Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,
In his address to the Year 12 Seniors on Monday evening, Mark Donaldson VC, the first Australian Army Officer to be awarded the Victoria Cross in forty years in 2008, named five principles that have been influential in shaping his life. These are:
- Put family first
- Have a moral compass
- Show relentless tenacity
- Think optimistically
- Be decisive in action
Mark’s tale of valour on the battlefields of Afghanistan in 2008 captured the unwavering attention of our Year 12 Seniors like never before, as did his retelling of tragic family circumstances as an adolescent growing up in Dorrigo, NSW. In both cases he chose to put his trust in these five principles. His story is one of discipline over motivation, service to others over self-aggrandisement, and responsibility over success. He brilliantly gave witness to what it means to be a brother to another and how to be a strong man, kind man and gentleman.
Mark Donaldson VC with St Edmund's College Year 12 students, Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club Dinner, Monday 5 February 2018
Mark Donaldson received the Victoria Cross "For most conspicuous acts of gallantry in action in a circumstance of great peril in Afghanistan as part of the Special Operations Task Group during Operation SLIPPER, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan." Read his full story on:
The opportunity to listen to Mark was the culmination of a very special day for our Year 12 Seniors commencing with their induction in the morning in the presence of the whole College community, followed by a Retreat Day at North Ipswich Reserve before gathering for dinner at Brothers Leagues Club where Mark Donaldson was introduced as the guest speaker.
Thank you to Marysia Rice for her overall coordination of the Induction Liturgy and Retreat and to Kath Creedy and Tony Skippington for organising the dinner event and guest speaker. Thank you also to Fran O’Sullivan and the College Choir accompanied by Tim Kirkwood for leading us in song and for our hard-working grounds and maintenance crew for the huge job preparing the Hall and packing up. To all staff who worked behind the scenes and contributed to making the day a very special occasion for our 2018 Senior Leaders, thank you.
With two school bus services now in operation covering the Boonah and Laidley region, St Edmund’s College and St Mary’s College are partnering again to explore the viability of a new bus service to commence operation from the beginning of the 2019 school year covering areas in and around Ripley, Redbank Plains and Augustine Heights.
The prospect of new Brisbane Catholic Education and State primary schools planned for Redbank Plains in 2020 as well as the many existing primary schools in the region are key factors in our wish to support families eager for an all-boys or an all-girls Catholic secondary College for their son and/or daughter. To this end over the next few months we will be canvasing these areas and conducting school visits as well as community consultation information evenings.
If you know of any families who may be interested in this new bus service please ask them to contact either College to register their interest. I look forward to discussing this new opportunity over the coming months.
Please keep in your prayers all our Year 12 young men who were inducted as our Senior Leaders for 2018. We support them in their pledge, as noted below, to be true to their Edmund Rice calling.
- ‘We, the leaders of 2018 are committed:
- To nourishing the different needs of the St Edmund’s community.
- To be constantly open to the spirit of God
- To uphold the traditions and values of St Edmund’s College
- To working with our fellow students and teachers so that a love of learning may be translated into a love for others
- We accept this responsibility entrusted to us and we rely on the grace of God and the support of you, our peers.’
2018 Old Boys’ Association Executive and Committee
The St Edmund’s College Old Boys’ Association Annual General Meeting was held on 4 February 2018 and the following Executive and Committee were elected. We take this opportunity to thank Jim Madden for his Presidency in 2017 and look forward to working with the Old Boys’ Association in 2018 under the new President, Mark Hennelly and his elected committee.
President: Mark Hennelly
Vice-President: Jim Madden
Secretary/Treasurer: Andrew McGrath
- Frank Byrnes
- Hughie Creedy
- Brian Devin
- Nick Devin
- James Kiernan
- Steve Mallett
- Peter Robinson
- Barry Ryan
Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal