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    St Stanislaus' College

    Founding year: 1867
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 596
    Genders Accepted: Boys
    Leadership: Mr. Lindsay Luck (Head)
    Number of staff: 0

    The Vincentian Fathers and Brothers arrived from Ireland to take over St Charles Seminary and St Stanislaus' College in 1889; the College has been in operation since 1867. The first Vincentian President was Fr James Byrne CM, who was principally involved in the Seminary and left the College's running to the Vice President, Fr Patrick Dowling CM. Since the time of Fr Byrne and Fr Dowling, Vincentians have played an integral role in Stannis's life. Generations of Old Boys have been inspired by the Vincentian Charism and identify its Vincentian character as one of the school's most precious attributes or features. One expression of the Vincentian ethos at Stannis's strength is that more than 200 Old Boys have been ordained Catholic Priests since the school was founded.

    Vincentians continued in the role of President and Headmaster until the commencement of 1993 when it was decided to separate the two roles. Mr. John Edwards was appointed as the first lay Headmaster in 1993 and continued in this role for 20 years. The current Head of College is Mr. Lindsay Luck.

    St Stanislaus' derives great benefit from the active involvement of the College appointed Vincentians and from those in the Bathurst Community and other Vincentian Communities who continue to be very interested in Stannis and who loyally support the College in its various endeavors.

    Several Vincentians also assist the school by being members of the Board of Directors. The Very Reverend Fr Greg Brett is the Provincial of the Vincentian Fathers' Australian Province and regularly attends Board Meetings.

    St Stanislaus' College seeks to proclaim the gospel in the spirit of St Vincent de Paul through our students' formation and all associated with the school, with particular emphasis given to the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth of each person-person within and for the broader community.

    The accent is placed on the care of the individual boy through the Tutor system, counseling, and direction by the Religious and Lay Members of Staff. The College aims to work with parents in education, creating an environment that reflects the spirit of Christ powerfully and faithfully and calls forth the best in those who are part of the school.

    The Vincentian Philosophy of Education seeks to proclaim the gospel in the spirit of St Vincent de Paul and in so doing to form people that they may bring the Good News to the poor and stand with them in solidarity. The following principles are regarded as fundamental to assisting young people in developing a synthesis of faith and culture and a personal integration of faith and life.

    • Jesus Christ, sent by God, the person-person in whom all human values find their fulfillment and unity, is the authentic human life model we offer.
    • In the certainty that the Holy Spirit is at work in every person-person who seeks the truth, we offer our catholic faith and culture to all, non? Christians included.
    • Since faith is a gift of God and cannot be imposed, we proclaim the gospel and offer a formation based on that gospel's values while respecting the religious freedom and personal conscience of individual students and their parents.
    • According to the Gospel message, formation for a living is continually fed and stimulated by its Source of life, the Saving Word of Christ. This is expressed in the Scriptures, in tradition, primarily liturgical and sacramental tradition, and in the lives of people, past and present, who bear witness to that Word. Mary, the Mother of God, is a singular model and excellent example of what we as Christians desire and hope wholly to be in faith, charity, and union with Christ.
    • The justification for a catholic college is its sharing in the evangelizing mission of the Church. As such, the mandate for our apostolic undertaking is given by the Bishops to whom we are responsible for the local Bishop's Person.
    • The promotion of all persons' fundamental equality and dignity is the basis for our preferential option for the poor, for those who, regardless of the reason, are marginalized in our society, and for those who are deprived of family help and affection.
    • Since parents are primarily and principally responsible for their children's education, a Vincentian college community forms and fosters a partnership with them in the context of the local ecclesial community.
    • Witness to the integration of faith and vocation in life takes place in a genuine community of faith. The complementary vocations of lay and religious women and men are recognized, welcomed, and fostered.
    • A right educational environment is one where young people gradually learn to open themselves continually to life as it is and create an exact meaning of life; hence, students are to be active agents in their formation and the formation of their peers.
    • Ongoing formation of all involved in the apostolate of educating young people is a necessary prerequisite for maintaining the self-criticism needed to evaluate and improve the formation that is offered. Such ongoing formation will seek to develop the educator humanly, professionally, religiously, and spiritually in the tradition of Vincent de Paul.
    • The educational program is directed to each student's integral formation so that he, whatever his ability, is extended to the fullest degree possible in areas of his formation.

    To proclaim the gospel in the spirit of St Vincent de Paul and to offer an integral human formation for living according to that same gospel with due emphasis given to the spiritual, intellectual, psychological, physical, moral, and social growth of each person-person in order that students may reach the maturity and inner directedness required for meeting the commitments of their vocation within and for the broader community. This formation is offered to all via the provision of an environment that contributes to each in a Vincentian College community; we aim, furthermore, to give special attention to the disadvantaged and poor.

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    Address: St Stanislaus' College, 220 Bentinck Street Bathurst, New South Wales, 2795, Australia



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