St Mary's College, Toowoomba

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St Mary's College, Toowoomba
St. Mary's College Toowoomba Emblem.png
Coordinates27°33′37.5″S 151°56′31.2″E / 27.560417°S 151.942000°E / -27.560417; 151.942000Coordinates: 27°33′37.5″S 151°56′31.2″E / 27.560417°S 151.942000°E / -27.560417; 151.942000
TypeIndependent all-male higher primary/secondary
MottoConanti Corona
(Latin: 'Strive for the crown')
FounderChristian Brothers
HeadmasterMichael Newman
GradesYears 5–12
Enrolment851 (2016)
AffiliationsRoman Catholic, Christian Brothers

St Mary's College, Toowoomba is an all-boys Roman Catholic college in Queensland, Australia. The College was established by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1899. In 2016, the school had an enrolment of 851 students from years 5 to 12.[1] St Mary's College has an iPad program to improve learning.


English is the most spoken, although Dinka, German, Portuguese & Indonesian are spoken by more than 100 students. English, Japanese & Spanish are taught at the school.


St Mary's College offers a wide range of subjects, including foreign language and Wood & Metal Technology.


The Right Honourable Francis M Forde PC The 15th Prime Minister of Australia 6th to 13th July 1945 after death of John Curtin, prior to Ben Chifley. Deputy Prime Minister 1932- 1946. Interestingly he was also the shortest serving PM, only 8 days in office.
The Honourable Sir Walter Campbell QC, DSO, MC, OBE, MA, LLB A Leading Queens Counsel and Queensland Chief Justice, appointed Governor of Queensland in 1985.
Archbishop Virgil P Copas MSC Appointed Archbishop of Port Moresby in 1966.
Air-Vice Marshall Harold Hawkins GLM, ICD, CBE, AFC Appointed Air advisor to Rhodesian High Commissioner and Chief of Air Staff – 1955.
Air Vice-Marshall Joseph Anthony (Tony) Dietz Senior Engineer Officer in the Air Force
Tom Gorman Captain Australian Rugby League Kangaroo’s Side – 1929- 30
Ian “Ripper” Doyle Australian Rugby League Kangaroo in 1956 to England and France. Played 7 tests for Australia
Johnathan Thurston (Yr 12 – 2000) Rugby League dual Dally M Medal Winner (2005 & 2007), presently representing Queensland and Australian Rugby League Kangaroos
Neil ‘Digger’ McGrowdie Was one of Australia’s leading jockeys. Won 1957 Melbourne Cup on ‘Straight Draw’
Michael Katsidis Presently Boxing World Champion
Stathi Katsidis Multiple Brisbane Premiership Winning Jockey
Hon Vince Lester OAM (1949-1954) Queensland Parliamentary Representative for 30 years (1974 – 2004) and a National Party Minister. He received an OAM Award in 2006 for ‘Services to the community through Queensland Parliament and to Local Government’
Graham Healy Local radio announcer – held seat of Toowoomba North in National Party

Rugby League[edit]

St Mary's College has a proud history as one of Australia's premier rugby league schools. Notable mentions of current players in the NRL are Johnathan Thurston of the NQ Cowboys as well as Ben and Jaiman Lowe who are with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Previous NRL players include the trio of Walker brothers (Ben Walker, Shane Walker and Chris Walker) who all began their careers with the Brisbane Broncos.


  1. ^ "2016 Annual Report" (PDF). St Mary's College. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.