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