Newsletter - 28 August 2020

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

A Leadership Journey

I learned something new recently. Psychologists have many categories to explain why people do what people do. Two of these categories are satisficer (pronounced satisfiser) and maximiser. Am I a satisficer or a maximiser? It is a question that we may ask ourselves — obviously, once we know what these terms mean.

The short definition is that a satisficer basically works on the ‘near enough is good enough’ principle. Given the choice between a wide menu of basic food — for example the extensive fare offered by McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks or KFC — and a narrow menu of excellent food — somewhat like a cooking show experience of ‘big plate, small but exquisite food’ offered by the likes of Manu, Jamie or Heston — a satisficer would be happily satisfied with the easiest option, lots to choose from and reasonable quality. A maximiser on the other hand would need things to be the best, not just okay, not just reasonable, things need to be the best they can be. Realistically, to work well in a complicated world, we may need to be a little of both, occasionally satisficer, occasionally maximiser as the situation requires.

This dual classification was mentioned on Tuesday to our Year 11 cohort before they left to attend their second leadership day at the Ipswich Showgrounds. I often feel that leadership can be expressed as a combination of skills. We develop these to enhance leadership. The ability to problem-solve, to think critically, creatively, ethically; to work in a team, build not only our young men’s capabilities as members of society but also as servant leaders in our community. The challenge for them in leadership, and in fact for all of us, is to be a maximiser not a satisficer. Each of our Eddies men, in being the best they can be, in not just settling for good enough, by collaborating their best, contributing their best and participating their best, create the best for our Eddies Team.

Indeed, sitting for a few moments with our Year 11 men at the showgrounds confirmed a trend toward maximiser. Whether sitting in groups discussing the characteristics of a good leader, or rating statements regarding how leaders work best, or group activities where cooperation is crucial for a successful outcome, our young men engaged fully and wholeheartedly and, I believe, gave their all. This bodes well for their leadership of the College next year. I wish all our Year 11s the best for the leadership journey they are taking. From these initial preparation days to selection processes; from Term 4 inductions to servant leadership in 2021. I genuinely look forward to witnessing the fine legacy that they will leave the College, the difference they will make, as a result of the many simple acts they commit to as College leaders for 2021.

New Deputy Principal

This week it was announced that Mr Peter Cook has been appointed the College Deputy Principal for 2021 and beyond. Peter comes to us from St Laurence’s College (SLC). He is an experienced educator and has taught both Physics and Mathematics in a wide variety of settings. As the current SLC Dean of Studies he has extensive experience in leadership having also been a Head of Department and Deputy Principal in Education Queensland schools as well as the Dean of Staff and Dean of Administration respectively at SLC.

In announcing this appointment, I would like to sincerely thank Mr Shannon Lee for fulfilling the role in 2020. We look forward to welcoming Peter to our community next year.

Write a Book in a Day

I never cease to be inspired by the talents of our young Eddies Men. On Monday nine dedicated future authors assembled in the College library, their aim: to write a book. In the time it takes to slow-cook a casserole these young men authored and illustrated a children’s book that was then sent to a child in hospital. As someone who takes three days to complete just a newsletter article, I applaud our Write a Book in a Day crew for their 8:00am to 8:00pm creative odyssey and the production of their book “The Circus Comes To Nowhere”. Well done gentlemen.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

Year 11 Leadership

Here at Eddies we are forming our students to be kind, strong and gentle Eddies men. It is a journey that takes time, commitment, and a variety of experiences. On Tuesday, this came in the form of leadership formation for our Year 11 students. Taking time away from campus, our seniors of 2021 spent the day exploring the expectations and challenges that come with the responsibility of being a senior student.

An aspect of this experience was to reflect on the idea that to lead is to serve others. The students considered that if there is nothing else they know about the man Jesus, or the story of Edmund Rice, it is that these men sat with, walked with, and were a friend to the people that others turned their backs on.

There is a well-known Gospel story which tells the parable of the ‘Good Samaritan’. In this story, a man travels a dangerous road where he is attacked, robbed and left for dead. We hear in this story that first a priest and then a Levite walks by the dying man before the Samaritan finally offered help. Now the reaction of the first two is thought of as quite cold, even heartless, but there is a little more to this story. This is the view that our young men reflected on for some time on Tuesday.

For the Priest, touching an unclean corpse would mean he would have to undergo an elaborate ritual cleansing lasting seven days. This would have rendered the priest virtually useless, unable to help for an entire week – and in turn leave the temple short a priest, who is those times was a key source of support for the entire community.

This is also true of the Levite who is likely to have been a lawyer. In these times, lawyers were also a sort of religious men and they, like most of society, looked at everything in the world through the lens of a very strict set of laws. Helping the dying, unclean person - who may have already been beyond help - would have affected the Levite’s ability to support others.

Although, the negative attitude to Samaritans was mutual among Jews, this Samaritan ignored an important taboo by caring for the man on the road.

On the other hand, the ostracised Samaritan chose to disregard the social, religious and cultural norms that should have prevented him from showing mercy.

In our community we need to actively dismantle the barriers that prevent us from connecting with our neighbours, and work to transform the systems of exclusion that can lead to poverty and marginalisation in our wider community.

Consider for yourself:

Do people believe that you want to hear their ideas and will value them?

Do people believe that you will understand what is happening in their lives and how it affects them?

Do others tend to come to you when their tanks are low and options are few, especially when something stressful has happened in their lives?

Do others believe you have a strong sense of clarity and keen insight into what is going on?

Do others contribute their ideas and vision for the good of the group when you are around?

Do others believe you are preparing them to make a positive difference in the world?

Do people believe that you are committed to helping them learn, grow and develop as a whole person?

Do people believe that you are willing to sacrifice self-interest for the good of the group?

What positive personal change will you commit to, so you can be a leader in our community?


Lord, may Your presence fill our hearts and minds so that we will always be guided by love. Help us to be examples of Your spirit in our community and guide us in the way of peace and justice.

In Your name we pray. Amen.

Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever.

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Year 7 Subject Selection

There is excitement on the horizon for our Year 7 students. This has been an unique experience for their first year of secondary school. However, for the first time in their educational journey these young men have the opportunity to choose which elective subjects they wish to study in Year 8. A letter has been sent to parents/caregivers outlining the process.

There will be Subject Selection Books, a video explaining how to use the software package, Web Preferences to record subject selections and a video recording of what would have been the Subject Selection Evening at the College. Please engage with these resources to assist your son in his choices. We always tell students to select what they like and what they are good at. I thank Mr Luis Marin, Director of Middle School, for his coordination of the Subject Selection process.

Years 8 and 9 Subject Selections

Forms for Years 8 and 9 subject selections have now been submitted. We thank all parents/caregivers for working with us throughout this process in this remote environment. I thank Mr Marin for his coordination of Subject Selection.

Year 10 SET Plans

Thank you to all Year 10 parents/caregivers and your sons for your engagement with the Year 10 SET Plans. The students arrived on Microsoft Teams well prepared, had completed their paperwork and entered fully into the interviews. We look forward to working with the students over the next two years. Thank you to Ms Mulkerin, Ms Henness, Mr Raddie, Mr Currie and Mr Marin for working with me over the course of the last week: from Saturday until Thursday at 8.00pm, to complete these interviews. I know the students and their parents/caregivers appreciated your dedication.


Next week exams commence for Year 12 students completing exams in General Subjects which contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). The exam schedule and conditions will mirror the format and conditions of the External Exams. All students commence exams in Week 9 so this should now be the focus of their study efforts.

I wish all families a safe and happy weekend.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Library News

Revisiting the '80s

A new generation of St Edmund’s students has rediscovered the communal pleasures of the 1980s role-playing phenomenon Dungeons and Dragons (D&D).

In an era of incredibly complex and detailed fantasy video games D&D still uses paper, pencils and dice. Students sit around a table and pretend to be warriors, mages and elves embarking on imagined quests and deciding the outcome of battles and other climactic events through the rolls of the dice. One player in the group is the Dungeon Master (DM) – part storyteller, part referee – who uses the game’s instruction books and campaign guides to structure the adventure.

There are a number of real-life, adult-world benefits to playing Dungeons & Dragons:

  • Works your imagination muscles
  • Builds camaraderie
  • Improves creative problem-solving skills
  • Develops literacy and numeracy
  • Helps develop empathy and confidence
  • Improves frustration tolerance
  • Cultivates teamwork and collaboration skills.

Playing Dungeons & Dragons is a terrific way for students to unleash their creative abilities and explore different concepts and interests.

Sessions are filled with excitement and adventure as students show off their improvisation and role-playing skills using unique voices and acting out interactions between their characters, NPC’s (Non-Player Characters), and the fantastical situations they get themselves into.

There are a number of interesting and wacky characters throughout the many campaigns being run; from a Dragonborn Paladin with aspirations to become a dragon, to a Pixie Rouge discovering that toes can be a critical weak point. There is no telling what players will come up with next. And, with the chance to roll a 1 (critical failure), you never know when your character’s journey will come to an end. But fear not! Lose your character to a freak accident the first time it uses a bow and arrow? Break out a fresh character sheet and jump back into the story!

After six months in the making, it is fantastic to see the D&D afternoons a-buzz with noise as six different campaigns all run at once: each group containing a mix of new and returning players. It is great to see veteran D&D players welcoming and supporting newcomers to the game.

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


In the rapidly expanding world of eSports, high school competitions plot the sharpest gamers against each other in a trial of skill, cognitive ability and eye-hand coordination. One such competition is the XP High School League which plots nineteen of Queensland’s best High School Rocket League teams against each other in a conference style competition.

St Edmund’s College entered two teams into the competition; these teams have fought to the best of their ability through ten matches over the season. Going into the finals next week, our Year 12 team is placed third in the B bracket and our Year 10 team holds an undefeated first place. The finals will take place over the next two weeks. Good Luck to our State eSports representatives!

Results: 24 August 2020

This week’s rounds for St Edmund's C1 team saw a strong start going through with a 3 – 0 clean sweep against MSHS Marauders 3. There were good plays this week from the students who showed strong team cohesion and a vigorous attitude towards victory. After a solid start fending off Chisholm Maroon, the C1 team conceded a goal and ultimately lost the game 5 – 0. The second game saw a 2 – 0 lead in the first two minutes; however, this game resulted in a loss. The team went down in a hard-fought match, losing 0 - 3. St Edmund’s C1 team is currently in third place on the leader board and has qualified for playoffs.

The St Edmund's C2 team accomplished the completion of the tournament Conference Series without losing a match. This week saw the players win convincingly against Chisholm Green in the first round, and a win by default in the second round. With finals coming up next week, the players look forward to the high-stakes games leading into the Grand Final.

Mr Nickolas Klimowsow, Teacher

Senior School

Middle School


Enrolments 2021

Year 7, 2021 - Orientation Day

Orientation Day for Year 7, 2021 students will be held on Friday 4 September 2020. This is a Student Free Day.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and their families to St Edmund’s College.

Parents have received an invitation and all the details for Orientation Day.

Please contact Kath Creedy 0403 269 955 for further enquiries.

Pastoral News

Celebrating Dads 'n' Lads

Week 8

Current circumstances prevent us from celebrating Father’s Day with our usual Dads ‘n’ Lads evening. In lieu of this we have created some challenges which we encourage our students to enjoy with their fathers or significant others.

The flyer below will be available from Monday 31 August on your son’s EDE Homeroom and House page and includes links to the Dad ‘n’ Lads challenges. These links will enable students plenty of time to plan challenges of interest with their fathers or significant others.

Ms Vanessa Bell, Director of Students

Write A Book In A Day

Kids' Cancer Project

On Monday, nine students competed in the Kids’ Cancer Project, ‘Write a Book in a Day’. For twelve consecutive hours the students collaborated and worked together to write and illustrate a book that children in hospital will have access to. The team was given an unique set of parameters on the day around which their story was to be written. Five random words were assigned to the team which had to be included at least once in the story. This year the words were whistle, gold, light, hungry and bubbly.

It was great to see our students staying connected to the community.

Thank you to Ms Karen Callaghan and Ms Robyn Pozzias for supporting the students’ creativity.

Ms Adrianna Rimland, Director of Mission

Career News

Careers - Week 7

Defence - Job Spotlight: Agricultural Scientist - Top Jobs in Demand - TAFE Scholarships

Defence News

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

The Australian Defence Force holds career information sessions across Queensland on a number of different career pathways in the ADF. For details about the following events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site. Click on the link below to find out more:


Upcoming events:

31/08/2020 Queensland: Engineering Careers Virtual Information Session

02/09/2020 Defence Careers Virtual Information Session

03/09/2020 Defence Careers Virtual Information Session

08/09/2020 Army Officer Virtual Information Session

09/09/2020 Army Reserve Virtual Information Session

10/09/2020 Loganholme: Defence Careers Information Session

Not sure what's next?

The Australian Government Services Australia provides information if you need help making your next decision, check out the options below. You can:

  • use Job Outlook to look for careers and see what you enjoy
  • go to myfuture to discover your strengths and make career decisions
  • use My Skills to compare the outcomes, duration and locations of training at different providers
  • use jobactive to look for jobs and get support as a job seeker
  • get information about government help to pay for tertiary study on Study Assist.

Not sure what course is right for you? myPROFILER from TAFE Queensland could help find some great options.

Occupation Spotlight

Agricultural Scientists study commercial plants, animals and cultivation techniques to enhance the productivity of farms and agricultural industries and can specialise as an Agronomist. A bachelor degree in agricultural science or another related field is needed to work as an Agricultural Scientist. Many Agricultural Scientists complete postgraduate studies.

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
  • Psychologists with an area of practice endorsement

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

Job Futures

Australian Jobs 2019: Where the jobs will be

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has released its 2019 version of Australian Jobs (Click on PDF to download). The easy-to-read report gives an overview of Australian labour market trends state-by-state and industry-by-industry. Its information is valuable for job seekers, readers considering future education and training, and current labour market trends. It covers the following broad areas:

  • Jobs by Location
  • Jobs by Industry
  • Jobs by Occupation
  • Jobs in the Future
  • Jobs and Training
  • Job Search and Skills
Top jobs in demand

The top jobs in demand have changed over time. In April, two of the top four occupations in demand were health related (Registered Nurses, and Aged and Disabled Carers). Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses and Pharmacy Sales Assistants were also in high demand. By June, the top occupations in demand were more in line with the workers needed by the businesses able to re-open after the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions across the majority of the country. For example, Retail Sales Assistants and Child Carers were the top two occupations in demand. Receptionists, Managers and Sales Representatives were also among the top ten occupations in demand in June. Click here to read more from the National Skills Commissions Jobs in Demand Employer Survey Factsheet.

Scholarships for Tertiary Education

Applying for university scholarships

Even if you think you may not get one, go ahead and apply for a scholarship. What do you have to lose? Scholarships tend to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Equity
  • Indigenous
  • Sports
  • Field of study (e.g. engineering, IT)
  • International
  • External (e.g. sponsored by an organisation outside of the university)

Every university website has a scholarship web page with details about the scholarships available, the value of the scholarship, the selection criteria and the application process. The initial application for many university scholarships is online, followed by a submission of supporting documents.

Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) Scholarships and Bursaries

AVCAT is a national independent charity that helps the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women with the costs of full-time tertiary education. Applications for 2021 scholarships and bursaries are now open and will close on 31 October 2020. Applicants need only complete one application form to be considered for all scholarships and bursaries available through AVCAT. It is advisable to start preparing your documents ASAP as this may take some time. Visit the website for more information on:

  • Eligibility
  • How is my application assessed?
  • Financial needs
  • Academic potential
  • Reservedness
  • Frequently asked questions
Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Win a scholarship to Bond

Submissions for the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) opened 1 May 2020 and will close on 27 September 2020. BUFTA is a short film competition for students in Years 11 and 12. The first prize is a full-fee scholarship to study B Film and Television at Bond. Find out more about the competition, hints on how to develop your short film and entry details at the Bond website.

Equity scholarship scheme

Each year QUT's Equity Scholarships Scheme provides over $4 million in scholarships, bursaries and free computers to low-income students including those not eligible for Commonwealth Scholarships. Click here for more information.

Selected university academic scholarship application dates

GU: Griffith University – The Deans Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship and Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship applications are now open and will close on 21 December 2020. See the website.

SCU: Southern Cross University – Applications for 2021 scholarships at SCU are now open via their website.

USQ: University of Southern Queensland - Applications for USQ’s Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, The Chancellor's Exvellence Scholarship and Execuitive Dean's Scholarship are now open. Read more here.

TAFE Queensland Scholarships

There are two types of scholarships available:

  • Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate outstanding academic merit or demonstrate strong work performance along with the demonstrable desire to secure ongoing employment within the industry to which they applied for the scholarship
  • Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland. They are awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career, and on the basis of specific equity criteria. Click here for further information.
UQ Law Lead Scholarship

If you are experiencing difficult circumstances or setbacks during your schooling you can now apply for UQ's Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship. Each LEAD Scholarship offers:

  • financial assistance of $8000 per year for up to five years
  • a dedicated academic mentor
  • a support network non-residential membership of a UQ college for the first-year
  • regular social occasions with the scholar community.

"Coming from a relatively humble background, the idea of Law school seemed so daunting and almost out of reach. Not only did the bursary give me a sense of financial security but it also gave me a community of people who have my back. Jacob, LEAD Scholar

Applications for the LEAD Scholarship close on 13 November 2020 and you can Discover more here.

USC 2021 scholarships

Semester 1, 2021 undergraduate scholarship applications will open 1 September 2020 and closed on 30 November 2020. Selections will be held in January/February with all applicants being notified of the outcome of their application by the end of February 2021. Check their website for more information when they open.

University of Queensland Academic Scholarship Programs

There are three university-wide academic scholarships available for Year 12 students applying for UQ:

  • UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (awarded to applicants achieving a minimum of ATAR of 99.90 (or equivalent) valued at $12,000 per year for up to five years
  • UQ Excellence Scholarships awarded to applicants receiving ATAR 99.00 (or the equivalent) and who demonstrate outstanding academic leadership and/or significant community service achievements during their senior secondary studies valued at $6,000 for up to four years
  • UQ Merit Scholarships awarded to applicants receiving ATAR 95.00 (or the equivalent) who demonstrate significant academic, leadership and/or community service valued at $6,000 for the first year of study.

All three scholarships can be applied for through the one application. Applications close at midnight on 20 November 2020. Specific information about these scholarships and the application process can be found on the website.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 7

Recording Session – Sunday 23 August 2020

Students in the Jazz Band and Senior Contemporary Band had the opportunity to experience a recording session similar to that of industry professionals when recording their albums. It was great to see the students not only enjoy this experience but also stand up to the challenge of recording their parts accurately under time constraints. I thank the students for making the most of this opportunity. I would also like to thank Mr Chris Barton for giving up his Sunday to record the students.

Cultural Showcase – Friday 28 August 2020 - 6.30pm

Our annual Cultural Showcase will take place tonight in St Edmund's College Hall. Our Senior students will be the focus of the evening with many students performing for what may be the last time in their school journey.

As a COVID-Safe venue, the following guidelines will apply for this event:

  • Social-distancing rules
  • A maximum of 2 parents/caregivers per student performer in attendance
  • Registration upon entry.

The Cultural Showcase will be live-streamed, with the following link:

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental Music students are reminded to check their lesson times every week. Please remember to sign in and out of your lessons.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

AIC Chess Results - 21 August 2020

Round 1 Vs Marist College, Ashgrove

2020 is an unusual year for Chess as it is for all sports. We are running a reduced competition of three games and then finals play-offs. We are lucky to have a large team of Chess Men (41) vying for 18 positions. The players are dedicated to attending training on Mondays and Thursdays. On Thursday we have a coach from Gardiner Chess to help further develop players' game play and strategy.

Our first round against Marist was a tight one with only one game between a draw and loss for Senior A and Senior B.

AIC CHESS Vs Marist College, Ashgrove – Overall Loss

Open – SEC 9, Marist 7 – WIN

Senior A – SEC 6, Marist 10 – LOSS

Senior B – SEC 6, Marist 10 – LOSS

Intermediate A – SEC 2, Marist 14 – LOSS

Intermediate B – SEC 4, Marist 12 - LOSS

Round 1 saw some strong competition with an overall loss to Marist College. The St Edmund’s team played some tough games with wins in the Open by Ekachai Adams (2), Mitchell Vesper (2) and Kobie Lowe (1 and Draw). Daniel Fordham (1) and Hugh Tyne (2) had wins for the Senior A and Ben Naish (2) and Jack Cumner (1) both won their games.

The Intermediate A and B teams had tough games with wins to Michael Tate, Toby Robinson and Jackson Black. A special congratulations to Jackson Black, a Year 7 student playing in his first competition for St Edmund’s.

We are looking forward to seeing all team members at training on Mondays and Thursdays.

Ms Debra Whyte and Ms Anne Artesi, SEC Chess Coordinators


Athletics Carnival Guidelines

Tuesday 15 September 2020 – Years 7, 11 and 12 AND Thursday 17 September 2020 – Years 8, 9 and 10

  • Students can wear full school sports uniform to and from school. If full sports uniform is not available, please ensure students change back into normal school uniform for the journey home.
  • While shade will be provided on Mulkerin Oval, students are advised to SLIP-SLOP-SLAP. All students need to be well hydrated during the day particularly if it is hot. Please remind them to take a water bottle to the oval.
  • Championship and Non-Championship events will be conducted on the Carnival days.
  • All students compete in Year levels (Not like AIC).
    • i.e. Year 7, Year 11, etc. Nominations are needed for Championship events only.
  • No restrictions on the number of Championship events entered by an individual – trials may be needed.
  • Some Championship events (including 1500m and field events (see schedule) will be held at lunchtimes, during sport periods and after school prior to the carnival days.
  • All Championship and Non-Championship events carry points for the first 5 placings and a point for participation.
  • All students compete in at least 3 events on the day.
  • No spectators are allowed under St Edmund’s College COVID-19 guidelines.

Rugby & Football Photo Schedule - Saturday 29 August 2020

Years 9 to 12 - Tivoli Playing Fields

AIC Rugby Fixtures - 29 August 2020

Round 2 Vs Padua College

AIC Football (Soccer) Fixtures - 29 August 2020

Round 2 Vs Padua College

COVID Plan - Tivoli Playing Fields

29 August 2020

COVID Plan - Padua College

29 August 2020

AIC Rugby Union Results - 22 August 2020

Round 2 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

First XV - LOSS 0 – 89. The First XV started their season against premiership favourites Marist College Ashgrove. Throughout the game St Edmund’s tried hard and for periods, were rewarded with good possession and were unlucky to score. The players never quit; a credit to themselves and the College. The First XV are looking forward to improving this week and taking the game to Padua College. Best players on the day were Harrison Midgley, Thomas Chandler and Liam Kember.

Second XV - LOSS 0 – 79. The Second XV Rugby squad showed up as a team of seasoned trainers and a group of new players. While it was difficult to apply some of our trained tactics, the players toiled hard against a well-drilled team. The coaches set some conservative goals and these were met, regardless of the result. Corey Taylor tackled consistently, Tom Collins competed hard at the breakdown and Jett Young ran the backline with aplomb.

10A - LOSS 5 – 15. This game was a tight tussle: a tremendous game to spectate; however, from our point of view Marist scored twice with minutes remaining to seal their win. The effort was certainly there from Eddies men, but mistakes cost us dearly. We conceded too many offside penalties in the second half and at times lacked attention to detail executing our positional roles and basic skills. The team showed resilience and spirit in defence of which they should all be proud. Zane Kaatz and Talon Biddle ran strongly throughout whilst Logan Costello ran the team and set pieces well throughout. We have learnt from that match and our polish will be better next time.

10B - LOSS 0 – 39. The players’ fitness was sorely tested, and they were going to have to dig deep. From the start Marist presented as an experienced and well drilled side, playing fast and wide. Our players did well to scramble in defence, conceding only three tries in the first half. Fatigue took its toll in the second half and Marist were relentless. Credit goes to the players for working hard until the final whistle. Strong performances from Jonte Delpaul running hard, and Blake Saggus being competitive in play.

10C - LOSS 0 – 45. The 10C team played good rugby in both halves but were not consistent enough to secure a win. Oscar Morgan led the forwards admirably, while Jackson Midgley steered the team around the field in a courageous display against the bigger team. All players attending training this week could lead to more consistent rugby this weekend and hopefully a better result.

9A - LOSS 10 – 20. Our players dominated the first half but failed to capitalise on their chances, walking into the half-time break at 5-all. In the second half, with the wind being a significant factor, the team found it hard to exit their own half. They defended gallantly and came within five points with five minutes to play. We did not come away with the chocolates this week and will be looking to bounce back with a dominant performance against Padua. Tafito Ah Falanki was outstanding, ran strongly, pilfered consistently, and defended well. Jack Gleeson dominated the breakdown area with his hard work.

9B - LOSS 0 – 47. Despite giving it everything, the 9B players went down in a heavy loss against a well-drilled opposition. A strong defensive effort in the first half led to an array of handling errors by Marist, which limited their early scoring opportunities. Despite this, constantly defending on our own line took its toll. Many players are still adjusting to the feel of the game after a long lapse. We need to play territory and get back to basics, mainly regarding our work at the breakdown. Special mention must be made to Kyran Saggus and Owen Fourmile, both of whom defended gallantly.

9C - LOSS 0 – 37. The 9Cs started strongly against a polished Marist outfit, dominating sections of the first half. Ryan Sephton carried the ball well and made several line breaks to put us in scoring positions. Kyran Saggus organised our players at the break down; however, after defending for most of the second half, Marist scored a few late tries to take the game.

8A - LOSS 0 – 90. The Year 8A Rugby team fought valiantly on the weekend. They persevered against a physically stronger and well drilled Marist team.

8B - LOSS 0 – 85. We battled gamely against a strong Marist side. Our inexperience was exposed but there were phases of play which gave us hope.

7A - LOSS 14 – 31. The score line does not give St Edmund’s efforts justice. With five minutes remaining, the scoreboard read 19 - 14 and SEC were on the attack. However, a penalty against the run-of-play and a poor kick option from a restart, gifted Marist two late tries. Lachlan Puller and Sebastian Kracht scored five-pointers for SEC while Tiger Campbell successfully kicked both conversion attempts. Eddies must be praised for their defensive efforts against a much larger side; however, greater discipline is required around the ruck after giving away seven penalties through being offside. Patrick Albion controlled play well at scrum half, both William Tatt and Jett Adamson worked hard in the engine room, while Koda Cuthbert’s tackling display was worth the price of admission. A huge thanks to Samson Knoffke for playing a full game in Bs and then backing up with another long and effective stint in the As. The future of SEC Rugby looks bright.

7B - LOSS 12 – 24. After a victory against St Peter’s A side in their only trial match, the Eddies 7B Rugby team was ready and willing to take Marist on headfirst. Ethan Greaves led the side well from half. Jake Precians put his body on the line with some solid defence; Blake Colburn worked tirelessly around the ruck and Nate Cappellano made two very notable, barn-storming runs, one of which resulted in an SEC 5-pointer. Willow McGuin’s efforts were rewarded with a try and Phoenix Jackson showed powerful running to cross the white line as well. A strong team-performance all round, but Marist was slightly better, crossing for four tries. Onwards and upwards!

7C - LOSS 12 – 17. With a handful of players backing up from Ds, the 7Cs competed well against MCA until the final whistle. In fact, when Ari Gnech levelled the score at 12-all midway through the second half with a sixty-metre effort, the Marist bench was beginning to look worried. A late try sealed their win. Despite this, there was strong defence and ruck work from Cooper Webb, Ruben Stansfield, Marshall Burton, Brodie Pokarier and Joshua Manning, among others. Eddies had a chance to take the lead late in the match, but a little inexperience got in the way. They will learn from this and be better for the run next week. Great work!

7D - LOSS 17 – 34. In their first-ever AIC rugby match, the 7Ds played patches of good rugby. This included some strong runs by Connor Gordon and Mitch Sutton. What impressed the most was the retention of the football at the breakdown and the willingness to tackle with their shoulders. Whilst Marist dominated, SEC would not go down without a fight, scoring three tries against their much-fancied opponents. Well done!

AIC Football Results - 22 August 2020

Round 2 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

First XI - LOSS 0 – 7. A very tough opening to the season against the reigning premiers with nine debutants in St Edmund’s starting line-up. We failed to deal with the opposition’s early delivery into the box which resulted in the team being put immediately on the back foot. From this point onwards our organisation improved and we managed to deal with some sustained pressure. Lapses in concentration meant that we continued to concede at regular intervals. To our credit, we attempted to stick to the tasks provided; however, we were outclassed by a superior opponent on the day.

Second XI - LOSS 3 – 4. A slow start saw us behind 1 – 0 in the blink of an eye. After springing to life, we found the back of the net to equalise midway through the first half. However, we failed to maintain concentration and conceded a very soft goal just before halftime to be down 2 – 1 at the break. In similar fashion to the first half, we were slow out of the gates again and found ourselves quickly down 4 – 1, with the threat of a heavy defeat looking ominous. The players dug deep and managed to score two well-taken goals, almost snatching a draw in the final moments. Two goals from Samuel Janison and one from Kerryn Ryan were the highlights, whilst Ethan Lopez was strong in the midfield.

Third XI - LOSS 1 – 2. Despite the rushed preparation, the Thirds combined well to present a solid showing, where we defended strongly and found the back of the net. We were the first to score, utilising the strong windy conditions to loft a ball from a corner into a dangerous area – it was a strong strike by Caleb McGregor that put us ahead. The team defended well throughout the game, but Marist managed two late goals to snatch victory.

10A - WIN 1 – 0. The 10A game was a tight and tense affair with no real clinical edge and few clear chances presented for either team. After a midfield scrap for the opening ten minutes, the game slowly opened up and permitted some minor attempts in both final thirds. The half ended scoreless as both teams tried hard to find ways to break down the opposition’s stubborn, yet disciplined structures. A well-organised team press led to the game’s only goal, with Brathan Armstrong anticipating the play well to steal the ball and bury the goal with an accomplished finish to deceive the goalkeeper. The remaining moments of the game saw SEC demonstrate great scramble and fight, with a superb defensive display including three big saves by keeper Benjamin Wells and a goal line clearance by Edward Lovi. Although the momentum swung and SEC had three late chances to see the result out more comfortably, we held on to take the 1-0 win.

10B - LOSS 1 – 3. A slow start saw us concede two early goals despite having most of the possession and creating more chances than our opponent. We managed to get a goal back through a great finish from Isaac Freier; however, we could not get back into the game. Travis Lake had a great game in the backline and Cody Knight worked hard all match.

9A - LOSS 2 – 4. A solid start to the game saw us pressuring well and keeping the ball in very dangerous areas. Two great goals from Clay Baker saw us get ahead, but our defence lapsed, allowing Marist to take two back off a corner and a simple error. In the second half we came out firing and many passages of play looked promising. Missed chances and lost focus cost us dearly; we then fell behind. A great penalty-save by William Eiby gave us hope in the final 15, but we could not claw our way back, allowing Marist to get in behind one more time very late in the game. Notable and strong performances by Jovany Jirma and Patrick Hunter. Overall a promising performance with positive signs of what we are capable of!

9B - DRAW 2 – 2. A credit to the players for seeing out the match right to the final whistle. With an earlier penalty scored by Declan Abel after his good lead up, we were in the box seat. However, a determined and organised Marist outfit never gave up the ghost and this kept the pressure mounting. In the second half Alex McDonnell was unfortunate, striking the bar from a cross, after a series of good lead up work out of right back by Jacob Rock. In a tense game many players were asked to lift their work rate to match the opposition and James Towne along with Ethan Isaacs accepted the call. It was great to see spirits still high even after conceding a last-minute equaliser, with a scramble blindsiding an otherwise solid match from Reece Ostrofski.

8A - LOSS 0 – 2. The Eddies men were upbeat after a good week of training for their first match for the year against Marist. The first half was evenly contested with both sides having some chances but neither team able to capitalise. A mistake at the back by the Eddies men early in the second half saw Marist take the lead 1-0. Eddies men battled hard without reward with another mistake late in the game giving Marist a 2-0 win. Big improvements were made from the previous week which has the players in a positive mood heading towards the other pool games against Padua and St Patrick’s.

8B - LOSS 1 – 2. Last Saturday saw the first round of the new AIC competition. Wth only one trial game under our belt, the players found it very difficult to maintain consistency for the entirety of the match against a very strong Marist side. In saying this, the effort put in by the eleven starters and two substitutes was incredible to see. Special mention to Lucas Baker for a fantastic goal, coming off an impressive through ball by Issac Profke. Also, a very impressive performance by Josh Esposito. Plenty of positive signs going into Round 2.

8C - LOSS 0 – 6. The team played a good game but went down 6 nil to a better team. The match was much closer than the score-line suggested. The players had four or five shots at goal but lacked confidence in finishing off. Ryan White had another superb game in the backs, Seth Taylor had a good game up front and Ryan Silcock showed magic out wide on the wing. Jack Hannan, Colby Cooper and James Lowday all put in good performances.

7A - LOSS 0 – 2. We battled gamely against a strong Marist side. We need to play with more composure on the ball. Harrison Vidler toiled valiantly in midfield and he was well supported by Harrison Leembruggen and Nicholas Dobbie in defence while keeper Zachary Walker made several good saves.

7B - LOSS 2 – 5. Keen to continue their strong start to the AIC season, the team took time to find their feet. Down 4-0 at half-time, the aim was to focus on defence in the second half. The team communicated well, with our midfielders tireless in both defence and attack. William Shreiber scored two goals, including a screamer from the left wing. Well done to this week’s captain, Brooklyn Signall, and welcome to the new players this week.

7C - LOSS 0 – 6. In a tough game against a strong Marist side the team played valiantly and were competitive throughout the match. A strong first half saw the score two-nil in Marist's favour as good defending from Connor Green and excellent saves from Hunter Reed were able to deny the opposition. In the second half, Luke Trost continued to provide a constant problem for the Marist defence, however, not having substitutes caught up with the team resulting in a loss. Continued participation at training will enable this performance to be built on over the coming weeks.


Tuckshop News - Term 3

UPDATE - Tuckshop Helpers

We do not require tuckshop helpers at this time. The situation will be reassessed in early August.

Ms Narelle Rea and Ms Gina Weight - Convenors

School News

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop - End of Winter SALE


End of Winter Sale

Royal Blue Pullovers now $10

Limited sizes available - Size 9, 10, 12

Royal Blue Vests now $5

Limited sizes available – 9, 10, 12, 14, 16


Purchase a Men’s Supporter Shirt - $35 and receive a free cap

WHAT'S NEW - Ladies Supporter Gear

Introductory Price – SEPTEMBER ONLY

Ladies Supporter Wear

· Cap $30

· Shirt $42

· Pullover $65

· Ladies Support Kit 1 -Shirt & Cap -$65

· Ladies Supporter Kit 2 - Shirt, Cap and Pullover - $126

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Unclaimed Property for Collection

Student Office

A significant amount of unclaimed property continues to accumulate in the Student Office.

Awaiting collection are unnamed items of College uniform including shirts, jumpers, hats, black school shoes, sports gear and lunchboxes.

Students are asked to check the box in the Student Office and collect their property.

Items remaining at the end of Term 3 (Thursday 17 September) will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

Calling for Members of St Edmund's Community - Current Positions Available

Community positions available for QCAA 2020 Senior External Assessment

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is calling for Invigilators for the 2020 Senior External Assessment. Members of our St Edmund’s Community are encouraged to apply. The 2020 external assessment period will run from October to November.

The QCAA appoints members of the Queensland community to observe and report on the administration of external assessment sessions at secondary schools throughout Queensland.

Invigilators play an important role in promoting public confidence in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system and ensuring that proper and fair administrative procedures are implemented.

Applications from Queensland community members for invigilator roles are now open and close on 30 September, or when all positions are filled.

Role summary: Invigilators are required to:

  • Attend allocated assessment sessions at assessment venues
  • Observe and report on the administration of assessments and the collection, counting and packing of materials at the end of assessments.

Payment: $29.00 per hour. [A 1.5-hour session will be paid as 3 hours ($87.00). A 2-hour session will be paid as 3.5 hours ($101.50).]

Eligibility: Community members must

  • Hold a blue card or an exemption card
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be eligible to work in Australia
  • Have photographic identification
  • Have a personal email address
  • Have a mobile phone
  • Have access to a computer, the internet and a printer
  • Supply names and contact details of two referees.

Members of our St Edmund’s College Community are encouraged to apply for these positions. Allocations will be to a secondary school/assessment centre within the vicinity of your home address.

Position Description: Invigilators and Invigilator FAQs are available at

St Brigid's Primary School Rosewood

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DV Electrical Services

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