The Unnoticed Acts of Service
How do we teach our young men to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do? At times I think our culture is defined by the maxim, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Do we want our young men to grow up with a belief that good deeds are done purely for personal gain? Some advertisements prey on the somewhat ignoble truth that we exist entirely to satisfy a yearning for self-gratification. In that world our human value is measured solely by our capacity to consume. Yet there is another world where we can exist that has nothing to do with self-gratification or ‘What’s in it for me?’
The other day at Volleyball I caught a glimpse of this ‘other world’ through a simple unnoticed act of service. One of our Year 11 young men, who was recovering from a serious leg injury, chose to give up part of his Saturday to come in to the College and help as a scorer. He said rather nonchalantly that he wanted to show his support to the Eddies’ Volleyball teams by doing something practical. He was not seeking adulation or reward and I would not have known otherwise had I not inquired. He was just happy to be able to help and be a service to the College and to his fellow Eddies’ brothers.
With Jesus as his inspiration Blessed Edmund Rice taught his companions to have a heart for the other by putting their needs before their own. Through simple, unnoticed acts of service, like the one I witnessed on the weekend, the ‘other world’ can be seen and experienced so that we too can do the same. It is by example that we teach our young men to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Isn’t that what our College motto is about? Possunt Quia Posse Videntur – They can because they see they can.
AIC Swimming Carnival – From Little Things …
There is no doubt that St Edmund’s College is on the up in AIC Swimming. Compared to 2017 we have closed the gap between ourselves and the next closest AIC school by eighty points. While last year we were ranked 8th in every age group this year we improved in three age groups with our 12s, 13s and 16s all moving up a rank. The depth in our swimming is also improving with many of our B division relay teams finishing 5th and 6th for the first time in many years.
While we acknowledge that we are not at the very high standard of some of the other AIC schools, we can see that we have made significant progress and we are going in the right direction. Congratulations to our 2018 AIC swimming squad – you have done us very proud.
Thank you to Head Coach Simon Smith, Assistant Coach Anthony Cronan, Swimming Coordinator Chad de Ward and Managers Murray Sutton, Kylie McAndrew and Sam Joseph for their combined effort in preparing and supporting our team. Well done to all!
Queen’s Baton Relay Update
Please be advised that The Queen’s Baton Relay is scheduled to turn into Elizabeth St and pass St Mary’s Church at approximately 4.00pm on Thursday March 29. Although it will be a pupil-free day all Eddies’ young men and their families are invited to meet at the St Mary’s Church steps at 3.30pm.
Along with students from St Mary’s College and St Mary’s Primary, we will join the parish in making a guard of honour for the relay runner and the kilometre-long accompanying entourage that will pass by. We have been informed that the historic event will attract the Channel 7 News crew and a helicopter. The Ipswich Council is hoping that the community can line the streets to show its support. Road closures will also come into effect along the relay route so please be aware that you may have to drop your son off a few blocks away and walk. There will be a sausage sizzle and drinks for all students.
A separate letter will be emailed to all parents next week with more detailed information about the Queen’s Baton Relay event. I hope that you can be there to show the Ipswich community, Queensland and Australia how our Catholic community can gather in solidarity for this once in a lifetime event.
Please keep in your prayer family and friends of the College who have loved ones in hospital. We particularly pray for Helen Purcell and her daughter, Hannah, who has undergone surgery this week and is recovering.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal