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50th Anniversary of School Closure

posted Apr 17, 2018, 9:12 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 9:31 PM ]

SPOCA Events for Saturday  24 November 2018 - Draft

Draft proposal for events to mark 50 years since the closure of SPJC November 1968

This draft follows suggestions by a sub-committee in December 2017, ongoing contact with the Cathedral and the ACU and  a meeting  on 15 March 2017.

Participants 24/11/18

All Old Patricians - SPJC alumni /SPOCA members,  families and friends, Jesuits of the Australian Province/Jesuit Mission,  Xavier College/OXA, Jesuit partner schools , Jesuit Schools alumni/ae (national/international), ACU

Themes of the day derive from the SPJC motto, ‘Semper et Ubique Fidelis’ andcan include a valedictory revisiting of the bounds and ‘closure on the closure’ as well as ‘looking & moving forward’. Alsoa celebration of a remarkable and uplifting gathering,50 years on from the closure.

Cost to participants - Low cost. To be advised with invitations. To be collected in cash ‘at the door’ on 24/11

Morning: Tea/Coffee and biscuits: $5 per person

Afternoon: Light lunch and Tea/Coffee: $15 pp

RSVP: to be advised 


Draft Program for Saturday 24/11
Morning:  The Past : SPJC, the Cathedral, the tower and the schoolyard

  • By 10.00am. All participants gather before the Cathedral around the school flag or banner.
  • 10.00am. All enter the Cathedral, the SPC ‘school church’(led by President and/ or clergy)
  • 10.00 - 11.00am Concelebrated mass (alumni celebrants, Jesuit, Diocesan, other)
  • 11.00am Exit Cathedral and walk in procession to the Tower / schoolyard (brief reflection)
  • 11.15 -12.15 Cardinal Knox Centre.Tea/ coffee/ biscuits available.

Presentation on the history of SPJC ‘More than a School’

Afternoon: The Future :  ACU -from schoolyard to campus

  • 12.30 - 1.00pm Gather at Cathedral Hall (arrive on foot, minibus transport required?, parking at ACU?)
  • Visit, guided/ unguided?, of the Cathedral Hall (inc display of photos and memorabilia in foyer?) and Mary Glowrey Museum (tbc, tel. 9416 4674 )
  • 1.00 - 2.00 Light luncheon (self catered/ catered tbc) served in Supper/ Recital Room. Lighthearted debate– topic, alumni debaters, moderator tbc)
  • Presentation to ACU / Dr John Ballard (Vice-Chancellor St Patrick’s campus) of a perpetual SPJC award/scholarship for a worthy student from the ‘50 for 50’ fundraising campaign conducted in 2018 by SPOCA/ACU
  • 2.00 - 3.00pm ACU St Patrick’s campus tour ( with Dr Ballard tbc)inc visit to chapel
  • 3.00 -3.30pm Afternoon tea in Supper / Recital Room
  • 3.30 - 4.00 Event concludes

Costs: Light lunch/refreshments (see above) ACU facilities : complimentary tbc.

Public transport: Parliament Station, Trams (stops at Cathedral, Brunswick St, Lansdowne St)
Parking: schoolyard ( by arrangement with CAMtbc, ACU tbc, on street?)

2011 St Patrick's Day Mass

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:55 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Aug 3, 2015, 9:48 PM ]

The St. Patrick;s Day Mass, Annual General Meeting and Communion Breakfast were held at Newman College on Sunday 20th March 2011.

Following Mass celebrated by Fr. Michael Head SJ, 19 members made their way to the College dining room for breakfast and the Annual General Meeting. Simon Clark was elected the new President and Fr. Michael Head was elected Secretary.

The new President paid a tribute to John Kendall who has retired as a committee member, a position he has held continuously since 1945. Sadly, John passed away on 20 June 2011.


2010 St Patrick's Day Mass

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:53 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 8:38 PM ]

St. Patrick's Day Mass, Communion Breakfast & Annual General Meeting were held at Newman College on Sunday 14th March 2010

The Mass commenced at 9:00am Fr Gerry Healy presided, Fr Michael Head concelebrated. About a dozen members of the Dennis family attended, as it was a memorial to life of Frank Dennis RIP.

18 members attended the usual well catered for breakfast, after which the AGM was held. Peter Collery was elected President and Fr. Michael Head SJ was elected Secretary. Treasurer Gavin Wayland showed a film made in 1971 of the demolition of the College.


2009 St Patrick's Day Mass

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:50 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 8:46 PM ]





2008 St Patrick's Day Mass

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:49 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 9:52 PM ]

St. Patrick's Day Mass, Communion Breakfast & Annual General Meeting were held at Newman College on Sunday 16th March 2008.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Michael Head SJ and Fr. Gerard Healy SJ.

21 members attended the usual well catered for breakfast, after which the AGM was held. Peter Collery was elected President and Fr. Michael Head SJ was elected Secretary.




2007 SPOCA Dinner

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:44 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 9:45 PM ]


The 2007 SPOCA Dinner was enjoyed by 83 people who gathered on Friday 19th October at Eastern Golf Club, Doncaster

The 2007 St. Patrick’s S.J. Old Collegians' Association Dinner was held at the Eastern Golf Club, Doncaster on Friday 19 October. 83 people, who included 26 ladies and 5 clergy gathered in the club lounge for pre dinner drinks and canapes. When all had been seated at their tables the ladies were presented with a gerbera each.

Father Ross McKenney proposed a most eloquent toast to the Society and Father Michael Head SJ responded in his usual dry and witty way.

In his welcoming introduction to the evening, President Terry O'Meara read out the list of 31 apologies, noting that this was unusually large.

Fr Tom Lees lead us all in grace prior to dinner being served.

After dinner much catching up was done while continuing to enjoy the excellent wine provided.

An unusual backdrop to the evening was a dvd collection of 8mm movies taken in the 1950's, displayed in large format on one wall of the dining room. Nostalgic scenes from school sports, St. Patrick's Day parades, Puckapunyal cadet camp and several other events, drew much interest and comment from the assembly.

John Cahir was the lucky winner of the door prize of two bottles of Domain Chandon and a set of SPOCA coasters.

Judging from general comments, the evening had been a good occasion to relax and share memories with old school friends in a very comfortable setting.

Photos of the Dinner below

2007 St Patrick's Day Mass

posted Jun 23, 2015, 8:41 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 9:56 PM ]

St Patrick's Day Mass, Communion Breakfast and AGM were held on 18 March 2007 at Newman College

29 members attended including Frs Bill Dwyer SJ (recently returned from India to become Assistant Mission Director, based at Hawthorn), Michael Head SJ and Tom Lees SJ who concelebrated. Fr Jim Muirhead SJ also joined us for breakfast.

At the AGM Terry O'Meara was elected for a second term as president. Fr Michael Head SJ was elected as secretary.


Frank Dennis, Father Tom Lees SJ, John White and Frank Ashton


President Terry O'Meara and others

John MacNamara (auditor) addressing the AGM


Kevin Lane and John Curry

Terry O'Meara and Peter Collery


Peter McClure, Jim Cahir and Mike Delves

Simon Clark, Frank Mercovich and Fr Bill Dwyer SJ

2006 SPOCA Dinner

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:40 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 9:59 PM ]

The 2006 SPOCA Dinner was enjoyed by 64 people who gathered on Friday 3rd November at Eastern Golf Club, Doncaster.

The 2006 SPOCA Dinner was enjoyed by 64 people who gathered on Friday 3rd November at Eastern Golf Club, Doncaster. The diners which included 10 guests and 19 ladies were welcomed by a beautiful spring evening. On arrival the ladies were presented with an orchid bouquet.

At the commencement of the night Father Tom Cassidy OP (1951 - 1959) Provincial of the Dominicans, proposed a toast to the Society which included several humorous anecdotes about his school days. Fr.Gerard Healy SJ responded on behalf of the Society.

Following grace said by Fr. Tom Lees SJ, a splendid meal and good wines were enjoyed by all. Between courses, Patricians of varied ages mingled freely throughout the dining room, which overlooked the tranquil, manicured grounds of the golf course.

Many favourable comments were forthcoming as to how the venue had facilitated a most convivial night.

Photos of the Dinner below

150th Commemoration

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by Paul Volpe   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 8:36 PM ]

5 December 2004 - Report

On Sunday 5 December 2004 a gathering of 70 Patricians attended St Patrick's Cathedral to celebrate a Mass of Remembrance for those who have died in the last 12 months and to acknowledge the 150th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of St Patrick's College.

Seven Old Boy priests concelebrated, including chief celebrant Fr Jo Dirks SSS and Fr Gerry Healy SJ who delivered the homily. Fr Healy spoke about the circumstances in which the stone was laid. The government had offered a grant of land to each of the 4 main religious denominations if they would set up a school and Bishop Gould received 2 acres next to the cathedral. The Eureka Stockade had occurred on Sunday 3 December 1854 and some of the participants were present on the Tuesday for the laying of the foundation stone. Peter Lalor was present and subsequently found an accommodation with the authorities and went on to become a member of parliament, He also sent his two sons to St Pats.

Note: By Gavin Wayland

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