2019 celebrates 65 years since the foundation of St Edmund’s College. As the school year moves closer to its final weeks, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the events and outstanding achievements the school has seen during 2019. To begin the year, the school celebrated it’s 65-year anniversary with a Mass which saw the introduction of the College Prayer. Since then the College hall has been painted and the Owen’s oval scoreboard was officially opened on Heritage Day in August. As of the 31st of October, the school has collected 2797 bottles through ACT Container Deposit Scheme since its introduction in July. The College had its annual Market Day and also the inaugural Year 7 and 8 Eddies Night Out Combined Disco with St Clare’s and Canberra Girl’s Grammar Colleges. In terms of co-curricular’s St Edmund’s has had great participation in all grades across all areas. The Big Band Bash was a great success and the St Edmund’s and St Clare’s Cabaret was a night to remember. The College had 20 teams make finals across Rugby, Basketball and Soccer during the winter season and for the first time in many years the 1st, 2nd and 3rd XV Rugby teams were Grand Final Winners. In recent weeks the Year 10’s had their Dinner Dance and the Year 12’s had their formal at Old Parliament House.
2019 has also seen many great individual achievements. Leyao Zha (Yr 12) received a Bronze Award in the Australian Maths Olympiad for being in the top 50 out of 1.5 million students in Australia, Patrick McFarlane (Yr 11) received the Speaker’s Civics and Citizenship Award for outstanding work in the community, Mr Langford (teacher) received a 35 years’ service award for teaching and Remsy Lemisio (Yr 12) and Junior Tupou (Yr 11) were selected in the Australian Barbarians Rugby team. It is safe to say that 2019 has been no short of a busy and eventful year. From a student’s perspective I think that the College has made huge leaps and advancements.
The coming weeks will see this year’s final exams and also the Year 12 graduation. As a year 12 student, it’s been a daunting last couple of weeks. Although I am sad to pass the flag to next year’s leaders, I can leave the college knowing that the school is in good hands. This will be the last vortex article I write for the school. Thank you St Edmund’s for welcoming and embracing me across my 4 years at this fantastic College.
Edmunds to the fore.
Mason Evans (College Vice-Captain)