Being a Brother to the Other
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
Being a Brother to the Other
Some stories have the power to convey beliefs and values like no other. At Eddies we often talk about the value of being a ‘brother to the other’ with the young Eddies’ men and staff. It is a core value of our College and is referred to time and time again in how we partner with families in nurturing the boys as they journey towards manhood. It is also a deeply held EREA belief that echoes traits that Blessed Edmund Rice himself espoused when establishing the first Christian Brothers’ schools in Ireland in the early 1800s.
Recently, I was privileged to witness this in action while attending sport. At one of the Rugby games a few weeks ago, I noticed one of our boys had turned up to play without any football boots. He was wearing a pair of joggers instead and said he did not own a pair of football boots, so I said to him that the College had a few spares if he wanted to borrow one. We agreed that we would organise some boots for him in time for the game the following week. One of the other boys on the team had also heard me talking to him. On the following Monday I received a message from a parent, whose son also plays in the team, informing me that he had purchased a pair of football boots for the boy, so there was no need for the College to supply a pair for him. I rang the Dad and thanked him. He said his son overheard my conversation with the boy and they both then wanted to help. The Dad said that they wanted the boy to feel part of the team. They were also mindful of respecting the boy’s dignity by reassuring him that he was a valued member of the team and that it was a privilege for them to buy him a pair of boots. In my mind their simple act of charity was akin to being a ‘brother to the other’.’
To be alerted into action for the needs of others, while respecting their self-esteem and treating them as an equal is a deeply human act. When it is witnessed, such as in this simple example, we cannot help but be moved, as I was. To be a ‘brother to the other’ is to have compassion, mercy, gentleness and humility. These are the qualities we strive to instil in our boys as they traverse the road to becoming a young man. Like Blessed Edmund Rice, we need not look any further than to Jesus, who is the ultimate example of what it means to be human – to be a brother to the other.
Year 12 Formal
Last Thursday, May 17, our Class of 2018 experienced their first milestone for the year – the Year 12 Formal. Held at the Civic Centre - it was a night to remember. The evening started with a pre-Formal gathering at the College followed by the grand entrance at the Civic Centre. The young men and their partners were ‘dressed-to-the-nines’ for the occasion. It was great to see the young men get up onto the dance floor and stand arm-in-arm with each other and sing the College Song with gusto. They also ‘tripped the light fantastic’ right up until the 11.00pm finish time. Congratulations - Class of 2018. We look forward to a few more milestone events throughout your final year, culminating in the Valedictory Mass and Dinner on 13 November.
Thank you to Ms Vanessa Bell for her overall organisation and to all who helped to make the event one to treasure for years to come. Thank you also to the staff of Ipswich Civic Centre for their wonderful hospitality.
OPEN DAY – Tomorrow 10.00am to 12 noon
Tomorrow is our big day - to welcome family and friends to our Open Day for 2018. This year we are opening up the whole College for families and visitors to see and experience. It will be an opportunity to visit classes, specialist areas and facilities where Middle Leaders such as Heads of Department and House Deans, as well as teachers, will be available to talk about how we deliver a curriculum that caters for the diverse needs of our Eddies’ students. Unlike previous years, we have opened up these spaces so families can see the many teaching and learning resources we utilise to make learning fun and engaging for our students. There will also be performances and displays in Creative Arts, Technology and Sport. I am looking forward to meeting as many families as possible. I will also be giving a Principal’s Presentation in Ambrose Place at 11.00am.
Over the past two weeks I have had the privilege to accompany a select group of Eddies’ students on visits to all our Catholic primary schools in the Ipswich region. Our message is very simple – come to our Open Day, meet our staff and students and experience the Eddie’s difference. We are a Catholic Boys’ Secondary College offering a unique educational experience in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice. We have a proud and cherished history of 126 years of service to families in Ipswich and the surrounding region.
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) - PARENT CHOICE SURVEY
Next Monday, May 28, all Eddies’ parents and caregivers will be invited to complete an EREA Parent Choice Survey. Parents and caregivers will receive an email with a survey link that, when opened, will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open for two weeks and provide invaluable information to EREA on why parents and caregivers choose an EREA school. Information shared will be unidentified; however each EREA school will be able to see their collated data. For that reason I am hoping we can have a response rate from at least 50% of our families. The more responses given, the more accurate the data we can refer to in helping us to ensure we serve our families to do the best job we can to educate their son. I urge all families to complete the survey.
Please keep in your prayers Mr Dave Gagen and his family whose father passed away last week. Dave’s Dad died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 86. May he rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal