“7 December 1945 Marist Brothers’ High School, Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW,
MARIST BROTHERS’ HIGH SCHOOL
To Whom it May Concern,
This is to certify that Terence George Sheens was a pupil of the Marist Brothers’ High School Parramatta. Terence came to us in First Year 1941, and this year has sat for his Leaving Certificate.
We have no hesitation in recommending Terence as a good student, throughout his time at school. He has a pleasing personality and is keen and eager to advance.
Terence took an active part in all school activities. He held the rank of Warrant Officer in our Cadet Detachment, and was a prominent member of our cricket, football and athletic teams.
Terence has ability and we feel sure that given a favourable opportunity he will succeed. I would be very pleased to supply information about this boy.I remain Yours Sincerely
Source: Sheens Heritage
Gunner Kevin Dolahenty Trophy –
The image is of the Gunner Dolahenty Trophy. This award was instituted in 2015 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 11 February 1942. He was a keen cricketer and loved fielding in particular. The trophy is itself a statue of a 2/15 Field Regiment gunner.
The Captain Raymond Allsopp (A.A.M.C) Memorial Award –
The 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.
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.
You may be interested in this article in Business Insider Australia – CHEAT SHEET: The top 10 private schools for boys in Sydney. A PDF copy of the article 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 school. Parramatta Marist High is a Catholic Systemic School which is administered through Catholic Education – Diocese of Parramatta.