St. Brendan's College

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This article is about the school in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia. For the school in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, see St Brendan's, Killarney.
St. Brendans College, Yeppoon
SBC
Latin: Ne Dubita Dabitur
"Do Not Doubt, It Will Be Given"
Address
139 Adelaide Park Road
Yeppoon, Queensland, 4703, Australia
Coordinates 23°07′09″S 150°43′38″E / 23.11917°S 150.72722°E / -23.11917; 150.72722Coordinates: 23°07′09″S 150°43′38″E / 23.11917°S 150.72722°E / -23.11917; 150.72722
Information
Type Independent, Day & Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established October 1939
Opened February 1940 (1940-02)
Founder Congregation of Christian Brothers
Principal Nick Scully
Grades 8-12
Gender Boys
Houses Duhig
Gettons
Hayes
Tynan
Colour(s) Green and Gold         
Affiliations Edmund Rice Education Australia
Diocese of Rockhampton
Website

St. Brendan's College (sometimes shortened to SBC) is a Roman Catholic all-boys day and boarding school founded by the Christian Brothers located in Yeppoon, Queensland. The school was officially opened in 1940 with a total of 59 students. The school describes itself as "Australia's Largest Country Boys Boarding School", and has nurtured the growth of several leading National Rugby League players.

History[edit]

Groundbreaking for the school started on 8 October 1939 and presided by Romuald Denis Hayes, Bishop of Rockhampton. The school officially opened in February 1940 with 42 boarders and 17 day students. The first headmaster of St Brendan's was Bro. Basil Gettons.

The school's spiritual and academic policies are rooted in the traditions of Edmund Ignatius Rice and is a member of Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school is named after Saint Brendan the Navigator.

St Ursula's College, Yeppoon, a separate Catholic all-girls day and boarding school located further into the centre of Yeppoon, has shared a close relationship with St Brendan's. Both schools share a relationship with the town's Catholic primary school, Sacred Heart.

The college song, Bordered by blue waters splendid, details the rural surrounds of the school near Mary's Mount, as well as confirming strength in faith-based learning.

House system[edit]

St. Brendan's College has four houses;[1]

Headmasters[edit]

The Rector of St. Brendan's College has been a Christian Brother from the foundation of the College until the appointment of the 1st Lay Principal, Mr Simon Dash in 2003.

No. Rector Term
1 Bro. J.B. Gettons c.f.c. 1940-1945
2 Bro. H.I. Jackson c.f.c. 1946-1951
3 Bro. J.B. Duffy c.f.c. 1952-1957
4 Bro. N.B. Gallagher c.f.c. 1958-1960
5 Bro. P.T. McSweeney c.f.c. 1961-1963
6 Bro. M.F. Ziesing c.f.c. 1964-1969
7 Bro. C.S. Wright c.f.c. 1970-1975
8 Bro. D.F. Murphy c.f.c. 1976-1981
9 Bro. R.J. White c.f.c. 1982-1988
10 Bro. N.C. Langan c.f.c. 1989-1991
11 Bro. D.J. McMahon c.f.c. 1992-1997
12 Bro. R.S. Grundy c.f.c. 1998-2002
No. Headmaster Term
13 Mr. S. Dash 2003-2009
14 Mr. G. McManus 2010-2011 (Term 3)
15 Mr. N. Scully 2011 (Term 4)-Present

Student demographics and facilities[edit]

Although the school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, it accepts students of all faiths and backgrounds.

The school hosts the largest rodeo of the CRCA circuit. The rodeo is held annually over the Father's Day weekend (the first in September in Australia). The school's cattle club and stud program has also garnered a good name for itself. The school allows students to bring their own cattle to prepare for shows.[2]

NATIONAL & STATE COMPETITIONS:

Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League

1st XIII Titles
  • Confraternity Shield (since 1980) - 1982, 83, 85, 96, 2002, 04, 06, 07, 09, 10
2nd XIII Titles
  • Bob Linder Trophy (since 1988) - 1998
  • Confraternity Plate (since 1996) - 1996, 2004, 05

Queensland Rugby Union - BALLYMORE CUP

1st XV Competition
  • Championship - NIL
  • Runners-up - NIL
U/15 Competition
  • Championship - 2012
  • Runners-up - 2013

Australasian Christian Brothers Cricket Week

1st XI Titles
  • Paul Forrester Shield (since 1977) - Nil
  • Bro. David White Plate (since 1995) - 2000, 04, 05, 08

Rugby League program[edit]

The college boasts an impressive schoolboy rugby league program, with an experienced strength and conditioning coach and well equipped gym. Many of the students in the 1st XIII graduate with affiliations or contracts with NRL clubs. Several current and former professional players are St. Brendan's alumni.

Despite the school's reluctance to actively recruit students based on sporting potential, the depth of talent attracted to the school allows its second-string team to be competitive with its rival schools top-class teams. St. Brendan's rugby league has experienced a period of dominance in the annual Confraternity Shield Carnival which is run by the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League.[3]

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS RUGBY LEAGUE:

  • Julian O'Neill - 1989
  • David Taylor - 2005
  • Ben Hunt - 2007
  • Ben Ridge - 2007
  • Maipele Morseau - 2009

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics, Public Service and the Law
Business and Philanthropy

list currently being compiled

Military and Religion
  • Brigadier Neil Weekes A.M. M.C.
  • Bro. Terry Kingston c.f.c. - Provincial of St. Francis Xavier Province (Q/NT) 1990-1995
  • Bro. Steve McLaughlin c.f.c. - Provincial of St. Francis Xavier Province (Q/NT) 1996-2001
Academia, Engineering, Science and Medicine

list currently being compiled

Entertainment, Media and the Arts
Sport
Rugby League

Australia (Kangaroos) & Queensland (State of Origin)

Queensland (State of Origin)

Professional bull riders
  • Troy Dunn - PBR World Champion [6]

Associations[edit]

As one of the 27 Christian Brothers Colleges founded throughout Queensland, St. Brendan's College Old Boy's continue to provide Officials, Coaches and Players to this uniquely Queensland Association of Brothers Old Boys Clubs.

  • Confraternity of Brothers Clubs (Rugby League) [7]
  • Brothers Rugby Fraternity (Rugby Union) [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "School Houses". St. Brendan's College. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  2. ^ Tuite, Kerry (2000). "St Brendan's College, Yeppoon". Submission for the Federal Government Inquiry into the Education of Boys. Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  3. ^ QISSRL History
  4. ^ http://www.sclqld.org.au/qjudiciary/profiles/bbutler/
  5. ^ "John Momis biography". The Pacific Islands: an encyclopedia. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  6. ^ http://www.troydunnworld.com.au/index.html
  7. ^ http://www.brothers.net.au/clubs
  8. ^ http://www.brothersrugby.com/fraternity.asp

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