Pastoral Care - House System

In 1991 it was decided to introduce a House system into the College to facilitate sporting competitions and to foster College spirit. After canvassing students and teachers, it was decided to name the Houses after prominent Australians who had achieved excellence and international recognition. It was also agreed that those chosen should be good role models for our students, with an equal number of males and females and representative of various fields of endeavour. The House names selected were Bradman, MacKillop, Paterson and Sutherland and each House has an accompanying colour and floral emblem. Students are allocated to House groups randomly.

 

Bradman 

Sir Donald Bradman “The Don” (1908 - 2001) Green, Gumleaf.

Don Bradman is arguably our greatest sporting hero and his grace and precision at the wicket is legendary. Moreover, his achievements in cricket over 22 years in the first class arena are outstanding. When he retired in 1948/9 he had amassed 28,067 runs with 117 centuries. His batting average was 99.94 but his legend is based on his performances in his first Test Tour of England when he scored 974 runs with four centuries and an average of 139.14. His highest score in first class cricket was 452 not out. In 1949 he was knighted for his services to cricket and he remains the premier model of good sportsmanship for all Australians. A cricket bat, personally signed by Sir Don, is kept in the College’s trophy cabinet.

 

MacKillop 

Mother Mary MacKillop (1842 - 1909) Red, Waratah.

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop was an Australian nun who was canonised on 17 October 2010, during a public ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. St Mary was the co-founder of the order of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart known affectionately as “the Brown Joeys”. She was a strong willed young woman who defied the Church leaders to introduce an innovative educational system into Australia. She also worked tirelessly to open many convents and charitable organisations. A branch of her order is situated at Baulkham Hills. St Mary is the first and only Australian to be recognised by the Catholic Church as a Saint.

 

Paterson 

A.B. (Banjo) Paterson (1864 - 1941) Yellow, Wattle.

Ballad-writer, horseman, bushman, overlander, squatter and lawyer, Banjo Paterson helped to create the Australian legend. With the rare touch of a genuine folk-poet he created ballads about the scattered lives of the out-back country Australians and immortalised them. His “Waltzing Matilda” became a national song and the fi lm of “The Man from Snowy River” was a huge commercial success both here and overseas. Several literary awards commemorated Paterson and “The Times” in London compared him with Rudyard Kipling.


Sutherland 

Dame Joan Sutherland (1926 - 2010) Mauve, Jacaranda.

Joan Sutherland established herself as the foremost soprano of our age and as one of the greatest operatic artists of all times in a wide-ranging international career. In February 1959 she received standing ovations at Covent Garden in England for her roles in Lucia di Lammermoor. She sang over 60 operatic roles and her recording career is one of the most prolific in history. She retired from professional life in 1991 at a spectacular farewell at the Sydney Opera House.