Ex-Students’ Association

The Bunbury Catholic College Ex-Students’ Association has a mission statement of “building community by celebrating the past, connecting with the present and creating a pathway to the future.”

The Association meets between four and six times per year, on a Monday night at the College.

Goals of the Association include –

  • The College Hall of Distinction, held every second year, which honours students and staff members who have made outstanding contributions.
  • Maintaining the College’s history, such as through the ongoing digitisation of yearbooks.
  • Funding annual bursaries students currently at the College and awards for the highest achieving Year 12 students from the previous year.
  • Promoting ex-student achievements and upcoming reunions through our Bulletin and Facebook page.

You can find the Association on Facebook HERE.


Latest inductees into Hall of Distinction – 2018

Tristan Clemons – Professional and Sporting categories. 

For much of the past decade, Tristan combined the dual careers of biomedical researcher and international hockey player.

He completed a PhD in nanotechnology at the University of WA and aims to develop nanoparticles which could repair damage to the central nervous system and help with diseases such as cancer.

On the hockey field, Tristan represented the Australian men’s national team – the Kookaburras – in 51 matches before retiring in 2018.

Playing as a goalkeeper, Tristan was part of a team that has consistently been among the world’s best and was a member of the squad who won the World League Final.

Abbe May – The Arts category.

Abbe has built a reputation in the Western Australian music scene as a talented singer and songwriter who is also committed to social causes she believes in.

Her musical CV is impressive – having been nominated for Best Female Artist at the 2013 ARIA awards.

She has also won countless West Australian Music Awards including best single, best album and best female vocalist.

Abbe has also supported many famous names in the Australian music industry including Midnight Oil, Tim Rogers and Killing Heidi.

Mike Smith – Community Service category.

Mike was the first person from country WA to become president of Surf Life Saving WA and held that from 2002 until 2008.

During this time, he worked for the advancement of country clubs and drew on his knowledge from a lifetime of involvement in Surf Life Saving.

Mike’s list of contributions and achievements within Surf Life Saving are enormous and include five years as president of the City of Bunbury club.

He has been made a life member of Surf Life Saving Australia and in 2011 received further national recognition when he received the prestigious Order of Australia medal.

2018 Hall of Distinction inductees Mike Smith, Abbe May and Tristan Clemons.
2018 Hall of Distinction inductees Mike Smith, Abbe May and Tristan Clemons.