Newsletter - 22 June 2018

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Principal's Office

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.

Staff News

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

Term 3 commences Monday 16 July 2018

The Deputy


Mission and Community

Refugee Week 17 to 23 June - NAIDOC Week 8 to 15 July


Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrates the positive contributions made by them to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week - Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June - coincides with World Refugee Day, 20 June, 2018.

The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen #WithRefugees as the theme for Refugee Week 2018 in Australia. Today, more than ever, we need a global movement to demand the safety and rights of refugees are protected. In Australia, it is the responsibility of our government, and each one of us, to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope.

My command is: Love one another (John 15:12)
This is our mandate ~ to love one another.

A ‘refugee’ is a person; boy, girl, woman, or man. Not a label, but a human being with a beating heart, just like you and me. Today there are more refugees than ever, and only by standing together #WithRefugees can we begin to change this. Our Catholic faith and Edmund Rice tradition calls us again and again to bring dignity and hospitality to the marginalised in our world. Pope Francis says ~ “What we need in these times is a culture of encounter!” Since the very beginning of his Papal reign, in his words and actions at Lampedusa, Pope Francis cut through the global indifference by making the issue of asylum seekers and refugees personal. He shows us that, when we look into the face of the asylum seeker and really hear their story – each stage of their journey – they are no longer a stranger to be feared and we can no longer be indifferent to their need.

Refugee Week provides us with an opportunity to recognise and better understand the courage and contribution of refugees. People from across the world who have sought and in some cases found safety in Australia. On Tuesday night a group of staff and students from Eddies, together with St Mary’s, St Augustine’s and St Peter Claver Colleges, had the opportunity to hear personal stories from people who are also refugees. It was a night that reminded us that these powerful people are defined by so much more than their past—people who today are making many valuable contributions to Australian society and who show immense courage and resilience.

PRAYER: A Place to Call Home

Compassionate God,
No one is a stranger to You and no one is ever far from Your loving care.
Watch over those who are separated from their loved ones and homeland;
those who fear persecution and hope for a better life in our community.
May we reach out in welcome to all those who arrive as refugees,
embracing one another so that together Your hope O God will be our future.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Source: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Website)

Upcoming Events

I have included below a number of events that are happening throughout Term 3. There are many events and service opportunities that take place around the College. These activities enrich the lives of the students and the wider community. We strongly encourage all our students to get involved in community activities throughout the year.

NAIDOC Week 8-15 July

As we move towards NAIDOC Week, which falls during the holidays from 8 to 15 July, St Edmund’s College acknowledges and pays deepest respect to the traditional owners of the land on which the College is built. The 2018 NAIDOC Theme, “Because Of Her We Can”, has significant links to our belief that “Eddies’ Men Can” and celebrates the essential role that women play as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels. At St Edmund’s College, we continue to commit ourselves to walking together with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People on the journey towards Reconciliation and Justice.

Mission and Community Dates and Events - Term Three

Parents, Families and Friends, please mark these dates in your diary. We would love for you to join in our community events throughout Term Three.

Monday 23 July: Heritage Mass, 8.45am
The College community will celebrate Mass. We will mark the lead into Catholic Education Week, acknowledge the diversity and richness of our community and share the experience of Mass.
Wednesday 25 July: Year 11 Leadership Gathering Day 1
A compulsory day for our Year 11 students to engage in team-building, development and reflection in preparation for their role as Senior Leaders of the College in 2019.
Wednesday 1 August: Year 8 Arts Faith Day
A compulsory day of activity and experience for our Year 8 students to engage with each other and the Mission of the College through creative and engaging activities.
Friday 3 August: Years 10 to 12 Combined College Social Justice Movie Night
Students will have the opportunity to share a meal, watch a movie and engage in conversation that may lead to action. A social evening of enjoyment with an interesting twist. Movie to be confirmed. Look out for more details.
Wednesday 15 August: Year 11 Leadership Gathering Day 2
A compulsory day for our Year 11 students to engage in team building, development and reflection in preparation for their role as Senior leaders of the College in 2019.
Friday 24 August: Final Rookies Afternoon
The last opportunity for the Year 7s of 2019 to gather and experience time at Eddies.
Sunday 26 August: Parish Mass at St Mary’s Church Ipswich, 6.00pm
All are welcome to share in the Eucharistic celebration and stay for a cuppa and a chat following Mass.
Friday 31 August: Dads ‘n’ Lads Evening, 6.00pm
Dads and significant men in the lives of our students - come along with your son for an evening of fun to mark Father’s Day.
Wednesday 5 September: Year 10 Rite of Passage Challenge Day and Ceremony
The culmination of a term of reflection, activity and development, the Year 10 students will participate in activity, challenge and reflection throughout the day. This will end in the evening with the Rites of Passage Ceremony. All parents are invited to attend and more information will be provided.
Friday 7 September: Mothers’ Mass and Dinner
Beginning with Mass at St Mary’s Parish Church followed by dinner, all mothers and women connected to the College are invited to share in this event. More information to come.

I would like to wish all our students, staff and their families a very restful and safe holiday break. Many blessings, and stay warm.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

We are HOOKED on the Idea!

Gone fishin’ ……Not Yet...but we hope to next term!

We are HOOKED on the Idea!

Gone fishin’ ……Not Yet...but we hope to next term!

Our St Eddie’s Service Learning and Activities group is looking for any old and / or no longer loved fishing rods, reels and tackle that we can refurb and use next term.

...Happy to come and collect.

Please contact Mr Mike Hudson at the College, 3810 4400, or

Thank you.

Mr Mike Hudson, Director of Student Leadership and Service

Learning & Teaching

Teaching and Learning

Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews


Reports will be available on the St Edmund’s College Web on Thursday 19 July from 3.45pm.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Parent-Teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 26 July. Bookings will be available on Parent Teacher Online (PTO). Information regarding logins and reporting will be emailed to parents in due course. Please mark this date on your calendar so that you can have this time with your son’s teachers.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Library News

Library Top Borrowers of Term 2

Top Borrowers

We celebrated the Top Borrowers of Term 2 with a pizza party last week. Top Borrowers are the students who have borrowed and read the most fiction, non-fiction and digital books from the St Edmund’s Library. Harrison Walker (Year 8) borrowed and read an amazing 53 books this term.

Other Top Borrowers included: Rhonin Wardle (Year 7); Callum Rose (Year 10); Bryce Burton (Year 7); Aidan Doherty (Year 7); Kade Grieve (Year 8); Toby Everding (Year 7) and Barry Pillado (Year 10).

The Library celebrates its Top Borrowers because independent reading is important as it improves comprehension, builds vocabulary, increases fluency, develops general knowledge and improves grades.

St Edmund's Library Top Borrowers celebrate with a Pizza Party

Young Writers’ Conference

Take your writing further at the Young Writers’ Conference at the State Library of Queensland.

The conference features published young writers and publishing professionals including Emily O’Grady, Claire Christian, David Burton, Laura Elvery, Nicholas Lochel and other great guests. Attendees can accelerate their craft and gain practical industry insights.

The day-long program is packed with panels and workshops that will guide aspiring scribes in the art of writing and getting published in Australia.

When: Sunday 22 July 2018, 10.00am to 5.30pm
Where: State Library Queensland
Cost: Tickets $32

For more information and to book your ticket go to:

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Career News

Careers - Week 10

Year 12 QTAC Information - University Open Days


Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre books which outline tertiary courses will be available in July to Year 12 students who plan to apply for tertiary courses. Information on the application process will be provided in Student Development time and relevant presentations will be on the Careers section of EDE. The on-time application date is late September in order to be considered for the first round of offers in October. The 2017 application fee was $42.

Any students who have special circumstances should check the information on the Educational Access Scheme on the QTAC website.

Applications need to be supported by documentation.

Universities offer scholarships for a range of possible circumstances. Students are encouraged to visit the Scholarships page of universities which they are considering applying for to view available scholarships and plan their applications. Many universities tell us that scholarships often go unclaimed because of lack of applications.


TSXPO Careers Expo 21-22 JULY - Brisbane Exhibition Grounds








SUNDAY 29 July

9.00am – 3.00pm




SUNDAY 5 August

SUNDAY 19 August

9.00am – 3.00pm





SATURDAY 1 September

FRIDAY 7 September

SUNDAY 19 August

10.00am – 1.00pm

3.00pm – 7.00pm

10.00am – 2.00pm











SUNDAY 12 August

9.00am – 2.00pm


Sacred Heart Parish School Fete

Sunday 22 July 2018 - 10am to 3pm

Unlimited Rides for $25!

Full details on attached flyer

Music and Cultural

Wanna Rock?

2018 Combined Colleges' Musical - Be Quick! Tickets are rockin' out the door!

ROCK OF AGES - Ipswich Civic Centre

Wednesday 18 July
Thursday 19 July
Friday 20 July 2018

The 2018 Combined Colleges’ Musical, Rock of Ages, is just four weeks away! St Edmund’s and St Mary’s students have been rehearsing for a number of months, putting together one of the most exciting Musicals we have ever presented.

With a cast and crew of over 80 young all singing, all dancing performers and famous 80s rock songs like ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Dead or Alive’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ to name just a few, this show is sure to be a hit with audiences young and young-at-heart. This may even be an opportunity for you to don your 80s gear and party like it is 1987! (In fact we would encourage this!)


Adult $25.00
Concession $20.00
Child (13-15 years) $15.00

Tickets are literally rocking out the door!


Sports News

Week 10 and Holiday Programs


Our attention turns to Basketball, Tennis and Cross Country as we continue preparations for Term 3 sport. A reminder that teams may still change during the trial process, with fixtures against St Peter’s Lutheran College on the first Saturday of Week 1, Term 3 (21 July).

Cross Country

While Cross Country training numbers have been steady, it would be good to see more faces at training. Rugby and Football have concluded, therefore there are many students who played these sports who would have a great aerobic base suited to Cross Country. I would strongly urge these players to consider taking up Cross Country for a short period of time. This will enable the College to field a strong squad at the AIC Cross Country Championships on Wednesday 8 August, although convincing these boys to come to Cross Country training can sometimes be a difficult task.

A Cross Country training camp will be held over the holidays from Wednesday 11 July to Friday 13 July where all students are welcome to attend at no cost. At this camp we will be doing Cross Country training mixed in with various fun activities for the athletes.

Following this camp, Cross Country training will continue next term on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings, as we prepare for the AIC Cross Country Championships. Further specific information can be found on the College App.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Ryan Pickering (Year 7) who was named Captain of the Under 12 Metropolitan West Hockey side ahead of the State Championships last weekend.

Well done also to Zac Eleison who umpired at the Under 12 Hockey State Championships in Cairns last weekend. Due to Zac’s great officiating, he has been selected to umpire at the Nationals in August. Well done Zac.

Congratulations to James Sammut who has been selected in the Metropolitan West Under 19 Golf team.

Events over the June/July Holidays

Saturday 30 June to Saturday 7 July – Confraternity Carnival - Charters Towers
Wednesday 11 July to Friday 13 July – Cross Country Holiday Clinics
Thursday 12 July to Sunday 15 July – Gold Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport


School News

Can You Help? Seeking Homestay Families

19 July to 31 July 2018

Can you help? - SHANGHAI Exchange Program

St Edmund’s College has participated in the Shanghai Cultural Exchange Program for over seventeen years.

In 2018 a smaller group of St Edmund’s students is travelling to China to engage in the cultural program, consequently leaving us short of homestay families. We are asking families within our St Edmund’s Community to assist by hosting a student from Shanghai South-West Weiyu Middle School for two weeks: Thursday 19 July to Tuesday 31 July, 2018 (Term 3, during Weeks 1 to 3).

The school will provide some monetary assistance to help with expenses. Any assistance with a homestay would be greatly appreciated.

If you are able to accommodate a Shanghai student during this period, could you please contact Mr Mark Currie at St Edmund’s College (3810 4400) or email:

Attention Year 12 Parents

We need your son's Baby or Toddler Photo

We are asking all Year 12 Parents to email one of your son’s baby or toddler photos (baby to 4 year-old) for inclusion in an audio-visual presentation to be used at the Senior Valedictory event.

Please email your son’s photo to Mr Mills at with “Valedictory Photo” in the subject line.

If you have a hard copy only of a photo, this should be submitted in an envelope marked “Valedictory Photo”, including your son’s name, and handed into the Deans’ Room for scanning, before being returned to your son.

It would be appreciated if photos can be submitted as soon as possible. If any queries, please direct to Mr Mills (3810 4496) during school hours.

Uniform Shop


Skool2Skoolies 2018 Sponsorship

The St Edmund’s College “Skool2Skoolies” initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Skool2Skoolies 2018

The St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and to give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Each year, Year 12 students from the College are given the opportunity to live out the College ethos and continue their ‘gentlemanly’ behaviour by committing themselves to raise funds for three charities which encapsulate the spirit of social justice within the Ipswich community, Australia and worldwide - The Ipswich Hospice, St Vincent de Paul and the Christian Brothers’ Immersion Programs.

Last year, through the dedication of students and charitable donations from local Ipswich entities, we were able to raise in excess of $20,000: a donation of $7500 to each of the previously mentioned groups. These donations assisted in creating a tangible change in the work carried out by these life-altering support networks. Approximately thirty students embarking on the 2018 Skool2Skoolies ride are continuing the legacy through raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

Our sincere thanks to the following generous sponsors of the 2018 Skool2Skoolies.

  • Apprenticeships Queensland
  • Fallu McMillan Lawyers
  • Gibson Architects
  • Limestone Dental Group
  • Mallets Carpet Choice
  • St Edmund's College Old Boys' Association
  • Strybos and Sons Electrical
  • Potter Landscapes

Breakaway Sponsors

  • Hutchinson Builders
  • Kelleher Builders
  • McNamara and Associates
  • PM Landsapes
  • TAE Aerospace
  • Trek Ipswich

Peloton Sponsors

  • Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club
  • G.J. Walsh
  • Grandview
  • Hello World Travel
  • Ipswich Dental
  • NBA Electrical Engineering
  • Off Peak Water
  • Options Cabinets
  • PhysioActive
  • Sammut Bulow
  • Surreal Signs
  • Tridan Electrical

Saddle Sponsor - $2500

    This is a unique opportunity for interested businesses to become the sole sponsor of the cycling knicks (shorts) for the ride. Your business logo would feature prominently on the outside of the leg on all riders.

Any support that can be offered for this meaningful cause would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like further information regarding the St Edmund’s College 2018 Skool2Skoolies fundraising project, please contact Mr Michael Podolak at St Edmund’s College, E:


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