St Edmund’s College Open Learning Centre Application Submitted
Dear Parents and Friends of St Edmund’s College
Today marks an important initial step in our application for a government grant for the construction of an Open Learning Centre (College Library). March 29 is the deadline for Capital Grant applications for Catholic schools in Queensland and I am pleased to announce that we have submitted our application on time. This will set in motion further steps as we strive to seek government funding assistance for this important building project. We are by no means a certainty; however, we remain hopeful that our application will meet the eligibility requirements and be judged favourably against the Queensland Catholic Education Commission Capital Grant criteria.
The next step is a meeting scheduled for May 13 when a reference group from the Queensland Catholic Education Commission will visit the College to validate our eligibility requirements. If our application passes this assessment, we will be asked to present to an independent panel who will evaluate our application against the Capital Grant criteria. Our hope is that our project will be judged favourably and meet the threshold for government assistance, in which case we will be able to proceed with the project for a 2021 construction date.
Concurrent with this external process to seek government funding is an Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Capital Building approval process following the ‘in principle’ approval we received from EREA a few weeks ago. The next step in the EREA approval process is the Stage 3 Capital Works Application, which will be finalised next Term.
Please see attached a perspective drawing of how the Open Learning Centre may appear from the corner of Mary and Arthur Streets. We are progressing well with our endeavour to satisfy both approval processes. Suffice to say that we still have a lot of work to do; however, today marks an important and vital first-step along the way.
Congratulations 8B and 9A Volleyball – 2019 AIC Premiers
Congratulations to our 8B Volleyball Team for their outstanding undefeated season in the Term 1 AIC Volleyball competition. 9A deserve praise for defending their Championship status for the third year in a row with a three-way Premiership shared with Iona and Marist Colleges this year. Well done to coaches Mr Chad de Ward (8B) and Mr Michael Podolak (9A) and their support crew for helping the boys to achieve success on the volleyball court this year. Thank you to our teachers who were coaches and managers for Volleyball, AFL and Cricket teams this year. We are blessed to have such generous teachers who give their time and expertise to ensure our students have these valuable co-curricular opportunities. It invariably translates into quality relationships in the classroom resulting in improved learning outcomes for the boys.
Lots on in the Final Week of the Term
Best wishes to all our Eddies’ young men who will be involved in various co-curricular activities and events next week. These events include:
Year 10 New Zealand Rugby Tour
Year 10 Melbourne Football Tour
Year 7 Rugby and Football Clinics
Year 8 and 9 Camp
Year 12 Queensland Core Skills Practice
Year 10 Trial a Trade and Uni Taste Days
Year 11 Employment Pathway Incursion Day
Thank you to all the teachers involved in coordinating these fantastic opportunities for our boys. Please be advised that I will be accompanying the staff and students on the Year 10 New Zealand Rugby Tour. While over there we will be presenting a special gift to each of the schools on behalf of St Edmund’s College as an expression of our solidarity with our New Zealand brothers and sisters following the Christchurch terror attacks. The gift is a coolamon designed and painted by our very own Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Joe Kirk.
Farewell and Thank you
Sadly, I announce that Mr Matt Ryland and Ms Beatrice Tsang will be finishing with us at the end of the Term. Both Matt and Beatrice are new to the College and have resigned due to personal family matters. We thank them for their contribution to the College and wish them well in their future endeavours.
Picture of the Week (attached) - Perspective of Open Learning Centre
Please keep in your prayers the Halpin family with the passing of De Halpin-Roberts last week. Her funeral was held at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 26 March. De’s younger brother Keith Halpin is a former staff member as one of the College Leadership Team in the role of Assistant Principal Mission and Identity and a past student of St Edmund’s College. De herself, has worked for Brisbane Catholic Education for over 30 years starting at St Mary’s Primary and for the last eighteen years, Immaculate Heart Primary, Leichhardt. Many Eddies young men were taught by De who is fondly remembered as a caring, vivacious and gifted teacher.
May De rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal