Joeys staff, students and parents were fortunate to hear from Australian Journalist Stan Grant, as part of Indigenous Culture in the Curriculum Week. As a past parent and a proud Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man, it was very special to hear from him.
Ron Moroney (1962) helps out in Joeys' archives once a week. A stellar student, he was College dux and a champion debater. He also played First XI cricket, and returned in the mid-1960s to teach alongside the Brothers that had taught him. His dad, Jack (1935), played seven Test matches for Australia. Joeys and cricket are in Ron's DNA.
Friendships that last a lifetime are what makes being a Joeys Old Boy so special. David McDonald (1959) and Charlie Abercrombie (1958) have been buddies for over 60 years. They also have an unparalleled history of giving back to the College.
For 75 years, a letter to Michel Bourgeau from his father in New Caledonia languished in the College archives. A chance discovery triggered a search to locate the Joeys Old Boy and deliver him the correspondence. Now Michel is reconnected with the school – and has a cherished memento of a parent's love.
Stan McCabe is one of the greatest batsmen to have pulled on a baggy green cap, but even though he was rated as good as Sir Donald Bradman, the salt of the earth Joeys boy never forgot his roots – or his mates – as a 1930 Ashes tour letter to the College Headmaster reveals.
For more than a century, Old Boys have been giving back to the College that gave them so much. For men such as Fr Bernard Hennessy (1957) and Fr Tom Stevens (1995), returning to Hunters Hill is more than mere nostalgia; it is an opportunity to interact with students and advance the lives of a new generation of Joe-Boys.
The ongoing Covid crisis is having an impact on mental health. The College Wellbeing Team has introduced several measures to ensure every student has access to the support he needs during these challenging times.
Joseph McMahon is a colossus of Joeys history. Humble and devout, he would certainly have balked at such a description, but there can be little doubt his nine years at the helm of St Joseph’s College brought great success in all fields of endeavour.
Boarding at Joeys is often the tonic a boy needs to ramp up his focus on academic goals. It has certainly been the case with Jack Lennon, a third generation Joeys boy from the cotton town of Wee Waa in northern NSW.