The Beating Heart of Eddies
Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
I believe the sound of an Air Force C17 take-off is ear- splittingly loud. Huge as they are, these aircraft are easily matched by the sound of the young men who play handball underneath the Calopedis and Horan buildings on most days. Cheers of delight, cries of indignation and pointed exchanges of information punctuate these games; you can hear them rumble far and wide. Incidentally, this week the yard was very quiet.
Yet, even though our staff wander the silent grounds forlornly missing face to face, in person engagement with our young men, I also notice the beating heart of Eddies is still alive and well, albeit online.
Spending some time on one EDE Homeroom page, I was able to stare at the uneventful yet strangely engaging “Lion Cam”, witness a good natured back and forth on the social steam application about “big Woodsy” beating “big Larry” and spend a few moments taking a “Bubble Journey” — a guided mindfulness exercise — that had been wedged underneath an oversized picture of Shia LaBoeuf.
A visit to an English page greeted me with a pleasant lilac colour scheme and a text box outlining learning goals, success criteria, and learning activities. For our young men these will mean, what to learn, what it looks like if you have learned what to learn, and the things you will do to actually learn what to learn. A course outline box is followed by an application that allows the class to view a film adaptation of the play they are studying, while further down the page the social stream greets with a cheery post informing the class their teacher is online and available for questions.
For a change, the Sports Performance Centre page creates a virtual gym, posting daily workout challenges, the choir page sits waiting and ready for submissions to bring our virtual choir to life and all in all our young men, our parents and caregivers and our staff come together at school, at home and online to create a virtual school. A no less real Catholic school that is formed by our Eddies team, Ipswich to the core and that beats with the heart of real Eddies men.
Saturday sees us continue to view the world from a different perspective by reimagining how we commemorate ANZAC Day. We are calling on our Eddies men to follow the call from the RSL and stand at the end of their driveway at 6:00am on Saturday morning. More information can be found on the College App. In this way we acknowledge the contribution of all in our armed services as well as remembering those who served and died in all theatres of conflict.
Lest we forget
Sadly, the current guidelines for non-essential gatherings have prevented us from welcoming the Rookies Class of 2020 to the school. Until we are able to be on site for our many activities, to stay connected, we have presented our young Rookies with the Principal’s Challenge.
The first Challenge is to find and make, decorate and fly, not just a paper plane, but the best paper plane. Flights are filmed and submitted to the College and will be included in the Rookies movie to be released on May 1.
So far, we have seen some very exciting submissions. Well done Rookies!
Next week Term 2 fee invoices will be issued to the College Community. The College continues to operate under the current Government mandated home learning arrangements to provide learning continuity.
I understand that there may be some families who are experiencing financial stress at this time as a direct result of the COVID-19 virus. Please let me assure you that no child will be disadvantaged in our school where a family finds themselves under financial duress.
If there are concerns regarding the Term 2 fee payment, I would encourage parents and caregivers to contact the College to discuss how you may be supported through this difficult period.
Ray Celegato, Principal