Christian Brothers College and St Mary's students celebrate 50th reunion

Last weekend former students from Christian Brothers College and St Mary’s Young returned to town and gathered to celebrate their 50-year reunion.

The ‘young’ people returned to reminisce and celebrate a 50-Year Reunion after leaving St. Mary’s and CBC – now Hennessey Catholic College – in 1968.

“In growing up to the age of 16 you have many fond memories and you seem to be always in the moment,” former student and reunion attendee Peter Schofield said.

“There are never too many thoughts about the future, you go to school, you reach your teenage years, you play your sport and are supported by your family.”

The weekend of fun and memories was organised by Barbara Coughran nee Stewart and Tony Hewson with many former students travelling from across the country, including Anne Kelly who racked up the most frequent traveler points after she came all the way from Townsville for the event.

“In my case, I came from Coffs Harbour where life is fine, and a walk on Friday afternoon up Boorowa Street brought back many memories with the placard photos and a few greetings from people who recognised me,” Mr Schofield said.

“The town was looking fine and ready for the reunion entourage set to arrive in Young.”

On Friday night nearly 40 attendees gathered and celebrated at ‘the local’ where lots of stories and memories were unearthed.

“With it being an informal stand up gathering there was little space in the pub,” Mr Schofield said.

The gathering continued on Saturday morning despite some feeling a little ‘dusty’ with the group touring Hennessy Catholic College where they went through the old CBC and St Mary’s precincts as well as taking in the newer areas of the school.

“Back in the 50s and 60s the two schools were separated by a fence and the Presbytery,” Mr Schofield said. “If you wanted to peek at the girls or boys it was an adventurous task peering over the fence.”

According to Mr Schofield many of the men toured St Mary’s college for the first time at the reunion and was “an eye opener for them.”

On Saturday evening the 40 plus attendees joined together for a sit down meal with Sister Anne who cut the cake honoured as the special guest.

Sunday morning a handful of guests joined Rodney Pratt at 8:30am for Breakfast and a few more laughs at a local cafe. In the afternoon a group visited Chinamans Dam for a picnic and a relaxing afternoon.

Monday was a rest day, and this was followed by a gathering at another watering hole for the Melbourne Cup. All bets were placed with Rodney Pratt coming out as the big winner.