From the Headmaster
On behalf of the St Patrick’s College community, I would like to welcome you to our school.
St Patrick’s College, is a Catholic secondary College for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition. As a day and boarding school, we are proud of our rich tradition of serving educational needs of young men from Ballarat, Western Victoria and beyond since 1893 .
Each day, 1400 students walk through the gates of our College, experiencing a broad, innovative and challenging curriculum where they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. As a College staff we are dedicated to ensuring that the curriculum offered provides every student with an opportunity to reach their potential, and we remain fully aware of the importance that each of us play in continually lifting this potential.
St Patrick’s College is an education institution that seeks to live out the Gospel vision of respect, acceptance and inclusivity amongst all members of the community. We seek to give active witness to the four Touchstones of our Charter as an Edmund Rice Education Australia school. These touchstones: Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Gospel Spirituality and Justice Solidarity form an inseparable part of who we are. It is our hope that each young man who graduates from St Patrick’s College carries forward with them a heart and mind that is open to building a society that is just and cares for all.
In determining the best destination for your son’s secondary education, I would invite you to visit St Patrick’s College. Here, your will see first-hand a College that has a strong sense of living tradition, where the work of our faith-filled forebears in building this great school is recognised, and where the next generation of students and their God-given gifts are being shaped and celebrated.
Our students, families, staff, clergy and old collegians are part of an ongoing and unfolding story. We look forward to your son being an important part of our next chapter.
Mr John Crowley
Headmaster, MA (Research), MACE, Grad. Dip. Ed, BA (Music)
Headmaster's Message - August 10, 2018
Headmaster's Address to Chris Nolan Academic Assembly- August 7 Welcome to all of our invited guests, parents, guardians, grandparents, friends, staff and most importantly, our students. In offering this greeting, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of this great land - the Wathaurong People. We pay our respects to elders past and present f
Headmaster's Message - July 27, 2018
Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Students of St Patrick’s College, It is with great pleasure that I formally welcome all students back to school for Term 3. As always, this is a most significant term for all students, most notably our Year 12 cohort who are now moving closer to their final examinations. I have said on many occasions it is essential
Headmaster's Message - June 22, 2018
Dear Parents, Carers, Friends, Staff and Students of St Patrick’s College, One of the things I enjoy in my role as Headmaster is to meet with past students of the College at our annual reunions. The reason for this is two-fold: firstly, I enjoy seeing the reconnection of friendships that have stood the test of time. This reminds me of the lasting
Launch of our Great Man video
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Celebrating our 2017 results
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Headmaster's End of Year Message
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Statement regarding Archbishop Frank Little
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2018 Student Leaders Announced
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St Patrick's College Apology
The following is a transcript of the speech delivered by Headmaster John Crowley on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 where, on behalf of the College community, he offered this apology to those affected by crimes of child abuse committed by individuals historically connected with the College. A full video of the ceremony can be seen at this link Welco
Headmaster's reflection at EREA apology
Headmaster John Crowley delivered the following speech in Canberra on Thursday, June 1, 2017 as the College's governing body, Edmund Rice Education Australia, delivered a formal apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. This reflection represents another significant step in the College's journey towards reconciliation with victims and