St Bede's College (Mentone)

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St Bede's College
St Bede's College crest. Source: (St Bede's website)
2 Mentone Parade
Mentone, Victoria 3194
Coordinates 37°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
Type Independent
Motto Latin: Per Vias Rectas
(By Right Paths)
Denomination Catholic (Lasallian)
Established 1938
Chairman Justin Dunckett
Principal John Finn
Years 7-12
Gender Boys
Enrolment 1,373
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, 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[citation needed].

In golf: Nathan Holman, PGA Champion 2015

In cycling: Tony Marchant, Olympic Gold Medallist

In Australian rules Football:Gerard Healy (winner of the 1988 Brownlow Medal), Grant Thomas (St Kilda Football Club player and coach), Hawthorn and St Kilda football great, Peter Russo.

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.

Thousands of other graduates have made a significant contribution to Australian society.[2][3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About St Bede's College: History". St Bede's College. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. ^ Historical Website, City of Kingston. "Kingston schools - Why are there so many?". City of Kingston 1998. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  3. ^ Historical Website, City of Kingston. "St. Bede's College by Leo Gamble". Copyright © 1998-2006 City of Kingston Historical Website. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Australia set new record at F1 in Schools World Finals". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  5. ^ ACER. "Winners | STEM Video Game Challenge | Australia". Retrieved 2017-03-17.
  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 "Hall of Fame". St Bede's College. St Bede's College.
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  9. ^ About Nick. Retrieved 27 August 2015

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