Seven Traits That Define a Man from a Boy
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
On Wednesday evening our Year 10 students crossed the bridge from boyhood to manhood. They were greeted on the other side by their parents and family who presented them with a Senior tie or the Senior white shirt. The time-honoured ritual symbolises their rite of passage as an Eddies young man. In commemorating the occasion, I share with you a reflection I came across and read to the young men and their families which describes seven traits that define a man from a boy. These are:
1. They plan their future
Men think long term—about important things such as relationships, family, their career goals and who they want to be. They may not have it all figured out, but they have a good idea of where they want their life to go and they are laying the foundation to get there. On the other hand, boys who are yet to become men do not have these plans and live moment to moment.
2. They take responsibility
Men have a lot of pressure on them these days and let’s face it, they do not always get it right. Being a man means owning up to your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions, even if you are in the wrong. Boys, however, tend to make excuses rather than take responsibility.
3. They think about the kind of man they want to be
Men reflect on their values and morals, and what kind of person they want to be. This includes what kind of partner, father, employee and friend they are and how that matches what they want. Men have put thought into their values and lead lives that reflect them. Boys aren’t sure about their moral compass just yet and do not steer their life with such intention.
4. They know what they want
Men who are truly men have a clear vision of what they want for their future. They know what they want in a partner, career, and in life in general. Boys tend to be unsure and unwilling to commit to a path.
5. They are decisive
Because men have a better idea of what they want, they tend to make decisions easier. They go after career opportunities that interest them and are willing to do the hard work to get there. They are not afraid to make a decision because they have a clear idea of who they are and what they want. Boys are hesitant and look for others to take the lead.
6. They practice integrity
Men have integrity. They say what they mean, they show up when they say they will, and they follow through on their promises. While boys can be unreliable.
7. They understand what it means to love and be loved
Men may be fearful of rejection, but they will still engage with others and initiate conversation, knowing that the reward can be greater than the risk. They understand that they are loved and have a capacity to love. They are in touch with their inner self where they encounter goodness. They cherish relationships and express gratitude. Boys can lack courage and belief in themselves.
Past Eddies Student: Archie Graham - Flag-Bearer and Australian Captain, INAS Global Games
Congratulations to Eddies Old Boy Archie Graham who graduated in 2011. Archie was recently named Team Captain and flag-bearer for the 2019 INAS (International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments) Global Games which are currently happening in Brisbane.
Archie is looking to defend his title at the Games, as well as his Number 1 world ranking in Tennis.
Waiting List for Year 7, 2020
Please be advised that our 2020 enrolments for Year 7 are now full. We are still accepting late applications; however, these will be placed on a waiting list and if a place becomes available families will be notified. There are limited places available in Years 8 upwards for families who may be considering a change of school for their son. The College will be hosting a Twilight Tour next Wednesday 23 October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm for anyone who is keen to be taken on a tour of our grounds and facilities by one of our students. It is also an opportunity to meet staff and find out how the Eddies Journey could be the right path for your son.
Opening and Blessing of the Edmund Rice Building Refurbishment and Extension – October 25
Next Friday October 25 the College will be holding an Opening and Blessing ceremony for the refurbished and extended Edmund Rice Building. The $3.5m building project was completed earlier this year after eight months of construction and the realisation of a twelve-year dream that started with the creation of the College Foundation. Since, there have been successive fund-raising initiatives resulting in a $500,000.00 donation from the College Foundation, a $300,000.00 donation from the St Edmund’s College Parents and Friends Association contributing to the project cost.
To commemorate the occasion Bishop Ken Howell will officially bless the building and the Celtic Cross that was gifted to the College by the St Edmund’s College Mothers, past and present. We are pleased to welcome back former Principal Brother Ted Magee who will officially open the building. All staff and students will receive a commemorative gift on the day to highlight the importance of the occasion.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - Year 10 Rite of Passage
Please keep in your prayers Year 11 student Noah Atley who is making remarkable recovery after sustaining a serious spinal injury over the holidays. His ‘challenge accepted’ attitude is truly inspiring.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal