St Bede's College (Mentone)

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St Bede's College
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St Bede's College crest
2 Mentone Parade


Coordinates37°59′28″S 145°4′3″E / 37.99111°S 145.06750°E / -37.99111; 145.06750Coordinates: 37°59′28″S 145°4′3″E / 37.99111°S 145.06750°E / -37.99111; 145.06750
MottoLatin: Per Vias Rectas
(By Right Paths)
DenominationCatholic (Lasallian)
ChairmanJustin Dunckett
PrincipalJohn Finn
Enrolment1,540 (2019)
Colour(s)Blue, cardinal, gold               

St Bede's College is an independent Catholic secondary school for boys, in Mentone, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia


Founded in 1938,[1] St Bede's College is an independent school in the Catholic tradition, initially conducted and now administered by the De La Salle Brothers.

The founder of the Institute, St Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, was a French nobleman of the 17th century, who in the reign of Louis XIV renounced his titles and estates, and founded free schools for the rural and urban poor, who had not previously been afforded the opportunity of an education. He was the founder of the classroom model of education and of teacher training colleges, and established schools staffed by consecrated laymen who donated their labour in return for their keep; living a life of primitive communism under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. These men became the Fratres Scholarum Christianarum (FSC), or De La Salle Brothers, as they came to be known in the English-speaking world.

The school was named after St. Bede the Venerable, a 7th-century Benedictine monk and priest, who spent his life teaching and writing at Jarrow Abbey, and who was the first English historian, famous for his publication of Ecclesiastical History of the English People. The college was initially established at Mentone Beach as a boarding school for De La Salle College Malvern.

As a day school, St Bede's attracted Catholic students from Mentone and surrounding suburbs as far south-east as Frankston, and its ethos was that of an essentially middle class institution, with an emphasis on athleticism and driven by a martinet discipline. It now comprises approximately 1500 day students.


In 2016, the college's F1 in Schools team, Infinitude, set the World Record at the World Finals in Austin, Texas, in collaboration with Brighton Secondary School, Adelaide.[2]

Also in this same year, a team of students successfully won the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge in the Year 9-12 Gamemaker/Gamestar Mechanic category with their game Spectrum.[3]


  • Br. Simon Staunton (1937–1938)
  • Br. Julian Lennon (1939–1947)
  • Br. Colman Molloy (1948–1952 and 1959–1965)
  • Br. Finian Allman (1953–1957)
  • Br. Stanislaus Carmody (1966–1967)
  • Br. Peter McIntosh (1968–1973)
  • Br. William Firman (1974–1987)
  • Br. Kevin Moloney (1988)
  • Br. Quentin O'Halloran (1989–1998)
  • Br. Ken Ormerod (1999–2006)
  • Br. Garry Coyte (2007–2017)
  • Mr. John Finn (2018 -)


Thousands of graduates have made a significant contribution to Australian society.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "About St Bede's College: History". St Bede's College. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Australia set new record at F1 in Schools World Finals". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ ACER. "Winners | STEM Video Game Challenge | Australia". Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  4. ^ Historical Website, City of Kingston. "Kingston schools - Why are there so many?". City of Kingston 1998. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ Historical Website, City of Kingston. "St. Bede's College by Leo Gamble". Copyright © 1998-2006 City of Kingston Historical Website. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae "Hall of Fame". St Bede's College. St Bede's College.
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  8. ^ About Nick. Retrieved 27 August 2015
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