faith family diversity excellence

As an independent Catholic school, our aim is to provide an enriched, holistic education based on Gospel values, where the spirituality of each person is nurtured in an environment where life, faith, family, excellence and diversity are celebrated. By recognising each child’s potential, we aspire to produce students who are meaningful contributors to a world requiring social advocacy, compassion, tolerance and innovative thinking.

Traditions of Christian Brothers College

The Founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers was Blessed Edmund Rice. Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice was born a Catholic, in Callan, County Killkenny, Ireland in 1762 and died in Waterford, Ireland in 1844.

Edmund founded the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1802 in Waterford, in order to provide quality Catholic education to the materially poor. His Holiness, John Paul 11 beatified Edmund Ignatius Rice on October 6, 1996, in St Peter’s Square.

The Congregation of Christian Brothers believes that our greatest national resources are the minds and hearts of our children. They believe that the quality of the education provided to children has a direct and profound effect upon the quality of life we all will share in the next century.

The greatest investment that we can make, as a society, is to provide our children with a strong, value-based education.



Ethos is significant to Catholic schools and operates from the very centre of everything encompassing our college community. Its primary function is to act as a custodian to all who work within the walls of CBC St John’s Parklands.

It is how we...

  • Greet each other in the mornings.
  • Address one another in class and on the playground.
  • Manage our classrooms, behave in class and keep our learning space tidy, calm and conducive to learning.
  • Relate to each other as teachers, students and parents.
  • Organise our structures to reflect the democratic and inclusive nature of the school.
  • Develop and implement our policies to enable everybody to reach their full potential.
  • Bring the mission of the Church and Constitution into our school community.
  • Bring justice, peace, equality, acceptance, unity, truth and God’s endearing love to all his people.
  • Deal with stresses we face as teachers, students and parents.
  • Create pride and school spirit as we commit ourselves to be the best we can be.
  • Celebrate our successes.
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