Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown
|Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown|
|Blacktown, New South Wales
|Type||Independent, Roman Catholic, All Boys, Day school|
|Motto||Latin: Christus Regnat
|Denomination||Roman Catholic, Patrician Brothers|
|Colour(s)||Royal Blue and Yellow|
|Website||Patrician Brothers College Official Website|
The College was founded in 1952 by the Patrician Brothers to serve mainly rural families of Blacktown and its surrounding districts. The school is set on several hectares in the heart of the rapidly expanding Blacktown. Under a restructure the College saw its last Year 6 class graduate in 1997 and the first Year 11 cohort commence in 1998. This led to an extensive building program with the addition of 11 classrooms, a technology block, library, school office and the Golden Jubilee Hall, as well as an upcoming amphitheatre in 2013.
- Anthony Field, Blue Wiggle.
- Paul Field, Manager of the Wiggles.
- Edgar Joshua Zambrano, Public Speaker and Comedian
- X Factor Australia 2012 group, Fourtunate.
- Relunia Gaming, a notable YouTube personality.
- Luke Boyd, Australian Olympic boxer.
- Jamie Buhrer, current rugby league player for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and New South Wales.
- Bryce Cartwright, current rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers.
- Sam Darley, current AFL player for the Western Bulldogs.
- Brett Delaney, current rugby league player for the Leeds Rhinos and City Origin.
- Andrew Fifita, current rugby league player for the Cronulla Sharks, Australia, Indigenous All Stars and Tonga.
- Adam Flagg, AFL player for the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
- Jake Foster, current rugby league player for the Canberra Raiders.
- Blake Gaudry, Australian Olympic gymnast.
- Adam Hartigan, assistant coach of the Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup Team.
- Masada Iosefa, former rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers and Samoa, now currently playing for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles NSW Cup team.
- Albert Kelly, current rugby league player for the Gold Coast Titans.
- Grant Lambert, ex-state cricketer for the New South Wales Blues.
- Luke Lewis, current rugby league player for the Cronulla Sharks, City Origin, New South Wales and Australia.
- Jeff Lima, current rugby league player for the Catalans Dragons and New Zealand.
- Junior Moors, current rugby league player for the Melbourne Storm.
- Matt Moylan, current rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers, New South Wales and Australia
- Joseph Paulo, current rugby league player for the Parramatta Eels, Samoa and United States.
- Daniel Penese, former rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers now currently playing for the Wyong Roos in the NSW Cup.
- Ben Rogers, ex-rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights.
- Sean Rooney, football player who plays for Salgaocar S.C. in the I-league.
- Jarrod Sammut, rugby league player for the Bradford Bulls and ex-rugby union player for Malta.
- Harry Seijka, rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers.
- Tim Simona, rugby league player for the Wests Tigers.
- Zeb Taia, rugby league player for the Newcastle Knights and New Zealand.
- Jacob Townsend, AFL premiership winner with the Richmond Tigers.
- Siosaia Vave, current rugby league player for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and Tonga.
- Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, current rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers and New Zealand
- Damian Williams, AFL player for the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
- Matthew Wright, current rugby league player for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and Samoa.
- Colin Browne, NSW 400m Hurdle Champion, State Representative / National Representative Athletics
- Jarred Farlow, current player for the Wests Tigers
Patrician Brothers' College Blacktown have a proud and prestigious history. They have captured some of this history in the names of the college houses:
- The Delany Devils (Red) - Daniel Delany (1747–1814) founded the Patrician Brothers order at Tullow, Ireland in 1808 to educate the poor young people.
- The MacKillop Magpies (Green) - Blessed Mary MacKillop (1842–1909) was beatified in 1996 by Pope John Paul II. Canonised in 2010
- The Massey Marlins (Gold) - Fr. Bernard Massey as the Parish Priest of Blacktown, was responsible for the establishment of the college in 1952.
- The Histon Hounds (Blue) - Br. Gerard Histon was the founding Principal of the College in 1952. Died in 2010
The college crest consists of a Shield surmounted by a Crown. The Shield represents priceless heritage...the Catholic Faith. The White Star encircled by the Wreath of Laurel represents The Blessed Lady... the Priceless Treasure of Faith. The Cross and the Crown represent the Crowning Gift of Faith, Christ, King of Kings, once reigning from the Cross, now reigning gloriously in Heaven as the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, of whose Kingdom, there shall be no end.
Patrician Brothers' Blacktown is also known for its amazing "brotherhood" attitude. The school is a largely multicultural group with many different cultures represented. A quote that has passed on for 59 years (since the school's inception) is: "Once a Patties boy, always a Patties boy."
Extra curricular activities
Patrician Brothers' Blacktown is known as one of the best sporting schools. The college takes part in the Metropolitan Catholic Schools (MCS) Competition and Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) Tournaments. The school offers sports such as cricket, basketball, soccer, rugby league, touch football, rugby union, Australian rules football, golf, croquet, and swimming.
During the Arrive Alive Cup in 2007 Patrician Brothers Blacktown progressed to the grand final. The match was telecast on Channel Nine. The MCS Rugby League Competition officially declared Patrician Brothers' Blacktown the most successful MCS school.
The college is also known for its superb results in Public Speaking and Debating. In 2009, both the senior teams made it to the second quarter finals of the CSDA debating competition the Year 9 Debating team were able to progress to the semi-finals. In 2011, the Year 12A Debating team took out the Catholic Schools' Debating Association Trophy, going through the competition undefeated. In 2013, the senior teams progressed to the finals.
The school has continuing success, and its community takes great pride in achievement.
Former teacher Brother Martin Harmata plead guilty to sexually assaulting several boys including students at the school in the 1980s and was gaoled for at least 3.5 years on 26 September 2013. Former Patrician Brother novice and relief teacher Alan James Pollock was also arrested on allegations of sexual abuse of students. Other teachers were reported as being 'under investigation'.
A third former teacher, a 57 year old male, was arrested in February 2013 over offences alleged to have occurred between 1998 and 2002. The teacher has not been named.
On 18 December 2013, a fourth former teacher and brother, Michael Stanton, was arrested. Additional charges were laid against Michael Stanton in May 2014. The alleged offences occurred in 1980 against a 11 year old boy. Michael Stanton pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2015. Alan James Pollock pleaded guilty to committing sexual offences against children in September 2014, and was sentenced to eight years gaol in December 2014.
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