From the Principal
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
I often get asked the question at enrolment interviews, ‘Do you have a bullying problem?’ Understandably parents and caregivers don’t want to send their son to a school that has a bullying problem and I certainly don’t want to pretend St Edmund’s College is exempt because, like all schools, bullying behaviours and the fall out that follows is something that we encounter from time to time. What we endeavour to do is promote a whole school approach that places importance on the value of positive relationships. We try to capture this in some of our slogans such as, Kind Men, Strong Men, Gentlemen, Eddies’ Men or Being a Brother to Another. This year during Eddies’ Men Can (EMC) time, which is a time given to Homeroom each week, we have a particular focus on developing right relationships. It is integral to our Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) ethos as expressed through the Touchstone of Inclusive Community. In a very compelling way it is embraced as a faith position as echoed in the words of Jesus when he called each of us to ‘love our neighbour’. These all help and guide us in our combined efforts to nurture and grow our boys into young men who have a heart for the other so they may create a world where bullying is not necessary. It is not an easy task and it requires daily attention and an ongoing commitment to work together.
Being the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, I refer you to the infographic at the end of this newsletter section from the Bullying No Way website. This provides a simple and straight forward overview of how schools, students and parents can work together to build a culture where bullying doesn’t become a problem.
Acknowledging 120 years of service to St Edmund’s College
Our Foundation Dinner was a tremendous community event. The highlight for the evening was a special acknowledgement and presentation to three much loved staff members, Di Denman, Anne Mulkerin and Wayne Warren, who each have given 40 years of dedicated service to St Edmund’s College. Former principals of the College, Brother Ted Magee, Jim Lucey, Brendan Lawler and Chris Leadbetter were on call
to share their stories and appreciation of each of them in their time. I cannot imagine many other schools that could claim celebrating the services of three staff members who between them have given over 120 years of their work life to one school. Even after all this time they each in their own unique and inimitable way continue to be vibrant, hope-filled and inspirational staff members and colleagues.
$500,000.00 gift from College Foundation
During the evening Gerard Pender, College Foundation Chair, presented the College with a cheque for $500,000.00 to contribute to the restoration, refurbishment and extension of the Edmund Rice Building. Formed eleven years ago, the College Foundation has been raising funds all this time through events like the Foundation Dinner and Eddie’s Race Day for this purpose. Funds have also been used to support students who, as a result of poverty and oppression, may never have been given the opportunity to be an Eddie’s brother. On behalf of the entire College community thank you to the College Foundation for this generous gift and for the invaluable work you do to support the College.
Thank you to Kath Creedy for her overall organisation and to all our grounds and maintenance staff, Audio Visual and Office Staff who helped to make the 2018 Foundation Dinner a wonderful community celebration.
We continue to keep in our prayers family and friends who have loved ones in hospital or are unwell due to illness. Please keep in your prayers Mrs Tracey Stringer who is battling severe pain and discomfort due to illness.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal