Enrolment
St Edward’s At A Glance
St Edward’s covers a nine hectare site on the shores of Caroline Bay. The College has three multi-purpose ovals, other sporting facilities, a multipurpose hall / gymnasium, specialised technology and art facilities, computer laboratories, and a purpose built food technology room. Trade Training Centres in Schools Program In 2009, in a joint application with St Joseph’s Catholic College, St Edward’s was given over one million dollars from the Commonwealth Government to establish a Trade Training Centre. From 2010/11 boys at the College in Years 10 to 12 will be able to commence the first stage of a school based apprenticeship/traineeship in the Construction, Hospitality or Metals area whilst also studying for the HSC credential. This will complement the already wide range of courses offered at the College in the vocational area. Fee Schedule Fees are invoiced in January and parents/carers have the option of paying in full at the commencement of the school year or paying by weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments.  All instalments are to be paid using direct debit authority. A sibling discount is applied to school fees charged for second and subsequent brothers attending St Edward's College concurrently.  As St Edward's College is not a CSO (Catholic Schools Office) school, it does not offer sibling discount or relief from payment of the building level for students with siblings attending other schools in the Diocese. Range of Courses St Edward’s College offers a range of courses to cater for individual student requirements. These include: Extension courses Courses with a vocational orientation Programs to extend talented students Programs to assist students who find the schooling process difficult Liturgical Celebrations On a regular basis throughout the year, the celebration of the Eucharist - the central action of our Catholic Faith - is experienced by the whole school community. Reflection Days and Retreats are also experienced for all students. Justice and Peace Program The College facilitates a comprehensive Justice and Peace Program that aims to develop the Christian awareness of the students and to positively help those in need on the Central Coast, the wider Australian community, and the world at large. Technology St Edward's College takes pride in the extensive range of technology resources available to all students.  Programs and policies have been developed to ensure that the College stays current with the latest technology trends.  The College provides over 800 devices throughout the campus comprising of six state of the art computer classrooms and specialised multimedia enhanced classrooms in Technology and Music.  Many other classrooms contain sets of Notebooks stored in pods.  In the Br MD Shanahan Learning Centre the students have the ability to engage with Desktop, Notebook and iPad devices to enhance their learning experience.  All these resources are filtered to the students via Ednet and the College Portal. Careers Adviser To assist students in their decisions on further education, subject choices and possible career pathways, St Edward’s has a full-time careers adviser and vocational education coordinator working in career education. Sporting Arena 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. Outdoor Education St Edward's College runs an Outdoor Education program through camps, which are held in Years 7 to 10. The program provides a sequential course for the four years, developing skills of a higher order each year. All activities are supervised by accredited staff of 'Outdoor Education Australia', as well as a member of staff from the College. Some of the activities conducted on these camps include archery, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, initiative challenges and fencing. Roll Call Tutor Groups Roll-call tutor groups are made up of about 24 students, with a small number of students from each year (7 to 12). Senior students are given the opportunity to care for and help younger students. This allows the younger students to get to know older students in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and gives them the benefit of having an older peer to relate to at school. The inter-relationship helps promote a positive spirit throughout the College. Counsellors The College employs two full-time counsellors to work with students to talk through issues that are of concern to them.  
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Process and Procedures
Set out below is the step by step procedure to be followed by all intending applicants for Year 7 in 2018. Applications open on Friday 17 Feburary, 2017 and close on Friday 28 April 2017. Complete the attached Enrolment Application Form and Reference Form. Please include copies of your son’s: Birth Certificate, Sacrament Certificates (if applicable), Year 5 Yearly School Report, Year 5 Naplan Report, Priest's Reference (for Catholic applicants), Minister's Reference (for other Christian denominational applicants, Two (2) Personal References (for non-Christian faith applicants). Catholic applicants should forward the completed Priest Reference Form to their Parish Priest and then contact him for an appointment as soon as possible. The Parish Priest will then forward this Reference Form and his recommendation directly to St Edward’s. Applications from other Christian denominational traditions should obtain a reference from their Minister. Applications from other non-Christian faith traditions should obtain two (2) personal references for their son. Return the completed Enrolment Application directly to the College Registrar, 13 Frederick Street, Gosford NSW 2250. A $100 application fee is required with this Enrolment application. This fee is non-refundable. All applications will be interviewed as part of the enrolment process. Families will be contacted regarding an interview time and date after the Enrolment Application Form has been received. The interview will be conducted by the Principal, the Assistant Principal or a member of the College Executive. Offers of acceptance will be mailed to families on Monday 29 May 2017. Robert Allwell & Associates is an educational company that provides the College with much needed data to assist with class placement for your son. This is known as The Allwell Test. As part of the enrolment procedure, we ask that each applicant sit for the Allwell Test. The testing day will be held on Thursday 8 June, 2017. Please know that this is not an entrance examination. A letter outlining the details of this day will be mailed to families prior to the day of testing. Written results will be provided to all boys who attended the test, in Term 1, 2018. Any questions about the above procedures or the contents of the Prospectus may be directed in the first instance to the Enrolment Secretary, Mrs Simone Bartlett on 4321 6420. Alternatively Mr Chris Millar, College Registrar, can also be contacted by telephoning 4321 6423 during school hours.
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Priority of Enrolment
The College’s foundation in the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church is fundamental to its existence. There is a programmed system of instruction in the Catholic Faith as well as provision for experiences that assist students to explore their spirituality culminating in the senior retreat programme. The College endeavours to be a living Christian Community through the way in which we treat each other and develop positive relationships through our programmes and practices. A programme of Christian Service through a Social Justice Programme operates through Years 7 to 12. It is appropriate to infuse all study wherever possible with insights provided by Catholic teachings and values so that knowledge, culture and faith are integrated. The College welcomes and respects students from other Christian traditions and it is our experience that these students are quite comfortable with the Religious ethos of the College. When considering enrolment priority, the College Enrolment Committee will examine the following criteria: The Catholic boys currently attending Catholic Primary feeder schools The Catholic boys currently attending other Catholic primary schools The Catholic boys currently attending Government and Non-Government primary schools Boys who have a brother/s enrolled at St Edward’s College Boys who are sons of ex-students of St Edward’s College Boys who are from other Christian denominational tradition known to their faith community Boys who are from other Christian denominational traditions Boys who are from non-Christian faith traditions Once the first round of offers has been made to students of Year 7 families, further offers will then be made according to the criteria above. In general, places that become available after the commencement of the school year will be filled by the student who best suits the place being vacated, eg class numbers, subjects and elective choices. The Enrolment Committee and College Principal may digress from these guidelines for pastoral reasons.
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Enrolment Forms
St Edward’s is an Independent Catholic boys’ College owned and conducted by the Christian Brothers. Places are available at St Edward’s for young men, who together with their families, wish to develop their relationship with God and the Catholic Church community and live accordingly. It is expected that students strive to develop their talents and realise their potential by accepting the challenges offered by the College. Pre-enrolment testing of applicants is conducted by an independent body and these results are utilised to enable us to better place students in subjects and classes. Academic criteria are not used to exclude Catholic students from this College. Full Fee Paying Overseas Students are not enrolled in the College. Expression of Interest Form    Scholarships and Bursaries The College will also offer scholarships in four areas to enrolled senior students in Years 11 & 12: Board Scholarship for academic excellence Catholic Womens' League Scholarship for all-round potential Sport Parents and Friends for all-round ability and need (two) Further information may be obtained at the enrolment interview or by contacting the Enrolment Secretary.
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Financial Matters
The College draws its support from the Commonwealth and State Government Grants, from the tuition fees paid by the parents, and from the voluntary fund-raising activities of parents groups such as the Parents and Friends Association. The Current fees in 2017 are: Year Tuition Building Levy (per family) Total Fees 7 $5754 $866 $6620 8 $5724 $866 $6620 9 $5724 $866 $6620 10 $5724 $866 $6620 11 $6838 $866 $7704 12 $6838 $866 $7704 Sibling discounts: Years 7-10 second student discount is $794 and third student discount is $1586. Years 11-12 second student discount is $1174 and third student discount is $2348. Fee Policies Parents are not asked to pay for such activities as excursions, camps and Friday sport. These are included in the school fee. Exceptions include TVet courses in Years 10, 11 and 12. Installments Annual fees may be paid in full by 17 February 2017, alternatively annual fees may be paid by a payment arrangement using weekly, fortnightly or monthly Direct Debit from a bank account or credit card. Financial Hardship There is a very compassionate process for those parents, who through genuine financial hardship are unable to pay all or part of the College fees. Such cases are considered by the Business Manager, the Principal and the College Finance Committee. Confidentiality is assured and some documentation will be required. Pursuit of Unarranged Non-Payment of Fees The College will pursue payment of fees where no arrangement has been made for delayed settlement. This can ultimately mean the use of a debt collection agency or the legal system, where requests for payment by the College have failed. Withdrawal from School Ten weeks notice of withdrawal of a boy from the School is required. Upon withdrawal, parents remain liable for a weekly pro-rata portion of all fees up to the withdrawal date or a date ten weeks after notice is given whichever is the latest. Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Principal, not to any other member of school staff. Insurance The College insures its own property. It does not insure the belongings of any student. The College takes out 24-hour accident insurance (365 days/year, worldwide) on behalf of all students.
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Scholarships
The College community has undertaken to support various students by providing a number of scholarships for 2016 to students enrolled at the College. These are: The Board Scholarship for academic excellence. Year 11 and 12 The Catholic Women’s League Scholarship. Year 11 and 12 The P & F Edmund Rice Scholarship for all round ability. Year 11 and 12 Sport Scholarship. Year 11 and 12 The Judy Skeahan Bequest Scholarship (St Vincent de Paul). Year 9 and 10 The rationale behind these scholarships is in keeping with the Cultural Characteristics that form the basis of our existence as a school in the Edmund Rice tradition. In particular, the Cultural Characteristics ‘At the Margins’ and ‘Service of Others’ where students and staff are involved in programmes in which they interact and work with the disadvantaged, understanding service as the movement from charity to justice. [Scholarship Information Letter]   [Scholarship Application]  
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Important Dates to Remember
The following are important 2017 dates to remember for all 2018, Year 7 enrolments. 17 February 2017 Enrolment for Year 7, 2017 Opens 9 March 2017 Year 6, 2017 - A Day in the Life of St Edward's College for local Catholic Primary Schools 11 March 2017 Open Day - 10.00 am to 2.00 pm 28 April 2017 Last Day for Enrolment Applications to be returned 29 May 2017 Offers of Acceptance sent to families 8 June 2017 Allwell Testing for Year 6 students 13 June 2017 Last Day for Offers of Acceptance Forms to be returned 16 June 2017 Second round of Offers of Enrolment sent to families 2 November 2017 Information Evening for Year 7, 2018  
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Allwell Testing
Robert Allwell and Associates, a firm of educational consultants, conduct tests for each new student before commencement. These tests assist the College to assess each new student’s current level of achievement in the skills of mathematics, reading comprehension, spelling and written expression. These tests are not an entrance examination, they are used, together with school assessments and teacher reports, to enable the College to provide the educational facilities best suited to individual needs. In addition, this information will enable the College to monitor and guide the progress of each student more effectively. Individual results are summarised and measured against other students of the same year across the State. These results are posted home after commencement.
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Change of Student Details
It is of great importance that the Enrolment Section of St Edward’s College have the most up-to-date contact information for students and their parents. Mobile phone numbers and email addresses often change as well as addresses and emergency contact information.  Without the correct information, College staff cannot quickly contact parents in case of emergency, newsletters and other important information cannot be forwarded and absentee notifications cannot be sent. A change of details form is available for downloading. The completed form should be returned to the College enrolment secretary, Mrs Bartlett. This can be via the front office, the tutor file or directly to Mrs Bartlett in the Mona Vale building. Change of address.pdf  
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Privacy Notice from DEEWR
St Edward's College is required, as part of funding arrangements, to provide the Commonwealth Government with student residential addresses. Please see the Privacy Notice below outlining the purpose of the collection of this information. [Privacy Notice]  
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