Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham

Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham
Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham crest.
Latin: Conanti Corona
A crown to the one who strives
Lewisham, New South Wales, Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°53′50″S 151°8′43″E / 33.89722°S 151.14528°E / -33.89722; 151.14528Coordinates: 33°53′50″S 151°8′43″E / 33.89722°S 151.14528°E / -33.89722; 151.14528
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1891
Principal Paul Conn
Staff ~120[1]
Enrolment ~1,250 (5-12)[2]
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Sky Blue & Gold
Slogan "Excellence in Catholic education for over one hundred years"

Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham (also known as CBHS Lewisham), is a Roman Catholic, day school for boys, located in Lewisham, an inner-western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Established in 1891 by the Christian Brothers, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,250 boys from Years 5 to 12.

The school is the oldest of the Christian Brothers schools operating in Sydney.[2]



The school was opened in 1891, built at a cost of £150 with a building, gym and five classrooms, to accommodate 100 students. Today, the school operates under the governance of Edmund Rice Education Australia, with a student population of 1,250. The school is inseparable from its suburb of Lewisham, New South Wales, and from the order of Christian Brothers that has run it for over 100 years, founded by Edmund Rice which traces its beginnings back to the schools for the poor youth of Ireland in the early 19th Century.


CBHS students, 1934
Period Details
Unknown – 1932 Br M.E. Breen[3]
Unknown – 1995 Br Brady
1995–2000 Br Peter Hester
2001–2007 Mr Brian Roberts
2008 – Present Br Paul Conn[4]

Crest and motto

The school motto Conanti Corona, translates as "A crown to the one who strives", which is used as an expression to help students to try their best in all aspects of life. The school crest is adapted from the Christian Brothers’ crest, highlighting the Celtic Cross and the Irish heritage of the Christian Brothers. The crest also contains the two symbols for the first and last letters of the Latin alphabet, symbolising learning and knowledge.[5]


Some notable current facilities of Christian Brothers' High School include:

  • Six fully equipped science laboratories, named the "Dr Victor Chang Building" in honour of the late Dr Chang
  • Music and performing arts rooms
  • Lecture Theatre, hall and weights room
  • Large undercover play space that can be converted into a basketball court, tennis court or volleyball court.
  • A multi-purpose hall
  • A brand new library and learning centre
  • Three fully equipped art rooms
  • Four fully equipped computer labs

Extra curriculum

Christian Brothers' High School Lewisham offers students multiple extra curriculur activities, both inside and outside of school time. Activities such as Choir, Band, Theatresports, "Eddy's Friends", Debating and Night Patrol are available, along with others. Through Choir, Band and Theatresports, students may participate in state and national competitions against other schools. "Eddy's Friends" and Night Patrol are social justice programs, whereby students are encouraged to give back to the community through such things as feeding the homeless. The school is also a part of the Catholic Schools' Debating Association (CSDA), providing students with the opportunity to debate other schools around Sydney.[6]

Notable alumni

Alumnus of Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham are traditionally known as the "Old Boys", and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the "Old Boys Association".[7] Some notable Old Boys include:

Entertainment, media and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics, public service and the law

See also


External links

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