St Patrick's College, Strathfield

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St Patrick's College
St Patrick's College crest. Source: www.spc.nsw.edu.au (St Patrick's College website)
Location
Strathfield, New South Wales
Australia
Information
Type Private, Single-sex, Day school
Motto Latin: Luceat Lux Vestra
(Matthew 5:16:"Let Your Light Shine")
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1928
Founder Edmund Rice
Chairman Peter Tilbrook
Headmaster Craig Wattam
Chaplain Jack Evans
Staff ~140[1]
Enrolment ~1,440 (5–12)[2]
Colour(s) Blue, Black and Gold             
Slogan Luceat Lux Vestra
Website

St Patrick's College, also referred to informally as "SPC", is an Australian independent Roman Catholic day school for boys located in Strathfield in the inner west of Sydney.

Founded as a Christian Brothers school in the tradition of Edmund Rice in 1928, the college currently caters for approximately 1430 students from Years 5 to 12.[2]

St Patrick's College is a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] and the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA).[4]

Facilities[edit]

The facilities at St Patrick's include:

  • One sporting field
  • Nine educational buildings
  • Two libraries
  • One staff building
  • One gym
  • One swimming pool
  • One hall
  • One amphitheatre
  • Five science labs and three prep rooms

Co-curriculum[edit]

St Patrick's College from Kessel Square

The school competes in such activities as rugby union, cricket, baseball, soccer, swimming, basketball, softball, golf, athletics and tennis in the Independent Schools Association competition and against CAS and GPS member schools. The junior school also competes in an AFL tournament in a local comp that plays on Friday nights.

The college performs an annual musical and drama production starring students from the school itself and Santa Sabina College, SPC's sister school. Recent productions include Miss Saigon (2013), Little Shop of Horrors (2012), The Wiz (2011), Guys and Dolls (2010), High School Musical (2009), Les Misérables (2007), Grease (2006), Disco Inferno (2005), Footloose (2004) and Jesus Christ Superstar (2003).[5] Recent dramatic productions include "The Comedy of Errors" (2014), "Boy Overboard" (2013), The Chocolate War (2012), Much Ado About Nothing (2011), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2010), A Few Good Men (2009), The Wasps (2008), The Taming of the Shrew (2007) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2006).[6]

The college competes annually with the nearby Trinity Grammar School for the Black and Green Shield which was conceived in 2005. It is based on the cumulative results of all winter sports games (rugby and football) between the schools on a designated weekend. The college has taken the shield each year since its inception.

Other annual sporting events include the junior school's rugby tour to Armidale where two rugby teams compete against those from other schools and colleges from New South Wales and Queensland, the Christian Brothers Schools' Cricket Carnival held during the Christmas holidays at St. Joseph's Nudgee College at Brisbane, which the college has won three times, in 1995, 2009 and 2014. The 2014 Championship win was inspired by a sensational 75 from promoted bowler Damian Rapisarda. It was also the third time the College had achieved the CBCW-ISA double, a truly remarkable feat. Ben Manenti also had a star season as one of the team's heavyweights with both bat and bowl which subsequently led to his selection in the NSW Schoolboys XI, the pinnacle of Schoolboy cricket. The achievement saw Manenti develop the status of the 'next Mark Cosgrove of Australian cricket', but has greater aspirations than the former Australian representative, striving to become SPC's 2nd NSW player.

The school is a founding member of the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) and has experienced success in recent years. One of the shields for premiers is named after a long-serving deputy headmaster, Michael Robson, for his decades of service to the association.

The college also has an extensive social justice program, annually raising funds for a Lenten focus charity as well as aiding many causes with practical assistance from the boys. Focus areas include the Saint Vincent de Paul Society "night patrol" and the financial assistance of Christian Brother's schools serving disabled or economically and socially disadvantaged communities.

College crest[edit]

The college's crest was designed in 1938 and is made up of three components:

  • Shield: With its chevrons and bars it is a symbol of strength and fortitude
  • Motto: Those who wear the crest pledge fidelity to the college motto Luceat Lux Vestra, Latin for "Let Your Light Shine".
  • Star: Seen mounting the crest, it signifies that the college lights the way to knowledge and to the God.[7]

Alumni[edit]

St Patrick's alumni are traditionally known as "Old Boys",[8] the St Patrick's alumni association being called the Old Boys' Union.

St Patricks Rugby Club[edit]

St Patrick's Rugby Club was established in 1964 as a rugby league club as that was the code of football played at the college at the time. In 1965 the college changed to rugby union, the club followed suit the following year and entered the Western Suburbs Under 20 competition. The club originally played in a white jersey with black collar and now play in a black jumper with a gold collar, as does the college First XV. The club plays in the New South Wales Suburban Rugby Union and has won four club championships and two first grade premierships. Since its promotion to Kentwell Cup First Division in 1974 is one of only two clubs to never have been relegated. The club plays its home games at Hudson Park, Strathfield.[8][9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Science and medicine[edit]

Bureaucracy, politics and the law[edit]

Business[edit]

Education[edit]

Entertainment, media and the arts[edit]

Sport[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Staff". Community. St Patrick's College. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Australian School Choice- St Patrick's College (accessed:27 June 2007)
  3. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "St Patrick's College Strathfield/Drama". St Patrick's College Strathfield. 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ College Musical
  7. ^ "History". About SPC. St Patrick's College. 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007. 
  8. ^ a b Old boys page on the St Patricks College website
  9. ^ St Patrick's Rugby Club website
  10. ^ Nicky Phillips (October 13, 2015). "Making something of junk earns geneticist top award". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Prof John Mattick - Staff Research Profile". Garvan Institute. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c List of alumni for various schools, crikey.com.au
  13. ^ Murphy, Damien (30 August 2005). "A thirst for power but ill-equipped to bounce back from stupidity". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  14. ^ Wiki
  15. ^ a b c d Bibby, Paul (11 December 2007). "St Pat's old boys making their mark". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Mr Paul Gerard Lynch, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Parliament comes to school as the House rises for a break, SouthernThunderer.com.au; accessed 2 December 2014.
  19. ^ Symond finds success as Aussie dream lives on at The Age
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  21. ^ Nepales, Ruben V. (11 February 2006). "Life after 'Rockstar". news.inq7.net Entertainment Column. 
  22. ^ Thomas Keneally
  23. ^ St Pats Rugby Archive
  24. ^ Peter Skrzynecki's Biography
  25. ^ "John Ballesty". espnscrum.com. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  26. ^ "Matt Williams - Personally Speaking Bureau". Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Brian McCowage Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 

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