40 year re-union of St Leo's College, Wahroonga - Class of '69
Sub-titled "Its going to be a hoot!!!
The Blue Gum Hotel,
55 Pacific H'way Waitara, Saturday, 21 Nov 2009 - 6pm for 6:30pm start
with 'lights out' at eleven bells
John Waters & Phil Johnston are
still disrupting classes at
Leo's 40 years on - Wed, 18 Nov '09.
Justin Holmwood is our MC for the
night. You don't have to show respect to your former classmates, but to
achieve a seamless, successful fun-filled night, please button-up
when Justin makes an announcement.
Phil Johnston has
function room which will sit 60 people, at
The Blue Gum Hotel
Pacific H'way, Waitara
Sat 21 Nov 2009
Attendees - Ex '69 Class Mates/Partners and former Teachers
lists 62 attendees
(ex-class mates, some bringing partners and four former teachers, and 6 so far
from '67 & '68) who have e-mailed Phil Johnston notifying their
intention to attend. Five are bring cakes intent on winning a bot of Red
for being the Bestest Baker.
We've got "butchers, bakers and candle-stick makers" attending, and people from
both sides of the law.
John Nicholson is a District Court Judge and Chris Barry is a Queens Counsel.
Representing the 'dark-side' is Phil Johnston who was a Bank Robber,
who robbed from the rich, but unlike Robin
Hood, he didn't always give to the poor.
Cusack, John Nicholson, John Sheely and Pat Thompson (in alpha order) have RSVP's in the affirmative.
John Sheely has lived in Melb for many years.
As our invitation letter notes, we
are flying John up to be a Special Celebrity Guest.
arrives on Virgin flight at
12:40pm on Thurs 19.
Ron Anderson is picking
John up from Sydney Airport on Thurs 19th and providing 'digs' at his Hunters Hill hacienda.
John's RSVP letter notes his enthusiasm
to catch up with former students and teachers.
Wed, 2 Sept 2009 10:50am notes that Stan is keen
to catch up with is old class.
If you are keen to be part of this
"once in a lifetime", auspicious event, then phone
Phil Johnston aka
0434 715.861 or e-mail
and Phil will add you
Attendees - Ex '69 Class Mates/Partners and former Teachers.
function room provides a sit down
Menu 2 course meal for $40 per head with alternate serve, from the choices at
Phil Johnston has lodged a deposit for the booking,
and is on the hook for any No Shows. Hence, he has selected the 2
x Entrées and 2
x Main Courses
highlighted in yellow at
If you are a non-meat eater, let Phil know pronto.
for cost of Drinks which seem reasonable.
With each guest expending $40 on
meal (entrée and main course) and between zilch and $25 on beers and wine, you
should get out for under $70.
Blue Gum management is comfortable for us to bring a few cakes,
tarts etc to
cut up and serve (no fee), rather than try and also orchestrate individual
What an opportunity for some
ex-class mates to reveal gastronomic genius!!!
Ex-class mates are invited to offer in their e-mail
RSVP to bake a cake or tart and bring it along. We need about 5 cakes/tarts, and the
Dessert voted Bestest will win a bottle of 1998 Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon
(compliments of Phil Johnston) which the winner doesn't have to open on the
night. However, the Bestest Dessert Winner has to swear on a copy of the 1969
St Leo's Year Book that
he baked it in his oven, and was not assisted by anyone else for >50% of the
preparation. The winner may be scrutinised on the ingredients, cooking time
etc. So bake it yourself with a little help from someone who knows how to
cook, jotting down notes of how you baked it. Only two would-be
chefs have offered to bake a cake so far. Good chance to win a 10 year old
To kick start frivolity on our
"working years are nearly all done and dusted" reunion, interested former class mates,
and former teachers, are invited to participate in a
3 min Profound Reflective session to
immediately after the entrée where each of you are invited to
"hold the conch"
for up to 3 mins to reflect on what you have learnt during life's
journey. Your 3 minutes of fame doesn't have to
be true, but it does have to be some of insightful, humorous, colourful,
As there may be 20+
ex-classmates who want the full 3 mins to evidence that all their learning didn't end
upon leaving Leo's, and others who merely want to introduce
themselves in a minute or so, if you are As Boring As Batshit or
then expect to Get Gonged-Off inside 3 minutes, 'cause time will be of the
essence. And no matter how scintillating a speaker might be, there will be a
"30 Seconds Remaining Bell", and a "Time Run Out
Gong, Next Victim Please" at 3 minutes. Bank
Teller has borrowed the church bells that he used to ring as an Altar Boy
a thousands years ago, 'cause he couldn't find a gong.
The voted winner of
determined by our MC and Phil Walker
The Gong Man, will win a bottle of 1998 Wynns Michael Coonawarra Shiraz, from Phil Johnston's cellar.
BP's Pick a Box
20 years ago Justin Holmwood and Phil Walker
organised a Twenty Year reunion at the former Sydney Club, and
30 page memorabilia book -
Part 3 and
Part 4 as well as
a Trivia Sheet.
you mull thru the questions in their
Trivia Sheet, 'cause
there will be a 10 question
Pick a Box
on the 21st Nov for up to 5 aficionados of trivia.
If you are
keen to match you memory against others similarly warped (max of 7
contestants), Justin will ask trivia questions about our former school days to win a beaut bottle of Red. Contestants will have to 'put
their hand up' if they think they know the answer, 'BP Bob' will ask
the 'first hand up' for the answer.
The guy who has the best memory of the Good Old Days wins a bottle of
1998 Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bring your camera
If you e-mail pics to Phil,
hopefully no larger than 300kbs, he will publish them in a link from this
Music for our night
used to be a DJ and has two big JBL speakers and equipment to play WAV files -
better than MP3 files. Music will be drawn from 4 Tour of Duty CDs.
Dead set, after a few frosties amidst the sounds of Born To Be Wild -
Steppenwolf, A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum, On
The Road Again - Canned Heat, American Woman - The Guess Who,
Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals 'et al', you will
think you are a Tony Gillies "Idiot Boy" again.
First name labels will be prepared for all
attendees in case some of us are hard to identify, and to facilitate chatting with
Risk Warning, pursuant to 2002 Civil Liabilities (Personal Responsibility) Act:
Alcohol is a drug with side effects from consumption which include getting
randy, feeling mellow, verbal diarrhoea, possibly increased aggression, but definitely diminished
reflexes. Hence, in light of the latter consequence, this invitation encourages class mates who will be imbibing alcohol to
(i) catch the train
to/from Waitara; or
hail a cab home;
(iii) get a lift home with a non-drinker;
sleep it off in the carpark, as the night should be warm enough.
In true Leo's tradition, Phil
Johnston will be catching the train, and bringing his old Globite school
case containing 4 Wynns Reds for prizes.
Venue and Attire:
The Blue Gum Hotel
has never been a
salubrious Rubbity Dub, although one peg up on the
Hornsby Railway Hotel, once colloquially known as The Hornsby BloodHouse.
When we attended Leo's our school was
BrandSpankers, out in the boondocks with el cheapo
school fees. We often got walloped in rugby and cricket by older schools like Pius and
Pats, and were rarely a match for schools with bigger budgets like Barker
and Knox who fitted in the occasional game of Rugger or Cricket against
us usually "early season" before their established comps commenced.
The Blue Gum got
the nod, 'cause invariably we came from humble beginnings, and we went to a
No Frills school. In addition, the early days of SLOB's Cricket
and Sub Districts Rugby circa '70s, we occasionally adjourned to The Bluey.
And the Class Of '68 marshal there at least annually
to shoot the breeze.
Wear what best typifies you. If
ya can still climb into your junior school khaki shorts 'n shirt, then
wear 'em. The most outrageous clobber wins a bot of Wynns 1998 Cab Sav
An extra table of Class of '67 'n
us on 21st Nov to catch up with Sheely 'et al'
John Sheely was coaching the First Fifteen long
before Pat Sweeney, Steve Burdon and Ron Anderson packed down in the front row
of the Pigs in 1969. A few of the guys in the classes older than
us, incl Steve McDermott and Michael Conaghan, are joining us in order
to catch up with a
muchly respected John Sheely, John Nicholson
'et al' . The more, the merrier, 'cause we are all brothers
Memorabilia of the '60s:
We managed to track down
snuffed it last year.
from the Los Angles T-Birds, is proving more difficult. Reason we need to
get 'em along,
is to dispel baseless beliefs that every wrestling bout that Sam Manacker
introduced, and every Roller Derby that Jack Little 'called' on Channel 9 during
our formative years, was Ridgy Didge.
Done Lane is not dead,
he will be there too. But Bert is busy.
Old photos from:
"School days are the best
years of ya life!!!"
John's movie to enthuse recalcitrant '69ers
who haven't yet signed-up to do so pronto and also includes movies from Alan
Boss and David Cunniff.
Steve Grimshaw who lives in Port
Macquarie can't attend due to another commitment. However,
Steve sent us a letter which précis his life and
wishes us all the best on 21st Nov.
Phil Johnston aka