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Newman College places great value on its closely-knit community, and past students and parents are an important part of College life. Many past students continue to take an active interest in the life of the College. 

Past students are encouraged to contact the College's Community Relations Officer with news items, enquiries or reunion information.

pdf2018 Marist Ex Students Newsletter


Where Are They Now?

Where Are They?

Newman College is always very keen to receive news about past students.  This includes, but is not limited to, marriages, births, travel, occupations etc.  Please contact Jo Dunn Email with relevant past student news.

Professor Barry Marshall AC, Class of 1968

Professor Barry Marshall AC Nobel LaureateProfessor Barry Marshall was born and lived in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia until moving to Perth at the age of eight.
He graduated from Marist Senior College (now Newman College) in 1968 going onto completing his undergraduate medical degree at The University of Western Australia in 1974.
In 1979, Prof Marshall was appointed as a Registrar in Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital where he met Dr Robin Warren, a pathologist interested in gastritis. The pair studied the presence of spiral bacteria in association with gastritis. The following year, Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) was cultured for the first time and they developed their hypothesis related to the bacterial cause of peptic ulcer and gastric cancer.
In 1984, while at Fremantle Hospital, Prof Marshall proved that the new germ was harmful in a well-publicised self-administered experiment, in which he drank a culture of H.pylori. Persevering despite widespread skepticism, he also came up with combinations of drugs that killed the H.pylori bacteria and eliminated ulcers permanently.
In the same year the World Health Organisation recognised H.pylori as the main cause of stomach cancer. Prof Marshall and Dr Warren’s work was acknowledged as the most significant discovery in the history of gastroenterology and is compared to the development of the polio vaccine and the eradication of smallpox.
In 2005 Prof Marshall and Dr Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in recognition of their discovery. They both have been referred to as “a medical pioneer whose work transcends all boundaries”.
Prof Marshall fondly remembers his time at Newman, exclaiming he was always excited at the start of each term, as students were introduced to new science and math concepts by teachers who loved to teach them.  
“The ability to do a chemistry or physics lab was a special treat,” he said.
“Brother Cletus (math) and Mr Peter McGowan (chemistry) were my most inspiring teachers. The focus was on understanding concepts rather than just learning lists. It made for efficiency in my studying”.
His advice to current students is to cherish your time, even well before the 12th year, as you will be introduced to all the life skills which are valued in any job you would like to do.  
“By life skills I mean things like honesty, reliability, punctuality, enthusiasm, team spirit, respect, loyalty and optimism.  Academic success opens up higher levels but necessarily delays the outcome.  So make sure you are enjoying the journey. Choose to do what is physically and mentally sustainable for yourself. Don’t spend too much of your life planning for the far distant future. Dive in now”.
Over the years Prof Marshall has received many honours/awards/prizes for his research and commitment to medicine:
• Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 2005 
• Western Australian Citizen of the Year 2006
• Western Australian of the Year 2007
• Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2007
• The Paul Ehrlich Prize 1997
• Warren Alpert Prize 1995
•Honorary Professor of following Chinese Universities: Shantou, Guangdong; Sichuan, Chengdu; Chinese University of     Hong Kong; Third Military Medical University, Chongqing
•Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, University of Oxford, UK
•Honorary Doctorate in Medicine at Örebro University, Sweden 
•Galen Medal, The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London 
•Lennon K. Black Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Research, Jefferson College, USA 
•The William Beaumont Prize – AGA 
•Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Polish Academy of Medicine
•Silver Seal, University of Bologna, Italy
•Australian Centenary Medal
•The Keio Medical Science Prize
•Inaugural Premier’s Prize for Achievement in Science, WA
•Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health
•Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award
•Inducted as a Fellow of Australian Academy of Science
•Benjamin Franklin Medal for Life Science
•Buchanan Medal, The British Royal Society of Medicine
•The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine
•The Florey Medal, Australia
•Kilby Prize, Dallas Texas
•The Gairdner Award, Toronto Canada
•The John Scott Award, City of Philadelphia
•The Albert Lasker Award
He also holds a number of appointments:
•Ambassador for Life Sciences for Western Australia
•Clinical Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, UWA
•Co-Director of the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research & Training, UWA
•Consultant Gastroenterologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
•Founder and Director of ONDEK, a biotechnology company 
•Founder and Director of TRI-MED, a diagnostics company 
•Western Australian Technology and Industry Advisory Council
•Honorary Patron of Scitech, the Ear Science Institute and Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation
•Francis R & Helen M. Pentz Visiting Professor of Science at Penn State University, USA
•Member of University of Malaya High Impact Research Advisory Council
•Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Gemma Tognini, Class of 1990

Born and raised in Perth, Gemma graduated from Newman College in 1990 going onto studying a Bachelor of English at Curtin University, majoring in Journalism. Gemma is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and L’Universita per Stranieri in Perguia, Italy. Gemma Tognini Yr 12
It was by default that Gemma’s career path lead to journalism. “The original plan was to do musical theatre at WAPA after completing my English degree, said Gemma. After my first year of English at Curtin I swapped from Theatre to a Journalism major and have never looked back”.  
After nearly a decade at Channel Seven, where she was Chief of Staff, Gemma established her own specialist PR and Corporate Affairs firm gtmedia in 2003, which was the first PR agency nationally at its time to join The Communications Council. gtmedia consults to companies in a broad range of industries from banking and infrastructure through to retail, events and not-for-profit. Gemma has also worked for the ABC and 6PR. 
In October 2014, Gemma won the Business Owner Award for gtmedia in the prestigious 2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards. 
The judges cited her ability to grow her company during the GFC and the work she does with not-for-profit organisations as stand out elements of her submission. “Reaching 10 years as a business owner was incredibly rewarding, and naturally the Telstra Business Women’s Award has been one of my greatest accomplishments”.
As a WA winner, Gemma joins an impressive group of alumni from Gina Rinehart, Chairman of Hancock Prospecting Group, to former Rio Tinto Executive Denise Goldsworthy.
Gemma Tognini
When asked what she does in her free time, Gemma’s response was “Free time? Ha! That’s funny. Every morning before work I do weight training and Muay Thai. After work and weekends are the usual stuff; Friends, beach, travel and family”.   
Professionally Gemma sits on the board of the Starlight Children's Foundation (WA), is a regular columnist in The West Australian, contributes weekly to Fairfax Radio and gtmedia provides pro-bono services to HeartKids WA.
Gemma fondly remembers her time at the College and is grateful for the support she received and the friendships made, many of which continue to thrive today. 
“What stands out most as I reflect on my time is having truly been part of a school community,” she said.
The College was a family. One that valued traits such as generosity, initiative, gratitude and a sense of responsibility to those in need.  Important attributes that one can’t learn from a text book.
I don’t like to use the word education. I prefer experience because my years at Newman College were about vastly more than time spent in the classroom.”
Gemma’s advice to young alumni and current students who aspire to become a journalist is to “back yourself. There are no rules. Be true to yourself and don’t compromise kindness for the sake of career advancement. What you sow is what you will reap.”Gemma T 5

Daniel Ricciardo, Class of 2006

Daniel was born in Perth and graduated from Newman College in 2006 with the ambition to be the best Grand Prix driver in the world, "I'll do what's necessary to win because this is my dream.”  From the ages of 9 to 16 he was a champion in karting, winning numerous state and national titles.

In 2007, aged 17, he found himself in Milan Italy proving that he had much more to offer and, in 2008, Red Bull scouts took notice and realised there was a bright future together.

From 2009, Daniel’s international career in motorsport took off.  After a topsy turvy start to the 2014 season, when his team was disqualified on a technicality after his magnificent second place in the Australian Grand Prix, he took out third place in Monaco during the last weekend in May.

Daniel Ricciardo 2 Custom 

Photo sourced from

Daniel Ricciardo's First Grand Prix Win - 8 June 2014
Daniel is celebrating the first Formula One victory of his career at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

"I am shocked - this is ridiculous," said the winner, the fourth Australian to win a Formula One race.

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Hungarian Grand Prix Win - 27 July 2014
The Australian led twice before he fought back to recapture the lead with three laps remaining, following a series of daring passes.  Ricciardo's win was executed with great elan and confirmed him as a driver with the potential to be a future champion. He won the Canadian Grand Prix in June and is the only non-Mercedes driver to have won a race this year.

"This feels just as good as the first one," said Ricciardo. "It was a lot of fun in the last few laps, with the passing. I had to go for it.”

Daniel Ricciardo 4 (Custom)

Photos and text (8 June and 27 July) sourced from 
The Sydney Morning Herald Sport 

Morgan Bain, Class of 2011

morgan bain then n now"With a support spot for Cold Chisel, a WAM Award for blues and roots act of the year and three EPs under his belt, it's safe to say Morgan Bain already has a list of accolades that many seasoned musicians would aspire to.  However, it comes as a surprise that the Scarborough muso is only 19.  It's been a steady rise to the top for the young star, who began playing regular gigs at the age of 15 and soon found himself performing for a 10,000-strong crowd as a support act for the iconic Cold Chisel in 2012." (Source: The West Australian, 8 May 2014)

"Morgan Bain is a rarity in the music world.  While most musicians consider themselves fortunate to build a successful career over many years, Bain has accomplished more than contemporaries twice his age in half the time...he many be WA's most promising singer-songwriter."  Please click pdfhere for more. (Source: Express Magazine)

Morgan at a recent Fundraiser - 27 June 2014
Sophie Peta fundraiser CustomThe Newman Sports Association, which comprises eight sporting clubs made up predominantly of current and past Newman College students, and which participate in local community competitions, has a close symbiotic relationship with Newman College itself. Over the past five or so years, the Association, in true Marist Spirit and with the support of the College, has conducted an annual fundraising luncheon, the purpose of which is to support a family within the Community which is in significant need of some special assistance.

As a past student, Morgan was invited to entertain the several hundred guests who attended with his amazing talent and did not disappoint the crowd with his performance.



Upcoming Reunions

Ex Marist Students Annual Mass and Reunion

Wednesday 24 January 2018


  • Commencing at 4.30pm, Champagnat Chapel, Newman College, Empire Avenue, Churchlands (Entry via Driveway #5 or #6)

The Annual “Catch Up” & Barbeque

  • Commencing 5.45pm on the grassed area between the Chapel and the College Building (same location as last year)
  • BYO Everything: Food and drinks of your choice, Eating utensils (plates, cutlery glasses), Hat | Chair | Sunscreen
  • Barbecues: are provided for those who require them (and will be lit at 6.00pm)
  • Identification badge: to be worn if you have one, otherwise, you may obtain one as you register
  • Registration Fee: $5.00

Class of 1978

Save the Date - Saturday 22 December 2018

Students who left in Years 10 or 11 are also invited.

Please email Shenade Harris (nee Myles) who is putting together a database for the year group


Click here to access Past Reunions and Alumni Archives 




David Graham, Class of 1976

David Graham 76David passed away on 14 October 2008 after a 10 month battle with cancer. He was the eldest child and only son of Pat and Don Graham, with his four sisters Carolyn (Class of '78), Rosemary (Class of '79), Judith (Class of '80) and Stephanie (Class of '87) all attending Newman College.
Remembered with love and affection by all who knew him, his sister Rosemary remembers David as someone with a great sense of humour and love of travel. He took great pride in his work as a Land Operations Officer with the Department of Indigenous Affairs.


Matt Price, Class of 1978

Always taking an interest in current events, both in Western Australia and around the world, it was no surprise that after graduating from Newman, Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science at UWA.Matt Price 1978
Matt began his journalism career at The Albany Advertiser and went on to join the Channel Nine team. In the late '80s, he travelled overseas with wife Sue, where he worked in London at various television bureaus.
After returning to Australia, Matt went on to cover federal politics as a member of the Canberra Press Gallery for The Australian newspaper, writing a regular column entitled The Sketch, that often took a humorous view of parliamentary proceedings. He was also a frequent guest on ABC Radio and the Insiders television program.
In 2003 he wrote a book on the Fremantle Dockers, a team which he passionately supported.
In early October 2007, Price was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours and sadly passed away on 25 November 2007. He leaves behind his wife Sue and their three children.

Robert (Bob) O'Sullivan, Class of 1978

Tragically, Bob and his partner and child perished in the 2009 Victorian bushfires.Bob OSullivan 78

Dameon Wilkins, Class of 1993

Dameon Wilkins 93Dameon Wilkins sadly passed away in September 2010.
He was a keen sportsman who captained the College's premiership winning rugby team in 1993.
Dameon Wilkins Rugby Captain 93

Viv Hunt, Class of 1995


Viv HuntViv graduated from Newman College with the Class of 1995.
An accomplished athlete, Viv represented Newman College in
swimming, rugby and water polo.  Newman 1st IV 1995
He was also a lifesaver with Scarborough SLSC.  
During his time at Newman College, Viv spent his summers patrolling Scarborough Beach and representing WA in the board and ironman events.
Viv AfghanistanAfter joining the Australian Army in 1999, Viv proudly served the nation on multiple deployments to foreign conflicts.  
Viv official photo cropped.As a decorated serving soldier of the Australian Army, Viv was farewelled with full military honours in February 2015.
Viv enjoyed a good laugh with his mates and will be remembered as a gentleman who cared deeply for his family and friends.  He is survived by his wife and their 2 children.


Michael Lee (Johns), Class of 1995


Michael Lee (Johns) - Former Student - Class of 1995

Michael Lee then and now snipMichael Lee (Michael Johns) was a student at Newman College, graduating in 1995. From his early days of high school he showed a strong interest in the Performing Arts and Sport, particularly tennis and football. Michael was passionate about Drama and Music which resulted in his involvement in all College productions from Year 9 through to Year 12, including playing Jesus Christ in Godspell.

Michael is remembered as a friendly, caring and well-mannered young man, with a cheeky sense of humour. He was popular with his peers and had many friends, a large number of whom had maintained contact with him, since he left for the United States on a Tennis Scholarship, after he graduated.

 Michael Lee snip (Custom)

Daniel Pupazzoni, Class of 1998

Daniel was a keen fisherman and surfer with a passion for marine environment. Daniel Pupazzoni 98He sadly passed away in August 2010. Daniel's three other siblings Thomas, Rachel and Matthew also attended Newman College and our condolences go out to the whole Pupazzoni family. 

John Francis Henley, Class of 1999

John sadly passed away on March 6 2003.
A student leader and a much-valued Captain of Catherine Guild, John is remembered by staffJohn Henley portrait 1999 and former students as a warm and generous-spirited young man.
Very much 'one of the lads' in the western undercroft, John liked to engage in banter and saw himself as having staff as friends with whom he related well - this was part of his confident and engaging manner.John Henley 1999

Krystal Robinson, Class of 2000

Krystal tragically passed away in May 2004, after suffering a fatal asthma attack.Krystal Robinson 2000 Sadly Krystal left behind a baby daughter.

Katherine (Kate) Montgomery, Class of 2000

Kate Montgomery 2000Kate sadly passed away while on a working holiday in Scotland in August 2004. Kate's older brother Michael also attended Newman, graduating in 1998.






Jo Dunn
Community Relations Officer
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