Number of students 977
Colors Green, Fawn, Red
|Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic|
Phone +61 3 9581 7766
|Principal Teresa Lincoln & Nicole Mangelsdorf|
Address 118 Mentone Parade, Mentone VIC 3194, Australia
Motto Fortiter et Suaviter (Latin)
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Kilbreda College is a Roman Catholic independent girls secondary college located in Mentone, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was founded in 1904 by the Brigidine Sisters and is governed by Kildare Ministries. In 2004 Kilbreda celebrated its centenary.
- Kilbreda college 2013 year 12 video part 2
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- Origins of the school building
- A Brigidine Convent
- Kilbredas core values and symbols
- Activities for students
- Kilbredas sister schools
- Skipping Girl
- Books about Kilbreda College
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Origins of the school building
The original façade of the building was built by the Royal Coffee Palace Company Limited. It was opened in November 1887 and was known as the Mentone Coffee Palace. The Coffee Palace was the social centre of the town, situated on the corners of Mentone Parade, Florence Street and Como Parade. It is also near Mentone station (formerly known as Balcombe Road Station until 1884) and is surrounded by the local shops.
In the 1890s due to competition with Mentone Hotel and the Depression, the Coffee Palace could no longer be run. In 1894 it fell into the hands of the Mercantile Bank of Australia, and the name of the building was changed to Como House.
After this the Coffee Palace was only used occasionally for varying purposes.
The Brigidine Sisters bought the Coffee Palace in mid-July 1904 for £2,050, considering the actual cost of the building and furniture, excluding land, was £25,500.
A Brigidine Convent
On the 7 August 1904 the Brigidine Convent School was officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Thomas Carr, and classes began the next day.
On opening, the school had 3 pupils enrolled in the Convent School and 25 pupils enrolled in St. Patrick's Parish Primary which was located in the Church. The school also began taking boarders in 1905. Boarders and students of primary school age have been phased out since, the final primary class being in 1978.
In the 1930s the school's name was changed to Kilbreda College, the name coming from the Gaelic Cill - church or community and Breda - Brigid. Therefore, Kilbreda means Church or Community of Saint Brigid.
Kilbreda's core values and symbols
Most Brigidine schools follow the same core values, motto and school symbols.
The Brigidine Schools' symbols are:
As the school expanded Kilbreda developed school houses and as more students joined the school the number of houses increased. The housing system was started on 2 May 1934 with the three houses:
In 1945 the house Lourdes was added to the housing system making the houses:
1963 saw the addition of two more teams, Alacoque and Delany. So the houses present in 1963 were:
These school houses were kept till 2006 when they were changed to:
Since its opening, Kilbreda's uniform has changed a number of times. One of the latest changes was made in 2004 when the long kept 'Candy Striper' summer uniform was replaced. It was named so because of its resemblance to the candy striper uniform, Kilbreda's having white, green and red vertical stripes. The new dress is green with green and red pin stripes in a tartan-like pattern. In 2010 the old green jumper was replaced with a ruby red jumper. The summer uniform also consists of the "straw hat" or green sports cap, short fawn socks and pair of lace-up brown school shoes.
There was also an adjustment made to the winter uniform in 2010; the fawn blouse was replaced by a cream button-up and the bottle green tie was removed from the uniform completely. The winter uniform consists of fawn tights or knee-high fawn socks, a green and red tartan skirt and blazer with the new ruby jumper with brown lace-up shoes.
In 2015 a new summer, winter and sports uniform was introduced. The previously standing green and red school colours were replaced with a charcoal grey and a deep maroon.
Facilities available for students include:
Activities for students
Students at Kilbreda are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities such as team sports, the annual Athletics carnival, Swimming Carnivals, Book Clubs, Public Speaking, Debating, Justice and Democracy, Peer support and many more actitivites.
Kilbreda's sister schools
Kilbreda College, Mentone is one of ten schools governed by Kildare Ministries. The other nine are:
The Skipping Girl Sign used by the vinegar brand was originally modelled on Catherine Minogue, later Sister Felicitas, a teacher of Kilbreda. Her brother made the original sketch, sent it in for a competition, won, and the image was used for the brand.