Be Calm, Be Kind
Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
These are trying times indeed. The Coronavirus has created an environment of stress, worry and angst. In amongst this very real risk to those vulnerable in our community, College life goes on; differently.
If you stand on the third floor of the Calopedis building, at the top of the corner stairwell, you have an excellent view of the tuckshop and the surrounding areas, all the way to Morgan Oval. On any regular day the bell will sound for break at around 11:20am and the area will fill with a sea of blue shirts. Picnic tables become crowded with young men sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in an unbroken blue line, eating their lunch, chatting or listening to music created by artists whose names tend to be single words, capital letters or numbers.
In the time of COVID, life is the same; but different. Chats still occur, lunch is still eaten, and music still beats from Bluetooth earpods. The unbroken picnic table line of blue shirts on the other hand has become a dotted line. The tightly packed winding queue leading to the tuckshop has become longer, straighter and less dense. Classrooms have grids of desks, hand washing is occurring at rates never seen before and the handshakes have been replaced by fist bumps, spirit fingers and sole taps. So, life goes on the same; but different.
There may well be a time when College life will look very unlike normal. The College has plans in place for this eventuality and we pray these plans will be unnecessary, or short in their application. The support and trust of our Team: parents, staff and our young men themselves, will continue to enable the creation of strong, kind and gentle men.
We are conscious that this is an ever-changing situation and responding is a day-to-day proposition. News feeds, newspapers and news programs present fresh scenarios almost hourly. Amid rumours, posts and panic, the reality is that the concerns of our community are very real and as a College we are mindful of this.
The days and weeks ahead will certainly present challenges for us all, but we are Eddies, and we are in this together. For our community and for each other we need to be calm, be kind, and be informed as life goes on the same; but different.
Commonwealth Education Ministers met today and determined that NAPLAN for 2020 would not proceed. In announcing the cancellation the Education Council acknowledged this would give schools more time to focus on the wellbeing of students and to ensure continuity of learning. I welcome this decision given the current environment.
Show Us Your Socks Day
It was wonderful, today, to see so many colourful interpretations of Show Us Your Socks Day. A gold coin donation gave our young men the chance to express their inner creative spirit through the medium of socks. Strangely, “pull up your socks” was seldom heard as crazy patterns, bright colours and interesting mismatches walked their way around the College. All proceeds will go to Project Compassion. Thank you to Ms Adrianna Rimland and the St Edmund’s Social Justice Group for organising the day.
Ray Celegato, Principal
Please refer to the Associated Independent Colleges letter attached which confirms the cancellation of all Term 2 AIC sport.
In addition, please be advised that all College cultural activities, including ensemble and musical rehearsals, are cancelled until future notice.