St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe

Saint Patrick's College, Shorncliffe

Latin: Certa Bonum Certamen
("Fight the Good Fight")
Brisbane, Queensland
Coordinates 27°19′25.82″S 153°4′57.48″E / 27.3238389°S 153.0826333°E / -27.3238389; 153.0826333Coordinates: 27°19′25.82″S 153°4′57.48″E / 27.3238389°S 153.0826333°E / -27.3238389; 153.0826333
Type Private, Single-sex and Day
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1952
Principal Mr. Christopher Mayes
Years offered Years 5–12
Enrolment 1,300
Campus Shorncliffe
Colour(s) Green and Gold         
Affiliations Associated Independent Colleges, Christian Brothers

Park Parade entrance

St. Patrick's College (SPC) is a private, Roman Catholic, day school for boys, situated on the waterfront in Shorncliffe, north of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia.

Established by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1952,the college currently enrols approximately 1226 students across eight grades (Years 5 to 12). SPC is one of eight member schools a part of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) and also competes in the Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) in the junior school.


St Patrick’s is a member of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) and the Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) and participates in both associations’ sporting competitions and events. Students in Year 8–12 compete in the AIC and Years 5 – 7 in the CIC. Both sporting competitions are conducted across the entire school year and consist of a wide range of sports. The school has had great success in the field of AIC Cross Country with 5 overall Aggregate Premierships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

2013 was a great year for SPC Football where the 1st XI team was successful in winning the AIC Football premiership. This achievement was a culmination of hard work and determination of a number of years, shown by coaches, teachers and players.

2015 saw the college win the Ist Volleyball, Basketball and Football premierships. What was notable was that the Volleyball and Basketball were done undefeated. Mention should also go to the undefeated 5D team in 2015, who won every game of their campaign.

House system

There are nine houses at SPC: Coffey, Kennedy, Mooney, O'Rourke, Quane, Rice, Ryan, Treacy and Xavier, with O'Rourke House being the most recent house championship winners, taking out the overall championship in 2015.

Notable alumni

International Connections

St. Patrick's has a student exchange program with two schools in North America; Vancouver College in Canada and Moeller High School in the United States. Each year the college sponsors two year 11 students to attend each institution. The exchanges are set to coincide with the beginning of each school year, with the outgoing students studying in the tail end of the North American summer (end of term 3 in Brisbane). Incoming students attend St.Patrick's in late January and February. Past exchanges have been to the benefit of each school. On one occasion St. Patrick's students helped the implementation of a house system at Moeller. St. Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace students also travel to Moeller.

Each year a service trip to Eastern India was led by the College Chaplain, Fr. Liam Horsfall, a former Provincial Superior of the Divine Word Missionaries in the region. At first of these trips were more informal, with students handpicked by Fr. Horsfall and little involvement with the school. Today students are also accompanied by other staff members and have extensive school-sponsored fundraising.

Notable Incidents

Wikinews has related news: Twelve-year-old schoolboy stabbed, dies in Brisbane, Australia

On 15 February 2010, twelve-year-old Elliot Fletcher was stabbed in the playground by a thirteen-year-old classmate before dying shortly upon arrival at hospital.[1] The two students found themselves in a quarrel in the playground of the Catholic school.[2]

See also


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