Newsletter - 17 July 2020

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Principal's Office

The Principal

An Unexpected Journey

Each morning I open my diary and enter in it the list of tasks that need to be completed during the day. These tasks are sourced from a variety of places: emails, random ideas, reports, memos, plans and phone calls. Ultimately this list becomes the blueprint for productivity in a day. Two days ago, one such task involved returning a phone call. I frequently make such calls and each call takes me on a journey. There, on my diary page, written in blue — my writing has never been great but on this day, it is almost legible — was a name and mobile phone number. The trick to commencing a good phone call is to transfer the number on the page accurately to the buttons on the phone. Diligently I read the number, then one by one — index finger tense, primed and ready — commenced punching the sequence, zero…four….and so on, into the keypad.

After a lifetime of rings, the phone finally went to voice mail. A nice lady called Sharon pleasantly informed me that she was unavailable and could I please leave my name and number. She would get back to me as soon as she could. Interesting I thought, my intention was to phone a gentleman. Wrong number, back to the drawing board.

Intently I reread the number. Slowly I pressed the sequence and again Sharon graciously invited me to leave a message. This journey was becoming frustrating. Once more into the breach, zero…four…each number pressed onto each key, I would not say aggressively, but with somewhat more force than would ordinarily be necessary. I wait, two rings, then “Hello”. Success! Hello, I say and introduce myself. After a wonderful chat about COVID and lockdowns, caravans, lockdowns and Nev — who apparently speaks loudly on his phone and makes it hard to hear — I bid goodbye to a wonderful retiree who lived in Lakes Entrance, Victoria. My phone call had gone south, literally. The gentleman to whom I spoke was not the gentleman I intended calling. However, I had been taken on an unexpected journey, learned a bit about Nev and Lakes Entrance and maybe made a friend.

We start Term 3 facing an unexpected journey. No one expected this year to go the way it has, with the way forward changeable and unclear. Yet, we see our young men adapting. In amongst uncertainty and frustration, resiliently, they make their way into subject selections, external exam preparations and leadership selections, altered camps, changed retreats and reimagined sporting competitions. All this flavoured with social-distancing, intense hygiene and Eddies-style good humour. This unexpected journey has brought with it lessons for our Eddies men and our community. Lessons we have learned and conditions we have adapted to.

The catch cry “we are all in this together” continues to ring true. In Term 3 our unexpected journey will offer our community challenges but also opportunities. The continued support of everyone in the Eddies team will hopefully make sure this unexpected journey finds a destination for our young men where they have adapted and learned, and have become that bit stronger, a touch kinder and more gentle Eddies men.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy

Identity

Identity News

Term 3 Focus: Justice and Solidarity

Welcome back, I hope you have all enjoyed the break and are ready to begin refreshed. This term we delve into the Touchstone of Justice and Solidarity.

We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

It is interesting to hold this commitment before us in a year when there are so many who need our support. The Touchstone of Justice and Solidarity is an invitation to actively become involved in creating a better world for all people, especially those who are marginalised. As a Catholic school we are aware that the invitation originates from God’s love for the world and desire for all of creation to be one. We are invited to co-create a world characterised by justice, peace and solidarity. We are inspired in this endeavour by the lived reality of Jesus’ life and nurtured by the example of Edmund’s mission.

Over the break, I had the opportunity to reflect upon the term that had been. After this challenging term I hope that I will never again underestimate:

  • being able to visit my parents
  • teaching face-to-face
  • attending Sunday Mass
  • sharing a handshake with another person
  • accessing essential items for my family from the grocery store
  • going to watch the Brisbane Lions play at the Gabba.

The list is endless. Times like these remind us that we do not realise what we have until it is gone. I have definitely learnt a lot throughout this pandemic. Throughout all of this, let us not forget and hold in our prayers:

  • Those people who have lost loved ones
  • Those people who have been separated from their families
  • Those people who are homeless
  • Those people on the margins
  • Those people who have lost their job
  • Those people who have helped others.

Our faith provides a rich tradition of critically analysing injustices in the world and providing a pathway to overcoming them. As a community, throughout this term, we will make a conscientious choice to develop an awareness of and response to some of the injustices affecting our local, national and global community. There will be a special focus on our ‘Winter Appeal’ for people experiencing homelessness and a commitment to working towards justice and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The students, staff and our wider St Edmund’s College community have the capacity to make a positive difference in our world.

A Prayer for Living the Gospel

God of yesterday, today and tomorrow,

we call to mind your presence within us and around us.

Open our ears that we may hear your Word.

Open our hearts that we may understand your Word.

Open our mouths that we may speak your Word.

Inspire us with the Gospel message,

that we may celebrate all that is life-giving,

restore hope where it has been lost,

and work to bring about change where it is needed.

May we live the Gospel with courage,

constancy and love.

May we be open to the challenge

of your call to true freedom.

May we be faithful to you in our daily choices

and decisions.

May we make your love known

through our words and actions.

Amen

Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) Schools’ Winter Appeal

The Winter Appeal provides an opportunity for the AIC schools to be united. Throughout Winter our students and families are encouraged to respond to the issue of social isolation. We hope to have a positive impact in our local communities, strengthened in the knowledge that we are not alone in working towards a peace-filled world.

In Term 3 at Eddies we are holding activities that aim to build positive relationships within the College and the wider community. We will educate and inform ourselves around the causes and impact of social isolation (including homelessness). We will stand in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness through participation in the Winter Sleepout.

Finally, we are also committed to a practical response which is a combined effort across all eight AIC schools. We are collecting donated items in support of St Vincent de Paul, Emmanuel City Mission and Rosies. We will be collecting these items until the end of Winter. Please ask your sons to bring these items to their Homeroom or the Foundation Room in the Edmund Rice Building. Parents may leave donations at Reception.

  • Tea, Coffee, Milo
  • Noodles-in-a-Cup (not a packet)
  • Biscuits
  • Warm clothes and blankets (new or carefully pre-loved)


St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality

With great pleasure, St Ignatius Parish is offering an unique experience for their 14th Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality.

This year, you can view the event from Tuesday 28 July 2020 in the comfort of your own home by watching the YouTube recording which will be found on the St Ignatius Parish website (www.stignatiustoowong.org.au) on the day.

The evening will be hosted by Robyn Emerson, an Ignatius Parish identity, who will unpack the stories of two exceptional women — Sr Angela Mary Doyle RSM AO and Dr Sr Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF.

Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Reports and Parent Teacher Student Evenings

Welcome back to the new term. I hope that all families had a relaxing break and the students had an opportunity to refresh and prepare for the term. I sincerely hope that this term brings calm and continuity of face-to-face learning for our students.

Reports and Parent Teacher Student Evenings

Reports for Years 7 to 11 will be available on Friday afternoon 17 July. Parents and Caregivers will be notified via email when they are available.

Parent Teacher Student Evenings will take place on Microsoft Teams next week on Thursday 23 July, and the following week on Tuesday 28 July. Parent Teacher Online will open at 4.00pm on Friday 17 July when Reports will be available on EDE. Instructions for connecting to Teams will be sent to Parents and Caregivers on Friday 17 July. The process was explained to the students today at Assembly to assist you.

It is most important that your son be with you to participate in the meetings and you may choose to use your son’s College laptop. While there will be IT support to ensure the integrity of the process at the College, we cannot provide support for you at home. If you experience any issues connecting for your meeting, please email the relevant teacher for whom you missed an interview to organise an alternative time to discuss your son’s results with them.

The College staff look forward to having this opportunity to speak with you.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Library News - Week 1

Kill Your Darlings Magazine and Competitions

St Edmund’s College Library now subscribes to an online magazine called Kill Your Darlings (KYD). KYD is a vibrant and eclectic online magazine of commentary, essays, interviews, fiction and reviews.

In addition to championing Australian writers, KYD also runs several early-career writing awards, produces a regular podcast, provides professional writing services such as workshops, mentorships and manuscript assessments, and hosts literary events to foster engagement and discussion between writers and readers. KYD is also the publisher of the annual short-story anthology, New Australian Fiction.

Students can access KYD through Infiniti or the Library page on EDE. KYD is only accessible while connected to the school network.



The KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young people writing about the issues that concern them. KYD magazine is seeking entries of approx. 1500 words in either fiction or non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

The 2020 School Writing Prize will be judged by award-winning author Alice Pung and KYD editor Alan Vaarwerk

Entries open: 8.00am AEST Monday 13 July 2020. Entries close: 5.00pm AEST Friday 4 September 2020

Entry to the KYD School Writing Prize is open exclusively to KYD School Members and their students. St Edmund’s College is a KYD School member. There is no additional entry fee.

For more information see Mrs Callaghan in the College Library.

Senior School

Middle School

Enrolments

Urgent Reminder: Year 7, 2021 Enrolments

Attention Year 6, 2020 Parents

This is an urgent reminder to our families: if you have a son currently in Year 6, please enrol him as soon as possible. Orientation Day is in Term 3, 2020.

Please contact Enrolments on 3810 4448 or 0403 269 955 for further information.

OPEN Day ONLINE - Wednesday 22 July 2020

Register NOW!

Pastoral News

Career News

Careers - Week 1

Defence News - Careers in Agriculture & Farming - Tertiary Information

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

These ADF virtual sessions focus on one particular area of the Defence Force and provides valuable information around life, employment, opportunities and commitment when joining the ADF. The following are a list of upcoming virtualsessions. For details about these events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site and Defence Jobs Upcoming Events & Info Sessions.

23/07/2020 National: Defence Careers Virtual Information Session

24/07/2020 National: Indigenous Careers in the ADF Virtual Info Session

27/07/2020 National: Defence Careers Virtual Info Session

28/07/2020 National: Army Officer Virtual Info Session

29/07/2020 National: Army Reserve Virtual Info Session

Queensland: Army Reserve Virtual Info Session

31/07/2020 National: Defence Careers Virtual Information Session

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Open Day

On Saturday 22 August 2020 ADFA, located in Canberra, will open its doors to the public. It is a great opportunity to experience firsthand this unique, world class training and educational facility. If you are interested in combining a challenging and exciting career in the Australian Defence Force with a degree, then you should come along and find out more. Reasons you might want to study at ADFA, include:

  • Get paid to study (and have your HECS-HELP loan paid for you)
  • Gain a quality education and graduate with a degree
  • Study with the best university teacher to student ratio in Australia
  • Learn to be a leader
  • Undertake adventure training and personal development
  • Graduate with a guaranteed job.

Visit the ADFA Open Day website to download the event program and information sessions and tours.

Career Information

Agriculture and Farming industry - how much do you know?

Did you know:

  • Each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people, 150 at home and 450 overseas. Australian farmers produce almost 93 percent of Australia’s daily domestic food supply. As of 2010-11, there are 307,000 people employed in Australian agriculture.
  • The complete agricultural supply chain, including the affiliated food and fibre industries, provide over 1.6 million jobs to the Australian economy.
  • The agricultural sector, at farm-gate, contributes 3 percent to Australia’s total gross domestic product (GDP). The gross value of Australian farm production in 2010-11 was $48.7 billion.

Click here to find out about agricultural jobs including: Agronomy, beef production, cotton growing dairy farming, grain crops, horse breeding, poultry farming, wool and more.

Have you heard about: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons, Electroplaters, Equipment Hire Managers

Electrical Engineering Draftspersons prepare detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Specialisations are Electrical Engineering Design Draftsperson, Electrical Engineering Detail Draftsperson, Electrical Engineering Drafting Officer, Relays Draftsperson, Substation Design Draftsperson. You usually need a diploma or advanced diploma in electrical engineering or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineering Draftsperson. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Electrical Engineering Draftspersons.

Electroplaters control plating processes and maintain solutions used to coat metal articles and other parts with non-ferrous metals. Specialisations are in Anodiser, Electroformer, Galvaniser. You can work as an Electroplater without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in engineering - fabrication trade might be helpful.

Equipment Hire Managers manage the operations of establishments engaged in the hiring out of equipment to companies involved in areas such as building and engineering construction, government, mining and resources, manufacturing, maintenance, special events, and to individuals for personal use. Related work experience is needed to work as an Equipment Hire Manager. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. Equipment Hire Managers often complete a certificate III or IV.

Tertiary News
A quick reference virtual Open Day dates and links

The following is an update of the 2020 Open Days:

July

14

Griffith Uni Open House/Day commences

19

University of Sunshine Coast

25

Bond University

August

1 & 15

Central Queensland University

2

The University of Queensland

18

Southern Cross University

20 & 22

James Cook University

29

Australian Catholic University

29 & 30

Queensland University of Technology

September

5 & 12

Australian Catholic University

5

University of Southern Queensland

October

1

Griffith Uni Open House/Day ends

Griffith Uni Open Day done differently

This year, Griffith are doing Open Day differently. To give future students a flexible way to make important decisions about study, they have created Virtual Open House. It’s an online event that will run from 14 July to 1 October that students can explore 24/7 from their own home. Over 12 weeks, students can discover 200+ degrees and support services and get all the information they need to make informed decisions about their future. Students can explore:

  • Dynamic virtual study booths
  • On-demand presentations and videos
  • Spotlight weeks, highlighting a specific study area
  • GriffithLIVE sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 pm, featuring one-on-one chats with study area experts, live webinars, virtual classes, and more

» Register for Virtual Open House to stay up-to-date with the full event schedule: griffith.edu.au/open-house

University of Queensland Open Day News

This year, we're putting Open Day at your fingertips.

Join us online on Sunday 2 August to chat with academics and current students, explore our world-class facilities through virtual tours, and watch exclusive on-demand content about all things UQ, from program deep-dives to accommodation, sports, scholarships and more.

Students will have the chance to have all their questions answered by our experts and discover what makes UQ graduates the most employable in the state - all from the comfort of their home.

Current student and staff chats will be open from 9am until 6pm.

Register now

Course Advice Online

UQ’s team of program advisors are online and ready to help answer any questions you may have. Parents and students can learn more about the vast range of study options, get help with QTAC preferencing and find out what life at UQ is really like. Available from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, their team can help with:

  • program options and information
  • subject pre-requisites and alternative pathways
  • how to apply
  • getting the most out of QTAC preferencing
  • fees and scholarships
  • global opportunities as part of your degree
  • student life

Get the answer to your question

New Options for Subject Prerequisites for University of Queensland Science

From 2021, UQ will now accept Biology to meet the science subject prerequisite for three of our science programs. Additionally, for the Bachelor of Science we will also now accept Earth and Environmental Science to meet the science prerequisite. General English and Mathematical Methods remain standard prerequisites for these programs. These additional prerequisite options will open up opportunities for secondary students who have taken Biology or Earth and Environmental Science and did not complete either Chemistry or Physics. See the additional prerequisite options below. Bachelor of Science Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C). Bachelor of Biomedical Science Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C). Bachelor of Biotechnology Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser

General

Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 1

Beginner Band

Welcome back to what will hopefully be a normal term of schooling and I trust you are feeling refreshed as we start Term 3. At this stage, all St Edmund’s Performing Arts ensembles not involving St Mary’s students are able to rehearse. The String ensemble will be rehearsing with Eddies’ students. Hopefully St Mary's students can join in ensemble rehearsals again soon. It will be good to hear the students playing music with their peers once again.

Beginner Band

I am excited to announce the commencement of the Beginner Band this term. Under the direction of Mrs Linda Corcoran (Brass/Woodwind tutor) and myself, this ensemble will give our younger Years 7 and 8 students a chance to play music with others their age in a fun environment. Information will be sent to the students who have been chosen to play in this group; however, all beginner students in the Instrumental Music Program are invited to join. Rehearsals for this group will occur on Tuesday mornings, at 7.30am in the upstairs Music Room. These will commence in Week 3 (28 July).

Instrumental Lessons

Most instrumental lessons have resumed for the Term. Please check the notice boards outside Room K205 for lesson times or online via EDE. We have started a fresh new term; therefore, students must ensure they know their lesson times and turn up prepared and on time for lessons.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Sport

AIC Basketball Fixtures - 18 July 2020

Round 1 Vs Marist College, Ashgrove

FIRSTS -

1:35pm

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

SECONDS -

12:15pm

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

THIRDS -

10:55am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

FOURTHS -

10:55am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, MPC, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

11A -

10:55am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

11B -

9:35am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

10A -

9:35am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

10B -

8:15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

10C -

12:15pm

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 2, Champagnat Centre, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

10D -

8:15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove, Court 1, MPC, Frasers Road, Ashgrove

BUS INFORMATION

Students who require bus travel will be asked to register this Friday 17July.

A reminder that the bus service will only be for students who do not have other transport arrangements to Ashgrove.

Students who do need to use the bus will be shuttled back to St Edmund’s and will not be able to stay at Ashgrove to watch games.

Once students are back at St Edmund’s they need to be picked up immediately.

9A -

1:35pm

Home

St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend

9B -

12:15pm

Home

St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend

9C -

12:15pm

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

9D -

10:55am

Home

St Mary’s College, Outdoor Courts, (opposite St Edmund’s)

8A -

10:55am

Home

St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend

8B -

9:35am

Home

St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend

8C -

10:55am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre, (opposite St Edmund’s)

8D -

9:35am

Home

St Mary’s College, Outdoor Courts, (opposite St Edmund’s)

7A -

8:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend

7B -

9:35am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre, (opposite St Edmund’s)

7C -

8:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre, (opposite St Edmund’s)

7D -

8:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, Outdoor Courts, (opposite St Edmund’s)

AIC Tennis Fixtures - 18 July 2020

Round 1 Vs Marist College, Ashgrove

* PLEASE NOTE: Change of venue for Years 9 and 10 Tennis fixtures.

FIRSTS

8:15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts, Court 1 & 2, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

SECONDS

8:15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts, Court 3 & 4, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

11A

10:45am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts, Court 3 & 4, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

11B

10:45am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts, Court 5 & 6, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

*10A

10:45am

Away

Yeronga Tennis Club, Court 1 & 2, Villa St, Yeronga

*10B

10:45am

Away

Yeronga Tennis Club, Court 3 & 4, Villa St, Yeronga

*9A

8:15am

Away

Yeronga Tennis Club, Court 1 & 2, Villa St, Yeronga

*9B

8:15am

Away

Yeronga Tennis Club, Court 3 & 4, Villa St, Yeronga

8A

10:45am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

8B

10:45am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

7A

8:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

7B

8:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

BUS INFORMATION

Students who require bus travel will be asked to register this Friday 17 July.

A reminder that the bus service will only be for students who do not have other transport arrangements to Ashgrove.

Students who do need to use the bus will be shuttled back to St Edmund’s and will not be able to stay at Ashgrove to watch games.

Once students are back at St Edmund’s they need to be picked up immediately.

AIC Basketball & Tennis - Important COVID-Safe Venue Plans - 18 July 2020

COVID-Safe Information for Marist College Ashgrove & St Edmund's College

Tuckshop

Tuckshop News - Term 3

UPDATE - Tuckshop Helpers

We do not require tuckshop helpers at this time. The situation will be reassessed in early August.

Ms Narelle Rea and Ms Gina Weight - Convenors

School News

Uniform Shop

Notices

2020 Non-Government Schools Census

Australian Government Privacy Notice to Parents and Caregivers

Change to Brisbane Ekka Public Holiday Date

Public Holiday changed to Friday 14 August 2020

A reminder to St Edmund's Parents and Caregivers of the Queensland Government change to the Brisbane Ekka Public Holiday.

The public holiday has changed to Friday 14 August 2020.

Wednesday 12 August is now a normal school day for all St Edmund's students.

Sponsors

Skool2Skoolies 2020 Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of our Skool2Skoolies Charity Bike Ride

Apprenticeships Queensland

Blackchrome

Blue Ribbon Motors – Parents and Friends

Bremer Realty

Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club – Parents and Friends

Choices Flooring by Mallets

Clift Pearce Accounting

DV Electrical Services

Dylan Palmer - Donation

Fosroc

Gibson Architects

Grandview

Greena Business Solutions

Hitec Fluid Power

Karalee Play and Learn

Macarthy Road Education and Childcare

McDonalds Yamanto – Donation

McNamara Law

OPAT Painters

Options Cabinets

Pender Accounting

Physioactive

PM Landscapes

Potter Landscapes

Sammut Bulow Accountants

Savco Vegetation Services

St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Association

St Mary’s Parish – Donation

Strybos and Sons Electrical

Surreal Signs - Donation

Terri's Early Education and Care - Donation

Trek Ipswich

Tridan Electrical

Walker Pender Group

Yallaroy Business Solutions

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