Principal’s Message 12 April 2018
12.04.18
– Gospel Spirituality –
As an Edmund Rice Community, we are committed to nurturing the spiritual growth of each person through reflection, prayer, symbols, sacred stories, rituals and sacraments.

As a catholic school conducted in the traditions of Edmund Rice, it is important that we take time as a community to reflect on the important sacred stories that underpin our faith and our values. Easter and the sacred story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the most important Christian festival and the one that is celebrated with great passion. As Christians, we believe that Christ undertook suffering and death willingly on our behalf, in obedience to God the Father, so that all humans may live in hope for a new life with Him and God the Father in Heaven.

On Holy Thursday, the St Edward’s and St Joseph’s communities joined in celebration of Easter and Holy Week, through a powerful and meaningful liturgy. The exceptional talents of students from each school was on display in musical items liturgical dances and a drama representation of the Stations of the Cross. This annual event and the telling of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a relevant and engaging way, combined with prayerful reflection is designed to foster the spirituality of all community members and to deepen our understanding of the importance of Easter.

I would like to thank the many staff and students from each College who planned and performed in this wonderful celebration of our faith. An example of the wonderful talent on display is provided in the link below.

Interim Reports

The Term 1 Interim Reports will be uploaded to the College Portal over the coming days. These reports are the first formal feedback provided to parents and students for the Year. The focus of this report is to provide you and your son with specific information in relation to his level of application and effort to his studies and not on his performance in terms of a mark or grade. The descriptors in this report are based on the College’s Code for Learning, which outlines the expectations of all students in relation to their learning. These reports will be provided in Term 1 for students in Year 7-11 and Term 3 for students in Years 7-10.  The semester reports at the end of Terms 2 and 4, will continue to provide more detail including a grade, achievement of course outcomes, a classroom profile based on the Code for Learning and a comment by class teachers in each subject. Year 11 students will receive a more detailed report at the end of the Preliminary Course, which they complete by the end of Term 3. Year 12 students and parents will be provided with a report early in Term 2 based on their performance in the Mid-Course Examinations and Course assessments to date as well as a Trial HSC Examination Report.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their application and effort to their studies throughout Term 1. At the start of Term 2, students will once again be led through a goal setting exercise in their tutor class and the Interim Report will provide the basis of this reflection. Parents are encouraged to discuss the information provided in the report with their son prior to the start of Term 2.

Start of Term 2

Term 2 will begin on Monday 30 April  with all classes scheduled as per normal. This day is not a Staff Development Day and all students are expected to be in attendance. The Term 2 Staff Development Day is scheduled for Friday 25 May. Staff will be participating in a professional learning activity on the topic of Student Well-Being. An information session for parents on Student Well-Being will also be held on the evening of 25 May. Further details regarding this evening will be provided early next term.

Parent Teacher Nights

Parent Teacher Nights are scheduled for Tuesday 8 May and Thursday 24 May. These interviews provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet with your son’s teachers to discuss in more detail his progress in relation to his learning goals and achievements for the term. It is important that your son attend these interviews with you. You will receive an email early in Term 2 with the details on how to log in to the Parent Teacher Online booking system and I encourage you to book these interviews early, to ensure that you do not miss out on meeting your son’s teachers.

End of Term Holiday

Term 1 has once again been a very busy start to the year. I would like to congratulate and thank many of the boys who have applied themselves to so many of the academic, spiritual, social justice and extra-curricular activities throughout the term. The holiday break provides a good opportunity to relax and reflect on the start to the year and to re-energise for the term ahead. I wish all students and their families a safe and happy holiday.