Faith & Social Justice

As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, St Virgil’s College is committed to educating the students in its care to become men who value and nurture their faith long after they leave the school.  Boys are challenged to appreciate their responsibility to the local and global community through a commitment to the values of social justice and compassion for the needs of others.

The College is inspired by the life and vision of Blessed Edmund Rice who worked with the poor boys of Waterford in Ireland to provide liberation through education. Edmund was inspired by his reading of the Gospels and the example of Jesus in setting up a network of schools that spread to Australia in 1868.

Whilst students are immersed within the Edmund Rice tradition from their first day at the College they also have opportunities to be part of focussed groups and initiatives.

Year 5 and 6 students are able to join our Mini Vinnies Group, which works under the banner of the St Vincent de Paul Society. They organise many fundraising and awareness activities including a clothing and blanket drive; soup and roll days, Louis Van, the Giving Tree and working with Bethlehem House.

The Junior School actively supports Caritas Australia through Project Compassion and other fundraising efforts. We also support the specially abled students of the Mary Rice Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. 

We organise and support fundraising activities for the Archbishop’s ‘Good Samaritan Fund’.

The Junior School also responds to other special needs that arise for individuals, groups, regions or countries, for example, the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal.