Congratulations Junior Academic Awardees
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Striving for academic excellence is a key attribute that we endeavour to nurture in our young Eddies’ men. Today at our Junior Academic Awards Assembly we celebrated the achievements of our Middle Years’ learners who were acknowledged with Honours, Merit and Improvement awards. Well done to all the students who received these awards. Your hard work and dedication is a credit to you, your family and your teachers.
It was also great to welcome former graduating student of 2014, Aidan Lunney, to address the assembly and tell his story. Aidan recalled his days as an Eddies student with fondness, citing leadership opportunities and representing the College in various sporting teams as the highlights of his time here. Since leaving Aidan studied Physiotherapy at ACU and graduated in 2018 receiving two Executive Dean Commendations for Academic Excellence. He works now at Physioactive in Ipswich as a Physiotherapist. Aidan continues to be connected with the College providing physiotherapy for our Years 9, 10 and First XIII Rugby League teams this year. He spoke about the opportunities he received and the life lessons he gained at Eddies that helped him to realise his dream to become a physiotherapist. Through hard work, perseverance and prioritising study above other commitments, Aidan was able to turn that dream into a reality. His story was an inspiration to the young Eddies’ men today.
Curriculum Changes 2020
I write to inform you of curriculum changes that will come into effect in 2020. We believe the changes will create new and exciting opportunities for our young Eddies’ men to enhance their learning experience and be more fully engaged in their educational journey. Our aim is to uphold our Touchstones to offer a truly Liberating Education guided by a Gospel Spiritualty to create an Inclusive Community where Justice and Solidarity are lived and experienced.
Earlier this year a Timetable Committee was formed to review our current curriculum and timetable structures in light of changes to the Senior Curriculum and the introduction of Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The committee then looked at ‘best practice’ models in the Middle School years that have contributed to improved learning and teaching outcomes. The subsequent findings from this review process have led to the decision to implement the following curriculum changes which will come into effect in 2020:
• YEAR 7 will now be a stand-alone introductory year to high school with an emphasis on welcome and belonging.
Unique features include:
- English, Social Science, Mathematics and Science taught 8 lessons each per cycle (fortnight)
- Religious Education, Healthy Living taught 6 lessons each per cycle
- The same teacher for English and Social Science for an integrated unit
- 8 rotations over 4 Terms to sample specialist subjects across other curriculum areas
- Introduction of a Focus Class for sport, cultural and extra-curricular involvement
• YEARS 8 and 9 will have an emphasis on students making choices and taking ownership for their learning. Special features include:
- Students in Years 8 and 9 will choose 2 Elective Subjects per semester (8 in total over 2 years)
- English, Mathematics and Healthy Living will be taught over 8 lessons each per cycle
- The same teacher for English and Social Science for an integrated unit in Year 8
- Social Science and Science will alternate between 8 and 6 lessons each per cycle between year levels
- Continuation of a Focus Class for sport, cultural and extra-curricular involvement
• YEAR 10 will be a transition year in preparation for senior studies. It will be defined by:
- A maximum of 6 subjects per semester
- The introduction of transition subjects including 3 per semester as preparatory courses for senior studies
- English, Mathematics and Transition Subjects will be taught over 9 lessons each per cycle and Religious Education taught over 6 lessons per cycle
- The introduction of The Rite Journey program taught over 3 lessons per cycle as part of the Rite of Passage ritual for all Year 10 students
- 2 lessons of Sport per cycle
• YEARS 11 and 12 will have an emphasis on unity and leadership. This will feature:
- One timetable structure for all three pathways from Monday to Friday
- The Employment Pathway changed to a Trade Pathway which will include 1 work placement per week and a periodical block placement up to 4 per year
- One-day Work Placement or TAFE Day for Variable Pathway students to occur on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
- All subjects afforded 9 lessons each per cycle
- 2 lessons per week assigned as a Senior Studies Support lesson
In addition to these changes the Eddies’ Men Can (EMC) student formation program will be delivered across every year level for one lesson per cycle. A whole College Assembly will be scheduled weekly as well as periodical House and Year Assemblies.
Over the coming weeks we will be discussing these changes with your son. Please be advised that given the specific changes to the Employment Pathway we will be holding an Employment Pathway Information Night on Monday 2 September for parents of students in Year 10 (5.30pm) and Year 11 (6.30pm) in Ambrose Place. A separate letter was emailed to all parents and caregivers of Years 10 and 11 students with further information.
We value the strong partnership we have with our families in delivering a dynamic educational experience for your son.
Brisbane Sings and the Performing Arts
Last Sunday our brilliant St Edmund’s College Choir performed in Brisbane Sings at QPAC to a packed audience. Along with other choral groups from schools, community groups and universities to perform on the night, the Eddies Choir was among a cast of over 500 singers who dazzled the crowd with renditions of familiar songs accompanied by a professional orchestra. It was a showcase of prodigious talent and an experience of a lifetime for our lads.
Thank you to Fran O’Sullivan who has been inspirational in directing the Choir and giving the young Eddies’ men these wonderful opportunities.
Last Wednesday evening was the final Performing Arts concert for our senior students. It was another outstanding evening with incredible musical, theatrical and choral talent on display from St Edmund’s College and St Mary’s College. Thank you to Tim Kirkwood for his overall organisation and for the leadership he brings to promote the Performing Arts. Thank you too to Fran O’Sullivan, Jesse Gold and Hannah Douglas who have each given of their time and effort to provide these wonderful opportunities for the students to perform.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We keep in our prayers and thoughts Trish Kinnane and her family on the passing of Trish’s mother earlier this week.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal