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Pelican : November 2009
Welcome This edition of Pelican is another engaging snapshot of just some of the many dimensions of school life at St Edmund's. One of the strengths of this community is the diversity that is clearly evident in the student body, their interests and abilities, as well as the range of educational opportunities they are offered. Featured articles highlight that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom, across a range of curriculum areas. It is evident that the school is continuing the great progress of recent times which has harnessed energy and enthusiasm for improving on our core focus of teaching and learning, through our school wide pedagogy. This issue also celebrates the essential contribution of the Christian Brothers to this community, as we must never lose sight of our Catholic heritage and the importance of Blessed Edmund Rice. We also feature two of our Old Boys who are now on the teaching staff. The College is presently working to re-form the Old Boys association and re-engage with our past students, staff and families. Behind the scenes, our strategic planning has led to us adopting a values-based approach. This will result in a document that is grounded in the fundamental values the Community Reference Group has identified as being representative of the College. These values will guide and influence future directions for the school, with the first draft of our Strategic Plan due for release by the end of the school year. This will be finalised by the beginning of 2010, and along with the new extension and renovation of the library, will provide exciting opportunities into the future. I trust you will enjoy this edition of Pelican and find that it bears witness to our mission statement: Achieving today. Leading tomorrow. Peter Fullagar Principal Core values cut to the heart of things As we race towards the end of another academic year, I just want to press pause for a second and focus your attention on some very important work that has been going on behind the scenes at the school. It is work that will inevitably shape our school and community in the years to come, and help our young men reach higher levels of achievement. Since June, the 11 members of our Community Reference Group -- made up largely of parents, students and staff -- have been meeting to develop a new strategic plan for the school, that will build on the College's underpinning directive of evangelising the youth through education and promotion of the Edmund Rice ethos. Now half-way through the five-month process, the Group recently identified the five core values that will help shape the strategic plan and future direction of the school. I think you'll agree with me that the values identified are spot-on, and also highlight why we are so proud of the education we provide at St Edmund's. The values are: community, opportunity, progression, relationships and success. Our community is at the heart of everything we do here. Being inclusive, valuing diversity and actively seeking equality and justice, is really what our school is about. We are shaping men to go out into the world and achieve things not only for themselves, but for the world around them. We do this through offering a range of educational opportunities and experiences, by being progressive and responding to the world around us, and by providing a supportive learning and social environment. In these ways, we are helping our students to achieve their personal best. When I look at what is happening in the global economy at the moment, and regulators trying to alter behaviour through the introduction of more laws and rules, I can't help thinking one solution is a holistic education, the type we offer at St Edmund's. My belief in this is reinforced by the fact that while we finetune our values, essentially they haven't changed since our school opened in 1954. Eddie Senatore Board Chair 2