Welcome back to Term 4
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
We launch into the final term of 2019 with great hope and optimism. Blessed Edmund Rice was known as a supreme optimist. He would greet the boys daily with a hand shake and always had a positive word to help lift their spirits. He was passionate about unlocking the power of education to make a real difference to improve the lives of young people. Edmund’s rock was Jesus who he returned to time and time again as his ultimate teacher. This too is our calling as an Edmund Rice Education Australia College in Ipswich. I wish all our Eddies’ young men well for the term ahead and encourage them to immerse themselves fully in the life of the College.
2020 College Captains and Senior House Leaders
Congratulations to the newly elected 2020 College Captains and Senior House Leaders who were announced to the College community today. Next Monday we will hold a special assembly to induct our 2020 College Captains and Senior House Leaders. It will be an opportunity for the 2019 Captains and House Leaders to symbolically hand over the mantle of responsibility to the new Captains and Leaders who will assume their leadership roles in earnest next year.
2020 College Captains
Luc Van Meurs
2020 Senior House Leaders
Please join me in welcoming the following staff who join us this term:
Mr Liam Mole - English, SOSE, RE, replacing Mr Dale O’Connell in Term 4 while he is on leave
Ms Jenny Mueller - New position of Administrative Assistant Inclusive Education and Laboratory Assistant
I also congratulate Ms Crystal Adamson who has been appointed as Vocational Education Training (VET) Administrative Assistant
We acknowledge and farewell the following staff who have recently resigned and thank them for their significant contribution to the College:
Ms Jodie Dunning - leaving us this term to take up a position as Defence School Mentor at Ipswich State High School
Mr Sam Springer - Not returning from 12 months Leave and taking up a teaching position from 2020 at Padua College
Shanghai Overseas Immersion
Over the holiday break I was in China and was fortunate to meet with the Eddies Shanghai Immersion staff and students at their host school South-West Weiyu Middle School. Everyone was in good spirits following a very full program in the week prior to their arrival in Shanghai. While there, we were introduced to the school community via a televised assembly conducted in a studio and broadcasted to each classroom. I also accompanied the group on a day excursion to Zhou Zhuang Water Town. We were treated like honoured guests by their Principal Mr Zhang and the staff who hosted us for a traditional Chinese meal. There is no doubt that our 20-year partnership with South-West Weiyu Middle School is very strong indeed.
Photos of the Week - Concert Tour
Please keep in your prayers Year 11 student Noah Atley who sustained a serious spinal injury over the holidays. Noah is recovering in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery. He is making astounding progress and keeping an upbeat attitude.
We also keep in our prayers, staff member Yvette Knoetze who is recovering from major spinal surgery.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal