The solemnness of this current Holy Week allows us to prepare ourselves for the joyful celebration this Easter Sunday – the ultimate high point on the Christian calendar. The Easter story is about the hope that we can see the world as God intended. Pope Francis states that we can only acclaim Jesus as Lord through the loving service of others. The hope that the Easter story gives to people, especially those who are struggling, is what Easter is all about.
I wish the entire ERC community a Happy Easter, where the message of Jesus and His suffering and eventual rising is central to our thoughts and actions as we enjoy some time for reflection and the discernment of what is truly important in our busy lives.
As this is the final newsletter before the Easter break, it is worth reflecting on a busy ten-week period. In congratulating our new Year 7 students on completing their very first Term of high schooling and making such a significant transition, it is also pleasing to see the continual growth in the large majority of our students. I also wish to acknowledge the strong commitment of our staff, who, together with the vital support and encouragement from our parents and carers, make up the vibrant Edmund Rice College community. As principal, I am very grateful to all who have worked towards further enhancing ERC throughout a very rewarding Term.
I am pleased to announce Melissa Kennedy as the new Head of English, commencing Term 2. Melissa comes to us with a wealth of experience. Prior to this appointment, Melissa was the Curriculum Advisor: English for the NSW Department of Education. Melissa has previously been Head of English at Albion Park High School and The Australian International School, Singapore. Other previous roles include Melissa holding senior English teaching positions at Abbotsleigh School and The Scots College, Bellevue Hill. As the Senior Curriculum and Assessment Officer for the then NSW Board of Studies, Melissa was the Senior Project Officer for the NSW Syllabuses and is currently the Secretary of the English Curriculum Network Illawarra (CNI).
At this time, I would like to publicly thank our Assistant HoD English, Mrs Barbara Guest, for her leadership and generosity in leading the English faculty throughout Term 1.
During Week 2 of next Term, the College will formally honour Blessed Edmund Rice through a series of activities during our annual ‘Founders Week.’ A key element of this week is acknowledging members of our community who epitomise the College Touchstones. If you would like to nominate a parent/carer for their sustained service to the ERC community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by outlining your reasons for nominating.
In May, there is an Edmund Rice Beyond Borders (ERBB) International Congress to be held in Ireland that all Principals of schools in the Edmund Rice tradition are attending from across the world. There is currently a network of 275 Edmund Rice schools across twenty-five countries, including relationships with Associate schools across Australia and New Zealand.
In representing our College community, I am proud to be attending this event which will include a pilgrimage to Waterford, where we will walk in the footsteps of our founder, Blessed Edmund Rice. I will be on leave from 1st May 2023 and back at school on Monday 26th May 2023. Mr Barry Walsh, our Deputy Principal, will be Acting Principal and Mrs Jodie Hughes will be Acting Deputy Principal during my period of leave.
In this issue: UOW Early information about Early Admission (EA), Flight Centre Travel Consultant program, UAC 2023 Key dates, National Careers Institute information, Australian Jobs, Career Targets (Bullseyes), Are you interested in a Marine biology career?, The Australian Dairy Industry – Cows Create Careers, SAE Create for a Day, Educational Access Schemes Applications
ICMS Professional Scholarship Winner 2023
On behalf of the team at the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS) we are delighted to inform you that Thomas Bitz has been awarded with the highly esteemed ICMS Professional Scholarship 2023.
We wish to share our congratulations to Thomas, and family and Edmund Rice College.
Pictured L to R: Dr Jae Wong Kang, Thomas Bitz, Ann Whitelock.
On Australia Day – lightning struck a child and as a lifeguard Thomas was part of a team that treated a young boy and was duly recognised by the Australian Pool and Ocean Lifeguard Association with a Meritorious Service Award – pleasingly the young boy made a full recovery.
Please also access our careers site: https://www.erccareers.com which provides the latest information to help students make decisions about their future careers and life beyond school.
Parents and Friends Committee
The Parents & Friends Committee would like to invite Parents and Carers to the Mother’s and Son’s Afternoon Tea
Thursday 11th May 2023, from 3pm to 5pm.
Places are limited, please RSVP by 1st May 2023
The Next P & F Meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 16th May.
Change in Student/Family Circumstances/Contact Information/Medical Conditions
If any change has occurred/occurs in your family – separation, divorce, serious illness, the College should be notified as soon as possible. The College seeks to be supportive of families in such circumstances and such events always have a bearing on a child’s education. Likewise, a change of address, email or phone number (work, home or mobile) or emergency contact should be advised immediately.
If your son suffers from a medical condition it is vital that you inform the office of his condition and what treatment is required in an emergency. An emergency management plan must be developed for any students with serious conditions.
Please verify all information via the TASS Parent Lounge.