Issue 3 | Autumn 2019
REUNIONS 6 decades of OAs in pictures PAGES 6 & 7
THE FIRST GIRLS 40 years since our First Girls joined the College PAGES 10 & 11
160th ANNIVERSARY Reflecting on the defining dates for the College PAGES 14 & 15
OA HALL OF FAME Meet our first inductees Page 9
OPEN EVENING Kindergarten | Junior School | Senior School Thursday 7th November, 7pm
Join us on Thursday 7th November at 7pm for our annual Open Evening for Kindergarten, Junior and Senior School. This is more than just an Open Evening. This is the first chapter in your Green Blazer Story and the moment you realise that great things really do happen in the Green Blazer.
find out what makes a Jesuit education so special, and most importantly, meet with the individuals that make us more - our pupils.
Discover our unique Aloysian community right in the heart of Glasgow, chat with our passionate and dedicated staff in our Junior and Senior Schools to
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You will soon realise why this is more than just an Open Evening, and why we are more than just a school.
GREAT THINGS HAPPEN IN THE GREEN BLAZER
by Matthew Bartlett, Head Master
“We still set out each and every day to create men and women for others and hope that we are living proof that each one of us is born for greater things.”
Dear Friends It is 160 years this year since the Jesuits had the foresight to start the small school that has grown into St Aloysius’ College. Men of vision and faith, they were pioneers of Catholic education. Well before Catholic education in Scotland was recognised by the state, the Jesuits saw a need to transform lives through the provision of a school at the heart of Garnethill. It still impresses me how much the College is for so many the embodiment of a faith based education in our great city. Until 1924, the actual buildings were impressive but restricted. Since then there has been continuous growth and our splendid Clavius Building, Junior School and now the amazing Sports Hall are physical manifestations of the continuing need for first rate Catholic education. However it is not in buildings that we feel the purpose, presence and impact of the College, but rather in people. Not only have these walls helped nurture the professional classes and business people of Glasgow and beyond, but they continue to stand for that which is great in human endeavour and the best of faith based education. In short, this is a College where dreams are fostered, where integrity, humility and strength of moral purpose are cherished. We still set out each and every day to create ‘men and women for others’ and hope that we are living proof that each one of us is ‘born for greater things.’
causes for celebration. Above all though it is through the daily interactions and wonderment of human relationships that we find the essence of this special place. There is something unique about being able to say ‘I am an OA’. It is a sense of pride tempered by a realisation of the immense privilege to have been or to be part of this very special school. I share that sense of belonging to a school that is very special indeed and I know you all do too. Thank you for all you do for the College and for your communities and for keeping what it means to be an Aloysian at the centre of your being. Kindest regards
The exceptional examination results of this session (some of the very best in the history of the College), the rugby team playing in the Scottish finals at Murrayfield, our choirs singing on national radio, our outreach activities and our wonderful retreat programme are all
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May They Rest in Peace
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RECENT BUSINESS NETWORK EVENTS May 2017 PowerPoint or NoPoint?
November 2018 From Coatbridge to Hollywood
Broadcaster and Media Presentation Coach, Paul Coia (1973), gave the audience his hot tips on making presentations, how to avoid the pitfalls and revealed his aversion to corporate jargon, such as, “granularity”, “silos” and “negative feedback loops”! Paul presents his own radio shows for BBC London and BBC Berkshire and travels extensively coaching executives in the corporate world and hosting conferences.
C&C Group kindly sponsored the evening at the Drygate Brewery, with their CEO, Stephen Glancey, taking us back in time through Glasgow’s historic world of brewing in the Drygate area.
November 2017 Journey to the Garden of Eden Gin is more popular than ever now, and in November 2017, Paul Miller (1980), whose career has been spent in the wines and spirits industry, told us about the “Journey to the Garden of Eden” and the founding of the Eden Mill Distillery & Brewery at Guardbridge, St Andrews. G&T anyone? Hosting the College that evening was David McBeth of The Glasgow Collective in the East End, where we also held our first ever ‘pop-up shop’ event with everything from Coffee to Kilts on offer.
May 2018 Making Money Who knew how much work went into the design of the humble fiver in your pocket? David Freer (1993) cofounder of O Street Design in Glasgow enlightened our Glasgow audience with an insight into the new designs for the Royal Bank of Scotland polymer banknotes. Charged with designing the new £5, £10 and soonto-be launched £20 notes in 2020, David gave us a glimpse of the methods used by a modern design studio on a once-in-a-lifetime dream project . . . making money! Craft beer was kindly provided by David McGowan of Broughton Ales.
New York Times bestselling author and founder of Millarworld, Mark Millar, delighted audiences with his story “From Coatbridge to Hollywood”. Joined by his wife Lucy Millar, CEO for the Millarworld division of Netflix, they spoke about the remarkable journey through DC Comics, Marvel, Netflix and the business side of this unique and creative company.
May 2019 Success. Chance or Design? In May we took the Business Network to the flagship headquarters of ScottishPower, hosted by Charles Langan, and were treated to an engaging presentation from Robin Sieger (1974). Robin has developed a reputation within media circles as a motivational ‘guru’ and he certainly got his message across to the audience in an entertaining way. Talking about how he overcame his own personal challenges, we can see why his international bestseller, “Natural Born Winners” is just that.
We are always on the lookout for potential Business Network Speakers and venues, so if you have a burning desire to deliver a talk to our Aloysian Community, or can offer a comfortable space for approximately 100 guests, please contact us at: alumni@ staloysius.org, putting Business Network in the subject line.
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What to expect from a Reunion It’s true to say that at each Reunion, there is always an air of nervous anticipation at the start. Indeed, that even holds some people back from attending. Most Reunions held in the College begin with a Mass in the Sodality Chapel. It’s not compulsory to attend, but most do. The calm atmosphere of the Mass dispels the initial anxiety and guests reappear relaxed, chatting and as with true friendships, the years of not seeing each other are gone and suddenly it’s as if it was only yesterday . . . A welcome drinks reception, hosted by the Head Master and a tour of the College – old and new - with current Captains - and then off to your venue of choice for the rest of the evening.
We welcomed back the following Class Years to the College: For a magnificent third year in a row, our OAs from the 1950’s held what has now become their Annual Reunion. Even the fire at the Glasgow School of Art didn’t dissuade them in 2018! This year we saw the Classes of 1957, 1958 and 1959 join forces in a combined reunion at the College on 26 June 2019. Reunion Volunteers: Jack Mulgrew (1957), Francis McCrossin (1958) and Tom Ralph (1959). Look out for the date for the next reunion in 2020.
Class of 1962 Held on 15 September 2017 Reunion Volunteers: Bill Daly, Charles Freer and Ronnie Renton Class of 1967 Held on 2 June 2017 Reunion Volunteers: Peter Curran, Jim McElhone Class of 1977 Held on 12 October 2017 Reunion Volunteer: Seamus O’Sullivan Class of 1987 Held on 6 October 2017
Reunion Volunteers: Jane Donoghue, James Kelly, Paul McDermott and Mark McQuillan Class of 1997 Held on 18 November 2017 Reunion Volunteers: Ann Baikie (Flanagan), Lucy Gannon (Marshall), Claire Frances McCulloch (Gartley) and Gemma Britton (Waterson) Class of 1998 Held on 2 November 2018 Reunion Volunteers: Vlad Bujanda Valiente and Chris Hannah
51st OARFC GOLF WEEKEND At the 19th Hole Thanks to Stan McCann and Roddy MacLeod for telling us about their annual golf outing of the OARFC, now in its 51st year. Held in 2019 at Pitlochry (above) is what is believed to be the first group photo taken since they started.
STANDING L TO R: Brendan Cameron, James McCusker, Tony Brogan, Frank Burns, Hugh McCartney, Jim Cameron, Roddy MacLeod, Des Bancewicz, Gerry Crampsey, Tam McCartney, Phil Crampsey, John Baird, Raymond Hendry, John Crampsey, Colin McInnes, Stan McCann KNEELING AT FRONT FROM L TO R: Richard Fitzpatrick, Gerry Ferguson
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2019 Class of 2009 Reunion at the College Reunion Volunteers are: Nadia Eusebi, Lauren Fowler, Kelsey Kennedy and Emma Stevenson THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER 2019 London OA Reunion Dinner The Caledonian Club, Belgravia, London FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER 2019 Schola Fundraising Dinner La Bonne Auberge, Glasgow MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2019 November Business Network Details to be announced WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER 2019 Class of 2019 Homecoming Reception & Carol Service The College Hall and St Aloysius’ Church MAY 2020 May Business Network Details to be announced JUNE 2020 The boys from the 1950’s will be back! Date to be advised
DON’T MISS OUT Want to know what else is coming up at the College? Visit the Welcome page at: https://community. staloysius.org/welcome for information on Reunions or Events. Make sure we can stay in touch with you by registering your up-to-date contact details with the College Development Office at: https://community.staloysius. org/stay-in-touch You can call Sharon Bell in the Development Office on 0141-331-9246 or even write to us at: St Aloysius’ College, Development Office, 45 Hill Street, Glasgow G3 6RJ.
OA HALL OF FAME
FORTHCOMING EVENTS & REUNIONS
Would you like to nominate an Old Aloysian for the 2020 OA Hall of Fame? If so, here’s how. This award will be made to Old Aloysians who have made a significant impact by their services to the community or achievements in their chosen field, such as The Arts, Business, Sciences, Sport, Academic, Public or Religious Life. Inductees will be expected to take part in publicity, including photographs, and attend an Assembly for their presentation when they will have a chance to address the Senior School. To nominate an OA, send an email to: alumni@ staloysius.org, with OA Hall of Fame in the subject line, or write to us at the College’s Development Office telling us who you would like to nominate and why. Closing date for 2020 nominations is 31 October 2019.
Starting in 2019, four Old Aloysians were inducted into the OA Hall of Fame, as a result of their contributions to Law, Business & Philanthropy, Health & Wellbeing and Public Life. You can read about our “Fantastic Four” below and what it means to them to have been honoured by this award.
JAMES STUART, LORD GORDON OF STRATHBLANE (1953) Recognised for his services to Broadcasting and Public Life “I have had a close relationship with St Aloysius’ College stretching back over 70 years as, successively, a pupil, teacher, parent and Governor so I take special pleasure in being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and am very grateful to the School for honouring me in this way”.
PROFESSOR SIR HARRY BURNS (1969) Recognised for his services to the Improvement of Health and Wellbeing in Scotland “When I arrived at the College in Primary 4, I became a member of a family. Many years later, I remain close to those friends, pupils and teachers alike. St Aloysius’ College is not just a school. It’s a beacon for life. I am honoured to be part of its Hall of Fame”.
NICOLA IRVINE (1993) Recognised for her services to Scots Law and for being the first woman to be elected as Dean of The Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow in its 349 year history “I have had many accolades during my career but I can honestly say that my induction into the OA Hall of Fame really is a personal highlight. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to address the pupils and a reminder for me about just how much the School and its ethos are still with me today”.
MAURICE TAYLOR CBE, DBA, KJSJ, FBIM, FIH, KOHS (1958) Recognised for his services to Business and Philanthropy “I was most thrilled, flattered and embarrassed, but mostly I was extremely proud to be honoured amongst the first tranche of chosen candidates for the Hall of Fame”.
THE FIRST GIRLS INTRODUCTION FROM RONNIE RENTON In the late 1970s, Head Master Fr Tony Richmond considered that the College had reached that point in its development when it should expand its pupil intake to include girls. After wide discussions, the Governors agreed that we should test the waters by inviting a small group of girls to join our Sixth Year for the session 1979-1980. We were pleased to admit seven very bright young ladies from a wide range of schools to join our A Level programme that following autumn. I was Sixth Year Master at that time and I had the very real privilege of working with the ladies to choose their subjects of study and their university courses and to help out with the odd practical problem. I was delighted to see that in no time at all they had bonded as a group, building up excellent relations with the boys of Sixth Year. They readily embraced the wider life of the school (including the rowing club!), enriching it by bringing with them their own passions for art, literature, music and the sciences. They approached everything with enthusiasm, good judgement and courtesy and were soon very popular with all pupils and staff. The College could not have had a finer group of young ladies to pilot the introduction of girls to every level of the school. We are very much in their debt for helping shape this vital aspect of the College’s development. 10
“Girls at the College surely not!”
HERE COME THE GIRLS Walking through Glasgow in a green blazer and grey skirt might be unremarkable now, but in 1979 it turned heads. Some looks were more in consternation than admiration, as a generation of Old Aloysians came to terms with the fact that with the arrival of female Aloysians, times were changing. Occasional shocked reactions were balanced, however, by approval, with some passers-by (often women) taking the time to offer congratulatory handshakes.
Apart from being occasionally harangued in the street by perplexed OAs, it was a gentle start for the seven of us. We slipped quietly into the Sixth Form in search of the A levels which were not on offer in our previous schools. It was a small year group and we were taught slightly apart from the main school for much of the time, so we didn’t feel too outnumbered. The boys gave us a warm enough welcome, affecting a rather studied nonchalance to show that to them, this was no big deal. It probably was a bigger concern to the senior leadership of the school who were enormously kind to us. Head Master Fr Tony Richmond SJ went out of his way to help us settle in, memorably taking to the guitar while hosting musical evenings to help us get to know everyone. We were left with no doubts that the co-educational idea was still something of an experiment. In common with other schools of the time, corporal punishment was still in use at the College as a disciplinary technique and any bad behaviour would have produced an unwelcome dilemma. Fortunately, we were very good pupils and the ‘experiment’ was deemed successful enough to spread throughout the school. The dreaded ‘bills’ system of punishment was also quietly discontinued.
Since the First Girls were introduced in 1979, they now make up 51% of the pupil body. Today 199 staff are employed across teaching, administration, janitorial and catering, of which 66% are female.
The ‘magnificent seven’ first girls were a mixed band, some coming from single sex girls’ establishments and others from mainstream comprehensives. It didn’t take long to form a close bond. There weren’t enough of us to form a hockey or netball team, so the decision was made to send us rowing on the Clyde instead. This was a lighthearted affair, with more attention being paid sometimes to the purchase of Thornton’s chocolates on the way to the boathouse than to the rowing technique. It did, however, result in a trophy at one point when our boat was faster than Hutchesons’, the only other girls on the river at the time. This proved an unfortunate legacy for one of our number, who briefly and ingloriously coopted into an Oxford rowing squad which did not favour the chocolate training method! Our trips away to the Barmaddy lodge and the Lake District or stage performances (most notably our Mikado adaptation of ‘Three Little Maids at School’) resulted in friendships lasting forty years. We were fortunate to encounter caring teachers who helped us to build lasting values and make the best start we could in the adult world. Completing our school education at St Aloysius’ broadened our horizons and set us on a path where we truly believed anything would be possible. The years have scattered us in different directions. Patricia O’Loughlin is now working in international academic book-selling, based in Italy. Hilary O’Neill currently edits ‘Question Time’ after a distinguished career in the BBC. Pauline Large (nee McKay) continued to blaze a trail for women through her engineering degree and work with the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, living in Somerset and teaching Maths in a school, where she also runs the naval section of the CCF. Geraldine Flanigan is enjoying a second career teaching in Glasgow, after working as a journalist in newspapers, radio and television. Maureen Cleary studied medicine, specialising in paediatrics. Catriona Gordon went to work for the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Maureen Walker pursued a scientific career in Glasgow after her year at the College. We wish current and former pupils of St Aloysius’ all the very best in this 160th year of the College’s life and send particularly warm wishes to the girls who followed us. We are honoured and privileged to have played a small but significant part in our school’s great history.
THE FIRST GIRLS
Women also feature in leadership roles: COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TEAM: 2 men, 3 women JUNIOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM: 2 men, 3 women SENIOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM: 6 men, 3 women
From the top (L-R): Hannah Stubbs, Dominic Woods, Sophie Byrne, Jordan Lawrence, Ben Genovese, Ivana Martone, Jennifer McBride, Guy Wilkinson, Ciaran O’Neill
Hannah Stubbs (2015) graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in July 2019 with a Bachelor of Laws 2.1 Degree. She is now seeking graduate opportunities in a variety of fields. Dominic Woods (2009) graduated with a 2.1 from the University of Strathclyde with a BA in Marketing and Human Resource Management. He will be joining the Sales Graduate programme at BT with the Cyber Security division in Birmingham. Sophie Byrne (2015) graduated from the University of Glasgow in June 2019 with a First Class Honours Degree (LLB) in Scots Law. She will shortly undertake a Masters (LLM) in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow, with a focus on e-commerce and the digital economy, and plans to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice before starting her traineeship with Anderson Strathern in 2021. She is pictured here with her parents; her father, Fergus Byrne, is also an Old Aloysian. Jordan Lawrence (2013) graduated from the University of Cambridge (Girton College) in June 2017 with a Masters in Engineering, having achieved Distinction for his final year project. He subsequently joined JP Morgan, having secured a place on their 2 year Graduate Programme. Ben Genovese (2014) graduated in 2018 from the University of Glasgow with a 2:1 Honours in Economic 12
History. Since leaving University he worked in Audit with Ernst & Young and has now moved into Accountancy Recruitment. Ivana Martone (2014) graduated from the University of Stirling in June 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Studies & Marketing. Ivana has successfully been employed by Orkla UK as a National and Key Accounts Business Co-ordinator. She is very much looking forward to her future in the industry. Double Graduate of the University of Glasgow, Jennifer McBride (2010), gained a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Education in 2017, having achieved her First Class Bachelor’s degree in 2013. Promoted in 2018 to Principal Teacher in a Glasgow school, she leads Numeracy and Digital Literacy Development and feels that education has really been her vocation. Guy Wilkinson (2008) graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a PhD in Sports Economics. Lecturing in Sport at the University of Stirling, he also consults on European football predictions models for Soccernomics. Ciaran O’Neill (1986) teaches Law at New College Lanarkshire and obtained his teaching qualification (TQFE) in June 2019 from the University of Stirling. This was his fourth teaching qualification but first at university level. Ciaran’s graduation photograph shows his respective graduations 25 years apart, almost to the day!
Kasia Hunt (2005) above, married Kiwi, David Wiessing, on 15 December 2018 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. David even agreed to wear the kilt! Kleida Bajrami (2010) and Aidan MacMillan (2011) were married at St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RC Church in Cumnock on 18 August 2018. They met on a Kairos retreat whilst at the College!
The founding of the school at 77 Charlotte Street in the East End of Glasgow, which opens with 3 Jesuit Fathers and 25 boys on Wednesday, 12 September 1859.
The College moves to new premises at Dalhousie Street, Garnethill.
A Boarding House is set up in buildings in Hill Street and Scott Street, for boys coming from as far as Edinburgh and Greenock. However, with only 17 boys at its maximum, it was closed by 1868 as it was deemed to be too expensive.
Junior School moves from Garnethill to Langside, to be known as St John Ogilvie Hall Preparatory School.
Fr John Tracy SJ is appointed as Head Master. He is the first Old Aloysian Head Master.
Celebration of the Centenary of the College with a Banquet in the City Chambers and a Centenary Mass held at St Aloysius’ Church.
The appointment of the first lay person as a teacher . . . “a secular Master”.
Fr Francis Edward Bacon SJ arrives and transforms the school roll from 47 to 170 boys in five years.
The Marquis of Bute lays a foundation stone for the new College building on Hill Street.
The Marquis of Bute opens the new College building at 45 Hill Street which will accommodate 300 pupils and resident Jesuit fathers.
The first female teacher is engaged in the Junior School.
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Further building work continues, which includes the Sodality Chapel, College Hall and Scott Street block.
Sports Grounds at Millerston are purchased by Fr Fitzgerald, College Rector.
“New Millerston Park” is formally opened.
A gymnasium is installed into the College Hall.
Established by a Committee of Old Aloysians, the War Memorial and Shrine to Our Lady is dedicated to the Old Aloysians who died in the Great Wars.
REFERENCES • A History of St Aloysius’ College 18591999 by John McCabe • The History of the College Buildings, In Aid of the Justice and Peace Group, by M Donnelly OA (revised and updated by S Edgar and M McGovern)
Celtic win the European Cup Final in Lisbon and Fr Tracy approves two days off!
The Canonisation of St John Ogilvie takes place in Rome.
The School Meals Service is withdrawn by the Local Authority and replaced with “The Monsters” – snack and drinks machines. Eventually more permanent catering is introduced.
A new Pavilion is built at Millerston.
The St Aloysius’ College Children’s Fund is established by Fr Nick King.
John Ogilvie Hall at Langside closes and moves to Garnethill. The College purchases The Mount Building (Glasgow’s first hospital for Sick Children), on Scott Street to re-house St John Ogilvie Hall.
St Aloysius’ College is no longer a grant-aided school and becomes fully independent.
Fr Adrian Porter SJ arrives as Head Master. He is the last Jesuit Head to lead the College.
The Assisted Places Scheme is abolished by the Labour Government. Shortly after, the College introduces a Bursary Programme, which still runs today. (You can read one Bursary Scholar’s story on pages 24 & 25).
Construction of first purpose-built Junior School at Garnethill commences. The Clavius building is erected on Scott Street (Maths, Science & Computing).
In a new era, the first lay Head Master, John Stoer, is appointed.
Current Head Master, Matthew Bartlett, joins the College.
Fr Tony Richmond SJ arrives in August 1977 as Head Master. As part of a wider Jesuit Schools’ commitment, a programme of Social Justice is implemented in the College, heralding The Arrupe Programme, allowing pupils to be involved in social and community service, which continues to this day.
The Sports Facility is opened.
160th anniversary of the founding of the College on 12 September 2019.
The First Girls join the College for S6, coinciding with the abolition of corporal punishment. (You can read about the First Girls on pages 10 & 11).
OUR GLOBAL OAS
“Go, set the world ablaze!” In 1540 St Ignatius sent St Francis Xavier to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth and said to him, “Go, set the world ablaze!” This is what our global network of Jesuit schools have been doing for many years, so we’d like to focus on some of our Old Aloysians who left Scotland to set the world ablaze overseas. We asked what took them there, what their perspective on Scotland is from afar, and how their Jesuit education shaped their lives.
Jim McCaughan (1970), former College Captain who now lives in the U.S.A. proficient at Chess and Badminton, both of which I continued through my time at Cambridge. From Cambridge, I worked in London for the first 20 years of my career, then, after two years in Zurich, moved to the United States in 1996.
I attended the College from 1964 to 1970. Big changes in my life happened both at the beginning and the end of that time. I started not only a bit young for my year but coming from a very small town in the West Highlands; thus my first year included getting accustomed to the big city, Glasgow, as well as to a much larger and more formal school. At the end of my time at St Aloysius’, I was fortunate enough to get in to Cambridge, strongly encouraged by my teachers, who in my experience were ambitious for their pupils to find opportunity. It would be at Cambridge I would read Maths & Theoretical Physics. In my last year at the College, 1969/70, I had the great honour to be Captain of the College. The role came with responsibilities and challenges which were both a wonderful experience and a great positive at that young age. As is true to now, many activities were pursued at the College as well as the academic, and I became 16
Curiosity to understand and explore different cultures, places, and businesses, have driven me throughout my career. Being in the investment management business has been well suited to my personality and attitudes. I have so far been able to do business in around a hundred countries. Most recently I spent 17 years at Principal Financial, building an investment management division with $450 billion under management, annual revenues at $1.5 billion, and 1,800 people worldwide. I have been asked more than once by people who did not know me if I went to a Jesuit School, especially whilst in New York. The Jesuits run many high schools and universities in the US. I suspect this question came because of my curiosity and reliance on always being rational, features I see as part of the Jesuit approach. Indeed looking back I remain impressed that immensely knowledgeable teachers at the College were prepared to debate all sorts of issues with the 14 or 15 year old me. Miami Beach is now home, and I continue to travel extensively for both business and pleasure, which satiates my ceaseless curiosity. I had only short visits back to Scotland after the age of 17, but the seventies were quite a bleak time in Scotland. I suspect, and hope, that my present-day equivalent might find more opportunities to stay in Scotland.
OUR GLOBAL OAS
Dr Stephanie Budgett (Née McLaughlin), (1983), who now lives in New Zealand I attended the college from 1981 to 1983. I’ve lived in Auckland, New Zealand since 2001. We moved here because my husband is a Kiwi! After leaving the University of Glasgow with a Maths and Statistics BSc Hons, I worked for a short time as a trainee Actuary in Edinburgh. I quickly realised it wasn’t for me. I returned to the University of Glasgow and studied for a PhD in Statistics and Medical Cardiology, and during this time was employed by the university as a Research Fellow, and thereafter as a Senior Research Fellow. After leaving the university to move to New Zealand, we had two daughters – one born in 1998 and the other in 1999. I worked in a few research and consulting roles at the university and for the local health board on a part-time basis. Having been involved in some part-time teaching at the University of Auckland, I was later appointed as a permanent Lecturer. I miss quite a lot about Scotland - my family and friends, M&S, Boots, John Lewis (department stores in general!), a good motorway network up and down the country and Cadbury’s chocolate (it’s just not the same here!). I also miss Scotland’s proximity to other countries. As a child and teenager, our family holidays involved travelling to Europe, and it was great to be submersed in different cultures and to hear different languages being spoken. You have to travel quite a distance from New Zealand to experience that!
I do enjoy the climate in New Zealand. In many ways it’s similar to Scotland, although it doesn’t get as cold in winter, and it definitely does get warmer in summer - in Auckland at least. The weather is great for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, sailing and many other sporting activities. I started at St Aloysius’ when there were very few girls. I made some very good friends who remain good friends today. I had the benefit of having the most amazing Maths teacher – Mr O’Sullivan. While I was reasonably competent at maths at school, I wasn’t overly inspired by it until I was in his class. It is thanks to him that I ended up studying Maths and Statistics at university, and the reason behind my long and enjoyable career. I haven’t really had many cultural barriers to overcome in moving here. While I have been accused of having a New Zealand accent by some of my friends and family back home, here in New Zealand I am considered very Scottish. I lecture at the University of Auckland and sometimes, in the first lecture of a given course, I am met by stunned looks on the faces of the students when I start to talk. Many of the students I teach are from overseas (China, Korea, Malaysia) and they may have acclimatised somewhat to the New Zealand accent, but perhaps not to a Scottish one. Scotland is home, always will be.
OUR GLOBAL OAS
Dr Lorna Tevnan (née Gold), (1990), who now lives in Ireland I attended St. Aloysius’ between 1985 and 1990, making the daily train trip from Falkirk High. I discovered my love of Geography in Mr McWilliams classes and believe his encouragement led me to do my PhD in Latin American Geography. I had a great friendship with the former Head Master, Fr Richmond, who always encouraged me to speak up on issues I was concerned about. I completed my PhD at Glasgow University and moved to Maynooth in Ireland around twenty years ago. I initially came to work for Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Development Agency, and thought I would stay for a year or two, until I met my husband and we decided to settle here. I have two boys, Ian aged 9 and Conal who is 7. I have worked as an academic, author and activist in the areas of climate change and international development for over 20 years. I teach in Maynooth University and work with Trócaire part-time. I have spent many years lobbying the Irish government on international policies and writing on policy issues. My recent book ‘Climate Generation Awakening to our Children’s Future’ is about waking up to the climate crisis as a mum, popular in Ireland and launching in the US also. I wrote it after realising many people do not understand the scale and urgency of the world crisis we are facing. Ireland is definitely home now, but I still miss my family and friends I grew up with in Falkirk. I love the beautiful scenery, the climate and the sense of belonging and connection to people here. Like Scotland, you can strike 18
up a conversation on a bus and by the end of the journey discover you know people in common. When I first moved to Ireland, however, I didn’t find it all so straightforward – I think I had a bit of a culture shock! I arrived at the height of the Celtic Tiger in 2002, and was totally stunned at the level of affluence just across the water: we never experienced something like this in Scotland! People were spending money like it was going out of fashion - everyone seemed to be obsessed with money and property. This changed during the financial crash and a lot of people suffered, but perhaps also reassessed their priorities. The economy has since recovered, and thankfully, focuses less on money. I am very proud of Scotland. Devolution is very positive; Holyrood leads on some key issues like climate change, as well as putting in place good policies for protection of social justice. I think Brexit is a big challenge to Scotland, and I hope Scotland can find a way to stay in Europe even if that means becoming independent. I feel very blessed to have had a Jesuit education. The more I see injustice in the world I realise what a privilege it was to have such a great start in life. The Jesuit ethos gave me a solid work ethic, and a desire to always strive to be my best; it also influenced my choice of career, as it gave me a strong direction to work for social justice and to make the world a better place. I meet many Jesuits in work, and always feel a strong connection to the bigger network of people working to protect the earth and all the human family – particularly under Pope Francis’ leadership.
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Angela Synnot (1994) who now lives in Mexico ocean of forming intercultural connections in a town which seemed forgotten and stagnant. I worked in international businesses in London, fundraising for development projects in Latin America. Although I had an interest in economic development, I was more passionate about languages and education. I gained a PGDE in Language Education and found a post at Mount St Mary’s College.
I studied at St. Aloysius’ from 1989 to 1994 with a particular interest in languages, and I have fond memories of Latin with Mr Santangeli and French with Mr McWilliams. I live in Mexico now because of my school GAP year to the cactus lands of Torreon, 8 hours from the Texas border; an isolated, Americanised industrial town, with little tourist appeal, kindly paid for by the late Fr. Grummitt. I volunteered in a childrens’ cancer hospital, a primary school and a school for pupils with Down syndrome and worked as an assistant teacher in the local Jesuit school, Carlos Pereyra. I stayed with Mexican families and travelled across the country, on old buses with a few mishaps (we crashed into a cow on the way to the Pacific coast and were stranded with no help or even a radio during the night!).
I still travelled to Mexico to see friends, and communication is easier with the internet. I eventually married one of those friends, and he convinced me to move back to Torreon in 2010. We have a Celtic-Aztec family, and our children are 4 and 1. My husband and I share the Jesuit experience through education and I believe this has given us a similar social awareness and cultural openness. Through connections with pupils at Mount St. Mary’s College and my understanding of the importance of international pupils, I founded my own study abroad agency called UK Connect – my ideal job. I send teenagers to study in the UK and Europe, promoting their language learning, world-awareness, and cross-cultural friendships. I am passionate about the agency value in terms of international relations in today’s interconnected world. It all started with my gap year, thanks to the Jesuits. I am very grateful and hope to continue these connections: we shouldn’t underestimate the Jesuit identity and its links across the world.
The year made a great impression on me, stressing the importance of social justice and working with others to make a difference. My full immersion in another culture allowed me to understand more about the world and the perspectives and traditions within. Sometimes it seems there are two Mexicos – the modern Western one, and the indigenous or mestizo world. While both are fascinating and have their merits, they often clash. Returning, I studied International Business and Modern Languages at the University of Strathclyde, where I followed up my travels through the Erasmus programme. Mexico kept a special place in my heart. As my first extended experience abroad, I formed many friendships there and hoped that I might put my little drop in the 19
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Martin Harris (1985) who now lives in Dubai
I joined St Aloysius’ College in 1979 until 1985. It feels like a lifetime ago that I was introduced to Latin!
standards. The laws are sensible, however approaches to etiquette are all dependent on the driver. Some have a very blasé grasp of risk and consequences too.
My first teacher, Mrs Gribben, brought out the best in me. I left for London in 1994 after my Business degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. As a dedicated oarsman, heading to London was the next sensible step and I joined London Rowing Club. I landed my first Facilities role as Facilities Manager (FM) with BPP, and I’ve since gained a lot of experience and qualifications and moved into Corporate Real Estate. I was spending time with some friends on the beach on Christmas Day in Dubai when I was introduced to an influential FM CEO. We hit it off. Before I knew it, I started work in Dubai in May 2008. Today, I live there with my wife, Sara-Lise and two cats. Life in Dubai is good. There’s a great balance of work and outdoor life, and unrivalled sport and entertainment facilities. Surprisingly, I miss the weather. In Scotland, you can have four seasons in one day. In Dubai, seasons really don’t exist properly, and the weather is relatively constant. I also miss square slice sausages, although there’s a UK butcher recently opened up here, so I’ll be asking him to import some especially! Having been away for so long, I love returning to Scotland to visit family, meet up with friends and use my winter clothing!
I’m still passionately Scottish, but somewhat detached. Watching Indyref was tense, and it confirmed my thoughts that most politicians are wholly self-serving and don’t have the wellbeing of the populace at heart. We plan to retire there eventually, though. I fear for the effect of Trump, the increase in nationalism and the right-wing mentality in the UK, and the cuts to the NHS and Police forces. Despite these, I’m pretty positive about the future. Technology is going to have a huge impact, hopefully for the good. Environmental damage is attracting more attention; we may not be able to reverse it, but we can hopefully reduce it. It’s great seeing the Pope reaching out to other mainstream religions, seeking to right the wrongs of the recent and distant past. I’m no longer particularly religious yet the Jesuit ethic has prevailed in my life: respect others, share with those in need, strive for excellence in your pursuits. Having visited India and seen the abject poverty, I’ll never complain about my lot again.
Dubai is a very soft landing for an expat. English is prevalent, so communication isn’t difficult. People speak oxymoronically; in business, it’s vital to ensure that when delegating a task, the recipient knows exactly what you want. Asking them to repeat your request and outline their process makes sure that you’ll end up with what you expected. When asking if a task was completed, I’ve had answers like “Yes – except for these things”. There are phrases which initially struck me as odd, but I’ve now come to accept and even use, such as “Same same but different”. Dubai is so diverse that assumptions established in the UK don’t apply: the most obvious of this is driving
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ST ALOYSIUS’ COLLEGE DONOR ROLL OF HONOUR Thank You! Two small words which really can’t convey how immensely grateful we are to the donors overleaf for their support of the College and to those who prefer to remain anonymous, or have given of their time. Gifts recognised are those received since the last edition of AMDG magazine, from 1 May 2017 to 30 June 2019. Every effort has been made to ensure that details are correct, but please contact the Development Office if you spot an error at: email@example.com or call us on 0141-331-9247.
Why I Give Back
wonderful opportunity for those pupils less financially well-off to benefit from an education at the College, and to contribute uniquely to the school, by bringing their own special talents. Pupils supported by the Bursary Fund also increase the diversity of the pupil population in a positive manner. The greater the Bursary Fund, the more pupils we will be able to support. This will be to the benefit of the pupils themselves, their fellow pupils and the wider school community. It will also underscore our commitment to being men and women for others.
MRS MARIE-CÉCILE DOCHERTY, GRANDPARENT It is in his memory that I decided to give to Bursaries at the College.
PROFESSOR FRANK DUNN CBE (1965) One of the fundamental educational goals of St Aloysius’ College is to guide pupils into becoming men and women for others. Broadening the range of pupils who benefit from such an ethos, has much to commend it and this is one key reason why my wife and I support the Bursary Fund. As an Independent School, a fee structure is mandatory to secure its future, but unfortunately many families cannot afford to send their children to the College. They would otherwise be very keen on joining the College family, possessing all the necessary credentials to excel and to contribute to the life of the school.
My husband, Tom Docherty (1956/57) was a pupil at St Aloysius’ College for 7 years. My three grandchildren, Katy (2009), Tom (2010) and Patrick (2015) also attended and loved their time at the College. Tom was a kind man; he was fun, talented, handsome, hard-working and honest but sadly died shortly after his 67th birthday in 2006, and it is in his memory that I decided to give to Bursaries at the College. I think it’s so important to support Bursaries as it gives a child from a less privileged background the opportunity of enjoying a good all-round education, which a local school might not be able to offer.
It is therefore of key importance that the Bursary Fund is supported in every way possible. It will provide a
ST ALOYSIUS’ COLLEGE DONOR ROLL OF HONOUR The Opportunity Fund, helping to provide Bursaries at the College
Mrs Claudia Di Ciacca
Mrs A Hughes
Mr & Mrs Anthony Dick
Mr Raymond Jack
Mrs Frances Dickson
Mrs Rita Jannetta
Mr Daniel Divers
Mr & Mrs Nicholas C Joint
Mrs Marie-Cécile Docherty
Ms Esperance Kaneza
Dr & Mrs A Docherty
Mr & Mrs M Kay
Mr & Mrs P Dolan
Mrs Caroline Keeney
Mrs Frances Donnelly
Mr FR Kelly
Dr & Mrs D Doogan
Mr & Mrs Nigel & Andrea Kelly
Mr Stephen Duffy
Mr & Mrs Martin & Kirsteen Kelly
Mr Kevin Duffy
Mrs Maureen Kenny
Professor F Dunn CBE & Mrs H Dunn
Mr Gerard Kerr
Mr Michael Dunn
Dr & Mrs C Kilgour
Mr David Equi
Mrs AR Knox
Dr Paul Fagan
Mr & Mrs Richard Laciok
Mr Thomas Field
Mr Philip Lafferty
Mr & Mrs Desmond J Finnieston
Mrs YK Lai
Mr Leo Flores
Mr Peter Lawwell
Mrs Sheena Gallagher
Mr SL Li
Mrs Katrina Gallagher
Mrs Mary Loughlin
Mr & Mrs Andrew Gallen
Professor Gordon & Mrs Ann Lowe
Mr & Mrs John & Sheila Geggan
Mr Allan MacDonald
Mr F Gibson
Rev GFH & Mrs IC MacNaughton
Mrs Margaret Gilroy
Mrs Angela Christina Martin
Mr S Cardosi
Mr Mario Gizzi
Mr Paul Mazoyer
Mr Paul Carnan
Lord James Gordon CBE
Mrs Caroline McAllister
Mrs Kathleen Chikosi
Mrs Elizabeth Grant
Mr Gerard McBride
Dr Jacqueline Church & Mr Paul N Rogers
Professor John Haldane
Miss Jennifer McBride
Dr Anne Teresa Hand
Mrs A McBryan
Miss Jennifer Clare
Mr JF & Mrs CAF Hanlon
Mr Ryan McCann
Mr & Mrs Kevin Clark
Mr Gregory Hannah
Mr & Mrs K McCrorie
Mr & Mrs James Cluckie
Dr Mary Hanson
Mr Francis McCrossin
Mr & Mrs Paul Kelly
Mr John Harrington
Mrs Marisa McDermott
Mr & Mrs IG Corr
Mr A Haughey & Ms N Hughes
Mrs S McFadyen
Mr J Crozier
Mr Raymond Healy
Mrs M McGuire
Mr Raymond Hendry
Mr Brian McGuire
Mr & Mrs John Cullen
Professor David & Mrs Mary-Jo Hillier
Mrs Jillian McGuire
Dr Isabelle Cullen
Mr Christopher Hodgson
Mrs Lindsey McGuire
Mr & Mrs H Currie
Mr Earnest & Mrs Margaret Hoisington
Mr & Mrs B Devine
Mr & Mrs Michael Howell
Professor Martin & Dr Jennifer McIntyre
The Aloysian Association Mr Craig Andrew Mr Thomas Andrew Mr David Armstrong Mrs Ann Baikie Dr Elaine Balmer Dr & Mrs Desmond Bancewicz Mrs L Barr Mr JE & Mrs M Barrett Mr & Mrs Brian & Fionnuala Barrie Mrs Mary Berry Mr & Mrs Kevin & Ruth Birt Mrs PS Boyle Mr Stephen Boyle Mrs Maureen Brogan Mr & Mrs R Browne Miss Melissa Rose Cairney Mr Richard Cairney Mr P Cairns Professor R Carachi MBE & Mrs Carachi
Mrs Elizabeth McKee
Mrs RJ Stark
Mr & Mrs McFadyen
Mr David McKinney
Mr Christopher Stewart-McGarvey
Prof McIntyre & Dr Armstrong
Mrs A McLaughlin
Taylor Charitable Trust
Mr & Mrs James & Elaine McLernon
Mr Brian Mclean
Mr P Tran
Miss Jacqueline McShane
Mrs Angela McLeod
Mrs Helen Turner
The Nicholson Family
Mr John McMenemie
Mrs Angela Vickers
The Novosel Family
Mr Andrew McNeill
Mrs Silvia Giuseppina Waterson
Mr Phil Robertson
Sir James Mellon KCMG
Mrs Kirsty Wilkie
The Church & Rogers Families
Dr Diane Melrose
Mrs Ellen Zybilowicz
Dr & Mrs Sitembo
Mrs Jannette Milne Mrs A Morris Mrs A Muldoon Mr & Mrs John Mulhern
Mr & Mrs Kathleen & Joe Sweeney
Donors to College Campus Improvements: The Sports Facility
Mr & Mrs Robert Mullen Mr G Murphy Mr Gerald Murphy Mr William Murray Mr H Murrin Mrs MM Nixon The Nolan Foundation Mr Robert North Ms Caroline Notman Mr & Mrs F Oates Dr Ennis O’Donnell Professor Brian O’Reilly FRCS Mr Kevin O’Sullivan Mr B and Mrs EC Padaruth Rev & Mrs Nicholas Pryce Mr & Mrs William & Hilda Quail Mr WJ Reilly Mr & Mrs Laurence Reilly Mr Stephen Reilly
Mr & Mrs Dean & Christine Tearney Mr & Mrs Weir The Wilkie Family Mr & Mrs Gordon & Lynne Young
The Balmer & McGowan Families Mr Matthew D Bartlett
The Taylor Family Organ Mr Maurice Taylor
Mr & Mrs Douglas & Fiona Boyce Dr Aileen Brady Monsignor Charles Burns OBE
Donations to Other College Charitable Funds
The Coia Family Miss Claire Connell Captain Eamonn Connolly Mrs Isabelle Cullen Mr M Drotar Mrs Sheena Gallagher Mr & Mrs M & K Giroux Dr & Mrs John D Halliday Mr & Mrs Greg & Tricia Hannah & Family John & Winefride Hart
The Aloysian Association St Aloysius’ College Children’s Fund Mr Matthew Reilly St Aloysius’ College Children’s Fund, Lourdes, Gonzaga Lectures Lord Brian Gill Gift-in-Kind, Music Department Mr David McKenzie Gift-in-Kind, Music Department
The Hoisington Family Mr & Mrs Allan & Maria Hope Kearney
Mrs Cheryl Rennie
Mr Scott Cameron & Mrs Donna Johnston
Mr Ronald Renton
Mr Brian Kearney
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Clare, Julie & Paul Murphy
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The Marmion Family
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The McArdle Family
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FROM SRI LANKA TO GLASGOW By Bursary Scholar, Jerusha Vithiyanandan (2010)
I grew up in the midst of the violent Sri Lankan Civil War, with sounds of gunfire and bomb blasts being commonplace; and in which I lost two beloved uncles. My family, therefore, decided it would be safer for us to relocate, so at the age of eight I found myself in Scotland. Although it took some time to adjust, the City of Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole, swiftly became my new home. The majority of my schooling was through my local state schools in the North East of Glasgow. Class sizes were large, funding was inadequate and therefore unable to support a range of subjects, such as drama, which was cancelled in my First Year. It was also not possible for me to study all three sciences at Standard Grade. However, I was lucky to have teachers willing to invest in me and recognise my potential. I was also blessed with parents who greatly valued education and encouraged me to cultivate study practices and habits that meant I was awarded Junior Dux for my Standard Grade results. For Fifth Year I applied for and was granted a Bursary in order to attend St Aloysiusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College. The expectation of academic achievement challenged me not to become complacent, but instead to work hard; enabling me to achieve 5 As in my SQA Highers. If I had not been able to attend the College, I am sure I would still have worked hard to achieve good results. However, I enjoyed and greatly appreciated the atmosphere of learning and discipline cultivated at the College and the attention given to glorifying God through school work. In addition I was granted opportunities that I might not have had otherwise, such as work experience, volunteering with the Arrupe Programme and the ability to participate in a range of extracurricular activities including drama, choir and debate. I also made friends who greatly enriched my time at the College and who continue to play a big part in my life to this day.
After leaving the College, I gained a First Class BSc (Hons) in Physiology from the University of Glasgow and a Masters in Public Health with Distinction from the University of Dundee. I was also incredibly fortunate to begin working in my chosen field of study directly following graduation. My current role is with the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside Public Health Directorate as a Researcher, Data Co-ordinator & Analyst into the prevention of drug-related deaths in the city of Dundee and the surrounding area. Though challenging at times, I find my work incredibly worthwhile and rewarding.
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COLLEGE NEWS Chairman of Governors
Taking over the role of Chairman of Governors is Joseph Hughes (1978), a practising Solicitor and Managing Partner of his own firm in Glasgow for the last 33 years. In addition to chairing a variety of high profile Tribunals across Scotland, Joseph also sits on a number of Appeals Panels. In August 2015 he was appointed as the Legal Representative for Scotland to the Tribunal Procedure Committee by the Lord President in consultation with the Lord Chancellor’s Office.
One of the unheralded roles in any school is that of Chairman of Governors, a role that has been carried out with quiet distinction by John Hylands who was appointed a Governor in 2002 and then became Chairman some six years ago. Combining the role with non-executive Chairmanship of two PLCs, John has always worked to deliver the very best of governance for the College and leaves us in robust health. The sound financial position the College enjoys, the strength of governance and the excellent outcomes for learners have all been delivered under his Chairmanship.
He was a Board Member with several organisations, including: Turning Point Scotland, Action for Children, Scottish Legal Aid Board, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration and City of Glasgow College. He was appointed by the Bishops of Scotland as a Member of SCIAF’s Finance and Audit Committee. Joseph has been a Governor at the College since 2014 and has chaired the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.
STAFF RETIREMENT At the end of the summer term, we said goodbye to two long-serving members of staff who are retiring and will be well-known to many OAs, current and former parents alike.
We said a fond farewell to Marie Forbes who retired after 40 years of exceptional service, concluding as Head of Early Years and Safeguarding Lead in the Junior School. Marie started at St Francis and then transferred to Garnethill when the two schools merged. She is now looking forward to travelling and spending time with family. Commenting on his working relationship with Marie, Matthew Bartlett said, “My days always begin with breakfast club and this gives Marie and myself a chance to think about the day. It has been a total joy working so closely with her. She still retains a passion for learning, a commitment to the wellbeing and safety of young people and a healthy good humour: she is a one-off and will be sorely missed.” Reflecting on her career, Marie said, “I feel immensely 26
privileged to have worked in the College and honoured to have been involved in the education of so many wonderful children and young people.” We also waved off George Sergeant, our Head Janitor, who has worked at the College for 30 years and known by countless pupils, past and present. Matthew Bartlett remarked, “George is one of the real characters of the College and was invaluable for his excellent work in the aftermath of the Glasgow School of Art Fire in 2018. His charm, humour and people skills really worked their magic!” We wish them the best for a long, happy and healthy retirement.
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE We remember those Old Aloysians who have passed away as well as former members of the College Staff. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.” Old Aloysian
Date of Death
Mr James McDonald Craig
Mr James Douglas Graham
Fr Phelim McGowan SJ
Mr Paul Sheridan
Dr Ian James Burns MB ChB FRCGP
Mr John McMenemie
Mr Gerard Toner
Mr Nicholas Clark
Mr Gerard McBride
Mr James Aloysius Swift
Mr Laurence Gilmurray
Mr Ian McGuinness
Mr Joseph Kearney
Mr John Hanson
Fr Joseph Noel Burke
Mr Peter G Boyle
Mr Michael Ferguson
Dr Bernard John Tansey
Mgr James Clancy
Mr Peter Hemphill
Mr James Crossan
Mr Henry Anthony Hood (Harry Hood)
Mr Alexander Christopher Wheelan
Mr Peter Joseph Bleasdale KHS
Mr Michael D’Arcy
Mr Terenzo P Ginesi
Mr Finlay MacNeil
Miss Pauline Higgins
Mr Paul Chong
Mr Mark McLean
Mr Stephen Smith
Mr Daniel Byrne
Former Staff / Governors Brother James Spence
Fr Peter Granger Banyard SJ
Mr Harold Thompson
Former Maths Teacher
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