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