C. F. North and Br. A. Faulkner were transferred to St. Paul's
Technical School to replace Bro. Faux and Bro. Cahill. Our
first exhibition of work was held this year during Education
Week. In the Ballarat Gold Centenary
Art Exhibition, Brian Nestor obtained equal second place in
the 14-16 years division.
1952. Bro. Faulkner was transferred to St. Mary's, Geelong and
his place was taken by Bro. L. Whyte. In March the Christian
Brother schools in Ballarat extended a warm welcome to the
visiting superior of the Christian Brothers' Order, Rev. E. F.
Clancy from Dublin, Ireland. His visit was recorded by the
1953. Bro. Whyte left the order in November, 1952. His place
was taken in February by Brother C. P. Maloney. The Ballarat
YMCA held a hobbies exhibition and children from St. Paul's
obtained most of the prices.
Once again, all boys who sat for the Junior Technical
Certificate passed and found employment before February, 1954.
1954. Bro. Maloney was
transferred to St. Patrick's College and his place taken by
Bro. A. C. Nalty from February to August and by Bro. J.
O'Keane from August to December. The first ex-pupil to be
married was Geoffrey Hayes to Carmel Murphy. They built their
home in Buninyong.
1955. The staff of St.
Paul's was left one man short when Bro. a'Keane was
transferred to St. Kilda withou' being replaced. During the
year the Ballarat Chamber of Commerce conducted an essay
competition or "The Columbo Plan." In the boys 14-16 years
division, Roy Lynan of St. Paul's was the winner.
1956. Twenty-two boys sat
for and passed the Junior Technical Certificate. Six sat for
and passed the exam for technician
in training in the P .M.G. department and started their
training in Melbourne. The school's future was endangered when
the Technical Inspectors Board found that we had not obtained
the services of another teacher; a
problem that was to plague us for several years to come.
1957. Brian McLennan who was
dux in 1952, completed a Diploma of Civil Engineering and has
taken a appointment with the Melbourne Board of Works. Bro.
North, who had taught art and science with gre. success was
transferred to Abbotsford and in his place came Bro. K. P.
1958. The entire senior class was sent for the Commonwealth
Public Service exam in October. All passed and five were in
the first ten of the 530 who passed. Bro. Cooke was challenged
by three larikans as he was working late one night in the
school's machine shop. After a brawl, Bro. Cooke managed to
hold one of the offenders and ring the police. Bro. Cooke
writes in the school annals, "No charge was laid but they must
have been very sore for some time afterwards."
1959. Bro. Archer was
transferred to St. Patrick's College and his place was taken
by Bro. K. MacPherson who, due to several operations, was away
from school for 19 weeks. As a result, two brothers from St.
Kilda, Bro. T. Parton and Bro. P. Hurley sacrificed part of
their holidays to help out. Fluorescent lights were installed
in the Woodwork room and the girls' kitchen by T. J. Coutts.