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Established: 1986

Named for: Fr Francisco de Vitoria O.P. (1483-1546)

Colours: Blue / Green

Flag: The flag is derived from the crest of the University of Salamanca. The colours are a central panel (one third) of blue and ninths of green, white and red on either side.

Patron: St Vincent Ferrer (Feast Day: 5 May)

2020 House Captain: Daniel West / Deputy: Lewis Saint

2020 Head of House: Mr Owen Stanborough

2020 Home Group Teachers:

House Awards

Fr John Neill Athletics Cup (est.1987)

  • Winner: –
  • Runner-up: –

Annual Swimming Carnival (est. 1987)

  • Winner: 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2006
  • Runner-up: 1990, 2002, 2003

St Albert’s Shield for Academic Excellence (est. 1993)

  • Winner: 2000
  • Runner-up: –

House Spirit Shield (est. 2004)

  • Winner: –
  • Runner-up: –

House Captains

  • 1987 – Jason Bootle, Michael Hickman (Deputy)
  • 1988 – Jason Bootle, Gareth Hughes (Deputy)
  • 1989 – Mario Romaldi, Frank Solandra (Deputy)
  • 1990 – Paul Slattery, Lee Swiderski (Deputy)
  • 1991 – Paul Slattery
  • 1992 –
  • 1993 – David Barreto
  • 1994 – Matthew Tallis
  • 1995 – Luke Bollmeyer
  • 1996 – Joe Cassar
  • 1997 – David Slovinec
  • 1998 – Vito Basile
  • 1999 – Nicholas Frost
  • 2000 – John Nguyen
  • 2001 – Filippo Pizzino
  • 2002 – Damian Goldney
  • 2003 – Timothy Hann, Nicholas Heath (Deputy)
  • 2004 – Stuart Frost, Nicholas Goldney (Deputy)
  • 2005 – Andrew Nicola
  • 2006 – Brady Tidswell, Dorian Tisato (Deputy)
  • 2007 – Michael Heath, Joshua Frost (Deputy)
  • 2008 – Sadaat Hussaini, Joseph Liddle (Deputy)
  • 2009 – Roohullah Danish, Maxim Dupree (Deputy)
  • 2010 – Troy Rogers, Daniel Gregory (Deputy)
  • 2011 –
  • 2012 –
  • 2013 –
  • 2014 –
  • 2015 –
  • 2016 –
  • 2017 –
  • 2018 –
  • 2019 – Peter Le, Lacnlan Zurcher (Deputy)
  • 2020 – Daniel West, Lewis Saint (Deputy)

Heads of House

  • 1987 to 2001– Mr Ian Abbott
  • 2002 to 2005 – Miss Kristie Gallio
  • 2006 to 2007 – Mrs Fiona Wald
  • 2008 to 20xx – S McCulloch
  • 20xx to present – Mr Owen Stanborough

Individual Awards

Magnus Medal & Nicholas Altman Prize – School Dux

  • 1988 – Jamie Sullivan (Business)
  • 1990 – David McIntosh (Science / Mathematics)
  • 1991 – Jacky Cheng (Science / Mathematics)
  • 1994 – Adam Starrs (Science / Mathematics)
  • 1995 – Dean McIntosh

Jordan of Saxony School Spirit Award

  • 1994 – Adam Starrs
  • 2000 – Nicholas Nelson

St Martin de Porres Service to the Community Award

  • 1989 – Mario Romaldi
  • 1994 – Russell Barwell
  • 1995 – Marino Iadanza
  • 1996 – Aaron Timoshanko
  • 1999 – Nicholas Frost
  • 2001 – Filippo Pizzino
  • 2003 – Martin Rocca

Frassati Sportsman Award

  • 1990 – Jason Nicholas
  • 2000 – Adrian Baluyot

Prefects

  • 1987 – Jason Bootle, Anthony Aplin, Daniel Beltsos
  • 1988 – Jason Bootle, Mario Romaldi, Davide Rossi
  • 1989 – Mario Romaldi
  • 1990 – Carlo Iadanza, John Nelson*, Andrew Powell, Lee Swiderski
  • 1991 – Michael Aplin, Marek Ziembicki
  • 1992 – Bruno Giovaniello^, Mark Iadanza
  • 1993 – David Barreto*, Bruno Giovaniello, Mark Iadanza
  • 1994 – Russell Barwell, Adam Starrs^, Matthew Tallis
  • 1995 – Marino Iadanza, Quoc Pham
  • 1996 – Joseph Cassar^, Aaron Errington
  • 1998 – Vito Basile, Matthew Heath
  • 1999 – Nicholas Frost*
  • 2000 – Damien Byrne*, John Ly, Nicholas Nelson^, Adrian Spizzo
  • 2001 – Nicholas Brown^, Matthew Iadanza, Filippo Pizzino
  • 2002 – Damian Goldney, Paul Spizzo
  • 2003 – Timothy Hann*, Nicholas Heath
  • 2004 – Nicholas Goldney
  • 2005 – Julian Brown, Daniel Kelley
  • 2006 – Stephen Ranieri
  • 2008 – Saadat Hussaini, Joseph Liddle

* denotes Head Prefect
^ denotes Deputy Head Prefect


Fr Francisco de Vitoria O.P.

de Vitoria truly stands out as a model of the Dominican commitment to matters concerning justice and peace.

Francisco de Vitoria would be much at home in the 21st century with all its talk of globalisation and the fact that we human beings, rather than living in our various countries, in fact live in a global village. It was de Vitoria who quipped, “It is not to be doubted that the world is in a certain sense a single community, and possesses the right to prescribe equitable and appropriate laws for its members, like those which constitute the law of nations.”

These prophetic ideas culminated in de Vitoria’s greatest contribution to the legal world, namely the concept of International Law.

Francisco de Vitoria was born around 1483 in Old Castile, which is in northern-central Spain. Not much is known of his early life except that he joined the Dominican Order in 1506. His studies of theology and philosophy were heavily influenced by Thomas de Vio Cardinal Cajetan, who himself was a prodigious commentator on the thought of St Thomas Aquinas.

Most of Francisco’s life as a Dominican was spent teaching philosophy or theology at the Dominican Order’s house of studies in Salamanca. Later on in 1526 he became professor of Theology at the University of Salamanca.

Yet, de Vitoria’s legacy was seen in his examination of South America’s invasion by Spanish forces. Questions started to be raised about the justice in conquering the native peoples that lived there. The Dominican friars who accompanied the Conquistadores, especially Antonio Montesino and Bartolome De Las Casas, began to protest at the ill treatment of the indigenous peoples. de Vitoria provided theologically and philosophically well thought out arguments defending the rights of the natives. In fact de Vitoria went on the record clearly opposing the heavy handed attitude of the colonization when he said, “The Spaniards had no more right over the Indians than the latter would have over the Spaniards if they had come to Spain.”

de Vitoria’s reputation as a prudent judge of law also saw him play a part in the annulment case of Henry VIII, King of England. In 1530, when the question of the divorce of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon was discussed, Charles I of Spain consulted de Vitoria about it, and the answer he received was that the marriage was valid and could not be annulled.

Francisco de Vitoria died in 1546, yet his works, though not noticed while he lived, began to receive the attention they deserved. de Vitoria truly stands out as a model of the Dominican commitment to matters concerning justice and peace issues.