1980. A foundry was set up
in the Baths area by Br. T. O'Shannassy and Mr. Dennis Keenan
with the generous assistance of many Ballarat people and
firms. A school trip to Canberra was organised by Mrs. M.
Odgers, Mr. P. Commons, Mr. L. Mclean and Br. G. Lindeman
during the August holidays. Thirty-nine students took the
opportunity to visit such attractions as the War Museum, The
Mint, Government House, and the Indonesian Embassy.
1981. The Annual
Staff/Student Basketball Match was held with the staff again
winning comfortably. On September 11, Justin Woodford, an Old
Boy of the school, was ordained into the priesthood. He is the
first and only Old Boy from St. Paul's to become a priest to
1982. Mr. L. Bressan and Mr.
L. McLean organised a school trip to Central Australia during
the September holidays. Highlights of the tour including a
screening of "An American Werewolf In London," and push
starting the bus in the middle of outback Australia.
1983. A Building Development
Committee was formed to develop a sound proposal for the
expansion or renovation of the school's facilities. The
committee comprised of Mr. Brian Perkins, Mr. Michael Brodrick,
Mr. Don McMahon, Mr. Pat Collier, Mr. John Gibcus, Bro. Terry
O'Shannassy, Mr. Harry Gibcus and Mr.
1984. More than 40 Brothers
from Victoria', South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland
and Bathurst Island joined the Cooke family and St. Paul's
Technical School Community at the funeral of Bro. W. S. Cooke,
our founding Principal. The Advisory Interim School Board was
formed and met for the first time on the 27th September.
1985. Brother Hennessy
informed the school community that 21 boys had enrolled in the
inaugural Year 11 class. The Year 11 class attended
Parliamentary sessions in Canberra with some helpful advice
from Mr. John Mildren, M.P. Br. Terry O'Shannassy was informed
that he was being transferred to St. Joseph's South Melbourne.
He was farewelled with a Mass and supper at Dunnstown.
1986. This year saw
the instigation of the Christian Brothers' School Development
Program. The program was officially opened at a forum in
O'Collins' Hall. Another major event was the Nostalgia Weekend
which gave many past and present staff, students, parents and
friends one last chance to look over the school and reminisce
about past times.
1987. This year was dominated by one event! On July 15th, St.
Paul's Technical School officially moved to Victoria Street.
The move was the culmination of many years of hard work by