Christian Brothers College, Adelaide

Christian Brothers College

Ante faciem domini
(Before The Face Of The Lord)
Adelaide, South Australia
Coordinates 34°55′40″S 138°36′33″E / 34.9277°S 138.6092°E / -34.9277; 138.6092Coordinates: 34°55′40″S 138°36′33″E / 34.9277°S 138.6092°E / -34.9277; 138.6092
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day
Denomination Catholic (Christian Brothers)
Established 1878 [1]
Principal Mr. Noel Mifsud
Enrolment 1300 (2015)[2]
Campus Urban

Purple, white & shades of yellow


Christian Brothers College (CBC) is a private Catholic school in the centre of Adelaide, South Australia. It was founded by a group of Irish Christian Brothers in 1878, and it is now one of three Christian Brothers schools in the state.[3]

CBC is predominantly a secondary school, although it has a primary school campus, and now includes a community childcare centre, with a combined student population of approximately 1135 (2013).[2]

Christian Brothers College, Adelaide
Entrance to Christian Brothers College Senior Campus via Wakefield Street


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Period Name
1971–1976 Br Michael Flaherty
1977–1982 Br Max McAppion
1977–1982 Br Maxwell McCappion
1983–1985 Br Basil Hickey
1986–1994 Br John Marks
1995–2006 Br Patrick Cronin
2007– Mr Noel Mifsud


CBC has had a long-standing sporting rivalry with Blackfriars. Similar to the Saints and Princes sporting rivalry, Intercollegiate Competitions between the two have become known as "The Intercol", and are significant events on those school's calendars.


The school is proud of its Australian Rules Football history and traditions. It produced a number of Magarey Medallists in the early South Australian National Football League (SANFL) years:

Other prominent SANFL footballers produced by the school have included: John Cahill (Port Adelaide Football Club), Laurie Cahill (South Adelaide), Matt Clingly (West Torrens Football Club), B.Ploenges (S.A), D.Panizza (S.A), J.Taylor (W.A), J.Scanlon (Nwd), P.Schwarz (W.T), J.Hanley (Glenelg Football Club), S.Costello (W.A), J.F.Scanlon (W.A), C.C.Daly (Norwood Football Club)Robert (Bob) Higgins (West Adelaide Football Club).


John Perin represented Australia at senior level in 1969.[4] A number of students (e.g. Carlo Taladira, Alf Iannello and Jamie Perin) have played for Adelaide's NSL team (Adelaide City). Earlier, Syd Rossetto and Joe Serafini were key players for Adelaide City SA state sides. On 17 August 2011, Christian Brothers College won the inaugural school soccer league called the Twilight Cup. This achievement is the first time Christian Brothers College have won a soccer championship since the foundation of the school 133 years ago.

Rugby union

Rugby union was introduced to the school in 2010.

Notable alumni


  1. Christian Brothers College - College History, College History: A Proud History. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  2. 1 2 My School, Christian Brothers College, Adelaide | School Profile 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  3. Christian Brothers' College (Adelaide, S. Aust.) (1915). Seasons Greetings from the Christian Brothers' College, Adelaide, 1915. The College. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. "The Australian National Men's Football Team: Caps and Captains" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  5. Christan Brothers College Prospectus (PDF). Adelaide, S.A.: Christian Brothers College Adelaide. 2013. p. 19. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  6. The city of Adelaide : a thematic history (PDF). Norwood, S.A.: McDougall & Vines, Conservation and Heritage Consultants. 2006. p. 17. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  7. "The Friends Of The Paul McGuire Maritime Library Inc.". Retrieved 2014-06-15.

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