Thank You Mum
Dear Parents and Friends of St Edmund’s College
My mother inspired me to become a teacher. She was a teacher of English, History and Language. She was fluent in five languages including Latin, French, German, Gaelic and of course English. In her day few women graduated from University in Ireland such was the prejudice at the time in the 1950s. She must have been a courageous and determined woman to complete her degree and receive an Honours. By her example she instilled in me a value for education, a love of reading a good novel and a passion for exploring the past and understanding the human story. I think about who I am today and can pinpoint with clarity the pivotal moments in my upbringing where my mother profoundly shaped my attitude, outlook and beliefs for the better.
Perhaps the most tender memory of my mother was when she was lying in her bed in Newcastle hospital a few days before she passed away. After a brief period of remission, the cancer had come back with a vengeance and my mother, who was only 48, was gradually surrendering to its inevitability. On this day I gave her a small set of Irish Rosary Beads. Even though she was heavily sedated she was still able to talk and took the beads gratefully and uttered in her waning voice that I was a good son. When my mother passed away she was holding on to the beads that I gave her. The memory still catches me in the throat and I hold on to it like breath itself.
Our Mothers hold a special place in our hearts.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Eddies Mums
2019 Mentoring Program Launched
This morning we launched the 2019 Mentoring Program with a breakfast gathering at Brothers Leagues Club. Fourteen Year 11 students will take part in this year’s program which involves them being mentored by a professional in their chosen career aspiration. Over the course of the next few months each student will spend time outside of school hours meeting with their mentor and visiting their respective workplace to learn about their chosen profession. Next term, in August, they will share their findings. The best three presentations will be adjudicated by a panel of judges who will award $500 to the winner, $300 to second, and $200 for third placing.
The Mentoring Program is proudly sponsored by the University of Southern Queensland. It is also supported by the College Board Chair, Mrs Michelle Patterson; St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ President, Mr Mark Hennelly; and Parents and Friends President, Mr Craig Wright. I thank guest speaker Mr Andrew Fechner, an Old Boy and proprietor of Heisenberg Haus, Ipswich, for sharing his incredible entrepreneurial story and being a mentor for one of the young men.
Thank you to Mr Ben Litchfield and his team for overseeing the Year 11 Mentoring Program this year and coordinating the breakfast launch. A full list of the 2019 Year 11 mentees, their mentors and their chosen professions will be published next week.
Open Day – Sunday May 26
The College will open its doors to the public on Sunday May 26 from 11.00am to 1.00pm for Open Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for families considering our College to see our world-class facilities, meet staff and students and witness first hand the Eddies way. There will be performances, demonstration lessons showcasing our broad curriculum offerings, information displays and guided tours. Visiting families can also enjoy a complimentary barista coffee and a bite to eat. Our Parents and Friends will be putting on a barbecue and will be on hand to welcome parents and share their Eddies experience.
It is shaping up to be a fantastic day with River 94.9 making an appearance to do live coverages. As the only Catholic Boys’ Secondary College in Ipswich, Eddies offers an unique educational experience for families seeking a place where their boy can be supported in his journey to manhood, in an environment that truly yearns to grow fine young men.
Parents of students who are involved in Open Day activities will receive a parent consent letter which will be sent home via email next week.
Please be advised that as it involves many students and staff on a non-school day, the College will be closed on the RNA Public Show Holiday on Wednesday 14 August in lieu of Open Day.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Year 11 Mentoring Launch - Toby Patrick, Guest Speaker Mr Andrew Fechner, Mr Diarmuid O'Riordan
Year 11 Students and Mentors
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O'Riordan, Principal