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The Vincentian Fathers and Brothers arrived from Ireland to take over St Charles Seminary and St Stanislaus’ College in 1889, the College having been in operation since 1867. The first Vincentian President was Fr James Byrne CM, who was principally involved in the Seminary and left the running of the College to the Vice President, Fr Patrick Dowling CM. Since the time of Fr Byrne and Fr Dowling, Vincentians have played an integral role in the life of Stannies. Generations of Old Boys have been inspired by the Vincentian Charism and identify its Vincentian character as one of the most precious attributes or features of the school.


Head of College Address

Dr. Anne Wenham

It has been my privilege to be Head of College since 2013. St Stanislaus College is the only Vincentian school in Australia, and having been founded in 1867, it is also the oldest Catholic Boys’ Boarding School in Australia.

St Stanislaus College celebrates 151 years of Catholic education in 2018. I look forward to welcoming all new members of the community as they become part of the proud history of this College and I welcome back all returning students and their families and wish them well for a wonderful year ahead.

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Anne Wenham

‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think’ Albert Einstein

The consistency of outstanding HSC results for boys of all academic levels continues to be the hallmark of the education at St Stanislaus’ College. The most recent educational research points to a significant change in the skills required for employment by 2030, with the reduction in the need for workers to complete routine, manual tasks and an increase in the time workers spend on solving strategic problems and thinking creatively. As such, Stannies has embarked on a number of programs geared to developing enterprise skills such as problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, communication, digital and financial literacy which are transferable into many employment areas.

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DAY 7 - Ypres/War Cemeteries/Amiens
It was a beautiful start to the day as we embarked from our hotel at 8:30 am. Our day started off with a beautiful bus ride of green grass, farms and flat scenery. Our first stop was Tyne Cot cemetery and memorial. Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest cemetery for Commenwealth Forces in the world. Upon the thousands who lay to rest, a few boys found the soldier they had researched. During our journey the group were told interesting facts about the “Highway to hell" which gained its name during WWI. We visited several grave sites as wells as multiple memorials including - VC Corner which honours the 410 Australian Forces who were killed in the Fromelles attack on the 19th/20th July, Fromelles archeological cemetery and Peronne. With the historical research skills of Mrs King, we located Stannies old boy Napolean Silvester Eccelsten. Napolean was aged 24 at the time of death and is not located on the honour roll at St Stanislaus College. We payed our respects and honoured him with the Vincentus. Our next stop was Fromelles archeological excavation museum - (Musee We La Bataille We Fromelles) here is where archelogistics excavated and found 250 British and Australian men. The museum is a dedicated to the attack which took place in Fromelles. The archeological museum is situated next to the cemetery where they now lay to rest. The museum was factual and interactive and the boys were able to engage with the displays and objects. After this, we headed into the town of Peronne. We walked through the town eageraly looking for a shop or restaurant to eat at. After finding something to fill up on, we headed back onto the bus to arrive in Amiens for a two night stay! Here some boys were able to do some laundry, visit some local shops or walk to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens. Tonight the group ate at Au Resto d'Isa where we enjoyed a three course meal and the company of our fellow friends! We were given free time until 9:30 to fill up on snacks for our full day tour of the Somme Battlefields tomorrow!
Caption: Jordan Rice

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Australian Army @bathurstRSL Amiens, France
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History Tour 2019

DAY 6 - Ypres
Waking up in the converted monastery, we took our packed lunch and jumped on the bus and headed for the airport. Upon arrival, we said a final farewell to Rome and boarded our flight. Landing in Brussels, the boys met our new driver Carlos and loaded on our bus and headed for Ypres. Driving through the Belgian streets, the cobblestone lanes were something to behold. We paid a visit to the Flanders Fields Museum, experiencing a chronological discussion of the First World War. Learning about Ypres’ involvement in WWI culminated in a service at the Menin Gate in which @jordoblah @mitch_falcke & @brody.anthony laid a wreath to commemorate the men who died and served in WWI. The singing of the Australian National Anthem and the Vincentius really hit home with the boys. A beautiful dinner finished off a great day of Modern History.

Caption: Riley Comerford & Tim Powell

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DAY 5 - Naples/Cassino/Rome
After yet another swift and delightful breakfast in Sorrrento, all the boys clambered onto Mario's bus and headed for Naples Archeological Museum. We walked around the ancient statues and murals, some more promiscuous then others. Then we headed for Rome. After stopping off for a quick roadside lunch we then headed for the Cassino War Cemetery to commentate fallen old boy Henry Mallick. Singing the Vincentius, Mrs King presented him with a Stannies Cap and a poppy. Hailing from Orange, Henry Mallick was a pharmacist who completed all of his schooling at St Stanislaus College Bathurst. Later joining the RAAF, he became a pilot and Flight Sergeant where he flew p-40 Kittyhawks over Italy. Sadly his plane was damaged and crashed near the French Cemetery where he is buried today. Hopping back on the bus we eventually reached Rome. We enjoyed strolling through the cobblestone streets of Trastevere where the boys enjoyed traditional Roman cuisine. We then stayed the night at a converted monastery.

Caption: Patrick Seve and Charlie Moses

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