From the Deputy Principal
Dear Parents and Friends of St Edmund’s College,
To alleviate any confusion as to the different writing style in this weeks’ newsletter article, Mr O’Riordan is in chilly Melbourne at the annual EREA Principals’ Conference and has asked me to pen a few words to the community.
Mothers’ Mass and Dinner
As the sun set last Friday night St Edmund’s Mothers, past and present gathered in St Mary’s Church for the annual Mothers’ Mass followed by dinner. It was a privilege to be able to meet and speak with so many Eddies’ mums who are such a strong, loving and guiding presence in the lives of their sons. Fr Stephen summed it up so well at the beginning of Mass when he said, “Eddies’ men can but Eddies’ mums do”.
Following Mass over 150 mothers gathered at Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club for dinner. Eddies’ boys are a spirited lot and after hosting the traditional ‘Handbag Bingo’ I can see where this spirit comes from!
Thanks to Mrs Marysia Rice for preparing a beautiful Mass and to Fr Stephen Bliss for celebrating Mass and joining us for dinner. A very special thanks to Mrs Kath Creedy for organising and directing the evening. These events are a fantastic reflection of the values and strength of our community. May they continue for many years to come.
On behalf of Mr O’Riordan I would like to thank and congratulate all the students, staff and parents who helped make the College Open day such a success. Given the blessing of magnificent sunny weather, the entire College was showcased. Prospective families were taken on tours, witnessed demonstration lessons and participated in interactive displays. With ‘standing room only’ performances in the Performing Arts Centre punctuating a packed schedule, some mums, dads and sons even took a quiet moment to sit in Ambrose Place and watch the documentary The Season.
In my travels on the day I was lucky enough to have a conversation with some St Edmund’s grandparents as they sat in the open-air cafeteria. They were very impressed with our College but more importantly so proud of the young Eddies’ men their grandsons were becoming.
Some six hundred people wandered our campus learning from our students and staff what it is that makes a Catholic boys’ school tick. Because of the success of Open Day, we hope to be able to partner with many more new families in providing a holistic, balanced education in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
This week Year 10 students were involved in SET Plan interviews. Along with parents and caregivers these interviews allow boys to clarify which subjects they will need to study to achieve their goals post school.
With such a wide subject catalogue to choose from and new rules for attaining the Queensland Certificate of Education it can be a daunting task to decide what to study in Years 11 and 12. We are blessed with dedicated and knowledgeable staff who work often before school and into the evening to provide every student with a completed SET Plan based on informed choices.
I thank Mr Mark Currie and Ms Bernie Gotting for organising and booking the interviews. Thanks also to Mr Currie, Mr Ben Litchfield, Ms Anne Mulkerin, Ms Debra Whyte, Mr David Baxter and Mr Nigel Raddie all of whom freely gave their time to ensure these interviews were successful.
Please remember in your prayers the family of Mr James Lowe on his recent passing in Zambia, his lifelong home. James was a role model and loving father to Mark and his siblings and grandfather of Matthew (Year 12). We extend our condolences to his wife Jennifer in Zambia and to his extended family. May he rest in eternal peace in God’s loving care.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Ray Celegato, Deputy Principal