Holy Cross College, Ryde, New South Wales

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Holy Cross College
Ryde, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°49′06″S 151°07′10″E / 33.81846°S 151.11939°E / -33.81846; 151.11939Coordinates: 33°49′06″S 151°07′10″E / 33.81846°S 151.11939°E / -33.81846; 151.11939
Type Independent, Day
Motto Latin: In cruce salus
(In the Cross (is) Salvation)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1891
Founder Br Alphonsus Delany
Principal Mr Phillip Stewart
Staff ~66[1]
Years 712
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~526[1]
Colour(s) Maroon and Gold         
Athletics MCC

Holy Cross College is a Catholic high school for boys located in the suburb of Ryde in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia established in the tradition of the Patrician Brothers.

History and Tradition[edit]

In 1808 Bishop Daniel Delany established in Ireland the Congregation of the Brothers of St Patrick and sought to have the youth of his native land instructed in the principles and lifestyle of the Gospels.

The Patrician Brothers arrived in New South Wales in 1883, opening a Boarding College at Ryde in 1891. The College moved to its present site in 1896. The great sandstone edifice which is now a landmark of the district gradually rose on the heights above the Parramatta River. It celebrates its 125 years of educating young men in 2016.

Motto and Crest[edit]

The Crest was designed in the early 1900s, and was installed in a stained glass window of the Oratory in the Monastery building. In 1959, a larger replica was installed in the new College Chapel.

The Crest features the Waratah and Shamrock entwined, symbolising the shared Patrician Apostolate of Australia and Ireland. In one adaptation, the Harp is replaced by the Southern Cross.

The overall design of the Crest is technically termed "Quarterly per Cross" and "Cross Fillet". The stars indicate the Southern Cross. Clockwise, from top left, the Quarters symbolise:

  • The Bishop's Mitre, for Bishop Daniel Delany, founder of the Patrician Brothers (and the Brigidine Sisters).
  • The Heart, as the universal symbol of love of God and mankind.
  • The Book of Learning (education), as the embodiment of the Scriptures, the humanities and the sciences.
  • The Harp, as the national emblem of Ireland, the country of origin of the Patrician Brothers...

Middle Schooling Program[edit]

Students entering the College in Year 7 have a core teacher who works with them in at least three subject areas. The team of core teachers work together to meld the curriculum outcomes across the several subjects they teach, thus 'buying back' class time and providing greater opportunity to engage in project-based learning, using notebook computers especially reserved for the Year 7 cohort. This approach to junior secondary schooling allows teachers to know students and their needs well and thus better cater for them. This approach to learning also encourages boys to 'learn how to learn', equipping them better for the greater independence and autonomy that come in the later high school years.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)[edit]

Higher School Certificate results in ICT have in recent years been up to ten points above State average. The College possesses extensive computer facilities, including a new state-of-the-art Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) complex. Notebook computers are widely used by students throughout the school, with the option of a purchase/lease program to assist families who with their sons to have a personal notebook for home and school.

Principals of Holy Cross College (1891 - present-day)[edit]

Year Principal Notable Achievements
1891 Br Fintan O'Neill First Principal of Holy Cross College
1891-93, 1899-1904 Br Andrew Dwyer
1894 Br Stanislaus Bergin
1896 Br Louis Hunt
1897 Br Anthony Lee
1898 Br Dominic Rickerby
1905-07, 1912-19 Br Boniface Carroll
1908-11, 1923-24 Br Beningnus Kealy
1920-22, 1925 Br Canice Grimes
1926-28 Br Celsus Daly
1929-36 Br Austin O'Connell
1937-39 Br Alphonsus Eviston
1940-43, 1948-54 Br Aloysius Hannigan
1944 Br Charles Cody
1945-47 Br Anthony Phelan
1955-56, 1960-65 Br John Gallagher
1957-59 Br Norbert Phelan
1966-68 Br Patrick Lovegrove
May 1968-70 Br Mark Ryan
1971-80 Br Stephen Aitken
1981-86 Br Philip Mulhall
1986-97, 1999-2000 Br Anthony Visser
Acting 1998 Mr Frank Malloy
2001-02 Br Matthew Mahoney
2003-08 Mr Garry Williams First Full-Time Lay Principal
2009-16 Mr Adam Taylor
2017-present Mr Phillip Stewart School Captain of Holy Cross in 1984

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). Annual Report. Holy Cross College, Ryde.