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St Patrick’s College commenced as a boarding school for boys in 1893 and has catered for the educational, pastoral and co-curricular needs of boys from regional, remote and overseas communities for 125 years.
The College’s model for boarding, supported by first class facilities, facilitates positive learning outcomes for boys and builds upon the wonderful tradition which exists at the College.
At St Patrick’s College, boarders have the opportunity to live, study and play in one of Australia’s premier regional cities. Ballarat’s reputation for educational excellence is unsurpassed, being formally recognised as A ‘Learning City’.
St Patrick’s College has enthusiastically embraced this concept. We are confident that young men living in a close-knit and caring boarding community will develop the skills to make them life-long learners and leaders within the community.
A Year in the Life of Boarding (2018). Click here.
Boarding is one of life’s great joys.
St Patrick’s is committed to maintaining Boarding as an integral part of the school where students from around Australia and overseas can experience the challenges and rewards of living together within a supportive boarding community. Our Boarders are able to participate fully in the life of the College and develop friendships that last a lifetime.
With construction of an outstanding new boarding facility completed in 2018, St Patrick’s College offers a boarding environment and facilities unparalleled anywhere in regional Australia. Our boys live in purpose-designed rooms surrounded by first-class recreational, dining and study facilities. With a maximum of two boys per room, our accommodation is more akin to their own bedrooms at home, rather than a dormitory environment.
Resident staff provide expert care, support and guidance for our boarding students while also ensuring boys have access to all after-school activities including a structured study program.
Our boarding program offers extensive weekend activities as well as a growing social justice program which embeds our boarding students deep within the wider Ballarat community.
The Boarding Precinct is set in beautiful grounds in central Ballarat and form part of regional Australia’s foremost educational precinct.
Boarding students have supervised out-of-hours access to the College’s library, music rooms, indoor sports complex, weights training facility and Information Technology Laboratories.
Boys enjoy a busy, fun-filled life. It is indeed an idyllic place for young men to live, study and play!
Boarding Bulletin Board - September 19, 2019
‘Boarding Bulletin Board (T3 20/9/19) News from around the Boarding Precinct The end of Term 3 is always a busy time for the College particularly as a number of the College’s departments hold their celebration dinners. One of the many advantages of Boarding is being able to immerse yourself in all the opportunities that are on offer, and these
Boarding Bulletin Board - September 5, 2019
‘Boarding Bulletin Board (T3)’ News around the Boarding Precinct Following a comprehensive process that has entailed a letter of application, informal questions, student and staff vote and an interview – we are delighted to announce the following leadership for 2020. - 2020 Captain of Boarding – Benedict Howard - 2020 Vice Captains of Boarding
Launch of 2019 SPC Great Man Video
Our student leaders of 2019 launched this video on Tuesday, August 6 at a full school assembly. In their own words, they described what it means to be a great man of St Patrick's College: From our School Captain Aidan Hanrahan: “Raising fine boys to the status of Great Men”. That is what we strive to achieve whilst here at St Patrick’s Colleg
From worlds apart, unique friendship blossoms
From worlds apart, a unique bond has been forged between two Year 7 students in their first year at St Patrick’s College. Eric Yang hails from the bustling Nanjing metropolitan region in China, about 305km west of Shanghai, along with 30 million other residents. He is the first international Year 7 student to enrol as a boarder in the new St Patri
Thank you to our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors
St Patrick's College would like to thank the many generous supporters of our Boarding Precinct Fundraising Appeal. The fundraising appeal raised over $500,000 towards the cost of the College's impressive new $7m-plus boarding precinct, housing nearly 100 boarders in modern, spacious and most importantly “home away from home” facilities. We will be
Thanking our Boarding Appeal donors
The College would like to sincerely thank our generous supporters of the Boarding Precinct Appeal. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising over $450,000, towards the $7m-plus build cost. Construction of the stunning new accommodation wing is now complete. The 11-month build of the thr
Launch of our Great Man video
As St Patrick’s College celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, we felt it was a crucial time to revisit and redefine our mission to “raise fine boys to the status of great men”. We asked ourselves, what is a great man? How do we define greatness? To answer these challenging questions the College embarked upon a deep, 12-month community consult
Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors
The College would like to sincerely thank our generous supporters of the Boarding Precinct Appeal. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising over $400,000, towards the overall $7m build cost. While the build is moving rapidly and we look forward to opening the new boarding precinct to ou
Thanking our Boarding Precinct Appeal supporters
The College would like to thank the generous supporters of our Boarding Precinct Appeal to date. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising just over $400,000, towards the overall $7m build cost. While the build is moving rapidly and we look forward to opening the new boarding precinct to
Old Collegians tackle Kokoda together
A group of SPC Old Collegians from 1990 tackled the Kokoda Track together recently. The group, pictured above, included Stefan Seketa (1985-90), Michael Hughes (1987-90), Mark Bond (1988-90), Robert Calnon (1985-90), Paul Barry (1987-90) and Paul Fogarty (1988-90). We thank the men for sharing the trip with us, and Stefan Seketa writes about their
Where are they now - Jason Gigliotti (SPC 1984-89)
The College recently reconnected with Jason Gigliotti (SPC 1984-89) who enjoyed the many relationships he shared at SPC during his time. Where has life taken you since leaving SPC? After finishing Year 12 in 1989, I went fruit picking. It was a great break away and helped save for the first car. I have since trained in and run businesses in h
Recognising our Boarding Precinct Appeal donors
The College would like to thank the generous supporters of our Boarding Precinct Appeal to date. So far, we are well over a third of the way towards raising $1 million in a fundraising appeal, raising nearly $400,000, towards the overall $7m build cost. We invite our school community to consider assisting the College in this investment to secure bo
Headmaster's Message - Boarding Precinct News
Dear Old Collegians of St Patrick’s College, It is with much excitement that I write with final confirmation that the planned construction of our new boarding precinct will proceed in 2017. This week, the board of Edmund Rice Education Australia (our College’s governing body) met to formally approve our planned $5.3m development which will secure