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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 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 recognized as an, A ‘Learning City’
St Patrick’s College has enthusiastically embraced this concept and is confident that young men living in a close-knit and a caring boarding community, will develop the skills that will make them lifelong 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 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.
The College offers a ‘House’ Model for Boarding where boys live in a purpose-renovated house, 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.
Our Houses have been fully renovated to meet the needs of boys living away from home, and have 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!
Boarding Bulletin Board - March 28, 2018
News around the Boarding Precinct A huge thanks to the Boarders who gave up their Saturday morning to assist at the community event, Walk Off the War Within. WOTWW is a Memorial Walk for ex-SPC student and Firefighter, Nathan Shanahan and other Service Personnel who have unfortunately succumbed to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Participants a
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