Young minds are nur­tured

Orig­i­nally for the ‘boys of the bush’

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

ST JOSEPH’S Nudgee Col­lege has a rich his­tory that dates back over 125 years, with a grand rep­u­ta­tion built by suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents, staff, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Lo­cated only 16km from Bris­bane, the col­lege’s cam­pus sits on 136 hectares of bush­land and ovals.

Founder Am­brose Treacy recog­nised the need for a Catholic board­ing school for ru­ral Queens­land in the 1880s, as boys from the re­gion were sent to board­ing schools far away in New South Wales.

Treacy raised money for the col­lege and gath­ered board­ing en­rol­ments trav­el­ling on horse­back around re­gional Queens­land.

“We say that Nudgee Col­lege was orig­i­nally built by funds from the bush, for boys of the bush,” prin­ci­pal Peter Ful­la­gar said.

Since those early, hum­ble be­gin­nings, the col­lege has con­tin­ued to grow from strength to strength. To­day, Nudgee Col­lege has 1580 day-school en­rol­ments and 280 board­ers.

Stu­dents are taught, cared for and chal­lenged by teach­ers who want the best for each stu­dent. A fo­cus on the holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and well-be­ing of each stu­dent is cen­tral for the col­lege.

Of­fer­ing some of the best fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try, Nudgee Col­lege has ev­ery­thing avail­able to stu­dents on ‘one foot­print’– mod­ern, tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced class­rooms, an ex­cep­tional agri­cul­tural cen­tre (that in­cludes cat­tle yards), state-of-the-art sci­ence labs, and a trade cen­tre de­signed for vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion learn­ing ar­eas.

“In any one day, boys can move from one of our many Google class­rooms, to the agri­cul­tural cen­tre to tend to the on-site cat­tle, take a PE class on our Olympic-grade ath­let­ics track, or per­form on stage in our pur­pose-built 400-seat au­di­to­rium,” Mr Ful­la­gar said.

One of the most out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties the col­lege has to of­fer how­ever – and one of their proud­est achieve­ments – is the board­ing vil­lage.

“The board­ing com­mu­nity has been at the heart of the col­lege since its found­ing, and is a val­ued and thriv­ing facet of Nudgee Col­lege, with plenty of fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties to fur­ther all as­pects of a stu­dent’s de­vel­op­ment,” Mr Ful­la­gar said.

The Bathersby Board­ing Vil­lage fea­tures spa­cious in­di­vid­ual rooms, shared com­mon ar­eas for study and recre­ation and a large com­mu­nal court­yard with eco-friendly de­sign.

It also of­fers a health cen­tre staffed with skilled nurses, doc­tors and phys­io­ther­a­pists that are avail­able 24/7 and a kitchen staffed with chefs that pre­pare nu­tri­tious, GREAT START: St Joseph’s Nudgee Col­lege is a home away from home.

well-bal­anced meals.

Board­ers in­clude stu­dents from all over Aus­tralia, the South Pa­cific and be­yond.

“Our fo­cus in Nudgee Col­lege Board­ing is to help boys to find and de­velop their strengths. We do this by cre­at­ing a safe, sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment where boys have mul­ti­ple re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties to cater for their in­ter­ests,” Mr Ful­la­gar said.

“Ul­ti­mately at the end of their Nudgee Col­lege jour­ney we hope we have moulded an in­de­pen­dent, em­pa­thetic, cul­tur­ally aware young man who is able to ful­fil his po­ten­tial.” St Joseph’s Nudgee Col­lege stu­dents in the spirit.

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