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.
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