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