We are a Resurrection People
Dear Parents and Friends of St Edmund’s College
The first day of the Year 10 New Zealand Rugby Tour was a privileged opportunity to visit the memorial site of the Christchurch terror attack and pay our respects. It was a very sombre occasion or all of us. The street where the attack occurred was lined with thousands of bouquets and gifts left by the many visitors from all over the world who have come before us since that fateful day. Interspersed among the huge blanket of flowers that stretched the full length of the street were hundreds of cards and posters with messages of love, peace, unity and sorrow. The overwhelming sentiment was one of hope.
Since arriving in New Zealand almost a week ago, our hosts have welcomed us as family. Yesterday at St Peter’s College in Gore we were greeted with a welcome Haka. Unlike the All Blacks Haka theirs was a traditional Maori Welcoming Song to acknowledge us as their guests and express their honour in welcoming us to their school. This has been our experience with each of the schools we have visited. In turn we have expressed our kinship with our New Zealand brothers and sisters at their time of deep sorrow.
The New Zealand tour has reinforced the sacred truth that in our hearts is a yearning to be people of love not hate. This is our resurrection heritage so powerfully evoked in the Easter Story. It is a story where, in encountering the life of Jesus, we are reassured that Death and Darkness is ultimately conquered by Life and Light. In a dark chapter in New Zealand’s history, we have been witnesses to a Resurrection Story in the people and in the communities who have welcomed us to their schools and homes.
Farewell and Thank you
I take this opportunity to farewell and thank Mr Andrew Leung, Mr Matt Ryland and Ms Beatrice Tsang who leave us at the end of the term. Although these teachers have been with us for only a short time, they have contributed to the College in a positive way through their commitment and dedication. We wish them well.
Today marks also the end of a distinguished twelve-year teaching career at St Edmund’s College for Ms Petrina Gibson. Petrina leaves us to take on a new adventure as a teacher at Lourdes Hill College in Brisbane. Petrina has definitely left her mark as a much-loved Performing Arts and Drama teacher, former Head of Department Creative Arts and accomplished College Musical Director. Petrina’s passion for Creative Arts has inspired many Eddies young men to realise their potential through the Arts. We thank Petrina for her outstanding contribution to the College and wish her well in her new teaching role.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Year 10 New Zealand Rugby Union Tour Team celebrating with St Peter’s College, Gore following a hard-fought 27 to 12 victory for the visitors.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O'Riordan, Principal
The Responsible Thinking Process - Introduction
Commencing Term 2, 2019
Please find attached, letter from the Principal, Mr Diarmuid O'Riordan, regarding the introduction of The Responsible Thinking Process in Term 2, 2019
Additional: Link to The Responsible Thinking Process Brochure: http://online.fliphtml5.com/jccg/pstp/