St Edmund's College, Ipswich

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St Edmund's College
SEC Logo
Ipswich, Queensland
Type Independent
Motto Latin: Possunt Quia Posse Videntur
(They can because they see they can)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
(Christian Brothers)
Established 1892
Principal Mr. Diarmuid O'Riordan[1]
Years offered 7-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment ~1100
Campus Suburban

Ambrose -Maroon

Callan - Green

Elliot - Teal Green

Finn - Orange

Ignatius - Purple

Morgan - Blue

Rice - Gold

Treacy - Red
Colour(s) Blue & White

St Edmund's College is a Roman Catholic, secondary day school for boys', located in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

The school is member of the Associated Independent Colleges of the Greater Brisbane region along with Marist College Ashgrove, Iona College (Queensland), Padua College, Villanova College, St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe, St Laurence's College and St. Peters Lutheran College.

St Edmund's College is conducted in the tradition of Edmund Ignatius Rice. The school accepts students from Years 7 to 12, drawing from a wide area of Ipswich, Queensland. The total enrollment of the school is projected to be in the middle 1000s.


Tournament of Minds[edit]

In 2007 St. Edmund's College, Ipswich was the state representative for the National Championship of the Tournament of Minds Competition. The team who had never before competed in such as event, finished first place, successfully claiming the Tournament of Minds Australian Championship. Year 8 to Year 10 can participate in Tournament of Minds.


As offshoots of the Music Program, an Orchestra, Stage Band and a Concert Band have been established which also draw on the talents of St. Mary's students. All rehearsals are held outside of school hours. The College Choir performs at various liturgies and functions throughout the year.

Performing Arts Evenings, giving students an opportunity to develop confidence in performance, are held once a term. Visiting tutors offer individual tuition in some instruments. The cost is an extra fee to be borne by the parents of these students.

Community programs[edit]

Footprints in the Park[edit]

St Edmund's College help Footprints in the Parks program where students and teachers of St Edmund's provide a meal and company to homeless persons in the Ipswich community every second Wednesday. This is conducted in Queen's Park, in the centre of Ipswich.

Carols on the Green[edit]

St Edmund's College, in conjunction with Brothers Leagues Club, hosts an annual Carols event on Brothers Main Field. The event raises money for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. In 2014, the 6th annual year, the event raised $20,500.

Debating, Public Speaking, Mooting[edit]

Queensland Debating Union: The Q.D.U. Debating is conducted on Wednesday evenings between March and August, with a Finals Series in third term. Students participate in four competitive debates prior to the finals. All debates are conducted at a fixed venue, usually in the South-West of Brisbane.

Apex: Apex Debating is conducted from March through to August on a knockout basis. Each school is guaranteed three debates. The Apex competition is locally contested at a fixed venue in Ipswich.

Musical & Drama Productions[edit]

Each year a full Musical production is conducted, in conjunction with St. Mary's College, Ipswich. The host school alternates every year.


  • 2017 (SMC) - 'Hairspray'
  • 2016 (SEC) - 'The Wiz'
  • 2015 (SMC) - 'Legally Blonde'
  • 2014 (SEC) - 'West Side Story'
  • 2013 (SMC) - 'The Belles of St Mary's'
  • 2012 (SEC) - '13'
  • 2011 (SMC) - 'Fame'
  • 2010 (SEC) - 'Footloose'
  • 2009 (SMC) - 'High School Musical'
  • 2008 (SEC) - 'Grease'
  • 2007 (SMC) - 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'
  • 1993 (SEC) - 'Half a Sixpence'
  • 1992 (SEC) - 'The Pirates of Penzance'
  • 1991 (SEC) - 'Viva Mexico'
  • 1990 (SEC) - 'Pippin'
  • 1989 (SEC) - 'Oklahoma'

Students also participate and perform at various musical and drama evenings and lunch-time theatre and theatresports groups. Voluntary excursions are offered to students to view a variety of plays in the local and Brisbane areas.


AIC Sports[edit]

St. Edmund's is a member of the Associated Independent Colleges.

  • Season 1 February - March: Swimming, Cricket, Volleyball
  • Season 2 April - June: Cross Country, Rugby Union, Soccer
  • Season 3 July - October: Cross Country, Track and Field, Basketball, Tennis

In 2014, for the third year in a row, St Edmund's attained first position in AIC track and field.
In 2014, St. Edmund's 1st XV Rugby Union team went through the season undefeated and claimed their first outright AIC 1st XV Rugby Union premiershp.

AIC Sports:

  • Australian Rules
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Rugby Union - St Edmund's College Ipswich was selected to represent Australia at the prestigious Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan during 2003.[2]
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Hockey

Non-AIC Sports[edit]

  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Orienteering
  • Rugby League


House Crest House Motto House Name Origin
Ambrose - Maroon
"Courage to believe, strength to succeed" Br Desmond Ambrose Purcell (known as 'Br Ambrose') was the last of a long line of generous and dedicated Christian Brothers who served the community of Ipswich throughout 113 years. He lived his life in service to others, and openness to what he believed God was asking him.
Callan - Green
"Participation, determination, success" Callan was the home town in Ireland of Edmund Rice.
Elliot - Teal Green
"In our togetherness castles are built" Mary Elliott was the wife of Edmund Rice
Finn - Orange
"Fair & Just" Patrick Finn was a colleague of Edmund Rice who joined him at the start to teach underprivileged boys.
Ignatius - Purple
"To go where no one else will go" 'Ignatius' was the name Edmund Rice took to mark his new life as a religious Brother.
Morgan - Blue
"In giving we receive" Br Morgan was the first Christian Brother Principal in Ipswich, Queensland.
Rice - Gold
"Nihil alienum – Nothing is alien to us" Family name of the founder of the Christian Brothers.
Treacy - Red
"Prorria audax virtute – Bravery in the cause of virtue" Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy was the first Christian Brothers' provincial superior of Australia.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Assoc. Professor Don Barrett - former Dean of the Faculty of Arts, UQ
  • Dr Scott Flower - Islamic Specialist and CEO & Founder of GCORE
  • Chris Leadbetter - Current St Edmund's College Principal


  • Anthony Kerwick - Chairman of private equity firm SocietyOne & Director of Veda
  • Greg Quinn - Managing Director, Hutchinson Builders

Entertainment, Media & the Arts[edit]

Medicine & Science[edit]

  • Dr Michael Fish - general surgeon
  • Dr Paul McEniery - orthopedic surgeon
  • Dr Paul Mednis - orthopedic surgeon
  • Professor Michael Pender - Professor of Medicine. UQ
  • Dr Brian Wilson-Boyd - ENT surgeon

Politics, Public Service & The Law[edit]

  • Victor Attwood - Deputy Mayor of the City of Ipswich
  • Glen Cash QC - Crown Prosecutor, Queensland
  • Michael Cope - Solicitor, President Queensland Council for Civil Liberties
  • Joshua Fenton - Barrister, Queensland Bar
  • Matthew Hickey - Barrister, Queensland Bar (and founding member and producer of "The Ten Tenors")
  • Jim Madden -Solicitor and Member for Ipswich West
  • Tim Meehan - Criminal Lawyer
  • John Nugent - former Chairman of the Moreton Shire Council and Mayor of the City of Ipswich
  • Henry Palaszczuk - former Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Inala and Beatiie Government Minister; father of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • Gerard Pender - Solicitor and former Ipswich City Councillor
  • Charlie Pisasale - Ipswich City Councillor
  • Paul Pisasale - Mayor, City of Ipswich
  • Jamie Quinn - former CEO of the City of Ipswich and former chairman of Regional Development Australia Ipswich and West Moreton
  • Michael Willis - Chair, West Moreton Hospital and Health Board
  • Richard Zande - Solicitor


  • Peter Arndt - Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane
  • Father Patrick (Pat) McCormick - RAAF Chaplain, Vietnam War


  • Denis Flannery - Kangaroo Great
  • Peter Gallagher - Kangaroo Great
  • Noel Kelly - Kangaroo great, Hooker in the Australian Team of Century
  • Jeff McLean - Wallaby, 1971–74
  • Paul McLean MBE - Wallaby great, Hall of Fame, Former President ARU
  • Peter McMahon OAM - International Masters Competition Swimmer & Businessman
  • Damian Mednis - Strength & Condition Coach, Australian Cricket Team
  • Heath Ramsay - Olympic swimmer
  • Grant Sorensen - Olympic volleyball player
  • James Stannard - Australian Sevens Rugby Union Player

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Coordinates: 27°36′34″S 152°45′13.4″E / 27.60944°S 152.753722°E / -27.60944; 152.753722