February 2018 - Issue No. 33
Alumni Hockey and Basketball Games - Still Time To Play!

There's still time to join the Alumni Hockey Team and/or the Alumni Basketball Team! A group of alumni will take on the Senior Basketball Team on Thursday, March 15th at 12:15 pm in the St. Bon's gym, followed by a face-off against the Junior High Hockey Team at 2:00 pm at Bussey Horwood Arena. A little out of practice? No problem! It's just for fun. Come on out and play for your Alma Mater!

If you are able to play on Thursday, March 15th, please contact Jessica Whalen at jwhalen@stbons.ca or (709)726-0024 Ext. 228.

St. Bon's Alumni: Giving Back Over Winter Break

From left: Lauren Stringer '17, Claire Genest '16 and Ben Dornan '17. Note the bag of fresh, locally made bagels from Georgestown Bakery that they shared with staff!
It was a welcome surprise to see Claire Genest '16, Lauren Stringer '17 and Ben Dornan '17 walk through the Mullock Hall doors on Wednesday, February 21. All three are on winter break from university - Claire attends Mount Allison in New Brunswick while Lauren and Ben attend Dalhousie in Nova Scotia. We are always thrilled to have our alumni back for a visit. It was a further surprise to find out that they were in the neighbourhood because they had just come from serving breakfast at The Gathering Place, where they all previously to volunteer weekly through the St. Bon's Christian Service Program. We are proud that our alumni feel the call to serve the poor and marginalized beyond their high school requirements - true men and women for and with others. 

St. Bon's Wins Heritage Award

From left: President Tom McGrath, Councillor Maggie Burton and Chair Barbara Mason
From left: President Tom McGrath, Mayor Danny Breen '77 and Chair Barbara Mason

St. Bon's has a rich history, and we are dedicated to preserving the heritage of our school. With constant projects to restore and repair our buildings, we are proud to be honoured by the City of St. John's with a Heritage Award. Some of our recent initiatives include the restorations of the wooden staircase and wainscoting in Mullock Hall. These projects are funded by the Annual Fall Gala and SBC Cash Lottery. President Tom McGrath and Chair of the Board Barbara Mason accepted the award at City hall. They were even treated with a trip to alumnus Mayor Danny Breen's '77 office to see a Sherry Eddy painting of the old St. Bon's grounds, pre-Mullock Hall era. 
What's Happening at SBC?
  • Our school celebrated the airing of our Wind Ensemble's rendition of the Olympic Theme on CBC with a viewing party in the gym, which was broadcast live during CBC's Olympic coverage. Our students were excited to see themselves on the big screen - we hope you caught it on CBC's Here & Now! Congratulations to Ms. Vincenza Etchegary and the Wind Ensemble.
  • Our Senior Choirs and Bands are participating in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Fantastic performances so far!

Our students loved watching themselves cheer on the big screen!

The Wind Ensemble's beautiful plaque in recognition of their winning rendition of the Olympic Theme from CBC Canada.
  • Another big month for sports! Our Grade 8 Girls basketball team placed 3rd in their St. Bon's Invitational tournament. Both of our Grade 7 teams also participated in Basketball tournaments, the girls at Brother Rice and the boys at St. John Bosco. Our Senior basketball team is on a winning streak - five in a row - you may have your work cut out for you, Alumni Team! 
  • A huge congratulations to Grade 10 student Madison Hull '20, winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Ultimate Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award!

St. Bon's Grade 6/7 Grils Basketball Team.
Madison Hull '20 receiving her Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award.

  • Some fantastic science initiatives at St. Bon's in the month of February. Our Annual Science Fair Day was a huge success. Grades 4-9 students showcased their amazing projects and participated in hands-on science activities led by our senior students. Check out the winners and more pictures here. Thanks to all the judges, including many alumni. Our Grade 11 students, as they begin to think about post secondary and career opportunities, were given a tour of the Memorial University Science Department and Facilities.
  • Congratulations to Grade 3 student Chloe Flusk '27 on winning the Primary Level of the Heritage Fair Poster Contest for her beautiful painting of St. Bon's. You may have heard 8-year-old Chloe give an interview like a pro on VOCM news!

Some of our amazing Grade 5 science projects
Chloe '27 with her award-winning painting of St. Bon's
  • We held three Ash Wednesday Services in our Chapel on Wednesday, February 14th. There was Mass for Grades 7-12, and services for Grades K-3 and Grades 4-6 led by the Grade 3's and 6's, respectively. A wonderful job was done by all musicians, speakers and leaders. 
  • On Sunday, February 4, our Christian Service students presented their experiences to parents, friends and staff in our Chapel. Student and teacher speakers detailed how this Program has bettered their lives and changed their worldview. 
Christian Service Night speakers from left: Ms. Gabrielle Martin, Principal Annette Mallay, Anna James '19, Ashley Stringer '19, Zoe Baker Pike '20, Cullen Miller '18 and President Tom McGrath. 

Elementary students receive their ashes on Ash Wednesday. 

Upcoming Events


  • SBC Cash Lottery: With prizes of $10, 000, $2, 000 and $1, 000, you don't want to miss your chance to win! Tickets are $10 or 3 for $20 and will be drawn on March 16th. Contact Jessica Whalen for tickets: (709- 726-0024 Ext. 228 or jwhalen@stbons.ca
  • Annual St. Bon's Sports Day: All alumni are welcome to join us for fun, games and lunch on Wednesday, June 6th (Rain Date June 7th).
  • 2018 St. Bon's Cup Gold Tournament: Mark you calendar for this year's tourney on Thursday, June 21st. Further information regarding team registration is forthcoming.  
Alumni Announcements
  • Congratulations to Ben Dornan '17, a member of the Atlantic University Sports Swim Meet Champion team from Dalhousie. 
We regret to inform you of the passing of :
  • Robert Doyle '52
  • Joseph Moore '58

If you have any alumni announcements such as births, marriages, accomplishments or deaths please send the information to Mrs. Jessica Whalen at jwhalen@stbons.ca.

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