Dear Members of the St Edmund’s Community,
Silence: it is uncommon to see one hundred or so young men sitting together and not hear them. Yet, sitting in the Doody amphitheatre – a space with excellent potential as an echo chamber – there sat 120 boys; in silence. A soft gong had sounded and there was a short interval of quiet where only the cicadas — and the PA system of another House in another area, but we ignored this — could be heard. For a few gentle moments this space was truly sacred. A second quiet gong was heard then in silence, attention was refocused, and we moved on. Each House marked Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent with this beautiful ritual as part of a simple liturgy.
Lent challenges us as an inclusive Catholic community to think within and beyond ourselves. With this in mind, the next forty days throw down the gauntlet to our young men to focus on compassion for others and on being better in their own lives. Outwardly there are signs of this commitment, the mark in ashes, abstaining from meat on Fridays and Project Compassion collection boxes in Home Rooms, but it’s what happens internally that has the most effect. At the beginning of the year I spoke of making a difference one small act at a time. For our Eddies men, during this Lenten season the support of our “team” to act in those countless small ways, to seek compassion for others, to make their own lives and the lives of others better will make all the difference.
Year 12 Retreat
The Year 12 Retreat was held this week at the James Byrne Centre just outside of Toowoomba. The final year of schooling runs at a hectic pace and it is beneficial to take time to reflect on the journey. Thanks to the young men of Year 12 for their cooperation and participation. Thanks also to Mrs Marysia Rice, Mr Tim Hill, Mr Tom Schad and Ms Vanessa Bell for creating a wonderful environment for our Year 12s to spend some reflective time away from the busyness of school. A final thanks to Mr Murray Sutton, the Pastoral Deans and teaching staff, all who spent time away from families to ensure this was a meaningful experience in the Class of 2020 final year.
Academic Awards 8 and 9
Congratulations to all Years 8 and 9 students who were awarded Honours, Merit and Improvement awards. These first years of high school allow young men to build the skills and habits that flow on to future success. I commend these young men for their efforts.
Particular thanks to Mr Kaiden Shipley for sharing his experiences. Kaiden was a student of St Edmund’s from 2010 to 2014. At university he was on the Dean’s Honours list in 2015 and 2017, graduating with Honours in Engineering and Distinction in Business (Economics). We are blessed with such fine examples of Eddies’ men who return to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of our students.
Anime/ Manga Workshop
Dropping in to the Anime/Manga workshop held in the library on Thursday afternoon, I saw Eddies’ men from Years 7 to 12 listening eagerly as they learned how to draw in this unique style. A favourite, this was the second workshop run by Mr Ty Hanson, a talented artist who has created his own anime series.
For me, there was a moment of joyful nostalgia as a 1963 black-and-white clip of Astroboy played on the screen. I am not sure what the boys made of this, but some amazing works of art were created and I am sure an enjoyable learning experience was had by all. Thanks to Mrs Callaghan for organising, and to Mr Hanson for running this workshop.
Ray Celegato, Principal