A Glass Half Full...
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
Glass Half Full
At assembly today we spoke about the Eddies’ Men Can attitude. We likened it to the ‘glass half full’ outlook on life which can be summed up in the following dot points:
- Realising the positive even when times are tough
- Approaching each day like it’s an adventure
- Bouncing back after experiencing setbacks
- Saying ‘I think I can’ rather than ‘I can’t’
- Appreciating what I have rather than counting what I don’t have
- Being thankful for the small joys in life
- Focusing on getting up, rather than thinking about falling down
- Listening to the voice of courage within, rather than the sound of fear from outside
- Choosing hope above despair
- Seeing the light in the darkness
Congratulations – Rock of Ages
Last Friday evening I took my family to see the final performance of the St Edmund’s and St Mary’s production of Rock of Ages at the Ipswich Civic Centre. To all the cast and crew - Congratulations on an outstanding show. The singing, dancing, music, stage sets, lighting and costumes took me back to my teenage years. I almost got out of my seat to play an air guitar solo at one stage. It was a thoroughly entertaining evening enjoyed by all. The production team deserves high praise for their efforts in bringing together students from both Colleges and creating a school musical that will be remembered for a long time. We are indeed among very talented and gifted students.
This week we formally began preparing our Year 11 young men as the future student leaders of the College for 2019. From now until the end of the Term, Year 11 will be invited to consider putting themselves forward as a College Captain or House Leader for 2019. On Wednesday 25 July, all Year 11 spent the day offsite at Colleges Crossing Recreational Reserve where they worked in their House groups on a variety of leadership challenge and reflection tasks. On 15 August they will spend another day off-site at the Terrace Tennyson Fields to further explore their leadership calling and how, as a cohort, they would like to set a standard for others to follow. Early next Term we then engage the young men to consider the attributes of a leader by examining three dimensions of leadership through the lens of character, action and words. We hope these formative experiences prepare our future Seniors of 2019 to select College Captains and House Leaders who will serve the College community with humility, and express the collective leadership of the 2019 Seniors as a whole with distinction.
AIC Term 3 – Tennis, Basketball, Cross Country and Athletics
To all our Eddies’ young men who will be representing the College in the Term 3 AIC Competition in Tennis, Basketball, Cross Country and Athletics, we wish you well. We know you will represent the College with the Eddies’ Men Can spirit as your inspiration.
Please keep in your prayers Conor Tweedy, a Year 11 student from St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, who suffered a serious neck injury while playing for the Second XV Rugby Team last week. Conor remains in ICU with his family by his side after undergoing a series of spinal operations over the weekend. It is at this time we extend to Conor, the Tweedy family, the Principal of the College, Dr Michael Carroll and the Terrace community, our thoughts and prayerful support.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal