Principal’s Message: Term 1, Week 10, 2024

Dear families and friends of St Edmund’s College,

2024 Scriptural Theme: “I have come so may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10)

Easter Reflection
I trust that the families within the St. Edmund’s community experienced a happy and holy Easter Sunday, and enjoyed the relaxation and leisure of the extended weekend.

It is a common misconception that Easter concludes once Easter Monday fades away. However, the truth couldn’t be more different. Easter holds profound significance in the Catholic faith, extending its season for fifty days, starting from Easter Sunday and culminating on Pentecost Sunday. Throughout this extended period, Catholics worldwide immerse themselves in a time of joy and celebration, deeply rooted in the sacred rhythm of the liturgical calendar. It is a time set aside to commemorate the pivotal moment of Jesus Christ’s resurrection and the subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon believers.

As the central event of the Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus symbolises hope and new beginnings for believers, as symbolised in the liturgies for Junior School and the high school held last Thursday. It signifies the triumph of good over evil and is a reminder that death is not the end. The resurrection is a powerful symbol of the transformative power of faith and the promise of eternal life.  Moreover, the resurrection of Jesus represents the incredible sacrifice that he made for humanity. By dying on the cross, he paid the price for the sins of all people, and his resurrection offers the promise of salvation and redemption to all who believe in him. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus made it possible for us to be reconciled with God and to live with him for eternity.

As a time of great joy and celebration, Easter is a period of renewed commitment. It is a time to reflect on the incredible love that Jesus has for us and to renew our dedication to follow him. Through Mass attendance, special devotions, and prayer, we can focus on the incredible love that God has for us and deepen our faith in him.

The significance of Easter is immense. It is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and reflect on the incredible sacrifice that he made for us. The resurrection offers us the promise of salvation and redemption, and it symbolises hope and new beginnings. May we always remember the true meaning of Easter and strive to live our lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

2025 Enrolments
Tuesday evening of last week marked our Open Evening, an occasion where we welcomed a multitude of prospective students and parents to explore our school. Witnessing families strolling through the halls, engaging with staff and students, pondering whether St. Edmund’s College is the ideal fit for them next year, filled us with optimism. The increasing interest in our College year after year stands as a testament to the dedicated efforts of our staff and the remarkable spirit of our students.

If you are aware of families contemplating Eddies for their sons’ education next year, regardless of the year group, I encourage you to direct them to our Enrolments Officer, Ms. Rhiannon Muir, as our places tend to fill swiftly (last year, we had waiting lists across several year groups).

A heartfelt thank you extends to Ms. Kylie Rose, as well as our staff and the volunteer students whose contributions ensured the success of Open Evening.

Congratulations to Thomas Wragge (Year 10, Mulrooney) on being selected to represent the ACT as part of the School Sports Australia 18&U team at the Baseball National Championships.

Harmony Day
Tuesday 19 March saw us celebrate Harmony Day (as part of Harmony Week), celebrating and recognising our diversity and bringing together Australians from all different backgrounds.  We had a great number of students dress in traditional costume, with many other students dressed in orange, the symbolic colour of Harmony Week, signifying social communication and meaningful conversations. Of course the highlight of the day was the array of different cultural foods available to our boys. The money raised on Harmony Day is directed to our Term 1 focus on Caritas.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Parents are not to use the staff carpark (off Canberra Avenue) to drop or collect students before and after school. This is a dangerous place for our students to be moving through and we would like to keep this area for staff only. There is plenty of room around the perimeters of the school for drop off and pick up, especially Barallier Street, Frome Street, Blaxland Cresent, and Wills Street (not McMillan Crescent).

Afternoon pickups from the front driveway are also problematic with cars blocking McMillan Crescent from Canberra Avenue. Again, I would ask these parents to consider organising your son to wait for you at a suitable place around the perimeter of the school. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

Prayer for the Easter Season
Draw us forth, God of all creation.
Draw us forward and away from limited certainty
into the immense world of your love.
Give us the capacity to even for a moment
taste the richness of the feast you give us.
Give us the peace to live with uncertainty,
with questions,
with doubts.
Help us to experience the resurrection anew
with open wonder and an increasing ability
to see you in the people of Easter.

Blessed Edmund Rice, pray for us.

Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Joe Zavone
Christus Lux Mea