Newsletter - 15 May 2020

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The Principal

Blue and White Life Blood is Slowly Returning

The sun hadn’t yet risen on Monday morning when I removed myself from a warm bed to prepare for the beginning of another week. Strangely, leaving the cosy confines of blankets with an extraordinarily high “snuggle factor” was not difficult. Preparation complete, dressed and ready, the front door closes. “They’re back!” The thought infused itself as the doors to the car clunked and unlocked. “Not all of them but it’s a start”. The proposition lingered in the air through the long drive to school. “Online classes have opened up a new world, but it will be good to see smiling faces in face to face lessons again”. The idea solidified during the walk from the car park to the Edmund Rice Building and so the week began.

Eddies is beginning to wake up from a long sleep — more of a long nap really — its blue and white life blood is slowly returning. With posters promoting social spacing, hand hygiene and personal health awareness dotting the walls and hand sanitiser pump packs inhabiting rooms, classes are recommencing, face to face.

The return of Years 11 and 12 students marks a milestone in a journey that has for some been far too long, for others far too short but for all, a journey that has revealed something. New ways of working, learning and teaching have come to the fore. I was passing through the staff lunchroom just yesterday. Teachers sat — appropriately socially spaced — enthusiastically discussing how they shared the OneNote collaboration space to their class during a tutorial held over Microsoft Teams. I had several conversations with our Years 11 and 12 men. I discovered they had a new-found appreciation of each other and their teachers. They reflected in amazement at the engagement in classrooms since their return. The new way may be to supplement learning and clarify skills learned at home with workshops and tutorials at school. As a community we endeavour to remember the lessons of this time and employ them for the benefit our young men.

While this is a first step in a staged return, I appreciate we have had young men on campus for a number of weeks already, engaging in their own online learning. A task they have approached with persistence, good humour and commitment. At home young men will still be navigating with their parents and caregivers the rough seas of keeping motivated and on task. I am reminded of eating chocolate. The first bite is pretty good but after your fifth or sixth Mars Bar, it is not so much fun anymore. Keeping young men enthused and motivated is no easy task. I commend our parents and caregivers who have supported sons in this new educational landscape. There is, however, an end in sight. We look to our team reassembling over the next few weeks, to seeing the yard awash with young men in blue and white, various groups planted firmly in their traditional space and classrooms with lessons filled with happy, engaged young men ready to learn.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy

Identity

Identity News

Looking to the Future

Welcome Back Years 11 and 12 - It is great to see you all again!

After another successful Mother’s Day last Sunday, we seem to be coming out of the COVID-19 state of affairs. The world is beginning to look a little brighter. Many parks were packed with people getting outdoors and enjoying the beautiful days we are having. Add to this, the news of schools on a back-to-class regime from this week, restaurants and cafes about to open, our ability to get out and about increased, and you could be forgiven for thinking we are heading back to normal. But we are all wondering how things will seem once this is over. Once we have won this war against COVID-19 and are living safely with a cure.

One YouTuber, Tom Foolery, decided to get creative and give us a poetic bedtime story that perfectly sums up: 'The Great Realisation' as he calls it. It starts as a bedtime story, with the little child asking him to read 'the one about the virus’. And so, he talks about humanity falling apart, getting overwhelmed by capitalism, and the virus forcing us to come together. ‘In a world where I once would dwell. It was a world of waste and wonder, of poverty and plenty. Back before we understood why hindsight's 2020.’

Watch it and imagine as you do, what a world post-COVID-19 will look like for you. I hope it will be a better one in some ways than the one we have left behind!




World Day of Prayer for the End of Covid-19 Crisis

In Rome, the Pope is calling for women and men to pray to God for an end to the corona virus pandemic. While recognising the role of science in fighting the disease, the Committee says, “we should not forget to seek refuge in God, the All-Creator, as we face such a severe crisis”.

In calling for worldwide prayer, the Pope says, “Each one, from wherever they are and according to the teachings of their religion, faith, or sect, should implore God to lift this pandemic off us and the entire world, to rescue us all from this adversity”. His call also emphasises the importance of asking God “to inspire scientists to find a cure that can turn back this disease, and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic”.

For this week’s prayer click on the link and join in a chorus of hope with people of all faiths around the world.

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2020-05/covid-19-faithful-respond-to-popes-invitation-to-pray-may-14.html

Live Jesus in our Hearts – Forever

Eddies Mother’s Day Community Cookbook

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year we put together an Eddies Mother’s Day Community Cookbook. It contains over 60 family favourite recipes shared by staff, students and families of the College. Many of the recipes have wonderful stories and memories attached. I would like to thank everyone who shared their recipes and stories. This experience has prompted many wonderful conversations and memories and it has been a pleasure receive these little delightful treats.

This collection of tasty treats was emailed last week. If you did not receive your copy, please email apmissionassistant@sec.qld.edu.au to obtain a copy or you can find in on the Mission page of EDE (https://ede.sec.qld.edu.au/homepage/1311).

Ms Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

International Nurses' Day

“Nursing the World to Health”

On Tuesday 12 May the College acknowledged International Nurses' Day. With the theme of “Nursing the World to Health”, we took the opportunity to say thank you to all nurses across the world for their ongoing contribution to health care. We particularly acknowledged their selfless dedication in the response to COVID-19, as their care and compassion has been unwavering.

Ms Adrianna Rimland, Director of Mission

Dear Lord,
As nurses care for their patients,
be with them.
Help them not to grow weary in doing good,
but build them up when they’re breaking down.
Bless them with compassion, letting Your love shine through all that they do.
Thank you for all those you’ve called to serve in this way.
We need each and every one of them.
May they be at peace with your will.
Amen.

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Welcome Back to Years 11 and 12

Online Learning

We welcomed our Years 11 and 12 back to the College this week, while our Years 7 to 10 students continued Online Learning at home. I participated in the Teams trial and it was a positive opportunity to connect with the students, hear their voices and their stories of the online experience. We discussed their schoolwork, their progress, any difficulties, and in general how they were coping with this new type of learning.

Videos are used in the course of face-to-face work at the College; however, they are not the sole method of delivery. Students spoke of time saved by not having to be dressed, travel to school, move between classrooms and interact in the classroom. They said also that they missed the human interaction and the ability to ask questions of their peers and their teacher.

We discussed what they have been doing in their leisure time at home. One boy spoke of his new-found cooking skills and his awesome steak sandwich. I heard stories of learning archery because the equipment was at home, running two kilometres with the dog each day, and the experience of having the whole family together at home.

These are unique times and it was wonderful to hear the boys’ voices and hear their stories. One student even had advice for another boy when we discussed issues with technology. I look forward to more online conversations with the students.

Years 11 and 12

There was a sea of blue blazers across the Year 12 area and in the under-croft on Monday morning. There were smiling faces, the buzz of conversation and some bleary eyes due to adjusting again to school times. The Seniors spoke of their mixed experiences in learning at home. Some loved the isolation to maximise study time without the interruption of bells, moving classes and general school life. Others missed the structure, familiarity and human interaction of the College day.



‘Fancy Thursday’ gave us the opportunity to acknowledge and have some celebration with our Year 12 students on what would have been their Formal.





Ms Henness has been meeting with Year 12 students about their results and how they are tracking. This information has been provided in summary form to those students who have been interviewed to take home to parents.

A Final Note

The Eddies sense of community has been palpable this week and it will be all the richer in the weeks to come when the rest of the College returns. We all look forward to that time.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

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Career News

Careers - Week 4

Tertiary News - Job Hunting

Academic Bootcamps

Griffith's 2020 Academic Bootcamps are high-quality courses designed to assist students to achieve their full academic potential by improving confidence and understanding in senior subject areas and reducing anxiety around assessment while preparing students for future tertiary study.

The Academic Bootcamps are specifically designed to assist students to:

  • revise and consolidate knowledge in their subjects
  • increase confidence in preparing for exams
  • provide invaluable tips on study skills and techniques specific to the subject
  • experience their subject matter from a different perspective
  • seek answers for specific queries and
  • give students an extra edge in upcoming exams and assessments.

Year 11 - 29 June - 3 July 2020 (Monday to Friday) Online only

Year 12 - 28 September - 2 October 2020 (Monday to Friday) On campus or online

All subjects will be run in a half-day format, allowing students to register for up to two subjects.

Cost: $125 per course.

» For more information or to register, visit griffith.edu.au/academic-bootcamps

Additional entry requirement for teaching courses

If you are nominating Teaching as one of your QTAC preferences, you must meet academic and non-academic entry requirements. Academic entry requirements include subject prerequisites and ATAR minimum selection threshold. You can find academic entry requirements for each course in Course Search. If you do not submit the additional entry requirements you won't be consicered for a place in teaching at any institution. Contact the relevant institution for more information on what qualifications and prerequisites are accepted for entry to initial teacher education courses.

Adjustment Factors – How can they assist me?

Adjustment Factors help you gain entry into university courses. If you are eligible for Adjustment Factors your position on the merit scale for entry into a course will be ‘adjusted’ to give you a new, more competitive score.

Universities award Adjustment Factors for a variety of reasons and programs so you will have to enquire to every university you are interested in attending, to fully understand their eligibility requirements. The process for applying for ‘Adjustment Factors’ may vary so it’s important that you start your research now.

Visit the QTAC website for information on the following Assistance schemes:

  • Year 12 subject scheme
  • Access and equity schemes
  • Regional preference scheme
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schemes
  • Elite Athlete and Performer Schemes
  • QUT Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme
  • Griffith University Elite Athlete Program
  • Access USC Elite Athlete Adjustment Scheme
  • Other special admissions schemes
Time is passing Year 12s - but don't panic

Although this has been a challenging year, time is moving quickly and you will need to be sorting your course preferences for your QTAC application. You need to begin serious planning for 2021 if you haven't already started. If you haven’t a clue where to start or aren’t aware of your options, make an appointment with your school Careers Guidance Counsellor/Adviser ASAP. Some opportunities to assist you are:

  • From May to September most of the institutions have open days where you can get information about courses and check out the campuses.
  • You will receive the QTAC Guide in June/July. It contains information about courses you can apply for through QTAC and application processes.
  • 18 - 19 July 2020 - Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) at the RNA showgrounds. Interstate universities will be represented at this expo.
  • From August 2020, you can access a range of up-to-date information about the 2020/21 QTAC application and offer processes and the courses offered from the QTAC website.
  • 9 - 10 October 2020 - Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Also, careers expos will be held in regional centres throughout Queensland.

Take advantage of all these opportunities to plan your immediate future. 30 September 2020 is the final date to apply for some courses so check your QTAC book carefully for critical dates.

JOB HUNTING

Five steps to employment

The following steps are adapted from How to Find Work – In the 21st Century. They were written for university graduates, but could be helpful for graduating Year 12 students.

  • Review your online presence - Most employers check out applicants on social media sites. What they find out about you will either increase your chances or eliminate you. They say that over 30% of the applicants are rejected because of what was found out about them through online postings.
  • Don’t rely on advertised positions - One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to focus on advertised positions. The clear majority of employment opportunities today are never advertised and learning how to find them is a process that involves several skills, including developing your social networks and letting them know you are looking for a job.
  • Focus on small companies - Most employment opportunities are to be found in small companies, which include self-employed people who have more work than they can handle. Increase your chances of being hired by emphasising that you’re open to part-time, temporary, and contract work.
  • Learn how to sell yourself - Many job seekers are very uncomfortable with this area but it’s a skill you must develop. The good news is anyone can learn how to do it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how effectively you can sell yourself once you understand what you can offer an employer.
  • Create a LinkedIn Account - Learn as much as you can about LinkedIn before you start. Spend as much time on your LinkedIn account as you would on your resume. Make sure the information is consistent. Keep your account up to date as you gain more experience and new skills.
What is a resume? The essentials you need to know

Seek writes that a ‘Resume’ is a word you’ll hear a lot during the job-hunting process. A resume, sometimes called a CV or curriculum vitae, is a document that lists your work experience, education, skills and achievements. You’ll need a resume for almost any job application. It’s considered essential information to give to an employer so they can weigh up whether you’re suitable for a role, and if they want to invite you to a job interview. Click here to read more about What should my resume include?

  • Personal details
  • Career objectives or summary
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Skills, strengths and/or interests
  • References
  • How long should it be?
  • What should it look like?
  • What to leave out
Youth Jobs PaTH

Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible approach to youth employment. It is designed to support young people to gain the employability skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job. It also supports employers to host internship placements and provides them with incentives when they take on a young person. Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare, Trial, Hire. Learn more about the Trial with an internship placement on their website.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Counsellor/Adviser

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