Student Life


Edmund Rice College offers an Co-Curricular Program that inspires students to follow their sporting, cultural and leadership pursuits. The richness of the activities aligns with our College ethos that values the individuality of each student.


Outdoor Education

Edmund Rice College has created an outdoor education program that sequentially builds physical abilities, resilience, and self-confidence. Our Years 7 to 10 students thrive in the natural environment as they rise to adventure challenges and outdoor experiences.

All Year 7 students at Edmund Rice College participate in our three-day Orientation camp at Fitzroy Falls. They make new friends and participate in team building skills and adventure activities including: Canoeing, High & Low Wires, Big Swing, Introduction to Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Archery, Bush Discovery and Koorie Experience.

Our Year 8 students head to Coolendel on the Shoalhaven River for a three-day Camp. The experience challenges them, expands their physical abilities and creates team building through activities that include: Canoeing, Archery, Mountain Biking, Abseiling and Rock Climbing, and GPS Navigation skills.

All Year 9 students Edmund Rice College choose from our one-week Ski Trip to Thredbo to develop their Skiing or Snowboarding skills or our Year 9 Camp which varies each year.

Our Year 10 students undertake a five-day wilderness expedition from Coolendel to the upper Shoalhaven River and Morton National Park. The expedition hones their campcraft skills, bushcraft skills, and environmental awareness. Activities during stages of the expedition include: Abseiling, Rock Climbing & Roping, Canoeing, Bushwalking and Mountain Biking.

Homework Club

Homework Club gives students professional assistance to complete their homework and assignments. Homework Club is popular and operates Monday to Friday from 2.05pm-2.55pm. It is supported by the Teacher Librarian, Teaching staff and Learning Support staff.



The Robotics Club ignites creative and technological thinking in a fun environment. Using advanced robotics, the club encourages teamwork and friendship, exchange of ideas, exhibition of accomplishments, participation in competitions and challenges and a long-term interest in robotics.

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The Duke of Edinburgh Program

Our Year 10 students have the option to join The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program. Edmund Rice College provides opportunities for our students to attain the Bronze and Silver Awards. The Duke of Edinburgh Program supplements the extensive College Outdoor Education opportunities offered to our students.



At the beginning of each year students are invited to compete for a place in the Edmund Rice College Chess team. Our Chess teams compete in the NSW Junior League interschool competition, at both home and away games. There are other opportunities to compete open to everyone, including the Sydney Chess Academy Interschool Chess heat held at Edmund Rice College. For those simply wanting to play for fun, there is an enthusiastic and welcoming community of students who play chess at recess and lunch every day.

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Public Speaking

The ability to speak in public is one of the most useful life skills, it’s a gift. Our students gain expertise in this area through a range of Public Speaking competitions including Rostrum Voice of Youth, Quota Youth of the Year and the UN Voice of Youth.



Debating offers students the chance to display their skills in public speaking as well as argument development and teamwork. Students can participate in workshops run by the University of Wollongong, and have a chance to debate in the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) regional tournament days and the Lumen Christi competition against St Mary’s.



Music is a vibrant part of Edmund Rice College. Our young musicians participate in a number of ensembles and groups including String Group, Guitar Group, Year 8 Band, Year 9 Band and Jazz Combo. The music department has a strong connection to Wollongong Conservatorium, giving our music students access to private tutors for drums, guitar, keyboard and junior band. Our students perform in public, building their confidence as performers and honing their talent.

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Art Studio

Dynamic and creative, we foster talent and passion for creativity with our co-curricular Art Studio program. After school students develop their visual skills in drawing, painting and ceramic mediums. This popular club encourages creative collaboration for boys from Year 7 to Year 11.

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The Eco ERC club is made of student leaders passionate about environmental sustainability and includes a Sustainability Prefect, Student Representatives from each Year Group and interested students across the College.

Undertaking waste and water audits, they have been instrumental in leading the College to reduce our carbon footprint and make changes to our own to ensure caring for the earth is our legacy to future generations. Eco ERC has helped install solar panels, water tanks and water refill stations at the College, with an ongoing focus on recycling. Eco ERC club also held the first Illawarra Sustainability Conference for students in partnership with the University of Wollongong.


Film Club

Held in our state-of-the-art digital media studio, film club provides an opportunity for our students to collaborate on ideas, build scripts and storyboards, make films and learn to edit using a variety of professional software. Popular with students across Years 7 to Year 11, our boys explore genres from feature films, to short films, to animations. Film club students have been successful in entering their film projects in competitions.

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