St Patrick's College Strathfield

Celebrating our Founder


On Friday, the College celebrated Founder’s Day, albeit a couple of months later than normal. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, our celebrations this year allowed us to spend quality time in our Homerooms and Junior School classes, sharing a sense of community and oneness, even while being separated and distanced.

Mass was live-streamed from the Chapel into classrooms all around the College. We welcomed back Fr Ronald Maree (‘10) who concelebrated Mass with Fr Jack and delivered an inspirational homily about the influence and legacy of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. We recognised the Christian Brothers for whom our Houses are named and shared in communion across the campus. Ms Rocca and Mr Jubb sang beautifully for us and were accompanied by Bailey Yeates (Year 9) on the new Chapel organ. 

After recess, we went back into our classrooms and watched the pre-recorded concert created and produced by a team of our Year 12 students. It shone a light on some student and teacher talent, and we shared a few jokes along the way. The Concert led us into lunch around Breen Oval and we watched a large group of boys participate in the annual Waterford Mile, ultimately being won by Joe Doran of Year 6.

It was a celebration of who we are thanks to the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice and all those who have followed in his path.  It was a Founder’s Day like no other; one to remember!