Catholic Boys School Canberra, Well balance boys school ACT

Why St Edmund's College?

Boys need to develop quality relationships with their teachers

At St Edmund’s College, we know our boys personally.  With our major intake coming in at Year 4 and Year 7, most of our students will enjoy a 9 or 5 year school-based relationship with the College, and most go on to be a part of our community as Old Boys. Strong bonds are developed over these years and our vertical pastoral care system reinforces our concern for the continuity of care for each boy at the College.

Boys need to have a sense of place and community at school

St Edmund’s College has been nurturing our community for over 60 years. We have an enduring commitment to ensure that membership within our College community continues indefinitely for former staff, students and their families.

The relevance of what they are learning is particularly important to boys

Our curriculum continually evolves to reflect changing academic, career and Trade opportunities.

Boys need male role models

And, it is important for boys to see both men and women in positions of power, responsibility and pastoral care. At St Edmund’s College we are careful to ensure an equal gender balance of male and female staff.

Writing can be a problem for boys

They need to talk through a project first before beginning to write. At St Edmund’s College Canberra, all learning is relational. Students are continuously engaged in discussion amongst each other and guided by staff regarding every task prior to commencement.

Boys need a sense of empowerment and engagement at school with many opportunities for success

We offer our boys an extensive choice of subjects, a wide variety of co-curricular options, both sporting and cultural, and the opportunity to engage with the community through social justice programs.

Boys do well in the Arts and Performing Arts at single gender schools where they feel less likely to feel different from the other participants

Sport is a valuable way for your son to get life-skills that he may not get through other avenues

Students at St Edmund’s College are obligated to represent their school in some form of co-curricular activity. The College offers a diverse range of both sporting and cultural co-curricular activities that encourage each student’s personal development. Our boys learn teamwork; the art of winning and losing gracefully; to understand that everything improves through practice and; how to work towards personal goals.

Boys must keep connected with nature

St Edmund’s College owns a beachside property The Pines at Tuross Head, NSW. The Pines is used for retreats, community-building experiences, father-son camps, sporting camps, and as an off-campus field studies centre. All boys annually experience some time at The Pines.

Research and recommendations taken from Dr Ian Lillico, the founder and CEO of the Boys Forward Institute. He has a PhD (Education), is a National Fellow of The Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL), was the ACEL 2006 National Travelling Scholar and has has conducted staff training at St Edmund’s College. For further information regarding Dr Lillico's insights into boys education visit the Boys Forward Institute website

Catholic Boys School Canberra, Private School Boys Canberra

Speech from an Eddie's Mum

My name is Mary Jane McLeod, and I am what is known as “an Eddies Mum” (or EdMum). I’m not big on public speaking, but I am very proud to be associated with this school, and as such am here today to share with you our experience as a St Edmund's family. Currently...
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My name is Mary Jane McLeod, and I am what is known as “an Eddies Mum” (or EdMum). I’m not big on public speaking, but I am very proud to be associated with this school, and as such am here today to share with you our experience as a St Edmund's family.

Currently I have sons at St Edmund's in Year 9, Year 7 and our youngest will start next year in Year 4.  St Edmund's has been a part of our family since 2009, and our youngest will finish school here in 2023. When you look at it that way, you realise the length of the commitment you are making as a family to a school, and why it is such an important decision.

In 2008, like you are today, we did the rounds of all the potential schools open days.  We had no prior association with any school and had to rely on what we learnt and were exposed to at open days. We saw some wonderful schools with all the bells and whistles and were amazed at various facilities. But for us as a family, there was one school that stood out amongst the others, with its sense of community and spirit, its values and standards, and the education and opportunities available to young men. I can look back on this time with confidence knowing that we made an excellent decision in choosing St Edmund's.

Since starting at Eddies, as it is affectionately known, our boys have grown and improved academically with fantastic results. They have become dedicated and enthusiastic students, and are reaping the benefits from being surrounded by such committed and high quality staff.  They have grown in confidence and resilience, and are developing into beautiful, respectful young men. The relationships they have developed with their teachers and the support they have received has been outstanding. But I’m not going to stand here and pretend it’s all been smooth sailing- these are teenage boys I’m talking about!  But I can assure you that when we have had any issues or concerns, or needed support St Edmund's has responded promptly, and professionally, and has always taken very good care of our boys.

I could go on and on in this fashion, but I would rather tell you about life as an Eddies family and what it means. My husband and I have chosen to immerse ourselves in the Eddies community, by coaching &  managing sporting teams, doing first aid, attending the wonderful breakfasts or social evenings, and  going on school camps- and we have loved every minute of it.

I never thought I would hear myself say “wohhoo, Cricket season!” , or “awesome its 3 degrees! Perfect morning for rugby” but I have learnt to love it, thanks to the fantastic boys, their attitude and the great parents who we share our weekends with.

I have become accustomed to buying napisan in bulk (note that the your boys will wear a lot of white!)  and every weekend is filled with excitement as we tour Canberra watching our boys play sport for Eddies.  We have shared in the joy of winning one cricket match in the whole season, to winning rugby grand finals. Equally so we have stood with pride watching the gracious way our boys behaved in defeat. I will never forget watching our boys lose a  grand final and as the boys walked off, one little chap called out “ heads up fellas, we’re Eddies boys.”  Not only have our boys made fantastic friends, so have we as parents, and we love being part of the Eddies community.

I would like to finish by saying today  that we have learnt as a family that choosing a school is actually not just about your child, it is also about choosing a community that you will be involved with for many years. The opportunities for your son at St Edmund's are endless, and for you too as a family.  I hope you enjoy your tour and  get a feeling of the sense of pride and community within these walls.

Many thanks and I hope we see your next year!