The EREA Family
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
This week I have been in Sydney on a review panel for St Patrick’s College, Strathfield. All Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) schools undertake an EREA Review every five years to help focus attention on how they express their commitment to the four EREA Touchstones: Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity. It was an honour to be part of the review panel and witness first-hand how another College founded on the traditions of Blessed Edmund Rice, endeavours to create meaningful encounters for its young men.
It was also a nostalgic visit for me as St Patrick’s College Strathfield was the place I taught my first lesson to students when I was in my first year of university studies at the Australian Catholic University. I must admit that as I walked around the College and interacted with staff, students and families there was something very familiar about the place. There was a genuineness in how the students conducted themselves, the teachers spoke passionately about their vocation, and parents were so appreciative of the caring environment and the many educational opportunities provided for their son. The College prided itself on growing young men with character and humility. Striving to do one’s best and being a brother to the other were attributes passed down from the older boys. All showed a passion for social justice and reaching out to the poor and marginalised in their community. Central to the St Patrick’s College ethos are prayer and finding time to be in the presence of God, through the person of Jesus Christ.
In so many ways I was witnessing the same characteristics of our College and I could not help but feel that I was amongst family. Like any members of a family we are all very different; however, we share common traits. While we grow and develop differently there are some things that bind us and remain true. In the EREA family this is an unwavering belief in the goodness of young people and the immense capacity within each of us to be instruments of God’s love and compassion.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week
The theme of NAIDOC Week 2019 is Voice, Treaty, Truth. Let’s Work Together. At St Edmund’s College we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which our College is built. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Our College is blessed to have Uncle Joe Kirk as our adopted Elder. Uncle Joe is a respected Elder in Ipswich, Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. He was recently involved in the development of the EREA Reconciliation Action Plan and has been a prominent spokesperson on many stages telling the story of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. He has helped to guide our own efforts to understand and appreciate First Nations people.
We are proud of the fact that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families choose St Edmund’s College as the place to send their son. When we begin each assembly with the clap stick and didgeridoo we are called to remember our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters who once walked the land upon which we gather. Their spirit lives on in our College and reminds us that we all have indigenous hearts, as we all come from a First Nations people.
Sport and AIC Term 3
The AIC sporting season for Term 3 kicks off this Saturday with Rugby League for the first time. The Courier Mail will be live-streaming at least three games each weekend including one of the Firsts fixtures. We wish all the Rugby League teams the very best in their season opener to be played at Curlew Park at Shorncliffe. A special shout-out to our Year 6 Rookies team who will run out for the first time as an Eddies Team.
Best wishes to our Basketball and Tennis teams who verse Villanova this weekend. Congratulations to the First Basketball and Tennis teams who were announced at assembly today. It is great to see so many boys eager to represent the College in the AIC sporting competition this Term. We had an unprecedented high number of students putting up their hand to play Basketball and unfortunately there was not a supplementary competition for our 7D and 7E teams. Thankfully Mr Aitkin, with the help of the Open Basketball Team, will be convening a weekly tournament every Wednesday lunchtime for these students. This is a tremendous show of brotherhood from the older boys. Well done.
Photo of the Week - NAIDOC Week Assembly
Please keep in your prayers Mr Daryll Byrnes and his family with news of the passing of Daryll’s father last weekend. Daryll works as one of our groundsman and often, after each break, makes sure our grounds are clean and tidy. We extend to Daryll and his family our deepest sympathies on the passing of his Dad.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal