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Marist or St Edmunds?

By Canberrabound - 9 October 2014 17

Hi Everyone,

My family and I are moving to Canberra and would like to find out peoples opinions about Marist and St Edmunds. My son loves his sports but requires a bit more assistance academically.  Ideally we would like a school that is big on their sports but also encourages academic excellence as well. In my previous experiences schools have only been interested in one or the other.   I have heard of schools who offer great sporting opportunities but require a certain standard of academic results in order to participate in their sporting teams. I would appreciate peoples opinions and advice on their experiences with both Marist and St Edmunds.

Thanks

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Marist or St Edmunds?
Nail 4:36 pm 16 Oct 14

golfpro said :

Nail – It would be wise to do your research before making such a statement about a school. Although St Edmunds is usually not one of the best performing schools they regularly get students who post scores in the 90’s. As a matter of fact the Dux of the 2013 got a score of 99+. So your memory can not be great if you are saying that their Dux can only manage a score in the low 80’s.

golfpro – Good for him, I’m sure he’s got a great future ahead of him. I didn’t say their Dux always scored that poorly, I said they often scored that low, and they do. Maybe you’ve had a little too much time in the sun on the course this week? get some aloe vera and lavender oil on the sun-affected areas and you’ll be fine, don’t forget to stay well hydrated in these warmer months!

golfpro 7:54 pm 15 Oct 14

Nail – It would be wise to do your research before making such a statement about a school. Although St Edmunds is usually not one of the best performing schools they regularly get students who post scores in the 90’s. As a matter of fact the Dux of the 2013 got a score of 99+. So your memory can not be great if you are saying that their Dux can only manage a score in the low 80’s.

wildturkeycanoe 6:38 am 11 Oct 14

What sports is your son interested in, as the schools may focus a lot more on one particular sport. I know from my own son playing against these schools, that St Eddies isn’t so great in soccer or cricket. Marist seems okay cricket wise though. Grammar spends a lot on their sporting infrastructure [new ovals and professional green kepper], but I also agree with dtc that Radford is pretty top notch.
Public schools also have sports programs, but for the academic side I can’t say a lot about any of the options above. If your son is anything like ours, being good at sports AND academia just isn’t in the mix, so perhaps a tutor might be money better spent?

John Moulis 1:14 pm 10 Oct 14

gazer said :

Sport:
1. Eddies
2. Marist
3. Grammar

Academic push:
1. Grammar
2. Marist
3. Eddies

This based on my personal experience going to one of these schools in recent times, as well as the experiences reported of friends at all three.

How can you say Eddies leads Marist for sport? Marist has a fully equipped gym in the Marcellin Hall which has more weights and equipment than Anytime Fitness.

dtc 12:52 pm 10 Oct 14

Radford

dtc 12:49 pm 10 Oct 14

Why not Radford?

It doesnt push sports as hard as say Eddies or the other schools (I dont think team sports are compulsory at Radford), but sports are certainly available through the school; and its academically ‘the best’ out of those schools being discussed. And its co-ed.

justin heywood 11:21 am 10 Oct 14

We found Marist pretty good (narrow sample of one). Dedicated staff, good facilities. They seem to have bullying as under control as it can ever be.

Pretty expensive though, relative to other schools.

Aragornerama 11:14 am 10 Oct 14

Canberra schools are uniformly decent, but the only two I’d happily send my kids to are Radford and Narrabundah. If your kids are in high school and smart enough to get into higher streamed classes I’d add Telopea and Lyneham to that list. Admittedly none are particularly sporty.

If you must limit yourself to Marist or Eddies, Marist is probably the better option academically (although the poster above was slightly harsh on Eddies’ duxes. From memory they usually get between 95 and 99 or so). This is a generalisation, but be warned that these schools tend to churn out very ‘blokey’ lads. So does grammar to a lesser extent, but it’s the best sporty school academically if you can afford it.

gazer 10:48 am 10 Oct 14

Sport:
1. Eddies
2. Marist
3. Grammar

Academic push:
1. Grammar
2. Marist
3. Eddies

This based on my personal experience going to one of these schools in recent times, as well as the experiences reported of friends at all three.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:20 am 10 Oct 14

I wouldn’t send my children to Marist, Eddies or Grammar. But if I was forced to make a choice, it would be for Marist.

Eddies is generally poor academically and is known for being hard on non-sporty kids. I know a number of people who went through the Grammars (both boys and girls) and most of them are neurotic and highly strung.

woppadingo 7:38 pm 09 Oct 14

I went to St Eddies and still get info about it. Pains me to say this but St Edmunds has one of the worst academic performances of all ACT colleges.
Marist must be better.

Masquara 7:19 pm 09 Oct 14

St Eddies. But why not Grammar, which is both sporty and academic. Whatever you do, don’t send a kid to Marist – very downmarket and in a dull location.

Nail 5:17 pm 09 Oct 14

I understand that your boy is sporty – good on him – but if you’re interested in academic performance then surely Eddies can’t be in the conversation. From memory the dux of St Edmunds normally gets a score in the low 80’s, don’t get me wrong, thats not too bad but from a proper academic school I’d expect a little better. I mean even government schools get higher scores than that! On the plus side St Edmunds is close to St Clares so he should get a well rounded social experience, maybe thats more important. Something to consider anyway. Good luck with your choice, but don’t choose Daramalan or field hockey unless you have already given up on him…

Antagonist 3:36 pm 09 Oct 14

Neither. Send him to Daramalan. And teach him to play hockey.

MotherHen 11:02 am 09 Oct 14

Marist and St Edmunds (Eddies) are rival colleges in all things sport and academic and have been since 1968 since Marist College began in Canberra. Your post is therefore likely to bring out the supporters and detractors of both colleges based on where their loyalties lie.

Having said that, my son has thrived at Marist. Like your boy he is very sporty (all football codes and cricket) but needs a bit of assistance academically. Marist (Junior and Senior) has provided a great level of support academically while encouraging our son to also do his best at sport.

I can’t comment on St Edmunds college (we chose Marist over St Edmunds purely because it is closer to home).

Good luck!

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