The Walsh family connections to St Peter’s College go back to its earliest days in the 1950s, when Justin’s support of the school began. He was one of the men who stood outside the church with a box, collecting for the building of a Catholic boys’ school in Gore. Justin and Margaret Walsh and their seven children lived in and around Gore over the years and Maurice, Brian and Nichola were pupils in this co-ed school that was eventually built.
As a couple the Walshes were always supportive of the school and back in the 1970s Margaret was secretary of the PTFA and later when Father Buckner was in charge of the accounts she became treasurer. She was also treasurer for the Fair in the seventies and the eighties and remembers funds being raised to replace noisy lino tiles with quieter carpet ones. As part of the PTFA she also volunteered to catalogue books for Sister Fidelis and this involved typing up the cards during the evenings. She got so immersed in what she was doing that she forgot the time and got locked in the school. Later she was recruited to the school’s Board of Governors.
Justin and Margaret moved to Kaiwera in the mid-eighties and were no longer so involved with St Peter’s, but nine of their grandchildren have since been pupils here.