7 to Forty-9ers" (reflecting their attendance years in the 1940's), the idea caught on immediately and in the first three years more than thirty had attended. Enthusiasm for the annual get-together kept the attendances at a good level until age began to have its way and an understandable drop off in attendance figures began in earnest.
Members of the group are now all reaching 90 years of age and unfortunately only five were able to make it to the recent 2022 function. This year was actually a standout occasion because it was the 75th anniversary of the group coming together to face the legendary Brother "Rupe" Redmond in Year 9 at The Strand.
The future of the reunions must clearly be in some doubt, but organiser John Andressen says that if he is still around at this time next year the reminder invitations will go out as usual.
We've added an update personal details page to our website to make it easy for Old Collegians to provide updated contact details to the College. Ensuring your contact details are up to date with the College is essential to continue to receive our publications and invitations to Old Collegian events, such as the Reunions.
We are always on the look out to highlight the achievements & successes our Old Collegians have attained. If you have a story to share, or any feedback to provide regarding what type of content you like seeing in Bernie's 2 Minute Fridays please let us know!
If you have moved house recently or changed email address please send your new details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyway, 2 minutes is up, please follow us on our Webpage, Facebook or Twitter links below.