Where are they now – Robert Aron (former staff)

March 23, 2020

The College recently reconnected with former staff member Robert Aron, who enjoyed many different roles at SPC and was a well-respected and much-loved by the students during his tenure in the 1980s.


Rob Aron with wife Bridgitte.

What were your various roles and responsibilities during your time at SPC?

During the eight years I was at SPC, I held the following different roles at various times – Deputy Principal, Years 11 and 12 teacher, Boarding Master of Kenny House, First XVIII coach, Rowing master, Athletics coach and Superior of the Brothers’ Community.


Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?

After leaving St Patrick’s, I studied in America between 1988-1989 and then became Principal of Therry College in Broadmeadows in 1990-91. In 1992 through to 2009, I worked in Africa, in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana. In 2010, I returned to Australia and worked at the Aquinas College Ringwood and Catholic Education Office in Melbourne.

Between 2011-13, I was Principal at MacKillop College Swan Hill and since 2014, I have been working as the Regional Manager of Catholic Education Western Region (Melbourne).


What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?

Engaging with wonderful families and students


Which staff member (or student) from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you?

No-one in particular – there were many. I learnt a lot from so many different people.


What do you think the boys would remember most about you? 

Hopefully they would remember that I took an interest in each one of them, cared for and about them and treated all equally.


Where was your favourite place in the college?

No place in particular but I probably enjoyed my eight years in Kenny House the most as it gave me more time to interact with students at a more personal level in a relaxed atmosphere.


What was your favourite college event?

The Head of the Lake.


If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?

Be true to who you are as everyone else is taken.