Lessons from college still stay strong
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.
Newman College alumini David Hynes with his 1967 year book in front of a statue of Marist Brothers founder Saint Marcellin Champagnat.