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Pelican : November 2009
The Brothers' Program, first developed several years ago by previous Social Justice Co-ordinator, Rex Purcell, was re-launched this year by a group of senior leaders within the Youth Ministry program and new Co-ordinator Nathan Galea. The program bases itself around the legacy of the College's Founder, Blessed Edmund Rice, and strives to help those less fortunate. Being an Edmund Rice College by tradition, the Brothers' Program accentuates the College's vision in encouraging the boys to get involved in making a difference within the community. It also helps to create a sense of brotherhood among the boys. By bringing the boys together to work for people who are less fortunate, the Brothers' Program encourages them to work for one another; to be there for each other. This is testimony to both this notion of 'Eddie's Pride' -- the tight-knit community among the boys -- and the Eddie's community as a whole. Since the launch of the program in first term, the Brothers' team has been busy with a number of different projects. Our first project was Caritas Week, held during Lent, in which we led a number of House games, raffles and barbeques, with the Combined Catholic Colleges' Caritas concert being the finale of the week. The concert, run in conjunction with Marist, St Clare's and Merici, was a display of singing, dancing and acting talent from each of the colleges. The concert itself was a huge success, raising over $7,000 for Caritas. Other projects during the year included: • senior students coaching a variety of younger sporting teams • each House choosing their own personal charity for the next four years • boys getting involved in the St Vinnie’s doorknock appeal • charity netball and volleyball games against St Clare's, and • many more activities and events. The willingness of the Eddie's senior group, in particular, to get involved in absolutely anything that is put in front of them is a great testament to this College. In term 4, the Brothers' team hosted a Combined Colleges Dance Competition called the Step Up Canberra Cup. Each Catholic College in Canberra was invited to enter a dance crew to compete in the same way as they did at the Caritas Concert earlier in the year. The dance showcase is especially important in developing strong relationships between the different colleges in Canberra. Even more importantly, the concert was run in conjunction with Kulture Break and their Man Up program -- a charity program designed by ex-Eddie's boys to get disadvantaged kids involved in dance classes and out working in the community in a variety of community projects. With a very strong example set by the senior Brothers' team this year, I expect the program will continue to develop in the coming years, reflecting the legacy and vision of Blessed Edmund Rice. James Fitzpatrick College Captain Making a difference through brotherhood 5 James Hepburn 'rocking the crowd' at the Caritas concert. Wallaby for a day Robbie Cotter was invited to go and watch the Wallabies Under 20s train after his great love of rugby was acknowledged by Mr Langtry, the Director of Coaching, Australian Schools' Rugby Football Union. My name is Robbie Cotter and I am in Year 7 at St Edmund's College. I used to play rugby for the school, but I broke my leg in Year 5 and I can no longer play, so now I am the manager of the 13 White's team at school. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be invited to the Wallabies U20's training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport. When I arrived there, I got a great surprise as some of the players were Old Boys from Eddie's. Kesomi Lolotonga was the first player to greet me. He is playing prop for the Wallabies. I also saw my friends Lala Lam and Robbie Coleman who both remembered me from school. I got to do some ball skills with them and helped them with their goal kicking practice. It was then time to sit back and watch the whole team train. I could see why they were all picked to represent Australia, as they were fast, they had good ball skills and they were very big and strong. It was great to catch up with my old friends and see that they have worked so hard to reach their dream of playing for Australia. Robbie Cotter Year 7 Robbie pictured with Kesome Lolotonga.