From the Principal

Dear Members of St Edmund’s College Community,

Leaving the Mask Behind

When does a boy become a man? This is the question that was asked of our Year 10 young men as part of their Rite of Passage program this Term. It culminated on Wednesday evening with each boy crossing a bridge as a symbolic act of them crossing over from boyhood to manhood. Before getting across to the other side they placed a painted mask of themselves into a burning fire to ritualise the act of leaving behind boyish traits.

The depictions on the masks included:

  • clocks representing teenage time-wasting;
  • sheep depicting being a follower;
  • a goose as being a joker at the wrong times;
  • a koala as a metaphor for being lazy;
  • the colour red representing times of anger;
  • a Spiderman face, collectively representing leaving behind childhood heroes.

Once across, each emerging young man received a badge from one of the College Captains and the Eddies’ senior white shirt from their parents or caregivers who were waiting for them on the other side. The parents also received an affirmation letter from their son. This all happened in the cool evening on Mulkerin Oval under the stars of Ipswich.

Our young men need these ceremonial experiences in their lives to remind them of important milestones while on their journey towards being an Eddies’ gentleman. The outward actions evoke an inner awakening where deeper meanings are made and where true manhood emerges. This is our Edmund Rice way – to create opportunities for the inner life to be developed and nurtured. We draw inspiration from the life of Jesus whose story compels each of us to be good men and good people in our world.

Learning from Mentors

Congratulations to Philip Cen who was awarded first prize in the Year 11 2017 Mentoring Program at last night’s Mentor Presentation Evening at USQ Library. Regan Griffiths and Kyle Jones were awarded equal second place for their presentations. They each gave excellent presentations detailing their experiences being mentored over the last seven weeks by a leader working in their chosen professional field. The three finalists were among fifteen Eddies’ students who participated in the program and who each endeavoured to learn more about a particular profession as a possible career pathway.

Philip’s presentation was djudged the best on the night by an independent panel including Mrs Judith Finan, Principal of St Mary’s College, Professor Stephen Winn from USQ and Mr Tony Skippington, Business Manager, St Edmund’s College. Thank you to Ms Carmel James, Ms Simone O’Shea and Ms Kate Stiles who were instrumental in coordinating the program this year.

High Level of Interest for Bus Service – Hattonvale, Plainlands, Laidley, Rosewood and Walloon

After an extensive advertising letter-drop, two school visits to St Mary’s Laidley and St Brigid’s Rosewood and two information sessions at Walloon and Plainlands hotels, we have been delighted by the high level of interest from current and future families for a direct bus service to and from school to cover the above areas. St Edmund’s College and St Mary’s College are working in partnership to investigate the viability of a bus service in these areas to commence in 2018. We are keen to hear from other families who may be interested. Our next step will be to make further contact with these families to finalise a route before seeking a final quote from the four bus companies that are vying for the contracted service.

Under the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme the weekly bus service will provide a cost effective, safe and direct bus service for students living in these areas.

Prayer

We pray for the fathers and father figures in our lives. In the words of Pope Francis, ‘A good … father will have formed his children’s heart to know on their own what is right and wrong and to feel, speak and act with wisdom and integrity. A wise and mature father will be able to say to his children after they’ve grown: “I taught you things that you didn’t know, I corrected errors that you did not see. I let you feel an affection that was both deep and discreet that perhaps you did not fully recognise when you were young and unsure. I gave you witness of rigour and willpower that perhaps you did not understand when you just wanted complicity and protection.” The good father tempers his emotions and digs deep to find the right words to make himself understood as well as accept the burden of those inevitable misunderstandings.’

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

They can because they see they can.