Celebrating generations of Lauries Old Boys

Awash by seven decades of past students, the St Laurence's College Old Boys' Weekend surpassed previous expectations.

One of the precious gifts a Lauries education bestows is the legacy of mateship and the sense of community. These are forged by the strong bonds that are developed at St Laurence’s College and continue to flourish even after the student leaves the care and support of the “The Hill”.

This was reflected by the vast success of this year’s Old Boy Weekend, with more than 600 guests, including Old Boys from the Class of 1944, celebrating and reminiscing of the good old days of the Black and Gold with classmates and faculty, past and present.

The class reunions were filled with many laughs and a sincere appreciation of school spirit. College alumni were also treated to tour of the school led by current students and were impressed with how the school has developed and changed for the benefit of today's students. 

On Sunday 5 August, over 150 members of the College community came together in the Chapel of St Laurence O’Toole for the Old Boys’ Memorial Mass. Presided by Fathers Wall Dethlefs (Class of 1956), Paul Rooney (Class of 1961), and Denis Martin (Class of 1961), the Mass included special remembrance moments for Old Boys no longer with us, and the unveiling of the numerous Chapel Chair plaques now on display. The service also included a special mention of the 50th anniversary of the passing of St Laurence’s 1955 College Captain, Miles Vass. 

The finale to Sunday’s events was the annual Senior Old Boys luncheon. This event saw over 115 Old Boys from the class of 1967 and earlier come together and catch up for a buffet lunch and drinks.

Monday and Tuesday saw Old Boys returning to the St Laurence's College Handball Terra Sanctus (the Quadrangle) triumphant. The only consolation for the current Lauries students, who’s speed and stamina were no match for the Old Boy’s wile and experience, was the Musical Concert that the Old Boy performed for them earlier. Old Boy performers included Dennis Geraghty (Class of 1968), Kev Nolan (Class of 1981) and Matt Swiderek (Class of 2011).

The 'older' Old Boys from the Class of 1958 later enjoyed a morning tea on the Monastery balcony prior to being acknowledged for their participation in their own Lauries Journey by Antony Samios (Class of 1980) of SLC and the Old Boy Association. At this assembly Professor Alan Layton (Class of 1971) presented current Principal Chris Leadbetter a donation incorporating the revitalized Nick and Tony Dyer Bursary to the College. Special guest Mr Simon Dyer whose commitment to our College through the Old Boys’ Foundation has made a significant impact to the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised students was present to witness the standing ovation by a full College assembly for the Class of 1958.

On behalf of the entire College, thank you to all of the guests, staff and students who made the weekend possible.