Newsletter - 16 March 2018

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

I often get asked the question at enrolment interviews, ‘Do you have a bullying problem?’ Understandably parents and caregivers don’t want to send their son to a school that has a bullying problem and I certainly don’t want to pretend St Edmund’s College is exempt because, like all schools, bullying behaviours and the fall out that follows is something that we encounter from time to time. What we endeavour to do is promote a whole school approach that places importance on the value of positive relationships. We try to capture this in some of our slogans such as, Kind Men, Strong Men, Gentlemen, Eddies’ Men or Being a Brother to Another. This year during Eddies’ Men Can (EMC) time, which is a time given to Homeroom each week, we have a particular focus on developing right relationships. It is integral to our Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) ethos as expressed through the Touchstone of Inclusive Community. In a very compelling way it is embraced as a faith position as echoed in the words of Jesus when he called each of us to ‘love our neighbour’. These all help and guide us in our combined efforts to nurture and grow our boys into young men who have a heart for the other so they may create a world where bullying is not necessary. It is not an easy task and it requires daily attention and an ongoing commitment to work together.

Being the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, I refer you to the infographic at the end of this newsletter section from the Bullying No Way website. This provides a simple and straight forward overview of how schools, students and parents can work together to build a culture where bullying doesn’t become a problem.

Acknowledging 120 years of service to St Edmund’s College

Our Foundation Dinner was a tremendous community event. The highlight for the evening was a special acknowledgement and presentation to three much loved staff members, Di Denman, Anne Mulkerin and Wayne Warren, who each have given 40 years of dedicated service to St Edmund’s College. Former principals of the College, Brother Ted Magee, Jim Lucey, Brendan Lawler and Chris Leadbetter were on call

to share their stories and appreciation of each of them in their time. I cannot imagine many other schools that could claim celebrating the services of three staff members who between them have given over 120 years of their work life to one school. Even after all this time they each in their own unique and inimitable way continue to be vibrant, hope-filled and inspirational staff members and colleagues.

$500,000.00 gift from College Foundation

During the evening Gerard Pender, College Foundation Chair, presented the College with a cheque for $500,000.00 to contribute to the restoration, refurbishment and extension of the Edmund Rice Building. Formed eleven years ago, the College Foundation has been raising funds all this time through events like the Foundation Dinner and Eddie’s Race Day for this purpose. Funds have also been used to support students who, as a result of poverty and oppression, may never have been given the opportunity to be an Eddie’s brother. On behalf of the entire College community thank you to the College Foundation for this generous gift and for the invaluable work you do to support the College.

Thank you to Kath Creedy for her overall organisation and to all our grounds and maintenance staff, Audio Visual and Office Staff who helped to make the 2018 Foundation Dinner a wonderful community celebration.


We continue to keep in our prayers family and friends who have loved ones in hospital or are unwell due to illness. Please keep in your prayers Mrs Tracey Stringer who is battling severe pain and discomfort due to illness.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Mission and Community

In the spirit of ‘in giving, we receive,’ this action is at the centre of our Service Learning program and something our students have embraced throughout this term.

Service Learning

In the spirit of ‘in giving, we receive,’ this action is at the centre of our Service Learning program and something our students have embraced throughout this term. Through Homework Help, Twilight Tours, serving at the Foundation Dinner and participating in the Little King’s Collection weekend, St Edmund’s students have not only demonstrated that ‘Eddies’ Men Can’, but have also had the opportunity to be profoundly changed. Our young men have placed others at the centre of their world and lived in words and actions the EREA Touchstones.

Service Learning at the College embraces all aspects of the ‘Touchstones’ and makes the Gospel Values a living reality in our daily life. Throughout the year we will continue to form relationships with local primary schools, special schools, and aged care homes, as well as community organisations such as the Little King’s Movement and in doing so, continue to celebrate the sacredness of another’s life.

Thank you to the students who served at last weekend’s Foundation Dinner. Thank you also to the students, staff and families who are assisting with the Little King’s Collection this Sunday. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and the impact will be felt widely in our community.

Remember - details are as follows for the Little King’s Collection on Sunday 18 March 2018

9:30am Your son with a collection partner (one of his Eddie’s friends) arrive at the College and register at the undercover area of the Horan/Lynch Buildings. He and his collection partner will receive a pack and a small area in which to collect within the Ipswich region.

9:45am to 10:00am You (as parent/caregiver) transport your son and his partner to the collection area.

10:00am to 11:30am He and his partner knock on doors and collect for the Little King’s Movement.

11:30am to 12:00 noon The students return to the College, hand in their collection packs and money, then enjoy a barbecue lunch at the College.

Monday 19 March: Your son checks that his name has been recorded on the Service Notice Board so that his community service hours can be recorded on the College database.

The Little King’s Collection requires only two hours of your son’s time. Please encourage him to participate as not only will he raise much needed funds, his services hours will be recorded on his College record.

2018 Garma Festival Immersion

The Garma Festival is an opportunity for members of our St Edmund’s community both indigenous and non-indigenous to:

  • genuinely engage with the culture, lore and matters of Australia’s first people
  • take advantage of the wisdom: running for 20 years it has become a place for shaping policy and developing Indigenous business
  • be inspired, guided and formed as leaders in our community; buoyed by the wisdom of the experience to make a difference as Eddies’ men.

This is an experience of a life time that will change your world view. The Garma Festival will change your heart and mind and St Edmund’s has the opportunity to travel with three combined schools to the 2018 Garma Festival. This includes St Columban’s Caboolture who have five years of Garma Festival to share.

The nine day trip includes:

  • Two travel days (Brisbane to Darwin to Gove Peninsular return)
  • Four days at Garma Festival (incl. meals and accommodation)
  • Three days Darwin cultural experience
  • Cost: $2500 per person

This price is subsidised and does not cover the full cost of festival ticket, travel and extra activities. Fundraising to support this experience would be necessary.

For more information go to the Garma Festival Website

We are currently taking expressions of interest for the Garam Festival Trip. If your son is interested in joining this experience or would like more information email please Mrs Marysia Rice:

Prayer and perspective for the busy days

Gracious Father,

Thank you for giving me this time of quiet, time to cocoon myself in Your presence. Time to process all that You revealed to my mind and my heart. Time to rest in Your love.

Lord, Your Word says that You are tender, kind, and immense in love. May I faithfully extend:

Your love.

Your compassion.

Your presence and goodness.

Please keep my heart tender, my eyes open, my feet ready, and my hands giving, in order to see and meet needs as You reveal them to me. May I willingly offer food, give a drink, and clothe those in need.

I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink . . . I was naked, and you gave me clothing. Matthew 25:35-36

Alone I am only able to help a few, but it is something.

Together we are able to help many, and it is more.

With You we are able to help all, that is everything.

With You everything is possible. Amen.

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

Learning & Teaching

Teaching and Learning



Examinations have now commenced and Reports will be available at the beginning of Term 2. Parent Teacher interviews are on Thursday May 3. This is an important opportunity for all parents to communicate with the teaching staff about your son’s progress. Please mark this date on your calendar.


On Wednesday night this week Year 10 parents and their sons attended an Information Evening with Business Improvement Australia (BIA). This company will conduct testing in skills, personality interests and preferences for career types in preparation for the Senior Education and Training (SET Plan) Interviews that the students will participate in later in the year prior to their Subject Selection. Each student will have a one-to-one interview and each family will receive a detailed report as part of this preparation. In Student Development, Year 10 students continue to learn skills to assist them in their transition to Senior School in 2018.


This week two members of the Pedagogy Committee attended the Visible Learning Conference conducted at the Brisbane Convention Centre. They have learnt new insights and shared them with the rest of the group at a meeting this week. The next phase of the development of the work of this committee will take place on Tuesday March 28 when several members and various Heads of Department will have a whole day with an outside representative spent on Professional Development in the pedagogy which underpins the new External Syllabus which commences in 2019.

NAPLAN Testing – Years 7 and 9

The Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN testing of Literacy and Numeracy takes place on Tuesday May 8, Wednesday May 9 and Thursday May 10 in Term 2. The equipment necessary for the test follows.


• 2B OR HB Pencils

• Eraser

• Pencil Sharpener

• Blue or Black Biro

• Calculator

Year 12 Qld Core Skills (QCS)

At the conclusion of exams the Year 12 QCS students will participate in workshops with our outside marker of their Short Response Item test papers. Additionally they will attend a Writing Task workshop conducted by Ms Stead. On Tuesday the students will sit an SRI paper and a Multiple Choice paper. These are a vital part of our preparation and I have emailed parent regarding this information.

Year 11 Mentoring Program

This year, twenty-two Year 11 students have applied to be in the Mentoring Program. This program aims to connect students with a Mentor from their profession of interest. The students work together with their professional mentor, learning about them and their chosen field. They create a presentation around this and are judged on this presentation. The program culminates in an evening at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) where the top three students present their work, and the remaining candidates display their work. Prizes are awarded for First, Second and Third place thanks to the support from USQ.

Each year choices for careers become more diverse for our students. Students this year have requested the following professions – Quantum Physics, Solicitor, Video Game Programming, Psychiatry, Optometry, Electrical Engineering, Economist, Director – Film Industry, Surgeon, Accountancy, Architecture, Aerospace Engineering, Software Developing and Zoology. If you work in one of these professions and would like to work with one of our students as a Mentor, please contact Ms Simone O’Shea at the College ( or 3810 4554).

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Library Learning Hub News...

Final week for the term

Week 8 at The Hub and our tutors on Tuesday - Thomas and Gideon - were kept busy helping with Maths A and Maths B assignments as well as Modern History and Study of Religion.

We had fifty students on Tuesday and were similiarly busy Wednesday and Thursday in the lead up to exams for Years 11 and 12.

Good luck to all students for their exams. We hope to see you all back next term.

Ms Louise McNamara, After Hours Learning Coordinator

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Assistant Principal Students

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

This Friday 16 March is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. At St Edmund’s College we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone.

Today during Homeroom all our students will receive a reminder of what they can do if they see, hear or experience bullying. This information will be made available to the students on EDE under the Eddies’ Men Can tab. Bullying types of behaviour have no place in our community and every allegation at St Edmund’s College is taken seriously.

Bullying is when one person (or a group of people) with more power than someone else tries to upset or hurt them. This power can come from being more popular, stronger or part of the group. They might repeatedly try to hurt the person physically, socially isolate them, or say and do mean or humiliating things to them. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious or hidden. If someone behaves in a mean or aggressive way on one occasion it is not bullying, even though it is not respectful or acceptable. A fight or disagreement between two people of equal power or status is not bullying. Bullying is not OK. It feels awful. You feel like you cannot stop it. Every student has the right to feel safe.

Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or caregivers to know what to do when their child talks to them about bullying. You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens. Stopping bullying involves everyone.

If your child talks to you about bullying:

Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation. After they have told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need to: who, what, where, when. Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.

Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.

Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem. While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option. It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.

Visit to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.

Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s House Dean and, if you need to, ask to talk with me. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety.

Check in regularly with your child. Keep the conversation going. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings. Your ongoing support is important.

If you are looking for support for yourself to deal with a bullying situation, you will find ideas on the Bullying. No Way! website for parents. As well, please contact the school if you would like to discuss any aspect of our approach to preventing bullying.

Thanks for your support to make our school a great school for everyone.

Mr Shannon Lee, Assistant Principal Students

Career News


Career News 16 March 2018

Defence News

Australian Defence Force recruiters will present a Careers Information Session at Ipswich Civic Centre, Limestone Street on Wednesday 21st March from 6 – 8 pm for interested students and parents. Register your attendance at

Defence Work Experience Program

Work experience is one way to find out if a military life is for you. Visit the Defence Work Experience website (click on ‘Placements’ and ‘Qld’) for a list of work experience opportunities to view a list of currently published opportunities for the year. You will need to speak to Mr Currie, Careers Guidance Counsellor about applying. This is a popular program, so start your application early.

Gap Year is open!

You can now apply for the 2019 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year, to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force. It’s an opportunity to experience military life, without committing to a longer period. An ADF Gap Year is a way to have an adventurous year, gain valuable skills and work experience and get paid for it. In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from including:


  • Australian citizen
  • Aged between 18 and 24 years on admission
  • Year 12 completion (required passes vary by job)

Applications are available for a short time. This is a very popular program, so if you have a serious interest in it, apply now. See the Defence Jobs website

Career Spotlight

What do meteorologists do?

Meteorologists forecast the weather and study the atmosphere to improve our understanding of climate. Specialisations include: Climatologist, Hydrometeorologist, Meteorological Consultant and Research Meteorologist. Those interested in this area should be flexible and resourceful and have ability in science, especially physics and mathematics. A degree in science or applied science with a major in mathematics, physics, meteorology or atmospheric studies is usually required. The following Queensland universities offer a B Science or B Applied Science with majors in mathematics and/or physics:

  • CQUniversity
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

For further information about these occupations, visit the Bureau of Meteorology websitemyfuture website

Employment Options

A career path you may not know about:

Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists provide supportive dental services in preventative and restorative dental procedures, and construct and repair dental appliances.

Related occupations include:

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Prosthetist
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Therapist
  • Clinical Dental Technician
  • Dental Laboratory Assistant

Main tasks performed:

  • providing educational programs to motivate children, parents and the community in matters relating to oral health
  • providing fluoride therapy by applying remineralising solutions and desensitising agents
  • removing deposits from teeth
  • applying non-invasive fissure sealants to teeth
  • taking impressions of the mouth
  • taking dental radiographs

Tertiary Information

Australian Catholic University (ACU) Early Achievers' Program

The Early Achievers’ Program (EAP) at ACU considers the contribution you have made to your community through your school, local community organisations, cultural and/or religious groups, not just your OP or rank, for entry to ACU courses. An additional benefit of this program is that successful applicants receive an early offer of a course place.

The dates for entry in 2019 are:

  • Applications open on Tuesday 1 May 2018
  • Applications close on Tuesday 31 July 2018
  • Early offers to study in 2018 will be released by the end of August 2018.

Also, Early Achievers will benefit from opportunities to enhance their leadership and volunteering skills while at ACU. Visit the Early Achievers’ website

USA sports scholarships and university placements

Many universities and colleges in the USA offer sports scholarships to students from other countries. To be considered for these scholarships you have to be able to demonstrate your sporting and academic potential. The process involved in researching available scholarships and applying for them is quite complex. There are several organisations that offer a service to help you through the process. It is important to find out as much as you can about the organisations and, if possible, talk to previous clients. The following are examples:

  • Study and Play in the USA – This organisation has had over a decade of experience helping young Australians gain sports scholarships in the USA. During this time, it has established regular contact with head coaches in a wide range of sports across the US. Visit the website for more information.
  • Aus Recruit – This organisation is a scholarship placement agency that represents talented student-athletes interested in obtaining sport scholarships to US universities. It has been operating since 2002. Read about the services provided by Aus Recruit on its website.
  • Internationally Educated – This organisation assists students and their families through the selection and application process for US universities. More information on the website.
  • Student Placement Australia New Zealand – This organisation offers several programs including an athletic and academic scholarships program through Go Campus. Find out more on the website.

Flexible programs at the Australian National University (ANU)

ANU, located in Canberra, offers a range of flexible (e.g. B Laws/B Actuarial Studies) and vertical (e.g. B Arts/Master of International Relations) double degree programs. Find out about the options available on the website. Queensland students may be interested in the scholarships offered at ANU.

These include:

Students interested in applying for ANU courses are required to apply through UAC

UQ College at St Lucia campus

UQ College is a company owned by the University of Queensland (UQ) and located at the St Lucia campus. It provides alternate pathways to university study. The programs offered include:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program – This free 28-week program is offered in January, May and September. It is an approved UQ Bridging Program and provides recognised prerequisite subjects. Students who successfully complete this program can apply through QTAC with an entry rank based on their results in the program. Apply directly to UQ College for this program.
  • Associate Degree in Business – This is a 16-month program. Successful completion (minimum GPA of 4) may provide an option to gain entry to UQ’s B Business Management with advanced standing. You apply through QTAC for this program, with intakes in January and September.
  • Mathematics B, Chemistry and Biology bridging programs – These intensive, full-fee bridging programs will be offered over a four-week period from Tuesday 20 November 2018 to December 15, 2018. Successful completion will meet the subject prerequisites in these subjects for UQ degrees and may be accepted by other institutions (it is important to check this with the relevant institution). Results will be available in time to be used in the QTAC January 2019 major offer round. Apply directly to UQ College for these programs. Applications close on 26 October 2018.

You can access more information about these programs from the UQ College website.

Mr Mark Currie, HOD: Careers


Music and Cultural

Music News

College Foundation Dinner - 10 March 2018 ​Students from the Senior Contemporary Band played their first performance for the year at the College Foundation Dinner on Saturday night.

The musicians were well received by the audience as they performed Lionel Richie’s hit ‘All Night Long’. This group did a great job considering they only started rehearsing this piece earlier in that week.

Thank you to Mr Jesse Gold for playing bass on the night and to Mr Chris Barton for doing the sound for this event.

College Assembly - 9 March

A big congratulations goes to Asher Kunde who performed Frank Ocean’s cover of ‘Try Your Best’ at the final whole school assembly for Term 1. Asher produced yet another very high standard performance which was well received by the audience. Well done Asher!

Activities Assembly 12 March

The College Jazz Band performed the famous Doors hit ‘Riders on the Storm’ at Monday’s Activities Assembly. The band gave a very confident and powerful performance of this piece that impressed audience members. Great job lads!

Instrumental Lessons - final week

Next week will be the last week of instrumental lessons for the term. Please see your tutor or Mr Kirkwood if you have a clash with assessment items during your lesson time.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Musi

APEX Debating Reports

Round 2 - 5 March 2018

7A: Bye

7B: Loss to Bremer SHS. Our first speaker was Tom Bryant who began well as the negative speaker with great rebuttal and beginning his team’s line. Edward Carter continued as second speaker for the topic ‘that parents should limit the use of non-school technology for their children’ while the third speaker, Liam Bissell, concluded with what is often the trickiest role in a debate as final speaker. Despite a narrow loss, the students have continued to build their confidence and public speaking skills. Their research skills and preparation has stood them in good stead and we look forward to Round 3.

7C: Loss to Ipswich Girls Grammar School 4. The students debated well, with Bailin Minett setting the scene for the affirmative argument as first speaker. Bryson Stocker then stepped up to the podium displaying his usual enthusiasm and poignant rebuttal as second affirmative. Finally, Rhonin Wardle stole the show with humour and spirited rebuttal as third speaker, however the eloquence of the IGGS team won the day.

7D: Loss to West Moreton Anglican College. This was by far our best effort for the debating season to date. Despite a narrow loss, the 7D team delivered some strong topics for their debate that were difficult to rebut. We were arguing the negative and the topic for our debate was that ‘parents should limit their children’s use of non-school related technology’. Angus Brosnan opened the negative side as our first speaker. Angus spoke with clarity and included a personal touch that drew in the audience. Kyran as second speaker dominated the rebuttals and delivered a well-prepared speech. Lochlan Davis, our third speaker, displayed his writing and speaking abilities with a persuasive summary. Our feedback from the adjudicators this round has given us a focus for next round, where we will be looking at body language, eye-contact and strengthening some of our rebuttals. All in all, it was a great night at the AIC APEX debating competition Monday night and we are looking forward to our next round and hopefully take away a win.

7E: Loss to Ipswich Girls Grammar School: The students began their second debate taking the negative side. Ariel Kanofski opened with a confident and on-point rebuttal whilst delivering an almost perfectly memorised speech. Jacob Rock continued as second negative speaker, catching points raised by the opposition and returning fire. His views on VR were well received and he delivered with confidence. Tristan Aitken brought the debate to a close summing all the team’s points in what is a traditionally tricky position. Will Holden helped keep the debate moving seamlessly as timekeeper. The IGGS team were a more polished team on the night however there are many positives to take from this debate.

8A: Win against St Mary’s College. The team argued against the topic that "Parents should limit the use of non-school related technology." There was a marked improvement on research this week. An honourable mention goes to Year 7 student Luca Waghorn-Kendrick, who stood in for Sam Jesse with a minute to spare. He spoke very well and added his own spin to the speech – an excellent effort considering he’d never seen the speech and it was his first ever debate! Kade Grieve gave a measured performance, supporting his arguments with statistics both real and invented. Stewart England capped the arguments, delivering pinpoint rebuttals and proposing that technology is not to blame, but its users.

8B: Loss to Bremer State High School. The team went down in a really tight margin to Bremer. First speaker Harry Heck established the main theme ‘A real life has real experiences’. Indigo Greenhill-Watts was second speaker and continued the theme well, with on point rebuttal. Jack Winrow bravely took on the third speaker role for the first time and drilled home the main points. The students argued their case very well, with vast improvements in rebuttal and technique from their first debate last week.

8C: Loss to Boonah State High School. As the affirmative team on the topic ‘Parents should limit their children’s use of non-school related technology’, Kymani Onosi (first speaker) spoke with good volume, organised content and appropriate eye contact. Thomas Doyle (2nd) had a strong case against the opposition as he explained the negative effects of over-using non-school based technology. Liam Gannaway wrapped up the debate with confidence and used a variety of examples to effectively demonstrate how the unregulated use of non-school related technology can change a child’s learning and personality. Rohan Weier acted as the Chairman and was able to introduce speakers appropriately. Although the students were not successful this time, they all put in a great effort and only narrowly missed out on a win.

9: Win against West Moreton Anglican College. The debating topic ‘That peer pressure is beneficial to individuals’ was contested by the students taking on the negative argument. Kobie Low debuted as first negative speaker with scintillating rebuttal and a solid team outline. Jay Steele took up the baton as second negative focusing on the downfalls of pressure in our world today. Johnathon Donnelly took centre stage to close the debate by competently destroying the opposition’s points one by one. Isaac McKew kept the night rolling in his position as time keeper. A brilliant example of team work.

10: Loss to Boonah State High School. The pressure was on for this debate. A difficult task to affirm that peer pressure is beneficial to individuals and whilst we did not not take the win, there was very little to be disappointed about. As a team we delivered a discerning and well researched argument. The points each team member made were delivered with conviction and passion. Miguel Clutario, Abishai Sujith and Thomas Parker all received excellent feedback from the judges, especially in relation to the quality of points and research. Our areas for improvement are rebuttals and use of notes. With one debate to go in the season we look forward to applying the feedback and reaching our full potential.

FIRSTS: Loss to West Moreton Anglican College. The 12A team lost narrowly to WMAC with the three judges splitting the decision 2-1. We argued the difficult affirmative case that "The Australian Government should abolish penalty rates". Luke Franz began with a very passionate argument describing the role of small business in creating jobs. Tasman Pearl continued his consistent form with a well-thought out argument explaining the nature of the global economy and to compensate for the abolition of penalty rates an overall increase in the minimum wage could be considered. This would benefit the many workers on low wages. Dominic Boyle as third speaker exposed some of the flaws in the negative team’s case. This argument was not enough to sway all the judges. Jordan Anderson-Emslie was impressive as Chairperson.

SENIORS: Loss to Ipswich Girls Grammar School. Taking the negative side of the topic ‘That the Australian Government should remove penalty rates’ all six speakers presented very logical and plausible arguments, making it a very close decision.Joseph Savage began as first negative whilst Ronan Murphy continued the team’s line. Patrick Cavanagh finished as the tricky third negative. The team was narrowly defeated, however they learned a lot about how to improve.


Sports News

Week 8 - Term 1


It is a busy time of the year with Cricket and Volleyball coming to an end and Rugby and Football trials commencing next week. Best of luck to our Cricket and Volleyball teams on Saturday as they finish their season with fixtures against St Peter’s Lutheran College. We have a number of Volleyball teams in the mix to win a premiership and we wish these teams the best of luck for Saturday as we do for all our teams.

I spoke to the students on Activities Assembly on Monday about ‘Controlling the Controllable’ and the main aspect of a performance players can control is their effort on match day and in their preparation. Whilst the end of the season is close I hope the effort of our players is 110% until the very end.

Rugby and Football Pre-Season and Trials

Following are details around Rugby and Football Pre-Season and Trials over the next two weeks as well as the holiday period. Please note that both sports will have activities running during the holidays and students are expected to communicate with their coach or coordinator if attendance is an issue. Following are the coordinators for 2018.

Coordinators 2018:

Years 7 and 8 Football – Mr Nathan Manttan

Years 9 to 12 Football – Mr Wayne Warren

Years 7 and 8 Rugby – Mr Noel Gardner

Years 9 to 12 Rugby – Mr Chad DeWaard

Key Dates (Weeks 8 and 9)

Saturday 17 March – Volleyball and Cricket Round 7 Vs St Peter’s Lutheran College

Saturday 24 March – Rugby / Football Trials (Details TBC)

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

Volleyball Reports Vs Marist College

Round 6 - 10 March 2018

Firsts – Loss 0 – 3 With several injuries this week, this round was always going to be a difficult one. Marist was strong in attack and able to find the weaknesses in our defence despite our best efforts. Zac Farrell was excellent, being called up from the Seconds only an hour before the game. Riley Baxter and Charlie Vince gave their all while playing out of position, and Lachlan Payne was solid in his front court debut.

Seconds – Loss 0 - 2 A disappointing first set allowed Marist to gain an early advantage. The second set was a much better performance. Isaac Washington was able to use his height and be effective at the net. Seth Setu managed some good hitting. Kalil Vaele provided a good platform for our team attack.

Thirds – Loss 1 – 2 We played to our potential and almost came away with a win. Khalil Warren, James Blomfield, Christiaan Rijkaart and Christopher Bramham were very good.

11A – Loss 0 – 2 The better team won on the day. Marist was up for it and we were caught up in the occasion. Benjamin Thomas saved us many points and Christian Thomas controlled the team well from the backcourt.

11B – Loss 1 – 2 Another closely contested match where the result could have gone either way. We started well by taking out the first set however became complacent in the second to give Marist an avenue back into the match. Despite our best efforts, once the momentum shifted we could not get ourselves into a position to win. Riley Steinhardt was outstanding, and Lachlan Stacey was very reliable in the setting role.

10A – Loss 1 – 2 We dominated the first set of the match playing some of the best volleyball this season. The second set was a much closer game with the opposition winning. The third set swung back and forth however some unforced errors due to the pressure of the situation resulted in a loss.

10B – Loss 1 – 2 A very evenly matched first and second set with both teams scrambling well and fighting hard for every point. Pressure took over in the third and we gave away many easy points. Great games from William Cruice, Liam Kember and Joshua Wells.

10C – Loss 1 – 2 A strong first set however the team could not maintain their energy. Our serve reception fell apart in the second and third set.

9A – Win 2 – 1 After a very slow first set that saw us play some of our worst Volleyball for the season, we then played to our strategy and accounted for Marist. Great serving by Mitchell Vesper and hitting by Byron Williams.

9B – Loss 1 – 2 A tough loss for the players in a hard fought game. Despite being down after the first set, the team rallied to come back and win the second set convincingly. A good start in the third set saw us ahead early however some bad stretches of play let Marist get away.

9C – Loss 1 – 2 Playing our best game of the season we were unable to capitalise in the last two sets. Great serving by Toby Hauschildt and Jordan Strybos.

8A – Win 2 – 1 Hoist it up! With a come from behind win over Marist, we were able to seal the 2018 premiership. The game was character building after we dropped the first set due to careless play and too many service errors. Keeping calm under pressure, we were able to reduce mistakes and find enough form in the second set to level the match. Jacob Wright served well in the final set and Nathaniel Grace was phenomenal on defence. Christopher Foy won a crucial point late in the match and we were able to win 2-1. Regan Payne was best on court.

8B – Win 2 – 1 A solid effort where we hustled well at times and showed positional class when it counted. Benjamin McCarroll and Cohan Patrick did this well. All our backcourt players passed well setting up crucial points for the team. Kai Brown was outstanding all over the court. The third set taught us how important positional play is; an important lesson for the future.

8C – Loss 1 – 2 After a promising start to the game, a lapse in concentration and poor execution of serves saw the team drop the first set. An improved second set saw more consistency and scramble to take the set. Some poor decision making and panic play in the third set enabled Marist to take the win.

7A – Loss 0 – 3 Despite the score line the team played instances of good Volleyball. Our serve reception was the best it has been however our attack on the third hit was lacking. Too many times we afforded Marist good ball by keeping the ball tight rather that hitting deep.

7B – Loss 1 – 2 A match we were certainly capable of winning, however, we allowed Marist to get on a roll. We must continue to work on our consistency to ensure that we compete for the entire set.

7C – Win 2 – 1 A great win today against a team on top of the ladder. We won the first two sets by consistent serving and a bit of hustle. Great serving runs from Reggie Hauschildt and Liam Wilson.

7D – Loss 1 – 2 Good performance on the court saw some strong competition despite the loss. We lost some momentum on the serves and this ultimately cost us the first two sets. Great hustle and a strong team performance saw us come out on top in the third set. Special mention to Ryan Sephton with some powerful hits.

​Cricket Reports vs Marist College​

Round 6, 10 March 2018

Firsts – Loss 80 – 7/219 Harrison Brown with 2 for 52 and Billy Sheppard with 3 for 25 were the best wicket takers. Dylan McAteer bowled 10 overs for 27 runs and with Nathan Meier who bowled his last 6 overs for only 12 runs helped stop the run flow. Donald Bradman said that if you hit the ball on the ground you cannot be caught. In the run chase we lost 7 wickets by being caught. Regan Griffiths with 12 runs, Zeb Townsley with 15 runs, Christopher Johansson with 19 and Nathan Meier with 18 runs not out, were the only ones to reach double figures.

Seconds – Loss 86 – 4/54 A game won on run rate. Winning the toss we elected to bat. Our opening pair played excellent cricket; Thomas Hall scoring 20 to top score between both teams. By the 16th over we were 2/51, however some good hitting from Riley Long and Jac McQueen was not enough to post a big score. Luke Warner bowled exceptionally picking up 2/11 from 4 overs and we had Marist 4/29 before rain delays reduced our total from 86 to 54, from here we were not able to regain momentum.

Thirds – Loss 9/88 - 2/89 The players dug in with the bat and confronted Marist’s tight bowling attack, however the opposition was too good with the bat. Batting well was Ethan Lopez and Elijah McCulloch who had a great tail partnership to get us out of hot water.

9A – Loss 47 – 2/48 A disappointing display with the bat meant a total of 47 was going to be hard to defend. We were positive in the field and did our best with the ball. Marist took 20 overs in a 30 over game to pass our target so it was pleasing that our players made them work for their win.

8A – Loss 57 – 3/130 Marist chose to bat first under threatening skies. An excellent catch down leg side by wicket keeper Samuel Caprioli gave Connor Sampson an early breakthrough however the Marist batsmen settled in and had the scoreboard ticking over. Angus Chisholm safely snaffled a sitter to give Connor Sampson a second wicket. Rain delays saw the innings shortened to 25 overs each, however nonetheless we were chasing a large total on a slow outfield. Sam Caprioli opened well and Harry Sammut and Aodhan Gallagher dug in well, however our run rate never threatened the opposition. Despite this, it was good to see our players batting into their final over.

8B – Loss 8/29 – 4/149 A strong performance early in the field against an undefeated Marist team unsettled their top order. After a rain delay reduced the game to 20 overs each, both teams reacted smartly in the field and played well on the wet synthetic surface on Morgan Oval.

7A – Win 5/64 – 63 We bowled first and put on an awesome display of bowling a tight line and length to have Marist all out for 63 runs. Ethan Dinsdale finished with 2/9 from 6 overs, Mitchell Wade 1/8 from 5 overs, Ethan Windolf 2/10 from 4 overs, Lachlan Allwood 2/4 from 3 overs, Ben Naish 1/1 from 3 overs and Christopher Costello 1/7 from his 3 overs. They were well supported by the team’s best fielding performance this season which was highlighted by Lachlan Allwood’s screamer of a catch. In the run chase, Ethan Dinsdale finished not out on 13 runs and Ben Naish contributed 9 runs. We passed Marist’s score in the 25th over on a slow wicket to notch a first win.

7B – Loss 49 – 6/116 While getting off to a good start with the ball the players fell away in the last ten overs to let Marist capitalise and score 116. However, the team looked promising with the bat early on with Ethan and Matthew building a great partnership, although Marist proved too good on the day.

7C – Win 0/105 - 22

AIC Volleyball Fixtures Vs St Peter's Lutheran College - 17 March 2018

Volleyball - Round 7

St Edmund’s College



St Peters Lutheran College


17 March 2018








St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Show Court, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend




SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Gym, Court 2, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly




SPLC Outside Courts, Court 1, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly

Bus for 7D, 7C, 7B, 7A, 8C, 8B, 8A, 9C, 9B and 9A departs SEC at 7:00am and returns at 2:00pm approximately.

AIC Cricket Fixtures Vs St Peter's Lutheran College - 17 March 2018

Round 7 Cricket

St Edmund’s College



St Peters Lutheran College


17 March 2018









Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 1, Church Street, Tivoli





Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 2, Church Street, Tivoli





St Edmund’s College, Mulkerin Oval, Woodend





SPLC, Mayer Oval, enter off Indooroopilly Road, Indooroopilly





SPLC, Mayer Oval, enter off Indooroopilly Road, Indooroopilly





Indooroopilly SHS, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly





SPLC, Stolz Oval, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly





SPLC, Stolz Oval, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly


7C Vs Marist 7D



Fenwick Park, Samford Road, Mitchelton


2018 Cross Country Carnival

The annual Cross Country Fun Run will be held Friday 20 April 2018

This event is used to determine our Year level Champions in Cross Country.

In addition, the event also doubles as the major fundraiser for the College Co-curricular program. All students were issued with sponsorship cards on Friday 9 March, and each student is expected and encouraged to seek sponsors.

As an incentive, prizes will be given to students who raise particular amounts of money.

Students who raise $25 can select two of the following prizes:-

- College water bottle - Sports Sack - Sports Socks - SEC Wallet

In addition, students who raise over $50 will receive

- Choice of sports ball OR - Movie ticket

Students who raise $50 will also receive

  • a ticket in the major prize draw

In fact, for each $5 over $50, students will receive

  • another ticket in the major prize draw

There will also be prizes for students who raise the most money individually and for class groups that have the highest average amounts of money. The major prize draw will be held in June when all sponsorship money has been handed in.


Tuckshop Roster

​Term 1, Week 9

: S McNamara, D Armitage, S Verrenkamp.

School News

2018 Senior Jerseys

Orders for St Edmund’s College Senior jerseys are now being taken.

The design is posted on the notice board outside the Deans’ Room. Cost is $65. EFTPOS payments are to be made via College Reception or cash/cheque in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your name and "Senior Jersey" - to be placed in the locked box in the Student Office.

Sizing and payment need to be completed prior to the Easter break to allow inclusion in the initial jersey order.

Students must sign to verify that their information is correct. Any enquiries to Mr Mills during school hours on 3810 4400 or

Student Office Unclaimed Property


Unclaimed Property

There is a considerable amount of unnamed, unclaimed property accumulated in the Student Office including lunchboxes, sports gear, Year 7 camp items and shoes. At the end of term all unclaimed items will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

If your son has misplaced property that is named, his name will appear on the student EDE notices under his Homeroom. Please have your son check the notices for his property.

Uniform Shop

Year 11 Blazers for collection

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YEAR 11 STUDENTS – Please make arrangements to collect your blazers from the Uniform Shop. In Term 2 and 3, you will need to wear your College blazer along with grey trousers and the Year 11 tie. The cost of grey trousers is $41 and the Year 11 tie is $21. Please contact the Uniform Shop if you have any queries Thank you.









Visit the SEC Website for all Uniform Shop information including an updated Price List


After-School TUTORIALS

After-School TUTORIALS

  • Chemistry: Monday s 3.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Wednesdays 3.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Biology: Thursdays 3.00pm to 4.00pm

MATHS Tutorials


Friday 23 March 2018

Friday 23 March 2018

7.00 to 10.00pm - $10 Entry

Open to invited schools ONLY - Years 7 to 12

Entry via current School ID ONLY

No hoods, baseball caps or bandanas
St Edmund’s College Hall, 16 Mary Street, Woodend
  • Boonah State High School
  • Bremer State High School
  • Brigidine College
  • Bundamba Secondary College
  • Faith Lutheran College
  • Ipswich Girls Grammar School
  • Ipswich Grammar School
  • Ipswich State High School
  • Kenmore State High School
  • Laidley State High School
  • Lowood State High School
  • Rosewood State High School
  • Springfield Anglican College
  • St Augustine’s College, Springfield
  • St Edmund’s College
  • St Mary’s College
  • St Peter Claver College
  • St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly
  • St Peter’s Lutheran College, Springfield
  • Staines Memorial College
  • West Moreton Anglican College
  • Westside Christian College

Uniform Shop


Old Boys' Association BOWLS DAY

Annual Bowls Day

St Edmund’s Old Boys’ Association

Annual Bowls Day

Sunday 18 March 2018

8:00am for 9:00am start

Ipswich Bowls Club

Merle Finimore Avenue, Queen's Park, Ipswich

Four-person teams

Everyone is welcome to join us and play

You do not have to be a member of the Old Boys

Come and enjoy a great morning of social bowls

Cost: $15.00 per person


Mark Potts - 0401 250 841, or

Andrew McGrath on 3389 6858 or 0438 164 452

Skool2Skoolies 2018 Sponsorship

The St Edmund’s College “Skool2Skoolies” initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Skool2Skoolies 2018

The St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and to give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Each year, Year 12 students from the College are given the opportunity to live out the College ethos and continue their ‘gentlemanly’ behaviour by committing themselves to raise funds for three charities which encapsulate the spirit of social justice within the Ipswich community, Australia and worldwide - The Ipswich Hospice, St Vincent de Paul and the Christian Brothers’ Immersion Programs.

Last year, through the dedication of students and charitable donations from local Ipswich entities, we were able to raise in excess of $20,000: a donation of $7500 to each of the previously mentioned groups. These donations assisted in creating a tangible change in the work carried out by these life-altering support networks. Approximately thirty students embarking on the 2018 Skool2Skoolies ride are continuing the legacy through raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

Our sincere thanks to the following generous sponsors of the 2018 Skool2Skoolies.

  • Apprenticeships Queensland
  • Fallu McMillan Lawyers
  • Gibson Architects
  • Limestone Dental Group
  • Mallets Carpet Choice
  • St Edmund's College Old Boys' Association
  • Strybos and Sons Electrical
  • Potter Landscapes

Breakaway Sponsors

  • Hutchinson Builders
  • Kelleher Builders
  • McNamara and Associates
  • PM Landsapes
  • TAE Aerospace
  • Trek Ipswich

Peloton Sponsors

  • Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club
  • G.J. Walsh
  • Grandview
  • Hello World Travel
  • Ipswich Dental
  • NBA Electrical Engineering
  • Off Peak Water
  • Options Cabinets
  • PhysioActive
  • Sammut Bulow
  • Surreal Signs
  • Tridan Electrical

Saddle Sponsor - $2500

    This is a unique opportunity for interested businesses to become the sole sponsor of the cycling knicks (shorts) for the ride. Your business logo would feature prominently on the outside of the leg on all riders.

Any support that can be offered for this meaningful cause would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like further information regarding the St Edmund’s College 2018 Skool2Skoolies fundraising project, please contact Mr Michael Podolak at St Edmund’s College, E:


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