Many Voices, One Spirit
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Joyously, St Edmund’s College joins with the 306 Catholic schools across Queensland to celebrate Catholic Education Week. Our distinctive Catholic identity has been shaped by Blessed Edmund Rice who founded the Christian Brothers over 200 years ago in Waterford, Ireland. In 1806 he started the first Christian Brothers’ school for the poor and wretched children of the bustling portside town. More schools were established in Ireland and continued to spread overseas as the need grew.
In 1868 the Brothers came to Australia led by the adventurous Brother Ambrose Treacy. In 1892 the Brothers answered a call to start a school in Ipswich and so began our chapter of the story of Catholic education in Queensland. In the 127 years that have passed St Edmund’s College has educated over 30,000 young men in Ipswich and the surrounding region.
This morning we gathered as a College community to celebrate Heritage Mass at St Mary’s Church. I was so proud of the young men for the dignified and respectful way they participated in the Mass. The singing throughout and the rendition of our College Song at the end was so uplifting and powerfully demonstrated the many voices and one spirit that is Eddies. I felt very grateful and humbled to be part of this very special community.
As a Catholic school we provide a
faith-based education built on the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice which places the values of Jesus at its centre
high quality, holistic education for 1 in 5 young Queenslanders, educating them to be well-informed, highly skilled and constructive members of the community
place that values diversity and treats each student with dignity enabling them in turn to promote and respect the dignity of all
community that nurtures in its young men a commitment to social justice and a critical social conscience
learning environment that prepares young men for global responsibilities through stewardship of the Earth’s resources
and we are a vital part of the local and universal Church
welcoming, inclusive and connected to our Ipswich community.
We were pleased to participate in the creation of a video promoting Catholic education in the St Mary’s Parish of Ipswich. Please click on the video links below to gain a sense of the special qualities of Catholic Education in our community. These videos are available on our College webpage.
Ignite the Blue and White – Back to Eddies Day - August 10
A call to Eddies Old Boys – come join us next Saturday August 10 at Tivoli Sporting Complex where Eddies will host the Associated Independent Colleges’ Rugby League competition. Old Boys are invited to meet at the College for a tour of the facilities at 1.00pm and then head out to Tivoli to form a guard of honour for the First XIII who play at 2.40pm. Drinks and refreshments will be provided and afterwards there will be a bus to Ipswich Brothers Leagues Club for an opportunity to catch up. Games will start at 9.30am with the Year 6 Rookies Team getting us underway. We hope to see a big crowd there to celebrate and cheer on our boys.
MMADD Week – ‘Awesome’
When I asked a group of boys what they thought of MMADD week they said ‘awesome’.
Thank you to Fran O’Sullivan for coordinating a sensational MMADD (Music, Media, Art, Dance and Drama) Week this year. Well done to the awesome creative arts team: Tim Kirkwood, Jesse Gold, Eamon Webb, Nicola Scarrott, Hannah Douglas, Helen Purcell, Pete Kemp, and Robyn Pozzias for helping to create a multitude of MMADD activities throughout the week. Thank you also to Debra Whyte for the electronic sign-on help, Chris Barton for the creation of the video shown on assembly last week and our tuckshop ladies Gina and Narelle for catering.
Photo of the Week
St Edmund’s Family
Please keep the Nelson Family in your thoughts and prayers on the passing of Tony, husband of Ann-Maree and father of Luke (2018) and Maddy. May he rest in peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal
St Edmund's Car Art Union - DRAWN NEXT SATURDAY
Tickets $50 from Reception 3810 4400 - closing 16 August - DRAWN SATURDAY 17 AUGUST - DON'T MISS OUT!