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Justice, Peace and Advocacy
'A Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition stands in solidarity with those who are powerless and marginalised'.  (The Charter, Edmund Rice Education in Australia, 2004). The College is guided by four Touchstones which relate to all Edmund Rice schools across Australia: Justice and Solidarity Gospel Spirituality Inclusive Community Liberating Education These themes inform and inspire by reminding our Ӱԭҕl College community about our purposes and priorities of Catholic education. Justice and Peace is a central part of school life at St Edward’s College and EREA is committed to developing Social Justice and Peace projects in all of their schools. As a Catholic school in the tradition of the Christian Brothers’ and Edmund Rice, we seek to engage every student in programs of Awareness, Advocacy and Action which will become a life-long commitment to the values of service and outreach to the marginalised in our world. The College has a close connection with the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice Sydney and with Phil Glendenning who is the Director and a leader in international social justice. Waterford – Service-Learning and Advocacy Project The vision of Ӱԭҕl College as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition requires us to seek justice and compassion for others and give a voice to the voiceless. The Waterford Service-Learning Program is a vital part of this vision and permeates throughout the whole school curriculum, reflecting both our Aspiration Statement and College Strategic Improvement Plan. It reflects Catholic social teachings and has unique educational value in providing a transformative holistic educational experience which supports the students both within and outside of the classroom. The Waterford Service-Learning Program also provides opportunities for all secondary students to become involved in a wide range of volunteer activities, catering for different age groups. It allows them to experience the joy of giving and sharing with others and provides a unique learning experience that goes beyond the classroom and school environment, where students can reflect upon their own values and beliefs and develop their character through the act of service. The opportunity and requirement to reflect and give meaning to their service experience are critical to the success of the program. The integration of gospel values and those values demonstrated by the work of Blessed Edmund are the cornerstones of the Waterford Service-Learning Program at Ӱԭҕl College. It is expected that all graduates from Ӱԭҕl College will have demonstrated a willingness and ability to assist those in their community who are in need. It is important our students develop compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than themselves through active preparation, participation, and critical reflection. A gradual process has been designed to develop these values throughout the whole school. The College has been conducting this mandatory Social Justice program for over 20 years. Each student in Years 8-11 is required to complete at least 15 hours of service for others, by the end of Term 3. Please ask your son to see Mr Rozario or his Religious Education teacher for more information. Please contact Mr Rozario if you have any questions about Waterford. Your son will have the program explained clearly to him by his Religious Education teacher. Opportunities to earn Waterford hours will be posted within the Daily Notices. Waterford Project Summary Sheet   Waterford Project Opportunities   Benefits of Waterford and Service-Learning Whilst the list of the benefits of the Waterford Service-Learning Program below does not encapsulate everything that students gain from completing their hours, it does provide a snapshot of the benefits to their development socially, morally, academically, and spiritually. It is through service that we can all embody the Gospel values and live a life that has a positive impact on those around us. Increased Self-Awareness and the Ability to Make a Difference Students learn more about themselves and develop confidence; gain a sense of empowerment and realise their potential to make a difference; clarify their values; realise their capacity to give and develop patience and compassion; become less materialistic and more appreciative of what they have; gain a better perspective of their lives; come to recognise their own privilege; develop skills and interests that lead to career paths; develop an ethic of service which continues through adulthood; develop a commitment to the larger community; become more politically aware and develop a commitment to act. Increased Awareness of Others Students learn about people whose experiences and backgrounds are different from theirs; gain a better understanding of perspectives and diversity; become more open-minded and less judgmental; develop an understanding of themselves in relation to others. Increased Awareness of Social Issues Students become more aware of social issues; can identify different perspectives on reality; develop a deeper understanding of social justice have a more complex understanding of the current situations and the need to look for political solutions; may participate in service abroad and thereby develop a global awareness of poverty, and see themselves connected to others worldwide. For further information regarding Justice, Peace and Advocacy at Ӱԭҕl College please contact: Mr Alex Rozario Leader of Learning Justice, Peace and Advocacy Email: arozario@stedwards.nsw.edu.au  
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Camps and Retreats
The focus of the retreat program is to bring to life the Religious Education that is taught in the classroom. In combination with the Social Justice program students are able to call upon what is taught and link it to the real world. It is an expectation of every senior student at the College that they participate fully in the Religious Education program of the school. This includes lessons, liturgies, excursions and retreats. The Year 11 and Year 12 retreats form an integral part of the College curriculum and are, therefore, compulsory for each senior student. Year 12 Retreat This retreat provides our Year 12 students with an opportunity to reflect on their personal journey at a significant time in their life. The students will be taken to a country setting, the Christian Brothers Retreat Centre at Mulgoa, where they will work with a retreat team. The team will facilitate an experience that will consist of group activities, discussion, personal thinking time and prayer. These activities are designed to enable the students to look at where their life is at present and where they might be headed in the not too distant future. They will be guided by the team to reflect on their relationships with others and with God. There will be time set aside for recreation, relaxation and/or study. One of the main features of the retreat is that this will be a shared and unique experience in their final year at Ӱԭҕl College. It should prove to be a memorable and rewarding experience for each student. Year 11 Retreat This retreat provides our Year 11 students with a unique opportunity to witness practical Christianity in action. The students will stay in Sydney and will see many social justice initiatives of the Catholic Church and other Christian organisations in and around the heart of the city. They will meet people involved in organisations such as the Matthew Talbot Hostel, The Wayside Chapel, Youth of the Streets, The Jewish Holocaust Museum and those who work with Aboriginal people, the homeless and, drug and alcohol addicted people. The aim of this retreat is to enable the students to experience, first hand, the heart of Christianity. We want them to understand what our College, through its traditional links with Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers, stands for and is attempting to teach in our Religious Education program. Year 10 Retreat The Year 10 retreat is a one day event usually held at one of the local surf clubs. The focus of this day is to assess the many relationships the boys are involved in, with a particular emphasis on their relationship with their father. Camp Program Rationale St Edward’s College camps program is designed to complement the school’s education programs and provide students with further opportunities to develop their learning and social skills. These opportunities aim to develop deeper learning, confidence, independence, responsibility and a sense of community within the context of our Catholic principles and values. Camps are an integral part of the curriculum, and, all students are expected to attend. Aims To reinforce, complement and extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom To provide students from years 7 to 10 the opportunity to participate in a sequential camping program To develop social and emotional skills To provide programs that promote self esteem, resourcefulness, independence, leadership, judgment, cooperation and tolerance To develop an awareness of and pride in the natural environment To broaden student’s concept and experience of different environments To develop skills and competence in various activities associated with outdoor education Camp Destinations Year 7 – Crosslands Youth and Convention Centre, Galston:  Black Diamond Adventures Year 8 – Killalea State Park, Shellhabour:  Black Diamond Adventures Year 9 – Wee Jasper Adventure Camp, Wee Jasper: Australian Outdoor Education Year 10 – The Snowy Mountains:  Active Learning Initiatives  
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St Edward’s College Television
One of the good things to come out of COVID-19 was the development of St Edward’s College Television (SECTV). Due to the restriction of not being able to gather as a College community, an innovative solution was needed for our whole school assemblies. Enter SECTV.  See the links below for episodes   Homeroom Edition - Week 6, Term 2 2024 [embed]https://youtu.be/EBA0EtEoU1M[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 3, Term 2 2024 [embed]https://youtu.be/oNtuAhoAHKA[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 9, Term 1 2024 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QQLnWKaW60[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 4, Term 1 2024 [embed]https://youtu.be/nng_KXueHkI[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 7, Term 4 2023 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5iaNzu3t4Y[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 4, Term 4 2023 [embed]https://youtu.be/WMMRix-0_eU[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 4, Term 3 2023 [embed]https://youtu.be/rl2qFoVLcnA[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 10, Term 2 2023 [embed]https://youtu.be/BSXK9tUPCsE[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 7, Term 2 2023 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2kI3P10Oog[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 4, Term 2 2023 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qONEJlITHa0[/embed] Homeroom Edition - Week 10, Term 1 2023 [embed]https://youtu.be/KJpoiWs2zq0[/embed] Homeroom Edition - Week 7, Term 1 2023 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q07nueoNBxc[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 4, Term 1 2023 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETlOIRYQiEk[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 9, Term 4 2022 [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOT6-GMndWc[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 5, Term 4 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/GpOLxdPOVNY[/embed]   Special English Faculty Interview Edition - Week 5, Term 4 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/hMszX5bpSis[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 3, Term 4 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/qh4SHXCnhWg[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Week 10, Term 3 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/2mRzBPWNBZE[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Thursday 25 August 2022 https://youtu.be/MUOs8ZXIXb4   Homeroom Edition - Friday 5 August 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/1CFxW2KDsMU[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Thursday 30 June 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/ngjXN7CxqLs[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Wednesday 15 June 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/H4JrN4Cck_8[/embed]   Special Reconciliation Week Edition - Monday 30 May 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/btmbd7HeV9g[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Wednesday 11 May 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/qa_THSUOEYU[/embed]     Homeroom Edition - Tuesday 29 March 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/x7vOg51vOLs[/embed]   Homeroom Edition - Tuesday 15 March 2022 [embed]https://youtu.be/h8-c2-oD1v8[/embed]   Episode 6 - 2021 (Please note that due to copyright, some audio is not available) [embed]https://youtu.be/kSrJbeA0yPs[/embed]   Episode 5 - 2021 [embed]https://youtu.be/sN5WkrWW8_I[/embed]   Episode 4 - 2021 [embed]https://youtu.be/1G8zSnE_ReE[/embed] Episode 3 - 2021 [embed]https://youtu.be/0x-Mhe3qpI4[/embed]   Episode 2 - 2021 [embed]https://youtu.be/7UJHSGoKp2A[/embed]   Episode 1 - 2021 [embed]https://youtu.be/GdaXN7RGLJo[/embed] Episode 7 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/I1GDF7fmGKE[/embed]   Episode 6 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/yBMEfcQbgJU[/embed]   Episode 5 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/01QFLP-imK4[/embed]   Episode 4 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/QzQFXk1oZeU[/embed]   Episode 3 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/-85GTpKl1zg[/embed]   Episode 2 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/bBM0cJLtG24[/embed]   Episode 1 - 2020 [embed]https://youtu.be/6W8RyM3alRE[/embed]
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Sport and Representative Opportunities
The College has a long tradition of sporting competition with many remarkable successes. A comprehensive range of sporting activities and opportunities are offered to students by our following affiliations. An activities policy is in place to ensure that the general teaching process is maintained.   Diocese of Broken Bay Sports Association (click here for link) Athletics Basketball Beach Volleyball Cross Country Golf Rugby League Football Surfing Surf Life Saving Swimming Tennis Touch Football Water Polo Central Coast Schools Competitions AFL Debating and Public Speaking Football - Bill Turner Cup Oztag Rugby League Rugby Union Surfing Touch Football Water Polo Sailing Catholic Schools NSW Sport Competitions (click here for the link) Basketball (Yrs 7/8, 9/10 & Opens) Cricket (Berg Shield & Downie Trophy) Football (Opens Soccer) Hockey Rugby League (CSNSW Cup, Cochrane Cup) Tennis Triathlon Water Polo How to register for CSNSW Sport Individual entries   Combined NSWCCC BBSSSA 2023 Calendar     Other Activities Opportunities for students to represent the College in activities such as Sailing, Equestrian and Kayaking. Catholic Schools NSW Sport Talented players in all the above listed sports are able to compete at State and National level through this body. Competitors in other sporting competitions are given opportunities to compete at the appropriate higher levels. For more information please visit the Catholic Schools NSW Sport website: www.csnsw.sport. Weekly Activities (Years 7-10) Each Friday, time is allocated for student’s to participate in a variety of sports and activities. Students in Years 7 to 10 participate in activities on a rotational basis. This time may also be used to prepare teams for some of the above competitions. Waiver forms must be completed for some activities, please see the links and forms below: Flip Out and Pulse Climbing Waiver Links   Clip 'N Climb Waiver Form  
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College Houses for House Cup
St Edwards College House Cup houses are determined by Home Room groups. Please see below a list of Home Rooms and the houses they represent. Shanahan (Blue House) Spillane (Red House) Knights (Green House) Doolan (White House) Home Rooms Home Rooms Home Rooms Home Rooms 3 1 13 16 10 2 19 18 14 8 25 22 17 24 28 26 23 32 29 27 34 39 33 35 38 58 37 36 46 65 40 49 48 70 59 57 50 DR 67 69 51 LIBCU 71 72 68   Home Room 15 is made up of Prefects who remain in the house they were in during Year 11.  
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Public Speaking and Debating
St Edward’s College offers opportunities for boys across all years to participate in public speaking and debating. In recent years, St Edward’s has had excellent results in competitive public speaking and debating and have represented the school at state and national levels. The school participates in the following major debating competitions: NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition University of Newcastle Debating Competition Public speaking is also a fantastic way for students to develop their critical thinking and confidence in front of an audience. The school participates in the following major public speaking competitions: The Plain English Speaking Award The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Rostrum Voice of Youth Voice – UN Youth Australia St Edward’s also offers opportunities for students to develop their public speaking and debating skills and awareness of local and global issues through the Future Council Program and the Model United Nations Assembly Competition, and host and enter events held by UN Youth such as EVATT. These competitions aim to empower students as active citizens by developing public speaking, negotiation, teamwork, research, and diplomatic skills.
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Mock Trial
The Mock Trial Competition, supported by the Law Society of NSW, is a program designed for all NSW students. It introduces students to the NSW judicial system by providing practical experience into the running of a court case in a true-to-life adversarial setting. The competition also helps students to grow many of their learning dispositions and skills, such as listening, speaking, writing, reading and analysing. Students must engage with the competition as legal professionals, following all court protocols and spending considerable time in preparation for each round. The goal of the program ultimately is to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship through participation in our system of law and justice. Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate (a solicitor) who awards marks to each team based on a range of criteria, such as opening addresses, closing submissions and cross examinations. The team with the highest mark wins the trial. The duration for each round in a Mock Trial is for approximately four weeks. With each new script, the students are introduced to a new criminal/civil case, a new area of the law and new challenges to win the next case.  
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Performing Arts
Private Tuition:   St Edward’s is very pleased to be able to offer private music tuition at school on allocated days. Music students are able to access this program run by Coast Academy of Music. Primary instrument tuition of guitar, bass and drums currently runs and, dependent on demand, keyboard and vocal lessons may be added to the list of instrumental tuition. Senior Elective Music students are given priority for before school and lunchtime lessons, whilst Junior students are able to come out of regular timetabled classes for their 30 minute lessons throughout the day. Concert Band The combined St Edward’s and St Joseph’s concert band meets weekly under the tutorage of Phillip Rutherford from Central Coast Conservatorium. The repertoire is modern, engaging and suited to the varying degrees of ability of students. It is an excellent extra curricula activity that sees our students meet with St Joseph’s concert band students once a week at lunchtime to rehearse. New members are always welcome. Opportunities There are many performance opportunities for students at St Edward’s where they can develop their skills in a supportive and nurturing environment. The College enjoys a rich engagement with the performing arts through music, serving as a means of celebration and creativity across a number of embedded events in the College calendar. From small, intimate performance events in the classroom and cohort performance evenings, to large scale concerts and productions and celebratory liturgies - there are many opportunities for students to showcase their talents and develop their performance techniques in front of an appreciative audience. Drama A lunchtime Drama club for junior students is also available for students to experience junior drama in a fun and supportive environment.   For further information regarding Co-Curricular activities in Performing Arts, please contact the Performing Arts Department.
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