The strong culture of St Bede’s College encourages a sense of community that extends beyond current students to include all past and present students and staff, and their families.
We are proud of the valuable connections we make and maintain throughout and beyond the school years and work to support these Bedean networks. The role of our staff in the Community Development Office is to manage and grow our engagement with our wider community through communications and events that aim to bring Bedeans together and keep them connected.
The Community of St Bede’s College is further supported by four community bodies each of which are stand-alone Trusts and play a significant role. The St Bede’s College Old Boys’ Association (SBCOBA), the St Bede’s College Foundation and the North West Christchurch Community Sporting Trust (NWCCST). The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is also an independent body that works for the good of the College.
The Parent-Teacher Association (established in 1949) aims to bring parents and teachers closer together so that they can work in unison for the good of the boys.
As well as organising major fund-raising activities, the PTA also provides a social and support network for parents through organising social events such as the annual Night at the Races to bring the Beadean community together.
You will also find the PTA offering a “cuppa and biscuit” at many College functions and Parent Evenings. The St Bede’s PTA is a Registered Charity and funds raised by the PTA are donated to the College to provide everything from a new 12 seater van to extra classroom equipment.
New members are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member, or would like to know more about the PTA, please contact:
We are looking for some new Old Boys to join our committee, to help diversify the age range and also the regions. You don’t need to be in Christchurch, you can zoom in to our monthly meetings, and when we have events in your area, it may be an opportunity to attend and represent the OBA. If you would like to register your interest in joining the committee and or would like further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The College has always enjoyed strong support from its old boys. In recent years parents have prepaid a lifetime membership for their sons via the voluntary contribution. In turn the Association funds scholarships and the new parents cocktail function and subsidises the Year 13 Leavers’ Breakfast. All boys leaving the College receive an old boys tie and these are sponsored by individual old boys.
SAVE THE DATE!
After two years of delays and cancellations, the Community Office is pleased to now have multiple Old Boys’ events booked in our calendar for the remainder of 2022. We will of course be promoting these events in the months to come, but here is a heads-up on a few of the gatherings we have planned:
- Annual Old Boys’ Dinner – Saturday 13 August
- Annual Old Boys’ Golf Tournament – Friday 21 October
- Reunions; 51 years on (1971-1975) and 50 years on (1972-1976) – In September
- Our 1998-2002 year group is also planning a reunion on Saturday 23 July.
To register your interest in attending any of the above events please email Kathryn Eagle at email@example.com
This body was formed in 1986 and over the intervening years has donated over $3m to the College. Originally its funds came from membership subscriptions but more recently donations, bequests, scholarship endowments and investments have provided its main source of income.
This body was established in 2009 and was responsible for funding and managing the Marist Park hockey turf. In addition to this project it has also supported the construction of car parks at the rear of the College, changing rooms and the new grandstand at Marist Park. At present the NWCCST is working with the College to provide improved sports facilities and this project includes new cricket nets, relocated tennis courts and an new multi-use amenity that will be relocated on the eastern side of the hockey turf