Lessons from col­lege still stay strong

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

NEW­MAN Col­lege is cel­e­brat­ing 50 years on its Church­lands cam­pus next month.

Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager David Hynes was in Year 11 at the col­lege in 1965 and said the cam­pus had changed dra­mat­i­cally since then.

“It was called Marist Col­lege back in those days,” Mr Hynes said.

“Re­li­gious num­bers were dwin­dling. It brought to­gether the se­nior stu­dents from St Joseph’s Col­lege in Su­bi­aco and St Ilde­phon­sus Col­lege (SIC), New Nor­cia.

“The school was just a sin­gle block – a frac­tion of the cur­rent com­plex.”

Mr Hynes, who works at the PTA’s East Perth base, sent his three chil­dren to New­man Col­lege and two of them were mar­ried at the col­lege chapel.

He said the style of ed­u­ca­tion had also evolved since he at­tended the col­lege.

“Cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment was still around and it was sin­gle sex,” Mr Hynes said.

“We had some re­ally out­stand­ing teach­ers – Marist Brothers – as well as lay peo­ple and I have stayed in touch with some of my old school mates. I look back very fondly on those years.”

Mr Hynes lived in Floreat and would catch the bus to St Joseph’s but rode his bike to Church­lands.

“Even then we had an ex­cel­lent pub­lic trans­port sys­tem. Cy­cling is of course an im­por­tant part of the pub­lic trans­port mix,” he said.

The 50-year re­union will be held at the col­lege on Fe­bru­ary 13.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432184

New­man Col­lege alu­mini David Hynes with his 1967 year book in front of a statue of Marist Brothers founder Saint Mar­cellin Cham­pag­nat.

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