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Principal’s Welcome

St Edmund’s College recognises the traditional custodians of the area, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people.

Welcome to St Edmund’s College, a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice Tradition. We are very proud of the inclusive community here at the College, having educated boys from Year 4 to 12 for 70 years. St Edmund’s College is the oldest continuing Catholic school in Canberra. We support, challenge and educate our students whilst providing a diverse program of cultural, pastoral and sporting experiences to enrich their growth and development.

Our prime focus is to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people under our care. We take our responsibilities for child safeguarding extremely seriously and therefore we commit to ensuring that we have appropriate policies and practices to make the College environment both safe and inclusive. Student voice and agency are central to this. The College child safeguarding programs are regularly updated and checked for compliance with regulatory requirements.

Since being founded by the Christian Brothers in 1954 the College has established a strong community for our students and their families and proudly identifies with the traditions on which it was built. We seek to give active witness to the four Touchstones of our Charter as an Edmund Rice Education Australia school. These Touchstones: Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Gospel Spirituality and Justice & Solidarity form our core character and identity. It is our hope that each young man who moves through St Edmund’s College develops a heart and mind that have been shaped by the light of Christ, allowing them to move into a world where they are true to their character and make a tangible difference in their own unique way.  We are a College of vibrant spirit, strong character and tailored learning.

We offer teaching and learning programs specifically tailored to boys’ learning styles and needs, a vertical House system which provides structure and support during the school day, vibrant Youth Ministry and community service programs, a diverse range of team and individual sporting, artistic, musical and performing arts opportunities, camps, excursions and immersion experiences which together form the many dimensions of an Eddies education – an education which challenges young men to be the best they can be and opens doors to their future.

Our College Strategic Vision calls us to  provide every avenue for our young men to be motivated, resilient, spirited and willing to serve others. We offer a holistic education that is based on the message of Jesus and encourages each and every student to let his light shine (“Christus Lux Mea” – Christ Is My Light). Our young men are encouraged to discover and promote what has worth in this world, to place value upon it and to live this out in an authentic manner.

When considering St Edmund’s College as the right school for your son, I would ask you to take time to explore the website as it offers insights into the culture, values and ethos of our College as well as practical and detailed information about our educational, pastoral and co-curricular programs.

I would encourage and welcome you to make direct contact with us to arrange a visit and experience first hand the many possibilities available to your son with a St Edmund’s College education.

Mr Joe Zavone