Newsletter - 22 May 2020

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Welcome Back

Whilst wandering through YouTube recently I found myself following a well-worn path. One clip invariably leads to another. An interesting clip about aeroplanes leads to a clip about how best to cook scones, which leads to a nice clip about cats, and so on. During this directionless journey I stumbled onto a familiar scene - the opening credits for an American sitcom from 1975. Unlike our young men and many of our staff, I remember 1975. Jeans with bell bottoms, shirts with unbelievably wide collars and big boxes with limited definition — HD and 4K were science fiction — that we called TVs.

The sitcom was based on the story of a teacher who returned to teach in the neighbourhood where he grew up. Apparently, it was John Travolta’s big break playing one of the students. What struck me was the theme song. The first words you hear are “welcome back”. There are only superficial similarities between the scene in Welcome Back Kotter and St Edmund’s. We see a school with classrooms and teachers but there the similarity ends, except for one thing, “welcome back”.

Next week we welcome back our young men from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. They return after a long spell and it will no doubt take some time for them to reacclimatise to campus life. It will be a resumption where they get to know each other again, continuing, renewing and rebuilding relationships, in an environment where they can be in each other’s physical presence.

Our College mission is to educate young men spiritually, academically, socially, physically and creatively. As a community we all share in this mission. The Eddies Team - students, staff, parents and caregivers, have perhaps during these COVID weeks, shared in this vision more fully than ever before. Experiences of the ‘learn at home’ phase during this term have indeed covered a wide spectrum. There will have been times of high motivation, reasonable engagement, and times of intense frustration, reminders, negotiations and learning.

I hope with the return of all our young men that we take the positives that have come from this experience and we do not forget what we have learned. We all play an active part in the education of the young men of our community and while it is not always easy, it is definitely worthwhile.

On Monday, our young men will come to revitalise the campus with smiles, conversations and loud enthusiasm, textbooks, laptops and face-to-face lessons and as a team we will greet them at the front gate eagerly looking forward to the day.

The final words of the Welcome Back Kotter Theme play out, “Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back”.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

EREA Era for Change Launch Day

On Wednesday two of our Year 10 students virtually joined over 150 bright thinkers from twenty schools nationwide to discuss how they can help make the world a better place. The online workshop was coordinated by Edmund Rice Advocacy (ERA) For Change, which is a youth advocacy network that stands for equality, human rights, justice, the environment and solidarity with all people. Our students tackled issues ranging from climate change and reconciliation to domestic violence and practical support for those living with disabilities. Noah Bertram and Stewart England, two of the students who participated, offered the following reflections on the day.

“I, along with Mrs Rice and Stewart England participated in the highly engaging ERA for change Social Justice day on Wednesday. The day consisted of multiple zoom meetings with many other EREA students and staff from around Australia. The zoom workshops provided knowledge on variety topics, including sustainability and reconciliation.

I participated in the climate advocacy and sustainability meeting. Multiple guest speakers shed light on the impacts of the fossil fuel industry, as well as other sustainability problems in the community and Australia. The day was a wonderful experience and has given me the opportunity to know how to advocate in my community about common but serious problems.

It was great to be able to meet students from other Edmund Rice schools around Australia, as well as have time to plan how we might share our learnings with the Eddies community.”

Noah Bertram

“On Wednesday, myself, alongside Noah Bertram and Mrs Rice, participated in the ERA for Change Social Justice Day. This day was a bit different this year as instead of doing the day in person, we did it online at a national level. We got to talk and share ideas with people from all over Australia; this opportunity really showed that no matter where you are, there are people like you, out there wanting to make the world a better place. All who participated are facing the same social justice problems and we all want to improve them. One of the activities on the day was to split up in smaller groups and talk about that certain social justice issue. I chose to learn more about the social justice issue of reconciliation. From what I got out of that is that we need to improve our actions; we go on about our day thinking everything is fine when really it isn’t; we take a lot for granted. We behave in the way that our mistakes have been amended when they actually haven’t. The guest speaker, Senator Patrick Dodson, spoke about a lot of truly remarkable and heart touching topics, but one thing he said that really stuck to me was, ‘Nothing about us without us’, this means to include and involve all, and that’s something we all need to do. A massive thank you to Pagan Blight for organising the day, and to Mrs Rice for giving us the opportunity to participate in this life-changing event.”

Stewart England

'Common Prayer for the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato Si’

Pope Francis has invited Catholics from across the globe to unite in prayer at twelve noon on Sunday 24 May. The Common Prayer for the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ can be accessed on the Laudato Si' Week website:

National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

This coming week is a significant one for our nation as we mark Sorry Day and the commencement of National Reconciliation Week. National Sorry Day, held on 26 May each year, acknowledges members of the Stolen Generations. It marks the date, in 1997, that the Bringing Them Home Report was presented to Parliament and revealed the sad and painful stories of the removal of thousands of Aboriginal children from their families.

National Reconciliation Week falls between 27 May and 3 June. Two other significant dates in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day, the anniversary of the 1992 High Court judgment in the Mabo case. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Reconciliation Walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and showed their support for a more reconciled Australia.

The theme for this year - In This Together - reminds us that every one has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation. In playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Throughout the coming week there will be a variety of activities at the College to acknowledge Reconciliation Week. The week will begin with a Smoking Ceremony on Monday morning as our students return to country on which the College stands. This will be led by two of our Senior Aboriginal students who will be supported by Ms Lesley Fleming.

Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever.

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Welcome Back Years 7 to 10

The grounds of the College were awash with blue and white on the return of the Years 11 and 12 students and the staff have been delighted to have them return. It is with the same joy and anticipation that we look forward to welcoming back our Years 7 to 10 students.

We know that there will need to be a period of adjustment when returning to the classroom after the weeks of Online Learning, and staff will assist the students to settle back into the routine of normal College life.

I emailed a letter last week that assessment will be adjusted and Heads of Department are working with the teaching staff. If your son experiences any stress or difficulty with returning to the College, either in his subjects or from a pastoral perspective, please contact his classroom teacher, Head of Department or relevant Director.

Thank you

I also take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our staff for your work during the period of Online Learning. We have learnt new skills, collaborated even more than before, and experienced professional development. I also thank all parents and caregivers for your support during this time. Managing the usual home necessities coupled with learning taking place at home is unprecedented and we appreciate all that you have done to keep your sons engaged.

I wish all families a relaxing and restful weekend and look forward to seeing the students on Monday.

Warm regards

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Year 10 Art Project

Transition to Visual Arts

Our Year 10 Transition to Visual Art students embarked upon the complicated genre of Cubism throughout Term 1. Cubism is a style of painting and sculpture developed in the early 20th Century, characterised chiefly by an emphasis on formal structure, the reduction of natural forms to their geometrical equivalents, and the organisation of the planes of a represented object independently of representational requirements. The pieces produced by our students were amazing and many thanks are extended to Ms Helen Purcell and Ms Robyn Pozzias for their work with these students.

Ms Frances O’Sullivan, Head of Department: Creative Arts



Cubism the most influential art movement of the 20th Century. The term for a wide variety of Art produced in and around Paris from 1910 and through the 1920s. Cubist Artists presented a new reality in Art that depicted fragmented objects where sides were viewed simultaneously. A totally new way to look at Art and the World; and how strange we are studying this Art form in the World of 2020.

Urban School Scape (media – digital photography, acrylic paint on canvas)

Portrays fragmentation and rearrangement of an architectural form of St Edmund's Keenan Creative Arts Building. Presented in a painting NOT as a picture or visual window but presented to the viewer as a physical object, a sense of solidity and pictorial collage of a structure that can be created without traditional perspective.

Students abandoned the idea of a single fixed viewpoint and used instead multiple viewpoints. The buildings reassembled like a complex jigsaw. It was made taking five photographs (at different angles), cutting and reassembling into a composition and drawing and painting in an overlapping manner on a flat surface.

Term 1 saw Art students become Cubists seeking to depict the intellectual idea or form and its relationship to each other.

CUBISM is NOT a “Pretty Art Form”


A truly marvellous outcome for Year 10 Art students exploring a very difficult concept.

Ms Purcell and Ms Pozzias, Creative Arts Staff

Students works Left to Right

Top row: Connor Sampson, Nathanial Lynch, Liam Wallis

Second Row: Benjamin McCarroll, Ethan Sadler, Ethan Franz, Jonathon McGuire

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Thank you

Thank you to our sponsors of the Skool2Skoolies Charity Ride:

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Apprenticeships Queensland
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Choices Flooring by Mallets
Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club – P & F
Blue Ribbon Motors – P & F
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Gibson Architects
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McCarthy Education & Childcare
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Career News

Careers - Week 5

Apprenticeships and Traineeships - Tertiary Updates

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) in Queensland

GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with a host employer until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed. Some GTOs provide apprenticeships and traineeships in specific industries, others provide them across many industries. For more information about GTOs, visit the Group Training Australia website. The following GTOs provide a service in Queensland.

  • The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) is a 100% Indigenous managed, national company. It provides school-based and full-time apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for Indigenous young people
  • AFL SportsReady is a national company. It works in partnership with organisations across several industry sectors including sport and recreation, business and administration, finance, banking, horticulture, information technology, retail and creative industries
  • All Trades Queensland supplies apprenticeships and traineeships for a range of industries, including construction, automotive, engineering and hospitality. Locations covered include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Ipswich
  • Apprenticeship Careers Australia is a national organisation that offers apprenticeships and traineeships in multiple industries
  • Apprenticeships Queensland provides apprentices and trainees for businesses across South East Queensland in hospitality, automotive, construction, business and engineering
  • Apprenticeships R Us specialises in automotive apprenticeships across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. It also offers traineeships in business services, community services, warehousing, hospitality and retail
  • Australian Industry Group Training Centre (AiGTC) is a national organisation providing apprenticeships and traineeships primarily in the automotive, telecommunications, manufacturing, engineering, business, refrigeration and maintenance trades
  • Australian Training Company has offices in New South Wales, South-East Queensland and Canberra. It provides apprentices and trainees for a range of industries, including business services, information technology, hospitality, horticulture, traditional trades, sport, fitness and recreation
  • Capricornia Training Company (CTC) offers apprenticeships and traineeships in multiple industries for people in the Rockhampton and Central Regional Queensland areas
  • Community Solutions provides apprentices and trainees for multiple industries in the North Brisbane area, Sunshine Coast and regional locations up to Townsville
  • DGT provides apprenticeship and traineeship services for multiple industries from its head office in Toowoomba – from the Lockyer Valley to the east, Roma to the west, Goondiwindi to the south, Kingaroy to the north and everywhere in between, as well as Northern NSW
  • Electrogroup Apprenticeships Qld is a GTO that recruit, employ and train electrical apprentices for careers in the electrotechnology sector
  • Apprentices and Trainees Queensland is a Group Training Organisation providing apprentices and trainees to businesses across a board range of industries throughout Central Queensland
  • Golden West Apprenticeships assists apprentices and trainees to enter jobs in a broad range of industries in Roma, Toowoomba, Dalby, Emerald, Goondiwindi and surrounding areas
  • HIA Apprentices provide apprentices for the construction industry
  • Maxima provides apprenticeship and traineeship services to multiple industries throughout Queensland
  • MEGT Australia Group Training offers apprenticeships and traineeships in a broad range of industries
  • MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees is a national organisation that services, construction, electrical, mechanical, automotive, manufacturing, engineering and mining industries
  • MRAEL provides apprenticeships and traineeships in a broad range of industries in Queensland
  • NECA Training and Apprenticeships specialises in apprenticeships for the electrotechnology industry (electrician and telecommunications technician)
  • Novaskill is a multi-industry group training organisation offering services from Sydney to Mackay
  • OSMAC Apprenticeships specialises in a number of different trades within the automotive, construction, electrical, engineering, plumbing, warehousing, and business administration fields
  • Skill360 Australia located in Cairns, Kirwan, Mount Isa and Townsville, is a multi-industry service provider
  • Smart Employment Solutions Apprenticeships and Traineeships supports most occupations and trades in South East Queensland
  • TABMA employs apprentices and trainees in many industries and specialise in the timber, construction, forestry, furnishing and manufacturing industries across Australia
  • TORGAS provides apprentices and trainees to businesses throughout Queensland. It is a multi-industry service provider
  • WPC Group provides apprenticeships and traineeships in automotive, engineering, business and government, hospitality, horticulture, building trades and green trades

Looking for information about apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeship Central is a job search site where apprentices and employers can connect, specifically dedicated to apprenticeships and Traineeships in Australia. Its aim is to provide a space for users to search for opportunities and also connects job seekers with employers. If you are looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship you can register and be notified of current vacancies.

The website has a Resources section where you can find information on creating a resume, videos and blogs, what's the best career fit and frequently asked questions.

MEGT online Job Board

MEGT provide employment and training options for school students and school leavers. They have an online Job Board listing school based apprentice and trainee opportunities. Check it out and see your Career Counsellor/Guidance Officer/VET Coordinator if you have any questions.

Tertiary Updates

Griffith University Academic Bootcamps

Held in the school holidays, our Academic Bootcamps give students a distinct advantage in progressing through their senior studies. Designed and delivered by committed and enthusiastic lead teachers, who are specialists in the subject area and currently teaching these topics in schools. The Academic Bootcamps are specifically designed to assist students to:

· revise and consolidate knowledge in their subjects,

· increase confidence in preparing for exams

· provide invaluable tips on study skills and techniques specific to the subject

· experience their subject matter from a different perspective

· seek answers for specific queries and

· give students an extra edge in upcoming exams and assessments.

Year 11 Bootcamp Dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 (Monday to Friday) - ONLINE ONLY - Register here:

Year 12 Bootcamp Dates: 28 September - 2 October 2020 (Monday to Friday) - ONLINE or ON CAMPUS (TBA) - Register here:

Using VET and other alternative qualifications for competitive entry to Griffith University

Griffith recognises the skills and knowledge gained through Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a highly effective pathway to university. Students with a VET qualification completed at high school will continue to be considered for admission whether or not they are ATAR-eligible. QTAC will consider your VET qualification in conjunction with other senior subjects or as a stand alone qualification when you are applying for entry into Griffith courses. Griffith Uni will continue to accept applicants with a rank from Dance, Music and Performing Arts qualifications such as AMEB.

Australian Catholic University

Biomedical Science at ACU

Has the current pandemic made you think about how a future career in STEM, particularly biomedical science, can help protect the world? ACU's Biomedical Science students explore microbiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, immunology, biostatistics, pharmacology and more. Graduates are well-equipped to meet future health challenges. With a degree in biomedical science you can:

  • start a career running clinical trials to test new vaccines
  • get involved in hands-on laboratory testing to process biological samples for diagnosis
  • understand how a virus becomes a pandemic and help the medical community take appropriate safety and preventive measures
  • help pharmaceutical companies in vaccine production, testing, and distribution.

Early entry to ACU - Community Achiever Program

Are you looking at gaining an early entry offer into university in 2021? ACU have early entry programs to suit a range of interests and passions. The Community Achiever Program (CAP) offers future students who are active in their community, early offers to their undergraduate course of choice. From regularly volunteering in your community, to representing your school or house in a leadership role, we urge all eligible students to apply. CAP provides opportunities for you to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills and if you’re successful, you could receive an offer to study with us as early as August.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, ACU understands most people are not able to volunteer right now. The admissions team will take this into consideration and you should not let current restrictions deter you from applying. Applications for the 2021 CAP program opened on 1 May 2020 and close 29 July 2020. Apply here.

One-on-one consultations

Are you in your final years of high school and wondering about university? Book a 30-minute, one-on-one phone consultation with to chat about your study options and what to expect at university. This is the perfect opportunity to gain personalised advice and get all your questions answered. If you are interested in chatting with someone from ACU, email with your phone number and preferred date (Monday to Friday) and time (9.00am to 4.00pm) and a friendly team members will be in touch with you.

Queensland University of Technology

QCE and Beyond - Virtual Careers Expo

Visit QUT at the virtual expo hall from 17-21 June and chat to our staff and students about undergraduate courses, gaining entry to QUT and life as a uni student. Hosted by InspirED, the Virtual Careers Expo is an opportunity to explore Australia's major tertiary education providers online over five days.

QUT Offer Guarantee

The QUT offer guarantee allows students with an ATAR 87.00 or above guaranteed entry into a wide range of QUT courses. More competitive courses are guaranteed at an ATAR 93.00 or above. Check here for more information.

The University of Queensland

Auditions for the 2021 B Music (Honours) Program

The UQ School of Music invites applications from everyone who is interested in auditioning for a place in the B Music (Honours) program commencing in Semester 1 2021. The closing date for applications to audition is Thursday 13 August 2020. The university may not accept your application to audition if your application is incomplete or received after that date. Click here for the apply for the application to audition form and further information.

Changes to Undergraduate entry requirements for 2021

The University of Queensland has made changes to some of their entry requirements for the following 2021 entry:

  • Bachelor of Science and most related dual degrees now have the following new prerequisites: English, Mathematical Methods plus one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Earth and Environmental Science
  • Pending approval: - B Biotechnology and B Biomedical Science so keep checking the UQ website for further information

Doctor of Medicine - Provisional Entry for School Leavers - Changes to admissions process for 2021

Changes to Medicine entry requirements for 2021 are:

  • Applicants must be a current school leaver
  • Applicants must attain min ATAR 95
  • Applicants must sit UCAT. Late bookings to sit UCAT in 2020 for 2021 entry have now closed
  • Applicants must meet English prerequisite (and any other prerequisites for first degree)
  • Applicants attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Applicants will be invited to attend the MMI based on UCAT scores. Not all applicants will be invited

Merit order selection into the program

  • Applicants will receive a score based on their Interview score (50%), UCAT Sections 1-4 aggregate (25%) and ATAR (25%)
  • Note that UQ admissions schemes and ATAR adjustments (max 5 points) will still apply to MD Provisional Entry

Requirements to progress from first degree to Medical Program

  • Must complete their designated key degree in the minimum time (i.e. 3 year degree finished in 3 years) and must achieve GPA 5.00
  • Must complete the two tertiary science subject prerequisites during their undergraduate studies prior to enrollment in the MD

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


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