House System

All students at Antonine College are strongly encouraged to lead by example in everything they pursue.

Leadership opportunities are offered across the entire College through the House System, which includes College Captains, Sport Leaders and a Social Justice Leader. Students can also become House Leaders through nomination and an interview process.

House Leaders are chosen for each of the four houses from Years 5-12; MacKillop, Maroun, Nassar and Paterson. This provides many and varied opportunities for students to show their true potential by leading their fellow students.

Each leader contributes to organising sporting carnivals, house trivia activities, assemblies, fundraising and awareness activities, masses and a myriad of other activities throughout the school year. 

MacKillop

This House is named in honour of Mother Mary Mackillop who is Australia's first Saint.

  • Born in Fitzroy, Melbourne in 1842.
  • In 1861 she went to work in Penola, a small town in South Australia, where she met Father Julian Woods and together they opened Australia’s first free school ‘The Sister of St Joseph’.
  • She took a vow of poverty, which meant Mary and her followers had to beg for money.
  • Mary’s followers grew, and by the time she died in 1909 there were St Joseph’s Schools all over Australia.
  • Beatified in 19 January 1995 by Pope John Paul II.
  • Canonized 17 October 2010, Rome
  • Feast Day 8 August
  • The RED HOUSE bears her name.

Maroun

This House is named in honour of Saint Maroun.

  • Born in the middle of the 4th century.
  • He was a monk and priest who later became a hermit. He was an ardent follower of Christ and a zealous missionary with a passion to spread His
  • message by preaching it to all he met.
  • He renounced the world and its attractions and lived in the ruins of an ancient pagan temple, transforming it into a place of prayer and meditation.
  • The Maronite reached Lebanon when St Maroun’s first disciple Abraham of Cyrrhus, realised that paganism was thriving in Lebanon. He set out to convert them by introducing them to the way of St Maroun. He is the patron of the Maronite.
  • He died in 410 AD.
  • The GOLD HOUSE bears his name.

Nassar

This House is named in honour of Sister Marie Nassar.

  • Born in Nabay El-Maten, Lebanon.
  • First Principal of Antonine College.
  • In 1980 Sister Mary together with Sisters Florence, Henriette and Charles were the first Antonine Sisters to come to Australia.
  • The Antonine Sisters established a Language School, a Childcare Centre, a Primary School and Secondary College.
  • Over the years Sister Mary has worked tirelessly demonstrating her leadership ability and pastoral concern for all. She remains an example for
  • us, as we admire her devotion to God and her selflessness in all her undertakings.
  • The BLUE HOUSE bears her name.

Paterson

This House is named in honour of Andrew Barton Paterson.

  • Born in 1864 at Narrambla, New South Wales.
  • His passion was poetry and he signed his published poems ‘the Banjo’.
  • In his poetry, ‘Banjo’ Paterson captured the magic of Australia’s bush and the characters who lived there.
  • His ballads inspired a pride in Australia and his “Waltzing Matilda” has become Australia’s unoffi cial national anthem. His robust bush ballads, nostalgic for the pastoral age, were tremendously popular.
  • He died in Sydney in 1941.
  • The GREEN HOUSE bears his name.

 

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