The Originals: St Patrick's College

A PATH WELL TRAVELLED: Sisters of the Good Samaritan helped forge the legacy of education and compassion at St Patrick's College, which will celebrate its 180th anniversary in 2020. Photo: Supplied

A PATH WELL TRAVELLED: Sisters of the Good Samaritan helped forge the legacy of education and compassion at St Patrick's College, which will celebrate its 180th anniversary in 2020. Photo: Supplied

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There is a rich tradition running through the hallways and classrooms of St Patrick’s College, Campbelltown.

For 178 years, young women of this school have been educated and inspired, encouraged to be the best version of themselves. 

The oldest Catholic independent school in Australia, the College has a long, strong connection with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, who assumed responsibility for the College in 1887. 

They have left a permanent legacy of strong, wise women who are compassionate and competent.

Sue Lennox, St Patrick's College Principal

And they set the College on a path it continues to travel today.

“The Sisters took an extraordinary step to invest in the education of girls,” College Principal Sue Lennox said. 

“They provided students with opportunities to think critically and offered experiences that would broaden their horizons.

“Without their belief in girls’ education, St Patrick’s College may not be the success it is today.

“What we have seen over time, from the quality of education and nurturing from the Sisters, is that they have left a permanent legacy of strong, wise women who are compassionate and competent.

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“These young women continue to graduate with a strong education and independence behind them.”

Being part of the local educational landscape for more than a century, the College has seen generations of families enter and graduate. Recent students have had their mother and grandmother as ‘St Pat’s women’.

The College is the only all-girls secondary school in the Macarthur region and enrolments over the past several years continues to be on the rise.

Families are drawn to the College as it offers unique opportunities for students to take up subjects and sports  often considered by society as gender-specific.

Recent studies reveal girls do better academically in a single-sex environment and more take up STEM subjects in senior years.

At an all-girls school, girls take centre stage. They can take risks and be themselves.

“When girls feel like they can speak and express themselves freely, this essentially leads to a stronger development of a love of learning,” Principal Sue Lennox said.

“Girls come to St Pat’s because they want to learn and discover opportunities. They feel engaged and heard.”