The Path of a Student
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
How do we support our young Eddies’ men to choose the path of a student? This is the path where they encounter opportunities and challenges as a learner and ultimately leads to the fulfillment of their academic goals. Down this path students are more engaged in their learning. This is where they discover their passion and interest in certain subject areas. It is where they flourish and shine. It is where they conquer obstacles and overcome difficulties while on their way towards a bright future. It is a path where they learn about who they are and who they can be. In our Catholic tradition, we would say that it is the same path that Jesus invites us to take. Yet for some of our students this is not the path that they choose to take.
Recent events at the College highlight that some of our students choose different paths. These paths are not the path of a student and ultimately lead to a place that is diametrically opposite. So how do we help them to get off this path and back on the right path? There are many things that we can do together to achieve this. Teaching through consequence builds within our young men a moral compass. Giving them projects where the focus is on helping others teaches them the power of gratitude. Giving them explicit feedback on how they are going in their studies helps them to understand and apply the attributes of a successful learner. Acknowledging where they have shown improvement validates within them that they are on a journey of self-discovery where the destination is less important than the journey itself. Championing them with a balance of tough love and compassion confirms in their heart that they are worthy and have dignity. This is the task of educators – to be unrelenting in our efforts to guide our young men to choose the path of a student.
Staffing Term 4
Please be advised of the following staffing changes in Term 4.- We welcome back Mr Mark Currie and Mr Sam Sprenger who were on leave in Term 3. During Mark’s absence Ms Madelyn Hall has been performing in the role of Careers Guidance Counsellor and we thank her for the excellent contribution she has made while in this acting role.
- Mr Ray Celegato (Deputy Principal) will be taking leave in Weeks 1 and 2 while recovering from surgery on his eye. During this time Mr Wayne Warren will step into the role as Acting Deputy Principal.
- Mr Shannon Lee (Assistant Principal Students) will be away in the first week of the term attending the Rural Service Project with Mr Dave Baxter and Mr Murray Sutton. In Week 1, Ms Simone O’Shea will step into the role as Acting Assistant Principal to support the House Deans and continue in the role as Acting Assistant Principal for the second week to oversee timetable administration in the absence of Mr Celegato.
- Mr David Mills will be in China with the Eddies Shanghai exchange group and will take another four weeks leave. Mr Dan Meehan will be in the role as Acting Morgan House Dean up until the end of Week 5 to replace Mr Mills.
- Mr Tim Hill and Mr Nick Devin will be away in Week 1 with the Shanghai exchange students as well.
- Mr Max Luxton will be on leave for the first two weeks of Term 4.
- Ms Khyl Domrow will be on leave in the first week of Term 4.
No Carols on the Green for 2018 – The College is still supporting St Vincent de Paul
St Edmund’s College would like to thank all involved for their ongoing support of Carols on the Green. It has been a fantastic community event that has, over the past nine years, contributed to raising approximately $300,000 for St Vincent de Paul.
The College wishes to thank Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club for being the major sponsor of this event over this time. Their sponsorship secured all the costs involved with the hiring of the stage, sound and lighting. We extend our gratitude to the staff at Brothers Leagues Club from the management, groundsmen, through to the hospitality staff.
Moving forward, the General Manager and Board of Directors have felt they needed to make a heartfelt decision to not continue with this event, and they also wish to extend their sincere thanks to the College community.
St Edmund’s College will continue to support St Vincent de Paul with our Skool2Skoolies fundraising, Parents and Friends Association contribution, and the donation of goods and funds raised throughout the year.
We will look at other options for 2019 to see if we can bring back Carols on the Green.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Over the September vacation period Mr Dan Meehan is getting married. We keep Dan and his fiancée, Katie, in our prayers at this very special time for both of them.
Live Jesus, in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal