Fathers Teach Trust
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
When I was learning to drive my father took me out on an old country road near Maitland in our ‘67 ‘batman-mobile’ Valiant. After a few spluttery starts wrestling with the ‘three-on-the-tree’ gear shift and un-powered steering he asked me to stop the car. He then got out and told me to go for a drive on my own. My heart stopped. With him in the car I felt reassured, but on my own I had no confidence. He looked at me with those emerald Irish eyes of his and I knew I couldn’t disappoint his belief in me and refuse. I set off and saw him diminishing in the rear-vision mirror waving. My heart was still thumping as I turned the corner and he disappeared from view. I was completely alone now and inexplicably I felt a calmness from within permeate my whole being. The ascending road started to narrow and meander further away. I pictured my Dad standing there on the side of the road waiting for me to return. His trust in me drove me onwards up the winding road till I got to a spot where I could turn around and head back to him. By the time I got back, my fumbling awkwardness behind the wheel and lack of confidence in my ability to drive had gone. On the trip home few words were spoken between us. It was a lesson without words and one that I will never forget. He taught me trust.
To all our Eddies’ Dads – Happy Father’s Day
Thank you, parents, caregivers and families for supporting our efforts to hold the Eddies’ young men accountable to the high standards that we are endeavouring to uphold in presentation, uniform and preparedness for class. It is a credit to you and to the strong partnership that exists between the College and home that there has been an instant and welcomed response. I am pleased to report that when asked, our young men have been well-mannered and cooperative in addressing any corrections or slip in standards. The staff have reported that generally the students across all year levels have been sharper in their attire and readiness to engage in their learning. I, too, have noticed that the young men are walking taller and with greater purpose in how they are attending to their responsibilities. We will continue to uphold these high standards as we enter the final weeks of Term 3 to ensure the young Eddies’ men support each other in doing well in their studies and finishing strongly.
Reconciliation Action Plan Community Conversation
‘Cultural awareness and identity are protective factors in promoting healthy young people.’ This was one of many ‘pearls’ shared by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and students during Wednesday evening’s Reconciliation Action Plan Community Conversation event. Thank you to the families and students who attended the event and participated in the conversation.
We also welcomed former Eddies Old Boy, Michael Nayler, who is the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) Secretariat Director, to speak about the Foundation and the support it provides through scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 11 and 12 across Queensland. Since its establishment in 2008 QATSIF has supported over fifty of our Indigenous young men to complete their senior studies.
During the conversations I noted the following ideas for future consideration:
• Identify and name what is currently being offered at St Edmund’s to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) students culturally and educationally
• Embed ATSI spirituality, ritual, practice, culture and experience in the learning experiences for all students
• Continue to create opportunities for ATSI immersive experiences, incursions and excursions
• Create an outdoor space that celebrates ATSI culture
• Make sure that the Uncle Joe Kirk Story (Hall Painting) is told to all our students
• Create a festive celebratory experience for the College community to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Harmony Day (Week) could be a time to celebrate all cultures
• Find out and tell the local Indigenous story and history of Ipswich
• Make sure that there is an Indigenous ritual included in the induction of Year 7 students
• Appreciate and acknowledge the diversity of ATSI tribes within our community
• Organise excursions to Ngutana Lui Aboriginal Centre for all students to learn about Aboriginal art, language, dance, song and customs.
Thank you to Marysia Rice for coordinating the event and Lesley Fleming and Adrianna Rimland for leading the conversations. We hope these gatherings help to shape and guide our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which we aim to develop and launch in the near future.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Prayer - What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
the majesty of a tree,
the warmth of a summer sun,
the calm of the quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagles flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
the depth of family need,
Then God combined these qualities.
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew his masterpiece was complete,
He called it......DAD
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal