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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 125 years.
The College’s model for boarding, supported by first class facilities, facilitates positive learning outcomes for boys and builds upon the wonderful tradition which 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 ‘Learning City’.
St Patrick’s College has enthusiastically embraced this concept. We are confident that young men living in a close-knit and caring boarding community will develop the skills to make them life-long learners and leaders within the community.
A Year in the Life of Boarding (2018). Click here.
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.
With construction of an outstanding new boarding facility completed in 2018, St Patrick’s College offers a boarding environment and facilities unparalleled anywhere in regional Australia. Our boys live in purpose-designed rooms surrounded by first-class recreational, dining and study facilities. With a maximum of two boys per room, our accommodation is more akin to their own bedrooms at home, rather than a dormitory environment.
Resident staff provide expert care, support and guidance for our boarding students while also ensuring boys have access to all after-school activities including a structured study program.
Our boarding program offers extensive weekend activities as well as a growing social justice program which embeds our boarding students deep within the wider Ballarat community.
The Boarding Precinct is 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!
Boarding Bulletin Board - November 29, 2018
‘Boarding Bulletin Board (T4)’ Reflections from Staff around the Boarding Precinct “I have the privilege to write in the College’s annual publication a reflection on the year that was in Boarding. In our final contribution to the College’s fortnightly ‘Crest’ I wanted to turn the spotlight onto our incredible Boarding team w
Boarding Bulletin Board - November 15, 2018
Boarding Bulletin Board Term 4 News around the Boarding Precinct Congratulations to current Year 11 Flexi Boarder, Connor Shugg, who was recently named as ‘Captain of Boats’ for the 2018/19 SPC Rowing season. Connor was presented with his badge at a recent College Assembly and we are all very proud of the dedication and commitment that Conno
Boarding Bulletin Board - November 1, 2018
‘Boarding Bulletin Board (T4)’ News around the Boarding Precinct Four weeks of Term 4 are already gone and if you blinked you would be astounded at how much you may have missed. What an amazing first few weeks we have had here in Boarding. With over 150 guests, supporters, friends and boarders in attendance, we celebrated the official op
Thank you to our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors
St Patrick's College would like to thank the many generous supporters of our Boarding Precinct Fundraising Appeal. The fundraising appeal raised over $500,000 towards the cost of the College's impressive new $7m-plus boarding precinct, housing nearly 100 boarders in modern, spacious and most importantly “home away from home” facilities. We will be
Thanking our Boarding Appeal donors
The College would like to sincerely thank our generous supporters of the Boarding Precinct Appeal. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising over $450,000, towards the $7m-plus build cost. Construction of the stunning new accommodation wing is now complete. The 11-month build of the thr
Launch of our Great Man video
As St Patrick’s College celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, we felt it was a crucial time to revisit and redefine our mission to “raise fine boys to the status of great men”. We asked ourselves, what is a great man? How do we define greatness? To answer these challenging questions the College embarked upon a deep, 12-month community consult
Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors
The College would like to sincerely thank our generous supporters of the Boarding Precinct Appeal. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising over $400,000, towards the overall $7m build cost. While the build is moving rapidly and we look forward to opening the new boarding precinct to ou
Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal supporters
The College would like to thank the generous supporters of our Boarding Precinct Appeal to date. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising just over $400,000, towards the overall $7m build cost. While the build is moving rapidly and we look forward to opening the new boarding precinct to
Old Collegians tackle Kokoda together
A group of SPC Old Collegians from 1990 tackled the Kokoda Track together recently. The group, pictured above, included Stefan Seketa (1985-90), Michael Hughes (1987-90), Mark Bond (1988-90), Robert Calnon (1985-90), Paul Barry (1987-90) and Paul Fogarty (1988-90). We thank the men for sharing the trip with us, and Stefan Seketa writes about their
Where are they now - Jason Gigliotti (SPC 1984-89)
The College recently reconnected with Jason Gigliotti (SPC 1984-89) who enjoyed the many relationships he shared at SPC during his time. Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After finishing Year 12 in 1989, I went fruit picking. It was a great break away and helped save for the first car. I have since trained in and run businesses in h
Recognising our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors
The College would like to thank the generous supporters of our Boarding Precinct Appeal to date. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising nearly $400,000, towards the overall $7m build cost. We invite our school community to consider assisting the College in this investment to secure bo
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