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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home Room Groups
Home Room 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.
The College employs two full-time counsellors to work with students to talk through issues that are of concern to them.