Dear Families and Friends of St Edmund’s College
Sadly, I farewell you after three years as Principal of St Edmund’s College. Next year the College will be in safe hands with Mr Ray Celegato taking on the role as Acting Principal for the year to lead the College staff in continuing to serve the families of Ipswich and the surrounding region who choose to enrol their sons in this wonderful place of learning.
For me the last three years have gone too quickly. I have loved every minute of my time here working with a dedicated staff and partnering with you, the passionate mums, dads and carers of Eddies’ boys and the many friends of the College. I will serve out these final days with you reluctantly. Thank you for your support and friendship throughout the past three years. Eddies has been a blessing for me and my family and I will be forever grateful for having had the experience of being your Principal.
As we come to the end of the 2019 school year I refer you to our 2019 Annual Growth Goals Report which is attached. This provides you with a report of how we have fared against the goals that we set at the start of the year. You will see that 2019 has been a year of achievement and growth across many aspects of College life. We can all be very proud of the many accomplishments this year, in the pursuit of delivering an educational experience for our young Eddies’ men, inspired by our Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstones.
Some notable highlights include the successful completion of the Edmund Rice Building Refurbishment and Extension; a recommendation from Queensland Catholic Education Commission to support our application for a Federal Government grant to assist in the construction of a new Library (Open learning Centre) in 2020; the trialling of Rugby League and AFL in our sporting competition; improvements in NAPLAN and the outstanding academic results of our Year 12 students; the effective implementation of the first year of the new QCE system for Year 11 students; the expansion of our Rookies program; a multitude of cultural and performing arts opportunities and the broadening of immersive and community service learning experiences. These are all reflected in the 2019 Annual Growth Goals Report.
2019 Annual Growth Goals Report (PDF attachment)
Staff Farewells and Thank You
We farewell the following staff and thank each of them for the significant contribution they have made to the life of St Edmund’s College:
- Ms Louise Baldry - Finance Officer Accounts Payable - moving interstate
- Mr Sel Dennis - Manual Arts Teacher Aide - retiring
- Ms Madelyn Hall - Psychology/Math Teacher - appointed to St Laurence’s College
- Ms Motoko Shimokawa - Maths Teacher - changing employment to be a Counsellor
- Mr Sam Sprenger - Maths/Biology Teacher - appointed to Padua College
- Mr Anthony Walsh - English/SOSE/Legal Studies/RE Teacher - Casual Relief Teaching
- Mr Matthew Yates - Maths/RE/Healthy Living Teacher - appointed to St Laurence’s College
Please be advised that the following staff will be taking Leave in 2020. We wish them well as they take on new adventures.
- Mr Ben Litchfield - Leave for 12 months
- Ms Jean Yates - Leave for 12 months
- Ms Natasha Teitzel - Maternity Leave commencing mid-Term 1, 2020
- Ms Paula Turner - Maternity Leave commencing mid-Term 1, 2020
Finally, we keep in our thoughts and prayers the following staff and students who will be travelling interstate and overseas for College related activities:
- Mr Tim Fergus and Mr Andrew Kirk – departing next week to China for a four-week immersive experience teaching English at Southwest Weiyu Middle School in Shanghai
- Mr Chad de Waard and Mr Nic Aldridge who will be taking an Eddies Track and Field squad to the 2019 Coles Nitro Schools Challenge in Perth, Western Australia being held on 9 December
- Mr Dan Robinson and Volleyball Coach Mr Steven Burton will be taking a team to the National School Volleyball Championships held at various venues around South-East Queensland from 7 December to 9 December.
Year 9 Drama Production Unearths Rare Talent
Congratulations to the Year 9 Drama Extension class who performed Where in the World is Frank Sparrow by Angela Betzien on Wednesday evening in the Drama Room. The performance combined various theatrical and stage techniques such as screen projection, music, lighting, costume and props to tell the dark tale of Frank Sparrow. It was a fabulous performance and underlines the emergence of prodigious dramatic ability within our Year 9 Drama class. Thank you to Ms Hannah Douglas, Drama Teacher, for her directorial skills and overall organisation of the evening. What a brilliant way to end the year. Well done.
Please keep praying for rain for people affected by drought. You may wish to use the prayer below; especially written by our Catholic Bishops as part of their National Prayer Campaign.
In wisdom and love you created our earth to sustain us and give us life.
We turn to you now in faith, hope and love,
asking you to look with favour on our drought-stricken land,
on our starving animals, on our failing crops.
Strengthen, sustain and give new heart to our farmers
and to all who are affected by drought;
Be with those who support them
In your loving providence send abundant rain and restore our parched earth.
Father of all compassion, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ your son,
In whom the promise of new life has dawned,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit,
the Lord the giver of life:
Renew your faithful people;
Renew the face of the earth.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross,
Mary, Help of Christians – Pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal