Student Well-Being & Pastoral Care

Student Leadership

The College provides many formal and informal leadership opportunities for its students. As well as the four College Captains (chosen from the Year 12 cohort), each House has both Senior and Junior Leaders. Leadership opportunities are also available in the College's sporting and other extra-curricular activities

House System

The St Edmund’s College pastoral care structure is based upon a vertically organised House System which supports students’ welfare and behaviour management, as well as providing opportunities for intra-school cultural and sporting competitions.

Our Houses are named after significant people and places in the life of our College community:

Houses





Brother Ambrose Purcell was a member of the St Edmund’s College communityIgnatius was the religious name that Edmund Rice took as a Brother

Callan was the birthplace of Edmund RiceBrother J. Morgan was the first Principal of the Christian Brothers' College in Ipswich

Mary Elliott was the wife of Edmund Rice who died suddenly a couple of years after they marriedEdmund Rice was the founder of the Christian Brothers
Patrick Finn was one of Edmund Rice’s closest friends and a founding member of the Christian BrothersBrother Treacy was the founder of the Australian Province of the Christian Brothers




Student Formation Journey

St Edmund’s College educates young men spiritually, academically, socially, physically and creatively in a compassionate Catholic context. St Edmund’s College seeks to provide the best possible education for our students in an environment which is grounded in the love for Christ and aware of the presence of God. Our community empowers young men to engage in critical reflection leading to positive action for our world.

The staff at St Edmund’s College are committed to providing students with an educational framework suitable to the needs of boys and men. As well as striving for academic success in the classroom, we strive to develop the emotional and social skills of our students.

Our goal is to enable our young men to be resilient in challenging times, responsive to the needs of others, reflective of their own character and respectful to all so that when they leave us in Year 12 they can effectively take their place in a society that is challenging, demanding and enriching.

The ‘Eddies Men Can’ Student Formation Program encompasses all areas of College life. The program provides focus for retreats and pastoral care, focus for development of study skills and attributes of a learner, team and skill development and so much more. The culmination of the formation program enables our students to be; Kind men. Strong men. Gentle men.

Faith Formation

The College community nurtures and engages the hearts and minds of young men to act justly long after their formal academic connection with the College has ended.

Based on our inclusive teaching and learning within the Catholic tradition, the College creates diverse pathways for the growth of each person.

This is achieved, in part, through an extensive retreat and service program which challenges and engages our community to commit to just relationships through our way of living and to promote justice and peace in our world.

The sacredness of life, the link with local Catholic parishes, the desire to walk in solidarity with others and the confidence to reflect on one’s own spiritual journey, are all tools in shaping young men who are called to act as they embrace the Gospel Values.

Religious Education

Religious Education is a compulsory subject for all students at St Edmund’s College from Years 7 to 12. Although there is a focus on Catholic and Christian beliefs and practices, the College also ensures that students learn about other world religions.

The curriculum offers students the opportunity to be involved in a variety of complex learning activities that help develop students’ skills in the Common Curriculum Elements. They develop sophisticated skills of investigation and learn to communicate their learning in a variety of genres and modes.

It is hoped that through this process, students will be enabled to participate critically and effectively in the life of their faith communities and the wider Australian society.

Shanghai Exchange Program

St. Edmund’s College has developed an enduring relationship with China over the past twenty five years through the study of Mandarin Chinese. Since 2001, Year Ten students have been afforded the opportunity to participate in a four week exchange program with the Xi Nan Weiyu Zhongxue (South West Weiyu Middle School) from the Xuhui District in Shanghai. Students who participated in the Shanghai Exchange Program have engaged in the unique experience of being homestayed by families and, in return, have taken students from Shanghai into their homes. In addition the students have explored the cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai and visited iconic sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors and the Forbidden City.

This program has provide more than just an opportunity to visit China. It has developed a love of travel in our young men and the confidence to take on the world. A number of our graduates have used this confidence to take up employment overseas in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Italy to name a few.

Defence Transition Program

St Edmund’s College Defence Transition Program provides support to Australian Defence Students and their families. The Defence Transition Program helps to minimise the impact the mobile lifestyle has on Defence student’s education. The aim of the program is to welcome Defence students, helping them integrate into our college community. The Defence Transition Mentor (DTM) supports students and families during this time as well as when a family may experience an extended absence due to operational reasons.The Defence Transition Program is funded by the Department of Defence and the DTM is employed by individual schools. Communication is welcomed and will enable the best support services to be provided ensuring a happy and productive experience at St Edmund’s College.

Service Learning

The College has an expectation that all students engage in service initiatives. These may be structured and timetabled into the weekly routine of the College, weekend activities or the more complex international immersion programs.

In the spirit of ‘in giving, we receive’ a profound change occurs in the individual when they place another at the centre of their life. Spending time listening to another’s story and celebrating the sacredness of another’s life all have a positive impact on the participant.

Service Learning at the College embraces all aspects of the ‘Touchstones’ and makes the Gospel Values a living reality in our daily life. We have formed relationships with local primary schools, special schools, and aged care homes, as well as community organisations such as the Little Kings’ Movement and St Vincent De Paul.

The College has a long tradition of serving others within our immediate school community, the broader Ipswich region and on the global front in areas such as Africa, Timor Leste, India, and Samoa.