Honouring Edmund Rice

Honouring Edmund Rice

College Captain, Nicholas Watson, at the Edmund Rice Day Mass.

The College took a break from regular classes on Friday to celebrate the life and legacy of its founder, Blessed Edmund Rice.

Festivities began with Mass in the stunning St Patrick's Basilica, led by Parish Priest, Father John Sebastian. The College Choir and members of the ensembles beautifully accompanied the congregation throughout the liturgy, which reflected on the important role faith played in Blessed Edmund's life.

Christian Brother and founder of Wheelchairs for Kids, Olly Pickett, delivered the Homily, in which he shared the story of Edmund Rice and explained how he has inspired his own charity work.

After a quick recess, boys gathered on the oval under clear blue skies for the Murray Mile and Paull Gift. The races are taken very seriously by CBC athletes, and are named after two Christian Brothers who have played an integral part in CBC's history.

Following some friendly competition between the Houses, it was time for the Cloisters to come alive with each Mentor group organising an activity or food stall.

The dunk tank continued to be a crowd favourite, while sumo suit wrestling, a bucking bull and bungee run were also popular with the boys.

Students were spoiled for choice when lunchtime came, with everything from sushi to home-made lasagne and gourmet pulled pork rolls on offer.

Refugees from the Edmund Rice Centre in Mirrabooka joined in the fun of the day and were provided lunch by Food Technology catering guru, Ms Angela Calanni, before having a go at some of the activities, including the bucking bull.

All money raised from the day's festivities is donated to Edmund Rice charities around the world, including missions which serve some of the worlds' poorest regions.

Edmund Rice Day, while certainly fun for staff and students alike, serves as an important chance to remember and reflect on the life and charism of Blessed Edmund, and the work of the Brothers who continue his legacy to this day.