Class of '69
Classes of St Leo's College
50 years since first Leaving Certificate
The Blue Gum Hotel
55 Pacific H'way Waitara, Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 - 6pm start - 'lights out' by eleven bells
former students, wives and teachers have confirmed their attendance in last 7
Attendees Nov 2014
Phil Johnston, Class of '69, has
function room which accommodates 60 people, at
The Blue Gum Hotel
Pacific H'way, Waitara
Sat. 22 Nov 2014
will be our MC with the microphone, albeit with minimal duties.
Attendees 2009 - Class of '69
lists 57 who attended
our 40 years Class
of '69 Re-union back in Nov. 2009
(former class mates, some partners, four former teachers, and 6 so from Class of
'67 & '68).
Lots of pics and
details of our last reunion in Nov '09.
Former teachers, Stan
Cus_ck, P_t Lynch, John N_cholson, John Sh_ely, Pat Th_mpson,
(in alpha order) have RSVP'd in the affirmative.
function room provides a sit down
Menu 2 course meal for $40 per head with alternate serve
- payable by cash on the night.
Phil Johnston, Class of '69, has lodged a deposit for the booking.
See the 2
x Entrées and 2
x Main Courses
If you are a non-meat eater, let Phil know.
If you would like to join this
inauspicious gathering, 'phone Phil Johnston aka
0434 715.861 or e-mail
he has to notify The Blue Gum of number of meals to prepare.
Then Phil will add you
Class of '69 and earlier years, partners and teachers
Attendees Nov 2014
which stands at 53.
Blue Gum management is comfortable
with us bringing a few cakes,
tarts etc to
cut up and serve (no fee), rather than try and also orchestrate individual
'Ipso facto' an opportunity for some
ex-class mates to reveal their 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 6 cakes/tarts
to feed the anticipated 60+ attendees.
Interested former class mates are invited to participate in a
3 min Profound Reflective session to
immediately after the entrée where attendees are invited to
"hold the conch"
for up to 3 mins to reflect on what they have learnt during life's
journey. Your 3 minutes of fame doesn't have to
be true, but it does have to be all of insightful, humorous, colourful,
As there may be
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. 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.
Former teachers are allowed 5 mins before getting 'gonged off'.
The voted winner of
determined by either Justin Holmwo_d or Phil Walk_r,
The Gong Man (executioner), will win a bottle of 2004 Campbells 'Bobby Burns'
Shiraz, from Phil Johnston's cellar.
BP's Pick a Box
25 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
for up to 5 aficionados of trivia.
If you are
keen to match you memory against others similarly warped (max of 7
contestants), Justin or Phil W. 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.
Bring your camera
If you e-mail pics to Phil,
no larger than 300kbs each, he will publish them in a link from this
First name labels will be prepared for all
attendees in case some of us are hard to identify, and to facilitate chatting with
In true Leo's tradition, Phil
Johnston will be catching the train, and bringing his old Globite school
case containing 1 bots of 2004 Campbells 'Bobby Burns' Shiraz for
the winner of
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 BloodHouse.
When we attended Leo's our school was
Brand Spankers, 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.
Wear what best typifies you. If
ya can still climb into your junior school khaki shorts 'n shirt, then
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 '69.
Memorabilia of the '60s:
We managed to track down
snuffed it a few years ago.
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!!!"
From 10:30am up
Sydney Harbour from Circular Quay
to Parramatta 'n back for the Monday afterwards, 24 Nov, for any who are coming from
'out of town' or have no friends with 'time on their hands'.
Phil Johnston aka