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Curriculum & Learning
Faculties
St Edward’s provides a curriculum attentive to the needs of each person. Our curriculum is broad and the teaching and learning experiences at the College are relevant, authentic, dynamic and creative.
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Careers and Vocational Education
Research suggests that the average 15-year-old is predicted, throughout their life time to have 17 jobs over 5 different careers and that employers are paying higher salaries for people with Enterprising skills coupled with relevant technical skills. Enterprising skills are: Problem solving, communication, financial literacy, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, digital literacy and presentation skills. Enterprising skills are transferable from one job to another and crucial to navigating jobs and different careers. To assist students’, prepare for this new work order, St Edward’s College has a full-time Careers Adviser and Vocation Education Coordinator working in career education. Careers Education is across curriculums and all year groups.  Career activities at St Edward's include, interest and strengths quizzes, occupational research, resume and interview preparation, presentations, one on one careers guidance, University open days, Careers Expos, Vocational courses, work experience/placement, parent information evenings, TAFE Try a Skill and online career resources and guest speakers. At St Edward's we believe that we equip students with the necessary skills to be able to plan and initiate their career pathway, whether it be going to University, TAFE, College, gaining an apprenticeship/traineeship or entering employment. Helpful Links for Careers Information                  
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Stationery Requirements 2020
Year 7 receive a complimentary book pack on their first day of school. Years 8-12 are responsible for purchasing their own supplies. Please find below the stationery lists for Years 8-11 for 2020.  Year 12 should be advised by their teachers and ongoing requirements for their HSC year. Year 8 Stationery List Year 9 Stationery List Year 10 Stationery List Year 11 Stationery List   For parents wishing to purchase stationery packs online through our supplier COS, please see the links below and follow the steps indicated.  All purchases through COS must be completed by 28 February 2020. COS Year 8 Parent Packs COS Year 9 Parent Packs COS Year 10 Parent Packs COS Year 11 Parent Packs  
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Diverse Learning
Support for students with Diverse Learning Needs At St Edward’s there is a significant commitment to an inclusive education model that supports all learners in our school community to achieve growth and improvement.  We recognise that our students have diverse needs and continually look to provide learning experiences that will engage and challenge them as learners. As part of the mixed ability inclusive education that St Edward’s offers, support for students is provided predominantly in the classroom. As a part of this commitment, teachers work to provide learning experiences that provide students with appropriate levels of challenge, allowing them to access learning and demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. They are supported and guided in this work by the Diverse Learning Team. The Diverse Learning Team is made up of the Leader of Diverse Learning, Ms Betty Kiekebosch,  Teacher of Diverse Learning, Ms Rebecca Elliott and a team of dedicated and highly experienced Learning Assistants that provide support to students with diverse learning needs. Student growth and progress is monitored and our Diverse Learning Team work with teachers to design and adjust learning experiences and assessment that allows all students to demonstrate learning growth. The Diverse Learning team use a range of evidence-informed strategies to support student learning including a variety of intervention programs. These supports are put in place as a part of a collaborative planning process involving the student, parents and teachers. We find that this collaborative process builds relationships between home and school and enables students to feel supported in their learning by the adults in their lives. The Diverse Learning Team are always willing to talk more specifically about the ways in which help is made available to students and parents are encouraged to seek more information from Mrs Carolina Murdoch, Director of Teaching and Learning. High Potential Learners St Edward’s College implements a diverse range of programs and initiatives aimed at extending high potential learners  in a variety of Academic, Creative, Technological and Sporting endeavours. In the academic domain, students are encouraged to enter competitions in Mathematics, Science, English, Debating, Mock Trial and Computing. Workshops are designed and run in some of these faculties and students who demonstrate ability and interest are invited to attend. Teachers also develop units of work that include extension activities and modules to challenge the more academically capable students. In the creative domain, talented musicians are encouraged to participate in the College Band, Jazz Group or Guitar Group and the College Performance evenings. Students interested in Drama are also encouraged to perform in the Drama Club, College Performing Arts evenings, the College Musical and at Friday assemblies and liturgies throughout the year. Students who demonstrate a talent in the sporting arena are given many opportunities to develop their skills through the numerous representative sporting competitions available at the College. All the competitions maintain pathways to representation at an elite level.    
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Code for Learning
The St Edward's College Code for Learning follows: I respect learning by valuing: I show commitment to learning through: Organisation Being prepared and punctual Managing my time effectively Meeting my deadlines Cooperation Following instructions Working cooperatively with teachers and other students Helping others The right to learn Paying attention Not disturbing others Not being disrupted by others Participation Being actively involved Asking and answering questions Listening and completing assigned work Independent study Developing an effective study routine Completing my homework Researching, reading and revising regularly Academic excellence Doing my personal best Showing pride in my work Setting and trying to achieve goals  
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Independent Learning – Online Study Skills Handbook
Independent Learning at St Edward’s College St Edward's College subscribes to the ELES Online Study Skills Handbook. The ELES Online Study Skills Handbook provides a comprehensive and interactive online guide for the College community (students, parents and teachers) to assist in the understanding of the study skills needed for success in high school studies. This approach taps into students’ affinity with technology to create a new and effective way to improve students’ study skills. This is a great online resource for parents and students to address all their study skills issues and concerns and enable students to learn new ways to improve their results at school. The handbook has a huge amount of information for both students and parents as well as a large number of interactive activities. To access the handbook simply log into your student/parent portal at https://portal.stedwards.nsw.edu.au Click on this link and it will direct you to the online handbook. We encourage all parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity to further develop independent learning through this online resource. Dealing with the Stress and Anxiety of Coronavirus Last Minute Study [How Can Parents Help During Stressful Assessment Times] [Carrot or stick] [Getting Motivated] [Positive Sleep Patterns] [Improving Handwriting] [Starting to Write an Assignment] [Internet Research] [The Issue of Perfectionism in Students] [How Do You Study for a Test or Exam] [SWOT Analysis] [Set Times for Homework] [How to Stay Positive As Exams Approach] [It's All About Attitude] [Overcoming Procrastination] [Tips for Dealing with Examination Pressure] [Tips for Parents to Manage and Communicate Expectations] [7 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Can be Helpful to Students] [Top Tips for Moving Information into Long Term Memory] [Starting the Day Well] [Starting Assignments Straight Away] [Proofing Your Assessments] Making Excuses Not to Study] [ Why do We Have to do Homework] [Top Tips for Parents] [ Living Across Two Houses] [ 7 Steps to Make the Most of Class Time] [Secondary School Success] [ The Impact of Reading from a Screen Versus from Printed Material] [ How Much Sleep is Enough] [ Making Great Study Notes] [Five Reasons Not to Put off Assignments] [Encourage Students to Boost Their Academic Career in 2016 ] [ Top 10 FAQ by Parents] [ It's Goal Setting Time] [ How Parents Can help Students With Their Learning] [ Achieving Your Goals]
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Gifted and Talented
St Edward’s College implements a diverse range of programs and initiatives aimed at extending talented students in a variety of Academic, Creative, Technological and Sporting pursuits. In the academic domain, students are encouraged to enter competitions in Mathematics, Science, English, Debating, Mock Trial and Computing. Workshops are designed and run in some of these faculties and students who demonstrate ability and interest are invited to attend. Teachers also develop units of work that include extension activities and modules to challenge the more academically capable students. In the creative domain, students who are talented in the area of Visual Arts are invited to attend workshops and additional classes to further develop these talents. Talented musicians are encouraged to participate in the College Band, Jazz Group or Guitar Group and the Biannual College Musical. Students interested in Drama are also encouraged to perform in the College Musical, at Friday assemblies and paraliturgies throughout the year. In the senior years talented students are extended through the offering of Extension One and Two subjects in English, Mathematics and History. Students who demonstrate a talent in the creative and technological areas can chose from a variety of subjects that will further foster their particular skills (eg, Industrial Technology Timber and Graphics, Visual Arts, Photography, Drama and Music). Students who demonstrate a talent in the sporting arena are given many opportunities to develop their skills through the numerous representative sporting competitions available at the College. All the competitions maintain pathways to representation at an elite level.
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Library
The College library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today's information and knowledge-based society. The College library equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens. (IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2015) Located on the top floor of the Shanahan Learning Centre, St Edward’s College Library is a teaching and learning hub that provides collaborative learning spaces, access to technology and a wide collection of reading material selected to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning. The Library is a blended space where tradition meets the future. It was opened in 2015 as a 'learning commons' in response to our students becoming creators of information and not merely consumers. With this in mind, the learning commons provides facilities and equipment for creating information products as well as traditional learning and study spaces. The physical space reflects the rapidly changing nature of intellectual architecture with the students able to create the space they need for the activity they are going to undertake. Mobile technology and movable furniture caters for noisy and quiet activities, individual and collaborative work, formal and informal instruction, showcase and feedback. The Library provides access to a wide range of physical and digital resources, aiming to ensure that the students have access to new and relevant material. Increasingly, digital resources such as e-books, audiobooks, online databases, online newspapers and multimedia learning materials form a substantial part of the Library’s collection. The Library has a strong, networked information technology infrastructure which provides access to collections as well as the tools for undertaking research-based inquiry and the construction, presentation and sharing of knowledge. Currently the students have access to notebooks, iPads, cameras and iPods in the Library with wireless printing on demand from any location in the school. The Library provides a virtual space through our Libguides which allows students 24/7 access to materials to facilitate learning and curated resource collections for special subjects and assessment tasks. The Library staff provide literacy and reading promotion, media and information literacy skills development and an appreciation of literature and culture. The teacher librarians work with the classroom teachers to collaboratively plan and support the provision of media and information literacy instruction that is integrated into the curriculum and connected with the students’ interests and needs. The Library offers extended opening hours of 8.00 am – 4.00 pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 3.00 pm on Fridays, with homework help available Monday to Thursday mornings before school. [Link to St Edward's College Lib Guides]   [Link to St Edward's College Library Twitter  Account]   [Link to St Edward's College Library Instagram Account]  
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Year 7 and 8 Information
At St Edward’s College, our focus is upon learning. Our strategic focus is about providing a holistic education where learning opportunity is paramount. We endeavour to seek outcomes and provide conditions where: Charism and spirituality enhance learning Service and outreach enhance learning Pastoral care supports learning Leadership enhances learning Curriculum and teaching promote learning Extra curricular activity enhances learning Finance and administration enhance learning We aim to educate St Edward’s boys in the Cultural Characteristics and spirit of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. As such, each boy will be exposed to learning about Being Just, Compassion, Spirituality, Stewardship, Pastoral Care, Service to others, supporting the marginalised through Faith in Action. In conjunction with the parents, we endeavour to foster a spirit of learning as we prepare future Australian citizens and participants in a globalised world. Year 7 Student Handbook for 2020   Year 7 Curriculum Handbook 2020   Year 7 Curriculum Information Evening PowerPoint Presentation on 19 February 2020   Subject Selection Handbook for Year 8 Students Going into Year 9 in 2020   College Student Handbook   [Years 7 - 12 Independent Study Guidelines]  
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Year 9 and 10 Information
The following information outlines subjects taught in Years 9 and 10 at St Edward's College. The handbook below provides a detailed description of the elective subjects, information regarding the compulsory subjects taught in Years 9 and 10. Record of School Achievement (RoSA) The NSW Minister for Education announced on 4 August, 2011 that the School Certificate tests would not be administered beyond 2011. It was announced that there will be a new credential to replace the School Certificate. The RoSA has been created for students who leave school after completing Year 10, but before receiving their HSC. The credential will provide a ongoing cumulative record for students. It will record grades for courses students complete in Year 10 and in Year 11.  Schools will report a grade to the Board of Studies based on school-based assessment for each student in Years 10 and 11. Optional literacy and numeracy tests will be available for school leavers.  The tests will be taken online and will be available to students twice a year.  They will be designed to provide school leavers with a current supplementary assessment of these key skills. Subject Selection Handbook for Year 9, 2020   Subject Selection Handbook for Year 10 entering Year 11 2021   YouTube link to Year 10 Subject Selection Presentation [embed]https://youtu.be/O31YdI3ec44[/embed]   College Student Handbook   [Years 7-12 Independent Study Information]  
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Preliminary and HSC Information
During the HSC year teachers will give students feedback on their progress in the courses that are being studied. This type of assessment and its results help students form an impression about how they are progressing in each course. This feedback will take many forms, eg a comment in class, a written comment on a piece of work corrected by the teacher, the result of a topic test, a mark or grade given for a piece of work, a discussion about a practical task. However, at various times during the HSC course teachers are required by NESA to formalise their assessment of students' progress. To do this, teachers administer what are referred to as 'Assessment Tasks'. Performance on these Assessment Tasks is one of the factors that determine whether a student satisfactorily completes the requirements for the HSC course. The results of the Assessment Tasks administered during the HSC course are actually reported on the Higher School Certificate with the HSC exam mark. The booklet below provides details of the formal Assessment tasks that will be administered in the various subjects and of the procedures that teachers and students will be asked to follow in the administration of these Assessment tasks. [Assessment Policy and Procedures HSC Courses 2019-2020] |PDF   Year 11 2021-Subject Selection Handbook| PDF   College Student Handbook   [Years 7-12 Independent Study Guidelines]   [2017/2018 HSC Information Presentation 10 Oct 2017]
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Literacy, Numeracy and NAPLAN Testing
In 2008, St Edwards College, along with all Australian schools, commenced sitting for the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The acquisition of adequate literacy and numeracy skills is a vital educational outcome for young people. Such skills have consequences for further study, labour market experiences and, more generally, social wellbeing. At St Edward's College we strive to work with each student to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Our students are encouraged to use various techniques established in the classroom. Some of these are: TEEL and our School Editing Code. St Edward's College students are continually encouraged to also develop their numeracy skills (both calculator and non-calculator). Below are links to the techniques mentioned above, as well as information for NAPLAN.  For further information please contact Ms Lisa Alcorn, Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator on the College phone number 4321 6400. HSC Minimum Standard Update for Year 9 Parents - NESA  
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Daily Timetable
The College timetable is organised in a ten day cycle, ie the timetable is made up of days 1 to 10 over a two week period. Students will be given personal timetables which reflect their chosen subject times. Throughout the course of the day on Monday to Thursday, students at the College attend six, 50 minute periods held at the times below. Daily Timetable Monday to Thursday Friday 8.45 am - 9.00 am Home Room 8.35 am - 9.15 am Assembly/Home Room 9.00 am - 9.50 am Period 1 9.15 am - 10.05 am Period 1 9.50 am - 10.40 am Period 2 10.05 am - 10.55 am Period 2 10.40 am - 11.00 am Recess 10.55 am - 11.15 am Recess 11.00 am - 11.50 am Period 3 11.15 am - 12.05 pm Period 3 11.50 am - 12.40 pm Period 4 12.05 pm - 12.10 pm Tutor 12.40 pm - 1.20 pm Lunch 12.10 pm - 12.50 pm Lunch 1.20 pm - 2.10 pm Period 5 12.50 pm - 2.50 pm Activities 2.10 pm - 3.00 pm Period 6 2.50 pm - 3.00 pm Home Room 3.00 pm - 3.02 pm Dismissal On Friday, during the morning Administration time, General Assemblies and/or Year Meetings are held. Friday afternoons, periods 4, 5 and 6 are used for Sport/Activities. Year 11 and 12 students have classes on a Friday afternoon between 12:50 pm and 2:50 pm. Extension classes in Years 11 and 12 (for example in English, Mathematics and History) are usually conducted outside of this timetable, i.e. before 8:45 am and/or after 3:02 pm.
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