St. Brendan's College
|St. Brendans College, Yeppoon|
Latin: Ne Dubita Dabitur
"Do Not Doubt, It Will Be Given"
|139 Adelaide Park Road
Yeppoon, Queensland, 4703
|Type||Independent, Day & Boarding|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Congregation of Christian Brothers|
|Colour(s)||Green and Gold|
St. Brendan's College (sometimes shortened to SBC) is a Roman Catholic all-boys day and boarding school founded by the Christian Brothers located in Yeppoon, Queensland. The school was officially opened in 1940 with a total of 59 students. The school describes itself as "Australia's Largest Country Boys Boarding School", and has nurtured the growth of several leading National Rugby League players.
- 1 History
- 2 House system
- 3 Headmasters
- 4 Student demographics and facilities
- 4.1 Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League
- 4.2 Queensland Rugby Union: Ballymore Cup
- 4.3 Australasian Christian Brothers Cricket Week
- 4.4 Rugby League program
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 Associations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Groundbreaking for the school started on 8 October 1939 and presided by Romuald Denis Hayes, Bishop of Rockhampton. The school officially opened in February 1940 with 42 boarders and 17 day students. The first headmaster of St Brendan's was Brother Basil Gettons.
The school's spiritual and academic policies are rooted in the traditions of Edmund Ignatius Rice and the school is a member of Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school is named after Saint Brendan the Navigator.
St Ursula's College, Yeppoon, a separate Catholic all-girls day and boarding school located further into the centre of Yeppoon, has shared a close relationship with St Brendan's. Both schools share a relationship with a Catholic primary school in Yeppoon, Sacred Heart.
The college song, Bordered by blue waters splendid, details the rural surrounds of the school near Mary's Mount, as well as confirming strength in faith-based learning.
St. Brendan's College has four houses;
- Most Rev. Sir James Duhig K.C.M.G. D.D. the 3rd Archbishop of Brisbane (1917–65) & the 3rd Bishop of Rockhampton (1905–12); House colour: Yellow Duhig House named after
- Rev. Bro. J. Basil Gettons c.f.c. founding headmaster of St. Brendan's College (1940–45); House colour: Red Gettons House named after
- Right Rev. Dr. Romuald Denis Hayes S.S.C. D.D. the 5th Bishop of Rockhampton (1932–45); House colour: Blue Hayes House named after
- Right Rev. Andrew Gerard Tynan D.D. the 6th Bishop of Rockhampton (1946–60); House colour: Green Tynan House named after
The Rector of St. Brendan's College has been a Christian Brother from the foundation of the College until the appointment of the 1st Lay Principal, Mr Simon Dash in 2003.
|1||Bro. J.B. Gettons c.f.c.||1940-1945|
|2||Bro. H.I. Jackson c.f.c.||1946-1951|
|3||Bro. J.B. Duffy c.f.c.||1952-1957|
|4||Bro. N.B. Gallagher c.f.c.||1958-1960|
|5||Bro. P.T. McSweeney c.f.c.||1961-1963|
|6||Bro. M.F. Ziesing c.f.c.||1964-1969|
|7||Bro. C.S. Wright c.f.c.||1970-1975|
|8||Bro. D.F. Murphy c.f.c.||1976-1981|
|9||Bro. R.J. White c.f.c.||1982-1988|
|10||Bro. N.C. Langan c.f.c.||1989-1991|
|11||Bro. D.J. McMahon c.f.c.||1992-1997|
|12||Bro. R.S. Grundy c.f.c.||1998-2002|
|13||Mr. S. Dash||2003-2009|
|14||Mr. G. McManus||2010-2011 (Term 3)|
|15||Mr. N. Scully||2011 (Term 4)-Present|
Student demographics and facilities
Although the school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, it accepts students of all faiths and backgrounds.
The school hosts the largest rodeo of the CRCA circuit. The rodeo is held annually over the Father's Day weekend (the first in September in Australia). The school also holds a cattle club and stud program. The school allows students to bring their own cattle to prepare for shows.
Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League
1st XIII Titles
- Confraternity Shield (since 1980): 1982, 83, 85, 96, 2002, 04, 06, 07, 09, 10
2nd XIII Titles
- Bob Linder Trophy (since 1988): 1998
- Confraternity Plate (since 1996): 1996, 2004, 05
Queensland Rugby Union: Ballymore Cup
1st XV Competition
- Championship: none
- Runners-up: none
- Championship: 2012
- Runners-up: 2013
Australasian Christian Brothers Cricket Week
1st XI Titles
- Paul Forrester Shield (since 1977): none
- Bro. David White Plate (since 1995): 2000, 04, 05, 08
Rugby League program
The college runs a schoolboy rugby league program and gym. Many of the students in the 1st XIII graduate with affiliations or contracts with NRL clubs. Several current and former professional players are St. Brendan's alumni.
Despite the school's reluctance to actively recruit students based on sporting potential, the depth of talent attracted to the school allows its second-string team to be competitive with its rival schools top-class teams. St. Brendan's rugby league has experienced a period of dominance in the annual Confraternity Shield Carnival which is run by the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Rugby League.
Australian Schoolboys Rugby League
- Julian O'Neill, 1989
- David Taylor, 2005
- Ben Hunt, 2007
- Ben Ridge, 2007
- Maipele Morseau, 2009
Politics, public service and the law
- Brendan Butler, AM, SC — chief magistrate, Magistrates Court of Queensland.
- John Momis, President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, 2010–present
Business and philanthropy
List currently being compiled
Military and religion
- Brigadier Neil Weekes, AM, MC
- Bro. Terry Kingston CFC — Provincial of St. Francis Xavier Province (Q/NT) 1990–95
- Bro. Steve McLaughlin CFC — Provincial of St. Francis Xavier Province (Q/NT) 1996–2001
Academia, engineering, science and medicine
List currently being compiled
Entertainment, media and the arts
Australia (Kangaroos) & Queensland (State of Origin)
Queensland (State of Origin)
Professional bull riders
As one of the 27 Christian Brothers Colleges founded throughout Queensland, St. Brendan's College Old Boy's continue to provide Officials, Coaches and Players to this uniquely Queensland Association of Brothers Old Boys Clubs.
- "School Houses". St. Brendan's College. Retrieved 2011-05-09.
- Tuite, Kerry (2000). "St Brendan's College, Yeppoon" (PDF). Submission for the Federal Government Inquiry into the Education of Boys. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- QISSRL History
- "His Honour Judge Brendan Butler AM SC". Supreme Court of Queensland.
- Brij V. Lal and Kate Fortune, eds. (2000). "John Momis". The Pacific Islands: an encyclopedia. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-824-82265-1. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
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