Servite College

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Servite College
Address
134 Cape Street
Tuart Hill, Western Australia, 6060, Australia
Coordinates 31°54′9.75″S 115°49′59.31″E / 31.9027083°S 115.8331417°E / -31.9027083; 115.8331417
Information
School type Catholic High School
Motto Latin: Servi Vocamur Sanctae Mariae
(We Are Called Servants of Mary)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Philip Benizi and St. Juliana Falconieri
Established 1958 (As St Phillip's Regional High School for Boys)
Founder The Servite Order
Principal Jeff Allen[1]
Gender Co-educational
Hours in school day 6hrs 45 mins
(8:35 AM to 3:20 PM)
Houses      Annunziata
     Our Lady of Sorrows
     San Clemente
     Senario
     St Anthony's
     St Mary's
School colour(s) Green, gold, black and white.
Athletics Northern Associated Schools (private), Associated and Catholic Colleges (private (runs NAS))
Website

Servite College is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school in the Perth suburb of Tuart Hill, Western Australia. The school is operated by the Servite Order.

History[edit]

Members of the Servite Order came to Australia in late 1951[2] and by 1958 had established St. Philip’s Regional High School for Boys in Tuart Hill. In 1968 the name was changed to Servite College, and in 1973 it became the first co-educational Catholic secondary school in Western Australia.[3]

Operations[edit]

Facilities[edit]

Information technology is prominent; the Seven Holy Founders Centre gym and auditorium are the pride of the school. A state-of-the-art[citation needed] science block, completed in 2003, is the most recent addition. In spite of severe limitations on space, there are opportunities for sports both within the confines of the campus as well as at a large nearby public oval. Servite College’s participation in inter-school sports competitions has been very rewarding.[quantify] In 2009, the school underwent a minor scale structure change; year seven students (typically aged 11 and 12) were introduced to the school as the Saint Alexis technology wing was demolished to build a newer building, all students do exams half-yearly (per semester), and year ten students are able to choose from a variety of Western Australian Certificate of Education (previously Tertiary Entrance Exam) subjects in the preparation for their upper school levels (years 11 and 12).

School structure[edit]

The students are put into six priories (or factions): Annunziata (gold), Senario (black), San Clemente (green), St Mary (blue), Our Lady of Sorrows (purple) and St Anthony (red).[4] Each played a role in the history of the Servite Order that was founded in Italy around 1200AD by the seven holy founders. They are further split into contact groups of about 25 students; each containing years 7-12.

Campus[edit]

Besides the classrooms (referred to by the school as "general learning areas"), Servite College has a technology centre, a state-of-the-art[citation needed] science block, an auditorium/lecture theatre seating over 200 persons, and an international standard[citation needed] gymnasium. These areas do not have airconditioning. The central area of the campus is landscaped and offers opportunity for students to gather, converse and socialise. A large practical and creative arts centre is located in a separate building; here are found facilities for woodwork, cooking, drama and dance. Music theory and practice is catered for in several adjacent locations. Servite is an institution that caters to more than 900 students. Servite does not have an oval or swimming pool.

In 2008 Servite demolished the 50 year old southern wing of the school in order to build a modern, three story high building that was to be named after Fr Chris Ross who began his journey many years ago in a Chicago Servite school; however, he felt inclined to pass the naming of the building to celebrated Servite saint Saint Alexis. He has done a lot of work[specify] for the school and is currently the School's council president.

Athletics[edit]

Servite College competes in the Northern Associated Schools (NAS) league and the Associated Catholic Colleges' annual swimming and athletic carnivals. Its NAS competitors include Sacred Heart College, Chisholm College, Newman College and John XXIII College in Perth.[5]

Controversy[edit]

In September 2010, Servite College received media coverage in Western Australian newspapers as Aaron Patrick Baker, a religion teacher employed by the school, was sentenced in the District Court of Perth after pleading guilty to counts of possessing 2176 images and 102 videos of child pornography. Baker lost his position at Servite College and was subsequently ordered by the court to be put through psychological counselling and a sex offender treatment program.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From the Principal's Desk". Servite College. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Christopher M. Ross OSM (12 January 2001), Servites in Australia - Part One, retrieved 25 October 2014 
  3. ^ Of Dreams and Realities, A history of the origins and development of Servite College (1958-1983). 
  4. ^ "Priory history". Servite College. 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Schools". Associated & Catholic Colleges of Western Australia (Inc). Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  6. ^ PerthNow (10 September 2010). "Perth father, teacher Aaron Patrick Baker guilty of downloading child pornography". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  7. ^ The West Australian (11 September 2010). "Perth teacher Aaron Baker sentenced for child pornography". The West Australian. 

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