St Bede's College (Mentone)
|St Bede's College|
2 Mentone Parade|
Mentone, Victoria 3194
Latin: Per Vias Rectas|
(By Right Paths)
|Colour(s)||Blue, Cardinal, Gold|
Founded in 1938, 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, and famous for his publication of "The 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.
- 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 (2018–2017)
1. In law: Professor Ron McCallum Dean of Law at Sydney University, a specialist in industrial law; Hon. Shane Marshall, and Hon. Neil Young QC judges of the Federal Court of Australia (1973), and Hon. Justices Anthony Cavanough QC and Kevin Bell of the Victorian Supreme Court (1972). Hon. Justice Peter Young, Family Court of Australia.
2. Professor Tim Flannery, celebrated scientist and Australian of the Year (1973); Dr Peter McTigue OAM (Dux1951) DPhil(Oxon); Dean, School of Chemistry, Melbourne University 1986 -1990
3. Rinaldo di Stasio, restaurateur and padrone of the Venice Biennale (1973)
4. In entertainment: Graham "Smacka" Fitzgibbon and Eddie Perfect, musicians, and media personalities. Carl and Mark Fennessy (1979 and 1985) Founders of Crackerjack Productions, Mark CEO of Fremantle Media (producers of Australian Idol, Neighbours, Australia's Got Talent and Master Chef).
5. In governance: Hon Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru; Cr Ralph Bernardi, Lord Mayor of Melbourne.
6. In the sporting world St Bede's has produced several Olympians, perhaps the most notable being Peter Fitzgerald: a semi-finalist in the 200 meters at the 1976 Montreal Games.
In golf: Nathan Holman, PGA Champion 2015
In cycling: Tony Marchant, Olympic Gold Medallist
In Australian Cricket Shaun Graf, who represented Australia in one-day cricket in the 1980s.
7. The College has produced a plethora of Catholic priests and Religious since its inception, due in large measure to the legendary resident chaplaincy of Rev.Father Clifford Shale,SSS, including notably Most Rev. Christopher Saunders,DD,DCL, Bishop of Broome. Also H.E.George Cardinal Pell was its sometime chaplain whilst Parish Priest of Mentone as Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne for the Southern Region.
- Nic Cester, Chris Cester, Cameron Muncey - members of the band Jet
- Members of the band British India
- Smacka Fitzgibbon - jazz musician and entertainer
- Liam Davison - novelist
- Hon. Marcus Stephen MP - weightlifter and president of Nauru
- Scott Boland, Brad Hodge, Shaun Graf, Jon Holland, Clive Rose - cricketers
- Vince Grella, Ljubo Milicevic and Eugene Galekovic - footballers
- Luke Beveridge - Australian rules footballer and coach of the Western Bulldogs
- Greg Healy - Australian rules footballer and president of Quiksilver Inc
- Gerard Healy, Grant Thomas, Peter Russo, Brett O'Hanlon, Tim Sumner, Dylan Shiel, Jack Steven, Tom Lamb, Paul Callery - VFL and AFL footballers
- Bradley Hughes (1993, 1998 Australian Masters Champion), Nathan Holman (2015 Australian PGA champion) - golfers
- Greg Evans - radio & television presenter
- Eddie Perfect – actor/comedian
- Patrick Harvey - actor
- Jonathan Messer - stage/film director
- Tim Flannery - environmentalist (2007 Australian of the Year)
- Jimi Hocking - songwriter, singer and guitarist
- Steve Staikos - politician; Mayor of the City of Kingston
- Nick Staikos - politician; State Member for Bentleigh
- John Torode - celebrity chef
- Steve Ellery - V8 driver
- Bob Hoysted - racehorse trainer
- Stephen McBurney - AFL umpire
- Kieran Ault-Connell - Paralympic Games gold medalist
- Neil Young QC - Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
- Ralph Bernardi - Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1979-1980
- Carl and Mark Fennessy - founders of Crackerjack Productions, joint CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia
- Kevin Bell - judge of Supreme Court of Victoria and President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- Anthony Cavanough - judge of Supreme Court of Victoria
- Peter Fitzgerald - athlete and Olympic semi-finalist
- Toby Haenen - swimmer and Olympic bronze medallist
- Tony Marchant - cyclist and Olympic gold medallist
- Shane Marshall - judge of Federal Court of Australia
- Christopher Saunders - Bishop of Broome
- Associated Catholic Colleges
- Kilbreda College
- De La Salle College, Malvern
- Mentone Girls Grammar
- St James College, Victoria
- List of high schools in Victoria
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