St Edmund's College, Canberra

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St Edmund's College, Canberra
St Edmund's College Crest - 2017 onwards.png
Coordinates35°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
TypeIndependent secondary and primary school
MottoLatin: Christus Lux Mea
(Christ is My Light)
Religious affiliation(s)
Patron saint(s)Edmund Ignatius Rice
Established1954; 65 years ago
(as St Edmund's War Memorial College)
FounderThe Christian Brothers
PrincipalJoe Zavone
Years offered4–12
Colour(s)Blue, white and gold             

St Edmund's College, Canberra is an independent, Catholic, secondary and primary school for boys, located in Griffith, a suburb of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), 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 ACT. St Edmund's College practises in the tradition of Edmund Ignatius Rice. The current principal of the college is Joe Zavone.

Students are placed into houses for sporting and other events. The current houses and colours are: Clancy (yellow), Treacy (dark blue), O'Brien (white), Haydon (red), Mulrooney (sky blue) and Rice (green).

The college song is "Edmund's to the Fore" (played to the tune of "Men of Harlech"), and the college hymn is "Christ Be Our Light" (by B. Farrell).


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.

Headmasters / principals[edit]

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

  • 1954–1956: P. L. McCarthy
  • 1957–1959: E. C. Fields
  • 1960–1965: N. T. Landener
  • 1966–1969: J. B. Darmody
  • 1970–1978: G. D. Kerr
  • 1979–1988: R. J. Wallace
  • 1989–1994: J. P. O’Shea
  • 1995–2004: C. J. Dwyer
  • 2005–2008: C. X. Hayes
  • 2009–2014: P. J. Fullagar
  • 2015–2017: D. Lawler
  • 2018–Present: J. Zavone

Rugby union[edit]

The college has won the Waratah Shield more than any other school (14 times) and was the defending champion in 2005, when schools from the ACT 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 Edmund's College has a reputation for being one of the premier rugby schools in Australia, with Saia Fainga'a being the latest alumnus to represent Australia. The college also have always had a brilliant record in the local competition (ACTJRU) with many grand finals to their name across the different age groups.

Ancillary bodies[edit]

In reflecting the spirit of charity of Edmund Rice, St Edmund's College established the St Edmund's College Foundation with the aim of giving financial assistance to disadvantaged families to diminish the burden of educating their children and to provide them the opportunity of a quality education.[2]

The St Edmund's College Old Boys and Friends Association was established in 2015. Looking to take over where the original alumni group left off, the association is slightly different than the original alumni group, as it is focused on incorporating the college community as a whole. The association states that they would like to encourage all old boys and friends to remain involved in the college community, attend college activities or to just stay in touch or locate lost friends.[3] The association is run by a committee consisting of a president, a treasurer and up to six other members in charge of the website, organising events, and more. It draws on community support from individuals and businesses, as well as ongoing support from the college.

Notable alumni[edit]



Politics and law


Military and police



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. ^ "Foundation". St Edmunds College Canberra. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ "About St Edmund's College Old Boys and Friends Association". St Edmund's College Old Boys and Friends Association. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "NSW Rhodes Scholars" Archived 15 September 2007 at the Wayback MachineUniversity of Sydney list, (retrieved 26 April 2007)
  5. ^ "Retrieved: June 2009"
  6. ^ Vortex Newsletter 14 May 2008 (retrieved 7 August 2008)
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