posted Aug 5, 2019, 9:55 PM by Saint Patricks


The  Committee Meeting on 17 July endorsed a proposal that we develop a five year plan to guide our policy and actions during the 2020-2024 period.

*custodianship of memorabilia

*the St Patrick’s Jesuit College Scholarship

*Partnership Schools

*Other School Alumni

*the timing of the inevitable SPOCA windback.

 A proposed approach to developing the plan is outlined below :

1.Develop a Discussion Paper covering the following  matters :

2.Obtain Presidents agreement to distribute paper  to Committee and Past Presidents for comment.

3. Paper to  be distributed  no later than 4 weeks before next Committee and comments sought no later than 1 week before that meeting.

4.Paper to be revised in the light of feedback received and submitted to the Committee for discussion and endorsement that it be distributed electronically to the Patrician community for comment

5.Patricians be invited to provide comments and/or participate in group discussion sessions in the SPOCA Room.

6.Draft Committee Paper to be prepared for Presidents consideration covering :

7.Paper to besubmitted for endorsement to a Committee Meeting before the end of 2019.

2nd Edition 2019 Patrician

posted Jul 25, 2019, 10:08 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Jul 25, 2019, 10:38 PM ]



The second issue of the Patrician for 2019 is attached for your information.


Our new home, the SPJC Room at Cathedral Hall, will be open for inspection on Saturday 27 July as part of Open House Melbourne.

Volunteer Guides - Final Call! 

SPOCA members are acting as guides for OHM at Cathedral Hall on 27th July. Each half-day shift begins with a 15-minute preparatory briefing.

2 volunteers are needed for the morning shift: 9.45am – 12.30pm5 volunteers are needed for the afternoon shift: 12.15pm – 4pm

Contact:  Kevin Lane Tel: 0400 588 767 or Email:

SPOCA ACU Scholarship Update 5 June 2019

posted Jun 23, 2019, 8:07 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Jun 23, 2019, 8:10 PM ]


This is the fifth update to all Patricians on the establishment of a permanently endowed scholarship scheme as a legacy of our old college.

The fund currently contains $107825 and we can confirm that the initial scholarship will be for $5000 which will be awarded for the 2020 academic year and be paid in two equal installments.

We have decided to continue to seek donations beyond the end of this financial year on 1 July.We have decided on this approach in order to:
Increase the number of individual donors to more than 100
Provide a larger buffer for the fund than we had intended
In order to claim a tax deduction for the current financial year, the donation must reach the ACU by 30 June

We would also again ask Patricians particularly those who have not been in a position to make  a donation at this point to consider making provision in their will for a donation to the fund.

We have commenced discussions with the ACU Scholarships Office on the detailed specifications for our Scholarship.Matters covered to date include:

As per section in previous updates.

Murray Cullinan

SPOCA President

John Ballard Thank You

posted Jun 2, 2019, 1:37 AM by Saint Patricks


A heartwarming note of thanks to SPOCA from Dr John Ballard Associate Vice-Chancellor (ACU VIC) on the occasion of a thank you lunch in respect of the SPJC ACU Scholarship which has exceeded all of our expectations.

A sincere thanks to all of our Patricians who have contributed to its success in the many various ways of their contribution more than just a financial one.

SPOCA ACU Scholarship Update 4 - May 2019

posted May 14, 2019, 10:44 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated May 14, 2019, 10:47 PM ]


This is the fourth update (May 2019) to all Patricians on the establishment of a permanently endowed scholarship scheme as a legacy of our old college. $100,000 TARGET ACHIEVED! SPOCA has now raised the funds needed to provide a $5000 scholarship each year to a deserving student on an ongoing basis .Given that our fundraising activities in an average year provide about $10,000, this is a remarkable achievement and SPOCA again thanks all those who have contributed to our threshold target being met.





Donations to the SPOCA Scholarship Fund can be made via: Online by credit card

By bank transfer to: Australian Catholic University

By cheque payable to Australian Catholic University

StPJ College Scholarship @ ACU - Scholarship Update 3

posted Mar 10, 2019, 10:29 PM by Saint Patricks


This third update on the SPOCA Scholarship initiative includes details of the St Patrick’s Day Brunch at ACU on 17 March.


What happens when the fund exceeds $100,000?

What happens when SPOCA no longer exist?

What’s next?

Donations Details of how to make a donation were circulated by email on 25 February and are outlined below for your convenience.

We look forward to welcoming Patricians and friends to ACU on St Patrick’s Day. Mass will be celebrated in the Mary McKillop Chapel (entrance from Brunswick St) at 10 am. Brunch will be in the south cafeteria (entrance from Victoria Pde) at 11 am. $25pp by EFT to BSB 183334 account 123650392, or cash at the door.


posted Feb 24, 2019, 9:24 PM by Saint Patricks

Please consider - Closes June 30 2019.


* this initiative will establish a permanent legacy of St Patrick’s Jesuit College, East Melbourne.

* the 50th Anniversary of the closure of our college provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.

* ACU is a very appropriate partner. Its campus shares the name of our old College; it is within a stone’s throw of our former school; it shares our values and its students generally come from families of modest means. ACU is very supportive of SPOCA, and has recently provided the ongoing use of an office at Cathedral Hall to develop a College museum display.

* the Scholarship resonates strongly with SPOCA’s recent modest support for education related initiatives and will support a critical area for future generations:- quality, engaged teachers.

* this is the only occasion in the history of SPOCA that we have sought your support for fundraising on this scale.

* your donation will be a perpetual investment.

* every donor will be thanked.


The Scholarship represents a very ambitious initiative for the Patrician Community. We understand that the capacity of each Patrician to donate varies. Your committee simply asks everyone to consider making a gift of which you can be proud. Our objective is to inspire 111 Patricians to make a significant contribution to permanently endow this scholarship.

Financial Statements - 2018-2019

posted Feb 24, 2019, 9:10 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Feb 24, 2019, 9:30 PM ]


Financial Statements and Balance Sheet Year Ended 31 January 2019.
Recent Alumni Obituaries
AGM 17 March 11am ACU Victoria Parade Fitzroy

Patrician Vol 40 #1

posted Feb 24, 2019, 9:07 PM by Saint Patricks



The first issue of the Patrician for 2019.


Please consider attending the St Patrick’s Day lunch and AGM at the new venue, ACU, where we will be able to tour the university and meet some staff and undergraduates.


50 Years SPJC End of Year Celebration 24th November 2018

posted Dec 23, 2018, 11:05 PM by Saint Patricks   [ updated Dec 23, 2018, 11:11 PM ]

It It is hard to imagine this day could have been any better!

Gathering at the Cathedral started this fantastic day trip down memory lane with concelebration by five of our former classmates, attendance by the Principal and Deputy Principal of St Ignatius Geelong together with their 2019 school captains, and an exceptional homily by Fr Greg Bourke.

On to the Tower for a photo opportunity preceded by Fr Michael Head’s fascinating insights into the school’s history and some special memories recounted by old boys.

 A short walk along Lansdowne Street brought us to the St Patrick’s campus of ACU for an enjoyable lunch in the delightful south café, the venue for a passionate ‘great debate’ on whether SPJC’s best days are behind us. It became clear that the spirit is alive and well more great days await.

 A tour of the Campus led by John Ballard concluded the day – including a well restored Cathedral Hall triggering long held and warm memories, and the SPOCA room nearby already decked out with an initial offering of memorabilia.

 We had 72 attendees at lunch with 88 participating overall.

 A great day indeed! A credit to Kevin Lane as the architect and main organiser, ably assisted by Jim    Smith.


1-10 of 34