The Healing Power
Eleven years ago this week, on 13 February 2008, the then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, addressed the Lower House of the Parliament and apologised on behalf of all Australians to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters. He acknowledged unreservedly that the government sanctioned forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families from the 1880s through to the 1970s caused profound harm to those who were removed, their families and subsequent generations. Known as the ‘Stolen Generation’ their story is etched deeply, painfully and shamefully in the psyche of our nation.
Our Christian faith tradition is fundamentally informed by the solemn act of forgiveness. Jesus’ ministry and teaching, which is the source of our Christian faith, is often centred on the healing power that comes from forgiveness. I have witnessed the impact of this healing power countless times with our young Eddies’ men who astound me with their gentle and kind hearts. They know that without sorrow there is no forgiveness and without forgiveness there is no healing.
When Kevin Rudd said ‘sorry’ that day in Parliament House he helped the nation turn a page in our history towards healing. Eleven years on, we know that there is still work to do to address the injustices that our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters bear to this day. We can look with confidence I believe to our Eddies’ young men and their generation who, with hearts formed by the healing power of forgiveness, will rewrite our world to be a better place than the one we leave behind.
Year 12 Unveil the College Theme for 2019 at Induction
Congratulations to our Year 12 students who were inducted on Monday as our Class of 2019. As has become the tradition, our Year 12 Captains, on behalf of their fellow Year 12 brothers, gifted the College community the annual theme. I will leave it to the Captains to unveil the theme. Here is their address to the College at the Induction ceremony on Monday.
Good morning teachers, parents and Eddies’ men. It is an honour and a privilege for Nick, Lachlan, Logan and myself to stand before you as the College Leaders. It is our hope to represent the ideals of St Edmund’s on behalf of the student body to the very best of our abilities. As we focus this term on creating an inclusive community, we would like everyone to feel confident to come and have a chat and get to know us. We are here to offer mateship and to help create an environment where everyone feels valued. Over the holidays your Year 12 leadership team came together to decide on a theme, as we feel it is important to have a direction that can positively influence our year ahead. I hope we can all get behind this theme and use it to make the most of the opportunities that are available to us. I will now hand you over to Nick to introduce the theme for 2019.
When we first started to think about what the theme for the year could be, all we knew was that we wanted it to be as short and catchy as possible. We didn’t want there to be two themes as there has been previously because we don’t think that with two themes they ever really had the chance to properly catch on. And, thinking of one good theme was hard enough. We never would have managed two. Based on these criteria and knowing that the theme must be able to be applied to all areas of College life, the Year 12 leaders and entire cohort have decided on a two-word theme. It is my pleasure to announce to you that the St Edmund’s College theme for 2019 is ‘Own It’. I personally believe that this is a theme that we can all get behind and that each one of us can make our own. Let’s make this year a great year at Eddies and ‘own it’ for the blue and white.
What does ‘Own It’ mean to our College community in 2019? A theme is powerful when it has a shared understanding by those who aspire to it. To embed the message of ‘Own it’ in our minds, it is crucial that we consider the variety of applications to which this theme lends itself. ‘Own it’ means that if we have ability or talent in any activity, we should be proud and share it with the rest of the community. It also means that when we fall short of our aspirations we must own that to. We can apply this philosophy to both individual and team environments, celebrating our achievements whilst taking responsibility for our shortcomings. I put this question forward to all of you: “How can you ‘Own It’ in 2019?”
Eddies’ men, I challenge you to get behind this as you have gotten behind things that are personal to you. I ask you to realise that although being a different theme from other years, the understated meaning can be as powerful as you make it. We, the Seniors of 2019, hope it can be more than a catchy tune and have powerful meaning to you. ‘Own It’, although only two words, can be transformed into everyday life and is something you can rely on when in doubt, or full of confidence. It can apply when you are scared to perform a new move or doubting yourself in that Maths test when you’ve done that prep. These are the minor ways of being able to transform ‘Own It’ into the College life and as the College is full of diverse people who come with immense talent, we offer this to you and hope you can ‘Own It’ and unleash your untapped potential.
Images from the Year 12 Induction
Iggy Park Flood Appeal
Thank you for your generous response to the Iggy Park Flood Appeal. With the Parents and Friends donation still to come and today’s Tuckshop sales to include, we hope to add further to the tally below.
Information Nights $845.05
Homeroom Collections Week 1 $835.70
Qkr! App Account $315.00
Tuckshop Takings 8 Feb $4284.50
Coca Cola Sales 8 Feb $255.80
St Edmund’s Old Boys’ Assn $1000.00
Misc Cash Donations $500
Parents and caregivers can donate to the Eddies Iggy Park Appeal in the following way:
We have set up an on-line donation facility using our Qkr! payment system which can be accessed through the “Payment” tab of the College App. Once in the Qkr! system the Iggy Park Appeal is included under the “Other School Events” menu.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal