St Patrick's College, Strathfield

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St Patrick's College
St Patrick's College crest. Source: (St Patrick's College website)
Latin: Luceat Lux Vestra
Matthew 5:16:"Let Your Light Shine"
Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia Australia
Type Private, Single-sex, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1928
Founder Blessed Edmund Rice
Chairman Mr Peter Tilbrook[citation needed]
Headmaster Mr. B.T. Roberts
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Jack Evans[citation needed]
Staff ~140[1]
Enrolment ~1,430 (5–12)[2]
Colour(s) Blue, Black and Gold             
Slogan Luceat Lux Vestra in 3D[citation needed]

St Patrick's College (also referred to informally as "SPC") is an independent, Roman Catholic, day school for boys, located in Strathfield in the inner west of Sydney, Australia.

Founded as a Christian Brothers school in the tradition of Edmund Rice in 1928, the college currently caters for approximately 1430 students from Years 5 to 12.[2]

St Patrick's College is a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] and the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA).[4]


The facilities at St. Patrick's include:

  • 4 sporting fields
  • 9 educational buildings
  • 2 libraries
  • 1 Staff building
  • 1 Gym
  • 1 Swimming Pool
  • 1 Hall
  • 1 Amphitheatre
  • 5 Science Labs and 3 Prep Rooms


St Patrick's College from Kessel Square

There is an emphasis on sport at St Patrick's College. The school competes in such activities as rugby union, cricket, baseball, soccer, swimming, basketball, softball, golf, athletics and tennis in the Independent Schools Association competition and against CAS and GPS member schools. The Junior School also competes in an AFL tournament in a local comp that plays on Friday Nights.

The College also performs an annual musical and drama production, starring students from the school itself and Santa Sabina College, SPC's sister school. Recent productions include "Miss Saigon" (2013), Little Shop of Horrors (2012), The Wiz (2011), Guys and Dolls (2010), High School Musical (2009), Les Misérables (2007), Grease (2006), Disco Inferno (2005), Footloose (2004) and Jesus Christ Superstar (2003).[5] Recent dramatic productions include "The Comedy of Errors" (2014), "Boy Overboard" (2013), The Chocolate War (2012), Much Ado About Nothing (2011), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2010), A Few Good Men (2009), The Wasps (2008), The Taming of the Shrew (2007) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006).[6]

The College also competes annually with the nearby Trinity Grammar School for the 'Black and Green Shield' conceived in 2005. It is based on the cumulative results of all winter sports games (rugby and football) between the schools on a designated weekend. The College has taken the shield each year since its inception.

Other annual sporting events include the junior school's rugby tour to Armidale where 2 rugby teams compete against those from other schools and colleges from NSW and QLD, the Christian Brothers Schools' Cricket Carnival held during the Christmas holidays at St. Joseph's Nudgee College at Brisbane, which the College has won three times, in 1995, 2009 (led by Isaac Taylor) and 2014 (led by Tom Burt).

It is also a founding member of the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) and has experienced marked success in recent years. One of the shields for premiers is named after the long serving deputy headmaster Michael Robson for his decades of service to the association.

The college also has an extensive social justice program, annually raising funds for a Lenten focus charity as well as aiding many causes with practical assistance from the boys. Focus areas include the Saint Vincent de Paul Society 'night patrol', and the financial assistance of Christian Brother's schools serving disabled or economically and socially disadvantaged communities.

College crest[edit]

The College's crest was designed in 1938 and is made up of three components:

  • The Shield: With its chevrons and bars, it is a symbol of strength and fortitude.
  • The Motto: Those who wear the crest pledge fidelity to the College motto 'Luceat Lux Vestra', which is Latin for "Let Your Light Shine".
  • The Star: Seen mounting the Crest, it signifies that the College lights the way to knowledge and to the Heavenly Father.[7]


St Patrick's Alumni are traditionally known as "Old Boys",[8] the St Patrick's alumni association being called the "Old Boys' Union".

St Patricks Rugby Club[edit]

St Patrick's Rugby Club was established in 1964 as a rugby league club as that was the code of football played at the college at the time. In 1965 the college changed to rugby union, the club followed suit the following year and entered the Western Suburbs Under 20 competition. The club originally played in a white jersey with black collar and now play in a black jumper with a gold collar, as does the college First XV. The club plays in the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union and has won four club championships and two first grade premierships. Since its promotion to Kentwell Cup First Division in 1974 is one of only two clubs to never have been relegated. The club plays its home games at Hudson Park, Strathfield.[8][9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Bureaucracy, politics and the law[edit]

  • John Brogden AM, Former NSW Liberal Leader of the Opposition and Member for Pittwater[10][11]
  • John Brown AO, Former Federal Member for Parramatta and Labor Minister (most notably Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism).[12]
  • The Hon Tony Burke MP, Federal Labor Member for Watson, Shadow Minister for Finance and former Member of the NSW Legislative Council[13]
  • Mick Clough, Former NSW Labor Member for Blue Mountains and former Member for Bathurst
  • Bryan Doyle MP, NSW Liberal Member for Campbelltown
  • The Hon Dr Craig Emerson, Former Federal Labor Member for Rankin and Minister[13]
  • Tio Faulkner, President Liberal Party of Australia (ACT Division) (2010-13).[14]
  • The Hon Laurie Ferguson MP, Federal Labor Member for Werriwa, former NSW Member for Granville and brother of Martin[13]
  • The Hon Martin Ferguson AM, Former Federal Member for Batman and Minister [13] and brother of Laurie.
  • Dick Healey, Former NSW Liberal Member for Davidson and Minister
  • Gary Humphries, Former Liberal Chief Minister of the ACT and former Senator for the ACT
  • Craig Laundy MP, Federal Liberal Member for Reid
  • Paul Lynch MP, NSW Labor Member for Liverpool and Shadow Attorney General[15]
  • Paul McLeay[citation needed], Former NSW Labor Member for Heathcote and Minister
  • John Pierce AM, Chairman of the Australan Energy Market Commission 2010–present, Secretary of the NSW Treasury 1997-2008 and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism[citation needed]
  • Doug Sutherland AM, Former Lord Mayor of Sydney[16]


  • Greg Coffey, a London hedge fund manager known as the "Wizard of Oz"
  • Guy Russo, CEO of Kmart and former CEO of McDonalds Australia
  • James Symond, Director/founding member of Aussie Home Loans and past President of the Mortgage and Finance Association
  • John Symond, Founder and Chairman of Aussie Home Loans (left in Year 10)[17]


Entertainment, media and the arts[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "College Staff". Community. St Patrick's College. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Australian School Choice- St Patrick's College (accessed:27 June 2007)
  3. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "St Patrick's College Strathfield/Drama". St Patrick's College Strathfield. 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ College Musical
  7. ^ "History". About SPC. St Patrick's College. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  8. ^ a b Old boys page on the St Patricks College website
  9. ^ St Patrick's Rugby Club website
  10. ^ a b c List of alumni for various schools,
  11. ^ Murphy, Damien (30 August 2005). "A thirst for power but ill-equipped to bounce back from stupidity". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  12. ^ Wiki
  13. ^ a b c d Bibby, Paul (11 December 2007). "St Pat's old boys making their mark". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Tio Faulkner profile,; accessed 2 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Mr Paul Gerard Lynch, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Parliament comes to school as the House rises for a break,; accessed 2 December 2014.
  17. ^ Symond finds success as Aussie dream lives on at The Age
  18. ^ Nepales, Ruben V. (11 February 2006). "Life after 'Rockstar". Entertainment Column. 
  19. ^ Thomas Keneally
  20. ^ St Pats Rugby Archive
  21. ^ "John Ballesty". Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  22. ^ "Brian McCowage Olympic Results". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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