College Open Day - this Sunday
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
We look forward to welcoming families and visitors to our 2019 Open Day this Sunday 26 May, 11.00am to 1.00pm. Our Open Day is an opportunity for parents and caregivers who are considering St Edmund’s College as the preferred secondary college destination for their son, to find out why other families choose Eddies.
Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through our varied contemporary learning spaces, meet and converse with our teachers and students, see interesting classroom displays, sit down to performances from our talented Jazz Band and College Choir, appreciate our customised curriculum pathways designed to cater for the diverse needs of our learners, take in our world-class facilities and grounds and enjoy a complimentary barista coffee and snack at our alfresco café.
It is shaping up to be a significant community day where we can promote our wonderful College and help our visitors discern why Eddies is the right choice of secondary education for the young men of Ipswich and the surrounding region - now and into the future. Throughout the day our Eddies’ young men will be involved in the following activities:
• Tour guides
• Various Curriculum Demonstration Lessons
• Performances in Band and/or Choir
• Sport Exhibitions
• House Information Presentations/Displays
• Radio Interviews
• Waiting and/or serving
A full program of the day is attached with this newsletter.
I am sincerely grateful for the incredible commitment of our staff and students by their willingness to respond to the invitation to participate in our Open Day this year.
Celebrating National Sorry Day
Coinciding with our Open Day on Sunday 26 May is National Sorry Day. National Sorry Day is held each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations. These were the children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were forcibly removed from their families by Australian Federal and State government agencies from 1905 to 1967. The practice of forced removal was sanctioned at the time as government policy.
In 1997 the Bring Them Home Report tabled in Federal Parliament on May 26, 1997 recommended that a National Sorry Day be celebrated each year. Our College will be celebrating National Sorry Day next week. We do this because we believe that saying ‘sorry’ is the first step toward healing fractured relationships. It is a sacred act in our Christian faith enshrined in the sacrament of Reconciliation. We acknowledge that our College is built on the land of an ancient people whose ancestral elders continue to tell their story which is now our story.
We are proud that over forty of our young Eddies’ men are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. We are blessed to partner with their families and to be guided by the wisdom of our adopted Elder, Uncle Joe Kirk, to embrace the future with confidence by learning from the past. To all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters who carry the hurt in their heart by these past policies of forced removal of children - we say ‘sorry’.
Preparing for Senior Studies - Year 10 Subject Selection
On Tuesday evening it was great to see our eager Year 10 students speaking with Heads of Department and our invited guests from various tertiary institutions and industry fields about their subject selections for Senior Studies. Tuesday evening begins an important phase for our Year 10 students as they discern their chosen pathway for their senior years. Over the coming weeks all Year 10 students and their parents/caregivers will attend Senior Education and Training (SET) planning meetings. The diagram below provides a graphic impression of the three Senior Pathways options the Year 10 students are required to choose from – ATAR Pathway (AP), Variable Pathway (VP) or Employment Pathway (EP).
Our aim is to work with you and your son to help him choose a pathway that develops the skills, knowledge and awareness for him to take the next step beyond Eddies with confidence.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - Year 10 Subject Selection Evening
Please keep in your prayers Mr Chris Barton, our College Audio Visual Officer, and his family on the passing of Chris’ Grandfather last week. May he rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal