Erindale College

An ACT Public College

Welcome to Erindale College

Erindale College is in the Tuggeranong Network of schools in Canberra and provides learning programs for 600 students in years 10, 11 and 12 during the day and some 500 adult learners during evening sessions. Our college is the centre of a community complex which includes a modern 443 seat performance theatre. The complex has the joint-use public and college Erindale Library and the Active Leisure Centre includes a swimming pool and fully equipped gym and group fitness spaces with a membership of two thousand people.

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Enrolling for 2017

College Enrolment Timeline 2017

To make this process easier for those wishing to enrol or transfer, please use the online enrolment/transfer form.

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  • Applications open: Monday July 18
  • Information evening: Wednesday 27th July @ 6pm
  • Application due: Friday 12th August
  • Interviews: September 12-23 2016
  • Preparation Day (incl. Course Selection and College Enrolment): December 7

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Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

Erindale College is offering gifted and talented students in Year 9 the opportunity to study for the Cambridge IGCSE. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It is recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide, and is an international passport for progression and success.

The program will focus on the core subjects of:

  • English Literature
  • Mathematics Extended
  • Science: with a focus on Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • Global Perspectives: this course develops the ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view.

The program will commence in Semester 2 of 2016 and will run for 18 months. Students undertaking this course will also meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum for Year 10, receiving this qualification at the end of 2017.

In addition, this program also provides students with an excellent preparation for study in Years 11 and 12.

An information session will be held in the Conference Room, Erindale College on Wednesday 1 June at 5.30pm. For more information please contact Debbie O’Brien on 61422984 or Amy Smith at

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VET Learner Engagement Survey

If you are currently enrolled in a VET class at Erindale College please complete our Learner Engagement Survey to provide feedback to us on your training and assessment.  This feedback is valuable as we strive to make things even better.

The link for the survey is

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Erindale College has successfully undergone the rigorous application and approval process for Cambridge International Education. The feedback from our 'inspector' was that our presentation was the best he had seen and we have now been approved as a Cambridge International School, joining more than 10,000 Cambridge schools in over 160 countries worldwide. In fact, Erindale College is the first public education college in Australia to be granted this status by Cambridge International Examinations.

Erindale College is offering Cambridge International Educations programs for the IGCSE and AS Levels, catering for students in years 9, 10 and 11. This will be extended to Year 12 in 2017.

Applications for Cambridge Year 9 (IGCSE) Semester 2 are now open, they are due in to the College by Friday 27th May (Term 2, week 5). Entrance testing will occur during week 6, and successful applicants will be notified by week 7.

Parents and students interested in the 2016 Cambridge Program for Year 9 and the 2017 program for Years 10 and 11 are invited to attend the Erindale College Open Night on Thursday 12th May.  This night will give you the opportunity to meet and discuss pathways and opportunities with Cambridge teachers, in addition to picking up an application pack.

If you have any enquiries or would like to request an application form, please do not hesitate to contact Amy Smith at

For more detailed information go to to understand what is on offer; or simply Google Cambridge International Education.

Cambridge International Application Process

Erindale College is offering Cambridge International Education qualifications:

  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) for students in Years 9, 10 or 11
  • Cambridge Advanced (AS and A levels) for students in Years 11 and 12 respectively.

Please contact the college on 61422977 for further information.

Michael Hall

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DHL Australia driver turns Good Samaritan by putting out fire on Black Mountain

Andrew Reardon

A courier who put out a potentially disastrous, fast-running blaze on Black Mountain this week has some very personal experience with the devastating impact of a fire.

His grandparents lost their home in the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

Andrew Reardon, who works for DHL Australia, was at the end of his shift, on his way to pick up his son from day care in Gungahlin, when he noticed smoke on Black Mountain as he exited the Parkes Way tunnel.

The 27-year-old, who was was heading northwards, stopped his van and made his way across the busy road to put out the grass fire on the side of Black Mountain about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

"I pulled up and luckily I had a fire extinguisher in the van," he said.

"I would have liked to have got across there a bit quicker but the traffic was quite busy.

"The fire was actually quite intense. It had kicked off pretty quick and it was quite ferocious going up the hill.

"I put out the border real quick, as quick as I could, and then came back and stomped out all the centre.

"A lady and her partner, they literally just drove past and saw me stomping it out, and they came back to make sure I was all right.

"I said, 'The [fire] truck's on its way. I've already called them, so they should be here soon and I've got to go because I've got to pick up my son from day care!'.

"So I couldn't actually stick around to see the firies but it was pretty much handled when I left.

"I just acted with instinct and I knew where the fire was, if it was to get up that hill, it would have been pretty severe."

Andrew said the fire could have been started by someone who had thrown a cigarette butt from their car but he couldn't be sure.

An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesman confirmed numerous triple-zero calls were made about the fire which had been deemed suspicious and was now under investigation by ACT Policing.

The grass fire had been among four in the area attended by firefighter units on Wednesday.

A number of suspicious fires are under review by ACT Policing including four grass fires near Haydon Drive and Ginninderra Drive in Kaleen and another on Kambah Pool Road in Tuggeranong, both on Tuesday, and four small grass fires in Campbell behind the Ainslie Village last Saturday.

Firefighters and contractors with heavy machinery on Friday were also continuing to attend a large rubbish pile fire at Pialligo, first reported on Thursday. The ESA spokesman said the cause of that fire had not yet been determined so it had not been referred to police.

Andrew's actions, meanwhile, came to public attention when a listener rang in to 666 ABC to praise the efforts of the then unnamed DHL driver.

The Canberra Times was able to track down the civic-minded young dad who remembers well the pain experienced by his grandparents, Margaret and Johnny Reardon, who lost their home at Pierces Creek in the 2003 bushfires.

The late Mr Reardon was a forester who was trained to put out fires in the Canberra fringes. Andrew spent many a happy day out at Pierces Creek before the 2003 fires devastated the settlement.

Andrew, a former Erindale College student, also credited training at work for his reaction.

"We do fire training at work and WH and S stuff so they sort of train you to be quite a proactive kind of person," he said.

And it's not the first time he has come to the rescue.

A few years ago he was on his way to see his then partner in Nicholls when he spotted a fire on the local golf course which appeared to have been started by the sun burning through broken glass.

"I didn't have a fire extinguisher then so I had to take my shirt off and smack it out," he said.
So should he start wearing a cape?

"I've got friends who are volunteer firefighters and they do it day-in and day-out, and those people deserve more credit than me," he said.

But good things come to good people. Andrew and his wife, Lauren, and their seven-month-old son, Leo, coincidentally moved into their own home, their first, in Dunlop, on Friday.

For the original article please click here

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Erindale Girls - Womans Rugby

Pictured Erindale College Students left to right: Tayla Crocker from Valley Dragons, Tegan Gaughran from Belconnen Sharks and Zoe Podmore from Valley Dragons

The Canberra Region Rugby League has announced it will run three separate women’s rugby league competitions in 2016, including the introduction of a women’s league tag competition with teams from the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup competition.

For the first time in the competitions history, five out of the nine teams from the senior Canberra competition will feature league tag teams, with the Woden Valley Rams, Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Yass Magpies, Goulburn Workers Bulldogs and Belconnen United Sharks competing on the same day and at the same venue as their clubs senior sides.

General Manager, Canberra Region & Community Rugby League Mark Vergano said the increase in female participation is essential for the sport in the region and expected the game to trend upwards in participation over the coming years.

“The sport of rugby league is undergoing a transformation where we are expanding, we have doubled the size of the league tag competitions between the regional and Canberra areas and also our under 18’s women’s tackle competition will increase to 6 teams,” Mr Vergano said. “We are very excited and it shows the changing face of Rugby League with the increased support of the Canberra Raiders and CRRL to Women’s Rugby League.”

The first matches of both the Women’s Canberra Raiders Cup League Tag and Under 18’s Women’s rugby league are set to kick-off this weekend. The George Tooke League Tag competition commenced on April 9.

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Girls AFL
Currently we have 2 girls in our TSP for AFL. They are Jess Stramadinoli and Jill Shea. Both are members of the Giants Academy and involved in a variety of Representative Teams. On Thursday 28th April they were joined by other TSP girls, from League, Netball, Touch Football and Union. Though initially lacking some understanding of the rules the team performed very well. They had wins against Mackillop College and St Clare’s College before losing the Final v Daramalan in a hard fought game (20-13). Other than Jess and Jill, our strong performers included Chilanda Chilaika, Sheona Pollard, Jordan Bardsley and Soso Feaunati.

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World Championships X-Country - Josh Torley

Josh Torley

Next week Josh flies out to Hungary as a member of the Australian X-Country team. He will represent Australia at the World Championships on April 22 in the U17/18 category.
UPDATE: In the individual 4.8 km he placed 5th in a time of 14:21.

Congratulations Josh

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