Newsletter - 26 April 2019

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Welcome Back to Term 2

Dear Parents and Friends of St Edmund’s College

I hope your Easter break was a time to rest and relax with family and friends. I was fortunate to travel down to Canberra to celebrate the eightieth birthday of my wife’s parents. It was an enjoyable family gathering celebrating John’s and Millie’s birthdays and their loving influence in our lives.

Unveiling our 2019 Annual Growth Goals

As noted in a separate letter emailed to each family earlier this week, Easter is a time of renewal and new life and it is timely to unveil our 2019 Annual Growth Goals. A copy is attached with this newsletter. These goals have been informed by our Strategic Directions and Priorities 2018 to 2020 and arise from our 2018 Improvement Goals. You will see that our three priority areas of Identity, Improvement and Community remain front and centre in shaping our new goals. You will also note some goals from 2018 have continued with a slightly different edge, while others are unique to the emerging challenges and opportunities of 2019.

In sharing the 2019 Annual Growth Goals with you, I am mindful of the strong and abiding partnership we have with our families in the education of the young men in our care. As the first educators, parents and caregivers fulfil a sacred role in the education of their son and we, as the staff of St Edmund’s College Ipswich, are privileged to partner with you in that sacred duty.

Like last year we have endeavoured to be explicit in our goal setting. This includes specifying measurable targets in learning and teaching, outlining projects and programs we aim to roll out this year, and naming the things that are important to us as we strive be an authentic school in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

Welcome New Staff

We welcome the following new staff to the College this Term:

- Mr Brad Jennings – Drama, English and Religious Studies Teacher
- Mr Tony Walsh – Humanities, Legal Studies, English and Religious Education Teacher
- Mr Ken Choi – Mathematics and Science Teacher
- Mr Keith Frost – Casual Relief Teacher

Please join me in welcoming our new staff to the College.

Lest we Forget

Yesterday St Edmund’s College and the St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Association jointly hosted the Woodend ANZAC Day Commemorative Service. I sincerely thank all involved in making it such a special community event. I particularly acknowledge St Edmund’s Old Boy and State Member for Ipswich West, Mr Jim Madden for his overall coordination and role as Master of Ceremonies on the day. Later in the morning a small representation of Eddies students, staff and parents joined the Ipswich ANZAC Memorial March to the North Ipswich Reserve for the midday service.

On Wednesday morning the College held its own ANZAC liturgy which included a guest presentation from Vietnam veteran, Mr Kevin Lappin. He recalled his harrowing experiences as a ‘tunnel rat’ and engineer while on tour. His story was truly inspirational, citing his faith in Jesus as the one thing that helped him to overcome the horrors of war, the mental and physical scars he endured and the rejection from the Australian people when he returned home. Today times have changed, thank God, and we now embrace our Vietnam Veterans among all our Defence Force personnel who have served our nation in war.

Thank you to Ms Kylie Biddle, our Defence School Mentor, for overseeing all our ANZAC commemorative celebrations. Being new to the role this year, Kylie did an outstanding job. Thank you too to Ms Kath Creedy and our ever-reliable grounds and maintenance crew for ensuring everything was in place for each of the events and packed up without a fuss.

College Open Day 26 May

A reminder to families that the College will be conducting its Open Day on Sunday May 26 from 11.00am till 1.00pm. I am asking that all students attend Open Day and get involved in the various performances, displays, tours, sporting and cultural activities, showcases and lesson demonstrations that are being planned. As mentioned at today’s assembly our Eddies young men are our best asset.

Visitors to the College will gain a much better insight into Eddies by seeing, meeting and talking with our students, hence their presence is essential for a successful Open Day. More information about Open Day will be forwarded in the coming weeks. Please note that the RNA Show Holiday on Wednesday 14 August will be a pupil free day for St Edmund’s College in-lieu-of Open Day.

Rookies 3 – Friday 3 May

Our third Rookies Day is coming up next Friday 3 May. Parents are advised that there will be a special parent information session in Ambrose Place (while the Rookies are involved in activities) on a proposal to enter a Rookies team in the Term 3 Year 6 AIC Rugby League competition as well as a Rookies Band and Choir program.

Eddies Race Day – 4 May

Our annual Eddies Race Day is coming up next Saturday at the Ipswich Turf Club. Please see the flyer attached. It is sure to be another fun day out at the races and an opportunity to have a little flutter on the locals.

Eddies Race Day is a signature event for the College Foundation that assists in raising funds for various College building projects as well as providing financial support for students whose families have fallen on tough times financially through no fault of their own. I hope you can come along and support our College.

Photo of the Week

St Edmund's ANZAC Liturgy Guest Speaker, Mr Kevin Lappin, Vietnam Veteran

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

ANZAC Day Commemorations

On Wednesday this week, the College community paid respect to those who have served our country. Commemorations began with a Gunfire Breakfast, which was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge, meet and share stories with current and returned service men and women.

The ANZAC Liturgy in the College Hall was a dignified and moving ceremony, with prayers that highlighted the diversity of conflicts and service that have engaged the Australian Armed Forces. During the liturgy our cadets were exceptional in their roles as the Guard of Honour and Catafalque Party. The ceremony paid significant attention to our Vietnam War Veterans; the soldiers who risked their lives, without acknowledgement when they returned from war. The liturgy offered our respects to these Australians and helped to restore their dignity by recognising their service.

We are thankful for our special guests who attended the ceremony, importantly our guest speaker, Mr Kevin Lappin, an engineer who diffused bombs and traps during the Vietnam War. His story was intriguing and inspirational.

The pinnacle of our commemorations came on ANZAC Day. Our students represented the College proudly in both the Woodend Honour Stone Service and the Ipswich ANZAC Day March. We are very grateful to the students who attended to represent our College. A special thank you to Ms Kylie Biddle who worked with the Defence students to organise a moving liturgy and our involvement in the Ipswich City March. Thank you also to the staff who marshalled and marched with our students on Wednesday.

St Edmund's ANZAC Liturgy 24 April 2019

Prayer for Sri Lanka

I was saddened over the Easter weekend to learn of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, especially towards people attending Catholic Masses on Easter Sunday. Since then, many people have offered their prayers and support. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge expressed solidarity with the more than 22,000 Sri Lankan Catholics now living in Australia, saying that the “Catholic community would rally around them in every way possible”. Pope Francis also expressed words of solidarity at the conclusion of his Easter Urbi et Orbi address to the faithful in St Peter’s Square. “I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community (of Sri Lanka), wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence”.

Today the St Edmund’s community joins with the global community to offer this prayer of peace and support to the victims of the attack, their families and those who are troubled by this heart-breaking situation.

Prayer of Peace

Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace.
Lead me to You, my rock. Guide me to Your Word which gives me strength and refuge.
Bless those effected by the attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka and may your perpetual light shine on those who have died.
Allow me to be a peacemaker in the world even in the face of fear and hatred.
Help me not to run to lesser things. Draw me to run to You first. Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under Your Will.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Mark your Diary for Term 2


Sunday 28 April: Parish Mass at St Mary’s Church Ipswich 6.00pm
All are welcome to share in the Eucharistic Celebration and stay for a cuppa and chat following Mass.


Friday 3 May: Edmund Rice Mass and Celebrations from 8.45am
The College community will celebrate Mass at 9.00am. House activities will follow to mark the Spirit and Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice.


Friday 10 May: Mums ‘n’ Chums Evening, 6.00pm
Mothers or significant females in the lives of our boys are invited to come along with their young men and enjoy an evening of fun to mark Mother’s Day.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Ipswich City ANZAC Day March

Thursday 25 April 2019

Learning & Teaching

Learning Hub Term 2

Commencing Tuesday 30 April 2019

The Learning Hub for Term 2 will commence on Tuesday 30 April. The Learning Hub is a place where St Edmund’s College students are able to complete their homework and work on assessment tasks in a dynamic and supportive environment. Paid tutors are on hand to assist our students. The Learning Hub is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the College Library.

Please be aware that the Learning Hub is not a baby-sitting service therefore we cannot cater for siblings from other schools. Only St Edmund’s College students may attend the Learning Hub.

The Learning Hub will be available to Years 7, 8 and 9 students until 4.00pm only. Parents will need to make transport arrangements for these students at that time.

The Learning Hub is open until 5.00pm for students in Years 10, 11 and 12.

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Mums and Chums Night

Friday 10 May 2019

All students will receive a Mums and Chums flyer in their Home groups next week. Please complete and return the RSVP slip as soon as possible.

YEAR 12 FORMAL - 16 May 2019

All Payments Due by Wednesday 1 May 2019

YEAR 12 FORMAL - Thursday 16 May 2019 - Ipswich Civic Centre - 7.00pm (Week 4, Term 2)

$110 per person
Payment must be received by Wednesday 1 May 2019
Payment can be made through the locked box in the Student Office. Cash or cheques (made out to St Edmund’s College) must be placed in an envelope marked “Formal Tickets Payment” with the student’s name and total amount of the payment. Payment can be made also through College Reception via credit card or EFTPOS or via the College App.
It is not essential to take a partner.
If you are taking a partner it is essential to advise any dietary requirements they have such as allergies, vegetarian or gluten-free meals.
Seating plans will be available outside the Deans’ Room (early Term 2) for students to note the names of the people (including partners) sitting at their table. Tables are comprised of 16 people. It is essential that the correct spelling of partners’ names are on the table plan as this is used for the table place cards.
The Pre-Formal is held from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at the College and photographers will be set up in the College Hall to take family photos. The photographers will move to the Ipswich Civic Centre for the evening for students, their partners and friendship groups to have photos taken.
Finger food and punch are served at the Pre-Formal.
Expensive transport is discouraged as the travel between school and venue is so short.
Please contact Ms Vanessa Bell on 3810 4491 or with any further questions.

Career News

Careers - Week 1

Tertiary News - Apprenticeships

Universities Visiting St Edmund’s This Month

Year 11 and 12 students who are interested in tertiary studies are invited to attend a series of presentations by our universities over the next three weeks. These presentations will be in Ambrose Place starting at 1.30pm. See the schedule below.

Griffith University

Wednesday 1 May

University of Southern Queensland

Thursday 2 May

Queensland University of Technology

Tuesday 14 May

University of Queensland

Wednesday 15 May

ACU: Do you help others? It could help you – Community Achiever Program (CAP)

If you volunteer regularly for your school, community, or a social justice, sporting or cultural cause, then the Community Achiever Program (CAP) may help you gain early conditional entry into your desired degree. Applications for Year 12 students open Wednesday 1 May 2019 and close on 30 July 2019 for study in 2020. For younger students, we encourage you to start getting involved in volunteer activities now in preparation for your future application. Find out if you’re eligible for CAP and how to apply.

Upcoming Events:


ANU Community Achiever Program (CAP) 2020 applications close

Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeship Support Australia

Apprenticeship Support Australia was formed in 2014 to deliver the Australian Governments “Australian Apprenticeship Support Network” under a contract from the Department of Education and Training. Their services are focused on lifting apprenticeship commencement and completion rates through the provision of support at every stage of the employment cycle. Job-seekers, school students and apprentices can all receive ongoing support including career advice, job matching, and ongoing mentoring. Visit the Apprenticeship Support Australia website to access more information on Apprenticeships by clicking on ‘Apprentices’. Here you will find information about apprenticeship wages, qualifications, registered training organisations, school-based apprenticeships, how to get an apprenticeship and how you can access mentoring support. On the site, you can also schedule a free career consultation with a career adviser.

The website contains specific information for parents regarding:

You can also access Apprenticeship Support Australia information specific to Queensland.

Apprenticeships through Group Training Organisations

Registering with a Group Training Organisation (GTO) is one strategy to try when looking for an apprenticeship. GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with a host employer until the apprenticeship or traineeship has been completed. For more information about GTOs, visit the Group Training Australia website. The website has a section with short videos of apprentices and trainees talking about their training. Their website includes information on:

Careers and University Expos

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

The Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo being held on 24 and 25 May 2019, is a leading career, training and education event. You will be able to connect with organisations for guidance, clarity and opportunities in relation to career opportunities. It is free admission and a great opportunity to discover the many careers, courses and pathway options open to you.

Upcoming Events:

24/05/2019 to 25/05/2019

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

ACU: Do you help others? It could help you – Community Achiever Program (CAP)

If you volunteer regularly for your school, community, or a social justice, sporting or cultural cause, then the Community Achiever Program (CAP) may help you gain early conditional entry into your desired degree. Applications for Year 12 students open Wednesday 1 May 2019 and close on 30 July 2019 for study in 2020. For younger students, we encourage you to start getting involved in volunteer activities now in preparation for your future application. Find out if you’re eligible for CAP and how to apply.

Upcoming Events:


ANU Community Achiever Program (CAP) 2020 applications close

QUT: Parent Information Seminars

QUT are inviting current senior high school students and their parents or guardians to find out about studying at QUT at the Parent Information Seminar on 8 May at Gardens Point campus. They will provide information about:

  • making course and career decisions
  • gaining entry to university
  • life as a university student
  • transition to university and support for students
  • study costs and financial support
  • resources for parents and students

An optional twilight campus tour with a QUT student will be available before the seminar. You’ll need to register for this event. Registration will be available on our event website in April.

Upcoming Events:


QUT Parent Information Seminars

JMC Academy Workshops

Workshops and Short Courses are a great way to check out the JMC Academy campus. Some of the workshops and short course topics are:

  • Game Development
  • Film and TV Production
  • Studio Recording
  • Ableton Live
  • Entertainment Business
  • Song writing
  • Discover Visual Communication
  • Animation

Click here to request more information or phone them to find out future dates.

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) Video Production Workshop

QSFT offers a range of weekend workshops focusing around media production. They will be running workshops in May and June on:

  • 11 May: Shoot It! – Introduction to Photography
  • 25 May: Film It! – Introduction to Video Production
  • 8 June: Record It – Introduction to Sound
  • 22 June: Edit It – Introduction to Editing

For more information and to submit an expression of interest (scroll down to the end of the calendar), visit their website.

Upcoming Events:


QSFT: SHOOT IT! Introduction to Photography Brisbane, QLD


QSFT: FILM IT! Introduction to Video Production Brisbane, QLD


QSFT: Record It – Introduction to Sound Brisbane


QSFT: Edit It – Introduction to Editing Brisbane

Study for a Day at SAE Qantm

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games? SAE will be hosting Study for a Day at their Byron Bay campus on Saturday 15 June and at their Brisbane campus on Saturday 15 June. These events will give you an opportunity to experiment with these creative media fields before making decisions about your future study plans. They will introduce you to the technical skills required in the field and give you an insight into the careers available. Visit the SAE Website for more information and to register.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Counsellor/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 1, Term 2

Welcome Back to Term 2.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and are feeling refreshed. It will be a busy term with a number of performances taking place including The Little King’s Performance (19/5), the College Open Day (26/5), and our Performing Arts Night (22/5). Notes with details of these performances will be distributed over the next few days.


I would like to welcome Mr Brad Jennings to the Performing Arts team. Mr Jennings replaces Ms Petrina Gibson as Drama teacher. I look forward to working with Mr Jennings throughout the year.

Instrumental Lessons - Term 2

A number of Instrumental lessons have resumed with the remainder to begin next week. Students must check for their lessons times on the noticeboard outside Room K205 or online. A reminder for students to communicate with their tutor or myself (before their lesson) if unable to attend their lesson. Failure to do so may mean termination from the program.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

CINE Club - Week 2 Screening

'National Treasure'


Week 2 Screening: National Treasure
The theme for Term 2 is HISTORY

CINE CLUB offers students with an interest in film-making, the opportunity to revisit iconic films, or perhaps view them for the first time. CINE CLUB also provides a meeting place to discuss films with like-minded people and to find connections between their academic studies and cinematic creations derived from Science, History, Maths and the Social Sciences.

- Registration opens Monday 29 April
- Sign up outside Room H301
- Screening during Second Break each day
- Venue to be announced based on numbers
- No eating or drinking in the venue and no attendance without prior registration
- Free entry for CINE CLUB members
- New members to pay $2 upon entry.

Ms Nicola Scarrott, Teacher


Sports News - Week 1, Term 2


Holiday Events

Thanks to all involved in the holiday competitions and training we had happening over the break. It was great to see many students in attendance at the Football, Rugby Union and Cross Country clinics and this cannot happen without the support of parents and staff.

Ballymore Cup

Our Firsts Rugby Squad played well in the Ballymore Cup to reach the Bowl Final and play for fifth and sixth position out of twelve teams. The team went down narrowly in the final to Padua to finish sixth overall but had a couple of good wins throughout the tournament.

EREA Football Tournament

The EREA Football Tournament proved to be good match practice for our Firsts Football and A Teams. Congratulations to our Year 7 side who reached the final in their competition. The side went down 2-0 to Nudgee College in the final to pick up the silver medal.

Rugby and Football

We are straight back into Term 2 sport with the House Cross Country Carnival occurring today along with Chess trials against St Peter’s Lutheran College. We also play St Peter’s tomorrow in a trial round of Rugby Union and Football as we prepare for AIC Round 1 against Villanova next Saturday 4 May.

Please play close attention to the fixtures this week as we have some unusual games and times to what will be the norm once the AIC season starts. Obviously, team selections are still being finalised and coaches will use the trial tomorrow, along with training next week, to finalise teams for Round 1.

Best of luck to all students playing on Friday evening and Saturday.

Cross Country

We are in the final few weeks of preparation for the AIC Cross Country which is on Monday 13 May. Students and parents should check the College App for the most up-to-date information about Cross Country. Most importantly are the two invitational carnivals:

Wed 1 May – Curlew Park
Wed 8 May – St Laurence’s College Playing Fields at Runcorn

Attendance at these sessions is vital.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Jude Thomas who was crowned National 3000m Champion in Sydney over the holidays. Jude ran an outstanding time of 8:34 to win the event. He backed this up with a silver medal in the 1500m. Congratulations also to Alex Davies and Ben Thomas who competed at this event.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

Cross Country Fun Run

All sponsorship money is NOW DUE

Students are reminded to return their Cross Country Sponsorship card and all monies to the Student Office in an envelope marked with their name, homeroom and sponsorship amount ASAP.

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Rugby Trials - Friday/Saturday 26/27 April 2019

Vs St Peter's Lutheran College


1sts / 2nds Vs SPLC 1sts



St Peters Lutheran College, Mayer Field 1, enter off Indooroopilly Road, Indooroopilly


10A / 10B Vs SPLC 10A

(4 X 15 Min)

12 Noon


Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli


12 Noon


Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 4, Church Street, Tivoli

9B / 9C Vs SPLC 9B

(4 x 15 Min)



Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 4, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli

8B Vs Ambrose Treacy College U13A



Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli

8C Vs Ambrose Treacy College U13B



Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli

7A/7B Vs SPLC 7A

(4 X 15 Min)



Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 4, Church Street, Tivoli

Bus Information

Friday 26 April – The bus for the Firsts and Seconds Squad will depart St Edmund’s College at approximately 2.00pm and return at approximately 6.00pm.

Football (Soccer) Trials - Saturday 27 April 2019

Vs St Peter's Lutheran College




St Peters Lutheran College, Harts Road Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




St Peters Lutheran College, Harts Road Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




St Peters Lutheran College, Stolz Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




St Peters Lutheran College, Harts Road Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




St Peters Lutheran College, Stolz Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly

10C/9C Vs SPLC 9C



St Peters Lutheran College, Stolz Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




St Peters Lutheran College, Stolz Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




St Peters Lutheran College, Stolz Oval, Lambert Road entrance, Indooroopilly




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 3, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 3, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 3, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli




Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli

Bus Information

Bus I – for 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 10A, 10B, 10C/9C, 9A, 9B Football (Soccer) leaves the College at 7.00am and returns at approximately 2:30pm


Tuckshop Roster - Week 2

Week commencing 29 April 2019

Mon 29 April: M Glen, L Sippel, R Bakhiet
Tue 30 April: K McKew, A Harding, A Williams, S Vince
Wed 1 May: C Sammut, D Schmidt
Thu 2 May: D Sanders, A Antonio
Fri 3 May: H Marsh, J Marsh, K Evans

School News

From the Finance Department - School Fees

Due Date for Payment is Wednesday 1 May 2019

Term 2 Fees were emailed to all families on Tuesday 16/04/19.

Due date for payment is Wednesday 01/05/19.

If you did not receive your fee statement please request a copy from the Finance Department at

St Edmund's College OPEN DAY

Sunday 26 May - 11.00am to 1.00pm

Uniform Shop


Garage Sale - St Joseph's

Saturday 11 May - 8.00am to 11.00am


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