1431 Sturt Street Ballarat, Victoria, 3350
Phone:   +61 3 53 311688

Crest News

You are here: Home » St Patrick's College » Publications » Crest News

Engagements, Marriages and Births - September 2017

18 Sep

Engagements, Marriages and Births - September 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

BIRTHS Congratulations to Leigh and Jo McKee (current staff members) on the birth of Jack William McKee, who was born on September 18 at 9.05pm weighing 7lb 4oz. Apparently, he’s the spitting image of his Dad!    

Old Collegian Colin Gregson (SPC 1910-11)

18 Sep

Old Collegian Colin Gregson (SPC 1910-11) author: Catriona Banks

Whatever happened to Colin Leslie Gregson, Service Number 561?   Colin Gregson (SPC 1910-1911) was an old collegian who volunteered for service in WWI. Although his war service record was easy to find, and formed part of the research for the College publication, Our Bravest, released in 2015, like some returned soldiers, it was not possible to tr

Old Collegians tackle Kokoda together

17 Sep

Old Collegians tackle Kokoda together author:

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 - James Fahey (SPC 2007-12)

17 Sep

Where are they now - James Fahey (SPC 2007-12) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with James Fahey (SPC 2007-12) who is five years into his Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery, but continues to return to SPC to share his knowledge with our current students at the annual SPC Careers Expo.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I graduated from SPC in 2012. I am now five years into my Bachelor of Medicine

Where are they now - Jason Gigliotti (SPC 1984-89)

17 Sep

Where are they now - Jason Gigliotti (SPC 1984-89) author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where are they now - Brian Dillon (SPC 1954-57)

17 Sep

Where are they now - Brian Dillon (SPC 1954-57) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnect with Brian Dillon (SPC 1954-57) who remembers being led by a magnificent group of Brothers who upheld their vows and gave exemplary leadership and example in every way.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After leaving St Patrick’s with the Leaving certificate, I began a pharmacy apprenticeship which I did not comp

Where our they now - Brendon Stahl (SPC 1960-62)

17 Sep

Where our they now - Brendon Stahl (SPC 1960-62) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Brendon Stahl (SPC 1960-62) who remembers being told by Br (Bill) O’Malley that he was “as silly as the train that went up the middle of the main street of Wycheproof”.  Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I joined the State Bank of Victoria in Wycheproof at the end of 1962 and spent the next th

Old Collegian Michael Tyquin (SPC 1963-70)

17 Sep

Old Collegian Michael Tyquin (SPC 1963-70) author: Lorrie Liston

Old Collegian Michael Tyquin (SPC 1963-70), a boarder from Laverton, is pictured above, in August with the Chief of Army, Lt. General Angus Campbell and Major General Paul McLachlan in Enoggera for the launch of his most recent book. Mike shares his story below.   Michael Tyquin attended SPC as a boarder from Laverton between 1963 and 1970. He we

Old Collegian Michael Meere (SPC 1960-63,PY 1965)

17 Sep

Old Collegian Michael Meere (SPC 1960-63,PY 1965) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnected recently with Michael Meere (SPC 1960-63,PY 1965). Michael is now the director and lecturer at the College for Adult Learning in Melbourne. One job is obviously not enough, though because Michael is also the director of Villa Maria Catholic Homes.   We would like to thank Michael for sharing some of his memories from his c

Old Boys in the News - September 2017

17 Sep

Old Boys in the News - September 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy boys in all sectors, including: Congratulations to Matt Crouch (SPC 2008-13), pictured above, being named All Australian for the first time in what promises to be an amazing career. He is only the fourth Old Boy to receive such an accolade following Danny Frawley (SPC 1976-79, PY1981) in 1988, James McDonald (SPC 19

Headmaster's Message - September 15, 2017

14 Sep

Headmaster's Message - September 15, 2017 author: John Crowley

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends, Staff and Students of St Patrick’s College,   The past two weeks have been an incredibly busy, yet exciting time in the life of St Patrick’s College.   Commencing with our Rugby, Football and Applied Learning Presentation Evenings, followed by last night’s Purton and Breach Oratory Competition and continuing with

KRC Update - September 15, 2017

14 Sep

KRC Update - September 15, 2017 author: Julia Petrov

Ballarat Catholic Diocese Chess Tournament We hosted the annual Ballarat Diocese Chess Tournament. With 6 schools in attendance, 2 who have qualified for the State Chess Championships, the competition was of a very high standard. Players were allocated 15 minutes each per game and encouraged to use the time shrewdly and not make hasty decisions. s

Wellbeing Report - September 15, 2017

14 Sep

Wellbeing Report - September 15, 2017 author: Elizabeth Ryan

College Uniform As we come to the end of a very busy term may I remind everyone that Term four will commence on Monday October 9, 2017. It is expected that all students will present at school in the official College summer uniform that is: • College Suit coat • White Shirt • College tie • School shorts with approved long socks • Black leathe

Mission Report - September 15, 2017

12 Sep

Mission Report - September 15, 2017 author: Geoff Brodie

Definition of “Touchstone” 1: a fundamental or quintessential part or feature 2: a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing 3 :a black siliceous stone related to flint and formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak left on the stone when rubbed by the metal (source: https://www.merriam-w

Senior School Report - September 15, 2017

12 Sep

Senior School Report - September 15, 2017 author: Hamish McCrum

The end of term is predictably as busy as ever.  Students from Years 10 to 12 often finish with a flurry of assessment tasks.  The Year 12 SATs that tend to be due in these last two weeks are the culmination of two or three terms of work.  They cannot be done in a couple of weeks.  The high quality of many of the submissions are evidence of the hou

Boarding Report - September 15, 2017

12 Sep

Boarding Report - September 15, 2017 author: Mike Silcock

As we reach the final edition of our College’s Crest newsletter for Term 3, I thought I would turn the tables and ask our Year 12s who now move into the final straight as a boarder at SPC to reflect on their time with us. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.   “I came to St Patrick’s College in 2014 when I was in Year 9 as a 14-year-o

Teaching and Learning Report - September 15, 2017

12 Sep

Teaching and Learning Report - September 15, 2017 author: Stephen Hill

Mid Semester Reports and Years 7-9 Parent/Student/Teacher interviews: St Patrick’s College uses the Parent Access Module (PAM) to give parents and guardians online access to a range of information specific to their son(s). The Student Assessment area allows you to view and download your son’s mid semester and end of semester reports for this and p

Information Technology Update - September 15, 2017

12 Sep

Information Technology Update - September 15, 2017 author: Mark Holland

Supporting our children in the safe use of technology The ABC television program 7:30 recently aired a segment titled ‘Do you know what your children are doing online?’. I found it a very interesting and powerful segment which covered many of the dangers of young people going online and a number of sound practices cyber safety authorities such as

College Shop Report - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

College Shop Report - September 15, 2017 author: Michelle Lloyd

WE ARE OPEN DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. We also have new Hi Bounce Balls available for sale, $5 each, great for downball! Another new addition are our School Scarves $25 each Boys are able to be back in shorts for Term 4, Cost $37 each Year 7’s 2018 – now taking uniform orders, please ring to make an appointment for fittings. Bags for the USA

Middle School Report - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

Middle School Report - September 15, 2017 author: Michael Busscher

PAT Reading comprehension and PAT Maths testing will be conducted this week or next dependent on which Maths and English classes your son is in. For the first time at St Patrick’s College both tests will be undertaken on line with results being made available to teachers almost instantaneously. This testing is very important in helping the College

Director of Sport Report - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

Director of Sport Report - September 15, 2017 author: Gavin Webb

Highlights over the last two weeks include; Winter Sports Assembly in the gym BAS Lap of the Lake Rugby Presentation Night John James Medal   Winter Sports Assembly   Below is a wrap of the Winter Sports Assembly held last Tuesday in the gym   Swimming Carnival Records   Sam Tiley Yr 8 50m Breast Stroke      38.56 Jo

Careers Update - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

Careers Update - September 15, 2017 author: Anthony Meehan

SPC Careers – Home page http://careers.stpats.vic.edu.au/ Featured in the Weekly Career News this week: Focus on vocational training Work for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) straight after Year 12 Cybersecurity careers New Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing - La Trobe University and Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Vet

Pastoral Care Report - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

Pastoral Care Report - September 15, 2017 author: Brad Murray

Keeping Safe: Information for Parents As part of St Patrick’s College mission to create a safe and secure learning environment for our students, it is crucial that our broader community of parents are well-informed with the latest information and research available, so we can work as partners to keep our students safe.  This week’s focus is to out

Ballarat Community Notices - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

Ballarat Community Notices - September 15, 2017 author:

Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club Bored, nothing to do over the weekends? Why not give tennis a go. The Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club is organising a tennis competition on a Saturday morning starting October 14 at 9:00 am. The competition has modified rules and is aimed to suit players of all levels and ages from beginners to the better players, if your child

Enrolment & Year 7 Information Evening

11 Sep

Enrolment & Year 7 Information Evening author: Caitlin Bennett

  2019 Year 7 Enrolment at St Patrick’s College Applications close on Friday December 1, 2017 If you are considering a Catholic education for your son, St Patrick’s College offers an education delivering academic excellence, a strong focus on social justice, sports, and the arts. Enrolments for 2019 Year 7 are now open and you are invited to subm

2018 Student Leaders Announced

3 Sep

2018 Student Leaders Announced author: John Crowley

Dear Parents and Students of St Patrick’s College, Today it is a great honour to be able to announce the student leadership team for St Patrick’s College in 2018. The selection process over the past few weeks involved a detailed online vote involving students and staff, followed by a rigorous interview process whereby the candidates met last week w

Mission Report - September 1, 2017

31 Aug

Mission Report - September 1, 2017 author: Geoff Brodie

Please reflect on the words of St Paul read at our Fathers’ Day Mass: Brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the a

Careers Update - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Careers Update - August 31, 2017 author: Anthony Meehan

SPC Careers – Home page at http://careers.stpats.vic.edu.au/ Incorporating the Weekly Career News. This week’s topics: Upcoming career events VTAC Advice Nights at Swinburne University Portfolio Information Evenings at Deakin University Careers and Creative Day, Monash University  Digital Media courses Information Technology Scholarship P

Sustainability at St Patrick's College

30 Aug

Sustainability at St Patrick's College author: Chris Nielsen

Sustainability at St Patrick’s College In 2016, St Patrick’s College commenced a journey on the path towards becoming a ResourceSmart Sustainable School. This requires active participation in the Victorian Government ResourceSmart Schools program and includes collecting baseline data on energy and water usage, waste generated and the level of biod

Information Technology Update - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Information Technology Update - August 31, 2017 author: Mark Holland

eLearning Strategic Plan Review Update The eLearning Strategic plan review, which has been ongoing for most of 2017, seeks to find the best technology solutions and processes to best support our students in staff in teaching and learning. The 21st Century classroom clearly sees technology as an integral part of the modern school’s teaching and lea

Senior School Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Senior School Report - August 31, 2017 author: Hamish McCrum

This week I had the privilege of interviewing all but one of the Year 11 boys who accepted their nominations for College or House Captain for 2018.  It was a humbling experience.  All boys did themselves proud.  Many were exceptional and the decisions were difficult because the depth of talent was so great.  To those who will be given responsibilit

Teaching and Learning Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Teaching and Learning Report - August 31, 2017 author: Stephen Hill

2018 Subject Selection Current Year 8 students attended the student information session for 2018 Year 9 this week. While at this session, students received print copies of the 2018 Year 9 Information Booklet and the 2018 Year 9 Subject Selection Guide.  Any Year 8 boy absent from this information session can collect a copy of these documents from

Wellbeing Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Wellbeing Report - August 31, 2017 author: Rebecca Petrie and Brad Murray

Keeping Safe: Information for Parents As part of St Patrick’s College mission to create a safe and secure learning environment for our students, it is crucial that our broader community of parents are well-informed with the latest information and research available, so we can work as partners to keep our students safe.  This week’s focus is to out

Boarding Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Boarding Report - August 31, 2017 author: Mike Silcock

As I write this fortnight’s Crest contribution from Boarding we are in the midst of our Boarding Leadership appointment process for 2018. It has made me reflect on a number interesting thoughts that I have had over these past few days. Firstly, I have thought about Leadership, it’s definition and the capacity of young men to demonstrate leadership

Director of Sport Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Director of Sport Report - August 31, 2017 author: Gavin Webb

Please click on this link for a Sports Report from the Director of Sport, Mr Gavin Webb.  

Mindshop Excellence

30 Aug

Mindshop Excellence author:

Congratulations to the ten Year 10 students who recently graduated from Commerce Ballarat's Mindshop Excellence Program, which pairs high achieving students with local businesses to help solve real business problems. One group of our students spent the week with insurance company Simplex, helping to drive customer engagement and increase sales, wh

Middle School Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Middle School Report - August 31, 2017 author: Michael Busscher

Classroom and Yard Behaviour It seems an import time in the term when I remind boys that their journey into the Senior School is assisted by their subject results and classroom behaviour, as this information is used to assess their readiness to undertake VCE Units 1/2 in Year 10 and thus accelerate their schooling. Poor classroom behaviour is detr

Ballarat Community Notices - August 30, 2017

30 Aug

Ballarat Community Notices - August 30, 2017 author:

ScreenAgers Fundraiser A special fundraiser screening of 'ScreenAgers' in support of local Ballarat boy Henry Krenl (6) for his treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Thursday 14 September 7pm at Showbiz Cinema Delacombe. Please click on this link for more details.   Damascus College Invitation Celebrating 50 Years of Mercy Education at Da

Headmaster's Message - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Headmaster's Message - August 31, 2017 author: John Crowley

Dear Parents, Carers, Staff, Friends and Students of St Patrick’s College, Education is, without doubt, one of the most consistently changing industries in our society. New programs, initiatives, curriculum and teaching pedagogies are constantly being written, debated, taught and tested. It is one of the reasons why teachers are so adept at change

College Shop Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

College Shop Report - August 31, 2017 author: Michelle Lloyd

We have new Hi Bounce Balls available for sale, $5 each, great for downball! Another new addition are our School Scarves $25 each Boys are able to be back in shorts for Term 4, Cost $37 each Year 7’s 2018 – now taking uniform orders, please ring to make an appointment for fittings. Bags for the USA Basketball Tour are now in stock at $90 each.

SPC Business Directory success

29 Aug

SPC Business Directory success author:

Community members and businesses are all smiles after using the new SPC Business Directory App. Happy SPC staff member Barry Schuurs is pictured with local qualified arborists Paddy Arnts and his son Tom. Barry used the new app to source an arborist to tidy up some of his ornamental pear trees at home. “I downloaded the app and thought I’d give it

Recognising our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors

25 Jul

Recognising our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Boys in the News - July 2017

25 Jul

Old Boys in the News - July 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy boys in all sectors, including: Well done to Liam Hanrahan (SPC 2009-14), pictured above, who has been awarded an Albert Coates Scholarship at Federation University. Liam is currently in his second year studying Biomedical Science, but hopes to eventually pursue Medicine. The Albert Coates Scholarship is awarded to

Where are they now - Mick Saunders (SPC 1977-81)

23 Jul

Where are they now - Mick Saunders (SPC 1977-81) author: Lorrie Liston

The College is reconnecting with Michael (Mick) Saunders (SPC 1977-1981), pictured with some of his 1200 cricket books, who has enjoyed a rich and rewarding career in education and still catches up with his SPC mates regularly.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Well I’ve never really left school. I studied at Aquinas College, Ballara

Where are they now - Geof Marshall (SPC 1966-68)

23 Jul

Where are they now - Geof Marshall (SPC 1966-68) author: Lorrie Liston

The College is reconnecting with Geof Marshall (SPC 1966-68) who is retiring after a busy medical career working as a GP, and in emergency and forensic medicine.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I graduated from medicine at Monash University and married a fellow medical graduate from Sydney, Cathy, who is still a GP. We have three c

Where are they now - Ben Barlow (SPC 1985-87)

23 Jul

Where are they now - Ben Barlow (SPC 1985-87) author: Lorrie Liston

The College is reconnecting with Ben Barlow (SPC 1985-87) who learnt much about mateship and leadership through his boarding years at SPC.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I finished at SPC and went to university, completing B.Ec LaTrobe and M.Bus.(Agribusiness) Monash. I was a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation an

Engagements, Marriages and Births

23 Jul

Engagements, Marriages and Births author: Lorrie Liston

ENGAGEMENTS, MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS   ENGAGEMENTS Benjamin Carroll (SPC 1998-2003) and Tammi Birnie announced their engagement in July. Glenn Fisher (current staff) and Sharon Cody became engaged in very romantic circumstances earlier this year during a cruise around the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Congratulations!   MARRIAGES Luke Studd (SP

Where are they now - Michael Hickey (SPC 2000-02)

23 Jul

Where are they now - Michael Hickey (SPC 2000-02) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Michael Hickey (SPC 2000-02), who credits his SPC education for helping him to get where he is today as a leading hand electrician on a multi-billion dollar project.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Being a boarder, after SPC, I went home to live with mum and dad in Mildura. Not really knowing what I want

2019 Year 7 Enrolments and Information Night

23 Jul

2019 Year 7 Enrolments and Information Night author: Caitlin Bennett

2019 Year 7 Enrolment at St Patrick’s College Applications close on Friday December 1, 2017 If you are considering a Catholic education for your son, St Patrick’s College offers an education delivering academic excellence, a strong focus on social justice, sports, and the arts. Enrolments for 2019 Year 7 are now open and you are invited to submit

Phil Nagle speech at College apology

27 Jun

Phil Nagle speech at College apology author:

The following is a full transcript of the speech delivered by Old Collegian Phil Nagle on June 27, 2017 which formed part of the ceremony around the College's apology to those affected by child sexual abuse and to mark the opening of the reflective garden and monument. A full video of the ceremony can be seen at this link   Today is another impor

St Patrick's College Apology

27 Jun

St Patrick's College Apology author: John Crowley

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

Reminiscing with David Ranger (SPC 2002-07)

20 Jun

Reminiscing with David Ranger (SPC 2002-07) author: Lorrie Liston

Do you recognize this young, smiling St Patrick’s College student from 2007? He may have been missing from the recent 10-Year Reunion, held at the College last month, but Class of 2007 College Captain David Ranger made sure he was there in spirit, sending a message to his old school mates from thousands of miles away. David is now living and work

Introducing the new SPC Business Directory App

19 Jun

Introducing the new SPC Business Directory App author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick's College is excited to launch a new initiative aimed at harnessing the power of our community - the St Patrick’s College Business Directory App.   The SPC Business Directory App provides a unique opportunity for members of our College community, ie current families, Old Collegians and suppliers to promote their businesses, products an

Old Boys in the News - June 2017

19 Jun

Old Boys in the News - June 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy boys in all sectors, including:   Adelaide 36ers NBL star Nathan Sobey (SPC 2008), pictured above, who has just signed a deal to play with the Utah Jazz in the NBA Summer League competition. Nathan will become the first SPC Old Boy ever to represent an NBA team. If successful during the summer league, Nathan could

Congratulations to Danny Moore (SPC 1983-84)

18 Jun

Congratulations to Danny Moore (SPC 1983-84) author: Lorrie Liston

We catch up with one of the College’s long-standing staff members, current teacher and Old Collegian Danny Moore (SPC 1983-84), who was recently recognised by the Catholic Education Office with an award for 30-years of service to education.  Well done Danny!   Danny, tell us about your time as a student at SPC. My initial memory of St Patrick’s w

Where are they now - Paul McKee (SPC 1992-97)

18 Jun

Where are they now - Paul McKee (SPC 1992-97) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Paul McKee (SPC 1992-97), pictured above with his family, who had a great time recently returning to St Patrick’s College for his Class of 1997 20-Year Reunion, looking as young as the day he left.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Time has certainly flown and I can't believe it's been 20 years. After finis

Where are they now - Aaron Lewicki (SPC 2005-10)

18 Jun

Where are they now - Aaron Lewicki (SPC 2005-10) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Aaron Lewicki (SPC 2005-10) who credits his time at SPC for nurturing his passion to continue helping others, organising approximately 30 Edmund Rice Camps since finishing school.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since SPC I have worked as an ABA Therapist with 'Helping Hands Early Intervention Centre' an

Young Gallipoli soldier's medals preserved

18 Jun

Young Gallipoli soldier's medals preserved author: Lorrie Liston

The framed medals and effects of Gallipoli soldier, Private Noel Gambetta (SPC 1912), pictured above, have been preserved forever after being spotted on an online auction website recently. The beautifully-framed memorabilia was purchased by Xavier College in Melbourne, where Noel was also a student, with his older brothers. The framed display con

Solving the mystery behind an old silver trophy

18 Jun

Solving the mystery behind an old silver trophy author: Lorrie Liston

The College received a call from the son of an Old Collegian recently who was delving into the history of a beautiful and ornate silver cup found in his late father's possession. Michael O'Connor said the silver trophy, now in his possession, was won by his father Bernard O'Connor at a SPC event back in 1938. St Patrick's College Archivist Catrio

Where are they now - Br Laurie Collins

18 Jun

Where are they now - Br Laurie Collins author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former principal Br Laurie Collins, pictured working in his humble office with a gravel floor in Kenya, who shares many memories of his time at St Patrick’s College and explains his life’s work since then.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since completing my 10 years (1992-2001) as Principal of St Patrick

Where are they now - Gavin Greer (SPC 1951-55)

18 Jun

Where are they now - Gavin Greer (SPC 1951-55) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Gavin Greer (SPC 1951-55) who fulfilled a lifelong dream of joining the Navy and has since retired to travel with his wife of 53 years. Three generations of the Greer family are pictured in this Anzac Day 2016 photo, with Gavin, pictured right, ex POATC, with his grandson in Naval Cadets and his son, a ser

Engagements, Marriages and Births

18 Jun

Engagements, Marriages and Births author: Lorrie Liston

SPC ENGAGEMENTS, MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS     ENGAGEMENTS   Carl Smith (SPC 2008-11) and Lauren Buttler became engaged in London recently after six years together. Congratulations to you both!     BIRTHS   Michael Toohey (current staff) and Leah proudly announced the arrival of Maximilian Francis Toohey, pictured above, on the Queen’s Birthda

Where are they now - Gavin James (SPC 1970-75)

18 Jun

Where are they now - Gavin James (SPC 1970-75) author: Lorrie Liston

The College is reconnecting with Gavin James (SPC 1970-75), who has enjoyed a successful developing career and now operates Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I worked in family business in Ballarat before buying into an equipment rental company in Melbourne. I lived in Melbourne before selling the b

Headmaster's Message - June 8, 2017

7 Jun

Headmaster's Message - June 8, 2017 author: John Crowley

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends and Students of St Patrick’s College, Last week, at the Aboretum in Canberra, I joined Principals from Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) schools throughout Australia to be a part of the formal apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. The apology, delivered by the Executive Director, Dr Wayne Tinsey

Headmaster's reflection at EREA apology

31 May

Headmaster's reflection at EREA apology author: John Crowley

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

Old Boys in the News - May 2017

11 May

Old Boys in the News - May 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy boys in all sectors, including: Well done to Josh Muir (SPC 2004-07), who has designed the Richmond Football Club's special 2017 Indigenous round jumper which will likely be worn by three other Old Collegians, Shaun Grigg (SPC 2001-06), Dan Rioli (SPC 2012-15), pictured above, and Dan Butler (SPC 2009-14).  Con

Our OCA vice-president Ben Martin (SPC 2009-14)

11 May

Our OCA vice-president Ben Martin (SPC 2009-14) author: Lorrie Liston

The College chats to our new vice-president of the St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association, Ben Martin (SPC 2009-14).   Where has life taken you since your student days wearing the “green, white and blue”? After applying to study a Bachelor Degree in primary education, I soon deferred after receiving a job offer to work for an insurance

2019 Year 7 Enrolment and Scholarship information

9 May

2019 Year 7 Enrolment and Scholarship information author: Caitlin Bennett

2019 Year 7 Enrolment   Applications for 2019 close on Friday December 1, 2017.   If you are considering a Catholic education for your son, St Patrick’s College offers an education delivering academic excellence, a strong focus on social justice, sports, and the arts. Enrolments for 2019 Year 7 are now open and you are invited to submit your so

Catching up with new OCA president Allan McKinnon

9 May

Catching up with new OCA president Allan McKinnon author: Lorrie Liston

The College catches up with Allan McKinnon (SPC1966-69), the new president of our St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association. I spent the years 1966-69 as a student at SPC. I came off a dairy farm from a little place called Ecklin South, which is just south of Terang in the Western District. I was one of many boarders who came to SPC from Ter

Where are they now - Fr Hugh Thomas (SPC 1956)

9 May

Where are they now - Fr Hugh Thomas (SPC 1956) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Fr Hugh Thomas (SPC 1956) who spent much of his life as a missionary priest in the Philippines.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After my ordination, in Ararat, by my uncle Bishop Frank Thomas of Geraldton WA, in July, 1965, I was appointed to the Philippines, which fulfilled a childhood dream for me. I s

Where are they now - James Dunn (SPC 2003-08)

9 May

Where are they now - James Dunn (SPC 2003-08) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with James Dunn (SPC 2003-08) who remembers the Year 9 camps as some of his best memories at St Patrick’s and has since joined the Royal Australian Navy and is now subcontracting for the NBN.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I worked at the Ballarat Wildlife Park as an animal keeper, then I joined the Royal Aus

Where are they now - Alastair Lee (SPC1989-90+)

9 May

Where are they now - Alastair Lee (SPC1989-90+) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Alastair Lee (SPC 1989-90 and 1992-93) who travels the globe in his role as the University of Tasmania’s Associate Director for Alumni Relations. Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After finishing at the College in 1993, I went on to complete a Bachelor Commerce/Law at Deakin University. I then worked as a lit

Where are they now - Reg Fenton (SPC 1953-1956

9 May

Where are they now - Reg Fenton (SPC 1953-1956 author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Reg Fenton (SPC 1953-1956), a full-time boarder, who recalls witnessing SPC’s first 1st XVIII defeat in 60 years in 1954.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I initially gained employment in the Motor Registration Branch (Carlton) of the Victorian Police Force but mum took seriously ill in 1959 so I made a d

Where are they now - Justin Gordon (SPC 2009-10)

9 May

Where are they now - Justin Gordon (SPC 2009-10) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Justin Gordon (SPC 2009-10) who credits his boarding experience at SPC for teaching him plenty of “people skills”.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I settled in Albury/Wodonga for university and I am now working in private practice in physiotherapy in Albury, NSW. I am also engaged and getting married to

Old Boy gatherings in Melbourne

9 May

Old Boy gatherings in Melbourne author: Paul Nolan

All Old Collegians are invited to join us for lunch on Friday, June 2 at the Emerald Hotel in Clarendon St, South Melbourne. Over the past few years it has become tradition for a group of Old Collegians to gather on the first Friday of each new season for an afternoon of reminiscing and reacquainting. At times numbers have swelled to more than 50 i

Engagements, Marriages and Births

9 May

Engagements, Marriages and Births author: Lorrie Liston

ENGAGEMENTS, MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS   BIRTHS Kyle Bennett (SPC 1998-2003) and wife Vanessa (nee Vermaas) are proud parents of their first baby, Penelope Kate Bennett, pictured, born on May 8. Weighing 6 pound 10 ounces, Penelope is beautiful and much loved. Josh Kannourakis (SPC 1999-2004) and wife Laura are delighted to announce the safe arrival

Day 4 New York Performong Arts Tour

2 Apr

Day 4 New York Performong Arts Tour author: Glenn Fisher

Day 4 in New York sure was a busy one. Starting off with Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral, then checking out a few stores including the NBA store & the Lego store (wow!). A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge then off to see a basketball game where the Brooklyn Nets won over Atlanta Hawks.   this link

Day 3 New York Performing Arts Tour 2017

1 Apr

Day 3 New York Performing Arts Tour 2017 author: Glenn Fisher

Day 3 saw the boys heading to the Empire State Building & then a photo challenge around the streets of New York. It was a bit worrying when we were waiting on the 80th floor to go up to the observation deck on the 86th floor & we were told that a fire alarm had gone off up there, the prospect of having to walk down 80 flights of stairs! We

Day 2 - New York Performing Arts Tour

31 Mar

Day 2 - New York Performing Arts Tour author: Glenn Fisher

Today was our first full day in New York. First they got to experience the subway system, then the boys had their first workshop (Improvisation) with Lou Liberatore (no relation to Tony!). After that it was off to the American Museum of Natural History (where they filmed "A Night at the Museum", they also got to experience the Planetarium Space Sho

You can donate to the Boarding Precinct Appeal

30 Mar

You can donate to the Boarding Precinct Appeal author: Lorrie Liston

This current boarding redevelopment is the most significant capital investment in boarding in the College’s 125-year history. The College is investing heavily in the project and a fundraising appeal to help fund the significant $7m project currently stands at nearly $380,000 - one third of the way to its target of $1m. Donations above $2 are tax

Darwin Tour 2017

29 Mar

Darwin Tour 2017 author: Peter Shawcroft

4 Days to Go.

The 2017 Darwin tour Departs on Monday. For all photos from the tour make sure you like the SPC-OCA Facebook page at this link  

Where are they now - Luke McInerney (SPC 1992-97)

28 Mar

Where are they now - Luke McInerney (SPC 1992-97) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Luke McInerney (SPC 1992-97) who is kept busy in his advisory role in the UK Civil Aviation Authority in London working on European aviation policy, and remembers fondly the positive spirit of the Edmund Rice camps.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving St Patrick’s College in 1997 I attended th

Where are they now - Terry Delahunty (SPC 1968-71)

28 Mar

Where are they now - Terry Delahunty (SPC 1968-71) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Terry Delahunty (SPC 1968-71), the CEO of a private gold exploration company, who has a SPC teacher to thank for introducing him to his wife Gloria.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Geographically, I’ve had the privilege of spending much of my working life in many remote and often breathtakingly beautiful

Where are they now - Alex Parker (SPC 2002-2007)

28 Mar

Where are they now - Alex Parker (SPC 2002-2007) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Alex Parker (SPC 2002-2007) and we congratulate him on his recent engagement to Mia-Rose Brigham, pictured.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I commenced an Electrical Apprenticeship in Ballarat in 2008 after completing Year 12. I completed the first three years of my apprenticeship working in the commerc

Where are they now - Martin Malone (SPC 1963-64)

28 Mar

Where are they now - Martin Malone (SPC 1963-64) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Martin (Marty) Malone (SPC 1963-64), who thoroughly enjoyed his two years of boarding at SPC. Marty is pictured above with his partner of 17 years, Margaret.   What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College? I attended St Patrick’s for two years (in 1963 and 1964) and was extremely happy as a bo

Where are they now - Matt De Jong (SPC 1979-84)

28 Mar

Where are they now - Matt De Jong (SPC 1979-84) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Matt De Jong (SPC 1979-84), who enjoyed the double fun of being a student at SPC and then, later a teacher here.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I completed HSC in 1984 and went to Melbourne to study at Swinburne Institute of Technology (as it was known then) for a Bachelor of Education. When I completed

Old Boys - Births, Engagements and Marriages

28 Mar

Old Boys - Births, Engagements and Marriages author: Lorrie Liston

BIRTHS, ENGAGEMENTS AND MARRIAGES   MARRIAGES Josh Ryan (SPC 2002-07) and Emma Steenhuis were married at St Patrick’s College Chapel on March 18 and celebrated with their reception in the picturesque surrounds of the OCA Pavilion. Jason Hegert (SPC 1997-2002) married Teagan Crosbie at the Bellarine Peninsula Winery “Baie Wines” on March 4. Ale

Old Boys in the News - March 2017

28 Mar

Old Boys in the News - March 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy boys in all sectors, including: Dan Butler (SPC 2009-14) made his AFL debut for Richmond last Thursday night against Carlton in terrific form, kicking two goals and named in the Tigers’ best. Butler played alongside fellow Old Boys Daniel Rioli (SPC 2012-15) and Shaun Grigg (SPC 2001-06). To read more about their fo

Where are they now - Ashleigh Martin (SPC 1988-93)

14 Feb

Where are they now - Ashleigh Martin (SPC 1988-93) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Ashleigh Martin (SPC 1988-93), who has forged a career in the education sector and is now the vice principal of Caulfield Grammar School which boasts over 3200 students.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Whilst trying to forge a career in football, I attended university sporadically but eventually achieve

Where are they now - Matt Teasdale (SPC 1993-98)

14 Feb

Where are they now - Matt Teasdale (SPC 1993-98) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Matt Teasdale (SPC 1993-98) who works in the banking sector and has recently become a dad to his gorgeous baby daughter Lucille.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I attended Monash University and was very active in campus life! This included being elected to be on the Monash Student Council in 2000 as wel

Year 7 boarding available at SPC from 2018

14 Feb

Year 7 boarding available at SPC from 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

In an exciting move next year, St Patrick’s College will be accepting boarders from Year 7. The new custom-built boarding precinct will house up to 100 students - from Year 7 students through to Year 12. It will give the College the opportunity to welcome boys from across Australia in numbers – and from junior year levels - that haven’t been seen

Official opening of the Food Technology Centre

14 Feb

Official opening of the Food Technology Centre author: Lorrie Liston

You are warmly invited to the official opening and blessing of our brand new $1.1 Food Technology Centre on Wednesday, March 22 from 7pm. We welcome our Old Collegians to come along and tour the new centre where our Year 7 to 12 boys are cooking up a storm in state-of-the-art facilities. The two massive new kitchen classrooms cater for the growing

Excitement as boarding precinct build begins

14 Feb

Excitement as boarding precinct build begins author: Lorrie Liston

Construction on the exciting new boarding precinct has officially commenced! The first steps in what will be a 12-month build have been taken. This historic project will cost more than $7m and will secure the future of boarding at St Patrick’s College for generations to come. Building works have started in earnest in the north-west corner of the C

Old Boys in the News - February 2017

14 Feb

Old Boys in the News - February 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy in the news lately, including: Dallas Willsmore (SPC 2010-13) could well have a job in the media post footy – watch the Old Boy interview his Hawks teammates on Family Day. To watch the footage, go to this link Ballarat and District Trotting Club’s long-time administrator Dennis Foley (SPC 1966-72) has announce

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements and Marriages

14 Feb

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements and Marriages author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   BIRTHS   Chris Bedggood (SPC 1988-93) welcomed a baby son, Harley into the family on January 21, 2017.   Matt Teasdale (SPC 93-98) and his wife Fiona (nee Oliver) welcomed their first daughter, Lucille Marie Teasdale on October 23, 2016     MARRIAGES Good luck to Al

Get set for Class Reunion season

14 Feb

Get set for Class Reunion season author: Lorrie Liston

The month of May will be jampacked with St Patrick’s College Class Reunions and we want to see as many Old Boys there as possible. We will be celebrating the Classes of 2012, 2007, 1997, 1987 and 1977. As the College will be sending out personal invitations, we would appreciate if you can take five minutes to update your contact details with the Co

How you can donate to the Boarding Precinct Appeal

14 Feb

How you can donate to the Boarding Precinct Appeal author: Lorrie Liston

This current boarding redevelopment is the most significant capital investment in boarding in the College’s 125-year history. The College is investing heavily in the project and a fundraising appeal to help fund the significant $7m project currently stands at nearly $340,000 - one third of the way to its target of $1m. Donations above $2 are tax

A "Jirik" returns after three decades

13 Feb

A "Jirik" returns after three decades author: Lorrie Liston

After 31 years a “Jirik” has returned to St Patrick’s College. Adam Jirik, son of Andrew Jirik (1980 -1985) commenced Year 7 in the green, white and blue this year.  Andrew relocated with his family to Ballarat at the start of the year; Adam’s twin sister commenced at Loreto Ballarat (Tess spent Years 5 and 6 at Loreto in Toorak, with Adam at St

Where are they now - Nathan Porter (1992-97)

13 Feb

Where are they now - Nathan Porter (1992-97) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Nathan Porter (SPC 1992-97), who is looking forward to catching up with his old classmates at his 20-Year (1997) Class Reunion in May.      Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Life over the last 20 years has had many twists and turns. In a nutshell, the first 10 years since graduating from St Patrick’s, I st

Where are they now - Kain Ford (2009-10)

13 Feb

Where are they now - Kain Ford (2009-10) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Kain Ford (SPC 2009-10), who has been busy since leaving SPC, opening up his own online marketing agency, setting up a clothing brand with a fellow Old Collegian and is signed up to play in the QAFL this season.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving St Patrick’s College in 2010, I moved to Adela

Callum Linnane on the national stage

11 Dec

Callum Linnane on the national stage author: Lorrie Liston

Congratulations to Callum Linnane (SPC 2008) who has been named winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year! What an incredible achievement for Callum on the national stage. To read more about Callum's amazing rise, go to this link To read more about Callum’s love of dance and journey, go to this link And as an added highlight, watch Callum

Where are they now - Kelvin Porter

11 Dec

Where are they now - Kelvin Porter author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Kelvin Porter (SPC 1968-73), who has an incredible bond with SPC. Kelvin attended St Patrick's as a student, returned as a popular teacher to the boys in the 1980s and 1990s and has also proudly witnessed his three sons become St Paddy boys.   What were your various roles and responsibilities during your time at SPC?

Old Boy saves family from deportation

11 Dec

Old Boy saves family from deportation author: Lorrie Liston

We were delighted recently to hear the following story from Old Collegian and inducted College Legend John Mooney (SPC 1960-65) of his tireless dedication to help a desperate family look forward to a bright future. Read this lovely story from John Mooney... "On Friday, 15th August, 2014, I received the great honour of being inducted as a Legend o

Boarding Precinct Appeal Update - December 12 2016

11 Dec

Boarding Precinct Appeal Update - December 12 2016 author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where are they now - Peter Leonard

11 Dec

Where are they now - Peter Leonard author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Peter Leonard SPC 1981-82 who has risen to the rank of Station Officer in the MFB. During his time at SPC, Peter was Deputy College Captain, Captain of Boats, Captain of Football, Captain of the BPSA Football Team and Howard Award recipient 1982.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving SPC, my life

Where are they now - Matt Pickering

11 Dec

Where are they now - Matt Pickering author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Matt Pickering (SPC 1977), pictured with his wife Reshma on vacation at Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Matt came to St Pat’s from an Ouyen wheat farm and ended up working in the automotive industry in South Africa.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After completing my Higher School Certifi

Old Collegians - Births and Marriages

11 Dec

Old Collegians - Births and Marriages author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   BIRTHS Brendon Gilbert (SPC 1998-2003, current staff) and Leesa along with Archie and Stella are excited to announce the arrival of Harvey Jack, pictured above. Mat Halsall (SPC 1992-97) and Annya announced the arrival of Jude Francis on November 18, a baby brother for Charlotte.   MAR

Where are they now - Joe McCracken

11 Dec

Where are they now - Joe McCracken author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Joe McCracken (SPC 2003-05), who is combining a teaching career with just become the youngest elected councillor in the Colac Otway Shire.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I've been to University and completed a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Management before working as an accountant in Ballarat

From the Archives - Les Coleman - our D-Day hero

11 Dec

From the Archives - Les Coleman - our D-Day hero author: Catriona Banks

Leslie George Coleman (SPC 1931-1936) was a boarder at St Patrick’s and in 1936 was Head Prefect. He was a model student, attaining honours in his Matriculation, and was also an accomplished athlete, rower and footballer for the College. When he finished at St Patrick’s, he started a medical degree at the University of Melbourne. In 1939, at the b

Old Boys in the News - December 2016

11 Dec

Old Boys in the News - December 2016 author: Lorrie Liston

Let's see what some of our Old Collegians have been up to lately: Congratulations to Jason Trethowan (SPC 1987-91) who has recently been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of headspace. Well done Jason! To read more about Jason's new role and headspace, go to this link What a big few months it’s been for Matt Short (SPC 2008-13

Where Are They Now - Sean Balchin

18 Oct

Where Are They Now - Sean Balchin author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Sean Balchin (SPC 1986-90), who remembers his boarding time and rowing memories fondly at St Patrick’s College.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After leaving SPC I moved into a place of my own and got straight into work life, initially as a cabinet-making apprentice. I completed my apprenticeship and th

Call soon for tenders for new Boarding Precinct

17 Oct

Call soon for tenders for new Boarding Precinct author: Lorrie Liston

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

"The Harp" Old Boys entertain special guests

17 Oct

"The Harp" Old Boys entertain special guests author: Lorrie Liston

“The Harp” St Pat’s Old Boys group met for lunch in late September and entertained some special guests. The group were pleased to welcome home on leave, Columban Priest Fr Chris Baker (SPC 1942-43), from Lima Peru, and his brother Fr Pat Baker (SPC 1952-55) from Manila, Philippines. Also present at the lunch were Bob Caleo (1942-43), Joe Delaney

College updating war honour boards

17 Oct

College updating war honour boards author: Lorrie Liston

Over the past two years, College Archivist Catriona Banks has been collecting names of SPC's Old Collegians who have served in the armed forces since WWII, in order to update honour boards in the College Chapel. One Old Boy to recently get in touch and add his name to our records is Trenton (Trent) Prince (SPC 1985-1989 (PY1990)), pictured above i

OCA Calendar of Events

17 Oct

OCA Calendar of Events author: Lorrie Liston

Time to get your diaries out and pencil in these dates for an exciting calendar of OCA events planned in 2017. These events include the return of the revamped Golf Day, which will be known as the OCA MENtal Golf Day and will aim to raise awareness and funds for mental health and the College’s Chris Yeung Fund. The OCA will also host its ever-popu

Old Boys in the News

17 Oct

Old Boys in the News author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy in the news lately, including: Congratulations to Victorian Bushrangers allrounder Matt Short (SPC 2008-13), pictured, who has been named captain of Australian Cricket development team to play senior South African team this week. To read more, go to this link   This follows Matt’s recent stint vice-captain of the CA

Where Are They Now - Jakob Baric

16 Oct

Where Are They Now - Jakob Baric author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Jakob Baric (SPC 2008-13) who is finding success after switching university paths and still loves the marching band. Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Straight after graduating from SPC I attended RMIT University studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Social Sciences) for 2014 whilst working in hospitality, and

OCA Regional Dinner in Geelong next week

16 Oct

OCA Regional Dinner in Geelong next week author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick’s College Old Collegian’s Association will be hosting a regional dinner in Geelong next week. Come along and catch up with some of your fellow Old Boys, reminisce and enjoy a great evening out. The Geelong dinner will be held next Tuesday, October 25 at the Lord of the Isles Hotel, 3 West Fyans Street, at 7.00pm. Old Collegians are wa

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements & Marriages

16 Oct

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements & Marriages author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Collegians have had plenty of exciting news recently: Ebony and Luke Corden (current staff), along with their Elijah, pictured, and Peggy welcomed a son and baby brother, Edward Basil Corden on September 22, weighing in at 7lb 9oz. Elijah was super excited to hold him, and Peggy was super excited to hit him with a balloon.   Jordan Liddl

SPC Memories with Eugene O'Donohue

16 Oct

SPC Memories with Eugene O'Donohue author: Lorrie Liston

Retired QLD university researcher Eugene O’Donohue (SPC 1939-47), now aged in his 80s, wrote to the College recently to share some of his memories of SPC under war conditions. The photo, above, is of Eugene in his 1947 Athletics school photograph.  We encourage any of our Old Boys to share their memories of their time at St Pat’s. With the Colleg

Where Are They Now - James Coughlan

16 Oct

Where Are They Now - James Coughlan author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with James Coughlan (SPC 1964-72) who has spent his career researching social issues. The photo of James was taken at a regional forum on Non‑Traditional Security in the People’s Republic of China‑Australia Relations: ‘Glocal’ Issues of Common Concern, 1st Annual Dialogue Forum, held at Sun Yat‑Sen University, Guang Zhou, Gua

Fr Joseph Kearney - is he our oldest Old Boy?

16 Oct

Fr Joseph Kearney - is he our oldest Old Boy? author: Lorrie Liston

It appears the College’s oldest surviving student Des Nolan (SPC 1936-39 (PY1941), aged 94, has been pipped for the “Oldest Old Boy” honour by Western Australian priest, Fr Joseph Kearney (SPC 1935-39). We recently learned Fr Kearney, aged 95, celebrated the 70-year-anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. A Mass was held at Our Lady Queen

Recognising Fr Gerard Dowling

16 Oct

Recognising Fr Gerard Dowling author: Paul Nolan

The College and Old Collegians would like to offer our best wishes to inducted College Legend Fr Gerard Dowling (SPC 1949-50) who is retiring from active ministry and will celebrate his last Mass at St Cecilia’s Parish in Glen Iris on Sunday, October 23. Fr Dowling has long been a passionate and active supporter of SPC and the Old Collegians Assoc

MENtal Brekky a huge success

15 Sep

MENtal Brekky a huge success author: Paul Nolan

The College was delighted to host more than 220 guests for the inaugural MENtal Brekky on August 12, aiming to raise funds to support current students from families where someone is suffering mental health issues.  The attendees were especially privileged to hear from guest speaker and 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry who spok

76th Annual Purton Oratory Awards

15 Sep

76th Annual Purton Oratory Awards author: Paul Nolan

Congratulations to all the winners from the 76th Annual Purton Oratory Awards which were held at the College on September 8. Once again, judges were incredibly impressed by the quality of the public speaking on show. The winners were as follows: Ms Mary Purcell Debate: Ethan Jungbauer, Elijah Cross and Max Wakefield. Br H.T. Breach Oratory: Max Wa

Tell us about your stories about SPC

15 Sep

Tell us about your stories about SPC author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick’s College’s 125th celebrations are fast approaching in 2018 and we would love to gather some candid memories from our many Old Collegians to help celebrate the occasion. So, we would be delighted to hear your stories, memories and anecdotes of your time at St Patrick’s – maybe a proud sporting or academic achievement, an entertaining st

From the Archives

15 Sep

From the Archives author: Catriona Banks

Over the past two years, I have been collecting names of Old Collegians who have served in the armed forces since WWII, in order to update our honour boards in the College Chapel. The following list has the names that I have received so far. I would be very happy to hear from other Old Collegians whose names are not listed, and I can add them befo

Old Boy in the News

15 Sep

Old Boy in the News author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Collegians have been in the spotlight recently, including: Jakob Baric (SPC 2008-2013) is urging Old Boys to lend support to his campaign to secure a $32,000 community grant for the Australian Youth Band. Jakob is a volunteer and performer in the Australian Youth Band (AYB), a not-for-profit internationally touring marching and concert

Where Are They Now - Stephen Dixon

13 Sep

Where Are They Now - Stephen Dixon author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Stephen Dixon (SPC 1982-1985), pictured with his wife Miho and son Sean, aged, 13. Stephen took study leave to travel to Japan back in the early 1990s and 25 years later, is still happily and working abroad.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?  After graduating from St Pat's in 1985, I began a degree in prim

Fr Kevin Mogg celebrates Ordination Anniversary

13 Sep

Fr Kevin Mogg celebrates Ordination Anniversary author: Lorrie Liston

These Old Boys have enjoyed some monumental moments in each other’s lives and continue to foster a friendship to last a lifetime. Noel Moore (SPC 1947-51) sent this photo into the College recently, where he and several other Old Boys celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Ordination of fellow Old Collegian, Fr Kevin Mogg AM (SPC 1942-48). Noel said i

Where Are They Now - George Helon

13 Sep

Where Are They Now - George Helon author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with George Helon (SPC 1980-1982) who has enjoyed a wide-ranging career. George is pictured this week officially receiving the Freedom of the City of London. George travelled from his home in Toowoomba to London to receive the prestigious honour. The Freedom of the City is an honour bestowed by a municipality upon a valued me

SPC educator Ian Fernee named a Microsoft expert

13 Sep

SPC educator Ian Fernee named a Microsoft expert author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick’s College educator Ian Fernee has been chosen as a Microsoft Innovation Educator Expert for the second year running. The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program recognises global educators who are pushing boundaries of learning with creativity and technology. Ian, who completed his secondary schooling at St Patrick’s (SPC 1993-98),

Obituary for Fr Brendan Davey

13 Sep

Obituary for Fr Brendan Davey author: Lorrie Liston

It is with much sadness that St Patrick's College learned of the passing of College Legend Fr Brendan Davey (SPC 1946-53) on August 9, aged 80 years at Nazareth House, Ballarat. Brendan Anthony Davey was born in Ballarat in 1935 as a loving son to the late Mick and Mattie and attended St Columba's Primary School in Ballarat North, and St Patrick’s

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements and Marriages

13 Sep

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements and Marriages author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has had plenty of exciting news recently:   BIRTHS Will Austin (SPC 2010-14), pictured, and his partner welcomed a baby boy, Jidah Troy, on August 5. Geoff Brodie (current staff – Director of Mission) and wife Tess have welcomed their ninth child, a beautiful baby girl, Philippa May into the family. Geoff and Tess’ eldest chil

Headmaster's Message - Boarding Precinct News

13 Sep

Headmaster's Message - Boarding Precinct News author: John Crowley

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

SPC Football - John James Medal

13 Sep

SPC Football - John James Medal author: Paul Nolan

Congratulations to all the winners from the recent SPC Football John James Medal Night. Year 11 student Izaac Johnson won the prestigious John James Medal for being named best on ground in the BAS 1st XVIII Grand Final while his fellow Year 11 classmate Nick Stuhldreier won the coveted SPC 1st XVIII Best and Fairest award after polling 14 votes fo

OCA Regional Dinners soon in Bendigo and Geelong

13 Sep

OCA Regional Dinners soon in Bendigo and Geelong author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick’s College Old Collegian’s Association will be hosting regional dinners soon at Bendigo and Geelong. The Bendigo regional dinner is fast approaching on Monday, October 3, at The Foundry Hotel, in the Mercury Room, at 366 High Street, Bendigo at 7pm. Old Collegians are warmly invited to come along and enjoy a two-course meal and drinks f

Old Boys attend Gleeson clan gathering in Ireland

13 Sep

Old Boys attend Gleeson clan gathering in Ireland author: Lorrie Liston

The Gleeson clan converged in Ireland recently, adding a touch of St Patrick’s College to the global gathering. Five of the men who attended the Gleeson Clan Gathering (of Kilkenny heritage), at Nenagh, Tipperary in Ireland, also have connections with SPC. The Old Collegians include, as pictured: back row, from left; Michael T Gleeson (SPC 1982-8

Obituaries - 2017

1 Sep

Obituaries - 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick's College honours those Old Boys who have sadly left us and recognises their contribution to the life of the College and to broader society in general:   2017         The College was saddened to learn of the passing of Steven Molloy (SPC 1987-88) after an extended illness yesterday (September 19). We pass on our deepest sympathy t

Br O'Malley's Vatican honour

16 Nov

Br O'Malley's Vatican honour author: Catriona Banks

College Archivist Ms Catriona Banks recently toured Europe and came across a fascinating piece of SPC history holding pride of place in the Vatican. It is amazing where little pieces of Ballarat can be discovered across the world.  Our St Patrick’s community would be very aware of Brother William Theodore (Bill) O’Malley, and his remarkable legac

War history comes alive online

14 Sep

War history comes alive online author:

History has come alive online at St Patrick's College! For the first time ever, biographies of each and every Old Boy to have fought in World War I have been published in full on the College website. This fantastic historical achievement is the result of two years' work by College archivist Catriona Banks. Simply click on the names of each Old B

Information Technology Update - August 27, 2015

26 Aug

Information Technology Update - August 27, 2015 author: Mark Holland

Find my iPad The Find my iPad feature on iPads and iPhones can be one the most useful features on the devices and has been really invaluable on several times at the College locating misplaced iPads. (It should be noted this can also be set up on iPhones and iPod touch devices). It is one of the key settings we ask students to turn ‘On’ on their i

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi

9 Aug

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi author: Xavier Carey

2015 Herald Sun Shield Grand Final St Patrick’s College 10.12 (72) d Essendon Keilor College 6.7 (43) Goal Kickers: Jackson Carrick 2, Jacob Wheelahan 2, Jacob Hopper 1, Hamish Coulton 1, Daniel Rioli 1, Leigh Spiteri 1, Tanner Blackney-Noter 1, Bailey Veale Best Players: Joel Cowan, Ben Hurley, Jacob Hopper, Ben Simpson, Ben Lusby, Hasker Dawbo