Newsletter - 29 May 2020

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Strong, Kind and Gentle Eddies Men

Is there anything more inviting than a Sausage Sizzle? These little tubes — origin of meat unknown — cooked on extra hot BBQ plates to within an inch of their lives are a delicacy for schools and hardware chains everywhere. If we forget the controversy about where to put the onions and, is BBQ sauce better than tomato sauce — I feel mustard should reasonably get a go as well — we see in this simple event the building of a community.

Standing beneath the Edmund Rice Building on Wednesday morning was a cohort of Year 12 leaders. Armed with trestle tables and two BBQs along with a copious supply of sausages and hash browns — actually they ended up being a spectrum of hash-not-so-browns and hash-really-dark-browns — these young men cooked a Sausage Sizzle to welcome our younger students as they came to school, as well as raise money for Skool2Skoolies.

We often speak of strong, kind and gentle Eddies men. Standing with these Year 12 men on Wednesday morning I was able to see this at its best. In their final year, a year where they have forgone so much, they have looked within for opportunities to serve. They saw beyond their own needs, to the needs of others. As the line-up for a classic snag in bread grew longer — social distancing had an effect— there was good natured banter, a genuine connection and a celebration of a united community.

These next few weeks will mark a return to a new normal. In Eddies Men Can (EMC) College formation lessons on Wednesday, our young men participated in an activity which allowed them to think about what they have recently experienced, taking the best of what they have learned, applying it every day and making things, as I have said before, “the same but different”. Re-establishing boundaries and routines have definitely been the focus of this last week and there will no doubt be some more adjustments to come. Whilst observing our Eddies men this week, it has been wonderful to see their resilience and the authentic joy they show in being together. The humble Sausage Sizzle may be the centre piece of an Eddies community afternoon but our Senior leaders have shown however, that it is not about the cooking of the sausages or hash browns in the sizzle, it is about being together, united as a College, as a team, as a community, as Eddies.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

Join us in the Virtual Cinema for National Reconciliation Week!

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) we have early access to a new film titled ‘In My Blood It Runs’. Provided by World Vision, access is available to our families and friends free of charge until 5 June. All you need to do is use the link below.

It is a moving and interesting film about 10-year-old Dujuan who is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history, we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.

NRW at Eddies ‘In This Together’

Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At Eddies, we strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with each other. Throughout the week there have been activities and events that have celebrated the unity and mutual respect that exists at Eddies.

Welcoming the students back to the College on Monday morning with a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony led by our young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student leaders was a special experience. The ritual cleansed our students as they start afresh and acknowledge that we walk in the footsteps of those who have gone before us. Wednesday morning’s NRW community barbecue was a huge success and highlighted the strong community spirit. Backed by songs from the Reconciliation Spotify playlist featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, the morning brought warmth to our hearts and our tummies.

Throughout the week we have been creating a 2020 NRW symbol. In line with the NRW theme ‘In This Together’ we have been painting a cross with the fingerprints of our staff and students. The cross features simple patterns that are inspired by the 2020 NRW image created by Biripi/Bunjalung artist Nikita Ridgeway and symbolises all of us together on a journey towards reconciliation.

Finally, we close the week with access to a free film that I highly recommend. I sat down last weekend with my husband and two young sons to watch this film. We were struck with wonder, frustration, questions, sadness, and a desire to respond to the featured issues. I would love to hear your thoughts.

On this reconciliation journey, Australians are all In This Together; each of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation including the St Edmund’s College community. In playing our part, we are committed to collectively building relationships and creating a community that values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history and culture.

Link to NRW Spotify Playlist: )

This acknowledgement and vision for reconciliation was written by staff and students who form the Reconciliation Action Plan Working group (RAP). We aim to launch the RAP later in the year and hope that the community will join us in this vision:

For us, Reconciliation means acknowledging our shared history with the First Peoples of Australia. It is seen through a united community which achieves mutual liberation through authentic relationships.

The St Edmund’s College community is committed to engaging with all members to seek greater understanding and appreciation of the spirituality, traditions and language of the First Peoples of Australia. With respect and genuine care, we walk together towards justice and celebration.

National Reconciliation Week Prayer

God Creator Spirit, walk with us and give us the strength to stand for life,

Teach us to be respectful and gracious for all that our land and waters provide.

Instill in us the spirit of unity with our indigenous sisters and brothers from around the world.

Lord, with your grace, help us to endure the challenges placed before us and our Earth.

Let us take time to reflect on the spiritual connection to our lands.

With your love and spirit, let us walk together in unity, peace and harmony on these great lands.

God, strengthen our love and respect for each other and our connections to country and all creation.

We pray, as one global family, for a safe and just world for generations to come.

Let us bring your love to all people.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,


Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching


It was wonderful to welcome back our Years 7 to 10 students this week. Although some may take time to readjust to face-to-face learning it was insightful to hear their stories of their experiences about learning at home and what other activities the boys did during this time. I heard about new hobbies, doing lots of dishes, mowing the lawn and the injuries that can come from doing these activities, and also interesting sleeping habits.

To enable the College to capture the opportunity that online learning presents, the students completed a survey today asking them about what worked well, how the technology worked and what we should keep doing as teachers to promote independence and support students. I thank the Curriculum Committee for their work in preparing the survey as they now move on to preparing a survey for staff to review their experiences.


To support the students as they return to the College, the Library Learning Hub has reopened. Any students needing assistance to catch up with work, needing support with understanding work completed online, or those seeking assistance with assessment are welcome to attend 3.00pm to 5.00pm (Years 11/12) and 3.00pm to 4.00pm (Years 7 to 10) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Maths Tutorials

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Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Eddies Men Can

EMC - Week 6 Overview

To say that we have had an unusual start to the term is an understatement! The intention of this week’s EMC lesson was to pause and reflect on our experiences during the isolation period and reflect on our resilience. We also took time to acknowledge the things in our lives for which we are grateful. All students watched a short video presented by Mr Celegato about resilience and some of the strengths and skills they may have developed during isolation. Following this our Years 7 and 8 students completed activities and finished with a Kahoot about the ‘A to Z of Resilience’.

Students in Years 9 to 12 completed activities from ‘The Resilience Project’ which focused on ‘GEM’: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. ‘The Resilience Project’espouses, ‘Paying attention to the things that we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have; we practise this by noticing the positives that exist around us’. Therefore, students were asked to identify some things in their life that they are grateful for and add these to the gratitude wall in their classroom. It was nice to read their responses and find that they are grateful for ‘supportive families’, ‘sleeping’, ‘going back to school’, ‘my phone because it keeps me connected’, ‘seeing my mates’, ‘time at home’, ‘pizza’, ‘spending time with family’ and much more. Needless to say, a great deal of the responses centred around food. However, I was pleased to see the depth of reflection in so many of the responses. Students then finished with a Kahoot which centred on the various way our staff recharge their batteries in order to have resilience and manage the challenges in their lives.

If you would like more information about ‘The Resilience Project’ please go to

Ms Vanessa Bell, Director of Students

2020 Skool2Skoolies

Thank you

Thank you to our sponsors of the Skool2Skoolies Charity Ride:

Trek Ipswich
OPAT Painters
Karalee Play and Learn
Strybos Electrical
Apprenticeships Queensland
DV Electrical Services
McNamara Law
St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Association
Choices Flooring by Mallets
Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club – P & F
Blue Ribbon Motors – P & F
Potter Landscapes
Gibson Architects
PM Landscapes
McCarthy Education & Childcare
Greena Business Solutions

Career News

Careers - Week 6

Year Ten Career Assessment Reports from Business Improvement Australia

All Year Ten students and parents should have received their BIA Career Assessment report via email during the next week starting 1 June. This report provides information on your son’s interests and abilities as well as some career paths he may wish to pursue. We would appreciate it if you could take the time to read the report and discuss the report with your son.


Australian Defence Force (ADF) Job Finder

If you are interested in joining the ADF but don't know about ADF job, use the Job Finder on the home page to get you started. Click on 'Jobs' on the top navigation bar and you will see a list of jobs on offer in the various services. All jobs have a brief description, training and benefits including: salary, medical and dental, work/life balance, job security and career development, skill acquisition and community involvement.

Your Future is Up – Find your ideal role in the Air Force

Want to take your first step to a rewarding role with the Australian Air Force? Visit the Your Future is Up website and learn what your career path could be in the Royal Australian Air Force. You will also find information about the various roles in the Air Force. Start checking it out.



UCAT ANZ test is required for undergraduate entry to University of Queensland Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry) and Bachelor of Dental Science.

The UCAT ANZ test is going ahead as planned in July 2020. Candidates who have booked their test will be notified about any changes to testing in July related to COVID-19 and we will update this page with information. Candidates who missed the late booking deadline should refer to Registration and Booking for information about the final booking window.

For more information go to

English eligibility for ATAR

QTAC, who calculate the individual ATARs, has outlined eligibility requirements students must meet to be awarded an ATAR. Student must have:

  • Successful completion of an English subject is a mandatory requirement for the award of an ATAR. Students are required to successfully complete (i.e. be awarded a raw letter grade of “C” or better) in one of the following QCAA English subject offerings:
    • English
    • English as an Additional Language
    • Literature
    • English & Literature Extension
    • Essential English
  • While successful completion of an English subject is a mandatory requirement for ATAR eligibility, there are no mandatory subject inclusions for the ATAR
  • Not all English subjects will meet the English prerequisite requirements for universities and courses. You must check each university’s prerequisites.
  • While students must satisfactorily complete an English subject to be eligible for an ATAR, the result in English will only be included in the ATAR calculation if it is one of the student’s best five subjects.
Commonwealth Supported Places and HELP Loans

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a place at a university or higher education provider where the government pays part of your fees. This part is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don’t have to pay it back. This subsidy does not cover the entire cost of your study. Students must pay the balance of the tuition fee, called the ‘student contribution amount’. For more information about Commonwealth Supported Places and your eligibility visit the Study Assist website.

Those students who have a CSP can get a HECS-HELP loan to pay for their studies. A HECS-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or text books, only tuition fees. To find out more information about HECS-HELP loans visit the Study Assist website.

University of Queensland Update

New 21st Century Skills - Biotechnology

The Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) program will provide you with advanced knowledge of how biotechnology uses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop new technologies and products. You’ll graduate ready for a career in research or product development. Some key aspects are:

  • Interdisciplinary science
  • Combines Science + Business + Entrepreneurship
  • Global application across many sectors
  • High employability for graduates
New Bachelor of Agricultural Science

The Bachelor of Agricultural Science program is a three year degree which replaces two existing programs, and is offered at Gatton. Key aspects of the degree are:

  • The program places emphasis on sustainability which is embedded across the entire program
  • The Majors are in Agronomy, Horticulture and Animal Science
  • Combines laboratory, field and industry experience
  • Can be a dual program with Agribusiness
  • Offers an additional optional Honours year leading to research
  • Prerequisites: Queensland ATAR or equivalent, English plus one of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods
Updates on UQ entry rank options

As from 2021, UQ will no longer allocate a separate entry rank for school leavers for the following:

  • A VET award alone
  • Music/Speech/Drama awards (such as AMEB awards)
  • ATAR applicants will still be able to use their VET qualifications to apply for entry to UQ in subsequent years. This means Year 12, 2020 students can use VET qualifications for 2022 admissions (just not for 2021)
What's new at UQ
  • Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Western Civilisation) (Hons) - This four-year honours program is designed for high-achieving students with a keen interest in the humanities. Develop valuable logical reasoning, communication and creative thinking skills that can be applied across a range of areas and industries.
  • Bachelor of Humanities/Bachelor of Laws (Hons) - This dual degree allows you to combine studies in law with a Bachelor of Humanities (BHum) specialising in the study of Western Civilisation. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons)) degree leads to employment as a barrister or solicitor, prosecutor of crime, community lawyer, legal officer in public service, or in-house counsel for a large corporation. The BHum will equip you with knowledge and insights applicable to many of the problems that societies face today, and the collaborative and persuasive skills to bring about meaningful change.

Program Discontinued from 2020

• Associate Degree in Business (UQ College)

New/changed Programs in 2021

B Arts now has a Legal Education Studies major and no longer a Criminology major

• B Design Studies (proposed) Majors: Anthropology; Building and Planning; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Media and Digital Cultures - check on the UQ website for further information.


Is there a test that tells me my ideal job?

That would make career decision making easier, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. However, there are many tests that can help identify your career interests, work values, skills, aptitudes, personality, etc. at any one point in your life when you do the tests. While there isn’t just one ideal job for you, assessment tools can increase your self-awareness and usually, provide you with a list of possible jobs based on how you responded to the test questions. This information can be used to begin your career exploration to find a job that matches up with what you now know about yourself. The following tests/questionnaires are examples of assessment tools you can use to come up with job ideas. .

  • Job Outlook has a Skills Match tool where you can identify job options that match the skills you have already developed through being involved at school, in the community or at work. It is a good tool to help you identify jobs you may not have previously considered.
Queensland Police Recruiting seminars

If you are interested in exploring the career opportunities within the Queensland Police Service you can visit their website for recruitment information and to keep track of when information sessions will be held after the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. On the site you can find links to entry pathways, diversity and inclusion, what's offered, unsworn QPS careers, frequently asked questions and event and information session details.

Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all students returning to the College. This is a great step towards normality during what has been a difficult time. I would like to announce that a number of musical activities will be gradually returning over the next couple of weeks. This includes the Instrumental Music Program and co-curricular ensemble rehearsals.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons will recommence over the next two weeks. Students involved in these lessons will need to watch for their lesson times over the next few days. This information can be found outside Room K205 and on EDE. Tutors will be emailing students their lesson timetable also. Students should check their lesson timetable and be on time, as there are only three weeks before the end of term. These lessons are extremely important as it will allow the students to re-establish a routine with their lessons and home practice.

Student safety will also be very important. Hand sanitiser and alcohol medical swabs will be available for students to use, social distancing measures will be required, students will not be allowed to handle any other instrument aside from their own. They will also be encouraged to wash their hands before and after lessons.


Several co-curricular ensembles will also resume rehearsals over the next couple of weeks. Students involved in these rehearsals will be informed by their Ensemble Director. We will be following Government regulations with regards to ensembles. Students will be rehearsing only in small groups. We will be taking precautionary measures with cleaning materials available for students to clean their instruments via alcohol swabs, hand sanitiser to clean their hands, applying social distancing measures and rehearsing in the Performing Arts Centre with the side doors open to allow plenty of room and ventilation.

Whilst there is still a long way to get through the pandemic situation, it is very pleasing that music at the College will be gradually returning over the next few weeks. I look forward to working with the students in a safe way that will allow us all to social distance, stay healthy and still enjoy making music.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music


AIC Statement Term 3 Sport

From AIC Management Committee


Tuckshop Helpers

No tuckshop volunteers are required until further notice.

Ms Narelle Rea, Ms Gina Weight, Convenors

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