St Edmund's College, Canberra

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St Edmund's College Canberra
Coat of Arms
Canberra, ACT
Coordinates 35°19′22″S 149°08′43″E / 35.3228°S 149.1454°E / -35.3228; 149.1454Coordinates: 35°19′22″S 149°08′43″E / 35.3228°S 149.1454°E / -35.3228; 149.1454
Type Independent - Christian Brothers - All-Male College/Secondary/Primary
Motto "Christus Lux Mea"
"Christ is My Light"
Established 1954
Chairman Mr Paul Pearson
Headmaster Mr Daniel Lawler
Chaplain Fr Ben Roberts
Grades 4–12
Campus Griffith
Colour(s)      Blue      White      Gold
Affiliations Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers, Edmund Rice Education Australia

St Edmund's College, is a private, Catholic, day school for boys, located in Griffith, a suburb of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia. The college was established in 1954 by the Christian Brothers as St Edmund's War Memorial College. It was opened to meet the demand for a Catholic Education school in the region and was the first Catholic Secondary Boys' College established in the Australian Capital Territory. St Edmunds College was opened and practices in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. The Current Headmaster of the College is Mr. Daniel Lawler, The Deputy is Mr. Peter Milligan and Board Chair Mr. Paul Pearson. The current director of Middle School is Ms. Patricia Doyle.


St Edmund's War Memorial College opened in 1954 as a Christian Brothers school in response to the needs of Catholic parents of the region. St. Edmund's was the first Catholic secondary boys college established in Canberra. The College has 1200 students currently enrolled, having started in 1954 with only 330 on the first day.[citation needed]


The St Edmund's College website lists the following people as headmasters of the school:

  • 1954 – 1956 Br P L McCarthy;
  • 1957 – 1959 Br E C Fields;
  • 1960 – 1965 Br N T Landener;
  • 1966 – 1969 Br J B Darmody;
  • 1970 – 1978 Br G D Kerr;
  • 1979 – 1988 Br R J Wallace;
  • 1989 – 1994 Br J P O’Shea;
  • 1995 – 2004 Mr C J Dwyer;
  • 2005 – 2008 Dr C X Hayes;
  • 2009 - 2014 Mr P J Fullagar;
  • 2015 - present Mr D Lawler

Edmund Rice Foundation[edit]

In reflecting the spirit of charity of Edmund Rice, St Edmund's College established The Edmund Rice Foundation with the aim of giving financial assistance to disadvantaged families to diminish the burden of educating their children.[citation needed]

Rugby Union[edit]

The College won the Waratah Shield more than any other school (14 times) and were the defending champions in 2005 when schools from the ACT (Canberra) were no longer invited/permitted to participate by the organisers, the New South Wales Rugby Union.[1] The College has over 480 registered boys playing rugby union. St. Edmunds has a reputation for being one of the premier rugby schools in Australia, with Saia Faingaa being the latest alumnus to represent Australia. St Edmunds also have always had a brilliant record in the local competition (ACTJRU) with many Grand finals to their name across the different age groups.

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics and Law
  • Terence Higgins - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Australian Capital Territory

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sheehan, Paul (23 May 2005). "Boys' lesson in defeat, if not class". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars"University of Sydney list, (retrieved 26 April 2007)
  3. ^ [1] "Retrieved: June 2009"
  4. ^ Cycling Australia: Junior World Championships(retrieved 7 August 2008)
  5. ^ Vortex Newsletter 14th May 2008 (retrieved 7 August 2008)

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