St Patrick's College Strathfield

Captain’s Welcome

At the centre of our College is the community. Without it, we wouldn’t exist in the same way that we do today. Each and every member of our College contributes to the rich tapestry that forms this school and validates the strong camaraderie that binds us all together. Whether it is the students, staff or parents, we are all connected by the pride that the St Patrick’s College spirit ignites within us. Upon joining this community, our 94-year-old history is evident in all aspects of College life. Founded by the Christian brothers in 1928, St Patrick’s College has not only withstood the test of time, but continued to educate, guide and mould boys into young men of action, value, and respect.

To the surprise of many, 2021 followed the same path as 2020. Amidst all the challenges that arose from the pandemic, our community was able to remain strong, united and valiant. In years to come, this period of time will be remembered not only for the way in which our lives were disrupted, but more so for the way in which we were able to find ways to connect and keep our College spirit alive. Whether that be through meeting online with friends, various fitness challenges or music videos, we were able to connect while being physically apart. Much like other moments in history, we will look back on 2021 and be proud of the way in which we continued to be a resilient and spirited community, amidst the face of adversity.

The College motto, ‘Luceat Lux Vestra’ means let your light shine and is one that all are challenged to strive towards. From the moment you put on the blue cap, this innate connection to our motto begins to rise. Letting your light shine is manifested in many ways, but no matter how big or small, embodying this motto serves to strengthen our community, one light at a time. To let your light shine is to immerse yourself in College life. To be kind, to be good and to be selfless. To be there for your friend in a time of need or to serve marginalised communities. By being your authentic self, and following in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice, your light will shine the brightest. This isn’t something that can be taught; rather it is simply nurtured and instilled within every boy, from the youngest in the blue cap to the oldest in the black tie.  

I look forward to welcoming everyone into the College, especially the new members of our community, for an exciting and bright 2022.

Michael Bejjani

2022 College Captain