Giving the gift of education

The St Laurence's Old Boys' Foundation was developed to assist boys in the community obtain an education they are not able to.   Since its establishment in 1988, the St Laurence's Old Boys' Foundation has worked closely with the College and the Old Boys' Association to promote the vision of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Congregation of the Christian Brothers.

Edmund Rice was a businessman who was drawn to the plight of poor children whose parents could not afford to send them to the paying schools of the time. He ultimately devoted his life to the education of disadvantaged boys and for decades the Christian Brothers continued the work of Edmund Rice by providing the opportunity to educate boys whose families were in need. They often did this by going without themselves.

The main aim of the Foundation is to take up the mantle of Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers and continue their culture of education and giving by providing the opportunity to educate boys whose families are in need.

The full breadth of giving opportunities are outlined here.

There are multiple ways to give to the St Laurence's Old Boys Foundation


The Foundation is a perpetual public charitable trust dedicated to the relief of poverty and the advancement of education. The Trustees primary goal is to grow the Foundations' capital base by 10% per annum for the benefit of the students and the school community.

The 2023 Trustees for the Foundation are:

Position Trustees
Allan Layton (1971)
Deputy Chairman
Rob Siganto (1986)
Ben Lowrie (College Principal (Acting)), Bernie McGowan (1977), Will Siganto (1982), Paul Begg (1987), Dane Fitzgibbon (1996), Cameron Wigan (1995)
St Laurence's Representatives
Michelle Gyde, Helen Turner


The Trustees of the Foundation particularly wish to acknowledge the generosity of all Old Boys who have contributed to the annual fundraising appeals. In particular to the

  • Dyer Family who established the Tony and Nick Dyer Bursary to recognise the challenges and opportunities with starting a new life in a new country;
  • Mr Bill Siganto AM and Dr Marie Siganto AM for the Siganto Family Endowment in commemoration of the education and values Bill and his sons received at St Laurence's College
  • Mr Kevin Fitzpatrick for the Anthony Fitzpatrick (1982) Bursary
  • Mr John van Waterschoot and his family
  • Class of 1980
  • Those who have supported the Antony Raiteri (1984) Bursary
  • Those Old Boys' and members of the community who have kindly thought to remember the Foundation though a bequest.


To support the Old Boys Foundation, donate online today or contact the College Director of Communications, Development and Events, Helen Turner on (07) 3010 1178 or


The Old Boys' Foundation endeavours to respect the wishes of donors at all times. A copy of the Refund Policy can be found here.