A Catholic School for Boys in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
St Laurence's College is an all boys Catholic school centrally located in South Brisbane. With a rich and proud history of academic, sporting, and cultural excellence, the school has grown to now educate over 1,900 boys.
In the Archdiocese of Brisbane and conducted in the tradition of Edmund Rice, St Laurence's College accepts students from Year 5 to 12, drawing from a wide area of Brisbane.
Summoned by the call of their motto: facere et docere: To do and to teach, St Laurence's College South Brisbane strives to implement the Charter for Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition to ensure it is the "lived reality" in the inclusive community.
St Laurence’s College has a proud tradition of educating young men, since 1915. Our College was established to educate young men to make a difference in the lives of others.
Boys attending the College from Years 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 the College. The current enrolment is approximately 1900 students, lead by a team of 200 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.
Our students are encouraged to embrace all activities as an opportunity to expand their experiences, further develop existing skills and find new pathways for their Lauries Journey. Involvement in all aspects of school life increases each student’s sense of belonging, expands friendship groups, benefits curriculum performance and student behaviour, and leads to higher levels of motivation and engagement.
Lauries has a proud history of advancing the sporting opportunities of our students and remains strongly committed to health and physical wellbeing throughout each student’s journey. Our facilities and dedicated staff contribute to achieving each boy's full potential.
St 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.
Students have a chance of selection in the school’s representative teams, which play in the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) competition. Teams are represented in:
The College has an extensive and internationally recognised music program which works together with curriculum music to develop skilled and confident musicians.
Students can participate in the instrumental tuition program during the school day and join orchestras, bands, ensembles and choirs which practise outside school hours. Ensembles perform with groups including the University of Queensland Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra. Students also enjoy performances with other school groups, as well as in both national and international festivals. Music ensembles periodically tour interstate and overseas. The College is proud of its reputation in this area and encourages all students to be involved in the music program.
Culture and Community
The College allows the boys to experience growth through sport, music and cultural pursuits.
Examples of cultural and community activities offered include:
The welfare of the boys is paramount at St Laurence's College. We encourage boys to engage in their studies with purpose and confidence, which promotes their full human growth. The school has high expectations of student behaviour in all situations, expectations that aim to promote a high degree of self-discipline as well as enhancing self-confidence, self-esteem and good habits for later life.
Pastoral Care is the responsibility of the Heads of School, Heads of Year and teaching staff. Our staff take a special interest in each boy’s academic and general progress and are there to praise and record any particular success or achievement.
The College Campus is centrally located in Brisbane and has an abundance of public transport (train & bus) very close by.
Get to St Laurence's College by Rail – Southbank Train Station (formerly Vulture Street Train Station)
Get to St Laurence's College by Bus – Mater Hospital Bus Station & various bus stops around the College
On behalf of our school community, I welcome you to the St Laurence’s College Private School's Guide page.
A St Laurence’s College education is characterised by excellence, inclusive practices, social justice and our focus on others. I am proud to be a part of this unique community.
As a Catholic school for boys in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, we have been operating since 1915.
With a total enrolment of over 1,900 boys, and with many international students, we accept students from Year 5 to Year 12, drawing from a wide area of Brisbane.
As a College conducted in the Edmund Rice tradition, we proudly offer a distinctive educational philosophy, that is based on a commitment to education as liberation.
Our staff are enthusiastic, highly dedicated and committed to the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs of our students through life long learning. They come with a wide range of experience, skills and expertise and a deep commitment to provide students with quality relationships and positive learning experiences. We look forward to working closely with our students and parents/caregivers.
Please feel free to explore our website and contact the school for further information.
I invite you to join us on a tour of the facilities during our Open Day on Thursday 28 February 2019, so that you can experience our warm and engaging environment first hand.
Exploring our campus is the best way to see the learning environments which create an experience that is unique to St Laurence's College. We look forward to meeting you.
Our next Open Day
We'll open our doors to the extended community for our Open Day in February 2020. More details will be available at the end of 2019.