Newsletter - 9 August 2019

This week

Principal's Office

The Principal

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!

The Deputy


Identity News

Winter Sleepout and Appeal

As the August winds blow through the College, it is timely to remember some of the most vulnerable Australians. According to data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, the rate of homelessness in Australia has increased 4.6 per cent over the last five years.

The latest estimates revealed more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness in Australia on Census night. Dr Paul Jelfs, General Manager of Population and Social Statistics, said that this number is made up of various distinct groups and each tells a different story. Including young and old, men and women this is the reality for some Australians today:
- In 2016, people living in ‘severely’ overcrowded dwellings accounted for 51,088 people, up from 41,370 in 2011
- 8,200 people were estimated to be ‘sleeping rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out
- One quarter of all people experiencing homelessness in 2016 was aged between 20 and 30 years
- People aged between 65 and 74 years experiencing homelessness increased to 27 persons per 10,000 people
- Recent migrants accounted for 15 per cent of the homeless estimate
- The overall number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing homelessness in 2016 was 23,437

Last night around seventy staff and students from St Edmund’s and St Mary’s Colleges gathered in solidarity with10,000 Australians who slept rough on a windy Winter night. The Winter Sleepout was an opportunity for those involved to understand the root of the problem and what needs to be addressed to begin to make changes in our society. Most importantly, it challenged the students to engage their hearts and minds and in doing so helped them to develop a sense of compassion and empathy for members our local and global community.

A big thank you to Ms Adrianna Rimland, Mr Tim Hill and Ms Erin Collins, who, together with myself and staff from St Mary’s College, supported the students by sleeping rough. Without them we would be unable to offer these immersive experiences that help our students to grow.

Couldn’t join the sleepout but want to offer your support?

We are collecting items in support of Blind Eye Ministries and Rosies. We will be collecting these items until the end of term. Please ask your son to bring the following items to their Homeroom or the Identity and Curriculum Reception.
- Tea, Coffee, Milo
- Noodles in a Cup (not packet)
- Biscuits
- Personal care items: soap - deodorant - sanitary products - shaving products

A Prayer For People Who Are Homeless

Lord our God, fill our hearts with compassion for those who lack the warmth of a home.

We commend to you in prayer this day
all men, women and children who suffer because they have no shelter;
those who sleep in our streets and public spaces,
who have nowhere safe to lay their heads,
and who wander from place to place as a way of life.

We pray for broken families who cannot pay the rent,
for those on the streets whose minds have been touched by illness or whose bodies are sorely affected by disabilities.

We ask that your merciful Grace be poured out upon those with addictions,
those who have given up in the face of enormous tribulations,
and those driven into a homeless life by crushing poverty.

God of Compassion, your love for us is revealed in Jesus,
who was born into homelessness, lived with nowhere to lay his head,
and died to show his love for us.

Inspire us to act for justice,
to seek to right the wrongs of peoples who are suffering and experiencing homelessness,
and to see in them the dignity of a brother and sister.

Let us have the commitment,
as people of the Gospel, to be ever mindful
of our obligations we have to the poor and marginalised,
to turn sorrow into joy and to bring all those who live in darkness into your own wonderful light.

Joining the Catholic Community Through Baptism

I would like to especially acknowledge Year 7 students Jayden Probert and Mayson Carter who together with three Year 7 students from St Mary’s will be baptised next week at the Assumption Mass. As a Catholic school community we are honoured and blessed to be journeying with these five Year 7 students from our Colleges.

The Sacraments are a public expression of faith.Through the Sacrament of Baptism you are welcomed into the Catholic community. This is what it means to be a Catholic school – to be God’s people living out the mission of Jesus in our daily lives. Please encourage and support these young people in publicly expressing their faith.

As a Catholic community, we are committed to encouraging and celebrating those being baptised. To ensure our students feel supported, St Mary’s College has invited our Year 7 cohort and members of the choir in Years 7 to 9 to attend and participate in the Mass at St Mary’s Church on Thursday 15 August.

Please keep Jayden and Mayson and the girls from St Mary’s in your prayers as we travel this journey with them.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts - Forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Identity

Learning & Teaching

Learning and Teaching

Two Important Events

Year 11 Parent Forum - Monday 12 August 2019

Parents have been emailed the relevant information.

Years 8 and 9 Subject Selection Evening - NOW Wednesday 4 September 2019

Parents will have received an email regarding this rescheduled evening.

Academic Awards Assembly - Years 10, 11, 12

Congratulations to our Award Winners - 9 August 2019

Year 10 Merit

Hayden Bacon

Samuel Callaghan

Patrick Dinte

Connor Kennedy

Hayden Molkentien

Lachlan Norton

Patrick Schmidt

Connor Shaw

Ryan Verrenkamp

Mitchell Vesper

Maximus Wetzels

Year 10 Honours

Ekachai Adams

Haydon Caunce

Shaun Costello

Johnathan Donnelly

Harry Hunter

Kobie Low

Hugh Tyne

Year 11 Employment Pathway Apprenticeship - Semester 1

Thomas Biddle - ELECTRICAL

Year 11 Employment Pathway Merit and Apprenticeship

Kerryn Ryan - CARPENTRY

Year 11 Employment Pathway Merit

Harris Atuatika

Dylan Bell

Benjamin Choat

Lucas Golding

Ethan Mortell

Jack Tully

Oliver Wilds

Year 11 Vocational Pathway Apprenticeship

Connor Chapman - RETAIL

Year 11 Vocational Pathway Merit

Luke Gannaway

Year 11 Academic Pathway Merit

Thomas Albury

Max Banditt

Samuel Burling

Joseph McKew

Luc van Meurs

Year 11 Academic Pathway Honours

Seth Bishop

Connor Cash

Thomas Parker

Zachary Pennell

Oliver Reid

Year 12 Employment Pathway Apprenticeships



Year 12 Employment Pathway Merit

Declan Johnston

Deakin Kennett

Cody Lister

Wyatt Martin

Year 12 Integrated Pathway Traineeship

Kade Mills - RETAIL

Year 12 Integrated Pathway Merit

Cody Foord

Nichalous Petryszyn

Year 12 Integrated Pathway Honours

Anthony Caprioli

Year 12 Overall Pathway Merit

Dominic Boyle

Patrick Cavanagh

Blair Chisholm

William Day

Jack Field

Luke Franz

Sebastian Howie

Deakin Jennings

Matthew Kelk

Flynn Morris-Shute

Oliver Schmidt

Bowen Walker

Year 12 Overall Pathway Honours

Henry Abkin

Lachlan Dutney

Nicholas Rumpf

Lachlan Stacey

Kristian Williamson

Library News - Week 4

Book Week

Reading is My Super Power

The sound of laughter emanated from Ambrose Place on Monday when the Years 7 and 8 students had the pleasure of listening to Australian author Oliver Phommavanh. Oliver had the students laughing hysterically as he recounted his childhood stories and how he used them as inspiration for his novels. Oliver also led a number of smaller workshops aimed at helping students to discover new ways of finding inspiration for their own stories.

Write a Book in a Day

Tuesday was a frantic day as Ms Callaghan, Ms Rimland and six Year 9 students had just 12 hours to write and illustrate a children’s book.

The group was given five parameters which had to be included in the book: an electrician, an orchestra member, a goblin, childcare centre as the setting, and leaving school was the issue. The students created an ingenious plot whereby Patricia, the electrician, helps Zuku, the goblin, escape from Golden Wattle Childcare Centre and school which was being run by Phil Harmonic, member of the secret and evil ORCHESTRA Association.

The group raised over $300 for the Kids Cancer Project. After judging in the competition, their book will be donated to a child in hospital.

Congratulations to Thomas Bryant, Jack Winrow, Rory Feeney, Kade Grieve, Stewart England and Samuel Jesse for an outstanding effort.

Super Hero Photo Booth

Students and staff alike had fun posing as superheros in the photo booth.

Children’s Short Story Writing Competition

For young writers in Years 7 to 9, write a short story of no more than 2000 words and enter it into the Children’s Short Story Writing Competition.

Entries close: 31 August 2019
Shortlist announced: 16 October 2019
Prizes: Winners in each section receive $100
For conditions and more information go to:
Send your completed entry to:


Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science is the school theme for National Science Week in 2019. The Library will be celebrating with a number of activities. On Monday 12 August during First Break there will be a Kahoot on Destination Moon. Students can compete as individuals or as a team for prizes.

Tuesday 13 August the Library will display the Periodic Table made of cupcakes. During Second Break students who name an element will get that cake to eat.

Students will also get the opportunity to learn coding and play with Ozobots on Thursday 15 August. Numbers are limited so students interested in this activity will need to book with the Library Staff.

Ms Karen Callaghan, Head of Department Information Services and Learning Resources

Revised Term 3 Maths Tutorial Schedule

Commencing Week 5, 12 August 2019

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Responsible Thinking Process - Parent Guide

Available on Parent EDE

The Responsible Thinking Process Parent Guide is available on EDE at the link below, also here as an attachment.

Career News

Careers - Week 4

Tertiary Open Days - QTAC - Career Evenings

Tertiary Open Days


Griffith University

Sunday 11 August

Nathan; Gold Coast; Logan; Conservatorium; Southbank

UQ Gatton

18 August

Gatton Campus


Griffith University open day at the Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses from 9 am – 2 pm on Sunday 11 August 2019. Register online to go into the draw to win one of three Microsoft Surface Pro and BOSE accessories.

Central Queensland University Online for those who cannot attend a bricks and mortar campus, get your answers from an open day hosted completely online. Join anytime between 3 – 6 pm on Wednesday 14 August 2019. See more information and register on the CQU event page.

University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday 18 August 2019. Get started by downloading the app on the UQ Open Day website.

Tertiary News

2019 QTAC Key dates summary

Due Date to apply and submit documentation

Offer Round

8 November 2019

Application closing date and submission of documents for the 15 November 2019 offer rounds.

6 December 2019

Application closing date and submission of documents for the 23 December 2019 offer round.

Final date to change preferences 10.00am 16 December 2019.

13 December 2019

Application closing date and submission of documents for the 15 January 2020 offer round.

Final date to change preferences 4.30pm 7 January 2020.

Year 12 results mailed to your home address by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)

13 December 2019

Year 12 results available on your Learning Account on the Student Connect website. You will need your LUI and password to access your Learning Account


31 January 2020

Application closing date for 2020 offer rounds for Bond Medicine. The final date to change preferences for this round is the same.

The final date to provide the relevant documents for this round is 1 February 2020.

28 May 2020

Application closing date for the 4 June 2020 offer rounds. The final date to change preferences for this round is 11:59pm, 29 May 2020.

This information and offer rounds can be accessed from the 2019 Year 12 Guide, Pg. 20 and Pg. 21

Fixed closing dates

Some courses have fixed closing dates. These are usually courses that require interviews, folios or auditions. In addition, some course requirements may be needed earlier than the closing date for applications. A list of most of these courses and their required closing dates or due dates can be found on pages 20 and 21 in the 2019 Year 12 QTAC Guide. Examples of early fixed closing dates:

  • 15 August 2019 – Audition applications close for UQ Music degrees (including double degrees)
  • 6 September 2019 – Audition and folio application for Queensland Conservatorium courses
  • 31 August 2019 – QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions from international students for Bachelor of Dentistry and Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (see page 115 and 116 of the QTAC Guide).
  • 20 September 2019 – Registration with QUT for Creative Industry courses with additional entry requirements (ie. Fashion, Design, Fine Arts – Visual Arts).

Note that if you don’t meet the due dates, you will not be considered for the course.

How are applicants selected for courses through QTAC?

For 2019 entry to many of the courses you can apply for through QTAC are competitive. Consequently, many institutions use specific selection criteria to select students. Once institution admission rules are met (i.e. English Language Proficiency – automatic for most domestic students; age requirements – generally 18 years or completion of Year 12) selection is based on:

  • meeting minimum entry requirements for the course (these may include subject prerequisites (usually Authority subjects), a folio; an interview or audition; a specific test, an essay or questionnaire; the successful completion of a course), and
  • merit (OPs and FPs or a QTAC Selection Rank).

Through the QTAC process, eligible applicants (i.e. those who meet the entry requirements) are considered in order of merit (i.e. OP or QTAC Selection Rank). In very simplistic terms, the OP or Rank of the last person to get into the course before all places are filled becomes the lowest OP/Rank to receive an offer or minimum selection threshold, for that course in that offer round. From 2020 QTAC will use a student’s ATAR to rate their competitiveness for entry into a specific course.

How will I know I have an offer?

You get only one offer per offer round. This is for your highest eligible preference (i.e. the highest course on your preference list where you have met the minimum entry requirements and your OP/Rank is above the lowest OP/Rank to receive an offer. If you get an offer, QTAC will send you an email or SMS notifying you to log in to your QTAC application account to view, print and respond to your offer.

Year 12 students could receive an offer anytime from 15 November 2019 (not including early offers through some university programs). It is essential that you monitor your emails and mobile phone (for an SMS) from 15 November until you firmly accept an offer. If you receive an offer, you have four days to respond to it. If you don’t respond by the due date, the offer will lapse and you will no longer be considered for any other course. If this happens, contact QTAC immediately. Remember to use your private email address NOT your school email address on your QTAC application.

What is a QTAC Selection Rank?

A QTAC Selection Rank is:

  • a number given to a qualification
  • on a scale from 1 to 99 (1 being the highest)
  • derived from a QTAC or institution specific schedule.

The Careers Counsellor can show you a schedule that compares OPs with QTAC Selection Ranks. Examples of qualifications that may be allocated a QTAC Selection Rank for a 2019 Year 12 QTAC applicant include:

  • OP Ineligible students are allocated a QTAC Selection Rank from results on their Senior Statement when they apply for tertiary courses through QTAC
  • Certificates III and IV, Diplomas
  • Some Music, dancing and speech and drama qualifications.

These selection ranks will no longer be in use once the ATAR system is introduced in 2020.

ACU: Pathways into teaching

If you don’t meet the requirements for any of ACU’s teacher education courses, you have options. Visit the Education Pathways web page.

GU: Focus on Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Management

In this degree you will develop an understanding of urban planning and environmental science issues. You will learn about planning-related issues such as land use and regional growth management, transport planning and community development. You will also learn about environmental issues of land and water management, ecology, conservation biology and pollution. Click here to find out more.

UQ: Engineering and Computing Careers Evening

At this event you will hear from recent Engineering and IT graduates, talk to lecturers and current students, find out about job opportunities and learn about UQ’s courses. The evening will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 from 6 – 8 pm in the GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia campus. For more information and to register, visit the website.

UQ: Experience days

Throughout Term 3 and 4, UQ will be hosting a number of subject specific experience days. These events are a great way for both students and parents to gain a greater understanding of study areas through interactive lectures, guided tours and hands on workshops with academics and current students. Click here to register for any of the following days:

Anthropology Friday 9 August

Pharmacy Sunday 18 August

Marine Science Saturday 7 September

Nursing and Midwifery Sunday 8 September

Business Commerce and Tourism Saturday 8 September

Civil Engineering Saturday 14 September

Business Commerce and Tourism Saturday 19 October

UQ: Pharmacy Experience Day

This event will be held from 9.30 am – 1 pm on Sunday 18 August 2019 at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) at Woolloongabba. During the day you can participate in hands-on lab activities, take a guided tour of the PACE facility, learn how the Pharmacy degree opens many doors for postgraduate study (particularly medicine) and enjoy a free BBQ lunch to mingle with lecturers and current students. Register to attend on the website.

UQ: UQ College bridging courses

UQ College is offering University Prerequisite Courses in Mathematics B, Chemistry or Biology. They will be delivered face to face on St Lucia Campus over a four week period. Successful completion of the prerequisite courses will satisfy the entry requirement at The University of Queensland and some other universities for Semester 1, 2020. Applications can be accessed through the UQ College website (scroll down to the last entry). Click here to visit the website for more information and applications close 8 November 2019.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Officer/Adviser


Music and Cultural

Music News


Last week was a huge week for the Creative Arts Department with our MMADD Week. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with industry professionals from the Creative Arts staging workshops and performances at the College. Thank you to Ms Frances O’Sullivan, Head of Creative Arts, for her organisation of this event.

Heritage Mass

A big thank you to all of the students involved in the music for last Friday’s Heritage Mass. The students in the choir did a wonderful job of leading the cohort during the hymns. I would like to thank Mr Jesse Gold, Mr Eamon Webb for playing the music alongside myself and Ms Frances O’Sullivan for her direction of the choir, musicians and organisation of the hymns.

Instrumental Tuition

While attendance has been quite good so far this term, tutors have reported a drop in attendance this week. Students must check the notice boards outside K205 or EDE for their lesson times. Failure to attend lessons may result in their removal from the program.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music

2019 MMADD Week

It’s a wrap!

2019 MMADD Week finished with a bang, literally, with the African Drumming and Dance workshop - One of the spectacular opportunities provided for our St Edmund’s students to experience during this week of Music, Media, Dance, Drama, and Art (MMADD).

Our students began this week with exposure to Drama workshops including clowning and theatre sports. Tuesday allowed the Year 8 students to focus on their Visual Art skills demonstrating, through painting, their place within our College - their voice within the spirit of St Edmund’s. An absolutely stunning interpretation of this artwork was presented during our Heritage Mass last Friday and is truly a piece of work of which to be proud. A special thanks go to Ms Robyn Pozzias for her inspiration in the design of this activity.

Wednesday saw the vocal workshop for our Contemporary Band from the beautiful and talented Ellen Reed. We were also treated to a concert during First Break from Ellen and this talented band directed by Mr Tim Kirkwood. The afternoon session on Wednesday provided us with two dynamic dramatic artists from Zen Zen Zo Theatre Company in Brisbane. Participants in this workshop were delighted with what they had completed and many repeated this experience the following day when again, Zen Zen Zo returned to provide an accelerated workshop of physical theatre for the students.

Thursday saw the world-renowned beat-boxer Tom Thum also of TED-X Talk fame provide a workshop for over forty students in Ambrose Place and then a truly inspirational concert for all students during First Break in Ambrose Place. We were very lucky to have Tom come to our school as he is in high demand as a performer not only Australia-wide but all over the world.

Our Visual Art area was another highlight of the day with workshops in Aerosol/Graffiti Art and Portrait Drawing. It is not surprising that these workshops were over-subscribed! To end on a high note, the talented Claire Walters worked with the singers among our student body and refined their skills surrounding vocal technique and performance while the African Drumming and Dance transported the boys on a musical tour of African rhythm and movement.

Many thanks must go to our innovative and inspirational Creative Arts staff - Ms Nicola Scarrott, Ms Helen Purcell, Ms Hannah Douglas, Ms Robyn Pozzias, Mr Tim Kirkwood, Mr Peter Kemp, Mr Jesse Gold, Mr Eamon Webb and Mr Sel Dennis. I am so lucky to work with such generous and talented people.

Thanks also to our Student Office staff, Ms Kerri Michel and Ms Tracey Suthers who maintained their patience with me through the week dealing with constant roll calls, changes and movement. To Ms Simone O’Shea who manipulated the timetable so classrooms and teaching staff could be allocated to workshops. Also, Ms Debra Whyte for the IT workshop sign-on setup and Mr Chris Barton for the promo video. Thank you to Mr Nick Devin for photography and Mr Jeremy Cowles for the video of some of the workshops that occurred throughout the week, Mr Sel Dennis with his help with the Aerosol Art and last, but definitely least, our wonderful suppliers of food, Ms Narelle Rea and Ms Gina Weight from our Tuckshop.

Finally, a special thank you to Mr Wayne Warren, Assistant Principal Activities and the teachers of St Edmund’s for releasing your students from class and providing support for teachers supervising workshops.

Ms Frances O’Sullivan, Head of Department Creative Arts

Brisbane Sings - Sunday 18 August 2019

Final Tech Rehearsal and Show

Brisbane Sings

Brisbane Sings is a community event featuring choirs and singing groups from all over Brisbane City performing separately and together. A massed choir of over 500 voices and a stage band will join to present a highly entertaining show that celebrates group singing in a non-competitive environment. The event is fun, uplifting and a great chance for various musical and community groups to share ideas and create lasting and memorable experiences for their members.

Our College Choir is participating in this event and the remaining rehearsal times are below. Further information is available from Ms Frances O’Sullivan:

Information is also available on the EDE Choir page and students were given information last Term to pass on to their parents. Tickets are available for purchase at the following website:

Sunday 18 August - Show Day

(Free Dress, but bring performing blacks, choir t-shirt and money for lunch or packed lunch)

BRISBANE SINGS SHOW 5:00pm - Leave St Edmund’s at 9:30am – Technical Rehearsal 10:30am to 5:00 pm
BRISBANE SINGS SHOW - 5:00pm to 7:30pm at QPAC - Bus leaves QPAC at 8:00pm – back at St Edmund’s by 9:00pm


Sports News - Week 4


We are well and truly underway with our Term 3 sports and race to Round 3 on Saturday as we face St Patrick’s College in Basketball, Tennis and Rugby League fixtures. This Saturday it is also our turn to host the AIC Rugby League round at the Tivoli Sporting Complex so it is a great opportunity to get out and support our students.

Last week we played St Laurence’s College. We had a great day at the Rugby League with good wins to our Years 6, 8 and 9 sides and a draw to our Year 7s.

We also had good results at the Basketball with wins for our 7A, 7B, Seconds and Firsts. Our Year 9A and B sides were unlucky to go down by 2 and 1 point respectively and our 10As performed very well going down by just 6 points with four boys missing due to Met West duties.


Congratulations to Ryan Smith who has been selected to be a part of the Queensland Volleyball Squad and will travel to Canberra later this term.

Congratulations to Jackson Crocker-Garlepp, Tyreece Page-Woodbridge, Byron Williams, Sam Togia and Nathan May who represented Met West at the Under 15 State Basketball Championships last weekend. It is great to see such strong representation from St Edmund’s.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

2019 Athletics Carnival Guidelines

Mulkerin Oval - Friday 16 August 2019

2019 Athletics Championship Events Schedule 12-16 August

Events First/Second Breaks commencing Monday

AIC Rugby League Results - 3 August 2019

Round 2 Vs St Laurence’s College

First XIII – Loss 6 – 38. A disappointing scoreline that does not show an accurate reflection of the effort produced by the team. Once again crucial errors at critical times proved costly on the score board. Injuries were a negative factor with the loss of five players at various stages, completing the game with twelve on the field. Despite this the team remained committed. Cade Scanlan, Lachlan Stacey and Patrick Towne produced strong running games. Lachlan Stacey and Thomas Chandler were outstanding in defence. Ethan Bauer managed to cross the line for St Edmund’s sole try. The team will look to regroup at training this week for their home clash at Tivoli with St Patrick’s on Saturday.

Year 10 – Loss 14 – 26. Our backs were to the wall from the start with only fifteen players; however we put in a great effort in the first half to be up 14-10. Fatigue allowed too many drops and missed tackles in the second half. The key was maintaining discipline when we are under the pump. Great games from Nathan Cox, Samuel Bothwell and Jed Lacey.

Year 9 – Win 44 – 4. After a slow start the team pulled together for another strong performance. Once the team moved into the ‘arm wrestle’ they displayed the ability that the coaches believe they have. Talon Biddle scored two tries with three conversions. Zane Kaatz directed the team and was awarded Man of the Match. A strong performance has the team well placed.

Year 8 – Win 46 – 10. The energy in the game reflected the skill, talent and effort during training. Multiple tries were scored across all positions including a hat-trick to Reuben Acutt. Great effort from the forwards who had just two substitutes available to rotate through the game. We are looking forward to the home game on Saturday.

Year 7 – Draw 12 – 12. We began slowly; we finished fast. Huge efforts in the midfield from Cruz Boxsell and Dominic Oddi pressured St Laurence’s defence line throughout the game. Minor errors cost us the opportunity to win; however, there is always the next game on Saturday.

Year 6 – Win 30 – 10. A spirited St Laurence’s College side tested us all throughout the game. Their improvement from the trial was evident with their strong ball running; however our team was up to the task. We ran away with a solid win through using our skills in attack and intensity in defence.

AIC Basketball Results - 3 August 2019

Round 2 Vs St Laurence's College

First V – Win 67 - 52. A severely depleted First V side took on a Lauries team brimming with confidence after a Round 1 win. The occasion called for concentration, resilience and execution; all three were displayed in spades. Merrick Small demonstrated control and poise as a facilitator and chipped in with crucial points from beyond the arc. Max Banditt, Zac Butcher, Sam Burling and Hayden Johnson put in herculean performances. These players laid the foundation for a 33 point performance from Benicio Hortle who was born to play basketball for St Edmund’s!

Seconds – Win 69 – 22. The team played with energy from the opening tip and pressed hard in the early minutes. St Laurie’s struggled to get the ball up the floor at times and as a result we created opportunities to score in broken play. Our decision-making is improving when we create fractions of advantage and the scoreboard ticked over well. When St Laurence’s was able to get back into the half-court and stop our fast-break scoring, Connor Asquith lit them up anyway, bombing away with long-range buckets. Jackson Asquith decided he had made it ‘a family party’ with a big second half. In the end, a comfortable win.

Thirds – Loss 17 – 46. An improved defensive effort. We need to work on patience, and shot selection in offence.

Fourths – Loss 5 – 27. A poor shooting display meant that the players were unable to convert pressure into points. The team played with excellent attitude and spirit. Darcy Prest’s shot from the line after the buzzer gave SEC the ‘last point wins’ victory.

11A – Loss 14 – 76. Effort in the first half was not the problem this week; however execution in the back court was. The team played hard and things worked on at training started to pay off. A massive effort from Noah Farrow. A good contribution from Nicholas Mallet this week and Kane Sherman played well.

11B – Loss 20 – 67. The team was defeated soundly by a strong St Laurence’s outfit. Kegan Patterson was once again a standout, along with Regan Taylor. Joseph Robertson is to be commended for committing to his role for the duration of the game.

10A – Loss 35 – 41. The team tried their hardest with five players as four team members were competing at State Championships. A brave and skilful performance by all. They made defensive stops and created opportunities to score even though fatigue set in. Great games by all although namely Akim Deng.

10B – Loss 21 – 44. A tough day for the team. We could not claw back after a slow start which let the opposition into a lead; however, the players began to put it together and had moments of good basketball.

10C – Loss 6 – 52. Another tough week for the team, consisting of an array of turnovers, mis-communication on defence and overall bad shot selection. The players persisted despite the negatives, and attempted to rally. Good individual efforts from Joel Bennett, Ekachai Adams and Patrick Schmidt.

9A – Loss 38 – 40. The team did their absolute best to put themselves in a winning position, despite player numbers falling short on the day. Lucas Jackson dominated the ball on defence and gave our ‘bigs’ opportunities to put points on the board. Simple defensive errors hurt at key times. An unfortunate injury to Nathaniel Grace took the momentum and lead away, as his play had been extremely hard for Lauries to handle. Jacob Wright had an impressive game across the board.

9B – Loss 37 – 38. A nail-biting finish to Round 2 resulted in a one point loss in the dying seconds. We clawed our way back to the front after being down by 6 points with only a few minutes left on the clock. Laurie’s somehow found the space they needed and sealed the victory with no time left for us to score. We were down three players on the day; however everyone chipped in, played hard and dug deep. Harry Sammut starred with some relentless defence and offence to match.

9C – Loss 20 – 73. The team showed much improvement and commitment in this round against a tall and athletic opposition. Saxon Curr showed promise in offense whilst Travis Lake played great defence all game.

8A – Loss 35 – 40. A hard fought game that went down to final few minutes. At times, our offence was clicking and we generated great scoring options for Tyson Golding and Ethan Ketelhohn. Hamish Asquith continued his impressive play, while Harry Noonan chipped in vital points.

8B – Loss 25 – 42. A slow start from both teams saw no points scored in the opening four minutes. Illness depleted the team; however, the awesome efforts by our seven players was commendable.

8C – Loss 21 – 51. Another tough match that started well; however we lost control against a much faster opposition. More persistent marking of players and valuing possession will aid us in future control. Good games from Jay Combs and Loc Nguyen.

8D – Loss 14 – 45. Ethan McQueen showed good leadership and the players responded well to his drive towards the basket. The team improved this week and started to form good combinations. Noah Bastin-Ross and Declan Able showed determination in taking the ball up into the attacking zone. All players worked hard on improving their skills.

7A – Win 38 – 31. The team had a good win against a well balanced team. They played commendable man-on-man defence to restrict the talented St Laurence’s side with Ethan Battersby and Josh Affleck applying great pressure. Phillip Deng and Brodie Bettiens-Lingard worked hard on the boards which enabled the team to work well in transition. Overall a very good game resulting from hard training and the players deserve their reward.

7B – Win 25 – 16. The team was able to regroup following a devastating loss to Villanova the previous week. They played their best defence to date, gaining a steady lead and taking Lauries out of the game through their high pressure presses. A special mention to Bailey Alonso for his hard rebounding and defensive work.

7C – Loss 7 – 28. A better structured opposition exposed our lack of marking up. A strong game from Cameron Willett and good dribbling from Joshua Esposito. Ashton Peek led from the front as Captain.

7D – Win 22 – 18. Some say it is legend what occurred on Saturday, 8:15am, St Laurence’s Sport Centre, Court 2. Stephen A. Smith himself called it “a game for the ages”.After staring defeat in the face in their previous match, the squad showed a level of heart, determination and spirit never seen; more that any mere mortal could muster. Rhys Cash, Aksel Klok and Joel Edwards could not contain themselves. Outstanding defence contributed by Phoenix Ungermann and Lachlan Ruhl. The ball movement and skills shown were unprecedented. The lads displayed stellar teamwork and the will to overcome their previous defeat.

AIC Tennis Results - 3 August 2019

Round 2 Vs St Laurence’s College

First IV – Loss 0 – 8. The SEC First Tennis team had a loss 8-0 against St Laurence’s College. Nichalous Petryszyn and Connor Kennedy had a narrow loss 5-7 in their reverse doubles match. The results did not go our way this round despite there being great tennis on display by both schools.

Seconds – Loss 1 – 7. The SEC Second Tennis team had a loss against St Laurence’s College, 7 matches to 1. Sebastian Howie and Jeremy Suthers won their reverse doubles match convincingly 4-1. Jeremy was then defeated narrowly in his singles match 5-7. Lachlan Dutney had a great start to his match breaking serve to be ahead 4-2; however, he lost focus late in the game and was defeated.

Thirds – Loss 3 – 5. The SEC Third Tennis team lost 5-3. Connor Cash and Scott Morrice won both their doubles matches, 4-0 and 4-2. Scott was undefeated on the day, winning his singles match 6-2. The remaining matches were tough and while the SEC team won many games on the day, the final scores were against us. Great commitment was shown by all players.

10A – Loss 0 – 8. The players performed well despite losing 0-8. Daniel Fordham and Shaun Costello had great games going down 3-4 in a doubles tie-break. Many thanks to Connor Sampson (Year 9) for moving up and enabling all Lauries’ students to have a game.

10B – Loss 4 – 4 (22-25). Influenza and injuries had a major impact on our results. We went down to a 4-all count back of 22-25. Hugh Tyne and Ethan Phillips had a great doubles win 4-1.

9A – Loss 1 – 7. Adam Hammant winning his single game was a highlight on the day. Unfortunately the rest of the team found it hard against a formidable opponent.

9B – Loss 3 – 5. The team found it hard against a formidable opponent.

8A – Loss 0 – 8. A tough morning of tennis against a very strong St Laurence’s team. The students are playing very well and displaying good skills and technique. Many of the games are going to deuce, showing the persistence and competitiveness of our team.

8B – Loss 1 – 7. A good morning of tennis against St Laurence’s where our players were very resilient given some last-minute team changes. Special mention to Owen Cass and Bailey Spencer who were successful in one of their doubles matches and displayed great team spirit and partnership. All team members are using skills picked up at training and displaying great attitude and sportsmanship.

7A – Loss 0 – 8. Laurie’s was too strong for us this round. The tennis was high quality with great rallies and winners. Many games went down to the wire; however we were enable to force errors to take the points.

7B – Loss 1 – 7. The doubles partnerships are starting to form with on-court communication and strategic play entering the game. We need to remember to take a breath, slow down the game and refocus ourselves after each point: every point is a new point. Another commendable display by all players who are bringing their best to the court each week.

AIC Rugby League Fixtures - 10 August 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College




Field 1, Tivoli Sporting Complex, Church Road, Tivoli

Year 10



Field 1, Tivoli Sporting Complex, Church Road, Tivoli

Year 9



Field 1, Tivoli Sporting Complex, Church Road, Tivoli

Year 8



Field 1, Tivoli Sporting Complex, Church Road, Tivoli

Year 7



Field 1, Tivoli Sporting Complex, Church Road, Tivoli

Year 6



Field 1, Tivoli Sporting Complex, Church Road, Tivoli

AIC Basketball Fixtures - 10 August 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College




St Patrick’s College Courts, Christian Brothers Building, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Christian Brothers Building, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Callan Centre, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Morven Court 1, 60 Park Parade, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Christian Brothers Building, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Callan Centre, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Christian Brothers Building, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Christian Brothers Building, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Patrick’s College Courts, Callan Centre, Entry off Yundah St/Pier Ave, Shorncliffe




St Edmund’s College, Sports Hall, Mary Street, Woodend9:15am




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




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




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




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




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




St Mary’s College, Outdoor Courts, (opposite St Edmund’s)




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




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




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




St Mary’s College, Outdoor Courts, (opposite St Edmund’s)


Bus for Basketball – 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 11A, 11B, 10A, 10B, 10C leaves the College at 7:00am and returns to SEC at approximately 3:00pm.

AIC Tennis Fixtures - 10 August 2019

Round 3 Vs St Patrick's College




Coops Tennis Centre, Beams Road, Carseldine




Coops Tennis Centre, Beams Road, Carseldine




Coops Tennis Centre, Beams Road, Carseldine




Sandgate District Tennis Centre, Board Street, Deagon




Sandgate District Tennis Centre, Board Street, Deagon




Sandgate District Tennis Centre, Board Street, Deagon




Sandgate District Tennis Centre, Board Street, Deagon




St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend




St Edmund’s College Courts, Mary Street, Woodend


Bus for Tennis – 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 10A, 10B, 9A, 9B leaves the College at 6:30am and returns to SEC at approximately 1pm.

WOLFPACK Junior Basketball Clinic

Saturday 17 August 2019


Tuckshop Roster - Week 5

Week commencing 12 August 2019

Mon 12 Aug: T Williams, K Schuh, T Rogers
Tue 13 Aug: N Callaghan, C Allan
Wed 14 Aug: J Roberts, S Atuatika
Thu 15 Aug: M Low, S Reeve
Fri 16 Aug: V Albury, A Costello, F Sippel, D McGuire

School News

Skool2Skoolies 2019

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Throughout this year a select group of Year 12 students has been training hard and raising money for the annual St Edmund’s College Skool2Skoolies ride. They have managed to juggle the commitments of their final year studies and a huge involvement in other co-curricular and service learning commitments with the challenges of seeking sponsorship and training on bikes.

These efforts have reaped huge personal rewards and also for the charities for whom they are raising money. The 2019 riding apparel sponsorship is officially closed as no further placements are available on the team kit. Donations will still be accepted and appreciated from businesses and members of the Eddies community. Thank you to the businesses who have generously sponsored or donated to the 2019 Skool2Skoolies event. The big question now is – What will the kit look like?

St Edmund’s College thanks our 2019 Skool2Skoolies Sponsors

Riding Apparel Manufacturers


Champion Sponsors

Apprenticeships Queensland
Choices Flooring by Mallets
DV Electrical Services
Gibson Architects
Greena Business Solutions
Limestone Dental
Potter Landscapes
Strybos & Sons Electrical
Trek Ipswich

Breakaway Sponsors

KSB Australia
McNamara & Associates
PM Landscapes
TAE Aerospace
Tridan Electrical

Peloton Sponsors

Binnacle Training
Defining Glass
Grandview Stud
Ipswich Real Estate
McMahons Swim Factory
Options Cabinets
Pender Accounting
Sammut Bulow Accountants
Surreal Signs
Walker Pender Group


Early Bird Accountants
St Mary’s Parish

Year 7 / 2020 Enrolments

Close to Waiting List

St Edmund’s College Enrolments Office wishes to advise that our numbers for Year 7/2020 are close to Waiting List stage.

If you have a son looking to enter the College in 2020, please submit an application as soon as possible. Please refer to the College website for all enrolment information:

Uniform Shop


SEC Old Boys' Golf Day - ALL WELCOME

Sunday 25 August 2019


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