Newsletter - 26 July 2019

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Principal's Office

The Principal

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

The Deputy


Identity News

NAIDOC Week: Voice. Treaty. Truth.

In 2019 the theme of NAIDOC week is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’ At our assembly on Friday a group of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students stood before the community to share their voice. These young men proudly named their individual “Mob” and spoke of the importance of the NAIDOC theme in moving towards reconciliation and justice.

NAIDOC Week can be traced back to a protest that took place in 1938. This protest was one of the first major civil rights gatherings in the world and it became known as the “Day of Mourning”. In 1955 it was decided that the day should include a celebration of Aboriginal culture, heritage and achievement. This is now celebrated as NAIDOC Week, which highlights the achievements of Indigenous people all over Australia.

NAIDOC Week for our students is not just about celebrating culture but rather learning about culture. One student, Harrison Haddad, explained that as a proud Anewan man his totem is the echidna: an animal that teaches us the importance of keeping matters close to the heart. NAIDOC Week, for Harrison, provides the opportunity to embrace and bring close to the heart the wisdom that has been tied to the land for thousands of years. Speaking to the gathered community Harry said “my hope for NAIDOC Week is that others bring my culture close to their heart and mind”.

NAIDOC Week, for each Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in Australia, and the journey towards reconciliation and justice, means something unique. The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 years old. It spoke the first words on this continent. Languages that passed down lore, culture and knowledge for over millennia. They are precious to our nation.

As Year 12 student Jack Field highlighted, it is impossible to speak on behalf of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “Each person has their own story, their own family, their own passions. What is important is that there is space for our voice to be heard so we can be a part of writing a new chapter in Australia’s history”.

In Honour of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Prayers in Gamilaraay Language

Miinbaylanha ngiyani ganungawuyaa Australiaga binaal, milanda yanawaabaligu, baawaa, dhagaan, Gunimaaga.

We pray for a spirit of reconciliation in Australia that all who live and work together will share this blessed land with their brothers and sisters.

Miinbaylanha ngiyaniluu, Miyarrigu, Guniidhu Burrulaagu: marigiirr maarumawaabaligu, yanamayaayaa, Dhidju ngamilaandaay.

We pray in communion with the Mother of God for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, that they will be healed of all injustices and look forward to the future with hope in the Risen Lord.

(Source: Gamilaraay Language Website)

St Edmund’s College acknowledges and pays deepest respect to the traditional owners of the land on which the College is built. At St Edmund’s College we continue to commit ourselves to walking together with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the journey towards reconciliation and justice.

Mission and Community Dates and Events For Term 3

Parents, families and friends, please mark these dates in your diary. We would love you to join in our community events throughout Term 3.


Sunday 28 July: 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 a chat following Mass.


Catholic Education Week - ‘Many Voices. One Spirit’
Tuesday 30 July: Year 8 Arts Faith Day

A compulsory day of activity and experience for our Year 8 students to engage with each other and the Mission of the College through creative and engaging activities.
Friday 2 August: Heritage Mass 8.45am
The College community will celebrate Mass together. We will mark the lead into Catholic Education Week, acknowledge the diversity and richness of our community and share the experience of Mass.


Thursday 8 August: Years 10 to 12 Combined College Winter Sleep-Out
Places are limited so get in early for the Sleepout. Includes shared meals and activities with our friends on the hill. Make a strong statement and raise awareness about homelessness. Information available from Mrs Marysia Rice

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

NAIDOC Assembly - St Mary's

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week is one of the best opportunities to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, talent and resilience.

On Wednesday morning five St Edmund’s students were invited to the St Mary’s College NAIDOC Assembly. During the service St Mary’s unveiled their new Indigenous Garden featuring an installation of their totem poles.

St Edmund’s students pictured in the group with Ms Kylie Biddle are Jack Field, Kyarn Fourmile, Owen Fourmile, Lachlan Norton and Harrison Haddad.

Ms Kylie Biddle, Defence School Mentor

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching - Week 2

Parent-Teacher-Student Evening

Thank you to all those parents and students who attended Parent-Teacher-Student interviews last night. These conversations are valuable as they provide the forum for students to reflect on results and parents to discuss strategies for improvement.

Years 8 and 9 Subject Selection

This week a letter was sent to parents regarding the change of date for Years 8 and 9 Subject Selection Evening to Wednesday September 4. This allows students more time to experience their Semester 2 subjects prior to making choices. Please make this adjustment in your calendar.

Year 11 Parent Forum

Today a letter was sent to Year 11 parents regarding a Year 11 Parent Forum on Monday August 12 in Week 5 at 6.00pm. Please refer to the letter for further details.

Year 12 Interviews

Year 12 Tracking Interviews have been conducted this week and will continue next week. Some students have been interviewed previously regarding their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) eligibility. Thank you to Ms Mulkerin for her coordination of these interviews.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Library News - Week 2

Book Week 2019

Reading is My Superpower

The theme for this year’s Book Week is Reading is My Superpower. Well know Australian author Oliver Phommavanh will be speaking to all Years 7 and 8 students on Monday 5 August. Oliver Phommavanh is a Sydney children’s author, teacher and stand-up comedian. Some of Oliver’s books include Thai-riffic!, Con-nerd, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite and The Other Christy. Please visit visit Oliver’s website: for more information.

On Tuesday 6 August six Year 9 students will be participating in the Write a Book in a Day competition. Students include Thomas Bryant, Jack Winrow, Samuel Jesse, Kade Grieve, Stewart England and Rory Feeney. Write a Book in a Day is a creative and challenging team competition.Teams of up to ten have just twelve hours to write and illustrate a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story. Completed books are donated to children in hospitals all across Australia.

Participants in the Write a Book in a Day competition must also fundraise. Funds raised by the students will be donated to Kids’ Cancer Project. Visit the website and click on the “Sponsor a Student” link to sponsor a St Edmund’s student. All donations are tax deductible.

Superhero Kahoot

On Wednesday 7 August students can pit their skills and knowledge against each other in a Superheros’ Kahoot in a bid to find a champion. During breaks the library will have a photo booth set up for students to capture themselves as a ‘superhero’.

Anime Workshop

On Monday 19 August, the Library will be staging an Anime Workshop for students. The workshop will be run by Ty Hanson. Ty is the creator of the Millennium Exile project. He is working on creating an anime, with the dream that it will one day become an actual Anime series produced by a famed Japanese studio.
Go to

or visit to find out more about the Millennium Exile project.

The workshop will run from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. Please see Ms Callaghan for a Permission Form if you are interested in attending the Anime Workshop. Numbers are limited so the first students to return a signed Permission Form will be guaranteed a spot.

Ms Karen Callaghan, Head of Department Information Services and Learning Resources

Career News - Week 2

Open Days & Expos - Job Information - TAFE Pathways

Tertiary News

Tertiary Open Days and Expos 2019


USQ Springfield

Friday 27 July



Sunday 28 July

Gardens Point


Sunday 4 August

St Lucia

Griffith University

Sunday 11 August

Nathan; Gold Coast; Logan; Conservatorium; Southbank

UQ Gatton

18 August

Gatton Campus


21/07/2019 - University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs Open day

27/07/2019 - Australian Catholic University Open day - Bond University Open Day - University of Southern Queensland Springfield Open day

28/07/2019 - Queensland University of Technology Open day Gardens Point

04/08/2019 - The University of Queensland St Lucia Open day

08/08/2019 - Central Queensland University Brisbane Open day

11/08/2019 - Griffith University Open day- SAE Creative Media Institute Brisbane Open day - TAFE Queensland South Bank Open day

Job Info

10 high paying jobs that you don't need a degree for

Sometimes it can feel like the whole world is telling you that you need to go to uni and get a degree to make sure you'll earn a good income one day. This is why some choose to go to university. Check out this JobGetter article about jobs that pay well but you don't need a degree to get. Remember though, your pathway after school shouldn't only be decided on the amount of money you will earn, it should firstly be influenced by what you are interested in as the pay is a bonus for a great job and happy life.

Have you considered a business systems analyst?

Business Systems Analysts are responsible for delivering projects and initiatives involving business processes, business change and technology solutions. They study the business and information requirements of an organisation and use this data to develop processes that help achieve.Tasks and duties may include:

  • Consulting with management, stakeholders, clients and users to determine requirements.
  • Developing business cases and mapping business processes.
  • Tracking the progress of a project, resolving issues, and providing updates to stakeholders.
  • Overseeing the implementation of systems, working closely with technical team members.
  • Developing operations performance reports.
  • Ensuring the continuous delivery of business information systems solutions that align with strategic goals.

What's the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist

You may have decided that you want to pursue a career in human behaviour and the mind or that you want to assist people in dealing with various issues in their lives. You may then be looking at becoming a counsellor or psychologist. But when looking at your study options, the different courses do cover some common ground, but psychology and counselling differ greatly. Check out this infographic that better explains the major differences between these fields, who they help, how to qualify and career options. Note that universities and proviate providers offer both counselling and psychology qualifications in Queensland with some universities offering a Bachelor in Counselling.

Australia's 20 best and 20 worst performing salaries

Shaped by local and global forces, some roles have rocketed in value while others tumbled. As we approach 2020, SEEK’s Senior Employment Trends Analyst, Leigh Broderick looks back at the 20 best and 20 worst performing salaries and shares his insights into where Australian salaries may head in the next decade. You can also find out what three trends are driving the top performers and three forces shaping downward moves and Click here to read more.

Job profiles - How much you might earn across different industry areas has an explore careers tab where you can find out information about jobs that you are investigating. You can brouse career profiles by industry and then find information about most common salary, job growth and satisfaction. They also catagorise jobs into the following subcatagories; high job satisfaction, high job growth, jobs that interest you. You can click on each job and find a description of what the job entails.

Tertiary News

Special consideration through QTAC

QTAC's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) helps applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances that have impacted negatively on their senior studies. The categories of EAS are:

  • Financial hardship
  • Personal illness and disability
  • Home environment and responsibilities
  • Educational disruption
  • English language difficulty

Through EAS you may receive bonus adjustment factors towards entry to your preferred course. You apply for EAS as part of your QTAC application. You must submit a completed cover sheet together with relevant supporting documents for each EAS category you apply for. You can download the relevant cover sheet/s from the QTAC website. Read more about EAS on the QTAC website and if you are not sure if EAS could help you see Mr Currie at school or call QTAC on 1300 467 822. You then upload your cover sheet and supporting documents to your application by logging in to Application Services and going to Outstanding Documents.

TAFE pathways to university study

TAFE provides several pathways that can be used to gain entry to degree courses at university. These include:

  • Upgrading - Successful completion of any diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree at TAFE may improve your tertiary entry score when applying through QTAC for entry to university degree programs. For example, currently, a completed diploma at pass level will receive a QTAC selection rank of 82, which was comparable to OP 9 in 2019.
  • Credit transfer agreements with universities - You complete a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree at TAFE and apply through QTAC for a related degree course at a university with which TAFE has a formal credit transfer agreement. This means you receive credit from your TAFE course towards your degree course.
  • Dual awards - You apply through QTAC for a dual TAFE/university qualification. Once you have completed your TAFE qualification you commence your university degree studies without reapplying through QTAC.
  • Degrees at TAFE – Some TAFE institutes partner with universities to deliver a degree program on the TAFE campus. TAFE Queensland South Bank campus has been accredited to offer its own degree programs – B Dental Prosthetics, B of Applied Management, Associate Degree in Civil Engineering, B of Acting and Performance, B of Applied Fashion, B of Contemporary Music Practice, B or Visual Arts, B of Games and Interactive Design.

Check out the TAFE QLD Pathways and Degree Guide for a listing of pathway programs offered by TAFE Queensland and for a list of pathway options to universities and other higher education providers.

GU: Applications for 2020 Bachelor of Music

To be considered for admission to the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University for the Trimester 1, 2020 intake you must complete the following steps:

1. Register and pay for your QCGU audition through GriffithPAY by 6 September 2019.

2. Submit your QTAC application between 1 August and 6 September 2019.

Auditions will take place at the Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank from 30 September– 4 October 2019. There is no deadline for International applicants making an application however, it is advisable to apply by 31 October for entry in 2020.

There will be a two-phase audition process. In phase one, applicants will be required to prepare an audio recording demonstrating their ability and submit it to by September 6 2019. The second phase generally involves an interview or additional performance. Live auditions will be held between 30 September and 4 October 2019. Visit the degree website and audition information for further details of audition requirements for:

  • Brass
  • Classic Voice
  • Composition
  • Jazz Instrumental
  • Jazz Voice
  • Musical Theatre
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Percussion
  • Keyboard
  • Popular Music Strings
  • Woodwind

Upcoming Events:


Applications for 2019 Bachelor of Music closing date

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser

Term 3 Maths Tutorials

Commencing Monday 22 July 2019

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Career News


Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 2

'Matilda' - Combined Colleges' Musical

I would like to congratulate all the students and staff who were involved in ‘Matilda’, our Combined Colleges’ Musical for 2019. St Mary’s College ran this year’s production achieving a great result with a talented group of students from both schools. I would like to make special mention of Mrs Courtney Fook and Mr Simon Paxton who led the dedicated group of performers and staff. Well done to all involved. St Edmund’s College looks forward to taking charge in 2020 and continuing the high standard of combined musical productions produced at the two Colleges.

Friday Assembly Performance

Adair McNamara sang ‘Collide’ by Howie Day at the first Term 3 whole school assembly last Friday. Adair did a great job accompanying himself on guitar. This is very difficult to do as the performer is having to think of singing the melody and lyrics as well as the guitar chords at the same time. Well done Adair.

Brisbane Sings Rehearsal - Sunday 28 July

The College Choir will rehearse again this Sunday (10.00am to 4.00pm) at Mount Alvernia College, Kedron, in preparation for the Brisbane Sings event. This is an amazing event, being held on Sunday 18 August, commencing 5.00pm at QPAC. Tickets can be purchased from the following link:

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons are up and running for the term. Please check the notice boards outside K205 for your lesson times and be sure to turn up to your lesson. Failure to attend can lead to termination from the program.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Brisbane Sings

Performance Information

Brisbane Sings is a community event featuring choirs and singing groups from all over Brisbane City performing separately and together. A massed choir of over 500 voices and a stage band will join to present a highly entertaining show that celebrates group singing in a non-competitive environment. The event is fun, uplifting and a great chance for various musical and community groups to share ideas and create lasting and memorable experiences for their members.

Our College Choir is participating in this event and the Show Day details are below. Contact Ms Frances O’Sullivan: if any further queries regarding this event.

Information is available on the EDE Choir page and students were given parental information last Term. Tickets are available for purchase at this website:

Sunday 18 August - Brisbane Sings Show Day

BRISBANE SINGS SHOW DAY AND TECH REHEARSAL (Free Dress, but bring performing blacks, choir t-shirt and money for lunch or packed lunch)
BRISBANE SINGS SHOW 5:00pm - Leave St Edmund’s at 9:30am – Technical Rehearsal 10:30am to 5:00 pm.
SHOW COMMENCES AT 5:00pm to 7:30pm at QPAC. Bus leaves QPAC at 8:00pm – back at St Edmund’s by 9:00pm.


Sports News - Week 2


As always it has been a busy start to Term 3 sport. Last Saturday we trialled in Tennis and Basketball against St Peter’s Lutheran College with some great results in the Basketball and promising displays in the Tennis against some very strong players.

In addition to this, our Firsts Hockey side started their Brisbane Schoolboys’ Tournament with a 3-0 win over Padua College. Tonight, our Hockey side plays Marist Ashgrove in what is a 2018 Grand Final replay.

On Saturday we compete against Villanova College in AIC Round 1 of Basketball, Tennis and Rugby League. Best of luck to all involved.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Term 3 Coordinators for the work they have done to get to this point. This term we will have approximately 220 students playing Basketball, 55 involved in Tennis, 120 competing in Rugby League and 15 students in Hockey.

To add to this, we officially start our Track and Field season next week with training on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. We would hope to see upwards of 70 to 80 students at training, complementing their Term 3 team sport.


Congratulations to Jude Thomas and Alex Davies who finished 1st and 6th respectively at the State Cross Country Championships last weekend. Both have been selected in the Queensland Cross Country side.

Congratulations to Year 7 students Lachlan McDermott-Parkes and Alex Zumbansen who competed in the Under 12 State Hockey Championships for Met West over the holidays. They represented the College extremely well with Alex being selected as a shadow for the Queensland Under 12 side and awarded the Met West Most Valued Player.

Congratulations to Blake Murray (Year 9) who achieved two World Titles in Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo while competing in the Black Belt Under 18 Division of World Mulimpia at Olympic Park, Gengneung, Gangwon, Korea during the holidays.
1st place -Taekwondo Poomsae – World Title – Trophy
1st place - Haidong Gumdo Gumbup – World Title – Gold Medal
3rd place - Haidong Gumdo Family Event – Trophy and Bronze Medal

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport


Tuckshop Roster - Week 3

Week commencing 29 July 2019

Mon 29 July: P Smith, L McPherson, M Rose
Tue 30 July: G Weier, L McLean, M Towne
Wed 31 July: S Walker, K Jackson, L Bennett, P Haddock
Thu 1 Aug: D Morris, K Elliott
Fri 2 Aug: J Powell, T Williams

School News

Australian Government Collection of School Information

Letter to St Edmund's College Parents and Caregivers

St Eddies Dance - Friday 2 August

TONIGHT - For Invited Schools Only

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop - Week 2

Year 10 Parents - 2020 Blazer Orders Being Taken

Year 10 Parents and Caregivers - 2020 College Blazer Orders

A letter regarding your son’s blazer for 2020 will be distributed early next week. Blazers are compulsory uniform for Years 11 and 12 students. The cost is $206 and a deposit of $100 is required by 19 September 2019 (final week of Term 3) to secure your order. Please contact the Uniform Shop on 3810 4489 should you have difficulty making the deposit payment.


SEC Navy Scarves - $27
Royal Blue Pullovers - $60
Key Retractables - $10
Black Trouser Socks - $10


Junior Supporter Jerseys Size 10 - $55
Junior Supporter Tracksuit Jacket Size 10 - $50
Junior Supporter Tracksuit Pants Size 10 - $40


MONDAY – 8:00AM to12:30PM
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
Visit the SEC Website-


College Fee Statements


Fee statements were emailed to all families on 24 July. Please direct all fee inquiries to

Due Date: Thursday 8 August 2019

2019 Senior Rings

How to Order - Deposit or Payment in Full by Wednesday 7 August 2019

• $120

Payment in full by 7 August OR $60 deposit by 7 August and balance by 9 October

• Delivery late Term 4

• Sizing – First Breaks outside the Deans’ room – only if you are purchasing

• Payments via locked box in Student Office or card facilities at Reception

• Captains have samples for you to view

Ipswich Catholic Community Women's Breakfast

Saturday 14 September 2019 - St Brigid's Mercy Centre - 8.00am

SEC Old Boys' Golf Day - ALL WELCOME

Sunday 25 August 2019


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