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Prince Alfred College
Prince Alfred College
Latin: Fac Fortia Et Patere
Do Brave Deeds and Endure
Location
Kent Town, SA, Australia Australia
Coordinates 34°55′21″S 138°37′9″E / 34.92250°S 138.61917°E / -34.92250; 138.61917Coordinates: 34°55′21″S 138°37′9″E / 34.92250°S 138.61917°E / -34.92250; 138.61917
Information
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
Denomination Uniting Church
Established 1869[1]
Headmaster Kevin Tutt
Chaplain Mark Dickens
Enrolment ~1000 (K-12)[2]
Area 24.24 acres
Colour(s) Red & White
         
Website
Prince Alfred College, Jan 2012
Prince Alfred College, c.1879

Prince Alfred College (also referred to as PAC, Princes, and in sporting circles, The Reds)[3][4][5] 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),[1] including some 100 boarders from years seven to twelve.[2] Prince Alfred College launched its own kindergarten, Little Princes, in 1999, which was renamed Princes ELC in 2009.[6] The college claims to have the largest "Old Scholars" organisation (by membership) in the southern hemisphere.[citation needed]

Senior students study to achieve the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE),[7] 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.[citation needed]

History[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In September 2005 it was revealed that the College held 70,000 shares in Coopers Brewery, received in a bequest.[citation needed] 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.[8] 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,[9] the college chose not to sell any of its holding.[citation needed]

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.[10][11][12]

List of headmasters[edit]

Collectable School Cigarette card featuring the PAC colours & crest, c. 1910s
Period Details
1869–1870 Samuel Fiddian
1871–1875 John Hartley
1876–1914 Frederic Chapple
1915–1926 William Bayly
1930–1948 Fred Ward
1949–1969 John Dunning
1970–1987 Geoffrey Bean
1988–1999 Dr Brian Webber
2000–2004 Dr Stephen Codrington[13]
2004 – 2014 Kevin Tutt[14]

Kent Town[edit]

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,[15] was bought at auction from Charles Robin for £2750 on 18 September 1865.[citation needed] 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.[16][17]

Campuses[edit]

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 away from home to experience all of the responsibilities adults have to face like; cooking, cleaning, time management and food shopping.[vague][18]

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.[16][17]

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:[citation needed]

  • Accommodation for approximately 150 boarding students (due for redevelopment in 2014)
  • Classrooms
  • 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

Eric Freak Memorial Chapel (34°55'23.73"S 138°37'9.92"E) 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.[19]

ANZAC Hall

ANZAC Hall (34°55'20.29"S 138°37'4.59"E) 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.[citation needed]

Piper Pavilion

The Piper Pavilion (34°55'21.07"S 138°37'5.45"E), adjacent to ANZAC Hall, is a venue for exhibitions, trade shows, seminars, conferences, cocktail receptions and flow on events from ANZAC Hall.[citation needed]

The John Dunning Sports Centre

The John Dunning Sports Centre (34°55'25.03"S 138°37'11.27"E) 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.[citation needed]

Sports Centre (Red Centre)

The Sports Centre (34°55'16.68"S 138°37'8.68"E) is a flexible multi-purpose sporting and health facility, 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 was redeveloped, and was completed in early 2013. It also houses a health and fitness studio.[citation needed]

Scotts Creek campus[edit]

Scotts Creek campus (34° 5'30.81"S 139°40'2.70"E) is the colleges Murray River retreat, the Scotts Creek Outdoor Centre, located near Morgan, approximately 165 km from Adelaide. It provides a mix of environmental education, adventure and personal development activities.[citation needed]

Wambana Campus[edit]

Wambana Campus (34°57'5.58"S 137°21'45.77"E) is an off school ground recreational camp. 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Houses[edit]

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.

Sport[edit]

Rowing[edit]

College rowing team, 1891

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.

Intercol[edit]

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.[20] 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).

Outdoor education[edit]

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.

Year 11 students undertake practical leadership training and are encouraged to nominate for trips to Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Kangaroo Island.

Notable alumni[edit]

See Category:People educated at Prince Alfred College

Notable old scholars of Princes include:

Rhodes Scholars[edit]

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate scholarship for study at Oxford University. South Australian recipients[21] who attended PAC include:

Rhodes Scholar Year
awarded
College at Oxford
Allen, William DouglasWilliam Douglas Allen (1914–) 1937 New College
Brose, HenryHenry Brose (1890–1965) 1913 Christ Church
Brown, Garry LeslieGarry Leslie Brown 1964 Magdalen
Dorsch, Theodor SiegfriedTheodor Siegfried Dorsch 1933 Christ Church
Evans, David WykeDavid Wyke Evans 1957 New College
Fry, HenryHenry Fry (1886–1959) 1909 Balliol
Sir Hone, BrianBrian Hone (1907–1978) 1930 New College
Howard, StanfordStanford Howard 1919 Christ Church
Jolly, NormanNorman Jolly (1882–1954) 1904 Balliol
Madigan, CecilCecil Madigan (1889–1947) 1911 Magdalen
Manuel, Ryan PaulRyan Paul Manuel 2006 Merton
Opie, Roger GilbertRoger Gilbert Opie 1951 Christ Church
Potts, RenfreyRenfrey Potts (1925–2005) 1948 Queen's
Rayner, Howard LuscombeHoward Luscombe Rayner 1916 Balliol
Robertson, David AlexanderDavid Alexander Robertson 1983 Magdalen
Rogers, Peter LindsayPeter Lindsay Rogers 1963 New College
Smyth, Michael EwersMichael Ewers Smyth 1960 Exeter
Umapathysivam, MaheshMahesh Umapathysivam 2014 T.B.D.
Wilkinson, Stephen KidmanStephen Kidman Wilkinson 1982 New College

Academia[edit]

Business[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts[edit]

Exploration[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Military[edit]

  • Major-General Sir Newton Moore KCMG (1870–1936), eighth Premier of Western Australia, World War I general, member of the UK House of Commons
  • Captain Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell, VC (1884–1933), Soldier, farmer, awarded the Victoria Cross[27]
  • John Alexander Raws, journalist and WW1 diarist, killed in action 23 Aug 1916 at Pozieres – no known grave[28]
  • Lieutenant Leonard Taplin, DFC, World War flier, fighter ace, pioneer aerial photographer and aerial cartographer.

Music[edit]

Politics, public service and the law[edit]

Science[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Football[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Rowing[edit]

  • Dr. Matthew Bolt (1986-), former Australian Under 23 Rower, stroke of the 2011 Bronze medal winning South Australian Kings Cup crew, member of 2012 Bronze medal winning Kings Cup crew, current Captain of Adelaide University Boat Club[citation needed]
  • Alexander Hill (1993-), current Australian Under 23 Rower, 2011/2012 Bronze medal winning Kings Cup crew member, former Under 19 World Champion[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Prince Alfred College". Chaplaincy. Uniting Church South Australia. Retrieved 24 August 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Prince Alfred College". Schools – South Australia. Australian Boarding Staff Association. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  3. ^ Jenkinson, Gary (21 March 2007). "Princes set for – showdown". Messenger – Eastern Courier (Adelaide, South Australia). p. 54. 
  4. ^ "Prince Alfred's knockout win". Messenger – Eastern Courier (Adelaide, South Australia). 9 April 2008. p. 46. 
  5. ^ Blake, Martin (7 May 2009). "Sporting life". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). p. 12. 
  6. ^ "Prince Alfred College; First steps in a quality education; Advertising Feature; Kindergarten sets new standards". The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia). 7 August 1999. p. A24. 
  7. ^ 2006 Year 12 Results
  8. ^ "Use surplus to fund tax cuts. Now!". The Age. 20 November 2005. Retrieved 28 June 2007. 
  9. ^ Covering letter explaining Coopers Buy Back offer. Related documents can be found here [1].
  10. ^ Vlach, Anna (5 January 2007). "Boys show they too can be perfect". The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia). p. 7. 
  11. ^ Heggen, Belinda; Pengelley, Jill (14 January 2002). "Paul's almost perfect". The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia). p. 8. 
  12. ^ Goodfellow, Nhada (17 February 2003). "Students with the world at their feet". The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia). p. 11. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Codrington". Biography. Stephen Codrington – The Website. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Headmaster's Welcome". Prince Alfred College. Retrieved 28 June 2007. 
  15. ^ "Kent Town's history". Preserve Kent Town Association. 
  16. ^ a b "History". Prince Alfred College. 
  17. ^ a b "Kent Town Historical Walks". City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters. 
  18. ^ http://pac.edu.au/Campus/Wambana-Campus.aspx
  19. ^ http://pac.edu.au/Campus/Kent-/Eric-Freak-Memorial-Chapel.aspx
  20. ^ Adelaide College Football, Gary Jenkinson, accessed 8/1/07
  21. ^ List of all South Australian recipients of The Rhodes Scholarship. (accessed:2007-06-18)
  22. ^ Professor William Cowley @ UniSA; Bill Cowley @ Inst. for Telecommunications Research
  23. ^ Tim Cooper, www.coopers.com.au
  24. ^ Glenn Cooper, www.coopers.com.au
  25. ^ Obituary in Sydney Morning Herald of 2 November 2010
  26. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). The encyclopedia of Australian Rock And Pop. Australia: Allen & Unwin. pp. 18,242. ISBN 1 86449 768 2 Check |isbn= value (help). 
  27. ^ Welborn, Suzanne (1990). "Throssell, Hugo Vivian Hope (1884–1933)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 12 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 223–224. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  28. ^ "Hail and Farewell – Letters from Two Brothers Killed in France in 1916", Ed. Margaret Young and Bill Gammage, Kangaroo Press 1995 ISBN 0-86417-707-0. Also "Records of an Australian Lieutenant 1915–16", privately published.
  29. ^ Thomas Draper Campbell, www.adb.online.anu.edu.au
  30. ^ a b Twins Ed and Nick Lower both attended St. Ignatius' College, Adelaide prior to completing their education at PAC.
  31. ^ Memories for Sturt Football Club as Amrozi is sentenced, Ian Henschke, Stateline South Australia, Broadcast 8 August 2003, Accessed 28 June 2007
  32. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/adelaideunited/players/John-Hall/4800

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