Discere et Agere : To Learn and To Do

A Catholic boys’ college in the Edmund Rice Tradition

Celebrating 75 Years of Achieving Excellence Through Learning and Doing

Welcome to St Bernard's College!

Set in extensive grounds on the side of Steele Creek Valley in West Essendon, St Bernard's College is a single-gender Catholic Secondary School offering a wide range of formal classes, and also a comprehensive informal curriculum, to approximately 1400 young men from Year 7 through to Year 12.

Important Information for All Families

Please note the following changes to traffic movement within the College grounds. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience. Please consider the following points in the interest of safety for our students.

  • There is very limited provision for student 'drop off' within the school grounds during 2015 due to the building works;
  • Please refer to the No Drop-off Zone in red on the map below;
  • We encourage student drop-off outside of school grounds, e.g. Beryl Street, Hampton Road, Emerald Street, Garnet Street, etc;
  • If you need to drop within school grounds, please refer to the blue area of the map;
  • Mobility-impaired drop-off zone, please refer to the green area of the map.

Traffic attendants will be present 29 & 30 January to assist you.

Featured Story

'Walk a Mile in My Shoes!'

What an extraordinary night was Wednesday July 23rd.

The St Bernard's Social Justice Network (SBSJN) followed up their wonderful symposium on social justice in 2013 with an equally enthralling evening raising awareness about homelessness in Australia.

Driven by all members of the SBSJN but especially through the amazing organisational skills of Deborah Njegac, the night consisted of listening to remarkable speakers Tony Nicholson from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Ian Gartland from Ozanam House, Kate Rice from Wintringham Aged Services, and Ritchie Goonan Acting CEO of Hanover Welfare Services.

The considerable audience were treated to hard facts from the coal face of people who work with the homelessness on a daily basis and were able to thoroughly engage with the topic.

It was wonderful to see so many students their with their families along with staff and it must be noted that a number of boys slept outside in the school grounds that night to highlight the plight of those without a roof over their heads.

Along with their wonderful work of these boys the whole school contributed a massive amount of non-perishable food, clothing and blankets to donate to St. Vinnies.

All in all, a wonderful night highlighted the wonderful power of this Catholic community at St Bernard's.

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Principal's Welcome

The video below features College Principal Tony Paatsch narrating a tour of the College.


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College Newsletter

The College newsletter is published every second Friday during Term. For a full list of publication dates, please visit the Newsletter page.

Download or view the current edition (6 March 2015) in PDF format [918KB]:

The College newsletter contains all the latest news and events regarding College life, including regular contributions from the Music, Drama and Sports departments.

Parents are notified by email regarding the availability of each new edition of the newsletter. If you have not been receiving an email notification, please check that we have your correct email details via the college Parent Portal.

For more information, access to back issues and a list of publication dates, please visit the Newsletter page.

Upcoming Events

Term Dates

Please visit the Calendar page for a complete listing of upcoming events.