St Patrick’s College commenced as a boarding school for boys in 1893 and has catered for the educational, pastoral and co-curricular needs of boys from regional, remote and overseas communities for 125 years.

The College’s model for boarding, supported by first class facilities, facilitates positive learning outcomes for boys and builds upon the wonderful tradition which exists at the College.

At St Patrick’s College, boarders have the opportunity to live, study and play in one of Australia’s premier regional cities. Ballarat’s reputation for educational excellence is unsurpassed, being formally recognised as A ‘Learning City’.

St Patrick’s College has enthusiastically embraced this concept. We are confident that young men living in a close-knit and caring boarding community will develop the skills to make them life-long learners and leaders within the community.


Special Report

A Year in the Life of Boarding (2018)

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Boarding is one of life’s great joys

St Patrick’s is committed to maintaining Boarding as an integral part of the school where students from around Australia and overseas can experience the challenges and rewards of living together within a supportive boarding community. Our Boarders are able to participate fully in the life of the College and develop friendships that last a lifetime.

With construction of an outstanding new boarding facility completed in 2018, St Patrick’s College offers a boarding environment and facilities unparalleled anywhere in regional Australia. Our boys live in purpose-designed rooms surrounded by first-class recreational, dining and study facilities. With a maximum of two boys per room, our accommodation is more akin to their own bedrooms at home, rather than a dormitory environment.

Resident staff provide expert care, support and guidance for our boarding students while also ensuring boys have access to all after-school activities including a structured study program.

Our boarding program offers extensive weekend activities as well as a growing social justice program which embeds our boarding students deep within the wider Ballarat community.

The Boarding Precinct is set in beautiful grounds in central Ballarat and form part of regional Australia’s foremost educational precinct.
Boarding students have supervised out-of-hours access to the College’s library, music rooms, indoor sports complex, weights training facility and Information Technology Laboratories.

Boys enjoy a busy, fun-filled life. It is indeed an idyllic place for young men to live, study and play!


A reflection of Boarding in 2019

By Director of Boarding, Mr Mike Silcock It would be easy to identify the wonderful precinct that we all reside in as a key strength of our Boarding program. It is unrivalled in Victoria, if not across Australia, and allows us to operate in a space conducive to providing the optimum care for our Boarders….


Boarding Bulletin Board Term 4 Week 8

Boarding Bulletin Board Term 4 Week 8   News around the Boarding Precinct   The 2019 Valedictory Dinner was held on Friday night in the beautifully transformed St Patrick’s College Gymnasium. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2019, especially our Boarding cohort who have completed many successful years…


Flexi Boarding at St Patrick’s College

 Flexi Boarding at St Patrick’s College Did you know that St Patrick’s College offers Flexi Boarding for students from Years 7-12? Flexi Boarding offers a range of benefits including assisting with your son’s commitments to his study, extra-curricular activities (particularly early morning starts associated with rowing) and his overall education. Flexi Boarding may include Boarding…


Boarding Bulletin Board Term 4 Week 6

Boarding Bulletin Board Term 4 Week 6 News around the Boarding Precinct The entire Boarding Community would like to congratulate Mr Silcock on his achievement of recently finishing the New York Marathon. On top of this, Mr Silcock also raised over $10,000 for MND Victoria in the lead up to the event. This is an…