St Bernard’s Old Collegians Association
Membership of the St Bernard’s Old Collegians Association is bestowed upon all of those who have attended the School. As a finishing Year 12 student, you qualify as a member and the Old Collegians key ring will be a lasting reminder of your membership. To what extent you embrace the events and utilise the facilities of the Old Collegians is entirely up to you. However, when you keep in mind that the Old Collegians is an association run by Old Boys specifically for Old Boys, it is of little surprise to note that the number of Old Collegians taking part in its activities of one kind or another is large and always growing.
The Association as we know it today, was incorporated in 2000 and has become the overseeing body of all its affiliates. The Association itself has been in existence since 1952. It has continued to grow strongly with a greater emphasis on providing more opportunities for its members.
The Old Collegians Association has also begun to expand and we now have a Sydney branch that meets every 2 years and we have recently established a Perth branch which had its first reunion in September 2004. The Association is committed to ensuring that all Old Collegians have an avenue, wherever they are in the world, to touch base with their former School. It is hoped that in the future the Old Collegians can develop internationally.
Affiliated societies of the St Bernard’s Old Collegians Association include a wide-ranging array of sporting clubs, and the Association also has provided assistance to Old Collegian businesses through the publication of the annual Business Directory.
The Association has been supportive of the College in its financial appeals for a variety of different projects, and each year it runs a number of fundraising activities. The development of the St Bernard’s College Foundation has also been fully supported by the Association - the aim of the Foundation being to help source the continuous development of College facilities and to provide financial assistance to gifted and disadvantaged students.
One of the most valuable links that the Association has with the School is the awarding of financial assistance to the winners of three of the College’s major awards—The Sportsman of the Year, The Arts Person of the Year and The Golden Jubilee Award. The Association also provides grants for Collegians wishing to take up new and exciting challenges. The Global Gateway Grant and the Leadership in Community Grant are two examples of such programs. This program will aim to provide students at the College with guidance from Old Collegians regarding careers and other "life" decisions.
The most important link between the St Bernard’s Old Collegians Association and the Old Collegians is The Strand magazine, which is published twice each year, and which is sent to all Old Collegians whose addresses are known.
If you wish to obtain further information on the St Bernard’s Old Collegians Association, either visit our website at www.sboca.org.au, the College Development Office on (03) 9289 1106 or (03) 9289 1188 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggestions for the formation of any new interest groups are always welcomed.
This page last updated August 16, 2016