St. Patrick's is a Catholic school for boys from Years 5 to 12. It began with an enrolment of 39 boys in 1928 and today offers a quality education for more than 1400 boys and young men, ordinarily aged from 10 to 18. The College is an Edmund Rice school and an inheritor of the charism of Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers.
Hence education in religion and faith formation have privileged places. The College consistently proclaims a belief in a loving, creating God perfectly revealed in the life and values of Jesus Christ. The values are realised in the recognition of the unique worth of each person. They may differ from those espoused by a secular society. The College seeks to educate men who are socially critical and spiritually aware, and who stand with the poor with empathy, compassion and empowerment.