St Peter Claver College

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St. Peter Claver College
Ipswich, Queensland
Type Private, co-educational
Motto Concern Love Justice
Denomination Catholic
Principal Niall Coburn
Colour(s)      Green

St Peter Claver College is a Roman Catholic co-educational secondary school located in the suburb of Riverview in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. It was founded in 1976, on the traditional lands of the Ugarapul clan of the Yuggera Nation, and was named in honour of St Peter Claver, the Spanish Jesuit priest and patron saint of the slaves.

The founding principal of the school, Bob Cullen, had served in St Peter Claver College for ten years. After his transfer to the Catholic Education Office (CEO), the Marist Brothers, having been involved with the school from early in its history, were appointed the task of assigning principals for the college. The current principal, Diarmuid O'Riordan, was chosen in 2008.[1]


St Peter Claver College students celebrating Harmony Day (21 May) by performing a cultural dance

St Peter Claver College is a culturally diverse school which draws its students from a wide range of backgrounds. Many of the students and staff are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Samoan, Tongan, Maori and Cook Islander, as well as Vietnamese, Ugandan, Indian, Chinese, Filipino, and many others. The college offers Cultural Dance, the study of different cultures (in subjects such as Religion, Social Studies and History), and the study of different languages (Vietnamese, Japanese and Spanish).[2]

Subjects and curriculum[edit]

The Claver curriculum is organised around the two phases of learning in secondary schools, each designed to meet the developmental needs of students: a middle phase aged 13–14 and a senior phase for students aged 15–17.[3] Students take courses in a wide variety of areas, including sciences, mathematics, English, information technology, and the arts.[4]

Rugby league program[edit]

St Peter Claver College offers a range of different sports to students in year levels 8-12. One of these is the rugby league program aimed at developing and perfecting students' skills and techniques. St Peter Claver enters a team(s) from each grade to participate in the CISSSA (Combined Ipswich Secondary School Sport Association) competition. Each year level holds two teams. The a team has the opportunity to enter the Broncos Challenge Cup and compete if they win their games in a round robin tournament. Each year Claver has a team from each year level make this tournament. The b team then competes in the CISSSA Competition. In grade 9, 10, 11 and 12, students may select rugby league as a HPE subject. St Peter Claver has developed promising NRL stars Anthony Milford (Canberra Raiders) and Tautau Moga (Sydney Roosters) and Brett Greinke, who plays in Broncos under 20's and Queensland side. St Peter Claver has had many Queensland and Met West students attend the school. Claver Rugby League students attend the Confraternity Cup every year.

Notable alumni[edit]

Anthony Milford captaining the Queensland Under 20's Rugby League side