Each student at St Virgil’s College belongs to one of four Houses. The House forms the basis for many competitions and other events in the College. Pastoral Care groupings are formed within each house.
Students from St Virgil’s Junior School remain in the same House they were in at the Junior School. Other boys who have or have had brothers at the College will become members of the same House as their brother. Other boys will be allocated to ensure even numbers.
Major House events include the Athletics, Cross Country and Beach Bonanza Day. Ongoing competitions include singing and a range of lunchtime activities. There are four Houses , their colours and values are:
Loyalty to God, Generosity & Scholarship - Blue
Named after Leo Doyle, the first pupil of the College of 1911, who went on to be a fine scholar and lawyer
Leo Doyle was born in 1902 and lived across the road from what became St Virgil’s College. In 1911 he was literally the first pupil at the College by running over to the school in the early hours of the morning.
Leo, a brilliant student, earned a place at the University of Tasmania. On completion of his Law Degree, Leo was admitted to the Bar at the age of 21. Two years later he became a partner in the firm, Page, Hodgman, Seager and Doyle. Leo also lectured at the University and later became Dean of the Faculty of Law. He entered the Tasmanian Parliament in 1937 on a landslide vote.
The dominating influence in Leo’s life, though, was his unswerving loyalty to his religion.
With a tragic early death at the age of 38, Leo left behind a wife and three young children. One of those children, Adrian Doyle, who also attended St Virgil’s, is a past Archbishop of Hobart.
Commitment, Sportsmanship & Team Spirit - Green
Named after the Dwyer family who contributed immensely to the sporting history of the College
Dwyer House was named after the Dwyer family in gratitude to their contribution to Athletics at the College. Charles Dwyer, Licensee of the Ye Olde Commodore Hotel was an ardent supporter of the College over 30 years, missing only one sports meeting.
His son Philip started St Virgil’s in its second year in 1912 and graduated in 1919. He captained the Old Virgilians Association Football Team from the late 1920’s to the early 1930’s. Philip also coached the College Athletics Team until the arrival of Brother Hessian in 1931.Philip’s brother, William John, nicknamed “Kaiser Bill” was a day student of St Virgil’s in 1911. He died in the war in France in 1918, and was posthumously awarded a Military medal for Conspicuous Gallantry and Devotion to Duty.
Leadership, Determination & School Spirit - Red
Named after Brother James Hessian, a former Principal, teacher & sport master who spent over 21 years at the College
Brother James Mulcahy Hessian was born in Dunedin on 30th July 1910. In 1924 he sailed to Sydney to join the Christian Brothers.
Brother Hessian spent twenty one years at St Virgil’s College. An excellent teacher, he was a perfectionist, and nothing less than a student’s best would suit him. As Headmaster he was kind, understanding and generous, and as a Sportsmaster he achieved outstanding success.
An excellent coach, his 1939 First XVIII kicked 66 goals, 33 behinds (429 points) against a school team which scored only one point! This remained an Australian record for more than twenty-five years.
Brother Hessian and Brother Joyce are widely recognised as the key figures in shaping the spirit of St Virgil’s College. There was an aura of confidence that emanated from Brother Hessian and became evident in everything he undertook. The spirit of Hessian House has always been based on the saying “Fight the good fight and never give up”.
Integrity, Justice & Fair Play - Yellow
Named after Brother Edward Joyce, a teacher & Principal at the College who spent 45 years on the staff
Brother Edward Dominic Joyce was born in New Zealand, and spent 45 years at St Virgil’s College, from 1916 to 1961. He was instrumental in shaping the culture and spirit of this great school.
Brother Joyce was an extraordinary man with a mysterious magnetism. Although shy and retiring by nature, his impact on students was enormous. A scholarly Christian Brother, he excelled in Mathematics and Science. As a Headmaster, he was never far from his classroom, and his no-nonsense attitude won the immediate respect of his students.
Brother Joyce possessed boundless energy. He was gifted with exceptional sporting ability which he channeled into coaching in later years. Absolute honesty and fairness were the hallmarks of his coaching style.