Certa Bonum Certamen - Fight the Good Fight
At St. Patrick's College we recognise that choosing the next step in your son's educational journey will be one of the most important decisions you and your son will make. Obtaining as much information as you can is vital in making this decision. Whilst this School's Guide provides a brief overview of the College, we'd encourage you to explore the College further through both our College website (www.stpatricks.qld.edu.au) in addition to attending one of our annual Open Days. We trust that you will be able to learn as much as you can about every aspect of St. Patrick's, including our pastoral care system, counselling and careers advice, subject areas and curriculum and our sports and music programs.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
St. Patrick's College has a proud history of educating young men in the Edmund Rice tradition for over 60 years. At St. Patrick's we believe that the provision of the Catholic faith for our school community is at the core of everything we do. The Founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice, was known for his concern for the poor and marginalised. The College's enrolment policy is reflective of the Founder's original vision.
St. Patrick's is committed to achieving academic excellence to meet the educational needs of future Australian leaders, reformers, innovators and workers. The College also has a strong focus on social justice, a sense of community and actively nurturing the spiritual development of the young men in our care. To complement our Religious Education Curriculum, St. Patrick's College offers a comprehensive sequential retreat and service solidarity program for our school community. St. Patrick's is renowned as having one of the leading Service Programs in schools across Australia. The challenge to our students is for them to put their "Faith into Action".
The College's House system provides continuity in Pastoral Care over Years 5 to 12 and is the primary structure in helping students to develop a sense of belonging to the College and fostering college and community spirit. The young men of St. Patrick's are strongly encouraged to be active members of their community. The College offers an extensive co-curricular program covering both cultural and sporting dimensions.
Life for the students of St. Patrick's College is built on the Gospel values of the Catholic Church. St. Patrick's is a distinct community that cherishes the religious, academic and social development of young men.
An atmosphere of care prevails at St. Patrick's where each young man's dignity is affirmed so that he may confidently strive for excellence in all dimensions of his life. This ethos of care aims to ensure the formation of strong characters that are based on Gospel values. Students are welcomed into one of nine Houses as a means of optimising personal care and leadership opportunities.
Students are encouraged to explore their potential and pursue excellence within the realm of the College's extensive sporting program which includes inter-school and intra-school competitions. Opportunities exist for students of all ages, abilities and ambitions to participate in a range of activities.
Cultural expression is nurtured by St. Patrick's and valued as a critical component in the development of an individual. The young men of St. Patrick's are provided with a variety of cultural opportunities including performing arts, public speaking, theatresports, debating and chess.
Developing a connectedness with local and global communities is recognised by St. Patrick's as an integral feature in the life of a young man. Students are encouraged to participate in local and international social justice immersion and student exchange programs.
Students of St. Patrick's are provided with professional support and guidance so that they are fully equipped with the necessary tools to strive for their personal and academic goals. Accessing services of support is encouraged and readily available to students.
The co-curricular program at St. Patrick’s College is extensive with a full sporting and cultural program. The College is a member of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) sporting program and offers cultural pursuits in Debating, Chess, instrumental music, bands, choir, public speaking and Theatresports.
The College’s House system provides continuity in Pastoral Care over Years 5 to 12 and is the primary structure in helping students to develop a sense of belonging to the College and fostering school and community spirit. The Big Brother – Little Brother program is highly successful in providing leadership opportunities for every Year 12 student and strong pastoral care for new students.
A number of bursary programs are available through the St. Patrick's College Foundation. For more information please get in contact with the College or visit our website.
Students travel by train (Shorncliffe station just 500 metres walk), private bus routes (Hornibrook and Thompsons), private car, cycle and walk.
St. Patrick's is a Catholic school in the Brisbane Archdiocese catering for young men from Year 5 to Year 12. The College, established on its current site in 1952 by the Christian Brothers, is a member of the national educational network operated by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA).
We are a community that values our history of more than 60 years of service for young men, whilst also embracing new ideas, opportunities and technologies as we seek to foster men of action.
MEN OF FAITH
We are committed to fostering a caring and inclusive community. Every St. Patrick's College student is asked to actively engage in the life and mission of the College so that we can support him in growing into a young man with a sure knowledge of who he is and how he can make a difference to his community.
MEN OF LEARNING
We take pride in our promotion of learning excellence. Whether it is Year 5 students learning about Edmund Rice, volleyballers practicing their skills or Chemical titration teams working in the Chemistry lab, every young man has a part to play in the life of the College. We are proud of our students' success, with consistently high results in OP and vocational courses a testament to the quality of our teaching and our ability to bring out the best in each young man.
MEN OF HUMILITY
Through our House-based pastoral care system, every St. Patrick's College young man is guided to form respectful relationships based on integrity and compassion.
I encourage you to explore our College website and visit our community at its annual Open Day - we hope that in visiting, you may gain an appreciation for life as part of the St. Patrick's community, a sense of our values and history and access useful information on the variety of opportunities the College provides. Our hope is that your connection to our College just begins here and will lead to a developing relationship with us.
Mr Chris Mayes