St Stanislaus College (Bathurst)

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This article is about the school in Bathurst, Australia. For the school in County Offaly, Ireland, see St Stanislaus College. For the school in Guyana, see St. Stanislaus College.
St Stanislaus' College
St Stanislaus' College crest. Source: www.stannies.com (St Stanislaus' College website)
Nos Autem in Nomine Domini
"But we (Trust) in the name of the Lord"
Location
Bathurst, New South Wales
Australia
Coordinates 33°25′34″S 149°34′18″E / 33.42611°S 149.57167°E / -33.42611; 149.57167Coordinates: 33°25′34″S 149°34′18″E / 33.42611°S 149.57167°E / -33.42611; 149.57167
Information
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
Denomination Roman Catholic, Vincentian
Established 1867[1]
President Fr. Doug Akehurst, CM
Principal Dr. Anne Wenham
Staff 56[2][dead link]
Enrolment 710 (7–12)[2]
Colour(s) navy blue and white
Website
St Stanislaus Bathurst Front.jpg

St Stanislaus' College is an Australian Roman Catholic, day and boarding school for boys, conducted by the Congregation of the Mission's priests and brothers. It is located in Bathurst, New South Wales, a regional centre 200 kilometres (120 mi) west of Sydney. The college is the oldest Catholic boys' boarding school in Australia,[3] and currently caters for approximately 650 students from Years 7 to 12, including about 150 boarders.[2]

St Stanislaus' College is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4][dead link] and is a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA).

History[edit]

St Stanislaus' College was established in 1867 with 14 boys, near the present St Michael and St John's Cathedral. Tuition occurred until 1873 in part of the Denominational School, which replaced the demolished St Michael's church, and the boarders lived nearby under the care of Michael McGirr; the first President was his cousin, Fr James McGirr.[citation needed]

The school came under the control of the Congregation of the Mission in 1889, following the arrival of the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers from Ireland. Their task was to run the College and St Charles' Seminary on the same site. The seminary was founded in 1875 and closed at the end of 1891.[5]

In 1896, the College received much media attention when it became the site of the first x-ray for medical purposes in Australia. This x-ray was taken by Father Joseph Slattery on 21 September, and showed the location of gunshot in the shattered hand of an ex-student.[6]

The main oval was opened with a game of cricket on St Patrick's Day 1932, a College team pitted against an Australian XI captained by Alan Kippax and including Don Bradman. The College holds a signed bat of a memento of the occasion.[citation needed] The original part of the current building with its three towers was constructed in stages from 1872 to 1907. Other additions included the Gallagher Wing in the 1942, extension of the Chapel and Marble Hall in the 1950s, John Hall Wing and Slattery Wing 1960s, McMahon Wing 1980s (completing the Quadrangle) and more recently[when?] the Brothers' Wing, Gymnasium and Performing Arts Centre and Technics Building.[citation needed]

The first President was Fr James McGirr (1867-1871), followed by Fr Joseph Horan (1871-1873), Dr McAuliffe (1873-1878), Fr Horan again (1878-1883), Fr Pierce Corcoran (1883), Dr Joseph P. Byrne (1884), Fr William Byrne (1885-1888).[citation needed] Vincentians continued in the role of President and Headmaster at the College from 1889 until the commencement of 1993, when it was decided to separate the two roles.[5] Mr John Edwards was Headmaster between 1993 and 2012; and he was succeeded by the current Head, Dr Anne Wenham.[7]

Child sexual abuse[edit]

During 2007 former priests, chaplains and teachers came under investigation over alleged child sexual abuse that up to 40 boys were allegedly sexually abused at the school from the 1960s through to the early 1990s. Local and national media reported that "chanting, spells and sex orgies" took place against boys of small stature.[8][dead link][9][10][11]

At least four people associated with St Stanislaus' College have faced legal proceedings due to alleged sexual abuse. One, Brian Spillane, an ordained priest, was initially charged with 33 counts in 2008, including six counts of sexual intercourse with pupils from St Stanislaus' College.[12] In 2009 this was extended to 146 offences.[13] Although many of these cases are still ongoing, Spillane was convicted in November 2010 of nine counts of indecent assault against three girls aged between eight and seventeen while he was based in both Bathurst and Sydney, for which he was sentenced to nine years in custody in 2012.[14] Kevin Phillips, another ordained priest, plead guilty to four counts of gross indecency with a child under the age of 18, resulting in concurrent sentences of 9 months under the first three charges, and an additional 9 months for the fourth.[15][16] John Gaven, a Vincentian Brother, was charged with 28 sex offences;[17] and in March 2013 was found guilty on six sexual assault charges against former students.[18]

Along with Spillane, Phillips and Gaven, one other man has been charged with sexual abuse cases related to the school: with five counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]

Years at St Stanislaus' College in brackets.

Academic
Clergy
Entertainment and the arts
Medicine
Military
Politics and the law
Sport

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Jerga, Josh (1 September 2009). "School chaplain facing 146 sex charges". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
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  15. ^ Marr, David (4 December 2010). "Stannies priest convicted of abuse". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
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  18. ^ "Former Stannies bursar guilty". Western Advocate. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
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  37. ^ "Mr James MCGIRR (1890–1957)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  38. ^ "Mr Richard Denis MEAGHER (1866–1931)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 14 February 2006. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
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  41. ^ "James C Grant". Rugby Union. Orange Sporting Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
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  45. ^ "Marty Roebuck" (PDF). Rugby Union. St Stannislaus College Honour Roll. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  46. ^ "Jim White" (PDF). Rugby Union. St Stannislaus College Honour Roll. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 

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