A Thousand Stories
Ta-dum! Your ears are regaled with the sound of two muted strikes overlaid by a tone slowly swelling in volume. Simultaneously you see a black field that is interrupted by a bright red swish. Commencing low, slightly to the left of centre on the screen, with pinpoint precision it moves straight up then turns back down, diagonally right. Finally, it sweeps upward clarifying itself as a large “N”. Triumphantly, the surging tone begins its final flourish and as if by magic the prominent red letter begins its disappearance, erasing itself from the point where it ended, growing and breaking into multi-coloured glowing battens; fade to black.
Anyone who has looked forward to the guilty pleasure of an afternoon or evening of binge TV watching will be familiar with the Netflix sound and logo. This is the standard prelude as the streaming service prepares to deliver its many offerings. Period dramas, police sagas and medical traumas; rom-coms, sitcoms and movies that bombed, iconic, it links us to hundreds if not thousands of stories. What we see in this visual and sonic logo is carefully fashioned, the result of tight teamwork. Almost impossible to comprehend, the part we hear is a blend of four very different happenings: the muted sound of a wedding ring knocking on a bedside cabinet, the slowed sound of a strike on an anvil and the sound of a guitar stretched out and reversed. Amazing!
At Eddies we do not need to rely on such carefully crafted visual and sound logos to represent our stories. Our College crest, our colours, this place our home, all represent the components of the journey that is life at St Edmund’s. Our stories are very real. There are dramas, sagas and sometimes medical traumas but these lay the basis for a holistic education in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
A thousand stories a week chronicle Eddies life.
The excellent win and premiership — along with the associated near heart attack suffered by the College Principal — achieved on the buzzer last Friday night by our First Basketball team. The near capacity afternoon in the Lynch Building last Tuesday where young men sift through adventure manuals, active imaginations and twenty-sided dice, reliving a bygone age, playing Dungeons and Dragons (D & D for those of us in the know). The wonderful interactions last night of Years 10, 11 and 12 students as they greet prospective Rookies — how hard is it to not shake hands? — with a “How are ya mate? How was your day?” at Twilight Tours.
Our young men experience lessons and subject selections, study afternoons and external exams, Saturday sport and evening concerts. All these experiences, framed with faith and service, make a holistic education and make an Eddies man. Our journey allows for the development of skills needed in modern life. Recently I read some articles that expounded the importance of 21st Century skills in 21st Century life. Skills such as critical and creative thinking, communicating, collaborating, working in teams, leadership, citizenship and cultural awareness. Skills listed as essential for young people to succeed in a changing future. All these skills are cemented and developed in the stories and experiences of everyday life at Eddies. The opportunities are there for the taking.
If we have a carefully crafted visual and sound logo for our holistic journey it starts with the sound lessons and engaged classrooms, overlaid with noises that emanate from sporting fields and concert halls and resolved with the sounds of faith and service in action. On our screen, from a blue and white background, we see a smiling and welcoming face, an active and agile mind a strong and resilient character, an Eddies man.
Ray Celegato, Principal