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Please download the 2016 Boarding Handbook here
St Patrick’s College commenced as a boarding school for boys in 1893 and has catered for the educational, pastoral and co-curricular needs of boys from regional, remote and overseas communities for over a century.
The College’s model for boarding, supported by first class facilities, will facilitate positive learning outcomes for boys and will build upon the wonderful tradition that exists at the College.
At St Patrick’s College, boarders have the opportunity to live, study and play in one of Australia’s premier regional cities. Ballarat’s reputation for educational excellence is unsurpassed, being formally recognised as a A ‘Learning City’
St Patrick’s College has enthusiastically embraced this concept and is confident that young men living in a close-knit and caring boarding community will develop the skills that will make them life long learners and leaders within the community.
Boarding is one of life’s great joys
St Patrick’s is committed to maintaining Boarding as an integral part of the school where students from around Australia and overseas can experience the challenges and rewards of living together within a supportive boarding community. Our Boarders are able to participate fully in the life of the College and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
St Patrick’s College offers a ‘House’ Model for Boarding where boys live in purpose-renovated houses, supported by two live-in members of the teaching staff. This ensures that pastoral care and tuition needs are optimally met and a ‘home away from home’ environment is created for boys living within the boarding community. Non-Resident tutors also run specialist tutorials during the week for students.
There is a maximum of 24 boys in each House providing a supervision ratio of 1:12 to fully support boys who attend the College. Each of the Houses has been fully renovated to meet the needs of boys living away from home and has internet access, study, kitchen and recreational facilities.
The Boarding Houses are set in beautiful grounds in central Ballarat and form part of regional Australia’s foremost educational precinct.
Boarding students have supervised out-of-hours access to the College’s library, music rooms, indoor sports complex, weights training facility and Information Technology Laboratories.
Boys enjoy a busy, fun-filled life. It is indeed an idyllic place for young men to live, study and play!
The College's Boarding Policy can be viewed here .
Boarding Precinct Appeal Update - December 12 2016
In exciting news, we are a third of the way to reaching our $1 million fundraising target to help build St Patrick’s College’s new Boarding Precinct. Since our launch in February, the Boarding Precinct Appeal Committee has received great support from the College community with over $334,000 raised already in cash and pledges. The $5.3m new boardin
Call soon for tenders for new Boarding Precinct
It is with much excitement that the College will, at the end of this month, officially call for tenders for the construction of its much-anticipated new Boarding Precinct. It is envisaged that building works will commence by the end of this year, if not early 2017 and it is anticipated that the building will be open and ready to house new boarders
Headmaster's Message - Boarding Precinct News
Dear Old Collegians of St Patrick’s College, It is with much excitement that I write with final confirmation that the planned construction of our new boarding precinct will proceed in 2017. This week, the board of Edmund Rice Education Australia (our College’s governing body) met to formally approve our planned $5.3m development which will secure
2016 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in