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Simonds Catholic College is a secondary Catholic school for boys. With approximately 410 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 inspired.
Situated across two campuses in the heart of the City of Melbourne, Simonds Catholic College is in a unique position of being the only Catholic school for boys on the doorstep oof the CBD.
Our Year 7-9 students start at the St Mary’s Campus, West Melbourne which is just two blocks away from the Queen Victoria Market. Students move to our Year 10-12 Campus in Fitzroy North for their senior studies.
The College commenced in 1996 following the amalgamation of St Mary’s Boys’ Regional School, West Melbourne, and Cathedral College, East Melbourne both of which were Year 7-10 schools. The West Melbourne location was chosen for the school because of its accessibility by public transport. Our students come from all areas of Melbourne. We have expanded to become a Year 7-12 school, offering a broad range of VCE subjects and now occupy classrooms in what was St Mary’s Primary School (closed in 1996) and St Brigid’s Primary School (closed in 2009), on the grounds of the two landmark churches after which the campuses are named.
In 2020 we celebrate our 25 year anniversary.
Transition to Secondary School
Moving from primary to secondary school is a big change, that whilst exciting, can also be challenging or worrying for many students. Year 7 is the first time where students are experiencing individual subjects, taught by specialist teachers, as the norm. Students are eased into this transition from primary school to this next level of learning. Most subjects are taught in the familiar environment of students' Homeroom with their Homeroom Teacher taking them for more than one subject. Your son will be supported to build organisational and study skills, develop strong peer relationships and to build a connection to the school community.
The Power of Reading
We are very proud of our reading program (REP) which is now two years old. It has already dramatically changed the reading habits of our students. REP stands for Reading Equals Power. It’s an appropriate title given the link between wider reading and educational outcomes. Research on the importance of wider reading is very clear – reading develops crucial cognitive skills, expands vocabulary and develops general knowledge. Reading really does give students power in the classroom and power in life.
During four 30-minute sessions per week, straight after recess, Year 7-9 students silently read a novel they have chosen from those available in their reading range. To ensure the novels chosen are not too hard and not too easy, students read books derived from their reading comprehension results. When students finish a novel, they complete an online comprehension quiz. The results of completed quizzes are fed back to teachers, parents and the student. This system allows students to read appropriately levelled material of their choice, whilst allowing teachers to track their students’ progress and provide extra support where necessary. At the end of each semester, our students’ achievements in REP are celebrated through the presentation of awards for “most improved”, “most books read” and “most quiz points scored”. There is also healthy competition between Homerooms to see who can score the most points.
We believe that its regularity, student choice in books they read, as well as the competitive aspect are important features that make it work for our boys. When our Year 7 students were asked what was best about REP, their answers were simple but profound.
“It’s the perfect way to settle down after recess snacks”
“It’s the chance to be in your own world for a bit. I love it!”
Known, Supported, Inspired
The College motto, ‘Known, Supported, Inspired’ conveys the essence of our mission. Our school is a learning community that promotes student wellbeing, safety and positive relationships so that students can achieve success and reach their full potential.
“Dear Young People ... Do not be afraid to dream of big things” -- Pope Francis
We are a small school by design and have outstanding teachers. Our point of difference is that we deliberately limit the size of classes and this translates to increased learning opportunities for our students and big opportunities for your son. Simonds’ close proximity to the inner city means we are able to take advantage of the many excellent cultural and sporting facilities to support and enhance our students' learning. We are fortunate that many activities are only minutes away.
Join us for a Talk and Tour and discover the Simonds difference for yourself.
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.
Christian Tringali is in Year 9 Student at Simonds Catholic College
I was a little worried about the first day of Year 7 because I hardly knew anybody. There was no need as I made friends immediately. I was also impressed with the teachers’ care and friendliness. Being a small school, there is a great sense of camaraderie, numerous opportunities to really be recognised for your efforts and the teachers are always available and approachable.
I love Maths and PE because the subjects are interesting and challenging. Being a small school, there are plenty of chances for me to represent the school. I can play all types of sports including basketball and I really enjoy competing against other schools in the ACC competition.
It is so easy to get to Simonds because we are right in the city and there is public transport from everywhere. I catch the tram everyday, but others catch the train and some even ride their bikes or get dropped off.
Simonds is a really good school!
Simonds Catholic College is a unique inner-city school for boys with outstanding teachers, who deliver high quality programs to students within a spiritual, academic, cultural, social and sporting dimension. There is a very strong sense of community and partnership amongst students, staff and parents as the College strives to produce the best possible outcomes for all students.
Simonds Catholic College is a vibrant multicultural community, where student successes are valued and acknowledged. Our innovative curriculum encourages both collaborative and individual learning through an extensive range of subjects and co-curricular activities and will equip our students with the skills necessary to succeed in their lives.
As a school community, we place great emphasis on our values of Catholic beliefs and teachings, pastoral programs, respectful behaviour, inclusivity, fully committed teachers and motivated students.
Please take the time to browse our website and arrange a tour. I look forward to meeting you and your family on one of our tours.
Mr Peter Riordan
Virtual Tours are conducted on school days throughout the term. School tours commence promptly at 9.15am and provide prospective families with a great opportunity to view the school in operation. We always encourage parents to include their sons on School Tours. Virtual Tours take approximately one hour, and, with the Principal as your tour guide, you will have the chance to discover all that Simonds has to offer and ask any questions you may have. Bookings are essential.
We encourage you to register for a Virtual Talk and Tour with our Principal, Mr Peter Riordan.
Due to the prevalence of COVID-19, Simonds Catholic College has cancelled all on-site School Tours until further notice.
We understand that tours are an integral part of the enrolment process when making decisions regarding your son's secondary education. To assist you, Simonds Catholic College has created an online Virtual Tour of the College for all prospective families.
We would like to invite you and your son to attend a Virtual Talk and Tour with the Principal, Peter Riordan.
To register for a tour, please contact our Registrar, Maria De Fazio on 9321 9207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any other enquiries. Alternatively, click on the link below to book via our website.
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