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Welcome to St. Gregory’s
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PROPRIETOR’S MESSAGE

The Catholic Church believes education is an integral part of her God-given mission on earth and in faithfulness to this
mission has worked determinedly over the centuries to establish educational institutions across the world. The Church,
in her wisdom, views education as essential in preparing her children for what they must be and for what they must do to
fully realize the will of God as they work to care for God’s creation- the sublime purpose for which they were created.

In following the same path, the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has over the years established different formal
educational institutions ranging from primary to secondary schools, college of education and university. Currently the
Archdiocese boasts of a total of over thirty nursery and primary schools, fourteen secondary schools, three skill
acquisition centres and two tertiary institutions (a College of Education and a University).

Some of these institutions are coeducational while others are not; and to the glory of God, St. Gregory’s College,
founded 27th January, 1928 (92 years ago) is the oldest of all the schools in the Archdiocese.

We are grateful to God for the life of the College and all those who have, at different times, managed the affairs of
the College and for the beautiful crop of “Gregorians” who have graduated from it. We pray to God to continuously bless
the College and all those associated with it. Amen.

Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martin

Metropolitan Archbishop of Lagos and College Proprietor.

 

WELCOME MESSAGE

St. Gregory’s College was originally established as St Gregory’s Grammar School by the
Catholic Church on 12th March, 1882 at Igbosere Road, Lagos. The school shared the same site with St. John’s
Evangelist Catholic Infant School and
St.Francis Xavier Primary School (now Holy Cross). These two were established in 1871. The establishment of St.
Gregory’s Grammar School was to create a desired alternative to CMS Grammar School and Methodist Boys High School.
It became
the third secondary school of the 1880s.

At its establishment, St. Gregory’s Grammar School had the teachers’ training wing and
the Grammar School wing. At the former, teachers were prepared for the examination of the College of Preceptors and
teachers’ certificate.

In September 1909, King’s College was established by an Act of the British Parliament to provide for the youth of the colony a higher general education than that provided by the existing
mission schools, and to prepare them for matriculation examination of the University of London and to give a useful course of study to qualify for
professional life or to enter government or mercantile service. Some students of the existing schools took examinations into King’s College to partake in the new curriculum. After the Education Code of 1926, there was an agitation by
Catholics in Lagos to have a full-fledged secondary school where their children would be prepared for matriculation like King’s College. They had fears about King’s
College with regard to Catholic religious instruction being that it was a Colonial Government school. Bishop Ferdinand Terrien, then Catholic Bishop, listened to their agitations and in 1923 obtained 5.5 acres of
land at Ikoyi plains from His Excellency, Sir Donald Cameroon and started to build this citadel of learning. In 1928, St. Gregory’s Grammar School was renamed St Gregory’s College by Bishop Ferdinand Terrien. The College,
thus officially has two foundation dates: 12th March, 1882 and 27th January, 1928 as St. Gregory’s Grammar School and St.Gregory’s College, respectively. Until now, the latter date was celebrated but with the recent
update of the College’s initial year of establishment, the former date would be celebrated as the official Founder’s Day.

The establishment of St. Gregory’s College by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos was for the purpose of giving young boys a holistic education that is built on two pillars – fear of God and sound knowledge of all there is to know.
This explains the motto of our beloved College Pro Fide et Scientia (For faith and knowledge).  In faithfulness to the vision of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, the Management of the College since its
inception has constantly placed the highest premium on these core values. On these pillars rest the source and summit of our College and of all who are associated with it.

In St. Gregory’s College, we hold dear the words of Francois Rabelais that “A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lit”. In order to effectively achieve this goal, our daily quests and undertakings include giving our
students a solid spiritual foundation, developing their potential, helping them to be competitive and bold, creating an exciting environment for them, encouraging them to be independent thinkers, building their sense of self-esteem,
ensuring their voices are heard and guaranteeing their health and wellbeing. Our curriculum serves as a bedrock for this goal because it offers our students opportunities to soar in any
sphere of life that they choose and wherever they choose. We equip students to study anywhere in the world after their graduation by preparing and offering them opportunities to sit for local and international examinations. And in a world
where computer technology has taken the center stage, our students are well grounded in the prerequisite knowledge that puts them ahead of their peers in the world of computer technology. They graduate from St. Gregory’s College with exceptional knowledge and ability in Coding and Robotics. After more than one hundred and forty (140) years of fruitful existence, St. Gregory’s College has come to be
known globally as one of the foremost formation grounds for young men who are destined to make the world a better place. Our holistic formation gives our students the added advantage that makes them outliers. Their practically enriched
academic curriculum is driven by the moral formation that makes it integral. Our enviable landscape makes learning, acquisition of skills, and sporting activities worthwhile.

We welcome all who visit our College website. We are sure you will find helpful and important information about this
great institution of learning. This site will give you a glimpse of what St. Gregory’s College is all about and how
you can be a part of our success story.

Thank you.

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ayeni

Administrator.

Our
Mission

To train students for
excellence and leadership positions in all areas of human endeavour and to produce gentlemen that are neither deficient
in learning nor in character, in the society.nd we are good at what we
do.

Our
Vision

Our vision is spelt out in our
College motto: Pro Fide et Scientia (for Faith and Knowledge). As a Catholic Institution of repute, we bring up students
with the fear of God and unmatched quest for excellence, and we are good at what we
do.

Our
Values

In St. Gregory’s College, we
hold dear the words of Francois Rabelais that, “A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lit”. In this
light, we aim to:

Community of
Shared Vision

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St. Gregory’s College is a community of shared vision, trained and working together with this common
purpose. Open to students and staff of all religions, all economic levels and all tribal and regional origins, the
College encourages the model of a unified family, and strives to develop individual talents and gifts within that
family, with deep respect for the traditional values of Nigeria.
One of the specific contributions of St. Gregory’s College educators is that they are oriented to
certain values. Our colleagues at St. Gregory’s College pledge themselves to the moral development of their students.
Development of religious principles and moral values is central to the curriculum, not just in religion courses,
retreats and religious services. Our religious education is not for the sake of proselytising non-Catholic students but
to help develop in all of our students lasting moral principles.

Community of Shared Vision

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St. Gregory’s College is a community of shared vision, trained and working together with this common
purpose. Open to students and staff of all religions, all economic levels and all tribal and regional origins, the
College encourages the model of a unified family, and strives to develop individual talents and gifts within that
family, with deep respect for the traditional values of Nigeria.
One of the specific contributions of St. Gregory’s College educators is that they are oriented to
certain values. Our colleagues at St. Gregory’s College pledge themselves to the moral development of their students.
Development of religious principles and moral values is central to the curriculum, not just in religion courses,
retreats and religious services. Our religious education is not for the sake of proselytising non-Catholic students but
to help develop in all of our students lasting moral principles.

Cura
Personalis

Personal care and concern is the hallmark of St.
Gregory’s College education. For such a relationship of authenticity and truth to flourish between teacher and student,
mutual trust and respect that grows out of a continuing experience of the other as a genuine companion in learning is
required. It means, too, being keenly conscious of and sensitive to the institutional environment of the school, being
alert as teachers and administrators to the complex and often subtle network of norms, expectations, behaviours and
relationships that create an atmosphere for learning. Praise, reverence and service should mark the relationship that
exists not only between teachers and students but also among all members of the school
community.

St. Gregory’s
College

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St.
Gregory’s College, established solely through the efforts of the Catholic mission in 1928 and named after Pope St.
Gregory the Great (540-604), has developed into a unique institution sought after by discerning minds who seek to
partake of its quality of education planked on the philosophy of educating “the whole of the human person”: his
intellect, his heart, his will, his physique, his character and lastly, his soul, i.e. physical, mental, academic, moral
and spiritual development. With an unbroken history of ninety two (92) years, it remains the bedrock of academic
excellence and character formation with an array of distinguished Gregorian’s who have left their footprints in the
sands of time. Our college has reasons to be proud of its long and strong tradition coupled with its enviable
achievements, making it our prayer and our hope that present and future generations will be inspired by the past and in
such a way that their own lives will be characterized by integrity and a highly developed spirit which will, in turn,
further strengthen the tradition and achievements of the school in the years to
come.

The history of St. Gregory’s
College, Lagos is divided into the former and later years of her existence. The former years of her existence were the
years when she was known as St. Gregory’s Grammar School. St. Gregory’s Grammar School was established solely through
the efforts of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos on 12th March, 1882 on Igbosere Road, Lagos and named after Pope St.
Gregory the Great (540-604). This great citadel of learning metamorphosed from St. Gregory’s Grammar School to St.
Gregory’s College on 27th January, 1928. The change of appellation from “Grammar School” to “College” was in compliance
with the policy of the then British Colonial Government. The Archdiocese of Lagos also relocated the College to a vast
expanse of land acquired by Bishop Ferdinand Terrien at SW Ikoyi axis of Lagos, formerly known as Ikoyi Plains. Today,
St. Gregory’s College has developed into a unique institution sought after by discerning minds who seek to partake of
its qualitative education planked on the philosophy of educating “the whole of the human person:” his intellect, his
heart, his will, his physique, his character and lastly, his soul, i.e. physical, mental, academic, moral and spiritual
development. With an unbroken history of one hundred and forty (140) years, it remains the bedrock of academic
excellence and character formation with an array of distinguished “Gregorians” who have left their footprints on the
sands of time. Our College has reasons to be proud of her long and strong tradition coupled with its enviable
achievements, making it our prayer and our hope that present and future generations will be inspired by the past in such
a way that their own lives will be characterized by integrity and a highly developed spirit which will, in turn, further
strengthen the tradition and achievements of the school in years to
come.

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