Fine Example of Sportsmanship
Dear St Edmund’s College Families and Friends
Over the weekend I was privileged to witness a fine example of sportsmanship shown by the Eddies Year 8/9 AFL Team. It happened after a hard-fought contest against Marist College Ashgrove where both teams played with skill and determination ending with the Eddies’ boys being narrowly defeated. During the game one of the Marist players left the field with an injured leg and was unable to return for the rest of the game. He remained in the bunker watching on as the boys shook hands. There was genuine respect shown by the opposing players which was great to see. When our boys came back for their post-match huddle they were led by someone over to the injured Marist player to shake his hand as well. At the time I thought our coach, Mr Dan Robinson, had made the comment to go over; however he informed me that it was in fact one of the boys in his team who spoke up and then led his fellow team mates to include the Marist boy in the post-match congratulatory handshakes.
On the following Monday I was delighted to receive a letter from the parent of the Marist Ashgrove boy who wrote:
‘On Friday afternoon my son represented Marist College Ashgrove in the Year 8/9 Australian Rules football game against St Edmund’s College. Towards the end of the game he injured his knee and took no further part. At the conclusion of the match, every player and the coaches from the St Edmund’s team came over to where my son was being treated to shake his hand. We were extremely grateful for this impressive show of sportsmanship. It speaks volumes of the calibre of young men you are moulding at your school. Can you please pass on our thanks to the players and coaches for this gesture?’
I have since shared this story with the Principal of Marist Ashgrove, Mr Peter McLoughlin, to express my appreciation to his community for the graciousness they showed as victors and the gratitude shared by one of his parents. In a very real way this friendly exchange between players, parents, staff and College communities is what our Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) sports competition is all about. I am very proud of our Eddies young men who time and time again display the attributes of being kind men, strong men and gentlemen. Well done lads.
Introducing the Responsible Choice Room (RCR)
Commencing next term the College will implement a new learning support initiative modelled on the Responsible Thinking Process. It will involve students being referred to a Responsible Choice Room when they disrupt the learning of others. Once referred to the RCR the student will be required to reflect on his behaviour and write a plan to negotiate a return to his class.
Mr Jason Randall has been appointed to the role of RCR Coordinator and will be responsible for managing the Responsible Choice Room and preparing staff, students and parents for how it will work. Over the coming weeks more information will be disseminated about the RCR and how it supports students in their learning.
Foundation Dinner Celebrates the Completion of the Edmund Rice Building
Last Saturday evening we held our annual Foundation Dinner which was a huge success. Unlike past dinners our star attraction this year was not a celebrity or sports personality but the Edmund Rice Building itself.
Over 200 guests were given a guided tour by our Year 12 students through the refurbished and extended building and new outdoor covered amphitheatre. In many ways the building has been brought back to its glory days when it was opened in 1892 and described by Br Ambrose Treacy, the Australian Christian Brother Provincial, as having a ‘… commanding view of the river and town and surrounding country …’ and ‘… the very best site in the town.’
The Edmund Rice Building is lit up of an evening and still commands the attention of onlookers as it shines brightly on Woodend Hill overlooking the College and reminds us of our pioneering founders and the people who have gone before to add their chapter to the unfolding story that is St Edmund’s College.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Medal to Robbie Curtis. Robbie now manages the Blind Eye Centre in Brisbane, which is a daytime drop-in-centre for the most vulnerable people living in the city. As Robbie said, ‘It’s a place where individuals are treated with dignity and respect’. They are welcomed and fed, offered basic services including bathroom and laundry facilities as well as company and a friendly chat. Robbie spoke passionately about the work that he does with others to give life, hope and sanctuary to the poor and marginalised in our community. He says he draws all his inspiration from his faith in Jesus.
Another special moment in the evening was a panel interview with four former Eddies’ students convened by Leon Hutton. The panel consisted of Michael Pender, Professor of UQ and consultant neurologist of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital; James Stannard, former Australian Rugby Sevens Captain; Adam Spain-Mostina, NIDA graduate and former contestant of The Voice; and Robbie Curtis. Each spoke about their time as an Eddie’s student and how the College helped to shape their lives and prepare them for the career pathway they have since followed. Leon Hutton was adept at keeping the conversation flowing and very entertaining.
Thank you to all the staff and students involved in creating such a special occasion. A big thank you to Kath Creedy for her overall organisation and leadership in making it a night to remember.
A Gift from Eddies Mums
Thank you to St Edmund’s College Mothers past and present who kindly donated the funds for the College to purchase the Celtic Cross that has been erected on the plinth at the end of Jim Smith Drive in front of the Edmund Rice Building. It is a beautiful reminder of our Irish heritage and the country where Edmund Rice was born and lived and where the first Christian Brothers came from to take residence in the house in 1892.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Live, Jesus, in our hearts. Forever.
Diarmuid O'Riordan, Principal