Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Over the last few weeks we have been talking with your sons about finishing strongly in their studies and how they conduct themselves as students of the College. It has been our catch-cry at Assemblies, Year Level Meetings and co-curricular activities, including sporting and cultural pursuits. As we now come to the end of Term 3 it is gratifying to see many of the young Eddies’ men responding positively to the challenge.
To illustrate please forgive my ‘green’ indulgence. If you haven’t heard already I am a devoted follower of the Canberra Raiders. Just ask your son – he knows as I occasionally mention it at assemblies. I was there when the Green Machine entered the competition in 1982 and have remained a passionate fan through the early days when they copped hidings to the heady days of the late 80’s and early 90’s, when they won three Premierships in five Grand Final appearances, and in more recent times as they now make a valiant bid for the 2019 Premiership after twenty-five years in the wilderness. Following their journey through the years and celebrating their come-from-behind qualification final against the Melbourne Storm last Saturday, underlines the importance of ‘finishing strongly’.
We know that the momentary feeling of elation after victory is incomparable to the enduring joy that is experienced when hard work and dedication gives way to successfully achieving goals. This is what we hope our young men take away after fulfilling their academic and co-curricular commitments this term. Encouraging our young men to develop an indefatigable belief in their capacity to overcome challenges, seize opportunities that come their way and rise above the mediocre is our Mission and Vision as a Catholic school in Ipswich in the Edmund Rice tradition.
We can only do this well in partnership with families and I am extremely grateful for the support that we have from home in all that we do.
And … Go the Raiders!
We wish Mr Ray Celegato and Mr Dale O’Connell all the very best as they take a well-earned Long Service Leave in Term 4.
Please be advised that Mr Shannon Lee has been appointed to the position of Acting Deputy Principal in Mr Celegato’s absence. Mr Lee will continue in his role of Deputy Principal in charge of Student Pastoral Care and Wellbeing. Ms Simone O’Shea has been appointed to the position of Acting Assistant Principal Administration in Term 4 and will oversee all matters relating to timetable, event management and daily organisation.
I am also pleased to announce the following appointments for 2020:
- Mitchell Davis – Teacher
- Nickolas Klimowsow – Teacher
- Lachlan Marshall – Teacher
- Monica Schultz – Teacher (12 months contract)
- Georgia Wilson - Teacher (12 months contract)
Please be informed that the following staff will be taking Leave in 2020:
- Ms Jean Yates (Head of Department English) – 12 months
- Mr Ben Lichfield – (Director of Senior School) – 12 months
- Ms Natasha Tietzel – Maternity Leave
- Ms Paula Turner – Maternity Leave
For your information please note that the College has recently advertised the following teacher vacancy positions:
1. Religious Education, English and SOSE Teacher – Term 4, 2019
2. Physics, Science and Mathematics Teacher – commencing 2020
3. Inclusive Education Teacher (Learning Support) - commencing 2020
Term 3 AIC Wrap Up
Following last Saturday’s final round the Term 3 AIC sporting competition has now finished with many positives to appreciate. Overall St Edmund’s College finished 6th in Rugby League, 6th in Basketball and 7th in Tennis.
Notwithstanding that the Year 6 competition does not award a premiership our Rookies and Year 9A Rugby League teams both finished second in their respective divisions which is a fantastic achievement. In Basketball our First and Second teams finished outright second, and our 9A, 8A and 7A shared equal second place after narrowly missing a shared premiership. Our overall aggregate in Basketball saw us move up one place from 2018. The Basketball program at St Edmund’s is certainly on the up based on these performances. In Tennis we moved up from 10 wins to 16 compared to 2018 with emerging junior talent auguring well for 2020 and beyond.
Thank you to Max Luxton for his overall coordination of Sport in Term 3 and to all our sporting coordinators, coaches, managers and trainers who have given their time and commitment to support the many teams we fielded across the three sporting areas this Term. Thank you parents and families for your support and the way that you have worked with us in upholding a healthy and safe sporting program where enjoyment, participation, performance, skill development and relationships underpin why we do sport.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Congratulations all around to the Rookies Rugby League Team and their families
Please keep in your prayers our students and staff who are away on the Shanghai Immersion. We wish them well and look forward to their safe return on 12 October. We also keep in our prayers students and staff involved in the Qld Schools’ Basketball Competition and the Athletics Camp at the Gold Coast, both occurring over the vacation period.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal