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Established: 1986

Named for: Fr Bede Jarrett O.P. (1881-1934)

Colours: Oxford Blue / Red

Flag: Composed of a half of Oxford blue and quarters of gold and red. It is derived from the University coat of arms and recalls the re-establishment of the Blackfriars in Oxford achieved by Fr Jarrett.

Patron: St Pius V (Feast Day: 30 April)

2020 House Captain: James Wiebrecht / Deputy: Brandon Truong

2020 Head of House: Mrs Anthea Osborne

2020 Home Group Teachers:

House Awards

Fr John Neill Athletics Cup (est.1987)

  • Winner: 2007, 2008
  • Runner-up: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997

Annual Swimming Carnival (est. 1987)

  • Winner: 2008, 2009
  • Runner-up: 2006, 2007, 2010

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

  • Winner: –
  • Runner-up: –

House Spirit Shield (est. 2004)

  • Winner: 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Runner-up: 2005

House Captains

  • 1987 –
  • 1988 – James Edgecombe
  • 1989 – Paul Moss, Scott Edgecombe (Deputy)
  • 1990 – Leon Feltrin, Martin Stacey (Deputy)
  • 1991 – Glengarry Howson, Damian Poel (Deputy)
  • 1992 – Glengarry Howson, Jeffrey Moss (Deputy)
  • 1993 – Ben Maher, Matthew Schulz (Deputy)
  • 1994 – Justin Hall, Ben Mahar (Deputy)
  • 1995 – Daniel Matto, Justin Howe (Deputy)
  • 1996 – Antony Caruso, Nicholas Bartlett (Deputy)
  • 1997 – Nicholas Bartlett, Ilario Pannetta (Deputy)
  • 1998 – Richard Shanahan
  • 1999 – Matthew Matto, Oliver Markota (Deputy)
  • 2000 – Damian Maynard, Tai Nguyen (Deputy)
  • 2001 – Nicholas Kurzel, Matthew Barletta (Deputy)
  • 2002 – Jake Moss, Danny Chi Huynh (Deputy)
  • 2003 – Thomas Kurzel, Matthew Ames (Deputy)
  • 2004 – Luke Ames
  • 2005 – Nicholas English, Daniel Deptula (Deputy)
  • 2006 – Adam Staruchowicz, Matthew Brincat (Deputy)
  • 2007 – Sam Barbara, Daniel Cox (Deputy)
  • 2008 – Joshua Kinsman, Mitchell Fox (Deputy)
  • 2009 – Andreas Fusco, Lucas Matto (Deputy)
  • 2010 – Sam Lewis, Matthew Hamono (Deputy)
  • 2011 –
  • 2012 –
  • 2013 –
  • 2014 –
  • 2015 –
  • 2016 –
  • 2017 –
  • 2018 –
  • 2019 – Kane Flanagan, Gianni Macolino (Deputy)
  • 2020 – James Wiebrecht, Brandon Truong (Deputy)

Heads of House

  • 1987 to 1988 – Mrs Pamela Rigby
  • 1989 – Mr Chris Reed
  • 1990 to 2005 – Mr Terry Quinn
  • 2006 to 2013 – Miss Kristie Gallio
  • 2014 – Mr Andrew Brickhill
  • 2015 to 2016 – Mr Peter Fear
  • 2017 to present – Mrs Anthea Osborne

Individual Awards

Magnus Medal & Nicholas Altman Prize – School Dux

  • 1989 – David Eardley (Humanities)
  • 1991 – Damian Pole (Humanities)
  • 1999 – Matthew Matto
  • 2002 – Danny Chi Huynh

Jordan of Saxony School Spirit Award

  • 1991 – Jeremy Whitehead
  • 1997 – Nicholas Bartlett
  • 2006 – Matthew Brincat

St Martin de Porres Service to the Community Award

  • 2008 – Nathan Gillard, Thomas Matthews
  • 2009 – Makuach Dhal

Frassati Sportsman Award

  • 1989 – Paul Moss
  • 2003 – Thomas Kurzel

Prefects

  • 1987 – Christopher Deptula, Gregory Kavanagh, Edwin Kuller, Gregory Larwood, Anthony Mifsud, Anthony Smith
  • 1988 – James Edgecombe
  • 1990 – Leon Feltrin
  • 1991 – Damian Pole
  • 1992 – Jarek Kopias
  • 1995 – Daniel Matto
  • 1996 – Antony Caruso
  • 1997 – Nicholas Bartlett, Matthew Bolzon, Valentino Fuda, Ilario Pannetta^
  • 1998 – Richard Shanahan
  • 1999 – Matthew Matto, Oliver Markota
  • 2001 – Matthew Barletta, Lucas Milne
  • 2002 – Danny Chi Huynh, Jake Moss
  • 2003 – Andy Tran, Thomas Kurzel
  • 2006 – Matthew Brincat
  • 2007 – Christian Canala
  • 2008 – Joshua Kinsman, Darren Macolino^
  • 2009 – Lucas Matto
  • 2010 – Sam Lewis

* denotes Head Prefect
^ denotes Deputy Head Prefect


Fr Bede Jarrett O.P.

Fr Bede Jarrett is a leader for us as he was a well respected scholar and an author who wrote about social injustice.

Cyril Jarrett was born in 1881. At the age of 16 he entered the Dominican Order and was given the name of Bede. Fr Bede Jarrett was to become a great leader of the Dominicans in England.

Jarrett was the head of the English Dominican province for sixteen years and during his time as leader there was much expansion. During his tenure he wrote a number of books on medieval history and Christian spirituality. However, one of Fr Jarrett’s dreams was to return the Dominican friars to Oxford, the academic centre of England. The original house of the Dominicans at Oxford was destroyed in the 16th century during the time of King Henry VIII. During that time, Henry VIII had declared the Catholic faith illegal and that the Dominicans had to not only leave Oxford but also England.

Jarrett’s dream came true in 1921 when he established a house of the Dominican Order in Oxford, the first to be founded there in over 300 years. It still exists today and is the house where men training to be Dominican priests do their studies.

The Dominican Order in England flourished during Bede Jarrett’s term as Provincial. A part of Jarrett’s vision for the Order was to establish Dominican missions in as many areas of the world as possible. He was especially interested in the West Indies, India, Persia and Afghanistan, mainly places where the British were. However, a lot of government interference made this difficult and the only mission he established with success was in South Africa.

Jarrett visited South Africa in the mid 1920’s and was appalled at the injustices done to the native Africans by their Dutch and British overlords. One could apply to the South African situation a statement Jarrett had used about the poverty of those he saw in London: “the social injustices are crying for remedy…soon they will be crying for vengeance.”

Essentially, Fr Bede Jarrett was a scholar and an able administrator, always on the go and always alert to opportunities to further the good news of Christ. He was so busy that while giving a retreat in 1934 he was laid low by a stroke and eventually died aged 52.