Newsletter - 19 June 2020

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal


Roses, Favourites and Celebrations, if these product names mean nothing to you then you have not taken a walk down the confectionery aisle in your local supermarket. Brightly coloured boxes containing equally brightly wrapped chocolate morsels tempting us with selecting the one that is just right for us. So many choices. A famous quote from the movie Forrest Gump comes to mind. “My Mom always said, life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. Well, Forrest, I beg to differ. In any Roses box I know that by selecting the red wrapper I will be engaged by the delicious strawberry notes of soft fondant wrapped in delicious milk chocolate or if I select the green wrapper, on biting I will be regaled by a refreshing burst of mint that gently tapers off leaving a cleansed palate. Indeed by selecting the caramel fudge — after carefully checking out the list on the bottom of the box — the experience will hopefully be one of chewing with enough vigour to include the next few moments as part of my daily exercise routine while not straining so much that my dentist might be fixing broken molars. In this box of chocolates, there are choices to make but we will know what we are going to get.

In any given day, our young men are spoiled by the number of choices offered to them. After waiting in the tuckshop line at first break — which is now longer because of the need to social space and sanitise — do I choose the spicy chicken burger, the nachos or the pizza; or the pork riblet, perhaps the salad roll or maybe, the pizza? If I choose the pizza, do I choose the supreme, the Hawaiian — I still can’t see the combination of pineapple and ham as viable for a pizza topping — or the pepperoni? Do I do my homework or relax and play a game? Do I focus on my classwork or talk to the guy next to me? Do I play rugby or football? Do I go to university or take on an apprenticeship or traineeship? All these choices may sound daunting, but, check out the bottom of the box, look carefully at the wrapper, and you will have a good idea of what you are going to get.

Last week the choice for our Eddies men was stark, and spot lit by continuing world events, stop and think. Next week our young men are given a choice to support the homeless. By simply buying a cup of noodles they will feed not only themselves but also a person they may never meet, yet who is in desperate need. Next term, there will be more choices. For our young men of Year 12 who graduate from Eddies, to the world, the choice may be, which degree, which university or which job. For our Eddies men whose journey here continues, choices could be which subjects to choose, what sports to play, how do I want to finish the year. Unlike Forrest our Eddies men can know what they are going to get. Whether in the subjects they choose, in the way they act, in the life they lead, as Eddies men who are strong, kind and gentle their “box of chocolates” will be coloured blue and white and will contain many opportunities and pathways wrapped in each day of College life. Possunt quia posse videntur. At the end of the day we wish our young men to achieve because they see they can, to make wise choices based on knowledge, passion and the good heart of an Eddies man.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

Year 11 Leadership Program

The Year 11s took time today to begin the first steps in their journey as the leaders of our College. It seems hard to believe but by mid-term 4 they will become the leaders, as the Year 12s prepare for their external exams and graduation. For our students, there is immeasurable value in taking time out for these Retreat days. A retreat refreshes and revitalises and gives the opportunity for reflections, prayer, growth and unity.

Throughout the day, the Year 11 students explored their role as Seniors and leaders of the College in 2021. Beginning with an opportunity to speak with a member of the College Leadership Team, the students considered the importance of student leadership and their responsibility as role models in the College. They were challenged later in the day to practise working together as leaders during team challenges. It was also important for each to share something of themselves and reflect on what they bring to the team. This was also an opportunity for the staff to gain greater insight into this group of young men who will be the Senior Class of 2021. Before the day closed, they were challenged to consider the four Touchstones and how they might take on the responsibility of bringing these to life in our College during their time as leaders. Next term we will share more of the hopes and visions from the Seniors of 2021.

If your son was involved in this program, I encourage you to ask him what was his ‘take away’ from the day. All the students had time to reflect on their learning or insight at the end of the program. Having had the privilege to be present with our students during this time, there were some great reflections shared and I hope your sons will be able to share this with you as well.

I would especially like to thank all the staff who assisted with the planning and implementation of these programs during a busy time. I am very grateful for their energy and support.

Refugee Week: Celebrating the Year of Welcome

Refugee Week is an annual event which promotes positive images of refugees and celebrates the valuable contribution refugees make to Australian society. The ultimate aim is to facilitate better understanding between different communities and encourage successful integration. This enables refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.

Today, more than ever, we need a global movement to demand that the safety and rights of refugees are protected. In Australia, it is the responsibility of our government, and each one of us, to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope.

My command is this: Love one another (John 15:12). This is our mandate - to love one another.

Refugee Week provides an opportunity for Australians to celebrate the immense courage, resilience and valuable contributions made by refugees to our society. For many Australians Refugee Week provides an opportunity to meet a refugee for the first time. Storytelling provides a great way to do this. Every refugee seeking safety brings their own story: why they left home, their journey and in some cases, finding safety in Australia. The sharing of stories is an opportunity to not only remember and honour their journey but also to educate the Australian community to better understand the courage and contribution that refugees make.

Head to the Refugee Week website to see stories from refugees who call Australia home: May we be ever mindful of our call to love our neighbour as ourselves, and to welcome all who seek safety in our land.

Prayer for Refugee Week

Lord, no one is a stranger to you, and no one is ever far from your loving care.

In your kindness watch over refugees and asylum seekers,

those separated from their loved ones,

those who are lost, and those who have been exiled from their homes.

Bring them safely to the place where they long to be and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

Sunday 5 July is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday. Ordinarily, this celebration would coincide with NAIDOC Week; however, as a result of the restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAIDOC Week will be held later in the year. The theme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday is Together in the Spirit. It speaks not only to the challenges that we have faced as a nation in the past year – drought, bushfires, and pandemic – but the ever-present need for empathy, friendship and love for one another. This year, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Adelaide from 11.00am EST via the NATSICC website,

Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Exams, Reporting and Parent Teacher

Parents and Caregivers have been informed that next week is normal classes for all Year levels. Exams have been conducted this week and some assessment is due next week. Marking will be completed during that week and over the holidays.

Parent Teacher Student interviews this term will be conducted via email or telephone call. For this reason, the College is offering two nights for Parent Teacher Interviews at the commencement of Term 3. The interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams and instructions will be communicated to parents early next term. The dates for the release of Reports and for Parent Student Teacher appear below:

Reports Years 7 to 11 – Released to the web Friday July 17 (Week 1).

Reports Year 12 – Year 12 students received an Academic Result in Term 1 which coincided with the conclusion of Internal Assessment 1. Parents/Caregivers are reminded that the Year 12 course does not follow Terms or Semesters but follows Units. The next Academic Report for Year 12 will be at the beginning of Term 4 when results for any Internal Assessment have been finalised.

Parent Teacher Student via Microsoft Teams– Thursday July 23 - As per the College Calendar.

Parent Teacher Student via Microsoft Teams – Tuesday July 28 – Additional evening.

Each Parent Teacher Student evening will operate from 3.00pm to 8.00pm, allowing for more time allocations for Parents/Caregivers to access.

Year 7 Electives and Parent Teacher Student Interviews

Year 7 electives will not be included in the Parent Teacher Student process due to the number for the Semester. For any student who wishes to pursue an elective offered in Year 7 into Year 8, Parents/Caregivers are encouraged and are welcome to contact subject teachers and Heads of Department via email.

Year 12 – Students Studying General Subjects – External Exam Preparation

This week Ms Henness and I met with the Year 12 cohort in their Study Support Lessons to begin common preparation for the External Exams. This support will continue to coach the students with skills to assist them in the External Examinations. These are skills that the College has successfully employed throughout the period of the Overall Position (OP) system and are common skills that can be carried across to the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system. The group that I had the pleasure to work with were interested and open to learning about external test-taking strategies that have been proven to assist students. I look forward to working with the students into the future now that most Internal Assessments have been completed.

A Final Note

As I talk with the students about this year and the unique experience it has been, I am interested to hear the variety of student perspectives and to hear how happy they are to be back at the College and part of our SEC community. As I walk through the grounds quite early each day, there are students arriving. When I greet them with a “Good morning” and “have a good day”, the boys are quick to reply with the same greeting and “you have a good day too Miss”. I feel privileged to work in such a wonderful community. One student arrived at 7.00am during this week, saw that I was in my office and dropped in to say hello. He just wished to have a chat to begin his day, asked how I was and then went on his way.

Your sons are the reason why I enjoy my role. From my teaching in the classroom to visiting the tuckshop line, to watching handball, to just wandering through the playground; your sons are the privilege of the experience of teaching.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Senior School

Middle School


St Edmund's 2021 Enrolments

URGENT REMINDER for enrolments in Year 7, 2021

During COVID-19, enrolment applications have been accepted, interviews conducted on-line and progressed to the final stage of sending Letters of Offer to families.

Our numbers are very good for Year 7 in 2021 and 2022.

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 this year is in Term 3, 2020.

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

Pastoral News

Eddies Men Can

Week 8 Program

At SEC we are constantly asking our men to be a ‘brother to another’ and as such, last week our students worked with their SEC brother at a variety of activities across the year levels.

Year 7 and Year 10 worked together to crack a code in order to read a document.

The activity was designed to foster connections and build right relationships that are based on respect. The activity was a valuable opportunity for the Year 10 students to develop their leadership capacity, build confidence and a stronger sense of self and responsibility for others. Through the guidance of the older students the Year 7s continued to develop a sense of belonging to the College community and learn the value of role-modelling.

Year 8 and Year 11 worked together on a Mindfulness activity.

The activity was designed to help our Year 8s develop a sense of ownership over their personal story and their place in the Edmund Rice story by identifying likes, strengths, aspirations and vulnerabilities. Our Year 11s practised a heightened sense of non-judgmental awareness, becoming conscious of the effect that their actions and words have on someone else’s story.

Year 9 and Year 12 worked together to construct promotional materials for the Winter Appeal.

Winter can be harsh, particularly for those experiencing homelessness. The comfort of a warm coat and some milo can make a difference to not only someone’s physical state, but also the mental state of a person experiencing homelessness.

Over the next few weeks, the College will host the annual Winter Appeal, where staff and students are asked to bring in donations in the form of warm clothes, milo, coffee, tea, as well as cup of noodles.

The Winter Appeal will need to be supported by a promotional campaign to make sure it is successful. The brothers worked together to create an advertisement suitable for social media. Throughout the lesson the term “experiencing homelessness” was used instead of “homeless person” as it is important for students to remember that homelessness is something you experience, not who you are.

The Pastoral Deans and I would like to sincerely thank Ms Adrianna Rimland who organised these wonderful, meaningful activities.

Ms Vanessa Bell, Director of Students

High Voltage Can Jump

Important Information from Queensland Rail

Information for Students

Have you got a favourite pair of sneakers? Imagine if they got hit with 25,000 volts of electricity. What might they look like? What if you were wearing them at the time? See what can happen if you get too close to the overhead lines on the rail network.

Queensland Rail is sharing important safety information about the dangers of overhead lines. The power supplied to overhead lines on the rail network is 25,000 volts. That’s more than a hundred times the supply to your home.

What many people don’t know is that you or an object don’t have to come into direct contact with high voltage to suffer an electric shock, or worse, electrocution. Just by getting too close, the electricity can arc out at you. It’s important to stay safe around the rail network, and only use the allocated walkways.

See the damage 25,000 volts can do to friendships, relationships and families at

Information for Parents

Queensland Rail has launched the High Voltage Can Jump campaign to raise awareness of the hidden dangers of overhead powerlines and discourage risk-taking behaviour on the rail network. There were two serious electric shock incidents in 2018 when four young males suffered severe injuries through risk-taking behaviour on the rail network.

The power supplied to overhead lines on the rail network is 25,000 volts. That’s more than a hundred times the supply to your home. You or an object do not need to come into direct contact to suffer an electric shock, or worse, electrocution. The strength of the overhead powerlines means that electricity can arc out.

The campaign features popular sneakers that have been exploded to replicate the effects of 25,000 volts. High voltage destroys more than soles – it has a significant impact on friendships, relationships and families. We encourage you to have a conversation about the importance of staying safe around the rail network.


Campaign page:

Sneaker explosion video:

Animated video of mate’s story:

Animated video of mum’s story:

Career News

Careers - Week 9

Government Apprenticeships in Information Technology

2021 Australian Government Digital Apprenticeship Program

The Australian Government Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Apprenticeship Program targets students who are currently completing their Year 12 studies. As an apprentice, you will complete an ICT qualification as well as work within an Australian Government agency in ICT related areas such as:

  • user research
  • cyber security
  • interactive media
  • software engineering
  • infrastructure support
  • big data
  • data analytics
  • applications development
  • networking
  • programming
  • web development
  • systems testing
  • systems analysis and design
  • help desk

Applications for the 2021 Program are now open and close Monday, 29 June 2020. Visit their website for more information about:

  • Who it is for
  • What you’ll get to work on
  • Locations
  • Who you’ll be working for
  • Benefits
  • Support and coaching
  • How to apply
  • Three stages to success

Defence News

Australian Defence Force information sessions

Attend a virtual Australian Defence Force information session and find out:

  • if the Defence Force is a good fit for you
  • if they have a job that you are interested in doing
  • how to enlist

Below are upcoming information sessions. For details about these events and information on the Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site. (it can take time to download page)

22/06/2020 Queensland: Trade Careers Dial In Information Session

10/07/2020 Careers for Indigenous Australians Virtual Information Session

Tertiary News

Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre Important Dates

Additional admissions requirements for Education Degrees

There are additional entry requirements when competing for a place in an Education degree. Year 12 students need to complete the QTAC online assessment tool as well as two written statements outlining your suitability for teaching. The holidays are a good time to get these tasks done without the pressure of school work. Visit the QTAC website for more information.

Key Dates for 2020/2021



UCAT final registration deadline


UCAT testing begins



TAC applications open for 2021 courses

ATAR account registration opens (Qld Yr 12s)

Some audition and portfolio applications close


Early closing dates for some courses


Reminder to get EAS and supporting documents submitted



Last day Qld Yr 12

Offer rounds continue



Due date to apply & submit documents for December offer round


Due date to apply & submit documents for January offer round


Qld ATAR and QCE released


12pm Due date for change of preferences prior to next offer round


Offer round



Offer round Further offer rounds February Further offer rounds


Offer rounds

Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships

Griffith University is pleased to announce a new scholarship initiative designed specifically to assist high-achieving Year 12 students who are looking towards university study in 2021 and likely to receive an ATAR of at least 95.5. In 2021, the University is reallocating 80 Sir Samuel Griffith scholarships exclusively to high achieving Year 12 students. Valued at up to $24,000 each, these scholarships are specifically designed to recognise academic excellence and demonstrated qualities including leadership, civic responsibility and social awareness. Applications will open on Monday 13 July. Click here for more information.

Applying for courses interstate

If you wish to apply to a university outside Queensland, you need to apply to the relevant tertiary admissions' centre. Students can have multiple applications running at the same time and in the case of high demand courses such as medicine, veterinary science and dentistry, students often apply nationally. The different tertiary admissions' centres are:

  • UAC New South Wales and ACT
  • VTAC Victoria
  • SATAC South Australia and Northern Territory
  • TISC Western Australia
  • UTAS Tasmania (you apply directly to the University)
SAT resources on the USA College Board website

The College Board website is important for students wishing to apply for tertiary courses in the United States of America (USA) as this is where you register to sit for the SAT, a test required for entry to many USA universities and colleges. The following information is available on the website: (the Twitter page is also useful)

Why Years 9 & 10 Matter - Pathways to Harvard, Oxford and Beyond

Wondering what it takes to get into a world leading uni? The journey starts by picking the right curriculum, subjects and extracurriculars! Learn what these top unis look for and more in this webinar on June 20. Register here.

ACU Open day update

Due to current social distancing practices, ACU will be moving their Open Day to a virtual format. Over a series of weekends, students can virtually visit the campus, hear from academics, chat to current students and participate in live Q&A webinars and have their questions answered. Open Day dates are:

  • Saturday 29 August, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 5 September, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday 12 September, 9am-3pm

Register your interest to get important updates regarding Open Day 2020.

InspirED - Virtual Expo

USQ is part of InspirED Virtual Expo being held 17 - 21 June 2020. Get one on one advice from our virtual booth where experts and current students can answer all your future study questions. Watch expert-led webinars on the ATAR, application process and entry pathways. Year 10 students can also get advice on subject selection. Also hear from exciting presenters including Nick Vujicic and Ally Mclean. Register here.

QCE and Beyond virtual expo

All QCE and Beyond Expo live sessions and chats sessions will be held from 4pm - 8pm each day. You will be able to join in after school finishes. It is a great opportunity to hear from the Queensland universities regarding what opportunities for 2021.

QUT Virtual Open Day

The QUT Virtual Open Day will be on Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August. Get your questions answered online about QUT courses, careers and uni life. Register now for event updates and resources to help you make decisions about your future.

TSXPO 2020 Cancelled

Due to the current threats of COVID-19 and the government's decision to cancel all gatherings with over 500 people, the organisers have had to cancel the TSXPO 2020. TSXPO 2021 dates will be announced soon!

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News

Term 2 Reflections

As Term 2 comes to an end one cannot help but reflect on what has been a very challenging time. Who would have thought that this year would be such a test for us? The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in some way, some forever. The Performing Arts program was put on hold for an extended period. Fortunately, with strict hygiene and social-distancing measures in place, instrumental lessons and a small number of co-curricular ensembles recommenced rehearsals in Week 7. I was relieved to hear music being made again and cannot wait to hear all co-curricular ensembles in full swing again next term.

As instrumental lessons wrap up for this term, I would like to congratulate the students who resumed lessons with a positive demeanour and an eagerness to learn. They moved back into routine straight away without any prompting and strived to get their playing back to the level it was before the extended break. A small number of students struggled, however, to find any routine during this confusing time. These students were often unorganised, forgetting their instrument and not turning up for lessons. I understand it has been difficult for students returning to school, but I look forward to seeing an improvement next term. Lessons will commence in Week 1. I will have timetables up for these lessons early next week and on the EDE page.

I look forward to next term being a more successful term as we move closer to returning the department and our lives to a normal state. I wish you all a wonderful holiday break. Stay safe and healthy and take the time to enjoy how wonderful life is.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music


SEC Co-Curricular Photos


Please note co-curricular groups are now available for parents to purchase online, link and password below:

Password: EDDIES


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



2020 Skool2Skoolies Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of our Skool2Skoolies Charity Bike Ride

Apprenticeships Queensland


Blue Ribbon Motors – Parents and Friends

Bremer Valley Realty

Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club – Parents and Friends

Choices Flooring by Mallets

Clift Pearce Accounting

DV Electrical Services

Dylan Palmer - Donation


Gibson Architects


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


PM Landscapes

Potter Landscapes

Sammut Bulow Accountants

Savco Vegetation Services

St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Association

St Mary’s Parish – Donation

Strictly Coffee - Ipswich

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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