Christian Brothers old boys reunite

Gympie Christian Brothers Old Boys Les Doyle and Nev Bermingham.
Gympie Christian Brothers Old Boys Les Doyle and Nev Bermingham. Tanya Easterby

CHRISTIAN Brothers' Old Boys Les Doyle and Nev Bermingham are proud to be considered living history.

This year marks 75 years since the brick college building on top of Calton Hill officially opened.

Mr Doyle was a five year old when Gympie Christian Brothers for Boys closed the old school and opened the new one on July 17, 1938. Up until then students and teachers had been crammed into the old building where they were reportedly spilling out on to the verandas.

Mr Doyle was one of about 200 students who attended the new school. He went through to pass Year 8 and was attending Year 9 when he scored a job with Queensland Rail - a position he kept for 50 years.

A lot has changed since the Old Boys were young fellows learning reading, writing and arithmetic inside the college walls.

Communications, transport, life at home and the way we work. Most things, except the college walls, still standing as strong and proud as the time they were built to provide a Catholic education for the school's growing number of students.

Inside those walls is another story. Today, St Patrick's College is a different place. Bare floors and hard wooden seats have been replaced by modern comfort and state-of-the-art educational equipment.

The college has certainly evolved in the past 75 years.

A major change was the amalgamation with the Sister's of Mercy girl's school with the high school girls moving to the Christian Brothers College and the primary school boys moved to the Sisters of Mercy.

The amalgamation took place at the beginning of 1983 with both the schools adopting their present names of Saint Patrick's Primary School and Saint Patrick's College.

Mr Bermingham extended an invitation to former students, teachers, Christian brothers, priests and friends to attend the anniversary celebration of the original building and school reunion.

The June 2 event will begin with a celebratory mass at 9am followed by a gathering at the college for a blessing of the plaque at 10.15am to commemorate the event and a tour of the new facilities.

Phone 0418 790 055 to RSVP.

Gympie Times


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