Principal’s Message – 27 September 2018
24.09.18
Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstone
Justice and Solidarity
A Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition challenges all members of the school community to participate in service and solidarity learning programs in partnership with those at the margins.

 

On Friday September 15, I had the honour of attending the John Lincoln Youth Community Awards at Government House. These awards are presented on behalf of the Order of Australia Association to twenty students from across NSW for their excellent commitment to community service. I am very pleased to announce Thomas Kennedy of Year 12 was the recipient of this award. His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley, the patron of the Order of Australia Association, hosted and awarded the recipients with this honour. Tom’s outstanding work in community service across Australia and abroad is outlined in the description that was read out at the ceremony. This description appears below.

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas is currently a Year 12 student at St Edward’s College Gosford. He is an outstanding humble young man and has been chosen this year by his peers and teachers to be a Prefect. He is a co-operative, always obliging and diligent young person who often places others before himself. He has regularly received Edmund Rice Honours in recognition of achieving more than 800 hours of service to others since 2013.

Thomas has engaged in a variety of community service and social justice actions, both locally, nationally and internationally.  He is also a College Prefect for 2018.

Since 2013, Thomas has been a keen member of Wamberal Surf Life Saving Club, with well over 300 hours of service in patrols on the beach and assisting with water safety at surf carnivals for nippers.

In addition, Thomas has supported disadvantaged youth in Fiji, by initiating a fundraising platform that provided financial support to schools and a local Rugby club in Fiji.  He was also instrumental, with the assistance of his parents, in enabling two Fijian students to travel to Australia and be hosted in schools and homes, allowing them a life-changing opportunity to experience life in Australia.  As part of his Duke of Edinburgh commitment, Thomas also assisted as a teacher in a Fijian school when he travelled there in 2016.

Locally, Thomas has supported Coast Shelter, which is a Central Coast based facility that supports the homeless and disadvantaged people in the area, as well as many hours assisting his local Terrigal Rugby Club. He organised fundraising events in order to assist groups such as the Fijian community, Violence Against Women and the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Thomas’ commitment to disadvantaged young people in particular is evident through his choice to spend a week as an Edmund Rice Camp Leader in 2018 during his school holidays.  This program requires volunteers to provide time and services to allow marginalised young primary students to experience a fun filled holiday, which would otherwise be out of their reach.

Thomas has also participated in the Max Potential Leadership Program by showcasing his Community Service Project, which was to create an inclusive community between the Fijian and Terrigal Community.  His volunteering also extended to ANZAC Day ceremonies, citizenship ceremonies, assisting younger students at school in exams and engaging with the homeless and disadvantaged people in Kings Cross.

Thomas is a fine example of a well-rounded young gentleman that St Edward’s strives to produce in today’s society.  He is a well-mannered, enthusiastic young man who always displays integrity, passion, good judgement and character. Using the growth mindset that he often displays will set him in good stead to continue sharing his compassion and courage with the broader society.

Farewell Year 12

We bid our Year 12 students farewell this week. We mark the end of their formal classes with three very special ceremonies. The first of these ceremonies is the Graduation Mass that was held on Wednesday night in the Edmund Rice Centre. This is the final time that Year 12 students will gather as a group with their parents and family members to celebrate the Eucharist at St Edward’s College. The theme for this mass is “Young Men with Purpose”, which has been their Pastoral Theme for the year. This wonderful celebration serves to challenge the young men of Year 12 to continue to become the best young adults they can be.

On Thursday, the St Edward’s Old Boys Union provides a breakfast for the Year 12 students to officially welcome them into the Old Boys fraternity. A whole school academic assembly follows this breakfast, where we acknowledge students for their academic endeavours. First and second place in each course and various special awards in leadership and service are presented and the Dux of the 2018 year is announced. Congratulations to all the award winners for their sustained efforts throughout the HSC Year. The full list of award recipients appears below.

I wish all of Year 12 the very best of luck in their final exams and look forward to seeing them at the HSC results BBQ on Monday December 17.

Year 12 Special Awards

Award Recipient
2018 College Dux Liam Meggs
Principal’s Award for College Leadership Adam Bing
Macquarie University Global Leadership Entry Program Prize Liam Meggs
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence Adam Bing
ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award Aiden Reid
Br MJ Shanahan Award for Meritorious Effort Patrick Rosee
Mitchell Price Memorial Award for Service to the College Andrew Leonard
Caltex Best All-Rounder Award Thomas Judd
Rueben F Scarf Award for Commitment Mitchell Meredith
Justin Spittles Memorial Award for Social Justice Liam Bruchhauser
John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award Thomas Kennedy
Michael Kokegei TEST Award Jacob White
Ryan Sainty Memorial Award Fletcher Berry
Kevin Liggett Memorial Award for Computing Jack Kilrain-Mottram

Year 12 Edmund Rice Awards

Award Recipient
Edmund Rice Honours Adam Bing
Luke Dalton
Liam Meggs
Mitchell Meredith
Orlando Moors
William Scott
Hugo Varas
Edmund Rice Honours – First Class Nicholas Armstrong
Clayton Ball
Andrew Leonard
Edmund Rice Honours – Distinction Liam Bruchauser
Thomas Judd
Thomas Kennedy
Matthew Kokegei
Aidan Reid
Liam Seymour
Benjamin Stephens

Year 12 Subject and Sports Awards

Recipient Place Award
Nicholas Armstrong First Place Hospitality
Fletcher Berry Sydney Independent Catholic Colleges Open Rugby League Team
William Butlin Second Place Engineering Studies
Luke Dalton Opens Basketball Team
Nicholas Dobrohotoff First Place Music
Nathan Dwyer Opens Rugby League
Alexander Farrell Second Place Business Studies
Ben Gamlin First Place Industrial Technology Multimedia
Nathan Gulliksen NSW All Schools Sailing
Alexander Halls BBSSSA Touch Opens Team
Joel Hoffman Second Place Information Processes and Technology
Mason Jones Second Place Sports Coaching
Brandon Kalischer Second Place Entertainment
Matthew Kokegei NSWCCC Rugby Union Under 18’s Team
Kyle Lang Second Place Metals and Engineering
Brandon Lehto Second Place Industrial Technology Timber
Harry Magriplis Second Place Drama
Blake McLachlan Second Place Construction
Matthew McLean Second Place Industrial Technology Graphics
Noah Pagden First Place Drama
Justin Paull First Place Senior Science
Benjamin Poate First Place Photography
Aidan Reid First Place Metals and Engineering
Isaac Riviere Opens Rugby Union Team
Aidan Sadler Second  Place Mathematics General
Alexander Shaw First Place English Standard
Campbell Sheppard Sydney Independent Catholic Colleges
Open Rugby League Team
Benjamin Stephens Second Place Music
Blake Stevens-Hofer First Place Mathematics General 2
Noah Tooby Second Place Ancient History
Clayton Ball First Place
Second Place
Engineering Studies
English Standard
Freddie Burraston First Place
Second Place
Industrial Technology Graphics
English Standard
Tynnan Conquit First Place
Second Place
Business Studies
Software Design and Development
Eddie Dillon First Place
First Place
English Studies
Mathematics General
Samuel Edwards First Place
First Place
Industrial Technology Timber
Construction
Marcus Hudson First Place
Second Place
Information Processes and Technology
Economics
Thomas Kennedy Second Place
Second Place
Mathematics
PDHPE
Aengus Kenny Second Place
Second Place
Hospitality
Visual Arts
Jackson Kilrain-Mottram First Place
First Place
Software Design and Development
Entertainment
Louis Lippl First Place
Second Place
Visual Arts
History Extension
Mitchell Meredith First Place
First Place
Ancient History
Studies of Religion
Orlando Moors Second Place
Second Place
English Extension 1
Modern History
Alejandro Murdoch First Place
Second Place
History Extension
Legal Studies
Kristian Preller Second Place
Second Place
Senior Science
Catholic Studies
Kai Renshaw Second Place Photography
BBSSSA Touch Opens Team
John Saley First Place Sports Coaching
BBSSSA Touch Opens Team
Thomas Sawyer Opens Touch Football Team
BBSSSA Touch Opens Team
Chaz Schram Second Place
Second Place
Food Technology
English Standard
Ryan Shaw Second Place English Studies
Sydney Independent Catholic Colleges
Open Rugby League
Rocco Stragliotto Second Place
Second Place
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2
Liam Meggs First Place
First Place
First Place
Mathematics Extension 1
Mathematics Extension 2
Physics
Brandon Naprawski Second Place
Second Place
Industrial Technology Multimedia
Mathematics General 2
BBSSSA Athletics 16+ Relay Team
Liam Seymour First Place
First Place
Second Place
English Extension 1
Food Technology
Biology
Anthony Sparacino First Place Industrial Technology Timber
Opens Football Team
Australian Schoolboys U18’s Football Team
Adam Bing First Place
First Place
First Place
Second Place
English Advanced
Biology
PDHPE
Chemistry
Nicholas Haughain First Place
First Place
First Place
Second Place
Economics
Legal Studies
Modern History
English Extension 1
Patrick Rosee First Place
First Place
Second Place
Second Place
Second Place
Second Place
Mathematics
Chemistry
English Advanced
Studies of Religion
PDHPE
Physics
Reports

The Term 3 interim reports will be uploaded to the Student and Parent Portal on Friday of this week. 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 throughout Term 3 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. Students are encouraged to reflect on their progress in relation to previous terms and the learning goals that they have established for the year. I encourage all parents to take the time to discuss with their son, the contents of the report.

Year 12 Graduation

Please note graduation tickets are now available for purchase from reception.  Tickets are $75 each.  Year 12 students are asked to organise their tables into groups of 16 (which include parents and a partner or other family member) as soon as possible.   Please also advise reception of any mobility issues or dietary requirements when purchasing your tickets.  A reminder that no stilettos or tapered high heels are allowed in the ERC as they cause damage to the specialised flooring.