Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union News & Blog

Keeping members of the Parramatta Marist Old Boys community up to date with developments among Old Boys and the School community

1964 Class 5B

1964 Class 5B

Thanks to David Whitfield

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Business Insider Article - The top 10 private schools for boys in Sydney


You may be interested in this recent article in this recent article in Business Insider Australia - CHEAT SHEET: The top 10 private schools for boys in Sydney. The link to the article is HERE  A PDF copy can be viewed and downloaded HERE

The Scots College is the most expensive school with annual tuition fees for a senior student costing parents $33,098. Meanwhile Parramatta Marist High School proved to be the most bang for your buck, ranking sixth on the list and offering the lowest tuition fees at $4,357 per annum for a senior student.

The only mistake is that Parramatta Marist High is not a private schoool.  Parramatta Marist High is a Catholic Systemic School which is administwred through Catholic Education - Diocese of Parramatta. 

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Block out your diary - Old Boys Annual Dinner Evening Friday 16 October 2015

2013 Annual Dinner The Annual Parramatta Marist Old Boys Dinner will be held Friday evening 16 October 2015 at Parramatta Leagues Club. Bookings essential.

Catch up with old school mates and support the Brother Coman Scholarship fund at the same time. The Brother Coman Scholarship is made available to four students of the School each year.

The ticket price will remain at $55. Tickets can be purchased online now using a credit card via the Trybooking system at this link   There is small credit card surcharge of $1.70 plus a booking fee of 30 cents per ticket.

You will also be able to purchase tickets by cheque and direct deposit / EFT. Details of these arrangements will be in the invitation to be published soon.

This year will be extra special for those old boys commemorating their final year anniversaries in:

2005 - decennial;

1995 - vicennial;

1990 - quadranscentennial (silver jubilee);

1985 - tricennial;

1975 - quadragennial;

1965 - quinquagenary;

1955 - sexagenary;

Apologies to any latin scholars. If you are from any of those years please contact the Old Boys Union using the contact form on the Old Boys Union website and we will help you get in touch with your class mates.

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Parramatta Marist HSC Student Comparing Life of 18 Year Old Digger 100 Years Ago - Parramatta Advertiser

This story which was published in the Parramatta Advertiser on 22 April 2015 about a Parramatta Marist HSC Student of today, Adriano De-Rossi, and the life of an 18 year old ANZAC, Gordon Champion, 100 years earlier. A PDF copy of this story can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

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Parramatta Advertiser - The Old School is Cool

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Allan Philip Awarded Gunner Kevin Dolahenty Award for the Best Fielder in the First 11 Cricket team

Kevin Dolahenty TrophyOn 13 March 2015 Allan Philip was awarded the Gunner Kevin Dolahenty Award for the Best Fielder in the First 11 Cricket team. This award was instituted this year by Adrian Dolahenty (an Old Boy of the school; Class of 1986), his wife Nicole and sons (Patrick, Year 9 and Thomas, Year 11) and extended family. The family are descendants of Gunner Kevin Dolahenty who was also an Old Boy of Parramatta Marist and who fought with the 2/15 Field Regiment in Malaya during WW2. He died fighting the Japanese in 1942. He was a keen cricketer and loved fielding in particular. The trophy is itself a statue of a 2/15 Field Regiment gunner.Roll of Honour

Last year, some of our students visited Gunner Dolahenty's grave at Kranji War Cemetery whilst on an immersion trip to Singapore (see below).

Gunner Dolahentys graveThe Old Boys Union, Brother Patrick and Parramatta Marist congratulate Allan on winning this award.

.Gunner Kevin Dolahenty

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Invitation to Old Boys who served in the armed forces; as national servicemen; reservists and the cadets

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Given it is the Centenary of Gallipoli and 70th Anniversary of the end of WW2, Brother Patrick, principal of Parramatta Marist High, wishes to invite Old Boys who served in the armed forces; as national servicemen; reservists and the cadets to help the School commemorate this special anniversary and our OB's who served and died.

The ANZAC commemoration will be held on 27th April at 11am here at the School. Please contact the president of the Old Boys Union and teacher at the School Adam Hendry for further details. You can contact Adam using the Contact Us form on this website.

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Thank you Old Boys' from Scholarship Family

The Scholarships sponsored by the Old Boys Union from its fund raising can make a real difference to the recipient boys and their families as seen from this thank you letter received by the Old Boys' Union and Brother Patrick


The major fund raising event for the Old Boys Union in the annual dinner held in October each year. Full details will be on the website later in the year.

We apologise for the website being offline for an extended period. Its popularity meant it had to be upgraded. This in turn meant some of the different components or plugins that form part of the website didn't work well together and this required some further tweaking. The development and improvement of the upgraded website is an ongoing project.

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The Captain Raymond Allsopp (A.A.M.C) Memorial Award Reinstituted

Year12MajorAwardsThe School with the support of The Old Boys' Union has reinstituted the Captain Raymond Allsopp (A.A.M.C) Memorial Award. The award will be to a Year 12 Student. The award for 2014 will be presented next Tuesday 9 September 2014 at the School Assembly.

Captain Raymond Allsopp, an Old Boy of Parramatta Marist, studied medicine at the University of Sydney, and subsequently joined the Australian Army Medical Corp at the outbreak of World War II. He was killed by a mortar bomb whilst heroically tending to his fellow wounded soldiers whilst under fire during a Japanese ambush in Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies, in 1945.

The recipient of the Captain Raymond Allsopp Memorial Award has demonstrated exemplary conduct in his relationships with his fellow students and teachers and, as was also written about Captain Raymond Allsopp in the 1945 school yearbook, "has demonstrated Christian charity, fortitude and devotion to duty' and is 'one who approaches so near the knightly ideal that a Catholic school proposes to its alumni".

This memorial cup was kindly donated by another Old Boy, Elias Wehbe, from the Class of 2001. Elias is the owner of the Chemist Warehouse, Parramatta. The Old Boys' Union has also contributed to the cost of the cup.

The award would be offered in perpetuity (and retained by the school) with the student's name being engraved on the cup or base. The student themselves will be given a commemorative medallion (shown above) as a keepsake. The maker of the medallions, T and G Signcraft, Balmain (who also makes the Order of Australia awards), has also designed and engraved the cup for the School.

The award winner will also receive a $100 gift voucher from Chemist Warehouse Parramatta and a $100 gift voucher from the associated optometry practice.

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You too can help Parramatta Marist High continue to be at the forefront of education innovation


Parramatta Marist Community Engagement and Partnership Program 

A key to the School's success as an innovation leader in education has been the Problem Based Learning (PBL).

A fundamental element of PBL is to engage with the ‘real’ world and bring the experience and expertise of the wider community into the school and, conversely, to send students out into that world.  Accordingly, the school  seeks  to  establish  stronger  ties  with  our  school,  Old  Boy  and  local communities in order to facilitate deeper and experiential learning of our students. This is known as the Parramatta Marist Community Engagement and Partnership Program.

Here are some suggestions how you could be involved and make a real difference:

1. Verbal feedback on selected student work in area of expertise
2. Written feedback on selected student work in area of expertise
3. Skype conference call with students
4. School visit and feedback session
5. Workplace visitation from students
6. Work experience
7. Keynote presentation to students

Other suggestions are welcome.

The Principal, Br Patrick Howlett and President of the Old Boys Union, Adam Hendry go on to explain the Parramatta Marist Community Engagement and Partnership Program:

"Dear Parents, Friends and Ex-­‐students of Parramatta Marist,

The world of education is changing rapidly and Parramatta Marist is at the forefront of this revolution. For the best part of a decade, PMH has undertaken fundamental structural changes and continued to refine the nature and scope of its teaching and learning to best prepare its students for the 21st Century. Project and Problem Based Learning (PBL) are at the heart of this change -­‐ these student centred approaches to learning differ from traditional practice as they teach and assess fundamental 21st Century ‘soft’ skills (e.g. teamwork, presentation skills, critical thinking), promote independent learning and problem solving skills whilst integrating technology. In that time, Parramatta Marist has also consistently featured in the HSC Top 100 schools; forged international partnerships; hosted leading educators from across the world; held an international conference and staff and students have studied, trained and delivered presentations across the USA, China, South East Asia and in Europe. Consequently, Parramatta Marist has gained a reputation as a leader in innovation in education.

To continue to ensure the continued development and success of the school, we need your help. A fundamental element of PBL is to engage with the ‘real’ world and bring the experience and expertise of the wider community into the school and, conversely, to send students out into that world. Accordingly, we seek to establish stronger ties with our school, Old Boy and local communities in order to facilitate deeper and experiential learning of our students. The modern school curriculum is diverse and ranges from Legal studies, IT and Hospitality to Engineering Studies and Construction; consequently, we believe every parent, Old Boy and community member can offer support and advice in myriad ways to the next generation.

If you are able to offer this invaluable time and support, please fill out the ONLINE form at:
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Any support you can offer would be gratefully received and appreciated by the school and students.

Yours sincerely,

Br Patrick Howlett,Principal and Adam Hendry, President of Old Boys Union"

A PDF version of this letter can be downloaded from the post on the website -CLICK HERE in the post

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Recent passing of two members of the 1964 Leaving Certificate class

From David McFadden

candleWith sadness we report the passing of two of the members of the 1964 Leaving Certificate class.
Anthony (Tony) Cheeseman passed away on 10 August after a long struggle with stomach cancer.
Denis Normoyle passed away on 1 August after a similarly long struggle with skin cancer.
Along with 17 other deceased classmates of the 1964 Group, we will remember them at our Golden Jubilee Reunion to be held on 18 and 19 October at Old Government House, Parramatta.
We have managed to locate 194 of the 208 classmates in the three grades Intermediate 1962, Fourth Year 1963 and Leaving Certificate 1964.
At present we expect almost 100 to attend and will present a report after the event

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Class of 1995 School Mates take the Oxfam 100 km Challange

TeamFortioItoParramatta Marist High Class of 1995 schoolmates Ben Bailey, Chris Kennedy, David Pottzy McLean and Simon Gwynne are taking on the 100km OXFAM TRAILWALKER to help some of the poorest people on earth.

The walk is on the 22 - 24 August 2014. It is estimated to take 30 hours to complete the 100 km from Parsley Bay in Brooklyn on the banks of the Hawkesbury River to Mosman.

Their goal is to raise $4000 and they need your kind support. Their team name is FORTIOR ITO. If you can, please give generously and consider how your donation can make a real difference. To donate, please visit (Please visit the post if this link is not showing in your email)
Thank you for your support

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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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Calling all Parramatta Marist Old Boys living in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast

GoldcoastSkyline-04Chris Edwards(1991) who is now living in Brisbane has asked us to put a call out to all Old Boys living in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, (well basically South East Queensland). He knows three others living in Brisbane at the moment. He wouldn't mind perhaps trying to get a few old boys together up in South East Queensland that can't make it to Parra Leagues in October.

We would only be too happy to help establish chapters of the Old Boys Union interstate and even overseas. Anyone interested can add their contact details by either adding a comment to this post on the website (your contact details will not be published) or use the Contact Us for on the website.

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This comment from the daughter of Michael McCarthy (1970) made it all worthwhile.

YourWelcomeThank you very much to Melissa Mackay, the daughter of the late Michael McCarthy (1970) who made the following comment in respect of the Old Boys blog post at

"I was actually searching for something to do with the Commonwealth Bank for work and came across this photo. The man in the back row (far right) is my late father, Michael McCarthy. Dad passed away in March 2011. It was a lovely surprise to come across this photo on the web!"

This comment was really appreciated and made the pleasurable task of maintaining the Old Boys Union website all worthwhile.

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Trying to track down Tom Torrance. Year 12 circa 1982

detectiveJohn Hughes has sought our help to track down Tom Torrance - Year 12 1982

We respect the privacy of Old Boys so we will not publish or release any contact details about anyone without their consent.

You can leave a comment to this post on the website if you have any information about the Old Boy in question. The comment is not automatically published. You can request that all or part of your comment not be published.

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Video of the Centenary Game of School Boy Rugby League - Parramatta Marist v St Marys Cathedral

A video of the Centenary Game of School Boy Rugby League (1914-2014) - Parramatta Marist v St Marys Cathedral has been uploaded to Youtube. The match was held at  Erskineville Oval (adjacent to the location of the field for the original game) on Tuesday, 20th May 2014, 100 years to the day that it was first played. It was originally a primary school competition but only St. Mary's Cathedral, Parramatta Marist and St. James, Forest Lodge (which remains a primary school) still remain from the 9 teams that participated that day 100 years ago.

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School Boys Visit Old Era - Parramatta Advertiser

140530ParraAdvertiser_1Article from the Parramatta Advertiser 28 may 2014 regarding the centenary game of school boys rugby league played by Parramatta Marist. Click on the image of the article to expand.

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Funeral details - Laurence (Loz) Dermot Ryan (1961) Friday 6 June 2014

funeralRyanThe funeral details for Laurence (Loz) Dermot Ryan (1961) are set out below.  St Mary's Catholic Church is at 6 Raglan Street Manly. NSW 2095.

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Vale Laurence Dermott Ryan (1961)

candleGreg Corr advised us that last Thursday (29 May 2014), Laurie had a cerebral hemorrhage outside his Balgowlah home and died in Royal North Shore Hospital on Friday morning.
Laurence Dermott Ryan was in the Intermediate Certificate Class of 1959 at Marist Brothers High School, Lidcombe and the Leaving Certificate Class of 1961 at Marist Brothers High School, Parramatta.His brother, Terry was in the MBP LC Class of 1963.
Our prayers are with Laurie and his family.
Please feel free to let us know more about his time at Marist Brothers and his life after leaving school. You can add a comment to this post or use the Contact Us form on this website.

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