From the Headmaster
On behalf of the St Patrick’s College community, I would like to welcome you to our school.
St Patrick’s College, is a Catholic secondary College for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition. As a day and boarding school, we are proud of our rich tradition of serving educational needs of young men from Ballarat, Western Victoria and beyond since 1893 .
Each day, 1400 students walk through the gates of our College, experiencing a broad, innovative and challenging curriculum where they are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. As a College staff we are dedicated to ensuring that the curriculum offered provides every student with an opportunity to reach their potential, and we remain fully aware of the importance that each of us play in continually lifting this potential.
St Patrick’s College is an education institution that seeks to live out the Gospel vision of respect, acceptance and inclusivity amongst all members of the community. We seek to give active witness to the four Touchstones of our Charter as an Edmund Rice Education Australia school. These touchstones: Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Gospel Spirituality and Justice Solidarity form an inseparable part of who we are. It is our hope that each young man who graduates from St Patrick’s College carries forward with them a heart and mind that is open to building a society that is just and cares for all.
In determining the best destination for your son’s secondary education, I would invite you to visit St Patrick’s College. Here, your will see first-hand a College that has a strong sense of living tradition, where the work of our faith-filled forebears in building this great school is recognised, and where the next generation of students and their God-given gifts are being shaped and celebrated.
Our students, families, staff, clergy and old collegians are part of an ongoing and unfolding story. We look forward to your son being an important part of our next chapter.
Mr John Crowley
Headmaster, MA (Research), MACE, Grad. Dip. Ed, BA (Music)
Acting Co-Headmaster Wellbeing Message - August 22
Heralds of change In four weeks, our Year 12 students will finish their VCE course content and begin the arduous task of revision in preparation for their upcoming VCCA examinations. In order to lessen the burden on our Student Council the College transfers the reigns of leadership over to the incoming 2020 Student Council at the College Transfer
Teaching and Learning Report - August 22, 2019
Cardinal Pell Appeal In discerning the outcome of Cardinal Pell’s appeal, both as individuals and as a school community, I note the response from Bishop Paul Bird: The outcome of Cardinal Pell’s appeal against his conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges is the culmination of months of uncertainty during which many people in our commun
Acting Co-Headmaster - Wellbeing Message
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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
Statement from St Patrick's College
St Patrick's College has today issued the following statement regarding a County Court jury's verdict against Old Collegian Cardinal George Pell: In response to a County Court jury’s verdict finding Cardinal George Pell guilty of sexual offences against young choirboys in Melbourne, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat will today remove his name fro
Headmaster's Address to 2019 Academic Assembly
Headmaster John Crowley delivered the following address to the 2019 Academic Assembly: Good morning to everyone here this morning in the Br W.T. O’Malley Sports Centre. In offering a very warm welcome to all of our invited guests, parents, carers, Old Collegians and, most importantly, our students we acknowledge the traditional custodians of th
College response to National Apology
A message from the Headmaster in response to the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Today’s Prime Minister’s National Apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse represents a much-awaited and long-overdue moment in the history of our nation. For too many years, even decades, these brave men and women who wer
Headmaster's Message - September 21, 2018
Dear Parents, Carers, Friends, Staff and Students of St Patrick’s College, I write this editorial just after our final, and very moving, assembly for our Year 12 class of 2018. At this assembly, the student leadership baton was formally handed over to our 2019 Student Council. It is with great please that I formally present to our community our 20
2019 Student Leaders announced
Dear members of the wonderful St Patrick’s College community, Today it is a great honour to be able to announce the student leadership team for St Patrick’s College in 2019. The selection process over the past few weeks involved a detailed online vote involving students and staff, followed by a rigorous interview process whereby the candidates me
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
Statement regarding Archbishop Frank Little
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat will today remove the name of Old Collegian and former Archbishop of Melbourne Sir Thomas Francis (Frank) Little from a building which had been named in his honour and revoke his status as an inducted Legend of the College. These actions have been taken in response to yesterday’s findings into Case Study 35 of the Ro
St Patrick's College Apology
The following is a transcript of the speech delivered by Headmaster John Crowley on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 where, on behalf of the College community, he offered this apology to those affected by crimes of child abuse committed by individuals historically connected with the College. A full video of the ceremony can be seen at this link Welco
Headmaster's reflection at EREA apology
Headmaster John Crowley delivered the following speech in Canberra on Thursday, June 1, 2017 as the College's governing body, Edmund Rice Education Australia, delivered a formal apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. This reflection represents another significant step in the College's journey towards reconciliation with victims and