Dear St Edmund's College Family and Friends
We cannot underestimate the power of positive mentoring in shaping young minds. Michael Carr-Gregg said that a significant older person in a young person’s life is a key factor in building resilience. Only yesterday I was reminded of this again after speaking with Mr Sonny Smith, the Principal of Immaculate Heart, Leichhardt. He phoned to update me on how our Year 9 boys are making a big difference in his school to improve reading for his Year 1 and Year 4 students. Each fortnight the Year 9s have been visiting his school as reading tutors for their Service Learning experience. Mr Smith said his teachers are in awe of the Eddies’ boys watching them patiently read to their students. In the short-term they are seeing their students grow in confidence, with their reading improving as well as increased levels of engagement across other areas of their learning. He said that initially his teachers were hesitant about Year 9 boys as reading tutors but now they are convinced and other teachers are asking if they could have the Eddies’ boys visit their class. The Year 9 students have said the experience of being a reading tutor has reinforced in them how crucial reading is to improve their own learning. These encounters are truly life changing. Thank you to Mr Mike Hudson who coordinates the Year 9 Service Learning Program and Mr Sonny Smith for giving our Year 9 students these opportunities to be positive mentors.
College Foundation Dinner – March 10
This year our annual St Edmund’s College Foundation Dinner will be an opportunity to formally thank three of our beloved staff members who have notched up an incredible 40 years of dedicated service to the College. Being our premier community and fundraising event for the year where past and present students, staff, families and friends of the College come together for an evening occasion, it is appropriate that we acknowledge Ms Anne Mulkerin, Ms Di Denman and Mr Wayne Warren in this way.
For this reason I wish to cordially invite you to be part of this very special event.
Our guest speaker, Australian and TV actor and writer, Mr William McInnes, is sure to provide lots of entertainment on the night. I look forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations Elliot – Swimming Champions
Congratulations Elliot House on being crowned Swimming Champions for 2018. This is a great achievement and a credit to your House Leaders: Caileb Powell, Nicholas Weston, Max Banditt and Zachary Pennell. Mr Chad de Waard and his Elliott champions now have bragging rights until the next big House showdown – the Inter-House Cross Country Competition – April 20, 2018. Stay tuned!
Amazing Talent On Show
If the talent on show for our first Performing Arts Evening held on Wednesday March 28 is any indication of what is to come with Eddies hosting this year’s Combined St Mary’s and St Edmund’s College Musical, then we are in for a treat. The 200 plus audience were left in no doubt that we are in the midst of gifted musicians and singers on the rise. It is terrific to see the Junior Choir bursting at the seams with keen Year 7 boys adding to the ranks. Congratulations to all the students who performed. We cannot wait until the next one and Zachary Pennell’s dad-jokes. Thank you to Sallyanne Freney, Head of Department Creative Arts, and her team of Tim Kirkwood, Frances O’Sullivan, Petrina Gibson and Jesse Gold for their time and effort in preparing the students.
We also thank Mrs Judith Finan, Principal of St Mary’s College and her Performing Arts teaching staff for their support and partnership in putting on these events. It is a wonderful collaboration.
Twilight Tours – March 7 - 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Next Wednesday we are holding our first Twilight Tour for the year. The College will be open to the public with guided tours by our young Eddies’ men.
The tour will include a visit to our Library Learning Hub where we offer after-school tuition each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It will also head over to our famous Trade Training Centre where parents get to see our first-class facilities in Construction, Engineering and Automotive. The tour will then pass through our Exceptional Learning Centre where parents can get information on how we cater for the needs of diverse learners. To cap off the tours, in the College Hall parents and families can find out about the huge array of sporting and extra-curricular opportunities on offer.
Please advertise our Twilight Tours to your friends and family. Enrolment applications for 2020 and beyond are coming in thick and fast so come along, meet our staff and students, see the outstanding facilities we have and pick up an application form to secure a future place for your son at St Edmund’s College.
Please keep in your prayers the Salton Family, Yvonne Salton and Dominic (Senior 2014) and Montanna, on the tragic death of her husband and their father, Mr Troy Salton, last week.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal