In the period since Edmund Rice began his work in 1802, there has been a strong tradition of generosity, hard work, dedication to youth, care for the disadvantaged, excellence in education, active interest in all aspects of student life, and living out the gospel values.
Pioneer Christian Brother Ambrose Treacy was instrumental in establishing CBC Wakefield Street which was the first boarding school for the Christian Brothers in the world. When Br Ambrose travelled to the mid-north of the State collecting donations, he quickly realised the size of this continent compared to Ireland and the need for establishing a boarding school.
Visible presence for inner city school
The original building in Wakefield St remains but the classroom block built along Ackland (now Frome) Street was demolished in 1961 to allow for the widening of the street.
The boarding school closed in 1923 when boarders were transferred to the newly founded Rostrevor College.
The Junior Campus on the corner of Wakefield St and East Terrace was built in 1963 and in 2011 the college acquired the CBC Community Children’s Centre, previously operated by the Catholic Women’s League, creating the first Catholic boys college catering for children from birth to Year 12.
There have been a number of major building developments over the years, the most recent being new Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) laboratories and the refurbishment of the Walsh Lecture Theatre.
Past students play an important part in the life of the school community through Old Collegian sporting clubs and social functions as well as offering a scholarship to a student who would not otherwise be able to attend the school.