ERC Updates

From the Director of Learning & Teaching

Learning Collaboratively

Each individual possesses unique learning preferences, with some thriving in group settings while others preferring individual work. Likewise, some individuals prefer discussing topics over phone or video calls, while others excel in face-to-face collaborations. The saying “two heads are better than one” holds true, and it is interesting to explore how this applies to different types of students.

If students lean towards working independently most of the time, there are several essential aspects to consider:

  • It’s commendable when students are self-sufficient and confident in their abilities. However, it’s crucial to recognise that seeking help when needed is not a sign of weakness but rather a valuable skill that contributes to academic success. Students shouldn’t hesitate to reach out for assistance when facing challenges.
  • Engaging in discussions with others offers fresh perspectives and the chance to clarify thoughts. Collaborating and exchanging ideas with peers can enrich understanding and uncover potential issues that a different perspective might identify.

On the other hand, if students already enjoy working with others, here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Ensure fair and balanced participation in group work, avoiding over-reliance on others to carry the workload.
  • Distinguish between collaboration and cheating. While discussing assignments and sharing thoughts on approaches is acceptable, jointly writing assignments or submitting similar work is not appropriate.
  • Stay focused during collaborative sessions and avoid wasting time on distractions.
  • Occasionally challenge oneself by tackling tasks independently. Depending solely on others may hinder a student’s ability to assess their own skills.
  • Allocate dedicated time for independent work each night. If students prefer collaborating while working from home, establish specific periods for collaboration and separate blocks for individual work.

By reflecting on these points and adapting approaches to learning, students can maximize their potential and create a well-rounded academic experience.

Preparing for the HSC Examinations

Well done to our Year 12 students for their dedication throughout the Trial HSC examinations. The feedback students will receive from these exams will serve as a valuable tool in preparing for the upcoming HSC examinations next term, enabling students to target specific areas requiring further attention. Students are encouraged to set Smart goals as they prepare for the HSC examinations and to follow a study plan accordingly.

Minimum Standards

Year 10 students will be administered the Minimum Standards tests during Week 5. Students will sit tests in Reading, Writing and Numeracy. Students need to achieve a Level 3 or Level 4 to demonstrate they meet the HSC minimum standard. The HSC minimum standard is set at Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Study Samurai Library

All families have access to the Study Samurai Library. The Study Samurai Library includes the Study Skills Module website which provides advice and resources on developing essential skills for academic success. To access the Study Samurai Library website, go to and login with these details:

Username: edmundrice
Password: 13achieve

Take time as a family on the Study Skills: Improving Handwriting module. Click here to access the resources.

Dr Gerry Sozio
Director of Learning & Teaching