FAQ’s

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  1. How many students do you have?
  2. What are your class sizes?
  3. What is your catchment area?
  4. What are the school transport arrangements?
  5. Do sports played at ERC lead to representative pathways?
  6. What are your school hours?
  7. What electives are offered?
  8. Do you enrol students from non-Catholic backgrounds?
  9. Do you grade classes?
  10. Are there programs for gifted and talented students?
  11. What results do you students get in the HSC?
  12. What are the main features of the Pastoral Care program?
  13. Do you cater for children with learning difficulties?
  14. How do you communicate with parents?
  15. Is there support for families with financial difficulties?
  16. Do you have a canteen?
  17. Do you have a school uniform shop?
  18. Are there opportunities to mix with girls?
  19. What opportunities are there to be involved in the community?
  20. Is religious education compulsory?

1. How many students do you have?

The number of students is approximately 935.
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2. What are your class sizes?

Class sizes average 26 for across Years 7-10 and 24 for Years 11-12.
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3. What is your catchment area?

We have students from across the Illawarra including from Helensburgh in the north and Berry in the south.
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4. What are the school transport arrangements?

Students make use of the extensive bus service. Some travel by train, some by car while others ride their bicycles. Some senior students are allowed to drive their own cars. There are direct bus routes linking all southern and northern suburbs directly to the College. Further information click here.  
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5. Do sports played at ERC lead to representative pathways?

Many of the sporting opportunities available to the boys lead to Diocesan, State and National representation.
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6. What are your school hours?

  • Years 7, 8, 9, 10: School commences at 8.00am and finishes at 2.05pm
  • Years 11 and 12: School commences at 8.00am and finishes at 2.05pm.
  • (Some lessons may be scheduled outside of these hours).
  • An optional homework club will operate in the school library from 2.05pm to 3.00pm every day.
  • Supervision will not be provided outside of these hours, except for students waiting to catch the afternoon school buses.
  • Library: The College Library is open from 8.00am until 4.00pm.
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7. What electives are offered?

For detailed subject information click here.
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8. Do you enrol students from non-Catholic backgrounds?

Preference for enrolment will be given to boys currently attending Catholic Primary Schools and to Catholic boys attending Government Schools. However, our current College Community does include boys and families from other Christian and non-Christian faith traditions and we continue to invite and welcome such applications.  For further information please refer to the College Enrolment Policy
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9. Do you grade classes?

There is grading of classes in Mathematics in Years 8, 9 and 10 and Science in Years 9 and 10. English is graded in Years 8, 9 and 10. The rest of the classes are in mixed ability groups in Years 7-10.
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10. Are there programs for gifted and talented students?

There is an Enrichment program for students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10. Students are selected by either parent and/or teacher referral. They are assessed on site and then participate in many and varied activities including Tournament of Minds, trips to Canberra etc. There is a special presentation evening for these students to showcase their individual learning projects.

Edmund Rice College runs an Enrichment Class in Year 7 in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science.  The Enrichment Class will continue to operate in Year 8 the following year.

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11. What results do students get in the HSC?

Brief overview of last year’s results

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12. What are the main features of the Pastoral Care program?

The College has a reputation for sound discipline built on students’ rights and responsibilities and underpinned by a strong pastoral care program. This ensures a safe and positive learning environment for your son along his journey through adolescence to the young man he will become in Year 12.
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13. Do you cater for children with learning difficulties?

We have a learning support faculty that has a number of well trained teachers and support staff. Individual student programs are worked out in conjunction with the student, parents and staff.
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14. How do you communicate with parents?

Communication with parents is encouraged. Weekly Newsletters are sent by email to families. Teachers correspond with parents using student diaries, phone calls and personal interviews.
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15. Is their support for families with financial difficulties?

School fees are essential to Edmund Rice College as they are to all Catholic schools. The College recognises the financial struggle families can have. For that reason fees and charges are kept as low as possible. Financial assistance will be offered to families with a genuine need. These include reciprocal concessions for families with siblings at St. Mary Star of the Sea College.
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16. Do you have a canteen?

The College has an award winning Canteen. Narelle Ockenden the manager has won several individual and comprehensive State titles for the ERC canteen. The canteen operates daily from 7.30am – 1.30pm.   Canteen Price List 2016 

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17. Do you have a school uniform shop?

The full College uniform is to be purchased from the College shop. The College office can provide details of trading hours or check the announcements on this website. For further information please see our Uniform Shop.
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18. Are there opportunities to mix with girls?

There are a range of activities linked with St Mary’s Star of the Sea College from Years 7-12. These include activity days, discos, dances and drama productions.
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19. What are the library hours?

The library is open between 7.45am and 4.00pm.
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20. What opportunities are there to be involved in the community?

Students are involved in the Christian Service Learning and Social Justice programs. This involvement in the community also includes Work Experience for Year 10, Work Placement for VET subjects, Bushcare, Eco ERC.
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21. Is Religious Education compulsory?

Religion Studies lessons are central to the Religious Education program of the College. All students participate in these classes which aim to give them a better understanding of their religious heritage. The spiritual development of the students is fostered through the sacramental program. A College Chaplain and local parish clergy assist in this program. Class and Year groups participate in other liturgical celebrations as a part of the Catholic tradition of the College.
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