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 Horan House

 
House Name:  Horan    House Patron: Matthew Horan
Motto: Building Strength Through Loyalty
 
Dean Matthew Horan is recognised in St. Patrick’s Parish in Gympie as ‘the builder’. As Fr. Matthew Horan he came to Gympie as parish priest in 1867, only five months after gold was discovered.  He continued as parish priest for 55 years. Fr. Horan, originally from Ireland, was a nephew of Bishop Quinn who was Bishop of Queensland from 1859 to 1881.  Fr. Horan celebrated Mass in a tent until it was replaced by a bark hut, then by a wooden church until this in turn was replaced by a stone church in 1887 where Mass is celebrated today. In the years that he tended his flock with a zealous, undying faith, he had a particular concern for the education of Catholic children. Long before the Mercy Sisters and the Christian Brothers came to the goldfields, he had set up a school near his church where lay teachers laboured in the cause of Catholicism. Dean Horan brought the Sisters of Mercy to Gympie in 1879 and the Christian Brothers in 1904. Having purchased the first piece of land for the Catholic Church for £18 Dean Horan expanded the area on all sides until five acres comprised the block on Calton Hill where the church and schools were built and still stand today. Matthew Horan, priest and builder, loved by a wide circle of friends and parishioners who had grown up around him, died on 6 July 1923.
 
The Cross:  The solid uniform cross of Horan House represents the firm foundation of the Catholic community in Gympie that Dean Matthew Horan nurtured in its earliest years. The masonry wall symbolises the actual building of St. Patrick’s Church and the schools of the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers. The two schools amalgamated in 1983 to become St. Patrick’s College and St. Patrick’s Primary School.        



Our coordinator is Mr Andrew Newton

For the most part, students are in houses along family lines, and should now remain with the same Coordinator and Home Room Teacher for a number of years. Hopefully, positive and meaningful relationships can be built over this time and this will enhance your child’s overall ability to learn academically, socially and spiritually at St. Patrick’s.
 
Should you have concerns about how your student is coping with College life, or specific parts of their schooling, please contact the College and ask to speak to the relevant House Coordinator. For issues such as lateness, absence or minor uniform matters, speaking to your child’s Home Room Teacher may be more productive initially.
 
One of the ways in which each house builds a sense of community is through of the specific sporting carnivals held each year.
 
As a Pastoral Team, we would like to remind parents to read the eNewsletter, but also peruse your child’s diary. Both are essential means of communicating your child’s daily and weekly experiences at St. Patrick’s. Please note this in the student diary.