Boarding Bulletin Board

March 4, 2021

 News around the Boarding Precinct

  • As we begin to return to a COVID-normal, it is pleasing to be able to offer weekend activities for our Boarders once again. The past few weekends have seen the Boarders try their hand at some ten-pin bowling as well as participating in a tennis tournament at the College. We are fortunate to have great relationships with so many Ballarat business and we are looking forward to offering varying and exciting opportunities for our full-time Boarders over the weekends


  • Along with the return of some normality, it is wonderful to have so many sports and extra-curricular activities also return. Within any given week, we have several Boarders heading out for football, basketball, cricket, and soccer trainings. We have Boarders heading off for music, drama and debating events. We also have several Boarders volunteering their time as part of the Faith in Action program. We encourage all of our Boarders to embrace opportunities presented to them throughout the course of the term.


  • Congratulations to Xavier Hayter and all members of the St Patrick’s Rowing Squad on their success and persistence shown throughout the rowing season. The commitment required to be successful within rowing is enormous and we are all very proud of Xavier and what he has been able to achieve.


  • The St Patrick’s College swimming sports were held recently and it was wonderful to see so many of our Boarding Students participate in the events throughout the day. Special mention to current Boarding Students, Khy Jess, Nick Hodgson and Nathan Louw who qualified to represent St Pat’s at the up-coming BAS Swimming event. We wish these Boarders, and all of the SPC Swimming squad good luck.


  • Congratulations to current Boarding Students, Xavier Hayter, Nick Hodgson, Tex Mitchell, Beau Tedcastle and Charlie Delaney who were all part of the inaugural Respect Cup football match held in Geelong on Tuesday.

We are very proud of all the students of St Patrick’s College and Loreto College who combined today to win the inaugural Respect Cup after their combined scores in respective 1st XVIII games defeated the Geelong schools, St Joseph’s College and Sacred Heart College at GMHBA Stadium.

St Patrick’s College triumphed by 29 points in a terrific performance.

Final scores: SPC 11.6 (72) d SJC 6.3 (39).

While Sacred Heart proved too strong for Loreto by 11 points, the combined scores meant Ballarat won the cup which is timed to coincide with next week’s International Women’s Day


Message from Director of Boarding, Mr Mike Silcock

By now many of you will have learnt that Ryan Bullock will be leaving us at the end of next week. Ryan has been accepted into the Victorian Police and commences his training shortly. Our whole Boarding Community has been enriched by Ryan’s professionalism, expertise and personality for the last three years. Upon the completion of the building of our new Boarding Precinct, our Boarding program stood on the brink of a new era. We were blessed that Ryan, who before us had been the Head of Boarding at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, was able to join our Boarding team. Over the three years he has helped positively shape the young lives of our Boarders and grow a culture that fosters the celebration of each of our diverse, young men, in an inclusive manner.


As well as being a first class Housemaster, Ryan has been an incredibly supportive colleague to our Boarding staff, bringing his years of industry knowledge to help grow the capacity of others. He and Tam have worked seamlessly with one another and both been the bedrock to our Boarding program for the last few years. Ryan will take many fond memories with him when he leaves next week and leave many memories with us of his time here. Ryan is not just a loss to St Patrick’s College, he is a valued loss to the Boarding profession, however our loss is most certainly the Victorian Police’s gain. We wish him well, we pray that he will always remain safe and we look forward to when he visits Ballarat, for he will always have a ‘landing place’ back with us. Lastly, we would wish all the happiness to both him and his fiancé, Michaela, now and when they marry later this year.

Up-Coming Events

  • Wednesday March 24 – St Patrick’s College Athletics Carnival


  • Thursday April 1 – End of Term 1 – Classes finish at 2.30pm


  • Thursday April 1 – Boarding Students Parent / Teacher Interviews from 2.30pm