In keeping our HSC students in our thoughts, we pray that they move through this next period with the same confidence they have shown throughout these past years.
Congratulations to the following students for representing the ERC community with distinction this week:
Reuben Grundy and Cameron Banner for presenting ERC’s sustainability initiatives at the Catholic Earthcare Youth Summit.
Balunn Simon and Elijah Hurley who both attended St Francis Xavier Cathedral for the opening and blessing of the Garden of Remembrance in memory of those who have given their lives in the service of the nation.
Rhys Barnes who has made it to the Semi-Finals of the very prestigious UN Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition
Earlier this week, I shared with staff the strong affirmations from the external panel that conducted our recent EREA School Renewal process. I am pleased to inform you of the panel’s acknowledgment of how faithful our College is to the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition and the quality of stewardship endorsed in our College to provide students with the best of possible learning opportunities. I was particularly pleased with how an online survey effectively captured student voice and was then reinforced through a range of community focus group interviews. Please see below a selection of the panel’s commendations under each of the Touchstones for your review.
1.1 Teacher Qualities
Students surveyed indicated that they feel very supported by their teachers in their learning experiences. They overwhelmingly describe their teachers as helpful and encouraging (91% often/always) and extremely committed (92% often/always) to their teaching practice. An exceptionally high proportion of students responded that their teachers were knowledgeable (99.7%). Focus Groups confirmed that teachers were committed to clearly explaining the purpose of a task or lesson, demonstrating required skills and showing a completed product or object.
1.2 Creative and Challenging Lessons
A significant number of students surveyed indicated that they feel inspired by their lessons because they encounter tasks that are creative (92%), appropriately challenging (98%), and that their teachers vary lessons to increase student engagement (94%). Students appreciate that they have a voice in their learning activities and that tasks are regularly negotiated and inclusive of their input (91%). Focus Groups confirmed that student choice, group work, healthy competition, role play and movement were important motivators for students.
1.6 Student Pathways
The College ensures that students of all levels of ability can experience success through a range of academic and vocational pathways. Over the last five years, HSC results have consistently trended upwards, with the percentage of students gaining entry into University increasing. In addition, the College enjoys an enviable reputation for providing quality candidates for apprenticeships in a range of fields. Parents and employers value the quality of teaching and learning in the College’s Trade Training Centre.
2.3 Gospel Values
Students surveyed expressed they have regularly seen or experienced the Gospel values being lived out in the school via the modelling of compassion and understanding (95%) and also the respect shown to people of diverse cultures and faith (97%). A very high number of students (90%) consider the College as a place of forgiveness where they are treated as unique, and life is celebrated in a joyful way. Focus groups confirmed that Gospel values were embedded in Religious Education and Catholic Studies classes and that scripture was brought to life through active service programs. Staff believe the lived experience of Gospel values is having a direct impact on how College graduates are making a positive impact.
3.1 Welcoming and Caring Relationships
Students surveyed strongly agree that there is a culture of welcoming and friendly relationships within the school community (98%). They feel cared for and value the open and respectful relationships nurtured at the college and in the broader community (95% +). Focus groups confirmed that there is a sense of mateship and brotherhood in the community; that amidst diversity, there is a feeling of connection; that different people bring a range of gifts to the community; and that open communication and compassion are present within relationships.
Justice and Solidarity:
4.3 Justice as a Priority.
Students named the recognition and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (99%) and initiatives that promote care for the Earth as strong indicators that the school prioritises justice issues (98%). Over 95% of students feel supported to take action to change things that are unjust and to stand with people who experience exclusion. They also strongly believe their school offers a hope-filled outlook to the community. Focus groups confirmed that an understanding of cultures is vital to providing appropriate support and that immersions and field trips are essential.
These panel commendations are a strong vote of confidence in our College being true to each of the Touchstones and the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice. We look forward to the finalised report, which will provide key directions in our strategic planning for both 2022 and beyond.
From the Deputy Principal
COMMUNITY AWARENESS: TRAVEL REMINDERS
Since returning to face-to-face learning, there have been a number of reports made regarding traffic offences including driving and parking. Concerned residents have indicated that there have been too many ‘near misses’ and instances of unsafe behaviours from drivers, notably on and around Keira Mine Rd. The College has also been advised that the Traffic Supervisor from Wollongong Police had responded to a citizens complaint, regarding the safety of pedestrians (our students) both in the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. We have been advised that Police are monitoring the area and after communicating with the College, requesting a reminder of the consequences of parking in the wrong area. They have outlined that it is illegal to park in the “no stopping” zone, drivers (parents/students) are reminded that such an offence carries a $352 fine and 2 points off your license (due to it being within a school zone).
Students travelling on public transport i.e. buses and trains, are reminded they must be wearing a face mask. Drivers and Bus Services are requesting that behaviour and compliance around these safety concerns when students are travelling to and/or from school be adhered to. Bus service websites outline clearly the expectations of student travel and can be found under the category of the TfNSW Guidelines School Student Behaviour on Buses.
As bus operators, they can refuse travel to a student for a period of up to four school weeks for the first offence. Depending upon the seriousness of the offence and which category the behaviour falls into, students are reminded they must travel safely respecting the rights of other passengers at all times. Further information about the Code of Conduct on Buses and Trains can be found in the Student Diary (Page 22). As we approach the end of a difficult semester, it is important that student behaviour remains consistent whilst in journey.
Bus Services are required to report behavioural incidents to Transport for NSW and would consider suspending travel for students, who are involved in poor or unsafe behaviour. Suspending travel means that a student’s travel pass will be confiscated and not be returned to the student until the period of suspension is lifted. In these situations the student will be suspended from all travel entitlements under the School Student Transport Scheme. It is then the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make alternative transport arrangements and/or to meet the associated travel costs for the student on any bus service.
The NDTJAFC is a fantastic community run Aussie Rules Footy club based at Hollymount park Woonona. The Tigers Academy is a 4 week pre season warm up / skills based program aimed at new and returning players, boys and girls starting from Auskick ( kindergarten ) through to the U17’s. If you could please attach this flyer to your next school newsletter you would be doing an amazing job of supporting a community run footy club and helping kids stay active, fit and healthy.
We are a great family friendly sport for kids from as young as 4 years of age up to and including 15 years of age.
We cater for all ages and abilities
T-Ball is great for kids aged 4 years to 8 years and is a great introduction to baseball
Zooka is great for kids aged 9 years and 10 years. Zooka is a modified game of baseball with machine-controlled pitching
Little League is a modified game of baseball for kids aged 11 years and 12 years featuring all the baseball skills including pitching.
Junior League is a great game for kids aged 13, 14 and 15 years.
Do you have a weekly or monthly newsletter emailed to parents that you might be able to include us in? We would appreciate the support. Below is a promotional image that you can easily copy and paste into your email or newsletter communications.
Anyone who would like to give baseball/t-ball a go is welcome to come down to training to see what it is all about. Training is at Cringila Baseball Park, Lackawanna St, Cringila.