Dear St Edmund's College Family and Friends
We often have people in the community stop to tell us that the Eddies’ boys are a credit to the College and their families for no other reason than the way they are seen and how they present themselves in public. It is gratifying to hear stories of our boys assisting a member of the public as often happens, or being polite and well-mannered. These tangible examples of our Eddies’ young men being kind, strong and gentle in public are for many families the very reason why they want their son to come to our College. It is often the reason why Eddies is held in high regard by prospective employers and why the Eddies’ students do well in tertiary studies after graduating. It is for this reason that we strive to work in partnership with our parents to uphold standards in student behaviour, presentation and uniform. These are the visible expressions of our values and beliefs that ultimately create the opportunities for the young Eddies’ men to contribute to their world in a life-giving way.
To this end, during Homeroom, teachers will be reminding the students in their class of these standards. Parents and caregivers will also receive a letter from me along with a copy of our Student Presentation and Uniform Policy. Our collective efforts will ensure that our young Eddies’ men are supported to uphold these standards. From time to time we need to make sure that the ‘little things’ are not overlooked and that we insist on those one-percenters. This is how we help our young men to know that we care about them and that our belief in them to meet these standards is unwavering. It is our way of fulfilling Jesus’ promise when he said in John 10:10: “I have come that you may have life to the fullest.”
St Edmund’s College Learning Support Review
Thank you to the parents, students and staff who have participated as members of focus groups for our Learning Support Review this week. The review is being conducted by Alison Terrey with the support of Di McRoberts. Alison is a consultant with QCEC and Religious Institute Schools as well as a former Principal of a Catholic secondary high school. Di is a respected educational leader for her work in Inclusive Education and Diversity. Below is a summary of the review terms of reference:
• Assess the effectiveness of the current support service offered in Learning Support at St Edmund’s College
• Review the involvement and factors impacting on effectiveness and capacity to collaborate with the various roles within the College in the delivery of Learning Support
• Review the College’s processes from enrolment to the end of Year 12 in identifying and supporting students who have diagnosed disability, learning difficulty or require learning support
• Review the College’s processes for National Consistent Collection of Data for students requiring adjustment to access the curriculum
• Review the resourcing and facilities support given to Learning Support
In the coming weeks a report will be prepared based on the feedback from focus groups which will include commendations and recommendations to help us with our future planning. This will be a vitally important report in steering us towards improved practices and better ways to support our young men in their learning. Thank you to Carmel Seng for her overall organisation of the review process.
P & F Car Art Union – Draw Tomorrow Night - Saturday 17 August
I hope you have your ticket or tickets for the annual Parents and Friends Car Art Union draw and dinner tomorrow night. This year you have a chance to win three Honda Jazz cars from Blue Ribbon Motors as well as a Smart TV and Sound System from Harvey Norman. Tickets are only $50 which entitles dinner, entertainment and your chance to win these fabulous prizes. In previous years the College has sold approximately 600 to 800 tickets so the odds are fantastic. Thank you to the Parents and Friends for organising this brilliant fund-raiser for the College.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal