Principal’s Message – 24 May 2018
-Gospel Spirituality-
As an Edmund Rice Community, we are committed to providing formation experiences that nurture and encourage the spiritual growth of each person, through critical reflection, prayer, symbols, sacred stories, rituals and sacraments.

Year 12 students participated in their annual Retreat throughout Week 3. This wonderful experience in some ways is the culmination of the formation opportunities offered to the young men of St Edward’s. Students are provided with time to reflect on their values in relation to themselves, their relationships with others and on their sense of spirituality and relationship with God. The timing of the Retreat at this stage of the year is intentional. Students are at the stage of their schooling when they are beginning to think and plan the remainder of the HSC year and their life beyond school. The workshops presented challenge the boys to think deeply about their time at St Edward’s and the type of young man that they hope to be when they leave the gates of St Edward’s. A highlight of the retreat is the healing ceremony on the last night. These wonderful celebrations are planned and lead by the students and are a very fitting way to bring together the themes of the retreat. The engagement of students in all the activities and their level of discussion regarding what they value to be important in their lives, reaffirms in me that they are becoming exactly the type of young men that we are proud to say are Eddies’ men.


The National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) was conducted in Years 7 and 9 throughout week 3. The information obtained from these assessments provide feedback on how students are performing in the areas of literacy and numeracy and are used by teachers at St Edward’s to inform teaching and support student learning. The results of student performance support internal assessments conducted by teachers and are used to inform our whole school plan to bring about improvement in these learning domains. Results from NAPLAN will be available in mid-August to mid-September and will be posted home to parents.

Year 12 Mid-Course Reports

The HSC Mid-Course reports were made available on the Parent Portal last week. The information provided on this report includes the student’s mark and rank for both the examinations conducted at the end of term 1 and combined assessment in each course. Further feedback provided includes student level of achievement of outcomes and importantly a comment by each teacher on progress made at this stage of the HSC year. This report provides the most accurate indication of how each student is performing in relation to the requirements of each course to date.

It was pleasing reading each student’s report to identify the many students who have performed at a very high standard either in an individual course or across the full breadth of subjects. It is important that all students take the time to read this report carefully and reflect on their effort so far. They are encouraged to seek further feedback from their teachers on how best to prepare for examinations and improve their understanding of the content and skills developed. Students wishing to continue to improve must make a true commitment to the establishment of a sustained program of revision.

Importantly all students must realise that in most of their courses the majority of their assessment marks are still to be determined. Their performance in the remaining assessment tasks and the Trial HSC Examinations will influence greatly on their result.

I encourage all parents and caregivers to engage in a conversation with their son about the feedback provided in the report. Those who were unable to attend the first of our Parent Teacher Evenings are urged to make appointments to speak to teachers at the next evening on Thursday May 24th. Your support and guidance throughout the final stages of the HSC are extremely important in assisting your son reach his potential.

I wish all students the best of luck for the remainder of the year.

Staff Development Day and Parent Information Evening

A reminder that on Friday May 25th all St Edward’s staff will be participating in a Professional Learning Day on Student Well-Being.

This day will be followed by a Parent Information session that same evening. Parents received an invitation from Mr Jay Sutton the College Deputy Principal, to attend this information evening. At this session, Jacqueline Van Velsen will present a workshop titled ‘Good habits that promote Student Wellbeing and educational success’. Topics covered will include:

  • Current Australian data on child and adolescent well-being needs.
  • The links between well-being, resilience and educational and academic success, health and lifelong success.
  • The importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise and what is realistic.
  • The stages of child and adolescent development and practical tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with your child and the school.

The invitation to this workshop was also extended to the families of the girls at St Joseph’s College and it is pleasing to see so many parents have already accepted this invitation to attend. Any parents who would like to attend and have not yet notified the College are welcome to contact Mr Sutton.

Staff Changes

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Sarah Moulton to the Position of Teacher Librarian to replace Ms Monica Mayer. Sarah comes to St Edward’s with a depth of experience in a variety of roles, which will assist her in providing great support to students and teachers in the Shanahan Learning Centre. We welcome Sarah and wish her well in her new role.