Enrolment
St Edward’s At A Glance
St Edward’s covers a nine hectare site on the shores of Caroline Bay. The College has three multi-purpose ovals, other sporting facilities, a multipurpose hall / gymnasium, specialised technology and art facilities, computer laboratories, and a purpose built food technology room. Trade Training Centres in Schools Program In 2009, in a joint application with St Joseph’s Catholic College, St Edward’s was given over one million dollars from the Commonwealth Government to establish a Trade Training Centre. From 2010/11 boys at the College in Years 10 to 12 will be able to commence the first stage of a school based apprenticeship/traineeship in the Construction, Hospitality or Metals area whilst also studying for the HSC credential. This will complement the already wide range of courses offered at the College in the vocational area. Fee Schedule Fees are invoiced in January and parents/carers have the option of paying in full at the commencement of the school year or paying by weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments.  All instalments are to be paid using direct debit authority. A sibling discount is applied to school fees charged for second and subsequent brothers attending St Edward's College concurrently.  As St Edward's College is not a CSO (Catholic Schools Office) school, it does not offer sibling discount or relief from payment of the building level for students with siblings attending other schools in the Diocese. Range of Courses St Edward’s College offers a range of courses to cater for individual student requirements. These include: Extension courses Courses with a vocational orientation Programs to extend talented students Programs to assist students who find the schooling process difficult Liturgical Celebrations On a regular basis throughout the year, the celebration of the Eucharist - the central action of our Catholic Faith - is experienced by the whole school community. Reflection Days and Retreats are also experienced for all students. Justice and Peace Program The College facilitates a comprehensive Justice and Peace Program that aims to develop the Christian awareness of the students and to positively help those in need on the Central Coast, the wider Australian community, and the world at large. Technology St Edward's College takes pride in the extensive range of technology resources available to all students.  Programs and policies have been developed to ensure that the College stays current with the latest technology trends.  The College provides over 800 devices throughout the campus comprising of six state of the art computer classrooms and specialised multimedia enhanced classrooms in Technology and Music.  Many other classrooms contain sets of Notebooks stored in pods.  In the Br MD Shanahan Learning Centre the students have the ability to engage with Desktop, Notebook and iPad devices to enhance their learning experience.  All these resources are filtered to the students via Ednet and the College Portal. Careers Adviser To assist students in their decisions on further education, subject choices and possible career pathways, St Edward’s has a full-time careers adviser and vocational education coordinator working in career education. Sporting Arena 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. Outdoor Education St Edward's College runs an Outdoor Education program through camps, which are held in Years 7 to 10. The program provides a sequential course for the four years, developing skills of a higher order each year. All activities are supervised by accredited staff of 'Outdoor Education Australia', as well as a member of staff from the College. Some of the activities conducted on these camps include archery, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking, initiative challenges and fencing. Roll Call Tutor Groups Roll-call tutor groups are made up of about 24 students, with a small number of students from each year (7 to 12). Senior students are given the opportunity to care for and help younger students. This allows the younger students to get to know older students in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and gives them the benefit of having an older peer to relate to at school. The inter-relationship helps promote a positive spirit throughout the College. Counsellors The College employs two full-time counsellors to work with students to talk through issues that are of concern to them.  
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Process and Procedures
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. 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. To read a comprehensive overview of all that St Edward’s College can offer your son, please see the College Prospectus below: College Prospectus 2018   Year 7, 2020 enrolment applications will open Monday 18 February 2019. Further information regarding this process will be available in early 2019. In preparation of your child’s enrolment application, you will be required to provide copies of your son’s: Birth Certificate Sacrament Certificates (if applicable) Year 5 School Report Year 5 Naplan Report Immunisation History Statement A $100 application fee will also be required. In addition, you will also be asked to provide a Priest’s Reference (for Catholic applicants), Minister’s Reference (for other Christian denominational applicants, Two (2) Personal References (for non-Christian faith applicants). Priest's Reference Form   Enrolment applications for Year’s  7 to 12 If you are seeking enrolment for Year’s 8 to 12, please contact our Enrolments and Parent Network Liaison Administrator, Kellie Atkinson on 4321 6420 or katkinson@stedwards.nsw.edu.au. Alternatively, you can contact our College Registrar, Chris Millar on 4321 6423.
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Priority of Enrolment
As a Catholic College, our aim is to first try and accommodate students applying from Catholic Primary Schools. However, students from other Non-Government and Government Schools are welcome as well. We value our association with families from Christian denominations other than Catholic. St Edward’s College does not exclude students on the basis of academic ability therefore accepting students with varied abilities and diverse learning backgrounds. We are committed to the enrolment of students with disabilities who are likely to benefit from the inclusive model which we operate. Once an application for enrolment has been made, an interview will be organised with the Principal, the Assistant Principal or a member of the College Executive. In the enrolment process, we endeavour to discern what the expectations are concerning education at St Edward’s, clarify the expectations we have of them and ensure that there is a compatibility of aims and expectations which can be mutually productive. When considering enrolment priority, the College Enrolment Committee will examine the following criteria: The Catholic boys currently attending Catholic Primary feeder schools The Catholic boys currently attending other Catholic primary schools The Catholic boys currently attending Government and Non-Government primary schools Boys who have a brother/s enrolled at St Edward’s College Boys who are sons of ex-students of St Edward’s College Boys who are from other Christian denominational tradition known to their faith community Boys who are from other Christian denominational traditions Boys who are from non-Christian faith traditions Once the first round of offers has been made to students of Year 7 families, further offers will then be made according to the criteria above. In general, places that become available after the commencement of the school year will be filled by the student who best suits the place being vacated, eg class numbers, subjects and elective choices. The Enrolment Committee and College Principal may digress from these guidelines for pastoral reasons
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Financial Matters
The College draws its support from the Commonwealth and State Government Grants, from the tuition fees paid by the parents, and from the voluntary fund-raising activities of parents groups such as the Parents and Friends Association. The Current fees in 2019 are: Year Tuition              Building Levy (Per Family)       Technology Levy Total Fees         7 $6048 $907 $500 $7455 8 $6048 $907 $500 $7455 9 $6048 $907 $6955 10 $6048 $907 $6955 11 $7185 $907 $8092 12 $7185 $907 $8092 The Technology Levy will apply to Years 7 to 10 by the year 2021.  This is in-line with the roll-out of  student laptops. Sibling discounts: Second child in Years 7 to 10 - $815 Second child in Years 11 to 12 - $1230 Third child in Years 7 to 10 - $1670 Third child in Years 11 to 12 - $2460 4th child in Years 7 to 10 - $2500 Fee Policies Parents are not asked to pay for such activities as excursions, camps and Friday sport. These are included in the school fee. Exceptions include TVet courses in Years 10, 11 and 12. Installments Fees are invoiced in January and parents/carers have the option of paying in full at the commencement of the school year or paying by weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments.  All instalments are required to be paid using direct debit authority.  A link is provided on the fee statement to complete this online. Financial Hardship There is a very compassionate process for those parents, who through genuine financial hardship are unable to pay all or part of the College fees. Such cases are considered by the Business Manager, the Principal and the College Finance Committee. Confidentiality is assured and some documentation will be required. Pursuit of Non-Payment of Fees The College will pursue payment of fees where no arrangement has been made for delayed settlement. This can ultimately mean the use of a debt collection agency or the legal system, where requests for payment by the College have failed. Withdrawal from School Ten weeks notice of withdrawal of a boy from the School is required. Upon withdrawal, parents remain liable for a weekly pro-rata portion of all fees up to the withdrawal date or a date ten weeks after notice is given whichever is the latest. Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Principal, not to any other member of school staff. Insurance The College insures its own property. It does not insure the belongings of any student. The College takes out 24-hour accident insurance (365 days/year, worldwide) on behalf of all students. College Scholarships Through the generosity of various College stakeholders, the College is able to offer one part-scholarship to current Year 10 students and one part-scholarship to current Year 8 students, which will contribute to the costs of schooling for the subsequent two years at St Edward's.  Applications for these will open to current Year 8 and Year 10 students in Term 4 of each year, for the following year. Other College scholarships will be determined by the Principal and the Executive and are not open for individual application. Scholarships open for application: Year 10 students going into Year 11: Catholic Women’s League Scholarship Year 8 students going into Year 9: Judy Skeahan Bequest (St Vincent de Paul – Gosford) For further information and scholarship application forms, please see the links below. Scholarship Information Letter   Scholarship Application Form to be Completed  
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Important Dates to Remember
The following are important dates to remember for all 2020, Year 7 enrolments. 18 February 2019 Enrolment for Year 7, 2020 Opens 7 March 2019 Year 6, 2019 - A Day in the Life of St Edward's College for local Catholic Primary Schools 9 March 2019 Open Day - 10.00 am to 2.00 pm 8 April 2019 Year 7, 2020 enrolment applications close 27 May 2019 Letters of offers sent to families 7 June 2019 Last day for enrolment offers to be accepted 13 June 2019 Academic Assessment for Year 6 students 14 June 2019 Second round of offers of enrolment sent to families 7 November 2019 Information Evening for Year 7, 2020 14 November 2019 Academic Assessment Catch-up (if required)  November 2019 (TBA) Uniform fittings in the ERC  
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Academic Assessment
Academic Assessment are educational consultants, who conduct assessments for each new student before commencement. These assessments assist the College to assess each new student’s current level of achievement in the skills of mathematics, reading comprehension, spelling and written expression. These assessments are not an entrance examination, they are used, together with school assessments and teacher reports, to enable the College to provide the educational facilities best suited to individual needs. In addition, this information will enable the College to monitor and guide the progress of each student more effectively. Individual results are summarised and measured against other students of the same year across the State. These results are posted in Term 1.
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Policies and Information for Acceptance of Enrolment
Parents and students should read the following enrolment policies and information as part of the enrolment process.   Year 7 and 8 Personal Learning Device Agreement   Information and Communication Technology Policy   Pastoral Care Policy
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Change of Student Details
It is of great importance that the Enrolment Section of St Edward’s College have the most up-to-date contact information for students and their parents. Mobile phone numbers and email addresses often change as well as addresses and emergency contact information.  Without the correct information, College staff cannot quickly contact parents in case of emergency, newsletters and other important information cannot be forwarded and absentee notifications cannot be sent. Details can be amended via the Parent Portal or by emailing the enrolment section at katkinson@stedwards.nsw.edu.au  
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Privacy and Collection of Information
St Edward's College is required, as part of funding arrangements, to provide the Commonwealth and NSW Government with student details. Please see the notices below outlining the purpose of the collection of this information. Collection Notice from Department of Education and Training   College Privacy Collection Notice   Collection of Family Background Characteristics  
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