Newsletter - 1 February 2019

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Welcome

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends

Welcome to the 2019 School Year. A special welcome to all our Year 7 students and new students who commence the year with us in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. To our new students and families be assured that you are joining a College community that is proudly dedicated to the educational well-being of the young Eddies’ men as they journey from boyhood to manhood. We are part of a broader educational community called Edmund Rice Education Australia which includes fifty schools across Australia, educating 35,000 students in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice. His legacy lives on today from humble beginnings in 1806 when he founded the first school for the poor and forgotten children of Waterford, Ireland.

We are inspired and shaped by our four Touchstones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Justice and Solidarity and Inclusive Community. In 2019 we will take uncharted strides together as we build on the traditions of the past and add new and exciting chapters to the unfolding St Edmund’s College story. It is a privilege to share this journey with you.

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2019 Staffing News

This year we welcome the following new staff to journey with us:
Ms Kylie Biddle - Defence School Mentor
Mr Mitchell Davis - Mathematics Teacher
Ms Emma Ehrich - Learning Support Teacher
Mr Brent Habermann - Religious Education, English and Humanities Teacher
Mr Peter Hovenden - Information Technology Teacher
Mr Andrew Kirk - Health and Physical Education and Religious Education Teacher
Ms Anna Knox - Laboratory Technician
Mr Andrew Leung - Business Teacher
Ms Chloe Mansell - Information Technology Teacher
Mr Luis Marin - Director of Middle School
Ms Tara Newlands - Religious Education, English and Humanities Teacher
Mr Matthew Ryland - Legal Studies Teacher
Ms Emma Woods - Religious Education and Mathematics Teacher

We welcome back Mr Chris Purcell and Ms Motoko Shimokowa who return to the College this year after twelve months’ leave. We are delighted that Mr Don Harrold, Mr Lachlan Marshall and Ms Beatrice Tsang will be returning this year in respective teaching roles after their short time with us last year.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge newly appointed Middle Leaders and wish them well in their endeavour to fulfil their respective leadership goals. Those who will be in new leadership positions this year include:

Ms Karen Callaghan - Head of Department Information Services and Learning Resources
Ms Georgina Delpaul - Head of Department Enterprise Studies
Mr Ben Litchfield - Director of Senior School (Years 11, 12)
Mr Luis Marin - Director of Middle School (Years 7 to 10)
Ms Frances O’Sullivan - Head of Department Creative Arts
Ms Adrianna Rimland - Director of Mission
Mr Mark Steffens - Head of Department Science
Ms Debra Whyte - Head of Department Digital Learning

I wish to acknowledge Ms Anne Mulkerin and Mr Jason Randall who will be taking on new roles in 2019 as the Year 12 OP Support Teacher and Responsible Choice Room Coordinator respectively.

In 2019 the College will introduce a new structure for School Officer support staff. We have established three Service Areas with a specific focus on Student, Staff and Corporate responsibilities. Under this new structure I am pleased to announce new appointments as follows:

Ms Louise Baldry- Finance Officer Accounts Payable
Ms Claire Currey - Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Principal Identity
Ms Jodie Dunning - Administrative Assistant Vocational Education and Training
Ms Bernie Gotting - Administrative Assistant Middle Leaders Curriculum
Ms Jo Lunney - Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Principal
Ms Cathy King - Coordinator of Data and Analysis
Ms Michelle Reid - Library Assistant
Ms Tracey Suthers - Student Reception Officer

Outstanding Academic Results

We begin the year with the knowledge that our graduating class of 2018 achieved results of which we can all be proud. I am pleased to report that many of our EP and IP students have gained full-time employment or secured a place in TAFE. We will be following up this week with all our 2018 EP and IP students to see how they are settling into work life. Our OP students did exceedingly well with 80% gaining an OP between 1 and 15 and three attaining an OP 1. Our most recent report from the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) shows that 91.3% have secured a first round university offer. These are terrific outcomes that underline our collective will to uphold high standards in academic excellence. In 2019 we get another opportunity to work with you to articulate new and audacious goals for the young men in our care.

Building and Maintenance Updates

Over the Christmas break construction work on the Edmund Rice Building and Annex has progressed very well. We anticipate Hutchinson Builders to hand over in late February, early March which will be just in time for our annual Foundation Dinner on Saturday 2 March with the star attraction being the building itself.

Other works around the College include a fresh coat of paint for the front fence, external walls and railings. All paths, steps and concreted areas have been thoroughly cleaned and safety markings repainted. The underside roof of both the Doody and Lynch amphitheatres have also received a good cleaning with anti-bird spikes installed, which we hope will keep the pesky crows away. You will also notice that the space between Westcourt and Calopedis is bright and airy with the necessary removal of a huge tree. Extra bench seating is scattered throughout the College grounds and we are waiting on two more shade structures to be erected, which will happen in Term 1.

The Middle Leaders Curriculum reception area and Teacher Aide room have been modified to accommodate office space for the new roles listed above. The grounds and maintenance staff have done a superb job getting the College looking pristine and ready for the new year.

St Edmund’s College Hosting Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) in 2019

We are delighted to be hosting AIC in 2019. It will be a big year with two additional sports being added to the program including AFL in Term 1 and Rugby League in Term 3. We are eager to explore the possibility of a Rookies’ team in the Term 3 AIC program which includes Rugby League, Basketball, Tennis and Athletics.

The AIC competition kicks off this weekend followed by an Ecumenical Service at St Mary’s Church on Thursday 7 February where representatives from all AIC schools will gather to officially launch the 2019 season.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy

Identity

Identity News

Get Involved in the New School Year

The scene is set for the new school year - a year filled with potential and plenty of opportunities for students to get involved. Of course, the best way to get involved is to plan to be involved. At St Edmund’s College in 2019 there are many ways students can be involved. We encourage students from all year levels to dip their toe in every aspect of school life including finding a way to engage in Service to the College and Service to the Community.

While there are many benefits of College and Community Service, here are five reasons why this is beneficial.

College and Community Service:
1. Develops an increased sense of social responsibility – a global view of society and a heart for ‘giving back’ and helping others.
2. Provides an opportunity to apply academic learning to real life events.
3. Builds relationships and ‘social connectedness’ with peers and adults and exposes students to diversity and multiculturalism.
4. Improves life-long communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills.
5. Helps students find their passions and interests that may lead to a career choice they may not have considered.

Service to the College and to the Community is an essential way for students to explore their interests, show what they believe in and define a possible career path. By engaging in volunteer opportunities, students have an opportunity to learn experientially. They discover where their passions lie while undertaking projects that truly make a difference. These experiences allow them to make more informed choices about the future, while instilling a lifelong interest in giving back. If your son has never been involved before, encourage him to make 2019 the year to get involved in Service to the College and Service to the Community.

Prayer for The New School Year

God of our past, our present and our future,
God of our dreams, our designs and our decisions,
Be love in us - as we journey through this new school year.

Be our inner vision, that we may see life through your eyes,
Be our inner hearing, that we may listen well for your call,
Be our inner judgment, so we may discern clearly that which gives life, promotes growth, and nurtures love.

As we move into this school year,
fill us with hope and trust that you live in our hearts,
So that, in both times of joy and sorrow, we radiate hope.
Amen

House Breakfasts and Year 7 Induction Liturgies

This week we opened the school year by gathering in Houses to build community spirit and induct the new Year 7 students. Over Thursday and Friday each House united to enjoy a breakfast or celebrate a Liturgy. There was a wonderful warm spirit and a sense of joy shared at these events, which has set a wonderful tone for the year.

Term One Highlights Weeks 1 - 5: Mark your diaries!

Year 12 Induction Liturgy - Monday 11 February
Parents/Caregivers of Year 12 students, College Captains and Senior and Junior House Leaders are invited to attend this Liturgy in the College Hall, followed by morning tea adjacent to Pender House. The Liturgy will run for one hour, fifteen minutes. Guests are asked to be seated by 8.45am.

Combined Colleges’ Parish Mass - Sunday 17 February 6.00pm
All are invited and welcome to join us at Mass at St Mary’s Church. A pizza supper will follow the Mass.

Year 12 Retreats - 25 to 27 February, James Byrne Centre Toowoomba
This year our Year 12 students will be split into two groups for their Retreat as follows:
The first group (Ambrose, Finn, Ignatius, Treacy) - will depart the College at 2.00pm on Monday 25 February and will return on Tuesday 26 February by 2.45pm.
The second group (Callan, Elliott, Morgan, Rice) will depart from the College at 2.00pm on Tuesday 26 February and return on Wednesday 27 February by 2.45pm.

Combined Colleges’ Social Justice Afternoon - Friday 22 February, after school
Social afternoon tea with St Mary’s College students. A chance to engage and discuss social justice issues.

College Foundation Dinner - Saturday 2 March
Save the date. More information to come.

Little Kings’ Foundation Collection - Sunday 3 March - Information forthcoming to students.

Live Jesus in our hearts… forever!

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Welcome to Year 7 Students

Year 7

It was a pleasure to welcome our new Year 7 students this week. The boys will participate in a Learning to Learn Program with their Core teachers prior to attending camp. This is designed to assist them with their transition to secondary school and will include topics such as organisational skills, computer usage, understanding College routine, the basic Word program and establishing a Study Program. These will be skills that the students will need across their subjects to ensure a positive start to the year.

Other News

It is exciting to have new roles to further support our students. Mr Luis Marin, Director of Middle School (Years 7 to 10), will work with me and our new Curriculum Committee regarding Middle School curriculum and pedagogy, while Mr Ben Litchfield, Director of Senior School (Years 11, 12) will do the same for that section of the College.

We welcome the arrival of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and with that our new pathways in Senior – Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Pathway (AP) and Variable Pathway (VP). The Employment Pathway (EP) retains its name. St Edmund’s College staff have participated in workshops over the last two years both externally and internally in readiness for this system. We also wish our final OP class every success. Ms Mulkerin in her role as OP Support Teacher will be tracking these students to ensure best outcomes for this group. I thank the four students who came in early on the pupil-free day to complete catch up Queensland Core Skills (QCS) practice. This commitment is what is required for our QCS preparation.

A Final Note

On New Year’s Day I was listening to the ABC Radio guest psychologist who was speaking about the difference between setting a new year’s resolution and setting goals. She explained that setting goals is more likely to result in success than a resolution that has no plan to accompany it. We discuss academic goal-setting with the students and pages 112 and 113 of the Student Handbook provide a place for the boys to record their goals. Goals give us something to strive for, together with an action plan or a road map.

I wish all students well as we move into the 2019 College year.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Senior School

Middle School

Assistant Principal Students

Ipswich City Council School Safe Program

Street Cameras in Operation - Mary & Arthur Streets

Dear Parents and Caregivers of St Edmund’s College,

The Ipswich City Council School Safe Program promotes safe road travel and parking, creating a safer environment for school children.

Starting in 2019, the School Safe Program has included the installation of cameras to reduce illegal parking behaviour around the school. This is an important part of the program as illegal parking puts the safety of school children and other people at risk.

The loading zone in Mary Street will be monitored, as parking is only permitted for 2 minutes when picking up or dropping off passengers. If your passenger is not ready for collection, you will need to move to a car parking area or leave the area and return to the back of the queue. Please do not overstay the 2 minute time limit when dropping off or picking up passengers in the loading zone. Overstaying creates traffic congestion and can frustrate other motorists which can create a dangerous environment for our school children.

The other location to be monitored will be the bus zone in Arthur Street where only buses are permitted to park during the specified times.

Council acknowledge that parking spaces are limited in these locations and encourage the use of public transport, buses and other active travel options such as walking.

The following link will provide more information about the Ipswich City Council School Safe Program:

https://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au...

Career News

General

Music and Cultural

CHOIR - CHOIR - CHOIR

SINGING - food for the soul!

YOU ARE INVITED....

St Edmund’s College Choir first rehearsal Thursday 7 February at 7:30 am in Room K204 - No audition necessary - Years 7 to 12 students are welcome!

Combined Colleges’ Choir - First rehearsal Thursday 7 February, 3.00 to 4.00pm in Room K204 - combined with the young ladies from St Mary’s College - No audition necessary - Years 7 to 12 students are welcome!

Sport

SEC Sport News - Week 1

2019 SEC Sport

2019 is shaping up to be an exciting and busy year for sport at St Edmund’s College. This week our Year 7 students and their parents have heard about the benefits of being involved in sport. I would like to take this opportunity to remind students of all year levels that sport plays a major role in the life of the College and many physical, social and emotional benefits come from being involved in a team environment with your mates. Please take some time to think about what sport or activity you (students) or your son (parents) will commit to in 2019.

As always, we have had a very busy start to the year with many activities taking place as early as 14 January. Thanks to the staff who have once again given up time from their holidays to assist in preparing our students for competition.

Firsts Cricket Camp and AIC T20 Cricket Carnival

Our Firsts Cricket Squad which was designated late last year has competed in one 50 Over Match and five T20s in total over the past few weeks. This has been great preparation for the upcoming AIC Cricket season. The students were defeated by Padua in the 50 Over Match which showed we have much to work on. At the T20 Carnival we defeated Iona College with one ball to spare and were very competitive against St Patrick’s (falling 5 runs short of our target) and St Laurence’s. Thanks to our First XI Coach Mr Tony Potbury and First XI Manager Mr Jan de Beer for their efforts with the cricketers over this period.

AIC VOLLEYBALL

Trials and clinics for the Volleyball season commenced on 14 January and ran for two weeks leading into the start of school. Students are asked to pay close attention to training schedules and fixture information as we look to start the season and organise teams ahead of the St Peter’s Lutheran College trial on Saturday 2 February.
Volleyball players are reminded to purchase the Wolfpack Crew Socks from the Uniform Shop for $10 before Round 1 (Saturday 9 February).

AIC CRICKET

Teams for the St Peter’s Lutheran College trial have been announced at training this week. A reminder that students need to purchase the College Cricket Shirt from the Uniform Shop as soon as possible. Best of luck to all cricketers on Saturday. Our normal training schedule will commence from Week 2: Monday 4 February.

AIC AFL

AFL trials commenced with a clinic over the holidays and training has continued as we prepare for AIC Round 1. There will be no trial games this weekend for AFL however training will continue in Week 2 with Years 8 to 12 at Limestone Park on Wednesday afternoons and Year 7 at the College on Friday afternoons.

AIC SWIMMING

Invitational Carnivals and the AIC Swimming Championships are fast approaching. While we have good numbers in the pool from Years 7 to 9, the student involvement for Years 10 to 12 is concerning. It would be good to see these numbers improve, starting next week.

  • AIC Swimming training is open to ALL students. Training times:
    Monday and Wednesday mornings: 6:15am to 7:45am
    Tuesday and Thursday afternoons: 3.00pm to 4.00pm
WESTERN DISTRICT SWIMMING AND ADDITIONAL TRIALS

Students wishing to trial for Western District Swimming need to see Mr Luxton by 2:45pm on Tuesday 5 February. A reminder Western District has replaced the old Ipswich Independent District (IID) or Ipswich District for 12-year-olds. Students and parents are encouraged to check the ‘District and Regional Sports’ page under Co-Curricular on EDE for further information on upcoming trials.

Urgent Trial Notices now out:
19 Years Cricket
14 Years Baseball
18 Years Baseball
19 Years Softball
All Ages Swimming

Any student who wishes to trial for Western District / Metropolitan West in any of the sports above needs to see Mr Luxton urgently.

COMMUNICATION AND SPORT INFORMATION - A Reminder

The best forms of information around sport at St Edmund's College are:
• The College App
• This Newsletter
• The Co-Curricular EDE Pages
• Noticeboards around the College

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

AIC Volleyball - 2019 Coaching Staff

St Edmund's Wolfpack Volleyball

First VI Mr Tim Hill

Second VI Mr David Mills

Third VI Mr Jason Randall

11 A Mr Dan Robinson (Senior Coordinator)

10 A Mr Steve Burton

10 B Mr Kye Goatham

9A Mr Michael Podolak (Junior Coordinator)

9B Mr Rob Roy

9C Ms Emma Woods

8A Mr Mark Aiken

8B Mr Chad de Waard

8C Mr Ashley Montgomery

7A Mr Michael Podolak

7B Mr Mark Steffens

7C Ms Natasha Teitzel

AIC Volleyball - 2019 Training Roster

Commencing Monday 4 February 2019

AIC Volleyball Trials - 2 February 2019

Vs St Peter's Lutheran College

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

FIRSTS

11:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Show Court, Woodend

SECONDS

10:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

THIRDS

8:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

11A

9:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

10A

10:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

10B

9:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

9A

9.15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

9B

8.15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

9C

8:15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8A

12:15pm

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8B

11:15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8C

10:15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7A

11:15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7B

10:15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7C

9:15am

Away

SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

Bus for 7C, 7B, 7A, 8C, 8B, 8A, 9C, 9B and 9A departs SEC at 7:00am and returns at 2.00pm approximately.

AIC Cricket Trials - 2 February 2019

Vs St Peter's Lutheran College

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

WICKET

FIRSTS

9:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 1, Church Street, Tivoli

Turf

SECONDS

1:00pm

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 2, Church Street, Tivoli

Turf

9A

8:15am

Away

SPLC, Mayer Oval, Enter off Indooroopilly Road, Indooroopilly

Turf

9B

8.15am

Away

SPLC, Stolz Oval, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

Turf

8A

1:00pm

Away

SPLC, Mayer Oval, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

Turf

7A

1:00pm

Away

SPLC, Stolz Oval, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

Turf

7B

8:15am

Away

Indooroopilly Sate High School, Enter of Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

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Nitro Schools Challenge National Finals, Cairns

December 2018

Nitro Schools Challenge National Finals - St Edmund's College Team
Junior Boys Results

Long Jump - Ryan Casha (DNS- wet weather policy)- competed in an invitational 60m event
Shot Put - Jackson Crocker (6th) 10.49m
2x100m- Hayden Molkentien and Brock McNamara (4th) 23.97
800m - Patrick Schmidt (7th) 2:17.92
Javelin - Ryan Wolff (5th) 35.19m
150m - Brock McNamara (5th) 18.36
60m - Hayden Molkentien (5th) 7.64
4x200m - Hayden Molkentien, Brock McNamara, Nick McDonald, Patrick Schmidt (5th) 1:41.67

OVERALL PLACINGS - St Edmund’s College - 6th position

1) Haileybury 750
2) Trinity Grammar School 710
3) Brisbane Boys College 700
4) Melbourne Grammar School 550
5) Knox Grammar School 470
6) St Edmunds College Ipswich 460
7) Wesley College 445
8) The Hutchins School 320
9) Trinity College 250

Come-and-Try Hockey - Sign On Day

Hancock Brothers Hockey Club - 10 February 2019

Tuckshop

Tuckshop Roster - Week 2

Commencing 4 February 2019

Mon 4 Feb: Mary-Anne Glen, Linda Sippel, Rose Bakhiet
Tue 5 Feb: Karen McKew, Angela Harding, Alanna Williams, Sue Vince
Wed 6 Feb: Christine Sammut, Dorothea Schmidt
Thu 7 Feb: Danna Sanders, Andrea Antonio
Fri 8 Feb: Hayley Marsh, Joy Marsh

Employment Opportunity - Tuckshop Assistant

St Edmund's College Tuckshop

Applications are called for the position of Tuckshop Assistant at St Edmund's College

The Tuckshop Assistant will have knowledge of the associated food legislation, regulations and standards and assist in the preparation and serving of food.

This appointment is a casual, term-time position: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 6.30am to 9.00am

Remuneration: Canteen Assistant – Level 1, Step 1. $30.93 per hour

Application requirements, including the role description, are available on the College website: www.sec.qld.edu.au

Applications should be addressed to The Principal, St Edmund’s College, PO Box 2343, North Ipswich Qld 4305 and forwarded electronically to: secmail@sec.qld.edu.au by 12 noon, Friday 8 February 2019

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