St Edmund's College, Canberra
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|St Edmund's College, Canberra|
|Type||Independent secondary and primary school|
|Motto||Latin: Christus Lux Mea|
(Christ is My Light)
|Patron saint(s)||Edmund Ignatius Rice|
|Established||1954; 65 years ago|
(as St Edmund's War Memorial College)
|Founder||The Christian Brothers|
|Colour(s)||Blue, white and gold|
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
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
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Politics and law
- John Barilaro – Member for Monaro and Deputy Premier of New South Wales
- Terence Higgins – former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (2003–2013)
- Warren Snowdon – Member for Lingiari (since 2001); formerly the Member for Northern Territory (1987–1996; 1998–2001)
- John-Paul Jory – television actor in Australia's iconic series Home and Away and star of 2005 Cannes Film Festival short film finalist Alone
- Matthew Le Nevez – television actor
- Tommy Murphy – award-winning playwright
- Flip Simmons – theatre actor and singer
Military and police
- John Lawler Australian Federal Police and former chairman of the Australian Crime Commission – former deputy commissioner of the
- Lieutenant General David Morrison – former Chief of Army and 2016 Australian of the Year
- Finlay Bealham – Irish rugby union player for Ireland national rugby union team and Connacht Rugby
- Robbie Coleman – Australian rugby union player for the Brumbies
- Anthony Fainga'a – Australian rugby union player for the Wallabies and the Brumbies
- Colby Fainga'a – Australian rugby union player for the Melbourne Rebels
- Saia Fainga'a – Australian rugby union player for the Wallabies and the Brumbies
- Vili Fainga'a – rugby union player for the Tonga national rugby union team and former rugby league player for the Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm player
- David Furner – former professional rugby league footballer and coach for the Canberra Raiders and NSW State of Origin team
- Matt Giteau – former Australian rugby union player for the Wallabies and the Brumbies
- George Gregan – former Australian rugby union player for the Wallabies and Brumbies; the most-capped rugby union international of all time
- Matt Henjak – former Australian rugby union player for the Wallabies and the Western Force
- Alex Jesaulenko – Australian rules football player
- Nate Osborne – head coach of Major League Rugby's New Orleans Gold
- Matt Pini – former Australian rugby union player for the Wallabies and Italy
- Luke Priddis – Australian rugby league player for the Kangaroos, Penrith Panthers and St George-Illawarra Dragons
- Stephen Simmonds – Paralympic swimming medallist and disabled water ski world champion
- Tyrone Smith – former Australian rugby union player for the Brumbies and Tonga
- Ricky Stuart – former Australian dual-code rugby player, former coach of the Cronulla Sharks and NSW State of Origin team, current coach of the Canberra Raiders and winner of the 2016 Dally M Coach of the Year
- List of schools in the Australian Capital Territory
- Associated Southern Colleges
- Edmund Ignatius Rice
- Catholic education in Australia
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