Newsletter - 5 June 2020

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal


Parties have been somewhat rare over recent months. As we exit from and into various stages of post-COVID freedom, no doubt, they will become less so. My sons used to say that parties of up to twelve people were called “gathos” and I believe that congregations of greater numbers may have had other classifications. Certainly, over the years passionate negotiations to hold these higher density gatherings at our house strangely never seemed to succeed. I digress. Groups of friends coming together to enjoy each other’s company is one of those things that can give people a sense of connection, of belonging. Contrast this with those times you may have been invited to a party — or “gatho” — where you did not know anyone. This sense of connection takes time but sometimes all it takes is for one person to break the ice and the world changes.

In December 2014 I walked onto the grounds of St Edmund’s as a newly appointed Deputy Principal and, after a day of discussions, meetings and planning I walked to my car. At around 2:30pm on a hot December afternoon it was especially hectic. A group of Year 9 boys milled around the steps of the O’Brien Building dressed in their finest free clothes, tired after an exhausting excursion. As I stopped to search for my car keys — that had for some reason lost themselves in the deep recesses of my satchel — I felt like someone at a party where I knew no one. From behind the old fig tree which guards this entrance to the school, a face appeared, a smiling face, and from this young man came a friendly “G’day sir, how was your day?”. In that moment, the world changed. A friendly question, a simple act, a connection made, from that instant, I felt I belonged.

I can honestly say I have a passion for St Edmunds that has grown, beginning on that very first day from that very simple question. That young man, quite naturally, unthinkingly and authentically posed a simple question of genuine interest and in that simple act, made a difference. This difference culminated for me just two days ago. On Wednesday I was given a very great privilege of being appointed as the Principal of the College beyond this year. I am humbled and honoured to have been selected but am supremely grateful to have become part of this wonderful community. To be part of the Eddies team is special. We all create the environment for our young men to grow, to build their passion and as our Year 12’s would say “to show some ticka”. I hope for each of our young men that they take up every opportunity offered, to learn, to play and to serve as Eddies men, to be ready to make a difference for the better in their world. I look forward to many years of working with the young men of the College together with the staff, parents and caregivers in our Eddies Team.

Reconciliation Week

This week we acknowledged our First Nations peoples. The five dimensions of Reconciliation are most pertinent in light of recent events. Race Relations, Equality and Equity, Institutional Integrity, Unity and Historical Acceptance. As a school in the Edmund Rice Tradition the five dimensions resonate very closely with our Touchstones: Inclusive Community, Liberating Education, Justice and Solidarity and Gospel Spirituality.

Reconciliation isn’t a single moment or place in time. It’s lots of small, consistent steps, some big strides, and sometimes unfortunate backwards steps …” – Karen Mundine – Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia

The First Peoples walked and cared for the lands on which we now journey. We acknowledge their traditions and heritage and look to a future of true reconciliation for our land.

Ray Celegato, Principal

The Deputy


Identity News

A Prayer for Peace at the End of Reconciliation Week

It is easy from the comfort of our lounge chairs here in Australia to cast judgment on what we see currently playing out on the streets of the United States of America. While it is less comfortable to confront the realities in our own backyard, in recent days, the Australian media has turned the spotlight on Australia’s record of black deaths in custody. It has been widely reported that, since 1991, 432 First Nation’s People have died in police custody. One of those was David Dungay Jr, a Dunghutti man from northern New South Wales; his last words were also, “I can’t breathe”. It is disconcerting to learn that of all the children incarcerated in the Northern Territory each one is Indigenous. So, yes, while it is easy for us to cast judgment on what we see playing out in the United States of America. We should be very uncomfortable about our own George Floyd moments and, more broadly, our mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the injustices placed upon them.

The conclusion of Reconciliation Week on Wednesday 3 June reminds us that there is much work to do and that each of us has a part to play in the process of reconciliation for the healing of our nation. I acknowledge that I was born on the land of the Kulin Nation in Victoria. I grew up living on Yuggera Country and worked on Jagera, Yagara and Yugarabul land. I strive to work in partnership with the language groups of all our families and among those whom I count as family; I walk beside my Bidjara boys.

To be made aware of racism, instead of experiencing racism my whole life, is humbling. I would like to share these three practical and positive ways to engage in the issue.

  • Educate Yourself: Find out about your own history and the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Resources such as Common Ground Australia ( shares First Nations cultures, histories and lived experiences.
  • Find out about the Mob in your local area and the places you have lived and worked: You can find the map online ( ) and we have purchased one to hang in the Identity reception.
  • Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Media: Indigenous X is an Aboriginal-owned and operated company that is about challenging stereotypes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You could also check out the free-to-air channel NITV, the ABC Indigenous page online or Facebook. It is also not too late to watch the ‘In My Blood it Runs’ documentary by clicking on this link:
Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


AIC Schools’ Winter Appeal

The AIC Winter Appeal provides an opportunity for our schools to be united. Throughout Winter our students and families are encouraged to respond to the issue of social isolation. We hope to have a positive impact in our local communities, strengthened in the knowledge that we are not alone in working towards a peace-filled world.

At Eddies we are holding activities that aim to build positive relationships within the school and the wider community. We will educate and inform ourselves around the causes and impact of social isolation (including homelessness). We will stand in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness through participation in the Winter Sleepout.

Finally, we are also committed to a practical response which is a combined effort across all eight Associated Independent Colleges (AIC). We are collecting donated items in support of St Vincent de Paul, Emmanuel City Mission (formally Blindeye Ministries) and Rosies. We will be collecting these items until the end of Winter. Please have your son bring these items to their homeroom or the Foundation Room in the Edmund Rice Building.

  • Tea, Coffee, Milo
  • Noodles-in-a-Cup (not a packet)
  • Biscuits
  • Warm clothes and blankets (new or carefully pre-loved)

Donations can be made at the College and there will be collection points at the AIC games throughout Winter.

Our Winter Appeal will begin this week and run through till August, with the aim to make a number of donations to the local community groups throughout this period.

Live Jesus in our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Online Learning Survey

Thank you to the students of the College for their responses to the Online Learning Survey. Some key findings from the survey were that they had positive learning experiences with:

  • Using EDE
  • Using OneNote
  • Having the week’s work in advance, and then
  • Working at their own pace to complete the work

This is valuable information for us as staff to inform our pedagogy.


We are moving closer to the assessment period and I know that Heads of Department are working with teachers to adjust assessment to account for the period when students were learning online. Students need to work with their teachers to ensure that they are maximising their opportunities for learning during this time prior to assessment.

Year 12 External Exam Preparation

Today, our Year 12 teachers and their Heads of Department participated in a Professional Development meeting about the SEC whole school External Test Taking Preparation Program. As the Year 12 students in General Subjects move towards completing their Internal Assessment, 2020 provides a unique opportunity to undertake extended, thorough external preparation. I am pleased to lead the Year 12 teaching staff together with the Director of Senior Schooling, Ms Natalie Henness in this whole-school approach to ensure positive outcomes for our Year 12 students.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Senior School

Middle School


St Edmund's College Enrolments

A Friendly Reminder to Families with Sons in Year 6, 2020

During COVID-19 we have been able to accept enrolments, conduct on-line interviews and progress to the final stage of sending Letters of Offer to families.

Our numbers are very good for Year 7 in 2021 and 2022.

This is a friendly reminder to our families: if you have a son currently in Year 6, please enrol now, as Orientation Day this year is in Term 3, 2020.

Please contact Enrolments on 3810 4448 or 0403 269 955 for any further information.

Pastoral News

Career News

Career News - Week 7

Defence News

Australian Defence Force information sessions

If you are interested in the Australian Defence Force, it's a good idea to attend one of the information sessions and consider a work experience placement. You will get a better idea about the life and jobs in the Defence Force. For details about these events and for Army Reserve Information visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site. The following information video session are online:

You can also register to attend the following virtual information sessions: (it will take up to 30 seconds to connect)

10/06/2020 Queensland: ADFA Virtual Information Session

12/06/2020 Careers for Indigenous Australians Virtual Information Session

15/06/2020 ADF Careers Virtual Information Session

15/06/2020 Commando Virtual Information Session

17/06/2020 Maroochydore: Dial In Defence Careers Information Session

Defence 2020 Gap Year closing soon

A gap year with the Airforce, Army or Navy is a great way to trial a career in the ADF and you get paid to do it! Jobs have different closing dates in June and July. Visit the website for information about closing dates and:

  • Defence Force roles that still have vacancies
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Is the ADF Gap Year for me?
  • How much you will earn?
  • Benefits of an ADF Gap year
How do I apply for the Defence Force?

Visit the Defence Recruitment website to find out if you are eligible to join and to access the six steps in the recruitment process. Each step has a video that explains what happens during the step. The six steps are:

  1. Apply online, visit a recruitment centre or call 13 19 01
  2. YOU (Your Opportunities Unlimited) Session
  3. Attend Assessment Session
  4. Attend Officer Selection (if you are wanting this pathway)
  5. Take a Fitness Test
  6. Attend Enlistment and Appointment day.
Want to become an officer in the Australian Defence Force (ADF)?

There are many different pathways to becoming an officer in the ADF. Explore the following options:


A Job you may not have known about - Organisational psychologist, Optical Mechanics or Outdoor Adventure Instructors

Organisational Psychologists apply psychological principles and techniques to study occupational behaviour, working conditions and organisational structure, and solve problems of work performance and organisational design.

Optical Mechanics operate machines to grind, polish and surface optical lenses to meet prescription requirements, and fit lenses to spectacle frames. You can work as an Optical Mechanic without formal qualifications however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Employment Advice

Places to search for jobs

There are lots of ways to look for and find a job and you should be investigating all of them at the same time. The following are some of the sources you could use. The following information came from a myfuture article.

Job board websites – These feature jobs advertised by employers and employment agencies. They usually allow you to search for jobs by keyword, occupation, location or employment type (e.g. full-time, part-time, casual). On some of the sites you can create a profile and upload your resume so employers can contact you if they have a job that might suit you, eg: Job Active, Seek, Adzuna, Apprenticeship Central, Indeed, and Spot

Company and organisation websites - Companies, organisations and government departments often advertise vacancies on their websites. Look for the ‘Careers’ or ‘About us’ section on the homepage.

LinkedIn - This has emerged as an important platform for finding job vacancies. Companies, organisations and government departments all advertise jobs on LinkedIn. You can create a career profile and LinkedIn will use information from your profile to show you jobs you may be interested in.

Networking – Have you heard the saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’? That’s networking. There are formal networking events (e.g. Career and Employment expos) but you can also use your local and personal networks formed through school, community involvement, sport or hobbies. Let people know you are looking for a job. They may know an employer who is looking for a worker. Youth Central website for networking tips.

Group Training Organisations - These employ apprentices and trainees and place them with ‘host employers’. Group Training Australia has more information.

Newspapers - Daily, weekly, local, state and national newspapers usually have job advertisements on some days. The jobs are usually grouped by profession and industry but look through all sections as the job you want may be in a different section from the one you expect. The Saturday Courier Mail has a Jobs and Careers section.

Noticeboards - Noticeboards can be a source for local jobs, often based on a casual or part-time work arrangement. Keep an eye out for job vacancy notices in places like shop windows, shop counters, community noticeboards (often found at supermarkets, libraries and shopping centres) and/or outside factory gates.

Tertiary News

Become Rewarded Scholarships

The University of Southern Queensland’s Become Rewarded Scholarships are back. The suite of scholarships applies to high-achieving Year 12 students who list USQ as their number-one preference on their QTAC application. The scholarships are available to school leavers studying full-time at any USQ campus in Semester 1, 2021. The scholarships are:

The Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship valued up to $29,000- For students awarded an ATAR 97 or above who order USQ as first preference on their QTAC application.

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship valued up to $20,000 - For students awarded an ATAR 88 or above who order USQ as first preference on their QTAC application.

The Executive Dean's Scholarship valued up to $6,000 - For students awarded an ATAR 84 or above who order USQ as first preference on their QTAC application.

UQ Sporting scholarships

2021 UQ Sporting Scholarship applications will be open from Tuesday 4 August to Saturday 31 October 2020. Be prepared! For further information on UQ Sporting Scholarships email

UQ Open Day

Due to COVID-19, Open Day will run a little differently this year. Sign up to receive emails from UQ and they will send information that's relevant to you, including updates about UQ Open Day date and format.

VET Student Loans

A VET Student Loan is a loan from the Australian Government that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. When you reach a minimum income threshold for repayment you will start paying this loan back through the Australian tax system. The amount you can borrow for your tuition fees is set by the Australian Government. In most cases, there are three bands of VET Student Loan caps set for each course. If your course cost more than the cap you will need to pay the difference, referred to as a gap, prior to your first census date. If you can't pay the gap fee upfront, you may be eligible for a TAFE Queensland payment plan to help cover the cost. VET Student Loans help you start studying sooner, and let you pay it off later. Click here for more information.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News

​Instrumental Lessons Begin

It is great to see most of the instrumental tutors recommence lessons this week. I had many keen students asking when their lessons will take place and pleased to see such enthusiasm. All remaining tutors will recommence next week. Students are required to check their lesson times on the noticeboard outside Room K205 or on EDE.

Ensembles and Choral Rehearsals

A number of co-curricular ensembles resumed rehearsing this week. I have enjoyed hearing the wonderful sounds of these groups as it has been a while since music has bellowed from the band and rehearsal rooms. With the further lifting of restrictions by the Queensland Government we can now have up to 20 people in our rehearsal rooms. This means that choral rehearsals can now recommence under the direction of Ms O’Sullivan who will contact students with relevant information.

Restrictions are changing on a weekly basis, so hopefully we will be able to resume rehearsals in full (including combined ensembles with St Mary’s students) at the start of next term.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music



Tuckshop News - Term 3

UPDATE - Tuckshop Helpers

We do not require tuckshop helpers at this time. The situation will be reassessed in early August.

Ms Narelle Rea and Ms Gina Weight - Convenors

School News

Uniform Shop


Year 9 Science - Can you help?

Science Department request - 1.5 litre or 2 litre soft drink bottles

YEAR 9 SCIENCE – we are calling for donations of 1.5 litre or 2 litre soft drink bottles.

Donations may be left at HoDs Reception at the College. Thank you.


2020 Skool2Skoolies Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors of our Skool2Skoolies Charity Bike Ride

Apprenticeships Queensland


Blue Ribbon Motors – Parents and Friends

Bremer Valley Realty

Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club – Parents and Friends

Choices Flooring by Mallets

Clift Pearce Accounting

DV Electrical Services

Dylan Palmer - Donation


Gibson Architects


Greena Business Solutions

Hitec Fluid Power

Karalee Play and Learn

Macarthy Road Education and Childcare

McDonalds Yamanto – Donation

McNamara Law

OPAT Painters

Options Cabinets

Pender Accounting


PM Landscapes

Potter Landscapes

Sammut Bulow Accountants

Savco Vegetation Services

St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Association

St Mary’s Parish – Donation

Strictly Coffee - Ipswich

Strybos and Sons Electrical

Surreal Signs - Donation

Terri's Early Education and Care - Donation

Trek Ipswich

Tridan Electrical

Walker Pender Group

Yallaroy Business Solutions

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