From the Principal
The Eddie's Difference
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
What make’s Eddies different? Yes, we are the only all-boys Catholic Secondary College in Ipswich. We are also steeped in history having served the Ipswich community for 126 years. Our story is intricately linked to the person of Blessed Edmund Rice who was inspired by Jesus to educate the poor children of Waterford in Ireland. This has shaped our values and beliefs and continues to inform our vision and mission. Our motto, Possunt Quia Posse Videntur, translates to – They Can Because They See They Can – is uniquely ours. We have endeavoured to unearth the hidden layers of meaning in our motto with the simple catchcry – Eddies’ Men Can. Our commitment to partner with families to help grow Strong Men, Kind Men, Gentlemen, Eddies’ Men has been integral in the development of our academic, cultural, sporting, social justice, immersion, service learning and student formation programs which are distinctly ours.
In recent years we have named Identity, Improvement and Community as our focus areas for the next three to five years. These factors are certainly what makes the Eddie’s difference, but without the dedication and passion of the staff who turn up each day to deliver for the Eddies’ young men both in and outside the classroom, our difference would not be anywhere near as exceptional as it is. It is a joy to be part of this unique community.
2019 Staffing News
I am pleased to announce the following Middle Leadership appointments commencing in 2019:
- Director of Senior Schooling – Ben Litchfield
- Director of Middle Schooling – Luis Marin
- Head of Department Enterprise Studies – Georgina Delpaul
Congratulations to Ben Litchfield and Georgina Delpaul who are current staff members, on their respective appointments to these new leadership positions.
We welcome Luis Marin to St Edmund’s College. Luis is currently the Head of Curriculum Humanities at Carmel College, Thornlands. He has previously held leadership roles at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe as Acting Head of Curriculum English and Acting Head of Curriculum SOSE. Luis is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership at ACU and holds a Master of Business Administration at Griffith University and a Bachelor Secondary Education at QUT majoring in English and Social Geography.
I am also pleased to announce the following teacher appointment to commence in 2019:
- Learning Support Teacher – Emma Ehrich
We welcome Emma Ehrich to St Edmund’s College. Emma is currently working as a Support Teacher Inclusive Education at All Saints School, Boonah. Emma has previously worked at Ipswich Girls Grammar School, Edmund Rice Flexible Learning Centre, Townsville and St John’s Secondary College, Nambour. Emma has a Graduate Certificate in Special Education at Griffith University and a Bachelor of Arts and Education at the University of Queensland majoring in Special Needs, Modern History/SOSE (HASS).
Australian School Boys' Rugby thanks St Edmund’s College
During the September break St Edmund’s College families were thanked and acknowledged for their generosity and hospitality for hosting and billeting Australian School Boy Rugby players, who were competing in the Australian Schools’ Tri-Nations campaign held in Brisbane between Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.
St Edmund’s College was again featured when former Wallaby legend and St Edmund’s College Old Boy, Paul McLean did the tie presentation and spoke to the players about the honour of being an Australian Rugby Union player representative. The group was also taken on a tour of Ipswich during their time here including a visit to our College.
I especially wish to acknowledge and thank Noel Gardner who coordinated the billeting arrangements. He also organised many of the host activities while also performing his role as one of the managers of the Australian School Boys’ teams. Noel continues to serve as the representative for the Associated Independent College’s for Queensland School Boys Rugby Union and has been a long-term member of the Australian School Boys Rugby committee in various roles including assistant coach and manager.
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We pray for the Villanova College families and staff who are mourning the tragic passing of one of their students. May the comfort of God’s immeasurable love and mercy be with them at this time of grief and loss.
Live Jesus, in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal