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St Patrick’s College is a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition and reaches out to all boys and their families who will respect the Catholic philosophy of the College. We believe that we exist to offer boys an opportunity to hear the Gospel message of Jesus, to embrace the values of such a life and to accept the challenge of living out that message in service as part of the mission of the Catholic Church in the contemporary world.

Students of St Patrick’s express their faith through service to others and participation in liturgy and prayer and the study of religious education at all year levels. Each year students raise over $40,000 through the annual Edmund Rice Day Walkathon to distribute to charities aligned with our mission. The College has a nationally recognised and acclaimed Indigenous Education Programme and the nation’s oldest school-based St Vincent de Paul Society. As part of the Year 9 Programme students undertake community service work to support marginalised families in the region as well as responding to natural disasters and other events that cause distress within families or the community. Even beyond the College gates old boys regularly travel to Africa to work alongside Christian Brothers with children ravaged by poverty and disease.

Our staff and students are exemplars of our faith and reinforce on a daily basis that St Patrick’s College is first and foremost a Catholic school for boys guided in all that we do by the teachings of Jesus of the Gospels.

Above: An interactive 360 degree view inside the College Chapel.

Mission Report - June 20, 2019

19 Jun

Mission Report - June 20, 2019 author: Gerard Sullivan

‘Christ Within Us’ Staff Formation Day- July 15 Next term our staff will start looking at who we are, how we live as a faith community, and how we communicate this in our teaching and relationships with the boys. Some of our goals are: How do we identify our own image of God and how do we describe how this has been shaped throughout our live

Mission Report - May 30, 2019

29 May

Mission Report - May 30, 2019 author: Geoff Brodie

This week is National Reconciliation Week, with the theme “Grounded in Truth. Walk Together with Courage”. It is also Catholic Education Week, with the theme “Listen with the Ear of your Heart”. In a unique moment that brought these two commemorations together, Year 12 student Myles King, addressed the Reconciliation Week Boarding Dinner. I offer t

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

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