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 Roman Catholic (Lasallian)
Established 1938
Chairman Justin Dunckett
Principal Br. Garry Coyte
Chaplain Fr Peter
Years 7-12
Gender Boys
Enrolment 1,373
Colour(s) Blue, Cardinal, Gold               

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

Beginnings and success[edit]

Founded in 1938,[1] St Bede's College is administered by the De La Salle Brothers and named after St. Bede the Venerable, a Benedictine monk and priest who spent his life teaching and writing in the monasteries. The college also conducted a boarding school from its inception.

St Bede’s drew mainly Catholic students from Mentone and surrounding suburbs and its atmosphere was that of a ‘middle of the road’ institution, not one with solely upper middle class aspirations. Nevertheless, it drew on the desire for secondary education among those who could afford it and could see the post-Depression world as one where this would be highly valued.

Many of the College graduates have entered various professions; alumni include Professor Ron McCallum of Sydney University, a specialist in industrial law, and Shane Marshall, a judge in the Industrial Court.

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]. There have also been Gerard Healy, winner of the 1988 Brownlow Medal, and Shaun Graf, who represented Australia at one-day cricket in the 1980s. Thousands of other graduates have made a contribution to our 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 Challange in the Year 9-12 Gamemaker/Gamestar Mechanic category with their game Spectrum.[5]


  • Br. Simon Staunton (1937–1938)
  • Br. Julian Lennon (1939–1947)
  • Br. Colman Molloy (1948–1952 and 1959–1965)
  • Br. Finian Allman (1953–1958)
  • 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–present)


School productions[edit]

† Students performing in Kilbreda College production
‡ Students performing in Mentone Girls Grammar production

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". Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  5. ^ ACER. "Winners | STEM Video Game Challenge | Australia". Retrieved 2017-03-17. 
  6. ^ About Nick. Retrieved 27 August 2015

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