Padua College (Brisbane)

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Padua College, Kedron
80 Turner Road, Kedron, Queensland

School typeIndependent
MottoLatin: Deus Meus et Omnia
(English: My God and My All)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RectorPeter Elmore
Colour(s)Brown, gold
AffiliationsAssociated Independent Colleges

Padua College is a Roman Catholic boys' primary and high school located in the Brisbane suburb of Kedron, Queensland, Australia. The college derives its name from Franciscan friar Saint Anthony of Padua (1195–1231), appointed by St Francis as the first professor of theology for the friars. Padua is the university city of Northern Italy where St Anthony died. Students of the college are known in the community as "Paduans". The college draws students from the central, northern and western areas of Brisbane.

History of the college[edit]

Padua College received its name from the Franciscan friar Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), appointed by St Francis as the first professor of theology for the friars. Padua is the university city of northern Italy where St Anthony died.

Padua began in 1956 when the Franciscan Sisters, who cared for the parish primary school of St Anthony, were no longer able to cater for the large number of boys at their school. At the request of Sister Mary Bernadette O’Callaghan OSF, the friars, who had taken charge of the Kedron parish since 1929, agreed to begin a separate school for boys.

Fr Damian Nolan OFM was appointed nominal rector of the new school, which began with two lay teachers, Eileen Cameron and John Fox, and 89 boys in Years 4, 5 and 6. The friars began teaching at the school in 1957 with the arrival of Fr Alban Mitchell OFM, Fr Angelo O’Hagan OFM and, a little later, Fr Odoric (Hugh) Fathers OFM.

Since that time, Padua has developed with many extensions and facilities. At present there are over 1360 students enrolled at the college.

In November 2006, former rector and now current chaplain, Fr John Boyd-Boland released his book On A Cragged Hill - A Fifty Year Story reliving the events and history of Padua College since its beginnings in 1956. Boyd-Boland is also the name of one of the new houses at Padua college. `


The college is a member of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) and Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) whose sporting competitions usually take place on Saturdays. Padua College has won the confraternity shield numerous times with their last title in 2005. In 2014, Padua College was successful in winning the Bob Linder trophy. Padua rugby league alumni include Paul Vautin, Shane Perry, David Stagg, David Shillington, David Bouveng and Dane Carlaw.[citation needed]

AIC premierships[edit]

Padua College's Associated Independent Colleges premierships since its inception in 1999 include:

Sport Premiership Years
Rugby 2011, 2015, 2016
Basketball 2009, 2010, 2014
Tennis 2001
Football 1999, 2001
Cricket 2012
Volleyball 2001, 2006, 2016
Chess 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2018
Sport Runners Up
Rugby 1999, 2014
Basketball 2005, 2008, 2011
Tennis 2003, 2011
Football 2000, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2013
Cricket 2005, 2006, 2009
Volleyball 2003
Chess 2014

Confraternity Shield Results[edit]

The Confraternity Shield is a statewide schoolboy rugby league competition in Queensland that started in 1980. Arguably the biggest and most competitive junior schoolboy rugby league competition in the world with around 50 schools competing each year, Padua College has been one of the most successful schools to compete. Padua College has also a very proud history of producing the most State of Origin players to come from one school. These State of Origin players include Paul Vautin, David Shillington, David Stagg, Dane Carlaw and Paul McCabe.

Shield/Trophy Year of Title/Trophy
Confraternity Shield 1984, 1997, 2005
Bob Lindner Trophy 2008, 2014, 2015

Co-curricular activities[edit]

All boys attending the College are required to represent Padua in co-curricular activities. The College offers students the opportunity to participate in debating and public speaking events, chess competitions and music and drama programs. In addition, the College also enters teams into the Associated Independent Colleges competition for the following sports: Swimming, Water Polo, Cricket, Volleyball, Rugby, AFL, Football (soccer), Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Athletics. Chess and Cross Country.

Padua College (5-12 boys school) Mt Alvernia (7-12 girls school) and St Anthony's(prep-4 for the boys and prep-7 for girls) come together to create the FCIP, Franciscan Colleges Instrumental Program which is the major musical groups on the hill with many instruments to play and learn and there are many orchestras to play in. These 3 schools are well known as the FOTH, franciscans on the hill.

All boys are encouraged to compete in the College's annual Inter-House Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics Carnivals. Padua College has its playing fields on a 73,000m2 site at Elliot Road Banyo for cricket, rugby and soccer. Padua has an ongoing rivalry with their northside counterparts in the AIC St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe (SPC) which has grown into one of the most passionate AIC rivalries attracting large crowds. The Northside Challenge is a sporting challenge between the two schools for Rugby and Soccer.

Padua has a well-equipped Music Department which includes a recording studio and sound-proof drum room. Tuition is available in all orchestral instruments. The orchestras at the college are generally of a high quality and a wide variety of instruments are available for student hire. Students are frequently encouraged to take up viola as the high prevalence of students who quit provides a large number of instruments for hire. Students are encouraged to become members of the Concert Bands, Big Band, String Orchestras and Symphony Orchestra. All Year 8 students study piano and guitar as part of the ordinary school curriculum. Music is taught as a Board Subject in Years 9 through to 12. Every alternate year the boys and girls from Mt Alvernia and Padua College produce a stage musical. Recent productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Misérables, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Oliver!. The latest collaborative production between the two schools is The Wiz, released in 2018.


The college is situated at Kedron on two campuses. The primary department also known as the Greccio campus, catering for boys from Years 5 and 6 on the eastern side of Turner Rd and the Year 7 to 12 boys on the western side also known as the Assisi campus. Two other Franciscan schools, St. Anthony's and Mt. Alvernia are also in the precinct. Padua College boasts excellent facilities for the students to use. The college has recently[when?] refurbished all classrooms, installed more computers and constructed two new buildings; a sports complex and a multi purpose centre containing a library, seminar rooms and computer labs (renovations completed early 2006). Other facilities the school features include:

Padua College has an outdoor education centre called "Amaroo" at Pomona on the Sunshine Coast. Most year levels visit the camp every year. Amaroo is located on 68.8 hectares of lush rainforest and boasts luxurious facilities including a high and low ropes course and rock climbing walls. The outdoor education centre is located closely to Lake Cootharaba and canoeing is involved regularly.

In addition to in-school facilities and the Outdoor Education Centre, the school owns 73,000m2 of playing fields on Elliot Rd, Banyo, which is used for rugby, soccer and athletics carnivals.


“In the College, each boy belongs to one of six Houses: Beirne House (est. 1996), Boyd-Boland House (est. 2013), Grigg House (est. 1996), Kirby House (est. 2013), Mitchell House (est. 1996) and Odoric House (est. 2005). The names of the Houses honour six prominent friar teachers who have taught or are teaching at Padua”

Ed Nally Cup[edit]

The Ed Nally Cup is the competition between houses, based on the points earned by the tenants for their house through participation, community service, academic success, etc.[1]

Padua Dash[edit]

The Padua Dash is the annual cross country championship relay race that involves running throughout the Assisi Campus. The fastest runner from each house in each grade partakes in an effort to be the fastest house in the relay. Order is sorted by grade so each age group competes at the same leg in the race. The fastest house to run the 1 kilometre course in all age groups is crowned Padua Dash Champions.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ The Bulletin of the Padua College, no.16, September 19, 2013 (retrieved February 20, 2015)
  2. ^ Greenberg, Andy; Branwen, Gwern (12 August 2015). "Bitcoin's Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Probably This Unknown Australian Genius". Wired. Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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Coordinates: 27°24′27″S 153°01′26″E / 27.40750°S 153.02389°E / -27.40750; 153.02389