Student Well-Being & Pastoral Care
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:
Brother Ambrose Purcell was a member of the St Edmund’s College community
Callan was the birthplace of Edmund Rice
|Mary Elliott was the wife of Edmund Rice who died suddenly a couple of years after they married|
|Patrick Finn was one of Edmund Rice’s closest friends and a founding member of the Christian Brothers|
Ignatius was the religious name that Edmund Rice took as a Brother
Brother J. Morgan was the first Principal of the Christian Brothers' College in Ipswich
Edmund Rice was the founder of the Christian Brothers
Brother Treacy was the founder of the Australian Province of the Christian Brothers
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.
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 School Mentor Program
St Edmund’s College Defence School Mentor Program provides support to Australian Defence Students and their families.
The Defence School Mentor Program helps to minimise the impact the mobile lifestyle has on Defence students' education. The aim of the program is to welcome Defence students, helping them integrate into our College community.
The Defence School Mentor (DSM) supports students and families during this time as well as when a family may experience an extended absence due to operational reasons.The Defence School Mentor Program is funded by the Department of Defence and the DSM 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.
Defence School Mentor – Kylie Biddle firstname.lastname@example.org
The 'Eddies Rookies' program is aimed at welcoming the Year 7 cohort for the following year to the College and helping them to feel part of the College community. The program is designed to give future students an insight into life at the College by giving them the opportunity to participate in various sporting, creative arts, industrial technology and design and science activities. Parent information sessions about the transition to secondary schooling are also conducted.