2021 marks 50 years since St. Augustine’s College Class of 1971 members graduated from high school.
To commemorate this momentous milestone, the class gathered on several occasions to fellowship and reflect on their years as students at “The Big Red Machine” as well as post graduate experiences.
On Sunday, May 30th, thirty-six members of the class, including Dr. The Most Honorable Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister, attended mass at St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, where His Grace Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder also a member of the Class of 1971 gave the homily. That evening, they gathered at Balmoral Club to enjoy a jazz concert.
The class of 1971 is unique in that it was the final class to begin at SAC while it was still an all-boys high school. In their second year as students, SAC merged with Xavier’s College to become a co-educational institution.
Service above self was instilled at the Big Red Machine.
In 1971, The Bahamas was well on its way to nationhood, and, at SAC, the Class was one of many being inspired to become nation builders. To this end, some members of the Class of 1971 undertook tertiary education and professional training abroad and practically all of them returned to The Bahamas and along with other members became nation builders.
Contributors to the building of the nation include the Prime Minister, as well His Grace Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder, Commodore Davy Rolle, retired Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, former Members of Parliament Messers Phil Galanis and Hubert Chipman, Mr. Benedict Dorsett, Assistant Principal of St. Augustine’s College, Mr. Freddie Albury of the Automall, 1971 and 1976 Olympians Mr. Clive Sands and Mr. Fletcher Lewis, respectively, sporting giants, managers, bank executives, directors general, chief executive officers, architects, educators, insurance executives, entrepreneurs, members of the clergy, artists, medical professionals, musicians, pilots, military officers, legal professionals, etc.
The significance of the reunion became more evident when they learned of the passing of their classmate Peter Gilcud, most known for his basketball prowess and for being a devoted member of the Saxons Junkanoo Group.
To culminate the reunion, the class saw fit to donate to their alma mater to help offset the tuition costs of the now 10 SAC students who migrated from Abaco to Nassau in the wake of the country’s most devastating Hurricane Dorian.
The funds were presented to Principal Sonja Knowles by retired Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Davy Rolle.