Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown

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Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown
Blacktown, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°46′28″S 150°54′33″E / 33.77444°S 150.90917°E / -33.77444; 150.90917Coordinates: 33°46′28″S 150°54′33″E / 33.77444°S 150.90917°E / -33.77444; 150.90917
Type Independent, Roman Catholic, All Boys, Day school
Motto Latin: Christus Regnat
(Christ Reigns)
Denomination Roman Catholic, Patrician Brothers
Established 1952
Principal Santo Passarello
Enrolment 1100
Colour(s) Royal Blue and Yellow
Patrician Brothers College

Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown is a Roman Catholic, independent secondary, day school for boys, located in Blacktown, a western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


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.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]


House names[edit]

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

College crest[edit]

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.[3]

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[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6][7] 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'.[8][9]

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.[10]

On 18 December 2013, a fourth former teacher and brother, Michael Stanton, was arrested.[11][12] Additional charges were laid against Michael Stanton in May 2014. The alleged offences occurred in 1980 against a 11 year old boy.[13] Michael Stanton pleaded guilty to the charges in October 2015.[14] Alan James Pollock pleaded guilty to committing sexual offences against children in September 2014, and was sentenced to eight years gaol in December 2014.[15][16][17]

The Catholic Education Office has published statements concerning Alan Pollock,[15] Brother Martin Harmata,[18] and Michael Stanton[14] following their convictions.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Relunia Gaming (22 January 2016). "ReluniaGaming Channel Trailer [2016]". YouTube. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
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  6. ^ "Does the public have a right to know? - Broken Rites Australia". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Alberici, Emma (21 June 2013). "Catholic teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Patrician Brothers Blacktown - who would send their boys there now?". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Teachers charged with child sex abuse". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Catholic teacher arrested over child abuse". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Fourth man arrested in historical sex case". 18 December 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Former Sydney Catholic brother to face court charged over abuse". 19 December 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Former Catholic brother charged with sex offences". 22 May 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Statement from the Patrician Brothers Australia : Michael Stanton" (PDF). Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Message from the Executive Director" (PDF). Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "A lay teacher is jailed for crimes at two Catholic schools in Sydney - Broken Rites Australia". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "Ray Hadley: Paedophile Alan James Pollock jailed". Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "STATEMENT OF BISHOP ANTHONY FISHER OP" (PDF). Retrieved 24 October 2017. 

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