Our Community

Supporting the Foundation

2019 Paddy's Van Appeal

St Patrick’s College has grown over the last 15 years, but one thing is unchanged – our commitment to justice and peace for all and standing with those in our society who are marginalised. We encourage every student to do this by living our faith through action. Our flagship Paddy's Van program is just one way our students immerse themselves in community service. By assisting with the van, our students soon realise it is about more than just distributing food and blankets. It is about gaining a more genuine insight into those on the margins from society and seeking to form relationships with them.

Our Paddy’s Van has been the cornerstone of our Justice and Solidarity program for the past 15 years and has provided an opportunity for many young men to walk humbly with those less fortunate. Now, we need your support to help our next generation of students to have the same experience. We need to replace our original Paddy’s Van and trailer that has traversed the community for so many years. We would love your support to help achieve this goal. Please give generously to our 2019 Paddy’s Van appeal, which is run by the St Patrick’s College Foundation. Donations of more than two dollars are tax deductible. With your support, the Paddy’s Van can continue to service the community and to help our students to be Men of Action.


Other Ways You Can Help

There are numerous ways you can choose to support the St Patrick's College Foundation, some of which are listed below.

Optional levy on school fees

You can support the Foundation via your school fees. The $132 tax deductible donation can be paid weekly, fortnightly, monthly or each term. Tax deductible receipts will be distributed at end of each financial year.


The St Patrick's College Foundation hosts several signature events throughout the year. Two such events are the Mother Son High Tea and the Father Son Breakfast. You might like to sponsor one of these events or join us as our guest. Our events are a great way for our community to support St Patrick's College and socialise with one another. The proceeds of these events are invested directly into the College via the Bursary Program, Certa Bonum Certamen Fund or our Building works.

Our Tax Deductible Funds

The Foundation is grateful to receive any donations that enable it to continue to support the 'good-will' activities of the College, including the Bursary program, the Certa Bonum Certamen Fund and the Paddies' Van. You can show your support of the Foundations work by donating to one of our three tax deductible funds:

Bursary Fund

Donations to the Bursary Fund help us to provide bursaries to those students whose families face financial hardship and otherwise would not be in a position to attend the College. A bursary is the gift of an education to an underprivileged child. Our bursaries are offered on family need and circumstance rather than academic or sporting achievement. Donations to the Bursary Fund are tax deductible.

Building Fund

The Building Fund was established to assist the College with the costs of acquisition, construction and maintenance of College buildings and associated facilities in support of the College Master Plan. While tuition fees cover a major portion of an education at St Patrick's College, they do not provide all the funds needed to undertake building projects and new major capital works. The Foundation Building Fund is vital for the provision of new buildings and resources. Donations to the Building Fund are tax deductible.


Bequest Program

Making a bequest is the ultimate gift. After caring for family and friends consider providing a gift of this type to St Patrick's College. A bequest is a wonderful opportunity to create a legacy that will have a positive impact on the lives of generations of young men long after you have gone.