Newsletter - 22 March 2019

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

Justice and Solidarity

Dear Parents and Friends of St Edmund’s College

The events of the last week with the Christchurch terror attacks have left many of us feeling numb and speechless. It is beyond our comprehension how this will impact on the families who have lost loved ones and how the survivors will carry on. On Monday all staff and students silently paused in prayer for fifty seconds to honour the fifty lives of our New Zealand brothers and sisters who were killed and to symbolically stand in solidarity with the survivors and the families who are left to endure the scars.

Throughout the week we have endeavoured to remain alert to the needs of the young Eddies’ men especially knowing that the live-streamed footage taken by the perpetrator was indiscriminately posted onto social media. This, along with the political commentary and polarised reaction of people both locally and across the globe, makes it difficult to navigate a just path for our human family towards true healing.

Maybe there is a way forward by seeking to enliven the EREA Touchstone, Justice and Solidarity. In the words of our Edmund Rice Education Australia Charter, this involves a commitment ‘to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that call us to stand in solidarity’ with the victims of the attack and with those who turn away from violence and hatred toward a path of peace and love. This is the action of a strong man, a kind man and a gentleman. It is the way we truly are a brother to another so that our actions can been seen and inspire others to do the same. It is the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice ‘to have a heart for the other’ in all that we do. The alternative is a path of delusion and destruction.

Last Friday is a stark and horrific reminder of what happens when our heart is shaped by hatred and ignorance. We only need to look to Jesus as our Saviour who will always lead us away from darkness to the light.

Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC) Coming in Term 2

Next term the College will be implementing the Responsible Thinking Process (RTP) to support learning and teaching. It is a proven and powerful resource to enhance learning and teaching in the classroom by reducing disruption and empowering students to choose responsible behaviours. A separate letter will be forwarded to all families in the last week of the Term to provide a more detailed explanation on how the Responsible Thinking Process works and how it will support your son in his learning.

Over the coming weeks Mr Jason Randall, the Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC) Coordinator, will be delivering a special presentation to all students and staff which outlines how the Responsible Thinking Process will be implemented at St Edmund’s College and to clarify the vital role of students, teachers and families in ensuring that the process is properly followed.

The Responsible Thinking Classroom will be temporarily located on the second floor of the O’Brien Building. It will be a place where students will be referred should they choose to disrupt in the classroom. Mr Jason Randall and Ms Khyl Domrow will be timetabled in the RTC for most lessons and the Deans and members of the College Leadership Team will also be periodical supervisors.

Rookies and Enrolments

Our second Rookies event is coming up next Friday 29 March and tomorrow we start enrolment interviews for 2021. I remind all parents who have not yet enrolled their son for 2020 or 2021 that enrolment places are quickly being taken up such is the demand. We continue to be the preferred choice for many families seeking a secondary Catholic education for their son. Below is a quick snapshot capturing the reasons why parents choose Eddies.

- A Catholic secondary college for boys in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice
- A proven academic pathway for students seeking tertiary entrance
- A vocational education program that leads to traineeships, apprenticeships and employment
- A dynamic sporting, cultural and immersive experience co-curricular program
- A strategic focus on boys’ education and wellbeing in the Middle Years and Seniors Years
- Support for boys transitioning from primary to secondary education through the Rookies Program
- Enduring partnerships with the Ipswich community and St Mary’s Parish
- Superb facilities and a renewed Master Plan underway to cater for future learners
- Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
- Accommodating Defence Force families through recognised partnerships and programs
- Affordable family friendly fee arrangements

St Edmund’s Family

We congratulate Ms Petrina Gibson who has recently accepted a position at Lourdes Hill College Hawthorne as a Drama teacher. Petrina has given twelve years of dedicated service to St Edmund’s College including ten years as Head of Department Creative Arts, and was instrumental in the production and direction of many successful College Musicals. It will be sad to farewell such a wonderful teacher who has given so much to the College. Petrina leaves us at the end of term and takes on her new teaching career with our best wishes.

2018 Graduate Tasman Pearl awarded T J Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship

Congratulations to Tasman Pearl on receiving the prestigious T J Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship. Tasman is one of only ten students across Queensland to be honoured with this award. The T J Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarships are awarded each year to support Queensland students who show outstanding leadership in their school and community, and achieve academic excellence in Year 12. It is valued at up to $10,000 each over a maximum of five years.

Photo of the Week - Tasman Pearl



Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy

Identity

Identity News

Harmony Day 21 March 2019

In a week where we have been feeling somewhat heartbroken and maybe even divided, it was a welcome reprieve to acknowledge and celebrate Harmony Day.

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. In schools we celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the Traditional Owners of the land to those who have come from many countries, cultures and religions around the world.
To mark this day on Thursday, we sold Golden Heart ice creams with profits from the sales going to Project Compassion. It was just a sweet little reminder that we should treat others as we would like to be treated.

Harmony Day Prayer

Creator God,
Your image is alive in every human person.
We thank you for the variety of races and cultures in Australia and in our school community.
Enrich our lives by ever-widening our circles of friendship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us.
Gracious God, inspire us to commit ourselves to the promotion of justice and acceptance that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony.
Grant that we may show equal respect to all persons of different cultures who we may come across. And help us to remember and appreciate that we are one country, one community with many stories.
Amen


Head 2 Heart Camp

Last Friday afternoon, St Edmund’s College was filled with shrieks of laughter and the singing of silly songs as the first Head 2 Heart camp was held. In partnership with Edmund Rice Camps and St Mary’s College, the event was designed to give 6 to 12 year old kids going through some tough times a fun break and positive role models. Each of our students took on the responsibility of being a buddy to a little person. They offered support and friendship throughout the 24-hour experience with craft projects, playing games, cooking and having lots of fun.

The program was a taste of the Edmund Rice Camps program offered during school holidays. It was wonderful to see our students selflessly engage with these young people who needed a friend.



Project Compassion- 2 weeks to go!

Through Project Compassion, our students will make a difference around the world, helping communities giving 100%. St Edmund’s continues to raise money for Project Compassion throughout the Lenten season. As Project Compassion will be a focus until the end of term, we are encouraging our young men to find a way to give up something so that they may give more to the global community.
Please follow this link to support our Project Compassion Appeal:
https://lent.caritas.org.au/st...

DanDaLion Inclusive Cricket, 9.00am to 2.00pm - Sunday 24 March

We will be holding a social and inclusive cricket match for students from St Edmund’s and St Mary’s, along with young people connected with the DanDaLion organisation. DanDaLion supports young people with disabilities. This will be an immersive service experience and students are encouraged to be involved. Families are welcome to come and watch the game which will be played on Morgan Oval at the College.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts. Forever.

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity
mrice@sec.qld.edu.au

ANZAC Commemoration - Calling for Photos

Can you help?

The St Edmund’s College ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 24 April. We are focusing on our Vietnam Veterans and would like to collect photos for our ANZAC Power-Point for the ceremony.

We are calling for photos, names, etc. from families of St Edmund’s community, who may have a family member, friend, etc. who was associated with the Vietnam War and would like to share their photos for the Commemoration Ceremony.

We would also like to extend the collecting of photos/names to any family member/s associated with any of the global conflicts.

Photos may be emailed to the Defence Schools Mentor, Ms Kylie Biddle at kbiddle@sec.qld.edu.au

Please direct any inquiries to Ms Kylie Biddle on 3810 4476 or via email.

Learning & Teaching

The Learning Hub - Week 9

Final Week for Term 1

Week 9 will be the final week of Learning Hub for Term 1. The Library will be open only until 3.30pm during Week 10.

The Learning Hub is a place where St Edmund’s College students may go to complete homework and assessment tasks in a dynamic and supportive environment. Paid tutors are on hand to assist students.

Please be aware that the Learning Hub is not a baby-sitting service therefore we cannot cater for siblings from other schools. Only St Edmund’s College students may attend the Learning Hub.

Commencing Term 2, the Learning Hub will be available only until 4.00pm for Years 7, 8 and 9 students. Parents will need to make arrangements to pick up students at this time.

The Learning Hub is open until 5.00pm for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Ms Karen Callaghan, HOD Information Services and Learning Resources

Calling for Nominations - QCS Chief Community Representative

Year 12 QCS Test 3/4 September 2019. Applications to St Edmund's by Friday 10 May 2019

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) invites applications from parents or community members of St Edmund's College for the position of Chief Community Representative (CCR) in order to maintain the integrity, security and conduct of the 2019 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test at St Edmund's College.

St Edmund's College requires TWO nominations for the role of Chief Community Representative.

Remuneration is $492.65.

The 2019 QCS Test for St Edmund's Year 12 Students will be held on Tuesday 3 September and Wednesday 4 September 2019 in St Edmund's College Hall.

Your nomination for the Chief Community Representative position should be completed and returned to ddenman@sec.qld.edu.au at St Edmund's College by Friday 10 May 2019 as applications require submission by St Edmund's to QCAA before 17 May.

Attachments:

1) 2019 QCAA QCS Chief Community Representative Nomination Form

2) 2019 QCAA QCS Chief Community Representative Information Sheet

Senior School

Middle School

Assistant Principal Students

Year 12 Formal

Thursday 16 May 2019 - Ipswich Civic Centre

YEAR 12 FORMAL - Thursday 16 May 2019 - 7.00pm (Week 4, Term 2)

- $110 per person
- Payment must be received by Wednesday 1 May 2019
- Payment can be made through the locked box in the Student Office. Cash or cheques (made out to St Edmund’s College) must be placed in an envelope marked “Formal Tickets Payment” with the student’s name and total amount of the payment. Payment can be made also through College Reception via credit card or EFTPOS or via the College App.
- It is not essential to take a partner.
- If you are taking a partner it is essential to advise any dietary requirements they have such as allergies, vegetarian or gluten-free meals.
- Seating plans will be made available outside the Deans’ Room (early Term 2) for students to note the names of the people (including partners) sitting at their table. Tables are comprised of 16 people. It is essential that students correctly spell their partner’s name on the table plan as this is used for the table place cards.
- The Pre-Formal is held from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at the College and photographers will be set up in the College Hall to take family photos. The photographers will move to the Ipswich Civic Centre for the evening for students, their partners and friendship groups to have photos taken.
- Finger food and punch are served at the Pre-Formal.
- Expensive transport is discouraged as the travel between school and venue is so short.
- Please contact Ms Vanessa Bell on 3810 4491 or vbell@sec.qld.edu.au with any further questions.

2019 Year 12 Jersey - Payment Required Now

Cost $65.00

St Edmund’s College Senior Jersey orders and payments are required as soon as possible.

The design is posted on the notice board outside the Deans’ Room, on the College App and Facebook page, and pictured here.

Cost of the 2019 Senior Jersey is $65. Payments can be made at the College Reception via EFTPOS; Qkr!; or cash/cheque in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the student’s name and “Senior Jersey”, and placed in the locked box in the Student Office.

Students must sign to verify that their information is correct. Please direct all enquiries to Mr Mills during school hours on 3810 4400 or dmills@sec.qld.edu.au

Career News

Careers - Week 8

QUT Special Entry Programs - Medical Schools - Career Spotlight on Meteorologists

Tertiary News

ACU: Community Achiever’s Program

The Community Achiever’s Program (CAP) at ACU considers the contribution you have made to your community through your school, local community organisations, cultural and/or religious groups, not just your OP or rank, for entry to ACU courses. An additional benefit of this program is that successful applicants receive an early offer of a course place.

The dates for entry in 2020 are:

  • Applications open on Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Applications close on Tuesday 30 July 2019
  • Early offers to study in 2020 will be released by the end of September 2019.

Also, Community Achievers will benefit from opportunities to enhance their leadership and volunteering skills while at ACU. Visit the Community Achievers’ website to view videos on how to prepare, submit and monitor your CAP application.

ANU: Flexible programs

ANU, located in Canberra, offers a range of flexible (e.g. B Laws/B Actuarial Studies) and vertical (e.g. B Arts/Master of International Relations) double degree programs. Find out about the options available on the website. Queensland students may be interested in the scholarships offered at ANU.

These include:

Students interested in applying for ANU courses are required to apply through UAC by the end of September each year.

Medical Schools in Australia

Queensland students interested in gaining entry to a medical course can apply to medical schools throughout Australia. The Australian Medical Council website has a list of Australian medical schools with links to each school. There are three major entry points for medical courses in Queensland.

These are:

  • Direct entry from Year 12 (Bond University and James Cook have this type of entry)
  • Graduate entry after completing an undergraduate degree (Griffith University and the University of Queensland have this type of entry)
  • Provisional entry for high achieving Year 12 students (Griffith University and the University of Queensland have this type of entry)

Some of the other states/territories also offer these three pathways. Visit the following websites for more information about medical studies pathways in Australia.

USC and GU: Joint Medical Program

Is your dream to become a doctor?The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has a joint medical pathway with Griffith University (GU). USC's Bachelor of Medical Science is your first step. This highly competitive program provides provisional direct entry (subject to entry requirements) to Griffith University's Doctor of Medicine program - and to your future medical career. For more information regarding this pathway, visit the Bachelor of Medical Science webpage on the USC website.

QUT: Queensland University of Technology special entry programs

The following are special entry programs offered by QUT. Extra bonus entry points (OPs and ranks)/Adjustment Factors can be allocated through these programs. The maximum number of bonus points/Adjustment Factors a student can receive for QUT courses is 5 OPs or 10 ranks. Details about the following programs can be accessed here.

  • Educational Access Scheme (EAS) - This program helps students who may have experienced educational disadvantage during their preparation for tertiary study. Students can receive a bonus of up to three OPs or six ranks and other benefits. Applications are via the QTAC application by completing the Educational Access Scheme section. If you're from a low-income background, you may be eligible for the Q-Step Scheme under the EAS financial hardship category. The Q-Step Scheme offers a guaranteed Equity scholarship to successful applicants in addition to the OP or rank bonus. Visit the EAS webpage on the QTAC website here.
  • Elite Athlete Entry Program - this program helps elite athletes (coaches, referees, competitors) gain entry to QUT courses through an entry bonus of up to three OPs or six ranks. The program assists its students to manage the demands of their studies and their sport.
  • Year 12 subject scheme – this program is for students who have successfully completed certain subjects at school or university level units. The school subjects eligible for adjustments include: Mathematics C, Physics, Languages other than English (LOTE) and Aerospace Studies or Engineering Technology. You can qualify for up to four OPs or eight ranks.

UQ College at St Lucia campus

UQ College is a company owned by the University of Queensland (UQ) and located at the St Lucia campus. It provides alternate pathways to university study. The programs offered include:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program – This free 28-week program is offered in January, May and September. It is an approved UQ Bridging Program and provides recognised prerequisite subjects. Students who successfully complete this program can apply through QTAC with an entry rank based on their results in the program. Apply directly to UQ College for this program.
  • Associate Degree in Business – This is a 16-month program. Successful completion (minimum GPA of 4) may provide an option to gain entry to UQ’s B Business Management with advanced standing. You apply through QTAC for this program, with intakes in January and September.You can access more information about these programs from the UQ College website.

Occupational Spotlight

What do meteorologists do?

Meteorologists forecast the weather and study the atmosphere to improve our understanding of climate. Specialisations include: Climatologist, Hydrometeorologist, Meteorological Consultant and Research Meteorologist. Those interested in this area should be flexible and resourceful and have ability in science, especially physics and mathematics. A degree in science or applied science with a major in mathematics, physics, meteorology or atmospheric studies is usually required. The following Queensland universities offer a B Science or B Applied Science with majors in mathematics and/or physics:

  • CQUniversity
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast

For further information about these occupations, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website. Read a profile of a Severe Weather Meteorologist here and visit this LinkedIn page to find out more about jobs, companies, people and articles related to the role of Meterologist. Do an occupational search on the myfuture website (Sign up to this free site if this is your first visit). Go to ‘Occupations’ and do a search for meteorologist.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser

Tuckshop Roster - Week 9, Term 1

Commencing 25 March 2019

Mon 25 Mar: T Williams, K Schuh.
Tue 26 Mar: N Callaghan, C Allan.
Wed 27 Mar: J Roberts, S Atuatika
Thu 28 Mar: M Low, S Reeve
Fri 29 Mar: V Albury, A Costello, F Sippel

General

Music and Cultural

Music News

Term 1 Thank You

It has been a very busy first term for the Performing Arts Department and I would like to thank all students, staff and tutors involved in the Performing Arts Program for all their hard work and effort so far this year. You are a credit to our College and I look forward to working with you all again next term.

Farewell

On a sad note, I would like to say thank you and farewell to Ms Petrina Gibson who will be departing the College to take up a teaching position elsewhere. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms Gibson in three of our College Musicals throughout my time here at the College. Ms Gibson has always assisted and given her full support to the Performing Arts events at St Edmund’s College. I wish her all the best for her future endeavours.

College Assembly

Johnathan Donnelly gave a wonderful performance of Khalid’s ‘Location’ at last Friday’s whole school assembly. Johnathan’s voice is full of warmth and presence, easily captivating the audience. Thank you to Mr Jesse Gold for accompanying Johnathan for this performance. Well done Johnathan!

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons will be finishing up this week (unless stated otherwise by your tutor). Lessons for Term 2 will be posted outside Room K205 early in Week 1 of next term. Some lessons will begin in Week 1 and tutors will inform students of this.

Happy Easter

As this will be my final article for this term I wish you all a safe and relaxing Easter break. Be sure to eat a lot of chocolate eggs and enjoy your time together as a family!

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

APEX Debating - Round 2 Results

Monday 11 March 2019

Firsts – Loss vs West Moreton Anglican College
The Senior team debated the negative side of the topic, That traditional media is being replaced by social media. This was a closely contested argument, with West Moreton emerging narrowly as the victors. The speakers represented themselves and the College admirably, presenting informative and entertaining arguments. Dominic Boyle opened the case well, setting the groundwork for his team mates. Ronan Murphy made the audience think, made the topic relevant and added humour to what can sometimes be a very dry evening. Luke Franz’s manner was particularly engaging, and his acerbic wit gave him the ability to point out the seemingly obvious flaws in the opposition’s argument. Despite this being the first time this team has worked together, they managed to draw upon each other’s strengths and complement each other’s styles.

Seconds – Loss Vs Boonah State High School
Topic: That traditional media is being replaced by social media.
An incredibly close debate with Boonah slightly out-performing us in delivery. While we did not achieve a win; as a team we delivered a discerning debate. The points each speaker made were presented with conviction and passion. Miguel Clutario and Thomas Parker captured the audience with their engaging expression and presence. Patrick Cavanagh ended by dismantling the affirmative team’s argument and providing a superlative summary of our points.

Years 9/10 SEC 1 – Win Vs Ipswich Girls Grammar
The SEC 9.1 team defeated IGGS by a single point in an entertaining and polished debate. Arguing for the affirmative That the minimum age for social media usage should be raised to fourteen, the Eddies team combined solid research, strong rebuttals and scintillating rhetoric to earn their first win against the ever-competitive IGGS side. Samuel Jesse performed well as chairperson. Kade Grieve opened proceedings with poise before Stewart England’s convincing turn as second speaker. Though humour was used throughout, a special mention goes to third speaker, Liam Gannaway, who turned the opposition’s own catchphrase against them.

Years 9/10 SEC 2 – Win Vs St Mary’s College
In a hard-fought debate against strong opposition, we narrowly emerged triumphant, debating the negative side to the topic That the minimum age for social media should be raised to fourteen. Ryan Hawkins spoke well in his first-ever debate, opening our case by speaking on the numerous educational benefits of social media. Noah Bertram was brilliant as second speaker, discussing the responsibility that parents have around supervising their children in all aspects of life, especially in this modern technological world in which we live. Jack Winrow was outstanding as third speaker, rebutting our opponent’s arguments and summing up our case in a supreme manner. Special thanks to Tobias Oxenham who was timekeeper for the evening.

Years 9/10 SEC 3 – Loss Vs Bremer State High School
The topic of this week’s debate was That the minimum age for social media should be raised to fourteen. The St Edmund’s side confidently argued the position that this suggestion was false. Our first speaker Isaac McKew began the team’s case by successfully communicating personal insights into the world of social media and the impact it has on young people. Our second speaker Jay Steele emotionally rebutted the opposition and gave great information about the diverse world that is social media. Third speaker Kobie Low summarised our team’s case with precision and accuracy, whilst offering strong rebuttal against the opposition. Ultimately, Bremer emerged victorious and should be congratulated on a strong debate. The adjudicator remarked that the decision was split by the smallest margin and that our students debated well beyond their years.

Years 7/8 SEC 1- Win Vs St Augustine’s College
On Monday 11 March, the 7A debating team marched into battle against St Augustine’s finest debaters. Standing for the affirmative, our speakers, contrary to their own beliefs, argued to the hilt That the Android operating system platform was better than iOS. In an exchange of well researched and fiery arguments, Flynn Walker and Jacob Macdonald remained focused on the task to produce well spoken, assertive definitions and arguments that derailed the negative team early in the game. Our third speaker Cooper Handy scored the home run, rebutting the opposition’s arguments with an academic vigour and tenacity that persuaded the adjudicator to award us the victory. Many thanks to the parents, siblings, coaches and students from St Edmund’s and St Mary’s Primary who assisted and supported us during the second Apex debating round of 2019.

Years 7/8 SEC 2 – Loss

Years 7/8 SEC 3 – Loss Vs Ipswich Girls’ Grammar
The Year 7 team had a loss against a well-polished IGGS team. The adjudicator commented on the strength of the technical arguments raised by Team 3. Jordan Naoum did an amazing job as first speaker in his debating debut; Jack Baker was great as second speaker whilst Harry McCarney rebutted our opponents’ arguments well. Special mention to Ethan McDermott-Ball for his commendable work as timekeeper.

Year 7/8 SEC 4 – Loss Vs Ipswich Girls’ Grammar
The Year 7.4 team had a narrow loss against a well-polished IGGS team. The adjudicator commented on the closeness of the final outcome in the debate, That Android Phone systems are superior to the iOS. Bailin Minnet did a great job as a last minute replacement for Will Harle-Crandell (due to illness). Caden Smolenski, second affirmative, delivered a convincing summary of the benefits of the Android system, while Lane Beasley rounded up the affirmative debate with an engaging rebuttal of the opposition. Our first debate for the year showed positive signs for the future with minor refinements such as smaller palm cards and controlled leg movements as improvements to be implemented.

Years 7/8 SEC 5 – Loss Vs St Mary’s College
Year 7 SEC 5 speakers displayed extra confidence this round with Hayden Taylor leading the team to a positive start. Dante Klose followed through with good content and Zac Oxenham summed up well. The speakers need to work on their rebuttals and to have better organised notes, although a good overall performance.

Year 7/8 SEC 6 – Loss Vs West Moreton Anglican 2
This close debate was a far leap forward for our Year 7 SEC 6 team. The students delivered a well-researched and polished debate which put West Moreton to the test. Our first negative speaker, Lachlan Cuskelly, had his first opportunity this season to practise rebuttal and delivered a well-constructed and piercing argument. Our second speaker, Godwin Augustin, debated well with thorough research to support his arguments and well-rounded points. Finally, Griffin Woodruffe rebutted confidently against the opposition’s team and as always impressed the audience with his engaging tone. This incredible effort was not quite enough to beat the polished West Moreton team who used a strong theme throughout and outperformed us in the categories of manner and mode. Thank you to the famililies and friends who came to support the team.

Year 8 SEC 7 - Loss Vs Ipswich Girls Grammar
Monday night saw the second round of debating for the season. The 8.7 team argued the affirmative of the topic ‘That the Android operating system is better than the Apple operating system’. First speaker, Angus Brosnan, focused on developing a more conversational tone; consequently his debate was engaging and persuasive. Third speaker, Michael Tate, had a calm and confident demeanour and rebutted technical points with clarity. The adjudicator congratulated all the speakers; however the more polished Ipswich Girls’ Grammar team were the winners on the night.

Year 7/8 SEC 8 – Loss vs St Mary’s College
The Year 8 SEC team debated St Mary’s College students on 11 March 2019 which proved a close encounter. The topic was That the Android operating system is better than Apple; with our team arguing the negative. The speakers were Jack McKenzie, Thomas Bryant and Rhonin Wardle. The speakers produced a good argument against their opponents but were narrowly defeated.

Year 7/8 SEC 9 – Loss Vs Bremer SHS 2
Topic: That the Android operating system is better than the Apple
Our speakers had a narrow loss to the Bremer team. They are continuing to improve whilst gaining more confidence with every debate. Bryson Stocker opened as first speaker setting up a solid platform, Bailin Minnet debated with passion and humour and Ariel Kanofski summed up well as final speaker. Next round will see the team firing on all cylinders.

Sport

AIC Volleyball Results - 16 March 2019

Round 6 vs vs Iona College

Firsts – Loss 0-3. The team had a clear focus on improving floor defence and blocking to combat a powerful Iona attack. We were able to do this, pulling off an incredible number of successful double and single blocks against big hitters. Miraculous saves in the back court were made, with good positioning and tenacious floor coverage. While we persevered in this area, it came at the cost to other areas of play. Our serve reception was not up to standard, therefore inviting the opposition to take early control of the game. The team is encouraged to finish in a positive way for the final game by working hard and concluding the season on a high. Jordan Hudspith was fantastic across the board, while Bowen Walker and Luke Thorne continued to show huge improvement and value to the team.

Seconds – Loss 0-2. A good performance despite the 2-0 score line. Both sets were high performance with many sustained rallies, power hitting and fierce blocking at the net the qualities and skills on display. At one stage Riley Steinhardt was “blown off his feet” by a power hit although managing to recover and be instrumental in the next point won by SEC. All the “talls” Zachary Dunikowski, Lachlan Stacey, Zachary Butcher, William Day and Logan Atkins repelled the opposition at the net consistently. Sam Kross used every centimetre of his frame to take some valuable points along with our strike hitter Luke Thorne, who was consistent and a great steadying influence on the court. Nichalous Petryszyn produced several of his trade mark rocket serves at crucial times. A similar performance to end the season could well result in victory at home. Well done gentlemen.

Thirds – Loss 1-2. A great contest although the opposition never allowed our best servers to take a foothold in the first set. The players returned strongly in the second to confront an uncompromising affair. Iona took advantage of crucial situations for the win in the third set. Jacob Bell found some form at the net and service line, while Thomas Codd and Jack Field were strong on the second ball.

11A – Loss 0-2. A closer game than the score line suggests. At key moments, we allowed Iona to be unchallenged. Timothy Foy was excellent in attack and created pressure with his serves.

10A – Loss 0-2. SEC remained in first gear when team members played out of position due to the absence of two players. While not a good game, lessons were learnt.

10B – Loss 0-2. The team displayed promise and determination although losing sets by minimal points against an undefeated opponent. The players showed consistent improvement against the stronger opposition. Ryan O’Halloran and Jackson Crocker-Garlepp had outstanding games.

9A – Win 3-0. A great redemptive win, where the team proved that they remain a top side in this competition. Perfect execution of the team game plan allowed the display of good volleyball. Great setting by Oliver Cruice, hitting from Kai Brown and middle work by Jacob Wright.

9B – Loss 1-2. The players faced a strong, well-drilled opposition and lost the first set. The team rallied in the second forcing the game to a deciding third set; however the momentum could not be sustained.

9C – Loss 0-3. A huge improvement from last week’s performance with only one reminder being needed about movement and communication on the court. A vast improvement was made on service errors as the game progressed. A solid performance by Jack Halvorsen allowed us to amass the largest number of rallies so far this season.

8A – Loss 0-3. The team hoped to secure their first win after an excellent build up at training; however it proved to be one of their more disappointing performances to date. A lack of intensity and poor concentration was exhibited while many court errors and service errors were evident. Koen Miller was the standout player.

8B – Win 3-0. An excellent effort from all the players, displaying a keen hunger for the ball. Flynn Helland’s serving was exceptional. Congratulations on a premiership gentlemen; well deserved for all players.

8C – Loss 1-2. A flat start to the first set where composure and communication were lacking, setting the team a hard task. An excellent second set displayed consistent serving and a work rate to match, although falling short to crack a decider. Good team work resulted in a third set win.

7A – Loss 0-3. A tough game which was a real eye opener against good opposition providing a lesson into the quality of volleyball to which the team needs to rise. Poor passing and tight plays on the net allowed Iona easy points through enforced errors. Serving was good; however passing let the team down. Good work by Canning Hendry and Benjamin Wells.

7B – Loss 0-3. The team displayed sound effort against good opposition; however failed to play their best volleyball. Service errors cost several points and despite their commendable efforts were unable to regain the momentum. Congratulations to the players on their positive attitude.

7C – Loss 0-3. A very close first set displayed good communication and court movement from the team. The second set fell short due to players not maintaining their court positions. An exciting start to the game, however the team lost composure as the game progressed. Congratulations to Digger Marschke for the most improved player.

AIC Volleyball Fixtures - 23 March 2019

Round 7 Vs Padua College

FIRSTS

12:15pm

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Show Court, Woodend

SECONDS

11:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

THIRDS

9:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

11A

10:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

10A

11:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

10B

10:15am

Home

St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

9A

12:15pm

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 1, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

9B

11:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 1, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

9C

11:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 2, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

8A

10:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 1, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

8B

9:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 1, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

8C

8:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 1, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

7A

10:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 2, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

7B

9:15am

Away

Padua College, La Cordelle Court 2, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

7C

8:15am

Away

Padua College, Greccio Campus Court 1, 80 Turner Road, Kedron

Bus for 7C, 7B, 7A, 8C, 8B, 8A, 9C, 9B and 9A departs SEC at 7:00am and returns at 2:00pm approximately.

AIC Australian Rules Fixtures 22/23 March 2019

Round 7 Vs Padua College


FRIDAY 22nd MARCH

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

Open

5.30pm

Away

Aspley FC, Field 1, Graham Road, Carseldine

8/9

4.15pm

Away

Aspley FC, Field 1, Graham Road, Carseldine

Bus for Years 8-12 Australian Rules players leaves the College at 2:30pm and returns at approximately 7:30pm

SATURDAY 23rd MARCH

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

Year 7

9.00am

Away

SLC Fields, Field 4 Nathan Road, Runcorn

Bus for Year 7 Australian Rules players leaves the College at 7:30am and returns at 11.00am

AIC Cricket Fixtures - 23 March 2019

Round 7 Vs Padua College

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

WICKET

FIRSTS

9:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 1, Church Street, Tivoli

Turf

10B

8:15am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 2, Church Street, Tivoli

Turf

9A

8:15am

Away

Padua Fields, Oval 1, 222 Elliot Road, Banyo

Turf

8A

1.00pm

Away

Padua Fields, Oval 1, 222 Elliot Road, Banyo

Turf

8B

1:00pm

Away

Padua Fields, Oval 3, 222 Elliot Road, Banyo

Turf

7A

1:00pm

Away

Padua Fields, Oval 2, 222 Elliot Road, Banyo

Turf

7B

8:15am

Away

Padua Fields, Oval 3, 222 Elliot Road, Banyo

Turf

SEC First XV Suncorp Curtainraiser - Discount Ticket Offer

St Edmund's VS Padua - Friday 5 April - 5.00pm Kick Off

Tuckshop

School News

Enrolment News - Week 8

Interviews commencing tomorrow for Year 7, 2021

Interviews for Year 7 in 2021 commence tomorrow. Please spread the word to family and friends to apply now to be in our first round of interviews.

Students entering Year 7 in 2020 have attended their first Rookies’ afternoon. The second afternoon is scheduled for next Friday, 29 March. Places are filling fast for 2020 and we anticipate a Waiting List once again.

Please contact Enrolments on 3810 4448 or enrolments@sec.qld.edu.au for any further assistance. Thank you.

Student Office - Unclaimed Property - Week 8

Check for missing items

Student Office

A significant amount of unnamed property continues to accumulate in the Student Office including items of College Uniform: blue shirts, grey shorts, sports shirts, caps and black leather school shoes; also laptop satchels, sports bags, work boots, towels, water bottles and lunch boxes including larger zip-type lunch boxes and other various items of clothing.

Please check with the Student Office as soon as possible, or ask your son to check for any property items which he may be missing. All items remaining at the end of term (Thursday 4 April) will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop - Year 11 Blazers

Blazer Collection Tuesday 26 March

UNIFORM SHOP TRADING

MONDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
TUESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm (CLOSED 12:30pm to 1:30pm)
WEDNESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm (CLOSED 12:30pm to 1:30pm)
THURSDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
P: 3810 4489 E: uniformshop@sec.qld.edu.au

YEAR 11 STUDENTS - Blazer Collection

Year 11 blazers will be ready for pick-up on Tuesday 26 March at the Uniform Shop. Please ensure full payment is made prior or on the day of pick-up.

MARCH SPECIALS

Navy Hoodies NOW $38
Rugby Shorts NOW $20
Royal Blue Pullovers NOW $50
Royal Blue Vests NOW $40

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Key Retractables - $10
What’s New? SEC Lanyards with an 8GB USB - $15

Visit the SEC Website - www.sec.qld.edu.au

Notices

SEC Old Boys' Association BOWLS DAY

Saturday 27 April 2019

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