St Edwards College is built on nine hectares of land. When you walk in the front entry of the College you are surrounded by award winning gardens maintained by the College Maintenance and Grounds staff.
St Edward’s College won ‘Best School Garden’ in Gosford City Council’s annual competition in 1999, 2000 and again in 2009. All College grounds and facilities are maintained by our own maintenance and cleaning staff using College owned machinery and equipment.
Having our College on the shore of Brisbane Water also means we have the benefit of offering many water sports. To improve the access to the Brisbane Water we have a floating pontoon/wharf which enables our students to enter the water past the mangroves.
College ovals are used by local sporting groups in both summer and winter. They are used for both training and season fixtures. The Edmund Rice Centre is also hired for special functions.
The College has water tanks to the capacity of 200,000 litres, which are used to irrigate our ovals as well as the bathroom area in the Dean building. We also have water tanks attached to the Brothers’ residence and the maintenance shed which are used to water gardens and clean equipment including College boats, canoes and windsurfers.
The College electricity is supplemented by 52 photovoltaic panels which will produce an average of 14 MW of power each year. The panel system has a monitoring program linked to the College computer network, this allows data to be collected from the grid which can be tracked by our teachers and students. By installing the panels the cost of electricity for the College is reduced, as well as reducing the College’s carbon footprint. An additional benefit is that our students will become more aware of the significance of renewable energy.