I remember when my parents received the letter to say I was accepted into Year 8 at Trinity. As a family, we didn’t seriously entertain any other high school options, so I was both excited and relieved. My introduction to the College was one of awe, it was so much bigger than my primary school and there were so many more students.
Having the Christian Brothers’ as teachers made a positive impression on me. In Year 8, Br Crooks was my Home Room, English and Music teacher. As a student who was not in the least bit musical, I was amazed at how he could get 32 boys singing along with so much vigour. Music classes were a highlight in Year 8. In Year 9 Br O’Doherty commenced working at the College. My memories of Br O’Doherty were simply that he was the most genuine, welcoming man I had ever met. Br O'Doherty had the ability to make each student feel important, and I have fond memories of my time under his guidance.
As I progressed through my schooling at Trinity, I considered many of my classmates as friends. My involvement in various sports and different class and subject groups meant that I got to know a wide variety of boys. Whilst I didn’t excel at sport as many of my friends did, I always felt encouraged to give my best and be part of the team.
After graduating from the College in 1987, apart from attending reunions and checking in with some of the College's sporting achievements, I hadn’t planned to spend much time back at the school. In 2003 my son was born and he was enrolled to attend the College by the time he was 2 years old. By 2012, I had been working in education for 20 years and had been suspecting that the position of Head of Junior School may come up in the near future. This was probably the first time I had considered teaching at the College, and when the job was advertised in 2013 I was ready to take the leap.
I hadn’t expected coming back to the college as a staff member would reunite me with the Trinity-Terrace Old Boys' Association (TOBA) as it has. Whilst I have loved teaching at Trinity, being on staff with my son as a student has made the experience so rewarding. Watching Ben develop friendships with the sons of my school mates provides me with a sense of joy. I love the connections and community TOBA provides, there is a special bond that I feel with other Old Boys, and my students who in time will be Old Boys themselves.
I would say that the Trinity community is one of the strengths of the College. I initially felt this at my first Mother’s Day Mass, standing on the altar and addressing a packed chapel. The positivity of the occasion helped me to realise what a special community I am part of. Mother’s Day Mass, Father’s Day breakfast, Presentation Night, Orientation Day and the many masses are significant moments each year. It is with a great sense of pride that I can carry on the Stewardship of the Junior School.
I feel very privileged to be an Old Boy, Parent and Head of the Junior School at Trinity. I hope that one day, if I have grandsons, they are fortunate enough to receive a Trinity College education also. This is where we belong.