November 2017 - Issue No. 30
Happy 161st Anniversary St. Bon's!
Impressive Alumni Achievements
Michael O'Keefe '13, with his Rhodes Trust certificate.
Will Cahill '96, second from right, celebrates with his firm, Cox & Palmer.
Mayor Danny Breen '77.

Throughout the history of the school, many St. Bon's Alumni have gone on to accomplish great things. This continues today, and we would like to congratulate the following alumni on their recent accomplishments:
  • Michael O'Keefe '13, has been selected as Newfoundland's 2018 Rhodes Scholar. More information is forthcoming in the next edition of Magis Magazine. We wish Michael all the best as he accepts this prestigious honour and continues on to Oxford, after a successful academic career with MUN Faculty of Music. Michael is the first Rhodes Scholar of the school since it opened as a Jesuit institution in 1999, and joins 27 other St. Bon's Alumni who have received the honour throughout the school's history. 
  • William Cahill '96, was named Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 by Lexpert Magazine. For more information, you can visit Cox & Palmer's website here. Mr. Cahill is a partner with this firm. Will is also parent to current Grade 1 St. Bon's student Nathan. 
  • His Worship Danny Breen '77, was elected Mayor of St. John's in the recent municipal election, succeeding Dennis O'Keefe '62, also an alumnus of St. Bon's. Mayor Breen also completed a Bachelors Degree in Arts (Political Science) at the age of 54 in 2016 at Memorial University. 

Alumni Abroad: James Hurley '04 Brings His Musical Talents to Germany

James Hurley '04 and wife Olivia at their studio in Germany. 
After graduating from St. Bon's in 2004, James Hurley continued his musical education and career, which has taken him from Newfoundland to Boston and now to Germany, where he has settled with his wife, Olivia Friemel, and their son Oscar. 

James has opened a piano studio which doubles as an educational institution and a performance venue. Earlier this month, James released his first CD of original solo piano music. For the full story and more information on his CD, "Nightscapes", click here. Visit James and Olivia's website,

St. Bon's Rowing Champions Through the Generations! 
2017 Gold Medallists Meet 1957 Champs
From left: Lena Jurik '23, Susannah Polack-Finley '23, Kiera Fitzpatrick-Moran '23, Alana Gale '22, Molly Anne Smith '22, Alicia Mason-Quinton '22 and Ava Bishop '23.
Seated: David Fox '51 and Gerald Lang '51

The St. Bon's Rowing Team were named Champions of the 1957 Royal St. John's Regatta. Sixty years later, the 2017 Regatta saw the first St. Bon's team in almost 50 years - and the first ever female team - place first in their Female Squirt race. Our current gold medallists had the opportunity to meet the two living members of the 1957 champs, Mr. Gerald Lang '51 and Mr. David Fox '51. Also present were Mrs. Lang, wife of Gerald, and Mrs. Dorothy Kearney, widow of Joe Kearney, who attend St. Bon's before enlisting as a commando in the British Army during the Second World War. 
The students were treated to stories about rowing in those days, and Mrs. Kearney shared some of her late husband's fascinating war stories. Fun was had by all, and it was great to celebrate St. Bon's continued athletic achievements!

What's Happening at SBC?
Grade 9 and 11 students at The Cross of Sacrifice in the Field of Honour at Mount Pleasant Cemetery following the St. Bon's No Stone Left Alone ceremony. 

Peter Cho '21 (left) and Jack Melendy '21 performing a dramatic reflection at our annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. 

  • Our annual Remembrance Ceremony was held on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at The Basilica. Our students gave a touching tribute to veterans and those who gave their lives in military combat through music, dramatic presentations and prayer. Thank you to our Grade 9's who led the ceremony. 
  • For the first time in Newfoundland, a No Stone Left Alone Ceremony honoured deceased Canadian veterans by placing a poppy on the resting places of military personnel at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The No stone Left Alone Foundation initiates these ceremonies across Canada, and St. Bon's is proud to be the school that began this important venture in Newfoundland. Mr. Chris Peters and his Grade 9 and 11 history students organized and ran the ceremony, bringing thoughtful reflections from Grade 11 students Michael Parsons and Sarah Lewis. Grade 11 Ashley Stringer played the Last Post. 

Gold Medal Winning Senior Boys Indoor Soccer Team

Gold Medal Winning Senior Girls Indoor Soccer Team

  • Lots going on in the Athletics Department again this month! Both our Senior Girls and Senior Boys Indoor Soccer Teams took home the gold in Regional tournaments. Our Grades 6/7 Basketball Team were invited to play a scrimmage at halftime for one of Memorial University's Seahawk's men's basketball games this month.  Our new St. Bon's Hockey Skills Academy is off to a great start, and tryouts for our Junior High Hockey Team are underway. 
  • Students took advantage of many different ways to extend their learning in November. St. Bon's is re-introducing a debating team. Led by volunteer Simon Lono and called the St. Bon's Debate Guild, it gives students from Grades 7-12 the opportunity to engage in debates as well as attend events such as a live debate regarding whether prisons should be punitive at Memorial University. In elementary, our Grade 4-6 students show cased fantastic and interesting research projects at out annual St. Bon's Heritage Fair. Three students - Ethan Geldenhuys (Grade 4), Anna-Maria Pawlinska (Grade 5) and Griffin McGrath (Grade 6) - will attend the Regional Heritage Fair in Bay Roberts in 2018.

O ur Grade 6/7 Boys Basketball team met Sammy the Seahawk after their halftime scrimmage at Memorial University.
Grade 7 students Lena Jurik and Kiera Fitzpatrick-Moran taking in a debate at MUN. Thanks to our debate team coach, Simon Lono, for giving the students this opportunity. 

Christian Service Program: Spotlight on The Gathering Place
St. Bon's has long had a positive relationship with The Gathering Place, a local " service centre committed to building community, promoting equality and providing nourishment". Welcoming guests aged 25 or older with various concerns including mental illness, learning disabilities and addictions, The Gathering Place provides meals, a safe place for socializing and hygiene needs and much more.

In 2015, St. Bon's partnered with The Gathering Place to get students involved as part of our Christian Service Program. Some of our high school students, coordinated by Ms. Gabrielle Martin, prepare and serve food every Wednesday morning before class as part of The Gathering Place Breakfast Program. A hearty meal is provided to those in need free of charge.

The students thoroughly enjoy being a part of this program and interacting with the guests of The Gathering Place - so much so that many of them continue to volunteer beyond their required hours and through their Christmas and summer holidays. This is but one example of how our current students are engaged in formation as men and women for others. 
Cullen Miller '18 cleans up and gets ready to head to homeroom after and early shift.
Abbey Moores '20 loves helping out with the Breakfast Program. 

Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for the following events:     
  • Annual Alumni Christmas Social -  Thursday, Dec. 21, 7pm-9pm in the Aula Maxima. Proceeds go to The Gathering Place (suggested donation $5 - you'll get two drink tickets and an entry for prize draws)

Alumni Announcements
Hillary Simms '12.
Kat McLevey '14.

We wish to extend warm congratulations to:
  • Hillary Simms '12, who won the 2nd place prize of $5000 for brass at the OSM Competition and a full scholarship and room and board to attend Aspen Summer Music Festival in the summer of 2018. For further information, click here.
  • Kat McLevey '14, who was selected to represent Newfoundland on the Blundstone Canada Ultimate Canadian Musical Experience Playlist 2017. You can listen and download here.

We regret to inform you of the passing of :
  • Mr. John Hanley '62
  • Dr. Bernard O'Dwyer '62
  • Mr. John Lawlor '60

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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