Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
From the stage, a full school assembly looks like a large painting: a canvas painted in blue and white dotted with young faces. Last Friday I looked for the light of recognition in just one of these young faces and saw none. “Eddie Van Halen” I said, confident the reference to this 80s guitar hero would be immediately grasped. Herein lay my mistake.
Our young men are immersed in YOLOs , FOMOs and a smattering of other “Os” found on various social media platforms. Sometimes amongst the pressure of presenting an ideal image and not wanting to be seen to fail, young people do not notice the reality that learning and improving comes from making mistakes. In fact, more than just making mistakes, making “good mistakes”.
I would claim that a “good mistake” has three defining characteristics. Firstly, it is one you own and learn from; secondly, it is one you pick yourself up and move on from; and thirdly it is one that makes you better.
Personally, I own the fact my musical tastes are hopelessly out of date and I have learned in 2020 there are more recognisable artists such as Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift. I move on and will be better, particularly in my choice of music references.
In this journey we share with our young men, making mistakes will be inevitable. However, as a community, supporting the making of “good mistakes” will need to be just as inevitable. Whether it be mastering a maths problem, learning a piece of music, or playing a game of cricket, making “good mistakes” will also be the making of kind, strong and gentle, Eddies’ Men.
Academic Awards Assembly
Today we welcomed the students from the class of 2019. This year we celebrated not only the success of students in achieving excellent OPs but also outstanding results in vocational education and training.
Thank you to our guest speaker, Executive Director of the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Mr Dominic Tait. While at St Edmund’s, Dominic involved himself fully in all aspects of College life achieving excellent academic results, an OP 1 as well as representing the College at firsts level in both Rugby League and Rugby Union. As a graduate of the College he is a fine example for our current students to follow and his wisdom is greatly appreciated.
Additionally, hard work of students from Years 10 to 12 was also recognised. To all these young men, past and present students, your achievements are a credit not only to you and your hard work, but also to the team that works to support you.
Well done gentlemen and congratulations. Next week we celebrate our Years 8 and 9 student successes. As always parents and caregivers are most welcome to attend.
The College held the first Rookies of the year this evening. Over one hundred excited Year 6 boys had their first taste of St Edmund’s and what we have to offer. From creating bread-boards to painting; science experiments to sport; the yard was a whirlwind of activity. We look forward to engaging with our new Rookies over the coming months and to welcoming them as Eddies’ Men in 2021.
Ray Celegato, Principal