Election Day – A Vote for Your Son’s Catholic Education
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
This Saturday when you cast your vote I respectfully ask that you consider how your vote will impact on your son’s education at St Edmund’s College. Both major parties are clear on their educational agenda and while they agree on some issues, their policies point to different ways in which schools will be funded in the future and how families, who choose to enrol their child in a Catholic school, will be supported. Please be aware that for some of the minor Parties and Independents who will be contesting a seat in the election, Catholic education is not prioritised or even supported for that matter. It is worth finding out their position before you cast your vote.
From a purely economic view despite what you may hear Catholic education is a gift to society. It saves Governments millions of dollars each year simply because the alternative of students attending Government schools would be cost prohibitive. Catholic schools are less expensive to operate and because of their reliance on parental fees they lessen the load on the public purse allowing Governments to attend to other public services that benefit the greater good.
St Edmund’s College has a 127-year history of serving the families of Ipswich and the surrounding region. Today the College is the beneficiary of government funding that is primarily sourced from tax payers – the very working Mums and Dads of Eddies. A vote for Catholic education is a vote for your son’s education and a vote that ensures that a portion of your hard-earned dollar goes towards sustaining the school of your choice.
AIC Cross Country – Jude Thomas Best Runner in AIC
Congratulations to Jude Thomas on taking out the AIC Open Cross Country Championship at Curlew Park, Shorncliffe on Monday. Jude covered the six-kilometre pacey circuit in 18 minutes and 49 seconds. Jude defended his Open title from 2018 making this his third straight individual win since 2017. His outstanding run caps off a season of highlights including the Oceania Cross Country Championships last year. Eddies dominated the Open division with a third-place podium for Alex Davies. Well done to both young men who flew the flag for Eddie’s on a competitive day of running.
NAPLAN – Year 7 and Year 9
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) annual assessment was conducted this week for Years 7 and 9. NAPLAN has been an everyday part of the College calendar since 2008. It tests the types of skills that are essential for every student to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy.
The tests are in four areas (or ‘domains’) of:
• language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
Thank you to Mr Luis Marin for his overall organisation of the NAPLAN test this year. By all reports the students were well prepared, participated in the test in a positive manner and behaved impeccably throughout the three days. NAPLAN results are provided to schools from mid-August to mid-September.
Open Learning Centre (Library) Building Project Update
This Monday staff from the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) Capital Building Reference Group visited the College to assess and validate our Block Grant Application (BGA) to construct a new Library (Open Learning Centre) in 2020. Their job was to ensure our application accurately reflected the College’s current needs with regards to facilities and area allocation. We have been informed that our application is among fifty applications across Queensland seeking government assistance. The next step in the application process is to give a presentation to a panel in June explaining our needs and the educational reasons for our building project. I will keep you updated on our progress.
Open Day – Sunday May 26
A reminder that the College will open its doors to the public on Sunday May 26 from 11.00am to 1.00pm for Open Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for families considering our College, to see our world-class facilities, meet staff and students and witness first hand the Eddies way. There will be performances, demonstration lessons showcasing our broad curriculum offerings, information displays and guided tours. Visiting families can also enjoy a complimentary barista coffee and a bite to eat. Our Parents and Friends will be putting on a barbecue and will be on hand to welcome parents and share their Eddies experience.
It is shaping up to be a fantastic day with River 94.9 making an appearance to do live coverages. As the only Catholic Boys’ Secondary College in Ipswich, Eddies offers an unique educational experience for families seeking a place where their boy can be supported in his journey to manhood, in an environment that truly yearns to grow fine young men.
We wish staff member and Eddies Old Boy, Mr Nick Devin, all the very best this weekend on his marriage to Letitia Stevens on Saturday May 18.
Photo of the Day
2019 AIC Cross Country Championship Open Winners with Principal, Mr O’Riordan: (R-L) Jude Thomas (1st) and Alex Davies (3rd).
Please keep in your prayers Ms Judy Barnard and her family on the sad news of her sister, Laura Draycott, passing away yesterday. Laura leaves behind her loving husband Warren and devoted son Timothy. Judy informed me that her sister had been battling serious illness and in recent weeks she and her family have kept a vigil over her during her difficult and final days.
May Laura rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal