St Edmund's CAR ART UNION Drawn Next Saturday 18 August! TWO CARS TO BE WON!
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
On Tuesday evening I attended the EREA Deputy Principals’ Conference Dinner at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. The guest speaker for the dinner was Li Cunxin who is better known by his best-selling autobiography that was made into an award-winning movie, Mao’s Last Dancer. In the re-telling of his incredible story he recounted the moment his world changed forever. It was a most unexpected turning point in his life and one in which he had no control. At the age of eleven cultural advisors of Chairman Mao visited his school as part of a national search for future ballet dancers to join the Beijing Dance Academy. Li remembers that on this day he wore a heavy, bulky coat as it was bitterly cold. The cultural advisors swiftly surveyed the students before them and chose one who they noted had the physical attributes to be trained as a future dancer. It wasn’t Li. As they were walking out the door never to return Li’s teacher called out to the advisor at the back of the line who hesitated momentarily rather than closing the door behind him and turned around. His teacher pointed to Li and said, ‘What about him?’ The rest is history as they say.
Li Cunxin’s story, and this recollection particularly, reminds me of the enormous influence teachers have on the life of young people. Teachers are powerful advocates for our young people. At Eddies I can attest to this daily. I see our teachers challenging and encouraging the young Eddies’ men to strive to do their best. I see our teachers patiently helping them to work through their struggles. I see our teachers inspiring them to think creatively and critically. I see our teachers holding them to account when they choose irresponsible behaviours. I see our teachers actively supporting them in their sporting and extra-curricular pursuits. I see our teachers treating them with dignity and respect.
Blessed Edmund Rice was known for greeting each boy with a handshake. By this simple gesture he modelled how to be an advocate for young people. Our Eddies’ teachers endeavour to take their lead from his example of being present to each of the young Eddies’ men that they encounter. Edmund’s teacher was Jesus Christ who teaches all of us what it means to be fully human. Let us never forget the immeasurable influence of teachers in positively shaping the lives of our young people.
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As the death toll climbs from the devastating earthquake on the Indonesian Island of Lombok may comfort and aid come to those who have been left homeless and destitute. We also keep in our prayers are farming families who are experiencing a debilitating drought.
To all Eddies’ staff, students and families whose loves ones are struggling with illness, we keep you in our prayers as well.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal