November 2015 - Issue No. 14
St. Bon's Launches  The  Alumni Scholarship
Students vs Alumni Hockey Game 2015
We need your help! We are appealing to our alumni to help give students in financial need the unique educational opportunity that St. Bonaventure's College offers by donating to the  St. Bonaventure's College Alumni Scholarship.  

The St. Bon's  Alumni  Scholarship 
will be given to new students transferring to St. Bon's for high school who exhibit:
  • Financial Need
  • Academic ability
  • Commitment to service
  • Athletic talent

In the future, the scholarship will be offered to students who show talent in other areas such as drama, music, art etc. By supporting this program you are not only helping these students gain access to an education program that focuses on caring for the whole child, but you are also helping to further strengthen our high school programs. 

To donate to the St. Bonaventure's College Alumni Scholarship click here or contact Kim Stagg at 726-0024 ext 202.

Alumni Book Release
"Gower Street"
Nix Wadden's 2nd book
Gower Street.
Alumni Nix Wadden '47 has released his second book, a memoir titled "Gower Street".  In this book he reflects back on different aspects of his life including his time at St. Bon's. 
Below are excerpts from the book. 

"St. Bon's was in my time the best known and highest ranking boys school for Roman Catholics in Newfoundland. Run by the Irish Christian Brothers, it offered tuition all the way from Grade One to Grade Eleven (junior matriculation level) and Grade Twelve (senior matriculation, roughly equivalent to First Year University.)
It functioned quite successfully both on the academic front and in community activities, particularly in sports. While students faced a level of discipline that was usually moderate but could be almost severe, morale and school spirit were uniformly high, and seriously disruptive incidents were few. Not that it was boring, as colourful personalities and constant activity in class and outside ensured lively participation and interaction among students and staff. Class sizes were between 20 and 30 in the lower grades, but rose to 40 or 50 in grades 9 to 11."

"Nick-naming of teachers was a common practice among students, sometimes simply using their Christian names, but also a few that were less than flattering. They included Barty Strapp, Dinky Dobbin, Sammy Murphy, Muck Smith, Jimmy Bates, Bugs Hearn, Paddy Fleming, Jackie Keane, Joe Darcy, Stalk Brennan, Max Kealey and Ted English. Brother Tarrant, a demanding teacher we had in Grade Eleven, inevitably became known as Brother Tyrant and he sometimes played the part. Brothers Fleming, Tarrant and Darcy later served St. Bon's as President. "

For more information on Nix visit

Giving Tuesday is Almost Here
Text to Support St.Bon's

Your donation will be used to enhance educational experiences for the students. 
Through the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends St. Bon's is able to provide a quality Jesuit education in the Catholic tradition to numerous young men and women each year. 

St. Bon's is excited to participate in Giving Tuesday- a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Every dollar given On Giving Tuesday directly impacts the educational experience provided by St. Bonaventure's College. 

Donations to the Giving Tuesday campaign provides equipment, infrastructure, and opportunities beyond those afforded by tuition to support the academic excellence of our students.

Text Give2SBC to 20222 today to make a one time donation of $5 to St.Bon's!

You can also donate online below.

             Alumni Announcements                     

We regret to inform you of the passing of the following alumni:

James (Jim) Ryan' 63

If you have any announcements or news to add to our newsletter, such as deaths, marriages, births, awards, career news and more, please email Jennifer at 

Social Night 

Don't forget about our new monthly alumni social night- the first Thursday of each month from 7-9 at the Martini Bar on George St. 

Stop by and spend time with old friends and even make new ones!

For more information contact Jennifer at or 726-0024 ext 214 

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