ERC Updates

Gabrielle Condon Award for Creative Writing

Gabrielle Condon was an English teacher who contributed an immense amount to the English Faculty during her almost 40 years at Edmund Rice College before her retirement in 2020. So indelible was the mark that she made that the English teachers thought it fitting to honour her time here with an award in her name.

In 2021, students in Years 7-10 were asked to submit a piece of creative writing for the competition. This could be a piece that they had written for a learning activity in class, or an assessment task, or it could be something new.

The English teachers nominated one piece from each of their classes and then the teachers in the English Faculty voted for their favourite pieces to devise a shortlist from which the winner would be decided by Ms Gabrielle Condon.

Each of the shortlisted writers have had their work published in a small book and we hope that they will share their work with you, their friends and peers, so that you can see the wonderful writing that they have produced.

At the full school assembly on Tuesday, we were thrilled to be able to acknowledge the talented writers from last year’s shortlist and to award the winning writers their prizes.

Congratulations to the writers who were shortlisted for the Stage 5 Award:

Steven Cocca
Michael Raptis

Honourable Mention

Jordan Broers

Congratulations to Zane Al-Salih who is the winner of the Stage 5 Award for 2021.

To read Zane’s winning piece, please click here.

Congratulations to the writers who were shortlisted for the Stage 4 Award:

Noel Joseph
Nate Mihalopoulos
Reuben Grundy
Harrison Mcdonald

Honourable Mention

Angus Allen

Congratulations to Hudson Shaw who is the winner of the Stage 4 Award for 2021.

To read Hudson’s winning piece, please click here.

In other exciting writing news…

I took the liberty of entering Angus Allen’s piece The Evening Was Cold into a writing competition run by an International School in Dubai and Angus was awarded a place in this competition! It is so wonderful to see his name and our college represented in this worldwide competition. Congratulations, Angus!

To read Angus’ piece, please click here.

I’d like to also take this opportunity to extend an invitation to any students who are keen writers – or any students simply seeking to develop their creative writing skills – to join the Writing Club at lunch time on Fridays in C16.

“The more that you read…

…the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Ta da! Here are the C Block stairs! We look forward to using these stairs in an English Faculty ‘step challenge’ later in the year.

Renaissance Reading

Congratulations to our voracious readers who have forged ahead with their Renaissance Reading points! The following students have accumulated and impressive number of points since my last update:

Bowen Saunders, Year 7 (141 points)
Leo Halios-Lewis, Year 7 (63 points)
KJ Sullivan, Year 7 (56 points)
Ryder Boyton, Year 8 (568 points!!!)
Ayman Hikmat, Year 8 (153 points)
Chad Semaan Year 8 (21 points)
Arlo Walkley, Year 8 (35 points)
Jacob Hughes, Year 8 (437 points!!!)
Alexander Zachristos, Year 8 (98 points)

Keep it up, boys! You will reap the benefits of being well read for years to come!

Ms Gazzola
Head of English