Newsletter - January 25, 2018

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Principal's Office

The Principal

Welcome back to the new school year. 2018 is going to be a year like no other for the St Edmund’s community with many exciting opportunities for our young Eddies’ men to shine and flourish in their learning.

Dear St Edmund’s College Family and Friends,

Welcome back to the new school year. 2018 is going to be a year like no other for the St Edmund’s community with many exciting opportunities for our young Eddies’ men to shine and flourish in their learning.

We particularly welcome all our Year 7, new students and families who join the Eddie’s community this year. You are coming to a place that is inspired by the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice whose heart was shaped by Jesus Christ in his commitment to provide an education for the poor children of Waterford, Ireland over 200 years ago. In 2018 we enter our 126th year of education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice in Ipswich and 150 years since Br Ambrose Treacy arrived in Australia with his fellow travellers to further develop the Edmund Rice story in our great country. Today there are over fifty schools across Australia, educating over 35,000 students, who call themselves an Eddie Rice school. We are truly joyful and humbled to be a member of the Edmund Rice family.

Congratulations Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Eddie’s Class of 2017 for achieving outstanding results. A brief point-form summary detailed below underscores their noteworthy achievements.

  • 99% were awarded a Year 12 Queensland Certificate of Education.
  • 78% were OP Eligible, with
  • 19% receiving an OP between 1 and 5, and
  • 4 were offered an OP 1 equivalent University course.
  • 68% received first preference offers at their chosen University.
  • In total, 95 VET qualifications were awarded, with
  • 38 offered employment in their chosen pathway, and
  • 28 Employment Pathway (EP) and 8 Integrated Pathway (IP) signed with apprenticeships.

These results speak of the dedication and determination of our graduating class of 2017 to fulfil their goals and realise their potential. I also acknowledge their families and St Edmund’s staff for their support and professionalism. We salute you, Class of 2017.

Welcome New Staff

A very warm Eddie’s welcome to all of the new staff joining us this year. We look forward to working with you in partnership with our families in educating the young men entrusted into our care. Please join me in welcoming the following new staff to St Edmund’s for 2018:

  • Thomas Bryden – Information Communication Technology Teacher
  • Anthony Cronan – Assistant Swim Coach
  • Georgina Delpaul – Business Teacher
  • Terry Flynn – Industrial Technology and Design Teacher
  • Gavin Gellatly – Industrial Technology and Design and Automotive Teacher
  • Shannon Lee – Assistant Principal Students
  • Nicole Parslow – Maths Teacher
  • Marysia Rice – Assistant Principal Mission and Community
  • Thomas Schad – Geography/Study of Society and the Environment Teacher
  • Mark Steffens – Maths/Science Teacher
  • Claire Stevens – English/Study of Society and the Environment /Religious Education Teacher
  • Lynette Taylor – Receptionist/Admin Assistant
  • Natasha Teitzel – Maths/Science Teacher
  • Eamon Webb – English/Study of Society and the Environment /Religious Education Teacher
  • Chelsea Weston – English/Study of Society and the Environment /Religious Education Teacher
  • Leesa Williams – Learning Support Teacher
  • Matthew Yates – Science/Health and Physical Education Teacher

Our new staff are joining a highly professional and dedicated team committed to Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

New Staff Leadership Appointments

In addition to our new staff joining us this year I also wish to notify you of new Leadership position appointments that will come into effect in 2018. These are:

  • Marysia Rice – Assistant Principal Mission and Community
  • Shannon Lee – Assistant Principal Students
  • David Baxter – Head of Department: Industrial Technology and Design
  • Nigel Raddie – Head of Department: Vocational Education and Training
  • Debra Whyte – Head of Department: Information Technology (Curriculum), Business and eLearning
  • Mike Hudson – Director of Student Leadership and Service.

Congratulations

We extend our best wishes to our College Receptionist, Rebecca Wilson and her husband, Brenton, on the recent arrival of their son, Quinn.

Prayers

Please keep in your prayers Mr Dale O’Connell and his family with the recent passing of Dale’s eldest brother, Michael. The O’Connell family have a long association with Eddies as Old Boys and their father, Des, was a former staff member. Mr Dale O’Connell is of course a current teacher. At this time of sorrow and loss our hearts go out to the O’Connell family. May Michael rest in eternal peace in God’s loving embrace.

Diarmuid O’Riordan, Principal

The Deputy

Mission & Community

Mission and Community

As the new Assistant Principal Mission and Community, it is a pleasure to join the College Leadership Team. My husband Jacob, son Ben and I recently moved to Ipswich and are settling well into the area. Since we arrived, what I have noticed about St Edmund’s and the wider Ipswich community, is the warm sense of hospitality.

Hello Members of the St Edmund’s Community,

As the new Assistant Principal Mission and Community, it is a pleasure to join the College Leadership Team. My husband Jacob, son Ben and I recently moved to Ipswich and are settling well into the area. Since we arrived, what I have noticed about St Edmund’s and the wider Ipswich community, is the warm sense of hospitality. The community spirit is alive here and I believe the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice is being truly lived.

The sense of hospitality is something that Blessed Edmund would have experienced from a young age. In the icon of Edmund Rice there is a small image of Edmund sitting with a mentor in front of the family home. In the image, the traditional thatched farmhouse has a warm glow on the windows suggesting comfort and hospitality. From a young age, Edmund’s family strongly upheld the ancient Irish tradition of welcome to the stranger, the visitor, and those in need. It was here in his early years that Edmund learnt not to draw distinctions between rich and poor.

Offering hospitality can be as simple as a smile or handshake. For the young men at our College, hospitality may be offered through helping a new student who is lost or offering to help a staff member who is carrying a pile of books or papers. As we begin this new academic year: getting to know people and settling into routines, I would encourage the College community to extend the gift of hospitality which is already truly embedded in the life of the school.

Finally, as we approach Australia Day, I hope that we extend our hand in hospitality to all those who call Australia home. From the Aboriginal People who are the traditional owners of the land, through to the newly-arrived migrants and refugees, I hope everyone experiences the sense of hospitality we each have to offer.

Year 12 Induction Ceremony - 5 February

Year 12 parents and caregivers please mark Monday 5 February, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:30am in your calendar. Morning tea will be provided after the ceremony.

Year 12 Retreat

Following the Induction Ceremony and morning tea, all Year 12 students are required to attend the Year 12 Retreat. This will take place at the Ipswich North Reserve. The students will have time to change and hang their winter uniforms at school before boarding the bus to the Reserve. The retreat will conclude with a dinner at Brothers Leagues Club.

We will transport the students from the Reserve to dinner by bus and parents and caregivers are asked to pick up their sons from Brothers Club, Wildey Street, Raceview, at 9.00pm, on 5 February. More information will be sent home shortly.

Dress Code for Year 12 Induction / Retreat Day

Year 12 students are required to wear full winter uniform to the Induction ceremony. Following the ceremony the students can change into casual clothes. Blazers will be labelled and stored at school (these can be picked up and taken home the next day). Before heading to dinner at Brothers, the students will then change back into winter pants and shirts. (Blazer will not be required for the dinner.)

A Prayer for Australia Day

God of Australia, you have loved this ancient land long before human eye explored it. On this Australia Day we offer praise for our nation.

We bring you our gratitude for the diversity and wealth of this land and its people:

For its weathered old mountains, fertile valleys and vast plains;

For the first Australians, who know and love this continent with an intimate, profound sensitivity:

For the courage, vision and sacrifice of the early settlers;

For the diverse races who now call Australia home:

We offer you O Lord our joyful thankful hearts.

God, take us all and lead our nation towards the higher destiny. Amen


Live Jesus in our hearts… FOREVER

Marysia Rice, Assistant Principal Mission and Community

Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning

In 2018 we intend to have a particular focus on improvement. For our students this will be emphasised in two ways. Firstly, by setting clear and specific learning goals for each of their subjects. Secondly, by reflecting on how they are progressing and identifying strategies and habits to improve.

Staff Professional Development

This week our new staff participated in Professional Development around evidence-based positive pedagogy. This allowed all St Edmund’s staff to complete this professional development. We have also been planning our work towards using our student data to inform our teaching. We continue our preparation for our students moving towards the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) system whilst working with those in the current Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system.

Our teaching and learning strategies include using a common practice and common language which research demonstrates best supports boys in their learning.

Improvement

In 2018 we intend to have a particular focus on improvement. For our students this will be emphasised in two ways. Firstly, by setting clear and specific learning goals for each of their subjects. Secondly, by reflecting on how they are progressing and identifying strategies and habits to improve.

A strong St Edmund’s student displays the following attributes towards his learning:

  • Arrives at class on time
  • Has all appropriate equipment
  • Has his laptop charged
  • Completes all home learning – set homework, assignment work and revision for exams
  • Is "present" during lessons – "turns up" in mind as well as body
  • Accepts that making mistakes is part of learning and growing for improvement
  • Believes that his most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. (Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck)

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Good Communication with Teenagers

During his visit with us last week, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg spoke to the staff about 10 Tips for Good Communication with Teenagers:

  • Keep Calm
  • Don’t talk too much and listen more – Ratio of 1 to 4
  • Look for compromise and negotiate
  • Use humour – not sarcasm and put downs
  • Set very clear boundaries around behaviour
  • Avoid confrontation or ultimatums
  • Only argue over the things that really matter
  • Give positive feedback
  • Lead by example
  • Do not constantly remind them of past mistakes

We are working with parents and caregivers in partnership to raise young men who are kind men, strong men and gentlemen. These suggestions should help us navigate the teenage ocean together.

Best wishes for the year ahead.

Carmel James, Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning

SEC Cultural

DEBATING

‘SPEAK TO LISTEN’ – DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING CO-CURRICULAR GROUP

‘SPEAK TO LISTEN’ – DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING CO-CURRICULAR GROUP

It is often said that people are more afraid of speaking publicly than being nibbled by a shark. For many amongst us, the thought of speaking in front of an audience – a classroom group or a family function perhaps – is something we are still keen to avoid at all costs. Here at St Edmund’s College, we pride ourselves on offering our students the chance to become confident debaters and public speakers and be less afraid to give our opinions publicly.

Our APEX Debating season will start in Week 6 and students are encouraged to nominate now if they have not already done so. There will be a Debating twilight workshop on Friday, Week 2 (2 February) from 3.00pm to 6.00pm where students can come and learn the basics or brush up on their skills in readiness for 2018. Our workshop is also extended to St Mary’s College students and we look forward to an entertaining and competitive season.

Any students who would like to try their hand at public speaking are also encouraged to email me for further details at kmcandrew@sec.qld.edu.au

Ms Kylie McAndrew, Debating Coordinator

Assistant Principal Students

Career News

General

Music and Cultural

Sport

SEC SPORT

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting and busy year for sport at St Edmund’s College. This week our new Year 7 students and their parents have heard a lot about the benefits of being involved in sport.

2018 is shaping up to be an exciting and busy year for sport at St Edmund’s College. This week our new Year 7 students and their parents have heard a lot about the benefits of being involved in sport. I would like to take this opportunity to remind students of all year levels that sport plays a major role in the life of the College and many physical, social and emotional benefits come from being involved in a team environment with your mates. Please take some time to think about what sport or activity you (students) or your son (parents) will commit to in 2018.

As always we have had a very busy start to the year with many activities taking place from as early as 8 January. Thanks to the staff who have once again given up time from their holidays to assist in preparing our students for competition.

Christian Brothers Cricket Week and Launceston Church Grammar Fixture

Our Firsts Cricket Squad which was put together late last year have competed in seven matches in total over the past few weeks. This has been great preparation for the upcoming AIC Cricket season. The players won three from their five Christian Brothers Cricket Week games to narrowly miss out on the Cup Final by one win. Congratulations to Zeb Townsley and Blair Chisholm who both scored centuries throughout the week and special mention to Oliver Schmidt who scored a 96 not out.

To finish off preparations the players hosted Launceston Church Grammar School at the Tivoli Playing Fields on Friday 19 January and went down by 8 wickets against a very strong side. Thanks to our First XI Coach, Mr Tony Potbury, and First XI Manager, Mr Jan de Beer for their efforts with the players over this period.

AIC VOLLEYBALL

Trials and clinics for the Volleyball season commenced on 8 January and ran for the two weeks leading into the start of school. Can I ask that students pay close attention to the training schedule and fixture information as we look to start the season and organise teams ahead of the trials against St Peter’s Lutheran College on this Saturday 27 January. Volleyball players are reminded to purchase the new Wolfpack Crew Socks ($10) from the Uniform Shop before Round 1 commences on Saturday 3 February.

AIC CRICKET

Teams for the trials against St Peter’s Lutheran College this Saturday have been announced and placed on the College App as well as the College Intranet (EDE). A reminder that students need to purchase the College Cricket shirt from the Uniform Shop as soon as possible.

Best of luck to all Cricketers on Saturday. Our normal training schedule will commence from Monday Week 2 (29/1).

WESTERN DISTRICT SWIMMING AND ADDITIONAL TRIALS

Students wishing to trial for Western District Swimming need to see Mr Luxton by 2:45pm on Monday 29 January. A reminder that Western District has replaced the previous Ipswich Independent District (IID) or Ipswich District for twelve-year-olds. Students and parents are encouraged to look at the ‘District and Regional Sports’ page under Co-Curricular on the College Intranet (EDE) for further information on upcoming trials.

Mr Max Luxton, Director of Sport

SEC TRACK AND FIELD

Congratulations to the St Edmund's Intermediate Track and Field Team who represented the College at the Australian Schools’ Knockout Final held in Adelaide over the holidays.

Congratulations to our Intermediate Track and Field Team who represented the College at the Australian Schools’ Knockout Final held in Adelaide over the holidays. The athletes’ efforts saw us placed 5th overall with some fine individual performances including Ben Thomas 2nd in 100m and 3rd in 200m and Zac Farrell 3rd in Javelin.

Team: Sony Vukelic, Ben Thomas, Mawien Gout, Jude Thomas, Jayden Lopez, Alex Davies and Zac Farrell

Mr Nic Aldridge & Mr Chad de Waard, SEC Track and Field Coordinators

AIC CRICKET TRIALS

AIC CRICKET Trials vs St Peter's Lutheran College - Saturday 27 January 2018

St Edmund’s College (SEC)

AIC CRICKET TRIALS vs St Peters Lutheran College (SPLC) Date: 27 January 2018

FIRSTS - 9:30am Away SPLC, Mayer Oval, enter off Indooroopilly Road, Indooroopilly,Turf

SECONDS - 1:00pm Away SPLC, Stolz Oval, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly,Turf

THIRDS vs SPLC 10A - 8:15am Away SPLC, Stolz Oval, enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, Turf

9A - 8:15am Home Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 1, Church Street, Tivol,Turf

8A - 1:00pm Home Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 1, Church Street, Tivoli, Turf

8B - 1:00pm Home St Edmund’s College, Mulkerin Oval, Woodend,Turf

7A - 1:00pm Home Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 2, Church Street, Tivoli, Turf

7B - 8:15am Home Tivoli Sporting Complex, Field No 2, Church Street, Tivoli, Turf

7C vs *SLC White - 8:15am Home St Edmund’s College, Mulkerin Oval, Woodend, Turf (*SLC - St Laurence’s College)

AIC VOLLEYBALL TRIALS

AIC VOLLEYBALL Trials vs St Peter's Lutheran College - Saturday 27 January 2018

St Edmund’s College (SEC)

AIC VOLLEYBALL TRIALS vs St Peters Lutheran College (SPLC) Date: 27 January 2018

FIRSTS - 12:15pm Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Centre Court

SECONDS - 11:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Centre Court

THIRDS - 9:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Court 1

11A - 10:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Court 1

11B - 8:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Court 1

10A - 10:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Court 2

10B - 9:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Court 2

10C - 8:15am Away SPLC, Enter off Lambert Road, Indooroopilly, College Gym, Court 2

9A - 12:15pm Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

9B - 11:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

9C - 11:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

8A - 10:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

8B - 9:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

8C - 8:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 1, Woodend

7A - 10:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

7B - 9:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

7C - 8:15am Home St Edmund’s College, College Hall, Court 2, Woodend

BUS INFORMATION

Bus for 1sts, 2nds, 3rds, 11A, 11B, 10A, 10B and 10C departs St Edmund’s at 7:00am and returns at 2:15pm approximately.

Tuckshop

2018 TUCKSHOP ROSTER

Tuckshop Roster - TERM 1, WEEK 2

Term 1, Week 2

Mon 29 Jan - T William, K Schuh, J Just, T Rogers

Tue 30 Jan - N Callaghan, A Robertson, D Smith, J Preston

Wed 31 Jan - J Roberts, D McGuire, S Atuatika, T Costello

Thu 1 Feb - L McLean, C Page, M Low

Fri 2 Feb - V Albury, A Costello, F Sippel

School News

EDMUND RICE FOUNDATION

The Edmund Rice Foundation would like to pass on their sincere thanks to the parents and caregivers of St Edmund’s College for their generous support of the work of the Foundation through the Voluntary Contribution component of the school fees.

The Edmund Rice Foundation would like to pass on their sincere thanks to the parents and caregivers of St Edmund’s College for their generous support of the work of the Foundation through the Voluntary Contribution component of the school fees.

In 2017, just under $34,000 was raised for the Foundation which will go towards assisting families in need both here in Australia and overseas.

The Foundation is most grateful for this continued support from the St Edmund’s Community.

School News

WHERE TO FIND: Information on all St Edmund’s College events, sport training, fixtures, etc.

Information on all St Edmund’s College events including the Year 7 Information Night (Wed 31/1, 6.00pm to 7.30pm) and the Year 7 Camp (7/2 to 9/2) as well as sport Information, eg. training schedules, trials and fixtures, can be located on

Username and passwords will be emailed to all Year 7 families and new families within the next two weeks.

The St Edmund’s College APP can be downloaded at Google Play or iTunes.

Uniform Shop

Notices

Sponsors

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