Happy Father's Day to all our Dads this Sunday.
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
To our Fathers
Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads for this Sunday. Tonight we celebrate Father’s Day with our annual Dads and Lads extravaganza. Thank you to all the Dads who were able to get involved and spend some fun time bonding with their son. Our Fathers hold a dear place in all our hearts. Sunday is a day to honour them and thank them for their presence in our lives. The role of a Father for an adolescent boy maturing to manhood cannot be underestimated. Fathers teach boys the attributes of what it means to be a male through their words, actions and character. Like when to show strength through gentleness, or how to be assertive with humility, or how to relate to all girls with respect, or what to stand for with integrity, or where to be a brother to the other with conviction. We thank our dear Fathers for their wisdom, love and courage.
Mentoring Program – First Place - Luke Parsons
Congratulations to Luke Parsons for taking out first prize in this year’s Mentoring Program. Luke gave an impassioned presentation about the profession of Zoology that the Judges could not overlook. Well done to Bowen Walker (Aerospace Engineer) and Anthony Gatti (Law) who were the other two finalists who gave entertaining presentations about their professions and were awarded second and third respectively.
The Mentoring Program is in its fourteenth year and has become a signature initiative for our Year 11 young men seeking a career in a chosen profession. We especially thank the mentors who, over the past few months, shared their story, expertise and workplace environment to help the Eddies’ mentees experience a career pathway.
We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship from USQ Ipswich to support this worthwhile program. Thank you to Simone O’Shea for her overall organisation and to Carmel James, Debra Whyte and Kate Stiles for their significant contribution in ensuring the program was another success for 2018.
Eddies Defies NAPLAN Trend
With NAPLAN results now available to the public the media has been quick off the blocks in reporting the negative stories. Our own NAPLAN results tell a very different story that indeed defies the State and National trends.
This year I am pleased to report that we have exceeded our improvement goal to have a growth of two achievement bands or more for at least 15% of our boys from Year 7 and Year 9. In fact, we achieved this for just under 24% of our students. We are also delighted that collectively our Year 9 boys exceeded the State growth across all tested areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation, and Numeracy. Compared to all boys in Queensland our Year 7 students performed higher than the State Mean in Reading, Writing and Numeracy with the combined Mean in Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation less than 1.1% under the State.
These results are a credit to the students and a validation of the quality teaching that is happening at Eddies to address Literacy and Numeracy. It should be noted that while there has been an overall decrease in achievement in Writing for students in Queensland, at Eddies we have seen an overall improvement in Writing for both Years 7 and 9 in achievement and growth.
Waiting List for Year 7, 2019
Please be advised that due to the high number of enrolment applications received and offers already made, there will be a waiting list for Year 7 for 2019. We are still accepting applications and will keep parents informed when and if places become available. The College has decided not to introduce another stream in Year 7 for 2019 so places are at a premium with applications far exceeding available enrolment places on offer.
Please contact the College immediately if you still wish to submit a sibling enrolment application for Year 7, 2019 and 2020.
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Prayer God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our fathers, that they may be strengthened by You. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honour them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal
Enrolments for Year 7, 2019 - URGENT
Calling St Edmund's Families
ENROLMENTS FOR YEAR 7, 2019
If there are any siblings in our College families who have not yet enrolled for Year 7 in 2019 - please enrol immediately. If you require assistance with enrolling your son, phone Kath Creedy on 3810 4448 or 0403 26 99 55.