Dear Parents and Carers,
Last week, the College community gathered to farewell the graduating Class of 2022. The departure of a ‘graduating’ class captures the essence and the very spirit of a Catholic College – and when you consider the qualities of the young men who have reached this significant milestone – I am very pleased with how very ‘strong’ that spirit exists within our College. We congratulate Year 12 not only for their leadership and example of service to the younger students of the College but also for their wide-ranging talents and their many and varied achievements in both learning and co-curricular pursuits. The Class of 2022 leaves us with a strong legacy and a passion for inclusivity for all. They enthusiastically shared with us an authentic sense of school and house spirit. Thank you to Year 12 Pastoral Coordinator, Mr Jackson, who, together with Mrs Russell and the Year 12 teachers, continue to guide and encourage our students for their upcoming HSC examinations early next Term. I would like to thank the Year 12 parents and carers for the supportive way that they each have worked in close partnership with the College. It is through working together that we can celebrate this great sense of pride in these young men.
Congratulations to the following Year 12 students on receiving the following awards:
Christian Service & Solidarity Learning Awards:
Matthew Armitage, Cameron Carter, Will Douglas, Rhyley Ellem, Alistair Gorgijovski, Elijah Hurley, Zachary Jancetic, Toby Schuback, Nathanael Shaw, Balunn Simon, Marcus Stevanoski, Jack Worthington
First Place in Subject:
Tareq Abdulghani-Studies in Catholic Thought; Gabriel Bertacco-Studies of Religion 1; Aiden Chard-Personal Development, Health and Physical Education; George Delaveris-Music, Visual Arts; Rhyda Demaagd-Mathematics Standard; Will Douglas-English Extension 1, Legal Studies, Modern History, Studies of Religion 2 (Accelerated); Max Ferri-Mathematics Standard 1; Ben Giason-Construction (VET); Jet Heferen-Mathematics; Rizal Hoxha-Truong-Hospitality (VET); Elijah Hurley-English Advanced; Lochlan Irlam-Geography; Ashton Mackay-Biology; Jack Oyston-History Extension; Ethan Prosser-English Standard; Joel Sanderson-Business Studies; Theodore Seliman-Physics; Nathanael Shaw-Economics; Marcus Stevanoski-Software Design and Development, English Extension 2; Faisal Sultan-Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Chemistry; Beckford Taylor-English Studies; Benjamin Thomas-Industrial Technology; Alexander Tyssen-Earth and Environmental Science; Jack Worthington-Manufacturing and Engineering; Matthew Wynen-Studies in Catholic Thought
Year 12 Major Awards:
Matthew Armitage – ADF Long Tan Leadership Award
Toby Schuback – David Lear Cultural Award
Alistair Gorgijovski – Sportsman of the Year
Finn Rogers – Peter McGovern School Spirit Award
Marcus Stevanoski – Br Oakley Award for Leadership through Service
Elijah Hurley – AMPOL Medal for All Round Achievement
Balunn Simon – Leadership Award
Tex Keeble – Pastoral Care Coordinators Award
Jed Chandler – Touchstone Award for Inclusive Community
Nathanael Shaw – Touchstone Award for Liberating Education
Will Douglas – Touchstone Award for Justice & Solidarity
Thomas Carolan – Touchstone Award for Gospel Spirituality
I take this opportunity on behalf of the College community to farewell three of our staff members who will be leaving us. Recently, I informed staff that our Library Officer, Miss Emily Kierse, has accepted a position with the Wollongong City Council as a Senior Library Officer, which she will be commencing next term. Mr Mathew Rattenbury has also accepted a permanent role with the EREA Flexible Schools Network. We sincerely congratulate both Miss Kierse and Mr Rattenbury on their exciting new appointments and thank them for their wonderful service to our College community. Finally, our long-serving Careers Adviser, Mrs Jennifer Hodson, has announced her retirement from ERC. In congratulating Mrs Hodson, we look forward to later in the year when we can formally acknowledge her significant and loyal contribution to ERC over such an extensive period of time. Sincere thanks to all.
I conclude this last Newsletter for the Term by paying tribute to our excellent teaching and support staff for providing our students with so many valuable and meaningful learning experiences. I would also like to thank parents and carers for your ongoing support of the College.
May the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice continue to guide and inspire us.