Our Young Eddies' Men Begin the Year
Dear Families and Friends of St Edmund’s College
It is great to see our young Eddies’ Men begin the year with purpose and determination. I particularly commend our Year 12 Seniors who have embraced their leadership role enthusiastically. This has been evidenced in many instances such as helping the Year 7 students at their lockers and escorting them to their classes when they are unsure of where to go. Teachers are reporting that our Year 12 students are very focused in class and eager to learn.These first steps augur well for the year ahead. Well done Year 12.
Eddies Iggy Park Appeal
As mentioned in a letter emailed to all families earlier this week, we have set up an Eddies Iggy Park Appeal in response to the recent catastrophic weather event in North Queensland. Our appeal aims to raise funds to assist those families of Ignatius Park College, Townsville, (a fellow Edmund Rice school) who have been impacted by this event. The proceeds of this appeal will be given to the College to be used at its discretion.
Parents and Caregivers can donate to the Eddies Iggy Park Appeal in the following ways:
• We have set up an on-line donation facility using our Qkr! payment system which can be accessed through the “Payment” tab of the College App. Once in the Qkr! system the Iggy Park Appeal is included under the “Other School Events” menu.
• Tuckshop takings for the next two Fridays will be given over to the appeal.
• A collection bucket will be passed around each morning in homeroom and during assemblies and information evenings over the next two weeks.
• The St Edmund’s College Parents and Friends Association will be donating.
The response to the appeal thus far has been amazing. With another week to go, the P&F’s donation still to come and two Friday tuckshop sales to include we hope to add significantly to the tally.
Year 12 Information Night $285.85
Year 7 Information Night $559.20
Homeroom Collections Week 1 $835.60
Qkr! App account $225.00
Total so far $1905.65
Thank you for your generosity.
Courage to be Inclusive
Eddies has long been known as a school for everyone. We are a Catholic school that celebrates diversity and welcomes difference. We are blessed to have families, staff and community members from different ethnic backgrounds. Our young men bring with them a variety of gifts, talents and attributes that add vitality and richness to the fabric of our College. This year we intend to have a special focus on the Touchstone: Inclusive Community. We will examine what makes our community uniquely inclusive and explore new opportunities to express this in a changing world. Blessed Edmund Rice showed us the way, when he had the courage to be inclusive, at a time in Ireland when sectarianism and penal laws divided and subjugated people. He was able to break through the prejudices of the time and bring people together in the interest of educating the young. What an inspiration!
St Edmund’s College Launches AIC 2019
Yesterday we were honoured to host representatives from all Associated Independent Colleges member schools for an ecumenical service to launch the new sporting season. Fr Stephen delivered a powerful homily calling on all of us to draw our strength from Jesus. During the service we were given a blessing with scented oil on the palms of our hands and each school was presented with a vial of scented oil to take back to their school community. Leaders from each of the eight AIC member schools stood before the assembly in front of the altar of St Mary’s Church with the pledge:
‘We, the representatives of our AIC schools are committed to participating in the AIC competition with integrity, respect and honour in the spirit of good sportsmanship. We strive to always uphold the traditions and values of our Christian communities and to respect our schools with humility and dignity. We are committed to being inclusive, building strong united teams and always maintaining mutual respect.’
After the service the student representatives were treated to a keynote address and Q & A session from former Australian Hockey Captain and Olympic flag bearer, Mark Knowles. His talk focused on how being a good person is the first step towards being a good sportsman.
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Foundation Dinner 2 March 2019
Please join the St Edmund’s College community for our annual Foundation Dinner to be held on Saturday 2 March. Among our guest presenters is the star attraction of the evening, the Edmund Rice Building, which will be opened for guided tours. More information about the night is detailed in the attached flyer. The St Edmund’s College Foundation Dinner is more than a fund-raising event, with entertaining guest speakers, performances, a sumptuous dinner, presentation of the St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Medal and great company. I look forward to seeing you there.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal