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St Bernard's College, Lower Hutt

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St Bernard's College (often abbreviated to SBC or SBC183) is a Catholic Year 7 to 13 (Form 1 to 7) secondary School for Boys, located at 183 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. The school was opened by the Marist Brothers in 1946.

St Bernard's College
183 Waterloo Road,
Lower Hutt,
New Zealand
Coordinates41°12′37″S 174°55′01″E / 41.2104°S 174.9169°E / -41.2104; 174.9169Coordinates: 41°12′37″S 174°55′01″E / 41.2104°S 174.9169°E / -41.2104; 174.9169
TypeState integrated boys Secondary (Year 7–13)
MottoRespice Stellam Voca Mariam
"Look To The Star, Call Upon Mary"
Established1946; 73 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no.260
PrincipalSimon Stack
School roll638[1] (August 2018)
Socio-economic decile6N[2]

The maximum roll is 660 pupils.


School CrestEdit

The school crest was designed by Brother Gerard who served as Principal of the school from 1959 to 1964. The crest of St. Bernard's consists of a shield divided into three panels:

  • The left panel shows a sword and a crown, symbolising the need to "fight the good fight so as to gain the crown of victory." This is an allusion to an exhortation of the Apostle Paul regarding the Catholic striving to live for Christ.
  • The centre panel has three Fleur-de-lis, symbolic of three French connections with the school:
  1. St. Bernard was Abbot of Clairvaux in France and a great figure in the religious and political life of twelfth century Europe;
  2. Marcellin Champagnat founded the Marist Brothers of the Schools in France; and
  3. Bishop Pompallier, a Frenchman, was instrumental in bringing the Catholic faith to New Zealand.
  • The cross on the right panel was worn by the Crusaders on their shields. St Bernard promoted the Crusades.

Surmounting the shield is a combination of stars resting on a bar divided into three parts. The Latin inscription at the foot of the shield translates to "Look to the star, call upon Mary."


St. Bernard's College has offered many sports as extra-curricular activities. It currently offers Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Hockey, Mountain Biking, Rowing, Rugby, Rugby League, Rugby 7s, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Volleyball and Waterpolo.

List of PrincipalsEdit

With Simon Stack's appointment at the start of 2016, fifteen principals have served St. Bernard's College since its formation in 1946.

  • Br. Bernard Fulton (1946)
  • Br. Ignatius Callan (1947–52)
  • Br. Gerald Murphy (1953–57)
  • Br. Oswald Wall (1958)
  • Br. Gerard Mullin (1959–64)
  • Br. Cyprian Tuite (1965–70)
  • Br. Neil Hyland (1971–72)
  • Br. Majella Sherry (1973–74)
  • Br. Arnold Turner (1975–79)
  • Br. Hugh Graham (1980–82)
  • Br. Terence Costello (1983–95)
  • Br. Denis Turner (1995)
  • Mr. Peter Fava (1996–2015)
  • Mr. Hedley Aitken (2015)
  • Mr. Simon Stack (2016–present)
Saint Bernard's College's main field in 2013

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.


  • Pat Gallagher, The Marist Brothers in New Zealand Fiji & Samoa 1876–1976, New Zealand Marist Brothers' Trust Board, Tuakau, 1976.

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