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A Sad Irony - as the Pool is Decommissioned Cyril Shean Passes Away

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As the Cyril Shean School Pool is decommissioned we learn that Cyril Shean passed away 28 October 2015. Cyril was an Old Boy and resident of St Vincents. Cyril continuously tended the school pool (which was named in his honour) for 32 years until his retirement in 2000. He also managed a number of the School's rugby league teams over the years. He was a man of warm and gnerous heart - may he rest in peace.

This sad irony reminds us that physical structures may come and go but the positive impact of generous service to others will outlive physical structures and extend well beyond the the boundaries of the structure.

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After Nearly 50 Years the School Pool Closes


The Cyril Shean School Pool is to be decommissioned due to irreparable structural failures in the concrete. Over the last 5-8 years, attempts

have been made to fix the leaks but the pool is losing water at a rapid rate from multiple points. The cost of rebuilding this part of a 50 year

old pool are prohibitive. A very sad day indeed.
This is made even sadder as we learnt of the passing of Cyril Shean.
Please provide us with any photos of the pool and swimming events.

BuildingPoolBuilding the pool. Building to the right was Westmead Printing, the building in the top centre was the toilet block and in front of that were the cricket nets (you have to look pretty hard), beyond the toilet block to the left was a building that on the ground floor was the office, tuck shop and carpenter's shop, upstairs was a big room that was used for Marist Brothers 4th and 6th Class (later Year 7) and was a cinima, dance hall and conference/meeting room. Down below where the bulldozer is was the remains of three footy fields that Parra Marist and SVBH used to use! (Greg Goodwin)




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Images from the 1950 Year Book of MBP

MBP1950001Thanks to Chris Jurd who provided these images. The first of of the old school in Victoria Road Parramatta, now the site of the extended Saint Patrick's Cathedral complex. The second image (available on the post on the website) is of the teaching staff. In those days lay staff, as they were known were the exception, rather than the rule. In the post on the website you can click on the images to enlarge.Teachers1950001

Editorial Note

The image of the teaching staff includes Brother Norbert Mathieson who was also the commanding officer of the School Cadets at that time. There have been allegations that Brother Norbert was a pedophile however never charged. He died in 1954.  A Google search will provide links to these allegations. There have also been allegations that Br Laetus, who also appears in the image, was obsessionally violent. The allegations did not extend to being a pedophile.

If anyone has any complaints or information in respect of any abuse they should share their story, which can be on a confidential basis, with The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,  CLICK HERE or make a report to the police.

The Old Boys Union abhors any form of child abuse  and wants to see justice done for victims and the conviction and punishment of perpetrators. This will also serve to free the reputations of those good brothers and their good works that have been smeared by the selfish acts of predators.

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