Fr Barry Kirby OFM began his long association with Padua in 1967 and taught at the school for 19 years. He was Vice Rector from 1978 to 1983 and then Rector for the next six years, finishing at Padua in 1989.

Fr Barry 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 College’s Old Boys network. He was a firm follower of rugby league, and for some time he was 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 our outdoor education complex, Amaroo, was built. It is a testimony to his popularity among his students that so many old boys continued to keep in close contact with him well after he left the school.

Fr Barry died on the 2nd of August 2012 after battling cancer for several years.

House Guardian

Chris O’Shea
Phone: 07 3857 9924


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.


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


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”.


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


Amici in Aeternium (Friends for all time).