Associated Catholic Colleges

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Associated Catholic Colleges
Associated Catholic Colleges (logo).jpg
Abbreviation ACC
Motto Excellence Honour and Fairness in Student Sport
Formation 1902
Headquarters Victoria, Australia
11 member schools
Official language

The Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) is a group of eleven independent Catholic boys schools in Victoria, Australia. The Association, formed as the Combined Catholic Schools Association in 1902, and renamed in 1948, provides the basis for interschool sporting and other competitions between the member schools.


The history of the ACC goes back to the 1890s[1] as Catholic boys schools began to grow and establish themselves in and around Melbourne. The ACC developed from the earlier group called 'The Combined Catholic Schools Association', which involved a number of schools conducted by the Christian Brothers and which held its first athletics meeting in 1902.[2] The College Annual of CBC North Melbourne for 1916 lists four competitions in which that school was involved under the general banner of, 'Combined Secondary Schools'. Member schools took part in an annual athletics meeting, football, handball and tennis competitions. Other member schools included; St Patrick's College, Ballarat, Assumption College, Kilmore, Parade College, and Christian Brothers College, St Kilda.[3]

As the competition expanded additional Catholic schools conducted by other male religious orders such as the De La Salle Brothers, Marist Brothers and others also participated in the competition which included cricket by 1928.

In the early years the annual athletics carnival, came under the control of the Victorian Amateur Athletics Association, now Athletics Victoria. During the 1920s it was held at the Motordrome, Melbourne a site for both amateur athletics and motor sport events built by the Yarra River and now the site of Olympic Park. Events later shifted to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the 1930s then back to Olympic Park. In more modern times at and the Lakeside Stadium.


1. The Association endeavours to promote the essential character of its member colleges by mutual :solidarity and support.
2. The Association aims to provide the opportunity for discussion by Principals of matters affecting :the affiliated Colleges and to suggest, wherever desirable, a policy on such matters.
3. The Association exists to facilitate the organisation of inter-College activities and competitions :which accord with the principles and ideals of the member Colleges.[4]


Current member schools[edit]

School Location Enrolment Founded Year Entered
School Colours
Christian Brothers College St Kilda East 503 1878 1902             
De La Salle College Malvern 1,142 1912 1928         
Mazenod College Mulgrave 1,266 1967 1999         
Parade College Bundoora, Preston 1,863 1871 1902             
St. Bede's College Mentone 1,425 1938 1948             
St. Bernard's College Essendon 1,410 1940 1948             
St. Joseph's College Ferntree Gully 1060 1965 2017         
St. Joseph's College Geelong 1,574 1935 1997             
Emmanuel College Altona North, Point Cook 1,800 (1,326 Boys) 1965 1978         
Salesian College Chadstone 933 1957 1966–1983
re-entered 1999
Simonds Catholic College West Melbourne, Fitzroy North 474 1996 2000             
Whitefriars College Donvale 1,188 1961 1999             

Former member schools[edit]

School Location Founded Years
School Colors
Samaritan College
Now part of Parade College
Preston 2000–2008 2000–2008         
Cathedral College East Melbourne 1968–1994 1988–1994         
Chisholm College
Now part of Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Braybrook 1979–1997 1979–1987
St John's College
Now part of Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Braybrook 1965–1997 1970–1996
St Joseph's College
Became part of Samaritan College, Preston
Fitzroy North
(Brunswick East)
1930–1999 1958–1978
St Joseph's College, Melbourne
Formerly St Joseph's College, North Melbourne (1903-2010)
and St Joseph's College, Pascoe Vale (1956-2009)
Melbourne 1903-2010 1948-2010         
St Kevin's College Toorak 1918 1948–1957             
Trinity College
Now part of Antonine College
Brunswick 2000–2001



  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Debating
  • Chess
  • Badminton


  • Handball

Trophies awarded[edit]


The aggregate division 1 winners are presented the Old Collegians Shield.


The aggregate division 1 winners are presented with the Walsh Shield (donated by Mr P S Walsh).

Cross Country[edit]

The aggregate division 1 senior winners are presented with the Brother Bouchard Cup. Br Joe Bouchard was the founding Principal of Chisholm College, and member of the ACC from 1970-1987.

The aggregate division 1 intermediate winners are presented with the Martin Hickey Cup. Martin Hickey was a member of the Parade College staff for over 25 years and Hon. Secretary of the ACC for 10 years.

The aggregate division 1 junior winners are presented with the James Delahunt Cup. The cup was donated by the Ryan Family in memory of James Delahunt, a Year 7 student at De La Salle College who was killed in an accident in 1981. James was an outstanding athlete who won the U/13 ACC Cross-Country.


Students are given the opportunity to participate in a number of carnivals thought the year including Athletics at Lakeside Stadium, Cross Country, and Swimming at Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Academic Events[edit]

Students can also become involved in events conducted off the field such as Chess, Debating and the Performing Arts.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Association of Catholic Colleges. Who we are. Retrieved on 22 February 2014 from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  2. ^ SCHOOL SPORTS. (1929, October 31). The Argus (Melbourne), p. 13. Retrieved February 23, 2014, from
  3. ^ Concerning the Christian Brothers, St. Joseph's North Melbourne, 1916. (Annual magazine, p.14) North Melbourne, Christian Brothers.
  4. ^ The Associated Catholic Colleges Incorporated: Handbook 2014. Retrieved on 22 February 2014 from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 

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