Prince Alfred College
|Prince Alfred College|
Latin: Fac Fortia Et Patere
Do Brave Deeds and Endure
|Kent Town, SA, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding|
|Colour(s)||Red & White
Prince Alfred College (also referred to as PAC, Princes, and in sporting circles, The Reds) is a private independent, day and boarding school for boys, located on Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town, near the centre of Adelaide, South Australia. Prince Alfred College was established in 1869 by the Methodist Church of Australasia, which amalgamated with other Protestant churches in 1977 to form the Uniting Church in Australia.
The school has enrolment of some 1,000 students from reception and educational year groups one to twelve (ages 4 to 18), including some 100 boarders from years seven to twelve. Prince Alfred College launched its own kindergarten, Little Princes, in 1999, which was renamed Princes ELC in 2009. The college claims to have the largest "Old Scholars" organisation (by membership) in the southern hemisphere.
Senior students study to achieve the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), or undertake the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme as an alternative, with some achieving IB marks of 44 and 45 out of 45 in recent years.
- 1 History
- 2 List of headmasters
- 3 Campuses
- 4 Houses
- 5 Sport
- 6 Outdoor education
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Prince Alfred College was named after Alfred, one of the four sons of Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. The school has attracted many royal visitors since its foundation, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.[when?]
The founders of PAC were determined that the religious traditions of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, should be indoctrinated in the school. Young Methodist men of the colony and PAC were encouraged to live disciplined, hard working and predominantly Christian lives, even though they were mocked facing society’s temptations.
By the year of PAC's foundation in 1869, the population of Adelaide was estimated to be the second highest in the continent. No South Australian country town, however, had a population greater than 10,000. At the same time, nearly all the land in the city of Adelaide, laid out by Colonel Light, had been occupied. Across the parklands that surrounded the city were well established residential suburbs such as Kent Town and Norwood to the east and industrial precincts such as Hindmarsh and Thebarton to the west. The suburb of Kent Town, along with the city itself, formed a consolidated urban area in which the school was located.
In September 2005 it was revealed that the College held 70,000 shares in Coopers Brewery, received in a bequest. At the time, Coopers were the subject of an unsolicited takeover bid by Japanese-controlled brewer Lion Nathan, and the shares were valued at between $18 million and $22 million. At the same time, the College was involved in a $15 million redevelopment project and was appealing to parents and former students for $3.5 million to enable building to begin. Although Coopers made a "counter offer" of a share buy-back (with attractive tax benefits) to those shareholders who may be wishing to sell, the college chose not to sell any of its holding.
At one time, Princes was the only college in Adelaide to offer the IB Diploma at all three stages; the PYP and MYP are compulsory units of work for Preparatory and Middle school students, enabling its students to continue to complete the Diploma in year 11 and 12, or to be recognised locally with the SACE.
List of headmasters
|1988–1999||Dr Brian Webber|
|2000–2004||Dr Stephen Codrington|
|2004 – Present||Kevin Tutt|
The original school campus is in the Adelaide suburb of Kent Town. The school also owns two other campuses, one for outdoor education in Scott's Creek, and the other in Point Turton named 'Wambana', developed specifically for boys to spend extended periods of time.[vague]
The main campus is located in Kent Town, approximately 2 km from the Adelaide city centre. The land, originally leased by Dr Benjamin Archer Kent from 1840 to 1859, then bought by Charles Robin, was bought at auction from Charles Robin for £2750 on 18 September 1865. However, it was not until 22 June 1969 that the college celebrated its inauguration, two years after the laying of the foundation stone by H.R.H. Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh.
A feature of the college is the Main Building, which was built in three sections. The central section was ready for use in 1869 and housed offices, teaching areas, a residence for the Headmaster, and accommodation for boarders, who have been an important aspect of the College's history. The Waterhouse Wing (south) was added in 1877, and increased the boarding accommodation, as well as providing an assembly room, and a science laboratory. The Cotton Wing (north), added in 1881, further expanded boarding space and teaching areas. The science hall was opened in 1891, and the Main Building was completed in 1889. The cast iron fence and railings around the front of the grounds were erected by 1905. The former residence of Alexander Dowie became the preparatory school in 1911.
The school campus is divided by the main building, with the preparatory school on the Flinders Street (south) side of the school, and the middle and Senior schools on the Capper Street (north) side. Some of the facilities within the Kent Town Campus include:
- Accommodation for approximately 150 boarding students (due for redevelopment in 2014)
- Computer Rooms
- Science Laboratories
- Main Library
- The Memorial Library
- The Gerard Theatre
- The Eric Freak Memorial Chapel
- ANZAC Hall
- Piper Pavilion
- The John Dunning Sports Centre
- Reds Centre (Sports Centre)
- Eric Freak Memorial Chapel
The chapel was built in 1972 as a memorial to Eric Freak (1916–34, PAC 1929-33), an outstanding tennis player who succeeded in schoolboy championships and promised a brilliant career in the game. Australian tennis legend Harry Hopman coached at PAC, and declared that Eric Freak was the finest tennis prospect in Australia. Freak repaid the compliment by taking a set from Hopman in the next Australian titles. However, in 1934 the 18-year-old Freak died from a ruptured appendix.
- ANZAC Hall
ANZAC Hall was relaunched in September 2010 after renovation works which turned it into a fully equipped theatre facility with audio and lighting capabilities. The building provides extensive facilities for music, drama, workshops, seminars and associated events. ANZAC Hall seats up to 800 people.
- Piper Pavilion
The Piper Pavilion, adjacent to ANZAC Hall, is a venue for exhibitions, trade shows, seminars, conferences, cocktail receptions and flow on events from ANZAC Hall.
- The John Dunning Sports Centre
The John Dunning Sports Centre is a facility for the preparatory school's students. It seats approximately 700 people, and can also be used for hosting theatrical performances, art shows, luncheons, alumni events and presentation evenings.
- Sports Centre
The Sports Centre redevelopment was completed in early 2013. The building has flexible multi-purpose sporting and health facilities including a two court basketball stadium, an indoor swimming pool, change room facilities, squash courts, and a number of multi-purpose teaching and function spaces. It also houses a health and fitness studio.
Scotts Creek campus
The College has a Murray River retreat, the Scotts Creek Outdoor Centre, located near Morgan, approximately 165km from Adelaide. It provides a mix of environmental education, adventure and personal development activities.
The primary purpose of Wambana is to foster growth by helping adolescent boys better manage the transition to adulthood through immersion in community, academic, spiritual and outdoor adventures.
Wambana is a six acre (approx. 2.5 hectares) property situated on the coast of southern Yorke Peninsula, bordered by the township of Point Turton and rural farming land. Students and staff live in a small village in which residential accommodation and a classroom are clustered around a central meeting facility. The property consists of six accommodation buildings known as "Wardlis" (aboriginal word meaning "dwelling"). Currently, Wambana accommodates up to 28 students for four week periods.
The college uses a "House" system; all students belong to one of four Houses. It is the school's aim that activities that are part of the House system continue to build the strong community feel that the founding fathers envisaged in 1869.
Over the course of each year, students participate in inter-house competitions for the Wesley Cup. Competitions include swimming, athletics, rowing, chess, debating, music and drama performances, and year level lunchtime sports. The "Academic Effort" grades earned by students also contribute to the House points tally.
Currently, the PAC Houses are Taylor (Green), Cotton (Blue), Watsford (Orange) and Waterhouse (Yellow).
At the time of the school's centenary (1969), the houses were Bayly (Red), Cotton (Blue), Waterhouse (Yellow) and "School"; all boarders were members of School house.
Rowing began at PAC in 1883 and has played an important part in the school's sporting culture since that time. The school has two boat houses, at West Lakes and by the Torrens Lake in the City of Adelaide's parklands. The school employs a full-time Director of Rowing, (currently Dr Andrew Randell). Although competition in local and national regattas forms an integral part of the rowing programme, the main event for each year is the Head of the River. 2008 marked the 125th year of rowing at Princes. The school has recently won the Head of the River in 2012 and 2013.
Each sports team at Princes has an annual fixture against traditional longtime rivals Saint Peter's College, known as the "Intercol" (Inter-collegiate). These are considered by the two colleges to be the most important games of the seasons, and the fiercely fought matches of the more popular sports draw big crowds of students and old scholars from both schools. The Intercols have been played for over 100 years. At one time, the Australian Rules Football and the Cricket intercols were both played on Adelaide Oval. The Cricket Intercollegiate match has been competed since 1878. According to Richard Sproull[who?] this is "the oldest unbroken annual contest in the history of cricket" (Weekend Australian 5/6 December 1992).
The Prince Alfred College Outdoor Education programme provides a variety of integrated activities designed to allow boys to face challenges beyond those possible in a suburban day school. Current activities are focused on the Scotts Creek Outdoor Centre at Morgan on the River Murray.
In 2008, the college opened its Wambana Campus at Point Turton on the Yorke Peninsula. Year 9 students spend 5 weeks at the new facility, learning field science and mathematics along with other subjects and life skills as well as community service.
Notable old scholars of Princes include:
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|Smyth, Michael EwersMichael Ewers Smyth||1960||Exeter|
|Wilkinson, Stephen KidmanStephen Kidman Wilkinson||1982||New College|
|Manuel, Ryan PaulRyan Paul Manuel||2006||Merton|
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- Duncan Chessell (1970–), Mountaineer
- Cecil Madigan (1889–1947), Explorer, Geologist, Rhodes Scholar, University Lecturer
- Sir Raphael Cilento, medical practitioner and public health administrator
- Bill Griggs, AM, ASM, doctor
- Brian Kenneth Hobbs (1937–2004), doctor
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- Captain Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell, VC (1884–1933), Soldier, farmer, awarded the Victoria Cross
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- Lieutenant Leonard Taplin, DFC, World War flier, fighter ace, pioneer aerial photographer and aerial cartographer.
- John Courtidis - One half of electronic music duo Parachute Youth
Politics, public service and the law
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- Harold Boas (1883–1980), architect and town planner, Perth
- Cory Bernardi (1969–), Senator for South Australia since 2006, also the youngest ever member of the Australian heavyweight rowing squad
- Sir John Lavington Bonython (1875–1960), editor of The Advertiser, Lord Mayor of Adelaide (1927–1930)
- Grant Chapman (1949–), Member for Division of Kingston (1975–1983) in the Australian House of Representatives, and Senator for South Australia (1988–2008)
- John Lancelot Cowan, Member for the District of Southern Districts (1949-1959) in the South Australian Legislative Council
- Charles Glover (1870–1936), first Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide (1919)
- Lionel Logue, CVO (1880–1953), speech therapist who successfully treated King George VI's stammer
- Sir Geoffrey Reed (1892–1970), judge in the Supreme Court of South Australia, first Director-General of ASIO
- Nick Xenophon (1959–), Independent MP
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- Thomas Draper Campbell (1893–1967), Anthropologist, Professor of Dentistry
- Sir John Burton Cleland, CBE (1878–1971), Naturalist, microbiologist, mycologist, ornithologist, Professor of Pathology
- Henry Fry, DSO (1886–1959), Physician, anthropologist, Rhodes Scholar
- Ren Potts, AO (1925–2005), Applied mathematician, Rhodes Scholar, defined the Potts model
- Cecil Madigan (1889–1947), Explorer, geologist, Rhodes Scholar, University Lecturer
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- Greg Chappell, MBE (1948–), Australian captain 1975–1977, 1979–1983
- Ian Chappell (1943–), Australian captain 1971–1975
- Trevor Chappell (1952–)
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- Clem Hill (1877–1945), Australian captain 1910–1912
- Rick Darling (1957–)
- Tim May (1962–)
- Paul Rofe (1981–)
- James Smith (1988–)
- Ashley Woodcock (1947–)
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- Sam Day (1992–), Gold Coast Suns
- Wayne Jackson (1944–), CEO of the AFL (1996–2003)
- Craig Kelly (1966–), Collingwood
- Ed Lower (1987–), North Melbourne Kangaroos
- Nick Lower (1987–), Fremantle Dockers
- Rodney Maynard (1966–), Adelaide Crows
- David Pittman (1969–), Adelaide Crows
- Luke Tapscott (1991–), Melbourne Demons
- Jack Trengove (1991–), Melbourne Demons, Captain of Melbourne FC (2012-), youngest Captain in VFL/AFL history
- Bernie Vince (1985–), Adelaide Crows
- Jack Viney (1994-), Melbourne Demons
- Tim Weatherald, Sturt and Norwood Football Club (SANFL), Magarey Medallist 2002
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