Sixty years ago on Easter Sunday, 1 April 1956, Cardinal Norman Gilroy (Archbishop of Sydney) and Fr Thomas Hunt OSA (Prior Provincial of the Augustinian Order in Australia) arrived at the College to bless and lay the foundation stone of the first stage of St Augustine’s College, which is still conducted by the Order of St Augustine in the suburb of Brookvale in Sydney, Australia’s largest city.
This year on Friday 1 April 2016 a number of the first-day students of 1956 were welcomed back to the College to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of that significant event in the history of the College. The special Old Boy (past pupil) guests attended the College Assembly, met current Year 5 students at morning tea, toured the College's new buildings and joined the College staff for lunch.
During the College Assembly, Alan Wild (graduated in 1963) spoke on behalf of his former school mates, sharing many memories and experiences from those early years of the College. Reproduced below is an excerpt from a speech given to the College assembly by Alan Wild to mark the 60th anniversary of the blessing and laying of the foundation stone:
"How can school be such a significant part of our lives? For us originals and pioneers of the school, it's being taught by highly educated priests and growing up in the Augustinian spirit of truth, love and community and may I add, respect and lasting friendships. lt is also being part of the College family that has grown to what we have here today.
St Augustine's College was born in 1956 and has prospered in spite of hardship, thrived on community spirit and forged its own special character along the way.
Remember that the friendships you make at the College will last a lifetime so turn around to a fellow student, shake hands with the guy next to you and congratulate each other, because there's an excellent chance you will both be back at the College celebrating St Augustine's 100th anniversary in 2056, forty years from now.
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary St Augustine's College."
Sixty years ago, St Augustine’s College opened with sixty-five students; today it enrols over 1,100.
St Augustine's College has a strong and consistent building programme. Consequently, over recent years we have seen the refurbishment of classrooms, grounds and offices, as well as the major building developments:
The Brimson Centre (2003)The Lecceto Arts Centre (2005)Senior Study Houses - Moran and Cameron House (2008)St Mary MacKillop Centre (2009)Quadrangle and Tolentine Park (2012)St Possidius Chalets (2012)
A previous page of this website detailed the Sixtieth Anniversary celebrations of the College.