Newsletter - 19 July 2019

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Striding Forward

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends

As we launch into a new Term, I am drawn to a photograph recently taken of our Rookies running onto the field at Tivoli for a trial Rugby League game against St Laurence’s. Striding eagerly to take their place on the arena they are flanked by a blue-and-white guard-of-honour of cheering older Eddies’ boys. This scene marks an historic and nostalgic moment for the College being the first time the College has fielded a Year 6 team in its twenty-year AIC participation. Prior to 1988 the College enrolment included primary students. The photo captures the spirit of Eddies and is a compelling reminder of the importance of fresh starts and renewed beginnings.

For each young Eddies man returning this term there is an unseen but equally proud guard of honour cheering them on. This includes their loving parents, families, friends and the College staff. It includes the Eddies’ Old Boys and the greater Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) community. The Aboriginal Elders past and present are also among the reassuring onlookers to welcome them to the sacred ground upon which the College is built. The Founder, Blessed Edmund Rice, is there too in spirit as is Jesus who is the ultimate inspiration that draws us striding forward towards the realisation of our hopes and dreams.
To all our Eddies young men, although it may not be visible, know that there is an intangible but very real guard of honour championing you on for the term ahead and celebrating your presence at Eddies.

Welcome New Teachers

Please join me in welcoming the following new teachers to the College who commence with us this term:
Ms Hannah Douglas – Drama and RE
Ms Monica Schultz – Mathematics and RE
Mr Nickolas Klimowsow – Mathematics, Biology and RE
Mr Rishi Chand – Mathematics and Science
Ms Georgia Wilson – English and RE

Over the term break Ms Emma Woods and Mr Brent Habermann gave notice of their resignation to take on teaching positions elsewhere. We thank and wish Ms Woods well in her new position at St John’s, Roma and to Mr Habermann in his appointment at St Laurence’s, Brisbane.

Mr Jacob Bonato also announced his resignation after accepting a promotional position as Information Technology Manager at St Peter Claver College. We wish him well and thank him for his significant contribution to Eddies over the past four years. We also congratulate Jacob and his partner who recently welcomed into the world their baby boy, Vincent.

Confraternity, Gold Coast Basketball and Matilda

Congratulations to all the Eddies young men who in recent weeks over the holiday break gave up their time to represent the College in Confraternity, Basketball and rehearsals for the combined St Mary’s and St Edmund’s College Musical, Matilda.

The College Musical has already attracted large crowds and rave reviews following the matinee performance on Wednesday and Opening Night on Thursday. It continues tonight and tomorrow night at the Ipswich Civic Centre for the final performance. See you there on Saturday.

In the first week of the holidays the Confraternity team headed North to host school Shalom College in Bundaberg where the carnival first started 40 years ago. Being a commemorative year, it was a week to remember with the Eddies team doing well with three losses and three wins earning an overall ranking of 29 out of 48 schools that competed. Thank you to coaches Mick Wilson and Graham Halls as well as Managers Dave Mills and Dale O’Connell and Trainers/Assistants Sam Joseph and Matthew Yates.

In the Gold Coast Invitational Basketball tournament, the Eddies Open Boys’ Division 1 team finished a creditable third overall and the Division 2 Open team finished in 7th place. The U15 Boys Division 1 team also did very well with a top-ten placing with 6th overall. These results underline a fantastic Basketball program offered at the College. Thank you to Tim Fergus and Tim Hill for coaching and managing the boys throughout the week.

We’re in the Edmund Rice Building

The Office Staff, Finance, Front Reception, Student Reception and College Leadership Team have finally moved out of the O’Brien Building and relocated to the refurbished and extended Edmund Rice Building. It is a joy to be working alongside colleagues in this magnificent place steeped in history and tradition.


Please note that the Administration Reception in the Edmund Rice Building is now the first point of contact for all parents, caregivers and visitors to the College during opening hours. It is a requirement due to Child Protection laws and Work Place Health and Safety regulations that all people coming onto the College grounds who are not staff members report to the Administration Reception to sign in.


I refer you to the important announcement in the Newsletter which provides more information on expectations and protocols for parents, caregivers and visitors coming onto the College grounds. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

Photo of the Week

Please keep in your prayers the Hodge family with news of the tragic passing of David Hodge last weekend. David is a former Eddies student and College Captain in 1998.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

Term 3 Focus: Justice and Solidarity

Throughout this year we have taken a Touchstone as a focal point each term. This term we delve into 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.

The Touchstone of Justice and Solidarity is an invitation to become actively 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.

Our faith provides a rich and intellectual 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 effecting our local, national and global community. The students, staff and our wider St Edmund’s College community have the capacity to make a positive difference in our world through a special focus on sustainability in our ‘Winter Appeal’ for people experiencing homelessness, and a commitment to working towards justice and reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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 World.

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.

Upcoming Events

NAIDOC Week 8 to 15 July

St Edmund’s College acknowledges and pays deepest respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the College is built St Edmund’s College we continue to commit ourselves to walking together with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the journey towards reconciliation and justice. We will hold events to mark NAIDOC week during Week 2 of the term.

Mission and Community Dates and Events For Term 3

Parents, families and friends, please mark these dates in your diary. We would love for you to join in our community events throughout Term 3.


Wednesday 24 July: Year 11 Leadership Gathering Day 2
A compulsory day for our Year 11 students to engage in team-building, development and reflection in preparation for their role as senior leaders of the College in 2020.
Sunday 28 July: Parish Mass at St Mary’s Church Ipswich 6.00pm.
All are welcome to share in the eucharistic celebration and stay for a cuppa and a chat following Mass.


Catholic Education Week - ‘Many Voices. One Spirit’
Wednesday 1 August: Year 8 Arts Faith Day

A compulsory day of activity and experience for our Year 8 students to engage with each other and the Mission of the College through creative and engaging activities.
Friday 2 August: Heritage Mass 8.45am
The College community will celebrate Mass together. We will mark the lead into Catholic Education Week, acknowledge the diversity and richness of our community and share the experience of Mass.


Friday 8 August: Years 10 to 12 Combined College Winter Sleepout
Places are limited so get in early for the Sleepout. Includes shared meals and activities with our friends on the hill. Make a strong statement and raise awareness about homelessness. Information available from Mrs Marysia Rice

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Parent Teacher Interviews

Welcome to a new Semester. I hope that all families had a restful and relaxing break and that the boys are ready for new academic challenges and opportunities.


Reports from Semester 1 were posted to the web over the holidays. We will be pleased to welcome you on Thursday July 25 for Parent Teacher Student interviews. Logins for Parent Teacher Online have been emailed to parents this afternoon. Where possible we encourage students to attend with parents to reflect on their work and progress as they are central to the conversations with teachers. I look forward to seeing parents and caregivers there. The image below illustrates the importance of the relationship between the parent, teacher and student for creating positive outcomes for the students. So please bring your son to the interview with you.


During the holidays thirty students attended a one-day QCS workshop. This was a great response and shows the dedication and commitment the students are giving to their QCS preparation. They worked on the Short Response Item, Multiple Choice and Numeracy skills. I thank Ms Mulkerin for her dedication in assisting me on the day and commend the students for attending. They were dedicated in their practice and I congratulate them for their concentrated effort.

Next week all students will attend workshops with their Short Response Item markers and following this our high performing students will attend a Short Response Item QCS Master Class with their marker.

Best wishes

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Term 3 Maths Tutorials

Commencing Monday 22 July 2019

Term 3 Learning Hub

Commencing Tuesday 23 July 2019

Learning Hub for Term 3 will commence on Tuesday 23 July.

The Learning Hub is a place where St Edmund’s College students can go to complete homework and work on assessment tasks in a dynamic and supportive environment. Tutors are on hand to assist students. Learning Hub is available to students on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Only St Edmund’s College students can attend Learning Hub therefore please be aware that we cannot cater for siblings from other schools.

Learning Hub will be available to Years 7, 8 and 9 students only until 4.00pm. Parents will need to make alternative arrangements or pick students up at this time.

Learning Hub is open until 5.00pm for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Career News

Careers - Week 1

Open Days and Expos - Apprenticeships - Defence News

Tertiary News

Tertiary Open Days and Expos 2019



Saturday 21 July/ Sunday 22 July

Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds

USQ Springfield

Friday 27 July



Sunday 28 July

Gardens Point


Sunday 4 August

St Lucia

Griffith University

Sunday 11 August

Nathan; Gold Coast; Logan; Conservatorium; Southbank

UQ Gatton

18 August

Gatton Campus


20/07/2019 - 21/07/2019 - TSXPO: Tertiary Studies Expo and QLD Work & Skills Expo

21/07/2019 - University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs Open day

23/07/2019 - Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo, Bokarina

27/07/2019 - Australian Catholic University Open day - Bond University Open Day - University of Southern Queensland Springfield Open day

28/07/2019 - Queensland University of Technology Open day Gardens Point

04/08/2019 - The University of Queensland St Lucia Open day - University of the Sunshine Coast Caboolture Open day

08/08/2019 - Central Queensland University Brisbane Open day

11/08/2019 - Griffith University Open day - SAE Creative Media Institute Brisbane Open day - TAFE Queensland South Bank Open day

Career Exploration

Videos about jobs

One way to learn more about the jobs you are interested in is to watch videos about them. The myfuture website has information on over 500 jobs. You will need to ‘Sign up’ (free of charge) to enter the site for the first time. Otherwise ‘Log in’ and, once on the site, click on ‘Occupations’ and search for the jobs you are currently exploring. Most job descriptions on the site include a video. Each video lasts approximately three minutes. After you have viewed a video see if you can answer the following questions.

  • Name at least three of the main duties and tasks required in this occupation.
  • Would you like to do this job? Why or why not?
  • List some things you learnt about this occupation.

Brisbane City Council (BCC) trade apprenticeships

The BCC employs apprentices in several trades in construction, automotive and horticulture. They encourage applicants from the following categories:

  • Young people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People form a non-English speaking background
  • People with disability or impairment

The specific trades include:

  • Construction - Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting and decorating, engineering (fabrication)
  • Automotive - Auto electrical, heavy vehicle mechanics, auto manufacturing, signage and graphics
  • Horticulture - Arboriculture, parks and gardens, sports turf management

BCC recruits throughout the year for apprentices. To apply you will need to submit a resume and cover letter outlining your personal attributes and interest in the apprenticeship on offer. The process may also involve online assessments, interviews, assessment centres, reference checks and medical examinations. To receive an email about the next apprentice intake, create an account and set up a Job Alert. Visit the BCC Employment Programs website for more information.

Defence News

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

The Australian Defence Force hold a variety of information sessions across Queensland. The 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 sessions to be held in the second half of July 2019.

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.


Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions Brisbane Defence Careers Information Session - Tingalpa

Career Spotlight

Who are Occupational Health and Safety Officers - What do they do?

Occupational health and safety officers coordinate health and safety systems in an organisation. They identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety, put appropriate safety controls in place and provide advice about accident prevention and occupational health to management and employees. With experience and sometimes further training, occupational health and safety officers may become auditors, who inspect a workplace's level of compliance with health and safety standards.

Personal requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety Officer

  • Tactful and diplomatic
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Discretion and respect for confidentiality and privacy
  • Integrity and honesty

Click here to find out more and don't miss clicking on tabs You, The Job, The Facts and Related Courses.

Gap Year and Exchange Programmes

AFS Intercultural Programs Australia

AFS Intercultural Programs Australia offers full and partial scholarships to students wishing to participate in their overseas programs. Scholarships are available for AFS Intensive, Semester and Year Programs. Find out about these programs and how to apply for a scholarship on the AFS website.

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering applications for 2020 overseas placements are now open. Learn about their gap year programs on the Lattitude website.

Southern Cross-Cultural Exchange

Southern Cross-Cultural Exchange will hold an information session from 4 pm on Sunday 21 July 2019 at Motel on George, 89-95 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane. Register to attend here.

World Education Program Student Exchange

WEP will hold an information session in Brisbane from 7 – 8.30 pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019 at Fulton Trotter Lounge, 129 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill QLD. Visit the WEP website to register to attend.

World Education Program Student Exchange

WEP will hold information sessions in several Queensland locations and visit WEP website to register:

Brisbane Wednesday 31 July 7 – 8.30 pm Spring Hill QLD

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


24th World Scout Jamboree

Three St Edmund's students representing Australia

Ipswich Eddies’ students representing Australia at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. Kayden Scolari, Marcus Hird and Thomas Milfull have embarked on a the trip of a lifetime. These students are among 692 Scouts who travelled to West Virginia on July 17 for the World Scout Jamboree, where they will meet up with 47,000 others from 170 countries around the world. This is the largest Australian contingent to attend a World Scout Jamboree. The Scouts will experience diverse international cultures through making new friends from around the globe. The students will be presented with a range of age-appropriate challenges where they will work together to ascertain solutions, developing real leadership and teamwork skills in the process, while making new friendships along the way and learning from many cultures.

Annual Women's Night of Spirituality - 30 July 2019

Stuartholme School Chapel, Toowong - 7.30 to 8.15pm

Music and Cultural

Music News

Performance Events

Welcome back to an extremely busy Term 3 for the Performing Arts Department. I hope you have had a restful break and are ready for another series of events. These include the Combined Colleges’ Musical - Matilda, MADD week, Brisbane Sings, QCMF - Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Musical Festival (String Ensemble only), Performing Arts Night, Years 7/8/9 Concert and a possible Primary Schools’ Tour (to be confirmed). Information regarding these performances will be distributed closer to the event.

Combined Colleges’ Musical - Matilda

A number of students and staff have been working hard over the last few months in preparation for this years Combined Colleges’ Musical, ‘Matilda’. This year St Mary’s has taken the reigns in what will be a very enjoyable show. I highly recommend that you purchase your tickets to see this wonderful show staged at the Ipswich Civic Centre this week. Tickets are available at the following link: https://www.ipswichciviccentre...

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons will recommence next week. Please check the notice boards outside K205 for your lesson times.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music


Sports News - Week 1

Holiday Events

As always, we had several competitions and events happening throughout the vacation. The Confraternity Shield was held in the second week of the holidays in Bundaberg and we also had the Gold Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament on the Gold Coast with three teams representing the College.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff involved in these events, obviously staff are not required to give up time on their holidays but do so to ensure our students have these great experiences.

Our Confraternity side won three of the six games played during the week and staff have been full of praise for the way in which the students represented the College.

Many of our Basketball players gained great experience at the Gold Coast Invitational. Our Firsts side performed very well to finish with the Bronze medal in Division 1.


Basketball, Rugby League and Tennis

It has been a busy start to the term as we prepare for the trial fixtures against St Peter’s Lutheran College this Saturday.

Team lists and fixture information can be found on the Basketball and Tennis EDE Pages. Fixture information is available also on the App. A reminder that teams are still being finalised as we head into Round 1.

There will be no Rugby League trial games this Saturday as St Peter’s are not participating in Rugby League as a sport. It was pleasing to see our League teams trial against St Laurence’s in the first week of the holidays with some good results.



Best of luck to our Firsts Hockey side who were presented on Assembly today and play their first fixture of the Brisbane Schoolboys’ Hockey Competition this evening against Padua College.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

2019 Confraternity Rugby League Carnival

Hosted by Shalom College

During the mid-year break St Edmund’s College participated in the annual Confraternity Rugby League Carnival hosted by Shalom Catholic College at Bundaberg. A week of carnival style Rugby League brought together forty-eight Colleges from across Queensland. The team participated in six matches and throughout the tournament worked hard to create opportunities; however, the experience of playing regular Rugby League for many of the opponents was possibly the difference. Eddies recorded three wins from the six matches and no doubt this provided a wonderful learning opportunity for our players moving into the AIC season in Term 3.

Captain Logan Spark, Ethan Bauer, Dylan McAteer, Luke Marsh and Justice Kennedy were all credited with Man of the Match awards during the week-long carnival, all well deserved.
Off the field the whole squad were a credit to the College with their conduct and manner. It was a pleasure to be associated with these students.

The Confraternity Carnival presents two awards during the final presentations for each team. These were awarded to Ethan Bauer as St Edmund’s Player of the Carnival and to Logan Spark as the Spirit of Confraternity Award – both worthy recipients who should be proud of their efforts, similarly all members of the squad.

Mr David Mills, SEC Confraternity Coordinator

Ipswich Falcons Junior Touch Sign-On

Monday 26/8 and Mon 2/9/2019


WHEN: Monday 26 August and Monday 2 September
TIME: 6.15pm to 7.15pm
WHERE: Ipswich Touch Grounds, Jim Finimore Oval, Old Toowoomba Road, One Mile
FEES: $85 ($75 for U8s and U10s) – 15 week comp.
AGE GROUPS: Boys and Girls U8, U10, U12 and U14
SEASON START: Thursday, 12 September
GAME TIMES: 5.00pm; 5.40pm; 6.15pm; 7.00pm
Teams or individual players welcome

Get your friends together and come join the fun!
Limited team numbers so get your nominations in early
Find out more at or
Email: or
Phone: 0411 581 625


Tuckshop Roster - Week 2

Commencing 22 July 2019

Mon 22 July: M Glen, J Just, L Ash

Tue 23 July: K McKew, A Harding, A Williams, S Vince

Wed 24 July: C Sammut, D Schmidt

Thu 25 July: D Sanders, A Antonio, M Dinte

Fri 26 July: H Marsh, J Marsh, K Evans

School News

Uniform Shop


2019 Senior Rings

How to Order - Deposit or Payment in Full by Wednesday 7 August 2019

• $120

Payment in full by 7 August OR $60 deposit by 7 August and balance by 9 October

• Delivery late Term 4

• Sizing – First Breaks outside the Deans’ room – only if you are purchasing

• Payments via locked box in Student Office or card facilities at Reception

• Captains have samples for you to view

Whooping Cough

Qld Health Link

A St Edmund’s College student was diagnosed with Whooping Cough over the holiday period.

Please refer to the Queensland Health link for relevant information regarding Whooping Cough.

Annual Mass for Deceased Old Boys - 23 July 2019

CWL House - 7.00pm

The Annual Mass for Deceased Christian Brothers, Teachers and Old Boys of St Edmund’s College will be held at CWL House, 35 Waghorn Street, Ipswich on Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 7.00 pm. All are invited. If you wish to remember a deceased Old Boy, please contact Andrew McGrath on 3389 6858.


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