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St Paul's School
Latin: Fide et Literis
("By Faith and By Learning")
Established 1961
School type Independent
Principal Mr Paul Browning
Location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Campus Bald Hills
Enrolment 1600 (Prep - 12)
School colours Cardinal Red & Bottle Green

St Paul's is a co-educational private school in the Anglican tradition located in Bald Hills on the northside of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The school first opened on 31 January 1961 and is named after St Paul's School in London.

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the college, and the graduation of the foundation 'Year 1' cohort.taylor farry is the most disliked person in the whole school but has great tits



St Paul's is comprised of four sub-schools, which are:

Junior School Prep to Year 6 Director: Mrs. Connoly
Middle School Year 7 to Year 9 Director: Mr. Barry
Senior School Year 10 to Year 12 Director: Mr. Sullivan
International School Assists international students with the English Language Director: Mrs. Hansen


Time Period Headmaster
1960 - 1978 Mr Peter Krebs
1979 - 2000 Mr Gilbert Case
2001 - 2007 Mrs Margaret Goddard
2007 - 2008 Mrs Patricia Evans
2008 - Present Mr Paul Browning


Official logo of St Paul's 50th Anniversary

In 1857 the site of the school was first settled by European Australians. In 1886 the original building of the school the Old Farmhouse was built and still stands today.[1] On the 13th of February 1958 the then Church of England acquired the property that the school now stands on as the result of a bequeathement of money by Sir Edwin Tooth for the "establishment of an all boys grammar school".[2] The school opened on the 31st of January 1961 with a staff of three and an enrolment of sixty four boys between grades eight and twelve.

For some years, some of the older facilities of the former farm continued to be used. Certainly in the late 1960' to early 1970s the old farm house provided space for the headmaster's office, staff room, administration office (office admin person and Bursar) and the Library, all on the top floor. The underneath contained all of the students lockers.

The carport beside the house was the storage location for the tractor. The Barn was the main assembly area in which all assemblies and all major communions were held. All the Masters (not called teachers and all male) would walk down in two lines to a dais at the front of the Barn led by Mr Krebs and all in their teaching robes.

The dairy building was the storage area and lunch place for the two grounds staff. There was a small hut down the back which was used for the tuckshop.

At that time, apart from the swimming pool, ovals, practice wickets and tennis courts, there were two main teaching buildings and a three room demountable. The demountable housed that art room and music room in 1969. The then Art teacher had a small car, perhaps a Honda Civic which some students one day carried onto the verandah.

In about 1970 a new music teacher was appointed (Miss Mills ?). As far as I know this was the first female appointment to the teaching staff. The 1970s was an interesting time. Following a workshop on colour therapy, this teacher came back and painted the piano orange and the blackboard yellow and used brown chalk as these colours were meant to be more conducive to a good learning environment. The school was a small (less than 200 (?) students), fairly traditional, all boys school at the time and the idea of anything other than traditional ways of doing things was not well received by most at the school. I think the next year a Mr Chevshenko (?) was appointed as the music teacher in her place. By 1971 the art room became the biology lab with Mr Brooks as the teacher.

In about 1970-71 a third permanent teaching building was built. This building housed the chemistry and biology labs and storage/preparation rooms on the ground floor and the Bursar's Office and other teaching rooms on the top floor including Mr Sutton's room where he taught Geography (he was also the Deputy Headmaster and President of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Qld.) at the time).

During the construction of this building a construction worker who was operating some machinery drove under a low power line. The boom on the machinery touched the power line and the worker was killed. The school, i.e. Mr Krebs, said very little about the incident, possibly due to matters of liability. The students wanted to recognize the fact that this person had died while working on the construction of one of the school's buildings. A student was eventually able, at an assembly, to give some words of condolence for the worker.

In about 1971 a new physical education teacher was appointed who was very keen on gymnastics. A basic open-air gym was constructed between the demountable and the tuckshop (ie. north of the 'Farmhouse').

The school continued to expand and in 1979 year seven was added, followed in 1989 by years five and six. As a result for pushes for a girls grammar school for the North side of Brisbane the school became co-educational in 1993. Finally in 1999 grades one through to four were added.[2] The school has since undergone a major ongoing redevelopment including the construction of the Tooth Administration building as well as an entire purpose built Middle School precinct.[2] The school will be celebrating its 50th year in 2010.




St Paul's Campus is located in Bald Hills, approximately 17 km North of the Brisbane Central Business District.[3] The school is situated on the bank of the South Pine River, on the border between the Brisbane City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council. The area surrounding the school is a mix of residential and rural properties.[4]

Grounds and Facilities

Main Entrance to the school

The School occupies a single 51 hectare campus, which includes both the school's buildings as well as its sporting fields and grazing land. The original building of the school, the Old Farmhouse is a heritage listed building as well as several hoop pines which were originally planted in the 1850s. Buildings throughout the school range from 40 years old, to brand new. The school boasts;[5]

  • A purpose built Middle School precinct
  • A State-of-the-art music center, including recording studio.
  • Science laboratories
  • Computer laboratories
  • Library
  • Drama facilities
  • Home economics kitchens
  • Chapel
  • A theater (currently being refurbished)
  • Multi-purpose Physical Education center including gymnasium
  • Purpose built Junior School
  • Multi-purpose classrooms
  • A State-of-the-art design and technology building, including computer laboratories
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Golf driving range
  • Basketball/Netball/Volleyball courts
  • 8 Ovals
  • Center for Research, Innovation and Development

Currently the school is conducting a number of construction projects including;

  • a state of the art Science building with a emphasis on environmental sustainability
  • a Library Extension for use by junior school
  • a Junior School IT Facility
  • a dedicated IT building

These constructions are a part of the school's ongoing strategic plan which is aimed to increase the quality of its facilities.[6]

House system

Every student at St Paul's is a member of one of the ten Houses listed below. Each House is named after an influential figure in the history of the school:[2]

  • Arnott:Mr Paul Arnott - a teacher at St Paul's for twenty-seven years. He was heavily involved, with the curriculum of the school
  • Baker: Mr John Baker - a teacher at St Paul's for twenty-three years. He was heavily involved, with Ken Sutton, in establishing and running the sporting life of the School.
  • Gartside: Mr Horace Gartside was associated with the School from the outset.
  • Grindrod: Bishop Sir John Grindrod offered support and guidance to the School during his period as Archbishop of Brisbane throughout the 1980s.
  • Halse: Archbishop Halse, as head of the Diocese and an old boy of St Paul's, London, was associated with the School's formation. Archbishop Halse had been founding headmaster of All Souls' Charters Towers.
  • Ivor Church: Canon Ivor Church, associated with the Committee who selected the School site.
  • Stewart: John Stewart, the original Scottish settler on the present School site (1857). Bunya and hoop pines planted by John Stewart are still standing.
  • Strong: Archbishop Sir Phillip Strong, successor to Halse, a past chairman of the School Committee.
  • Sutton: Mr Kenneth G. Sutton was one of the three original staff members of St Paul's and became the first Senior Master. He served at the School from 1961 to 1982 and was responsible for establishing many of the School traditions. He also served as President of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Qld.).
  • Tooth: Sir Edwin Marsden Tooth, a Brisbane Company Director and philanthropist whose bequest was responsible for the School's formation.

The Junior School has its own four houses which are named after famous Australian authors:

  • Ingpen
  • Klien
  • Rudd
  • Thiele


The School prides itself upon the range of extracurricular activities that it offers. It also encourages fundraising within the school and has a pastoral care program.[7]


The school is a member of The Associated Schools (TAS): a group of independent schools similar to the GPS competition, formed for the purpose of inter-school sporting competition. St Paul's competes in the following sports at the senior level:

TAS Boys Years 8–12

Cricket, volleyball, swimming, cross-country, rugby, tennis, athletics, basketball, soccer.

TAS Girls Years 8–12

Cricket ,Basketball, swimming, tennis, hockey, netball, cross-country, soccer, softball, volleyball, athletics.

Other (non-TAS) Senior and Middle School sports

Badminton, fencing, mountain biking, AFL, touch football, golf.


St Paul's School actively encourages student participation in cultural pursuits such as debating. The school competes in competitions run by two organisations, enjoying great success in both: the Queensland Debating Union and the Circuit Debating Society.


Students are able to join the St Paul's School Cadet Unit, which is a part of the Australian Army Cadets


The school also has many other clubs, including; a media club, Amnesty International, Interact, Change for Change, a chess club and a Christian youth group. Students can also participate in Optiminds. Finally, St Paul's is the only Australian school involved in World School, an organisation of schools from twenty-two countries worldwide. Each year St Paul's sends three students to the forum that takes place at one of the member schools worldwide.

Music Department

St Paul's is renowned for the quality of its Music Department. The school has many bands, vocal groups, ensembles and strings groups, with over 500 students being involved with the music department. These groups compete in many competitions including Queensland Youth Music Awards and the Brisbane School Bands Festival with generally positive results.[8]

Every year St Paul's produces a School Musical. These alternate between Middle School and full-school Productions. In recent years, musicals such as Tom Sawyer, Into The Woods, Guys and Dolls, Footloose and Thoroughly Modern Millie have been performed.[9]

The tradition of evenings of one act plays began with the trial scene from "The Merchant of Venice". Other earlier productions include: Annie Get Your Gun (1977); South Pacific (1978); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996); Glamalot (1997); The Hound of Music (1998); and Anything Goes (2000).

St Paul's also enjoys an annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition. The event was originally started in 1998 as a fundraiser for Arnott house by former house captains Luke Pomery and Reginal Ram.

Notable alumni

Partner Schools

St Paul's works with many schools worldwide. Both students and teachers take part in exchanges with St Paul's partner schools.[10] It's sister schools include;

  • Kanto International School, Japan
  • Zhongghuancun Middle School, Beijing
  • World Foreign Languages School, Shanghai

As well as its partner schools, including;

  • Shijonawate Gakuen School, Japan
  • Blessed Imelda School, Taiwan
  • St Paul's Co-educational College, Hong Kong
  • Tezukayama Junior High School, Japan
  • Nan Hua High School, Singapore
  • Kopernikus Gymnasium, Germany
  • Nga Tawa Wellington Diocesan School for Girls, New Zealand

World School

World School is an annual event that St Paul's takes part in and in 2006 hosted.[11] It is an international forum started by Kanto International School and includes schools from over twenty nations world-wide, with St Paul's being the only school from Australia participating. The forum focuses upon current affairs, especially the issue of sustainability. Every year St Paul's sends a delegation of three students, accompanied by a staff member.

Sexual abuse incident

In 2003, St Paul's School was the subject of public scrutiny after former students claimed that they had been abused by Kevin Lynch, a staff member employed at the time. Lynch was employed as a school counselor at Brisbane Grammar School during the 1970s and 1980s, and subsequently at St Paul's School.[12][13][14] The students claimed that they were tortured, hypnotised and required to perform sexual acts for Lynch, and alleged that they had told St Paul's School staff about Lynch's activities, but were ignored.[12][15] In 1997, shortly after having been charged with the sexual abuse of students at Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul's, Lynch committed suicide.[12] In 2003, the former students rejected out-of-court compensation from the school, and pursued compensation through the law firm Shine Roche McGowan.

See also


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