Pastoral Care at St Edmund's College
St Edmund's College endeavours to create a supportive and safe learning community in an environment of care. This is achieved by our pastoral team including House Deans, homeroom teachers, the College Counsellor and the school's teaching staff working together to develop supportive relationships with students and families.
- Ambrose – Brother Ambrose Purcell was a member of the St Edmund’s College community
- Callan – Callan was the place of Edmund Rice
- Finn – Patrick Finn was one of Edmund Rice’s closest friends and a founding member of the Christian Brothers
- Morgan – Brother J. Morgan was the first Principal of St Edmund’s
- Rice – Edmund Rice was the founder of the Christian Brothers
- Treacy – Brother Treacy was the founder of the Australian Province of the Christian Brothers
St Edmund's College has at its heart a belief in and commitment to just and proper relationships. As a consequence, the College is highly committed to the principles of child protection. The College's principles and procedures for complying with legislation in this area are directed by Edmund Rice Education Australia (Northern Region) policy documents including the Code of Conduct for Interacting with Children and Young People and the Student Protection Policy. These policies have in place practices and procedures for the mandatory reporting of actual or potential harm to students. Furthermore, as a Catholic school, the College adheres to the policies, practices and procedures of the Church's Towards Healing: Principles and Procedures in Responding to complaints of Abuse Against Personnel of the Catholic Church in Australia.
In addition to the aforementioned policies the following documents are also relevant to student protection.
The College has four Child and Youth Protection Contacts who can be contacted by students, parents and staff:
Mr Brendan Lawler - Principal
Mr Trevor Goodwin - Assistant Principal Students
Mrs Vanessa Cobbin - Rice House Dean
Mr Andrew Kennelly - College Counsellor
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes have jointly agreed that the document entitled Integrity in Ministry be distributed as a code of conduct for all clergy and religious in ministry. The document acknowledges that sometimes Church Ministers 'fall short of the behavioural standards they set for themselves' and outlines the 'procedures to be followed when a serious breach of the code of conduct is brought to the notice of a Church Authority'.