Newsletter - 23 November 2018

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Principal's Office

The Principal

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 Motor

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.

“Hi Diarmuid,
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

The Deputy


Mission and Community

Review and Reflect on the Goals of 2018

As we come to the end of this academic year, it is with pride that we can look back on the many achievements of our young men and staff. The values that have been displayed throughout 2018 have particularly come to the fore as we end the year. Centred around our four Touchstones, the year has been filled with formative experiences that help to shape our ‘kind men, strong men, gentlemen: Eddies’ Men’.

Throughout the year, guided by the staff, we have encouraged our students to be open to opportunities and make the most of every aspect of school life. It is through these opportunities that we hope the students are strengthened in character, leading them towards the Eddies’ men we hope them to be.

Of course, it takes careful organisation, planning and goal-setting to be able to provide for our students, experiences that will help them to grow. In all areas of College life, teams of staff set goals to provide direction for the year. For the Mission Team there were several goals that led to what was a successful and enriching year. Of these goals, driven by our Strategic Directions, two were given significant attention:

- Increase engagement with students, staff, parents and families in our Catholic faith traditions and practices
- Enrich practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural traditions

As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice Tradition, our faith traditions and practices are central to our vision and mission. In our Edmund Rice and Heritage Masses, liturgies, retreat days and assemblies, there have been poignant moments throughout the year where the community was able to gather, celebrate and mature together through ritual and prayer. Into the coming year, we will continue to strive to re-contextualise traditions and practices of our Catholic heritage, so that through tangible experiences we may grow as a faith community. In addition to this and in line with the second area of focus, there is much that we can gain from the wisdom and knowledge of the traditional custodians of the land on which our College is built.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are complex and diverse. The Indigenous cultures of Australia are some of the oldest living cultural histories in the world – they go back at least 65,000 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have kept their cultural heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, ceremonies and performances from one generation to another, speaking, teaching and sharing story and languages. “For Indigenous Australians, the land is the core of all spirituality and this relationship and the spirit of ‘Country’ is central to the issues that are important to Indigenous people today.” (Ngunnawal Elder, Tina Brown). Throughout this year we have enhanced our College rituals and rites of passages with knowledge of our local Elders, including Uncle Joe Kirk. We will continue to learn from this cultural tradition, giving greater depth to our Catholic traditions in 2019.

Aboriginal Prayer for the End of a Journey

Lord God, bring us together as one,
Reconciled with you and with each other.
You made us in your likeness.
You gave us your Son, Jesus Christ.
He has given us forgiveness from sin.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
Different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ:
Together as your body, your church, your people.
Lord God, bring us together as one,
Reconciled, healed, forgiven, united as a community
Sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one.

© Prayer by Bishop Arthur Malcolm taken from APBA

St Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Christmas Hampers

Homeroom Christmas Hampers were due on Monday. Quite a collection has been gathered and they look fantastic. Currently we are checking, organising and finalising the Eddies’ Christmas Hampers and next week we will give more detail about the donations we are able to offer to St Vincent de Paul.

Big congratulations to Homerooms: Finn 4 and Rice 6, who demonstrated exceptional effort in collecting items for and decorating their Christmas Hampers. It has been wonderful to see the hampers arrive at the office, completed through the collective efforts and creativity of each homeroom group. We are grateful for the support so far. If you have any outstanding items, all donations need to be brought to the office by Thursday 29 November.

Good luck to all students undertaking assessment in the final week. Stay on track for the final week, and go gently.

Live Jesus in our hearts… forever!

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

Learning & Teaching

College Book Hire - FINAL REMINDER

Text Book Return Dates

St Edmund’s College operates a text book hire scheme for the benefit of all students at the College. The success and viability of this scheme is contingent upon the timely return of texts in good condition that allows for their redistribution to students for use in subsequent years. Unlike other schools, we do not charge a levy or require students to purchase texts separately. Often these costs are in the vicinity of $250 to $400. To assist us with the maintenance of the scheme we require your support in ensuring that your son’s texts are returned in good condition and in accordance with the timelines set out below:

Dates for return of textbooks NOT needed for exams

Years 7, 8 and 9 - Friday 16 November
Year 10 and 11 - Friday 16 November

Textbooks needed for exams

On the day of the timetabled exam – textbooks should be returned to the library before the exam or entry to the exam.

Final dates for return of items

Years 7, 8 and 9 - Wednesday 28 November

** All textbooks must be returned or paid for before going on the House outing on Thursday 29 November.
Year 10 and 11 - Wednesday 28 November

As you would understand we require students to return all textbooks before the end of term or their departure from the College to allow for cleaning, bagging and replacement arrangements to be made for next year.

Ms Christine Roche, Book Room Coordinator

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Student Lockers - FINAL REMINDER

End-of-Year Clearance and Collection of Spare Keys - Unclaimed Property in Student Office

- Students are required to remove all items from their lockers before the end of term - Friday 30 November.

- Your spare locker keys must be collected also from the Student Office.

- Any spare locker keys remaining when school finishes will be destroyed, and any items not cleared from lockers will be donated.

- If lockers are left locked, the locks will be cut.


There is a significant amount of unclaimed property in the Student Office, including lunch boxes, water bottles, sports bags etc - please check. Any items remaining after 30 November will be donated to Vinnies.

Career News


Music and Cultural

Music News

Thank You

As the Performing Arts Department concludes for another year I cannot help but look back and feel proud of all students involved in our various College ensembles.

Our co-curricular program is held in high regard in the Ipswich region due our committed teachers and staff. I thank all the students and staff involved in these ensembles for their on-going hard work and efforts and wish them all an enjoyable holiday break.

Instrumental music lessons have finished this week. I thank all the tutors for their hard work throughout this year and look forward to an even bigger year for the instrumental Music program in 2019.

Instrumental Tutors 2019

Ms Linda Corcoran – Brass and Woodwind
Ms Sandra Randall – Strings
Mr Ben Henshaw – Piano
Mr Scott Barker – DJ
Ms Louise Wasalski – Guitar
Mr Nick Kirkup – Voice

As this will be my final article for 2018 I would like to thank all of our students involved in the Performing Arts for a wonderful year. I would also like to thank the staff involved in the department for their hard work and efforts. I look forward to a bigger and better 2019 with a new cohort of Year Seven students joining the department to make wonderful music.

I hope you all have a safe and prosperous Christmas break.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music



Tuckshop - Final Week

Thank you

2018 TUCKSHOP ROSTER Term 4, Week 8

No canteen helpers are required in the final week.

Thank you for your assistance throughout 2018.

Very Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Narelle Rea and Gina Weight, Tuckshop Convenors

Can you help?

Tuckshop Volunteers for 2019

Are you able to assist at the tuckshop for two hours, once a month? We are seeking helpers to enable a roster to be organised for 2019. Please direct your offer of assistance to: with your preferred day, or phone Narelle Rea or Gina Weight (Tuckshop Convenors) during next week on 3810 4485.

School News

2019 Finance Packs

Direct Debit Information Due by 14 December 2018

From the Finance Department

2019 Finance Packs have been mailed; included in the pack is all information and paperwork required for Direct Debit payment of school fees.

Please return in the reply paid envelope, or email your completed and signed request form to by 14 December 2018. This will allow for set-up with our bank, enabling deductions to commence in 2019.

If you have not received a pack or require a second copy, please email or phone the office on 3810 4400 during office hours.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop 2018 and 2019

Current Year 11 Students - Blazer Pockets Due

St Edmund's College Uniform Shop open

MONDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
TUESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm - CLOSED: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
WEDNESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm - CLOSED: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
THURSDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
P: 3810 4489

YEAR 7/2019

It is necessary for all new students requiring uniforms to make an appointment. You can purchase uniforms at the time of fitting. Dates and times are shown on the website.

YEAR 11/2019

An email was sent out recently regarding information on Senior Blazers for 2019 Year 11 students. Cost of a new blazer is $205 with a deposit of $100. Deposits are now DUE, and the balance can be paid before or on the day of arrival of blazers in March 2019. Payment can be made via email, phone or in person.


Blazer Pockets for embroidery are due to be handed in for all Year 11 students entering Year 12 next year. Please make sure your NAME and HOME ROOM is pinned onto the pocket before handing them into the Uniform Shop or Student Office. Blazer pockets are to be handed in no later than Thursday 29 November. If there are any late pockets, it will be up to parents/caregivers to arrange them to be embroidered by Ipswich Embroidery.


Back to School and 2018 Uniform Shop Times

November 2018
Normal Uniform Shop trading until Thursday 29 November 2018
Saturday 24 November: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Back to School 2019 Uniform Shop Times

The Uniform Shop will trade as normal commencing Monday 14 January 2019
Saturday 19 January 8:00am – 12:00pm

Visit the SEC Website for all Uniform Shop information including an updated Price List -


ADVENT in the Ipswich Catholic Community 2018

Advent Program - The Giving Tree - Christmas Crib - Rite of Reconciliation

We will have two opportunities for an ADVENT PROGRAM this year: Tuesday nights (7.00pm) at Rosewood, and Wednesday afternoons at St Mary’s Parish Centre (5.00pm). We will pray, reflect and discuss the Sunday Scriptures. Please consider coming along - all that is needed is your time and an open heart to reflect together on the Scriptures. Please register your interest at the Parish Office next week so groups can be organised.

During Advent we will have the GIVING TREE in each of the Churches. Parishioners are invited to take an envelope from the Giving Tree (which will later become the Church Christmas Tree) and make a donation to either St Vincent de Paul, the Ipswich Hospice or Rosies. This will happen on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of Advent (ie. 8/9th and 15/16th December)

You are also invited to help decorate the Christmas Tree in each Church - Parishioners are invited to bring a bauble or a decoration to place on the Tree. You might like to bring a bauble with your family name on it, or the word ‘peace’, ‘joy’, ‘love’, etc. You are asked to place it on the Tree on the 3rd and 4th Sundays in Advent (15/16th and 22/23rd December) and that will become our Church Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree is a symbol of hope and joy, so please help to decorate the Tree - it is a symbol of you bringing hope and joy to our Community!

During Mass on the Third Sunday of Advent (15/16th December) we will set up the Christmas Crib in each of the Churches, and the story of the origin of the Crib will be shared.

Second RITE OF RECONCILIATION on Tuesday 17 December at 7.00pm, St Mary’s Church, Elizabeth Street, Woodend.

Rev Stephen Bliss OFM, Parish Priest - Ipswich Catholic Community

Christmas & New Year Masses

From Ipswich Catholic Community

Carols will be sung 30 minutes before each Christmas Mass

CHRISTMAS EVE—Monday 24 December (Vigil Mass)
4.30pm—Immaculate Heart of Mary, Leichhardt
6.00pm—St Brigid’s Rosewood
6.00pm—St Mary’s, Ipswich
6.00pm—St Joseph’s, North Ipswich
8.30pm—OLMM, Eastern Heights

MIDNIGHT MASS at St Mary’s, Ipswich

CHRISTMAS DAY – Tuesday 25 December 2018
7.30am— St Joseph’s North Ipswich
8.00am—St Brigid’s Rosewood
8.30am--St Mary’s, Ipswich


NEW YEARS DAY - Tuesday 1 January 2019
Leichhardt - 9.00am
St Mary’s - 9.00am

Australian Air Force Cadets

Recruiting Now


CONGRATULATIONS to our Skool2Skoolies Riders

16 November 2018

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