Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends
On Wednesday night I was pleased to witness one of our Year 7 boys happily hold open a door to allow a group of parents and students to pass through on their way out of a classroom, after one of the House Deans’ presentations as part of the Year 7 Information Night. His gentlemanly act did not go unnoticed by the appreciative parents passing by. With his proud Mum and Dad by his side I asked how his first two weeks at Eddies was going. Somewhat ironically he beamed with joy as he spoke about trialling for the Volleyball team … unsuccessfully. You see his focus was not about not making the team but on being given the opportunity to be considered. What a brilliant attitude, I thought. I was looking at a champion in the making. This young man in just two weeks had grasped and demonstrated two important Eddies’ ideals – to put others first and to see all experiences, whether they lead to success or not, as growth opportunities. Well done!
The Three Big Rocks for 2018
Next week we will officially launch the College’s Strategic Directions and Priorities for the next three years. The infographic which follows captures the essence of our new strategic directions and priorities. Its Celtic design and crucifix motif points to our Irish Catholic heritage and the circular intertwining pattern helps to express the importance of connection and relationship, as well as being a stylised reference to the Bremer River to emphasise our link to the Ipswich community. In the coming weeks, following the official launch which will coincide with our Year 12 Induction on Monday February 5, a booklet and cover letter will be mailed to each Eddie’s family providing more detailed explanation.
For now I wish to highlight the three underpinning themes or ‘big rocks’ that define our strategic intent. These are: Identity, Improvement and Community. We will talk about these themes a lot in the coming weeks, months and years and they will surely shape how we intend delivering a dynamic, innovative and relevant educational program for each of the Eddies’ young men in our care. I look forward to continuing this discussion with you as we strive to work together to educate your son in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.
2018 AIC Sport Begins
Tomorrow the first round of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) competition begins with Cricket and Volleyball. Our swimmers have also been busy preparing for the AIC Swimming Carnival which is coming up on 5 March.
Yesterday, I, along with fellow AIC Principals, Sports Masters and a representation of students from each school, attended the official AIC Ecumenical Service at St Laurence’s College to launch the 2018 AIC season. Our competition is indeed unique in Queensland, and indeed in Australia, in that its Mission is inspired by Christian values with a focus on participation, enjoyment and fellowship. In this newsletter is the AIC Sport Agreed Student Guidelines Behaviour Directive that was developed yesterday by the student representatives and endorsed by the Principals. Please take the time to read this and discuss it with your son. It clearly articulates the expectations of players, spectators and host schools. To all our young men competing tomorrow and throughout the year, we wish you well as you don the blue-and-white and represent our College with purpose and pride.
Today we farewelled Maria Bogie who has retired after thirty-two years of dedicated service to St Edmund’s College. Maria has given of her time and energy as the Library Technician. We wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.
Please keep in your prayers the family of Shaquille Hosea Mason Matekoraha Eruera, a former student of St Edmund’s College from the class of 2009, who tragically died in an accident at Fernvale over the Australia Day long weekend. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his partner and two children. May Shaquille rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal