October 2018 - Issue No. 39
2018 Alumni Dinner and Awards A Great Success!
                                                                                                On Thursday, October 25, over 170 St. Bon's Alumni and friends reminisced, shared a  
F rom left: President Mr. Tom McGrath, Mr. Stan Cook '62, Mr. Kieran O'Connell '10 and Principal Mrs. Annette Mallay. 
delicious meal and celebrated our 2018 Alumni Award recipients. This year's dinner was dedicated to the memory of Br. J.B. Darcy '36, the namesake of the Alumnus of the Year Award, an alumnus, past President of the school and a great supporter of the school. Br. Darcy passed away October 16, 2018 at the age of 98. You can read more about Br. Darcy here.

The evening began with a mass in our Chapel celebrated by teacher Fr. Joseph Schuck, S.J., and concelebrated by alumnus Fr. Bill Browne, S.J. '45 and Fr. Earl Smith, S.J. Guests then had a chance to socialize and share a drink at our reception in the Aula Maxima. We were able to locate some old school photos for guests to have a look at - some from the 1950's and 1960's and some from the early 2000's.

After heading to the gym, a delicious turkey dinner was served by the Knights of Columbus catering service. A special thank you to our Master of Ceremonies, Mr. David Jackman, Chair of the Alumni Committee.

Following dinner, we presented the Magis Award for Young Alumni to Kieran O'Connell '10. Kieran delivered moving remarks about the importance of pushing yourself through uncomfortable situations and not always trusting your moral compass as you work towards a more socially just world. Alumnus of the Year, Stan Cook '62 then accepted his award. Stan spoke of the importance his education at St. Bon's played in forming him as the person he is today - from academics and sports to the lifelong friendships he made. Thank you to both speakers for sharing their thoughts and views.

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus catering services, the teachers who volunteered their evening to tend bar, the Alumni Committee and the staff who organized the event. Thank you to all guests who came out to make this such an enjoyable and successful evening.

If you would like to nominate a distinguished alumnus for either the 2019 Magis Award for Young Alumni or the 2019 Brother JB Darcy, CFC Alumnus of the Year, find more information here.

Students Meet with Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Alumnus Seamus O'Regan '85
Minister O'Regan chats with some of our high school students
In October, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O'Regan visited his alma mater. First, Minister O'Regan joined our high school students in the Aula Maxima for a presentation on life in the trenches during The Great War for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment by Ph.D. candidate Chris Reid. Minister O'Regan and Mr. Reid then joined the high school students in a thoughtful and reflective discussion on the differences for war veterans today returning home compared to those after the First World War.

He also unveiled the official 2018 National Veterans Week poster in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Remembering a Forgotten WWI Alumnus
Minister O'Regan unveils the addendum plaque.
During the recent visit by Minister O'Regan, he unveiled a very special pla que. In 1922, Sir M.P. Cashin, President of the St. Bon's Alumni Association, had erected a tablet honouring St. Bon's alumni who had served in The Great War. That tablet still graces our main entrance of Mullock Hall. In 2017, it was discovered that Captain Robert Kent, M. C., a St. Bon's boy had not been included on the original tablet. On behalf of the College, Minister O'Regan unveiled an addendum plaque honouring Captain Kent in the presence of representatives of our community.

Alumni Sweatshirt
We are happy to have added an Alumni Sweatshirt to our list of available St. Bon's merchandise! The sweatshirt, pictured above, is currently available in sizes S through 2XL at a price of $40 taxes in. Contact Jessica Whalen at jwhalen@stbons.ca or 
709-726-0024 Ext. 228 if you would like to grab one! We also have St. Bon's Hockey toques, SBC ball caps, alumni ties, St. Bon's baseball shirts, and more!

St. Bon's Rocks!
There are still some tickets left for this Friday's fundraiser at the Bella Vista- St. Bon's Rocks! Tickets are $125 and include: a $50 tax receipt, two drink tickets, a mashed potato martini bar, hors d'oeuvres, beef carving station and live music from local band Bic and the Ballpoints. The silent auction will showcase some amazing items. Proceeds will help St. Bon's maintain and repair the facilities, including reappointment of the historic Mullock Hall facade. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Contact kcardwell@stbons.ca for information or purchase tickets  here .

What's Happening at SBC?
  • Our annual Martyrs' Mass, honouring the 8 Canadian Jesuit Martyrs who gave their lives took place on Tuesday, October 2nd at St. Pius X Parish. Thank you to Fr. Earl Smith, SJ for a lovely Mass. 
  • The 2018 St. Bon's Walk-a-thon was also held on October 2, 2018. Students and parents raised over $24,000 to go towards teacher and student resources, curriculum needs, field trips and more!
Students carry out Ministries at our annual Martyr's Mass at St. Pius X Parish.

George F '31 accepts a prize from Principal Ms. Annette Mallay and President Mr. Tom McGrath for raising the most money in this year's Walk-a-thon. 
  • October was another big month for field trips! Our Grade 7 Science students visited the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre for an overnight field trip to experience some hands on learning for their unit on ecosystems. We had many K-6 classes visit the GeoCentre and Fluvarium for more science education. Our K-6 Phys. Ed. program began a great initiative this month - our students go off campus once a week for swimming and gymnastics lessons!
  • The grade 11 students had the opportunity to participate in Kairos - a four day intensive retreat that helps develop their faith and build relationships within their class. Thanks to Ms. Martin and all teacher leaders for such a successful and rewarding retreat. 

Grade 5 and 6 students having fun at gymnastics lessons. 

Grade 11 students and teacher leaders at the Kairos retreat. 

  • The St. Bonaventure's Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program is off to a running start. In October we hosted: 6 training sessions, 3 Bronze practice day hikes and 1 Silver practice overnight hike. Thank you to all parent volunteers who make running this program possible. 
  • Congrats to Jessica C '20 winner of the 1st Prize in the Kiwanis High School Short Story contest. Jessica received the 1st place trophy and cheque for $1,000 for her story "To This Day".
Some of our Bronze Duke of Ed participants.   

Jessica C '20. 

Alumni Announcements
Congratulations to:
  • Kenny Harris '13,  who recently graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Communications. 
We regret to inform you of the passing of:
  • Br. J.B. Darcy '36 
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.

St. Bon's Partners with Munn Insurance to Offer Alumni, Parents and Staff Group Discounts
We are thrilled to announce that St. Bon's has recently signed an agreement with Munn Insurance to offer a dicounted rate to alumni, parents and staff. A portion of the premiums will also go directly to the school to support student programs. You can contact Munn for a quote, as per the below information. The group rate is open to new customers, as well as existing Munn customers upon renewal. 

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