Newsletter - 9 November 2018

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Principal's Office

The Principal

A Walk to Remember

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends

This morning staff and students from St Edmund’s College joined with the school communities of St Mary’s College and St Mary’s Primary on a walk to remember. This annual event has grown over the years as a solemn act of camaraderie to remember the day that The Great War ended. This year is particularly special as it commemorates one hundred years since the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.

A Walk to Remember started with a gathering at the Memorial Stone on Nicholas Street in the Ipswich CBD. It was great to see so many students, families, staff and members of the Ipswich community join us for this special event. The respect shown by the students both during the speeches and prayers at the gathering and the slow walk back to the Woodend Memorial Stone was a sight to see.

Despite the years that have passed, the generations that have gone before, the culture that defined an historical context that has fading relevance to their lives now, and a world that has changed so irrevocably since then: our young people still astound me with the reverence they show for those whose lives we remember on this occasion.

We often talk about the Eddie’s notion of ‘being a brother to another’. Today, as we walked in solidarity to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, both then and throughout the ensuing years, we re-enact a primordial human yearning to be fully alive. To remember is to honour. To honour is to value life. To value life is to respect the dignity of our own worth.

Announcement – 2019 College Captains and Senior House Leaders

I am very pleased to announce our College Captains and Senior House Leaders for 2019. Congratulations to each of these Eddies’ men on being elected to this important leadership role. Thank you to all the young men in Year 11 who nominated for the role of College Captain and House Leader. I look forward to working with and supporting all our Seniors for 2019 and their elected Captains and House Leaders, to make 2019 a year where they can leave a legacy for others to follow.

St Edmund's College Captains and Senior House Leaders for 2019

College Captains - Logan Atkins, Nicholas Rumpf, Lachlan Stacey, Benjamin Thomas

Senior House Leaders -

Ambrose - Jack Field, Jiiah Paton

Callan - Jackson Asquith, Jordan Hudspith

Elliott - Sebastian Howie, Luke Parsons

Finn - Matthew Kelk, Finlay Lynch

Ignatius - Thomas Hall, Luke Thorne

Morgan - Blair Chisholm, Anthony Gatti

Rice - Cameron McAndrew, Logan Spark

Treacy - Vaughan Eadie, Bailey Scaroni

Photos of the Week

2019 College Captains and Senior House Leaders

A Walk to Remember - 9 November 2018

Staffing Announcements

Please be informed that today is Mrs Carmel James last day before she goes on leave for the rest of the year. We wish Mrs James all the very best for an extended Christmas break. Congratulations to Mrs Debra Whyte who has been appointed as Acting Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning while Mrs James is on leave. We also farewell and thank Mr Lachlan Marshall who has been with us this Term during the absence of Mr David Mills who returns next week after a period of leave. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the leadership of Mr Dan Meehan who has been in the role of Acting Morgan House Dean while Mr Mills has been on leave. I will endeavour to keep you updated with more staffing news in the coming weeks.


Please keep in your prayers our Seniors of 2018 as they finish final exams and have their final week at the College before taking the next step in their life’s journey beyond St Edmund’s College.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy


Mission and Community

The Centenary Commemorations of the Armistice

On Sunday 11 November 2018, we commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. On this day at 11.00am, we are asked to stop for one minute and give thanks to those who sacrificed their ‘todays’ for our ‘tomorrows’. At the time of the original Armistice in 1918, many communities around the world marked the end of First World War hostilities by ringing bells. As part of Armistice Centenary commemorations this Remembrance Day, bells will ring from bell-towers across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to mark the significance of this anniversary.

The Queensland Government is encouraging local organisations with bell-towers to participate in this initiative. In the Ipswich community, the Parishes of St Mary’s Ipswich and St Brigid’s Rosewood will ring their bells at 12 noon on Sunday for two to three minutes. This action will include a small gathering of the community to pray for peace and thanksgiving, and for the freedom we enjoy in this sacred land of Australia. If you would like to attend, you are asked to gather on Sunday at 11.55 am. Organisers of the initiative suggested that bells be rung at 12 noon to ensure that there will be no conflict with the one-minute silence of Remembrance Day services.

If you are unable to attend these prayer services, you may like to simply take the ‘Pledge to Pause.’ Head to and click the Pause button.

This is an opportunity for us to come together and remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, at 11.00 am on 11 November, pause for a minute. Remember them.

Prayer for Remembrance Day

O God, our ruler and guide,
In whose hands are the destinies of this and every nation,
We give you thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in this land
And for those who laid down their lives to defend them:
We pray that we and all the people of Australia,
Gratefully remember their courage and their sacrifice,
May we have the grace to live in a spirit of justice, of generosity, and of peace;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Walk to Remember

Sincere thanks is extended to all students, family members, friends and College staff who participated in The Walk to Remember and Memorial Ceremony this morning. I would like to thank Ms Jodie Dunning who worked so hard to make this event a reverent experience. It was an excellent morning, energised by the efforts of our students who read and performed, as well as through the collaboration with St Mary’s College and St Mary’s Primary School.

End-of-Year Highlights

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers

We are moving closer to our goal of providing St Vincent de Paul with fifty Christmas Hampers. These hampers will support families in our community who are most in need of our care at Christmas time. Each of our forty-eight Homerooms along with our Heads of Department, Deans and support staff are collecting items to create these hampers. The specific list of items required for the hampers is displayed on noticeboards. Students are asked to bring one item from the list as agreed in their homeroom. Thank you in advance for your support of our Christmas Appeal. A box is also available at College Reception for Vinnies Christmas Hamper donations.

Year 12 Valedictory Mass and Dinner - Tuesday 13 November

Part of our farewell ritual for the Year 12 students and their parents is the Valedictory Mass being held at St Mary’s Church next Tuesday 13 November at 6.00 pm. The Year 12 group photo will be taken outside St Mary’s Church at 5.30 pm. The Year 12 Valedictory ceremony is a significant event for Year 12 parents and their sons. Places are restricted for the Dinner which follows in St Edmund’s Hall. If you have any queries regarding Valedictory events, please refer these to your son’s Dean.

Year 12 Final Assembly - Friday 16 November

On Friday morning, 16 November, the Year 12s will have their last roll call and final assembly where staff and the remaining students will have a chance to bid them farewell. Year 12 parents and close family (only) are invited to attend the assembly as space will be limited. Seating for Year 12 parents and family ie. siblings and grandparents will be available from 8.00 am when St Edmund’s staff will invite parents to move into the College Hall. Please assist in this situation by ensuring that attendance at this final Year 12 assembly is for immediate/direct family members only. In the past it has been hot, so please bring a water bottle and dress appropriately for the conditions.

Live Jesus in our hearts… forever

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

Learning & Teaching

Teaching and Learning

Exam Preparation - Year 10 Study Leave - Year 11 QCS Preparation

Academic Awards

I remind all students that Semester 2 Honours, Merit and Improvement Awards will be presented at the beginning of 2019 when we welcome back our 2018 OP 1 to 5 recipients to the College. The report at the conclusion of the year is a semester report and as such includes results from Term 3 with Term 4. I encourage all students to work hard, be prepared for the exams and aim to be an award recipient.

Exam Preparation

Exam preparation and Home Learning consist of three things:
- Set Homework
- Assignment Work
- Revision for exams

Junior School students need to remain focused as we move towards the end of the year. Although Senior School students have begun Study Leave, Junior School students will remain in classes and be working until the end of the term. There will be scheduled assessment in their subject areas that the students should know about. If a student is absent for an assessment item, please contact the College immediately on 3810 4400.

Year 10

Year 10 students will have the privilege of their first Exam Block where they can remain at home to study or come to school to the study room. The expectations for this block include:
- Arriving approximately 20 minutes prior to the commencement of an exam in full school uniform
- Having the necessary equipment
- If choosing to study at school, students follow arrival, departure and bell times for a normal school day
- If choosing to attend for the exam only, students go directly to the exam room where the roll will be marked, and go directly home after their exam. They do not travel home via shops or shopping centres.
- If a student is absent, the College must be contacted immediately (3810 4400).

Year 11 Queensland Core Skills (QCS)

Year 11 OP and those IP students sitting the QCS test will complete one paper of each type of the QCS test at the end of the exam block. It is imperative that all students are present for this practice: for their individual practice and for the sake of the whole group. Please do not take students out of school early. If your son is away, please contact the College (3810 4400). If a student is absent due to illness, there will be catch-up sessions at the beginning of 2019. It is most important that both parents and the College work together to achieve positive outcomes for the students at the end of their Year 12. The students continue to have preparation lessons for this in Student Development.

Best wishes.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

Library News - Week 5

ePlatform - Holiday Reading

Remember you can continue reading over the holidays by downloading e-books and audio-books from Wheelers. Just go to EDE and click on the Library Home Page. Then you just click on the Wheeler eBooks icon. To log in the username is your student ID (eg. S24308) and the password is Library1.

Alternatively go straight to
Books can be downloaded to phones, tablets, e-readers or laptops and are automatically returned on their due date.

Happy reading!

Ms Karen Callaghan, Teacher Librarian

The Library Learning Hub - Weeks 6 and 7

Tutors available - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

The Library Learning Hub will be open in Weeks 6 and 7 for students wanting to do homework, assignments and study, with tutors available to assist you.

Ms Louise McNamara, After-Hours Learning Coordinator

Text Book Return

Important Dates


St Edmund’s College operates a text book hire scheme for the benefit of all students at the College. The success and viability of this scheme is contingent upon the timely return of texts in good condition that allows for their redistribution to students for use in subsequent years. Unlike other schools, we do not charge a levy or require students to purchase texts separately. Often these costs are in the vicinity of $250 to $400. To assist us with the maintenance of the scheme we require your support in ensuring that your son’s texts are returned in good condition and in accordance with the timelines set out below:

Dates for return of textbooks NOT needed for exams

Years 7, 8 and 9 Friday 16 November
Year 10 and 11 Friday 16 November
Year 12 **Thursday 1 November
***All textbooks must be returned or paid for before going on the Year 12 outing on Wednesday 14 November.

Textbooks needed for exams: On the day of the timetabled exam – textbooks should be returned to the library before the exam or entry to the exam.

Final dates for return of items

Years 7, 8 and 9 - Wednesday 28 November
** All textbooks must be returned or paid for before going on the House outing on Thursday 29 November
Year 10 and 11 - Wednesday 28 November
Year 12 - Monday 12 November

As you would understand we require students to return all textbooks before the end of term or their departure from the College to allow for cleaning, bagging and replacement arrangements to be made for next year.

Ms Christine Roche, Book Room Coordinator

Student Office

End-of-Year Locker Information

LOCKERS - End-of-Year Clearance

- Students are required to remove all items from their lockers before the end of term - Friday 30 November.

- Your spare locker keys must be collected also from the Student Office.

- Any spare locker keys remaining when school finishes will be destroyed, and any items not cleared from lockers will be donated.

- If lockers are left locked, the locks will be cut.


There is a significant amount of unclaimed property in the Student Office, including lunch boxes, water bottles, sports bags etc - please check. Any items remaining at the end of term will be donated to Vinnies.

Senior School

Middle School


Pastoral News

Career News

Career News - Week 5

Defence and QTAC Information - How to Choose A Course - Scholarships - Spotlight on Engineering Careers

Defence Information Sessions

Information about ADF events' sessions can be accessed on the ADF Facebook site.


Defence Careers Information Session Brisbane

Tertiary News

QTAC Applicants

From 16 November 2018 (your last day at school) until you accept an offer of a course place, you must monitor your emails and SMS as QTAC will use these to inform you of an offer. You then must respond to QTAC by the due date (which may be only four days from your offer date). If you don’t respond by the due date, your offer will lapse, and you will not be considered for any other offer rounds. If, for some reason, your offer does lapse, contact QTAC ASAP. QTAC may be able to reinstate your offer.

Tertiary application reminders

Have you put important dates in your phone or diary? Include:

  • Scholarship application due dates (see the scholarship page on institution websites)
  • QTAC offer-round dates (check the Course Offer Dates on the QTAC website)
  • When Year 12 results are mailed and when you can access them on the Student Connect website (click on ‘Years 11 and 12’ for ‘Key dates for Year 12 students’)
  • The last date you can change preferences for the offer rounds on 20 December 2018 and 16 January 2019 (see Key Dates and Fees on the QTAC website).
  • Date that you have to have submitted any required documentation for each offer round.

Do you have all QTAC documents and numbers in a safe place? Include:

  • Your 2019 Year 12 Guide
  • A copy of your QTAC preferences
  • Your QTAC password
  • Your QTAC reference number
  • Your LUI and Learning Account password.

If you are going overseas during the Christmas holidays, you should take these items with you.

University Tips

How to choose a course if you're not sure what it is you want to do

What are you going to do next year? Are you sick of this question? Especially for those in Year 12 who know they want to go to university next year but can’t choose a course because you don’t know what you want to do in the future. Perhaps you’re tossing up between two fields and are worried you might make the wrong decision. The following options might offer you a solution.

Consider a dual degree – If you are interested in a couple of fields of study, investigate the possibility of doing a dual/double degree. A dual degree can usually be completed in a shorter time than two single degrees. However, it will take longer than a single degree. Many universities offer ‘fast-track’ options such as trimester calendars or summer schools which may allow you to complete the dual program sooner. Dual degrees also increase your employment opportunities.

Choose a generalist degree - Generalist degrees are a good choice if you have a broad area of interest but aren't sure which exact career is for you. They allow you to explore your options without committing to a single specialisation in the first year. For example:

  • If your interests are in humanities, you could choose an Arts degree that allows you to study a variety of subjects before deciding on a specialisation/major.
  • If you are more science oriented, think about choosing a B Science that has a range of subjects that you could explore during your first year.
  • If you know you are interested in business but don’t know much about the various areas of business, select a business course that will expose you to many areas in your first year before you choose a major.

‘Try out’ a field of study - If you’re still weighing up the pros and cons of a certain field, but aren’t sure if you want to commit to three or four years of study, why not try a lower-level, shorter qualification in the field? For example, a diploma course usually takes one year of full-time study and will give you a good idea of whether it’s the right study field for you. Depending on the diploma you choose, you may be granted credit into a degree course. You could also enrol into a single unit (subject) to gain some insight into a field of study you are considering. Single units may also be credited if you choose to complete a degree in the field.

Take a gap year - Taking a gap year is another option, as it gives you time to think about your options. You can use a gap year to travel, gain some work experience or do voluntary work. Whatever you do, don’t waste the year. Do something that will help you decide what you want to do the following year.

Some of the above information is adapted from the Good Universities Guide website. The Where do I start section on this website may also give you some ideas.


ACU: Scholarships

ACU offers a range of scholarships for commencing students that reward qualities ranging from academic achievement to supporting equality. There are nearly 400 scholarships on offer. Some scholarships contribute a one-off payment, while others provide support for each year of your degree. You can apply for as many scholarships as you want. View the scholarships available here. Make sure you submit applications by the due date.

AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to students entering their first year of university in a degree related to agriculture. It offers $5,000 for the final two years of your degree, in addition to professional development workshops and annual industry work placements. Applications for the 2019 scholarship program will open Monday 7 January 2019. Visit the AgriFutures website for more information.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank 2019 Scholarship

This scholarship, valued at $5,000 per year, is available to disadvantaged students from a rural or regional area, who have been offered a full-time place at an Australian university or college for the first time in 2019. Applications open on 3 December 2018. More information is available on the website.

Griffith University Adam Scott Foundation Sports Business Scholarship

The Adam Scott Foundation is offering this scholarship in partnership with Griffith University. The Foundation would like to support a student who has overcome adversities in life and is passionate about business and sport. The scholarship will cover the student contribution charges. Applicants must apply and gain entry to one of the following Griffith courses:

  • B Business
  • B International Business
  • B International Tourism and Hotel Management
  • B Sport Development
  • B Business/B Commerce
  • B Business/B International Business
  • B Business/B Asian Studies
  • B Business/B Government and International Relations
  • B International Tourism and Hotel Management/B Business.

Visit the website for more information. Applications close on Sunday 27 January 2019.

QUT Academic and sporting scholarships:

Apply by 16 November for QUT’s Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for academic merit and elite athletes. Scholarships range in value from $10,000–$30,000. Recipients are also eligible for membership of the College of Excellence, an experiential and immersive program offering opportunities to connect with other high-achievers, develop your personal and professional skills such as leadership and entrepreneurial thinking and enhance your global outlook.

QUT Scholarships and other opportunities in business and technology

Scholarships often provide advantages in addition to financial support, such as work experience and access to professional networks. Find out more about the broad opportunities with QUT business scholarships and the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships.

Occupation Spotlight

7 amazing engineering careers

A Careers with STEM article shines a light on the potential scope of engineering careers. The article includes case studies of people who work in each engineering career.

Geotechnical engineers – Geotechnical engineers deal with many types of infrastructure (tunnels, bridges, dams, buildings, roads, railways, ports and landfills) that are built on or in the ground. They study soil types and rock structures to design the best solution. To become a geotechnical engineer, you usually complete a degree in engineering (e.g. Civil engineering), or a degree in science with a major in geology or engineering science. The median salary is $77,209.

Civil engineers – Civil engineers design, plan, organise and oversee the construction of civil engineering projects such as dams, bridges, pipelines, gas and water supply schemes, sewerage systems, roads, airports and other structures. To become a civil engineer, you complete an engineering degree with a major in civil engineering. The median salary is $72,097.

Petroleum engineers - The world’s energy needs rely heavily on extracting fossil fuels from deep within the Earth. Petroleum engineers work closely with geologists to find oil and gas and design machinery to extract and process them. These engineers require a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering. The median salary is $87,840.

Aerospace engineers - These engineers make flying possible by designing and building everything from helicopters to spacecraft. These engineers require a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a major in aerospace engineering. The median salary is $74,842.

Computer systems engineers - They don’t just design and build laptops and desktops. These engineers can also be found developing the latest supercomputers, navigation devices for cars, and gaming systems. They usually have a degree in engineering with a major in computer systems and software. The median salary is $67,759.

Environmental engineers - When it comes to a cleaner world, these engineers make it happen by focusing on the impact engineering activities have on the natural world. They usually have a degree in engineering or science with a major area of study in environmental engineering. The median salary is $70,384.

Biomedical engineers - Whether it’s designing wheelchairs or artificial hearts, biomedical engineers combine medicine with engineering to help people lead healthier lives. They usually have a degree in engineering with a major in medical or biomedical engineering. The median salary is $62,335.

Mr Mark Currie, Careers Guidance Counsellor


Music and Cultural

Music News

Thank you...and Best of Luck - Remembrance Day Choir Event at Amberley Air Force Base

The Music Department has been recovering from three consecutive performances last week. As the ensembles finish up for 2018, I would like to thank all students involved in these groups for their hard work and efforts throughout the year. I would also like to thank the Year 12 students who have been involved in these ensembles over the years. Thank you and best of luck for the future!

Remembrance Day Choir Event - Amberley Air Force Base

The College Choir will sing for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at Amberley Air Force Base this Sunday. I wish them well for this performance and thank Ms Frances O’Sullivan for preparing the Choir for this event. I would also like to thank Mrs Sallyanne Grennan for accompanying the choir for the event.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons will be finishing up for 2018 during the next couple of weeks. Students are reminded to thank their tutor for all of their efforts throughout the year. Please be prompt for your last couple of lessons.

Mr Tim Kirkwood, Director of Music



Calling for 2019 Tuckshop Volunteers

Can you help?

Are you able to assist at the tuckshop for two hours, once a month? We are seeking helpers to enable a roster to be organised for 2019. Please direct your offer of assistance to: with your preferred day, or phone Narelle Rea or Gina Weight (Tuckshop Convenors) during school hours on 3810 4486.

Tuckshop Roster - Week 6

Week commencing 12 November

Mon 12 Nov: K Bilyj, M Glen, K Horsfall, M Sugden-Ware.

Tue 13 Nov: K McKew, A Harding.

Wed 14 Nov: D Schmidt, C Sammut.

Thu 15 Nov: D Sanders, T Suthers, A Antonio.

Fri 16 Nov: L Wesener, H Marsh, J Marsh.

School News

Skool2Skoolies Golf Day

This Sunday 11 November 2018

Skool2Skoolies Raffle Winner

$300 Trek Ipswich Sponsorship

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

Year 7, 2019 Uniform Fitting Appointments - Year 11, 2019 Blazer Pockets - 2018 Trading/January 2019 Trading Hours


MONDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
TUESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm - CLOSED: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
WEDNESDAY – 8:00am to 3:30pm - CLOSED: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
THURSDAY – 8:00 am to 12:30pm
P: 3810 4489

YEAR 7/2019

It is necessary for all new students requiring uniforms to make an appointment. You can purchase uniforms at the time of fitting. Dates and times are shown on the website.

YEAR 11/2019

An email was sent out recently regarding information on Senior Blazers for 2019, Year 11 students. Cost of a new blazer is $205 with a deposit of $100. Blazer deposits are now DUE, and the balance can be paid before or on the day of arrival of blazers in March 2019. Payment is via email, phone or in person.


Blazer pockets for embroidery will start being collected next week for all Year 11 students who are going into Year 12 in 2019. Please make sure your NAME and HOME ROOM is pinned onto the pocket before handing it into the Uniform Shop or Student Office. Blazer pockets are to be handed in no later than Thursday 29 November 2018.

Back to School and 2018 Uniform Shop

November 2018
Normal Uniform Shop trading until Thursday 29 November 2018
Saturday 24 November: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Back-to-School 2019 Uniform Shop
Normal Uniform Shop trading will commence Monday 14 January 2019
Saturday 19 January: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Visit the SEC Website for all Uniform Shop information including an updated Price List:



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