Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
Matthew Wildie, Guest Speaker at College Junior Academic Assembly
Today we welcomed back to Eddies former College Captain Matthew Wildie who graduated in 2013 as the College Dux. Since graduating Matthew commenced a Bachelor Degree in Engineering (Mechatronics and Robotics Major) and earned the honour of Vice Chancellor’s Scholar for Academic Performance and an Engineering Dean’s Scholarship for Academics. In 2016 he backpacked around Europe during his break from university studies and began work at Boeing on project AIR-5333 Vigilare as a student Engineer. In 2017 he undertook an undergraduate thesis in State of the Art Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence within robotics, looking specifically at developing fruit harvesting robots that use artificial intelligence. Matthew graduated with First Class Honours and a 6.84 Grade Point Average. In 2018 he is finishing up with Boeing and will be heading to Perth to work for Caterpillar in the development of autonomous mining robots. During his address Matthew spoke about his time as an Eddie’s student and the life lessons he learnt during his school days that have helped him in his career development. His story was one of determination, commitment and a passion for learning.
Matthew Wildie, College Captain and 2013 Dux, Guest Speaker at the College Assembly, 23 February 2017
Queen’s Baton Relay – Thursday March 29
On Thursday March 29 the Queen’s Baton Relay will be carried through Ipswich and is scheduled to turn into Elizabeth Street at around 3.00pm. Although it will be a student free day, we are inviting all Eddies’ young men to meet us at the College at 2.15pm on Thursday March 29 in school uniform to witness and be part of this historic event. We hope to join St Mary’s College and St Mary’s Primary students in forming a guard of honour along Elizabeth Street in front of St Mary’s Church as the relay passes by.
We also congratulate Ms Bernadette Gotting, a Teacher Aide at St Edmund’s College, who has been selected to carry the Commonwealth Games Baton through Ipswich on March 29, 2018. Bernie will be among 1800 Queenslanders who will carry the Baton throughout Queensland in the lead up to the Games and one of forty-nine who will be carrying the relay through Ipswich. Bernie’s long-standing volunteer work in the Ipswich Hockey scene has been justifiably recognised by this honour. Well done Bernie!
AIC – Rugby League and AFL being considered for 2019
Following yesterday’s meeting of AIC Principals, a decision has been made to investigate introducing Rugby League and AFL as part of the AIC competition in 2019. This follows a comprehensive review of AIC in 2017 with a particular focus on ensuring that the future AIC competition aligns with the changes to the senior assessment that will come into effect in 2019 with the introduction of Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to replace the OP system. As more details come to hand I will keep you updated.
Parish Mass 6.00pm Sunday 25 February – Induction of College Leadership Team
Please join me on Sunday at the St Mary’s 6.00pm Parish Mass where the respective Leadership Teams of St Edmund’s College and St Mary’s College will be formally commissioned. A light supper will follow after Mass.
As we enter the second week of Lent we pray for the many people in the world and in our neighbourhood who live in poverty. We ask God to help us with our Lenten pledge to give alms to the poor.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal