St. Patrick's College, Strathfield was established in 1928
by the Christian Brothers for the youth in Western Sydney
and to provide teaching experience for student Brothers. It began with 39 boys and today provides education for approximately 1400 with a large waiting list for admission.
From the outset it provided a wide curriculum that included the sciences, music, art, drama, woodwork and technical drawing. It began with two science laboratories and now there are seven. Acquisition of land during the depression of the early thirties provided the College with a top class sportsfield for cricket, rugby and athletics. A Gymnasium, swimming pool, practice wickets and four additional sports fields supply further facilities. There is access on occasions to the Olympic Sports Centre at Homebush nearby.
What began as a single building in 1928 has now grown to more than ten with an administration centre employing ten people. Eight rooms have become more than fifty. In 1960 a school chapel was erected accommodating 250 people. The College Honour Boards list the names of fifty ex-student priests or Christian Brothers and of men who have attained distinction in professional fields or public life.
Headmasters of St. Patrick’s College
The buildings and facilities are named after the following, all of whom taught at the College.
Founded by The Christian Brothers
The Shield: With its chevrons and bars, it is a symbol of strength and fortitude.
The Motto: Those who wear the crest pledge fidelity to the College motto ‘Luceat Lux Vestra’
(Let Your Light Shine); others inspired by your way of life will be helped to find God.
The Star: Seen mounting the Crest, it signifies that the College lights the way to knowledge and to
the Heavenly Father.