March 2018 - Issue No. 34
Alumni Have A Ball At Annual Basketball and Hockey Games!

On Thursday, March 15th, the Alumni and Teachers held their own against our Senior Basketball Team as students cheered for their favourites from the sidelines. It was a close game, tied 22-22 at the half, with Alumni and Teachers finishing with a 49-45 lead over the Senior Team. Player of the Game goes to Gerry Allan '73! The Telegram stopped by to take in the game and get a few snaps. See what they had to say here

Alumni Basketball Team Roster: Gerry Puddister '74, Gerry Allan '73, Fred Wakeham '73, Michael Smith '14, English Teacher Milan Parab, Phys. Ed. Teacher Tommy Connors, Phys. Ed. Teacher Kim Devison, History Teacher and Senior Team Coach Chris Peters

Tip-off between Fred Wakeham '73 and Alex Hiscock '18.

Following the basketball game, all K-12 students headed over to Bussey Horwood Arena where our mascot, Frankie the Phoenix, dropped the puck as the Alumni Hockey team faced off against our Jr. High Hockey Team. It was another close game, with the Jr. High Team winning 9-8 in a shootout, claiming the first victory over the Alumni Team in 6 years! Player of the game is Shaun White '94!

Alumni Hockey Team Roster: Brian Hanley '98, Dave Jackman '65, Shaun White '94, Matthew Stanley '94, Gerry Crane P'17, Garrett Vincent '13, Gordon Laite '92, Bill Donovan '86 and Chemistry Teacher Kevin Toope

Frankie the Phoenix drops the puck as Alumni Committee Chair Dave Jackman '65 faces off with Jack Melendy '21, pictured with President Tom McGrath and Principal Annette Mallay.

Thanks to all who came out to watch and play for an amazing day of good sportsmanship and fun!

Call For Nominations: 2018 Alumnus of the Year Award and Magis Award for Young Alumni

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Brother J.B. Darcy, CFC Alumnus of the Year Award and the 2018 Magis Award for Young Alumni. 

The St. Bonaventure's College Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding graduate whose contributions have notably improved both their profession and community.

The recipient is a well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to justice in the generous service to the people of God.
They enrich the lives of others through their leadership, shared knowledge, creativity and innovation and they inspire alumni, students, faculty and staff. You can find the past recipients here.

The Magis Award for Young Alumni honours a young alumnus with a record of extraordinary professional, community or academic achievement.

The recipient is a young adult who has continued to include religion in their lives, is intellectually competent, loving and open to growth. Following the teachings of St. Bonaventure's College these alumni remain committed to justice in the generous service of the people of God. Recipients of the award will be 30 years of age or younger as of the close of nominations for the Awards. You can view past recipients here.

The deadline for applications is 
June 1st, 2018 . The nomination form for the Alumnus of the Year can be found here and the nomination for for the Magis Award can be found here.

What's Happening at SBC?
  • Our K-6 students celebrated Literacy Week from March 12th - 16th. They explored stories and literature, within the theme of Robert Munsch. The older students helped them celebrate Munsch by performing skits and tableaus within our school Family Groups. Various members of the St. John's community shared in Literacy Week by reading to our students. We even had a visit from players of the St. John's Edge Basketball team, who then played an intense game of one on one with our Grade 6's!
Grade 6 students (from left) Olivia C, Luci T, Veronica C and Meghan M hang out with Edge players Russel Byrd and Charles Hinkle.

  • Seven Grade 10 students - Ben McCarthy, Maggie McCarthy, Zoe Baker Pike, Doyle Stone, Abbey Moores, Jessica Casey and Madison Hull - travelled to the 2018 Arrupe Leadership Summit, a leadership and social justice program in Sparks, MD from March 8th -11th. They've returned to school with many great ideas on how they can increase their social justice initiatives.
Grade 10 students spent the day in Washington, DC on the way to the leadership conference.

  • Congratulations to Anna James '19 on winning the Rotary St. John's Adventures in Citizenship Speak Off. Anna will next go to Rotary's Adventures in Citizenship Convention in Ottawa this Spring. 
Anna James '19 accepts her Rotary Award from President Brad Beckett.

  • We celebrate two tennis champs this month. Jasmine Rahman '21, who won both the U16 and U18 indoor Atlantic Tennis Championships and to Rogan Betts '22, who placed second in U14 and U16 in the same tournament. 
  • Our Wind Ensemble won the Instrumental Group Rose Bowl ( our 13th!) in the 2018 Kiwanis Music Festival, and student Anna James '19 won the choral Junior Rose Bowl while Rachel Howells '18 was runner up for the instrumental Junior Rose Bowl. Congratulations to all of our wonderful musicians!

Upcoming Events
  • "Boom or Bust - Changing Attitudes About our Economy" Discussion Panel: You spoke, we listened. Earlier this year, those who answered our Alumni Survey expressed an interest in events related to networking and professional development. In a time when the Newfoundland economy seems unsure, we have invited successful local professionals to discuss and answer your questions related to opportunities within the local economy. CBC reporter and St. Bon's alum Jeremy Eaton will moderate. Our panel currently consists of Ms. Nancy Healey - CEO, St. John's Board of Trade, Ms. Carman Mullins - President, ExxonMobil Canada and Mr. Jon Drover - President, Blue Communications. The panel discussion will take place on  Wednesday, May 9th at 7 pm at St. Bon's. For further information, contact
  • 2018 Arrupe Lecture with Fr. Greg Boyle: Please join us in welcoming Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in LA, the largest and most successful gang rehabilitation facility in the world. Hear him speak on Tuesday, May 29th at 7pm at St. Bonaventure's College. Tickets are $10 and are available at the President's Office or online here. All proceeds will go to Fr. Greg's rehabilitation initiatives. For further information about Fr. Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries click here.
  • 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 Golf Tournament: This year's golf tournament will take place on Thursday, June 21st. For information on entering a team or sponsoring the tournament, contact Jessica Whalen at

Alumni Announcements
  • The St. Bon's Alumni Committee helped Br. Darcy celebrate his 98th birthday on Saturday, March 3rd. Br. Darcy '36 is the eldest living alumni of St. Bon's and is a past President and teacher. He has dedicated much of his life to the preservation of the history of the school, and his efforts continue to this day. 
  • Congratulations to Ms. Marissa Veitch '12, who has just completed her Intermediate/Secondary Education Internship at St. Bon's. Marissa will also be a camp leader at our first ever Easter Plus Camp. 
Br. Darcy '36 (seated third from left) turned 98 on March 3, 2018. The St. Bon's Alumni Committee and the Mount St. Francis Christan Brothers helped him celebrate.
Dr. Denis Furlong '62, who greatly supported the school, is pictured with President Tom McGrath at the 2014 Alumni Awards. 
We regret to inform you of the passing of :
  • Mr. Michael Jones '60
  • Dr. Denis Furlong '62, 2014 Alumnus of the Year

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

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