Edmund Rice Education Australia Touchstone
As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition all members are challenged to prophetic leadership within the school community and beyond.
2020 College Prefects
It is with great pleasure that I announce the following students as Prefect Leaders for the 2019/2020 School Year:
These prefects were selected through a rigorous process involving a detailed written application and student and staff voting. On Thursday August 15, Mr Beattie, Mr Herringe and I will lead these boys through a Leadership Induction Day at Avoca Surf Club. I have great confidence in the potential of these fine young men to lead the student community at St Edward’s over the next year. These boys have demonstrated through their applications, a great passion for the College and their enthusiasm, maturity and commitment to the role is very clear.
A Prefect Investiture Mass will be held on Wednesday September 4. At this Mass, we will acknowledge our outgoing prefects for their work over the last year and officially present the newly elected prefects to the College community. The College Captain and Vice Captains for the 2019/2020 school year will also be announced.
African Women for Women
I would like to remind all members of our community of the support we will be providing women and young girls living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. After consultation with Sister Leonida (the leader Women for Women organisation in Kenya) we are collecting new women’s and girls’ underwear to take with us on this year’s immersion. There is a desperate need for these items as many women and girls living in this impoverished area have only one or sometimes no clean underwear. Our wonderful library staff will be collecting these items from families wishing to donate. Your support of this initiative is greatly appreciated.
Last Friday afternoon we welcomed our Japanese visitors for 2019. This wonderful cultural program has been running for twenty-four years and I must commend Ms Ribal and Mrs Betty Kiekebosch for their tireless work in the promotion of this initiative. The visitors are billeted with families from St Edward’s and participate in a range of experiences designed to provide our guests with a rich Australian experience. At an assembly this week, we officially welcomed and introduced our visitors to the St Edward’s Community. I would also like to acknowledge the generous support of our host families from within the St Edward’s community. Without their support, this program would not be possible.
Parent Teacher Night
The Term 3 Parent Teacher Night is scheduled for Thursday August 29. The evening will provide an opportunity for students and parents to gain further feedback on progress being made in each course. These interviews are scheduled at this time of year to provide parents of students in Year 7-10 with an opportunity to discuss the Semester 1 report information and their son’s progress in relation to their learning goals for the year. Year 11 students and their parents will have an opportunity to discuss preparations for the Preliminary Examinations to be held in the last two weeks of Term 3 and Year 12 students and parents are able to discuss the Trial HSC Examination results and revision program suggestions leading up to the final HSC examinations.