“June 1, 1885 the College opens with nine day boys and twelve boarders. Assembly is at 9 a.m. and a holiday is granted for the rest of the day. Tom (later Archbishop) O’Shea leads the boys to Courtenay Place to buy a football.” …. From “The first one hundred years, 1885 – 1985”
From day one, sport has been an integral part of education at St Patrick’s College. Initially, the focus was on the traditional sports of rugby, cricket and athletics, with boxing, shooting and handball also proving popular. Over the years interests have changed and other sports such as badminton, basketball, football, futsal, hockey, swimming, volleyball and water polo are now popular.
Other activities, attracting smaller numbers but enthusiastic participants include golf, lawn bowls, mountain-biking, squash, sailing and swimming.
Recently, students from the College have represented New Zealand age group sides or secondary school selections in athletics, basketball, rugby, soccer, water polo, softball and cricket.
Many staff give freely of their time to help with the running of sport within the College, however we rely heavily on the goodwill of parents to contribute towards keeping our teams and codes active, from coaches and managers to transport and scoring. If any parents are willing to assist with managing or coaching a team, or would like to become involved with sport at St Pat’s, please feel free to contact Director of Sport Jonathan Millmow.