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Being this close to so many access
points most people would not expect
the school to be in the peaceful, fresh
and open environment that stands
today for its 923 students.
The College is a co-educational
secondary Catholic College within the
Archdiocese of Brisbane. It opened in
1976 and is located in Riverview.
The College is named in honour
of the Spanish Jesuit priest St Peter
Claver, who spent forty years of his life
attending to the physical and spiritual
needs of African slaves in Colombia,
Latin America. St Peter Claver's life
work demonstrated the importance
of practical work among the poor,
speaking out for social justice and
outreach into other racial and ethnic
communities as a way of living the
Gospel. The example of St Peter Claver
has a mentoring in uence on all
policies and practices at the College.
Principles of inclusion, tolerance, social
justice and outreach are appropriate
for the diverse social and ethnic
communities served by the College.
The school has grown during its
34 years, and demand is still high for
places.Principal Diarmuid O'Riordan
explained what attracts parents to the
school is the fact that boys and girls
"Our uniqueness is that we are a
Catholic co-eductational school. We still
have exibility in the curriculum, we
still have some single sex classes, but
we o er something parents want: they
want their children to interact with their
peers enabling them to build character,
and grow socially."
For the second year in a row the
school has received the highest OP
eligibility across secondary schools, a
proud achievement for the College.
"The college has excellent pathways
for students to enter the workforce or
further study, we have an excellent and
diverse program in place, but where
some other schools concentrate on
selected areas, we really go to a lot
of e ort to customise the program to
the individual student's needs," said
"We ensure it is tailored to each
student. As a result of this dedication,
we have specialised sta committed to
The school is also known for is the
commitment to the performing arts,
with dancing high on the agenda. St
Peter's has numerous recognitions from
Eisteddfod's and competitions.
Tucked away in a quiet bush setting, St Peter Claver College sits on 14 hectares, just around the corner
from Dinmore train station, and close to the Warrego and Cunningham Highways.
"All those television shows like X
Factor, So You Think You Can Dance,
Australia's Got Talent ... they really
create a ground swell and interest
in dancing, but it is not new to our
students who take it very seriously.
Everything from contemporary, funk
and hip hop, our program is well
recognised for its awards.
"The dance teachers provide tuition
before and very conveniently after
school, which can make life a lot easier
for parents and students alike. The end
of year concert is a great opportunity
for other schools and parents to see
what we have achieved over the year."
The school's caring attitude is
prominent, in particular the 'Claver
Cares' program which has been running
for several years.
"We run the 'Claver Cares' van every
week. It is a van that goes to Queens
Park every Monday at 6pm to provide
food and companionship to the
homeless and underprivileged. We
put on a barbecue and provide some
blankets and clothing to those who
St Peter Claver College
- the school with a big
sometimes have fallen on hard times.
It's something we do with the help of
parents, sta , students and community
members in the tradition of St Peter
himself. We haven't missed a Monday
in over two years now, a record we are
very proud of," Mr O'Riordan said.
Sport is also high on the agenda at
Claver, with the Futsal team recently
taking part in the State championships,
netball and rugby league also gure
high on the schools achievements,
Many past and future NRL stars began
their careers at the Riverview campus,
but to chase a sporting dream does not
mean ignoring academic pursuits.
"While encouraging sport as a career,
their participation is only allowed on
the grounds that their academic work
is up to par. If their performance is poor
then they are not allowed to play.
"As we all know it is only a small
percentage of people actually make a
living out of sport, so academically it is
important to keep up the study.
"We are also one of six schools to take
part in the Gee Shield competition,
which is a ercely contested
competition. It's a great incentive for
the students to study hard, it has to be
"We even had a couple of rugby
league teachers spend some time with
the 'Roosters' in Sydney recently to
examine NRL practices. We have a full
time rugby league co-ordinator on sta
who is there to assist boys who want to
further their career in the sport."
The school is also celebrating a recent
award for the work it does with its
"We just won a national achievement
award from 'Dare To Lead' for
recognising leadership. Out of over
5,000 schools in the country, only
14 received awards, and it's a great
recognition for the College."
St.Peter Claver College is taking
enrolments for 2011 and 2012
academic years, for further information
visit their website at www.spcc.qld.edu.
au or phone 3810 5900.
Cover: students with their solar operated
robitic insects they designed and made.
Above: studnets use a mechtronic software
application for programming their robotic
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