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19.11.18
Principal’s Message – 22 November 2018
Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstone Liberating Education As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we are challenged to serve the needs of each person, providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant, dynamic and creative. Our commitment to providing the best possible holistic learning environment that caters for the unique and varied learning needs of all students is of the highest priority. Through 2018, teaching staff have continued to research, collaborate and reflect on strategies designed to focus on ongoing improvements in student learning. As we approach the end of 2018, I would like to provide you with a brief summary highlighting some of the focus areas of our planning. Providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant and engage students in their learning has provided the basis of much of our deliberations. Our work has been guided by the research of Professor John Hattie. The evidence that has been gathered has assisted us in establishing focus areas for ongoing improvement in our teaching to ensure that we continue to foster a learning environment that encourages students to be aspirational and independent in their learning. Research conducted throughout 2018 has assisted in the development of a strategic professional learning program that focuses on the three areas of, engaging teaching strategies, quality assessment and effective feedback. In 2019, each Key Learning Area will focus on developing and sharing best practice approaches to these focus areas to ensure that teaching and learning is contemporary, creative and engaging, promoting critical thinking and collaboration.     Improving student literacy continues to remain a focus. A range of strategies are currently being developed to inform our whole school Literacy Plan. A key component of this plan is the establishment of a teaching position that specifically focuses on the explicit teaching of literacy skills in a team teaching environment across all Key Learning Areas. Improving skills in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar are essential elements in learning, in all key learning areas and the additional focus will support the learning outcomes of all students. Creating learners that are independent, critical and reflective thinkers also remains an ongoing focus.  Throughout 2018, students worked with teachers on developing and evaluating their own learning goals and this work will continue into 2019. I encourage all parents to engage in regular conversations with their son’s regarding their learning goals. Educational research resoundingly supports the importance of parent engagement in their son’s learning as a positive influence on their educational outcomes. A learning environment in which all students feel safe and supported is of paramount importance. A range of strategies designed to promote student well-being are continuing to be implemented and will be supported by parent forums currently being planned for 2019. I look forward to providing you with more information regarding our whole school approach to student well-being in future newsletters. Local Heroes Members of the community contacted the College on two separate occasions over the last week to inform us of the outstanding actions of two of our students. The first incident involved a young man who suffered an epileptic seizure while waiting for a bus. On having the seizure, he fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement. A number of St Edward’s students witnessed the event and Sebastian Waugh of Year 11, took control of the situation. The young man’s head wound was bleeding profusely and Sebastian managed the bleeding, placing the young man’s head on his bag and remaining with him until the ambulance arrived. The young man was transferred to Westmead hospital where he remained for several days, due to swelling on the brain. The treating Doctor’s explained to the father of the young man that Sebastian’s quick actions helped save the life of the injured son. While surfing at Avoca Beach, Riley Seers of Year 8 was involved in rescuing a young girl who had fallen off her surfboard injuring her head. Reilly was able to assist the girl onto his surfboard and paddle into shore. Riley then assisted the young girl to the Lifeguards' First Aid room where she was treated. Congratulations to both Sebastian and Reilly for their outstanding efforts. Building Master Plan Parent Feedback Thank you to the many families who completed the online survey to provide feedback to inform the Building Master Plan. The information gathered in this survey will be analysed in conjunction with the feedback from staff, students and the College Board. The information received supported our commitment to ensuring that the facilities provided at the College to assist boys in their learning remain a high standard. Some areas that were suggested by parents requiring development include: a modernisation of our general teaching classrooms, the establishment of commercial kitchens to support the delivery of Hospitality in senior years, upgrading of the older science labs and the continued roll out of air-conditioning throughout classrooms. These suggestions are in line with the feedback received from staff and students and are anticipated to be included in the ongoing improvement of facilities at the College. Graduation The Year 12 Graduation was held in the Edmund Rice Centre on Friday 16 November. This event was a wonderful celebration for the graduating class and their families and the culmination of their time at the College. The Edmund Rice Centre is converted into a magnificent ballroom for this event through the tireless efforts of many staff from St Edward’s College. It is always amazing to see how grown up the young men and their partners are on the night, with a highlight of the evening being the mother and son dance. The event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of staff at St Edward’s who co-ordinate the event. A special thank you to Ms Wendy Weir the College’s Property Manager and her team for their work in preparing the ERC and to Mr Eamonn McCauley the Year 12 Co-ordinator and the Graduation Committee for their organisation of the event. HSC Examinations Conclude The Higher School Certificate Examinations concluded last week. Year 12 students will eagerly await their results, which will be made available to them on Thursday 13 December via email and text message. All Year 12 students are invited back to the College on Monday 17 December for the annual BBQ to celebrate their results. Year 7-10 Examinations Examinations are currently being conducted in Years 7-10. These examinations are designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content covered in Term 4. In some subjects, this will be the final major assessment for the year and will contribute significantly towards their final grade. A copy of the examination timetable for each year group is available on the parent portal. College Board Expressions of Interest The St Edward’s College Board requests interested members of the community to submit an expression of interest to fulfil the role of Board member.  School Board members are volunteers working collaboratively with the Principal in the stewardship of the College within the context of EREA. Members of School Boards are chosen to meet the expertise requirements of the Board, not as representatives of any body. The Board is currently seeking members who have expertise in the areas of building or project management. Any person interested in being considered for a position on the St Edward’s College Board is asked to complete an expression of interest form that is available below. Expression of Interest Form College Board_2018   The expressions of interest should be addressed to the College Principal at principal@stedwards.nsw.edu.au Further information regarding the design and functions of the College Board is available from: Please click here for EREA School Board Information  
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12.11.18
Tutor Christmas Appeal
Parents are asked to support our annual St Edward’s Christmas Appeal by encouraging their sons to contribute to the Christmas hampers, which are organized by tutor groups. Our school community is hoping to create over 100 Christmas hamper baskets, for local disadvantaged people, the hampers will be distributed by: Coast Shelter St Vincent de Paul The Raintree Retreat Kincumber Each tutor is asked to aim for at least two Christmas hampers. Suggestions are: Year 7 - tinned food (ham, turkey, vegetables) Year 8 - tinned food (ham, turkey, vegetables) Year 9 - packets of chips, nuts, crackers Year 10 - soft drinks, juice, napkins Year 11 - bon bons, dips (eg salsa), chocolate Other food items are welcome but please keep in mind that we are trying to create enough for a family to share a Christmas meal, rather than just snacks. Please contact Mr Pat Dell on 4321 6439 if you have any further questions.
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09.11.18
Clean4Shore
'There's forty bottles just here!' That was the call from St Edward's College students as they nervously ventured into the thick mangroves in Erina Creek. From the barge, the area looked clean, in Erina Creek, but a chance look uncovered masses of polystyrene, plastic bottles, plastic pieces and cans, 15 m  inside the mangroves. The students 'crawled' on hands and knees, to reach the litter, and it just kept coming. Only 60 m was cleaned in the high tidal water, yet 25 very full bags came out of this small section of mangroves. Many heavier items (bottles) remained unseen under the water. Just further upstream, behind the baseball field, a known dump site again produced plenty of litter, plus a car tyre and galvanised iron. Earlier the boys cleaned the mangroves adjacent to their main oval, only a bag removed here, mostly from the open drains running into Caroline Bay either side of the school. Erina Bay was also checked, a 'BBQ Boat' was removed by Simon from the mangroves, Maritime was contacted and met our group on our return trip. Erina Bay had small amounts of litter, mainly on the tidal marks, plenty of food wrapping and plastic pieces. Thirty very full bags, plus the steel, was loaded onto the Clean4shore trailer and delivered to the tip. Statistics on the sampled bags revealed a total of 650 plastic bottles, 1180 pieces of plastic, 530 pieces of polystyrene and 740 pieces of food wrapping. Well done boys and thank you to Jono from Clean4Shore.   [smallgallery fooid="15467"]
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07.11.18
Year 10 Camp
The Year 10 camp was an amazing experience for the boys who challenged themselves in activities that were outside their comfort zone. The weather was incredible for the whole week, with sunshine and mostly blue skies. It was still cold in the morning and night, especially in the carpark at Charlottes Pass before the hike. The landscape for the hike was a colourful mix of snow, blue lakes and alpine flora. The hike was a challenging 16 km where the boys where driven to Charlottes Pass and then walked to Guthega. The hike included a river crossing requiring them to take off their shoes and socks. The boys also abseiled, rode (and crashed) mountain bikes, camped in tents, camped under tarps and swam in Jindabyne Lake whist raft building. Most importantly though, they tackled everything that was thrown at them with good humour and tenacity. The boys' behaviour was fantastic, and the staff and instructors were full of praise for the way they approached the camp. I believe the challenges of camp show a person’s true character and if this holds true, this group are going to be amazing young men in Years 11-12. Thanks boys for a great week. Mr Beattie Year 10 Coordinator   [smallgallery fooid="15292"]
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19.11.18
Principal’s Message – 22 November 2018
Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstone Liberating Education As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we are challenged to serve the needs of each person, providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant, dynamic and creative. Our commitment to providing the best possible holistic learning environment that caters for the unique and varied learning needs of all students is of the highest priority. Through 2018, teaching staff have continued to research, collaborate and reflect on strategies designed to focus on ongoing improvements in student learning. As we approach the end of 2018, I would like to provide you with a brief summary highlighting some of the focus areas of our planning. Providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant and engage students in their learning has provided the basis of much of our deliberations. Our work has been guided by the research of Professor John Hattie. The evidence that has been gathered has assisted us in establishing focus areas for ongoing improvement in our teaching to ensure that we continue to foster a learning environment that encourages students to be aspirational and independent in their learning. Research conducted throughout 2018 has assisted in the development of a strategic professional learning program that focuses on the three areas of, engaging teaching strategies, quality assessment and effective feedback. In 2019, each Key Learning Area will focus on developing and sharing best practice approaches to these focus areas to ensure that teaching and learning is contemporary, creative and engaging, promoting critical thinking and collaboration.     Improving student literacy continues to remain a focus. A range of strategies are currently being developed to inform our whole school Literacy Plan. A key component of this plan is the establishment of a teaching position that specifically focuses on the explicit teaching of literacy skills in a team teaching environment across all Key Learning Areas. Improving skills in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar are essential elements in learning, in all key learning areas and the additional focus will support the learning outcomes of all students. Creating learners that are independent, critical and reflective thinkers also remains an ongoing focus.  Throughout 2018, students worked with teachers on developing and evaluating their own learning goals and this work will continue into 2019. I encourage all parents to engage in regular conversations with their son’s regarding their learning goals. Educational research resoundingly supports the importance of parent engagement in their son’s learning as a positive influence on their educational outcomes. A learning environment in which all students feel safe and supported is of paramount importance. A range of strategies designed to promote student well-being are continuing to be implemented and will be supported by parent forums currently being planned for 2019. I look forward to providing you with more information regarding our whole school approach to student well-being in future newsletters. Local Heroes Members of the community contacted the College on two separate occasions over the last week to inform us of the outstanding actions of two of our students. The first incident involved a young man who suffered an epileptic seizure while waiting for a bus. On having the seizure, he fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement. A number of St Edward’s students witnessed the event and Sebastian Waugh of Year 11, took control of the situation. The young man’s head wound was bleeding profusely and Sebastian managed the bleeding, placing the young man’s head on his bag and remaining with him until the ambulance arrived. The young man was transferred to Westmead hospital where he remained for several days, due to swelling on the brain. The treating Doctor’s explained to the father of the young man that Sebastian’s quick actions helped save the life of the injured son. While surfing at Avoca Beach, Riley Seers of Year 8 was involved in rescuing a young girl who had fallen off her surfboard injuring her head. Reilly was able to assist the girl onto his surfboard and paddle into shore. Riley then assisted the young girl to the Lifeguards' First Aid room where she was treated. Congratulations to both Sebastian and Reilly for their outstanding efforts. Building Master Plan Parent Feedback Thank you to the many families who completed the online survey to provide feedback to inform the Building Master Plan. The information gathered in this survey will be analysed in conjunction with the feedback from staff, students and the College Board. The information received supported our commitment to ensuring that the facilities provided at the College to assist boys in their learning remain a high standard. Some areas that were suggested by parents requiring development include: a modernisation of our general teaching classrooms, the establishment of commercial kitchens to support the delivery of Hospitality in senior years, upgrading of the older science labs and the continued roll out of air-conditioning throughout classrooms. These suggestions are in line with the feedback received from staff and students and are anticipated to be included in the ongoing improvement of facilities at the College. Graduation The Year 12 Graduation was held in the Edmund Rice Centre on Friday 16 November. This event was a wonderful celebration for the graduating class and their families and the culmination of their time at the College. The Edmund Rice Centre is converted into a magnificent ballroom for this event through the tireless efforts of many staff from St Edward’s College. It is always amazing to see how grown up the young men and their partners are on the night, with a highlight of the evening being the mother and son dance. The event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of staff at St Edward’s who co-ordinate the event. A special thank you to Ms Wendy Weir the College’s Property Manager and her team for their work in preparing the ERC and to Mr Eamonn McCauley the Year 12 Co-ordinator and the Graduation Committee for their organisation of the event. HSC Examinations Conclude The Higher School Certificate Examinations concluded last week. Year 12 students will eagerly await their results, which will be made available to them on Thursday 13 December via email and text message. All Year 12 students are invited back to the College on Monday 17 December for the annual BBQ to celebrate their results. Year 7-10 Examinations Examinations are currently being conducted in Years 7-10. These examinations are designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content covered in Term 4. In some subjects, this will be the final major assessment for the year and will contribute significantly towards their final grade. A copy of the examination timetable for each year group is available on the parent portal. College Board Expressions of Interest The St Edward’s College Board requests interested members of the community to submit an expression of interest to fulfil the role of Board member.  School Board members are volunteers working collaboratively with the Principal in the stewardship of the College within the context of EREA. Members of School Boards are chosen to meet the expertise requirements of the Board, not as representatives of any body. The Board is currently seeking members who have expertise in the areas of building or project management. Any person interested in being considered for a position on the St Edward’s College Board is asked to complete an expression of interest form that is available below. Expression of Interest Form College Board_2018   The expressions of interest should be addressed to the College Principal at principal@stedwards.nsw.edu.au Further information regarding the design and functions of the College Board is available from: Please click here for EREA School Board Information  
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12.11.18
Tutor Christmas Appeal
Parents are asked to support our annual St Edward’s Christmas Appeal by encouraging their sons to contribute to the Christmas hampers, which are organized by tutor groups. Our school community is hoping to create over 100 Christmas hamper baskets, for local disadvantaged people, the hampers will be distributed by: Coast Shelter St Vincent de Paul The Raintree Retreat Kincumber Each tutor is asked to aim for at least two Christmas hampers. Suggestions are: Year 7 - tinned food (ham, turkey, vegetables) Year 8 - tinned food (ham, turkey, vegetables) Year 9 - packets of chips, nuts, crackers Year 10 - soft drinks, juice, napkins Year 11 - bon bons, dips (eg salsa), chocolate Other food items are welcome but please keep in mind that we are trying to create enough for a family to share a Christmas meal, rather than just snacks. Please contact Mr Pat Dell on 4321 6439 if you have any further questions.
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09.11.18
Clean4Shore
'There's forty bottles just here!' That was the call from St Edward's College students as they nervously ventured into the thick mangroves in Erina Creek. From the barge, the area looked clean, in Erina Creek, but a chance look uncovered masses of polystyrene, plastic bottles, plastic pieces and cans, 15 m  inside the mangroves. The students 'crawled' on hands and knees, to reach the litter, and it just kept coming. Only 60 m was cleaned in the high tidal water, yet 25 very full bags came out of this small section of mangroves. Many heavier items (bottles) remained unseen under the water. Just further upstream, behind the baseball field, a known dump site again produced plenty of litter, plus a car tyre and galvanised iron. Earlier the boys cleaned the mangroves adjacent to their main oval, only a bag removed here, mostly from the open drains running into Caroline Bay either side of the school. Erina Bay was also checked, a 'BBQ Boat' was removed by Simon from the mangroves, Maritime was contacted and met our group on our return trip. Erina Bay had small amounts of litter, mainly on the tidal marks, plenty of food wrapping and plastic pieces. Thirty very full bags, plus the steel, was loaded onto the Clean4shore trailer and delivered to the tip. Statistics on the sampled bags revealed a total of 650 plastic bottles, 1180 pieces of plastic, 530 pieces of polystyrene and 740 pieces of food wrapping. Well done boys and thank you to Jono from Clean4Shore.   [smallgallery fooid="15467"]
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07.11.18
Year 10 Camp
The Year 10 camp was an amazing experience for the boys who challenged themselves in activities that were outside their comfort zone. The weather was incredible for the whole week, with sunshine and mostly blue skies. It was still cold in the morning and night, especially in the carpark at Charlottes Pass before the hike. The landscape for the hike was a colourful mix of snow, blue lakes and alpine flora. The hike was a challenging 16 km where the boys where driven to Charlottes Pass and then walked to Guthega. The hike included a river crossing requiring them to take off their shoes and socks. The boys also abseiled, rode (and crashed) mountain bikes, camped in tents, camped under tarps and swam in Jindabyne Lake whist raft building. Most importantly though, they tackled everything that was thrown at them with good humour and tenacity. The boys' behaviour was fantastic, and the staff and instructors were full of praise for the way they approached the camp. I believe the challenges of camp show a person’s true character and if this holds true, this group are going to be amazing young men in Years 11-12. Thanks boys for a great week. Mr Beattie Year 10 Coordinator   [smallgallery fooid="15292"]
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19.11.18
Principal’s Message – 22 November 2018
Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstone Liberating Education As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we are challenged to serve the needs of each person, providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant, dynamic and creative. Our commitment to providing the best possible holistic learning environment that caters for the unique and varied learning needs of all students is of the highest priority. Through 2018, teaching staff have continued to research, collaborate and reflect on strategies designed to focus on ongoing improvements in student learning. As we approach the end of 2018, I would like to provide you with a brief summary highlighting some of the focus areas of our planning. Providing teaching and learning experiences that are authentic, relevant and engage students in their learning has provided the basis of much of our deliberations. Our work has been guided by the research of Professor John Hattie. The evidence that has been gathered has assisted us in establishing focus areas for ongoing improvement in our teaching to ensure that we continue to foster a learning environment that encourages students to be aspirational and independent in their learning. Research conducted throughout 2018 has assisted in the development of a strategic professional learning program that focuses on the three areas of, engaging teaching strategies, quality assessment and effective feedback. In 2019, each Key Learning Area will focus on developing and sharing best practice approaches to these focus areas to ensure that teaching and learning is contemporary, creative and engaging, promoting critical thinking and collaboration.     Improving student literacy continues to remain a focus. A range of strategies are currently being developed to inform our whole school Literacy Plan. A key component of this plan is the establishment of a teaching position that specifically focuses on the explicit teaching of literacy skills in a team teaching environment across all Key Learning Areas. Improving skills in reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar are essential elements in learning, in all key learning areas and the additional focus will support the learning outcomes of all students. Creating learners that are independent, critical and reflective thinkers also remains an ongoing focus.  Throughout 2018, students worked with teachers on developing and evaluating their own learning goals and this work will continue into 2019. I encourage all parents to engage in regular conversations with their son’s regarding their learning goals. Educational research resoundingly supports the importance of parent engagement in their son’s learning as a positive influence on their educational outcomes. A learning environment in which all students feel safe and supported is of paramount importance. A range of strategies designed to promote student well-being are continuing to be implemented and will be supported by parent forums currently being planned for 2019. I look forward to providing you with more information regarding our whole school approach to student well-being in future newsletters. Local Heroes Members of the community contacted the College on two separate occasions over the last week to inform us of the outstanding actions of two of our students. The first incident involved a young man who suffered an epileptic seizure while waiting for a bus. On having the seizure, he fell to the ground hitting his head on the pavement. A number of St Edward’s students witnessed the event and Sebastian Waugh of Year 11, took control of the situation. The young man’s head wound was bleeding profusely and Sebastian managed the bleeding, placing the young man’s head on his bag and remaining with him until the ambulance arrived. The young man was transferred to Westmead hospital where he remained for several days, due to swelling on the brain. The treating Doctor’s explained to the father of the young man that Sebastian’s quick actions helped save the life of the injured son. While surfing at Avoca Beach, Riley Seers of Year 8 was involved in rescuing a young girl who had fallen off her surfboard injuring her head. Reilly was able to assist the girl onto his surfboard and paddle into shore. Riley then assisted the young girl to the Lifeguards' First Aid room where she was treated. Congratulations to both Sebastian and Reilly for their outstanding efforts. Building Master Plan Parent Feedback Thank you to the many families who completed the online survey to provide feedback to inform the Building Master Plan. The information gathered in this survey will be analysed in conjunction with the feedback from staff, students and the College Board. The information received supported our commitment to ensuring that the facilities provided at the College to assist boys in their learning remain a high standard. Some areas that were suggested by parents requiring development include: a modernisation of our general teaching classrooms, the establishment of commercial kitchens to support the delivery of Hospitality in senior years, upgrading of the older science labs and the continued roll out of air-conditioning throughout classrooms. These suggestions are in line with the feedback received from staff and students and are anticipated to be included in the ongoing improvement of facilities at the College. Graduation The Year 12 Graduation was held in the Edmund Rice Centre on Friday 16 November. This event was a wonderful celebration for the graduating class and their families and the culmination of their time at the College. The Edmund Rice Centre is converted into a magnificent ballroom for this event through the tireless efforts of many staff from St Edward’s College. It is always amazing to see how grown up the young men and their partners are on the night, with a highlight of the evening being the mother and son dance. The event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of staff at St Edward’s who co-ordinate the event. A special thank you to Ms Wendy Weir the College’s Property Manager and her team for their work in preparing the ERC and to Mr Eamonn McCauley the Year 12 Co-ordinator and the Graduation Committee for their organisation of the event. HSC Examinations Conclude The Higher School Certificate Examinations concluded last week. Year 12 students will eagerly await their results, which will be made available to them on Thursday 13 December via email and text message. All Year 12 students are invited back to the College on Monday 17 December for the annual BBQ to celebrate their results. Year 7-10 Examinations Examinations are currently being conducted in Years 7-10. These examinations are designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content covered in Term 4. In some subjects, this will be the final major assessment for the year and will contribute significantly towards their final grade. A copy of the examination timetable for each year group is available on the parent portal. College Board Expressions of Interest The St Edward’s College Board requests interested members of the community to submit an expression of interest to fulfil the role of Board member.  School Board members are volunteers working collaboratively with the Principal in the stewardship of the College within the context of EREA. Members of School Boards are chosen to meet the expertise requirements of the Board, not as representatives of any body. The Board is currently seeking members who have expertise in the areas of building or project management. Any person interested in being considered for a position on the St Edward’s College Board is asked to complete an expression of interest form that is available below. Expression of Interest Form College Board_2018   The expressions of interest should be addressed to the College Principal at principal@stedwards.nsw.edu.au Further information regarding the design and functions of the College Board is available from: Please click here for EREA School Board Information  
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12.11.18
Tutor Christmas Appeal
Parents are asked to support our annual St Edward’s Christmas Appeal by encouraging their sons to contribute to the Christmas hampers, which are organized by tutor groups. Our school community is hoping to create over 100 Christmas hamper baskets, for local disadvantaged people, the hampers will be distributed by: Coast Shelter St Vincent de Paul The Raintree Retreat Kincumber Each tutor is asked to aim for at least two Christmas hampers. Suggestions are: Year 7 - tinned food (ham, turkey, vegetables) Year 8 - tinned food (ham, turkey, vegetables) Year 9 - packets of chips, nuts, crackers Year 10 - soft drinks, juice, napkins Year 11 - bon bons, dips (eg salsa), chocolate Other food items are welcome but please keep in mind that we are trying to create enough for a family to share a Christmas meal, rather than just snacks. Please contact Mr Pat Dell on 4321 6439 if you have any further questions.
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09.11.18
Clean4Shore
'There's forty bottles just here!' That was the call from St Edward's College students as they nervously ventured into the thick mangroves in Erina Creek. From the barge, the area looked clean, in Erina Creek, but a chance look uncovered masses of polystyrene, plastic bottles, plastic pieces and cans, 15 m  inside the mangroves. The students 'crawled' on hands and knees, to reach the litter, and it just kept coming. Only 60 m was cleaned in the high tidal water, yet 25 very full bags came out of this small section of mangroves. Many heavier items (bottles) remained unseen under the water. Just further upstream, behind the baseball field, a known dump site again produced plenty of litter, plus a car tyre and galvanised iron. Earlier the boys cleaned the mangroves adjacent to their main oval, only a bag removed here, mostly from the open drains running into Caroline Bay either side of the school. Erina Bay was also checked, a 'BBQ Boat' was removed by Simon from the mangroves, Maritime was contacted and met our group on our return trip. Erina Bay had small amounts of litter, mainly on the tidal marks, plenty of food wrapping and plastic pieces. Thirty very full bags, plus the steel, was loaded onto the Clean4shore trailer and delivered to the tip. Statistics on the sampled bags revealed a total of 650 plastic bottles, 1180 pieces of plastic, 530 pieces of polystyrene and 740 pieces of food wrapping. Well done boys and thank you to Jono from Clean4Shore.   [smallgallery fooid="15467"]
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07.11.18
Year 10 Camp
The Year 10 camp was an amazing experience for the boys who challenged themselves in activities that were outside their comfort zone. The weather was incredible for the whole week, with sunshine and mostly blue skies. It was still cold in the morning and night, especially in the carpark at Charlottes Pass before the hike. The landscape for the hike was a colourful mix of snow, blue lakes and alpine flora. The hike was a challenging 16 km where the boys where driven to Charlottes Pass and then walked to Guthega. The hike included a river crossing requiring them to take off their shoes and socks. The boys also abseiled, rode (and crashed) mountain bikes, camped in tents, camped under tarps and swam in Jindabyne Lake whist raft building. Most importantly though, they tackled everything that was thrown at them with good humour and tenacity. The boys' behaviour was fantastic, and the staff and instructors were full of praise for the way they approached the camp. I believe the challenges of camp show a person’s true character and if this holds true, this group are going to be amazing young men in Years 11-12. Thanks boys for a great week. Mr Beattie Year 10 Coordinator   [smallgallery fooid="15292"]
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