This week, the College celebrated its Irish heritage with a race around the block. As part of our annual St Patrick's Day celebrations, each year we conduct this race around the College grounds to feature the history of the College.

"Morven", the central building of the St. Patrick's College campus, was constructed in 1864 as home for one of Queensland's first Parliamentarians, Mr John McDonnell. From 1890 to 1910 Morven was the official summer residence for the Governor of Queensland, Sir Henry Wylie Norman. In 1951, Father O'Rourke, parish priest of Sandgate, purchased Morven with the intent of beginning a school for young men. Today it still sits majestically overlooking Moreton Bay.

Twenty years ago the senior students began the tradition of the Great Morven Race, with a race consisting of 3 laps around Morven. This tradition continues today with races run around the old Morven building. It is an opportunity to highlight the history of the College and for the students to have some fun together.

On Tuesday 4 races were held across year levels, taking in both Morven and the surrounding local area. The wider community began St. Patrick's Day celebrations with a liturgy in Houses areas, then over 200 students from across the College's 9 Houses participated in the race, which was approximately 1200 metres in length. The entire student body lined the race route to cheer on the runners. The winners of each race were:

  • Thomas Croughton-LLoyd (Junior Race)
  • Callum McFarlane (Middle Years' Race)
  • Elliot Schultz (Seniors Years' Race)
  • Jacob Caruana (Year 12 Race) - King of Morven Trophy for the fastest overall time.

Medallions will be presented at an upcoming College Assembly.

Congratulations to all the young men who took part. We hope that all students enjoyed the chance to celebrate our heritage on such a significant day.

Ms Zoe Morgan - Assistant Principal - Strategic Operations