Where are they now – Robert White (SPC 1970-71)
February 21, 2022
Old Collegian Robert White (SPC 1970-71) recently shared these memories of school life at SPC. Robert was a senior boarder at SPC from Wycheproof. He started in Form 5 and completed his final year studies.
“I am not really a good example of St Pat’s output. I studied like I played football. A win by a point did the job, so if 50 per cent got me through, that was enough. Around me there were many blokes studying hard, while I was thinking more about getting down and booking the handball court.
“I was in McCarthy House. At sport time when they came to the classroom and asked who was competing in the various events, my hand was up.
“I did shotput, high jump, long jump and discus, as they ran the field events during the week. I got out of a heap of school and even picked up a second and a couple of thirds.
“I did not make the most of my educational opportunities, but I enjoyed my time at St Pat’s, once I settled in.
“I lived in Kenny House during Form 6, under the guidance of Br Fogarty. Known as “Ted”, he won the trifecta, coached the seconds in football, coached the seconds in cricket and he got the seconds in Kenny. He was a very patient man.
“Travelling to the football in the back of the truck is a memory, and a very funny one, especially if Fred Vallance was aboard, otherwise a bit cold. Anyhow, I made it through and have good memories of those I was with.”