An Interesting Journey
Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
It is an interesting journey you undertake when you walk from the Edmund Rice Building to our tuckshop - past the Year 12s sitting quietly, listening to music and chatting; down through the undercroft area where the noise approaches 747 take-off levels as friendly handball games progress; into the Doody Amphitheatre where Year 8 boys happily sit, eating their lunch; and finally to the tuckshop, all the while reminding young men to pull up socks, tuck in shirts and put rubbish in bins. You would no doubt undertake a similar journey in any other boys’ school.
Remarkably enough, I found an important point of difference in our tuckshop. Tuckshop staff work tirelessly every day to ensure the boys are well fed, and as parents would know this is no mean feat. However, standing behind the tuckshop hot-box the other day were two ladies engaged in wrapping chocolate slices for the hungry masses. I was privileged to speak to these two Eddies’ grandmothers. These wonderful ladies continue to give their time to the school and in my conversation, I heard the pride and joy in their voices as they spoke of their grandsons. It is so heartening to see these ladies continuing to be part of our school life. The enduring relationships are those that bind us, they are the strength of our community and are firmly founded in Ipswich culture. Our young men can only benefit from this rich heritage and I hope we see these traditions continue well into the future. They are what makes us “Eddies”.
Year 11 Conference and Parent Information Night
On Monday, Year 11 students took the day to attend forums and workshops in preparation for their final two years of schooling. In speaking to some of the young men who attended, it was a positive experience for them and well received. It is also heartening to see the information night well attended. The language of the new Queensland Certificate of Education can be complex. The evening was an excellent opportunity for parents to gain an insight into what lies ahead for Year 11.
Year 12 Information Night
Last night Mrs James and Mrs Henness presented information for Year 12 parents and many parents and students took the time to attend. The beginning of Year 12 is timely to clarify the expectations and requirements of this new system. I thank Mrs James and Mrs Henness for organising both information evenings.
Year 7 Camp
Yesterday we welcomed back our Year 7 campers, one day early. Wet and weary after a night of torrential rain, most were glad to be home. The College took the precaution of calling the boys back early given the uncertainty surrounding weather conditions. Thanks to Mr Nic Aldridge, Year 7 camp coordinator, the Pastoral Deans, as well as Ms Rimland, Ms Erich and Mr Sutton for ensuring the safe return of our young men.
Academic Awards Assemblies
Over the next few weeks we will celebrate the academic achievements of our students. On Friday 21 February we celebrate the successes of the Class of 2019 as well as current students in Years 10 to 12. The following week we will celebrate and award the Years 8 and 9 students. I invite parents to come and celebrate with us as we acknowledge the hard work of our students.
Ray Celegato, Principal