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The Vision of Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham is to be challenged by the values of Jesus who in the spirit of justice and compassion was committed to the poor and marginalised.

Inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, the school is committed to living the values of family and providing an education that is engaging and life giving for all.

The dignity of the individual is respected within an educational environment that is dynamic, inclusive and prayerful.


The school motto is Conanti Corona, “A Crown to the One who Strives”. The school crest is an adaptation of the Christian Brothers’ crest, highlighting the Celtic Cross and the Irish heritage of the Christian Brothers. The crest reaffirms the school’s strong connection to both the founding order and the school’s locality. From its foundation and in touch with the vision of Edmund Rice, Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham has always been a place for the ordinary man to strive to greatness. Conanti Corona captures the spirit of what it is possible for the ordinary man to be – our students hold it close to their heart.


We march today one thousand strong
and follow still the trail,
so marching square let’s sing their song
the men who did not quail.
The gallant few of former days
who toiled without renown
through marsh and scrub that trail to blaze
that ours might be their crown.

When far dispersed by task and time,
when stricken by life’s pain,
what’er the care, what’er the clime
a yearning through again
will stir the heart, will bring us home
in spirit ere we die;
For oft we’ll hear a voice say, “Come,
You sons of Lewisham High”.


Edmund Ignatius Rice was born in 1762 in Ireland, and received a good education. He created a successful business in the city of Waterford, supplying ships for long journeys. At the age of 23 he married Mary and together they had a daughter. A wealthy man in 1802, Edmund was increasingly disturbed with the lot of the poor Irish Catholics.

Thirteen years after his wife died, and having provided for his daughter, he sold his business and began a night school for the “Quay” kids of Waterford. Edmund’s first helpers deserted him leaving him desperate, but then two men from his native Callan joined him not only to teach but to help Edmund found a religious order to educate poor boys.

By 1825, Edmund Rice and his team of thirty Christian Brothers were educating, free of charge, 5,500 boys in 12 different towns and cities. Many were then clothed and fed.

Currently, 1,700 Christian Brothers are educators and carers of the poor in twenty-eight countries around the world.


EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.

The following key documents underpin Edmund Rice Education Australia’s ministry as Church mission:

  • Strategic Directions - The role of Edmund Rice Education Australia - its Purpose, Vision and Strategic Intent
  • The Touchstones - A Proclamation of an Authentic Expression of Edmund Rice Education as applied to Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition
  • Foundations - For Schools Ministry as Church Mission as Applied to Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition

The CBHS team

CBHS is proud of our dedicated, talented and inspirational teaching staff. The Principal and his leadership team ensure the entire staff work cohesively to fulfil the legacy of Edmund Rice and provide high quality education for all students.

Principal – Br Paul Conn
Deputy Principal – Ms Lucie Farrugia
Assistant Principal Culture & Organisation – Mr Michael Behayi
Assistant Principal – Mrs Monica O’Brien
Assistant Principal – Mr Dan Valencic

Assistant Principal – Mr Chris Kidd
Assistant Principal Pedagogy & Innovation – Mr Keith Page
Assistant Principal Primary – Mr Mark Woodbury
Business Manager – Mr Chris Baird
Human Resources Manager – Mrs Jane Shouldice

Have courage, the good seed will grow up in the children’s hearts later on.

– Edmund Rice to Brother Edward Patrick O’Flaherty, Gibraltar, 1837.


Is CBHS a selective school?

No, CBHS is proudly comprehensive. We believe in supporting every boy to achieve his potential.

Why should we choose CBHS?

With 130 years of experience, CBHS is the boys’ education specialist. An independent Catholic school in the tradition of Edmund Rice, our single campus in the Inner-West of Sydney is a hub of excellence from academic achievement to sporting, music, social programs and community participation.

What is CBHS’ academic record?

We’re proud of our achievements which speak for themselves. We are also proud that as a non-selective school, we encourage every boy to continue their education and do not reduce numbers based on results. With old boys including XXX and XXX, our legacy of high achievement is testament to the quality of teaching and learning outcomes in the school. Please see here for latest HSC results.


Ask any current or old boy, and they’ll tell you that Life at Lewo is so much more than classes. With a broad range of co-curricular activities on offer, boys have the opportunity to develop their talents and develop inter-personal skills outside the classroom.

CBHS supports each boy to excel, and co-curricular activities require team work, respect, dedication and focus – all of which are valuable life-skills.

Explore co-curricular activities below


Representative sport

Duke of Edinburgh

Robotics club

Chess club

Ski trip

Aviation club

Music groups and performance
Debating and public speaking




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