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.
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.
Year 11 boarder Ed Gilmore is living testament to the value of hard work. He trains more than 30 hours a week, sometimes rising as early as 4.30am, and now he’s been selected in the Paris and Beyond Australian water polo squad for the 2024 Olympics.
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.
If camaraderie is key to success in the sporting arena it is no wonder Joeys 16As water polo team has had their best ever season. A heightened focus on team spirit saw them clinch the school’s first pennant victory in the 2020-21 GPS/CAS competition.
At the crack of dawn, just before the morning sun strikes the statue of Mary, and makes its way down the sandstone walls of the main building, a group of Joeys boys are well into their final week of swim training for the 2020/21 summer season.