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College Athletics Carnival
The College will be conducting our Athletics carnival on Friday 25 August at Adcock Park, West Gosford. The following are some important practical details in regard to the carnival.  It is compulsory for all boys to attend and rolls will be taken throughout the day.  We need all boys to be at Adcock Park by 8.45 am.  Parents are welcome to attend. If students want to compete in the 1500 m event, they must be at the oval ready to race by 8.30 am. Transport Normal school buses to and from school will run in the morning / afternoon. Boys from the southern end of the coast will be dropped off near McDonald’s at West Gosford.  Students are then required to cross the Central Coast Highway at the pedestrian lights immediately outside McDonalds where a staff member will be stationed to direct them safely across the main road. All other students traveling by bus are required to catch their normal bus to the College and at 8.30 am they will be directed to make their way to Adcock Park. Staff will be stationed along the way to direct students to the correct and safest crossing points.  They will not be permitted to cross at any other points. This is most important for their safety and wellbeing. Other students may make their own way to the carnival if appropriate. All students requiring afternoon bus transport will return on foot to the College under the close supervision of staff and catch the afternoon school specials as normal. Uniform For identification purposes, it is imperative that all St Edward’s boys attend the carnival in their College track suit/sports uniform. This is most important so that we can carry out appropriate supervision of all the boys on that day. Senior students who don’t have a sports uniform should wear appropriate sports clothing, possibly in their house colours. General Directions As maximum participation is the aim of the day, points will be allocated for every student entering an event. Boys need to be equally prepared for the weather, especially at this time of the year. There is little protection from the elements at Adcock Park, so boys also need to bring a hat and sun protection cream etc. The BBQ/canteen will be run on the day as a fundraiser by the Year 12 students and is on a cash only There is no facility for use of flexischool accounts or student cards at Adcock Park. The boys are asked not to bring footballs, basketballs or soccer balls with them as there will be no opportunity to use them on the day. The balls can be a hazard on a day such as this. It is imperative that no boy brings along large sums of money or valuable audio equipment etc. In these situations it is impossible for the College to take responsibility for items that go missing on the day. In the event of obvious inclement weather, boys would need to come to school prepared for the normal Friday timetable. A posting will be listed on the College Facebook page and the College App. No announcement definitely means the carnival will go ahead.    Only if the carnival is to be cancelled, will an announcement be made after 6.30 am on the radio stations (2GO, Sea FM and Star FM).  For the sake of the credibility of the College, it is most important that boys do not ring the stations for news of a cancellation as it would cause grave inconvenience. The co-operation of boys and their families with these guidelines will ensure that it is an enjoyable day for all in attendance.  Under normal circumstances the carnival should conclude by 2.15 pm.  No boys will be permitted to leave the oval before that time.  I would ask that parents co-operate in not asking for their sons to leave before that time.
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Science Week
It is currently National Science Week and St Edward’s are celebrating through several activities aimed at increasing student awareness, application and involvement in science this week. On Monday, Year 9 attended an incursion on Forensic Science – A Case of Conspiracy – run by Education Interactive. An 18 year old boy is arrested for a murder which he claims to know nothing about. The murdered man was shot three time and found next to a burnt out car in bushland. A gun, drugs and a stash of money were found at the home of the accused. Students will examine the crime scene and analyse the evidence including arson, autopsy, DNA, and ballistics. On top of the science this case also deals with drug awareness and the impacts of hanging out with the wrong crowd.   During this incursion, boys are encouraged to use their analytical skills to act as Forensic Scientists examining crime scene evidence to determine who carried out the deed and to hopefully help clear the name of those wrongfully accused. The boys were encouraged to use the weight of evidence, rather than just go with “gut instinct” when deciding on the guilty party. On Wednesday, we are once again delighted to host Ruben Meerman – aka, The Surfing Scientist. Students from Years 7 to 12 have the opportunity to witness Ruben carry out a range of thought provoking experiments that link what their pre-existing knowledge to contemporary and current affairs news items that have global implications – from global warming to the inappropriate use of commercially available lasers and the boys have the chance to discuss with Ruben his recent ground breaking study on how weight lost is expelled through breathing. Ruben’s wealth of knowledge and experience working with leading researchers and science communicators, as well as his unbound enthusiasm will definitely inspire a new generation of scientists. On Thursday and Friday the College host 6 of our Catholic primary feeder schools Year 5 students in the 5th annual Science and Engineering Discovery Days. Lead by students from the Year 9 and Year 10 extension classes, the days involve the students undertaking a range of hands-on problem solving activities that range from bridge building, through to creating earthquake proof buildings and code breaking. These two days are fantastic opportunities to further build links within our school communities, while providing a chance for our students to demonstrate leadership skills while offering authentic learning opportunities in STEM education for our partner schools. Also, throughout the week many science classes have been undertaking the Education Perfect World Science Championships online. This is a challenge where students complete a range of questions covering all aspects of science and technology, with points being awarded per correct response, with live feedback given, as well as ranking in NSW Catholic Schools and across the globe. I wish all our students undertaking this task the best of luck and hope they gain a greater confidence in their ability from this task. It is with thanks to the fantastic Science Faculty at the College that these activities, and the many other extra-curricular learning activities that take place throughout the year take place. Happy Science week and embrace your inner geek. Mr Trent Foster Science Coordinator Forensic Science [smallgallery fooid="7057"] Ruben Meerman, The Surfing Scientist [smallgallery fooid="7098"]  
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Liberating Education
We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all. - EREA Charter As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition St Edward's College: Encourages all members of the school community to work to the best of their ability, to realise their potential and to strive for equity and excellence Serves the needs of each person, providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant, dynamic and creative Provides a learning culture that enables students to experience success within a safe and healthy environment Provides a holistic education integrating faith with culture and learning while giving an appreciation of the need to strive for the greater good of all society (Tip:  View YouTube video in High Definition by selecting 'cog' icon in bottom right-hand corner and selecting High Definition in the quality setting) [embed][/embed]      
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Parent/Teacher Interviews Login Information
Parent/Teacher Interviews for Term 3 will be held on two evenings, Tuesday 22 August (Week 6) and Thursday 31 August (Week 7). These two evenings will be for all year groups and will be a good opportunity for parents and staff to meet and discuss the progress of students.  It will also be a good opportunity for parents of Year 12 students to discuss the Trial HSC examination results and the lead up to the HSC exams, and for parents of Year 11 students to discuss the upcoming Preliminary HSC exam period that will take place in the last two weeks of Term 3. Parents will be able to book appointments for either of the evenings that suit.  Please note that interviews on Tuesday 22 August will commence at 3:30 pm and conclude at 8:30 pm with a staggered dinner break for staff during the evening.  Interviews on Thursday 31 August will commence at 3:30 pm and will conclude at 6:30 pm.  All interviews will be of five (5) minutes duration. The Parent/Teacher interview bookings are managed with an internet-based booking system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). It will save time for parents, staff and students. Using this system you will be able to book the interview times that suit you best. Access to the system will be available from Monday 14 August at 7.00 pm and will be closed off for bookings the day before interviews. Please follow these steps to access the system: Click here go to the PTO website Click on “Obtain PIN/Password” (you will need to supply your email address) Enter your email address and click on "Send Email" Check your email in-box for your login details or click on the link in the email Go back to the PTO website, login with the details supplied via email Follow the online instructions to complete the bookings. Please note that in Step 1 of the booking process you will need to select the start date and time by scrolling through the drop-down menu until you reach your desired start time. For additional information please click on the links below [ptoquickguide] If you encounter any problems using PTO please contact the school office on 4321 6400.
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Science Just Got Tasty!
Mr Grant's Year 8 Science class experienced a very 'tasty' lesson this week. They are studying cell theory and the use of scientific models. Students researched cell organelle function and appearance. They were given a selection of ingredients and asked to model a basic animal or plant cell, including at least four organelles. A messy but creative experience and a great opportunity to collaborate. They will remember these organelles forever! [smallgallery fooid="6996"]
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Back to St Edward’s – Reunion
St Edward's Old Boys are invited to attend a Back to St Edward's Day on Sunday 10 September 2017.
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Academic Assembly – Semester One
On Wednesday 19 July, the College held its mid-year Academic Assemblies in the Edmund Rice Centre. At these assemblies the College Community celebrated the academic achievements of students in Years 7 to 12 throughout Terms One and Two.  Many parents and family members were also in attendance to support and share in the students' achievements. Award Recipients | PDF   [smallgallery fooid="6891"]
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HSC Trial Examination Timetable
Please see the link below for the HSC Trial Examination Timetable The examinations commence Monday 31 July 2017 and conclude Monday 14 August 2017 HSC Trial Examination Timetable 2017  
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Meningococcal ACWY Catch Up Clinics for Years 11 and 12
Central Coast Local Health District will be offering catch up clinics for the Meningococcal ACWY vaccination to Year 11 and 12 students who missed receiving this vaccination at school. Dates and locations are below: Thursday 13 July 2017 between 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm at Erina Health Centre, 169 The Entrance Road, Erina.  (opposite Erina High School). Friday 14 July 2017 between 9.00 am to 11.00 am at Lake Haven Community Health Centre, Stratford Avenue, Lake Haven. Friday 14 July 2017 between 12.00 midday to 2.00 pm at Long Jetty Community Health Centre, Wyong Road, Killarney Vale (next to Hospital). Students who returned signed consent forms but did not receive this vaccination at previous school clinics will be advised in writing of the above catch up clinics. However, if students are unable to attend any of these catch up clinics, their consent card will be retained by the school immunisation team and they will be offered this vaccination at the next scheduled Year 7 school vaccination clinic.  This funded vaccine is also available at their local GP this year.
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MS Readathon 2017
This year, students of St Edward’s College will be participating in the MS Readathon. All students are encouraged to participate in this worthy cause. The rewards for participating are knowing that we are helping those with MS and building our literacy skills through reading. Each student will be able to add to their Waterford hours through this fundraising event. Year 7 students will be able to receive Service Certificates for their efforts too! Registrations are open now. Follow the link to register Link to Register for MS Readathon When you search for your school/team, look for St. Edward's College. Reading will take place throughout the month of August. If you are looking for an interesting read, make sure you go to the library to see what is on offer. Final monies raised are to be submitted before 31 October 2017. Happy reading! Lisa Alcorn Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator  
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What’s Cooking in Food Technology?
The Food Technology Department has been very busy creating tasty treats over the past few weeks. Year 9 Food Technology students made tasty 'Apple and Oatmeal Cookies', which are wholesome cookies with rolled oats, walnut and grated apples, as part of their introductory Nutrition unit. The boys had challenges to see who could make the largest, scummiest cookies! Year 10 have been studying Food and the Australian Identity and mastered the art of rolling spring rolls, which is quite a feat trying to stop the filling from falling out. This culinary journey has taken them from Indigenous cuisine to the foods of the early settlers and now a journey of foods from countries that have shaped the eating habits of Australia. These spring rolls were a healthy alternative, as they were baked, not fried. Year 11 Hospitality made Marinated Chicken Wings, then using the chicken off-cuts and vegetable mirepoix to make a white stock for use later in the year. The Year 12 class tempted their sweet taste buds and made Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel sauce. Year 11 Food Technology was fortunate enough to have a hands-on workshop with the representatives from Cake and Plate. They decorated 6 cupcakes with fondant into various food designs as part of their Food Quality unit. Year 12 finalised the Food Product Development unit with a launch, to their peers, of their snack foods. Many boys developed very creative foods which showed great initiative and enthusiasm. [smallgallery fooid="6416"] [smallgallery fooid="6470"] [smallgallery fooid="6666"] Recipes APPLE & OATMEAL COOKIES | PDF BAKED SPRING ROLLS | PDF BEEF TACOS | PDF PRALINE & TOFFEE | PDF STICKY DATE PUDDINGS | PDF  
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Principal Award Recipients
We congratulate the students who were presented with a Principal Award at assembly on Friday 19 May 2017. These students were acknowledged by their teachers as young men who are committed to achieving their personal best and were identified through the analysis of the Interim Reports for Years 7 to 11 and the Mid-Course Reports for Year 12.  They are to be congratulated on their application and effort towards their studies. Award Recipients Year 7 Ari Bailey Tom Crouch Jacques Engelbrecht Atticus Fotofili Ronan Grattan Nick Green Christopher Kemp Jacob Newport Luke Richards Cameron Shaw Connor Spokes Brodie Sweetman Reece Tredwell Alec Warwick Louie Whyatt Year 8 John French Bryson Hartle Joel Vaughan Josh Zaia Year 9 Ethan Dehring Emilio Ingham-Freitas Samuel Mashman Joel Thoms Year 10 Joe Gatt Samuel Harris Lukas Kalos Alex Morris Lachlan Smith Callum Sutton Year 11 Lachlan Barnes Adam Bing Liam Bruchhauser William Butlin Oliver Byrne Marcus Hudson Liam Meggs Mitchell Meredith Alejandro Murdoch Noah Pagden Patrick Rosee Liam Seymour  Year 12 Callum Balneaves Cody Barrett Owen Chaperon Peter Dignam Riley Friend Callum Leighton Hammish Loader Jack O'Connell Mathew Sharpe [smallgallery fooid="6307"]
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Year 12 Retreats at Winbourne, Mulgoa
The retreats of 2016 will be remembered for the great enthusiasm and involvement of all students who attended. Year 12 were given the opportunity to participate in important spiritual experiences on their three day Retreat amid the peaceful and serene environment at the Mulgoa Retreat Centre. They didn’t waste this opportunity. Thanks to Father Jim, Father George, Father Andrew, Father Timothy and our guest presenter Mr Phil Proust as well as the staff from the College for their dedication to our Retreat program. Many staff from the College were instrumental in leading the boys through reflection, prayer, discussion about ‘Images of God’, ‘What it is to be a Man in the 21st Century’, ‘Goal Setting’, ‘The Importance of Communication’, and their future directions. The celebration of Eucharist was very special as it is the last Retreat for this cohort. Parents and staff should be very proud of the input and maturity shown by Year 12. Our guest speakers for the retreat were Mr Phil Proust, Mr Damien Stockwell and Mrs Thomas. All three spoke brilliantly and the boys left with lots to think about. Their talks were informative and inspiring and were well received by Year 12 students. I am confident that these quality experiences will have a lasting effect upon our boys in preparing them for the future. I have no doubt that in years to come, many boys will remember these few days as being very significant in their lives. I thank and congratulate all Year 12 students for the quality of their involvement. The staff at Mulgoa were lavish in their praise of these fine young men from St Edward's. They could not speak highly enough of their positive attitude, friendliness, cooperation, courtesy, and willingness to enter completely into the spirit of the Retreat. A typical comment about the boys was, 'I can’t get over how well rounded they are, probably because they have been exposed to a variety of social justice experiences.' This particular group is a great credit to their families and the College. A special thank you to Mr Speziale the Year 12 Coordinator, and Mrs Toomey our REC for all the great work they did during these important days of review and reflection. [smallgallery fooid="6084"]
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Founder’s Day Mass
The College Founder's Day Mass was once again a special day for St Edward's College. The students were reverent, respectful and prayerful throughout the ceremony in spite of the fact that a fire alarm sounded during Mass. Mass was presided over by Father Jim the Parish Priest of Kincumber. Congratulations must go to all our brilliant musicians who performed at Mass. Staff who performed were Mrs Riley, Mr Beattie and Mr Ritchie. Students in the band were Lochie Gower, Tom Kelly, Chris Kfoury and Jack Lesley. Our musicians were thoroughly prepared by Mr Toole and Mr Droz. Their performances added so much to the prayerful atmosphere of the mass. It was the first occasion that former Brothers and Staff were formally invited back to St Edward’s College to celebrate this Mass. This is a tradition that will continue. At a special lunch, long serving staff were recognised and old friends were reacquainted. Thanks to all the parents and friends of the College who were able to attend on the day. A big thank you to all that contributed to this wonderful community celebration.   [smallgallery fooid="5856"] [embed][/embed] [embed][/embed] [embed][/embed]  
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The Typequick Workshop
The Typequick Workshop 'Typing is a core skill for students in the new millennium'. The Typequick Workshop at St Edward’s College has trained 18 students to touch type. Skills, speed and accuracy gained from the workshop enable students to gain confidence and work faster when completing tasks on the computer. Past students have made comments such as: 'I cannot believe how much faster I am on the computer when completing assessment tasks.' 'My speed was 8 wpm when I started.  I am now typing 20 wpm with 95% accuracy within only 6 weeks. ' Typequick Workshops are held in the Library from 8.15 am - 8.45 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week for a Term, under the direction and supervision of Mrs Edwards.  Any boys who wish to continue-on are welcome to do so while all students who have participated in the program are able to continue to have access to the program at home. There are positions available at present and if students are interested please contact Mrs Kiekebosch ( at the College for more information.  
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Easter Liturgy
The tradition of sharing our Holy Thursday celebration with St Joseph’s College continued this year.  It is amazing to see the Edmund Rice Centre packed with students to remember the significance of Easter. This is a solemn ceremony of prayer, song, and drama. The Passion of Christ is followed by witnessing the Stations of the Cross. This year our Year 10 students were outstanding in presenting the final days of Jesus. This year for the first time, the students from St Joseph’s performed a liturgical dance and it was excellent. The musicians on the day, under the guidance of the music staff from both Colleges produced brilliant performances and created a great atmosphere in the Edmund Rice Centre. Congratulations to all the students who prepared so thoroughly for this wonderful event. A final thank you to all who contributed to the most important liturgical event on the Christian calendar especially Mrs Green who did such a wonderful job. [smallgallery fooid="5520"]   [embed][/embed] [embed][/embed] [embed][/embed]
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A Reward for Year 8 French Students
On Wednesday 5 April, the 60 most enthusiastic Year 8 French students enjoyed a delicious French breakfast of croissants, mini toasts, brioches au chocolate and baguette, spread liberally with strawberry jam and dunked in a hot chocolate. Well done to these students! There will be another opportunity for a French breakfast in Term 2. The models of French icons formed part of the enthusiasm recordings and are testament to the extra effort made by these students. These models formed part of an assignment in which Year 8 students created an information source for a traveller to France. Félicitations to those students with beaucoup d’enthousiasme!krent dlien [smallgallery fooid="5305"]
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Measles Outbreak – Western Sydney
There is currently an outbreak of measles in South Western and Western Sydney, with at least 9 people having acquired the disease in the region during March 2017. Please see the information below for more details:  Measles Outbreak    
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St Edward’s vs Patrician Brothers’ Blacktown
The annual trial game against one of the powerhouses of schoolboy Rugby League was played on our manicured number one oval on a wet and wild Thursday in Week 9. Spectators witnessed two competitive games. St Edwards’ won the Under 14’s and Blacktown took out the Under 15’s. The Under 14's game was a free flowing affair considering the conditions with both teams creating many try scoring opportunities. St Edward's used their backs to gain ground where as Blacktown were intent on using their big forwards to plough through the middle of the ruck. In the end the St Edward's defence held on to secure a 4 tries to 2 victory. There were many great individual performances on the day and every player should be congratulated for their effort and spirit they displayed during the game. In the senior game Blacktown dominated from the first whistle. It soon became clear that they were too big and strong in every position. The Blacktown team had great power and skill. Credit must go to the determined and courageous men from St Edward's for the way they banded together and tried to counter every move the giant Blacktown team threw at them. Once again there were great performances from both teams.  In a dominate performance Blacktown were victorious 7 tries to nil. A big thank you to all the people who contributed to this special day of Rugby League especially the boys from St Edward's who put their hand up to play. [smallgallery fooid="5403"]
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