The college has a commitment to the development of the complete individual person. The growth of each pupil’s self-esteem, spiritual, personal, intellectual and physical development is valued. St Bernard’s College is committed to helping young men grow into individuals who are willing and able to make a difference in the world. Students are encouraged to value their diversity of cultural backgrounds and work together to assist those in need in the wider community.

Facilities: The college has modern facilities for the arts, technology studies and physical education. There is a refurbished educational resource centre and independent learning centre and recent additions include a double-size gymnasium, heated 25m pool, 400-seat auditorium and modern classrooms. Students in Year 9 spend four weeks at the college’s surf coast campus near Lorne.

Curriculum: St Bernard’s offers a very broad curriculum. Subjects include Religious Education, Art and Graphics, Consumer Education, English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Technology Studies and Italian in Years 7 to 12. There is an extensive range of VCE units and an innovative VCAL program is offered in Year 12. Alternative vertical programs are offered in Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 and 11.

Sport: St Bernard’s is a member of the Associated Catholic Colleges’ Sporting Competition and in addition, a weekly sports program operates. Outdoor education is compulsory for Years 7 to 10 students. These programs are designed to develop initiative, self-discipline and leadership skills.

Extra-curricular activities: Individual tuition is available for musical instruments and opportunities exist for students to participate in debating, drama/musical productions, public speaking and science, Italian and economics competitions.

Student welfare programs: The discipline policy is backed up by a strong pastoral care program. There is an active special education program and an extensive leadership program including student council, student forum, and peer support and student representation on the College Board and all of its committees. Input and support from parents is required.

School Information

  • Type:
  • Coeducational or single-sex: Single-sex, Boys

  • Faith-based: Catholic
  • Year: Year 7 - Year 12
  • Day/Boarding: Day and Boarding
  • Enrolment: 1240 students
  • Interview Required Upon Enrolment: No
  • International Baccalaureate Programs offered:
  • ESL Support: N/A
  • Scholarships Available: No
  • Gifted and Talented Program: N/A
  • Preschool or Early Learning Centre:
  • After School Care/ OOSH Options:
  • Fees: 4k - 8k approximately $4200 to $4800 per annum
  • Address:41 Rosehill Road, Essendon 3040
  • Phone:03 9337 8699
  • Fax:03 9337 1741

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