ACC History Timeline

Origins – 1890’s

August 27, 1898

Origins The Association, known as the Associated Catholic Colleges of Melbourne, grew out of earlier organisations that provided boys’ colleges with formal and informal meetings for inter-College sport competitions. The earliest recorded mention of such meetings dates back to 1898 when CBC St Kilda met Wesley College and Parade encountered…

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Gymkhana Picnic Sports

December 31, 1905

Around 1906 the Procession was firmly established as an important official function and the custom was to have a gymkhana picnic sports day at its completion. The competition, open to all Catholic Colleges, country as well as metropolitan, was limited to athletics. All trophies, including the Archbishop’s Shield, were provided…

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Secondary Colleges Competition

December 31, 1908

In the early years of the century an organisation called the Secondary Colleges Competition included eight teams for football and cricket from the following Catholic and non-Catholic colleges: C.B.C North Melbourne, CBC St Kilda, St Vincent’s College South Melbourne, Carlton College, Caulfield Grammar, Brighton Grammar, Assumption College Kilmore, and an…

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Secondary Teams Association

December 31, 1909

To replace the Secondary Colleges Competition a group of six Brothers’ Colleges established the Secondary Teams Association on April 2, 1909, and started competing in 1910. The names of these Colleges remain unknown. At the time football and cricket were the only sports offered. It was not until 1914 that…

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Metropolitan Catholic Colleges

December 31, 1929

The Secondary Teams Association later emerged as the Metropolitan Catholic Colleges. It offered competition in football, cricket, and swimming. Thus was formed an association of Catholic boys’ colleges in the city of Melbourne as distinct from a Catholic country sporting organisation.

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ACC Formation

May 31, 1948

The Associated Catholic Colleges came into being in June, 1948. The founding members were seven Brothers’ Colleges of Melbourne: CBC Parade, CBC St Kilda, CBC North Melbourne, CBC Essendon, CBC Toorak, De La Salle Malvern and St Bede’s Mentone. The first president, Br. Peter, Principal of De La Salle College…

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St Kevin’s (CBC Toorak)

December 31, 1956

St Kevin’s College (formerly known as CBC Toorak) departs the ACC and joins the APS.

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St Joseph’s Nth Fitzroy

December 31, 1957

St Joseph’s Marist Brothers’ College, North Fitzroy, joins the ACC.

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Salesian College, Chadstone

December 31, 1965

Salesian College, Chadstone, joins the ACC.

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St John’s College, Braybrook

December 31, 1969

St John’s College, Braybrook, joins the ACC.

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St Paul’s College, Altona North

December 31, 1977

St Paul’s College, Altona North, joins the ACC.

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St Joseph’s College Departs

December 31, 1977

St Joseph’s College leaves the ACC.

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St John’s / Chisholm

December 31, 1978

In 1979 St John’s College became a Junior Secondary College; Chisholm College was formed to cater for co-educational senior secondary classes. Both Colleges constituted one member in the ACC.

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Salesian College Departs

December 30, 1983

Salesian College moves from the ACC to the Eastern Independent Schools (EIS).

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Mid 1980’s

December 31, 1984

At the end of this second period, the Associated Catholic Colleges of Melbourne was comprised of the following eight members: Parade College Bundoora, Christian Brothers’ College St Kilda, St Joseph’s College North Melbourne (incorporating St Joseph’s College Pascoe Vale), De La Salle College Malvern, St Bede’s College Mentone, St Bernard’s…

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Late 1980’s

December 31, 1986

The late 1980s saw a further broadening of the range of sports offered as part of the ACC and the introduction of junior competitions in a number of additional sports.

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Chisholm College Withdraws

December 30, 1987

Chisholm College withdrew from the Association at the end of 1987, but St John’s Braybrook continued to compete in the Junior and Juvenile sections of the Athletics, Swimming and Cross-country competitions and the Year 10 competitions of the other sports.

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Smaller Schools Combine

December 31, 1987

St Joseph’s Pascoe Vale also withdrew from the Association in 1988 and Cathedral College, East Melbourne with Trinity College, Brunswick, both feeder Colleges for CBC North Melbourne, formed a combined squad to participate in the three major carnivals.

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Divisional Sport

December 31, 1989

Increasing concern at the one-sided nature of many matches and competitions due to the ever-widening gap in enrolments between some Colleges led to the creation of the Division 1 and Division 2 competitions in some sports in 1990.

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St Joseph’s Geelong Football

March 31, 1992

Geelong competed in the First XVIII, Division One, Football competition by invitation commencing in 1992.

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Closures & Amalgamations

November 30, 1995

The establishment of new Colleges by amalgamations resulted in the closure, and consequent withdrawal from the Association, of Cathedral College at the end of 1995, and St John’s Braybrook at the end of 1996. From 1996, North Melbourne competed in Senior events only and in 1997 St Joseph’s College Geelong…

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Junior Rally Days

December 31, 1997

To cater better for younger students a series of one-day competitions was introduced in the second half of the 1990s for Year 7 and 8 students.

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ACC Expansion

December 31, 1998

ACC Expansion

1999 saw the expansion of the Association with Salesian, Mazenod and Whitefriars Colleges becoming full members and the employment of part-time Executive Officer in John Morrison. This year also saw the introduction of separate fixtured competitions for Years 7, 8, 9, and 10. This expansion of the program resulted in…

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Executive Officer Appointed

December 31, 1998

Executive Officer Appointed

With the expansion of the ACC member schools and the further development of the sporting program, the ACC Principals made the decision to appoint their first employee of the Association. Mr. John Morrison was employed as Executive Officer, working two days per week and overseeing the management of all aspects of…

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Full & Associate Members

December 31, 1999

In 2000, Samaritan College (an amalgamation of Redden Preston and St Joseph’s North Fitzroy) joined as a full member of the ACC whilst Trinity College Brunswick and Simonds College West Melbourne both joined as Associate members which enabled competition in Carnivals and Rally Days, but not weekly fixtured competition.

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Music & Debating

December 31, 2000

2001 saw Trinity Brunswick withdrawing from ACC competition and the introduction of Debating and Music to extend the ACC program of activities.

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ACC Farewells John Morrison

December 30, 2004

At the end of 2004 John Morrison completed six years of service before passing the Executive Officer baton to Mr. Paddy McKenna. Given the consolidation and further development of ACC sport and the extension of ACC activities into the areas of Music, Debating and Student Leadership, ACC Principals decided to…

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Drama Workshops

July 29, 2005

Drama Workshops

As further demonstration of the ACC’s commitment to provide students with a diverse range of activities, an ACC drama workshop was held for Yr 9/10 boys for the first time in 2005.

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Public Speaking

July 31, 2007

To complement the thriving Debating program, Public Speaking was added to the list of ACC activities in 2007.

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St Paul’s becomes Emmanuel College

December 31, 2007

In early 2008, St. Paul’s College in Altona North opened a new co-educational campus in Point Cook to complement the boys campus and changed its name to Emmanuel College.

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ACCent on Music

September 16, 2008

ACCent on Music

Since the inception of Music in the ACC, the focus had been on developmental workshops. The decision was made in 2007 to take the ACC Music program to a new level and to hold a combined concert at the premier concert venue in Victoria – Hamer Hall at Arts Centre…

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Samaritan College Closes

December 30, 2008

At the conclusion of 2008, Samaritan College closed, ending their involvement with the ACC. The property in Preston was purchased by Parade College and from 2009 set up as their second campus.

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The ACC becomes Incorporated

October 31, 2009

Following legal advice, the ACC Principals made the decision to become an Incorporated entity. The new name of the Association became “The Associated Catholic Colleges Incorporated” and the new Rules of the Association were adopted.

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St Joseph’s Pascoe Vale Closes

December 30, 2009

In late 2009, St. Joseph’s Melbourne closed its Junior Campus in Pascoe Vale.

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St Joseph’s North Melbourne Closes

December 30, 2010

St. Joseph’s Melbourne closed its Senior Campus at the end of 2010, ending a long and proud history of involvement in the ACC. The North Melbourne campus was eventually set up by EREA as an alternative educational setting.

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Badminton Tournaments

March 31, 2013

Badminton Tournaments

Badminton was added to the sporting program for the first time, with tournaments for Junior, Intermediate and Open competition.

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Art & Technology Exhibition

April 20, 2013

Art & Technology Exhibition

Another major event was added to the ACC calendar with the inclusion of an Art & Technology Exhibition. The event was held for 7 days at the iconic Federation Square in Melbourne. Each school submitted items for display in the Yarra Gallery, resulting in a stunning exhibition that was widely…

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Music returns to Hamer Hall

September 16, 2014

Music returns to Hamer Hall

The ACC returned to Hamer Hall for the second “ACCent on Music” concert. MC and special guest performer, James Morrison, dazzled the audience with his incredible skill on the trumpet and joined the students in several ensembles as they performed on stage. Once again, the quality of the performances by…

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Abbotsford Convent Exhibition

March 31, 2015

Abbotsford Convent Exhibition

The second Art & Technology exhibition was held in April / May of 2015, with the event moving to a new venue – the culturally and religiously significant Abbotsford Convent.

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Culinary Delight

July 31, 2015

Culinary Delight

With growing interest from TV shows such as Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules, the ACC added a new event to the annual calendar – a Culinary Competition. The event was hosted by Holmesglen Institute in Glen Waverley, with teams of 4 students working collaboratively to produce a chicken based dish….

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Triathlon

February 29, 2016

Triathlon

Following significant interest, the ACC conducted its first triathlon event in March 2016 in conjunction with the Sole Motive TriSeries. Six schools were represented by almost 60 students in the swim / ride / run event held at Sandringham.

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