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St Peter's College


History and traditions. We are a school with a rich tapestry of history and tradition. The School was founded in 1847, just 11 years after South Australia was established. The first classes were held at the Holy Trinity Church on North Terrace before moving in 1850 to our current location on Hackney Road. The first Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide, Augustus Short was instrumental in establishing St Peter’s College in the tradition of the great public schools of England. In 1890 the School adopted its motto Pro Deo et Patria (For God and Country) to inspire and motivate our boys. Since its foundation, Saints has emphasised a sense of service honoured through selflessness and this value remains strong and constant in the fabric of School life. Saints has a wealth of traditions spanning generations of students, from our Junior School boys ‘storming’ the Da Costa Dining Hall on Bastille Day as a way to celebrate independence, through to our Anzac Day services where we commemorate our young men who have lost their lives at war. We seamlessly combine time-honoured traditions with an inclusive, contemporary approach. Today our most important work is shaping the character of the boys and young men at Saints – developing a sense of service, courage, commitment and integrity. Spirituality. As an Anglican school, Christianity is at the heart of everything we do and we believe that a balance of scripture, tradition and reason enhances every boy’s wellbeing. As a School we encourage boys to explore their spirituality and think about their own faith. We are enriched and strengthened by our diversity. Saints is a safe and inclusive learning community and we welcome boys of all backgrounds, regardless of their race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and religion. Worship. St Peter’s College is an active and meaningful place of worship, led by the School Chaplains and with student participation. Both Chaplains draw on contemporary theology and current events to illustrate significant Bible stories and biblical teaching. Our teachings and services give every student something to ponder, regardless of his religious background and personal faith. Services occur on most days in the historic and beautiful School Chapel. Grounds, facilities and transports. The School is set on 32 hectares of magnificent grounds and is only three kilometres from Adelaide city centre. With beautiful buildings, both historic and modern, our educational facilities and sports fields are among the best in the country. Our grounds are world-class, with seven ovals, a hockey pitch, ten tennis courts and a state-of-the-art sports centre with swimming pool heated by an underground geothermal heating system, and full gymnasium. We also have an outdoor education campus in Finniss, near Lake Alexandrina, about an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Our boys join us from across Adelaide, the state, country and from overseas. We offer superb boarding facilities and provide a bus service for day boys. The buses provide safe and reliable transport for students and routes include the Adelaide Hills and Unley as well as a shuttle bus between Saints and Walford Anglican School for Girls.

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