St Gregory's College, Campbelltown
Infobox Aust school private
name = St Gregory's College
motto = "Quae Seminaveris Metes"
Latin:"As you sow, so shall you reap")cite web|url = http://www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au/introduction/school_report/rprt_2006.pdf|title = Annual School Report 2006|accessdate = 2007-10-14|year = 2007|format = PDF|work = Introduction|publisher = St Gregory's College]
established = 1926cite web|url = http://www.schoolchoice.com.au/find_a_school?cid=12351&pid=2701992|title = St Gregory's College|accessdate = 2007-10-14|year = 2007|work = New South Wales|publisher = School Choice]
type = Private, Secondary, Single-sex, Day & Boarding
denomination = Roman Catholic,
key_people = Mr Derek Wales ( Acting Principal)
Mr Derek Wales (Director of Students)
Mr Derek Wales (Director of Learning)
Mr Derek Wales (Director of Mission)
Mr Derek Wales (Director of Boarding)
Kurtis Pont (College Captain)
Lloyd Nash (College Vice Captain)
fees = AU$4,430 - AU$5,160 p.a (Day)
AU$17,900 - AU$18,630 p.a (Boarding)cite web|url = http://www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au/our_school/enrolment/fees/fees_2008.pdf|title = School Fee Policy and Charges - 2008|accessdate = 2008-01-28 |year = 2008 |format = PDF|work = Enrolments|publisher = St Gregory's College|pages = p.1]
city = Campbelltown
New South Wales
enrolment = ~1,100cite web|url = http://www.boarding.org.au/site/school_detail.cfm?schID=80|title = St Gregory's College|accessdate = 2007-10-14|year = 2007 |work = New South Wales Schools|publisher = Australian Boarding Schools Association]
num_employ = ~68 (Full-time)
colours = Maroon & Sky Blue color box|#800000color box|#6495ED
homepage = [http://www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au/ www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au]
St Gregory's College (commonly referred to as St Greg's) is a Catholic, secondary, day and
boarding schoolfor boys, located in Campbelltown, a south-western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
3 February 1926and conducted by the Marist Brotherssince 1929, St Greg's has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1100 students from Years 7 to 12, including 180 boarders.
collegeis a school of the Diocese of Wollongong,cite web |url=http://www.dow.org.au/62|title= Congregational Schools|accessdate=2007-10-14 |year =2007|work= Systemic Schools (CEO, Wollongong)|publisher=Catholic Diocese of Wollongong] and is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),cite web |url=http://www.ahisa.com.au/Display.aspx?tabid=2230 |title=AHISA Schools: New South Wales |accessdate=2007-10-14 |year =2007 |month =April |work=New South Wales|publisher=Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association, and the Association of Marist Schools of Australia.cite web |url=http://www.amsaust.asn.au/memberlinks.asp#s|title= Member School Links |accessdate=2007-10-14 |year =2007 |work=Member Schools|publisher=Association of Marist Schools of Australia] The School has hosted the Marist Cricketand BasketballCarnival's, Won the Arrive Aliveand Nutri-GrainCup. Most recently in 2008 St Gregory's had a mass in celebration of the "Journey of the World Youth DayCross and Icon" just months before World Youth Dayin which the college was very involved.
The College for 82 years has been the best
Catholic schoolfor boys in the Macathurarea turning boys into fine young men and setting a great example to the community by being involved in various community service activities such as The Salvation Army's and St Vincent de Paul's Door Knock Appeals, helping students at Beverly Park special schoolon Thursday afternoons and much more.The St Gregory's Good Bloke Award is also an achievement that St Gregory's students strive for by handing in lost property, helping people at Campbelltownstation, giving up their seats for their elders on the bus. This is what St Gregory's is about "being a good bloke" and setting a good example for the boys to come.St Gregory's sister school is St Scholastica's Collegebut usually due to the distance, St Gregory's have dances with St Pats in Campbelltown.
St Gregory's College commenced operations in 1925. The property on which the College is located was owned by Thomas Donovan who was a generous benefactor to the
Catholic Church. In the early 1920s he contacted the Marist Brothers about starting a school for boys on the top of badgally hill to help them learn the skills to have careers on the land.St Gregory's are fourtunate enough to still keep their agricultural tradition alive and well with their farm started in the 1920s. The Boys do show cattle and sheep at various shows across Sydney such as, Camden Show, Moss Vale Show, CanberraShow and the Sydney Royal Easter ShowSt Gregory’s commenced operations as a boarding school on 3 February 1926with five brothersas staff, and two students (The Cuskelly Brothers).By the end of the year the student numbers had risen to ten.
In 1929 the estate was donated to the
Marist Brothersby Mr Thomas Donovan. Donovan intended that St Gregory's College should exist for country boys whom he would endow with bursaries. Much of the early infrastructure was also donated by Mr Donovan, for example the Chapel, classrooms and the first dormitory.
The foundation Principal in 1926 was Br Felix. However before the end of the first year he was recalled to his position at
St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill. Br Laurentius who was on the staff took over the position. Br Laurentius was only 27 years old but suffered from ill health. Enrolments climbed to around 50 students despite the college not having main electricityor a reliable supply of water.
Great Depressionsaw enrolments drop to ten students and the college was threatened with closure. Principal Br Laurentius died in 1933 after a long illness. Br Antoninus was appointed the new principal and led the College during the Depression years.
In 1937 Br William Molloy was appointed. Br Molloy had much experience as a principal as he had been a successful leader in several Marist schools before he came to St Gregory's.Br Molloy did much to progress the college. He registered the college as an agricultural high school making it the first Catholic agricultural high school in Australia. Br Molloy also chose the College's
motto: "Quae Seminaveris Metes" which is translatedform Latinto mean "What you sow, so shall you reap".
Enrolments rose steadily but the perceived threat of Japanese invasion of Australia during the
Second World Warsaw numbers rise dramatically due to the schools location away from Sydney Harbour. Br Ambrose Payne led the College during the war years and during this time the main building for class rooms and dormitories was constructed.
Post World War Two era
The period following the war saw Br William Molloy return to lead the college for a few years, followed by Br Valens and then Br Angelus. The College was stretched to its capacity with over 226 boarders. In 1957 the College welcomed back its first old boy principal, Br Coman Sykes. This time saw much growth and development. Ovals were levelled, the swimming pool was started and in 1962 the college chapel was opened. The college chapel was sponsored by old boys after Mr Len Sykes rallied ex-students across New South Wales in a fund raising tour.
Br Anselm became Principal in the 1960's. At that time the Campbelltown area was booming with a growth rate of 13% compared to the state average of 2%. The Wyndham Scheme changed the New South Wales schools system to provide for six years of
secondary educationinstead of five. This caused great demand for places at the college. The number of day boys soon challenged those of many boarders.
Br Anselm built a new class room and dormitory block in 1963 began a new project nearly every year. This period was of unprecedented change and growth. Br Anselm contracted
cancerand he died in May, 1970.
In the years ahead Br Frederick for one year and then Br Clarence, Br Ernest, Br Geoffrey and Br William followed as Principals. Br Ernest initiated a comprehensive building programme of class rooms, computer rooms and dormitories. When Br William Connell opened the Year 12 boarding house the programme was complete.
During the 1970s and 80s the College saw success in terms of academic results and sporting competitions. It was during this time that the college earned a reputation as the nursery for young National Rugby League (NRL) stars. The college
dairyclosed in the early 1980's.
The 1990s and beyond
For much of the 1990s St Gregory's was led by Br Paul Hough who has served the longest term as principal at the college. During this time he built new boarding houses for junior students and the college saw success in
public speakingand debating, musicals and agricultural competitions. Br Paul left the college at the end of 2000 to become principal at St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill.
In 2001 Mr Marshal McMahon was appointed as the first lay Principal of St Gregory's. Mr McMahon initiated several building projects including the Donovan Centre and the
roadreworks. The implementation of computertechnology within the college has increased greatly during this period.
At present the College is undergoing building renovations aimed at providing better facilities for the school body. These works involve the relocation of the Study Hall,
Library, staff room, administration and receptionfacilities.Br Peter Pemble saw the Building of 500 seats over looking the Number 1 Oval.
The College is situated on a single 400
hectare(1,048 acre) campuscite web|url = http://www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au/index2.html|title = About Us |accessdate = 2007-10-14|year = 2007 |work = Our School|publisher = St Gregory's College] located in the suburb of Campbelltown and approximately 43 km from the Sydney central business district. St Gregory's is located on Badgally Hill, the highest peakbetween Sydney and the Great Dividing Range.
Boarders of St Gregory's College live in five houses named after significant Brothers in the College's history. Attached to each boarding house is a residence for a
familywho look after the house. Within the boarding house is accommodation for a live-in supervisor.
The boarding buildings provide single room
accommodationfor all students. Each house contains bathrooms with a laundry, a common roomequipped with kitchenfacilities and internet in each boarding house and in each room in the Year 12 boarding house.The Houses AreValens, Fingal, Edgar, Alfred and Senan House.
Valens is led by Br Chris Hogan for Year 7
Fingal is led by Mr and Mrs Fox for Years 8 and 9
Edgar is led by Mrs Graham and Mrs Burke for Years 9 and 10
Alfred is led by Mr Wilson for Years 9 and 10
Senan is led by Mr John Kierenan for Years 11 and 12
St Gregory's college has had two
mottos since its foundation.
*"Manners Maketh thy Man" 1926 - 1937, inherited from the Donovan family
*"Quae Seminaveris Metes" 1937 - Present,
translatedfrom Latinas "What you sow, so shall you reap". Chosen by the principal at the time, Brother William Molloy.
As a Marist school, Marist brothers have their own accommodation on the school grounds at the Br William Molloy building and Marist Brothers are also amongst the teaching staff.
Saint Marcellin Champagnatwas the founder of the Marist Brothers. In 2001, Mr Marshal McMahon became the first lay headmasterof the College. Mr Mcmahon is the only lay Principal of St Gregory's with Br Peter Pemble taking his Place in 2008, but sadly due to his Leg it was announced half way through Term 3 2008 that he would not return to St Gregory's as Principal. Mr Tony Fitzgerald is the current acting principal for the remainder of 2008.
St Gregory's College has a strong reputation in Sport. St Gregory's is known for its success in
Rugby Leagueand also Cricket. With this years First XI winning the MCS competition, 2007 Australasian Marist Carnival and joint priemers in the Combined Catholic College's Downey Trophey, with 22 wins and 0 losses all season. Rugby League is very strong at the college as St Gregory's compete in the MCS competition and the Arrive Alive cup who have been champions on a record 9 occasions and Runners Up twice. Strong support from the college community is present at semi-finals and finals in the MCS competition and all Arrive Alive Cup matches. Rugby Unionis also becoming part of the sporting culture at the college which the boarding community represents the college against teams in the GPS and ISA sporting competitions. The college provides facillities for the students with 8 rugby league/union fields, 3 cricket fields, 3 football ( Soccer) fields, swimming pool, tennis courts, cricket nets, outdoor and indoor basketball courts and a college gymnasium.
Sports played at the college include: Rugby League, Cricket, Football (Soccer),
Basketball, Rugby Union, Australian Rules Football, Touch Football, Golf, Tennis, Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, and Softball.
St Gregory's College is known as a nursery to the
National Rugby League(NRL) with some notable players representing several NRL teams along with State and National honours with more recently Ryan Hoffmangaining selection in the Australian Test side which will come up against New Zealandon October 14th. Also grand final day 2007 each 3 grandfinals Jersey Flegg, Priemier League and the Nrl TelstraPremiership had a representative from St Gregory's College.
In 2007, The new Director of Boarding Mr Matthew Brennan introduced
Rugby Unionin a Passionate Way and saw Boarders Playing against GPSand ISAmember Schools in Rugby Union. 2007 brought great success and as a result of this the St Gregory's first XV were entered in the 2008 Warratah Sheild (State Competition) having progressed to the Semi Finals played on September 2 2008 against St Augstines Brookvale.
St Gregory's Played in the Sheild
St Johns, Nowra
Hills Sports High
Debating and public speaking
Debatingand public speakinghas had a long history at St Gregory's College.The College Represents itself in the CSDACompetition for Public Speaking and Debating. The Gordon Fetterplace Public Speaking Competition is a Highlight of the Year for boys willing to have a go.
St Gregory's is well known for their amazing singing at Mass. The St Gregory's College Choir have had many gigs in and around school. In 2008 the choir sang at Gordon Fetterplace and Jack Gibsons Funerals. As a result of their great sound after
Jack Gibson's funeral, The ARLselected the St Gregory's choir to sing "You Raise me Up" at the oppening State of Origingame in 2008 in Sydney.
St Gregory's also participates with the
Duke of EdinburghAward as well as Telescopenights and Chess.
As with most Australian schools, St Gregory's utilises a
house system. In 2007 the college adopted new sporting houses to the college community with several name changes and introduction of the Champagnat House Cup. The college house competition provides the chance for all boys to contribute to the success of their house, not just in sport but in every part of College life. The four new houses that were established are:
*Laurentian House Colour: Red, Motto: "Edurance produces character"
*Donovan House Colour: Gold, Motto: "To share with generosity"
*Molloy House Colour: Blue, Motto: "Stand firm in your faith, act with courage"
*Killian House Colour: Green, Motto: "To be first, you must be a servant"
2007 Champagnat Cup Winners: Killian,Green, Captain: Marcus Berryman and Mitchell Huckstepp
Patrons:Mr Laing, Mrs Pickard
2008 Champagnat Cup Winners: Killian,Green, Captains: Dean Quarisa and Dane Harrision
Patron: Mrs Pickard
Note: "Killian" were the only House to keep their name and colour
Alumnusof St Gregory's College are commonly referred to as 'Old Boys' and may choose to join the schools alumni association, the St Gregory's College Old Boys Association.cite web|url = http://www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au/index2.html|title = Old Boys Registration |accessdate = 2007-10-14|work = Our School|publisher = St Gregory's College] Some notable 'Old Boys' include:
;Entertainment, Media and the Arts
*Peter Lloyd - South Asia correspondent for the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
*John Nolan (Musician) - Former Lead Guitarist and founding member of Australian Premier Alternative Rock Band "Bigroom"
* The Logan Brothers who appeared in
;Medicine and Science
Mark Baker- Chair of Proteomicsat Macquarie University; Director and Chief Executive Officerof the Australian Proteome Analysis Facilitycite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = BAKER Mark| accessdate = 2007-10-14| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
;Politics, Public Service and the Law
*Peter James Breen - Former Member of the NSW Legislative Council (Independent); Member of the Statutory Committee on Offices of Ombudsman and Police Integrity Commission; Parliamentary Standing Committee on
Lawand Justice; Joint Select Committee on Victims Compensationcite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = BREEN Peter James| accessdate = 2007-10-14| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
Steven Chaytor- Politician; Australian Labor Partymember of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, representing the Electoral district of Macquarie Fieldscite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = CHAYTOR Steven| accessdate = 2007-10-14| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Benedict Paul Hardman - Member of the
Victorian Legislative Assembly(ALP), representing the Electoral district of Seymourcite web|url = http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/re-member/bioregfull.cfm?mid=102|title = Hardman, Benedict ('Ben') Paul|accessdate = 2007-10-14|year = 2007|work = Re-Member|publisher = Parliament of Victoria]
Adrian Piccoli- New South Wales Shadow Leader of the House; Shadow Minister for Water; Shadow Ministerfor Regional Development; Shadow Minister for State Development; Member of the Legislative Assembly (Nationals) for Murrumbidgee (also attended Catholic High School Griffith)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = PICCOLI Adrian| accessdate = 2007-10-14| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*Hon. Thomas Gregory Stephens - Member of the Legislative Assembly (ALP) for Central Kimberley-Pilbara,
Western Australiacite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = STEPHENS (Tom) Thomas Gregory, Hon.| accessdate = 2007-10-14| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
*William John Tilley - Member of the Legislative Assembly (Liberal) for Benambra, Victoria (also attended
Waverley College& Redden College)cite encyclopedia| editor = Suzannah Pearce| encyclopedia = Who's Who in Australia Live!| title = TILLEY (Bill) William John| accessdate = 2007-10-14| date = 2006-11-17| year = 2007| publisher = Crown Content Pty Ltd| location = North Melbourne, Vic]
* The Hon.
Graham West- Member for Campbelltownon a state governmentlevel. Minister of gaming and racing and for Sport and Recreation. Member of the Australian Labour Party( ALP)
Jack Gibson- Coach of Rugby League Team of the Century
Trent Barrett- Rugby League player for Wiganin the European Super League; Formerly played for the Illawarra Steelers, New South Wales and Australia
* Simon Bonetti - Rugby League, played for
* Peter Cusak - Rugby League player; Currently co-captain of South Sydneycite web|url = http://www.souths.com.au/football/player.asp?PlayerID=2394 |title = Peter Cusack|accessdate = 2007-10-14|year = 2007|work= Player Profile|publisher = South Sydney Rabbitohs]
* Stuart Flanagan - Rugby League player for the Wests Tigers
Eric Grothe- Rugby League
Ryan Hoffman- Rugby League player for the Melbourne Storm(Class of 2002)cite news| author = AAP| title = Storm snaps up schoolboy star| url = http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/07/24/1027497353622.html| work = Sport| publisher = The Age| date = 2002-07-25| accessdate = 2007-10-14]
* David Howell - Rugby League player for the
Canberra Raidersand Harlequins Rugby League
* Chris Lawrence - Rugby League player for the
Wests Tigerscite news| first = Vera | last = Bertola | title = Emergence of a kid with star quality | url = http://www.liverpoolleader.com.au/article/2007/08/08/2625_sports.html| work = Rugby League| publisher = Liverpool Leader| date = 2007-08-08| accessdate = 2007-10-14]
* Robbie Mears - Rugby League
Luke Quigley- Rugby League player, formerly of the Newcastle Knights; Currently of the French Super Leagueclub Catalans Dragons
Matt Seers- Former Rugby League player for the North Sydney Bears, Wests Tigersand Wakefield Trinity
Tim Sheens- NRL coach for the Wests Tigers(also attended St Dominic's College, Kingswood)
* Jason Taylor - Former Rugby League player for Wests, Norths, the
Northern Eagles, and Parramatta; Record holder for most career points in the National Rugby LeagueNow Coached the South Sydney Rabbitohs
Daniel Heckenberg- Rugby League player for Harlequins Rugby League
Taulima Tautai- Rugby league palyer for Parramatta Eels
List of non-government schools in New South Wales
* [http://www.stgregs.nsw.edu.au/ St Gregory's College Website]
* [http://www.champagnat.org/ Marist Brothers Website]
* [http://www.maristoz.edu.au/schools/education/lavalla/2002may/page13.html Lavalla Journal: Donovan Centre]
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