St Edmund's College, Canberra
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|St Edmund's College, Canberra|
Coat of Arms
|Type||Independent - Christian Brothers - All-Male College/Secondary/Primary|
|Motto||"Christus Lux Mea"
"Christ is My Light"
|Chairman||Mr Michael Cooney|
|Principal||Mr Joe Zavone|
|Colour(s)||Blue White Gold|
|Affiliations||Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers, Edmund Rice Education 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 Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. The current Principal of the College is Mr Joe Zavone, the Acting Deputy is Mr Jacob Knowles, and Board Chair is Mr Michael Cooney. The current director of Junior School (formerly Middle School) is Mr David Kelly.
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).
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 over 1,200 students currently enrolled, having started in 1954 with 330.
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
- 2015–2017: Mr D. Lawler
- 2018–Present: Mr J. Zavone
St Edmund's College Foundation
In reflecting the spirit of charity of Edmund Rice, St Edmund's College established the 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.
St Edmund's College Old Boys and Friends Association
The Old Boys and Friends Association was established in 2015. Looking to take over where the original Alumni left off, the Association is slightly different than the original Alumni as it is focused on incorporating the College Community as a whole. The Association states that they would like to encourage all Old Boys & 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, treasurer and up to 6 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 and FutureTheory (a Canberra-based design agency).
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. 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.
- The Most Reverend +Bishop Pat Power DCL - Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
- Politics and Law
- The Honourable Terence Higgins AO - Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of The Australian Capital Territory (2003-2013)
- The Honourable Warren Snowdon MP - Federal Member for Lingiari (1987–Present)
- The Honourable John Barilaro MP - New South Wales Member for Monaro.
- The Arts
- Tommy Murphy - Award-winning play writer.
- Matthew Le Nevez - Television actor.
- Flip Simmons - Theatre actor and singer.
- John-Paul Jory - Television actor in Australia's iconic series Home and Away, and star of 2005 Cannes Film Festival short film finalist, Alone.
- Military & Police
- Lieutenant General David Morrison AO - Former Chief of Army and 2016 Australian of the Year.
- John Lawler AM APM - Former Deputy Commissioner of The Australian Federal Police and Former Chairman of The Australian Crime Commission.
- George Gregan - Former Australian Rugby Union player for the Wallabies and Brumbies. The most-capped rugby union international of all time.
- Matt Giteau - Former Australian Rugby Union player for the Wallabies and the Brumbies.
- Anthony Fainga'a - Australian Rugby Union player for the Wallabies and the Queensland Reds.
- Saia Fainga'a - Australian Rugby Union player for the Wallabies and the Queensland Reds.
- Vili Fainga'a - Rugby Union player for the Tonga national rugby union team and former Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm player.
- Colby Fainga'a - Australian Rugby Union player for the Brumbies.
- Robbie Coleman - Australian Rugby Union player for the Brumbies.
- David Furner - Former Rugby League player and Coach for the Canberra Raiders and NSW State of Origin team.
- Ricky Stuart - Former Australian Dual-Code Rugby player. Former coach of the Cronulla Sharks & New South Wales State of Origin team, Current Coach of the Canberra Raiders and winner of the 2016 Dally M Coach of the Year.
- Luke Priddis - Australian Rugby League player for the Kangaroos, Penrith Panthers and St George-Illawarra Dragons.
- Matt Pini - Former Australian Rugby Union player for the Wallabies and Italy.
- Tyrone Smith - Former Rugby Union player for the Brumbies and Tonga
- Matt Henjak - Former Australian Rugby Union player for the Wallabies and the Western Force.
- Jordan Jackson Hope - Rugby Union player for the Canberra Brumbies
- Tom Palmer - Junior world champion cyclist.
- Alex Jesaulenko - Australian rules football player.
- Stephen Simmonds - Paralympic swimming medallist and disabled water ski world champion.
- Finlay Bealham - Irish Rugby Union player for Ireland national rugby union team and Connacht Rugby
- List of schools in the Australian Capital Territory
- Associated southern colleges
- Edmund Ignatius Rice
- "About · St Edmund's College Old Boys and Friends Association". St Edmund's College Old Boys and Friends Association. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
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- Cycling Australia: Junior World Championships(retrieved 7 August 2008)
- Vortex Newsletter 14 May 2008 (retrieved 7 August 2008)