Boarding Bulletin Board

March 3, 2022

by Director of Boarding, Mr Brendon Gilbert

As the year starts to unfold, we see more boys getting involved with co-curricular and community activities. The past two weeks have been particularly busy with the Swimming Carnival, Athletics, Tennis and Football.

Swimming Sports

On Wednesday, February 23, we were blessed with perfect conditions as the boarders represented their respective Houses in the annual Swimming Carnival. It was a great show of House spirit, participation, and competition. Well done to all the boarders on their efforts, particularly Nathan Louw, who broke the 50-metre freestyle record. Nathan is a fine example of what you can achieve when applying yourself consistently to your passions.


Congratulations to Year 11 boarders Chan, Ngor, Harry, Nathan, Will, and Luke on representing the College at the Melbourne Athletics Carnival on Wednesday. All boys represented themselves, the College and Boarding Community excellently.

McNeil Cup Tennis

Congratulations to Jack James and Hugo Johnston on being selected to represent the College in this tennis tournament. We wish Hugo the best of luck in his tennis final.

Rebels Football

Congratulations to Beau Tedcastle and Brayden Purchase on being selected in the Greater Western Victorian Rebels side. Hundreds of young men from Western Victoria have been chosen to try out for the football program; therefore, getting through is a fantastic achievement by our boys. It represents a combination of talent and hard work to get this far, and we wish these young men all the best for the upcoming football season.

Guest Speaker Program  

We welcomed Matt Hanlon to the boarding house as part of our Leadership Guest Speaker Program. Matt is a College Old Boy; 1996 and was the School Vice-Captain, Captain of Boats and Captain of Athletics. When Matt commenced his school journey at SPC in 1991, there were 300 boarders, nearly half the school. Matt talked about the passion and spirit of the boarding community, the bravery it takes to be a boarder, the impact a boarding community can have on the school and local community and the St Pat’s network that develops from putting yourself out there. The boys loved his story and hung off every word.

Study Skills Program

We have started our Study Skills Program focusing on responsibility, mindset, and habits during the past week. Over the coming weeks, the boys will be taught explicit study skills such as planning, organisation, note-taking, exam revision techniques, spaced repetition, and active recall.

Mother and Son

The inaugural Mother and Son event will occur on Saturday, March 26. We are excited to offer this event and look forward to welcoming all special women in our boys’ lives to participate in various activities.