Why choose Eddies?
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Why choose Eddies?
Recently we have been conducting enrolment interviews for 2019 and 2020. Our College draws on over forty primary schools across Ipswich and the surrounding region so it is always interesting to find out why parents continue to choose St Edmund’s College as the secondary destination for their son. While there are numerous reasons that serve specific needs, the five common and consistent reasons why Eddies is their preferred choice are listed as follows:
- They know students and parents whose sons have either attended or are currently attending St Edmund’s and they speak highly of the academic and pastoral care shown by teachers and staff.
- They value the importance of boys’ education and see Eddies as a place that nurtures and grows good young men, particularly through its service learning and immersion opportunities.
- They appreciate that St Edmund’s provides an educational experience that caters for the diverse needs of learners and they like the varied senior pathways that Eddies offers.
- They have an affinity with the values and beliefs of Catholic education and how this is expressed in the ethos of Edmund Rice Education Australia.
- They love how Eddies gives the boys opportunities to get involved in a huge array of sporting and extra-curricular activities.
These five reasons consistently resonate for many families and their sons who eagerly speak of their hope and desire to be an Eddie’s man. Parents also appreciate that St Edmund’s is affordable and has a strong community focus.
Enrolment interviews will continue for the next few weeks into early Term 2. As places are filling quickly, we urge parents to get their enrolment applications in as soon as possible to avoid being placed on a waiting list.
Congratulations 8A and 11A Volleyball Teams – Premiers 2018
Well done to our 8A and 11A Volleyball teams who are crowned AIC Champions for 2018. After a very tough season in both Cricket and Volleyball, congratulations to all competitors for your contribution to your teams. It is great to see our Cricketers enjoying success with some notable individual and team performances. Thank you to all the coaches and managers for your time and effort preparing the boys and your encouragement throughout the season.
Best wishes to our Year 10 Football and Rugby Touring Teams
Over the next week our Year 10 Football and Rugby Teams travel to Cairns and New Zealand respectively. The Rugby team departs today and returns on Easter Saturday and the Football team departs on Sunday March 25 and returns on March 29. Thank you to the tour coordinators, Mr Dale O’Connell (Rugby) and Mr Wayne Warren (Football) and staff who will be accompanying the students for the duration. These opportunities are often pivotal experiences for the boys in shaping their attitudes and outlook. They each go with our prayers as they proudly represent our College as sporting and touring ambassadors.
Years 8 and 9 Camps – Formative Experiences
Next week our Year 8 and 9 students head off to camp from Monday to Wednesday. I’m very much looking forward to spending three days with the Year 8 boys and staff at Camp Kokoda. Both camps will give them experiences in outdoor recreational activities including hiking, canoeing, ropes courses and abseiling. These are formative opportunities that will test the boys’ capacity to overcome challenging obstacles in a safe and supervised context, as well as their capacity to work with others cooperatively. Often these camps become the making of the emerging young man. Please keep our Years 8 and 9 students in your prayers.
Over the past few weeks I have been asking you to pray for family and friends who have been unwell. We have a number of staff and students who have recently spent time in hospital due to illness including past staff such as Mr Keith Halpin, former AP Mission and Community, who is now teaching at Ambrose Treacy College, and continues to struggle with ill health. We continue to pray for our friends and family members who are sick and in pain. May God give them comfort and ease.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal