Associated Catholic Colleges
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|Motto||Excellence Honour and Fairness in Student Sport|
|Membership||11 member schools|
The Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) is a group of eleven independent Catholic boys schools in Victoria, Australia. The Association was formed in 1948 and provides the basis for interschool sporting and other competitions between the member schools.
The history of the ACC goes back to the 1890s as Catholic boys schools began to grow and establish themselves in and around Melbourne. It is likely the ACC developed from earlier groups known under differing names. These groups included, 'The Combined Catholic Schools Association', which involved a number of schools conducted by the Christian Brothers and which held its first athletics meeting in 1902. The College Annual of CBC North Melbourne for 1916 lists four competitions in which that school was involved under the general banner of, 'Combined Secondary Schools'. Member schools took part in an annual athletics meeting, football, handball and tennis competitions. Other member schools included; St Patrick's College, Ballarat, Assumption College, Kilmore, Parade College, and Christian Brothers College, St Kilda.
As the competition expanded additional Catholic schools conducted by other male religious orders such as the De La Salle Brothers, Marist Brothers and others also participated in the competition which included cricket by 1928.
In the early years the annual athletics carnival, came under the control of the Victorian Amateur Athletics Association, now Athletics Victoria. During the 1920s it was held at the Motordrome, Melbourne a site for both amateur athletics and motor sport events built by the Yarra River and now the site of Olympic Park. Events later shifted to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the 1930s then back to Olympic Park. In more modern times at and the Lakeside Stadium.
- 1. The Association endeavours to promote the essential character of its member colleges by mutual :solidarity and support.
- 2. The Association aims to provide the opportunity for discussion by Principals of matters affecting :the affiliated Colleges and to suggest, wherever desirable, a policy on such matters.
- 3. The Association exists to facilitate the organisation of inter-College activities and competitions :which accord with the principles and ideals of the member Colleges.
Current member schools
|Christian Brothers College||St Kilda East||481||1878||1948|
|De La Salle College||Malvern||1,160||1912||1948|
|Parade College||Bundoora, Preston||1,863||1871||1948|
|St Bede's College||Mentone||1,373||1938||1948|
|St. Bernard's College||Essendon||1,361||1940||1948|
|St Joseph’s College||Geelong||1,530||1935||1997|
|Emmanuel College||Altona North, Point Cook||1,745||1965||1978|
|Simonds Catholic College||West Melbourne, Fitzroy North||485||1996||2000|
Former member schools
Now part of Parade College
|Cathedral College||East Melbourne||1968–1994||1988–1994|
Now part of Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
|St John's College
Now part of Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
|St Joseph's College
Became part of Samaritan College, Preston
|St Joseph's College, Melbourne
Formerly St Joseph's College, North Melbourne (1903-2010)
and St Joseph's College, Pascoe Vale (1956-2009)
|St Kevin's College||Toorak||1918||1948–1957|
Now part of Antonine College
- Cross Country
- Table Tennis
The aggregate division 1 winners are presented the Old Collegians Shield.
The aggregate division 1 winners are presented with the Walsh Shield (donated by Mr P S Walsh).
The aggregate division 1 senior winners are presented with the Brother Bouchard Cup. Br Joe Bouchard was the founding Principal of Chisholm College, and member of the ACC from 1970-1987.
The aggregate division 1 intermediate winners are presented with the Martin Hickey Cup. Martin Hickey was a member of the Parade College staff for over 25 years and Hon. Secretary of the ACC for 10 years.
The aggregate division 1 junior winners are presented with the James Delahunt Cup. The cup was donated by the Ryan Family in memory of James Delahunt, a Year 7 student at De La Salle College who was killed in an accident in 1981. James was an outstanding athlete who won the U/13 ACC Cross-Country.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in a number of carnivals thought the year including Athletics at Lakeside Stadium, Cross Country, and Swimming at Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Students can also become involved in events conducted off the field such as Chess, Debating and the Performing Arts.
- Association of Catholic Colleges. Who we are. Retrieved on 22 February 2014 from http://www.accmelb.com.au/index.php/acc-information/who-we-are
- SCHOOL SPORTS. (1929, October 31). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 13. Retrieved February 23, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4046906
- Concerning the Christian Brothers, St. Joseph's North Melbourne, 1916. (Annual magazine, p.14) North Melbourne, Christian Brothers.
- The Associated Catholic Colleges Incorporated: Handbook 2014. Retrieved on 22 February 2014 from http://www.accmelb.com.au/index.php/acc-information/association-handbook