Newsletter - 7 September 2018

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

From Boys to Men

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,

Congratulations to all our Year 10 young Eddies’ men who crossed the bridge on Wednesday evening as part of their Rite of Passage ritual ceremony. Under the chilly evening sky blanketed by night stars on Mulkerin Oval, with the Old Boys’ House as a poignant backdrop, each Year 10 boy was called by name by their House Dean to step forward and cross the bridge to symbolise their entry into manhood.

The ritual involved Uncle Joe Kirk making an Aboriginal mark on their wrist using ochre as paint. Each boy then placed a mask in a fire as they crossed the bridge. The mask was prepared earlier in the day during a reflective exercise, where they acknowledged the boyish traits and attitudes they wanted to leave behind on their way to claiming their manly identity. When they crossed the bridge, they were given a Senior badge by the College Captains and greeted by their parents and/or caregivers on the other side, who were each given a personal letter that the boys had written earlier in the day.

Fire is an apt symbolic force in that it both consumes their boyish behaviours to leave behind, as well as igniting within them their manly aspirations for the journey ahead. It has significance in our Australian context as it was used by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors to promote regrowth and renewal in plant and animal life. Even our Christian story has a strong connection with fire. Early Christian artists depicted the followers of Jesus in paintings with tongues of fire above their head to convey the presence of the Holy Spirit. An encounter with Fire results in irreversible change and so on Wednesday evening we acknowledged that our Year 10 boys have entered the world of adulthood and are ready to make their unique mark on the world for the common good of humanity.

Thank you to Lucas Wilson for coordinating the day and to all the House Deans and teachers for their work preparing the students during the lead-up activities.

Year 12 QCS

Now that the Year 12 students have finished their two-day Queensland Core Skills test, which was conducted this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, we take this opportunity to wish them well and acknowledge that they have completed a pivotal component of their final year of education at St Edmund’s College. They have been preparing for this test for two years, so in many ways it must be a big relief that it is finally over...and now the waiting game, as they finish strongly with their final assessments.

Thank you to Carmel James for coordinating the QCS program and for the team of teachers who have worked diligently to ensure that our Year 12 students were well prepared. The journey is still incomplete with Term 3 assessment and exams coming up in the next two weeks and the final hurdle of Term 4 just around the corner. We urge all our Year 12 young men to stay focused and true to their goals and keep their eyes firmly fixed on the prize at the end of the road. You are in our prayers Year 12, as you take these crucial next steps towards your future pathway beyond the gates of Eddies.

EREA Congress

Over the next three days I will be in Melbourne attending the Edmund Rice Education Australia Congress with the theme Charting New Horizons. All EREA schools and organisations across Australia have been invited to attend this five-yearly event with representative members from their respective communities. Joining me from St Edmund’s College is our College Board Chair, Michelle Patterson; Deputy Principal, Ray Celegato; and Assistant Principal Mission and Community, Marysia Rice.

During the three days, we will be asked to reflect on the EREA story thus far, and where we believe we are being called, to continue the story for the next five years. I look forward to sharing the outcomes of the Congress with you in the weeks and months ahead. We feel very privileged to represent the St Edmund’s College, Ipswich community in this way and will endeavour to ensure that your voice is heard as we imagine the journey ahead of EREA.

Photo of the Week


Prayer

EREA Congress Prayer inspired by Pope Francis

My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, He is the Lord of the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes, and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable of spreading joy, born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy. To take the path of the “craziness” of our God, who teaches us to encounter Him in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the friend in trouble, the prisoner, the refugee and the migrant, and our neighbours who feel abandoned. To take the path of our God, who encourages us to be politicians, thinkers, social activists.

Live Jesus, in our hearts, forever.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy

Mission & Community

Mission and Community

Acknowledgement of Men who are Role Models for our students

Last weekend we celebrated Father’s Day. While it has become commercialised, the day itself has a strong association with acknowledging the work of men in caring for children.

On Monday at Eddies we honoured all men who are an example to our students as they work to shape and guide them to be Kind Men, Strong Men, Gentle Men - Eddies’ Men. During our Activities Assembly, we blessed our male staff, presenting them with a card and herb seeds, acknowledging that they are significant in supporting the growth of St Edmund’s students and affirming that we are grateful for the way they inspire the seed of belief that ‘Eddies’ Men Can’.

Year 10 Rite of Passage

There are many milestones in the lives of our young men, and Wednesday’s milestone was for our Year 10 students, one of those many moments, as they participated in the Rite of Passage program. Of course, we recognise that for them this is just a small moment in the journey of their lives, and ahead of them lays a colourful, exciting and at times challenging road. However, on Wednesday we stood in solidarity and support of these students as they symbolically embraced the responsibility of becoming a man.

Over the past four weeks the Year 10 students have been on a journey which has challenged them to consider the type of man they would like to be. Through several sessions facilitated by key staff members and members of the community, the students have engaged in a process of reflection around the four ‘Rs’: resilience, reflectiveness, responsibility and responsiveness.

I sincerely thank all those who have given their time in guiding and ensuring the successful continuation of this program, especially the House Deans. I would also like to thank all parents for the role you play in shaping these young men and supporting them through this time of immense change.

Travellers’ Commissioning

Today we commissioned the staff and students travelling to China and the Kokada Track in Papua New Guinea. Journeys such as these often leave a lasting effect on the heart and mind. In their journeys to China and walking the Kokoda track, the staff and students will represent our College and be examples of our Touchstones at work in the wider world. The groups were presented with the EREA Touchstones to remind them that our community is supporting them in their travels. They also take with them on their journey, the blessings of our community. We wish the students and the teachers all the best for a safe trip, and a safe return.

A Travellers’ Prayer

Celtic Blessing: “The Path”

God bless the path on which you go
God bless the earth beneath your feet
God bless your destination.
God be a smooth way before you
A guiding star above you
A keen eye behind you
This day, this night, and forever.
God be with you whatever you pass
Jesus be with you whatever you climb
Spirit be with you wherever you stay.
God be with you at each stop and each sea
At each lying down and each rising up
In the trough of the waves, on the crest of the billows.
Each step of the journey you take.
Amen.

Final EVENTS - Term 3

Friday 14 September: Final Rookies Afternoon
The last opportunity for the Year 7s of 2019 to gather and experience time at Eddies.
Friday 14 September: Mothers’ Mass and Dinner
Beginning with Mass at St Mary’s Parish Church followed by dinner at Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club, Wildey Street, Raceview, all Mothers and women connected to the College are invited to share in this event. Dinner bookings are $35 via College Reception (3810 4400) or Kath Creedy (0403 26 99 55. Full details are provided on the attached flyer.

Have a wonderful week.
Live Jesus in our hearts… forever!

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

St Edmund's Service Learning Students assisting at the Ipswich Special School Sports Day, 29 August 2018

Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning - Week 8

Year 12 QCS - Year 9 Gifted and Talented Day - Exam Block

Congratulations to the Year 12 students for the excellent manner in which they conducted themselves this week during the QCS test. They have been prepared well and entered into that process with commitment. I told them on Tuesday that they should be proud of the manner in which they approached the test and I congratulate them on the level of dedication that they gave to the test. Those words were restated to the students at the conclusion of the last test on Wednesday.

I thank the support staff and teaching staff for all their work to provide breakfast and lunch for the students on the two days of the QCS. Staff were in attendance from 6.30am to set up and cook a hot breakfast, with other staff cooking a hot lunch. It is this whole community support and cooperation that makes our College special. The whole school prayed for the Year 12 students. Now they turn their attention to the exams which commence at the end of next week.

Year 9 Gifted and Talented Day

Recently a group of our Year 9 students attended a Gifted and Talented Day at Genesis College in Brisbane. Some of their reflections on a wonderful learning experience follow.

Exam Block

Year 11 and 12 students are reminded that during exam block they may attend school in full school uniform and study in the library on days when they do not have exams. Any student attending on a day when they do not have an exam must arrive at 8.30 am, take the usual lunch breaks, and finish the day at 2.45 pm. If a student comes to school only to undertake an exam, they may arrive in full school uniform in time for the exam, and return home after their exam. Students are to travel directly to and from school. If a student is absent during the exam block the College must be contacted immediately.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Student Reflections from the Year 9 Gifted and Talented Day

Patrick - On Friday 20 July, myself and a group of fellow Year 9 Students attended a stretch and challenge seminar for Junior High School Students at Genesis College, on the far North side of Brisbane. The seminar was organised by The Global Education Group, Academy Conferences and was part of their current South East Asia/Oceania tour which has seen this seminar recently be given in Singapore, all over Australia and also New Zealand.
It was a fantastic day and we were able to see the many opportunities that exist for us in an ever-changing technological world. The key note speaker of the day was Dr Andrew Pinset, who is currently the Head Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Religion and Science at Oxford University, and is a former Senior Lecturer in Particle Physics at Oxford University. Dr Pinsent has spent many years working as a Particle Physicist at CERN Switzerland, where he was instrumental in many nuclear research-based studies in his time there.
Kobie - Some fellow Year Nine students and I were faced with a very busy day which began with a speech on Justice, Beauty, Truth and Mathematics. We had an interactive session with students from a diverse range of schools where we were faced with the topic of whether animals feel pain. Dr Andrew Pinsent talked to us about how science and religion are related. The part of this speech that resonated with me was that the ‘Big Bang Theory’ was created by a priest.
Mitchell - While we were at Genesis Christian College we learnt many things including how we can expand our thinking, and thinking outside the box when it comes to our assignments and other pieces of schoolwork.
Haydon - What I thought might be a day where I feel isolated, in participation it turned out to be something that I will remember...and quickly learnt that engaging in conversations with the people who are seated opposite you in the same situation isn’t that bad. The fun that we had in talking about real world scenarios and situations wasn’t just enjoyable, in its core it was educating. The idea of participating wasn’t just for fun, but rather to learn the values of critical thinking.

Library News - Week 8

Using Google Sources for Research

With research, quality trumps quantity. Using Google for research gives students plenty of information - sometimes hundreds of millions of hits can be obtained from just one keyword. However, with this massive bank of data, there is a lot of information that students don't want or need. Students may waste hours sifting through irrelevant data.

The St Edmund’s College Library gives students access to the scholarly and peer-reviewed content that they require and the authority and trustworthiness of the articles that they find does not need to be questioned.

In preparation for the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) next year the Library has been investigating even more sources of reliable and valid information for students. On a trial basis for the remainder of the year students have access to the following databases for their research:

World Religions Online: Explores religion and spirituality in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today. Topic Centres feature clearly organised, focused content on 15 living religions—including, Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, New Religious Movements, Protestantism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism

Access URL: https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=275180&pid=WE30

Username: saint232 Password: nu7s3p

Modern World History Online: Covers the broad expanse of world history from the mid-15th century to the present, featuring thousands of documents, articles, timelines, images, videos, and maps.

Access URL: https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=275180&pid=WE53

Username: saint232 Password: nu7s3p

Science Online: Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments. Includes extensive activities and experiments bank which may be filtered by discipline, time and number of participants.

Access URL: https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=275180&pid=WE40

Username: saint232 Password: nu7s3p

Today's Science: Great for senior project work or research. Bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today. Offers a wealth of content covering a variety of curriculum areas such as anthropology, earth science, astronomy, psychology, health and climate science. Includes a dedicated study and research skills resource centre for students.

Access URL: http://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=275180&pid=WE59

Username: saint232 Password: nu7s3p

Health Reference Centre: Comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors. This database includes up-to-date information from hundreds of authoritative sources, including 59 encyclopedias from Facts On File’s Library of Health and Living series, the four-volume Encyclopedia of Health and Medicine, and a wealth of other proprietary titles—information researchers can trust.

Access URL: https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=275180&pid=WE48

Username: saint232 Password: nu7s3p

Bloom’s Literature: A comprehensive resource for the study of literature. Edited and curated by Yale University professor Harold Bloom, this database includes thousands of critical essays, author biographies and character analyses, the full text of hundreds of books from our extensive reference collection and more than 800 classic works of literature selected from Bloom’s Literary Canon, thousands of discussion questions, thousands of full-length poems, essays providing guidance on writing papers, full-length videos of classic stage performances and film adaptations of literary works, and a NEW! Shakespeare Centre housing in one convenient location the database’s treasure trove of content on all things Shakespeare.

Access URL: https://online.infobaselearning.com/Direct.aspx?aid=275180&pid=WE54

Username: saint232 Password: nu7s3p

Ms Karen Callaghan, Teacher-Librarian

Library Learning Hub - Week 8

Tutoring Tuesday to Thursday - 3.00 to 5.00 pm

Wow...it was great to see many students making the most of the chance to work on assignments and homework after school at The Hub. Numbers have again been steady at 45 to 50 students each day.

A reminder to Years 10 and 11 students that you can work individually - good idea to bring earphones for this - or of course, use the opportunity to collaborate with your class mates.

We will operate next week - Week 9 - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 3.00 to 5.00pm. Please use this study opportunity, boys...remember we have tutors to assist you also.

If you would like to offer some ideas on how we can help you further with The Hub, please let Ms James or myself know via email. We welcome feedback.

Ms Louise McNamara, SEC After Hours Learning Coordinator
lmcnamara@sec.qld.edu.au

Assistant Principal Students

Career News

Careers - Week 8

Careers as Comedians - Scholarship Programs and Dates - VET Courses - Interview Tips

Becoming an architect

On the Australian Institute of Architects website, you can find information about how to pursue a career in architecture. Information on the site includes a list of graduate career opportunities, the Architects Award, a video (‘The truth about being an architect’) and profiles on architecture students, architecture graduates and practising architects.

Career lessons from Comedians

Are you a budding comedian? Read about the five important tips on becoming a professional comedian on The Potentiality blog.

Careers in the meat industry

Did you know that the Australian Meat Industry employs around 60,000 people from apprentices through to management? There are many pathways you can take in this industry, from labourers to positions for university graduates. Visit the National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council (MINTRAC) website to learn more about the employment opportunities available.

How do I find a VET course in Queensland?

One source of this information is the Queensland Skills Gateway website. Use the training course search function on the site – enter the field of work (e.g. carpentry), the level of the course (e.g. All) and the industry (e.g. Construction). While the focus of this website is vocational education and training (VET), it does include an occupational search function that has information on a broader range of careers. Also included are links to other helpful sites.

New AusAppPathways mobile app

AusAppPathways is an app that can help you explore apprenticeship and traineeship pathway options. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. The app enables you to start with general industry information and continue your search to specific apprenticeship and traineeship occupation information.

AusAppPathways also provides further information such as:

  • information and links on job hunting;
  • information and links on career research;
  • contact information for local Apprenticeship Network Providers; and
  • a link to Group Training Organisation listings.

For more information about the app and to download it, visit the AusAppPathways website.

An alternative approach to choosing a career

In his TEDxYouth talk, Ben Todd suggests that we shouldn't just pursue our passion or our interests. He claims that our passions may not have a job outcome and our interests can change. Ben’s advice is to choose work that will make a difference. He suggests to:

  • Do your research. Go out and explore the world and find what is valuable and what is needed
  • Work very hard and develop a skill set
  • Apply your skill set to solving a problem you are interested in and that will make a difference.

Ben has established the 80,000 Hours Organisation. Visit the website and find free career resources, including a Career Guide.

5 things recruiters want to tell you in your interview

While you may only be a student at this stage, professional recruiters are very aware of the employment they work in, and the intimate expectations of the multiple employers they work for. These are the five traits recruiters look for in potential employees:

  1. Do your research for the job description
  2. Challenge the interviewer with a thoughtful, role-specific question
  3. Don’t be defensive. Honest feedback is part of the process in the long run.
  4. Go in with an open mind
  5. Less is more. Don’t waffle in your replies

Read more about these five traits here.

Employment projections for five years to May 2022

Employment is projected to increase in 16 of 19 broad industries up to May 2022. Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,500), followed by Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (126,400), Construction (120,700) and Education and Training (116,200). Together, these four industries are projected to provide more than half of total employment growth over the five years to May 2022. Visit the Labour Market Information Portal for more information about these projections.

Tips for future-proofing your career

An article in the Canadian HR Reporter lists strategies that could future proof your career. Some of these are relevant to secondary students exploring their career and course options. Below are the most relevant strategies:

  • Obtain a broad education that includes exposure to many different disciplines, but choose a major or specialty that is practical and in demand
  • Keep your options open if possible while also following a specific career path
  • Choose a career that’s likely to be in demand soon and unlikely to be automated or offshored
  • Maintain a fall-back career wherever possible
  • Become as computer literate as possible and maintain your skills in the latest tools and technologies
  • Learn to communicate effectively in a business context.

Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) Scholarships and Bursaries

AVCAT is a national independent charity that helps the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women with the costs of full-time tertiary education. Applications for 2019 scholarships and bursaries are now open and will close on 31 October 2018. Applicants need only complete one application form to be considered for all scholarships and bursaries available through AVCAT. It is advisable to start preparing your documents ASAP as this may take some time. Some of the documents that you can prepare in advance include:

  • A copy of your full birth certificate
  • A copy of an official document showing the veterans’ operational service and/or the period of continuous full-time service as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Airforce (e.g. Discharge certificate, Certificate of Service)
  • A copy of your academic results for the last 18 months.
  • An up-to-date resume
  • References/prizes/award certificates (no more than four documents and less than two years old).

Visit the website for more information.

Selected university academic scholarship application dates

GU: Griffith University – The Deans Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship and Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship applications are now open and will close on 16 December 2018. See the website.

Note: Other institutions offer academic scholarships. However, information about these scholarships for 2019 is not yet available on their websites.

ACU: Australian Catholic University – The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Accommodation Scholarship is currently open for Indigenous students applying to study at ACU in 2019. Applications close 18 January 2019. See the website for more scholarship opportunities at ACU.

SCU: Southern Cross University – Applications for 2019 scholarships at SCU are now open, however there are additional 2019 scholarships that are yet to be finalised. Keep up to date with the available 2019 scholarships on their website.

USC: University of Sunshine Coast – Applications for Semester 1 2019 scholarships at USC will open 1 September 2018 and close 30 November 2018. Start browsing the wide range of available 2019 scholarships on the website.

USQ: University of Southern Queensland - Applications for USQ’s Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship and Future Community Leader Scholarship are now open. Applications close on 31 August 2018. Read more on the website.

TAFE Queensland Scholarships

The 2018 round of the TAFE Queensland Scholarships Program for Semester 1, 2019 are open now and will close on 31 August 2018. There are two types of scholarships available: Merit and Access/Equity. STEM industries have been identified as a focus area for this round, with significant funds available to support scholarships from Certificate III upwards in this area (ie. Electrotechnology, Engineering and resources, ICT, Information and networking). If you are interested in STEM, it is recommended that you apply for a relevant scholarship. What do you have to lose? Visit the scholarship website for details.

University of Queensland Academic Scholarship Programs

There are three university-wide academic scholarships available for Year 12 students applying for UQ:

  • UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (awarded to applicants achieving at the very top of the OP 1 band or equivalent) valued at $12,000 per year for up to five years
  • UQ Excellence Scholarships (awarded to OP 1 applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic leadership and/or significant community service achievements during their senior secondary studies) valued at $6,000 for up to four years
  • UQ Merit Scholarships (awarded to OP 1 – 3 applicants who demonstrate significant academic, leadership and/or community service) valued at $6,000 for the first year of study.

All three scholarships can be applied for through the one application. Applications close at midnight on 16 November 2018. Specific information about these scholarships and the application process can be found on the website.

University of Queensland’s LEAD Scholarships closing soon

UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law is currently offering the Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship to deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who intend to study an undergraduate law program at UQ. Up to 17 LEAD Scholarships are available for 2019. The scholarships are valued at $8,000 per year for up to five years to help with living and study expenses. They include one-on-one academic support and other benefits. Applications close 31 August 2018. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

These scholarships are now open. They include:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (Academic) – applications close on 16 November 2018 (90 scholarships worth $30,000 each and 15 scholarships worth $10,000 each)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (Creative Industries) – no application process required as recipients are chosen from the pool of Creative Industries course applications (12 scholarships worth $10,000 each)
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (Elite Visual and Performing Arts) – no application process required as recipients are chosen from the pool of Creative Industries course applications in Dance Performance, Visual Arts, Acting and Music (8 scholarships worth $30,000 each).
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships (Elite Athlete) – applications close on 16 November 2018 (8 scholarships worth $30,000 and 12 scholarships worth $10,000)

To find out more, visit the QUT scholarship website

Ms Madelyn Hall, Acting Careers Guidance Counsellor

General

Music and Cultural

Music News - Week 8

Junior talent on display

Junior Concert

Thank you to all of the students and staff involved in the Junior Concert on Thursday night. This event is a wonderful chance for our younger students to perform to a supportive audience. For some of these students this was their first public performance, and all students involved did a wonderful job.

The audience were amazed at the talents of our younger students with performances such as ‘We Will Rock You’ by the Year 8 Supergroup, the Bertram Brothers both performing vocal solos, and the Junior Woodwind Ensemble performing the ‘Super Mario Brothers Theme’.

I would like to say a special thank you to all of the tutors and staff who helped prepare the students for this event and assisted on the night. Without your help this event would not run as smoothly.

Instrumental Lessons

Term 3 instrumental lessons will finish next week. Students will need to speak with their tutors regarding any required make-up lessons.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

Debating - Week 7

Hotly contested topics

Week 7 saw the Inter-school Debating competition continue into Round 3. The topic hotly contested this week was, That single sex schools should be banned. Many valid and well thought out arguments were conducted, with students being able to apply first-hand knowledge to this topic. Special commendation to the Year 7 boys whose skills are improving out of sight.

The Week 8 topic is, That the legal age for voting should be reduced to 16, with this round being held at St Mary’s College.

Week 9 will be the last week for the season and the round will be held at St Edmund’s College. All are encouraged to join or watch.

Ms Kylie McAndrew, Debating Coordinator

Sport

Sports News - Week 8

AIC SPORT - Hockey Grand Final - Met West Track and Field

Basketball and Tennis

Last Saturday saw some very exciting Basketball with competitive games against St Patrick’s College. Unfortunately, we went down in the aggregate competition, seven games to five.

Our aggregate teams that had wins included our Firsts, Seconds, 10A, 10B and 7A. Congratulations also to our 8C, 7C and 7E teams who also had victories. Our 7Es have won three of their past five games. A massive result for our Seconds who were undefeated heading into Saturday, along with St Pat’s, and took the narrow win. It is very important these teams stay switched on for the final two rounds, with every match being vitally important.

With just two rounds remaining, many of our Basketball sides remain in contention for an AIC Premiership including the Firsts who play an important game against Marist College Ashgrove this Saturday. It would be great to get as much support as possible at Marist to help us get across the line.

A successful round of Tennis on Saturday against St Patrick’s College saw the Firsts side win their first fixture for 2018. Congratulations to the players for sticking at it, in what is a very high-level competition with very skilful players. The players had a comprehensive 7-1 win.

The Seconds continue to play some great Tennis and have now won three of their five fixtures. In addition to this, the 9Bs also had a win over St Pat’s and our 9As were extremely unlucky to go down by only two games - a very narrow margin.

Our 7As were also very competitive however went down 5-3. Ben Naish won his singles set and teamed up with Flynn Anstey to win both their doubles sets easily, finishing off the fixture with a clinical 4-0 win in their doubles set which lasted all of ten minutes.

With just two remaining rounds, against Marist and St Peter’s it is important that we finish off the season well by attending all training sessions and fulfilling our commitment to the Saturday fixtures.

This Saturday we play Marist College Ashgrove in Round 7 action. Obviously, a massive game for our undefeated Firsts Basketball side as they face an undefeated Marist side, in a game that could ultimately decide the Premiership. I encourage all Eddies’ students who can attend to come along and support our teams. A reminder that the supporters bus to Marist College will leave from school at 11.15am and return at approximately 3.00pm.

NON-AIC SPORT

Hockey

A big congratulations to our Firsts Hockey side who last Friday night were crowned the Brisbane Schoolboys’ Hockey Champions for the fifth time, defeating Marist College Ashgrove 3-0 in the Grand Final at Colmslie.

I would like to thank our Coach, Mr Neil Shearer, for the work he has done with the players this year, as well as our Manager, Mr Paul McNamara, for giving his time every Friday night. It was impressive to see some of the skills on display from both teams throughout this Finals game.

Metropolitan West Track and Field Representatives

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected in the Met West Track and Field Squad.
• Kerryn Ryan
• Jude Thomas
• Alex Davies
• Joel Powell
• Noah Farrow
• Jackson Crocker-Garlepp
• Ben Thomas
• Billy Bishell
• Hayden Molkentien
• Jayden James

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

Hockey Grand Final

Brisbane Schoolboys' Cup Winners

SEC HOCKEY GRAND FINAL - Brisbane Schoolboys’ Cup

The 2018 season concluded last Friday with the St Edmund’s team taking out the Grand Final. The game was a repeat of the previous round’s game against Marist College Ashgrove. The SEC team was well supported by staff, parents and fellow students, who all made the long journey to the State Hockey Centre to watch the game unfold. A special mention to Ms Nicola Scarrott for her role as our SEC Sports Photographer.

The Coach, Mr Neil Shearer, reminded the players of the importance of representing the College and themselves well. He made special mention of the fact that it was the last game for the Year 12 cohort of Zac Profke, Brendan Michel, Samuel Hockings, Harry Brown and Lachlan McQueen. In his mind, the key to being successful in any final is to control the controllable, and to quickly move on from the uncontrollable.

The game was hard fought and was in contrast to the previous game of 7 to 1. As Captains, Zac Profke and Brendan Michel reminded the team that Marist would not be ‘an easy beat’ and that the score-line could go either way, particularly if SEC broke down into a team of individuals and lost their team structure. Marist was very strong in the first half with four very skilled junior players controlling 15 minutes of the half, however both Zac and Brendan scored one goal each in the first half.

The second half began well with the team following the coach’s direction of being more dominant in the mid-field, for the back-line to remain composed, and to remember who was winning the game. Zac Profke scored again to provide another buffer against a comeback from Marist.

The final score was 3-nil to St Edmund’s. The win was an excellent conclusion to a very successful 2018 season. The full team will be acknowledged later in the year at our Sporting and Cultural Awards Night.

Mr Paul McNamara SEC Hockey Manager

St Edmund's Hockey Team - Brisbane Schoolboys' Cup - Grand Final Winners

AIC Basketball Results - 1 September 2018

Round 6 Vs St Patrick's College

Firsts – Win 106-69 This week the First V were able to continue their momentum with a convincing win over a spritely SPC unit. Ethan Robinson was electric in his last home game for the College and was well supported by back-court partner, Logan Atkins. Led by Cameron Kelland, Jaden Catton and Jordan Hudspith, the bench was aggressive and kept the scoreboard ticking over. However, while the score line suggests we were at the top of our game, poor passages of play have left us with plenty to work on going into the Premiership match this week.
Seconds – Win 38-32 A hard fought win against a well-disciplined team. Every point we scored was well earned. The two teams were difficult to split, until we broke the game open in the second and third quarters with great team defence. Zachary Butcher and Dylan Smith were instrumental at the back of our press, coming up with steals and buckets. Jeremy Leite was tough all game.
Thirds – Loss 25-39 A better game however our passing let us down. Good hustle games from Jude Kiely and Regan Hodgson.
4ths – Loss 22-26 A poor first term cost us the game. Lachlan Evans and Luca Pavlenko fought hard all game.
11A – Loss 18-72 Two steps forward and one step back this game. We had to battle both ourselves and SPC. Composure again was an issue as we had many unforced turnovers. Once we started following the game plan, the game opened for us. Connor Asquith played well and kept us afloat.
11B – Loss 14- 48 Improvement in defence was evident and Morgan Haynes scored 11 of our points. Samuel McGuire chimed in with a nice three-pointer.
10A – Win 58-33 Great team performance against a physical SPC team. We were fast, skilled and disciplined, taking a 25-point victory. Timothy Foy, James Ketelhohn, Jack Noonan and Benicio Hortle were great.
10B – Win 36-32 SPC were fast, strong and committed. Spirits were high on court as both teams played hard. Bryden Redding made the difference for the team as he dominated both ends of the court. Noah Farrow and Liam Kember were strong all game while Nicholas Mallet and Noah Ryan played smooth games. A great win for our season.
10C – Loss 11-47 A much tighter game than the scoreline suggests. Poor first and fourth quarters let SPC blow out the score-line, however there were positive scores in the middle quarters. Thornton Hendry played hard and Jacob Bell played with great utility.
9A – Loss 18-50 Despite having one of our better defensive matchups, limiting our opposition to one of our lowest scores of the season, we just could not get the ball in the ring. Tough matchups for our guards kept the game moving at a pace we were not used to, and we never found our rhythm. Kylan Rickards and Samuel Togia were our best players.
9B – Loss 28-70 Fundamental errors in offense and a lack of focus and communication in defense were our downfall. Caeden Hockings and Bailey Lyon were powerful in offense. Jed Lacey and Kobie Low hit some good three-pointers.
9C – Loss 7-66 A great start slipped to an unfortunate loss. Lack of communication between our team players allowed SPC easy, fast-break buckets. Jai Saggus and Nathan Cox played well in offence.
8A – Loss 48-53 With four players out for this game, the match loomed as a challenge. We were unable to deal with some individual brilliance from SPC, who were able to hit big shots at key times. Kai Brown was excellent in his debut for the As, whilst Lukas Jackson continued his excellent run of games this season.
8B – Loss 29-40 A slow start allowed SPC to gain a good early lead; however, towards the end the players clicked into gear and closed the gap.
8C – Win 30-17 A great first win for the season after improving each week and becoming more comfortable with team mates surrounding them. Great running between points was the difference between the two sides. Saxon Curr and Christopher Foy had good games.
8D – Loss 13-29 A loss in a very hard-fought game, with an excellent showing on defense that did not carry over on offense. Great performances by Christopher Baker, Travis Lake, Zedekiah Melling, Blayke Saggus and Jack Halvorsen.
7A – Win 49-32 A good start paved the way for an excellent overall game. All the team played with high intensity and showed tremendous heart.
7B – Loss 21-30 A closely fought game where we had plenty of opportunities however failed to capitalise in key moments. Rex Quince, Lochlan Nguyen and Xander Egan were strong players.
7C – Win 30-28 A game which really could have gone either way. All players applied themselves wonderfully throughout before Tyson Golding’s buzzer-beater saw us run away with an enthralling win.
7D – Loss 18-44 A promising start saw us down 18-20 at half time however fatigue and bad luck allowed SPC to run away with the game. Jayme Polkinghorne scored 14 points and Bailey Matthew had an overall great game.
7E – Win 23-18 A close game that went down to the wire. Tied with two minutes to go, the players rallied and gave their best performance. “Mr Fourth Quarter” Michael Tate stunned the defense with two game-winning buckets. Great games also from Xavier Wighton and Jye Edmonds.

AIC Tennis Results - 1 September 2018

Round 6 Vs St Patrick's College

Firsts – Win 7-1 A win that has been out of reach all season was set up by a clean sweep of the doubles sets. Joshua Smith dug deep for a good win. Nichalous Petryszyn persevered for a cut-throat win in a tie-breaker. Nathan Meier again showed consistency and concentration in a white-wash. Benjamin Snell played well on debut.
Seconds – Win 6-2 A comprehensive win which went close to a clean sweep. Jeremy Lennon and Philip Cen had good single wins. Barry Pillado increased the depth of the win with three sets to his name. Jacob Cash fought hard for a close loss in his singles.
11A – Loss 0-8 Sebastian Howie and Luke Warner were the best on the day however losing their single matches 4 games to 6. Keep on working hard at the training sessions.
10A – Loss 0-8 Doubles inconsistency was the crux of the loss that then extended to the singles. Players need to keep the ball in play for longer periods and get a higher percentage of serves in, concentratrating on each point and the wins will come.
9A – Loss 4 – 4 (24-26) Connor Kennedy and Mitchell Vesper combined to win both their doubles and singles sets convincingly. Haydon Caunce was unlucky to lose his singles 4-6. Tied on sets, we lost by 2 games.
9B – Win 4 - 4 (26-24) We started the morning winning three out of four doubles. Hugh Tyne has continued his winning form, claiming his fourth singles win this season. Tied on sets, we won by 2 games.
8A – Loss 1 – 7 A very strong morning of tennis against SPC. All team members played well, with special mention to Adam Hammant and Connor Sampson having very competitive singles matches. All players are constantly improving their skills and techniques. Risk-taking in rallies has improved tremendously since the start of the season. Thank you to Liam Wallis for filling in this week and doing so with diligence and enthusiasm!
8B –Loss 0-8 Some great tennis played. Doubles pairs were altered, and the players accepted this with grace, displaying their team spirit in the new partnerships. Connor McFarlane and Tobias Oxenham proved to be a very competitive pair. Special mention also goes to Tobias Oxenham for an excellent singles match, despite a close defeat.
7A –Loss 3-5 A close round. Although we did not come away with the win, we played quality tennis and stayed in every point. Well done to Ben Naish on winning his singles 7-6; it was a tough battle, but his tenacity helped him over the line. Commendable effort to Flynn Anstey. While going down narrowly it was a great set of tennis to watch with solid ground strokes and superlative footwork. Congratulations to Ben Naish and Flynn Anstey who won both of their doubles matches.
7B – Loss 0-8 With a missing player and a new format, we started the day 3 sets down or 14 games, making it hard to fight back. It was great to see team members talking on court and setting up plays when noticing the opportunity. We still need to concentrate on our serving and general demeanour on the court.

AIC Basketball Fixtures - 8 September 2018

Round 7 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

FIRSTS

12:15pm

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 1, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

SECONDS

11:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 1, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

THIRDS

11:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 2, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

Fourths

10.15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 2, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

11A

10:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 1, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

11B

9:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 2, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

10A

9:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 1, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

10B

8:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 1, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

10C

8:15am

Away

Champagnat Centre (Gym), Court 2, Marist College Ashgrove, Frasers Rd, Ashgrove

9A

1:15pm

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

9B

12:15pm

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

9C

1:15pm

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

8A

11:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

8B

10:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

8C

12:15pm

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

8D

11:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

7A

9:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

7B

8:15am

Home

Sports Hall, St Edmund’s College, Mary Street, Woodend

7C

10:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

7D

9:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

7E

8:15am

Home

St Mary’s College, McAuley Centre (opposite St Edmund’s)

BUS INFORMATION

Bus for Basketball (1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 11A, 11B, 10A, 10B & 10C) departs the College at 7.00am and returns to SEC at approximately 3.00pm

SUPPORTERS BUS

Supporter Bus Leaves at 11:00 am and returns at approximately 3.00pm

AIC Tennis Fixtures - 8 September 2018

Round 7 Vs Marist College Ashgrove

FIRSTS

8.15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts1&2, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

SECONDS

10:30am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts 3&4, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

11A

10:30am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts 5&6, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

10A

10.30am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove MPC Courts 1 & 2 (outside gym),142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

9A

8.15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts 3&4, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

9B

8.15am

Away

Marist College Ashgrove Courts 5&6, 142 Frasers Road, Ashgrove

8A

10.15am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

8B

10.15am

Home

St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

7A

10.15am

Home

St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC

7B

10.15am

Home

St Mary’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend

Opposite SEC

BUS INFORMATION

Bus for Tennis (1sts, 2nds, 11A, 10A, 9A and 9B) departs the College at 7.00am and returns to SEC at approximately 1pm

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Tuckshop Roster - 10 September 2018

Term 3, Week 9

Mon 10 Sep: T Williams, K Schuh, J Just, T Rogers.
Tue 11 Sep: N Callaghan, A Robertson, D Smith, J Preston.
Wed 12 Sep: J Roberts, D McGuire, S Atuatika, T Costello.
Thu 13 Sep: C Page, M Low, J Cass.
Fri 14 Sep: V Albury, A Costello, F Sippel.

School News

Reminder - Year 12 Parents

Baby or Toddler Photo for Valedictory

A reminder to Year 12 Parents that we are asking for one of your son’s baby or toddler photos (baby to 4 year-old) to be emailed for inclusion in an audio-visual presentation to be used at the Senior Valedictory event.

Please email your son’s photo to Mr Mills at dmills@sec.qld.edu.au with “Valedictory Photo” in the subject line.

If you have a hard copy only of a photo, this should be submitted in an envelope marked “Valedictory Photo”, including your son’s name, and handed into the Deans’ Room for scanning, before being returned to your son.

It would be appreciated if photos are submitted as soon as possible. If any queries, please direct to Mr Mills (3810 4496) during school hours.

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