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Pelican : June 2009
Five questions for an alumnus – Andrew Taylor, Class of ‘68 Qualifications: Law/Admin/Applied Science – UC Current occupation: Public Trustee for the ACT Years at Eddies: 1963 - 1968 (Rice House) What are your favourite memories of your years at St Edmund’s College Canberra? A solid, comprehensive and balanced education that has been absolutely relevant to all aspects of my life. St Edmund’s provided an excellent and complete education for me. I was a bit of a larrikin in many ways but the College instilled a solid set of Christian values that have served me well in life. What is it about Eddies that makes it unique from other schools? It is one of the few all-male Catholic colleges in the ACT. It seeks to provide a holistic education for young men rather than a purely curriculumbased education. It recognises that boys can succeed in life in many ways rather than merely through academic success. What have you done that you are most proud of? Developed an electronic web-based land registration scheme in the ACT. Established the Capital Region Community Foundation - Greater Good - and workplace giving schemes. What single thing would most improve the quality of your life? Continued good health Do you have any advice for young Eddies men today? Learn the meaning of the word ’respect’ and practise it in every aspect of your life. Phil (Flip) Simmons performs as Ritchie Valens in Buddy, ‘The Buddy Holly Story’. Photographer: James Morgan. Viva la Bamba How many people can honestly say they know the lyrics to Ritchie Valens’ 1958 rock hit ‘La Bamba’? Alumnus Phil Simmons is one gentleman who can be relied upon for a full and rocking rendition! Since graduating from St Edmund’s College in 1998, Phil has toured the world, appearing on stage and TV and in film. A performer in seven languages, the Canberra Philharmonic and Opera Australia frequently enlist Phil’s talents, as do a host of top Australian artists such as John Farnham, Delta Goodrem and Christine Anu. Phil is currently playing the role of Ritchie Valens in ‘Buddy, the Buddy Holly story’. ‘Buddy’ played in Sydney for three months before moving to Brisbane in May 2009. Victorians can now experience ‘Buddy’ and our own Phil Simmons from 25 June at The Palms, Crown Casino, Melbourne. Tell us your story With a history now spanning 55 years, St Edmund’s College has seen thousands of young men pass through its doors. These men represent our strong national and international alumni but because they’re in all the corners of the globe, it’s difficult for us to stay in touch with them. If you have a story to share about yourself or a fellow Eddies boy, please contact the College Development Office on (02) 6239 0673 or email development@ stedmunds.act.edu.au Your son is welcome Eddies alumni are given priority when enrolling their sons at St Edmund’s College. Placement offers are made in order of the enrolment criteria. For example, preference is given to brothers of current St Edmund’s College students, sons of St Edmund’s College alumni and sons of practising Catholic families. Enrolment Waiting List forms are available on the College website at http://www.stedmunds.act.edu.au Ordination of Ex-students Late last year, two St Edmund’s College alumni, Fr Marko Rehak (1995) and Fr Dominic Popplewell (1991) were ordained at St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra, as priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. “The solemn liturgy unfolded with a splendour and formalised structure unchanged over centuries”, said chaplain of the St Michael’s Latin Mass community, Fr Ken Webb. “It was filled with symbolism and with ancient and venerable prayers, which expressed so clearly all the beliefs which Catholics profess every Sunday as they recite the Creed.” The College community wishes them well and offers prayers of support as they embark on their Fraternity Apostolates in Sydney and Parramatta. L to R: Dominic Popplewell and Marko Rehak at their ordination. Photo: Catholic Voice. 7