Wellbeing and Student Achievement
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Thank you parents and families for supporting the professional development of staff at St Edmund’s College. Next week will be our second Staff Conference with a thematic focus on Wellbeing and Achievement.
The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework states
‘The wellbeing of children and young people is enhanced, and their learning outcomes optimised when they feel connected to others and experience safe and trusting relationships. Students who feel connected, safe and secure are more likely to be active participants in their learning and to achieve better physical, emotional, social and educational outcomes. Educators who feel valued and supported are more likely to engage positively with students and build stronger connections within the school community. Enhancing the wellbeing of students and their educators delivers overall long-term social, health and economic benefits to the Australian community.’
Throughout the week staff will have the opportunity to listen to a keynote address from Mr Mark Bunn, a health and personal performance expert, attend workshops from Fr Stephen Bliss, St Mary’s Ipswich Parish Priest, and Ms Shelley Verrenkamp from Physioactive, who is also an Eddies parent and clinical physiotherapist. Many staff will be delivering workshops as well adding to the experiential and relational learning encounter we are endeavouring to create. Please see within this newsletter a full outline of the program.
Term 2 AIC Wrap Up
It has been an action-packed Term 2 of AIC events with Chess, Rugby Union and Football fixtures. Congratulations to our Senior A Chess team on being crowned Champions for 2019. Other outstanding performances include Senior B Chess, 8B Football and the 8A, 8B and 9A Rugby Union teams who each ranked highly overall. Well done to all the boys who represented St Edmund’s College in AIC this Term.
A big thank you to all our coaching and management staff and particularly Mr Chad de Waard and Mr Dan King for coordinating Rugby Union; Mr Nathan Manttan and Mr Wayne Warren for coordinating Football and Ms Debra Whyte and Mr Brent Habermann for coordinating Chess. Finally, thank you to Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport, for his overall organisation.
The Apex Debating competition continued with three teams advancing to the final stage and Mr Eamon Webb’s Year 9.1 team reaching the grand final to be contested next term. Well done to Kade Grieve, Stuart England, Samuel Jesse and Liam Gannaway for advancing this far. Thank you to all the debating coaches and Ms Natasha Teitzel for coordinating our debating teams this year.
Confraternity, College Musical and Gold Coast Basketball
Please keep in your prayers and best wishes all those who are involved in sporting and cultural pursuits over the vacation period. This includes our Confraternity Rugby League team and staff who will be travelling to Bundaberg at the end of next week for a week-long carnival.
Today we welcomed back Jake Turpin, former Eddies student and current NRL player with the Broncos, and Eddies Old Boys’ Association President Mr Mark Hennelly to present the jerseys to the Confraternity Team members.
We also wish the three Basketball teams representing St Edmund's College at the Gold Coast Invitational all the very best.
In the second week of the holidays the cast and crew for the combined St Eddies and St Mary’s College Musical, Matilda, will be rehearsing in readiness for Opening Night in the first week back in Term 3: Thursday July 18.
These opportunities can only happen with the commitment and dedication of our wonderful staff and the help of parents and friends of the College. We thank each of them for the time and effort they will give in providing these terrific opportunities for the boys. We also acknowledge the students for their willing participation and contribution to each of these endeavours. All the very best to everyone.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Congratulations to 2019 Choir Comp Winners - AMBROSE HOUSE
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal