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Pelican : June 2009
Budding Artists at work: Jack Murphy and Joshua Laurie. State of the art There have been many physical changes to the Art Faculty this year, with the refurbishment of the art rooms. There has been a redistribution of space and rooms have received new flooring, doors, and storage cupboards. Renovations began in term 1 and are due to be finished this semester. As a result of this work, our boys will enjoy an increase in teaching space, with new infrastructure that allows for the introduction of smart boards and future technologies in the classroom. This refurbishment has given us a dedicated digital arts space which is independent of the computing facilities where we teach our Graphic Design courses. Art students will soon have the opportunity to develop their art practice by being able to transcend traditional mediums into contemporary digital media without leaving the building. We’ve also introduced a dedicated art library and resource room into the Faculty. This enables us to place all our books and resources in one location, allowing our students to access information and engage with images that are not delivered from a computer monitor. The redistribution of space has allowed us to build a dedicated student gallery with a professional hanging system and lighting. This is truly above and beyond the facilities of most schools, enabling us to showcase to the St Edmund’s community the work our students produce and the value we place on it. With the completion of this facility, we hope we can contribute to the well rounded education we provide here at St Edmund’s College. We feel these wonderful facilities will encourage our students to continue to produce artwork that stimulates, engages and challenges both themselves and their audience. Andrew Jones Head of the Visual Arts Faculty Mathew Morris tends the flag for golfers on the 7th tee at Federal Golf Club. 14 Helpful to a tee The annual Australian Amputee Golf Open started on Monday 10 March at Federal Golf Course, with sportsmen and sportswomen arriving from the Australasian region and golfers attending from as far away as Indonesia. For the second year running, St Edmund’s College was invited to provide caddies. Each morning, over the four-day event, our boys arrived ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’ ready for a long but rewarding day of caddying for these semi-professional and amateur golfers. Many of the competitors played off handicaps as low as 0 and a number of the boys commented on how determined and dedicated the golfers were. “It was amazing watching these guys,” said Cameron Cobby (Yr 11), “they really make you want to strive for your best.” Overall, the Amputee Open was a great success, with a number of the golfers commenting on the good manners and willingness of the boys to help wherever possible. Justin Giteau Teacher