Newsletter - 14 September 2018

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

Words from the EREA Director to our Young People

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,

In his closing address at last week’s EREA Congress, the Executive Director of Edmund Rice Education Australia, Dr Wayne Tinsey, concluding his speech with some words of advice to our young people...

‘And so what advice can we offer the young to help them on this journey to liberation?

Reject versions of the world that define success solely in terms of money, accumulation of things and overemphasis on status and security. Resist shallow definitions of what constitutes a worthwhile and valuable life. Remember the wise words of the comedienne Lily Tomlin who once said: The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat!

Be happy but know that lasting happiness is always closer to contentment and inner peace than it is to sensual pleasure, which can be fleeting and unsustainable; know that true happiness abides in an open and compassionate heart.

Learn from Senator John McCain, who in his last letter shortly before he died last week, reminded us that: To be connected to liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people, brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

Enjoy your precious life but avoid a sense of entitlement. Remember that the hardest arithmetic that we will ever be called to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. The future of our world is dependent upon you thinking more of the common good than your own self-advancement.

In a world that can be toxic to self-directed thinking, follow your inner guide and advance confidently in the direction of your dreams. Resist being pushed around by peer pressure, from prejudices and delusions and from potential nonsense that can masquerade as truth. Never measure your worth by how much you accumulate, how much you consume and be free from shallow ambitions. Look at society through the prism of your values and insist that it lives up to its highest ideals.

You are privileged to have the opportunity for education; so study hard and always do your best. Yes, aim high but know that the results you receive at the end of the year do not define or limit you. Your true vocation in life is too sacred to be determined by exam results or tertiary entrance ranking.

Be of good character; strong in your convictions, based on the very best wisdom of the ages. Know that you need not be perfect and that our shared human condition gives us this concession. Commit to authenticity and a passion for self-realisation. Learn from your mistakes and grow through your failures. Not perfect, but authentic; consistent with your inner moral compass.

Understand that a truly meaningful life is made up of a series of daily acts of decency and kindness, which, ironically, add up to something truly great over the course of a lifetime. As Patrick Dodson so beautifully articulated, It is only through our common decency that we can experience peace and harmony within ourselves.

Be resilient and never give up on the truly important things. It can be a bleak world if one is subjected to incessant, unfiltered media and is focused on keeping up with others. In a world awash with constant chatter and endless facts of dubious ultimate importance, strive to identify what is of lasting importance. Discover presence and stillness in your life. Take the time to know silence. Much of the world has a vested interest in keeping us restless, craving for more, and unknowing of when enough is enough.

Accept our Gospel’s claims about the way in which human beings should engage in our world, about justice, about the way in which we are expected to relate to one another and about the dignity of every human life. Know that in the end, it is not what we have done in our lives that is of ultimate importance. Rather, it is whether or not anything we did was worth doing. Has it made a positive difference in the lives of others? Has it contributed to the stock of the world’s good?

Remember the words of President Woodrow Wilson: You are not here to merely make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.’

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PRAYER

Loving God, we pray for those who are confronted by the sadness, ambiguity and confusion of mental illness, and for those upon whom they depend for attention and compassionate care. Look with mercy on all whose afflictions bring them weakness, distress, confusion or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give to them understanding helpers and the willingness to accept help. Remind us to rethink the stigma associated with mental illness. May You guide us as we open our eyes and hearts to those around us as we strive to be a truly inclusive community.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Live Jesus, in our hearts, forever.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

TWILIGHT TOURS - Wednesday 17 October 2018 - 5.00 to 7.00 pm - Please refer to the attached flyer for details.

The Deputy

Mission & Community

Mission and Community

Charting New Horizons

This has been a week of challenge and reflection. Beginning with the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Congress over the weekend, and concluding Thursday and Friday with the National Religious Education Symposium. The common theme that linked the two separate events was the thought offered by Pope Francis, that “today we are not living in an era of change so much as a change of era”. Of these experiences, the EREA Congress certainly broadened the horizons for our Edmund Rice educational context in Ipswich.

Travelling as representatives of St Edmund’s, our group arrived at the Congress on Friday of last week with great expectations and hopes, open to charting new horizons for our schools, and the direction of Edmund Rice Education Australia. Guided by the Congress process, each of us was invited to contribute to the evolving narrative of EREA.

It was identified at the Congress that as educators we are committed to leading for liberation; we are called to build relationships of respect and integrity with all people. Just as the 150 year Treacy celebrations earlier in the year called to the Christian Brothers and the people within the Edmund Rice Movement, we are a part of a network of dreamers, envisioning a daring, hope-filled future for Edmund Rice Education, seeking authentic ways to live anew, our Edmund Rice Charism. Throughout the Congress we listened, we built relationships and explored challenging issues.

On the last day, time was taken to consider the implications of the opportunities and challenges that were offered throughout the Congress. This was done with a special focus on the Touchstone of ‘Liberating Education’. The Congress appeared to reveal a yearning for a respectful, safe and inclusive community that cares for God’s creation, God’s people and the development of respectful relationships.

In this week of challenge and reflection, reference was made to a recent speech by Pope Francis to a gathering of parents and teachers. In this address, the Pope said “I invite you to always cultivate and foster trust [between parents] and teachers; without this [relationship of trust], you risk remaining on your own in your educational efforts and being increasingly unable to confront new educational challenges that emerge from today’s culture, society, mass media and new technologies”.

It is interesting to consider, as a leader of Mission in a Catholic educational environment, that both these recent formation experiences have placed significant emphasis on the need to work in collaboration and cooperation. The gathering highlighted the need to develop trusting relationships as we strive to recreate the Gospel message in our community.

To conclude, I wish to share a few questions that I have been challenged to consider recently, in the hope that if we share our reflections we might well be on the way to charting new horizons in our College community…. Who are the people in our own communities who we need to seek out and actively develop trusting relationships with? How do we fire our imaginations and strengthen our witness in order to empower our community?

RU OK? Day

Thursday was ‘RU OK?’ Day. It is a day that encourages us to have a responsible public discussion about social isolation and its negative consequences. Sometimes seeing who is struggling is not always obvious, therefore it is our responsibility as a community to promote social connectedness and a positive place for seeking help.
On Thursday our Social Justice group encouraged our staff and students to have conversation with people around them and to support those who may be struggling with life. This week and every day, do not hesitate to say, Thanks for being a great mate, or take the time to ask, Are you OK? A conversation could save a life.

RU OK? Day St Edmund's College, 13 September 2018

REFLECTION: We Are Prophets of a Future Not of Our Own. (This prayer was first presented by Cardinal Dearden in 1979 and quoted by Pope Francis in 2015.)
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Go gently this week. Live Jesus in our hearts… forever!

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning

Learning Hub

It has been very busy at the Learning Hub this week as the students prepare for exams and complete assignments.

After consultation with the students, it has been decided that the Library Learning Hub will be open on Tuesday next week (18 September) from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, with two Mathematics tutors and one Humanities tutor in attendance. Many students have Mathematics exams on Wednesday and have requested this assistance. I encourage the boys to take this opportunity for extra support.

Exams

Exams continue next week and I remind Years 11 and 12 students that a supervised study room is provided at the College. Students must attend in full school uniform, according to a normal College day, and go to scheduled exams.

Rookies

It was a delight to work with some of our Year 8 students who modelled our St Edmund’s uniforms at Rookies this week. Thank you boys for assisting me and doing such a fine job on the catwalk!

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Library Learning Hub News

Good Luck for Exams! The Hub open Tuesday 3.00 to 5.00pm

Good luck to all students for your exams. For students who come to "The Hub" - the tutors and I hope that we have played some part in helping you prepare, and we look forward to seeing you next term.

All the best from all the tutors - Tom, Gideon, Josh, Ben, Sam, Tahlya, Anu, Harrison and Joseph.

Ms Louise McNamara, After Hours Learning Coordinator
lmcnamara@sec.qld.edu.au

Assistant Principal Students

Year 10 Rite of Passage

"The Man I Want To Be"

The aim of the St Edmund’s College Rite of Passage program is to highlight the development of our Year 10 students as they move from one stage of College life to another, namely from the Middle School (Years 7, 8, 9, 10) into the Senior School (Years 11, 12). It is intended as a pastoral and spiritual formation which signifies to these students that their journey is about to undergo dramatic change.

In 2018 the Rite of Passage program focused on the theme, “The man I want to be”. An exploration of one’s true self rather than a ‘mask’; something which in their own minds is more palatable to those around them, although is not necessarily reflective of the type of person that they wish to be. The sessions in the program related directly to this theme, with students exploring their identity through the lens of the four ‘Eddies’ Men Can’ pillars – Respect, Resilience, Responsiveness and Reflectiveness.

The culmination of the Rite of Passage occurred on Wednesday 5 September. Students were separated from the community to experience individual and team challenges and to undertake guided reflection to become aware of their growing wisdom. The one-day retreat involved the input of story from College staff members: Mr Kemp, Mr Meehan, Mr Sutton, Mr Manttan, Mr Robinson, Mr Hill and Mrs Rice. Each of these individuals facilitated sessions across the day. I would like to sincerely thank these strong role models for devoting their time to the development of our young men.

The final experience of the Year 10 Rite of Passage program involved the participation of the students, their families and College staff in a reincorporation ritual, where the school community welcomed the participants back into their new leadership roles via the symbolic fire-and-bridge evening ceremony conducted on Mulkerin Oval at the College.

Whilst the formal Rite of Passage program is complete, we recognise that this moment is simply the beginning of a journey for each of these young men as they strive to become Strong, Kind, Gentle and Hope-filled.

Finally, a big thank you to the Pastoral Team Assistants, Ms Angela Cahill and Ms Marie Smith, for their tireless work behind the scenes in organising this event. It is largely thanks to their efforts that the Year 10 Rite of Passage was able to run as smoothly.

Mr Lucas Wilson, Treacy Dean, Year 10 Rite of Passage Coordinator

Career News

Careers - Week 9

Study Skills - QTAC Checklist - Financial Assistance - Scholarships - Apprenticeship Pathways

Helpful study skills websites

  • ReachOut.com – Provides access to several articles on effectively dealing with exam stress.
  • Youth Central – The article sets out the top ten study tips for students.
  • Test Taking Tips – Focuses on the methods and skills you need to be a successful test taker.
  • How to avoid Hubert face - Feeling stressed? Watch this light-hearted video to learn how you can avoid Hubert face in seven easy steps. It has been produced by Bond University.

QTAC application course preference checklist

Have you submitted your QTAC application? While the final date to apply and to submit documents for the major offer round on 16 January 2019 is 14 December 2018, it is recommended that Year 12 students apply early. Some courses have early and/or fixed closing dates (see pages 20 and 21 of the 2019 Year 12 Guide). Also, if you are competitive (OP results) you may be offered a place before the major offer round in January. View the key dates here.

Did you use the ‘desired – back-up - pathway’ plan when organising your preferences? Go to the QTAC website and scroll down to ‘How should I order my preferences?’ for information about this plan. Your sixth preference should be one that you have a very good chance of gaining entry given its previous cut-off and your results. You also need to check the major offer round dates of your preferences and make changes if the dates differ (preferences need to be chronologically organised according to the major offer round of the courses you are applying for). Courses you are offered in early offer rounds can be conditionally accepted and your preferences can be changed after subsequent offer rounds if necessary.

Have you deleted all wasted courses? Wasted courses include those that:

  • You do not meet the entry requirements
  • You would not do if you got an offer for them
  • Are full-fee or located in regional centres that you have not consulted your parents/guardians about
  • Are too difficult or impossible to commute to given where you live
  • Are very competitive and you list them below much less competitive courses.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website

This Australian Government-funded website acts as a one-stop shop for information on Australian apprenticeship and traineeship information. The apprenticeship and traineeship information is targeted towards four core groups–

  • Students;
  • Job Hunters;
  • Employers; and
  • Industry Insiders.

The ‘Student’ entry point will provide you with the tools and resources needed to explore apprenticeship and traineeship career pathways in Australia. The ‘Job Hunters’ page is worth looking at as well because it includes topics on job hunting and pre-apprenticeships. You can also use the site to find service providers and training options based on industry groups.

Career Exploration Tool by USQ

If you are unsure of what you may like to study, USQ offers a Career Explorer to hone in on your interests. Try the Career Explorer Tool here.

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Vision Australia Further Education Bursaries

Applications for the 2019 bursaries for students who are blind or have low vision opened from 1 August 2018. The bursaries provide adaptive technology to help students fully participate in their chosen studies. Applications close on 31 October 2018. For information on how to apply and to download the application form, visit the Vision Australia website.

AIS: Local Sporting Champions program

This program provides financial assistance for young people aged 12 – 18 years towards the cost of participating as an athlete, coach, or match official in either

  • an official state championship (endorsed by the relevant national sporting organisation)
  • an official national championship (endorsed by the relevant national sporting organisation); or
  • an international competition as a member of an official Australian team

To find out more, visit the website.

Australian Catholic University Equity Scholarships

ACU Equity Bursaries are now open and will close on 19 December 2018.

Commonwealth Scholarships

There are three types of Commonwealth scholarships:

Student Start-Up Loan – This loan is available to eligible full-time students in higher education who receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance. It is not paid automatically. You must apply for it. The loan is administered by Centrelink. See the website for more information about this loan.

Relocation Scholarship – This is an annual payment to help eligible ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance students with their higher education if they have relocated to or from a regional or remote area to study. This loan is administered by Centrelink. More information can be accessed on the website.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships - These scholarships assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those from rural and regional areas. They are administered on behalf of the Commonwealth Government by eligible universities. Contact the institution you have applied to for more information.

CQUniversity Equity and Financial Scholarships

The due dates for some of the applications for CQU’s Equity scholarships and financial support will start from 30 September 2018. To view all available equity and financial scholarships, visit the CQU scholarships page and filter the ‘Scholarship Category’ by ‘Equity and Financial’.

CQUniversity scholarships guide

Scholarship information is available on the Scholarships webpage. This site has a search function.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor’s Pathways Scholarship Program

This scholarship program recognises and rewards students who have undertaken and successfully completed prior study in one of the following pathway options available at CQU: SUN, STEPS, TEP or VET programs. The Vice-Chancellor’s Pathways Scholarship program aims to assist students with the costs of university as they continue their learning journey by transitioning into a CQU degree in 2018. It is valued at $18,000 for up to 4.5 years full-time (up to $6,000 per year). More information will be available on the Scholarships page shortly.

Griffith University Uni-Start Equity Scholarships

The Uni Start Equity Scholarships are for students whose ability to achieve has been hampered by financial hardship or educational disadvantage. Applications are now open and will close on 9 December 2018.

Upcoming Events:

09/12/2018

Griffith University Uni-Start Equity Scholarships close

Griffith University’s Deans Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships

The Deans Sir Samuel Griffith and the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships are awarded to school leavers with outstanding academic records and high-level leadership and community engagement. These scholarships are worth from $24,000 - $60,000 and include membership to the Griffith Honours College. Applications for these scholarships close on 16 December 2018. Find out more about the full range of scholarships at Griffith at https://www.griffith.edu.au/scholarships.

James Cook University Access Fund Scholarships

Round one of JCU’s Access Fund scholarships open on 10 January 2019.

Le Cordon Bleu Australia Advanced Diploma and B Business scholarships

Le Cordon Bleu Australia, with campuses in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, offers a $10,000 fee reduction scholarship for its Brisbane campus' Advanced Diploma Hospitality Management (Cuisine or Patisserie), and $30,000 fee reduction scholarships for its Adelaide and Sydney campuses in the following degrees:

  • B Business (International Hotel Management)
  • B Business (International Restaurant Management)

Visit the website for more information and application process.

Queensland University of Technology Equity Scholarships

All eligible low-income applicants are encouraged to apply for QUT’s Equity Scholarships Scheme. Applications for this scheme will open mid-October 2018. Q-Step applicants are automatically considered for this scheme when they apply for QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme, ‘Financial Hardship’ category.

QUT Business Scholarships

The Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Business School offers the following undergraduate scholarships for school leavers commencing their studies in 2019.

  • Corporate Partners in Excellence – This scholarship is valued at $36,000 and paid in semester instalments over three years. It includes two 15-week internships with QUT’s corporate partners. Applications close on 9 November 2018.
  • Dean’s Honours Program – Valued at $20,000 paid over four years. Other benefits include membership of the QUT College of Excellence as well as other leadership and development opportunities. Applications for Semester 1 2019 will open mid-October 2018. Apply for the B Business (Dean's Honours) through QTAC (see page 47 of the 2019 Year 12 Guide.
  • Business Academic Excellence Scholarship – Awarded to eligible OP 1 – 2 students, valued at $5,000 and paid over two semesters. Benefits include membership of the QUT College of Excellence along with leadership and development opportunities. Applications for 2019 are currently open.

QUT: Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship program

If you have an outstanding record of academic, creative or sporting achievement, you may be eligible for one of QUT’s Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, which range from $10,000 to $30,000. This scholarship is not just about financial rewards. It brings high-achieving students together with mentors who will challenge them to realise their full potential. As a Vice-Chancellor's scholar, you'll have access to leadership and development opportunities, including the College of Excellence and the Leadership, Development and Innovation program. These added features of the scholarship will assist in developing your leadership skills and provide a platform for building professional networks. Applications for the academic and sporting scholarships close on 16 November 2018.

SAE Creative Media Institute scholarships

SAE Creative Media Institute offers scholarships to outstanding creative media applicants who are commencing study in the February 2019 intake. Applications for these scholarships close on 30 October 2018.

There are several scholarship full-tuition and partial-tuition programs available for 2019:

  • Creative Media Scholarships – One full scholarship and three partial scholarships will be offered. These are awarded to current high-achieving Year 12 students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly ability as well as strong leadership skills and creative potential. Visit the website for more information and to download the application.
  • Creative Indigenous Scholarship – One full Indigenous scholarship is awarded to a current Year 12 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student who has shown high academic achievement, strong leadership skills and a creative passion. Visit the website for more information and to download the application.
  • Master of Creative Media Scholarships – Two partial scholarships will be offered to high-achieving postgraduate applicants who have shown their creative potential with outstanding industry engagement, professional achievement and leadership skills. Applications for this scholarship is by invitation only. Visit the website for more information and to download the application.

University of Queensland Link Program

The UQ-Link Program is for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage caused by financial hardship. Applicants are automatically considered for this scheme when they apply for QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme, ‘Financial Hardship’ category.

University of the Sunshine Coast Equity Bursaries

USC Equity Bursaries are now open for studies commencing in Semester 1, 2019. Applications close on 30 November 2018.

Upcoming Events:

30/11/2018

University of the Sunshine Coast Equity Bursaries applications close

University of the Sunshine Coast’s scholarships

USC Semester 1, 2019 undergraduate scholarship applications are now open and will close on 30 November 2018. USC offers scholarships based on merit, equity (e.g. financial hardship), honours, rural and remote placement, sporting achievement, indigenous and more. You can apply for most scholarships through one online application. Visit the Scholarships website for details about the various scholarships available and to access the application.

USQ Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships

Pinnacle Foundation Scholarshipapplications for 2019 are now open. The scholarships can help light the spark within and enable recipients to reach their full potential. To be eligible, students need to comply with the selection criteriaand complete the online applicationform. Applications close October 1, 2018.

William Blue College of Hospitality Management: Scholarships for the hospitality industry

If you are interested in a future career as a hospitality or tourism manager, you are invited to apply for a scholarship at the William Blue College of Hospitality Management, Sydney campus. Applications for 2018 are now open and will close on 22 October 2018. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Upcoming Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

The following Australian Defence Force information sessions will be held in August and September. You will be able to find out about opportunities in the ADF. For details about these events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site and click on the link.

Upcoming Events:

18/09/2018

Defence Careers Information Session Toowoomba

18/09/2018

Defence Careers Information Session Caloundra

19/09/2018

Navy Careers Information Session Gold Coast

24/09/2018

Health Careers Information session Brisbane

Gap Year program information events in September

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange will hold an information evening from 7 pm on Tuesday 18 September 2018 at Ruth Fairfax House, 89 - 95 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. Visit the website to register.

Career Counsellors USA (CCUSA) Australia will hold an information night from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday 15 September 2018 at the Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside. Visit the website to register.

World Education Program Student Exchange (WEP) will hold an information session from 7 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at Fulton Trotter Lounge, 129 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane. Visit the WEP website to register.

MPN Consulting: Trainee Draftsperson (Structural & Civil) Positions

MPN Consulting Pty Ltd are a wholly Australian owned company specialising in the provision of civil and structural engineering services to the construction industry. For more information, visit our website on www.mpnc.net.au. MPN have positions available from 2019 for recent school graduates intending or interested in enrolling in the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering course at TAFE. The position involves:

  • Immediate full-time employment.
  • Paid study leave of 3.5 hours per week.
  • On job training and mentoring by experienced professional
  • Applicant to be:
    • Motivated, conscientious and ambitious
    • Willing to learn
    • Self-starter with initiative
    • Knowledgeable and interested in BIM/Revit
  • Course fees paid

To register your interest for this position at MPN Consulting Pty Limited, please send your resume to personnel@mpnc.net.au.

School-based Traineeships with Reece

Applications are closing in two weeks for school based traineeship positions within The Reece Group. Students who are currently in year 10 are encouraged to apply.

The below locations are currently advertising positions available for the Warehousing Operations level 2 certificate (TLI21616) :

  • Enoggera
  • Herston
  • Mackay
  • Cannonvale
  • Coopers Plains
  • Gympie
  • Underwood
  • Eagle Farm
  • Mount Isa
  • Labrador
  • Moranbah
  • Kedron
  • Burleigh Junction
  • Atherton

Please keep an eye on our recently launched new webpage as in the coming weeks various new locations will open up as our current year 12 students complete.

https://www.reececareers.com.au/school-based-traineeships/

Ms Madelyn Hall, Acting Careers Guidance Counsellor

General

Music and Cultural

Music News

Junior Concert

Once again I would like to thank all of the students and staff involved in the Junior Concert that was held last Thursday in the Performing Arts Centre. The night was a wonderful chance for groups of our junior students to perform to a friendly audience. A big thank you to the tutors in preparing the students for this event.

Combined College’s Cultural Showcase - 19 October

The next Performing Arts Event will be our Annual Combined Colleges’ Cultural Showcase. This will take place in the McAuley Centre, St Mary’s College on Friday, 19 October. This will give our students one last chance to showcase their talents for the year. It is sure to be an amazing evening, not to be missed!

Term 3 Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons finished this week. Students should be aware of any make-up lessons taking place next week.

It has been a very busy although extremely successful term for the Performing Arts Department at the College. I thank all students and staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the term to produce performances of a high quality. I hope everyone has a very restful and enjoyable holiday period and returns refreshed for the final term of 2018.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Sport

Sports News - Week 9

AIC SPORT

Basketball and Tennis

A tough day of fixtures against Marist College Ashgrove last Saturday as they dominated the Basketball to win 9-3 on aggregate. Great wins from our 7As, 9As and 10As. Some of our Premiership hopes took a hit with losses for our Firsts, Seconds and 10Bs. A heart-breaking loss for the Firsts: beaten on the buzzer, although no doubt a learning experience for the younger members of the team.

Limited Tennis was played with rain causing cancellations for many teams including our Firsts. We must regroup as we take on St Peter’s this Saturday in the final round of AIC competition. Best of luck to all teams as we look to finish the season on a positive note.

Athletics

Training numbers have been strong for the last few weeks and athletes will be rewarded this evening with a chance to compete in the first AIC Practice Meet for 2018. It would be great to see strong attendance at these carnivals as we prepare for the AIC Championships next term.

Best of luck to those students who have been selected in a team to compete at the All Schools Knockouts on Saturday as well.

Important Athletics Dates

Friday 14 September – AIC Practice Meet
3 to 5 October – Athletics Camp (for invited Athletes)
Friday 12 October - AIC Practice Meet
Thursday 18 October - AIC Practice Meet
Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October – AIC Track and Field Championships

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Ryan Holden who has been selected in the Queensland Under 16 Rugby Union side. Well done Ryan.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

AIC Basketball Results - 8 September 2018

Round 7 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

Firsts – Loss 45-46 Hard lessons to learn from an important day. The First V loss in the final seconds was a major blow to their premiership defense. The team struggled to focus and execute throughout the game although appeared to have seemingly done enough to secure victory. However, a complete lack of composure in the final minutes of the game handed victory to a determined Marist unit.
Seconds – Loss 22-46 The team was unable to adjust to a physical Marist unit. We conceded an early lead, thereby enforcing catch-up basketball. Fleeting moments of good play were produced where long stretches of good play were required, therefore the team was unable to bridge the deficit. Concentration on footwork is required this week in order to play another physical team. Zachary Butcher was our best player.
Thirds – Loss 24-28 Our best game to date, against a top team. Limited possession and calls down the court hurt the team. Great game by all players.
Fourths – Loss 15-32 A very physical game where the team was unable to place the ball in the hoop. A great effort from all players.
11A – Loss 20-61 A strong start produced our first lead of the season however it could not be sustained, hence succumbing to a taller Marist outfit. Effort improved as the game progressed. Connor Asquith was a great floor General, and Tommy Williams produced some excellent rebounding. Another big game this week against St Peter’s.
11B – Loss 8-50 After a slow start the team competed strongly in the second half. Defense was better however scoring was difficult. Sam Kross, Declan Johnston and Connor McGee worked tirelessly throughout the game.
10A – Win 67-22 Strong numbers at training all season is paying dividends. We have been practising a new method of full-court individual defense since last year’s 9A campaign and this week was the first time it was put into play. We confused Marist’s guards for the first half and built a massive lead. We continued to apply pressure after the break, resulting in a good win. James Ketelhohn was outstanding.
10B – Loss 27-30 We were down players at training last week and then ultimately for our premiership game. We lacked the soft hands required to convert on countless lay-up opportunities. Despite possession and being up by three points in the last minute, we could not close the game.
10C – Loss 28-45 Real grit was displayed in the first half, however undisciplined passing and inconsistent defensive efforts allowed Marist back into the game. The team could not hold the opposition in the second half. Jacob Bell excelled in offense and Joseph Robertson and Callum McDermott displayed their best defensive efforts of the season, as they leave for China.
9A – Win 55-46 A great win that came down to the final minute. A neck-and-neck game saw the team down for the majority of the second half, until team play clicked at the key moment. Samuel Togia was dominant down the court, sinking basket after basket, building the team’s confidence. Byron Williams and Oliver Ryan executed the offense, while James Gillis had his standout game of the season, with great high-pick defense.
9B – Loss 51-56 An end-to-end game that went into overtime after the team missed easy lay-ups. Marist held their nerve and closed the win. Strong games from Bailey Lyon, Zachary McGuire, Caeden Hockings and Jed Lacey.
9C – Loss 17-34 A big improvement in this week’s play, and a three-point shooting maestro was uncovered in Mehari Tedla. A great team attitude throughout the game. Twenty points is the goal for the final game.
8A – Loss 44-63 The players gave a determined effort against the likely premiership team, while playing with an under-manned team. We were unable to execute offense at key times during the game, however competed for the full forty minutes. Thomas Stanfield played his best game of the season, and Daniel Mavunda Muimpe was strong in defense.
8B – Loss 42-72 The team fought hard with only five players against a taller Marist side, although fatigue set in and decision-making and defense suffered. Great effort from all players.
8C – Loss 19-29 A tight game, where accuracy from the line was the difference between the two teams. We improve with each week, and our ability to move the ball allowed the team to draw a number of fouls, however these needed conversion to points. Good game by Lachlan Kable.
8D – Loss 20-49 Instances of encouraging play, however long shots and missed rebounds lost points. Strong games from Isaac Frier and Travis Lake.
7A – Win 46-40 A great overall game by all team players, who contributed efficiently, resulting in the win. A close score-line although a good result. This win was a confidence booster going into the final game on Saturday.
7B – Loss 21-36 A great start to the game with two quick baskets to Lachlan Nguyen and Phoenix Clarke, however Marist returned fire quickly. Liam Wilson had his best game of the season with consistent rebounds. Strong games played by Nicholas Harding and Owen Fourmile.
7C – Win 23-20 The best team performance of the season. Excellent defense coupled with accurate shooting resulted in a superb victory. Tyson Golding top-scored, while Jack Winks and James Trivella had solid games.
7D – Loss 7-52 Despite constant improvement from all players, this was not our day. The team will strive hard for their first win with this week’s final game. Bailey Matthew and Ethan Windolf played well.
7E – Win 28-17 The team fired from the start, overwhelming the opposition. Our pressure on the boards and our transition game were unanswerable by the opposition. Star player was Harley Ritchie who confused the opposing team. Michael Tate and Jye Edmonds had good games.

AIC Tennis Results - 8 September 2018

Round 7 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

Firsts – Washout
Seconds – Loss 4(25) -4(28) A very good effort against a top-of-the-table team, with shared doubles and singles wins. Jeremy Lennon and Philip Cen had good wins.
11A – Loss 3-5 Sebastian Howie won his singles match 7 games to 5 and Jeremy Suthers 6 games to 1. The team won their reverse doubles match also, 4 games to 3. Continued hard practice will result in wins.
10A – Loss 0-8 Despite some close matches the team enjoyed their day of tennis. Connor Cash and Scott Morrice played consistently in their singles and doubles games.

9A – Washout
9B – Washout
8A – Washout
8B – Washout
7A – Washout
7 B – Washout

AIC Basketball Fixtures - 15 September 2018

Round 8 Vs St Peter's Lutheran College

FIRSTS

12:15pm

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

SECONDS

11:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

THIRDS

11:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

Fourths

8:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

11A

10:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

11B

9:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

10A

9:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

10B

8:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

10C

10:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

9A

12:00pm

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indoor Gym Courts, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

9B

11:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indoor Gym Courts, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

9C

11:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Outdoor Gym Court 1, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8A

10:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indoor Gym Courts, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8B

9:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indoor Gym Courts, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8C

10:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Outdoor Gym Court 1, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

8D

8.15am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Outdoor Gym Court 2, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7A

8:15am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indoor Gym Courts, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7B

9:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Outdoor Gym Court 1, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7C

8:15am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Outdoor Gym Court 1, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7D

9.00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Outdoor Gym Court 2, (enter off) Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

7E Vs Villanova 7F

8:00am

Away

Villa Multi-Court 1. Villanova College, Eighth Ave, Coorparoo

BUS INFORMATION

Bus for Basketball (9A, 9B, 9C, 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D) departs the College at 7am and returns to SEC at approximately 2pm

No Bus for 7E

AIC Tennis Fixtures - 15 September 2018

Round 8 Vs St Peter's Lutheran College

FIRSTS

8:00am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

SECONDS

10:00am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

11A

10:00am

Home

St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC

10A

8.00am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

9A

8.00am

Home

St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC

9B

8.00am

Home

St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC

8A

10:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Lohe Street Courts, enter off Lohe Street, Indooroopilly

8B

10:00am

Away

St Peter’s Lutheran College, Lohe Street Courts, enter off Lohe Street, Indooroopilly

7A

10:00am

Away

Indooroopilly State High School (Hard Courts), enter off Turner Street, Indooroopilly

7B

10:00am

Away

Indooroopilly State High School (Synthetic Courts), enter off Turner Street, Indooroopilly

BUS INFORMATION

Bus for Tennis (8A, 8B, 7A & 7B) departs the College at 9am and returns to SEC at approximately 1pm

Tuckshop

Tuckshop Roster - Week 10

Week commencing 17 September 2018

Mon 17 Sep: K Bilyj, M Glen, K Horsfall, M Sugden-Ware.

Tue 18 Sep: K McKew, A Harding.

Wed 19 Sep: D Schmidt, C Sammut.

Thu 20 Sep: Helpers not required, thank you.

Fri 21 Sep: Student Free Day.

School News

Year 12 Parents - Reminder

Baby or Toddler photo required

A reminder to Year 12 Parents that we are asking for one of your son’s baby or toddler photos (baby to 4 year-old) to be emailed for inclusion in an audio-visual presentation to be used at the Senior Valedictory event.

Please email your son’s photo to Mr Mills at dmills@sec.qld.edu.au with “Valedictory Photo” in the subject line.

If you have a hard copy only of a photo, this should be submitted in an envelope marked “Valedictory Photo”, including your son’s name, and handed into the Deans’ Room for scanning, before being returned to your son.

It would be appreciated if photos are submitted as soon as possible. If any queries, please direct to Mr Mills (3810 4496) during school hours.

Student Office - Lost Property

Unnamed Items Awaiting Collection

Unnamed Items Waiting for Collection at Student Office

There are a number of watches, unnamed jumpers, clothing, lunchboxes and shoes in the Student Office awaiting collection. If your son has lost a watch or any items which may be unnamed, please send him to the Student Office to collect as soon as possible.

Named items are kept behind the desk in the Student Office and placed on the daily student notices to be collected.

Any items remaining in the Student Office at the end of this term, Thursday 20 September, will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

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Notices

All Saints Boonah General Parish Assembly - 16 September

All Saints parishioners welcome - 10.30am Sunday

From All Saints Parish, Boonah - Father Nicholas Okafor

“Listen with the ear of the heart” - St Benedict

All Saints Parish Boonah welcomes all parishioners to a General Parish Assembly after Mass (approximately 10:30am) on Sunday 16 September, to be held in All Saints Parish Hall, John St, Boonah.
This gathering will be open to all parishioners and will be a time for Father Nicholas to listen to your thoughts on all topics related to the Parish. We look forward to your company.
Yours in Christ, All Saints Boonah Parish Council.

For more information, please contact Ms Fiona Hogeveen (Parish Council Member, St John’s, Peak Crossing on M: 0402 028 662), or Father Nicholas for further information.

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