St Laurence's College (South Brisbane)
82 Stephens Road
South Brisbane QLD4101
Tel: 07 3010 1111
Fax: 07 3010 1188
Religious Affiliation: Catholic
Learning Extension: Yes
International Students: Yes
St Laurence’s College is a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. It is an evangelising faith community with the Gospel imperatives of love reconciliation renewal and care for the poor as central to its purpose. We are all called to a relationship in the community demonstrating the Catholic Church’s commitment to the dignity of the individual recognising that each person is made in the image of God and is a reflection of God’s goodness. The College offers a distinctive educational philosophy based on a commitment to education as liberation. Blessed Edmund Rice the founder of the Christian Brothers attempted to change and transform people and society by being countercultural. He assisted those in need protected the weak and vulnerable and challenged all ‘to act justly to love tenderly and to walk humbly with their God. ’ These values of leadership service and co-responsibility are core to the educational opportunities provided within the College. The educational program at the College aims to enable people to be transformational in their own lives and the lives of others. To this end each member of the community is encouraged to develop relationships in which every person is empowered and enriched by active participation cooperation collaboration and enthusiasm - a community where life may be enjoyed and celebrated with creativity and passion.
HISTORY & TRADITION
The first development on the hill where St Laurence’s now stands was the foundation of a school for boys called St Kilian’s by the first Bishop of Brisbane dr Quinn. In 1874 the Bishop urged the Christian Brothers to take responsibility for St Kilian’s as the first of their schools in Brisbane. Br Barrett was unimpressed as he put it by the frequent flooding of the streets by the river and so he declined. In 1899 this historic school which was in turn under the control of the clergy and lay staff WAs destroyed by fire. The new school st Laurence’s owes its foundation to Dr Duhig of whom the Advocate wrote 'His Grace Archbishop Duhig has thrown himself into the work of establishing St Laurence’s with his accustomed vigour'. The first staff members brs J Hogan aBrennan nDoran and D O’Connell and Mr Dean faced 270 boys on the opening day in 1915. The original building is still standing. Two years later the Brother’s monastery was completed and these two fine buildings with unpaved playing area between them on the crest of the hill fulfilled the accommodation needs for many years. During World War II the College was taken over by the Army and classes were moved to Greenslopes. The College has grown steadily over many years and the modern campus in South Brisbane is well resourced particularly with technology.
St Laurence’s College ethos fosters a College which encourages boys to pursue their studies with purpose confidence and promotes their full human growth. Great value is placed on developing positive classroom environments which are conducive to learning. The College has high expectations of student behaviour -expectations which aim to promote self-discipline. Our expectations for personal appearance attendance punctuality and good conduct enhances self-confidence self-esteem and good habits for later life. Student welfare is the concern of every staff member. Each boy progresses through the College under the guidance of a Head of Year. Each student has a Home Class Teacherwho is responsible for a group of students. The Home Class Teacher takes a special interest in each boy’s academic progress and development in a home class group which is the basic pastoral and administrative unit of the school. The Student Handbook/Diary provides a ready means of communication between parents and teachers. A Peer Support Program with senior students enables them to support younger students especially during their first weeks at the College. In the Senior years boys have the opportunity to aspire to formal leadership roles in the College.
St. Laurence’s College offers a program of Studies from Year 5 to 12 where the vision of a holistic education for each student centres on liberation for 'life to the full' (John10: 10). The College is committed to providing students with academic and personal skills to equip them for life and a flexible career path. Students are encouraged to pursue a balanced general education that engages them at the level of their learning readiness and challenges them to pursue excellence. Teachers parents and students work in partnership to promote a love of lifelong learning. The vision for Catholic Education at St Laurence’ College is a dynamic educational community for boys and young men thatmaximises their potential to be both active contributors to and prophetic voices within an ever-changing society. While offering a range of courses at all levels which cater for a range of students ‘ability the College has high expectations of student application and achievement. Clear standards expected for classroom work assignment presentation Homework and examinations are clearly communicated via numerous forums. It is expected parents will work inpartnership with the College to achieve the best outcomes for students. Student academic progress is carefully monitored and formal reporting to parents occurs three times per year.
SportSt Laurence’s College enjoys a proud record of sporting achievement. Participation in sporting activities especially team games is an integral part of the life the College. Sport is part of the physical education program. Students have a chance of selection in the school’s representative teams which play in the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) and the Combined Independent Colleges (CIC) competitions. Teams are represented in Rugby soccer cricket swimming basketball volleyball golf tennis and Track Field. Other sporting opportunities are offered through the Metropolitan East Region Sports program and other local club competitions. MusicThe College has an extensive music program. Students can participate in the instrumental tuition program during the school day and join bands ensembles and choirs which practice outside school hours. The College is proud of its reputation in this area and encourages all students to be involved in the music program. Co Curricular ActivitiesStudents are encouraged to become involved in many other activities offered by the school. Debating oratory musical and drama productions community service groups and student committees are all part of thearray of opportunities open to students. Students are also encouraged to participate in Mathematics english science computing and Arts competitions. Service LearningThe College has an extensive service learning program providing transformational experences especially for senior boys. Career and Vocational EducationGuidance towards the choice of a career is given both through formal career education and the work experience program. Careers counseling is provided through the Careers Adviser. A careers centre is centrally located on the campus. Outdoor EducationOutdoor education is an essential part of the College curriculum. These developmental programs enhance a boy’s self esteem and team skills. Students follow a program of increasing challenge culminating in a trek requiring significant self-reliance.
A Catholic College for boys in the Edmund Rice traditionSt Laurence’s College is a Catholic College for boys in the Brisbane Archdiocese. The College established on its current site in 1915 by the Christian Brothers is a member of the national educational network of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). Boys attending the College from Yrs 5-12 come from across the metropolitan area representing a rich mix of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds including international students. Boys from religious traditions outside the Catholic faith add richness to the culture of College. The current enrolment is approximately 1550 students lead by a team of 180 teachers and support staff. The vibrant catholic culture within St Laurence’s College contributes to the development of young men providing an authentic Catholic education in partnership with staff parents families and the wider community. This authentic Catholic education aims to promote spiritual moral intellectual emotional physical cultural and social aspects of life through the provision of a wide variety of faith experiences and academic cultural sporting and service opportunities. In late 2010 the Edmund RicePerforming Arts Centre (ERPAC) car park and roof top field (Gair Field)opened after a two year building program. Camp Laurence on Moogerah Dam is an outdoor recreational and educational extension to the campus at South Brisbane. The College also owns sporting fields at Runcorn.