EREA Leadership Program - Break Every Yoke
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
Break Every Yoke
Over the past three days I have been in Melbourne attending an Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Leadership program called Break Every Yoke with eighteen other senior leaders in EREA schools across Australia. The title of the program derives from an Old Testament passage where God speaks to the people through a prophet to challenge their faith. Over the three days we too were challenged to reflect on our leadership and how we intend on being messengers of God’s love.
Day two of the program included a visit to the Western Suburbs of Melbourne to learn about how EREA is intending to fan this flame in a new way. For me it was a most unexpected experience. We caught a train to the outer fringes of Melbourne to visit a new housing development called Mt Atkinson. The new development is part of a growth corridor in the western suburbs that has recently attracted negative media attention because of gang violence and youth crime.
What was most surprising was that EREA is partnering with the developer to help build this new community. We were taken to the vacant site where up to 20,000 people are expected to call home in the next 2 to 5 years. We stood there in the open fields trying to visualise how it will eventually transform into a thriving community.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Mt Atkinson project is that the developer is an Old Boy of an Edmund Rice school. He said a key principle in the project development is to build a community where there is no disadvantage. This new frontier for EREA is bold. In many ways it is not too dissimilar to the audacious visioning of Blessed Edmund Rice who dared to build schools for the poor children of Ireland. Like EREA today he too was a community builder. He wasn’t constricted by the limitations of his time or dissuaded from realising his dream by those who ridiculed him and told him he couldn’t do it. He was moved to act by a greater power that removed the shackles of doubt and division. With God he was able to break every yoke and fulfil his hope for a better world.
This is our story too.
Expected Waiting List for 2019 and 2020
Following our recent promotions, including Open Day last Saturday, the College has continued to receive many enrolment enquiries and applications for 2019, 2020 and in particular, 2021. Based on offers of an enrolment place already accepted for next year and 2020, there is likely to be a waiting list for future places. We are also considering increasing our enrolment intake to include another class which may come into effect from 2019. I therefore urge our existing families to submit enrolment applications for any younger siblings to avoid being put on the waiting list. With another Catholic Primary School planned for Redbank Plains and future growth in Ipswich and the surrounding region, we expect the pressure for enrolment places to intensify. Please talk to your friends and urge them to make it a priority to get their enrolment applications in as soon as possible.
EREA Parent Choice Survey
This week on Monday May 28, all Eddies’ parents and caregivers have been invited to complete an EREA Parent Choice Survey. The survey will remain open for two weeks and provide invaluable information to EREA on why parents and caregivers choose an EREA school. Information shared will be unidentified; however each EREA school will be able to see their collated data. For that reason I am hoping our response rate will be at least 50% of our families, which would equate to at least 400 families. The more responses given, the more accurate the data we can refer to in helping ensure we serve our families by doing the best job we can to educate their sons. I urge all families to complete the survey.
Thank you to those families who have already completed the survey.
New Staff Member
We welcome Ms Louise Winks to the College. Louise has been appointed to the new role as College Compliance School Officer. Louise brings with her extensive experience in human resources, finance and office management. The new role will support the College in all areas pertaining to EREA policy compliance, risk management and accountability.
Last week the whole College gathered in silent prayer for Connor Petterson, an Ashgrove student who was seriously injured in a high-ropes incident while on camp. Later in the week we received this email from Peter McLoughlin, Principal of Marist Ashgrove.
Good Morning Everyone,
It is with a profound sense of joy that we inform you that Connor has received the "all clear" after an MRI last night. Darryl and Nicole have been overwhelmed with your prayers and support but ask that you please continue to pray for all people in ICU’s. We will provide further updates as they come to hand. With sincere appreciation for the support of you all. God Bless
We have since been informed that Connor is out of intensive care and recovering. God has answered our prayers.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal