Encountering the Crossroads
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
We’ve all been there haven’t we? Do I continue along the way that I’m going, or do I stop, consider the new possibilities that have come to light, and take a different path than the one I’m currently on? These may be referred to as the ‘crossroad’ moments in our lives and can often be the times, when we look back on our life’s journey, the moments of immense clarity and transformation. In that sense I suggest they are God encounters because they compel us to searchingly look to the beyond, courageously reach into the unknown, recklessly take a leap of faith, instinctively trust our judgments and prayerfully hope amid the uncertainty that we’re making the right decision.
In recent weeks we have been having these ‘crossroad’ conversations with your son. We have asked him to consider whether the path that he is currently on is taking him to the place where he wants to be. It is why we have been asking your son to maintain the high standards that we strive to uphold in how he prepares for his studies and conducts himself in the community.
Parent Information Nights for young men in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 have centred on making choices, considering future pathways and imagining possibilities. The curriculum changes that will be implemented in 2020 are also about creating new learning opportunities for your son to experience these ‘crossroad’ moments, these encounters with God, that will ultimately define and shape who he is and who he can be. We take this very seriously and I must say that it is a joy and privilege to partner with you in this awesome task that is, after all, the heart and soul of Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition.
Year 12 of 2019 Sit The Last QCS Test
After two days sitting four separate test papers including two multiple choices, a short response and a writing task, all designed to elicit skills and knowledge of the Common Curriculum Elements covered in high school, our Year 12 students of 2019 have emerged unscathed, intact and quietly confident. We hope, that they have given it their best. Thus, ends a chapter in the history of Queensland Education – the sitting of the last- ever Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. The results of the QCS Test will be used to scale our students against other school results and ultimately determine their Overall Position (OP) later in the year.
There is still work to be done with Term 3 Exams coming up and assessment tasks to be completed in Term 4. I wish our Year 12 students all the best as they endeavour to finish strongly this term and make the most of their time in ensuring they achieve their goals. Thank you to Carmel James who, as Chief Supervisor of the QCS and with the help of our Heads of Department, have worked tirelessly over the past two years to prepare Year 12 for these two days of tests.
Middle Years’ Concert Uncovers Talent
Last night I was among a packed audience for the combined Eddies and St Mary’s Middle Years’ Concert at the our College’s Performing Arts Centre. Joining us on the night for the first time was the Eddies’ Rookies Choir who have been practising this Term. It was another extremely enjoyable and entertaining evening with emerging talent on show. Well done to all the young Eddies’ men, including our Rookies, on their respective performances. We are blessed with exceptional talent coming through the Middle Years boding well for the continuation of a strong Performing Arts culture at the College.
Thank you to Tim Kirkwood for his overall coordination of the evening, Fran O’Sullivan for her leadership and choral directing, Jesse Gold for musical directing and assistance and Hannah Douglas who has assisted in the background. Thank you too to Chris Barton who manages our technical needs in audio visual.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - QCS Test
We keep in our prayers the Doyle family and the Creedy family who have experienced the loss of a loved one this week. Beryl Doyle’s funeral was held earlier this week and Iris Creedy passed away on Tuesday night. Both families have strong connections to our College. Beryl Doyle was the wife of Marty Doyle, an Old Boy of the College who, in the 80’s, built many of the St Edmund’s buildings. Iris is the mother of Adrian and Hugh Creedy and mother-in-law of Kath Creedy; Adrian and Kath are both current staff members. May Beryl and Iris rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal