June 2019 - Issue No. 47
Students, Staff, Parents, Alumni and Friends
Have a Blast at the 125th Anniversary of
St. Bon's Sports Day!

Our Masters of Ceremonies, Hudson W and Rowan M, welcomed participants and guests. 

The traditional marching of our students during the Opening Ceremonies.
St. Bon's Sports Day 2019 - 125 years after the very first Sports Day - came with one of the only sunny and warm days we have seen this month! Everyone enjoyed races, games, carnival activities and a BBQ lunch - the students especially enjoyed getting to drop their teachers in a dunk tank!

We were thrilled to be able to invite Dr. James Darcy '39 out to cut the ribbon during the Opening Ceremonies. Dr. Darcy is the oldest alumni in Newfoundland at 97 years old!

Dr. James Darcy '39 cuts the ribbon, held by Jim Power '65, John Breen '62 and Dave Jackman '65. 

Our Victors Ludorum, from left: Owen W, Charlie M, Colby S, Anna J, Ashlyn M and Elliott W.
Students, faculty, parents and alumni wore special T-shirts this year in the memory of Tom McGrath, our late President who passed away suddenly in February. The Blue and Gold shirts, organized by the Parents' Auxiliary, feature suspenders and ties - Tom's go-to style. The PA was able to donate $1000 to the Bursary Program from the sale of these shirts. 

Some of our students enjoying the potato sack races.

Bernardo T and Cole L enjoying a cotton candy treat. 
For the first time, Sports Day included the Alumni and Coaches vs Students Basketball Game! We had alumni players from the 1960's all the way up to 2018! The Alumni lost an extremely close game to our Senior players - what a heart breaker! Special thank you to honorary Alumni Team Coach Ray Hawco '52, St. Bon's basketball star. 

Players and spectators had a blast at the Second Annual Alumni vs Students Basketball Game

Ray Hawco with the Senior St. Bon's team in 1952.
2019 Alumni Dinner and Awards

This year's dinner will be held at St. Bon's on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 . Mark your calendars - it is always a fun evening of catching up with old school friends! 

The evening will open with a Mass in the Chapel, followed by a reception in the Aula, where a cash bar will be available. Dinner will follow in the gym, consisting of turkey dinner, a complimentary glass of wine, tea, coffee and dessert. 

Recipients of the 2019 Alumnus of the  Year Award and Magis Award for Young Alumni will be announced late August. Ticket information will also be released at that time. 
Welcome, Class of 2019!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome from the Alumni Community to our graduating class! They had a bust week full of celebrations including their Prom, Alumni Tie Ceremony and Commencement. We wish them all the best and cannot wait to see what they do next! Here are our accomplished grads and their plans for next year:

Sam Anderson
Acadia University (Psychology)
Sarah Carew
College of the Holy Cross (Neuroscience)
Maria Chafe
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Engineering)
Bridget Dalton
St. Francis Xavier University (Human Kinetics)
Lauren Edwards
College of the North Atlantic (Video Game Art and Design)
Clare Follett
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Music and Business Administration)
Liam Gale
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Commerce)
Aaron Greenland
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Engineering)
Anna James
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Music and Business)
Polina Konstantinova
 Memorial University of Newfoundland (Science)
Gabriel Morris
Memorial University of Newfoundland (General Studies)
Gavin Newton
University of Texas at El Paso (Military Science)
Andrew O'Brien
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Engineering)
Ubelejit Oyet
University of Waterloo (Civil Engineering)
Michael Parsons
St. Francis Xavier University (Business Administration)
Bonu Sotvoldiyeva
University of Ottawa (Psychology)
Ashley Stringer
 Dalhousie University (Medical Sciences)
Akec Tong
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Business Administration)
Michael Wedgwood
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Commerce)
Alumni Post-secondary Accomplishments

Congratulations to the following Alumni on their recent post-secondary accomplishments:

Ryan Aspell '15 - Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Mark Brennan '13 - Certificate in Public Policy from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Maria Carroll '14:  Bachelor of Public Relations, Certificate in Marketing, and Certificate in Business from Mount Saint Vincent University
Francis Dawson '14 - Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Political Science) and recipient of Medal for Academic Excellence from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Emma Dornan '15 - Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Samantha Etchegary '11 - Bachelor of Music Education and recipient of Medal for Academic Excellence from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Amy Hand '15 - Bachelor of Kinesiology (Co-op) from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nicholas Hiscock '13 - Bachelor of Music from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Laura Hurley '08 - Master of Science in Medicine from Memorial University
Sarah Mallay '14 - Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Caroline McDonald '15 - Bachelor of Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ryan McDonald '13 - Master of Music from University of Toronto
Kat McLevey '14 - Degree in Music from Berklee College  
Jennifer Murphy '14 - Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from St. Mary's University
Claire Riggs '13 - Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Charlesly Salter '05 - Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Michael J. Smith '14 - Bachelor of Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Maria Snow '12 - Master of Science (Occupational Therapy) from Dalhousie University
Rioghnach Steiner '11 - Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Fisheries) from University of Northern British Columbia
Anna Stevens (nee Snow) '09 - Master of Public Health from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Andrew Sullivan '10 - Doctor of Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland

Did we miss you? Let us know and we will have you in our next newsletter!

Jessica Whalen
(709) 726-0024 Ext. 228

Alumni Announcements
  • Congratulations to Lesley Bautista '05, 2017 recipient of the Magis Award for Young Alumni, on recently completing the Women's and Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship in Halifax. 
Dr. Lesley Bautista '05 

  • Kristen Murray '15 presented to our Career Development and Grade 5 classes on the topic of Entrepreneurship and Youth Ventures. Youth Ventures is an organization that helps students start their businesses. 
Kristen Murray '15 speaking to our Grade 5's.

  • Michael O'Keefe '13 (Rhodes Scholar, currently attending Oxford University) recently had the opportunity to interview and moderate a discussion with Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist. 
Michael O'Keefe '13 with Yo-Yo Ma. 

  • Ms. Eileen Pardy, who has taught in our primary division since the re-opening of St. Bon's in 1999, will be retiring at the end of this school year. She will be using her retirement to fulfill her long time dream of teaching in a northern community. We wish Eileen all the best as she embarks on this new adventure in Nunavut!
  • Update on Peter Lewis '76: As previously reported, Peter had been waiting for a new heart in Ottawa. We are happy to let you know that in the early hours of June 10th, Peter received the call - there was a heart ready and available for him. Mere hours later, a successful operation took place. The wait that began in October of 2018 was over. Peter is recovering in Ottawa and is doing well with his family by his side. 

We regret to inform you of the passing of:

  • Mr. Simon Lono, St. Bon's Debate Coach

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

St. Bon's Partners with Munn Insurance to Offer Alumni, Parents and Staff Group Discounts
Since launching our partnership with Munn Insurance in 2018, several staff, alumni and other St. Bon's community members have taken advantage of the group savings by switching to Munn. Savings have ranged anywhere from $300 to over $1000 per year! Amount saved will depend on the specifics of your required plans and coverage. Call for a quote today! For new business, contact Lacey Crickard at 709-726-0046. Existing Munn clients are also eligible for the group plan. For renewal or service on an existing plan, contact Florence Dawe at 709-757-0526. 

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