Where are they now – Dr Peter Morris (SPC 1949-55)
October 30, 2019
The College recently reconnected with Old Collegian and much-loved former SPC teacher Dr Peter Morris (SPC 1949-55) who has shared some of the highlights of his career and fondest moments at SPC.
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
After leaving SPC in 1955, I attended the University of Melbourne and was fortunate to reside at Newman College. I completed an Arts Degree and a Diploma in Education to become a secondary school teacher. After teaching in the UK and travelling through Europe and the Middle East, I returned to Ballarat and in 1965 at the invitation of Brothers Kelty and O’Malley, I joined the small number of lay teaching staff at SPC. I taught mainly Years 11 and 12 in Greek and Roman History, Geography and Latin.
After five years at SPC, under the auspices of Bishop John Cohill of Goroka, Papua New Guinea,
I was appointed to the staff of Holy Trinity Teachers’ College in Mt Hagen where I taught for another five years. In 1975 I undertook theology studies in Sydney and in 1976 accepted a lecturing position at Aquinas Teachers’ College now Aquinas Campus of Australian Catholic University.
During my 35 years at ACU, I undertook graduate studies in the United States of America and postgraduate studies here in Australia. I was fortunate to hold both teaching and faculty administrative positions whilst at ACU and obtained a Government Teaching Fellowship
In the Peoples’ Republic of China.
What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
As a student I experienced excellent teachers such as Br Justin Kelty, made wonderful friendships and, although not a sportsperson, I enjoyed the general life of the College.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you?
I must choose two teachers – Br Jack Healy and Br Justin Kelty. The dedication of both men made a big impact on me.
How has your education shaped your professional life?
My school education engendered a desire to work to the best of my ability and provided a strong ethical foundation. I have had the opportunity to be a member of a number of not-for-profit and church organisations.
How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
It helped to develop a strong commitment to Christian values.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
Work to the best of your ability, enjoy your sport/ hobbies and be prepared to take good risks.