Celebrating Academic Excellence
Dear St Edmund’s College Families and Friends
Today we celebrated academic excellence during our Years 10, 11 and 12 Academic Awards Assembly. This included welcoming back the Year 12 graduates of 2018 who achieved an (Overall Position) OP 1 to 5. I particularly acknowledge the three students who were awarded an OP 1 and wish them well in their tertiary studies:
Tasman Pearl, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland
Hamish Potter, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland
Benjamin Snell, Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Queensland
These outstanding results testify to the commitment they gave to their studies, the quality teaching and learning that was offered and the loving support of their family and friends.
Congratulations to all the students who were acknowledged today for their academic achievements. It was terrific to see the lads come forward to receive their awards and be honoured in front of family, staff and their peers for their dedication and diligence to their studies.
Alumni - Brendan Forwood
Today we welcomed former Eddies student Brendan Forwood as our guest speaker for the Academic Awards Assembly. Brendan was a member of the graduating class of 2001. After finishing Year 12 he studied at the University of Queensland and completed a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Communication. He has since etched a career in helping others to realise their leadership potential through his experience as a Learning Leader with Suncorp and a Leadership Adviser at Virgin Australia. He is now founding business owner of Sirius Impact. Brendan spoke about the importance of continuous effort in realising one’s goals. He urged the boys to embrace the opportunities at Eddies as these will be the steps towards them fulfilling their aspirations.
Understanding Gen Z
On Tuesday evening the College hosted Claire Madden for a Community Engagement Event. Approximately 200 people were in attendance to hear Claire speak about how to engage with and support Generation Z (people born 1995 to 2009). Claire is a social researcher, keynote speaker and media commentator interpreting social trends and implications of generational change. Her presentation was informative, enlightening and empowering. She cited many examples of Gen Z’s voice in our complex and fluid world and how we as educators and parents can work together to help them navigate their world with confidence and purpose.
In her presentation Claire referred to the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2018 National Summary to highlight what young people value. This survey was conducted last year involving 28,286 young people between the ages of 15 and 19 including students from our College. Young people were asked how much they valued family relationships, financial security, friendships (other than family), getting a job, mental health, physical health and school or study satisfaction. Responses for these items were rated on a 5-point scale, ranging from extremely important to not at all important. The three most highly valued items nationally were family relationships, friendships (other than family) and school or study satisfaction.
Family relationships were valued highly by 83.7% of respondents (extremely important: 53.0%; very important: 30.7%).
Friendships (other than family) were also highly valued by over eight in ten (81.8%) respondents (extremely important: 39.7%; very important: 42.1%).
Around seven in ten respondents highly valued school or study satisfaction (extremely important: 31.2%; very important: 40.6 %)
Claire reiterated the importance of family relationships, particularly the nurturing support of parents in shaping and influencing young people. This includes setting clear and reasonable boundaries around use of technology and social media to counteract the pervasive and incessant demands placed on young people in their online world.
Iggy Park Flood Appeal
Next Monday I will be travelling to Townsville to be on a Principal Appraisal Panel for Shaun Clark, Principal of Ignatius Park. This will give me the opportunity to present to Shaun the money raised by our Iggy Park Flood Appeal. Incredibly, in two weeks our community has raised $20,000. Yesterday the St Edmund’s College Parents and Friends Association donated $8,000 to bring the amount up to the $20K mark. Thank you to all for your generosity. The heart of our College community beats with compassion and kindness for those who need our help.
Congratulations Elliott House – Swimming Champions 2019
Congratulations Elliott House for their triumphant victory at this year’s Inter-House Swimming Carnival. It was a closely contested carnival this year with many Houses in contention right to the very end. Well done to the Elliott House Leaders: Sebastian Howie and Luke Parsons (Senior House Leaders) and Isaac McKew and Riley Stoddart (Junior House Leaders) for their enthusiasm, passion and inspirational leadership shown on the day.
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Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O'Riordan, Principal