Principal Message

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St Peter Claver is a Catholic Co-educational Secondary College in the Marist Tradition fashioned from the life, work and dreams of St Marcellin Champagnat, a Catholic priest born in the year of the French Revolution, 1789. His heart was exceptional, as was his imagination, because his whole life was dedicated to promoting liberty, equality and a close relationship with each other and with our God, values which are evident at St Peter Claver College today. The College also has strong links to the Sisters of Mercy who were present in the early day.  There is also a strong link with the Saint the College is named after - St Peter Claver, born in 1580, he was a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary. Due to his life’s work he became the Patron saint of slaves and in 1896 Pope Leo declared Claver the patron of missionary work amongst all African people. 

The personal traits of St Marcellin Champagnat reflect the motto of the French Revolution, Liberté égalité fraternité – Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood - ideals he was deeply dedicated to.  These are also appropriate to us because we, as Christians, are revolutionaries as we proclaim the new day and the freedom of all captives regardless of whether the bonds of slavery are actual or imposed by the self. 

As someone who has commenced at the College this term I can personally attest that Claver is a friendly and welcoming community - a community of Hope, of Love, of Acceptance of everyone and their individual differences.  I am proud to lead this wonderful educational community. 

Our recent senior academic results should reassure students and families that students can excel and reach the highest possible standards.  The range of possibilities at the College are broad and inclusive. Our students regularly achieve graduating certificates in either academic or vocational fields or complete apprenticeships and diploma courses. 

Outside of the classroom the College provides a broad range of cultural and sporting opportunities and Mission and Ministry Outreach experiences. Our staff is committed to the total development of each young person within a framework of care and love with high expectations, challenging our students to do their best in all things.  

The Pastoral Care in the College is horizontal in Year Levels with a Pastoral Leader and team of teachers assigned to each year level. This enables us to have particular and appropriate care of our students as they develop year by year. Usually, the Pastoral ​Leader will move with them as they go on to Year 10 in the Middle Years or to Year 12 in the Senior Years so that there is a three-year mutual relationship. The intertwining of the vertical Home Classes and the horizontal Pastoral Year Levels should provide the very best of care and growth opportunities to everyone. 

In 2017 we launched our Master Plan for the development of the College facilities. Key areas of development include Student Amenities and Canteen, a Learning Commons and Coffee Shop, an Arts Village for the Performing Arts, a new Industrial Design and Technology centre, and a new Science and Technology Centre. Currently the new Administrat​ion building is under construction. 

These facilities will house our students and staff who​ are engaged in modern educational encounters that are focused through our Learning and Teaching Framework that is centred on genuine education and active learning for creative outcomes.

Welcome again to our website. Should you have any questions, wish to visit the campus or make enrolment enquiries, please contact us at sriverview@bne.catholic.edu.au or give me a call on 07 3810 5900.

Warm Regards


Terry Finan

Principal​​​