St Laurence's College
|St Laurence's College|
|82 Stephens Rd, South Brisbane
Brisbane, Queensland, 4101
|Type||Independent, Same-sex, Day|
|Motto||Latin: Facere et Docere
(to do and to teach)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Staff||188 (Teaching and Support)|
|Colour(s)||Black and Gold|
St Laurence's College (known colloquially as Lauries) is a private Catholic school for boys located in South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1915. The school currently has an enrolment of over 1900 students from Year 5 to Year 12. St Laurence's is a College in the Edmund Rice Tradition. St Laurence's is currently associated with the Associated Independent Colleges and Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) sporting associations.
The school's main campus is located in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of South Brisbane and houses a library, chapel, monastery, hall and six buildings with classrooms and support rooms. Three of the teaching buildings are largely subject specific as they house the visual and performing arts, manual arts and science and computing specific classrooms and laboratories.
As part of an agreement with the adjacent Mater hospital, the school's land was leased for 25 years to build a six-story car park, which now houses the college's synthetic oval on top along with a new 1500 seat auditorium.
In 2016, construction finished on a new $3 million chapel adjacent to the old monastery.
In 2016, construction started on a $14 million sporting and science centre, which when finished will house a gym, 2 basketball courts (or 4 volleyball courts), a 250-seat viewing area, along with 12 science and engineering laboratories and staff rooms.
Since 1961, the school has also operated sporting fields in the southern Brisbane suburb of Runcorn, which contains 8 playing fields and a function centre.
The school also maintains an outdoor educational facility, Camp Laurence, at Lake Moogerah, to the west of Brisbane.
The college is a founding member of the AIC sporting association along with Marist College Ashgrove, St Edmunds College, Ipswich, St Patrick's College, Iona College, Padua College, St. Peters Lutheran College and Villanova College. The sports played in the AIC include rugby union, soccer, cricket, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, chess, Water Polo, athletics and cross country.
Alumni of St Laurence's College are known as "Old Boys" and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the St Laurence’s College Old Boys Association. Notable alumni include:
- Laurie Lawrence, Australian Olympic swim coach.
- Cooper Cronk, Melbourne Storm and Queensland State of Origin player.
- Nev Cottrell, former Wallabies captain and Queensland Reds player.
- Brendan Cannon, former Wallabies and Queensland Reds player.
- Mark Connors, former Wallabies and Queensland Reds player.
- Dan Crowley, former Wallabies and Queensland Reds player and dual Rugby Union World Cup winner.
- Neil Betts, former Wallabies player.
- William Zillman, Gold Coast Titans player.
- Luke McLean, Italy national rugby union team and Sale Sharks player.
- Archie Smith, Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions.
- Ken Fletcher, 12 tennis Grand Slam titles and Davis Cup player
- John Anderson, OAM, sailing gold medal winner at the 1972 Olympics.
- Thomas Anderson, sailing gold medal winner at the 1972 Olympics.
- Mark Stockwell, swimming silver medal winner at the 1984 Olympics, chairman of the Australian Sports Foundation.
- Damon Kelly, Olympic weightlifter and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner.
- Elliott Shriane, Olympic speed skater
- Joshua Slack, Olympic beach volleyball player
- Rowan Crothers, Paralympic swimmer.
- Brendan O'Reilly, UFC mixed martial artist.
- Dennis Syrmis, co-founder of the Australian National Drag Racing Association.
- Greg Hartung, President of the Australian Paralympic Committee and Vice-President of the International Paralympic Committee.
- Ryley Jacks, Melbourne Storm Rugby League Player.
- Kevin Fitzpatrick, co-founder of Wotif.com.
- Richard Malouf, founder of Malouf Pharmacies.
- John Symond, founder of Aussie Home Loans.
- Nick Dyer, founder of Sealy Australia.
- Neil O'Sullivan, founder and managing director of NOJA Power.
- Karl Morris, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Ord Minnett Ltd, director of RACQ and chairman of QSuper.
- Peter O'Meara, former CEO of the Western Force rugby union team
Entertainment, Arts & the Media
- Kerry O'Brien, television news journalist and presenter.
- Ross Symonds, former news presenter for Seven Network in Sydney.
- Murray Foy, actor and theatre director.
- Gerard Lee, Australian novelist, screenwriter and director.
- Wayne Smith, Rugby writer and winner of ASC Media Award 2013.
- Anthony Frangi, ABC and 4BC radio host.
- Robert Cronin AM, former Editor in Chief of The West Australian.
Science & Medicine
- Dr. Eric Shaw CBE, founder of the QLD Blood Transfusion Service
- Dr. Robert John Walsh OBE, founder of the NSW Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales
- Dr. Michael Lanigan AM, plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
- Joseph King OBE, sugar technologist and administrator
- Dr. Robert Colbran, pioneer nematologist and Agricultural Science Medal winner.
- Dr. Bill Hefferan, former examiner in Optics, Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology.
- Dr. Ivan Crosby, co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Center and Professor of Surgery at the University of Virginia.
Politics, Law & Public Service
- Len Keogh, former federal Labor member for the Division of Bowman.
- Condon Byrne, former federal Labor Senator for Queensland.
- Mike Horan, former state National member for Toowoomba South and Leader of the Opposition.
- John Mickel, former state Labor member for Logan and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.
- Darryl Briskey, former state Labor member for Cleveland.
- Trevor Harrigan, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia
- Paul Finn, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia.
- Jeffrey Spender, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and Queen's Counsel.
- Milton Griffin, Judge of The District Court of Queensland.
- Ronald Joseph Redmond, former Queensland Commissioner of Police.
- Denis Ives AO, former Public Service Commissioner 1990–1995.
- James Maloney, 1929
- Peter Hempenstall, 1970
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- "Principal's Welcome". St Laurence's College.
- Crane, Helen Bashir. Walsh, Robert John (1917–1983). Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
- Kerr, John D. King, Norman Joseph (1905–1981). Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.