Welcome to Simonds

Dear Parents,

Simonds Catholic College is a two-campus Catholic secondary school for boys in the inner city of Melbourne. Our small size (500 boys in Years 7-12) means that each boy can be individually known, valued and have a sense of belonging. The excellent facilities enable us to offer a broad and exciting curriculum within the setting of a small school. Our close proximity to the beautiful St Mary’s Church at West Melbourne, and St Brigid’s Church in Fitzroy North, means that boys are provided with frequent opportunities to reflect, pray and celebrate the Sacraments in an inspiring and historical religious setting.

VCE (Year 11 & 12) classes were introduced in 2010. A separate VCE campus has been established on the site of St Brigid’s Primary School, Fitzroy North, which closed at the end of 2009. This site is located at the corner of Nicholson Street and Alexandra Parade, and is well served by public transport. The VCE Campus site has been completely renovated and re-furbished to provide excellent learning facilities for senior students.

To increase the learning opportunities of our students we deliberately limit the number of students in each class. In 2013 we have a maximum class size of 22 students in Year 7. The average VCE class size is 14 students. The maximum VCE class size is 20 students. These small numbers facilitate the development of a culture of learning.Years 7, 8 & 9 students are issued with an iPad so as to provide students with opportunities to access the curriculum through 21st century technologies. The school’s excellent classroom facilities have been enhanced with the redevelopment of the Library, which is now a spacious and colourful learning area with numerous books and eighteen computers, the Science Laboratories and the Technology and Arts areas. The VCE campus was completely redeveloped during 2010 to provide modern learning facilities within a beautiful, traditional building.

Over several years we have been developing a staff that has excellent professional qualifications and is committed to providing a high standard of education in an environment of mutual support. They are most generous in their commitment of time and share a concern for the pastoral needs of the students entrusted to their care. Parents should be well pleased with the excellent role models that staff present to their sons.

Simonds Catholic College is an excellent school that provides high quality programs to students with a spiritual, academic, social, sporting and cultural dimension. I commend it to you for your consideration as a school that will provide a quality education within a caring environment. If you would like further information about the school and its suitability for your son, or if you would like to have a tour of our school’s facilities, please contact the College on 9321 9200.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Peter Riordan
Principal