14th August 2017
Vol 2 Issue 18

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ERBB Visit

Argentinian Edmund Rice students visit 
St Pius X College, Chatswood NSW


The College was honoured to host a visit from Cardinal Newman College Principal Mr Alberto Olivero and four Year 11 students who attended the College Athletics Carnival competing in several events, toured the College and Oxford Falls campuses and took in Vivid.

In 2014 Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders (EREBB) was established as an inclusive international network of Edmund Rice educational communities in more than 20 countries. As an EREBB lead school, St Pius X College shares identity resources and uses virtual forums to connect students and staff in schools in South and North America, Africa, Europe and New Zealand including Cardinal Newman College which is highly regarded for its educational innovation and its great emphasis on social justice outreach.

  On Saturday 19th August, with 40 children and 28 camp leaders present, our half-day camp was conducted at the Mary Rice center. The program started at 9:15am and ended at 1:00pm. The essence of a half-day camp is to give children ample time with light physical activities, artistic work, and sharing of in small groups stories concerning their environment and the challenges they face.  
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School Chaplains and Student Welfare Workers:
a valuable resource for the most needy students.


The Following EREA Youth+ Flexible Learning Centres received funding under the Commonwealth Government's National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Worker Program in recent years--

  • St Joseph's North Melbourne Flexible Learning Centre
  • Townsville Flexible Learning Centre
  • Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre
  • Mt Isa Flexible Learning Centre
  • St Joseph's Alice Springs Flexible Learning Centre
  • Gympie Flexible Learning Centre
  • Deception Bay Flexible Learning Centre
  • Noosa Flexible Learning Centre
  • Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre
  • Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre
  • The Centre Education Programme Flexible Learning Centre

The student Welfare Workers provide a level of support that is integrated in each school's student well-being practices and culture.

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Initially I thought I would not gather the musings notes as I would be away in Australia for 2 weeks for medicals a family celebration – both very positive results. However, with so much happening I thought I’d better keep typing. At the same time during my absence Peter was forced to go back to Darwin for a medical procedure related to his skin cancers.

The Waverley College Immersion (7th – 14th) under the guidance of Brad, Kaitlyn Paul went extremely well as they engaged with the schools villages surrounding Dan’s Motel with a variety of activities before taking in some purposeful time in Dili. Their community service work was well received by the Railaco Leten community as they freshened up the older part of the community centre with a coat of paint. Unfortunately 5 of the boys became ill right at the end of the journey – thankfully Peter was able to assist them by transporting them to from the clinic in Dili.

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Edmund Rice Community and Refugee Services is thrilled to announce its new office location at the Mt Atkinson Estate in Truganina. This idyllic rural property is currently undergoing a number of developments to transform the land into a central hub for clients, families and community groups.

ERCRS team joins Project Manager Mark Monahan and Tarneit Homework Club Coordinator Laura Di Pasquale at the venue, with a view to collaborate and utilise the vast space with a number of client programs in future.

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On Friday June 30, a group of mothers, sisters, wives, aunties and friends from around the world participat-ed in an ERCRS Women’s night, held at St Albans Community Centre. The women came together to share stories, socialise and connect with each other in a supportive and empowering space.

The Brimbank Lord Mayor John Hedditch personally attended the event, along with councillors Thien and Victoria Borg, which signified the strong community support of women of cultural backgrounds. Kim and Victoria shared their personal migrant and refugee experiences which deeply resonated with the audience.