Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
The sound of an air-conditioning unit is often unheard until it stops. The low-pitched white noise that gently sends cool air into our offices, lounge rooms or cars becomes so much a part of our world that it ceases to draw attention. Scientists would call this process ‘habituation’. Not to dwell too much on the science of it all, but it allows us to take a constant stimulus, like a sound, and put it into the background. We can habituate to many things: after a while we cease to notice the feel of our clothes; on a drive we cease to hear the hum of a car engine or we stop smelling perfume a few moments after its applied.
We can also habituate to information. During this Coronavirus pandemic, our community has been and will continue to be presented with many letters, emails and notifications. It is understandable that habituation can take place and this seemingly never-ending stream of information can blend into the background of life.
However, in what is an unprecedented event, I ask that as a community we make a conscious effort to be aware of the important updates sent by the College. St Edmund’s has always been a cohesive and strong community where we respect our relationships and take the responsibilities we have to each other seriously. Consequently, the College has enacted a Risk Management strategy with associated procedures. As this situation develops our strategies will change and evolve and your support will be greatly appreciated. By keeping current of up-to-date information, as a community, we can uphold our responsibility to help control the spread of this infection.
Vale Kevin Versace
This week the Ipswich community farewelled Kevin Versace who passed from this world, aged 88. Kevin and his wife Jo were heavily involved in the life of St Edmund’s and helped build the College we have today.
In the early eighties, Kevin was directly responsible, with a group of parents, for the construction of the College’s then outdoor education facility, Edmund Park. Edmund Park was located near Laidley and saw many St Edmund’s students spend their camp experience there. Kevin also set up the Uniform Shops at both St Mary’s College and St Edmund’s.
Our story is one of a school built by the commitment, sweat and love of a community of parents. The legacy of Kevin’s work lives on each day and continues to benefit our young men. Vale Kevin Versace, a true Eddies man.
Ray Celegato, Principal