Young and old girls flying in for reunion

Former St John’s Regional College for Girls student and teacher Ann Wick with her husband Kevan at their 50th anniversary last year. 

Story appeared in: Review | July 24th, 2017

A REUNION for the St John's Regional College for Girls will be a sell out in on August 12.
One of the event's organisers Maria D'Auria (nee Cavallin), who taught at the Auburn school between 1979 and 1990, said the response from former students and staff had been overwhelming.
Founded as a primary school in 1893 by the Sisters of Charity, St John's amalgamated with Benedict College in Auburn, and St Peter Chanel Girls' High at Regents Park in 1995 to become the dual campuses of Trinity Catholic College.
Retired teacher Ann Wicks (nee Lehdey) was also a student there from 1950-57, and growing up in a housing commission house in Granville, she described herself as "one of the poorest of the poor".
"I was one of the many lucky children who benefited from the excellent education given by the Sisters of Charity," she said.
She was working at nearby Auburn Girls High School, when a couple of nuns from the Sisters of Charity visited her Auburn home.
"They wouldn't leave until I agreed to teach at St Johns," she said.
The 75-year-old who taught at the school for 20 years, says she can't wait to catch up with some of her former students, including ex-Auburn MP Barbara Perry.
"I taught her public speaking," she said with a laugh.
"As a teacher we seldom see how our work turned out, and this reunion is a chance to see some of those students. I am very excited about that. I think it's wonderful."
"St Johns was a unique place with a unique message of hard work and caring for each other."

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Publication: Review | Section: Features | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 129549 | Viewcount: 617