Welcome Back to Term 3
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
Welcome back to Term 3. We return after an extended break, following our inaugural Staff Conference at the end of last Term. There were many stories of joy and hardship from events held during the break including the Confraternity Carnival in Charters Towers, an invitational Schoolboys’ Basketball tournament on the Gold Coast, a Cross Country Camp and a week of rehearsals for the combined St Edmund’s and St Mary’s School Musical - Rock of Ages, which has its final performance tonight at the Ipswich Civic Centre. To all the young Eddie’s men involved in these life- giving ventures and to the dedicated and generous staff and supportive parents and friends who gave up their time to create these opportunities, a heartfelt thank you.
I was fortunate to attend some of these events and witness the effort of our students to represent their College with passion and pride. The Eddie’s Spirit of courage, mateship, kindness and gentleness was very much evident in their conduct, manner and attitude. May we continue to embrace our Eddie’s Spirit inspired by Blessed Edmund Rice himself, who looked no further for his inspiration than the person of Jesus Christ.
Cyber Safety – The Three R’s
The first two days of the Term commenced with Cyber Safety expert Susan McLean speaking to students, staff and parents about the three R’s of cyber safety. Her message was clear and concise and she didn’t mince words when she delivered her warnings about the use and management of online and social media devices at school and at home. She stressed that before pressing the send or respond button when posting anything online or via social media such as an email, text, photo or response or when naming an online account or address always ask the following three questions:
1. Is it RESPECTFUL?
2. Is it RESPONSIBLE?
3. Does it enhance my REPUTATION?
If the answer is NO to any one of these questions then the simple response is - DON’T DO IT - because the consequences can be disastrous and potentially life- threatening.
Throughout Term three our focus during Eddie’s Men Can Time (EMCT) each week during extended Homeroom will be about engaging our Eddie’s young men to be respectful, responsible and mindful of their need to cultivate a positive reputation when using social media.
Thank you to the many parents from St Edmund’s and St Mary’s who attended Susan’s parent session on Monday evening. We were delighted with the turnout. We intend to continue these community engagement events and will look to partner again with St Mary’s College to attract quality presenters for future parent sessions.
We welcome the following new staff to St Edmund’s College this Term.
- Jonathan Tunny who will be taking Mark Currie’s classes while he is on Leave in Term 3.
- Lachlan Marshall who will be taking Sam Sprenger’s classes while he is also on Leave in Term 3.
Please also be advised that Madelyn Hall will be replacing Mark Currie in Term 3 as the Careers Guidance Counsellor.
We keep in our prayers Ms Helen Purcell, who is one of our Art Teachers, and her family, whose father John Nedderman passed away recently.
Please also keep praying for Ms Yvette Knoetze, College School Officer Administrative Assistant, who underwent a serious operation early this week and is expected to be on extended leave as she recovers.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal