Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
"I want to be a better writer."
Over the past few weeks we have been conducting enrolment interviews for Year 7, 2019. At a recent interview I asked one of the boys how he thought coming to Eddies may help him to improve his learning. As quick as a flash he said, ‘I want to be a better writer’. I enquired further about how we could help him to be a better writer and he said that he was not happy because his handwriting is untidy and he has difficulty translating his ideas into written form. I was impressed with his self-reflection. Earlier in the interview he explained one of his favourite hobbies is riding his motorbike. I could sense his Mum’s rising anxiousness at this point as he talked about his feats on a motorbike and some of the tricks he could perform. We then discussed how his improved skills as a motorbike rider was the result of lots of practice and years of training. I asked would he be prepared to do the same to improve his writing. We spoke further about the many opportunities available to him at Eddies to become a better writer. He seemed genuinely excited about the prospect of coming to the College for this reason. He was also excited about the many sporting and extra-curricular opportunities at Eddies such as Tennis and Rugby Union, although it was clear that improving his writing was the main attraction spurring him on. Having conducted many interviews it is evident that his motivation is shared by many families seeking an enrolment place for their son at Eddies. A focus on learning and doing well in their studies is consistently held up as the primary goal, while the opportunity to excel in sport and extra-curricular activities is an added bonus in offering a holistic education for their son. I look forward to welcoming this young man to Eddies in 2019.
Former Student, Blaise Cooper, Guest Speaker at College Academic Assembly
At today’s Academic Assembly we acknowledged the achievements of our OP 1 to 5 graduating class of 2017 who returned to the College to be presented with a College medallion. We also celebrated the academic achievements of our Years 10, 11 and 12 students who received Honours, Merit and Improvement awards. To help us celebrate the occasion we welcomed back Blaise Cooper, an Eddie’s Old Boy from the graduating class of 1989.
Last year Blaise accepted an invitation to be a Mentor for one of our Year 11 students in our Mentoring Program. Blaise spoke about his journey from Eddies to the present day and how his life has been shaped by the values he was taught during his school days.
Detective Sgt Blaise Cooper
Currently Blaise is a Detective Sergeant with the Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) with the Queensland Police Service. He worked for the Commonwealth Bank from 1990 to 1993 and then Warner Brothers Movie World from 1993 to1997 appearing in more than 3,500 shows including the Police Academy Stunt Show and the Maverick Western Show.
Blaise went to Sydney in 1997 to 2001 where he appeared in Feature Films, national TV commercials and guest roles in TV shows including Water Rats, Heartbreak High, Wildside and Big Sky. In 2001, he moved to Canberra and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Broadcast Media) working in breakfast radio for SSS Canberra and 2CC radio stations as the Sports Presenter.
From 2003 to 2005, Blaise worked for Channel 9 in Orange NSW as the Sports Presenter and continued to work in Canberra radio as a broadcast journalist. In April 2005, he worked for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in Canberra as a Flight Intelligence Analyst before joining the Australian Federal Police in Canberra as an Investigator in November 2005.
In 2009, Blaise moved to Queensland and joined the Queensland Police Service working in both uniform and plain clothes functions. He has been a Police Negotiator since 2012. We thank Blaise for his insightful story and for the time he has given back to Eddies both as a Mentor and as an Old Boy returning to share his life experiences.
Solidarity and Justice
On Wednesday, February 14, the whole College assembled briefly for an Ash Wednesday liturgy followed by a blessing with ashes. Each Homeroom Teacher blessed the students in their class with ashes by making a sign of a cross on their forehead. It is an ancient ritual that upholds a special time in our Church calendar marking the first day of Lent.
Lent is a time when we pray, reflect, fast and give to the poor. It represents the 40 days when Jesus wandered the desert and fasted after he was baptised. Throughout the season of Lent each Homeroom will be asked to raise funds for Caritas Australia Project Compassion. You can find out more about how schools across Australia are contributing to this worthy charity via the website: https://fundraise.caritas.org.au/event/caritas-ks
The act of giving to the poor, reflecting on our own capacity to make a difference to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves, and acting compassionately and empathetically to understand the injustices that our fellow brothers and sisters endure in our own community and abroad, is to uphold one of our EREA Touchstones; Solidarity and Justice. During this season of Lent we will be inviting our Eddies’ young men to pray, reflect, fast and give to the poor.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal