Newsletter - 1 March 2019

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

A Heart that Gives

Dear St Edmund’s College Families and Friends

What is the most important human trait that we can hope to pass on in our role as educators of the young? Our commercialised world may have us believe that it is to teach them how to accumulate material wealth or develop within them the skills needed to gain notoriety or status? These seem to be the prevailing messages that our young people are bombarded by daily as they strive to make meaning of their world. We know though that these are not the ultimate attributes that will nourish and sustain the future generation to build a better community?

Our recent effort to raise money for the Iggy Park Flood Appeal highlights that at the heart of who we are at St Edmund’s College is a community that truly wants to give to others in need.

On Tuesday this week I was privileged to visit Ignatius Park College in Townsville and present to the Principal, Shaun Clarke and his College community a cheque for $20,000. He has asked me to convey to our community his heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the incredible generosity of the Eddies community. He said that over a hundred families and fifteen of his staff have sustained severe damage to their properties due to the flooding. The money raised will go directly to these families to help them with their recovery efforts.

We should never tire in telling the story of the true Eddies heart. It is one that beats for the other and strives to be a brother for those in the shadows, those who are marginalised and those whose lives are torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Thank you Eddies, for teaching our young men this important life lesson.

Alumni Campbell Owbridge

Today we welcomed back former College Captain from the graduating class of 2015, Campbell Owbridge, as our guest speaker for our Junior Academic Awards Assembly. Campbell is in his fourth year studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland, St Lucia. He is undertaking Clinical Integration Practice for Physiotherapy and is a Level 2 Sports Trainer. Campbell is the Head Sports Trainer for Ipswich Knights Football club, competing in the Football Queensland Premier League. He provides prehab, rehab and sports first aid for the U18s, U20s and Premier League First Team. He also manages to fit into his very busy schedule work at Allsports Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Clinic at Indooroopilly as a Physiotherapy Aide (PTA).

Campbell spoke about his time at Eddies as being formative in preparing him for his career pathway. He acknowledged the support and excellent teaching that he received at the College both in and out of the classroom. His message of making the most of the opportunities that come our way was well received. He spoke about how when he was younger he did not always heed these words and it was only when he did that doors opened for him and his life ambition to be a Physiotherapist started to unfold. This is a great message for our young Eddies’ Men, to never give up, as opportunities always come and at any time.

Statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge – Conviction of Cardinal George Pell

I share with you a statement from Archbishop Mark Coleridge on the news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction.

‘The news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia.

The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal’s legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served.

In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable.’

Please be assured that at St Edmund’s Catholic College we are committed to the safety and well-being of all students. To this end our staff undertake regular professional development in child protection issues. Our focus is on providing high-quality, affordable education for our students in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Photo of the Week

Mr Diarmiud O'Riordan pictured with Mr Shaun Clarke Principal of Ignatius Park College Townsville and Ignatius Park students.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

Year 12 Retreat

“The retreat gave me an opportunity to properly reflect on what is happening in my life and appreciate the worth and value of my close friends and family. An opportunity rarely experienced in people’s busy lives.”

“The Year 12 retreat was great to hang out with boys I normally wouldn’t talk to and I’m grateful for that experience.”

On the Toowoomba Range this week, the Year 12 students spent time in reflection. The aim of the retreat experience was three-fold: an opportunity to connect and make a commitment to the cohort; an opportunity to set a commitment to yourself; and most importantly time to reflect and develop skills to prepare for the year ahead.

With powerful and valuable sessions led by Mr Hill and Mr Schad, time for reconciliation, Eucharist, affirmations, considerable time for contemplation and meditation: the students were grateful for the time they had together.

A key take-away for the students was that they should let their light shine. Each of these young men had time to acknowledge their own strengths and light. More importantly, that they also acknowledged the value in using their strengths to support others.

I am very grateful for the support of all the staff who attended. Each shared something of their own story with our students and the cohort agreed that it was a privilege to be trusted that way. A special thank you to Mr Tim Hill and Mr Thomas Schad whose insightful sessions had a lasting impression on our young men.

Term One Highlights: Mark your diaries!

Sunday 3 March - THIS WEEKEND - Little King’s Foundation Collection. Students are to meet at the College in the Lynch and Horan undercroft area at 9.30am. There will be a barbecue lunch on return to the College at 11.30am/12noon.

Wednesday 6 March - Start of Lent
This is a season of prayer, fasting and charity that may lead to transformation in preparation for Easter.
During the season of Lent at St Edmund’s, we will take action to raise funds for the Caritas Lenten appeal: Project Compassion. This includes the Combined Schools’ Walk for Justice.

Friday 8 March - Combined Schools’ Walk for Justice
St Edmund’s College is uniting with the schools on the hill to walk for justice. We are raising awareness about the reality for thousands of women and children around the world. Each day they need to cover many kilometres to fetch water, obtain food, get to school or simply to survive.
Years 7 and 8 students together with their Years 10 or 11 buddy are invited to walk 2 kms in solidarity with women and children around the world. There is an option to carry bottles of water symbolising one of the items carried by our brothers and sisters across the globe. Cost is a gold coin donation per person.
Students are encouraged also to fundraise for Project Compassion. This will take place during First Break and we ask that students become involved.

15 to 16 March - Edmund Rice Head to Heart Camp - Year 11 Students
Twenty Year 11 Students from St Mary’s and St Edmund’s Colleges are invited to participate in this 24-hour immersive experience. It is a camp to support children who may be at risk or disadvantaged. It is bound to be a lot of fun! Look out for more information. Training for this day will be on Sunday 10 March 9.00am to 3.00pm.

DanDaLion Inclusive Cricket Afternoon - Sunday 24 March
We will be holding a social and inclusive cricket match for students from St Edmund’s and St Mary’s, along with young people connected with the DanDaLion organisation. DanDaLion supports young people with disabilities. This will be an immersive service experience and students are encouraged to get involved. Training for this day will be on Thursday 7 March 3.00pm to 4.30pm.

Have a wonderful week.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever.

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Year 11 News

This week Mr Litchfield met with all Year 11s to support them in their journey into the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). He offered strategies for home revision for those students studying General Subjects under ATAR – YouTube clips including Kahn Academy offer visual revision of concepts studied in class that students may not have completely mastered. Social media has the positive power to have a friend a click away to assist with study and difficult concepts. The College Library Learning Hub offers tutors free of charge to assist students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.00 to 5.00pm.

This combination of support offers significant opportunities to our students to reach out and find ready assistance. All pathways: Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), Variable Pathway (VP) and Employment Pathway (EP) are the frontier of new subjects and certificates. My discussions with Heads of Department this week were focused on equipping the students with the necessary academic skills and requirements with a direct concern and focus on their well-being in this journey. Balance in study, rest, diet and exercise all play important parts in the lives of these young men.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Senior School

Academic Assembly - 22 February 2019

Congratulations to Years 10 to 12 Award Winners

YEAR 12, 2019

2018, Semester 2 - Year 11 Overall Position (OP) Honours
Henry Abkin
Lachlan Dutney
Nicholas Rumpf
Lachlan Stacey
Kristian Williamson

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 OP Merit
Dominic Boyle
William Day
Luke Franz
Sebastian Howie
Flynn Morris-Shute
Dylan Palmer
Bowen Walker

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 OP Merit and Improvement
Blair Chisholm
Deakin Jennings

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 OP Improvement
Jackson Barker
Anthony Gatti
Harrison Haddad
Jordan Hudspith
Tommy Williams

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 (Integrated Pathway) IP Traineeship
Mitchell Lowe - RETAIL

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 IP Improvement
Andrew Freier
Matthew West

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 IP Merit
Cody Foord

2018, Semester 2 - Year 11 Employment Pathway (EP) Apprenticeship
Lachlan Bell - PLUMBING
Joshua Button PLUMBING

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 Apprenticeship and Improvement

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 EP Improvement
Deakin Kennett
Blake McConochie

2018 Semester 2 - Year 11 EP Merit
Lachlan Bowen

YEAR 11, 2019

2018 Semester 2 - Year 10 Honours
Thomas Albury
Max Banditt
Connor Cash
Tom McIntyre
Joseph McKew
Thomas Parker
Zachary Pennell
Oliver Reid
Luc Van Meurs

2018 Semester 2 - Year 10 Merit
Noah Atley
Samuel Burling
Miguel Clutario
Declan Jolly
Kane Sherman
Patrick Towne
Lachlan Wesener

2018 Semester 2 - Year 10 Improvement
Harris Atuatika
Lachlan Brennan
Jacob Gaut
Jake Hoare
Samuel Janison
Thomas McCarroll
Ashton Pathe
Levi Rosevear

YEAR 10, 2019

2018 Semester 2 - Year 9 Honours
Ekachai Adams
Lachlan Brown
Samuel Callaghan
Haydon Caunce
Shaun Costello
Patrick Dinte
Johnathan Donnelly
Harry Hunter
Kobie Low
Isaac McKew
Hayden Molkentien
Lachlan Norton
Patrick Schmidt
Hugh Tyne
Ryan Verrenkamp
Mitchell Vesper

2018 Semester 2 - Year 9 Merit and Improvement
Rody Cruice
Daniel Fordham
Danny Ly
Riley Stoddart
Samuel Swincer

2018 Semester 2 - Year 9 Improvement
Thomas Alford
Daniel Carter
Jackson Crocker-Garlepp
William Gordon
Jake Kerkin
Kydan Manley
Brock McNamara
James Rackham
Nikalus Scaroni
Samuel Smith
Mehari Tedla
Nate Townsley
Daniel Turpin
Kasey Vestey
Adam Wallace

2018 Semester 2 - Year 9 Merit
Kynan Baartz
Hayden Bacon
Thomas Bopf
Rory Jackson
Lorcán Lenaghan
Jiehao Liang
Byron Ruhl
Connor Shaw
Blake Stokell
Mitchell Trebbin
Maximus Wetzels

Middle School


Pastoral News

Career News

Career News - Week 5

Apprenticeships - Defence News - Tertiary - Career Spotlight

Career Exploration


Industry information and aptitude quizzes

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service has a webpage for Industry Information and quizzes in a range of careers. Each industry area has an overview, industry information, employment/wage data, key occupations and career pathways. Some of the industries included are:

  • Arts, Culture and Performance
  • Automotive and Boating
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Clerical and Financial Services
  • Electrical, Electronics and Utilities
  • Food and Wine Processing
  • Gardening, Farming, Animals and Environment
  • Government, Schools, Public Safety and Corrections
  • Health, Care and Community Services
  • Hospitality, Travel and Tourism
  • Information Technology and Telecommunications
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Metal and Engineering
  • Property Maintenance and Management
  • Resource Mining and Processing
  • Retail, Sales Marketing and Customer Service
  • Sport, Recreation, Hair, Beauty and Services
  • Transport, Logistics and Warehousing

The quizzes give you an idea about the aptitudes needed for the jobs in the industries listed.

Defence News

Australian Defence Force Information Sessions

Stay informed about important upcoming Queensland and National ADF events and information sessions by visiting the Defence Jobs website.

View the specific events information link for more details including: location, times and to book your tickets.

Further information about these events and Army Reserve Information Sessions can be accessed on the ADF Facebook site.


Brisbane Defence Careers Information Session Brisbane


Brisbane Army Officer Information Session Brisbane

Year 11 and 12 students wanting to apply to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

If you are in Year 11 and considering applying for a place at ADFA, you are encouraged to commence your application when you are 16 years of age. To start your application, call 13 19 01 or apply online on the Defence Jobs website (click ‘Apply now’ on the top right-hand corner of the home page). It is not too late for Year 12 students to apply but you need to start your application as soon as possible.

Work Experience

Work experience: CSIRO scientists

If you are interested in a science career, consider applying for a work experience placement with the CSIRO. CSIRO offers students in Years 10 to 12 the chance to gain first-hand experience of research in a scientific environment. To apply contact CSIRO and see if they are able to host you. In 2019, CSIRO have a pilot project that is ‘virtual’ work experience for regional and remote students. This program will provide an opportunity for students to undertake collaborative, group (STEM) projects without having to leave their towns or communities. Visit the CSIRO Work Experience website for more information regarding:

  • How to apply
  • Conditions of participation
  • Frequently asked questions

Career Spotlight

A career path you may not know about: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems. Visit myfuture and click on occupations for more information about jobs.

Related occupations include:

  • Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technical Officer
  • Electrical Engineering Laboratory Technician
  • Electrical Instrument Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Design Draftsperson

Main tasks performed

  • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry
  • assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems
  • collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations
  • estimating materials costs and quantities
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations

Tertiary News

Certificates, Diplomas and Bachelor Degrees – How are they different?

In Australia, we have a national system of qualifications called the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). At the end of Year 12, you can apply for the following AQF qualifications. These qualifications can differ in length, content and competitiveness as shown below:

  • Bachelor Degree: Usually 3-5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent); theoretical; competitive
  • Associate degree/Advanced diploma: Usually 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent); combination of theory and practice; range from not competitive to very competitive.
  • Diploma: Can be 1-2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent); tend to be practical with some theory; range from not competitive to very competitive depending on the topic.
  • Certificates I, II, III, IV: 1 month - 1 year full-time; usually very practical; usually not competitive.

You can use one level to help you gain entry to a higher level of study in the future depending on your results and the rules of the institution you want to gain entry to. Visit the AQF website for more information. To decide on the best level of qualification for you, consider:

  • The study/training requirements of the job you want
  • Your past study results
  • Whether you are a hands-on (practical) or theory person
  • The cost of the course
  • The length of time you are prepared to study.

Australian Catholic University

ACU: Where is ACU, University Experience day, Personal Tours,Expos and Career Markets, Year 12 Entry programs

In Queensland, ACU is located at Banyo, 12 km North of the Brisbane CBD. It currently has over 5,200 students. It offers degree programs in Allied Health, Arts, Business and Commerce, Teaching and Education, Exercise Science, Nursing and Midwifery, Paramedicine, Biomedical Science, Psychology and Counselling, Social Work, Theology and Philosophy. ACU provides various opportunities for Year 12 students to learn about the campus and the courses that are offered.

University Experience Day - This event provides future students with an opportunity to sample a degree they are interested in and to check out the ACU staff and campus. It will be held on 4 July 2019 at the ACU Brisbane campus.

Personal Tours - If you would like to individually visit the ACU campus and speak to ACU staff about courses, personalised tours are available Monday to Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Tours last approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

Expos and Career Markets – ACU will have representatives at these events held around Queensland. Included are the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo and the Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) in Brisbane.

Year 12 Entry programs – Use the ACU website to learn about the many entry programs available at ACU for Year 12 students. Information includes:

  • Recent Secondary Education
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Higher Education
  • Work and Life Experience
  • Alternative entry options
  • Elite Athlete or Performer
  • Community Achiever Program
  • International Applicant pathways

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 5

Important Events

It is unbelievable to think that we are half-way through Term 1 already. The Performing Arts Department had a busy few days with two major performance events taking place. These include the College Foundation Dinner and our first Performing Arts Night for the year.

Foundation Dinner - Saturday 2 March

The Foundation Dinner will take place this Saturday in the College Hall. An information note was given to all students involved in ensembles performing at this event. Ensembles include the College Jazz Band, Choir and the Senior Contemporary Band.

Performing Arts Evening - Wednesday 6 March

Our first Performing Arts Evening for this year will take place next Wednesday. This event will be held in the Performing Arts Centre beginning at 6.00pm. Entry will be a gold coin donation. Students performing at this event are reminded they will need to stay after school to help set up and sound-check. Pizza will be provided at 5.00pm.

Performing Arts Captain - Jackson Barker

Year 12 student Jackson Barker was presented as Performing Arts Captain for 2019 at last Friday’s Academic Assembly. Jackson has been involved with both the College Choir and Combined Colleges’ Choir for the past four years. He has also been involved in a number of our Combined Colleges’ Musical Productions, playing a lead role in Rock of Ages in 2018. I would like to congratulate Jackson on being appointed to this position and look forward to working with him throughout the year.

Miguel Clutario performed ‘Jealous’ by Labrinth in his debut College Assembly appearance last Friday. Miguel gave an amazing performance which demonstrated his passion for this song. Thank you to Lachlan Wesener who accompanied Miguel on keys. Lachlan displayed high standards through his ability to play various instruments. Well done to both students!


The first Rookies afternoon took place last Friday. I had the privilege of introducing two groups of Rookies to the St Edmund’s Performing Arts Department. These groups received a taste of what it is like to be in a Performing Arts Ensemble at the College. They learnt a basic arrangement of ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen. Each student was assigned to an instrument group and taught the part by a current Eddie’s student. Thank you to Mr Jesse Gold for assisting with this process and to the students in the Junior Contemporary Ensemble; Nathan Curr, Lachlan Wesener, Daniel Scholl, Miguel Clutario and Jack Winrow for giving up their Friday afternoon to teach the Rookies their parts.

Choir Rehearsals

The College Choir and Combined Colleges’ Choir spent Sunday rehearsing for the upcoming events. This was a great chance for the two choirs to build performance repertoire for the year. Thank you to Ms Frances O’Sullivan for running these rehearsals.

Term 1 Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons are up and running. A reminder to students to check the notice board outside K205 or EDE (under Co-Curricular Instrumental Music) for their lesson times. Students are at risk of being removed from the program if they do not turn up to their lesson.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Apex Debating Results - 25 February 2019

Round 1

Firsts – Win Vs West Moreton Anglican 2 (forfeit)
Seconds – Win Vs St Mary’s College (forfeit

Years 9/10 - SEC 1 Win Vs Boonah SHS 2
The first round of 2019 Junior Apex Debating showed marked improvement in preparation and polish from the Junior SEC1 team. Arguing the negative that ‘Fast fashion should be banned to protect the environment’, the team was successful in arguing their points and was the victor against the first-time opposition team, who also spoke well. The adjudicator provided helpful feedback regarding timing and the introduction of new information. Overall, much confidence can be taken from a debate which featured excellent use of pathos, expression and research. Well done.

Years 9/10 - SEC 2 Loss Vs Ipswich Girls’ Grammar 2
The Year 9 team had a narrow loss against a very well-polished Ipswich Girls' Grammar team. The adjudicator commented numerous times on the closeness of the final outcome in a debate that could have gone either way. Jack Brent did a great job as first speaker in his debut; Noah Bertram was outstanding as second speaker whilst Jack Winrow summed up and rebutted our opponents’ arguments very well. Special mention to Ryan Hawkins who did a great job as Chairperson.

Years 9/10 - SEC 3 Win Vs St Augustine's College 2
The SEC3 debating team exhibited a performance that highlighted their skills and experience within the debating forum. With polished speeches and engaging tones, the team drove the debate home to secure a win. Although there were definite strengths in their performance, the major piece of feedback they received was regarding the timing of their speeches. Thank you to all families and friends who came to support the team.

Years 7/8 - SEC 1 Win Vs Springfield SHS 2 (forfeit)
The SEC1 Year 7 team was afforded the opportunity to hone their debating skills during their practice debate against a Year 9 team from Bremer State High. Flynn Walker, Cooper Handy and Jacob MacDonald performed remarkably in their APEX debating secondary school debut, considering the experienced affirmative team’s tenure. The adjudicator indicated the closeness of the loss; however, the students were given one-on-one feedback highlighting their areas of future debating opportunities. Thank you to all staff and supporting parents for your efforts this week.

Years 7/8 - SEC 2 Loss Vs Bremer SHS
The SEC2 Year 7 team debated on the negative on the topic, That country life is better than city life. This was our students’ first public debate and they bravely faced a polished and experienced Year 8 Bremer team. Our team was defeated; however they applied commendable arguments and rebuttal, stood still and presented well. The team received constructive feedback which will help them progress into the next debate.

Years 7/8 - SEC 3 Loss Vs St Mary’s College 2
The Year 7 team had their opening debate on Monday night. Ethan McDermott-Ball opened as first speaker, Jordan Naoum followed as second speaker and Harry McCarney finished the debate as third speaker. Thank you to Jack Baker who stepped in as timekeeper. It proved to be a positive first debating experience where the students were able to take away a feel for the intricacies of a debate. Feedback from the judges revolved around timing of the speeches and improving rebuttal techniques. Thank you to the famililes and friends who attended to support the team.

Years 7/8 - SEC4 Win Vs Bremer SHS (forfeit)

Years 7/8 - SEC 5 Loss Vs IGGS2
The Year 7 team were able to practise their skills competing in their very first ever debate. There were some solid arguments introduced by Dante Klose who opened as first speaker and Lachlan Winterford who followed as second speaker. Hayden Taylor as third speaker demonstrated strong rebuttal skills. Although the team came away with a loss this round it was a positive start to the season. Thank you to the families and friends who supported the team on the night.

Years 7/8 - SEC 6 Win Vs Ipswich Girls' Grammar 5
The team kicked off the season with a strong performance. As first-time debaters, they demonstrated some excellent skills in the areas of research, rebuttal and public speaking. They were cool and collected throughout the proceedings despite being in an unfamiliar and competitive environment. Lachlan Cuskelly opened as the first speaker for the affirmative and demonstrated outstanding courage as well as dedication to his role. Griffin Woodruff impressed the audience with his characteristic mannerisms and engaging tone, and Godwin Augustin sealed the debate demonstrating his acute skill for rebuttal. Thank you to the families who were present on the night in support of the team.

Years 7/8 - SEC 7 Win Vs Boonah SHS 1
The Year 8 debating team began the season with a narrow win against Boonah State High on the topic, That country life is better than city life. As first speaker, Jeremy Webb began with interesting and detailed points of rebuttal, explaining the lack of health care and entertainment in the country. Angus Brosnan, second speaker, developed the concepts of a lack of educational and employment opportunities in the country, particularly for young people. Third speaker, Michael Tate, spoke confidently, rebutting the opposition’s case and leaving the audience with a strong take-home message. Our thanks to the parents who supported their sons on the night.

Years 7/8 - SEC 8 – Loss VS Ipswich Girls Grammar 1
The debating topic was That country life is better than city life. Our team was the affirmative side. Our speakers were well prepared and delivered with good eye contact and manner. They proved strong in their rebuttal; however lost by a small margin. The adjudicator was impressed with both teams. Her comments were that speakers should be aware of the time limit.

Years 7/8 - SEC 9 Loss Vs IGGS 7
The Year 8 debating team put on a fine show against some very articulate IGGS ladies, presenting convincing arguments and rebutting with enthusiasm; however they were unable to match the eloquence of their counterparts. Thank you to Harry McCarney who showed real Eddies spirit by doubling up as third speaker, immediately following his debate against St Mary’s when Bryson Stocker was unable to make the debate due to illness.

Ms Natasha Tietzel, SEC Debating Coordinator


Sports News - Week 5

AIC Summary


Our Swimming season is coming to an end with only a few events left in the 2019 calendar. Tonight the SEC Squad heads to the Yeronga Pool for the final Invitational Meet as we look to finalise selections for the SEC Squad for the AIC Championships at Chandler on Monday 11 March. On next Friday’s Assembly, 8 March, we will present our Swimming Captain for 2019 along with the Senior members of our Swim Squad.

Australian Rules

Our AFL sides continue to improve each week and we are certainly not too far away from our first win of the season. Our Year 7s went down by only 8 points in tough conditions last Saturday against St Patrick’s. This week we take on Marist College at Yeronga (Years 8 to 12) and St Laurence’s College Playing Fields for our Year 7 side.


Congratulations to our 9A Cricket side who have won back-to-back games and sit in second place on the AIC ladder. Our 8As and 10Bs had narrow defeats while our Firsts were very competitive although going down by 34 runs. Congratulations to Oliver Schmidt on back-to-back fifties for the College at First XI level. Congratulations also to Shaun Costello (10B) for his 78 and Harry Sammut (9A) for his 77 not out. It is pleasing to see these competitive results and important that our Cricket sides continue to work hard on their skills.


Some great results last Saturday against St Patrick’s winning eight of the twelve aggregate games. Congratulations to our Seconds, Thirds, 11A, 10A, 9A, 9B, 8B and 7B who had wins.

Additional News

Congratulations to Joshua Wilson (SEC Old Boy of 2016) who has been selected in the New Zealand Under 20 Football Squad. Josh was Vice-Captain in our 2016 First XI Football Premiership.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

AIC Australian Rules Results - 22/23 February 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College

Opens – Loss 2.4 (16) to 8.9(57). A windy Sandgate saw us take on St Patrick’s team who proved too skilful and physical for our side. William Cruice played various positions throughout the night, not letting unnecessary physicality phase the fair manner in which he plays the game. It was pleasing to see the team hit the scoreboard after last week’s lean outing. Improved performances from Anthony Caprioli, Aiden Perry and Luke Warner. All players are to be commended for upholding the values of the College.

Years 8/9 – Loss 4.8(32) to 6.3(39). Friday night saw a tough battle between the White and Blue of SEC and the Gold and Green of St Patrick’s at their home precinct of Sandgate AFC. The wind was strong, due to the prevailing gale gusts from the remnants of Cyclone Oma, and so was the defence from both teams as each realised the struggle at hand to defend the northern end of the ground. Deep into the fourth quarter the score was tied at 32-all. A centre bounce win and movement up the field resulted in congested play that culminated with a skilled player from SPC winning the ball and snapping it over his left shoulder to snatch the win. Another late behind sealed our fate. Zane Kaatz contributed immense work across the half-back and midfield line. Ryan Casha and Hamish Henderson were valiant in their work through the midfield in their rucking and centre half-forward roles.

Year 7 – Loss 0.1(1) to 1.3(9). Round 3 was a close one. We went down narrowly (1-9) to St Patrick’s in difficult windy conditions in a fairly even contest. Scoring against the wind proved a challenge for both teams, with SPC kicking a little straighter when in range. We managed to play four good quarters this week and it is evident that all players are improving their game. Julian Cruice was best on field with some strong backup from Jett Preston, Conrad Browne and Aron Howman around the stoppages. Phillip Ador Deng was solid in the ruck, as were Bayley Alonso Conway and Brodie Bettiens behind the ball in defence. Well done to all the players. Let’s chalk up a win this week!

AIC Volleyball Results - 23 February 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College

Firsts – Loss 3-2. Despite giving it everything we had, we came up short by 2 points in the fifth set – the smallest of possible margins. Both teams gave their best and are to be commended for the level of competition and conduct on the court. At times the ball does not quite roll your way and at others it does. Let’s stay focused and continue to push for a winning season. Blair Goatham, Christian Thomas, Benjamin Thomas and Bowen Walker had great performances.
Seconds – Win 2-1. The willingness to stick at the task, stay calm and scramble hard paid off with a great victory. After giving up the first set easily, the players settled. A tremendous service run from Riley Steinhardt and great net play, both blocking and hitting by Logan Atkins and Luke Thorne enabled SEC to win the second set comfortably. The decider was won by some incredible back court saves from Sam Kross, improvisation by Zachary Butcher, with Lachlan Stacey being imposing at the net and William Day taking control of team play. Nichalous Petryszyn retired early after twisting a knee during the second set. A well-deserved victory closing out the third set in a convincing manner.
Thirds – Win 2-1. After a competitive first set loss the game came together for the team against St Patrick’s. We were able to build pressure at crucial moments during the final sets by concentrating on individual points and team rules. Campbell Ross served well and Ethan Appleby improved at the net.
11A – Win 2-0. After a haphazard start, we fired back to take a win in dominant circumstances. St Patrick’s tried their mightiest to fight through the consistent pressure but it ultimately ended in defeat due to our ongoing attacking onslaught. ‘Birthday Boy’ Thornton Hendry was statistically perfect in his injections into the game while Nathan Curr and Timothy Foy were strong in defending at the net.
10A – Win 2-1. Following another slow start this week, the team was able to overcome the opposition and claw back their lead to comfortably take the first set. The team continued to dominate the match in the second set leading to our first win for the season. We continue to improve as a team and as individuals.
10B – Loss 0-2. While continuing to improve we have yet to reach our full potential. Ryan O’Halloran served well, and Daniel Carter had a great overall game.
9A – Win 3-0. What started as a solid display soon deteriorated. Although never troubled by the opposition, lapses in play drew the scoreline closer than necessary. Energy on court needs to improve to ensure the opposition is unable to dictate the terms of the game.
9B – Win 3-0. A great effort from the team allowed an early lead in the first set. We had to work hard to come back in the set to achieve the win. Some great serves from Cohan Patrick saw the team storm home in the third set.
9C – Win 2-1. The team fought hard to win the first set; our first set win of the season. We went down in the second due to a decrease in communication, before advancing to win the deciding set. Huge improvement in our serving and receiving resulted in a victory.
8A – Loss 1-2. Our serving continues to haunt us. After winning the first set, we served 11-24 in the second giving St Patrick’s the momentum, with the third set being lost in similar fashion. Marcus White and Reggie Hauschildt played well.
8B – Win 3-0. A very strong performance in which we showed energy, called for the ball well and used our three hits. Patrick Hunter, Jaydan Land and Toby Wilkinson passed exceptionally throughout while the serving of Joshua Grbin, Don Palatty Davis and Flynn Helland caused errors for the opposition.
8C – Win 2-1. A slow start proved costly resulting in the chase of a large scoreboard lead in the first set. Although the play improved dramatically, SEC left it too late. A strong set created a third to settle the tie, with excellent serving and composure provided the much-needed win.

7A – Loss 0-3. The players are quickly realising there are many competitive schools. More movement and positivity on court with our team mates will allow us to focus on the things that matter. The team can bounce back and learn from the past two weeks. Good games Benjamin Wells and Ryan Smith.
7B – Win 3-0. A great win from an enthusiastic team of young men. All players contributed with energy, voice, great passing and serving. Well done gents.
7C – Loss 1-2. A lethargic effort from the team put them behind for the first set. They gained momentum by the last set; however not enough to turn the game around. Special mention to Lachlan Cuskelly for perseverance and effort.

AIC Cricket Results - 23 February 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College

Firsts – Loss 177 to 9/211. After winning the toss and bowling, the Blue and White team was under the pump early from St Patrick’s batsmen who were off to a quick start. Play was looking grim until our own Australian representative, Dylan McAteer, tore through the top order picking up 4 wickets in a fiery spell of leg spin bowling. A resilient SPC lower order managed to boost the total to 211. Pick of the bowlers were Dylan McAteer (4/35), Patrick Schmidt (1/28) and Geol George (0/12). Following lunch the players met early trouble after losing a wicket in the first over; however a steady fightback from Blair Chisholm (12) and Oliver Schmidt (51) saw the team move into a winning position. Tight bowling from SPC restricted us to 177, despite good efforts with the bat from Patrick Schmidt (21). Special mention to William Rashleigh for running drinks and making the journey to Shorncliffe as our Number 1 supporter.

10 B – Loss 7/186 to 9/189. St Edmund’s dominated with the bat through the opening partnership (93) of Shaun Costello and Ryan Verrenkamp. Caleb McDonald came out and scored a quick-fire 35 from 22 balls to post a solid first innings total. SEC were able to start the second innings taking three quick wickets; however dropped catches were our downfall allowing St Patrick’s back in the game with a 120 run partnership. We were able to steady the ship taking 5 wickets for 10 runs; however SPC were able to secure the winning runs with two balls to go. Special mention to Shaun Costello, scoring 78 with the bat and taking 4/39 with the ball.

9A – Win 9/128 to 123. A change to Mulkerin Oval for the team’s first game at that venue, following their victory last week, the players were to repeat that result. Losing the toss and sent into bat, the team lost three quick wickets, 3-10. Harry Sammut and Connor Sampson steadied the ship amassing a valuable 45 runs before losing wickets in batches, 9-90 after 28 overs. Kieran McGoldrick provided valuable support to Harry Sammut (77 no) who continued his brilliant start to the year, taking the team to 128 off the 35 overs. With that momentum, the bowlers started well, restricting St Patrick’s batsmen to 4-40 of 15 overs. A partnership from their middle order set up a thrilling finish. Fielding made the difference, with great run-outs from Angus Chisholm. Finally Ethan Sadler saw the players home by 5 runs. Key performances with the ball were Connor Sampson (0-13 off 7), Andrew Bremner (4-18 off 7) and Dominick Morgan (2-25 off 6.5). Another great win by the players as their skills continue to improve with each game.

8A – Loss 97 to 4/119. After St Patrick’s elected to bat the game was kept tight with 0/26 after 15 overs. Following drinks, the team planted the foot and looked for runs which allowed wickets to fall, with Benjamin Watson taking the wicket of their best batsman. At the end of the innings SPC managed 4/119. Regular wickets were lost in the chase and partnerships could not develop. Ethan Windolf and Lachlan Allwood batted well, hitting 5 boundaries each.

8B - Loss 96 to 162. The players improved considerably throughout the weekend’s game. St Patrick’s batted first and compiled 162 runs off 30 overs. Our sundries (36) continue to be a problem and will be a focus at training.The players batted with more patience this week, making 96 runs off 27 overs. Cooper Doyle and Jack Stewart batted well and made 40 and 18 respectively.

7A – Loss 9/91 to 6/229. The great Bill Lawrie always said ‘that catches win matches’. One of St Patrick’s openers was ‘given a life’ on 6 and went on to be unbeaten after 30 overs on 99 runs. His effort with the bat guided SPC to 6 for 229 from their 30 overs. Ryder Rundell was the pick of our St Edmund’s bowlers; taking 2 for 18 from his four overs including his snaring two wickets with consecutive deliveries; he went on to make 15 with the bat, assisted by Thomas Kissane who contributed 17 flashy runs at the top of the order. Kyran Buckley made another solid start while Zanden Baartz helped wag the tail. The SEC 7As achieved their goal of batting through their 30 overs; however showing more energy in the field will be the focus this week.

7B – Loss 80 to 217. After losing the toss the SEC players were sent into the field with St Patrick’s putting 217 on the board for SEC to chase. The whole team is to be commended for batting the overs out while still adding runs to the board. Well done to Joel Edwards and Fletcher Baartz for their perseverance with the bat.

AIC Australian Rules Fixtures - 1/2 March 2019

Round 3 Vs Marist College









Yeronga FC, Field 2 Cansdale Street, Yeronga




Yeronga FC, Field 2 Cansdale Street, Yeronga

Bus for Years 8-12 Australian Rules players leaves the College at 2:30pm and returns at approximately 7:30pm.






Year 7



SLC Fields, Nathan Road, Runcorn

Bus for Year 7 Australian Rules players leaves the College at 8:30am and returns at 12.00pm.

AIC Volleyball Fixtures - 2 March 2019

Round 3 Vs Marist College




Bremer State High School, Court 1, Sports Centre, Block S, 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich




Bremer State High School, Court 1, Sports Centre, Block S, 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich




Bremer State High School, Court 1, Sports Centre, Block S, 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich




Bremer State High School, Court 1, Sports Centre, Block S, 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich




Bremer State High School, Court 2, Sports Centre, Block S, 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich




Bremer State High School, Court 2, Sports Centre, Block S, 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove




Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove


Bus for 7C, 7B, 7A, 8C, 8B, 8A, 9C, 9B and 9A departs SEC at 7:00am and returns at 2:00pm approximately.

St Edmund's Volleyball Team Photos - 2 March 2019

Venue: Bremer State High School

Saturday, 2 March 2019 - Photos taken at Bremer State High - 133-153 Warwick Road, Ipswich

9.00am - Thirds Volleyball
9.40am - 10B Volleyball
9.50am - 11A Volleyball
10.40am - 10A Volleyball
10.50am - Seconds Volleyball
11.15am - Firsts Volleyball

Please make sure that you are on time and your full playing uniform is neat and tidy.

AIC Cricket Fixtures - 2 March 2019

Round 3 Vs Marist College




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





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





Marist College, McMahon Oval, MCA Fields, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove





Marist College, McMahon Oval, MCA Fields, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove





Marist College, Hayden Oval, MCA Fields, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove





Marist College, Cameron Oval, MCA Fields, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove





Marist College, Hayden Oval, MCA Fields, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove


AIC Invitational Swim Meet - 21 February 2019


Last week’s swim meet was held on Thursday night, coincidentally one day after the College Inter-House Swim Carnival - a 37 degree day. We ventured to Chandler with our biggest turnout to date. With all AIC schools competing, we were well represented and held our own against formidable competition. Our swimmers’ school spirit is commendable, and I admire the fact that they never fail to compete with an “Eddies’ Men Can” attitude.

Two Swimmers of the Meet were chosen this week, each earning themselves a $10 tuckshop voucher. Nick Just and Damien Jendra, have attended most training sessions this term and have competed at all three invitational afternoon meets. Friday 1 March sees the last of our time-trial meets, leaving us one week of training before the AIC Championships on Monday 11 March at Chandler.

Ms Natalie Henness, SEC Swim Coordinator


Tuckshop Roster - Week 6

Commencing 4 March 2019

Mon 4 Mar: M Glen, L Sippel, R Bakhiet

Tue 5 Mar: K McKew, A Harding, A Williams, S Vince

Wed 6 Mar: C Sammut, D Schmidt

Thu 7 Mar: D Sanders, A Antonio

Fri 8 Mar: H Marsh, J Marsh, K Evans

School News

Student Office - Unclaimed Property - Week 8

Check for missing items

Student Office

A significant amount of unnamed property continues to accumulate in the Student Office including items of College Uniform: blue shirts, grey shorts, sports shirts, caps and black leather school shoes; also laptop satchels, sports bags, work boots, towels, water bottles and lunch boxes including larger zip-type lunch boxes and other various items of clothing.

Please check with the Student Office as soon as possible, or ask your son to check for any property items which he may be missing. All items remaining at the end of term (Thursday 4 April) will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

Eddies Dance for Years 7 to 12 - Friday 8 March 2019

Invited Schools Only - TONIGHT!

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop - Week 5

Winter Wear and March Sale


MONDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
TUESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm (CLOSED 12:30pm to 1:30pm)
WEDNESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm (CLOSED 12:30pm to 1:30pm)
THURSDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
P: 3810 4489 E:

SEC Navy School Jacket - $59
SEC Scarf – $28
SEC NAVY Yachtsman Jacket (water proof) - $30

SEC NAVY HOODIES - $41 now $38
ROYAL BLUE KNITTED VESTS - $50 now $40 -limited sizes available
CANTERBURY SHORTS – great for training - $20

USB LANYARDS are available from the Uniform Shop - $15

Supporter Shirts - $38.50
Golf Umbrellas - $35

Visit the SEC Website for all Uniform Shop information including an updated Price List -



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