Newsletter - 25 October 2019

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Opening and Blessing Speech - 25 October 2019

Staff, Students and Invited Guests.

Thank you for attending our Opening and Blessing of the Edmund Rice Building Refurbishment and Extension. It is fitting that we gather today on World Teachers’ Day.

This building project is the realisation of a dream that started with former Principal, Mr Brendan Lawler. At a time when money was tight in the wake of a global financial crisis, he and a few others dared to dream. They formed the St Edmund’s College Foundation with the sole objective to raise funds for the restoration of ‘The Brothers’ Residence’, as it was known.

Thank you Br Ted Magee – a Christian Brother and much-loved former Principal of the College – for sharing some of the stories of life in ‘The Brothers’ Residence’. When the last Brother left in 2004 the building was converted into office space. Yet the need for a major restoration remained and was further exacerbated when the building was vacated in 2015. The work of the College Foundation to initiate and sustain a fundraising program for this purpose cannot be understated. I acknowledge Mr Gerard Pender who was the first Chair of the College Foundation when it was created eleven years ago and has faithfully remained so since.

When Mr Chris Leadbetter was appointed Principal in 2014 he quickly set about building on the work of Brendan and commissioned ABM Architects to develop a College Master Plan with the Stage 1 Project prioritised as the Edmund Rice Building Refurbishment and Extension. I thank Mr Peter McCabe from ABM Architects, who as chief architect of the project came up with the final design and oversaw the project from start to finish. When you go for a tour you will see for yourself the extent to which Peter ensured the finished product was nothing short of high quality.

Overseeing the project on behalf of Edmund Rice Education Australia and in support of the College is our Project Manager Ms Carol Dowd. Carol provided expert advice during the final design stages and throughout the highly competitive tender process culminating in Hutchinson Builders winning the tender. Carol is also our Project Manager for the Open Learning Centre and continues to support us in the next stages of the College Master Plan. In these matters I thank the EREA Board, the Executive Director EREA, Mr Wayne Tinsey and our Regional Director Northern Region, Mr Peter Chapman for assisting the College throughout the process.

Hutchinson Builders arrived on site and after some further design refinements construction started in August 2018 and was officially completed in April 2019. I would like to thank Mr Greg Quinn CEO of Hutchies and his fantastic team including Mr Jamie Washington, Mr Jack Pembroke and Mr Hayden Walker. Throughout the project they were superb to deal with and delivered above and beyond our expectations. Their involvement with many local Ipswich subcontractors has assured the quality outcome you see today. I also thank Mr Scott Carroll, our Property and Services Manager, who provided daily support to the Hutchies team and was integral in keeping the project on target and within budget.

The total project budget was $3.8M which included the new Year 12 area. With the frugal eye of our College Business Manager Mr Tony Skippington on the job, the project was completed under budget at $3.4M. I thank the St Edmund’s College Foundation for their $500,000.00 donation which came mostly from funds raised through ten years of Foundation Dinners and Eddies Race Days. $300,000.00 was donated by the Parents and Friends and I acknowledge Craig Wright, P&F President and his team for their tireless effort raising funds from countless Eddies Discos and the annual St Edmund’s Car Art Union event. It is appropriate to single out Ms Kath Creedy who has been the mainstay for all these major fundraising ventures. Thank you, Kath.

It is prophetic that 127 years ago ‘The Brothers’ Residence’ which we now refer to as the Edmund Rice Building was funded by parishioners of the St Mary’s Parish at a cost of 1,192 pounds, 17 shillings and 6 pence, which equates to about $190,000.00 today. They were community-minded people who wanted to put their hand in their pocket to contribute to a project that they believed was worth supporting. This building project too was funded by the generosity and sacrifice of community-minded people. There was no government support (and understandably so). All money came either from savings accumulated from the College Building Fund Levy and the two generous donations from our Foundation and Parents and Friends Association. We did not borrow a cent so the project has been fully paid for by the community. Well done to all involved.

We have the St Edmund’s College Mothers Past and Present to thank for the Celtic Cross which is positioned so prominently at the top of Jim Smith Drive and welcomes all to the College. It is a symbol of the enormous contributions that the Mothers of St Edmund’s students have made in developing a true school community. It speaks volumes that many mothers remain involved in the St Edmund’s Mothers long after their sons have graduated and it is especially pleasing to have their representation here today for the Blessing.

To conclude, I refer to the final paragraph in the preamble of the booklet.
In the 127 years that the Edmund Rice Building has adorned the Ipswich vista it has been a constant reminder of the faithful service of all who have been associated with St Edmund’s College. It remains today as a sturdy and enduring symbol of the call of Blessed Edmund Rice to educate the young so that Jesus may truly live in their heart.

Thank you.


Past St Edmund’s Mothers gathered at the Celtic Cross. Opening and Blessing of the Edmund Rice Building and Annex, 25 October 2019.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

The Festive Season Begins at Eddies with Compassion!

The festive season can tip families into crisis for people who are isolated, ill or struggling to make ends meet, Throughout the year, St Vincent de Paul workers and volunteers deliver aid to people unable to find secure and adequately paid work. All year round, they witness the financial pressure and emotional toll faced by low income earners and their families. Vinnies assists people who are unemployed or under-employed by conducting home visits and helping with food and utility bills. At Christmas time, the help of Vinnies is more important than ever. Such is the need at Christmas time, that Vinnies cannot complete the task on their own.

This is where St Edmund’s College demonstrates that with care and compassion, ‘Eddies’ Men Can!

Inspired by our own Touchstones, we are proud to partner with an organisation that seeks to build a better world for those at the fringes of our community. The St Vincent de Paul Society envisions an Australia that prides itself on its strong sense of justice and compassion. It aims to stand in solidarity with people who are living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage. Along with Vinnies, we are looking to bring about a greater awareness of the structural issues that give rise to inequality, and for this reason have launched the Christmas Hamper Appeal.

This year we will be supporting 55 families from around Ipswich. Each of our 48 Homerooms will collect a hamper along with teams of College staff.

There is a Giving Tree located in the Identity/Learning and Teaching Reception, in addition to the Homeroom hamper collections. The tree has 62 tags, one for each of the children belonging to the families we are supporting in the Ipswich regional community. If you would like to purchase a Christmas gift for one of the children featured on our Giving Tree, please contact Claire Currey on 3810 4453 or

A Prayer for Queensland Teachers’ Day

International World Teachers’ Day falls on the 5 October each year. As this is during our school holidays, Queensland Education honours World Teachers’ Day on the third Friday of Term 4. Today, teachers at Eddies wore ribbons and celebrated with cake to remind them of the significant role they play in the lives of our students.

Dear God,
Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and to love, and may we make sure to show them love and respect in return.
Give them grace as they help students who need support, courage to say what needs to be said, tools and knowledge on how and when to speak love, and strength when they feel weak.
When they feel unseen, remind them that they are awesome.
They are shaping history in many small - yet incredibly important - ways every day.
Allow all teachers at St Edmund’s College to know gratitude, because through the energy they share - all students receive the gift of education.
Bless them, Lord, and may they see how their faithfulness will forever impact generations to come.
We ask through Christ our Lord and Teacher.

Term 4 Highlights

Awards Nights - 7.00pm
Sporting and Cultural Awards Night: Tuesday 29 October
Academic and Service Awards Night: Thursday 31 October

Combined Colleges’ Parish Mass, 6.00pm, Sunday 3 November
This is a special Mass as students from St Edmund’s and St Mary’s Colleges will be receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion. We would appreciate your support for these young people.
Students are invited to sit in the choir section and sing with the choir. There will be a pizza supper following Mass. Dress is smart casual.

Walk to Remember: Monday 11 November - 7.15am
On Remembrance Day 11 November, St Edmund’s and St Mary’s Colleges will participate in the Walk to Remember before school. A flyer accompanies this newsletter. All students are encouraged to participate.

Year 12 Valedictory Mass and Dinner: Tuesday 12 November - Senior Photo 5.30pm - Mass 6.00pm

The Valedictory Mass, which is part of our College farewell ritual, will be held at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 12 November commencing with the Year 12 photo at 5.30pm outside the church. This is a special event for the community and all Year 12 families are invited to the Eucharistic Celebration. Please place this date in your diary if you have a son in Year 12.

Places for the Valedictory Dinner are restricted to Year 12 families only. Please ask your son to see his House Dean for further clarification.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

REMINDER - Walk to Remember - Monday at 7.15am

Monday 11 November 2019 - 7.15am

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Middle School News

Subject Selection

On Tuesday we held the Year 7 Subject Selection Information Evening. It was wonderful to see so many students with their parents and caregivers present on the night.

Please remember that subject preferences must be entered prior to Monday 28 October. The Subject Selection Receipt must be signed by the student and his parents or caregivers before presenting to HoDs Reception.

If you were unable to attend the Subject Selection evening or you need further information, a Subject Selection section has been set up on EDE. This includes guide videos on selecting preferences, elective subject information, important dates and the PowerPoint from the evening.

Year 7, 2020 – Orientation Day

On Monday we hosted our Year 7, 2020 cohort for their Orientation Day. It was wonderful to see over 200 boys jump straight into the Eddies way of life and start to create bonds and friendships that will last them a lifetime. They participated in a number of school activities ranging from House activities, Science experiments, Physical Education lessons and time within the Creative Arts precinct. More importantly, they had the opportunity to get to know their House Deans, who will be the main point of contact for the next six years of their schooling life.


Term 4 is the shortest and busiest term of the year. Your sons will or may have already received assessment tasks. It is crucial that they start planning their work as there are a number of interruptions over the next few weeks and due dates will present in no time at all.

God bless.

Luis Marin, Director of Middle School

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Important Year 12 Dates and Events

Year 12 End of Term KEY Dates

All Year 12 students received information on Wednesday this week regarding key dates for end of year events, including a letter regarding the Gold Coast outing on Wednesday 13 November.

Career News


Music and Cultural

Music News

Performance Events

Due to a number of Performing Arts events taking place over the next few weeks, students have been rehearsing intensely this week. Events include performances at the Silkstone Eisteddfod, the College Sporting and Cultural Awards, the College Academic and Service Awards and our annual Cultural Showcase. An information letter has been given to all participating students this week.

College Choir

The College Choir have been busy finalising preparations for their performance at the Silkstone Eisteddfod tonight. I would like to wish the singers good luck for their performance and say a big thank you to Ms Frances O’Sullivan for the work she puts into making this Choir sound so magical.

College Assembly Performance

Jackson Barker and Johnathan Donnelly performed John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ at last Friday’s whole school assembly. This was a wonderful performance from the students of a song that commands a deep sense of maturity. A big thank you to Johnathan who stepped in at the last minute to sing due to another student being unable to perform on the day. Well done!

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are well under way for this term. Students must keep checking the notice board outside Room K205 for their lesson times. Any students who miss their lesson without letting their tutor or Mr Kirkwood know are in danger of being removed from the program next year.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music



Tuckshop Roster - Week 4

Week commencing 28 October 2019

Mon 28 Oct: R Osborne, M Nugent, C Hendry

Tue 29 Oct: S Eaton

Wed 30 Oct: B MacDonald, S Leonard

Thu 31 Oct: H Rahn, H Turner, K Newman

Fri 1 Nov: C Cuskelly, S Verrenkamp, T Diamond

School News

Term 4 Fees - Due 31 October

Due Date Thursday 31 October

Term 4 Fee Statements were emailed to all families on Wednesday 16 October.

Due date for payment is Thursday 31 October.

If you have not received your statement or have a fee inquiry, please contact the Finance Office on 3810 4458 or email:

Skool2Skoolies 2019

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Throughout this year a select group of Year 12 students has been training hard and raising money for the annual St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies ride. They have managed to juggle the commitments of their final year studies and a huge involvement in other co-curricular and service learning commitments with the challenges of seeking sponsorship and training on bikes.

These efforts have reaped huge personal rewards and also for the charities for whom they are raising money. The 2019 riding apparel sponsorship is officially closed as no further placements are available on the team kit. Donations will still be accepted and appreciated from businesses and members of the Eddies community. Thank you to the businesses who have generously sponsored or donated to the 2019 Skool2Skoolies event. The big question now is – What will the kit look like?

St Edmund’s College thanks our 2019 Skool2Skoolies Sponsors

Riding Apparel Manufacturers


Champion Sponsors

Apprenticeships Queensland
Choices Flooring by Mallets
DV Electrical Services
Gibson Architects
Greena Business Solutions
Limestone Dental
Potter Landscapes
Strybos & Sons Electrical
Trek Ipswich

Breakaway Sponsors

KSB Australia
McNamara & Associates
PM Landscapes
TAE Aerospace
Tridan Electrical

Peloton Sponsors

Binnacle Training
Defining Glass
Grandview Stud
Ipswich Real Estate
McMahons Swim Factory
Options Cabinets
Pender Accounting
Sammut Bulow Accountants
Surreal Signs
Walker Pender Group


Early Bird Accountants
St Mary’s Parish

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

Year 7, 2020 Uniform Fittings

YEAR 7/2020

All new students requiring uniforms are required to make an appointment. Uniforms can be purchased at the time of fitting. Uniform Shop dates and times are shown on the website:


Blazer pockets for all Year 12, 2020 students will be collected for embroidery from Monday 4 November. Please ensure your NAME AND HOMEROOM are pinned to the pocket before handing into the Uniform Shop or Student Office. Final day for collection of blazer pockets is Thursday 28 November. After this date, it will be the student’s responsibility to have the pocket embroidered. Please contact the Uniform Shop for further information.


The Uniform Shop will trade as normal until Thursday 28 November 2019 and will be open on Saturday 30 November 2019 from 8.00am to 12 noon.

2020 Uniform Shop Times

The Uniform Shop will trade as normal commencing Monday 13 January 2020 and will be open on Saturday 18 January 2020 from 8.00am to 1.00pm.


There has been a small increase in prices on some Uniform Shop items. Please see the new Price List and updates on the College Website and App for information regarding Uniform Shop updates.


MONDAY – 8:00am 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 – 8:00am to 12:30pm

P: 3810 4489
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