Large crowd expected at ‘whole of school’ reunion

Looking forward to the reunion in August, former St Johns student, Sister Gay Reynolds went on to become a Sister of Charity and a teacher herself while her father Alf was involved in the parents association for more than 40 years.

Story appeared in: Review | June 26th, 2017

FOUNDED in 1893 by the Sisters of Charity, the St John's Regional College for Girls in Auburn, amalgamated with St Peter Chanel Girls' High at Regents Park and Benedict College at Auburn, to become the Trinity Catholic College in 1995.
On August 12, St John's will hold their first 'whole of school' reunion at the Westella Renaissance function centre in Lidcombe and among the guests will be Sister Gay Reynolds, who went on join the Sisters of Charity and become a teacher herself.
Describing her school years from 1948 to 1957 as "generally happy", she remembers doing elocution, singing and dancing lessons.
One vivid memory is of the inter-school sports day organised by then principal Sister Ursula which brought together students from all of Sydney's Sisters of Charity schools, and was won by St John's that first year.
"My father, who worked for the railways at the time, somehow organised a special train service to take the Auburn students to the sports day at Lewisham," she said.
"The first thing all the schools had to do was march around the field and it was very impressive. We had a blue uniform with a red band sewn into the hem. We looked really good on the day.
"There was great camaraderie and all the parents came out and enjoyed the day.
"It's really good that we are having this reunion to share those memories."
A former teacher at St John's between 1979 and 1990, Maria D'Auria (nee Cavallin) says the event will also raise money on the night for the Cancer Council of Australia and they are expecting between 400 to 500 people to attend the reunion.
For more information, call Maria on 0414 656 900.

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