St Patrick's College, Ballarat
|St Patrick's College|
|Ballarat, Victoria, Australia|
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day school|
|Motto||Latin: Facere et Docere
(To Do and To Teach)
|Denomination||Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers|
|Colour(s)||Green, White & Blue|
|Slogan||"Ballarat's Best for Boys"|
St Patrick's College (sometimes referred to as St Pat's or SPC) was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1893. It is a Roman Catholic day and boarding school, located in Ballarat, Australia. It provides education for boys from Year 7 to Year 12, with an emphasis on sporting and academic programs. The school continues the tradition of the Christian Brothers in providing education for boys in Victoria and continuing the tradition of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, who founded the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1802.
The college was originally called Holy Ghost College, which was administered by the Holy Ghost Fathers and started in 1888. Also in 1888, St Alipius' Primary School was established by the Christian Brothers. However, after a promising start, the senior school closed due to the Holy Ghost Fathers' departure for France. The Bishop of Ballarat at that time, the Most Reverend James Moore, quickly contacted the Provincial of the Christian Brothers in Australia, Brother Patrick Ambrose Treacy, to take over the running of the school. The new college opened its doors on 24 January 1893, as St Patrick's College. Four Christian Brothers were on the initial staff, with the Reverend Br J.L. Ryan as the founding headmaster.
In 1924 St Patrick’s Christian Brother's boys’ primary school was built in Drummond Street South. This school and St Alipius were operated by the Christian Brothers at St Patrick's College but both became parish schools in the 1980s. St Patrick's College now no longer has a junior school attached to it and students commence at Year 7 having completed their primary education elsewhere.
The school gradually grew in stature and size to become not only the largest Catholic school in Ballarat, but one of the leading Catholic schools in Victoria. The college, under the governance of the Christian Brothers, grew from its first enrollment of 36 students in 1893 to 168 in 1902. The school's academic record was first class even in its infancy, with the 1893 dux of the college, Sir Hugh Devine, becoming a world famous surgeon. The school has grown immensely in the past 100 years, with over 1,000 boys enrolled.
The college, in 1933, completed the construction of the Brother's residence, a large imposing red-brick building, still dominating the facade of the school. A memorial chapel was constructed in 1954 and dedicated to the memory of St Patrick's Old Collegians who died during the First and Second World Wars. This large Romanesque chapel still holds pride of place at the front of the school and is the centre of the school's spirituality. The college has over 300 graduates who have been ordained priests, a record in Australia. Over 60 graduates have entered into religious life.
In 1966, the W.T. O'Malley Wing was completed in dedication to the Reverend Br. William Theodore O'Malley, who was not only deputy headmaster of the college for 30 years, but taught there for over 40 years. He is remembered as one of the greatest brothers to grace St Patrick's College, with many Old Collegians dedicating their successes to his tuition. In 1976 the J.L. Kelty Resource Centre was opened. It is dedicated to Brother Justin Linus Kelty, a former headmaster, who led the college in the 1960s.
In 2004, the college officially opened the W.J. Wilding Wing, which now houses the senior school. The building was named in honour of Brother William Wilding, a former headmaster of the college in the early 1980s who oversaw the completion of the Dr Spring Administration Wing. The current headmaster, Peter Casey, has led the college since 2002 and continues the work started by the Christian Brothers.
Student abuse scandals
Three Christian Brothers who taught at St Alipius Boys' School (which, at the time, was run from St Patrick's) and St Patrick's College in the early 1970s were subsequently convicted of child sexual offences related to activities at the two schools. Gerald Ridsdale, who served as the school chaplain at St Alipius' during the same period, was also convicted of a number of child sexual offences.
Victoria Police reported in July 2011 that close to 30 of the students who were abused at St Alipius have since committed suicide.
The college has four houses, Ryan, Keniry, Nunan and Galvin, which are named after former headmasters of the college. They are:
- Ryan House
Named in honour of Br J.L. Ryan - Headmaster from 1893–1895, who set the foundations of the college and led it during its formative years.
- Keniry House
Named in honour of Br E.F. Keniry - Headmaster from 1912–1915 and 1920–1924, who ran the college throughout the first part of the war and was a driving force behind establishing the Old Collegians Association.
- Nunan House
Named in honour of Br M.P. Nunan - Headmaster from 1910–1912, Nunan put into effect the completion of the development plan and expanded the curriculum.
- Galvin House
Named in honour of Br T.B. Galvin - Headmaster from 1925–1926, Galvin was not only a man of great wit but is remembered as an academic and a brother who had a large influence over the boys at the time.
The college promotes the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, basing itself on the four pillars of faith, excellence, tradition and joy. The patron of the college, the Most Reverend Peter Connors, Bishop of Ballarat, presides over the major college masses along with other priests (including former students of St Patrick's).
- Arts and media
- Paul Bongiorno - Chief political reporter with the Ten Network
- Walter John Cherry - theatre director, Foundation Professor of Drama at Flinders University and Professor of Theatre at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
- Raimond Gaita - Renowned author and Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College London
- Bernard Heinze - Professor of Music and Director of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music and Australian of the Year in 1974
- Jim McClelland - Australian solicitor, judge, senator, minister in the third Whitlam ministry and Royal Commissioner
- Frank Walsh QC, AM - Former Judge of the County Court
- Robert Monahan - Former Justice of the Supreme Court
- John Connell AO - prominent Australian surgeon
- Hugh Devine - prominent surgeon, the council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons approved a medal to be struck to honour and perpetuate his name, to signify the highest honour the college can bestow upon a fellow during his lifetime.
- Steve Bracks - former Premier of Victoria
- Gavan O'Connor - former Federal Shadow Minister
- Albert Ogilvie, KC - former Premier of Tasmania
- Harrie Seward - former Federal Senator and West Australian Minister
- Thomas Francis Little, Archbishop Emeritus of Melbourne
- George Pell AC, Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney
- Australian Football League - Members of the AFL Hall of Fame
- Australian Football League - Members of the Hall of Fame for each club
- Australian Football League - Members of the Team of the Century for each club
- John James, Carlton Football Club, Half-back flank
- Des Tuddenham - Collingwood Football Club, Ruck-Rover
- Australian Football League - Players
- Carlton Football Club
- Nathan Brown
- Alex McDonald
- Michael McGuane, Best and Fairest 1992-93, All-Australian 1992
- Des Tuddenham - Captain 1966-69, 1976, Best and Fairest 1963
- Barry Richardson - Member of 1967, 1969 and 1974 Premiership teams
- Danny Frawley - Captain 1987-95, Best and Fairest 1988, All-Australian 1988
- Brian Gleeson - Brownlow Medallist 1957, Best and Fairest 1957
- Australian Football League - Brownlow Medalists
- Australian Football League - Coaches
- Australian Football League - Administrators
- "St Alipius Parish School Ballarat — Our Story". Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- "St Patrick's Parish Primary School Website - Ballarat". Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- Cumming, Fia (2 June 2002). "Pell's man helped pedophile priests". Sun Herald. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Call for inquiry into school paedophile ring". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- J.W.Cherry Biography
- Australian of the Year award
- Webb, Carolyn (20 March 2013). "Ace fighter pilot". The Age.
- Landsberger, Sam (23 August 2012). "Essendon's Nick O'Brien set to become another St Patrick's College debutant". Herald Sun.