Boys need 'big paddock, strong fences'
NEW St Brendan's College principal Robert Corboy, the 15th principal in the college's history, has started the year with a new motto for students and the SBC community - big paddock, strong fences - and with the college's enormous 121ha campus, it's one that fits both physically and metaphorically.
Mr Corboy, who arrives at the college after four years as principal of Abergowrie College near Townsville and previously as acting deputy principal and head of boarding at Marist Brothers Ashgrove for 11 years, is a strong believer that as an educator of boys, students need to be given the opportunity to express themselves with clear boundaries in place.
"My firm belief is they should be given the opportunity to express themselves, with space to grow as good young men with strong minds and gentle hearts, while knowing there are clear boundaries in place and high expectations for each student who is a member of the college community,” Mr Corboy said.
"Boys respond very well to the 'big paddocks', which allow them to express who they are yet knowing where the firm boundaries lay, with our fences built on principles of fairness, responsibility and the common good, which are the hallmarks of a St Brendan's College education,” he said.
"I have been aware of St Brendan's College throughout my career as a wonderful example of social justice in action, with a strong boarding school and a beautiful spirit and charism, and am extremely humbled by the welcome the college and local community have given me since arriving in Yeppoon,” Mr Corboy said.
"I will work to ensure the Edmund Rice charter lays the foundation for all our endeavours at the college - providing a liberating education, inclusive community, gospel spirituality and justice and solidarity.”
The college will start the 2018 school year with strong enrolment numbers, reaching more than 200 students in boarding and a day student population in excess of 420.