Parent & Community
College Staff
The current College staff for 2017 are as follows, to contact staff members please email  info@stedwards.nsw.edu.au or telephone 43216400: Staff Member Position Executive Staff Mark Bonnici Anthony Beacroft Jodie Connor Jackson English Paul English Ron Featherston Craig Friend Chris Millar Gerard Summerhayes Jason Sutton Wendy Weir Principal Mission and Identity Coordinator Professional Learning Coordinator Administration Coordinator Pastoral Care Coordinator Business Manager Manager Information Technology Registrar Curriculum Coordinator Deputy Principal Property Manager Pastoral Care Team Scott Beattie Stephen Carroll Paul English Michael Gill Terase Killin Eammon McCauley Robert Speziale Geraldine Tague Wendy Taylor Year 8 Coordinator Year 11 Coordinator Pastoral Care Coordinator Year 10 Coordinator Counsellor Year 9 Coordinator Year 12 Coordinator Counsellor Year 7 Coordinator Key Learning Area Co-ordinators Lisa Alcorn Mark Austin Jason Carpenter Patrick Dell Trent Foster Greg Hannelly Suzanne Hatfield-Smith Vanessa Henderson Betty Kiekebosch Monica Mayer Anne McDonald Patricia Papeix Naomi Riley Michelle Snape Paul Toole Fran Toomey Matthew Young Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator TAS Coordinator Sport Coordinator Social Justice Coordinator Science Coordinator HSIE Coordinator English Coordinator PDHPE Coordinator Learning Support Coordinator Innovative Learning Coordinator Food Technology Coordinator Language Coordinator Mathematics Coordinator Visual Arts Coordinator Music Coordinator Religious Education Coordinator Information Technology Coordinator Haven Education Centre Staff Michael Gentle Anne Lynn Chris Kokegei Wendy Kokegei Jay Robinson Sonya Robinson Dawn Thomas Teacher Teacher’s Aide Coordinator Teacher’s Aide Teacher Teacher Administration Teaching Staff Warwick Baines Elissa Bailey Karl Beemster Paul Bell Mark Bondfield Greg Boothe Gay Bryant Kylie Celebrin Gaynor Clancy Sarah Cook Tammy Corrigan Michael Crawford Tina Danckert Kim Delury Richard Drozdzewski Heidi Englund Chloe Evers Jon-Paul Grant John Griffin Anthony Herringe Susan Ingham Graeme Judd John Kershaw Michael Lord Shane Mallam Richard Massey Scott Massey Michelle McDonald Kristen Mantellato John Moloney Scott Murray Kylie Nowalinski Tanya Olip Anthea Pearson Amber Pols Alex Powell David Ritchie Thomas Ristuccia Frank Samyia Bruce Smith Greg Steele Damien Stockwell Richard Streeting Paul Sullivan Santhe Titheradge Nicole Thomas Sonia Welsh Luke Wilmott Careers/Vet Assistant Innovative Learning Coordinator Assistant TAS Coordinator PD/H/PE TAS HSIE Mathematics Assistant HSIE Coordinator Science Junior Subjects English Science Visual Arts/Religion/Mathematics Drama Music Year 7 Core Subjects English Science HSIE Mathematics/HSIE Visual Art HSIE TAS Science Mathematics/Science Mathematics TAS/Food Technology Year 7 Core Subjects/Senior English Assistant Science Coordinator Science TAS/Friday Sport English Science Year 7 Core Subjects English/HSIE Religion/HSIE/PDHPE Maths TAS/Food Technology Mathematics/Assistant Mathematics Coordinator TAS Junior Subjects Year 7 Core Subjects PD/H/PE Year 7 Core Subjects/Assistant English Coordinator English English/Religion Science Mathematics Information Technology Support Staff Brett Clayton Victor Olbromski Information Technology Support Information Technology Support Teachers’ Support Staff Mandy Austin John Breneger Jacqueline Butters Bruce Cox Lorraine Davey Kathy Edwards Ray Fitt Deborah Lynch Camille McArthur Frederika McCarthy Mandy Murray Julie Plumb Susan White Science Laboratory Assistant Technics Support Library Assistant Teachers’ Aide Food Technology Assistant Teacher's Aide Teachers' Aide Teachers’ Aide Library Assistant Library Assistant Library Assistant Library Assistant Science Laboratory Assistant Book Room Susan Kane Bookroom Assistant Administration Meagan Armstrong Gary Bailey Simone Bartlett Kylie Beynon Hilary Brown Br Michael Burton Br Denis Cusack Brenda Donnelly Rhonda Featherston Kerry Friend Cathy Ginsburg Margaret Williams Executive Assistant to the Principal Bursar Enrolment Secretary Administration Administration/Finance Executive Support Administration Teacher’s Secretary Accounts Communications Administrator Administration/Bookroom Assistant Reception Canteen Staff Sue Devetak Raelene Giffin Canteen Manager Canteen Assistant Maintenance Staff Matthew Archer Kristine Chaytor Trent Claridge Tania Graham Mark Hawes Don Jardine Billy Moore Gregory Ryan Joanne Taylor Kurt Taylor Groundsperson Cleaner Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Cleaner Maintenance Maintenance Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner
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Parents and Friends Association
The College supports and promotes the membership and activities of an enthusiastic and pro-active Parents and Friends association. The College Executive considers the existence and operation of this body an integral component of open communication and parental interaction which is encouraged in the provision of education services at St Edward’s. The St Edward’s Parents and Friends Association has four broad and basic aims: To encourage communication between parents and the College To assist the College through the contribution of labour and other resources To meet other parents in a social environment To help parents in their important role through contact with other parents The association aspires to achieve these aims through regular monthly meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30 pm in the Staff Room with the Annual General Meeting held in October each year. Meetings are conducted in a relaxed and informal atmosphere and all suggestions and comments are welcomed. Examples of some of the activities and achievements of the Parents and Friends: Donates funds raised to the College to assist in the purchase of essential items Circulating a monthly Newsletter Conducting information nights on a range of topics and interests Organises and runs school discos with St Joseph's Catholic College Assisting with School Open Days, as well as with Year 10 and Year 12 Graduation Events All new parents to the College are encouraged to participate in the activities offered by the Parents and Friends Association or to simply utilise the channels of communication. Further information is available by contacting the president of the Parents and Friends Association through the College Office.
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Attendance
It is important that parents are aware of the legal responsibility related to their child’s attendance at school. The following information outlines the legislation. What to do When Your Child is Absent from School On the first day of the absence, contact the College office early in the day either by telephone, email (info@stedwards.nsw.edu.au) or SMS and state the reason for the absence and the likely date of your child’s return to school. Please do not delegate this responsibility unless circumstances prevent you from taking care of it personally. If you are unable to telephone, email or SMS the College on the first day of absence, a written note must be supplied upon your son's return to school. If an extended absence or frequent absences are due to illness, the Principal may request a doctor’s certificate. The Principal is responsible for accepting or not accepting a parent’s/carer’s explanation for their child’s absence. If an explanation is not forthcoming or is not acceptable, the absence will be recorded as Unexplained or Unjustified. If after seven school days an explanation has not been provided, the absence will be recorded as Unexplained or Unjustified regardless of whether a subsequent explanation would have been acceptable to the Principal. If an unavoidable absence is planned (eg a medical, specialist or orthodontic appointment) the student’s Tutor Teacher must be informed in advance, preferably by a hand written note or email (info@stedwards.nsw.edu.au), from the parent/carer. Students granted permission to leave the College throughout the day must sign out at the front office and will be issued with a leave pass indicating the time they left the College. What to do When Your Child is Late to School All students must sign in at Student Reception as soon as they arrive at school, before they go to class. They will be issued with a late note to present to their class teacher. When your child is late for school, please provide the school office with a written note/email (info@stedwards.nsw.edu.au) explaining the lateness. This note should be signed and dated by the parent/carer. Where possible the note should be provided when your child arrives at school. If not, the note/email should be provided on the next school day. If after seven school days an explanation has not been provided, the lateness will be recorded as A-Unexplained or Unjustified regardless of whether a subsequent explanation would have been acceptable to the Principal. Students who regularly arrive late to school are monitored closely. Where a pattern of lateness continues, parents will be notified and students may be required to make up this time out of school hours. Applications for Leave in Advance A note must be submitted to your son’s Tutor Teacher at least two weeks prior to the leave, indicating the reason. Leave may be granted for reasons such as:         - a misadventure or unforeseen event         - participation in special events not related to the school (e.g. receiving a community award)         - domestic necessity such as serious illness of an immediate family member         - attendance at funerals         - recognised religious festivals or ceremonies         - reasons which, at the Principal’s discretion, are deemed to be in the best interest of the child Leave will not be granted for family holidays taken during term time. (This will be recorded as Unexplained or Unjustified Leave) Only in exceptional circumstances will leave be granted without notice or retrospectively. [Application for Extended Leave] [Attendance Legislation] What Happens if my Child Continues to have Unacceptable Absences? It is important to understand that St Edward’s College is required by law to take further action where children of compulsory school age have recurring numbers of unexplained or unacceptable absences from school. Parents will be contacted if a student has three or more day’s unexplained absence from school. Students at risk will attend a meeting with their parents and the Pastoral Care Co-ordinator to develop a plan for improved school attendance. The student may be required to meet with College Counsellors. NSW Department of Education and Communities may be notified. If concerns regarding the welfare of the child exist, NSW Community Services may be notified. Text Messages Notifying Absenteeism Any day that a student is absent from the College unexplained, a text message will be sent to the student’s parent/carer. If parents/carers are aware of their son’s absence, they need to inform the College via SMS, email, phone or written note of his absence. If parents are unaware of their son’s absence, they should contact the College immediately. Please be aware that under the legislation we are bound to place absences on the boys Academic Reports. And all leave will be clearly outlined including SICK and Unexplained absences. Early Leave Pass Students who need to leave the College due to an appointment, must provide a letter of explanation from a parent and present it to the Pastoral Care Co-ordinator before school. The Pastoral Care Co-ordinator will issue the student with a pass which should be presented to the office when the student leaves. All students must sign out at the office if they are leaving the College early. Sport Early Leavers Pass At the completion of Activities on Friday, students who are on Level 1 or Level 2 only and who attend Activities away from the College are permitted to travel home directly from the venue. Eligible students must complete the Sport Early Leavers Pass which is available to download from the Student Portal and present it to Mr Murray, Friday Sport Co-ordinator, prior to the day. Students without a Sport Early Leaver’s Pass must return to the College and attend tutor.
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Tutor Classes
Tutor groups are arranged with a small number of students from each year 7 to 12. Groups consist of approximately 24 students. The interaction of various ages is seen as very important. Senior students are given the opportunity to care for and help younger students; they in turn, get to know older students in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The inter-relationship helps promote a positive spirit throughout the College. Students, in most cases, will remain in the same Tutor group throughout their time at St Edward’s College. Tutor classes are scheduled every morning at the beginning of the school day. During these classes, important messages and notices are read out so all students are kept well informed about various issues arising on a day to day basis. During these Tutor classes the attendance roll is marked by the Tutor Teacher. The Tutor Teacher will also follow-up all unexplained absences and should be provided with an absentee note on the student’s day of return.
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Transport Information
Bus Transport All new students intending to catch the school bus, must complete and return an application for a free School Opal Card. The relevent application form can be downloaded from the NSW Transport website. Once the application form is completed, it should be returned to the Enrolment Secretary, who will endorse the form and forward it to NSW Transport. Afternoon and morning bus services are shared with the students from St Joseph’s College. Students are to assemble on the basketball courts to catch the afternoon buses. When their bus arrives, students should line up in the appropriate lines where teachers will supervise boarding. Students are not permitted to leave this area while waiting for buses. [NSW Transport]   Red Bus Timetable   Busways Timetable   Dual Addresses In some instances, students may require more than one bus pass eg living arrangements of parents. If this is the case, a second application form should be completed, together with a statutory declaration (available for the College office) confirming living arrangements, as well as a letter explaining requirements. These applications are reviewed by The Department of Transport and may take longer to process. Change of Address, Damaged and Lost Bus Passes If students change their address, damage or lose their school opal card, they should refer to the NSW Transport website for an update and/or replacement. Train Transport In most cases train transport isn’t required or encouraged for students at St Edward’s College however individual circumstances may require special permission. If students live in an area where bus transport is not sufficient please contact the Enrolment Secretary for special consideration for a train pass.  
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College Uniform
The College uniform is designed to present a positive image of the College to the wider community. The uniform should foster a sense of belonging and pride and the way it is worn in public, displays a level of support and respect for the College. [college_uniform]   The responsibility of wearing the uniform properly does not end at the College gates and it is important that the St Edward’s College uniform is worn correctly to and from school. The College uniform can only be purchased from the College Uniform Shop which is operated by the independent company Cowan and Lewis. The shop is located in the ERC Foyer. The contact phone number for Cowan and Lewis is 9449 9777. Click here for the Cowan and Lewis Website. The normal opening hours for the shop during school terms are Mondays and Fridays from 8.00 am to 9.00 am for fittings, orders will be delivered the following business day or as arranged with Cowan and Lewis. Opening hours, for school holiday periods, are advertised in the College newsletter towards the end of each term. Special blazer fitting days are also advertised in the College newsletter, any fittings after these dates does not guarantee blazers will be delivered until after the beginning of term 2. Second Hand Uniforms St Edward's College has a Second Hand Uniform Group on Facebook that allows parents to buy and sell College second hand uniforms. The official name is St Edward’s College Second Hand Uniforms Group, East Gosford. Only St Edward’s College uniforms can be advertised on this page and parents need to join the group to be able to access it. We ask that parents continue to observe the expectations of the College when using social media, and any unrelated or unnecessary comments or posts will be deleted. [St Edward's College Second Hand Uniform Group - Facebook Link] [Acceptable Shoes]   [Uniform Pricelist]   St Edward's College Summer Uniform – Term One and Term Four Years 7 to 10 College short sleeve blue shirt with crest on pocket College grey shorts or long grey trousers College grey pullover College short socks College cap Black lace up leather shoes (may be purchased from a retail store, however, shoes must be able to be polished, strictly no joggers, skate shoes or desert boots) Years 11 to 12 College short sleeve white shirt with crest on pocket College grey shorts or long grey trousers College grey pullover College short socks College cap Black lace up leather shoes (may be purchased from a retail store, however, shoes must be able to be polished, strictly no joggers, skate shoes or desert boots) St Edward's College Winter Uniform – Term Two and Term Three Years 7 to 10 College short sleeve blue shirt with crest on pocket (or optional long sleeve blue shirt with crest on pocket by order from Uniform shop) College tie College long grey trousers College grey pullover College blazer College short socks Black lace up leather shoes (may be purchased from a retail store, however, shoes must be able to be polished, strictly no joggers, skate shoes or desert boots) Years 11 to 12 College short or long sleeve white shirt with crest on pocket (collar must be large enough to accommodate a tie neatly) College senior tie College long grey trousers College grey pullover College blazer or Year 12 Leavers Jackets/Jumpers (Jackets/Jumpers organized by Year Co-ordinator) College short socks Black lace up leather shoes (may be purchased from a retail store, however, shoes must be able to be polished, strictly no joggers, skate shoes or desert boots) St Edward's College Sports / PE Uniform Years 7 to 12: College polo shirt College black shorts with school crest College tracksuit Joggers with white sport socks (joggers may be purchased from a retail store) College cap The full sports uniform should be worn on Fridays for all students in years 7 to 10. For cold weather the College tracksuit or College pullover should be worn, no other jumpers/shirts are acceptable. Any student representing the College in Years 7 to 12, is expected to wear the full sports uniform to and from the activity. PD/H/PE teachers will inform students when they are required to bring their sports uniform for practical lessons. On these occasions sports uniforms are worn only for that period. Shoes It is the student’s responsibility to maintain the correct shoes by polishing them frequently, inspections by Year Co-ordinators will take place throughout the year. Light weight canvas shoes for sport are not acceptable as they do not provide suitable protection in Science and Technics classes. Belts Belts worn with either shorts or pants must be plain grey or black with a simple buckle. Patterned belts or those with logos are not appropriate. Suitable belts can be purchased from the uniform shop. Hair and Grooming Boys are expected to keep their hair well-groomed. Hair is to be clean and neatly cut, off the collar, of natural colour, of even grade and all extremes of style avoided. Styles are expected to be reasonably conservative and guided by common sense. Examples of unacceptable styles include what are known as 'undercuts', 'layers', 'steps', 'lines', 'No 1', and 'No 2' grades, pony tails, marked contrasts of length, for example, rat’s tails, Mohawk style cuts or shape, long fringes, excessive gel. This list is not exhaustive. Ultimately the College Executive will determine if a cut is acceptable for the appropriate image that the College wishes to present to the community. Action will follow against those boys who are not complying with College rules and no correspondence will be entered into. If there is any doubt in the student’s minds concerning style of cut, they should consult the College before they have their hair cut. The judgement of the Deputy Principal and the Pastoral Care Coordinator is final. Boys are expected to be clean shaven at all times. If unshaven the Deputy Principal or Pastoral Care Coordinator may insist that your son shaves at school with supplied shaving equipment. Sideburns should not extend past the lobe of the ear. Spray on deodorants are not permitted at the College, but boys are encouraged to bring roll-on deodorants to their sports and PDHPE classes. Students, who choose to have tattoos, must keep them covered while in College uniform. Studs in piercings are not acceptable, nor are placing band-aids over piercings. Jewellery The College rule is that no jewellery is to be worn other than a watch. Studs in piercings are not acceptable, nor is placing band-aids over piercings. Rings, bracelets, necklaces (other than a discrete Catholic image such as a small crucifix) are not allowed. Charity bands may be worn for a short period after the charity day but are not to become a permanent item. School Bags All students in Years 7 to 10 are required to purchase the College bag from the uniform shop. College bags must be used at all times including Friday sport days. Students in Years 11 and 12 may use an appropriate backpack, predominately black or grey in colour. Bags should be free of graffiti and be kept clean and in good repair.
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Textbook Hire Scheme
In the Edmund Rice tradition of providing quality Catholic education, our school community offers a textbook hire scheme solely to benefit students and parents by substantially reducing the financial burden of purchasing expensive resources. It is a non-profit scheme that provides each student with textbooks for the duration of his enrolment at the College. How does the Scheme operate? Textbooks for the year in all subjects are generally issued to students during the first two weeks of Term 1. The exception is Year 7-9 HSIE textbooks which are issued for one semester only. English novels are allocated in six-week blocks, in accordance with the appropriate English program. It is expected that all textbooks be returned at the end of each academic year in a condition that reflects ‘normal wear and tear’. An appropriate penalty is charged if books are lost or are returned in a damaged condition. Participation in the textbook hire scheme is a privilege, not a right, and boys who abuse the privilege will have this right withdrawn. In these circumstances, books will have to be purchased at full cost from commercial stockists. Benefits of the Scheme The College attracts a sizeable discount for bulk purchases of textbooks. By processing these books with protective covering, the College will have the use of these texts for a minimum of three years, removing problems associated with text redundancy. Students who are required to change from one level of a subject to another (eg. Extension Mathematics to Mathematics) are able to do so without any additional textbook cost to parents. How is the Scheme funded? The cost of the scheme is included within the ‘all inclusive’ tuition fee. What if Students Leave the College? Exiting students in Years 7-11 are required to return all textbooks as part of the signing out procedure. Year 12 students are expected to return texts for each subject on the day of the HSC exam for that subject. (Prompt return is necessary to ensure access to textbooks to Preliminary students.) What if Textbooks are Lost? Textbooks always remain the property of the College and those books negligently lost or damaged must be replaced at a cost to parents.  
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Canteen
The College Canteen operates five days a week at recess and lunch. The Canteen requires a large number of parent helpers to enable the College to continue to provide this excellent service. Please contact Sue Devetak on 4321 6461 if you are able to assist weekly, monthly or even once a term. Lunch orders should be made via the Flexischools website. Students should collect their own lunch order at the beginning of lunch from the canteen’s lunch order line. There is a different menu for Summer and Winter. See attachment for a copy of the current price list and menu. Canteen Volunteers - 2017 Term 3 and 4   Flexischools We invite all Parents/Carers to register their sons for the new cashless system provided by Flexischools. The system allows students to pay at the cafeteria using their Student Card provided by the College. Once setup, parents are able to set daily limits and view transactions online. Please follow the steps below to create a Flexischools account: Visit www.flexischools.com.au Click on the 'Register' button Enter in your email address, then click on the 'Register' button You will receive an email from Flexischools, open the email and click on the link. Provide your Personal Information in the fields. Add your son/s to the account (Add User) Select your school, type 'St Edwards' in the field to choose the College Select your son’s current year group Under Card Setup (Optional), select 'I want to link a card to the system', Type in your son’s 'Student ID' found on his Student Card (must be UPPERCASE). All your children can be on the same account just run through the 'Add User' process again Add funds by 'Account top-up' using the payment methods. Once you have completed all the steps your son is now ready to purchase items from the cafeteria using his Student ID card. Please do not hesitate to contact Flexischools on 1300 361 769 (Monday to Friday, 7.00 am to 7.00 pm), if you require assistance in the registration process.    
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St Edward’s College Mobile App
The St Edward's College mobile app is available for download from the Apple App Store and via Google Play for Android devices. St Edward's College has a mobile app for both iPhone and Android devices.  The app is free and available for download from the Apple App Store or via Google Play for Android devices. Features: Notifications - this system allows instant communication and will feature messages including excursion return times, reminders and general information, users may select class tags to ensure they only get information relevant to their son/s or they may choose to receive all notifications. News - will show all news items featured on our Website Calendar - the calendar features our 'new look' calendar on the Website (please note that additional information is available eg permission notes and further details on dates with an arrow feature) Publications - featuring St Edward's College Newsletters Galleries - featuring the photo galleries from the Website Contact - will enable contact via phone or email to the College Website - a direct link to the College Website Social - a direct link to the College social media applications Setting - will enable personal settings to be made including Notification settings Please click the links below to download the St Edward's College 'app'          
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Accident Insurance Scheme
The College has taken out an accident insurance policy that covers all students twenty four hours a day. Claim forms are available from the College Office. For more information visit: Catholic Church Insurance  
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Informative Links for Parents and Carers
St Edward's College is committed to providing parents with informative and up to date information regarding the development of their sons. Below are quick links to websites that provide the latest information and offer opportunities for parents and carers to attend workshops, camps and seminars. [Stress Less App for Managing HSC stress - University of Wollongong]   [Homework and Study Hints - NSW Education]   [Generation Next for the Wellbeing of Young People]   [Cybersmart - Internet Safety Awareness ]   [Broken Bay Catholic School Parents]   Parenting Ideas by Michael Gross Michael is the author of 8 parenting books. His popular parenting columns appear in newspapers and magazines across Australia. He appears regularly on television and is a popular and entertaining speaker as well as a frequent columnist for a variety of written media. Michael has an education background and holds a Master of Educational Studies with research into what makes healthy families tick. He has conducted over 1,500 parenting seminars over the last two decades. Parenting Kids Through Change | PDF The Language of Independence | PDF Resilience | PDF Coping | PDF Unwinding | PDF Optimism | PDF Chores-Responsibilities | PDF Sleep Guide | PDF Pocket Money | PDF Parenting - Self-Audit |PDF
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Old Boys
The St Edward's Old Boys Union has now been established for over 10 years with a hard working committee well established to serve former students of St Edward's College. On our board we have old boys from as 'far back' as the 50’s, but we always can use more youthful energy to take us forward. Our goals at the Old Boys are: Be the key body representing Old Boys and their interest in relation to the College Raise funds to support families of boys attending the College through our bursary support Assist keeping Old boys in touch with their mates from the past Organising social events [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="260"] Old Boys Breakfast for Year 12[/caption] Our board is as follows: President - Mr Michael Lynn Secretary - Mr Frank Oxley Treasurer - Mr Alan Brindle Register - Mr Ian Mudge Vice President - Mr Barry Little   Secretary, Mr Frank Oxley can be contacted on Ph: 0477 012735  or Email: frank.oxley@y7mail.com For further information on upcoming events, photographs, or if you are looking for mates, go to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/StEdwardsEastGosfordOldBoysUnion Also many year groups have established their own pages, simply search for St Edward's College East Gosford.
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