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June 2019 Volume 26. No. 1

Chapel Opening Pg. 8


Principal’s Message Dear St Bernard’s community, Welcome to this edition of The Strand Magazine. These are dark days for the Catholic Church in Australia. I struggle personally as a leader in Catholic education when our episcopal leaders have failed us so roundly and, it now emerges, over an extended period of time. One could be forgiven for being swallowed by a sense of hopelessness. I continue to serve in the Catholic community reminded of our responsibility to work with children to help them grow, to recommit every day to our unconditional responsibility to do everything within our power to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people. I grieve with victims and their families for crimes committed against them in the name of the very Church which my mother taught me to love. As Australian citizens, we have a responsibility not only to uphold the law, but also to support it and its due processes. Within that context, I encourage open and honest dialogue within our St Bernard’s community about these matters.

Personally, I am encouraged by being able to serve in an Edmund Rice school which has a vision of Church that is a particularly Australian and contemporary one, that emphasises Jesus-centred values expressed through the Touchstones. This is our lens on the Catholic faith, it is an authentic and Church-sanctioned expression of what it is to be Catholic today, and it rises above the sordidness and the tatters of institutional Church culture. In establishing Edmund Rice Education Australia, the Christian Brothers have bequeathed to us an opportunity to lead within the Church as a part of the lay-faithful. We must seize that opportunity, to build and to celebrate all that is good and strong and lifegiving about education in the Edmund Rice tradition. The Edmund Rice tradition is one which emphasises a preferential option for the poor. In this edition, we feature the work of the College Foundation, which has a particular care for the marginalised in our local community. I commend their work to you. Discere et Agere

Adam Taylor Principal

National Day of Action Against Bullying And Violence at St Bernard’s College St Bernard’s College each year participates in this significant national day when we draw attention to the issue of bullying in schools. Every class during their pastoral period had either a presentation or a lesson that helped students reflect on what bullying is, what it looks like, the hurt it causes and how to respond to it. On this day the volunteer student group titled SWAT (Student Wellbeing Action Team) prepared a number of activities to promote that bullying at SBC is unacceptable. Posters were created and chalk statements were written around the school drawing attention to the significance of the day. During recess students were encouraged to write on bunting flags their support for a bully free school. These were put up near the canteen for all to see. At lunchtime around 80 students gathered to spell out using their bodies “Bullying No Way”. This key message was coupled with the message of “Don’t watch it, stop it – aiming to create a culture where bystanders seeing bullying behaviour have the courage either to stop it, if it is safe to do so, or to go and report it to a teacher. Through these messages it is hoped students will learn to create a caring supportive inclusive community.

Shave for a Cure

Congratulations and well done to our 5 College Captains who shaved their head for Shave for a Cure Thank you to our volunteers: •  King of Clippers Essendon •  Maria Grech •  Mary Zivkovic This is always a much loved event on our calendar



Istituto Mazzotti Visit In early March, St Bernard's welcomed Istituto Mazzotti students from Treviso, Italy. They were treated to a welcoming dinner at the College - as well as visiting venues within Melbourne pertaining to Italian heritage.

VCAL The VCAL MasterChef Challenge attracted a large crowd at lunch time, as part of the VCAL Entrepreneurial Project.

The students enquired about the history of Italians and their contribution in Melbourne, particularly exploring Italian migration after World War II. The College looks forward to welcoming many more groups in the years to come.


International Women’s Day The Respectful Relationships Team worked hard to prepare purple ribbons for all staff and students for International Women’s Day on 8 March. The theme in 2019 is “Better the Balance, Better the World”. The combined colours of Purple, Green and White have become an emblem of the rights of women in the world, and the struggles that have been fought in laying claim to these rights.

Noah Balta makes AFL Debut Congratulations to Old Collegian Noah Balta ('17) who made his debut for Richmond against Carlton in front of a full MCG crowd in Round 1 of the AFL season. Since this point, he has become a mainstay of the Richmond side – playing in all but one game. The College looks forward to watching closely Noah being a part of the Tigers for many years to come.

Purple represents dignity, strength and self respect. Green represents the life giving hope that accompanies our work for a world of justice. White represents the purity of heart with which we seek to advance the rights of all peoples. The College community is filled with many strong women that play pivotal roles in the lives of our students.


Top 10 and Dux

Top 10 and Dux

St Bernard’s College would like to congratulate the class of 2018 for achieving some outstanding performances. 29 students scored 90+ on their ATAR.


Particular congratulations should go to Wilson Tsan on achieving the highest ATAR score of 99.05. Once again, congratulations to all students on a wonderful year and we look forward to seeing what you achieve in the future.


Wilson Tsan


Henry Ficinus


Luke Flynn


Anthony Nguyen


Sam Moloney


Christian Santoro


Phillip Guirguis


Nathan Lloyd


Dillon Considine


Aiden Contini


Eskander Salloum


Phillip Guirguis


Nathan Lloyd

Wilson Tsan

Henry Ficinus

Luke Flynn

Anthony Nguyen

Sam Moloney

Christian Santoro

Dillon Considine

Aiden Contini

Eskander Salloum

St Bernard’s College Foundation Autumn Gala Dinner The St Bernard's College Foundation hosted its annual Autumn Gala Dinner on Friday 3 May at The Australian Club. Incorporated into the night is the Hall of Fame, whereby three new inductees were added to the rich history of the College.

The inductees were: - Fr Joe Giacobbe for his outstanding contribution to disadvantaged youth programs - Mr Patrick Morgan for his outstanding contribution to literature and academia - Mr Harold Hilbert for his outstanding contribution to the St Bernard's community All 170 attendees thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the Foundation looks forward to another successful event in 2020.

Marian Chapel Opening Wednesday, 20 February marked the official opening of the College’s new Marian Chapel. The Chapel seats 300 at a time and allows flexibility with bringing whole a year level to share in mass at one time. Much planning and hard work from the College Leadership Team – in particular Assistant Principal (Identity) Chris Knauf, has created a wonderful space for the St Bernard’s College community to share for many years to come. The Chapel was blessed and opened by Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli who noted that in his eight years as a Bishop had never blessed an alter. Features outside and inside the Chapel hold certain significance as outlined below. • On the pavement outside the chapel door is an ancient Hebrew blessing; “Blessed shall be your coming in and your going out.” Coming in we receive God’s blessing; going out blessed, we become God’s blessing for others.

• The story begins outside with the blessed virgin Mary nestled among indigenous plants and kneeling serenely with babe in arms, and culminates high above the altar with the crucified and risen Christ. • The exterior bluestone walls of the chapel evoke the stability and permanence of a medieval church, the kind of place where St Bernard himself might have prayed. The crucifix is hand-crafted from the same timber as the altar, lectern and credence table. The combination of polished steel and timber reflects the coming together of the traditional and the contemporary. Contrasting with the muted neutral tones of the nave the northern wall is alive with colour. With a nod to the famed chapel of Notre Dame du Haut at Ronchamp natural light is refracted through a grid of deeply chamfered stained glass windows of varying shapes and sizes.


Echoes From The Archives Thank you to recent donors;

Ref. The College handwritten Annals and also include:

Ted Heriot, P.Harowick, Peter Flahavin, Bryce Kavanagh

Five lengthy articles published in:

In acknowledging these donors the Register is complete to page 50.

Essendon Gazette

I began the Register in 1996: the first entry was Eric Glassenbury, donating a Report of 1941 and photo of Proficiency students (Year 9) all named.

The tape has been transcribed and film transferred to DVD.

Advocate and Tribune, Catholic weekly papers

1963 56 Years Ago The new school opened with very few teething troubles. The exterior paving was still in progress but all went smoothly. On Sunday the 17th February the official blessing by His Grace Archbishop Tweedy, and official opening by the Hon. Mr J Bloomfield State Minister for education, before a very large crowd in ideal weather conditions. The college and its surroundings looked a picture. The appeal realised approximately 2,550 pounds. The function was well organised, the ladies provided afternoon tea for the invited guests. Speeches were recorded on tape and the proceedings on film.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day As is tradition at St Bernard’s, the College welcomed ’Grandparents and Special Friends' of our Year 7 students for Mass and morning tea in early May. The morning was a great opportunity for our newest students to show close family the school they are a part of in the years to come.


Edmund Rice Day The St Bernard’s College community has for many years taken very seriously its fundraising efforts on Edmund Rice Day. Driven by the Student Leadership Team, the day involves a walk in solidarity over a 10km loop to celebrate the story of our friends in the community of Embulbul, Kenya. The walk is aimed to resemble the distance some students at Brother Beausang Education Centre (BBCEC) have to walk to school.


Keilor St Bernard’s Athletic Club

The 2018/2019 Athletics season saw success across the board with 6 teams winning their way to the Victorian Shield Final. The Shield Final sees the best teams from each venue battle it out for the State Title in a point based competition much like our ACC Athletics Carnival. This year the Division two men’s team brought home the State title, allowing a number of Old Collegians to bask in glory reminiscent of our unrivalled 13 straight ACC Athletics titles. As well as the success at Shield level, a large contingent of our athletes went on to compete in individual events at National Championships across the Junior, Open and Masters events. Many of these athletes reached finals and won medals. Athletics and Cross Country have always been somewhat of an institution at St. Bernard’s College, with boys putting in months of training regardless of whether or not they set foot on the track on race day.

It is this commitment across the entire team has always made St. Bernard’s College so strong across these events. Keilor St Bernard’s Athletic Club was co-founded by College Hall of Fame inductee Ron Stobaus and Head Coach of over 50 years as a means for students from the college to be part of a team and continue their athletic pursuits. If you have enjoyed competing in ACC Athletics, Cross Country, The Maribyrnong 150 or the College dash or you are keen just to get involved, whatever your experience, Keilor St. Bernard’s Athletic Club has plenty of Old Collegians and Current students keen to help you along the way.

Super 7's Band The Super 7's band is made up of approximately 55 students from Avila A, Avila B, MacKillop A, MacKillop B and Rice A as part of the Semester One Year 7 music program. Students have been invited to participate in “Super 7’s” by their Instrumental tutors as a result of their

commitment to their instrumental studies during Term 1. They are preparing repertoire for the Year 7 Showcase Concert on June 13. The College and the community are excited for what the students produce.

The Long Walk To The ‘G The annual Long Walk To Dreamtime at the MCG this year marked 15 years since the Michael Long walked from Melbourne to Canberra to raise awareness of Indigenous suffering. As is customary at St Bernard’s, a select group of staff and students joined the large group of people making the walk from Federation Square to the MCG. The College in line with the EREA Touchstones are committed to striving for an inclusive community and justice and solidarity.

Paddock to Plate On 29 May, Year 9 Paddock to Plate students served meals to their parents (clients) in the food studies rooms at 6:00pm. Feedback through conversation and a completed survey from parents, indicates that Parents had a highly enjoyable evening and were delighted with the opportunity to be served meals prepared by their sons. The boys prepared an entree, and a main meal that they sat down and enjoyed with their parent. Entrees were largely Bruschetta of different varieties and soups, with one satay chicken kebab dish. Main meals were a vast mixture of dishes including steaks, risottos, fish soup and a chicken pot pie.



2019 SBOCA Reunions The 2019 Reunion schedule will be as follows: 2 August - 10 Year Reunion 9 August - 20 Year Reunion 14 August - 50 Year Reunion 16 August - 25 Year Reunion 23 August - St Bernard's Day 30 August - 30 & 40 Year Reunion

To book visit: All Reunions apart from St Bernard’s Day and our 50 Year Reunion will be held at the Moonee Ponds Club. All Reunions are free of charge.

St Bernard's Old Collegians Cricket Club St Bernard's Old Collegians Cricket Club enjoyed its most successful season in its short VSDCA history. The 1st XI qualified for finals finishing 6th in the 14 team competition, however a tight contest against Brunswick saw our season end sooner than we would have liked. The 1st XI's performance was just a small example of improvement the whole club witnessed under the guidance of Head Coach Nigel Freebairn. Nigel brought a wealth of experience to the club and improved the clubs overall standing to finish 16th in the Club Championship (24 clubs) after finishing in 21st the year before. Our Junior program continued to grow under the leadership of David Micallef.

We had 4 sides make finals with our under 12s winning their grand final. Our Junior Academy completed its second season and we look forward to that program growing and developing our future Snowdogs. The club is always looking to grow and develop its programs and we always welcome past players and supporters to assist in anyway. Please get in touch with club for more information on our off-field programs and projects. We are looking forward to a busy pre-season and preparing for more improvement in 2019/20. Brendan Davey (05') President


Vale Marko Baljak. passed away peacefully with his family by his side on the morning of the 8th of November, 2018. Bryan Barnes '55 passed away on 16 December 2018; Bryan and his sons Anthony '83 and Paul '88 have been great supporters of the Old Collegians for many years. John Brennan passed away on the 18th of February. Damien Burnside passed away suddenly on 31/3/2018 at the age of 27. Rudolph Chmiel '59 passed away peacefully on 30 December 2018. He was the brother of Peter and the nephew of Pope John Paul 11.

On 7 April Godfrey Gilmour passed away at the age of 75. Ron Hancox '59 passed away on 3 February 2019. Ron spent a great deal of time assisting the Old Collegians Football Club on and off the field. Peter Hassett '62 passed away on March 24 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Peter's brothers Damian and Brendan are also past students. Adrian Patrick Hughes ’76 passed away after illness. 06.02.1959 - 14.11.2018 Graeme (Bill) Laffy '49 passed away on 12/10/2018 at the age of 86.

John Clarke '61 passed away on April 13 at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chris Lloyd Passed away at Bendigo Hospital Intensive Care Unit on 6th February 2018, Aged 48 years.

A member of the first team of the Old Collegians' football club, and first premiership side, David Daffey '59 passed away on 18 April at the age of 77. He was Dux of the College in 1959.

Former long serving staff member Kevin John Macpherson passed away on 7 June, 2019. A loved and generous man.

Louise Jeanne Dillon 23.02.1955 – 25.06.2018 Dearly loved wife of Gerard (1973), loving mother of Alexandra, Michael (2012), Anthony (2014) and Sophie. Louise loved life, her family and her friends and is forever in our hearts and minds. She also loved her Tigers and watching her boys playing football with the Old Boys. Ed Doherty '48 passed away on Tuesday, 29th of January 2019 aged 85 years. Old Collegian Lindsay Donnelly passed away surrounded by family at the age of 83. Bernie Doolan passed away on 8 November 2018 at the age of 88. The football club lost one of its greatest servants in Rex Doran '51. He lost his battle with melanoma after a courageous fight. Rex was one of three brothers who attended the College Five of his six sons - are also past students. Rex played, coached, served as President and supported the old boys from day one and was a winner of the prestigious Michael Nestor Best Clubman trophy in addition to being a life member. He was also active in the Parents and Friends and served as its Chairman. One of our early students of the '40's James (Jim) Duffy passed away on 29 April 2019 at the age of 91. James was a very well known hairdresser in the Essendon area and father of Tony and Paul.

John McDowell passed away on 4 August 2018 at the age of 90. Frank Robert Oreo 11-Sep-1943 to 13-May-2019. Much loved husband and Father Barry Overman '57 passed away in Sydney on 3 May 2019. Barry was the champion athlete of his era and captain of the 1st XV111. His four brothers Peter '55, Jim '60 and Charles '63 all attended SBC. Mick Purcell '57 passed away in Queensland on 7 September 2018 at age 78 Dr Kevin Sleigh - passed away on 11.10.2018 at the age of 67. Neville Charles Smith. ‘59. Passed away peacefully on Saturday 3 February 2018. John Synan passed away on 11 March at the age of 83. George Ralph Turville 06.03.27 - 30.05.19 graduated ’41. Loving husband to Betty. Father to Paul ’71, Dennis ’73, Brendan ’76, Anthony (Butch) ’81, Mark ’82, John ’86 and 7 daughters schooled at St Columba’s. Adored father-in-law and Poppa to all grandkids and great-grandkids. Forever in our hearts. Patrick Woodlock passed away on March 25, aged 68.

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