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