House Structure

The house structure within the College plays a valuable role in the development of our students.

The houses become a community within a community, and give opportunities for closer relationships, mentoring and the expression of our Benedictine values of Pax, hospitality and stewardship. They allow for the development of leadership roles across the year group.

Each of the eight houses at Mount St Benedict takes on the responsibility of supporting one of our chosen Partners, and seeks to inspire the students to value service to others. Through this they also learn about and develop their understanding of the factors that lead to injustices and inequalities in our community.

Our House names are inspired from our Benedictine Heritage. Each House, named after a Benedictine Monastery, has a House Patron, a role model from the Sisters of the Good Samaritans. Each House of around 120 students has seven Homerooms. Each Homeroom has two to three students from each year.

Our Houses

Arcadia

This Benedictine community was established by the Sylvesterine order of Benedictine monks in 1962. They have had regular contact with our community since the College began in 1966 and they also serve the St Benedict’s Parish community at Arcadia. Their chapel features two of the oldest stained glass windows in Australia, the ‘Dunbar’ windows.

Maredsous

The Benedictine movement spread from Italy throughout Europe in the centuries that followed Benedict’s life, and the Rule of Benedict was used as a model for monasteries throughout the world. In 1872 the monastery of Maredsous was founded in the province of Namur in Belgium. The monks were German Benedictines.

Monte Cassino

The monastery of Monte Cassino was founded in 529 CE by Benedict. The monastery is built on top of a mountain and it is where the Rule was written by Benedict. Today its library contains 150,000 volumes and many of its texts are rare treasures written in parchment.

Montserrat

This Benedictine monastery was founded in 1025 in Spain and it sits upon a mountain top with spectacular views over the valley. Similar to Maredsous, it reflects the development of the Benedictine way of life through Europe. Today it contains the wooden sculpture known as “The Black Madonna” which is a popular pilgrimage attraction for visitors.

New Norcia

This Benedictine monastery is in Western Australia and was founded by Dom Salvado in 1846. As one of the earliest Benedictine communities in Australia, they had strong links with the aboriginal people and their just and fair treatment of them was unique for its time.

Stanbrook

This Benedictine community is in England, and it comprises an order of Benedictine women who live out the Benedictine Rule. After originally establishing themselves in France because of the exile of Catholics from England, they returned in 1838. They have become renowned for literary and musical pursuits, and the education of young women in England.

Subiaco

Benedict lived as a hermit in a cave for three years in the 'speco' grotto in Subiaco. In Subiaco today a monastery still remains known as St Scholastica's, Scholastica being Benedict's twin sister. In Subiaco Benedict began his vision that became the Rule of Benedict.

Terracina

The city in Italy that is nearby the monastery of Monte Cassino is called Terracina. It is a city with a beautiful harbour. There is an abbey known as Fossa Nuova in the See of Terracina. Terracina is a town with 22 parishes and 45,000 people.

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