Mount Saint Patrick College
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|Mt St Patrick College|
|143 Murwillumbah Street
Murwillumbah, New South Wales
|Type||Private Co-Educational Catholic School|
|Motto||In Hoc Signo Spes Mea (In This Sign Is My Hope)|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Color(s)||Blue, Yellow, Red, Green|
Mt St Patrick is a co-educational Secondary College operating within the system administered by the Catholic Education Office. It caters to grades 7-12. It was opened in 1926 by the Presentation Sisters and was administered and staffed by them until 1989. It derives its name from St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is celebrated by both the College and local communities. In 1966, following the closure of other local Catholic secondary schools, the school became known as Mt St Patrick Regional High School, with 192 enrolled students. The appointment of the school's first lay Principal in 1990 ended 64 years of leadership by the Presentation Sisters, leading to the renaming of the school in 1998 to Mt St Patrick College. In 2011 the Australian Government's Economic Stimulus Package enabled the opening of the St Mary of the Cross Science and Language Centre. A record enrolment of 695 students was recorded in 2012. On the 15th of March 2013, the Gilbey Multipurpose Centre was officially opened, costing $6,230,256.
Students are divided into four houses. Each house is named after a person or place significant to the college and its establishment. The houses are; Lucan (Green), Nagle (Gold), Loreto (Blue) and Lisieux (Red). The houses compete for the St Patrick's Champion House Trophy which is presented to the winning house on St Patrick's Day every year. The winning house is determined by the accumulated points each house receives through sporting and academic achievements of each of its students.
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