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Outstanding academic results from Class of 2018

13 Dec

Outstanding academic results from Class of 2018 author:

St Patrick’s College is excited to announce that 2018 College Captain has achieved a rare double honour in being named College Dux for 2018. With an ATAR score of 99.05 Sam became the first College Captain to also been crowned Dux since David Range in 2007. Sam’s amazing effort capped off a fantastic performance by our Class of 2018 with 14 stude

Memories on Br O'Keane

3 Dec

Memories on Br O'Keane author: Lorrie Liston

Memories of Br O’Keane have continued to stream into the Green, White and Blue e-newsletter after our recent stories detailing the “mystery of Ballarat’s weird obsession with the bocka” and its possible connection with SPC’s very own Christian Brother. Old Boy Reg Fenton (SPC 1953-56) also remembered fellow Old Boy Jim Gallagher’s (SPC 1956-60) mem

Where are they now - John Deany (SPC 1949-53)

3 Dec

Where are they now - John Deany (SPC 1949-53) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with John Deany (SPC 1949-53) who had a fabulous time at our recent SPC 125 Anniversary Dinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in October. John recalls some of his fondest memories and teachers who helped him along the way.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving St Patrick’s College in 1953,

Where are they now - Fr Gerard Dowling OAM

3 Dec

Where are they now - Fr Gerard Dowling OAM author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Fr Gerard Dowling OAM (SPC 1949-50) who celebrates this year the huge milestone of reaching 45 years on air as the regular host on the RSN 927 AM ever Sunday from 10pm to 12am called The Family Counsellor. The Family Counsellor is the longest running show of its kind; established in a time before 24 hour servic

OCA President's Column - 2018

3 Dec

OCA President's Column - 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

  What a year it has been for the OCA. It has been a year of many memorable events culminating with the 125 anniversary dinner at the MCG. Whilst it has been a very busy year for the committee, we all enjoy doing what we can to keep Old Boys connected with each other and the College. Members of the committee chip in and assist where needed and ta

End of an era in SPC football

3 Dec

End of an era in SPC football author: Paul Nolan

A remarkable chapter in the history of the St Patrick’s College football program has come to a close with iconic 1st XVIII coach Howard Clark stepping down from the role after an incredible 18-year reign. Mr Clark is widely regarded as the driving force behind the resurrection of the College as a powerful football force since he took over the role

3 Dec

Old Boys in the News - December 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy, including: • Old Boy Dominic Hanrahan (SPC 1986-87) got himself into a pickle recently when he was trampled and knocked out by a cow which had been spooked by his cattle dog on his Navigators property. Luckily, his 14-year-old daughter Gemma took control, calling triple-0 and locked up the cows so it was safe for the a

Where are they now - Jacob Bowker (SPC 2004-09)

2 Dec

Where are they now - Jacob Bowker (SPC 2004-09) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Jacob Bowker (SPC 2004-09) who has a career that most would be envious of, working as a musician on a cruise ship, around the many tropical ports in the Caribbean.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?  I was studying music for the first five years after I left SPC. I finished a Certificate IV at NMIT in Melbo

Where are they now - John O'Brien (SPC 1978-79)

2 Dec

Where are they now - John O'Brien (SPC 1978-79) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnected recently with former boarder John O’Brien (SPC 1978-79), who, true to the St Pat’s spirit, refused to be beaten when he was told he could no longer drink beer after being diagnosed with Coeliac disease 20 years ago. Since then, John, pictured with his lovely wife Susan,  has turned a hobby into a successful business, develop

Where are they now - Dylan White (SPC 1997-98)

2 Dec

Where are they now - Dylan White (SPC 1997-98) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Dylan White (SPC 1997-98, PY2002) who visited the College in Term 3 in his role as Lieutenant Commander (Executive Officer) of HMAS Ballarat. Since this visit, Dylan was busy preparing for deployment in the Middle East when his ship had to make an unexpected detour, making the national news, with an emergency t

Engagements, Marriages and Births - December 2018

2 Dec

Engagements, Marriages and Births - December 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   ENGAGEMENTS Congratulations to Martin Healy (SPC 1981-86) and Natasha Brookes, who announced their engagement recently. Congratulations to Oliver Yeung (SPC 2005-10) and Cassie Mason, who announced their engagement recently.   BIRTHS Mick Ranger (SPC 1995-2000), pictured above, and wi

SPC Music Bands Tour Local Primary Schools

28 Nov

SPC Music Bands Tour Local Primary Schools author: Fiona Wilson

St Patrick’s College Music Bands Tour Local Primary Schools St Columba's Primary School, St Alipius Primary School and St Thomas More School were the performance venues for the recent St Patrick’s College Junior Music Tour.   There were 56 boys as part of the touring party that performed a 30-minute show at each primary school. Three bands perfor

Director of Sport Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Director of Sport Report - November 29, 2018 author: Gavin Webb

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

Mission Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Mission Report - November 29, 2018 author: Geoff Brodie

In the last Crest, I invited you to consider a series of questions. How do we invite students to expand their horizons freely so that they take up the responsibility of living a life worthy of their human capacity and dignity? How do we awaken within their hearts the desire to know the truth, to choose the good, to act with courage to bring about t

Information Technology Update - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Information Technology Update - November 29, 2018 author: Mark Holland

ICT at St Patrick’s in 2019 The St Patrick’s College vision for eLearning is to provide technology-enriched learning opportunities that enable students to achieve high-quality learning outcomes, preparing them for further education, and training and to live and work in a digital world and 2019 will see the continuation of the 1:1 program across al

Careers Update - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Careers Update - November 29, 2018 author: Anthony Meehan

The New Work Reality The transition for young people between full-time education and full-time work is increasingly uncertain FYA’s latest report, The New Work Reality, follows the journeys of 14,000 young people over a decade to show that half of Australia’s 25 year-olds are unable to secure full-time employment, despite 60% holding post-school

Boarding Bulletin Board - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Boarding Bulletin Board - November 29, 2018 author: Mike Silcock

  ‘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

KRC Update - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

KRC Update - November 29, 2018 author: Julia Petrov

KRC holiday opening hours The KRC will close for the holidays on December 12. We wish you all a wonderful holiday. The KRC will reopen for study and borrowing during the holidays on January 21, 2019. Holiday reading eBooks & eResources eBooks are available for all students through our eBook platform here We have a range of fiction and non

Middle School Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Middle School Report - November 29, 2018 author: Michael Busscher

The St Patrick’s College Middle School continues to be a significant and positive experience in the lives of each of our boys. We openly acknowledge that Year 9 is a time of significant change in the lives of adolescent boys and thus a vital time when our boys journey into manhood. The Middle School Staff strive to provide opportunities for each yo

Senior School Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Senior School Report - November 29, 2018 author: Hamish McCrum

The Year 12s celebrated their Valedictory Dinner last Friday.  It is a great way to finish and good to celebrate when all the work that can be done has been done.  The Gym undergoes a massive transformation with a huge contribution from a large number of people.  In the end, we had a fine venue with 630 guests seated and the main course served in j

Pastoral Care Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Pastoral Care Report - November 29, 2018 author: Brad Murray

2019 Pastoral Care Program: Information for Parents 2019 will see the continuation of our whole school pastoral care program, implemented during ‘Pastoral Care’ extended class time.  The pastoral care program provides a sequenced curriculum from year 7 to 12, focused on developing the whole person, with the broad objective of developing and enhanc

College Shop Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

College Shop Report - November 29, 2018 author: Michelle Lloyd

Uniform orders for Year 7 2019 will be ready for collection by Orientation Day. If you would like to collect earlier, please give us a call to arrange – uniforms must be collected by December 12, 2018. The College Shop closes on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. We have a new size in the short school socks available, Size 14-16, cost $10 each New bo

Junior School Report - November 29, 2018

28 Nov

Junior School Report - November 29, 2018 author: John Richards

Junior School Exams Junior School exams will take place between December 3- 6. It is an expectation that boys sit exams. It would be appreciated if dental and medical appointments not be made during exam times. Exams will only be sat during the designated times; no alternate arrangements will be made for students absent during exam week. Please

2018 Valedictory Dinner - OCA speech

26 Nov

2018 Valedictory Dinner - OCA speech author:

One of the major highlights of the 2018 Valedictory Dinner was the stirring speech delivered by current teacher and Old Collegian Shane Murphy (SPC 1993-98) who welcomed our graduates into the ranks of Old Collegians. A transcript of that speech follows: “It is my honour to formally welcome to you to the ranks of the St Patrick’s College Old Coll

College Captain speech to 125th anniversary dinner

20 Nov

College Captain speech to 125th anniversary dinner author: Sam Williams

2018 College Captain Sam Williams delivered the following speech in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the College celebrated its 125th birthday with a gala dinner for 400 people. Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Sam Williams, and it has been my honour to be the college Captain for 2018. Tonight, is an opportunity to

Ballarat Community Notices - November 2, 2018

1 Nov

Ballarat Community Notices - November 2, 2018 author:

Nazareth House Fete - November 17, 2018 10am Please click on this link  for a flyer regarding this year's  Nazareth House Fete which will feature horse rides, spinning wheel, food, gift ideas, stalls, devonshire tea and more!   City of Ballarat Volunteer Opportunities for Young People Plese click on the below links for some great volunteer oppo

Middle School Report - November 1, 2018

31 Oct

Middle School Report - November 1, 2018 author: Michael Busscher

Just a reminder to all Year 9 families that this term will be a very busy one, as the boys continue their journey towards completing the Middle School. During Week five of Term 4 (7/11 – 9/11) the Year 9 students will attend their final expedition as part of the Year 9 Experiential Program. Your son will be based at the Norval Camp facility in Hal

Boarding Bulletin Board - November 1, 2018

31 Oct

Boarding Bulletin Board - November 1, 2018 author: Mike Silcock

‘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

Old Boys in the News - October 2018

28 Oct

Old Boys in the News - October 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy in the news recently, including: • Congratulations to Liam Duggan (SPC 2009-14) who is now an AFL Premiership player after playing a key role in West Coast’s premiership win over Collingwood in the 2018 AFL Grand Final. Amid the euphoria of winning an AFL premiership, Liam talks in this interesting read about his junior

Where are they now - Ollie Nash (SPC 2011-16)

23 Oct

Where are they now - Ollie Nash (SPC 2011-16) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Ollie Nash (SPC 2011-16) who is studying sport journalism and working with a film production company in his spare time. Ollie says the beginning and end of his schooling career at SPC were among his fondest memories.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since graduating from SPC I have moved to Melbourne to s

Where are they now - John Sutherland (SPC 1985-88)

22 Oct

Where are they now - John Sutherland (SPC 1985-88) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with John Sutherland (SPC 1985-88) who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to renew old friendships at his Class of 1988 30-Year Reunion earlier this year.     Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After boarding for four years, I have been able to live in a few countries and then resettle in Melbourne abou

College response to National Apology

21 Oct

College response to National Apology author: John Crowley

A message from the Headmaster in response to the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Today’s Prime Minister’s National Apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse represents a much-awaited and long-overdue moment in the history of our nation. For too many years, even decades, these brave men and women who wer

Br Bill Wilding - Toast to SPC

17 Oct

Br Bill Wilding - Toast to SPC author: Lorrie Liston

A special toast to the history of St Patrick's College was made by former St Patrick's College Headmaster (1979-84) Br Bill Wilding at the College's 125th anniversary celebration dinner at Melbourne's MCG last Friday evening: Friends of of St Patrick’s College, I am honoured to share some aspects of our rich history. This year we celebrate the ce

2018-19 Bushfire Preparedness Notice

19 Sep

2018-19 Bushfire Preparedness Notice author: John Crowley

Important announcement in preparation for our upcoming bushfire season Dear Parents and Carers, As we enter the bushfire season for another year it is important that the guidelines regarding school arrangements for CODE RED days, Total Fire Ban days and bushfire alert days are clearly articulated to all parents. Any school listed on the DEECD

Headmaster's Message - September 21, 2018

19 Sep

Headmaster's Message - September 21, 2018 author: John Crowley

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends, Staff and Students of St Patrick’s College, I write this editorial just after our final, and very moving, assembly for our Year 12 class of 2018. At this assembly, the student leadership baton was formally handed over to our 2019 Student Council. It is with great please that I formally present to our community our 20

Mission Report - September 21, 2018

19 Sep

Mission Report - September 21, 2018 author: Geoff Brodie

O my God, Give me your grace to live in your love always. Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart from clinging to the things that stop me loving. Raise my heart in joyful praise for your gifts and let my love of you grow more and more every day. Amen. We offer this prayer at every assembly of the whole College. We prayed these words again at ou

Wellbeing Report - September 21, 2018

19 Sep

Wellbeing Report - September 21, 2018 author: Elizabeth Ryan

Term 4 details A reminder that Term 4 classes will commence for all students on Monday October 8 at 8:50 am. 2019 Student Council At the College Assembly this week, the boys who were elected to the 2019 Student Council and the College Captains, Vice Captains and House Captains and Captains of Boarding were formally acknowledged.  I wish to cong

Senior School - September 21

19 Sep

Senior School - September 21 author: Hamish McCrum

Congratulations to our Senior Leaders and Award winners, as acknowledged at the Leadership Transfer assembly on Tuesday.  The efforts and contributions that some of them have made are remarkable.  It is worth noting that often the boys who are involved in many areas of school life are also the ones who somehow find more than an average amount of ti

Sport Report - September 21, 2018

19 Sep

Sport Report - September 21, 2018 author: Gavin Webb

SPC Sport Report – Term 3, Week 10 Term three sport has now concluded, a huge thank you to all the students and staff who have played, coached, managed, supervised, supported, umpired or volunteered their time over the past 10 weeks. We have had many highlights, the latest being the exciting win our 1st XI Soccer boys had in the BAS Grand Final an

DVDs available through OCA Pastoral Care Program

11 Sep

DVDs available through OCA Pastoral Care Program author: Lorrie Liston

Through the generosity and extreme kindness of an Old Collegian, we now have a fabulous collection of DVDs available for loan to our Old Collegians. With up to 100 movie titles to choose from, a vast array from classic, comedy to the latest titles as well as live music concerts and documentaries are now readily available through the OCA Pastoral Ca

Old Boys in the News - September 2018

11 Sep

Old Boys in the News - September 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy including: Congratulations to Callum Linnane (SPC 2008, PY2013), pictured above, who has just finished playing the lead role of Albrecht in The Australian Ballet’s production of Giselle, one of the world’s most famous ballets. Callum is now concentrating on his next role, rehearsing for the next production, Spartacu

Where are they now - Tom Zeven (SPC 1979-81)

10 Sep

Where are they now - Tom Zeven (SPC 1979-81) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Tom Zeven (SPC 1979-81, PY1982) who recently visited St Patrick’s College for the first time in 35 years. Tom could not believe how quickly time flies and “how large and more accommodating the school has become”. Tom was quite honest in describing that his school years were not the most enjoyable, however som

Thank you to our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors

10 Sep

Thank you to our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors author: Lorrie Liston

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

2019 Student Leaders announced

9 Sep

2019 Student Leaders announced author: John Crowley

Dear members of the wonderful St Patrick’s College community, Today it is a great honour to be able to announce the student leadership team for St Patrick’s College in 2019. 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 me

Where are they now - Sam Martin (SPC 2001-06)

4 Sep

Where are they now - Sam Martin (SPC 2001-06) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Sam Martin (SPC 2001-06), pictured left with his "little" brother Charles (SPC 2006-2010) at his wedding last year, who is mixing his greatest loves in mining and wine and hopes to be launching his own wine label in the near future.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Once I finished Year 12 at SPC

Where are they now - Jack Lewis (SPC 2010-15)

4 Sep

Where are they now - Jack Lewis (SPC 2010-15) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Jack Lewis (SPC 2010-15) who fondly remembers his time at SPC and the lessons that he learnt.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I am currently working at Coles supermarket and studying a degree in business management. What are your fondest memories of your time at St Patrick’s College? My fondes

Where are they now - Bill Bell (SPC 1951-57)

4 Sep

Where are they now - Bill Bell (SPC 1951-57) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Bill Bell (SPC 1951-57, PY1958), who was inducted as a College Legend in 2002 for his services to the hospitality industry as publican of South Melbourne’s Bell’s Hotel. Bill is a great supporter of SPC and regularly attendee of OCA events.    Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I was a boarder along

Engagements, Marriages and Births - September 2018

4 Sep

Engagements, Marriages and Births - September 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   ENGAGEMENTS We congratulate Janelle Spierings (current staff) and her partner Jason on the news of their recent engagement.   BIRTHS Congratulations to Ben Stott (SPC 1993-97, PY1998) and Anna on the arrival of Max Alexander on September 4, a brother to Will and Jack. Congratulations a

Where are they now - Peter Conheady (SPC 1986-88)

4 Sep

Where are they now - Peter Conheady (SPC 1986-88) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with former boarder Peter Conheady (SPC 1986-88), pictured with his beautiful family, wife Donna and daughters Maggie and Sophie, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with his former classmates at his recent 30-Year Class Reunion. Peter shares many of his memories of SPC and boarding life.   Where ha

Where are they now - John Deany (SPC 1949-53)

7 Aug

Where are they now - John Deany (SPC 1949-53) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with John Deany (SPC 1949-53), pictured right with his great mate John James (SPC 1948-52) outside the College gates in 1952, who has kindly shared some of his fondest memories of his time as a boarder at SPC, including sitting in class with two future AFL Brownlow Medallists. John has also kindly donated his own pr

Engagements, Marriages and Births - August 2018

7 Aug

Engagements, Marriages and Births - August 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   ENGAGEMENTS Charlie Cree (SPC 2000-04) and Bridget Nunn proudly announced their engagement recently. Congratulations also to Hugh McGlade (SPC 1999-03, PY2004) and Kahli Cassells, who became engaged on July 28 under the lunar eclipse.   BIRTHS Jarrad Answer (SPC 1995-2000) and Melissa

Where are they now - John Lloyd (SPC 1961-67)

7 Aug

Where are they now - John Lloyd (SPC 1961-67) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with John Lloyd (SPC 1961-67), who kindly returned to the College recently to talk to some of our current students. John recently announced his resignation as the Australian Public Service Commissioner - one of the nation’s most senior public servants. He shares his plans for retirement, which still involves fightin

Old Boys in the News - August 2018

7 Aug

Old Boys in the News - August 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been busy including: Congratulations to Old Collegian Darcy Coutts (SPC 2012-16), pictured above, who has been selected in the Mountain Bike Australia elite downhill senior team to compete at the UCI World Championships in Switzerland next month. Great to see another Old Collegian wearing the green and gold and representing h

Where are they now- Shane Murphy (SPC 1993-98)

6 Aug

Where are they now- Shane Murphy (SPC 1993-98) author: Lorrie Liston

The College chats with Shane Murphy (SPC 1993-98, current staff) who is sure to stir up your memories with his many candid recollections of his time as a student. Shane is still heavily involved with the College teaching for the past seven years, currently in senior English.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving the College

Where are they now - Michael Ryan (SPC 1954-59)

6 Aug

Where are they now - Michael Ryan (SPC 1954-59) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Michael Ryan (SPC 1954-59) who continues to work part-time in building and construction law at the age of 75 and fondly remembers Brothers Maloney, Ulner and O’Malley during his time at SPC. Michael is pictured with his wife Rani on their 46th wedding anniversary at Lake Maggiore in Italy.     “I remember my time at S

Where are they now - Eugene McKinnon (SPC 1965-66)

6 Aug

Where are they now - Eugene McKinnon (SPC 1965-66) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Fr Eugene McKinnon (SPC 1965-66), who has spent time in Papua New Guinea and is currently the parish priest in the Wimmera. Fr McKinnon still remembers moving from a small, country school to SPC, where there were 125 students in his English class.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I went to Corpus Christi,

Where are they now - Shane Pianta (SPC 1973-74)

6 Aug

Where are they now - Shane Pianta (SPC 1973-74) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with former boarder Shane Pianta (SPC 1973-74) who retired this year after a fulfilling career in town planning. Shane recalls some of his memories of his favourite teacher, Br “Ace” Cole and the friendships he has retained with both boarders and day students. Where has life taken me since leaving SPC? Following c

Where are they now - Ross Lamplugh (SPC 1981-84)

6 Aug

Where are they now - Ross Lamplugh (SPC 1981-84) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Ross Lamplugh (SPC 1981-84) who has enjoyed a varied career in the health sector and lives with his family on the picturesque north west coast of Tasmania. Ross reminisces about his boarding and sporting times as well as the help and support from Br Zoch and Br Miller.   Where has life taken you since leaving

SPC 125 Gala Dinner at the MCG

21 Jun

SPC 125 Gala Dinner at the MCG author:

St Patrick’s College is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018, looking back on decades of raising fine boys to the status of great men. You are warmly invited to the major highlight of the College's celebrations - a gala dinner to take place in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, October 12. The night will feature a toa

Engagements, Marriages and Births - June 2018

18 Jun

Engagements, Marriages and Births - June 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   ENGAGEMENTS Congratulations to Darcy Osborne (SPC 2008-12, PY2013), pictured above, and Allana Mayne, who announced their engagement on March 27. Congratulations also to Justin Hughes (SPC 1995-96) and Jodie Dunn on their engagement on December 26, 2017.   MARRIAGES Congratulations to

Rugby Match Reports - June 16, 2016

17 Jun

Rugby Match Reports - June 16, 2016 author: Mike Silcock

St. Patrick’s College 1st XV vs. Trinity Grammar (A) (16/06) Full time: 26 – 17 (HT 14-0) Try scorer/s: Pou Siola’a, Ryan Yeomans, Chris Tuitea, Eddie Sauvao Conversion/s: Pou Siola’a (3/4) 5 – Pou Siola’a 4 – Jayden Cooper 3 – Eddie Sauvao 1 – Regan Champley/Chris Tuitea/Simon Porter Ultimately, the College holidays have probably come at a goo

Old Boys in the News - June 2018

17 Jun

Old Boys in the News - June 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Collegians have been busy including: Jack Parry (SPC 2003-08), pictured above, who enjoyed his 10-year reunion at the College recently, has been busy spreading the message and raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis. Jack was diagnosed with epilepsy, and then two years later multiple sclerosis. Since then, the local brewer has been leadin

Old Boy Wayne Rossetto's bravery award honour

14 Jun

Old Boy Wayne Rossetto's bravery award honour author: Lorrie Liston

We are extremely proud of Old Collegian Wayne Rossetto (SPC 1985-90) who was recently presented with the NSW’s highest award for a police officer, the Commissioner's Valour Award. The award ceremony was held in Sydney in mid-May with Wayne being honoured for his exceptional bravery after making the incredible arrest of a violent young offender. T

Where are they now - Brendan Foran (SPC 1990-91)

12 Jun

Where are they now - Brendan Foran (SPC 1990-91) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Brendan Foran (SPC 1990-91) who is working in his greatest role so far as CEO of Greening Australia, a large environmental organization which aims to tackle the problems that the rest of the world has abandoned.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Life has been interesting since leaving school. I've worked i

Where are they now - Paul Tatireta (SPC 1963-66)

12 Jun

Where are they now - Paul Tatireta (SPC 1963-66) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Paul Tatireta (SPC 1963-66), who came from the Pacific island of Kiribati and still describes his SPC stay as “the best and most memorable years” of his life.   Tell us about your time at SPC? I arrived in Australia in 1963 from Kiribati (an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean) at the city of Adelaide where our

Where are they now - Noel Forster (SPC 1963-68)

12 Jun

Where are they now - Noel Forster (SPC 1963-68) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Noel Forster (SPC 1963-68) who came from Perth to attend our special St Patrick’s Day Luncheon in March, marking 125 years of education at St Patrick’s College. Noel share his fondest memories of his time as a day student at SPC in the 60s.     Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After leaving St Patrick’s, I g

Where are they now - James Gilchrist (SPC 1983-88)

12 Jun

Where are they now - James Gilchrist (SPC 1983-88) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with James Gilchrist (SPC 1983-88), who returned to the College for his recent 30-Year Class Reunion. James’ passion for SPC runs deep as the author of the highly-respected book “Wednesday Warriors” about SPC's 1st XVIII Football team.     Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After finishing in 1988, I obtained a de

Where are they now - Damian Goss (SPC 1953-62)

12 Jun

Where are they now - Damian Goss (SPC 1953-62) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Damian Goss (SPC 1953-62) who started as a shy seven-year-old and spent 10 years boarding at SPC. He says the experience taught him about being part of one big family and the paramount and enduring importance of keeping in contact, caring for each other and valuing each other.   Where has life taken you since

Where are they now - LeRoy Hand (SPC 1993-98)

12 Jun

Where are they now - LeRoy Hand (SPC 1993-98) author: Lorrie Liston

  The College recently reconnected with LeRoy Hand (SPC 1993-98) who returned for his recent 20-Year Class Reunion. LeRoy is working in the flourishing techospitality industry and is excited about his son following in his footsteps and starting as a student at St Patrick’s next year.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since completin

2018 War History Tour

16 May

2018 War History Tour author:

During the 2018 Easter school holidays St Patrick’s College, for the first time, toured 40 students and five staff through the battlefields and memorials of the Western Front to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. This historic and emotional pilgrimage then spent its final days in the German cities of Dortmund and Dusseld

Old Boys in the News - May 2018

8 May

Old Boys in the News - May 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been in the news, including: Former boarder Nick Donghi (SPC 2014-16), pictured above, who is playing in the Queensland Premier rugby competition with the Wests. By all reports, Nick is excelling in play and being touted for potential higher duties in the rugby world. Well done and good luck Nick! While Josh Martin isn’t

Where are they now - Chris Burke (SPC 1986-91)

7 May

Where are they now - Chris Burke (SPC 1986-91) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Chris Burke (SPC 1986-91) who has worked in bars, acted on the popular TV show Neighbours and now runs a management and technology consulting firm with 120 staff and offices over the globe. Chris candidly shares that his best friends to this day are all SPC boys and he fondly remembers taking typing and home ec

Where are they now - Sam Rowe (SPC 1995-98)

7 May

Where are they now - Sam Rowe (SPC 1995-98) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with Sam Rowe (SPC 1995-98), pictured here with wife Elise, at their new Hydrant Food Hall in Ballarat’s CBD. It's great to see Sam has collaborated with and employs numerous other Old Boys in the new business.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Like most people I left Ballarat after I finished school,

Where are they now - Clinton Young (SPC 2003)

7 May

Where are they now - Clinton Young (SPC 2003) author: Lorrie Liston

The College connects with Clinton Young (SPC 2003) who went on from playing in SPC 1st XVIII to playing for Hawthorn and Collingwood and is now a mentor and skills coach.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?  I was very fortunate to play 11 years in the AFL for the Hawks and Pies. Since retiring at the end of 2015, I am now a Mentor and

Engagements, Marriages and Births - May 2018

6 May

Engagements, Marriages and Births - May 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   ENGAGEMENTS Old Collegian Joel Banks (SPC 2000-05) is happily engaged to Erin Murphy, formerly from Albury/Wodonga. Joel, an agribusiness executive with the Commonwealth Bank in Ballarat and Erin, a PE teacher and Head of house/Learning specialist at Phoenix College, are planning to m

Where are they now - Joel Banks (SPC 2000-05)

6 May

Where are they now - Joel Banks (SPC 2000-05) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Joel Banks (SPC 2000-05) who has travelled extensively overseas for work and has returned to Ballarat as an Agribusiness Executive in the banking sector.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving St Patrick’s College, I have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Agri-Business (Farm Management) at Marcus O

Where are they now - James Dean (SPC 1993-98)

6 May

Where are they now - James Dean (SPC 1993-98) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with James Dean (SPC 1993-98), pictured with his daughter Charlotte, who is now a registered nurse in Queensland but likes to test his body to the limit, racing in several marathons and ultra-marathons including the Marathon Des Sables (a 250km multi stage race through the Moroccan Sahara Desert over six days). Where has lif

Where are they now - Ross Muller (SPC 1953-54)

6 May

Where are they now - Ross Muller (SPC 1953-54) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Ross Muller (SPC 1953-54) who worked for five decades as a chemist and shares one of his favourite memories of raiding the Brothers kitchen for cake!   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I was a country boy who moved to the city, graduated and spent 50 years as a pharmaceutical chemist, in pharmacy ownership

Memories from Old Boy John Colbert (SPC 1944-47)

26 Mar

Memories from Old Boy John Colbert (SPC 1944-47) author: Catriona Banks

I had the distinct pleasure of chatting to Old Collegian John Colbert, pictured above in his 1947 Matriculation photo, who was at the College on Saturday March 17, joining in the festivities of the 125th anniversary celebrations. Born in 1930 into a farming family at Watchem, about 250-odd kilometres north-west of Ballarat, John boarded at St Patr

Old Boys in the News - March 2018

26 Mar

Old Boys in the News - March 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been in the news, including:   Nathan Sobey (SPC 2008), pictured above, who we wish the best of luck as he chases a NBL championship title dream with the Adelaide Sixers this weekend, as well as congratulations for his selection in the Australian men's basketball team at next month's Commonwealth Games. Well done Nathan! To

An Old Boy's speech 48 years in the making

25 Mar

An Old Boy's speech 48 years in the making author: Lorrie Liston

This is a full transcript of Peter Mackey’s (SPC 1966-70) speech given at the St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association’s St Patrick’s Day Luncheon on Saturday March 17, 2018.   SPEECH TITLE: “If you cannot be a good example then serve as a horrible warning.”                                          I have been sitting on the interchange

Engagements, Marriages and Births - March 2018

25 Mar

Engagements, Marriages and Births - March 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   ENGAGEMENTS Tom Ryan (SPC 2000-05) and Hayley Tippett are delighted to announce their engagement on Christmas Eve.   MARRIAGES We wish Brendan Penhall (SPC 1995-99, PY2000) and Kate Stapleton all the best for the wedding on April 6 in Brisbane. David Salter (SPC 1988-93)

JOBS FILE - March 2018

25 Mar

JOBS FILE - March 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

JOB OPPORTUNITIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR SPC OLD COLLEGIANS: 4 DAY BRICKLAYING WORK READY PROGRAM: Ideal for school leavers, unemployed or career change candidates, this 4 Day Bricklaying Work Ready Program runs every 3-4 weeks at Federation University - TAFE Divsion in Moyle Street, Ballarat. Run by the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Train

Where are they now - Thomas Hoy (SPC 2008-13)

25 Mar

Where are they now - Thomas Hoy (SPC 2008-13) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Thomas Hoy (SPC 2008-13) who has returned to SPC this year teaching English, Humanities and International Studies. Thomas shares some of his favourite memories in the rowing team and which teachers inspired him at school.   Age: 23 Favourite hobbies: Art, carpentry, video games and movies Favourite food: Steak Favou

Where are they now - Michael Bourke (SPC 1950-54)

25 Mar

Where are they now - Michael Bourke (SPC 1950-54) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Michael Bourke (SPC 1950-54) who spent 60-plus years as a highly-regarded doctor in Leongatha.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I left St Patrick’s College and went to Melbourne University’s Newman College from 1955 to 1960 where I got my medical MBBS degree. I was a second-year resident at

Where are they now - Steven Crowe (SPC 1994-99)

25 Mar

Where are they now - Steven Crowe (SPC 1994-99) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Steven Crowe (SPC 1994-99) whose successful accounting career got kickstarted with the help of one of his SPC teachers.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since finishing at SPC, I studied at Ballarat University and worked as accountant with my father Bryan at Kearney and Crowe. When the practice was sold i

Where are they now - Brian Gleeson (SPC 1947-52)

25 Mar

Where are they now - Brian Gleeson (SPC 1947-52) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with College Legend Brian Gleeson (SPC 1947-52) who is busy writing his memoirs and shares some of his favourite memories of his time at SPC, including his friendly sporting rivalry with contemporary and fellow Brownlow Medallist, the late John James (SPC 1948-52). “After seven years at Villa Maria, Ballarat East, my older

Where are they now - James Lamb (SPC 2000-05)

25 Mar

Where are they now - James Lamb (SPC 2000-05) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with James Lamb (SPC 2000-05) who is combining a love of horseracing and journalism into the ultimate dream job.     Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?  I finished at SPC in 2005 and moved to Melbourne the following year to study journalism at Monash University Caulfield. After completing my degree, I decided to

Thanking our Boarding Appeal donors

13 Mar

Thanking our Boarding Appeal donors author: Lorrie Liston

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

Obituaries

22 Feb

Obituaries 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:   2018: We are deeply saddened by the passing of David Neumann Mackey (SPC 1995-97), pictured above in his Year 12 photo in 1997, in early November. Dave was a popular member of boa

Engagements, Marriages & Births - February 2018

20 Feb

Engagements, Marriages & Births - February 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our SPC community has plenty of exciting news to share:   MARRIAGES Courtney Walsh (SPC 1989-94) married Anna in Melbourne on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Glenn Fisher (current staff) married Sharon Cody at St Anne’s Winery at Myrniong on January 6. Hamish Marquand (SPC 2002-07) and Lucy Ryan were married at St Patrick’s College Chapel on Dece

My memories of SPC - Tony Mutton (SPC 1972-73)

20 Feb

My memories of SPC - Tony Mutton (SPC 1972-73) author: Lorrie Liston

The College recently reconnected with former boarder Anthony (Tony) Mutton (SPC 1972-73) who candidly shares his school memories and thoughts on the legacy of being a SPC boy.   “My name is Tony Mutton (or Anthony) and you won’t find my name, other than in the yearbook, anywhere around the College – (the initials burnt into the floor of the fifth

Old Boys in the News - February 2018

20 Feb

Old Boys in the News - February 2018 author: Lorrie Liston

Our Old Boys have been in the news, including:   Good luck to Laurence Heenan (SPC 2004-09), pictured above centre, who is starring as Jesus in the Ballarat Lyric Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Wendouree Performing Arts Centre between March 1-11. Daniel Sully (2012-17) and Emerson Tolliday (2012-17) are also part of the ens

Where are they now - Gavan Connell (SPC 1961-68)

19 Feb

Where are they now - Gavan Connell (SPC 1961-68) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Gavan Connell (SPC 1961-68) who generously shares his family’s connections and memories of St Patrick’s College.   “My father Bryan Connell attended SPC from 1927-33.  He had two other brothers older than he, John (Jock) who attended from about 1927-31 and Gavan Leo, who attended from about 1927-32.  At

Where are they now - Brian Doherty (SPC 1960-65)

19 Feb

Where are they now - Brian Doherty (SPC 1960-65) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Brian (Doc) Doherty (SPC 1960-65) who enjoyed SPC’s sports more than the classroom as well as a smoke behind the grandstand!   Where has life taken you to since SPC. After leaving SPC I did a catering and hotel management course at William Angliss. I then managed the family hotel before working at GMH a

Where are they now - Luke Guthrie (former staff)

19 Feb

Where are they now - Luke Guthrie (former staff) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former staff member Luke Guthrie, who taught at SPC between 1966-72, and recalls some of his fond memories of his time at the school. Luke is pictured here with Tri Wulan, Director of Education at The Geeta School in Cirebon, Java. The Geeta School is an English speaking K - 12 school owned by Luke's daughter and son-in-

Where are they now - Alan Jubb (SPC 1954-59)

19 Feb

Where are they now - Alan Jubb (SPC 1954-59) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Alan Jubb (SPC 1954-59) who is keeping busy in retirement after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the police force, and receiving the Australian Police Medal. Alan is a loyal supporter of our various OCA events and it’s always great to see his smiling face!   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC

Where are they now - Tiernan Somers (SPC 2012-17)

19 Feb

Where are they now - Tiernan Somers (SPC 2012-17) author: Lorrie Liston

We catch up with another Class of 2017 student Tiernan Somers (SPC 2012-17) who has returned as a new staff member in the Mission team this year as the Faith in Action Trainee. Tiernan (SPC 2012-17) tells us more about himself and some of his favourite memories from his student days at St Patrick’s.   Age: 17 Favourite hobbies: Sport, spending t

Where are they now - Mitch Tuddenham (SPC 2012-17)

19 Feb

Where are they now - Mitch Tuddenham (SPC 2012-17) author: Lorrie Liston

We catch up with former College Captain Mitch Tuddenham (SPC 2012-2017) who loves the place so much, he has returned as the HaPe Trainee this year. We find out about more about Mitch and favourite memories as a SPC student….   Age: 18 (19 in April) Favourite hobbies: Sports, mainly footy, listening to music, reading, spending time with mates Fa

Launch of our Great Man video

31 Jan

Launch of our Great Man video author: Paul Nolan

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

Celebrating our 2017 results

23 Jan

Celebrating our 2017 results author: Stephen Hill

2017 Victorian Certificate of Education results The month of December is a significant one for all Year 12 students across the state. Not only does it mark the official end of secondary school for these students, it is also the time when they receive details of their academic performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education. All members of t

Jack Bannister - swapping Schoolies for Sri Lanka

11 Dec

Jack Bannister - swapping Schoolies for Sri Lanka author: Lorrie Liston

Class of 2017 Year 12 student Jack Bannister, pictured above, chose to forego Schoolies celebrations to head to Sri Lanka for an incredible trip of a lifetime instead. Here, Jack shares his trip with us and encourages other school leavers to consider a similar amazing overseas experience:   “I first heard about my trip to Sri Lanka at school via

Where are they now - Ash Collins (SPC 2000-05)

11 Dec

Where are they now - Ash Collins (SPC 2000-05) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Ash Collins (SPC 2000-05) who is working as the game intelligence manager at the Collingwood Football Club.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After finishing at SPC in 2005 I first started to study Occupational Therapy at Deakin university but after a semester there I realised that it was not for me, so I t

Old Boys in the News - December 2017

10 Dec

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

Our Old Boys have been in the news, including: Congratulations to Joel Parnis (SPC 2004-06) who is making big waves in the world of opera and has just signed as a soloist tenor the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s upcoming Christmas performances! After a successful season in the musical My Fair Lady in Sydney this year, Joel moved to London

A reunion 40 years in the making

7 Dec

A reunion 40 years in the making author: Lorrie Liston

The College was recently delighted to reconnect, for the first time in 40 years, with Old Collegian John Mildren (SPC 1971-75). It was a poignant moment of reflection for John and for the College and we are fortunate that John has provided permission for us to publish below his thoughts on why it took so long to reconnect, and his reaction to once

Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors

7 Dec

Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors author: Lorrie Liston

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

Statement regarding Archbishop Frank Little

5 Dec

Statement regarding Archbishop Frank Little author:

St Patrick’s College, Ballarat will today remove the name of Old Collegian and former Archbishop of Melbourne Sir Thomas Francis (Frank) Little from a building which had been named in his honour and revoke his status as an inducted Legend of the College. These actions have been taken in response to yesterday’s findings into Case Study 35 of the Ro

Where are they now - Chris Boadle (SPC 1997-2002)

5 Dec

Where are they now - Chris Boadle (SPC 1997-2002) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Chris Boadle (SPC 1997-2002) who is now working as a retail customer executive for NAB, but credits learning how to cook at St Patrick’s for helping him impress his now fiancé Rhiarna with his special ‘SPC brand’ of homemade chicken and corn risotto.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? Since leaving St Patri

Where are they now - Tony Brandenburg (1969-74)

5 Dec

Where are they now - Tony Brandenburg (1969-74) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Tony Brandenburg (SPC 1969-74) who still has family involved with SPC and enjoys watching today’s students being challenged to grow up into fine young men.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After St Patrick’s and university I became a teacher and moved to Mildura. From there I changed jobs frequently and m

Where are they now - John McIver (SPC 1963-64)

5 Dec

Where are they now - John McIver (SPC 1963-64) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder John McIver (SPC 1963-64) who remembers trying to keep warm in Kenny House in winter and also winning the coveted Purton Oratory.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After leaving school I spent a year at ANU Canberra and then had various clerical jobs before being called up for National Servi

Where are they now - Fr John Monaghan (SPC1967-72)

5 Dec

Where are they now - Fr John Monaghan (SPC1967-72) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former boarder Fr John Monaghan (SPC 1967-72) who is still known by the nickname given to him by his SPC classmates all those years ago.   “Coming to St Patrick’s College as an 11-year-old boarder was an immense change from growing up on a farm near Stawell and attending a small country school. In my first year, Form O

Where are they now - Brian Pola (SPC 1967-68)

5 Dec

Where are they now - Brian Pola (SPC 1967-68) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Dr Brian Pola (SPC 1967-68) who shares his interesting life story, his recent work with SPC and commitment to improve the rights of gay people.   “After leaving St Patrick’s in 1966 and a confused two years, I started at Latrobe in 1969. I was heavily involved in the anti-Vietnam War and radical student movement and did

Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal supporters

30 Oct

Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal supporters 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 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

Engagements, Marriages and Births

30 Oct

Engagements, Marriages and Births author: Lorrie Liston

ENGAGEMENTS, MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS ENGAGEMENTS Mark Molloy (SPC 2008-2003) has announced his engagement to Jane Webb. Rhys Allan (SPC 2003-08) proposed to Meghan Kennedy in the most romantic city in the world - Paris, France – and she said yes!   MARRIAGES Congratulations to Kieran Torpy (SPC 1999-2004) and Hayley Charles, who were married at

Old Boys in the News - November 2017

30 Oct

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

Our Old Boys have been in the news, including: Luke Taylor (SPC 1995-2000), pictured above, who has had an emotional reunion with the paramedics who saved his life after a terrible cycling accident on the outskirts of Ballarat earlier this year. Luke talks about the accident, his multiple injuries and his slow recovery in this candid read at t

Where are they now - Gerard Bourke (former staff)

30 Oct

Where are they now - Gerard Bourke (former staff) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with former staff member Gerard Bourke, who taught at SPC between 1992-2002. He was Deputy Principal for the first eight years, Director of Boarding for two years and Curriculum Co-ordinator for the last year.   Please tell us about your life and time working at St Patrick’s College? I started my career as a Christian Brot

Where are they now - Frank Tierney (SPC 1962-68)

30 Oct

Where are they now - Frank Tierney (SPC 1962-68) author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Frank Tierney (SPC 1962-68) who has relished a career in real estate spanning 50 years.   Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I arrived in Ballarat to become a boarder at St Patricks College in 1962.  My starting class was grade 6. This was a big step for my age and with my family in distant Mildura. The first

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

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 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 fifth Old Boy to receive such an accolade following Danny Frawley (SPC 1976-79, PY1981) in 1988, Mick McGuane (SPC 1980-

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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

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

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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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

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 - 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

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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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 - 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

Christian Ryan launches new boat

20 Feb

Christian Ryan launches new boat author: Paul Nolan

The College was delighted to welcome back former College Captain and Olympic silver medallist Christian Ryan (SPC 1992-95) to be guest speaker at our annual Boat Race Assembly and to officially launch our new racer boat named in his honour. Christian, a two-time Head of the Lake winner in 1994 and 95, shed tears in front of our full school assembl

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

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

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

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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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 - Joe McCracken (SPC 2003-05)

11 Dec

Where are they now - Joe McCracken (SPC 2003-05) 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

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 li

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?

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

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

"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

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

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:   2018: Mick Kershaw (SPC 1969-1970, PY 1974) died on February 17, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Mick was a day student from Ballarat and finished Form 2 (Year 8) in 1970. W

Where Are They Now - Mark Kennedy

2 Aug

Where Are They Now - Mark Kennedy author: Lorrie Liston

The College reconnects with Mark Kennedy (SPC 1992-97) who has enjoyed a varied teaching career and is currently Deputy Principal at St Joseph’s College, Geelong. Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? I graduated in 1997 and then studied at ACU Aquinas campus where I completed a Bachelor of Education. While studying, I played football for t

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

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