Learn about the Good Men of Padua College

Padua College is the only school in Australia under the care of the Order of Friars Minor.  Inspired by the teachings of St Francis, the Franciscan Friars established Padua College as a school to cater for boys from Year 5 to Year 12.  

Over sixty years on, the College has grown to 1,400 students and while there have clearly been some educational changes over this time, we still hold our Franciscan heritage very close to our heart. 

The College offers a holistic education including an engaging religious formation and pastoral care program, an inclusive and comprehensive curriculum, many co-curricular opportunities and a developmental outdoor education program. 

We inspire and engage our learning community by being leaders in boys’ education through a learning culture underpinned by self-efficacy and excellence. We deliver dynamic, innovative pedagogy in the three phases of learning from Year 5 through to Year 12. 

Here at Padua we embrace change, but we also recognise the need to hold true to things that we hold as important pillars for a good education. We introduce our students to a wide range of belief systems and multi-faith disciplines, we encourage debate and discussion, and then introduce our students to a Catholic and Franciscan world view. This vision is permeated by our values of Joy, Courtesy, Humility, Simplicity and Peace.

Learn more about the Good Men of Padua College in their own words through the College 3D Virtual Tour at 


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