Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstone
Justice and Solidarity
We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. As an Edmund Rice School, we are committed to the achievement of authentic reconciliation, justice and equity through acknowledgement and practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowing. St Edward’s strives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to build a cultural safety across the College through raising the community’s awareness around reconciliation. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The theme for the 2019 Reconciliation week is Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage. This theme challenges us as a community to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters through developing a deep respect of the culture and stories of Indigenous Australians, acknowledging the historical wounds walking together towards a better future.
One important way in which we celebrate National Reconciliation week as a community is through an assembly that is conducted each year in Reconciliation week. At this assembly, which was held on Friday May 31, Mr Dell the College Leader of Learning in Social Justice, shared his personal spiritual journey, which strongly challenged racism with a focus on the Liberating Education Touchstone. He shared that education is proven the main answer for Australia, in terms of promoting respect and reconciliation with our Aboriginal people through knowledge. When our young people are informed of the facts of our country’s history, they have empathy and are better able to walk alongside our First People.
Year 11 student Ashleigh Palupe delivered a powerful and heartfelt speech on Reconciliation, from his own experience of living in another country, having recently come to Australia to live. His skills in engaging the student audience was outstanding and memorable.
Year 7-10 Assessment Week
Students in Years 7-10 are currently sitting for their half yearly assessments. These assessments of student learning provide teachers, students and parents with an indication of the progress students are making in each of their courses. Students have been provided with an assessment notification for each subject and this notification is also available to parents on the parent portal. The results from these assessments will be combined with other assessments undertaken throughout Semester One in the determination of grades, comments and levels of achievement of outcomes reported in the Semester One report. Parents are encouraged to engage in conversations with their son/s offering support and encouragement. Parents wanting more information on how to help their sons prepare for assessments can access the Independent Learning Online Study Skills Handbook on the College Website.
Independent Learning Online Study Skills Handbook
College Athletics Carnival
The College Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday June 11 at Adcock Park. This is a compulsory day of school attendance for all students and participation in events is encouraged. Further details regarding the Carnival can be accessed through the link below.
Year 7 2020 Offers of Enrolment
The Year 7, 2020 offers of enrolment were sent to one hundred and ninety-two families across the Central Coast on Monday May 27. Families have until Friday June 7 to accept this offer as outlined in the information received. Those families who were not successful in gaining enrolment in the first round, may still be offered a place if not all positions are accepted. Further information regarding the next stage of preparation for 2020 will be distributed to families at an appropriate time later in the year.