Newsletter - 21 August 2020

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

Eddies Team

Stereotypically, libraries are quiet places. Rows of bookshelves arranged domino-like, full of Dewey Decimal arranged titles eagerly awaiting adoption by an avid reader. These oft monolithic buildings with tables, chairs and students, notebooks, textbooks and laptops, have always been temples of learning characterised by intense focus and, silence. Policing this sound vacuum, is the librarian. Any vibration approximating conversation coming from wandering individuals is instantly suppressed with a withering look, a furrowed brow and a stern face. I am glad to say that this is not the lived experience of our Eddies men. As they enter the rooms in the Horan Building that currently houses the St Edmund’s Library, they encounter a very different reality. Our library is always a place of smiles and activity: from chess to reading, study groups to individual research, homework to Library Learning Hub, a welcoming atmosphere fills the air.

On Tuesday I accepted an invitation from a very friendly Mrs Callaghan to view a display celebrating Science Week. Interestingly, the theme, Deep Blue, was intended to spotlight innovations for the future of our oceans. Inside, the space usually allocated to quiet reading had been transformed. Windows were aquarium walls through which fish peered at the strange creatures within. Blue fabric decorated the ceiling simulating ocean waves creating an underwater space for anyone who needed a moment to sit and take in the view. As I walked through this blue paradise the urge to sing “Under the Sea” from the Little Mermaid became significant — fortunately not significant enough to burst into song.

Meanwhile, on a table in the centre of the room, carefully laid in the shape of a fish, were some 118 cupcakes each decorated with the symbol of a chemical element. There were pointing fingers, animated faces and contagious excitement, this from the College Principal. Our Eddies men were just as enthusiastic but somewhat more controlled. As each young man correctly identified the element for which the cupcake was decorated, the prize became theirs and a sweet ending was made to their lunch menu. Personally, I pride myself on having identified “Sb”, antimony.

There is so much preparation that goes on in the background at Eddies. This celebration of Science Week was only one of many experiences for our young men to encounter.

At present the young men of Year 12 prepare themselves for their final experiences here as Eddies students. They look forward to sixteen days of external exams or completing certificate courses. There has been and still is concentrated preparation going on in the background. Profiles have been tracked, consultants have been consulted and workshops have taken place. Our young men have seen, heard and experienced ATOMI, ATAR notes and Mighty Minds, Edvantage, Block Placements and Library Learning Hub. The same care and effort that transformed the College Library into an underwater learning land has been invested in transforming our young men into independent, self-directed graduates.

Now as the end of this “Long Game” — this journey that is an Edmund Rice Education — is in sight, the support of our Eddies Team is of growing importance. It is essential that in these last weeks, our young men keep their eye on the prize as they identify their future. In these final days we, their community, their team, will need to gently support them as they take on more responsibility for themselves in this final part of their journey, as they graduate into the world.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy

Identity

Identity News

Year 9 Social Justice Retreat

This week our Year 9 students took time out to reflect as part of the ‘Eddies Men Can’ Student Formation program. They were challenged around the theme of being ‘Outwardly Focused’. As such, unique to this retreat experience, our young men were given the opportunity to select and engage in one of four social justice issues: Mental Health, Homelessness, Climate Crisis, and Refugees and People seeking Asylum. Spread across four venues, the cohort was challenged to gain an understanding of their issue and develop an action plan that might bring about positive change.

The Climate Crisis retreat at the Paws and Brooks nature sanctuary was insightful. While at the nature reserve we planted trees to help bring back the environment and the homes for the animals including koalas, birds and other animals. Planting the trees and digging the holes with friends, we learnt what it takes for the environment to grow and keep us healthy. The day went quickly, and everyone had a fun time helping the environment. Tony Wain



The issue outlined on my retreat was struggles with Mental Health. During the retreat, I learnt how to support someone who is experiencing mental health issues. I also learnt about the causes of these issues and how they can lead to different struggles like drug addiction etc. I was quite surprised by the number of people who suffer from a mental illness during their lifetime, which totals to 54% of Australians with only 50% of those people seeking support. Overall the retreat was excellent, and I learned quite a lot about mental illnesses.

On Monday we went to the Kholo Botanical Gardens. We went there to learn about Homelessness. We started with an activity where we broke into groups and discussed our options about certain questions on homelessness and poverty. After we finished that, the guest speaker arrived who was an Old Boy from Eddies called Darcy. He talked to us about the charity he started called Down to Earth and the initiatives he is trying to get in place with ten cent cans. We then went to another activity which was a board game like Monopoly, but you must stay above the poverty line. It was very hard and out of five of us only one person made it. At the end of the day we did an activity to see if we could think of any ways we could try to lessen homelessness. By the end I had learnt that anyone can be affected by homelessness and that once you get there it is hard to come back. Ben Watson



The issue outlined on our retreat was Refugees and People seeking Asylum. We spent time trying to understand their plight. We explored why they are trying to escape their own country and how they settle in their new country, if accepted at all. I learned that people seeking asylum suffer all the time, even when waiting for the UNHCR or IOM to accept them for an interview. Something that surprised me was listening to stories of refugees who spent time in detention centres. This was a glimpse into the life of someone who has had to flee their country and it surprised me how different their stories were.

A Prayer of Solidarity from Year 9 Students

God of all creation

You have given us the beautiful land we call Australia.

Rich in ancient culture and tradition,

Offering safety and opportunity.

Teach us to see those who are at our gates,

To act justly so all may come to the table and

To weep for those who perish before they are invited.

Where people are displaced from their own lands,

Especially those who seek refuge on our shores,

May we welcome them to share in the life gifted to us.

May we acknowledge the wrongs of the past,

Recognise the richness of our First Peoples' culture

And empower all Indigenous People

to determine their own future.

Give us clear eyes to see the whole world

So that we may never take for granted the gifts you have given

Give us open hearts to reach out from our comfort

To walk in new solidarity with our neighbours.

Amen.

NAIDOC Week Postponed till November

This week was scheduled for our NAIDOC celebrations; however, the National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held from 8 to 15 November.

The November dates follow the decision by the National NAIDOC Committee (NNC) to postpone NAIDOC Week from the original July dates due to the impacts and uncertainty from the escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across our communities and cities.

The postponement was aimed at protecting the Elders and those in our communities with chronic health issues from the disastrous impacts of COVID19.

For each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in Australia, NAIDOC Week and the journey towards reconciliation and justice means something unique. The indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. Theirs were the first words spoken on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.

As a student highlighted in our cultural group meeting this week, it is impossible to speak on behalf of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Each person has their own story, their own family, their own passions. What is important is that there is space for our voice to be heard so we can be a part of writing a positive future.

Leading up to NAIDOC Week, we are finalising our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). A draft of the plan has been sent to the families of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Developed by the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Team, we are now seeking input and feedback from the wider community.

If you would be interested in viewing the draft RAP, please email Mrs Marysia Rice: mrice@sec.qld.edu.au

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Subject Selections

This week included the unique experience for our Eddies community of Subject Selection Online. Videos have been provided on EDE for current Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students. These are indeed challenging times and they call for all of us to reimagine what we do. I said to the Year 10 students, that our staff know that St Edmund’s parents like to come to the College and meet with us face-to-face, and we are all about our community. Unfortunately, now we must “reimagine” how we experience that community. There have been some technological issues throughout the week with videos being able to be viewed only on your son’s College device; emails that have taken lengthy periods of time to arrive; emails that have been blocked by firewalls, and possibly, some not-Oscar-worthy performances from those of us being seen on film for the first time.



We appreciate that parents have been communicating with us, working with us and overall being patient as IT and online issues have been resolved. Thank you to all parents and caregivers for your support, communication and partnership as we undertake Subject Selection in this way for the first time. Students have approached me in the playground to discuss matters and students have emailed the respective Directors or myself with their questions. I encourage students to continue doing this.

Year 10 SET Plans

Each Year 10 student must have a one-to-one interview with a parent present via Teams to complete their SET Plan. Information has been emailed regarding this process.

On Wednesday, Ms Henness, Mr Currie and I met with all Year 10 students to explain the process of SET Plans on Microsoft Teams. The process of setting up Teams is relatively easy and a video explaining how to set it up was sent to all parents and caregivers on today, Friday 21 August. Please ask your sons to assist you if you experience any difficulty. I explained to the students that they are so important in this process as they are our connection to you; they are the conduit between the College and the family. The students received a bag of materials and took notes on what they need to do around SET Plans.

SET Plan Booking and Times

Booking – On EDE PTO - sent to parents/caregivers on Wednesday 19 August.

Saturday 22 August – 8.00am to 3.00pm

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 August – 4.00pm to 8.00pm

SCIENCE WEEK

The Library was humming this week with Science Week activities. The experience provided for the students by Ms Karen Callaghan and Ms Cassandra Boughen was inspirational. The theme was ‘Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of Our Oceans’. The library was awash in blue and images from the oceans. Students participated in a variety of activities including the annual favourite of the Periodic Cup Cake viewing and eating! I thank Ms Callaghan, Ms Boughen and Ms Christine Roach for their inspiration and innovation in bringing Science alive for the students at SEC.



Year 12 Lunchtime Study Sessions

Educational research demonstrates that students teaching each other is a powerful strategy for learning and memory retention. This week we commenced lunchtime study sessions for Year 12 students undertaking External Exams. Morning Tea is provided, and students can come and study together.



Topics of discussion and study included the External English and Mathematics Exams. Students were teaching each other, writing on the whiteboard to study and discussing topics with me. These study groups will be held each Tuesday and Thursday in Westcourt.





Year 12 External Exam Preparation – Holiday Workshop – Friday September 25

Ms Henness and I will be hosting a Year 12 Holiday Workshop for QCAA External Preparation. (The workshop was advertised previously for Tuesday September 22.) I have reviewed this date due to AIC Rugby League commitments that week.

The External Preparation Workshop will now be held on Friday September 25 to allow for any students with this sporting commitment to attend. It is advised that as many Year 12 students as possible attend this workshop day.

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided. Skills across all exams will be reviewed and some subject specialist skills workshops will also be available.

A FINAL NOTE

We are at the conclusion of Week 6 and assessment is significant. Please discuss your son’s assessment with him and assist him in understanding his commitments. We regret that we cannot meet face-to-face at present, but this makes it vital that we work together – College staff, parents and caregivers - to provide the best outcomes for your sons both academically and for their wellbeing.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Year 11 General English Workshop

Special Guest - Mr Nick Earls

On Monday 10 August and Wednesday 19 August, we had the privilege of having the team from Edvantage Queensland deliver a Creative Writing workshop to our Year 11 General English students.

Senior experienced teacher, Ms Jean Yates and award-winning author, Mr Nick Earls, guided the students through a hands-on workshop detailing the criteria of their creative response senior assessment task, and key skills on writing an excellent short story. Students were able to ask detailed questions and put what they had learnt into practice, demonstrating their understanding and writing creative passages for Nick Earls to interpret and respond to.



It was an honour having such a wealth of experience deliver the 90-minute workshop to our Senior students to help them with their studies. They learnt valuable skills which no doubt will last long after their senior schooling years.

Ms Tara Newlands, Head of Department: English

Subject Selection - Why The Creative Arts?

WHY choose a subject within the Creative Arts?

Dear Parents and Caregivers of our Young Men of St Edmund's,

My name is Ms Frances O'Sullivan and I am the Head of Department: Creative Arts. I wanted to expose how beneficial studying any of the areas within the Creative Arts will be for your son.

These areas include Music, Visual Art, Drama and Film, TV and New Media.


It is well known and scientifically proven, that subjects within the Creative Arts help students to build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of students who learn differently. Involvement in the creative arts engages all children within their community, improves self-esteem, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st Century workforce. Most importantly, a study within the Creative Arts teaches students to respect others, to make connections and express themselves, experiment with materials, self-evaluate, make connections, embrace diversity, appreciate beauty, break away from stereotypes, be innovative, and to reflect upon their work.

Our Creative Arts teachers at St Edmund's form an innovative and inspirational team that strives to engage all students under their care.


If you would like further information about our Creative Arts subjects at St Edmund's, please feel free to email me at fosullivan@sec.qld.edu.au

Ms Frances O’Sullivan, Head of Department: Creative Arts

Years 7 to 9 Academic Award Winners

Congratulations to Semester 1, 2020 Recipients


ACADEMIC AWARDS - YEAR 7 - Semester 1, 2020

HONOURS AWARDS

Joey BAKER

Joshua DAVIS

Tomas JENDRA

Jett WATKINS

MERIT AWARDS

Joshua BROWN

Charles CASS

Hallam COOPER

Euan HINCHLIFFE

Robert LAWRIE

Kaelan McNAMARA

Benjeman MINZ

Archie MOORE

Samuel MORRIS

Jack PENDERGAST

Dean POWELL

Declan RABBITT

Riley ROSS

Gabriel SHIRLEY

Elijah SMITH

John TAYLOR

Patrick VENZ

Lawrenze VILLANUEVA

ACADEMIC AWARDS - YEAR 8 - Semester 1, 2020

HONOURS AWARDS

Lachlun ASH

Godwin AUGUSTIN

Lucas BAKER

Robert BROWN

Rhys CASH

Isaac CHRISTENSEN

Brandon DAVIS

Connor DOHERTY

Harry McCARNEY

Harry WINROW


MERIT AWARDS

Zanden BAARTZ

Daniel CURTIS

Cooper HANDY

Jack HANNAN

Jared LAURON

Jacob MacDONALD

Sam MILEN

Riley PANZRAM

Toby ROBINSON

Lochlan RUHL

Ziggy SARGEANT

Lachlan SIMPSON

Zachary SPENCER

William STEWART

Zyrus TALABA

Callum VESPER

Flynn WALKER

ACADEMIC AWARDS - YEAR 9 Semester 1, 2020

HONOURS AWARDS

Clay BAKER

Hudson BERTRAM

Owen CASS

Patrick HUNTER

Ben NAISH

Siluna NANAYAKKARA

Don PALATTY DAVIS

Ryan PICKERING

Finlay ROSE

Kynan STOAKES

Jack THOMAS

Ronald TOM

Corbin WALKER

Ethan WINDOLF

MERIT AWARDS

Fletcher BROWN

Nicholas BROWN

Jaeden CABATUAN

Lochlan DAVIS

Aidan DOHERTY

William EIBY

Ethan ISAACS

Damian JENDRA

Luke LABORTE

Nicholas LUTTRELL

Alexander MANSELL

Isaac McCARTHY

Lochlan NGUYEN

Ashton OLSEN

Rex QUINCE

Cooper READ

Benjamin WATSON


eSports Rocket League Results

Week 6

St Edmund's College Year 12 Team

The Year 12 Rocket League gained a boost of confidence starting Round 1 of this week’s competition with a clean sweep against MSHS Marauders 3. The hard-fought Round 2 against MSHS Marauders 1 eventuated in a 0 – 3 loss for the Year 12 Eddies team.

St Edmund's College Year 10 Team

This week the students played the Chisholm Green team, continuing the impressive clean sweep record for the Eddies team with a 3 – 0 win. Similarly, the players took Round 2 against MSHS Marauders 3 in a 3 – 0 win. With the finals fast approaching, the team is confident they can maintain their winning streak.

Mr Nickolas Klimowsow, Teacher

Library News - Week 6

Celebrating National Science Week


National Science Week is 15 to 23 August. The theme this year was The Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of Our Oceans and the College Library held a number of activities to celebrate.

Students experienced the thrill of swimming with sharks with the VR goggles. On Tuesday, they could match the element symbol with its name to receive that cupcake in our periodic table of cupcakes. This year to support the theme of The Deep Blue, the table was in the shape of a fish. On Wednesday there was fierce competition to be named Champion in the Deep Blue Kahoot.






Ms Karen Callaghan, Head of Department: Information Services and Learning Resources

Senior School

Middle School

Enrolments

ENROLMENT News - Orientation Day

Year 7, 2021

Orientation Day for Year 7, 2021 students will be held on Friday 4 September 2020. This is the student free day.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and their families to St Edmund’s College.

Parents will receive an invitation and information regarding all the details for Orientation Day.

For further enquiries please contact Ms Kath Creedy 0403 269 955.

Pastoral News

Eddies Men Can

Week 6

Belonging to the St Edmund’s Story means being a brother to another. One way we can do this is by viewing our community as a team and being positive contributors to the team. How we interact with each other and the respectful relationships we develop will determine the success of our team, especially when we are faced with challenges.

The theme for this week’s EMC brother activities was Teamwork, with each pairing working together on a low-risk problem-solving or creative-thinking task.

Year 7 and Year 10 worked together on an activity titled, ‘Saving Eddie’. Ask your son to explain the challenge, the strategies that he and his brother employed, whether they achieved success, and most importantly, what they learnt about teamwork.



Year 8 and Year 11 – the brothers moved out of their comfort zone and exercised their creativity to design a new item of school clothing out of newspaper. Ask your son about the item he designed and how likely it is to be adopted as a new element of our uniform.



Year 9 and Year 12 - With the theme of ‘Show Some Ticka’ in mind, our Year 12s guided their brother to create origami hearts as symbols of love and hope, to lighten the lives of the patrons of Brassall Aged Care. This action focused on coming together to be outwardly focused; it was about mindfulness of the other, being empathetic to the struggle of others during these difficult times and bringing hope through a small gesture.



The Pastoral Deans and I would like to sincerely thank Ms Adrianna Rimland who organised these wonderful, meaningful activities.

Ms Vanessa Ball, Director of Students

Career News

Career News - Week 6

ADF Gap Year - QTAC - ATAR

Defence News
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year

Applications for the 2021 ADF Gap Year are still open for several roles. These positions are demand-driven and may fill up soon. You can register to receive Gap Year updates and lodge your application for positions of your choice on the ADF Gap Year website.

Upcoming Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

The following Australian Defence Force information sessions will be held in August and September where you will be able to find out about opportunities in the ADF. For details about these events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site or the upcoming events and info sessions web page or click on the relevant link.

26/08/2020 Queensland: Trade Careers Virtual Information Session

31/08/2020 Queensland: Engineering Careers Virtual Information Session

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre 2020 Applications

Applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help you if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies. If you are assessed as eligible for an adjustment to your ATAR or QTAC selection rank under EAS, it will be combined with other adjustments you may be eligible for. Please check with the institution you are applying to for the maximum adjustments allowable. If you are eligible for the Financial Hardship category, you may also get financial assistance from institutions, such as scholarships or bursaries. This category applies to your current and recent financial personal and/or family circumstances.

You apply for EAS when you are applying for tertiary study through QTAC. You must complete a cover sheet for each category that you feel you are eligible for and provide written evidence to support your application. EAS will not be able to compensate you for things such as:

  • not completing secondary school
  • changing school subjects by choice, resulting in you not meeting entry requirements
  • missed time from school for activities that are a personal choice (for example, sport, musical or cultural activities).

EAS eligibility/or and cover sheets have some changes this year and it is essential that you read the EAS page on the QTAC website to familiarise yourself with the new conditions and restrictions.

How to get your ATAR result

From 2020 QTAC will be calculating student ATARs based on their Year 12 results data provided by Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. ATAR results are used nationally for tertiary admissions and indicates a student’s position relative to other students. It is the standard measure of a student’s overall academic achievement in relation to other students where these students have studied different subject combinations. ATARs are expressed as a number on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 down to 0.00 in steps of 0.05. So the highest ATAR is 99.95, then 99.90, then 99.85, and so on, down to 0.00. ATARs below 30 are reported as ‘30.00 or less’.

To get your ATAR you need to register with QTAC and they will then notify you of your ATAR on 19 December 2020. This registration is COMPLETELY SEPARATE to your QTAC course application for study in 2021. If you are ATAR eligible you need to apply/register for BOTH.

To register to receive your ATAR you need to go to the QTAC website, scroll down the home page and click on ATAR PORTAL. Registering for your ATAR is FREE. You will need to have the following information ready:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • LUI number (Learning Unique Identifier number that your school will give you)
  • Personal email address (DO NOT use your school address as it will not be active once you leave school)

During the short registration process, you will be asked to resopnd to two statements by checking a tick box as to whether you:

  • I do not consent to my ATAR or ATAR eligibility as determined by QTAC being shared with the school I attended in Year 12 - If you DO check this box QTAC WILL NOT notify your school of your ATAR results which can make it difficult for your school to provide you with follow up career pathway support if needed - but it is totally your decision.

and

  • I do not wish to be sent an email containing my ATAR on the date of release - If you DO check this box you will need to log into your ATAR account with QTAC to find out what ATAR result you received.

QTAC have developed a helpful video showing you the process and there is an ATAR FAQs section towards the bottom of the page.

REMEMBER, you STILL need to do a separate QTAC application if you are wanting to apply for course entry in 2021 and this will cost you $45.

Ordering your preferences

You can apply for up to six courses through your QTAC application. The order in which you place the courses is very important. QTAC advises the following plan (like a ‘recipe’). This year being the first ATAR graduates as well as the impact of COVID, it is essential that you take care and think through your preference choices and order.

  • Preferences 1 and 2: Desired courses - the courses you most want to study even if you are not sure you will get an offer.
  • Preferences 3 and 4: Back-up courses – less competitive courses or courses at other institutions that you are prepared to study if you don’t get your higher preferences. They could be used to upgrade to your higher preference courses in the future.
  • Preferences 5 and 6: Admission Pathway courses - courses that are not competitive and will help you upgrade to your higher preference courses in the future. These are safety net courses.

When processing your application, the QTAC computer starts with your preference 1 course. If you are eligible for this course (i.e. you meet all the entry requirements and are at or above that year’s entry threshold), you will be offered this course and your other preferences will not be looked at. If you are not eligible for your preference 1 course, the QTAC computer will move to your next course preference and will continue down your list of course preferences until it finds a course you are eligible for or it exhausts your list of preferences and you then won’t receive an offer. If you follow the plan (the recipe), you will receive an offer. It may not be for your preference 1 but it will be a foot-in-the-door to upgrading, hopefully in one year, to the course you want. You will find more information in your QTAC guide on Page 15 and on their website.

You can change preferences after you submit your application. The first three (3) change of preference sessions are free. Subsequent change sessions cost $45. After you make all the changes you want, only then press ‘Save’. This is then considered one change session. So, make all the changes you want and, when you are happy with the courses and their order, press ‘Save’. Don’t change your preferences impulsively. Think carefully about them. See your school Guidance Officer/Counsellor if you need assistance.

QTAC’s 2021 online application is now open

QTAC’s online application for tertiary courses commencing in Semester One 2021 is now open. This doesn’t mean you must apply immediately! You need to do some preparation before you are ready to apply.

  • Know your LUI. You will need this as part of your application so QTAC can access your results when they are released by the QCAA in December
  • Check your QCAA student learning account to see if all your qualifications/study program are there, especially if you have completed courses outside of school that are recognised by the QCAA
  • The application will ask if you want to authorise someone to represent you if you are unavailable to respond to a course offer. Most students nominate one of their parents or guardians. You will need their full name, date of birth (including year of birth) and contact details.
  • Are you going to apply for QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS)? If so, which category or categories are you going to apply under? Speak to your Guidance Officer or School Counsellor for assistance.
  • How are you going to pay the $45 application fee? By credit card (yours or your parent’s/guardians), BPay or Direct debit. If you pay by Direct Debit your application will only be active once QTAC receive the funds in their bank account.
  • Select and order your course preferences. This means you need to research courses and make some decisions about what you want to apply for.

While 11 December 2020 is the last date to apply for and submit supporting documentation for the 14 January 2021 offer rounds, it is recommended that you check the closing dates for QTAC course applications to specific courses to be sure that you don’t miss out on the course you want (see Page 26 & 27 in your QTAC guide).

To be considered for the 23 December round offer, your application and supporting documentation must be submitted to QTAC by 9 December 2020. For more information on offer rounds visit the QTAC website and check out your QTAC book on Page 26.

Understanding Minimum selection thresholds when ordering course preferences

Entry to many courses is competitive – the number of places available in the course may be smaller than the pool of people applying for entry to the course.

Places for eligible applicants to a course are allocated in order of merit (the applicant’s entry score (ATAR or Rank) until the places are filled). When the last place in the course is filled, the ATAR score or entry rank of the last applicant offered a place becomes the ‘minimum selection threshold’. When researching your course options, it's best to base your decisions on the minimum 2019 Adjusted OP/Rank as this takes into account adjustment factors that have been allocated to applicants’ scores.

The minimum selection threshold required for admission section is based on the previous year’s Semester 1 intake period. In the 2021 QTAC Guide you will see that courses still refer to OP thresholds. This is because last year's Year 12 were the last of the OP system and you can click here for a conversion of OP to ATAR table. It is important to understand that minimum thresholds can vary from year to year.

Upcoming QTAC closing dates – Don’t miss out!

QTAC fixed closing dates for some courses are as early as 31 August 2020. Make sure you check your QTAC book (p 26 - 27) or the QTAC website to see if a course you are interested in has a fixed closing date. Fixed closing date means you MUST have you QTAC application submitted by that date and you may need to also submit a portfolio, audition or interview application to the institution. See your Career Advisor or Guidance Officer if you have any questions.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser

General

Music and Cultural

Music News

Week 6 Events

It has been a busy week for the Performing Arts Department with number of events taking place. These include the Senior Contemporary Ensemble performing at the Activities Assembly; Year 11 student Johnathan Donnelly performing at the Academic Awards Assembly accompanied by Lachlan Wesener; Rookies Music rehearsal and the Band Recording Day/Workshop on Sunday. I thank all students involved in these performances for their hard work and effort. It is wonderful to have students sharing their talents again with the cohort.

Cultural Showcase – Friday 28 August 2020

Our annual Cultural Showcase will take place on Friday 28 August. Our Senior students will be the focus of the evening with many students performing for what may be the last time in their school journey.

The Cultural Showcase will not be a combined event with St Mary’s College as we have not been able to rehearse any of the combined College ensembles since Term 1. This year, the Cultural Showcase will be held in St Edmund’s College Hall on Friday 28 August, commencing at 6.00pm. As a COVID-Safe venue, the following guidelines will apply for this event:

  • Social-distancing rules will apply.
  • A maximum of 2 parents/caregivers per student performer will be able to attend.
  • Registration is required upon entry.

The Cultural Showcase will be livestreamed, with the link to be released late next week.

I look forward to this evening being a great night of entertainment and a celebration of the talented students we have at the College.

Instrumental Lessons

I encourage students to check your Instrumental lessons times and ensure that you turn up on time for your lesson. If you cannot attend your lesson you must let your tutor or myself know beforehand. A small group of students have been removed from the instrumental program this term as they have not attended their lessons nor given notification of their absence.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Sport

AIC Football (Soccer) Fixtures - 22 August 2020

Round 1 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

AIC Rugby Fixtures - 22 August 2020

Round 1 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

Tuckshop

Tuckshop News - Term 3

UPDATE - Tuckshop Helpers

We do not require tuckshop helpers at this time. The situation will be reassessed in early August.

Ms Narelle Rea and Ms Gina Weight - Convenors

School News

Photo Schedule - Monday 24 August 2020

Students are reminded to wear the correct uniform, polished shoes, and present neat and tidy.

Winter Uniform applies for Senior School students.

Co-curricular photos require the correct playing uniform.

Uniform Shop

Notices

Unclaimed Property to College

Student Office

A significant amount of unclaimed property has accumulated in the Student Office over this term.

Awaiting collection are unnamed items of College uniform including jumpers, hats, and sports gear and lunchboxes.

Students are asked to check the box in the Student Office and collect your gear.

Unclaimed items remaining at the end of Term 3 (Thursday 17 September) will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

St Brigid's Primary School Rosewood

2021 Enrolments

Calling for Members of St Edmund's Community - Current Positions Available

Community positions available for QCAA 2020 Senior External Assessment

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is calling for Invigilators for the 2020 Senior External Assessment. Members of our St Edmund’s Community are encouraged to apply. The 2020 external assessment period will run from October to November.

The QCAA appoints members of the Queensland community to observe and report on the administration of external assessment sessions at secondary schools throughout Queensland.

Invigilators play an important role in promoting public confidence in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system and ensuring that proper and fair administrative procedures are implemented.

Applications from Queensland community members for invigilator roles are now open and close on 30 September, or when all positions are filled.

Role summary: Invigilators are required to:

  • Attend allocated assessment sessions at assessment venues
  • Observe and report on the administration of assessments and the collection, counting and packing of materials at the end of assessments.

Payment: $29.00 per hour. [A 1.5-hour session will be paid as 3 hours ($87.00). A 2-hour session will be paid as 3.5 hours ($101.50).]

Eligibility: Community members must

  • Hold a blue card or an exemption card
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be eligible to work in Australia
  • Have photographic identification
  • Have a personal email address
  • Have a mobile phone
  • Have access to a computer, the internet and a printer
  • Supply names and contact details of two referees.

Members of our St Edmund’s College Community are encouraged to apply for these positions. Allocations will be to a secondary school/assessment centre within the vicinity of your home address.

Position Description: Invigilators and Invigilator FAQs are available at

https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/assessment/external-assessment/qcaa-invigilators

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