Newsletter - 27 April 2018

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

Why should we remember?

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,

Why should we remember?

During this week of ANZAC Memorial Services we have been reminded to remember those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the name of their country. We do this not to glorify war or to nostalgically retreat into the past. Nor are we remembering because it somehow justifies a revisionist perception of a world shaped by the events of conflict and war. And it is not because we want to lament our victory or decry our defeat. It is definitely not because we feel a sense of shame or even guilt because, by a stroke of luck, history had not dealt us these very cards. All these reasons really pale into insignificance for the one true reason why we remember.

We remember the value and worthiness of a life. Whether it be a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, a friend, a colleague, a person who mattered - we remember their life. They were loved in life and now they are remembered in death because we honour that they lived. Our ritual memorial ceremonies are a communal statement that a life is a beautiful and precious thing to be remembered.

As an Edmund Rice school we challenge our young men to embrace the Touchstone of Justice and Solidarity. These acts of remembrance are formative experiences for our young men in helping them to understand their place in the world. We want to make sure they are left in no doubt that their life matters, and that they too can each make a difference in their world that contributes to the wellbeing and goodness of humanity. It is a belief that resonates with a deep conviction in our Catholic tradition that each person is made in the image of Christ as an agent of love. It is the same conviction that inspired Blessed Edmund Rice to establish schools in Ireland over 200 years ago.

Thank you to Ms Jodie Dunning, Defence Force Mentor, for her coordination of our ANZAC liturgy on Monday and for her assistance with our College’s involvement in the Woodend and Ipswich Commemorative Services. Thank you to the Eddies’ Old Boys for their superb organisation of the Woodend Service which seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year. Finally thank you to all the Eddies’ young men who turned up to support both services and proudly donned the blue and white Eddie’s uniform as a show of solidarity.

Year 10 Try-a-Trade – Presentation to St Mary’s College

This week St Edmund’s College made a presentation to St Mary’s College as an outcome of the Year 10 Try-a-Trade Program. The program gives industry experience for Year 10 boys to sample trade skills in Construction, Engineering and Automotive during the last week of Term 1. It has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for the young men to appreciate a trade working environment. This year four trade benches were constructed to be used at St Mary’s College in their Senior Technology Design courses.

Pictured are Mr Paul McNamara, Industrial Design and Technology Teacher of St Edmund’s College, Year 10 and 11 boys who constructed the benches, St Mary’s Design students and Mr Marcus Richardson, Deputy Principal of St Mary’s College.

Prayers

Please keep in your prayers Mr Ian Walker and his family, on the passing of his father, Mervyn; the father-in-law of staff member, Mrs Robyn Walker. Ian is a stalwart of the St Edmund’s Parents and Friends Association who has coordinated the Eddie’s Disco for over a decade. We also keep in our prayers all those in our Eddie’s community whose loved ones are overseas on duty as an Australian Defence Force personnel. May God be with them and keep them safe.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy

Mission & Community

Mission and Community

ANZAC Day Commemorations

ANZAC Day Commemorations

On Monday 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 some of the current and returned service men and women.

The ANZAC Liturgy in the College Hall was solemn and dignified, with prayers that drew attention to the diversity of service and conflicts that engaged the Australian Armed Forces. While our cadets were exceptional in their roles as Guard of Honour and Catafalque Party, it was Mr Cyril Wheeler’s address that weighed on the hearts and minds of all who were present. Speaking of the horrific experiences of his father and uncles in World War I, Mr Wheeler brought to life the reality of conflict. The speech was a timely reminder that war affects not only the soldiers who go into conflict zones, but also civilians and the families who remain behind.

The pinnacle of our ANZAC commemorations came on Wednesday. Our students represented the College proudly at both the Woodend Honour Stone Service and the Ipswich City Council ANZAC Day March. We are grateful to the students who attended to represent our College.

A special thank you must go to Ms Jodie Dunning who worked with the Defence students in organising a moving ANZAC liturgy and also our involvement in the Ipswich City Commemorative March. Thank you also to the staff including Mr Diarmuid O’Riordan and Mr Noel Gardner who marshalled and marched with our students on Wednesday.

We pray…

God of love and liberty,

we thank you for the peace and security we enjoy.

It was won for us through the courage and devotion of those

who gave their lives in time of war.

We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain,

but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come.

We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus

and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Edmund Rice Day Mass

All are welcome to attend our Edmund Rice Mass to be celebrated at 9:00am on Friday 4 May, 2018 at St Mary’s Parish Church.

Mums and Chums

Friday 11 May 2018 will signal our annual Mothers’ evening at the College. Mums and Chums has a long history at the school and provides an opportunity for Mothers (or a significant female in the life of an Eddie’s Boy) to engage in some fun. It is a very enjoyable evening. More information will come out shortly, so mark this day in your diary.

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

ANZAC Services

College ANZAC Services

ANZAC Service - 23 April 2018

Anzac Day is a time when, as a community, we remember those who sacrificed their lives and when we honour our service men and women. As part of the College tradition, our Anzac Commemorations commenced on Monday morning with a Gunfire Breakfast where students, parents and Defence personnel came together to share breakfast.

The St Edmund’s College Anzac Liturgy followed, paying tribute to the courage and sacrifice made by the ANZACs. ANZAC Day 2018 recognised the forging of lasting bonds, with the 100 year anniversary of Villers-Bretonneux in France.

Our Guest speaker Mr Cyril Wheeler shared the experiences that his father faced during his service in World War I as a stretcher bearer. This was a touching moment. We appreciated Mr Wheeler participating in the College service.

Thank you to Chaplain Andrea Robertson and SqLdr McDermott for your participation in our liturgy and to all the Defence personnel who attended - your presence at the College Anzac Liturgy was appreciated by our community and the students enjoyed having you attend.

Thank you to Des and Ann Evans, representing Vietnam Veterans: your presence reminds us of the sacrifice of our soldiers who served in Vietnam.

Thank you to all our students and cadets for your participation in the Liturgy, and for the great respect you showed during the service.

Ipswich Anzac Day March and Commemorative Service - 25 April 2018

St Edmund’s College students, staff, parents and Defence personnel participated in the Ipswich Anzac Day March and Commemorative Service, honouring Veterans and our Australian Defence personnel. The Commemorative Service reminded our Ipswich community of the strong connections we have with the Defence Forces and gave us the opportunity to give thanks to them, for the service they provide: from protecting our borders to helping those in need.

LEST WE FORGET.

Ms Jodie Dunning, Defence Transition Mentor

Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning

Library Learning Hub commences - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Library Learning Hub

We are in Week 2, therefore Senior students should be working hard. The Library Learning Hub has commenced for the term and we welcome Corey Sherman, 2017 OP2 graduate, to our tutoring team. Corey is able to assist students, particularly with Mathematics. Two tutors will be in attendance on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.00 to 5.00pm to assist Years 10, 11 and 12 students.

Junior students are welcome to attend the library, Monday to Friday, until 3.30pm.

Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 3 May

Thursday 3 May is the date for Parent-Teacher interviews. Parent Teacher Online (PTO) is open to parents for booking interviews from 4.00pm today and will close at 3.00pm on Wednesday 2 May. I look forward to seeing you at the Parent Teacher Evening.

Year 12 Qld Core Skills (QCS) Preparation

This week we commenced the first of our school workshops for QCS preparation. Students are attending on Tuesday afternoons from 3.00pm to 4.00pm to further their improvement in the skills required for the QCS Test. The Queensland Core Skills Test will be held on 4/5 September.

Senior School Academic Tracking

Ms Mulkerin is reviewing results in Years 11 and 12 to track individual student performance. She is meeting with staff and students to discuss progress and to keep students and parents informed of the progress of their sons. I thank Ms Mulkerin for her significant work in this regard.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Assistant Principal Students

Career News

Careers

Term 2, Week 2

What is an ICT professonal?

How do you communicate with your friends – SMS, Twitter, Google Plus, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Pandora, Facebook, Instagram? When you use any of these channels of communication, you are using Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

As tomorrow’s ICT professional you are likely to be working with technologies that do not exist yet. You will have your choice of industry – banking and finance, health, insurance, defence, manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, environment, hospitality – you name it. Here are a few examples of the careers in the many ICT pathways available.

  • The Dreamer – Designer, Developer, Programmer, Systems Analyst
  • The Team Player - Account Manager, Support Technician, Computer Engineer
  • The Inventor – Network Administrator, ICT Architect, ICT Consultant, Programmer
  • The Constructor – Database Coordinator, Network Administrator, Security Analyst
  • The Big Thinker – Business Systems Planner, ICT Trainer, Project Manager

You can find this information and much more on the I Choose Technology website. The site provides information about the ICT industry in Australia, ICT jobs and salaries, courses, and the profiles of people with ICT jobs.

The most stressful and least stressful jobs of 2018

The CareerCast team ranked jobs according to 11 core factors – amount of travel, growth potential, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, meeting the public, competitiveness, death, life of another at risk, deadlines and working in the public-eye. The following are the top most stressful and least stressful jobs they came up with.

Most stressful jobs
  1. Enlisted Military Personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline Pilot
  4. Police Officer
  5. Event Coordinator
  6. Newspaper Reporter
  7. Broadcaster
  8. Public Relations Executive
  9. Senior Corporate Executive
  10. Taxi Driver
Least stressful jobs
  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  2. Hair Stylist
  3. Audiologist
  4. University Professor
  5. Medical Records Technician
  6. Compliance Officer
  7. Jeweller
  8. Pharmacy Technician
  9. Operations Research Analyst
  10. Medical Laboratory Technician

How you cope with stress is probably something you need to think about when exploring jobs. Read more about the CareerCast research on their website.

Aviation Australia (AA) Information Sessions

Aviation Australia is a world class, registered training organisation, established by the Queensland State Government in 2001 to support the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and international markets. They pride themselves in training excellence, offering courses in cabin crew, engineering and pilot training to aspiring individuals, looking to pursue a career in the aviation industry. Aviation Australia is a partner to over 60 airlines and aerospace companies, governments, defence forces and regulatory authorities, with over 1000 graduates working worldwide. AA are holding the following information sessions in May:

Upcoming Events:

09/05/2018

Aeroskills Information Session
Brisbane, QLD

09/05/2018

Flight Attendant Career Sessions
Brisbane, QLD

Additional entry requirement for teaching courses

From 2018, applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses must meet academic and non-academic entry requirements. Academic entry requirements include subject prerequisites and OP/rank cut-offs. You can find academic entry requirements for each course in Course Search.

You can meet academic entry requirements through:

  • senior secondary (Year 12) results
  • successful prior study at university or VET level
  • successful completion of relevant professional qualifications
  • approved admissions tests.

Contact the relevant institution for more information on what qualifications are accepted for entry to initial teacher education courses. Information on the selection guidelines including the process for assessment of non-academic capabilities is available from the QTAC website.

Start university while still at school

The following universities in Queensland offer programs that enable high achieving students in Years 11 and/or 12 to have a university experience through studying a university subject. The subjects may be free and may provide credit towards a university degree at the end of Year 12 and/or guarantee entry to a degree at the end of Year 12. Successful completion of a university subject will contribute credit towards your Queensland Certificate of Education and may give you bonus points towards your university application when you apply through QTAC. Entry to these programs must have the support of your school and your parents.

  • CQUniversity has a Start Uni Now (SUN) program for students in Years 11 and 12. Applications for term two, 2018 (9 July 2018 to 5 October 2018) will close on 22 June 2018. See the SUN website for more information.
  • The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Study (GUESTS) program is offered to students in Year 11 and 12. Applications for Trimester Two (9 June to 28 September) close on 30 May 2018. See the GUEST website for more information.
  • The Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Start QUT Program is offered to students in Year 12. Applications for Semester two 2018 (the semester commences in July) close on 14 May 2018. See the Start QUT website for more information.
  • The University of Queensland offers an Enhanced Studies Program (ESP) for Year 12 students. Applications close in the year before commencing the program. See the website for more information.
  • The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has a Head Start Program for students in Years 10 - 12. This program is offered on-campus at USQ’s Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich Campuses, or via distance education. Applications for Semester Two (16 July – 29 October 2018) close on 4 June 2018. See the Head Start website for more information.
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast has a Headstart Program for students in Years 11 and 12. Applications for Semester Two (23 July – 5 November 2018) close on 30 April 2018. See the Headstart website for more information.

Universities often hold information sessions to inform students and their parents about these programs.

UMAT Updates

UMAT practice exam

Health Career website has an article on UMAT presented by MedEntry. The article includes a link to a UMAT practice exam which includes the exam questions, answers and fully worked solutions.

UMAT reminders

Students applying for medicine and other health science courses may be required to sit for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) as part of the application process. You register to sit for the test on the UMAT website. On time registrations close at 5 pm on 1 June 2018. Late registrations are accepted up to 5 pm on 15 June 2018 (a late fee of $65 applies). The test date is 25 July 2018. Results will be available in mid-September 2018. It is essential that you read the entire UMAT 2018 Information Booklet and complete the UMAT Registration Tutorial before you register for UMAT 2018. Both resources are available on the UMAT website.

Snippets from the University of Queensland (UQ)

Concurrent Diplomas at UQ - UQ students can study diplomas in Music Performance and Languages website for details.

Undergraduate Guide for 2019 – This publication can be downloaded from the UQ website. It contains information about the courses that will be offered in 2019, a table of all courses with prerequisites and previous OP/rank cut-offs, and everything else you need to know about life at UQ.

UQ Link Program – This is a special admissions scheme to assist prospective students who have experienced educational disadvantage due to financial hardship to gain entry to UQ. All eligible students receive five bonus rank points, and $3,000 for the first year. To apply for this program, you complete the Financial Hardship section of QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) when you apply for courses through QTAC.

UQ OP Guarantee – Under this scheme, if you achieve an OP 1 – 5, you are guaranteed entry into your highest eligible course preference in the January 2019 major offer round for most of UQ’s undergraduate courses, regardless of the course cut-offs.

UQ Bonus Rank Scheme – This scheme provides up to five bonus rank points towards your entry, and points are allocated on the following basis:

  • Two points for passing an approved language other than English.
  • Two points for passing Queensland Senior Mathematics C (or equivalent as determined by UQ).
  • One point for successfully completing a university-level enrichment course concurrently with your senior program (e.g. the Enhanced Studies Program).

Visit the UQ Bonus Rank Scheme webpage for more information.

Updates from Griffith University

Griffith Apply website – this site provides information on the following topics in short video format:

  • What you need to study at Griffith
  • Applying to study at Griffith
  • Admission pathways to study
  • The cost of tertiary study

After viewing the videos, visit the ‘High School Students’ webpage. This section of the website has useful information including how to apply, admission schemes, programs for high achievers and scholarships.

2019 Undergraduate Degrees Guide – In addition to information about the courses to be offered in 2019, the Guide provides a glimpse of the study opportunities available at Griffith. Included are briefs on Kick start your career, scholarships, campus life, Griffith Sports College and how to apply. Download the Guide from the website (scroll down to ‘Undergraduate Brochure’).

Queensland Conservatorium auditions – Most of the courses offered by the Conservatorium require an audition as one of the entry prerequisites. Audition applications usually open in June. The Auditions website will be updated for 2019 applications shortly. Note that if you don’t apply for an audition by the due date, you will not be considered for any courses requiring an audition at the Conservatorium.

Updates from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Lacking assumed knowledge for a QUT course? - QUT bridging courses in Maths B, Chemistry and Physics are offered to students and the general community to help participants undertake tertiary-level studies in these areas. Successfully completing the Maths B bridging program will give you the assumed knowledge in Maths B for QUT courses and meet the maths prerequisite for QUT's Bachelor of Education. This program may also meet assumed knowledge or prerequisites for other institutions. Semester 2, 2018 courses are delivered on campus between 17 July and 25 October 2018. Registrations close 3 July 2018. Visit the QUT Bridging Programs webpage for an overview, details and to register.

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 15 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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students - QUT’s Oodgeroo Unit offers the Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP). If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and want to study an undergraduate course you may be eligible for admission through the Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP). QUT takes into account prior learning and other personal achievements to give you a better chance of getting into the course you want, as well as a bursary to help you with study or living costs. Visit their webpage for more information.

Mr Mark Currie, Head of Department: Careers

General

Music and Cultural

Music News

All Performing Arts Ensembles have resumed rehearsals for the big term ahead.

All Performing Arts Ensembles have resumed rehearsals for the big term ahead. The first event for the term will be the Little King’s Performance on Sunday 20 May at St Joseph’s College. This will involve many of the College ensembles including the College Choir, Combined Colleges’ Concert Band, Jazz Band, Senior Contemporary Ensemble, Junior Contemporary Ensemble and the Combined Colleges’ String Ensemble.

College Assembly - 20 April 2018

Asher Kunde performed a wonderful rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Strawberry Swing’ at our first whole school assembly for Term 2. This was yet another great demonstration of Asher’s ability to perform at a very high level. Well done Asher!

Instrumental Lessons

A reminder for students to check the noticeboard outside Room K205 for your instrumental music lesson times and remember to communicate with your tutor or myself (before their lesson) if you cannot attend. Failure to do so may mean your termination from the program.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Sport

Sports News - AIC Round 1

AIC SPORT

Rugby and Football

Preparations have now concluded for the AIC Rugby and Football season as we take the field tomorrow for Round 1 against Iona College. I would like to thank our many coaches who have worked hard over the past five weeks in preparation for Round 1. It is no easy task organising students into teams within such a short time frame.

Congratulations to those students who have been selected in our Firsts Rugby Union and Firsts Football sides for 2018. We certainly wish you all the best over the next seven Saturdays. We are sure you will represent the College with pride.

Inter-House Cross Country

Congratulations to the runners who put in 100% at the Inter-House Cross Country Carnival last Friday. It was pleasing to see a few new faces display their talents when it comes to Cross Country.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Jack Field, Ethan Robinson and Cooper Ward who represented Queensland in Under 17 Men’s Netball over the holidays. The Queensland team was defeated in a very exciting final against Victoria. As a result of the Carnival, Ethan Robinson and Cooper Ward have been selected in the Under 17 Men’s Australian Netball Team.

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

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

AIC Term 2 First Teams and Coaches

Congratulations to the members of the First Rugby, Football and Chess teams who were presented to the College assembly today.

Rugby First XV

  • Lachlan Payne (C)
  • Dominic Luafalealo (VC)
  • Rory Dillon
  • Lachlan Evans
  • Jack Fisher
  • Frazier Ginn
  • Thomas Hall
  • Samuel Hockings
  • Nathan Martin
  • Jac McQueen
  • Connor Murphy
  • Luca Pavlenko
  • Hunter Pearce
  • Caileb Powell
  • Cade Scanlan
  • Seth Setu
  • Logan Spark
  • Campbell Twigg
  • Ethan Whiteside

Football First XI

  • Dylan Vit (C)
  • Connor Asquith
  • Thomas Brennan
  • Blair Chisholm
  • Pedro Gonzaga
  • Ronald Kamba Batal
  • Cameron McAndrew
  • William Rashleigh
  • Oakley Reeve
  • Marco Rose
  • Oliver Schmidt
  • Benjamin Thomas
  • Hayden Whyte

Chess First IV

  • Leo Anthony Ilangovan (C)
  • Lachlan Brown
  • Patrick Cavanagh
  • Joseph Savage
  • Lachlan Wesener
Thanks to the following appointed Rugby, Football and Chess coaches/coordinators:

Rugby Coaches

  • Senior Coordinator Mr C de Waard
  • Junior Coordinator Mr N Gardner/Mr D Meehan
  • 1st XV Mr David Hall and Mr Neil Ryder
  • Mr D Mills (Manager)
  • 2nd XV Mr C de Waard/Mr D Robinson and Mr S Joseph
  • 10A/B Mr D Robinson, Mr D King and Mr J de Beer
  • 9A/B Mr C de Waard, Mr Nicholas Pender and Mr N Aldridge
  • 8A/B Mr N Gardner, Mr S Sprenger and Mr Nick Rees
  • Ms N Teitzel (Manager)
  • 8C Mr Thomas MacDonald
  • 7A/B/C Mr D Meehan, Mr Shane Reinke and Mr Declan Wellings

Football Coaches

  • Senior Coordinator Mr W Warren
  • Junior Coordinator Mr N Manttan
  • 1sts XI Mr A Montgomery
  • 2nds XI Mr L Wilson
  • 3rds XI Mr P Reeves
  • 4ths XI Mr Jared Broadbent
  • 5ths XI Mr T Bryden
  • 10A Mr W Warren
  • 10B Mr Tom Sotiriadis
  • 9A Mr L Wilson
  • 9B Mr Nelson Hurry/Mr E Webb
  • 8A Mr N Manttan
  • 8B Mr M Luxton
  • 8C Mr W Pointing/Mr E Webb
  • 7A Mr T Schad
  • 7B Mr P Dadds
  • 7C Mr Sebastian Scaroni
  • Ms C Grieve (Manager)
  • 7D Mr Kye Goatham

Chess Coordinators

  • Ms C Stead and Mr M Currie

SEC Cross Country Carnival Results - 20 April 2018

Congratulations to Age Champions and Top 5 Placegetters

Congratulations to the following Top 5 place setters in last week’s Cross Country Carnival and in particular the age Champions.

st Billy Bishell Ignatius

nd Nathan Meier Ignatius

rd Dylan Vit Ambrose

th Marco Rose Finn

th Jai Weatherhog Finn

Year 11

st Jude Thomas Callan

nd Alex Davies Morgan

rd Benjamin Thomas Morgan

th Oliver Schmidt Morgan

th Blair Chisholm Morgan

st Mac Sheppard Morgan

nd William Cruice Elliott

rd Tom McIntyre Ignatius

th Kerryn Ryan Rice

th Noah Atley Elliott

Year 9

st Connor Kennedy Finn

nd Harry Hunter Callan

rd Connor Shaw Ignatius

th Hayden Molkentien Ambrose

th Bailey Lyon Elliott

Year 8

st Joel Powell Elliott

nd Ben Ivanovic Treacy

rd Oliver Cruice Elliott

th Brathan Armstrong Callan

th Shanden Stokes Callan

Year 7

st Rhonin Wardle Ignatius

nd Mitchell Wade Morgan

rd Nicholas Luttrell Elliott

th Hamish Asquith Callan

th Ethan Isaacs Ambrose

Congratulations to all students who participated on the day and helped make it an enjoyable event.

Final placings in the Inter-house competition were as follows:

  1. Ambrose
  2. Elliott
  3. Morgan
  4. Rice
  5. Finn
  6. Callan
  7. Treacy
  8. Ignatius

2018 Cross Country Sponsorship Money

Reminder to return sponsorship money

2018 New Zealand Rugby Tour - Under 15

During the final week of Term One, twenty-eight Year 10 students embarked on the College’s annual Rugby Tour of New Zealand’s South Island.

During the final week of Term One, twenty-eight Year 10 students embarked on the College’s annual Rugby Tour of New Zealand’s South Island. The tour kicked off to a rocky start after an air-conditioning issue resulted in our plane being turned back to Brisbane forty-five minutes after take-off. We had to wait for a replacement craft and finally taxied down the runway around midnight. Consequently, our early morning arrival in Dunedin meant that we were forced to forego our accommodation. Despite having little to no sleep, the boys took the upheavals in their stride.

After walking up Baldwin St (the steepest street in the world), we headed to Forsyth Barr Stadium, the home of the Highlanders. Here, our fortune began to change. A chance meeting in the carpark with a former St Peter’s teacher, now Otago Rugby Development Officer, meant that we were afforded a tour of Otago Rugby’s inner sanctum and given access to the stadium. From there, the tour group whetted their appetites for a week of Rugby by watching an Otago Provincial Rugby match.

As was the case in 2017, South Otago High warmly welcomed our students with a barbeque. Balclutha was to be our home for the next two days. Early Sunday morning, the tour group headed towards the Catlins to visit Nugget Point Lookout. The students were greeted with stunning views of the ‘nuggets’ and the barks of seals and sea lions. That afternoon, we made our way back to Balclutha and played against our hosts, South Otago High. In a well-balanced and good spirited contest, St Edmund’s prevailed 33-24 to post their first victory of the tour.

After farewelling South Otago, we headed further south. We stopped in Gore for a morning training run where the players were able to blow out some of the cobwebs from the day before. That afternoon, Eddies played against Menzies College and again the people of the rural town of Wyndham turned up in healthy numbers to witness the tourists play. They were not disappointed, with St Edmund’s teaching the New Zealanders a lesson or two in Junior Rugby. Eddies ran out victors 99-10.

On Tuesday, the itinerary saw the group head to The Bluff, the southern most part of NZ’s South Island, where the boys enjoyed a bushwalk from the top of the Bluff to Stirling Point. After a walk around Invercargill, which included a photo with the ‘Fastest Indian’, we made the short journey back to St Peter’s, Gore. Students from St Peter’s welcomed us with a Maori version of Leonard Cohen’s classic, ‘Hallelujah’, and a traditional Haka before we took to the field. St Edmund’s again played some ruthless Rugby, winning 58-10.

Wednesday was the day when we started heading north. It was also the day we discovered the voice of Mr Jan de Beer who lead the boys in a few South African Army Marching Chants. To my surprise, the boys willingly joined in and sang along. Their willingness to play tough and determined Rugby also continued as they overcome a solid start by St Kevin’s, Oamaru, to come away with a 56-12 victory. That night, about half of the tour group got to experience boarding school life for the first time. St Kevin’s is also a Christian Brothers’ College and after some discussions that evening with St Kevin’s staff, it is hoped that they will reciprocate and tour Ipswich in 2019.

On Thursday, we left Otago and headed towards Canterbury. After a dip in the coolish Rakaia Gorge’s glacial waters and lunch at Darfield Bakery, so Mr O’Connell could indulge in a Scotch Egg, we arrived at Burnside Rugby Club to face Burnside High. By now, SEC was playing with confidence and with the incentive of gaining one of the 10A spots for the upcoming AIC season, Eddies ran away with the match to win 97-0.

The next morning, the tourists became just that, as there was no Rugby to be played that day. Instead, we drove nearly two hours to relax in the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs. After swanning around in the water for a couple of hours and gaining its therapeutic benefits, we trekked back to Christchurch to take a gondola ride up Mt Cavendish to look out over the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.

Despite the challenging start, the New Zealand tour was deemed a success. That success came in the form of finishing the tour with five wins from five starts. As hoped, the longer the team spent on the paddock the greater they gelled. Despite some cricket-like score lines, SEC was tested early in each game. It was testament to our players that they stood strong, stayed patient and defended stoically to build momentum late in each game. This augers well for the upcoming AIC Rugby season as the Rugby skills on display were worthy of praise.

Other positives to be noted included the remarks from our host families who commended the boys on their courtesy and friendliness. It was also great to see the exchanging of email addresses, etc. as new friendships were formed. Both South Otago High and St Kevin’s will tour Australia next year and it would be great if we could repay the hospitality shown to us.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the coaches, Mr Dan King, Mr Dan Robinson and Mr Jan de Beer, for their time and efforts in moulding the playing group into a force to be reckoned with. I would also like to praise Max Banditt for his leadership of the players on the field. This tour is not just about developing Rugby skills: it is an important event on our calendar whereby courtesy, selflessness and self-control are promoted.

Thank you to those students who put others before themselves; you truly are Strong Men, Kind Men, Gentle Men and above all, Eddies’ Men!

Mr Dale O’Connell, Manager, NZ Rugby Tour

AIC ROUND 1 RUGBY FIXTURES - 28 April 2018

Vs Iona College

St Edmund’s College

AIC RUGBY FIXTURES

vs

Iona College

Date

28 April 2018

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

1sts

2:15pm

Away

Iona College, Davine Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

2nds

1:00pm

Away

Iona College, Davine Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

10A

1:00pm

Away

Iona College, McCarthy Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

10B

12 noon

Away

Iona College, McCarthy Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

9A

12 noon

Away

Iona College, Harron Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

9B

11:00am

Away

Iona College, Harron Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

8A

10:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli

8B

9:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli

8C

8:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 1, Church Street, Tivoli

7A

10:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 4, Church Street, Tivoli

7B

9:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 4, Church Street, Tivoli

7C

8:30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 4, Church Street, Tivoli

Bus Information:

BUS 1 – for Football – 9A, 9B, 10A & 10B

leaves the College at 7.00am and returns at approximately 5:00pm.

BUS 2 – for Rugby –9A & 9B

Football – 5ths, 4ths & 2nds

leaves the College at 9.00am and returns at approximately 5:00pm.

BUS 3 – for Rugby –10A, 10B, 2nds & 1sts

Football – 1sts & 3rds

leaves the College at 10.00am and returns at approximately 5:00pm.

AIC ROUND 1 FOOTBALL (Soccer) FIXTURES - 28 April 2018

Vs Iona College

St Edmund’s College

AIC FOOTBALL FIXTURES

vs

Iona College

Date

28 April 2018

TEAM

TIME

H/A

VENUE

1sts

12:15pm

Away

Iona College, Fuller Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

2nds

11:00am

Away

Iona College, Fuller Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

3rds

11:40am

Away

Iona College, Coghill Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

4ths

10:30am

Away

Iona College, Coghill Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

5ths

10:30am

Away

Iona College, Dwyer Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

10A

9:45am

Away

Iona College, Fuller Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

10B

8:30am

Away

Iona College, Coghill Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

9A

8:30am

Away

Iona College, Fuller Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

9B

9:30am

Away

Iona College, Coghill Oval, 85 North Road, Lindum

8A

8.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 3, Church Street, Tivoli

8B

9.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 3, Church Street, Tivoli

8C

10.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 3, Church Street, Tivoli

7A

8.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli

7B

9.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli

7C

10.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli

7D

11.30am

Home

Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field 2, Church Street, Tivoli

Bus Information:

BUS 1 – for Football – 9A, 9B, 10A & 10B

leaves the College at 7.00am and returns at approximately 5:00pm.

BUS 2 – for Rugby –9A & 9B
Football – 5ths, 4ths & 2nds

leaves the College at 9.00am and returns at approximately 5:00pm.

BUS 3 – for Rugby –10A, 10B, 2nds & 1sts
Football – 1sts & 3rds

leaves the College at 10.00am and returns at approximately 5:00pm.

Tuckshop

Tuckshop Roster

Term 2, Week 3

Mon 30 April: K Bilyj, M Glen, K Horsfall, M Sugden-Ware.

Tue 1 May: K McKew, A Harding.

Wed 2 May: D Schmidt, C Sammut.

Thu 3 May: D Sanders, T Suthers, A Antonio.

Fri 4 May: L Wesener, H Marsh, J Marsh.

School News

MUMS and CHUMS Night - Friday 11 May 2018

5:45pm to 8:15pm - St Edmund’s College Campus - 16 Mary St, Woodend, Ipswich

KOKODA TRACK 2018

Want to challenge yourself?

KOKODA TRACK 2018

Want to challenge yourself? Want to walk in the footsteps of the Diggers from the Kokoda Campaign? Or do you simply want to wind your way along the track through rugged mountainous terrain, delving deep into the history of the area, whilst immersing yourself in the culture of the local communities? Whatever you want, the Kokoda Track is 96 kilometres of the most spectacular (and challenging) treks in the world.

Following an exploratory trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2017 by Mr Nigel Raddie, Head of Department: VET, the Kokoda Track is being offered to students and parents of St Edmund’s College in 2018. With a series of training walks over Terms Two and Three, culminating in a team entry into the Kokoda Challenge, we aim to leave for PNG during the period, 14 to 28 September 2018.

During our trip we will visit a Catholic Seminary before preparing ourselves for the track proper. The track will be walked over a period of 8 to 10 days in reverse direction, finishing back at the Seminary with a visit to the Bomana War Cemetery. The trip will be organised through an established and reputable Australian trekking company that uses all local guides, many of whom are direct descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.

Training will commence soon, therefore requests should be directed to Mr Nigel Raddie at St Edmund’s College: nraddie@sec.qld.edu.au - or via College Reception on 3810 4400.

Imita Range Village Life

War Relics War Cemetery


EDDIES RACE DAY

Saturday 5 May 2018

Winter Uniform

Years 11 and 12 - Week 3, Term 2

A reminder to parents and caregivers that all Years 11 and 12 students are required to wear full winter uniform from Monday 30 April 2018.

Senior Winter Uniform

  • polished

SENIOR FORMAL

Thursday 17 May 2018

2018 SENIOR FORMAL

Thursday 17 May at the Ipswich Civic Centre

We are looking forward to celebrating the Year 12 Formal on next Thursday 17 May 2018 at the Ipswich Civic Centre, 7.00 for 7.30pm, and concluding at 11.00pm. Cost: $110 per person.

Families are welcome to attend the Pre-Formal event from 6.00 to 7.00pm. This will be held in the Undercroft area at St Edmund’s College. Photographers will be available for family photos.

Uniform Shop

Notices

Skool2Skoolies 2018 Sponsorship

The St Edmund’s College “Skool2Skoolies” initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Skool2Skoolies 2018

The St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and to give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Each year, Year 12 students from the College are given the opportunity to live out the College ethos and continue their ‘gentlemanly’ behaviour by committing themselves to raise funds for three charities which encapsulate the spirit of social justice within the Ipswich community, Australia and worldwide - The Ipswich Hospice, St Vincent de Paul and the Christian Brothers’ Immersion Programs.

Last year, through the dedication of students and charitable donations from local Ipswich entities, we were able to raise in excess of $20,000: a donation of $7500 to each of the previously mentioned groups. These donations assisted in creating a tangible change in the work carried out by these life-altering support networks. Approximately thirty students embarking on the 2018 Skool2Skoolies ride are continuing the legacy through raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

Our sincere thanks to the following generous sponsors of the 2018 Skool2Skoolies.

CHAMPION Sponsors
  • Apprenticeships Queensland
  • Fallu McMillan Lawyers
  • Gibson Architects
  • Limestone Dental Group
  • Mallets Carpet Choice
  • St Edmund's College Old Boys' Association
  • Strybos and Sons Electrical
  • Potter Landscapes

Breakaway Sponsors

  • Hutchinson Builders
  • Kelleher Builders
  • McNamara and Associates
  • PM Landsapes
  • TAE Aerospace
  • Trek Ipswich

Peloton Sponsors

  • Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club
  • G.J. Walsh
  • Grandview
  • Hello World Travel
  • Ipswich Dental
  • NBA Electrical Engineering
  • Off Peak Water
  • Options Cabinets
  • PhysioActive
  • Sammut Bulow
  • Surreal Signs
  • Tridan Electrical

Saddle Sponsor - $2500

    This is a unique opportunity for interested businesses to become the sole sponsor of the cycling knicks (shorts) for the ride. Your business logo would feature prominently on the outside of the leg on all riders.

Any support that can be offered for this meaningful cause would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like further information regarding the St Edmund’s College 2018 Skool2Skoolies fundraising project, please contact Mr Michael Podolak at St Edmund’s College, E: mpodolak@sec.qld.edu.au


St Mary's College OPEN EVENING 2018

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