Newsletter - 27 March 2020

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Principal's Office

The Principal

The Measure of Who We Are

Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,

Not so many weeks ago I sat in a full school assembly. As the person at the lectern addressed the gathering, I noticed a young man staring intently at the face of the Apple watch attached to his wrist. These amazing little bits of technology have become so much a part of our lives, measuring our heartbeat, alerting us to messages and playing music; even telling time! So versatile are these technological wonders that you can also personalise their appearance.

What was enthralling to this young man was the watch face he had chosen as his own. His fingers gently turned the crown, and as he did, the pattern on the watch face changed. Much like looking into a kaleidoscope: with each movement of the crown there was a new and intricate pattern.

I’m reminded of this because over the past weeks it seems that with every hour our scenario changes. The coronavirus has created an environment for our leaders that necessitates new plans, new actions, and some sacrifices; all on an apparent daily timetable.

For St Edmund’s, as I mentioned last week, life has been “the same, but different”. As we move towards the Easter break however; new plans, actions and sacrifices will make what we consider “the same”, look very different.

In Term 2 learning at home may become a familiar part of the daily routine. Classrooms may be replaced by lounge rooms, desks by kitchen tables and white boards by computer screens. Like old friends, names like Atomi, Clickview and Infinity will show up in dinner time conversations. Yet as capable as our young men are, as motivated – when they want to be – as we know they can be, it will be the support of our Eddies Team, parents, staff and each other that will make the difference.

I believe we have a dedicated and committed staff who will work hard to ensure our young men are not disadvantaged in the face of this unprecedented event. I believe we have a community of loving parents and caregivers who will support their sons by creating spaces, boundaries and routines that support learning. I believe that with this assistance our young men will be able to overcome this radical change to their schooling and continue to learn. Until we can return to the type of “same” we have known; where lessons are face-to-face, relationships take place at less than social spacing and hand washing is a habit, not an imperative.

These coming weeks and possibly months will no doubt challenge us. In these times of challenge, how we support each other will be the measure of who we are. We are in this together, and we will get through, and we will, once again, be able to gather as a community to celebrate all that is strong, kind and gentle in the Eddies spirit.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

Care for the Vulnerable

As the potential for new and different ways to learn online becomes tangible, it is important to know that we are trying to re-imagine all areas of College life. St Edmund’s College is a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition; even as we transition to remote experiences, we will continue to promote our Vision and Mission.

In this time marked by COVID-19, people have been encouraged to practise “social distancing” by avoiding public interaction as much as possible in order to care for themselves and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

When “social distancing” in itself is an act that promotes the common good, the Catholic Social Teaching theme, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, reminds us that we must always advocate for people and communities at the margins. The director of the Peace, Justice and Human Rights program at John Carroll University, Dr Philip Metres, reminds us: “Keep in mind that the most vulnerable of our society and of the world will bear the worst brunt of this, as they always do”.

Our faith calls us to care for those with the greatest need. We cannot forget other communities at the margins who are also vulnerable due to social, economic and political factors. Take a moment to remember the unique challenges some of our neighbours face and let us try to take actions to support them during the global pandemic.

• Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
• Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
• Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
• Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch-up with someone you know
• Help with a household chore at home
• Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
• Send an interesting article to a friend
• Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
• Donate to a charity
• Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they are finding the change in routine
• Donate to foodbanks, look for the drop boxes at supermarkets
• Offer to skill share with a friend via video call - you could teach guitar, dance etc.
• Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
• Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal

Prayer for an Abundance of Kindness

Let us pray for an abundance of kindness
in this time of turmoil and crisis.
Let us pray for an abundance of awareness and action
for oppressed people and vulnerable places at greater risk.
Let us pray for an abundance of support,
for first responders and health care workers doing impossible jobs.
And for decision makers and scientists striving to do their best.
An abundance of “we”,
an abundance of “in this together”,
an abundance of reaching out (virtual and voice),
an abundance of global community.
For this, we pray.
(Sourced from Kairos Canada)

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching


As indicated in letters emailed to parents and caregivers regarding Term 1 reports, Years 7 to 10 students will receive results only for study habits or their learning dispositions.

Year 12 will receive a numerical result for their Internal Assessment 1 and this is subject to the QCAA Confirmation process.

All parents will be able to see the Progressive Feedback on EDE for each student’s individual assessment pieces. The assessment completed in these last two weeks will be available after the holidays and I will keep in contact with you about this. Please ask your son for assistance if you experience difficulty navigating EDE for this. Below is the information I emailed previously about accessing EDE for assessment and feedback.

Years 11 and 12 – Most Important Information

A letter was emailed to parents this week outlining information from the QCAA about adjustments to the Internal Assessment for Year 12, 2020. If you have not done so already, please check your emails for this letter.

It is most important that Years 11 and 12 students be aware, that although there may not be classes next week, any assignments due must be submitted onto EDE by the due date. This does not change. A letter was sent today, Friday 27 March, outlining this information.

Move to Online Instruction

As I write this newsletter article the learning landscape is rapidly changing. Next week the College moves to preparation for Online Instruction or Learning in readiness for Term 2. As assessment finishes this week, there will not be online teaching instruction next week. The staff will be undertaking Professional Development and planning work for Term 2 online delivery.

The St Edmund’s College Continuance of Learning Plan for the academic needs of the students will include the following components for parents and students:

1. Guidelines for parents/caregivers
2. Tips to support parents/caregivers
3. Instructions for students
4. Ways for parents/caregivers and students to connect with staff
5. Learning materials – including instructional videos, materials on EDE and One Note, and weekly quizzes for revision
6. Library and research materials
7. Learning Support – including teachers and teacher aides
8. A Frequently Asked Questions document.

These resources will be supplied to parents/caregivers at the commencement of Term 2.

I offer my prayerful support to all families at this time and remain committed to communication with you regarding your son’s learning at the College in all the forms it may take.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Library News - eBooks

Reading - Discover New Worlds

Reading is like everything else in life: the more you do it the better you get. When students stop reading for extended periods of time, they often take a few steps backwards in their reading improvement.

In this current climate of self-isolation, now is an opportune time to take up reading. The St Edmund’s College Library has e-books and audio-books available for download so students can continue to borrow and read over the holidays and during the period of self-isolation.

To login to the ePlatform, students use their student ID (eg. s12345) and the password is: Library1

If you do not wish to download the app just go to:

If you have any queries please speak with the Library staff (3810 4475).

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

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Skool2Skoolies 2020

St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies

Would you like to sponsor the St Edmund’s College 2020 Year 12 Skool2Skoolies fundraising ride?

All funds raised by this annual Skool2Skoolies initiative are directed to the Ipswich Hospice and St Vincent de Paul.

A range of sponsorship packages are available, starting at $500, in graduated levels up to $2500.

Donations are also accepted.

If you would like more information regarding the annual St Edmund’s College Year 12 Skool2Skoolies fundraising initiative, please email Mr Michael Podolak, Pastoral Dean:

2019 SEC Skool2Skoolies Riders

Career News

Careers - Week 9

Defence - Career Ideas - Scholarships

Defence News

ADF Gap Year applications are closing soon

Now is the time to apply for a 2021 ADF Gap Year and experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force, without committing to a longer period. Places are strictly limited, so apply early. Visit the Gap Year website for more information and to apply.

Career Ideas

Pathways to medical specialisations in a range of health career resources

The My Health Career website has infographics and other information on pathways to ten different medical specialisations. The ‘Videos’ section of the website has interviews with practitioners involved in primary health care, dentistry, dietetics, medicine, midwifery, optometry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, exercise physiology, radiography and podiatry. Explore more of the resources on this website and subscribe to a regular health careers newsletter.

Specialties in psychology

There are many specialties in psychology. Some of the specialties include:

  • Psychologists with general registration
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Clinical neuropsychologists
  • Community psychologists
  • Educational and developmental psychologists
  • Forensic psychologists
  • Health psychologists
  • Organisational psychologists
  • Sport and exercise psychologists
  • Counselling psychologists

Read about these specialist areas on the Australian Psychological Society website.

Have you heard about: Cabinet Maker, Radio Dispatchers, Visual Merchandisers

Cabinetmakers fabricate and repair wooden furniture, and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture. Specialisations include Antique Furniture Reproducer, Antique Furniture Restorer, Chair and Couch Maker, Coffin Maker. You usually need an apprenticeship in cabinet making to work as a Cabinetmaker.

Radio Despatchers provide radio and communications services for the coordination of operational units in transport, courier, military, emergency, security, rescue and road service organisations. They are also known as Communications Controller or Control Room Operator. You can work as a Radio Despatcher without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. An ambulance dispatcher will generally undertake a certificate III or IV within 12 months of starting work.

The electricity, gas, water and waste services industry

The electricity, gas, water and waste services industry is responsible for providing households with essential power, water, and waste removal services. Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes, poles and wires extend electricity, gas, water, drainage and waste services across Australia's huge landmass. For example, there are over 40,000 km of electricity transmission lines carrying high voltage electricity from generators to towns and cities. The following sectors of the electricity, gas, water and waste services industry offer employment opportunities:

  • Electricity supply
  • Gas supply
  • Waste collection, treatment and disposal services
  • Water supply, sewerage and drainage services.

Below are the top 20 occupations in electricity, gas, water and waste services.

  1. Electricians
  2. Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
  3. Truck Drivers
  4. Electrical Engineers
  5. Contract, Program and Project Administrators
  6. Information Officers
  7. Metal Fitters and Machinists
  8. Building and Plumbing Labourers
  9. Other Specialist Managers
  10. Sales Representatives
  11. Plumbers
  12. Accounting Clerks
  13. Human Resource Professionals
  14. Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks
  15. Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators
  16. Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
  17. Professionals, nfd
  18. Sales Assistants (General)
  19. Public Relations Professionals
  20. Environmental Scientis

You can find out more about the electricity, gas, water and waste services industry by visiting Myfuture.


Changes to Tuckwell Scholarship Applications

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and in recognition of the unprecedented challenges facing school students and teaching staff, the due date for Tuckwell Scholarship applications has been extended by 7 weeks. Also, the Stage 3 in-person interviews will not take place in Canberra in July 2020. The new dates for Tuckwell Scholarship Applications are:

  • Candidate Stage 1 applications due 3pm, AEST Monday, 25 May 2020
  • Teacher and Head of Year Reference due 3pm AEST, 1 June 2020
  • Notification of Stage 1 outcomes - July 2020

Click here for more information on the scholarship application and timelines.

For vocational education and training students

TAFE Queensland offers a selection of scholarships aimed to support both new and continuing students in their educational pursuits. Information regarding the specific eligibility and selection criteria associated with each scholarship is available on the TAFE Queensland website.

Vocational education and training scholarships competitions and awards provides details about various scholarships, competitions and awards available for students undertaking vocational education and training.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


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Rugby/Football Tour Raffle


Thank you to all in our community who supported this major raffle. Congratulations to the following winners who each receive a Rebel $300 Shopping Experience.

Kellie Kreis - Maree Weedan - Miriam Bain - Jack Brent - Deryk Ker - Danielle Armitage - Helen Turnbull - Mark Sauer - Steve Woodruffe - Sam Roberts


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