Welcome back to Term 4
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
Welcome back to the final Term of 2018. A special welcome to our new students and families who join the St Edmund’s College community this Term. You are now part of a wonderful story that has been unfolding in Ipswich for 126 years. We also welcome Ms Beatrice Tsang who joins our teaching team in Mathematics, Science and Religious Education.
I hope you had a restful and joyful break over the September holiday period. It was a very special time for me and my family with the wedding of our eldest daughter. The occasion was a beautiful reminder of the importance of family and friends and the power of love in our lives. It was particularly special to have Fr Stephen Bliss preside as the marriage celebrant.
The start of a new Term is the perfect opportunity to reset goals and start afresh with a sense of renewed purpose. This week, teachers will be reminding students of classroom rules and the behaviour expectations we have of them as learners. This includes
- arriving punctually to class prepared with the right equipment,
- engaging in the learning experiences with an open and inquisitive mind,
- contributing to the creation of a positive learning environment through active participation and collaboration,
- respecting the rights and responsibilities of other students so they too can access the learning opportunities provided by their teachers,
- seeking feedback or clarification about the content and ideas they are learning about, and
being an active listener.
These are the attributes of a good learner that we strive to nurture and develop in all of our Eddies’ young men as they journey towards realising their dreams and aspirations.
Island of Competencies
When Dr Michael Carr-Gregg was here earlier in the year he presented research findings into how adolescents develop resilience. He said that the ability for young people to show resilience in their adolescent years is identified as a key indicator for happiness later in life. He added that one of the ways in which young people develop resilience is by experiencing what he calls an ‘island of competence’. This is where young people demonstrate through experience an aptitude in a skill, task or problem-solving challenge. The more opportunities young people have in applying themselves to activities such as sporting and cultural endeavours, he says, the greater the likelihood they will experience an ‘island of competence’, and the greater the chance that they will develop the ability to be resilient.
That is why our Twilight Tour next week is solely focused on showcasing our diverse array of cultural and sporting opportunities we have on offer. At Eddies there is something for every young man. If you have friends or family who have sons in Years 4 or 5, please let them know that next Wednesday October 17 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, we will be conducting tours, demonstrations, performances and presentations about our many cultural and sporting programs.
As stated in a previous email we have a waiting list for Year 7, 2019 with enrolment places quickly filling for 2020. Families are still invited to submit their enrolment application for their son to secure a place on the waiting list for next year.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We pray for the victims and survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. May help and comfort come to the tens of thousands of Indonesians who are rebuilding their homes and livelihoods amidst the destruction and ruins left behind.
Live Jesus, in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal