An Appreciation of Mothers
There is something very special in a freshly baked scone, topped with cream and jam accompanied by a hot cup of tea. The guilty pleasure of splitting a fluffy, still steaming, scone then topping it with a good serving of strawberry jam and a generous dollop of cream is too good to resist; at least I find this to be the case. Nostalgically, this staple of home baking has for many years been presented by mums to young men who devour them hastily with perhaps a brief “thanks mum” as they rush outside for their next adventure.
This week Mr Warren and I were given the opportunity to reflect on the gentle — it is harder than it looks — art of scone making. In mixing cups of flour, containers of cream and bottles of lemonade, each of us created a substance of variable consistency that could only generously be called dough. As comrades in cooking, our aim in promoting a scone baking lesson, was to challenge our Eddies men to do something special for their mothers this weekend. Sadly, our efforts produced a mixture with characteristics beyond the explanations of physical science. I believe the technical term would be “not good”. I am sure, however, that there is untapped culinary talent in our Eddies men.
The place of mothers in the lives of young men cannot be underestimated. They are important role models particularly in the early years of a young man’s life. Mothers tell you to clean your room, eat your greens and do your homework. Mothers are nurturers, teachers and fierce defenders. They listen, they comfort and they guide. There are significant women in the lives of all young men but for many none so influential in their formative years as their mother.
This Sunday presents a moment for our young men to show their appreciation to their mothers in any number of ways. Breakfast in bed, a handmade present or a personally made scone with jam, cream and a nice cup of tea. Mother’s Day is an opportunity for our young men to think beyond themselves to make a difference through this one simple act.
I wish all our Eddies mums a very special day on Sunday.
Edmund Rice Day
Each year on May 5 we celebrate Edmund Rice Day. The example of Edmund’s life has formed the foundation for schools throughout the world. From the first journey of Br Ambrose Treacy to the establishment of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) there are now 53 schools all over Australia educating young people. Underpinning everything in our schools are the four Touchstones of Inclusive Community, Liberating Education, Justice and Solidarity and Gospel Spirituality.
The life and story of Blessed Edmund set in train a series of events that changed countless lives. St Edmund’s would certainly not exist if not for the faith, vision and commitment of Edmund and so, rightly, as a school in EREA we celebrate his memory and contribution every year.
Return to school
A letter has been sent to all families detailing information about the stepped return to school for our young men. Years 11 and 12 will commence next Monday 11 May. We hope to see a return for Years 7 to 10 on May 25; however, this is contingent on continuing low COVID–19 statistics and will be hopefully forthcoming by May 15. Parents and caregivers are reminded that students are required to wear winter uniform when they return to school.
We look forward to welcoming Years 11 and 12 back on Monday and hope to be doing the same for the rest of our Eddies men on Monday 25 May.
Ray Celegato, Principal