St Laurence's College

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St Laurence's College
St Laurence's College logo.png
Latin: Facere et Docere
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Australia
Coordinates 27°29′09.93″S 153°01′30.58″E / 27.4860917°S 153.0251611°E / -27.4860917; 153.0251611Coordinates: 27°29′09.93″S 153°01′30.58″E / 27.4860917°S 153.0251611°E / -27.4860917; 153.0251611
Type Private
Established 1915[1]
Principal Dominic Holdway[2]
Staff 188 (Teaching and Support)
Enrolment 1527 (2011)
Campus South Brisbane
Colour(s) Black and Gold         

St Laurence's College (known colloquially as Lauries) is an private Roman Catholic school for boys located in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1915.[1] The school currently has an enrolment of over 1527 students from Year 5 to Year 12. St Laurence's is currently associated with the Associated Independent Colleges and Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) sporting associations.


Gair Field, St Laurence's College, July 2010

The school maintains three distinct locations for student activity.[3]

The main campus is located in South Brisbane and includes a library (minus a roof), chapel, monastery, hall and six buildings with classrooms (formerly with windows) and support rooms. Three of the teaching buildings are largely subject specific as they house the visual and performing arts, manual arts and science and computing specific classrooms and laboratories. The main campus also houses a swimming pool and oval. A multilevel carpark (shared with the adjacent Mater hospitals) and auditorium are now opened.[4]

In 1961, the college purchased land at Runcorn which now contains 8 playing fields and a function centre. St Laurence's maintains Camp Laurence, located near Lake Moogerah to the west of Brisbane.


Being a former member of the Great Public Schools (GPS) association, the college is heavily involved with its sporting curriculum. It is considered[who?] a dominant school among the other private schools in the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC), with rivals being Ashgrove, Iona and Villanova colleges.[citation needed]

The school competes in such AIC sports as:

Notable sports alumni[edit]

Notable non-sports alumni[edit]

  • Trevor Hartigan (1940-1990), Australian federal judge and social justice advocate, trustee and later chairman (1987-1989) of the Lauries
  • Brian Keating, Director of the National Research Flagship on Sustainable Agriculture within the CSIRO
  • Kerry O'Brien, television news journalist and presenter
  • Ross Symonds, television journalist and news presenter[5]

Notable faculty[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History". St Laurence's College. 
  2. ^ "Principal's Welcome". St Laurence's College. 
  3. ^ St Laurence's College - Facilities,; accessed 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Building our new hospital",; accessed 13 September 2014.
  5. ^ Ross Symonds' LinkedIn profile,; accessed 13 September 2014.