Lauries: The start of a new era

St Laurence’s College has formed a new sense of tradition and belonging for Lauries students. As a leader in boys’ education since 1915, Lauries is committed to educational excellence in the tradition of Edmund Rice for every student and their chosen career pathway.

The beginning of 2019 paved a new era of learning for the College as a new Pastoral Care program was introduced. Lauries students are now allocated into one of ten Houses and journey alongside fellow students and supportive staff for the entirety of their education. The new system has been implemented with the aim to foster student welfare, growth and to instil St Laurence’s College community values.

The House system plays a key role in students’ primary education and, upon progression to secondary schooling, forms each student’s pastoral home for their Lauries Journey. Under the guidance and support of the Head of House, House Mentor and senior students, each student is known and included.

College Captain, Thomas O’Sullivan, says the move created a stronger commitment to fostering the development of students as they transition through their schooling years.

“We, as Year 12s, have found it an exciting way to get to know more people in the College community and make meaningful relationships with the younger students in our Houses,” he says.

“The introduction of a House system at Lauries has given a new meaning to passion and spirit in both academia and sport with students.”

After much research and planning, the school officially launched the House system this year with a fresh set of House crests and mottos for students to take on as their own.

St Laurence’s College Principal, Chris Leadbetter, says College staff are enthusiastic, highly dedicated and committed to the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs of all students through life-long learning, mentoring and excellence.

“Each and every staff member at Lauries comes with a wide range of experience, skills and expertise and a deep commitment to provide students with quality relationships and positive learning experiences,” he says.

Head of Middle School, David Knight, adds that students are thriving in the new pastoral environment. “Throughout the year, students are encouraged to build House spirit and comradery by engaging in inter-House activities and events each term, which include sporting competitions, camps, academics and faith in action initiatives,” he explains.

“Academics contribute significantly to the House competition, based not only on grade point average, but also on effort. This aims to reward students for their academic outcomes, engagement, behaviour and participation.”

To ensure students achieve their full potential in the College’s new era of pastoral care and learning, the school has also launched new initiatives to support the mentoring, tracking and education of each student.

According to Head of Senior School, Liam Herbert, the College takes great pride in knowing all students are well supported to achieve their full potential, no matter their career pathway.

“To improve student learning outcomes, St Laurence’s College has worked to equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to review each student’s academic journey through a holistic lens by using external testing data and internal school results,” he says.

“Mentoring at the College also provides a great opportunity for staff to develop meaningful relationships with students in their care in order to support their study routines, co-curricular involvement, and most importantly, get to know their story throughout their Lauries Journey.”

Offering an education to boys in Years 5 to 12, the College is characterised by academic and co-curricular excellence, inclusive practices, social justice and a focus on others, creating opportunities for every student to discover who he is meant to be.

Boasting outstanding facilities across one purpose-built and thoughtfully designed campus in South Brisbane, St Laurence’s College is a stone’s throw away from the Brisbane CBD, is adjacent to Southbank and West End, and is close to all public transport (bus, train and ferry services).

The College grounds harness the perfect blend of original buildings with modern student-centred learning spaces for the 21st century.
State-of-the-art technology, flexible learning spaces and special interest centres allow students to explore the broad Lauries curriculum freely, in support of their learning and development.

In addition to these facilities, Runcorn Playing Fields provides nine fields catering to a wide variety of sports for all students as well as a function room, professional kitchen, canteen and change rooms.

St Laurence’s College also owns and operates Camp Laurence, which is located on the scenic shores of Lake Moogerah, at the base of the Great Dividing Range in the beautiful Scenic Rim Region. The site houses an outdoor recreational and educational extension to St Laurence’s College and is an excellent resource for students. It is also utilised by a number of other schools for their outdoor education programs, as well as for private group bookings and corporate functions.

To find out more about this exciting era at St Laurence’s College, please contact the College on +61 7 3010 1111 or visit the website for more information.

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