Ignatius Park College
|Ignatius Park College|
|Coordinates||19°18′01″S 146°45′26″E / 19.3002°S 146.7572°ECoordinates: 19°18′01″S 146°45′26″E / 19.3002°S 146.7572°E|
|Type||Catholic private all-male secondary|
|Principal||Mr. Michael Conn|
|Chaplain||Fr. Rod Ward|
|Grades||Years 7–12 (As of 2015)|
|Affiliations||Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers|
Ignatius Park College in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, is an all-boys' school part of the Edmund Rice schools network that operates under the direction of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The school was established in 1969 at its current location in Cranbrook, though it was built as a successor school to Our Lady's Mount, the former Catholic boys' secondary that was located in Stanton Hill. The college has a student population of 850 boys from grades 8 to 12. In 2015, the college will introduce a grade 7 cohort as part of the Queensland transition of year 7 students from primary school to high school.
Like many other Australian high schools, Ignatius Park is built upon a system of five houses, with the introduction of the Putney House (named after Michael Putney) in 2014. Each house has one class per year level, which is divided into two separate homerooms from year 8 through to year 11, and combines as one through year 12. These houses are the Baillie House, Carew House, Nolan House, Putney House, Reid House, Rice House and Treacy House.
Ignatius Park College has over 40 pianos and 20 guitars, with the combined music room worth around 100,000 dollars. It has around 10 computer labs for student use. The Edmund Rice Hall is used for assemblies, special events and community use. Ignatius Park is one of a handful of schools in Queensland with a 50-metre Olympic swimming pool.
IPC Rugby League
Ignatius Park's rugby league program is offered from U/13s through to the First XIII with around 300 students involved in teams. Numerous amounts of boys from the college are contracted to National Rugby League clubs every year, such as the North Queensland Cowboys with a number of former students playing professionally, including Scott Prince (Gold Coast Titans), Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters), Michael Morgan (North Queensland Cowboys) and Anthony Mitchell (North Queensland Cowboys)