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50-year reunion - Trinity Prep School 6th class of 1972

2 Dec 2022
Sandy Malley and John Debenham
Sandy Malley and John Debenham

On 18 November 2022, 34 Old Boys and four teachers gathered for a 50-year reunion of the Trinity Preparatory School 6th class of 1972. Old Boys came from as far away as Perth and Rockhampton for the special event.

A small number of boys who began at Trinity in 1965 (Kindergarten) or 1966 (Transition) met at "Lauriston"  on the corner of The Boulevarde and Margaret St, Strathfield, for a tour of what was then known as Junior House, now known as Santa Maria del Monte school. The group then headed up The Boulevarde to the Preparatory School where they were joined by the rest of the attendees. Head of the Preparatory School,  Chris Wyatt, took the group on a tour of the Prep. While much of the school has changed since 1972, the main building, Llandilo, brought back many memories of a bygone era. The tour was a stop-start affair with Old Boys reminiscing in their old classrooms which all agreed seemed much bigger 50 years ago.

From there the group adjourned to Strathfield Golf Club for dinner and speeches from all. Conveners Sandy Malley and John Debenham even reprised their old school uniforms to MC the evening which brought quite a laugh.  It came as no surprise that Old Boys had retained  great memories from their time at Trinity Prep. Popular recollections included:

  • Watching the moon landing in the class rooms of 3L and 3R in 1969;
  • Mr Smak driving the school sports bus to Bressington Park (and nearly going into the adjoining canal);
  • Performing "Little Black Sambo'' as the Christmas play and other concerts and musicals.

The attendees were especially honoured to be joined by teachers Max Brand (6T); James Southwood (Music); Barrie McNicoll (3L and 5T) and Jenny Hennell (Transition).

1965 - Kindergarten
John Hurley
Roger Kyle
Peter Langford - Smith
David Nelson
Hugh Taylor

1966 - Transition
Andrew Blair
Stephen Butler
John Debenham
Scot Harris
Jonathan Kelly
Adam Lax
John McBride
Dale Sims
Jeremy Smith
Scott Smith
David Steele-Smith

1967 - 1st Class
Ricky Cary
Sandy Malley
Stephen Philip

1968 - 2nd Class
Timothy Brake
Martin Clark
Jeff Culbert
1969 - 3rd Class
Andrew (Henry) Gibson
Geoff Ireland

1970 - 4th Class
Stephen Darlington
Lloyd Jeffery

1971 - 5th Class
Phil Blaxell
Andrew Connolly
Tony Drew
Bruce Parker
Peter Shaw

1972 - 6th Class
Warwick Johnson
Warwick Keable
Tim Mayo

A great afternoon and evening was had by all. 

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