Newsletter - 16 August 2019

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Upholding Standards

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.


Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

The Community Celebrates the Feast of the Assumption

The Assumption is a celebration of the Mother Mary, honouring when her body and soul were assumed into heavenly glory. As scripture does not provide an account of this event, confidence in this common belief is at the core of our Catholic faith. It is fitting therefore that three Year 7 students from St Mary’s College and two Year 7 students from St Edmund’s College should demonstrate such conviction in their faith by being baptised during the Mass on Thursday.

It was a delightful community celebration. Our Year 7 cohort, along with members of staff, had the privilege of witnessing this wonderful occasion. All students looked on with great interest as the five students being baptised were joined by Fr Stephen Bliss, their families and Godparents around the baptismal font in the centre of the church. On behalf of the whole College community, I would like to congratulate Jayden Probert and Mayson Carter for their courage to participate in this public statement of faith.

These students will now continue their preparation in readiness for their Confirmation. We will celebrate the Rite of Enrolment for our two students at the regular Friday Assembly on 30 August. The students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Sunday night Combined Colleges’ Parish Mass on 3 November at 6.00pm.

Combined Colleges’ Parish Mass - 6.00p - Sunday 18 August

Come along and celebrate Sunday Mass with the College community. Students are invited to sit in the choir section and sing even if they are not regular members of the choir. There will be a pizza supper after Mass. Dress for Mass is smart casual.

A Prayer - Students Preparing for Sacraments

Loving God,
We pray for those students who are preparing to receive the Sacraments.
Journey alongside them as they move towards communion with the Catholic Church.
Guide them in their thoughts, words and actions to live out their faith in the world.
Give them eyes that see you, ears that hear you, a heart that loves you, feet that walk towards you, and hands that reach out to you.
May they never doubt you.
May they cast out their fears and worries, and trust in your plans for them.
May they always feel your love.
Help us guide and support them as they journey towards you.
Help us demonstrate mercy, hospitality, community, education and spirituality.
Give us strength and courage to live out our own faith so that we may share our experiences and love of God with them.
May we always guide them down the right paths.
May we always emphasise the important morals and values of the Church.
May we always encourage them to live faithfully.

Watch over us all as we grow in faith alongside them.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

Community Conversation Evening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families - 6.00pm - Wednesday 28 August at Eddies - Room: Lynch 202

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families are invited to a Community Conversation Evening to discuss implementing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at St Edmund’s College. This will take place on Wednesday 28 August at 6.00pm in Room L202.

As part of its 2018-2020 Strategic Directions and Priorities and 2019 Growth Goals, St Edmund’s College is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people towards Reconciliation and Justice. As a result, in collaboration with the College Leadership Team, a group of staff and students have formed a working committee to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for St Edmund’s College.

A collaborative approach to developing our RAP will ensure it contains multiple perspectives and represents the diversity in our community. The Community Conversation Evening will provide an opportunity for our families to share their insights and wisdom. The RAP working group will also present their reflections and goals for the project. Michael Naylor, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) Secretariat Director, will be present at the evening to provide updates and information.

Tea, coffee and nibbles will be provided as part of the Community Conversation Evening on 28 August. Please RSVP to Mrs Marysia Rice: if you would like to attend. We look forward to working together with you as we develop our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Winter Appeal Continues!

We are collecting items in support of Blind Eye Ministries and Rosies until the end of term. Please ask your sons to bring these items to their Homeroom or the Identity/Learning and Teaching Reception.

• Tea, Coffee, Milo
• Noodles in a cup (not a packet)
• Biscuits
• Personal care items
- Soap
- Deodorant
- Sanitary products
- Shaving products

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Year 11 Parent Forum

Year 11 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and Variable Pathway (VP) Parent Forum

Thank you to the many parents who attended the Parent Forum on Monday of this week. Topics discussed included:

• Requirements for receiving the Qld Certificate of Education (QCE)
• How certificate courses contribute to the QCE
• How assessment tasks contribute towards your son’s ATAR
• Timing of Internal and External Assessment
• College Reports
• Access to adjustments and arrangements for students affected by poor health or with learning difficulties
• Preparing students for their external exams

I especially thank parents for the many thoughtful questions they posed. Further information will be sent via email.

Years 7 to 9 Academic Awards

On Friday of next week, August 23, the Academic Awards Assembly for Years 7 to 9 Award recipients will be held. Lists are available on noticeboards and EDE and parents have been sent invitations. I look forward to celebrating the students’ success with you.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News


Student Lockers

Parents are reminded to ensure that students have a secure and sturdy lock for their locker.

In addition, students should refrain from leaving any valuable items in their locker especially over-night or on weekends.

Lockers should be kept clean, tidy and locked at all times when not in use.

Career News


Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 5

Queensland Catholic Schools/Colleges Music Festival

Another busy week for the Performing Arts Department with two co-curricular ensembles rehearsing intensely in preparation for events taking place this weekend. The Combined Colleges’ String Ensemble will participate in the annual Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival on Saturday afternoon. The students in this ensemble have been preparing for this event under the direction of Strings tutor, Ms Sandra Randall. I wish them all the best for Saturday and thank Sandra for her hard work and effort in preparing this ensemble.

Brisbane Sings this Sunday

The College Choir will perform at Brisbane Sings on Sunday. Brisbane Sings is a community event featuring choirs and singing groups from all over the city, performing separately and together. A massed choir of 500 voices and a stage band will join to present a highly entertaining show that celebrates group singing in a non-competitive environment. The event is fun, uplifting and a great chance for various musical and community groups to share ideas and create lasting and memorable experiences for their members.

I would like to thank the students for their hard work and effort in preparation and wish them well for Sunday’s event. I would also like to thank Ms Frances O’Sullivan for her dedication in preparing the students for this performance. The event will be held at QPAC. Tickets can be purchased at the following link:

Academic Assembly

The Senior Contemporary Ensemble performed the hit song ‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’ by Shawn Mendes at last Friday’s Academic Assembly. The students in this band gave yet another very high standard performance in front of their peers, staff and parents. Well done!

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental tutors reported an improvement in lesson attendance this week. I would like students to keep up this high attendance level for the remainder of the term. Students should check the notice boards outside K205 for their lesson times and ensure they turn up to their lesson. Failure to attend can lead to termination from the program.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

BRISBANE SINGS - this Sunday

Venue: QPAC

Our College Choir is participating in this event and tickets are available for purchase at the following website:

BRISBANE SINGS REHEARSAL - Leave St Edmund’s at 9:30am – Technical Rehearsal 10:30am to 5:00 pm. (Free Dress, but bring performing blacks, choir t-shirt and money for lunch or packed lunch)

BRISBANE SINGS SHOW - 5:00pm to 7:30pm at QPAC. Bus leaves QPAC at 8:00pm – back at St Edmund’s by 9:00pm.


AIC Rugby League Results - 10 August 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick’s College

First XIII – Draw 20 – 20. St Pat’s led 20-0 at halftime after a disappointing first half marred with defensive errors and poor ball control. The break was a blessing, giving the Eddies’ men time to refocus and get their game together. The middle third of the field began to take control of the ball and committed aggressive defence, forcing errors from the St Pat’s team. This allowed Eddies to work their way back into the match. Thomas Chandler had a great all-round game in attack and defence. Ryan Holden, Cade Scanlan, Liam Kember and Logan Spark were significant contributors. The halves in Jett Young and Justice Kennedy are beginning to find some rhythm in their play. The conclusion was a wonderful pick-up-off-his-toes by Liam Smith to score in the corner and level the scores.

Year 10 – Loss 0 – 46. The first 15 minutes were full of errors from both teams; however we stayed in the fight and were 4 – nil down. St Pat’s out-enthused us and with a simple although effective game plan ran away with the game. Great play from Samuel Bothwell and Keegan Camplin who put their bodies on the line and showed fighting spirit to the end.

Year 9 – Win 38 – 0. A superb double from Cohan Patrick helped the Year 9s keep their perfect record intact. St Pat’s put up a good fight; however, in the end good finishing and a never-say-die attitude helped to bring the team home. Blake Saggus kept up the good day for the wingers, being awarded Man of the Match. Ethan Sadler received the sausage roll.

Year 8 – Win 26 – 6. An arm-wrestle to start; however a patient performance saw SEC pull away through smart play in the windy conditions. The #13 match-up was the theme of the game as Liam Wilson did the SEC supporters proud to lead the team to a great home win at Tivoli.

Year 7 – Loss 0 – 24. SEC dominated the opening exchanges and held good field position. A number of errors afforded St Pat’s territory and they scored two tries before the break to lead 10 – 0. Ill-discipline, especially poor ball control, meant that Eddies rarely finished their sets. SPC ran in another three tries to come away victorious 24-0.

Year 6 – Win 24 – 14. A slow start and a large forward pack allowed St Patrick’s to move onto the front foot; however, spirited fight-back and effort by the team until the final whistle earned the hard-fought win.

AIC Basketball Results - 10 August 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College

First V – Win 60 – 55. Round 3 saw the Firsts travel to Shorncliffe to record their second win of the season in a tense game. The team rode five consecutive three- pointers from Benicio Hortle to start strong. A chaotic start to the fourth quarter, however, allowed St Pat’s to take the lead. Logan Atkins’ return to the team came at the right time, calmly entering the game late to take control, and ice last minute free throws to force over-time. Cool heads and experience won the day as the Wolf Pack regained confidence and closed the game in reasonable comfort.

Seconds – Win 29 – 20. Each of our players needed to perform well in order to achieve the win due to players out with illness and injury. Timothy Foy started well, using good footwork and soft hands around the basket, and Zachary Butcher was a monster on the boards all game. St Pat’s did well to mix their defence throughout the match and kept testing our team. In the end, good play rewarded the team as 9-point winners. Noah Ryan was outstanding, as was Timothy Foy.

Thirds – Loss 11 – 43. Once again the Thirds struggled with offensive strategy, unable to score in the first half; athough our defence is working well. We need to work harder at employing and maintaining our offensive plans so that we achieve value from our possession. Better passing options and shot selection will result.

Fourths – Loss 15 – 42. Difficult outside conditions made scoring challenging, along with our smaller squad making rotations hard. The six team members who played showed immerse character to fight to the end.

11A – Loss 46 – 88. By far our best game of the season. Defensively there is still room to improve; however, offensively we showed improvement. Thornton Hendry and Nicholas Mallet were outstanding in scoring. Everyone played hard.

11B – Loss 13 – 52. An undermanned team put together our best defensive performance to date. With two players fouling out and another sustaining an injury, playing out the last quarter with four players proved too great a challenge against the St Patrick’s College outfit. All seven players who made the trip to Shorncliffe are to be commended for their commitment to our structure.

10A – Loss 65 – 68. Byron Williams and Tyreece Page-Woodbridge led the way in what was most likely a premiership game; however, we were unable to come up with the win. Despite the good play from our backcourt duo, we had too many defensive errors which allowed St Pat’s easy lay-ups. Kobie Low shot the ball well, although it was St Patricks who completed enough work to achieve the win through their big man scoring twice in a row late in the game, leaving us unable to reclaim the lead.

10B – Loss 21 – 47. A lack of energy and communication allowed a spirited St Patrick’s side to build momentum. Despite spacing the floor well and creating space inside, we hesitated on open shots in the key in favour of taking longer, contested shots from the outside. St Patrick’s scored freely on the break. Oliver Ryan battled hard as did Jonathan Jirima with brilliant inside play.

10C – Loss 13 – 63. A tough loss against a tall and strong Pat’s side. They destroyed us on rebounds and this combined with lack of ball movement and overall fatigue on our part led to this result. Great individual efforts from Patrick Schmidt, Joseph Xavier and Ekachai Adams.

9A – Win 47 – 35. The AIC competition grows in skill level with the jump ahead in age groups. Our team is playing tough teams and rising to the challenge. Shanden Stokes was a defensive anchor all day, Kai Brown was quick up and down the court and Samuel Caprioli was too crafty to contain.

9B – Win 49 – 27. It was a great team performance which resulted in a comfortable win. Creative offence at times was backed up by old-school hustle. Harry Sammut and Jacob Wright stood out; however everyone contributed in their roles. Good job! Enjoy the Bye.

9C – Loss 32 – 34. A great team performance in a nail-biting game against a strong St Patrick’s outfit saw us very unlucky not to walk away with a win. The players improved vastly in all aspects of their game and should hold their heads high for the way they performed. Zachary King was lethal on offense whilst Hayden Appleby played crucial shots in the final quarter.

8A – Win 50 – 32. We managed to pull out a convincing win with five men on deck, despite sickness in the team. Tafito Falaniko Ah-Ki was strong on defence with Isaac McCarthy and Hamish Asquith keeping the score ticking over.

8B – Win 44 – 26.The team showed much improvement in defence which led to many on-court opportunities. Fast transitions down the court saw us take on an early lead. Great contribution from all players with everyone earning buckets. Awesome team spirit and camaraderie gave us a much deserved win.

8C – Win 33 – 32. Gather around the mighty 8C ballers! The players showed great perseverance to stick to the plan, despite being down 7 points at half-time, eventually clasping the lead with 30 seconds to go. Cool heads under pressure won out. Great games Jack Treagle and Lochlan Nguyen.

8D – Loss 26 – 29. Ethan McQueen and Harrison Baldry are beginning to form a good combination. The team improved further this week and were unlucky in the end. Noah Bastin-Ross showed good skills with a number of rebounds. All players continue to work hard on improving their skills.

7A – Loss 36 – 84. St Patrick’s were very strong at both ends of the court and were deserving winners. The players stuck with it and gave their best all game. Broddick Buttenshaw Holmes, Ryan Smith and Joshua Affleck were great examples.

7B – Loss 14 – 25. The players showed skill and teamwork in the first half taking an early lead. A strong St Pat’s team overpowered us in the second, however, and our shots were not falling. Good games from Lachlan McDermott-Parkes, Bayley Alonso, and Thomas Kissane. Keep on pushing boys, loved your game; it was a pleasure coaching you.

7C – Loss 22 – 44. As our teamwork, structure and man-on-man marking improve we are seeing a positive improvement. Quality movement up and down the court from Nate Honicke and Lochlan Perry fought hard.

7D – Loss 10 – 58. Digger Marschke and Joel Edwards put in top efforts in defence; however, were outmatched by a more experienced team. Phoenix Ungermann and Rhys Cash dropped big buckets for the squad. On to the next one, team.

AIC Tennis Results - 10 August 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College

First IV – Loss 3 – 5. The SEC First Tennis team had a narrow loss to St Patrick’s College, five matches to three. Nichalous Petryszyn had a tough singles match winning his first set 6-4 and the second in a tie-break. Connor Kennedy stepped up with confidence to the second position. He played an attacking style of tennis in which he created many opportunities for himself to win convincingly 6-1, 6-2. Nichalous Petryszyn and Connor Kennedy also won their reverse doubles match.

Seconds – Loss 0 – 8. The SEC Second Tennis team lost against St Patrick’s College, 8-0. There were many close games in the doubles and solid performances by the team. Great rallies and games were played; however the opposition were better on the day. All players are to be commended on their ongoing commitment at training and on game day.

Thirds – Loss 2 – 6. The SEC Third Tennis team lost against St Patrick’s College, 6-2. This week Nicholas Just moved into the first position and won his singles match 6-4. Ethan Phillips from Year 10 played the second position in this team and came close to winning his singles match, narrowly being defeated 7-5. This doubles pair worked well, winning their reverse doubles match and losing the other in a tie-break.

10A – Loss 0 – 8

10B – Loss 1 – 7

9A – Win 6 – 2. Adam Hammant, Connor Sampson and Aodhan Gallaher won their single matches 6 to 3. Aodhan paired up with Stewart England, winning both doubles matches 4 to 3 and 4 to 1. Patience and termination by all the players was the key factor for this good result.

9B – Win 6 – 2. The day started well when Zachary Ball won his first singles match for St Edmund’s 6 to 3. Liam Wallis, in a hard-fought match, won his singles match 7-5 and he went on to pair with Luke McFarlane to win their doubles match 4-2.

8A – Win 6 – 1. A fabulous win for the team this week! Conditions were a bit tough; however the players were resilient and gained wins in the majority of the sets. Special mention to Marcus White, who battled for over an hour to take out a great singles win. This team is definitely one to watch this season!

8B – Loss 1 – 7. A tough morning of tennis for the 8B team against a strong St Patrick’s opposition. Owen Cass did well to take out a singles win and displayed great skill. Doubles partnerships are forming well and all players are showing good team development.

7A – Loss 0 – 8

7B – Loss 1 – 7

Wolfpack Junior Basketball Clinic - TOMORROW

Saturday 17 August 2019 - Bremer State High School


Tuckshop Roster - Week 6

Week commencing 19 August 2019

Mon 19 Aug: M Glen, L Ash

Tue 20 Aug: K McKew, A Harding, S Vince

Wed 21 Aug: C Sammut, D Schmidt

Thu 22 Aug: D Sanders

Fri 23 Aug: J Marsh, K Evans

School News

Skool2Skoolies 2019

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Throughout this year a select group of Year 12 students has been training hard and raising money for the annual St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies ride. They have managed to juggle the commitments of their final year studies and a huge involvement in other co-curricular and service learning commitments with the challenges of seeking sponsorship and training on bikes.

These efforts have reaped huge personal rewards and also for the charities for whom they are raising money. The 2019 riding apparel sponsorship is officially closed as no further placements are available on the team kit. Donations will still be accepted and appreciated from businesses and members of the Eddies community. Thank you to the businesses who have generously sponsored or donated to the 2019 Skool2Skoolies event. The big question now is – What will the kit look like?

St Edmund’s College thanks our 2019 Skool2Skoolies Sponsors

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