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The Old Boys’ Association works closely with the Development Office to organise events and reunions that bring together former class mates, team mates or members of the wider Bedean community. Historically the main events have been the Annual Dinner, Annual Mass, Golf tournament, 40 year 1st XV reunion and 50 year reunion. We have recently launched the Bedean After 5 Business Network Meetings which are held in the main centres and provide a relaxed forum for Old Boys and the wider Community to network and share ideas with a guest speaker.

Historically the Old Boys Association has undertaken a number of activities that sit outside the normal range of social events. In a sense these undertakings reflect the guiding philosophies of the College and are very much ‘good works’. Old Boys over the decades have generously supported these initiatives and continue to do so in the present. These include:

  • The Mission Fund established in 1963, supports Old Boys who are Priests and missionaries. Contributions to this fund have generally been in the form of voluntary donations from Old Boys who have been most generous to this cause.
  • The War Memorial Trust was set up to assist the sons of Old Boy Servicemen. It continues to support boys at the College.
  • The 75th Jubilee Endowment Trust is used to support a range of initiatives at the College.
  • The Year 13 presentation of Old Boys ties has become a tradition on the last day of formal schooling for leavers. Old Boys donate a tie and it is presented to a Year 13 student.
  • Recent Focus

    By far the biggest challenge facing the College is the need to replace buildings and amenities that have been lost because of the earthquakes. The Board of Proprietors face a massive challenge with demolished and aged buildings needing to be replaced and ever-increasing costs for building. In 2013 the Association committed to help the College with Project Rebuild and specifically opted to work with the Foundation to raise money for a new chapel. It did so with the realisation that the demolition of the old Chapel in 2012 had deprived the College of its spiritual base and that the historical role of the Association had always been to provide support when asked.

    Over the Christmas break 2014/2015 a major refurbishment project was undertaken on the remnant wing of the old block, now called Durham Hall. This involved post EQ strengthening work on the external facings and a major renovation of the middle floor. Since the demolition of Grimes Hall this building has housed 40 boarders and it was decided to upgrade the dormitories and to also complete much needed deferred maintenance.

    Old Boys will be interested to know that the preservation of this building has been greeted with enthusiasm especially by those who can remember the old main block.

    The Executive

    The work of SBCOBA has been carried on by successive voluntary executives.
    Thanks are due to these men who have willingly given of their time and skill to the Association and the College.

     Old Boys Executive 2016/17
    PatronJustin Boyle
    PresidentSteve Kennedy (1981 -1985)
    Past PresidentJohn (RJ) Smith (1969 -1972)
    Hon. Vice-PresidentsSimon Hearsey (1991 -1995)
    Hayden Ryan (1990 -1994)
    TreasurerTo be filled
    SecretaryTony Murdoch (1966 -1971)
    EventsJacinta Gardner
    FinanceMargaret Bartholomeusz
    CommitteeMark Sutherland
    Warren Falconer
    Mike Fraher
    Nick Dolan
    Terry O’Malley
    Julian Meates
    John Mullins

    Members of the Association who would like a copy of the constitution are welcome to contact the Association either by telephone or email. Contact: Tony Murdoch on 03 375 0647 or tmurdoch@stbedes.school.nz