They Can Because They See They Can
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Our College motto – Possunt Quia Posse Videntur – roughly translates to ‘They Can Because They See They Can’. I was reminded of the meaning and power of this motto recently. Last Monday evening we invited members of our College Board, College Parents and Friends Association, Old Boys Association, College Foundation and major sponsors of the College in 2018 to a special thank-you gathering at Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club. The purpose of the evening was to say ‘thank you’ to each of the committee members and organisations for their support of the College throughout the year.
It cannot be understated how our parents and friends, by their involvement in these committees and as sponsors, give witness to what it means to be part of a community. Our students get to see that being part of a community involves giving back in some way as a volunteer or through sponsorship. They see that a meaningful life is one where service to others is achieved through community involvement. Seeing the involvement of these committee members and organisations in the life of the College helps to shape their future identity. They learn to appreciate how the fabric of society is held together by the good deeds of others who give of themselves in service of others.
The relevance of our motto was brought home again while I was attending the Ipswich Hospice Donor Morning Tea the following day. I was invited to attend with others in recognition of the College’s support of the Hospice through the fundraising efforts of the Skool2Skoolies team, who this year raised $30,000. Dr Mark Waters, who is the new Chairperson of the Ipswich Hospice Board, was not aware of the Skool2Skoolies story but was stunned when I explained how it worked and the amount that was raised this year. He said that the Hospice relies on covering 50% of its operational costs from community donations and while he admits it is unnerving to depend on a resource that is not guaranteed, the Hospice has been functioning on this basis for twenty-five years. He says it is an ‘uniquely Ipswich’ phenomenon.
Jesus said, ‘It is more blessed to give than receive’. St Francis of Assisi echoed this sentiment when he said that ‘for it is in giving that we receive’. Pope Francis said that ‘Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others’. Our Eddies’ young men get to see this in action through the volunteer work of our committee members and the support of our sponsors.
I especially take this opportunity to acknowledge the following people and organisations who have given of their time and effort to support the College this year.
- College Board Chair – Michelle Patterson
- Parents and Friends Association President – Craig Wright
- College Foundation Chair – Gerard Pender
- St Edmund’s College Old Boys Association President – Mark Hennelly
I also take this opportunity to acknowledge our Platinum Sponsors for 2018. Our continued partnership with these organisations has been integral to the growth and development of the College in meeting the learning needs of the young Eddies’ men in our care. Thank you to:
- Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club
- Blue Ribbon Motors
On behalf of the College I was delighted to present Greg Walsh, Chair of Brothers Leagues Club Board, an award in recognition of the wonderful support Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club has given to the College throughout the year.
Praise to our Tuckshop Ladies
I wish to share a letter I received from an appreciative parent who helped recently as a volunteer at the College Tuckshop. It goes to show once again how giving really does translate into receiving. Thank you to the parent who took the time to express her gratitude to our amazing Tuckshop ladies and the important work they do to keep our Eddies’ young men well fed.
As Principal of St Edmund’s College, I wanted to email you with a positive acknowledgement. I know that in our roles we often only hear the negative, and not so much about the great things.
To provide a little backstory...I managed to take some long service leave a few weeks ago and much to my boy’s delight I decided to spend a day being a tuckshop helper.
I never get to do these things in my current role, so I relished the chance during my time off. My morning was spent doing anything I was asked - stamping food packets, making rolls and preparing food in readiness for the ravenous ‘wolves’ (excuse the pun)!
The first lunch arrived, and I witnessed first-hand the running of the gauntlet (clearly the pathway to food) and couldn’t help but notice that even though the boys were eager to arrive, once there they waited patiently and were well behaved. Gina and Narelle let them in and they began swarming the amazing selection of lovingly prepared foods. Let me say, that ‘our boys’ at St Edmund’s eat like kings. The variety, quality and unbelievable prices are second-to-none. Narelle and Gina facilitate an impressive set-up with everything running with military-like precision. The speed at which the boys filter through and pay for their food was simply astonishing to a newbie like me.
The whole day was thoroughly enjoyable and even though the ladies all knew that I could only help for one day, I was still made to feel welcome and my time appreciated.
As Principal, I am sure you are very proud of these tuckshop ladies because we all hear the murmurings that St Edmund’s Tuckshop is legendary… and now I know why!
Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to these wonderful ladies.”
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal