ERC Updates

From the Director of Learning & Teaching


Students in Years 7 to 11 have had the opportunity to reflect on the learning and wellbeing goals they set earlier this year. Off Campus Learning may have impacted the journey of our students in working towards achieving their goals. To support students in their transition back to school, students have been asked to not only reflect on their earlier goals, but to also set one wellbeing goal, with a focus on the Pastoral Theme allocated to their year group. The Pastoral Themes for the different year groups were:

Year 7 – Move Confidently
Year 8 – Practice Self Care
Year 9 – Connect with Friends
Year 10 – Thrive
Year 11 – Students chose from one of the four themes mentioned above.

Feeling good about the future is important for our happiness. Challenging and realistic goals will help motivate our students and provide direction in their lives, allowing them to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when they are achieved. Goal setting can help our students focus their attention. Working towards their goal is as important for their wellbeing as achieving the end results they were aiming for.

The standard of the goals set by students is pleasing. Parents/carers are encouraged to speak to their son(s) about the goal they have set and the related strategies they will implement to achieve it. Goals that have been set by students include building confidence in speaking up when necessary, exercising to improve fitness, developing stronger connections with friends and thriving in a selected sport or subject.

Year 7 Mathematics students using mini whiteboards to showcase their understanding.


The University of Wollongong would like to invite Year 7 to 10 students to LEARNING LABS, an academic and creative arts enrichment holiday program. The university is encouraging students who are passionate, self-motivated and curious learners to apply.

  • Wollongong Campus Dates: 12 – 14 January 2022
  • Applications close: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
  • The following is a link to the Learning Labs program brochure: LEARNING LABS program brochure


  • Parents/carers/students visit the UOW website and read the full list of workshops available by scrolling to the “Workshop Descriptions” section.
  • Students apply for workshops that are within their current year.
  • Parents/Guardians/student fill out the online application form.
  • One piece of supporting documentation for first time applicants is required that demonstrates students’ ability (see ‘Supporting Documentation’‘ section on website).
  • Learning Labs is registered as COVID-Safe and follows the guidelines set out by the NSW Government here.

Applications are now open and workshops fill very quickly. UOW will also have several sponsorship places available for students who identify as Australian Aboriginal/Torres Strait or students experiencing financial difficulty.

For further information about workshops and the application process please visit the Learning Labs website, or contact the Learning Labs team via email at

Problem of the Fortnight:

Below are nine dots arranged in a set of three rows. Can you draw four straight lines which go through the middle of all of the dots without taking the pencil off the paper.

Solution to last week:

  1. 26 L of the A – 26 letters of the alphabet
  2. 7 D of the W – 7 days of the week
  3. 7 W of the W – 7 wonders of the world
  4. 12 S of the Z – 12 signs of the zodiac
  5. 66 B of the B – 66 books of the bible
  6. 52 C in a P (W J) – 52 cars in a pack (without jokers)
  7. 13 S in the U S F – 13 stripes in the United States flag
  8. 18 H on a G C – 18 holes on a golf course
  9. 39 B of the O T – 39 books of the Old Testament
  10. 5 T on a F – 5 toes on a foot