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Day 4 New York Performong Arts Tour

2 Apr

Day 4 New York Performong Arts Tour author: Glenn Fisher

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

Day 3 New York Performing Arts Tour 2017

1 Apr

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

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

Day 2 - New York Performing Arts Tour

31 Mar

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

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

You can donate to the Boarding Precinct Appeal

30 Mar

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

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

Darwin Tour 2017

29 Mar

Darwin Tour 2017 author: Peter Shawcroft

4 Days to Go.

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

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

28 Mar

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

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

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

28 Mar

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

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

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

28 Mar

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

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

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

28 Mar

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

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

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

28 Mar

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

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

Old Boys - Births, Engagements and Marriages

28 Mar

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

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

Old Boys in the News - March 2017

28 Mar

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

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

Headmaster's Message - March 24, 2017

23 Mar

Headmaster's Message - March 24, 2017 author: John Crowley

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends and Students of St Patrick’s College, There have been a number of significant moments this week which have reminded me of what a wonderfully generous and vibrant community we have at St Patrick’s College. In each of these special occasions, I have been acutely aware of students who are freely sharing their God-given t

College Shop Report - March 23, 2017

22 Mar

College Shop Report - March 23, 2017 author: Michelle Lloyd

Boys MUST be in trousers for Term 2 and Term 3.  Please remember we are now the only supplier of ALL the school uniform. We are open during the school holidays, but will be closed Good Friday 14 April and Easter Monday 17 April. Please remember to fill out your payment authorisation forms or contact us for your son’s requirements. The Sustainabl

KRC Update - March 23, 2017

22 Mar

KRC Update - March 23, 2017 author: Julia Petrov

Referencing at St Patrick’s College When researching, students use data charts and bibliography forms to collect their information in an organized manner. This makes it easier to acknowledge the source of the information. Students can download bibliography forms and data charts here.  We use the APA referencing convention. Students can also use th

World War History Trip

9 Mar

World War History Trip author: Paul Nolan

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, St Patrick’s College is organising an international excursion in the 2018 Term 1 holidays to travel to France, Belgium and Germany. The aim of the trip will be to immerse students in the history of Australian soldiers, particularly Old Collegians from St Patrick’s College, who fough

Ballarat Community Notices - March 9, 2017

8 Mar

Ballarat Community Notices - March 9, 2017 author:

Digital Technologies and Computer Coding at St Patrick's College features in Microsoft Article St Patrick's College has featured in a Microsfot article regarding digital technologies and computer coding. The Microsoft article showcases some wonderful St Patrick's College Year 9 literacy extension coding boys programming in Python and discusses al

Winner of the 2017 Tuition Fee Raffle Announced

26 Feb

Winner of the 2017 Tuition Fee Raffle Announced author:

Congratulations to the winner of the St Patrick's College 2017 Tuition Fee Raffle, Allison and Stephen Griffin. They have won $5,000 off a year's Tuition fees. Well done and thank you to everyone who supported the raffle, which raised several thousand dollars. The money raised will help fund major College projects, including the new Boarding Precin

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

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

14 Feb

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

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

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

14 Feb

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

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

Year 7 boarding available at SPC from 2018

14 Feb

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

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

Official opening of the Food Technology Centre

14 Feb

Official opening of the Food Technology Centre author: Lorrie Liston

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

Excitement as boarding precinct build begins

14 Feb

Excitement as boarding precinct build begins author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Boys in the News - February 2017

14 Feb

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

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

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements and Marriages

14 Feb

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

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

Get set for Class Reunion season

14 Feb

Get set for Class Reunion season author: Lorrie Liston

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

How you can donate to the Boarding Precinct Appeal

14 Feb

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

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

A "Jirik" returns after three decades

13 Feb

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

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

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

13 Feb

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

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

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

13 Feb

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

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

Communications at St Patrick's College in 2017

8 Feb

Communications at St Patrick's College in 2017 author: Paul Nolan

Communications at St Patrick’s College The St Patrick's College Crest Newsletter is a fortnightly newsletter emailed to all families and students every second Friday and aims to provide a thorough overview of news and events from around our large community. All items published in the Crest are also collated in two easy-to-find pages on the Colleg

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

Get ready for Class Reunions in 2017

11 Dec

Get ready for Class Reunions in 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

The month of May will be jampacked with St Patrick’s College Class Reunions and we want to see as many Old Boys there as possible. We will be celebrating the Classes of 2012, 2007, 1997, 1987 and 1977. As the College will be sending out personal invitations, we need your correct contact details. Please click on this link to update your contact de

Where are they now - Kelvin Porter

11 Dec

Where are they now - Kelvin Porter author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Boy saves family from deportation

11 Dec

Old Boy saves family from deportation author: Lorrie Liston

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

Boarding Precinct Appeal Update - December 12 2016

11 Dec

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

In exciting news, we are a third of the way to reaching our $1 million fundraising target to help build St Patrick’s College’s new Boarding Precinct. Since our launch in February, the Boarding Precinct Appeal Committee has received great support from the College community with over $334,000 raised already in cash and pledges. The $5.3m new boardin

Building blitz

11 Dec

Building blitz author: Paul Nolan

Construction of the College’s new $1.1m Food Technology Centre is nearing completion just as the first soil is set to be shifted in the building of a new $5.3m Boarding Precinct in 2017. The state-of-the-art new Food Technology Centre provides two massive new kitchen classrooms which will cater for the growing interest in the subject among boys of

Where are they now - Peter Leonard

11 Dec

Where are they now - Peter Leonard author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where are they now - Matt Pickering

11 Dec

Where are they now - Matt Pickering author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Collegians - Births and Marriages

11 Dec

Old Collegians - Births and Marriages author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where are they now - Joe McCracken

11 Dec

Where are they now - Joe McCracken author: Lorrie Liston

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

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

11 Dec

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

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

Old Boys in the News - December 2016

11 Dec

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

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

Where Are They Now - Sean Balchin

18 Oct

Where Are They Now - Sean Balchin author: Lorrie Liston

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

Call soon for tenders for new Boarding Precinct

17 Oct

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

It is with much excitement that the College will, at the end of this month, officially call for tenders for the construction of its much-anticipated new Boarding Precinct. It is envisaged that building works will commence by the end of this year, if not early 2017 and it is anticipated that the building will be open and ready to house new boarders

"The Harp" Old Boys entertain special guests

17 Oct

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

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

College updating war honour boards

17 Oct

College updating war honour boards author: Lorrie Liston

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

OCA Calendar of Events

17 Oct

OCA Calendar of Events author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Boys in the News

17 Oct

Old Boys in the News author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where Are They Now - Jakob Baric

16 Oct

Where Are They Now - Jakob Baric author: Lorrie Liston

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

OCA Regional Dinner in Geelong next week

16 Oct

OCA Regional Dinner in Geelong next week author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements & Marriages

16 Oct

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

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

SPC Memories with Eugene O'Donohue

16 Oct

SPC Memories with Eugene O'Donohue author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where Are They Now - James Coughlan

16 Oct

Where Are They Now - James Coughlan author: Lorrie Liston

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

Fr Joseph Kearney - is he our oldest Old Boy?

16 Oct

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

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

Recognising Fr Gerard Dowling

16 Oct

Recognising Fr Gerard Dowling author: Paul Nolan

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

MENtal Brekky a huge success

15 Sep

MENtal Brekky a huge success author: Paul Nolan

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

76th Annual Purton Oratory Awards

15 Sep

76th Annual Purton Oratory Awards author: Paul Nolan

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

Tell us about your stories about SPC

15 Sep

Tell us about your stories about SPC author: Lorrie Liston

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

From the Archives

15 Sep

From the Archives author: Catriona Banks

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

Old Boy in the News

15 Sep

Old Boy in the News author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where Are They Now - Stephen Dixon

13 Sep

Where Are They Now - Stephen Dixon author: Lorrie Liston

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

Fr Kevin Mogg celebrates Ordination Anniversary

13 Sep

Fr Kevin Mogg celebrates Ordination Anniversary author: Lorrie Liston

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

Where Are They Now - George Helon

13 Sep

Where Are They Now - George Helon author: Lorrie Liston

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

SPC educator Ian Fernee named a Microsoft expert

13 Sep

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

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

Obituary for Fr Brendan Davey

13 Sep

Obituary for Fr Brendan Davey author: Lorrie Liston

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

Old Collegians - Births, Engagements and Marriages

13 Sep

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

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

Headmaster's Message - Boarding Precinct News

13 Sep

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

Dear Old Collegians of St Patrick’s College, It is with much excitement that I write with final confirmation that the planned construction of our new boarding precinct will proceed in 2017. This week, the board of Edmund Rice Education Australia (our College’s governing body) met to formally approve our planned $5.3m development which will secure

Congratulations Drew Petrie

13 Sep

Congratulations Drew Petrie author:

The St Patrick's College Old Collegians Association would like to congratulate Old Boy Drew Petrie (SPC 1995-2000) on the completion of his outstanding career as a North Melbourne Football Club champion. Drew was delisted by the club following its elimination final defeat last weekend at the hands of the Adelaide Crows. As has been widely publicis

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

2017 Student Leaders announced

4 Sep

2017 Student Leaders announced author: John Crowley

Dear Parents, Students and Staff of St Patrick’s College, Today it is a great honour to be able to announce the student leadership team for St Patrick’s College in 2017. The election process over the past month involved a detailed online vote involving students and staff, followed by a rigorous interview process whereby the candidates met last week

Obituaries - 2017

1 Sep

Obituaries - 2017 author: Lorrie Liston

St Patrick's College honours those Old Boys who have sadly left us and recognises their contribution to the life of the College and to broader society in general:   2017 William (Will) Nagle (SPC 2008-2010 (PY 2012)) sadly died on March 17, 2017. Will, who started at SPC in 2008 (Year 8) and left at the end of Year 10, was the son of Phil Nag

2016 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

21 Jan

2016 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) author:

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) will ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in

Br O'Malley's Vatican honour

16 Nov

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

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

War history comes alive online

14 Sep

War history comes alive online author:

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

Information Technology Update - August 27, 2015

26 Aug

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

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

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi

9 Aug

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

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