Last week the students from the Senior Drama Class, along with members from the SRC and ERC student cadets, presented our Anzac Day commemorative Liturgy under the guidance of Ms Erin Mascord, Mrs Sarah Copas and Mrs Judith Hurley. It was a solemn occasion where we remembered the lives of those who served our nation at times of war. I cannot recall a more powerful and respectful Anzac commemoration by a Catholic school. Our guest speaker, Mr Ian Birch, the President of the Illawarra Sub-Branch for Vietnam Veterans, was very moved by the entire experience and appreciative of gathering with the young men of ERC, many of whom are the same age as the underaged soldiers who left school to enlist.
Lest we forget
The College was delighted to host the Welcome BBQ for the Year 7 Parents and Carers, last Saturday afternoon with perfect Autumn weather. The Parents and Carers enjoyed the opportunity to connect with teachers and engage with other parents in such a relaxed setting. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Parents and Friends Association members who were joined with several senior student volunteers. Thank you to the many staff members who were able to attend and add to what was a strong community feel. Thank you to Mrs Adri Clark and Mrs Francis Fenech, who liaised with Year 7 Coordinator, Mr Russell Bates in supporting this annual P & F initiative.
Congratulations to everyone involved in our recent Athletics Carnival. Thank you to Mr Joshua Timpano for his overall leadership and management of this community event. Well done to all students for entering into the wonderful spirit of what was a very enjoyable day. A special thanks to the parents and grandparents who were available to attend on the day. More information, reports etc will be available in the next newsletter.
The 2022 and 2023 enrolment period for Year 7 is well underway, and we are currently interviewing prospective students. It is a pleasure to meet with families and discuss their reasons for enrolling at ERC. A common theme amongst parents is the strong reputation of the College within the wider community. Parents speak highly of the achievements of the ERC community and how they have observed the standards of respect from both the existing and former students of the College.
I am pleased to announce that Michael Piela (Year 12) has been endorsed as the Keira electorate representative for the Y NSW Youth Parliament. The Y NSW Youth Parliament is a prestigious annual forum that allows young people from across the state to participate in the Parliamentary process and advise the Government on policies and programs that affect youth. On behalf of the College, I congratulate Michael and know that he will proudly represent ERC and the youth of the broader Kiera electorate.
As an EREA College that is proudly part of a global family of over 200 schools, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in India who are currently experiencing immense pain and suffering within this pandemic. With the upcoming feast day of Blessed Edmund Rice, let us keep the people of India in our prayers and our thoughts during these challenging times.
Live Jesus in our hearts – forever.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND/OR DATES
5 May – Blessed Edmund Rice Feast Day
5 May – Year 7/2022 Round 1 Offers posted
6 May – Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea
7 May – Year 11 Reflection Day
8 May – Year 7 2022 Enrichment Test Morning
11-21 May – NAPLAN Days (Years 7-9)
12 May – Year 10 into Year 11 2022 Parent Information Evening 6.00pm
From the Deputy
Term 2 – Reminders
Welcome back to what is sure to be another exciting term full of opportunity and promise here at Edmund Rice College. It was wonderful to welcome our young men back last Tuesday, with most of them remembering that we have transitioned to our College winter uniform. It has been most pleasing to see the majority of students wearing it with pride. A reminder regarding our grooming policy and the expectation that students are not permitted to have an inappropriate haircut, students with long hair must have this tied back and students are to be clean shaven. Further details can be found on page 17 of the College Diary. I thank parents and carers for their ongoing support in this matter as maintaining these expectations and standards ensure our students are well presented in the community especially travelling to and from school.
There have been a couple of recent reports where students have been approached by members of the public, mainly other groups of students, outside of school hours. Please have a conversation with your son around safety when travelling to and from school or running errands after school. The discussion may take the form of a scenario, or simply questions like; Do you know what to do if someone approaches you? If required; Do you know how to report that to someone? Ensuring the safety of all members of our community is paramount and a conversation may assist with some strategies or options they might take in certain situations.
College Deputy Principal
From the Director of Pastoral Care
Dear Parents and Carers,
In my role as Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing I am privileged to work closely with both the boys and their families as part of a team of people committed to supporting the wellbeing of the boys. This is most effectively achieved when we work in partnership with families. From time to time there will be issues that arise both in and outside of school that affect how your son is feeling and therefore his ability to get the most out of his school day. Please contact either your son’s Year Co-ordinator or myself at the College should there be any issues that arise for your son that would benefit from our support.
I am pleased to introduce to you “Parenting ideas”, a valuable resource that provides support for both staff and families in the wellbeing space. Our College newsletter will include a link to an article pertaining to a particular area of wellbeing each fortnight. Additionally, our College subscription entitles parents access to a number of parent webinars throughout the year at no cost, these webinars are usually valued at $39 each. Please find a flyer outlining the offerings, dates and codes for the 2021 parent webinars HERE.
As we journey through 2021, we have made a commitment to focus on and develop our touchstone of Gospel Spirituality. Our charism is based on the life of Blessed Edmund Rice who was inspired, of course, by Jesus to bring love and compassion to the world. May we all take time to consider how we are people who emulate the gospel in our daily lives.
Caritas Project Compassion – $3806.95
During Term 1 our social justice focus was on supporting Caritas with Project Compassion. The student leaders helped us all to become aware of the difficult situations that many people around the world face. We are pleased to report that this week we made a donation of $3806.95 for the work of Caritas. Thank you to all students, staff and families who supported this very worthwhile project, especially those who embraced our new method of making donations via the payments tab on the College website! This will remain as an option for supporting the chosen charities. In the next newsletter we will feature the charities for each Year group.
Staff Spirituality Day
At the beginning of the Term, our Staff Spirituality Day was an opportunity to consider how we are being formed for the mission of Catholic education and life. Starting the day with a smoking ceremony with Uncle Richard Campbell gave us the opportunity to enter into the experiential element of our spirituality. Often it is the experience of another perspective, another culture or another practice that helps us to open our hearts to others, just as Edmund Rice did, following the example of Jesus. Our guest speaker, Vicki Clark, a Muthi Muthi and Wadi Wadi woman from Lake Mungo area has been involved in Aboriginal Catholic Ministries for many years and spoke to su about the two-way cross that she created, based on the intersection of her Aboriginal Spirituality and her Catholic faith, particularly focussed on the sacraments and the gifts of her Aboriginal culture and spirituality. We had an opportunity to enter into the Lectio Divina process, considering different Gospel stories and how they are relevant to our lives at the moment. Finally, after sharing a beautiful meal of Lebanese food together, prepared by Evette’s Lunchbox, we celebrated the Eucharist with Fr Duane Fenrnandez, our local Parish Priest. We hope that these experiences help us to be better people and better teachers in our wonderful Catholic school.
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.