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