Newsletter - 3 August 2018

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

Celebrating Catholic Education

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,

Celebrating Catholic Education

The theme for Catholic Education Week this year has been aligned with the official Year of Youth theme for 2018. This theme is derived from a speech given by Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016, where he called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’:

My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of the eternal "more". Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.

The call of Pope Francis to ‘discover new horizons’ echoes our own Eddie’s call which is powerfully expressed in our motto They Can Because They See They Can and captured in our catch cryEddies’ Men Can. The promise of ‘new horizons’ being discovered will be possible with an Eddies’ Men Can attitude.

Academic Achievement is about Embracing Opportunity

This was the key message from former Eddie’s student, Mr Nick Bennett in his address today at our Senior Academic Assembly. Working now as a defence criminal lawyer for Legal Aid, Nick has seen first-hand what happens when young people are cast aside and descend into a life of crime fuelled by substance abuse, poverty, depression and unemployment. His clients are, as he says, no different to all Eddies’ young men, except for one fundamental difference – they didn’t have the privilege of an education as he did or as each young Eddie’s young man is having right now.

Mr Nick Bennett, SEC 2006, Guest Speaker Academic Assembly 3 August 2018

Nick Bennett says his story is a tale of privilege, endurance and embracing the opportunities that he has been given. He graduated in 2006 and worked at Woolworths Booval Shopping Centre stacking shelves to get himself through University. He initially started out doing Engineering, then realised this was not the right pathway for him. After changing courses he eventually obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics at UQ in 2012. Soon after, Nick was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Nick began working in criminal law whilst studying and has continued to work exclusively in this area since that time. Soon after gaining his qualifications he worked as a prosecutor for both the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Qld, and the Qld Police Service. He also conducted proceeds of crime litigation on behalf of the Crime and Corruption Commission and was appointed as an Associate to a Judge of the District Court of Qld. He now works as a criminal defence Barrister for Legal Aid Qld, representing socially and financially disadvantaged people in criminal courts.

Nick has both prosecuted and defended persons charged with offences ranging from shoplifting to murder and has recently focused on defending children charged with serious criminal offences.

In his concluding remarks Nick Bennett challenged the Eddies’ young men to grasp the opportunity of education as a ‘microscope’ to critique, understand, examine and positively influence their world. He acknowledged and congratulated all the senior students for their academic achievements and presented each recipient with their respective Merit and Honours certificates.

Photo of the Week

Each week I will be choosing a picture from our weekly file of photos that captures something of the spirit and character of Eddies. Thank you to Ms Nicola Scarrott for suggesting the idea. This week’s Photo of the Week sees the First Basketball team forming a prayerful huddle moments before their opening AIC game. The photo grabbed my attention because it powerfully conveys the importance of prayer, brotherhood, team and community. With arms interlocked and each young man down on one knee there is also great respect shown for the College, each other and for their opposition team. It is an inspirational image of our Eddie’s identity.


We continue to keep in our prayers Conor Tweedy, a Year 11 student from St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, who suffered a serious neck injury while playing for the Second XV Rugby Team two weeks ago. I was able to talk with the Terrace Principal, Mr Michael Carroll, on Wednesday who informed me that Conor’s recovery is gradual and he is slowly getting feeling back to parts of his upper and lower body.

Good news too for staff member Ms Yvette Knoetze who is now back home recovering from corrective spinal surgery. Yvette still has a long road ahead as she regains her strength and movement.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts…FOREVER!

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Mission and Community

Edmund Rice Education Australia Identity Leaders' Conference

On Monday and Tuesday this week, the Identity Leaders from the Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Schools around Australia met in Melbourne. The two-day gathering was an engaging and challenging experience that provided an exciting way forward for EREA schools. It is empowering to know that for EREA schools, we are a Mission-focused organisation and the Mission is the lens through which we address our core business. Furthermore, our Identity and Mission as a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition is counter-cultural, and challenges archetypal education. Through providing an education that is grounded in Gospel Spirituality, it becomes liberating: empowering our young men to live a life with purpose.

The EREA Identity Leaders’ gathering was an opportunity also to receive the support of a critical friend. Significant to the conference were our reflective conversations: each demanding careful consideration of our EREA Touchstones. As Identity Leaders, we were reminded that as an EREA school, our authenticity is measured by our commitment to the Touchstone of Inclusive Education. It is an important conversation in which we regularly engage at St Edmund’s College. Among staff and their consideration of curriculum resources; among coaches and their leadership of our sporting teams; among students and their response to the call to be a ‘Brother to Another’: it is our Mission and a challenge that we grapple with daily.

As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we will continue to explore, reflect on and respond to the Touchstones that are at the heart of our identity. Last week at the Year 11 Leadership Reflection Day, we provided an opportunity for our Year 11 students to consider the possibilities and challenges of leading, guided by the Touchstones.

I encourage all members of our community to take a moment to reflect on the Touchstones and would be happy to have a conversation about how this mission is alive in our College.

Have a wonderful week as we live Jesus in our hearts… forever!

Year of Youth Prayer for Catholic Education Week

Come Holy Spirit of this Great Southland

Inspire our entire faith community,

as we prayerfully discern new horizons for spreading joy

in the lives and communities of the People of God.

Come Holy Spirit of Youth

Fill the hearts of young people with the hope and love of Jesus Christ;

enliven our community with the creativity, energy and joy of youth;

guide us together, as we strive to offer God’s mercy

to those who feel abandoned or outcast.

Come Holy Spirit of Faith

Empower our community to be courageous;

unite your people as witnesses of love.

Walk with us, as we blaze new trails of discipleship;

accompanying young people as we renew the Church together.

Come Holy Spirit of Vocation

Stir within young people an awareness of God’s call;

reveal to us the graces of young people;

guide us all, in finding our place and raising our voices

To build a civilisation of love.


Upcoming Events

There are many events and service opportunities that take place around the College. These activities enrich the lives of the students and the wider community. We strongly encourage all our students to get involved in community activities throughout the year.

Mission and Community Dates and Events For Term Three

Parents, Families and Friends - mark these dates in your diary. We would love you to join in our community events throughout Term Three.

Wednesday 15 August: Year 11 Leadership Gathering Day 2

A compulsory day for our Year 11 students to engage in team-building, development and reflection in preparation for their role as Senior Leaders of the College in 2019.

Friday 24 August: Final Rookies’ Afternoon

The last opportunity for the Year 7s of 2019 to gather and experience some time at Eddies.

Sunday 26 August: Parish Mass at St Mary’s Church Ipswich 6.00pm.

All are welcome to share in the Eucharistic Celebration and stay for a cuppa and a chat following Mass.

Friday 31 August: Dads ‘n’ Lads Evening 6.00pm

Dads and significant men in the lives of our students, come along with your son for an evening of fun to mark Fathers’ Day.

Wednesday 5 September: Year 10 Rite of Passage Challenge Day and Ceremony

The culmination of a term of reflection, activity and development; the Year 10 students will participate in activity, challenge and reflection throughout the day. This will end in the evening with the Rite of Passage Ceremony. All parents are invited to attend and more information will be provided.

Friday 14 September: Mothers’ Mass and Dinner

Beginning with Mass at St Mary’s Parish Church followed by dinner at Brothers’ Ipswich Leagues Club, Wildey Street, Raceview, All mothers and women connected to the College are invited to share in this event. Dinner bookings ($35) via College Reception or Kath Creedy. Full details in the flyer with this newsletter.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

Year 8 Arts Faith Day 2018

A New Journey Began


Wednesday 1 August began a new journey for all St Edmund’s Year 8. With Head, Hands, Heart and Feet, they learned to be companions on their journey at the 2018 ‘Arts Faith Day’. One hundred and eighty-nine eager Year 8s, led by their Year 10 Junior House Leaders, were proactive in their involvement, in a day of spiritual growth and development of the whole person. Four rotational activities were on offer for the students in their House Groups, as they journeyed together throughout the day.

Rotation 1 ‘The Head’ involved two exciting guest speakers talking about their faith journey. Eddie’s Old Boy, Ipswich local hero, paramedic barber and Director of ‘BARBERAid’, Mr Damian Roche, spoke with the students on his work with the homeless, both in Ipswich and around South-East Queensland. Our second speaker, Mr Ryan Germain, Youth Worker at the Ipswich Citihope Christian Church, outlined his faith journey and enlightened the students on the beliefs of another Christian faith.

Rotation 2 ‘The Hands’ was the design, development and construction of a Sustainable Edible Garden which we hope to use across the curriculum for the benefit of our own students and the wider Ipswich community.

Rotation 3 ‘The Heart’ involved the visitation of professional Artist, Mr Dylan Jones, who had designed a blank canvas of a ‘heart’ that the students were able to paint to represent their own ‘heart’ journey.

Rotation 4 ‘The Feet’ was the Universal Walk with Ms Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community, and Teacher, Ms Adrianna Rimland. This activity involved an interactive lighting, sound and candle spectacular in our Performing Arts Centre.

Lunch was supplied by the staff of ‘Zambreos: Mexican with a Mission’. Their PLATE 4 PLATE Program, whereby with every burrito or bowl purchased, a meal is donated to someone in need. Zambreos partners with ‘Rise Against Hunger’, an international hunger relief agency, to provide millions of nutritious meals to disadvantaged communities across Africa, Asia and the Americas. In Australia, Zambreos partners with Foodbank to fight hunger in Australia, providing a meal to Australians doing it tough, through every purchase from their Grab and Go range.

The Year 8 students had a fabulous day from beginning to end, and we know from the debrief session at the end of the day, that Eddies is in strong, safe and sound hands. Well done Year 8.

Ms Anne Artesi, HOD Religious Education and Ms Sallyanne Freney, HOD Creative Arts

2018 Shanghai Exchange

Farewells and Welcomes

2018 Shanghai Exchange Program

On Tuesday evening this week (31 July), we farewelled the students and staff from South- West Weiyu Middle School, Shanghai, as they returned home after their visit to St Edmund’s College and Australia. The group concluded their stay with a trip to the Gold Coast and an outing to Southbank, Brisbane. Throughout their time at the College, there were bonds of friendship forged which we look forward to rekindling during our visit to Shanghai in September this year. After enjoying the warm days of our Queensland Winter and the hospitality of homestays, there were some sad farewells shared, which reinforces the strong connections made during the exchange.

On Wednesday, we welcomed three more staff from South-West Weiju Middle School, Shanghai who will be observing and partaking in school life at St Edmund’s College during the month of August. We welcome Ms Wang Fan, Mr Ma Xiongxiong, and Ms Wang Ying and sincerely hope that you enjoy your time with us.

Mr David Mills, Acting Shanghai Exchange Coordinator

St Edmund’s College Principal, Mr Diarmuid O’Riordan, welcomes Ms Wang Fan, Mr Ma Xiongxiong, and Ms Wang Ying from South-West Weiju Middle School on Wednesday 1 August. The three visiting teachers will participate in classroom activities and College events during their August visit to St Edmund's College.

Learning & Teaching

Teaching and Learning

IMPORTANT Subject Selection Evenings NEXT WEEK...8/9 August

Academic Awards

St Edmund’s College reviewed the Academic Awards in 2017 in a desire to acknowledge students in our awards’ ceremonies who demonstrate significant academic achievement. The review has resulted in the following:

  • Academic Honours and Academic Merit replacing Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards
  • Using a Grade Point Average (GPA) across subjects to determine award recipients
  • Introducing an Academic Improvement Award

I have had enquiries regarding the Improvement Award for Semester 1. The College is still trialling and reviewing this award and its application. It will be awarded in Semester 2, 2018, considering a student’s whole year of study, rather than a term comparison, which occurred in the 2017 trial. It is based on a GPA improvement of at least one across a student’s course of study for two semesters. I will keep parents informed of our review of the Improvement Award.

Subject Selection Evening – Year 10 - Wednesday 8 August

Year 10 students moving into Year 11 will transition to the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and have their Subject Selection Evening on Wednesday next week, 8 August. Information will include the new Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) system for those students wishing to be university-ready and transition to university directly from school. A letter outlining the details for the evening was emailed to parents previously.

For the past three weeks, I have met with the Year 10 students, in conjunction with the Heads of Department, to prepare them for their subject selection. This Wednesday evening is a most important presentation for all parents to attend. Apprenticeships Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, The University of Southern Queensland, The University of Central Queensland, Defence Force Recruiting, Griffith University and Australian Catholic University will be in attendance to advise students and parents about courses. I look forward to seeing Year 10 parents on Wednesday evening, 8 August.

Subject Selection Evening - Years 8 and 9 - Thursday 9 August

I have met with both Years 8 and 9 students regarding their Subject Selection Evening on Thursday next week, 9 August. Students in both years have received a hard copy of the letter regarding the Subject Selection Evening and I have emailed this letter to parents as well. As we move to the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) in 2019, it is important that all parents attend this evening.

The Learning Hub

We have introduced additional new tutors to the Learning Hub from our 2017 Year 12 cohort, who have a particular expertise in Mathematics. Our Learning Hub Coordinator, Ms Louise McNamara, is featuring our Learning Hub Tutors each week in the newsletter. This is a wonderful opportunity for Years 10, 11 and 12 students to receive assistance with their academic work from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Afternoon tea is provided. I encourage all students in these year levels to take up this opportunity.

A final note

As we move into Week 4 next week, all students should be very focused on their studies and using their goals to direct their learning. I ask parents and caregivers to be talking with your sons about their learning, what type of learner they are, and what strategies they are employing to make improvement happen for them.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Congratulations - Years 10, 11, 12 Awards

Semester 1, 2018 Academic Award Winners


OP Students


Songyang (Philip) Cen

David Janke

Tasman Pearl

Hamish Potter

Benjamin Snell

Lachlan Brown

Jarrod Calcutt

Jacob Cash

Oliver Downs Klose

Max Ivanovic

Cameron Kelland

Kyle Rasmussen

Joshua Smith

Dylan Vit

Connor Weber

Brandon Wiedman

IP Students

William Brandon

Thomas Brennan

Brayden Williams

EP Students


Alex Bragg


Jack Dawson


OP students


Henry Abkin

Nicholas Rumpf

Lachlan Stacey


Dominic Boyle

William Day

Lachlan Dutney

Luke Franz

Sebastin Howie

Flynn Morris-Shute

Joseph Savage

Oliver Schmidt

Kristian Williamson

IP Students


Nichalous Petryszyn

EP Students


Lachlan Bowen



Thomas Albury

Max Banditt

Connor Cash

Declan Jolly

Tom McIntyre

Joseph McKew

Joshua Mole

Thomas Parker

Toby Patrick

Zachary Pennell

Oliver Reid

Kane Sherman

Lachlan Wesener


Seth Bishop

Samuel Burling

Miguel Clutario

Jake O’Loughlin

Callum Rose

Mac Sheppard

Abishai Sujith

Luc Van Meurs

Liam Wolff







Nathan Martin CARPENTRY





Ethan Bauer PLUMBING


Library Learning Hub - Week 4

News from The Hub...Meet our Tutors...

Student numbers are starting to build this term for "The Hub".

We still have some empty seats though - so remember we operate Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.00 to 5.00pm in the St Edmund’s College Library. We provide the services of two tutors each day. So ....

Who are our tutors?
Name: Thomas Webster

Completed Year 12 SEC 2017

Currently studying: Dual degree Bachelor of Mathematics/ Bachelor of Business Management at UQ

Tutoring subjects: Year 12 English,Year 12 Maths B and C, Year 12 Study of Religion

Other interests: Football (Soccer)

Name: Harrison Dutney

Completed Year 12 SEC 2017

Currently studying: Bachelor of Physiotherapy at UQ

Tutoring subjects: Maths, Science

Other interests: Tennis and Water skiing

Name: Sam Milner

Graduated 2014

Currently Studying: Bachelor of Education USQ (Mathematics and Physics)

Tutoring Subjects: Junior Mathematics, Junior Science, Senior Mathematics B and C, Senior Physics, Senior Biology, Senior Study of Religion.

Other Interests: Basketball

Name : Benjamin James

Completed : Year 12 Ipswich Grammar School 2011

Currently studying : Bachelor Education (Secondary) at QUT

Tutoring Areas: Junior Maths, English, Business, Humanities.

Other interests: Football (soccer), travelling , movies.

Name: Josh Ryan

Completed Year 12 at SEC in 2016

Currently studying: Bachelor of Commerce/Laws (Honours) at UQ

Tutoring: English, Study of Religion, Legal, Accounting, Economics, other general humanities subjects.

Other interests: Cricket (plays for Brothers), Tennis and Golf. Supports the Geelong Cats in AFL and Brisbane Broncos in NRL. Josh has a passion for sport in general.

More profiles next week...

So come along and see if one of these very capable young people can assist in your learning journey.


Ms Louise McNamara, After-Hours Learning Coordinator

Maths Tutorials

Commencing 30 July 2018

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Reminder to Year 12 Parents

Your son's Baby or Toddler Photo required

A reminder to Year 12 Parents that we are asking for one of your son’s baby or toddler photos (baby to 4 year-old) to be emailed for inclusion in an audio-visual presentation to be used at the Senior Valedictory event.

Please email your son’s photo to Mr Mills at with "Valedictory Photo" in the subject line.

If you have a hard copy only of a photo, this should be submitted in an envelope marked "Valedictory Photo", including your son’s name, and handed into the Deans’ Room for scanning, before being returned to your son.

It would be appreciated if photos are submitted as soon as possible. If any queries, please direct to Mr Mills (3810 4496) during school hours.

2018 Senior Ring - How to Order

Full Payment or Deposit by 17 August 2018

2018 Senior Ring

Cost: $120
  • Payment in full, or a $60 deposit by 17 August
  • By 17 August, Year 12 students need to have made a full or part payment, plus have their finger sized
  • Deans’ Room for finger-sizing during First or Second Breaks

Whooping Cough

Link to Queensland Health Information

Whooping Cough

Dear St Edmund’s Parents and Caregivers

Further to the notification on Thursday 2 August 2018 relating to a confirmed case of Whooping Cough at St Edmund’s College, we wish to advise that a second case has been confirmed.

Please take every precaution in respect of your son’s health and if you have any concerns, consult a doctor as soon as possible.

The following Queensland Health link provides information regarding Whooping Cough, including the symptoms and warning signs.

Career News

Career News - Week 3

Apprenticeships - Scholarships - Upcoming Events


Energex Apprenticeships

The Energex intake for Apprenticeships is due to open in August. Any current Year 12 students who wish to apply for a full-time position next year should check Energex's website regularly until applications have opened. This will include Electrician, Communications Technician, Distribution Linesperson and Transmission Linesperson apprenticeships which will be located across the whole state of Queensland.

Further information about their apprenticeships is on their website.

Apprenticeships with Aurizon

Aurizon Holdings provides rail and road-based freight services across Australia. The company offers apprenticeships at the Certificate III level in the following areas:

  • Electrical Tradesperson
  • Telecommunications Tradesperson
  • Mechanical and Diesel Fitters or Mechanical Fitter and/or Turner
  • Heavy Fabrication (Boilermaker)
  • Surface Trimmer
  • Power Traction Linesperson

Traineeships are also available. For more information and to subscribe for job alerts, visit the Aurizon website.

Automotive, technical and parts apprenticeships

Students can apply for automotive apprenticeships with major vehicle manufacturers across Australia through Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd. Visit Vantage Automotive website and click on ‘Apprentice Programs’ for more information.

Want to be an electrician? Find out about Electro

Electro Group Training and Apprenticeships is a group training company that specialises in training people for the electrical industry. It employs and monitors the training of electrical apprentices. For more information, visit the Electro Group website (click on ‘Apprenticeships’). While you are on the site, read about the attributes and skills required of an electrical apprentice. Also, do the self-assessment to see if you have the maths and science skills needed for the job.

Interested in being a police officer?

Visit the Queensland Police Recruiting website to begin your exploration. Click on ‘Recruit Entry’ for information about the entry requirements and how to prepare yourself for a police career. Attending a seminar is also very useful (click on ‘Seminars’) as you get an opportunity to ask questions about the job. The ‘Academy Life’ section of the site will give you information on the Queensland Police Service Academy.

What do I need to know when I start a job?

The Fair Work Ombudsman website has many resources that can help. These include:

  • Guide to starting a new job
  • Starting a new job online course
  • Young workers best practice guide.

The skills and attributes requested by employers in Australia

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released research findings that set out the employability skills commonly requested by employers on online job advertisements. Download the infographic here.

NCVER has released another infographic that sets out the skills that are trending and emerging skills amongst job advertisements. Knowing the skills that employers are looking for will make it easier to put together a winning resume.

Five trends shaping the future of work

An article on the Workforce Blueprint website suggests that while there are jobs that will be taken over by robots and automation in the future (e.g. commercial pilots, legal work, technical writing, telemarketers, accountants, retail workers and real estate sales agents), many other jobs will continue to be in demand. These include construction managers, medical and health services managers, sales representatives, registered nurses, market research and marketing specialists, software systems developers, teachers and specialist physicians. But what about the jobs that don’t exist yet? The article lists the following predicted jobs.

  • Future Currency Speculator – a virtual currency market expert
  • Productivity Counsellor – to provide advice on a range of topics (e.g. wellness, time management) to help employees improve their value to employers
  • Microbial Balancer – needed to assess the composition of new forms of bacteria
  • Crowdfunding Specialist – expert advisers to help fundraisers promote their causes
  • Privacy Consultant – an expert to manage and safeguard our digital information.

You can read the full article on the Workforce Blueprint website.


GU: Griffith University scholarships

Over 700 scholarships are available to cover tuition fees, accommodation, learning materials, travel costs and living expenses for high achieving students, rural and regional students, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Scholarships website will help you find the right scholarship for you – press “Scholarships search”. Scholarship applications are submitted online and closing dates vary. For assistance, save it as a draft and contact the Scholarships team for more information. You can apply for and receive more than one scholarship.

Queensland University of Technology Creative industries scholarships

Year 12 students applying for Creative industries courses could be competitive for the following scholarships:

  • 8 x Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (Elite Visual and Performing Arts) – These scholarships are valued at up to $30,000, paid in $5,000 instalments each semester. They are automatically awarded to students ranked first or second in their audition or portfolio for QUT’s acting, dance performance, visual arts or music degrees. Offers are made by 14 November 2018.
  • 12 x Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (Creative Industries) – These scholarships are valued at $10,000 each, paid in $2,500 instalments each semester. For acting, dance performance, visual arts and music degrees, these awarded to the third and fourth highest ranked applicants. For other creative degrees with an additional entry requirement, it will be awarded to the top two highest ranked students. See the website for a full list of degrees.

In addition, Creative industry applicants with excellent academic results, or who are elite athletes, are encouraged to apply for other Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships in these categories. Applications for these scholarships open on 1 August and close on 16 November 2018.

TAFE: Queensland Scholarships for Semester I 2018

There are two types of scholarships available. Each scholarship is valued at $5,000. Applications for these scholarships for Semester 1 2019 are now open and will close on 31 August 2018. Visit the website for details. These are:

  • Merit scholarships - awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship
  • Access and equity scholarships - awarded to students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to their chosen career, and based on specific equity criteria.
Upcoming Events:

TAFE: Queensland Scholarships for Semester I 2018 applications close

University of Queensland Sporting Scholarships

These scholarships support students to meet the demands of their sporting and academic programs. In addition to financial support, the scholarships offer academic tutoring, access to the UQ Sport facilities, athlete workshops and more. Available scholarships are:

For more information and a larger list of sporting scholarships, visit the UQ Sport website and scroll down to “What are the Options?”.

Upcoming Events:


UQ Sports Achievement Scholarship application closes


Clem Jones Sporting Scholarships' applications close


UQ Sport Scholarship Ambassador Program applications close

University of Southern Queensland Year 12 Early Round Scholarships

Year 12 students can apply for the following scholarships for entry to USQ courses in 2019:

  • Future Community Leader Scholarships - These scholarships are offered in recognition of a student’s participation in the community. 10 of these scholarships are available for 2019.
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships – This scholarship is to reward high achieving students with strong academic abilities. 40 of these scholarships are available for 2019.

These Year 12 scholarships close soon at 5pm Friday 31 August 2018. Visit the website for details.

Upcoming Events

University of Southern Queensland Year 12 Early Round Scholarships applications close

Aurora Education Foundation: Indigenous Scholarships

In addition to helpful guides for Going to Uni and How to Get a Scholarship, The Aurora Education Foundation provides a dedicated Indigenous Scholarships Portal that lists scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians across universities, TAFEs or private institutions.

A reminder that applications for the Bond University Indigenous Scholarships are due by 10 September 2018.

Upcoming Events:


Bond University Indigenous Scholarships' applications close

World Education Program Student Exchange

WEP will hold the following information evenings about their exchanges in Queensland. The next sessions include:

  • 7 – 8:30pm on 8 August 2018 at Fulton Trotter Lounge, 129 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill, Brisbane
  • 7 – 8:30pm on 13 August 2018 at The Cedar Centre, 57 Brook Street, Toowoomba

Visit the WEP website to register your attendance.

Open Days in August

4 – Torrens University open day for Business, Health or Design & Tech degrees hosted at the Brisbane campus at 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley on Saturday 4th August 2018 between 10 am – 1 pm. Register your spot on the Torrens Open Day website.

5 – University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday 5 August 2018. Get started by downloading the app and 2019 UQ Undergraduate Guide on the UQ Open Day website.

9 – Central Queensland University Brisbane open day hosted at the Brisbane campus at 160 Ann Street from 3 pm – 6:30 pm on Thursday 9 August 2018. See more information and register on the CQU event page.

10 – TAFE Queensland Ashmore Trade Training Centre open day from 9 am – 4 pm on Friday 10 August 2018. See more details on the TAFE Website.

12 - Griffith University open day at the Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses from 9 am – 2 pm on Sunday 12 August 2018. Register online to go into the draw to win one of three Microsoft Surface Pro tablets.

15 – Central Queensland University Online for those who cannot attend a bricks and mortar campus, get your answers from an open day hosted completely online. Join anytime between 3 – 6 pm on Wednesday 15 August 2018. See more information and register on the CQU event page.

19 – University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday 19 August 2018. Get started by downloading the app and 2019 UQ Undergraduate Guide on the UQ Open Day website.

19 – University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba open day at the Toowoomba campus from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday 19 August 2018. Add the event to your calendar and register your attendance at the USQ open day website to go in the draw to win a $1000 gift card.

10 – TAFE Queensland Ashmore Trade Training Centre open day from 10 am – 4 pm on Friday 10 August 2018. See more details on the TAFE Website.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the Sunshine Coast Aviation Expo

Are you interested in working with aircraft in the Navy, Army or Air Force? Ever considered being a Pilot? Or working in aviation in a trade or support role? Come along to the 2018 Aviation Expo and chat to current serving ADF members in aviation roles about how you can take off with an aviation career in the ADF. The expo will be held from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday 4 August 2018 at the Sunshine Coast Aero Club & Flying School, 16 Friendship Avenue, Marcoola. You can register your attendance here.

Upcoming Events:

Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the Sunshine Coast Aviation Expo Sunshine Coast Aero Club and Flying School Marcoola

Ms Madelyn Hall, Acting Careers Guidance Officer


Music and Cultural

Music News

Rehearsals Underway for QCMF

Music News

Rehearsals are well under way for our next Performing Arts event: the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF). This year the College Choir, Combined Colleges’ Choir and Combined Colleges’ String Ensemble will be participating in this event. More information regarding this event will be sent home to students involved in these ensembles.

Asher Kunde brought closure to our College Musical, Rock of Ages, by performing an arrangement of the song ‘Heaven’ from the show. Asher played a lead role in his final College Musical and this was yet another exceptional performance from a fine performer. Well done Asher.

College Assembly Performance - 30 July

Monday’s assembly showcased a performance of Herbie Hancock’s funk classic ‘Chameleon’ by Lachlan Wesener and Nathan Curr, who were accompanied by Mr Jesse Gold and myself. I was delighted when these two musicians chose to play this piece as I have played it many times in my younger years as a jazz musician. Lachlan and Nathan are exceptional musicians for their age and it is a pleasure to perform with them. Thank you to Mr Jesse Gold for playing guitar for this performance. Congratulations on an excellent performance, gentlemen.

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons are up and running for this term. Students should check the notice boards outside Room K205 for their lessons times.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music


Sports News - Week 3

AIC SPORT - Cross Country Wednesday 8 August - Limestone Park


Basketball and Tennis

Round 1 was played last Saturday against Iona College with some positive results. At the Basketball we won five of the twelve aggregate games with good performances from our Firsts, Seconds, 10A, 10B and 8A. Our 8Bs were also unlucky to only go down by four points. It was great to see a good crowd in St Edmund’s Hall for the Firsts match.

The Tennis also had some great performances with our Year 7s being very competitive to go down 5-3 in both fixtures. Our Year 9A, 9B and Second sides had good wins. Our Firsts fought hard in a high quality fixture against tough opposition.

This Saturday we play Padua College in Round 2. Best of luck to all players.

Cross Country

Next week is the big week for our Cross Country runners with the AIC Cross Country Championships occurring on Wednesday 8 August at Limestone Park, Ipswich.

A reminder of race times:

12 Years – 11:35am

13 Years – 11:55am

14 Years – 12:15pm

15 Years – 12:45pm

16 Years – 1:15pm

Opens – 1:45pm

Presentations – 2:30pm



Well done to our Hockey players who had a win over Brisbane Boys’ College (4-1) in their first fixture for the season. The team plays Padua College this evening at the State Hockey Centre.

Touch Football

After two afternoons of trials, the teams are almost finalised in preparation for the Toowoomba All Schools’ Carnival on Sunday 19 August.

Western District Athletics

This week many students competed at the Western District Athletics Carnival at UQ St Lucia. A number of students have made it through to the Regional Trials to be held at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre at Nathan (QSAC) in late August. Whilst some students performed well, it was obvious that many students were a ‘little rusty’ and need to consider committing to the Athletics training program to achieve the results they are capable of for the AIC Track and Field Championships in October. All training information can be found on the SEC App or the EDE Page.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

Term 2 Rugby and Football Photos

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Term 2 Rugby and Football to order

Studio Kirby apologises for the delay however the Rugby and Football Photos are now available for viewing and ordering on the following online ordering link:

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AIC Tennis Results - 28 July 2018

Round 1 Vs Iona College

Firsts – Loss 2-6 The exposure to regular competitive tennis was the difference between the two teams. Nick Petryszyn had a tight win in a tie-breaker. Nathan Meier showed his tenacity in a great fightback, however was defeated in a second tie-breaker. A confident, on-court demeanour will yield results.

Seconds –Win 6-2 Good doubles play set up a win. Benjamin Snell won his three sets in an impressive display and Jacob Cash contributed in a good team presentation. Jeremy Lennon with two wins, showed the depth within this team.

11A – Loss 4-4 Iona. At the end of the seventh match, the games were tied at twenty-one each. Sebastian Howie’s was an exciting match that went down to the wire. The games progressed to five each, then five to six, then Sebastian lost his serve to go down five games to seven in a great spectator match. Jeremy Suthers and Lachlan Dutney played well, both winning their single matches, six games to two. Well done on a great team effort.

10A – Loss 0-8 Iona showed more experience and depth, however our team members were close behind. Scott Morrice went near to securing wins. With more percentage play and consistency, the wins will come.

10B – Loss 0-8.

9A – Win 6-2 We started the season with a convincing win. Connor Kennedy and Mitchell Vesper won their doubles and their respective singles, and a singles match win to Jaika Thompson.

9B – Win 6-2 Shaun Costello, Hugh Tyne and Daniel Fordham were successful in their singles games and Kai Baker and Hugh Tyne won their doubles matches.

8A – Loss 0-8 Tough games, which displayed good rallies and returns, with Adam Hammant’s the match to watch. The team was supportive of each other, and the Iona players.

8B – Loss 0-8 Tough games, however the team remained positive and never gave up. Special mention to Liam Wallis and Conor McFarlane who went down 4-3 in a very close doubles match.

7A – Loss 3-5 What a great start to AIC Tennis for the team. Although we did not achieve a win, we played good quality tennis and fought for every point. A commendable effort by Ben Naish for his resilience and tenaciousness, with every game going to multiple deuce, then Ben falling short at the end. Our point for improvement is on-court camaraderie.

7B – Loss 3-5 The day started three sets down, however this did not deter the team. Our doubles pairings are melding, with an immense improvement this week, well done! It is great to see all team members moving confidently to the net and taking the game to the opposition. Congratulations to Luca Zieschank and Bailey Spencer on their first AIC singles match wins. Our points for improvement are clear calling and confidence on court.

AIC Basketball Results - 28 July 2018

Round 1 Vs Iona College

Firsts – Win 71-52 The Firsts opened the AIC season with a convincing win against a determined Iona team. Lapses in concentration on defense, and a lack of execution on offense allowed Iona into the game. Logan Atkin’s relentless attack on the rim provided the spark needed to build on our lead. Arop Anguik led the team on the defensive end, remaining composed in trying conditions, to draw a crucial foul late in the fourth.

Seconds – Win 37-27 After a slow start, the team executed their offense well and reeled in Iona. Charlie Vince was brilliant throughout the game, with St Edmund’s comfortably controlling the second half. Matthew Truelove and Jeremy Leite also played well.

Thirds – Loss 15-42

Fourths – Loss 7-24 After an explosive start, our 7-2 first-quarter intensity was unable to be maintained, with the team falling away to a disciplined and skilled Iona. Luca Pavlenko was a standout player, although fouled out during the third quarter.

11A –Loss 10-92 A tough game for the players against an outstanding Iona outfit. Rushing caused us to lose our composure, leading into fast-break layups. Blair Goatham played well in offence and Bowen Walker contributed with great defense.

11B –Loss 8-49 The team played determinedly against a skilled Iona side. Blair Suthers and Morgan Hayne were our best players, with Logan Spark contributing strongly under the basket.

10A – Win 48-26 Great energy on court and a willingness to move our feet defensively created many scoring opportunities throughout the game. Merrick Small and Sam Burling dominated at both ends.

10B – Win 61-20 A good first game for the AIC season with impressive performances from all players. Two quarters were dominated by disciplined displays on defense, building pressure and forcing mistakes. Well done, team. Tim Foy and Hayden Johnson played well.

10C – Loss 9-42 A slow start and finish made it difficult to remain competitive, however the second quarter was the standout. Bryden Redding and Regan Taylor played well. Special mention to Joe Robertson for his support.

9A – Loss 38-45 We struggled to put the ball into the basket at times against a strong defensive Iona side. Our defense was solid however simple mistakes at key moments let us down. Byron Williams played well despite his nose being compromised in the warm-up. Tyreece Page-Woodbridge was great on offence and Jackson Crocker controlled the paint.

9B – Loss 34-43 A slow first-half made it hard to overcome a tough opposition, although the team had a good second half, out-scoring Iona 28-20.

9C – Loss 12-51 An overall good start with good team motivation throughout the game. More effective zone defense is this week’s goal; and to score twenty points.

8A – Win 40-29 A slow start had our players behind early in the game, however a good team effort in the second-half allowed the momentum to return. Lucas Jackson was excellent on defense, and Nathan May and Sam Caprioli kept the score moving.

8B –Loss 20-24 A good defensive effort by the players, however we struggled to make inroads against an illegal zone defence. We must improve our boxing out and rebounding to limit second chances for our opponents. Harry Watt, Harry Sammutt, Kai Brown and Oliver Cruice had strong games.

8C –Loss 57-14 The frantic pace of this game saw us tire toward the end of each quarter, allowing Iona to score at ease. More positional awareness and communication among the on-court players will serve us well in future games. Cohan Patrick and Lachlan Kable had good games.

8D – Loss 8-35 A good display of effort and determination from the players against a tough Iona side, with the scoreboard not a reflection of the team’s efforts. Blayke Saggus had an impressive showing on both the glass and the scoreboard.

7A –Loss 24-44 A slow start against a well-drilled Iona squad dropped us behind early in the game. All players need to bring more intensity into the next game. The last quarter showed glimpses of what this team can do.

7B –Loss 4-56 A tough first game against a well drilled and skilful opposition. We need to work harder transitioning from offense to defense and moving into spaces. Phoenix Clarke tried hard throught the game.

7C – Loss 15-41 Our initiation into AIC Basketball pitted us against a skilful Iona side. We improved as the game progressed though better passing and disciplined defense. Tyson Golding and Jack Cairns impressed on debut.

7D – Loss 7-35 A slow start from the Eddie’s team led to Iona taking an early lead. Strong offensive games delivered by Declan Abel and Bailey Matthew, with Lawson Holland being tireless in defense.

7E - Loss 10-47 The team played their hardest and never gave up despite a defeat. Xavier Wighton and Michael Tate had good games.

AIC Tennis Fixtures - 4 August 2018

Round 2 Vs Padua College

AIC TENNIS vs Padua College - 4 August 2018








Shaw Tennis Centre, Shaw Road, Wooloowin




Shaw Tennis Centre, Shaw Road, Wooloowin




Shaw Tennis Centre, Shaw Road, Wooloowin




Nudgee College, Sandgate Rd, Boondall




Nudgee College, Sandgate Rd, Boondall




Nudgee College, Sandgate Rd, Boondall




Nudgee College, Sandgate Rd, Boondall




St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend




St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC




St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC


Bus for Tennis (1sts, 2nds, 11A, 10A, 10B, 9A & 9B) departs the College at 7am and returns to SEC at approximately 1pm

AIC Basketball Fixtures - 4 August 2018

Round 2 Vs Padua College

AIC BASKETBALL Vs Padua College - 4 August 2018








Padua College, La Cordelle, 80 Turner Road, Kedron




Padua College, La Cordelle, 80 Turner Road, Kedron




Padua College, Greccio Dome (Court 1), Cnr Turner & Broughton Road, Kedron




Padua College, Greccio Dome (Court 1), Cnr Turner & Broughton Road, Kedron




Padua College, La Cordelle, 80 Turner Road, Kedron




Padua College, Greccio Dome (Court 1), Cnr Turner & Broughton Road, Kedron




Padua College, La Cordelle, 80 Turner Road, Kedron




Padua College, La Cordelle, 80 Turner Road, Kedron




Padua College, Greccio Dome (Court 1), Cnr Turner & Broughton Road, Kedron




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend




St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend




St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)




St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend




St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)




St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)




St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)


Bus for Basketball (1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 11A, 11B, 10A, 10B & 10C) departs the College at 7am and returns to SEC at approximately 2:30pm


Tuckshop Roster - Week 4

Mon 6 Aug: R Osborne, M Nugent, E Vince, K Truelove.

Tue 7 Aug: L Maher, S Eaton, A Kennedy.

Wed 8 Aug: B MacDonald.

Thu 9 Aug: S Hart, H Rahn, H Turner.

Fri 10 Aug: S McNamara, D Armitage, S Verrenkamp.

School News

St Edmund's Mothers' Mass & Dinner

DATECLAIMER: Friday 14 September 2018

St Eddies Dance - 10 August 2018

For Invited Schools Only - St Edmund's College Hall

Old Boys' Golf Day

Sunday 26 August 2018

Uniform Shop

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Skool2Skoolies 2018 Sponsorship

The St Edmund’s College “Skool2Skoolies” initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Skool2Skoolies 2018

The St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies initiative was created by St Edmund’s students in 2003 to highlight the positive contributions that young people can make to their community and to give back to the community that has done so much for them over the past five years of their lives.

Each year, Year 12 students from the College are given the opportunity to live out the College ethos and continue their ‘gentlemanly’ behaviour by committing themselves to raise funds for three charities which encapsulate the spirit of social justice within the Ipswich community, Australia and worldwide - The Ipswich Hospice, St Vincent de Paul and the Christian Brothers’ Immersion Programs.

Last year, through the dedication of students and charitable donations from local Ipswich entities, we were able to raise in excess of $20,000: a donation of $7500 to each of the previously mentioned groups. These donations assisted in creating a tangible change in the work carried out by these life-altering support networks. Approximately thirty students embarking on the 2018 Skool2Skoolies ride are continuing the legacy through raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

Our sincere thanks to the following generous sponsors of the 2018 Skool2Skoolies.

  • Apprenticeships Queensland
  • Fallu McMillan Lawyers
  • Gibson Architects
  • Limestone Dental Group
  • Mallets Carpet Choice
  • St Edmund's College Old Boys' Association
  • Strybos and Sons Electrical
  • Potter Landscapes

Breakaway Sponsors

  • Hutchinson Builders
  • Kelleher Builders
  • McNamara and Associates
  • PM Landsapes
  • TAE Aerospace
  • Trek Ipswich

Peloton Sponsors

  • Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club
  • G.J. Walsh
  • Grandview
  • Hello World Travel
  • Ipswich Dental
  • NBA Electrical Engineering
  • Off Peak Water
  • Options Cabinets
  • PhysioActive
  • Sammut Bulow
  • Surreal Signs
  • Tridan Electrical

Saddle Sponsor - $2500

    This is a unique opportunity for interested businesses to become the sole sponsor of the cycling knicks (shorts) for the ride. Your business logo would feature prominently on the outside of the leg on all riders.

Any support that can be offered for this meaningful cause would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like further information regarding the St Edmund’s College 2018 Skool2Skoolies fundraising project, please contact Mr Michael Podolak at St Edmund’s College, E:


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