Chevalier College, the alma mater of the late Hon. John Fahey AC will honour him with the naming of a new building precinct to be known as The John Fahey Education and Sport Centre.
Mr Fahey, the former NSW Premier and Federal Minister, passed away on 12 September last year at the age of 75. He attended Chevalier College for his secondary education with the assistance of a bursary scholarship from 1958-1962. By his finishing year in the Class of 1962 he was a prefect, a student leader in the Young Catholic Society, a cadet under officer, captain of the First XI cricket team, and member of the acclaimed First XV rugby team of that era.
The college has already committed to a 6-year scholarship starting in 2022 as a tribute to Mr Fahey and will be undertaking a fundraising campaign to secure an endowment so the award can continue in perpetuity.
This decision represents the first time a major building has been named for a past student of Chevalier College, as previously this honour was almost exclusively reserved for the priests of the MSC congregational order which owns the school.
The naming of the building has the support of the Fahey family and will be formally dedicated on Saturday 25 September 2021 at a “Celebration of Life” community event to be hosted at the college.
The John Fahey Education and Sport Centre is the new multipurpose hall constructed in 2018 and is the largest building on campus. It will also house the Peter Haertsch Conference Room. Peter was a contemporary of John Fahey at the college in the late 1950s and early 1960s and remained a lifelong friend. He has been a significant benefactor and capital campaign donor.
As part of the fundraising for the John Fahey Scholarship, opportunities will be given to donors to be recognised for their support via naming of elements of The John Fahey Education and Sport Centre, ranging from entire rooms down to individual seats.
President of the Chevalier Past Students (CPS) Mark Wallace (CPS 1976) said: “This is worthy recognition of John Fahey for his tremendous career of dedicated public service on a local, state, national and indeed global stage. On behalf of the CPS, I congratulate Chev on this action. I doubt anyone could disagree that for the first alumnus of the college to be so honoured, John Fahey is the ideal choice”