KNOWN, SUPPORTED, INSPIRED
Simonds Catholic College is a secondary Catholic school for boys. With approximately 500 students, we operate across two inner city campuses in West Melbourne and Fitzroy North. Our size allows us to limit the number of students in each classroom, whilst still being able to offer a broad curriculum. Supported by modern technology our junior students have an opportunity to explore their interests across academic, cultural, religious, technological and sporting dimensions, while VCE, VCAL and VET Pathways are available to our senior students. At Simonds Catholic College we realise that each student is unique and their different needs and talents are nurtured through both support and extension programs. The combination of these factors means that our students are provided with an exceptional learning environment where each student is known, supported and challenged.
The small size of Simonds Catholic College allows for boys to be individually known and appreciated for their own unique characteristics. A wide variety of structures and processes have been established to promote a sense of belonging and well-being amongst the boys, especially those who are new to the College.
Pastoral Care Teachers
All students are allocated to a Pastoral Care class; Year 7-10 students will have a teacher who normally takes them for several different subjects. The Pastoral Care Teacher is responsible for the welfare of each student in their Homeroom.
Boys in Years 7-10 have a Pastoral Class each week. The aims of this class are to support each boy’s social and emotional learning and to promote the wellbeing of all students. Year 11 and 12 students participate in a fortnightly Pastoral session.
Student Counsellor and Coordinator of Wellbeing
Our Student Counsellor and Coordinator of Wellbeing, Mr Pascal Rohan is available to assist students, parents and staff with any emotional or wellbeing needs.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
Boys from Years 7-10 nominate themselves to be elected to the Student Representative Council by their peers. In Years 11 and 12, Student Leaders are chosen from the whole student group. Those students elected attend an annual, two-day leadership camp and provide leadership for all students at Simonds Catholic College. Members of the SRC organise many different activities across all year levels, including the annual Simonds Trivia Night and fundraising for social justice.
Simonds Catholic College is very well serviced by public transport.
St Mary's Campus - 273 Victoria Street, West Melbourne
Tram route 57 operates between the CBD and West Maribyrnong and stops directly outside the school. Alternate tram routes stopping close by include 19, 30, 55 & 59 as well as numerous bus routes operating in the local area. Additionaly Flagstaff Station is located a 5 minutes walk away on the corner of La Trobe/William Street.
St Brigid's Campus - 20 York Street, Fitzroy North
Tram route 96 operates along Nicholson Street and stops directly outside the school. Alternatively Tram route 11 runs along Brunswick Street/St Georges Road and numerous bus routes operate in the area.
Simonds Catholic College is a two-campus Catholic secondary school for boys in the inner city of Melbourne. Our small size (500 boys in Years 7-12) means that each boy can be individually known, valued and have a sense of belonging. The excellent facilities enable us to offer a broad and exciting curriculum within the setting of a small school. Our close proximity to the beautiful St Mary’s Church at West Melbourne, and St Brigid’s Church in Fitzroy North, means that boys are provided with frequent opportunities to reflect, pray and celebrate the Sacraments in an inspiring and historical religious setting.
The St Mary’s Years 7-10 Campus is located in Victoria Street, West Melbourne, whilst the St Brigid’s VCE Campus is located on the corner of Nicholson Street and Alexander Parade, Fitzroy North. Both campuses are very well served by public transport. Simonds Catholic College is a member of the Associated Catholic Colleges competition.
To increase the learning opportunities of our students we deliberately limit the number of students in each class. There is a maximum class size of 22-24 students in Years 7-10. The average VCE class size is 14-15 students. These small class sizes facilitate the development of a culture of learning. Years 7-10 are issued with an iPad so as to provide students with opportunities to access the curriculum through 21st century technologies.
Over several years we have been developing a staff that has excellent professional qualifications and is committed to providing a high standard of education in an environment of mutual support. Our teachers are most generous in their commitment of time and share a concern for the pastoral needs of appropriate benchmarks and standards in regard to their studies, student progress is closely monitored to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to reach his full potential and 'be the best that he can be’.
Simonds Catholic College is an excellent school that provides high quality programs to students with a spiritual, academic, social, sporting and cultural dimension. I commend it to you for your consideration as a school that will provide a quality education within a caring environment. If you would like further information about the school and its suitability for your son, or if you would like to have a tour of our school’s facilities, please contact the College on 9321 9200.
Mr Peter Riordan