From the Principal
A Lot To Be Thankful For
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
A Lot To Be Thankful For
Incredibly we have almost reached the half-way mark of 2018. There is a lot to celebrate and be thankful for as we come to the end of Term Two. Earlier in the year we launched our new Strategic Directions and Priorities which have given us a focus and a true North in terms of where we are heading. Emanating from this was our recently unveiled 2018 Improvement Goals. Each day we can see changes and developments with the construction of the Edmund Rice Building Project progressing on track. The diverse sporting, extra-curricular, artistic and cultural, student leadership and service learning opportunities throughout the past two terms have kept our young Eddies’ men engaged and active in their learning. There have been challenges to overcome and triumphs to savour. It has been a time of growth, renewal and resolve. At the centre of all this has been an unremitting commitment to work together for each other and for the College community to create meaningful learning experiences and opportunities for all our students. Every day we have witnessed the miracle of education expressed in the hearts, minds and hands of each of these fine Eddies’ young men. We thank God for all that we have encountered so far this year and we look to the future with immense hope and joy.
During the Break
Please keep in your thoughts, prayers and best wishes, all those who are involved in sporting and cultural pursuits over the vacation period. This includes our Confraternity team and staff who will be travelling to Charters Towers at the end of next week for the week-long carnival that will follow. In the second week of the holidays, the cast and crew of the combined Eddies and St Mary’s College Musical, Rock of Ages, will be rehearsing all week in readiness for opening night on Wednesday 18 July. There will be a Cross Country camp held on Thursday 12 July and Friday 13 July for our Cross Country team in preparation for the AIC Cross Country Carnival later in Term 3. Our Opens Basketball team will also be competing in the 2018 Gold Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament from 12 July to 15 July. All 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 willingness to participate and contribute to each of these endeavours. All the very best to everyone.
Staff Conference – Making Connections
Next week will be a Professional Development and Learning Conference for all staff. This will be a first for Eddies, as we get ready for unprecedented changes to the Senior Assessment, which will come into effect next year.
The theme of the week is Making Connections with a focus on preparing our staff for these changes in the Senior years and for new and innovative ways to engage Middle Years learners. We will have expert consultants as well as staff delivering workshops throughout the week. These presenters include Ann Morgan and Jo Hart from Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) to get us started with a faith and spirituality day on Monday; Steve Atkinson from Atkinson Consulting on Tuesday, who will be working with our Heads of Department, Deans and Directors on Leadership Formation; Tony Ryan on Wednesday, who describes himself as an educational futurist. He will take us through what tomorrow’s jobs and career pathways our young Eddies’ men will be doing and how we can prepare them; and on Thursday we have Angela White giving a presentation on how to maximise opportunities for adolescent boys in the Middle Years to experience success in their learning.
Thank you to Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning, and the Conference Committee, for their organisation and creativity in putting together a sensational program with leading-edge educational thinkers. Thank you parents and carers for supporting us in this endeavour as well. We are all life-long learners, and opportunities like these will translate into enhanced learning opportunities for your sons.
Cyber Safety – Susan McLean Parent Presentation 16 July 2018
On the first day of Term 3, Monday 16 July, the College will be hosting Susan McLean from Cyber Solutions. Susan will be here to present to all year levels throughout the day, covering a wide array of relevant topics relating to Cyber Safety and how to help adolescents navigate the online world responsibly, respectfully and with their reputation intact. In the evening Susan will be holding a parent session in Ambrose Place, covering the same topics but with a parent audience in mind. Susan gives presentations across Australia and is a respected consultant in this area. She was recommended to us by adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg when he was here earlier in the year. On Tuesday, Susan will be hosted by St Mary’s College and in the afternoon both staff groups will come together for a staff presentation. We are delighted to partner with St Mary’s College to host Susan McLean. Please see the brochure attached for more information.
We wish Mr Mark Currie all the best while he is on leave in Term 3, and look forward to his return in Term 4. During Mark’s absence Ms Madelyn Hall will be acting Careers Head of Department. We also thank Mr Jacob Rice who has been in the role of Learning Support Teacher for most of this term and finished up with us at the end of term.
Please keep in your prayers Ms Yvette Knoetze, College School Officer Administration Assistant, who will be having a serious operation early next term and will be expected to be on extended leave as she recovers.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal