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 support network for parents, fundraising activities such as the Fair and Annual Raffle and offers a “cuppa and a 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 science equipment and sports tops. New members are always welcome.
If you are interested in becoming a member, or would like to know more about the PTA, please contact:
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.
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