Curriculum & Learning
Code for Learning
The St Edward's College Code for Learning follows: I respect learning by valuing: I show commitment to learning through: Organisation Being prepared and punctual Managing my time effectively Meeting my deadlines Cooperation Following instructions Working cooperatively with teachers and other students Helping others The right to learn Paying attention Not disturbing others Not being disrupted by others Participation Being actively involved Asking and answering questions Listening and completing assigned work Independent study Developing an effective study routine Completing my homework Researching, reading and revising regularly Academic excellence Doing my personal best Showing pride in my work Setting and trying to achieve goals
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Independent Learning – Online Study Skills Handbook
Independent Learning at St Edward’s College St Edward's College has recently subscribed to the ELES Online Study Skills Handbook. The ELES Online Study Skills Handbook provides a comprehensive and interactive online guide for the College community (students, parents and teachers) to assist in the understanding of the study skills needed for success in high school studies. This approach taps into students’ affinity with technology to create a new and effective way to improve students’ study skills. This is a great online resource for parents and students to address all their study skills issues and concerns and enable students to learn new ways to improve their results at school. The handbook has a huge amount of information for both students and parents as well as a large number of interactive activities. To access the handbook simply log into your student/parent portal at https://portal.stedwards.nsw.edu.au Click on this link and it will direct you to the online handbook. In the weekly newsletter we will be putting study tips and directing you to different modules in the handbook. We encourage all parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity to further develop independent learning through this online resource. [Carrot or stick] [Getting Motivated] [Positive Sleep Patterns] [Improving Handwriting] [Starting to Write an Assignment] [Internet Research] [The Issue of Perfectionism in Students] [How Do You Study for a Test or Exam] [SWOT Analysis] [Set Times for Homework] [How to Stay Positive As Exams Approach] [It's All About Attitude] [Overcoming Procrastination] [Tips for Dealing with Examination Pressure] [Tips for Parents to Manage and Communicate Expectations] [7 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Can be Helpful to Students] [Top Tips for Moving Information into Long Term Memory] [Starting the Day Well] [Starting Assignments Straight Away] [Proofing Your Assessments] Making Excuses Not to Study] [ Why do We Have to do Homework] [Top Tips for Parents] [ Living Across Two Houses] [ 7 Steps to Make the Most of Class Time] [Secondary School Success] [ The Impact of Reading from a Screen Versus from Printed Material] [ How Much Sleep is Enough] [ Making Great Study Notes] [Five Reasons Not to Put off Assignments] [Encourage Students to Boost Their Academic Career in 2016 ] [ Top 10 FAQ by Parents] [ It's Goal Setting Time] [ How Parents Can help Students With Their Learning] [ Achieving Your Goals]
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Faculties
St Edward’s provides a curriculum attentive to the needs of each person. Our curriculum is broad and the teaching and learning experiences at the College are relevant, authentic, dynamic and creative.
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Learning Support
At St Edward’s College we continue to strive to create a positive school climate that values and accepts all students. The Learning Support Department therefore continues to implement the policy of inclusive education for all by supporting students with special learning needs in the context of their mainstream classroom. In addition to this approach, some special clinics are offered to small groups and individuals targeting particular skills. In Year 7 we are able to target a number of students with low literacy levels to work independently and online at home using Lexia Core5 Reading. This resource allows boys to work individually, through mastery learning, to advance through multiple levels to improve their literacy skills while their progress is monitored online. Similarly such students can improve their numeracy skills online and independently by using Mathletics. As a College, for students who need additional learning support, we strongly recommend the use of the College library before and after school. Here students may work independently or seek teacher assistance with the completion of homework and more complex research tasks. The Learning Support team specifically run workshops during the mornings before school that target skills, such as touch typing, using Typequick, and maths tutoring. Students are also provided with the opportunity to access computers, ipads and print completed assignments. For many boys their academic achievement has improved with increased confidence and self-esteem gained by this proactive initiative. Another support provided to eligible students for common assessment tasks is the continuing use of Disability Provisions, previously known as Special Provisions. This ensures that all students have equal access to realising their potential under test conditions. This role is ongoing and particularly important to those students sitting NESA assessments during their Higher School Certificate. It is important to acknowledge the valued support that many of our more able students provide in acting as Readers and /or Writers for these assessments. This program also allows the volunteers to add these hours to their Waterford projects through the service they provide to others. At St Edward’s College we are also fortunate to have four very experienced teacher assistants who contribute to the ongoing individual and collective learning needs of students in the classroom. The learning support staff are very empathetic and considerate to the needs of all students and, under the direction of classroom teachers, our aim is to continually make appropriate adjustments in the classroom to suit the learning needs of students. Although the Learning Support Department is set up to specifically target students with particular learning needs our presence in the College benefits all students allowing teachers and assistants to work as a team to improve learning outcomes for all. The College relies on the support of parents and caregivers in this education process and consequently we try to maintain effective home-school links based on mutual respect, recognition of equity of differing roles of parents and educators and the sharing of relevant information. With this partnership we aim to provide the best learning gains for all students using the resources we have.
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Gifted and Talented
St Edward’s College implements a diverse range of programs and initiatives aimed at extending talented students in a variety of Academic, Creative, Technological and Sporting pursuits. In the academic domain, students are encouraged to enter competitions in Mathematics, Science, English, Debating, Mock Trial and Computing. Workshops are designed and run in some of these faculties and students who demonstrate ability and interest are invited to attend. Teachers also develop units of work that include extension activities and modules to challenge the more academically capable students. In the creative domain, students who are talented in the area of Visual Arts are invited to attend workshops and additional classes to further develop these talents. Talented musicians are encouraged to participate in the College Band, Jazz Group or Guitar Group and the Biannual College Musical. Students interested in Drama are also encouraged to perform in the College Musical, at Friday assemblies and paraliturgies throughout the year. In the senior years talented students are extended through the offering of Extension One and Two subjects in English, Mathematics and History. Students who demonstrate a talent in the creative and technological areas can chose from a variety of subjects that will further foster their particular skills (eg, Industrial Technology Timber and Graphics, Visual Arts, Photography, Drama and Music). Students who demonstrate a talent in the sporting arena are given many opportunities to develop their skills through the numerous representative sporting competitions available at the College. All the competitions maintain pathways to representation at an elite level.
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Library
The College library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today's information and knowledge-based society. The College library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens. (IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2015) Located on the top floor of the Shanahan Learning Centre, St Edward’s College Library is a teaching and learning hub that provides collaborative learning spaces, access to technology and a wide collection of reading material selected to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning. The Library is a blended space where tradition meets the future. It was opened in 2015 as a 'learning commons' in response to our students becoming creators of information and not merely consumers. With this in mind, the learning commons provides facilities and equipment for creating information products as well as traditional learning and study spaces. The physical space reflects the rapidly changing nature of intellectual architecture with the students able to create the space they need for the activity they are going to undertake. Mobile technology and movable furniture caters for noisy and quiet activities, individual and collaborative work, formal and informal instruction, showcase and feedback. The Library provides access to a wide range of physical and digital resources, aiming to ensure that the students have access to new and relevant material. Increasingly, digital resources such as e-books, online databases, online newspapers and multimedia learning materials form a substantial part of the Library’s collection. The Library has a strong, networked information technology infrastructure which provides access to collections as well as the tools for undertaking research-based inquiry and the construction, presentation and sharing of knowledge. Currently the students have access to notebooks, iPads, cameras and iPods in the Library with wireless printing on demand from any location in the school. The Library provides a virtual space through our Libguides which allows students 24/7 access to materials to facilitate learning and curated resource collections for special subjects and assessment tasks. The Library staff provide literacy and reading promotion, media and information literacy skills development and an appreciation of literature and culture. The teacher librarian works with the classroom teachers to collaboratively plan and support the provision of media and information literacy instruction that is integrated into the curriculum and connected with the students’ interests and needs. The Library offers extended opening hours of 8.00 am – 4.30 pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on Fridays, with homework help available every morning before school. [Link to St Edward's College Lib Guides]   [Link to St Edward's College Library Twitter  Account]   [Link to St Edward's College Library Instagram Account]  
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Careers and Vocational Education
To assist students in their choice of courses and future careers, St Edward’s College has a full-time Careers Adviser and Vocation Education Co-ordinator working in career education. The careers resource room is well equipped with various brochures and literature on careers, university courses, TAFE courses and private providers. There is also audio visual material and computers to enable electronic searching from various sources. The resource room is open during recess and lunch and students are able to gain access at these times. Individual appointments with the Careers Adviser can be arranged as needed. Visits by Army, Navy, Airforce, Police and other workplace organisations are organised to give students exposure to first hand information. Students in Year 10 and Year 12 attend the Central Coast Careers Expo annually and are invited to attend the Central Coast Campus (University, TAFE, Community College) Open Day held mid-year. Students studying a Vocational Education Program (VET Course) are required to undertake work placement in an industry setting. These placements are structured to provide students with experience and further training on the job.  
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Year 7 and 8 Information
At St Edward’s College, our focus is upon learning. Our strategic focus is about providing a holistic education where learning opportunity is paramount. We endeavour to seek outcomes and provide conditions where: Charism and spirituality enhance learning Service and outreach enhance learning Pastoral care supports learning Leadership enhances learning Curriculum and teaching promote learning Extra curricular activity enhances learning Finance and administration enhance learning We aim to educate St Edward’s boys in the Cultural Characteristics and spirit of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. As such, each boy will be exposed to learning about Being Just, Compassion, Spirituality, Stewardship, Pastoral Care, Service to others, supporting the marginalised through Faith in Action. In conjunction with the parents, we endeavour to foster a spirit of learning as we prepare future Australian citizens and participants in a globalised world. [Year 7 Handbook 2017 (Issued at Information Evening 2016)]   [Handbook for Year 8 students selecting electives for Year 9]   [Years 7 - 12 Independent Study Guidelines]  
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Year 9 and 10 Information
The following information outlines subjects taught in Years 9 and 10 at St Edward's College. The handbook below provides a detailed description of the elective subjects, information regarding the compulsory subjects taught in Years 9 and 10. Record of School Achievement (RoSA) The NSW Minister for Education announced on 4 August, 2011 that the School Certificate tests would not be administered beyond 2011. It was announced that there will be a new credential to replace the School Certificate. The RoSA has been created for students who leave school after completing Year 10, but before receiving their HSC. The credential will provide a ongoing cumulative record for students. It will record grades for courses students complete in Year 10 and in Year 11.  Schools will report a grade to the Board of Studies based on school-based assessment for each student in Years 10 and 11. Students entering Year 10 in 2012 will be eligible for the new credential when they have completed Stage 5.  The finishing date for Year 10 will be the same as for the rest of the school.  They will have a formal exam period that will contribute to their Semester 2 College Report. Optional literacy and numeracy tests will be available for school leavers.  The tests will be taken online and will be available to students twice a year.  They will be designed to provide school leavers with a current supplementary assessment of these key skills.  ] [Year 9 Subject Selection Handbook 2017]   Subject Selection Handbook for current Year 10 Students for Year 11 2018   [Years 7-12 Independent Study Information]   Subject Selection Information for Year 10 Students Making Subject Selection for 2018] |PDF    Vocational Education & Training for 10 Students Making Subject Selection for 2018 | PDF   Choosing Wisely Choosing Well Subject Selection for Year 11 2018 | PDF  
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Preliminary and HSC Information
During the HSC year teachers will give students feedback on their progress in the courses that are being studied. This type of assessment and its results help students form an impression about how they are progressing in each course. This feedback will take many forms, eg a comment in class, a written comment on a piece of work corrected by the teacher, the result of a topic test, a mark or grade given for a piece of work, a discussion about a practical task. However, at various times during the HSC course teachers are required by NESA to formalise their assessment of students' progress. To do this, teachers administer what are referred to as 'Assessment Tasks'. Performance on these Assessment Tasks is one of the factors that determine whether a student satisfactorily completes the requirements for the HSC course. The results of the Assessment Tasks administered during the HSC course are actually reported on the Higher School Certificate with the HSC exam mark. The booklet below provides details of the formal Assessment tasks that will be administered in the various subjects and of the procedures that teachers and students will be asked to follow in the administration of these Assessment tasks. Transition Information Evening | PDF   [HSC Assessment Handbook 2017]   Year 11 Subject Selection Handbook   [Years 7-12 Independent Study Guidelines]   [2016-2017 HSC  Information Presentation on 1 November 2016]
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Literacy, Numeracy and NAPLAN Testing
In 2008, St Edwards College, along with all Australian schools, commenced sitting for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The acquisition of adequate literacy and numeracy skills is a vital educational outcome for young people. Such skills have consequences for further study, labour market experiences and, more generally, social wellbeing. At St Edward's College we strive to work with each student to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Our students are encouraged to use various techniques established in the classroom. Some of these are: TEEL and our School Editing Code. St Edward's College students are continually encouraged to also develop their numeracy skills (both calculator and non-calculator). Below are links to the techniques mentioned above, as well as information for NAPLAN.  For further information please contact Ms Lisa Alcorn, Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator on the College phone number 4321 6400.   For more information, including test dates and test samples, please visit the NAPLAN website HSC 2020 minimum standards in Literacy and Numeracy (002)|PDF
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Daily Timetable
The College timetable is organised in a ten day cycle, ie the timetable is made up of days 1 to 10 over a two week period. Students will be given personal timetables which reflect their chosen subject times. Throughout the course of the day on Monday to Thursday, students at the College attend six, 50 minute periods held at the times below. Daily Timetable Monday to Thursday Friday 8.45 am - 9.00 am Tutor 8.35 am - 9.15 am Assembly/Tutor 9.00 am - 9.50 am Period 1 9.15 am - 10.05 am Period 1 9.50 am - 10.40 am Period 2 10.05 am - 10.55 am Period 2 10.40 am - 11.00 am Recess 10.55 am - 11.15 am Recess 11.00 am - 11.50 am Period 3 11.15 am - 12.05 pm Period 3 11.50 am - 12.40 pm Period 4 12.05 pm - 12.10 pm Tutor 12.40 pm - 1.20 pm Lunch 12.10 pm - 12.50 pm Lunch 1.20 pm - 2.10 pm Period 5 12.50 pm - 2.50 pm Activities 2.10 pm - 3.00 pm Period 6 2.50 pm - 3.00 pm Tutor 3.00 pm - 3.02 pm Dismissal On Friday, during the morning Administration time, a General Assembly is held. Friday afternoons, periods 4, 5 and 6 are used for Sport/Activities. Year 11 and 12 students have classes on a Friday afternoon between 12:40 pm and 2:50 pm. Extension classes in Years 11 and 12 (for example in English, Mathematics and History) are usually conducted outside of this timetable, i.e. before 8:45 am and/or after 3:02 pm.
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Stationery Requirements 2017
Year 7 receive a complimentary book pack on their first day of school 2017. Years 8-12 are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Please find below the stationery lists for Years 8-11 for 2017. Parents may choose to purchase their stationery requirements through their own supplier or parents are now able to access OfficeMax to purchase stationery online and have it delivered directly to their home. If you choose to purchase online through OfficeMax, follow the link below, our stationery lists are available on the OfficeMax website.  The St Edward's College Access Key is 16SU9D. Any enquiries please direct to OfficeMax on 1800 004 427. [Year 8 Stationery Requirements 2017]   [Year 8 OfficeMax Information]   [Year 9 Stationery Requirements 2017]   [Year 9 OfficeMax Information]   [Year 10 Stationery Requirements 2017]   [Year 10 OfficeMax Information]   [Year 11 Stationery Requirements 2017]   [Year 11 OfficeMax Information]   [Link to OfficeMax Schools]  
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