Principal’s Message: Term 3, Week 10, 2022

“Let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Dear families and friends of St Edmund’s College,

It was an absolute pleasure to be in the audience of our College musical “Little Shop of Horrors” last week. I am very proud of our boys and their performances, especially the boys who held the lead roles.  I must congratulate Daniel Isherwood (Year 12) and Tadgh Loadsman (Year 12) who shared the lead role of Seymour.  Both Daniel and Tadgh gave wonderful performances and beautifully held the show together.  Congratulations also to students in the three other lead roles, Paul Oscar Brown (Year 11) Lorcan Jennings (Year 11) and Connor Moloney (Year 11).  All the lead performances were outstanding and were supported well by the many boys in minor roles (Hamish Chapman, Damian Jelfs-Smith, Lachlan Nicholls, Lachlan Vearing) and in the chorus (Harrison Bond, Matthew Bool, Benjamin Brooker, Owen Clausen, William Clausen, Riley Fakhouri, Brody Grainger, Nicholas Isherwood Cedric Johnson, Andre L’Aimable, Douglas L’Aimable, Harry Raby). Of course, we also had the wonderful support of the students from Merici College and Canberra Girls Grammar. We all know that a good musical production does not only involve what happens on the stage.  My most sincere thanks to all students and teachers who worked behind the scenes in bringing the musical to life (Patrick Barnes, Ethan Dixon, Fletcher Harrison, Brock Heisner, James Hahn, Mackenzie Jones, Jacob MacDonald, Aidyn McKay, Flynn Na Champassak, Charlie Sneddon, Josh Wink, Yuan Yumul, Ms Kylie Rose, Mr Lachlan O’Neill and old boys Alex Pippos and Steve Quilliam).

I must single out the ongoing efforts of Musical Director, Mrs Margaret Thomas and Director, Mr Nigel Palfreman.  Margaret and Nigel were instrumental in allowing students to shine in the production, polishing and refining skills and talents through numerous rehearsals.  The performing arts program is a significant part of St Edmund’s College, and this year’s musical production was instrumental in shining a light on the wonderful talents of both students and staff in our performing arts department.

Last week we launched the current edition of The Pelican, our alumni magazine.  The Pelican is issued twice a year and highlights several of our old boys who share their experiences and stories about the College and life after school.  It is an absolute delight to read these stories and find out what our old boys are up to.  The digital version of The Pelican can be found at this link.  The current edition of The Pelican features the following stories:

  • Ron Harvey, Class of 1954
  • Jim Rice, Class of 1971
  • Matthew Percy, Class of 1991
  • Chris De Britt, Class of 1992
  • Steven Kontowicz, Class of 2002
  • Chris Bucknell, Class of 2012

A reminder that as this week is the final week of Term 3, we commence Term 4 in summer uniform.  This means that students will be wearing shorts, and the puffer jacket, beanie and blazer can be stored away until next year. The uniform shop will be open at the following times in the holidays:

  • Wednesday 5 October 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 6 October 8am – 12pm
  • Friday 7 October 8am – 12pm

Congratulations to Andre Jugovac (Year 12, Treacy) for being selected to travel to Argentina in January for three months to train with San Jorge Athletico Football Club. Andre will defer his university studies, so that he can ‘live the dream’ and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that he has worked so hard to achieve. This is a great achievement and exciting opportunity for Andre, and we wish him all the very best with the journey and with his football career.

Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 World of Money classes for their successful mini–Market Day last week.  Students in these classes have been learning how to start and run a business including marketing and finance. Last week they organised Market Day with a large variety of stalls to put their learning into practice. Although it rained for most of the afternoon, the weather did not dampen their spirits and all of our students were delighted to purchase and experience Vietnamese rolls, tie-dyed shirts, Super Spider drinks, a barbeque lunch, a range of baked goods and so on.

This week we held the second of our Parent / Teacher Meetings for the year.  These meetings are invaluable experiences and allow parents the opportunity to catch up with teachers and receive feedback about progress in subjects, suggestions for growth and improvement and development of skills. The Parent / Teacher Meetings only serve as one means of communication between parents and teachers, with the Parent Portal providing on-going communication.  Of course, we also encourage direct communication between teachers and parents at any time of the year in order to facilitate the best possible learning development for our students.

I wish all our students and families a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing everyone back for a great finish to the year in Term 4.

May God’s blessing go with us at all times.
At the end of this school term we pray
that You keep us safe and give us rest,
so we start Term 4 renewed and refreshed,
full of health and good energy,
ready to come and learn again.
Give Your peace and Your joy
to every student and their families.
Fill this school with Your love,
and guide our hearts from above,
full of faith, full of hope, full of joy, and full of love.

Blessed Edmund Rice, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.

Joe Zavone
Christus Lux Mea