Doors to Success
Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
Diligence, hard work, resilience, discipline, commitment. Repeatedly these words were used to describe the young Eddies’ men who were presented with Honours and Merit awards at today’s Senior Academic Awards’ Assembly. They are attributes that any student can demonstrate at any time and are the keys that open the doors to success.
To emphasise the importance of striving for academic excellence we welcomed back Eddies Old Boy Timothy Wynn who shared his inspiring story. Timothy graduated in 2005 and since then has had an amazing journey pursuing a career in the Performing Arts. It has included training in drama school in New York, directing award-winning plays, writing play scripts and establishing his own theatre company. Along the way he has encountered set backs yet has bounced back more determined and wiser for the experience. He spoke about the ‘unlimited potential’ that remains untapped and how being an Eddies student sparked within him an undying flame to keep going and never give up on his dreams.
Guest Speaker: Timothy Wynn
Congratulations to all the Years 10, 11 and 12 young men who received Academic Awards today. Your hard work has got you here and you are an inspiration to the College.
Congratulations Joseph McKew – First Prize 2019 Mentoring Program
Last night the 2019 Mentoring Program concluded with a presentation from the three finalists, Toby Patrick, Max Banditt and Joseph McKew at the USQ Ipswich Campus Auditorium.
The St Edmund’s College Mentoring Program is a signature initiative that provides opportunities for students in Year 11 to be mentored by a professional in a field of work for three months. The culminating evening held at USQ saw the three finalists, chosen from the twenty participants, speak passionately about the respective career pathway they chose to learn about. Their presentation included a biography of their professional mentor and how their journey has inspired them.
One of the interesting tasks was to find a link between their mentor experience and one of the four EREA Touchstones of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity. At the end of the night the judging panel, consisting of Simone Finch from USQ, Jennifer Howard State MP for Ipswich and Tony Skippington College Business Manager awarded first prize to Joseph McKew for his impassioned presentation on Aerospace Engineering. Toby and Max were awarded equal second place for their presentations on Sports Medicine and Entrepreneurialism respectively.
Well done to all the Year 11 young men who were part of the 2019 Mentoring Program. Thank you to Mr Ben Lichfield for coordinating this year’s successful program.
Open Learning Centre Building Project – Progressing to Next Stage
This week I was informed that our application for government funding to build a new Library, which we are calling the Open Learning Centre, is being progressed to the next stage for consideration. This is great news and means that our application is still alive. The next step will require us to meet with key personnel at the Queensland Catholic Education Commission to analyse the project thoroughly and determine the final costing. The Commission will then present a recommendation to the Federal Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan, who will make the final decision. I will keep you informed as we progress through these next stages.
Ignite the Blue and White – Back to Eddies Day - Saturday 10 August
A call to all in the Eddies community to come and join us on Saturday 10 August at Tivoli Sporting Complex where Eddies will host the Associated Independent Colleges’ Rugby League competition. It will be a great occasion to acknowledge our Old Boys who will form a Guard-of-Honour for the First XIII team when they run on at 2.40pm on the main oval. Games start at 8.30am with Year 5 teams and our own Rookies Year team playing next at 9.30am. All Eddies games will be on the main field with the Years 9 and 10 games being live-streamed by the Courier Mail. I hope to see you there to help Ignite the Blue and White.
No School on Ekka Show Day – Wednesday 14 August
A reminder to all families that there is no school for students on Wednesday 14 August the Ekka Show Holiday.
St Edmund’s Car Art Union - 3 Honda Jazz Cars to be won! - Drawn next Saturday 17 August
A reminder to buy your tickets in our St Edmund’s College Car Art Union - Tickets are $50 and available from College Reception 3810 4400 or Kath Creedy 0403 26 99 55.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 2019 Year 11 Mentoring Award Winners
Joseph McKew (1st Place - centre), pictured with joint second place winners Toby Patrick (L) and Max Banditt (R)
Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal
St Edmund's Car Art Union - DRAWN NEXT SATURDAY
Tickets $50 from Reception 3810 4400 - closing 16 August - DRAWN SATURDAY 17 AUGUST - DON'T MISS OUT!