The Dominic College class of 1981 met at the “White House” on October 15 to celebrate 30 years since their graduation from Year 10. Several Old Scholars travelled from the mainland and the north of the state to join with their old class mates for an afternoon trip down memory lane.
During a tour of the College, led by current Dominic Principal Ms Beth Gilligan, many went into their old Year 9 classrooms (9 Brown, 9 Orange or 9 Gold) and recalled many memories of classmates and teachers. Br Peter Dezani was fondly remembered as we toured the new Design Centre with one classmate pointing out that amongst the newness of the centre Br Peter’s old workbenches were still being used. The girl’s hall did not seem to be as big as we remembered and the search was on for the carpet bowls in the ‘rat hole’. There was amazement at the size and structure of the new Chapel as we remembered our weekly masses (every Tuesday – 10.00am) in the ‘old’ Chapel.
Thank you to Fr Frank Bertagnolli, Fr Lawrie Moate and Mr Brian Brennan who all attended the reunion. 1981 was as special to them as it was to us. It was Fr Frank’s last year at the College as Principal and Mr Brennan’s first year as a teacher at Dominic. Mr Brennan shared with us his wisdom that ‘Dominic is not made of bricks and mortar…it is made up by us – teachers, students and Old Scholars.’ This was reinforced by the number of Old Scholars who return to the school as parents, staff and visitors to the College.
After a wonderful afternoon at the College many continued reminiscing over a meal and drinks well into the evening. Plans are being made to meet up again over Christmas with friends who could not make this reunion.
Many thanks to the organising committee of Allana, Cathy, Maxine, Paul, Tim and Michele for their dedication to making the reunion happen and their hard work in tracking down contact details for over 70 old scholars. Thanks also to Ms Beth Gilligan, Mrs Caroline Jager and Mrs Anne Clarke for the commitment and support they gave towards a very enjoyable reunion.
Source: Dominic College