Principal’s Message: Term 4, Week 7, 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,

I would like to spend most of this week’s Vortex acknowledging the great achievements experienced by many of our students outside of school. Many of these achievements have already been acknowledged on our social media sites, but as not everyone has access to these, I acknowledge the students in Vortex as well. Please always let me know of any student achievement outside of the College.

Congratulations to the following students …

Monty Green (Year 9, Treacy) has been selected for the Under 16 Victorian Hockey side, which is a Southeast Allstars team consisting of ACT, NSW, Victorian and South Australian players. The tournament will be held in Perth later this month. Monty has also been selected as captain of his team.

Tristan Borghouts (Year 11, Treacy) and Shannon Tardrew (Year 9, Treacy) have been selected to the ACT Giants AFL Academy squads.  Tristan has been selected in the Under 18s squad and Shannon has been selected in the Under 16s squad.

Shannon has also been chosen for the Andrew Johns Cup squad along with Ryan Douglas (Year 9, Clancy).  The Andrew John Cup is the Under 16s NSW regional representative NRL competition.

Brothers Charlie Jamieson (Year 5, Rice) and Jack Jamieson (Year 7, Rice) recently competed in the Australian Schools Under 12 Touch Football Championships in Wagga Wagga, representing the ACT. The team was coached by our Head of Junior School, David Kelly, and went on to earn a bronze medal at the tournament, defeating Western Australia. Charlie is young enough to trial again next year, with the 2023 tournament being held in Darwin.

As part of the St Edmund’s College / Canberra Raiders partnership, Billy Lachlan (Year 10, Mulrooney), Emmett Smith (Year 10, Rice) and BJ Darmody (Year 10, Mulrooney) have been selected to the Canberra Raiders Harold Matthews Cup training squad. The Under 16s tournament will be held early next year, hosted by NSW Rugby League.

Also as part of the St Edmund’s College / Canberra Raiders partnership, Israel Taiatini (Year 11, Rice), Darcy Devoy (Year 11, O’Brien), Abraham Tuli (Year 12, Treacy) and Eucla Veamatahau Davies (Year 11, Mulrooney) have been selected in the Laurie Daley Pre-Christmas squad for Monaro Rugby League. The Under 18s Laurie Daley Cup is NSW’s regional representative NRL competition.

Darcy has also been selected for the “Rest of the World” Oztag team that will compete in the Big 4 International Tag Series, held in March 2023. Darcy was selected while representing the ACT in the recent Junior National Championships.

Rory Forbes (Year 10, Rice) has been selected to represent ACT at the All-Schools Track and Field Championships in Adelaide this December. Rory will compete in 100m, 200m and 90m hurdles.


We also congratulate the following old boys who experienced recent reunions: Classes of 1972, 2001 and 2002.  We hope to see more old boy groups celebrate the reunions in 2023, with a warm welcome to all reunion groups to tour the College and relive some special memories.

Facebook Scam

Unfortunately for the last couple of years there has been a scam operating on our Facebook page (and other schools as well) where an organisation will purport to have a live feed of a school event.  In the past this has been involved the Rugby grand finals, the recent White Ribbon Family Walk, the Opening College Mass, etc.  The organisation asks you to log into their website to view the feed, asking for some important personal details. Please note that any live feeds of any school event will be organised and advertised by the College itself, not by an external company.

A reminder of important dates for the rest of the year

  • Tuesday 22 November: 2023 Student Leaders Formation Day & Dinner
  • Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 November: examinations for Year 10 students
  • Friday 25 November: last day for Year 10 students
  • Friday 25 November: Year 12 Graduation Mass, Assembly and Dinner
  • Monday 5 December: Junior School Activity Day
  • Tuesday 6 December: Junior School Presentation Ceremony (9.15am); Years 7 – 11 Presentation Ceremony (11.00am)
  • Tuesday 6 December: last day for students in Years 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Prayer for Christ the King, celebrated on Sunday 20 November.

O Lord Jesus Christ,
true God and true man,
you died for our sins on the cross,
and you rose again from death,
and live and reign forever
as our mediator and gracious King.
Graciously forgive us our sins,
intercede for us poor sinners,
make us righteous
and sanctify and reign in us
with your Holy Spirit
to bring us to eternal life.
Gather now your eternal church
from every land.
Give us good government,
and protect us
from the power of the evil foe;
for you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
forever and ever.

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

Joe Zavone
Christus Lux Mea