After 12 years service to the St. Paul's Technical School
Community, Bro. W. S. Cooke was appointed Superior of St.
Augustine's, Geelong. With the advent of Bro. W. T. Miller, a
new era in practical work began. Buzz saws, shapers, lathes
and drills set up an incessant clamour from dawn till dark.
One only had to threaten a boy with deprivation of practical
work to reduce the most recalcitrant rebel to an abject slave,
Fr. McKenzie was the school chaplain. The Ladies' Auxiliary
was formed in 1960.
1961. This year saw a new
method implemented for the Annual Retreat which was conducted
by Rev. Fr. Carberry, CSSR. FatheJ stayed the whole week at
the school where, besides giving conferences, he was available
at all times for private interviews and to help and encourage
1962. This was the last
year the Junior Technical Certificate was awarded due to the
increasing educational requirements by employers. The school
marched in the Youth Parade of Ballarat and the school choir
comlpeted in the Royal South Street
competitions. The students raised 50 pounds for the missions
and the Ladies' Auxiliary conducted a fete and from the
proceeds presented the school with a tape recorder and
epidiascope and a slide projector.
1964.Form Four was inaugurated
to the school after tireless work by the school's Principal,
Bro. K, p, Kent, who was transferred from St. Paul's at the
end of 1963. With the generous assistance of Fr. O'Brien, the
bike shed was constructed and a new shaper was bought for the
machine shop, Fr, Halloran was the school Chaplain, In the
1964 Annual report, boys were discouraged "in the wearing of
fantastically pointed shoes,"
1968. Bishop O'Collins
visited St. Paul's on Tuesday, 2nd of April, for the
celebration of Mass and the investiture of class captains and
school prefects. The head prefect was Alex Merzvinskis. The
St. Paul's debating team participated in a debate against
Loreto Convent. The topics were "The Ballarat tram system
should be discontinued," and "Co-Education is the ideal school