The College Anthem

          When St. Joseph 's College South was initiated in 1922 there was an anthem, which began as "Hark! Hark! The College bells are ringing." This was replaced in 1927 by "Lend a heart and lend a hand", written by T.L. Minor of St. Joseph 's College. 

          The music was composed by George de Niese who also designed the College Crest with the College Motto.

          "Virtus and Veritas" these two words contain a wealth of meaning to every Peterite. True Education is the development of the whole man with all its faculties and trained in virtue (Goodness) and Truth – "Virtus at Veritas". The mind is created to seek the truth, Veritas. The "Virtus" of the motto extends its meaning to signify manliness and strength a more courageous testimony to the truth.

Music By: George De Niese,

Words By: T.L. Minor


Chorus : Lend a heart and lend a hand,
               And lift the flag on high !
               Let it's glorious colours give
               A greeting to the sky !
               Golden gleam and silver sheen
               And Blue that crowns the world !
               Set the Flag a flying. Boys
               Keep the flag unfurled.

1.While in boyhood, here we linger,
Mid a garden's fragrant flowers,
Who shall dare to point the finger
When such joys are ours,
Work enduring, play alluring
Fill our happy hours.
Ills all - curing, health ensuring,
In St. Peter's bowers !
and our Flag is floating proudly,
Let us sing its praises loudly !


Lend a heart...

2. "Strong as rocks" we'll meet the surges,

Of the stormy sea of fate,
Ever led where conscience urges,
Towards a nobler state:
"Strong as rocks", in play or study
Meeting friend and foe,
Fields of Culture, fields all muddy.
Watch us as we grow !
See, Our Banner's floating proudly
Let us sing its praises loudly !


Lend a heart...

3. "Strong as rocks", we'll play the game Boys

Ever fighting for the rights,
Never stain the College name, Boys:
Keep the flag in sight:
Lit us march, eves front, together
Helping those in need,
"Mid Life's foul or fairer weather,
We'll be friends indeed,
While our Flag is floating proudly, 
Let us sing its praises loudly !

Lend a heart...

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