St Patrick’s College is a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition and reaches out to all boys and their families who will respect the Catholic philosophy of the College. We believe that we exist to offer boys an opportunity to hear the Gospel message of Jesus, to embrace the values of such a life and to accept the challenge of living out that message in service as part of the mission of the Catholic Church in the contemporary world.
Students of St Patrick’s express their faith through service to others and participation in liturgy and prayer and the study of religious education at all year levels. Each year students raise over $40,000 through the annual Edmund Rice Day Walkathon to distribute to charities aligned with our mission. The College has a nationally recognised and acclaimed Indigenous Education Programme and the nation’s oldest school-based St Vincent de Paul Society. As part of the Year 9 Programme students undertake community service work to support marginalised families in the region as well as responding to natural disasters and other events that cause distress within families or the community. Even beyond the College gates old boys regularly travel to Africa to work alongside Christian Brothers with children ravaged by poverty and disease.
Our staff and students are exemplars of our faith and reinforce on a daily basis that St Patrick’s College is first and foremost a Catholic school for boys guided in all that we do by the teachings of Jesus of the Gospels.
Above: An interactive 360 degree view inside the College Chapel.
Mission Report - September 19, 2019
Spring looks like it may finally be here after a long and cold winter. It is Ballarat so I most likely speak too soon. One of the casualties of winter can be our sense of wonder as we endure bitter low temperatures, the constant interruption of clouds obscuring the sun that make us bow our heads and think about sunny days ahead. But it is always im
Mission Report - September 5, 2019
A nightclub opened next door to a church and immediately the relationship was tense. The churchgoers were unhappy with the noise on Saturday nights as they were gathering for a prayer group. They did not like the cars that were left by patrons on Sunday mornings when they tried to get a parking space near the Church. Finally, they did not appreciat
Mission Report - August 22, 2019
At our recent whole College Mass College Chaplain Fr Vincent Long Pham offered the Catholic vision in an accessible and persuasive image. At our staff formation day, Fr Jorge de Chavez also made clear the decisive choice of the Christian life – are we with Jesus in faith and love? Our staff Mass was also enriched by the Regina Caeli Schola, who uni
Mission Report - September 21, 2018
O my God, Give me your grace to live in your love always. Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart from clinging to the things that stop me loving. Raise my heart in joyful praise for your gifts and let my love of you grow more and more every day. Amen. We offer this prayer at every assembly of the whole College. We prayed these words again at ou
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