Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to the end of an extraordinary school Term, I would like to acknowledge the entire Edmund Rice community for dealing with the adversity that these times continue to present. While these past months have reinforced a collective effort between home and school, I especially commend the young men of our College for their sustained efforts and the grit they have shown in persevering with their learning in the face of a difficult situation. Thank you to our wonderful staff at ERC, who educate students from their hearts. I hope that these upcoming school holidays provide an opportunity for some well-earned rest. We look forward to students and staff gradually transitioning back to on-campus learning from the middle of next Term.
Last week the College was delighted to be informed that Year 12 students finally received much sought-after clarity around their HSC timetable. The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) released the revised timetable, confirming that all HSC students will get the opportunity to complete their studies in 2021. Whether students choose to attend university, seek vocational training or apply for employment opportunities, it is reassuring that our students have the opportunity to demonstrate both their knowledge and skills. The College is currently in the process of planning and ensuring the strict COVID-safe HSC exam requirements are in place whilst also considering how we can meet the prescribed requirements to appropriately farewell the boys. Please keep our Year 12 students in your prayers and thoughts as they hopefully rejuvenate and continue to move towards their final HSC exams in early November. Further on in this edition we have showcased several Year 12 student work samples, including musical performances.
I am pleased to report on the significant learning gain that has been achieved by our Year 7 and Year 9 students in the recent 2021 NAPLAN results. Early analysis once again shows that ERC students perform considerably well above the state average in Numeracy and have demonstrated significant scaled growth in Reading, Spelling, and Grammar and Punctuation. Our whole-school approach to literacy with specific reference to Writing, together with our detailed analysis of the NAPLAN data, will continue to inform our practice. NAPLAN results have recently been sent home to parents.
I conclude this Newsletter by thanking parents and carers for your ongoing support. The number of parents who have taken the time to send messages of encouragement and gratitude has been overwhelming. I know how much our teachers see it as a privilege to zoom into individual homes to maintain a connection with your sons.
May the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice continue to guide and inspire us.
Enjoy the break,