Padua Houses

Beirne  |  Boyd-Boland   | Grigg  |  KirbyMitchell  |  Odoric

In the College each boy belongs to one of the six Houses: Beirne House, Boyd-Boland House, Grigg House, Kirby House, Mitchell House and Odoric House. The names of the Houses honour six prominent friar teachers who have taught at Padua.

Beirne House

Bierne WRFr Isidore Beirne ofm, after graduating in science from the University of Melbourne, taught at Padua from 1959 until 1977. Fr Isidore was an intellectual in the best sense of the word. He was a brilliant teacher, specialising in teaching Mathematics and Science, but with an expertise in everything from Theology to English literature. His dedication to Padua's future went well beyond the classroom. He was an indefatigable worker in fundraising, helping make sure there was money available to build the early stages of the College. He was a man of great culture and in every way a gentleman. Hundreds of Paduans owe their success to this Franciscan priest who dedicated his life to the education of others in the broadest sense.

Design
A white chevron between three white hands on a red background. (This design is closer to the name “Byrne” than “Beirne”).

Chevron
Signifies protection and was often granted in arms as a reward to one who achieved some notable enterprise.

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Symbol
The hand is the pledge of Faith, sincerity and justice.

Colours
Gules (red) denotes military fortitude and magnanimity.  Argent (white) signifies peace and sincerity

Motto
“Fuimus” (We have been).

House Guardian
Paul Garufi   3857 9980    pgarfui@padua.qld.edu.au

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Boyd-Boland House

Boyd Boland WRFr John Boyd-Boland ofm was the last of the friar-Rectors at Padua. He taught at the school in 1972-1973, then returned in 1990 as Rector for the following eleven years. This came after a fifteen year tenure in teaching Moral Theology at Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne. While at Padua, Fr John revamped the pastoral care program introducing a vertical pastoral care system with three houses and pastoral care classes. He had the College join the TAS competition and later the AIC sporting competition, and was instrumental in the purchase of the grounds at Banyo. In 1996 he organised for the school to refurbish the Franciscan Friary for use as an administration centre for the school, and it was renamed “Saint Francis Hall.”  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Padua Fr John wrote “On a Cragged Hill”, a history of the College from 1956 to 2006. In recognition of his educational experience, Fr John has been invited to be a member of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, as is currently on the Brisbane Catholic Education Council.  As a friar and chaplain Fr John continues his quiet ministry at Padua, leading the boys in the celebration of the Eucharist and encouraging the boys in their religious, academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

Design
A white chevron between three white ‘passant’ lions on an orange background. The lion is from the Boland coat of arms. Design and colour have been changed to match the other house crests.

Chevron
Signifies protection and was often granted in arms as a reward to one who achieved some notable enterprise.

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The Lion is an emblem of majesty, strength, and justice. When depicted as “passant” (walking, three feet on the ground; in profile) the symbol is emblematic of “resolution”. The Lion is also an emblem of the resurrection; according to tradition, the lion's whelp is born dead, and remains so for three days, when the father breathes on it and it receives life.

Colours
Tenne (orange) denotes ‘worthy ambition ’and argent (white) signifies peace and sincerity.

Motto
‘Consilio Et Animus’  (By Wisdom and Courage).

House Guardian
Greg Lavey   3857 9922  glavey@padua.qld.edu.au

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Grigg House

Grigg WRFr Leo Michael Grigg ofm began teaching English and Geography at Padua in 1968. At the time he was the second lay person on the staff and this was the beginning of his long association with the Franciscans and an 18-year teaching career at Padua. Michael was highly respected by his fellow staff and  students for his integrity, loyalty, fairness and compassion. In 1984 he was appointed as the first lay Vice Rector of the College and two years later he joined the Franciscan Order and was ordained in 1991. In 1993 he died of cancer. At Padua he will always be remembered as a man of gentleness, a first-rate scholar and exemplary teacher and a person whose love of literature was infectious. His ability to enthuse students with this passion of his became legendary.

Design
A white chevron between three white eels with tails in the mouth on a yellow background. (Colours altered to include house colour, design is historically correct).

Chevron
Signifies protection and was often granted in arms as a reward to one who achieved some notable enterprise.

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The eel is the ancient symbol for wisdom. Small or young eels are known as “griggs.”

Colours
Or (gold/yellow) denotes generosity, sable (black) denotes constancy

Motto
"Ut prosim” (That I may be of use)

House Guardian
Daniel Cull   3857 9923   dcull@padua.qld.edu.au

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Kirby House

Kirby WRFr Barry Kirby ofm began his long association with Padua in 1967 and taught at the school for nineteen years. He was Vice Rector from 1978 to 1983 and then Rector for the next six years, finishing at Padua in 1989. He will be remembered at Padua as a gentle and loving man, comfortably surrounded by his students. He enjoyed fostering a strong Franciscan spirit among the boys, and did much to strengthen the old boy network at the school. He was a firm follower of rugby league, and for some time President of the Independent Schools Rugby League competition and its Confraternity Shield. It was Fr Barry’s foresight that had the College purchase the property on which has been built our outdoor education complex, “Amaroo”. It is a testimony to his popularity among his students that so many old boys continued to keep a close contact with him well after he left the school. Fr Barry died on 2 August 2012 after years of battling with cancer.

Design
A white chevron between three white stags on a purple background.  The stag is taken from the coat of arms for County Clare, the ancestral home of the Irish Kirbys.  Design and colour of the house crest has been changed to match the other house crests and colours.

Chevron
Signifies protection and was often granted in arms as a reward to one who achieved some notable enterprise.

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The Stag is an emblem of wisdom, regeneration and growth, and virility. Because its antlers resemble branches, the stag has been associated with the 'Tree of Life' and is used as a symbol of regeneration on account of the way it renews these antlers.  Heraldic writers say of the stag: "One who will not fight unless provoked, a lover of music and harmony who well foresees his times and opportunities".

Colours
Purpure (purple) denotes royal majesty, sovereignty, and justice and argent (white) signifies peace and sincerity.

Motto
‘Amici in Aeternium’ (Friends for all time).

House Guardian
Chris O'Shea   3857 9924   coshea@padua.qld.edu.au

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Mitchell House

Mitchell WRFr Alban Mitchell ofm is one of the founding friars of Padua. In 1957 he was appointed Rector of the school of 90 boys. He continued in this post for nine years during the first important development of the College. In 1975 he was appointed Rector again and resigned from this responsibility in 1977. Fr Alban is remembered at Padua as a gentlemen, friar and priest, who with exceptional good humour and wry originality won the hearts of so many people. His gentle, lovable, and somewhat absent-minded temperament is stamped on Padua never to be effaced. The beautiful natural surroundings of the College are a permanent reminder of this one man's refinement of spirit and sheer hard work. A very fine sportsman himself, for many years he coached football. He also taught English and Ancient History at Padua and Mt Alvernia. As a dedicated priest-friar he exercised a very active, generous and well appreciated apostolate beyond education. The founding father of Padua has left us a gentle spirit to guide future generations of Paduans in their search for God and their growth in culture.

Design
A white chevron between three white swans on a blue background. (The design and colouring is historically correct).

Chevron
Signifies protection and was often granted in arms as a reward to one who achieved some notable enterprise.

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The swan is the ensign of the poets and the hieroglyphic of a musical person, because of its anciently supposed habit of singing sweetly in the hour of death. Its heraldic meaning would stand for a lover of poetry and harmony, or, for a learned person.

Colours
Azure (blue) signifies loyalty and truth, argent (white) signifies peace and sincerity

Motto
“Moriendo Modulor” (Dying, I sing).

House Guardian
Craig Nicholson   3857 9925   cnicholson@padua.qld.edu.au

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Odoric House

Odoric WRFr Odoric (Hugh) Fathers ofm was a much loved, guiding figure of Padua College for almost 34 years. Appointed to the fledgling school in 1957, Fr Odoric began making his impact on thousands of young minds and hearts as a teacher and Vice Rector. He was a natural educator who shared his wide range of interests and passions with the students. The observatory, built in the “1970s testimony to his interest in astronomy and his rock collection which comprised of many varieties of special gems, collected on expeditions with his students. He was a gifted pianist, organist and choir director. He helped establish Padua’s reputation as a College devoted to musical excellence and the College choir under his baton earned numerous awards and accolades. Fr Odoric was a very practical “hands-on” worker, equally at home on the tractor as he was in the classroom. He was always known by his professed name of Odoric, taken after Odoric of Pordenone, who was a Franciscan priest of the fourteenth century venerated as the patron of the Chinese missions and also of long distance travellers. Fr Odoric will always be remembered for his cheerful spirit, his contribution to the establishment and direction of Padua College and his loyalty to friends and friars.

Design
A white chevron between three white ostrich feathers on a green background.

Chevron
Signifies protection and was often granted in arms as a reward to one who achieved some notable enterprise.

pastoral care 2 1Symbol
The ostrich is the symbol of willing obedience and serenity.

Colours
Green denotes prosperity, success and new beginnings; silver denotes inner purity.

Motto
“Valens et Volens” (able and willing).

House Guardian
Aimee Asimus   3857 9926   aasimus@padua.qld.edu.au

House Eucharists

What do students wear for House Eucharists?

Years 5 - 9: Summer uniform with tie
Years 10 - 11: Long trousers, shirt and tie
Year 12: Long trousers, shirts and blazer

 

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