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About St Mary's College

About St Mary's College

At St Mary's College, it is our mission to empower students to be men of faith, integrity, action and excellence.

St Mary's College is proudly a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition for boys in Years 5 to 12.

We provide boys the opportunity to achieve excellence in all areas of their holistic education guided by our Four Touchstones: Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community, Justice and Solidarity and Liberating Education.

At St Mary’s College, we focus on, and are specialists in, boys education, providing various relevant and modern learning experiences, as well as extra-curricular activities.

Established in Toowoomba in 1899, St Mary’s College has played an integral part in educating young men in regional Queensland for 125 years.

Grounds & Facilities

The College features modern classrooms complete with air conditioning, data projectors, speaker systems, Apple TVs, specialised teaching and learning areas, a chapel, a multipurpose indoor complex, multiple modern computer rooms, a rugby league field and a soccer field, tennis courts, basketball courts, a gymnasium with a well-equipped weights room, a pool, state-of-the-art cultural centre and specialised music facilities.

Photo of the Brothers’ House with flowers

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The History of St Mary's College

Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers was born in Ireland in 1762. As a young man, Edmund came to the bustling city port of Waterford. Following the tragic death of his wife, he became more aware of the disadvantaged people around him and in 1802, he set up a free school for boys living in poverty. Edmund was given the grace to respond to the call of Jesus by identifying with Christ in the poor. His example evoked a deep awareness of God’s loving presence in all. He invited his followers to share the Gospel insight to reach out to the needy.

The education that Edmund Rice pioneered was an initiative within the ‘evangelising mission of the Church’. It was distinguished by the following characteristics and their expressions:

Presence leading to a respectful sense of the sacred
  • A profound belief in the equal dignity of persons
  • Nurturing a culture of faith
  • A scholarly approach to education of the spirit
Compassion nurturing authentic community
  • Honouring of a caring family spirit
  • Solidarity with the marginalised, the poor and the neglected
Liberation underpinning the provision of education
  • Relevant, quality and critical education
  • An interdependent system of education focusing on mission authenticity
This leads into the Four Touchstones of Edmund Rice Education:
  1. Liberating Education 
  2. Gospel Spirituality
  3. Inclusive Community
  4. Justice and Solidarity

The College Crest

The crest is a variation of the original Christian Brothers’ crest.

The star is a reminder that “Those who have taught many people to do what is right will shine like stars for all eternity.” [Daniel: 12.3] As the star shines in darkness, it is regarded as the symbol of enlightenment and instruction.

Our faith is in Christ and so the star is set upon the cross, source of our inspiration and instrument of our salvation. The cross with the circle, symbol of eternity, is a Celtic cross and denotes the Irish origin of the Christian Brothers.

The open book at the top is a symbol of the aim of the school: an education of the whole person. The top motto, “Facere et Docere”, is the motto of the Brothers: “To do (to show by example) and to teach”. Christ said, “He that shall do and teach shall be called great in the Kingdom of heaven”. [Matt: 5.19]

St Mary’s College motto, “Conanti Corona”, translates to “those who strive can achieve the crown”. Encouraging students to strive with both hands to achieve excellence.

This explanation has been provided by Br. John Hogan