Angels from Heaven
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Sometimes I hear things that leave me awe struck. I had one of those moments upon hearing about the plight of a homeless mother and her children who were helped by two unknown Eddies’ students. The story was told to me by Uncle Joe Kirk who recounted it with great pride and appreciation. The young Aboriginal mother was literally living out of her car with her infant children in Queen’s Park, Ipswich. She was forced into a state of homelessness by circumstances beyond her control and recalled to Uncle Joe that for about a week while she was living out of her car two boys dressed in Eddies uniforms offered her and her children food as they were walking through the Park. The two boys came back each day on their way to school and brought with them food to give to the mother and her children. She never knew their names but knew they were Eddies boys by their uniform. They treated her and her family with dignity and respect as each day they checked in on them with their daily gift of food. Eventually with the help of Uncle Joe she was given assistance and provided temporary respite accommodation. The two boys remain unknown till this day but not to this woman who now associates anyone wearing an Eddies uniform as Angels from Heaven.
2020 College Captain Interviews
Congratulations to the eighteen Year 11 young men who have nominated for College Captaincy for 2020. On Monday myself, Ms Marysia Rice and Mr Shannon Lee interviewed all eighteen candidates as part of the nomination process. The interviews were an opportunity for each candidate to expand on how they would express their captaincy against the six criteria which asks them to demonstrate:
1. A willingness to uphold the Touchstones of Edmund Rice Education and embrace the Vision and Mission of the College
2. A desire to gain the best out of the academic opportunities provided by the College
3. An openness to develop self-awareness, gain a deeper understanding of the College through involvement in co-curricular activities, and respect for the College’s policies and traditions
4. A commitment to nurturing and maintaining right relationships with students and staff, and demonstrating the ability to lead their peers in actively promoting the attributes and characteristics of an Eddies gentleman
5. A preparedness to represent the College, both individually and as a member of a team, in a variety of contexts
6. An eagerness to bring to the captaincy role personal qualities of initiative and humility
All candidates were endorsed and will be peer assessed by their fellow Year 11 students according to the three leadership traits of Character, Word and Action. The peer assessment will occur on Thursday September 19 with collated results contributing to an overall rating which will determine the four College Captains for 2020. I wish all the candidates the very best and thank them for taking the courageous first step in this process.
Next Thursday I will be travelling to China for ten days and will meet up with our staff and students who are over there on the annual St Edmund’s College Shanghai Immersion. We are very proud of our 20-year association with South-West Weiyu Middle School and grateful for the opportunity for both our students and staff to engage in these exchange experiences. At last week’s assembly we acknowledged the thirteen Year 10 students and staff who will be departing tomorrow and wished them well on their overseas adventure to China. The students will be chaperoned by Ms Angela Fergus and Mr David Gagen for the four weeks that they will be away.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 2019 Shanghai Exchange Group
We keep in our prayers the Woods’ family on the passing of John Woods who was a pioneering identity in the St Edmund’s community. John was an Old Boy of the College who held a prominent role in promoting school camps in Queensland. He and his wife Julie were responsible for reinvigorating Edmund Park in the mid-90’s. They managed Edmund Park for almost two decades which became the location for many College camps over these years. May John rest in peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal