Stu­dents, teacher re­unite af­ter 60 years

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

IRENE Ba­tini cried the day she left school in 1956 be­cause it meant say­ing good­bye to her class­mates.

Last Sun­day, about 20 Our Lady’s Col­lege Old Girls met for their 60th re­union with their for­mer teacher Sis­ter Anna Maria O’Shea, who is now 93 years old and lives in Wem­b­ley.

Mrs Ba­tini said ev­ery time the Year 10 class came to­gether for a re­union, it felt like their last day of school was “just yes­ter­day”.

Our Lady’s Col­lege at Vic­to­ria Square in Perth is now Mercedes Col­lege.

“It was a very close-knit class. I only got into trou­ble for talk­ing and laugh­ing. You’re the same, you never change on the in­side… we are all the same peo­ple,” Mrs Ba­tini said.

The for­mer class­mates, who all cel­e­brate their 75th birth­day this year, came from across WA, Queens­land, Tas­ma­nia and Vic­to­ria for the re­union.

Mrs Ba­tini said she had beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries of her time at school and of Sis­ter Anna Maria, who she said “ran a tight ship” and was “very Ir­ish”.

Old girl Jenifer Ste­wart said in her school­ing days, most teach­ers had to teach al­most all sub­jects.

“Sis­ter Anna Maria came out from Ire­land as a young nun,” Mrs Ste­wart said.

“It was a very happy class.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d448569

No-non­sense teacher Sis­ter Anna Maria O'Shea and Irene Ba­tini and Jenifer Ste­wart (class of ’56) rem­i­nisced about their time at Our Lady’s Col­lege (now Mercedes Col­lege) 60 years ago.

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