Welcome to the Edmund Rice College website. I trust that in browsing this website you gain some insight into this wonderful inclusive Catholic community.

I was appointed to the College as Principal in 2012, returning to Edmund Rice College after 32 years in a range of teaching and leadership roles in state and Catholic schools in Sydney and the Illawarra since my days as a student at the College in the 1970’s.

Edmund Rice College is an independent Catholic boys school in the Edmund Rice tradition, catering for students in Years 7 to 12.  Wonderfully diverse in its nature, the College welcomes boys from all over the Illawarra providing young men with a wide array of educational experiences and opportunities.

Our focus is to foster the development of boys into fine young men through a holistic approach to education. We celebrate both the individuality and diversity of our 1100 students and strive to enable each to achieve in a way that embraces their individual gifts and unlocks the potential to be what they are capable of becoming.

Whilst this site is very comprehensive, I encourage you to get in touch with us should you be interested in finding out more about Edmund Rice College.  Whilst our website does provide you with a wealth of information and insight into the College, it cannot encompass the sense of community and daily life which only personal experience can provide.

Peter McGovern

Edmund Rice College is an independent boys high school in the Edmund Rice Tradition. One of a network of 42 schools across Australia in the Edmund Rice Education Australian network, the College is located on 9 magnificent hectares in Mt Keira.  Centrally located in the heart of the Illawarra, Edmund Rice College is within walking distance of the University of Wollongong and the Conservatorium of Music.

The College is a regional comprehensive boys school drawing students from all regions of the Illawarra. It offers substantial modern facilities set in a picturesque setting.  With a broad curriculum and an extensive extracurricular program Edmund Rice College caters for a diversity of interests, skills and abilities in a contemporary educational setting. 

Strongly inclusive, the College prides itself on its diversity as it welcomes students from all backgrounds and cultures. Edmund Rice College is a vibrant community that welcomes parental involvement in the daily life of the College. As a welcoming Catholic community we forge strong partnerships with local Parishes and Catholic schools, the University and other educational institutions, the Illawarra business community and a diverse range of social and cultural groups.  

Striving to live the charism of Edmund Rice and Christ’s example of service, we ask students to ‘Make a Difference for Justice and Peace’ through the Christian Service- Learning program. Inspired by the goals of the Edmund Rice Charter, it is more than a service experience, as reflecting on the act of serving others gives students a deeper understanding of the dignity and worth of all people and the natural world. They are challenged to articulate learning about their own spirituality as they make real-life connections to the marginalized in our ‘community classroom’.