The College was founded by the Presentation Brothers in 1878, in the South Mall. Soon afterwards it moved to the Grand Parade and, in 1887, to the Western Road. The present complex, which includes the best of modern facilities, was completed in 1985. The College is still managed by the Presentation Brothers. It continues to foster an educational tradition of excellence in which the Catholic ethos is central.
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The purpose of the College is to assist and co-operate with parents in preparing young people for life. The desired goal is that each student will mature, emotionally, intellectually and socially, into a well-integrated, self-confident, competent, Christian person who is committed to the service of God and of his fellow man.
Moral training and character formation require that an aptitude of mind and heart be developed in each student which will enable him to live an upright, Christian life in whatever circumstances he may find himself. A healthy religious atmosphere is essential to this delicate work. The college seeks to create this atmosphere with its emphasis on Christian living, religious education and liturgical and devotional practices.
The atmosphere of the College is a family one, based upon respect for the person. The discipline maintained aims at helping in character formation and it is concerned especially with the development of a correct attitude to freedom and responsibility. Good human relations in a community foster self-esteem in the individual. Respect for the unique worth of each individual is promoted; sincerity, openness and trust are encouraged. Hence, the atmosphere of the College, and the quality of the relationships formed there are seen as some of the more important formative influences at work in the school.
Since it caters for very competitive University Scholarship and Entrance requirements, the curriculum 'mix' is organised so as to help the student understand himself better and to enable him to choose goals appropriate to himself in the whole range and quality of his life. Every effort is make to promote self-confidence and initiative among the pupils. They are guided in coming to terms with peer pressure and with their own developing personalities.
While remaining loyal to a rich tradition of academic excellence, the College places considerable emphasis on cultural influences. Aesthetic education is provided for but is not confined to an appreciation of Art, Music and Drama; it also includes politeness, manner of speaking and dress and that refinement which reveals itself in the courtesies of day-to-day living. Hence, all students are required to maintain a high standard of conduct as a condition of their remaining in the College.