Our College
From the Principal
St Edward’s College is a non-selective Catholic school which is governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). The College was founded by the Christian Brothers and has been educating boys on the Central Coast since 1953. The College provides a wonderfully rich education which is authentic to the values which underpin the touchstones for schools conducted in the traditions of Blessed Edmund Rice the founder of Christian Brothers schools worldwide. These touchstones being: Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity. St Edward’s first and foremost is a Catholic School which provides students with relevant and engaging opportunities to deepen their faith and spirituality. Students are encouraged to look beyond themselves putting their faith into action.  Through involvement in our social justice program students are challenged to become socially conscious, counter-cultural in their thinking and empowered to contribute positively to society through the promotion of inclusivity, justice and solidarity. The College is a learning community which provides a contemporary, holistic and liberating education that challenges, nurtures and inspires young men in years 7-12 to be aspirational regarding their future. Students are encouraged to strive to achieve their personal best, developing the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to flourish in an ever-changing world. St Edward’s acknowledges that the pastoral care and well-being of students is paramount to the promotion of quality learning. The development of positive relationships, between teachers, students and families remains a focus, to ensure that a nurturing environment, in which all students feel safe and supported in their learning is promoted. St Edward’s is a comprehensive school, providing a diverse range of learning experiences in the classroom through the broad range of subjects offered. These learning experiences are supported by a diverse selection of extra-curricular, sporting, cultural and religious experiences, allowing all boys to demonstrate their talents in a variety of ways. I invite you to visit our website to establish a sense of the rich, holistic and varied learning opportunities available to boys who attend St Edward’s. Mr Mark Bonnici Principal
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Foundation and History
In 1844 Mr William Shone received a land grant for the vacant land in Frederick Street. The land parcel was sloping and full of trees, blackberries and swamp. During 1850 to 1885 the land was sold and sold again until it was finally owned by Mr William Rogers, a hotelkeeper and councillor. Mr Rogers constructed a cottage in 1889 and called it ‘Mona, Vale’. Mr Rogers reared his family in the cottage. After Mr Rogers’ death in 1906 the cottage was willed to his children who rented it to an asparagus farmer and to stock owners. The first school in Frederick Street began in 1918 when the Misses MacCabe turned ‘Mona, Vale’ into a school for girls. William Rogers II constructed a large building used for a dormitory for the girl boarders. The girls’ school continued to operate at Frederick Street until 1923 when it ‘out grew’ the premises and moved to Lindfield. Between 1925 and 1937 the property was used as a dairy farm by numerous tenants, but by 1937 ‘Mona, Vale’ was once again a guest house. During the war, in 1940, the grandson of William Rogers (who also has the same name) moved into ‘Mona, Vale’ with his family. During this time Land Army women worked the land as market gardens to help in the war effort. Part of the cottage was also used for furniture storage. In 1951 Mr Rogers built a new home on the property and left ‘Mona, Vale’ empty. On 11 February 1952, the Christian Brothers purchased a section of the Frederick Street site. Mr G M Pluim of Wamberal was given the task of drawing plans for the school and for renovations to ‘Mona, Vale’. The school had four classrooms, science laboratory, toilet block, office and library. The Christian Brothers took up residence in ‘Mona, Vale’ in April 1953 where they occupied two rooms and ate in the third. Finally on 12 May 1953 St Edward's College opened, with 70 boys in attendance. By the end of 1954 the number of boys had grown to 120. As the years progressed, the number of enrolments grew and by 1966 St Edward's College boasted a second storey with four classrooms and offices as well as a new right wing with two science labs, three classrooms, a tuckshop, storerooms and toilets. The most appreciated addition to the College was, however, the handball court. The enrolment number reached 201 boys. Mona Vale wasn’t becoming any younger so part of it was demolished and a new residence was built for the Brothers’ in 1970-1971. Mona Vale was repaired inside and out, new lighting fittings were installed and it was converted to staff quarters with offices, a common room, small library and resource room. The Library was opened in 1972 and following this in 1980 the Technology block was completed. The Music Room (which was the former girls’ dormitory) was brick veneered. Between 1984 and 1987 St Edward's continued to grow with a new Library being constructed together with an AV room. A second story was added to the north wing and the canteen is improved. Soon, the College required an indoor sporting/assembly area and the Edmund Rice Centre opened in 1999 together with a new undercover bus shelter. By 2001 the Food Technology facility was opened and the Technology complex was improved to include a new art and woodwork area. Further development and improvements were made in 2004 to 2005. These developments included the addition of a third floor on the Haseler wing, which was also air conditioned; refurbishment of the existing rooms in the Haseler wing; new entrance and administration area; refitted rooms to accommodate 12 offices for the Pastoral Care team. In these improvements a lift, located near the Canteen, was also installed to allow access to all floors in the main building complex. On 5 November 2010 the St Edward's College Trade Training Centre, which adjoins the Technology complex, was opened. The Trade Training Centre allows St Edward's College to offer students trade based training while completing Years 10, 11 and 12. During 2014 construction commenced on the Shanahan Learning Centre.  The existing library, bookroom and careers building was demolished to enable the new multi-level Learning Centre to be erected. The Shanahan Learning Centre comprises a Music, Drama and practice room area, together with a 200 seat retractable tiered theatre area on the ground level; the second level includes a large canteen area and  a foyer area for the tiered theatre; a staff room, offices and staff lounge area make up the third level; and a library, technology centre is located on the top level.  The Shanahan Learning Centre was officially opened on 7 March 2015.
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The Christian Brothers and Edmund Rice
Edmund Rice was born at Callan in County Kilkenny, Ireland in 1762. His strongly based early education would lay the foundation for his future business life and career. His business career began in the port of Waterford where he worked with his uncle, Michael Rice, provisioning ships. He was talented and energetic and soon became a very wealthy man.   In 1785 Edmund fell in love and married Mary Elliot. By this time Edmund had become a well-respected and successful businessman who increasingly took more interest in the poor of Waterford as well as becoming more committed to his Catholic Faith attending Mass daily. Edmund’s happiness was shattered when in 1787 his father died and the following year Mary, his wife, was involved in a horse riding accident while pregnant with their first child. During the birth of their daughter in January 1789, Mary died due to complications and their young daughter, Mary, was born disabled. This shattering experience was the turning point in Edmund’s life. In 1796 Edmund wrote to His Holiness Pius VI concerning a plan to set up an order to educate poor youth in Ireland. In 1798 the Presentation Sisters, founded in Cork by Nano Nagle, came to Waterford and Edmund actively aided their establishment and charitable work. In 1802, drawing inspiration from Nano Nagle, Edmund renovated some property, and set up his first school for the ‘down and out’ children. Six boys made up his first class which was the beginning of an almost overwhelming success and in 1803 Bishop Hussey blessed Edmund’s impressive new school, Mount Sion. Edmund decided that the time had come to found a religious congregation of Brothers who would work in the schools. In 1808, Edmund and seven other companions took their first vows as Brothers of the Presentation, basing their life upon the principles laid down by the Presentation Sisters. Edmund would take the religious name, Ignatius. By 1809 there were seven hundred children attending Mount Sion. Finally, in 1822, Edmund Rice adopted new congregational rules and he, and his companions, would be known as Brothers of the Christian Schools or Christian Brothers. The Christian Brothers movement soon spread throughout Ireland and across the world. In 1825 the Brothers started schools in England and in 1843 they came to Sydney, Australia. Today, Edmund’s legacy has spread to over thirty countries where the Christian Brothers bring Christ’s message and Edmunds inspiration to thousands of people in their ministries and schools. At St Edward's College we can only rejoice that Blessed Edmund Rice’s message of love and hope continues to play a major part in our day to day lives.
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Edmund Rice Education Australia
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) is the body of schools, entities and offices offering a Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice. EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity. Established by the Christian Brothers in 2007, EREA now governs the schools owned by the Brothers at that time. With the addition of schools established since 2007 there are 48 schools in 2014 enrolling over 35,000 students, through all states and territories of Australia. As part of their mission within the Church and inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, schools offer an education guided by the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition. EREA has its own canonical and civil identity but remains closely connected to the Christian Brothers and their ongoing ministry. Schools operate in dioceses with the mandate of the Bishop of the diocese and work closely with local Diocesan education authorities. The opportunity for Edmund Rice Education Australia is to reinforce the distinctive values of Edmund Rice Education through a national and unified network of Australian schools and educational entities. The following key documents underpin Edmund Rice Education Australia's ministry as Church mission: Foundations For Schools Ministry as Church Mission as Applied to Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition The Charter A Proclamation of an Authentic Expression of Edmund Rice Education as applied to Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition Strategic Directions The role of Edmund Rice Education Australia - its Purpose, Vision and Strategic Intent Read the EREA Charter | PDF    [EREA Information Booklet]   The Design for EREA School Boards | PDF   Expression of Interest From Form | PDF   Find out more by visiting the EREA website
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Mission Statement
Our purpose is to promote excellence in learning and teaching in a climate of faith and pastoral care which prompts us to embrace the teachings of Jesus and to be compassionate in our service to others in an environment where young men achieve. Mission Framework St Edward’s College is a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition. Our mission is to develop in its members the evangelizing mission of the universal Catholic Church. The College gives emphasis to liberation through the empowering service of education for the sake of the kingdom and the promise of abundant life for all. Fide ac Scientia (Through Faith and Knowledge) To fulfil its mission, St Edward’s College gives emphasis to a genuine spiritual life that is built on joy, compassion and hope. The College’s education is built on the cornerstone of Christ, the tradition of the Church in education, the Charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and the continuing power of the Holy Spirit. Religious education, faith development experiences and social justice experiences are fundamental components of the College’s education. St Edward’s provides a curriculum attentive to the needs of each person. The teaching and learning experiences at the College are relevant, authentic, dynamic and creative. All members of the College are expected to work to the best of their abilities to realise their potential and to strive for individual excellence. The College provides a sound learning culture that enables students to experience success within a safe and healthy environment. The College is a place where ordinary boys achieve extraordinary things.          
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College Crest and Song
St Edward’s School Song We'll ring out three cheers for St Edward's, School of our hopes and our dreams And over the Brisbane Water, We will remain supreme. Chorus: St Edward's gateway to knowledge True sign of Christ our head. The spirit of St Edward's through Edmund Rice we are led. St Edward's gateway to knowledge True sign of Christ our head The spirit of St Edward's, Forever the black and red. Here's to the friendship that brightens The morning of our lives. And to the faith that guides us, To love and serve in Christ. Chorus: St Edward's gateway to knowledge True sign of Christ our head. The spirit of St Edward's through Edmund Rice we are led. St Edward's gateway to knowledge True sign of Christ our head The spirit of St Edward's, Forever the black and red   St Edward’s College Crest Our Crest takes the form of: Faith in ourselves, one’s ideals and the future is essential. Based on this faith, knowledge and skills – in physical, intellectual and spiritual fields help us to attain the ideal of the College – The Educated Christian Gentleman.
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The Haven Education Centre
The Haven Education Centre addresses the complex set of individual problems presented by students which result in them being unable to cope with mainstream education. The Centre has been established with staff highly specialized in working with these students. They are able to work on a 1:3 basis with the students and their families to assess the particular issues which are preventing the students attending mainstream schooling and to provide individual programs to address the identified problems. We are one of 51 Flexi Learning Centres in NSW and are now part of the EREA National Network. The Haven Education Centre is an annexe of and governed by St Edward's College, East Gosford.  The prime purpose of The Haven is to prepare these students for re-integration into mainstream schooling. Who Can Enrol? The Haven Education Centre is a non-denominational, co-educational Centre accredited by the Board of Studies to accept students in Years 7 and 8. Any student who is not coping with mainstream schooling on the Central Coast; due to learning, behavioural or emotional issues, are able to seek enrolment at The Centre. The Haven Education Centre does not offer Year 9 and 10 ROSA accreditation.  It only offers Year 7 and 8 classes. Students may be referred for enrolment from their home school or by their family or carer. An Intake and Review Committee determines which applicants are to be offered a place at The Centre. The majority of students enrolled at the Haven are from Government schools. There are no fees charged at the Centre. Is The Program Successful? A comment from one student: “I was always in trouble at my old school, getting kicked out of class and being suspended. Because there aren’t as many kids in class at The Haven you get lots more help and attention. This means you will get better at everything when you start to work with the teachers. They are all really cool and have helped me heaps.” The Board and teaching staff are realistic enough to know that The Haven will not have a 100% success rate but even a 50% success rate will mean that a significant number of students will have returned to mainstream schooling with a chance of becoming effective members of post-school society. What Is The Alternative? If centres like The Haven do not exist these students remain disenfranchised from any form of effective schooling and remain wandering the streets, at the beach or shopping centres with the temptation of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour such as petty crime and drug abuse. Many parents and mainstream schools are desperate for help to avoid this scenario arising. The Haven Education Centre is the only available educational facility catering for these students on the Central Coast and its services are highly regarded by the educational community in this area. Costs and Financial Support The Haven Education Centre costs in excess of $420,000 per year to run - a costly operation. However it must be recognised that all other attempts to cater for these students have been unsuccessful. If you consider the alternative long term cost to society (emotionally and financially), it is money well spent. We are privately funded through the Catholic community and Central Coast Business Houses. This local commitment ensures our survival and we rely heavily on them. Recently major corporations such as NRMA Motoring Services have also come on board. Put simply, without this support we don’t exist. We have no direct Government support even though 95% of our students are from state schools; in QLD the Annexes are fully supported by the Government. To cater for this different approach the student to teacher ratio at The Haven is generally about four to one and so salary costs are a significant proportion of the total cost of running The Centre. This ratio ensures the high level of success that is enjoyed by our students. How You Can Help? There are significant costs in gaining adequate teaching resources and equipment for the individualised programs required for the students at The Haven. In addition the recurrent annual expenses especially related to transport are proving difficult to cover - especially as students move into the re-integration process and require transportation to the various high schools around the Coast. To ensure the Centre’s ongoing success we are now seeking additional support of local businesses and community groups to assist in funding. This is a tangible way for local organisations to display their support for those most in need from our community. All sponsorship and donations are tax deductible and as all the fundraising and administration of these funds is on a voluntary basis you can be assured all monies raised will be used to directly assist the students at the Centre. Gold Sponsorship - Cost $1000 [per annum] Your Company or Organisation’s Logo would be displayed on our mini bus as an ongoing supporter of the Centre. All newsletters and fundraising material issued by the Centre will also carry your Company or Organisation’s Logo showing you as an ongoing supporter of the Centre. Silver Sponsorship - Cost $500 [per annum] All newsletters and fundraising material issued by the Centre will carry your Company or Organisation’s Logo showing you as an ongoing supporter of the Centre. This is all tax deductable as we are a registered charity. Link to The Haven Education Centre Website  
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Official Records
St Edward’s College is steeped in history and tradition. The official records that are displayed in this section form part of our history and we are proud to honour the office bearers and record holders that have made such a significant contribution to our College.
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Term Dates 2017
Term Dates for 2017 Term Date Scheduled Staff Development Days Term 1 Friday 27 January 2017 Staff Return Tuesday 31 January 2017 Years 7, 11, 12 Return Wednesday 1 February Years 8, 9, 10 Return TO Friday 7 April 2017 Friday 27 January 2017 Monday 30 January 2017 Term 2 Monday 24 April 2017 TO Friday 30 June 2017 Term 3 Monday 17 July 2017 TO Thursday 21 September 2017 Friday 22 September 2017 Term 4 Monday 9 October 2017 TO Friday 8 December 2017 Monday 11 December 2017 Tuesday 12 December 2017    
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2016/17 College Prefects
In the spirit of our founder Blessed Edmund Rice, the St Edward's College Prefect Portfolio system is based upon the tenants of collaborative and shared leadership.
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Annual Reports
The Annual College Report provides parents and the wider school community with fair, accurate and objective information about various aspects of College performance and development. Prior to publishing this report the College reviews its achievement of College development priorities and sets its priorities for the year to come, all of which is included in the report.
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Strategic Plan 2015 to 2018
The St Edward's College Strategic Plan is the blueprint for school improvement and learning. It is the result of full and frank consultation with all community members including staff, students, parents and governance bodies such as the College Board, Haven Board and Parish representatives. It is hope filled and hinged upon the Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstones. Quality strategic leadership in schools ultimately leads to improved outcomes for students. The College Executive and sta is charged with creating authentic actions which accord with the various statements within this plan, and which must lead to improved outcomes for the College community and its members. [Strategic Plan 2015 to 2018]  
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Employment
Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at St Edward’s College. St Edward’s College specialises in boys’ education and seeks staff who have a genuine interest and talent in providing our students with the best possible education and pastoral care. If you believe you can be a role model in our academically focused Christian environment and you have the talent and commitment to enhance the learning and development of our outstanding young men, we welcome your application for positions available.   Information for Applicants Mandatory child protection background checking applies for all paid child-related positions within the College. It is an offence under the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998, for a person who has been convicted of a serious sex offence, murder of a child, child pornography offences, kidnapping and indecency offences to apply for, attempt to obtain or remain in child-related employment. Applicants for child-related employment should visit the NSW Government New Working With Children website to access the background check process. The applicant must then identify themselves and pay the required fee at their nearest RMS or Government agency. Application and/or clearance numbers must be provided to the College prior to employment. The applicant will also be asked to provide identification to the College with this application. In most cases, certified copies of a birth certificate or passport as well as a driver’s licence will suffice. St Edward’s College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all information collected will be treated with strict confidentiality. Positions vacant will be advertised on the College Website and in the Central Coast Express. Senior positions will also be advertised on the EREA website and in the Sydney Morning Herald. All position vacant applications should be addressed to the Principal, Mr Mark Bonnici. All position vacant applications must be submitted before the closing date by one of the following methods: Email: marmstrong@stedwards.nsw.edu.au Fax: (02)4324 7955 Post: 13 Frederick Street, East Gosford NSW 2250 View current positions vacant    
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