Embracing diversity

Open Day (3)The College provides students with opportunities for extension and enrichment both in the classroom and through a variety of valuable extra-curricula activities. There is an Enrichment class in Year 7 that continues into Year 8 in the subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science. A differentiated curriculum provides opportunities for students in this class to proceed at a faster rate and to engage more in creative and critical thinking. In the middle school and senior years, this differentiation occurs in the form of subject course levels. As the head teacher in charge of Enrichment, I am responsible for this area of the College program and am assisted by a number of other staff members.

Applying For Enrichment Class Placement and/or Scholarships

The details for the Enrichment Class Placement and Scholarships test morning for 2016 intake are now available.

Tournament of the minds

TOM (3)Thirteen students from Years 7-10 participated in the Regional Challenge which was hosted by Corpus Christi College. The College entered a team in Language and Literature (Justice-Noah Negro-Malfitano, Pha-Hai Nguyen, Joseph Fernandez, Kaden Melchiore, Jonah Hurley, Riley Huisman, Jake Cavdarovski) and a team in Maths and Engineering (Danny Dang, Dylan Koprivec, Brandon O’Connell, Emmett Walsh, Tom Nguyen, Dalton Kiesel, Daniel Bellinato). Both teams performed commendably and the Maths Engineering team for the second year in a row were the regional winners in the secondary division. These boys went on to represent this region in the State Final of the Tournament of Minds which was held at the University of New South Wales.


Chess Club (2)Chess club is held each Monday at lunchtime in the library and is organized by the Chess Captain. This is a great opportunity for senior and junior students to get to know each other. Each year the College hosts a tournament day for the Sydney Academy of Chess. This is open to local primary schools and high schools.

The Illawarra Chess Competition

This competition is divided into two zones – Southern and Northern regions. The College Chess team (Omer Boz, Lawson Spence, Jesse Tyssen, Kerim Akkoch, Rami Hadaya) participated in the Illawarra Chess Competition and were the winners of the Southern Zone.

The NSW Junior Chess Competition

The College Chess team (Omer Boz, Lawson Spence, Jesse Tyssen, Kerim Akkoch, Rami Hadaya) participated in the NSW Junior Chess Competition and were Runners-up in this region. 

Sydney Chess Academy Tournament

SydneyThis year the College once again hosted the Sydney Chess Academy Tournament. Three high schools and five primary schools participated and Edmund Rice College was placed second by one point to Smiths Hill High School. Lawson Spencer was our top ranking player. 

Learning Labs

These are courses offered by the University of Wollongong to students in Year 7 to 10 over two days during the school holidays.  This is a valuable link between the College and the university.

Several of our students are nominated and complete courses either mid-year or at the end of the year. These courses cover a wide variety of topics and areas of knowledge. In 2013 the following students were involved.

‘So you want to be a Historian’ (Jordan Nicholls, Ryan Agostini); ‘Taste Life as a Video Reporter’ (Justice-Noah Negro-Malfitano, Joseph Fernandez);

‘Slam! The Power of Poetry’ (Jack Shaw)

Model United Nations

photo b (1)Each year the College is involved in this simulation that attracts a large number of schools from the metropolitan and local area. It is held at Nan Tien Temple in an auditorium perfectly equipped with tiered seating and microphones for the representatives of the different countries.

On 10th May 2014, three students from Year 11 (Isaac Hayne, Andrew Mastroianni, Justin Biceski) represented the College in this valuable simulation held at the Nan Tien Temple. This year the boys were allocated Indonesia and as delegates for this country spoke for 3 minutes on each of the major resolutions. These resolutions included the liquidation of stockpiles of nuclear weapons, the ending of Israeli settlements in the Occupied
Palestinian territory and recognising the culture and economies of indigenous populations. On the day, the delegates for each country dress in national dress. Many thanks to Andrew and his family for organising the costumes during a recent holiday in Bali and also to the Wollongong Rotary Club for sponsoring our team. The boys looked wonderful and were a credit to the College. The winning school was Sydney Boys High.

Lions Youth of the Year

Justin Biceski (Year 11) represented the College in the Lions Youth of the Year. This competition is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities. Entrants are required to deliver a prepared speech and also an impromptu speech. For his role in this competition and for his passionate speech to the school assembly on Human Rights, Justin was chosen as the recipient of the College Public Speaking Award for 2015.

Public Speaking


Both the Plain English Speaking Competition and the Rostrum Voice of Youth were held Thursday 15th May 2014 at Smith’s Hill High School. Jack Shaw and Justice Noah Negro-Malfitano moved up to the senior division of these competitions. Although both students are in Year 10, they competed largely against students in Years 11 and 12. Both were highly competitive and Justice is to be congratulated on the award of runner-up at Rostrum. In the junior division of Rostrum, Matthew Gigliotti (Year 9) and Liam Dale (Year 7) represented the College. 

Four speakers also entered the UN Youth Voice (Jack Shaw, Justice-Noah Negro-Malfitano, Lachlan Boyd, Jonah Hurley) and Joanah Hurley also participated in Legacy Public Speaking.



There were numerous opportunities for the College debaters to hone their skills in 2014. A number of students in Years 7 and 8 attended a workshop and our Senior team (Isaac Hayne, Justin Biceski, Andrew Mastroianni) participated in the Senior Debating Day organised by the University of Sydney.

A new debating competition called the Lumen Christi Shield was initiated between the College and St Mary Star of the Sea College. This involved debaters from Years 7 -11 debating over eight Friday nights in Term 1 and Term 2. The result after forty debates was a draw. Our most outstanding team was our Year 7 team who were undefeated (Jeffrey Siby, Lachlan Boyd, Kyle Mayes, Jonah Hurley). This competition proved to be a good preparation for our involvement in the NSW Catholic Schools Debating Competition.

Our Year 7, Year 9 (Jackson Grange, Jacob Body, Matthew Mennilli, Matthew Gigliotti) and Year 10 (Jack Shaw, Justice -Noah Negro-Malfitano, Samuel Boatswain, Joseph Fernandez) teams were Regional winners and went on to the State Debating Finals at Holy Spirit College, Lakemba.

Our Year 9 team was eliminated in the first round, our Year 7 team were the Runners-up to the NSW Country Champions and our Year 10 team were NSW Country Champions. They were defeated by Lewisham Christian Brothers (Metropolitan Champions) in the State Final. 

Youth Week Debate In April 2014, Isaac Hayne represented the College in the debate between Youth and the Golden Oldies held at the Council Chambers as part of the Youth Week Celebrations. The Youth team, represented also by a student from Smith’s Hill High School and a student from St Mary Star of the Sea, put up a good debate against a spirited opposition. The Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, however, had no doubts when he awarded the debate emphatically to the convincing and articulate representatives of youth in this region.

In 2014 the College Debating Trophy was awarded to our Year 10 team.