The Sisters of Mercy came to Gympie in 1879 and the Christian
Brothers in 1904 to teach in schools already established by the Catholic
community. Over the years both orders conducted boarding schools.
The girls' boarding facility closed in 1969 and the boys' in 1978.
St Patrick's College opened in January, 1983 as a Catholic
Co-Educational College for students from Years 8 - 12, an amalgamation of the
two schools. since 2015, St Patrick's College caters for students from
Years 7 - 12.
Our College upholds the traditions of these schools by the
celebration of Founders' Day in honour of the Religious Orders, and by house
In 2004 past pupils of our founding schools - the Christian
Brothers College for Boys (established in 1904) and the Sisters of Mercy High
School for Girls (established in 1916) held a reunion and gathering to
celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in
Gympie and the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of the Christian Brothers in
The Chairman of the Reunion Committee was Mr Nev Bermingham and
he and his committee created the book linked below -
Schools 1879 2003
Mrs Sharyn Portas has been researching the history of
World War 1 soldiers connected with both St Patrick's Parish and the Christian
Sharyn's research is contained in the publication - WW1 Soldiers of
St Patrick's Parish