Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to you all as we begin the academic year of 2021. I offer a particularly warm welcome to every new student and family to the College, who like me, join the Edmund Rice community for the very first time. As someone who strongly believes in life-long learning, please be assured of my commitment to supporting students on their spiritual, cultural and academic journeys; and in the same way, I know that I will learn a great deal from this community – about what we hold close to our hearts and what we aspire to become. This is the first edition of our revised fortnightly newsletter format, which is linked within our recently upgraded ERC website.
I would like to congratulate each student for how they have settled so quickly into College life and acknowledge the partnership between parents and teachers in ensuring that students have commenced in such a positive way. I especially acknowledge our Year 7 students on how they have fully embraced their initial period of transition and commend them on their energy and involvement in the orientation program.
As well as our new students and families, we also welcome the following staff members who have joined our learning community: Barry Walsh (Deputy Principal), Jessica Haines (HSIE), Rebecca McLean (TAS), David Pullella (RE/Science/CSL), Glen Stutchbury (Science), Margaret Mangan (English), Karina Tomasi (HSIE), Nadia Neal (Indigenous Education Officer), and Hayden Michlmayr (Sports Administration Trainee).
Prayer for the start of the school year
Loving God, Our creator, bless this journey of a new school year
Refresh our souls and renew our spirits as we embrace
the beautiful ministry you have called us to.
We welcome those who are new to this community
and ask that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them. Lord, make our hearts pure as we welcome the return of students to this College,
and may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn.
We ask this in Your name, Amen
We return with the wonderful news that the students and teachers of Edmund Rice College have once again achieved impressive HSC success. The Dux of the College is awarded to David Chicharo who received an ATAR of 98.90. The list of 37 Distinguished Achievers, 16 student nominations for InTech (Industrial Technology), along with Fletcher Middlebrook-Mitchell being nominated for ARTEXPRESS (Visual Arts), highlights the truly comprehensive nature of what Edmund Rice College has to offer. Congratulations to students, staff and parents on such a collective effort. 2020 HSC Highlights can be found HERE.
During the past three days our Year 12 students have been participating in a retreat at the various venues. This has been a very meaningful and valuable experience for students as they take the opportunity to reflect and nurture their own spirituality in preparation for the year ahead and beyond. I have appreciated the opportunity to witness how open the young men of ERC are to their own personal growth and I sincerely thank the staff members who facilitated these experiences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those members of our staff who have recently suffered the sad loss of dear loved ones. We offer our condolences and prayers to Paul Dempsey who lost his mother in early January and Emma Shumack who recently lost her sister. We also pray for Russell Bates whose mother’s funeral was yesterday. May they each rest in peace.
I offer all families my best wishes and blessings for the year ahead.