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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One of our TSP Students Dimi Morogiannis recently had a hit out with Nick Kyrgios at the Weston Creek Tennis Centre Open day and charity event.

Dimi will soon be competing in the Canberra Junior International event in October. Good luck Dimi.



University of Canberra Young Poets Competition

Congratulations to Zach Burton who was awarded second place in the senior student section of the University of Canberra Young Poets Awards.  This important competition attracted entries from both public and private schools across the ACT and NSW. 

In introducing the short listed candidates in the school competition, Professor Lyndon Anderson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, UC praised the high quality of the entries and commended young writers on the breadth of subject matter they selected which showed their emotional connection to issues of global importance.  

He advised young writers to keep writing and to find ways to get ‘kind  criticism’, to practise building their own voice and readership and to develop their interest in words and poetic structure.  This was excellent advice to give to the students. 

He particularly praised the outstanding work in the first and second place entries, commending Zach’s command of language and confidence in using complex poetic structures.   

Zach is a high achieving student at Erindale College, undertaking a Tertiary package as well as being a valued member of the Talented Sports Program. Zach says that "being a part of the sports program gives me an outlet to help with my other classes."

We would all like to congratulate Zach on his high achievement in this prestigious competition.


Parent Teacher Interviews 24 September 2015      5 - 7pm

Parent Teacher Interviews


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Erindale College has successfully undergone the rigorous application and approval process for Cambridge International Education. Our approval visit occurred early this term and 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.

We will be holding information sessions for families who might be interested in participating in the Cambridge International Education experience in the early part of 2015.

For more detailed information go to to understand what is on offer from mid-2015; or simply Google Cambridge International Education.

You can register your interest by clicking on the link below. This will ensure that you are kept up to date with all the latest information.

Click here to register your interest

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



Science and Maths Enrichment Day 

Year 7 to 10 students from public Tuggeranong and Southside high schools participated in a day of enriching and challenging Science and Mathematics activities designed to promote interest and enthusiasm for Science and Mathematics.  Some of the activities students participated in included a hovercraft design challenge, a neuron design activity, a Maths relay and a Maths murder mystery challenge.

The 2015 Enrichment Day was our biggest ever with eight teams competing in the year 7 and 8 challenge and nine teams competing in the year 9 and 10 challenge.

The winning teams were:

Year 7/8 Science Challenge -        1st place – Lanyon
                                                      2nd place – Wanniassa

Year 7/8 Maths Challenge –          1st place – Deakin
                                                      2nd place – Stromlo

Year 9/10 Science Challenge -      1st place – Stromlo
                                                      2nd place – Namadgi

Year 9/10 Maths Challenge –        1st place – Lanyon
                                                       2nd place – Erindale



Yr12 Formal 2015 



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Waratah Cup Team 

Wednesday 26th August was the conclusion and Grand Final of the Waratah Cup. For the first time in history Erindale College has become champions of ACT and NSW winning 63-12. The preparation for this game was unusually stressful as the majority of the team had a dramatic extra time loss from their weekend club and spirits were down. On top of this vice-captain Riley Hughes had hurt his ankle in that game and was in doubt to play plus Ben Pratt had come down with a bad flu. With the help of some strapping tape and adrenaline kicking in everyone who was available took the field.

Although being up 28-5 at half time the first half was dominated by Redfield who had the majority of field position and possession due to Erindale's inability to get out of their red zone. 2 of Erindale's 4 first half tries were long distance individual efforts from fullback Aiden Agnew who played his best game to date.

The message at half time was simple, if they can get the ball in the opposition half they will score points, and that they did. The team played all out attacking Rugby from all over the park and scored some fantastic team tries created on the back of hard work and discipline from the forwards. Redfield scored a late consolation try but by then the game was already lost with the second half being dominated by a fierce Erindale outfit.

The player of the game was Riley Hughes who courageously played a full game on one leg. Some honourable mentions must go to the entire forward pack who laid the foundation for the win, the Captain Sione Fualalo who lead from the front and controlled the game and Jack Gilmour who at the ripe old age of 15 showed why he is a future star in the making.

The Rugby squad would like to thank all the school and staff for all their support.



JORDAN SMITH Wins Australian Student Prize

Jordan Smith 

Congratulations to Erindale College DUX 2014 Jordan Smith who attained an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.85 and this achievement placed him among the TOP TEN students (not top 10% but top 10 people) in the ACT; again from both public and private colleges. 

The Australian Student Prize is awarded to all students in the TOP TEN in each state and territory. Along with it comes a $1000 prize and a certificate, and 500 Australian students are awarded it each year.

Jordan is now attending ANU studying Engineering Honours.




 (Canberra Times article)

Lucy Kirk Canberra Times Picture

Star Canberra secondary school student Lucy Kirk has become the ACT's first Tuckwell scholar.

The award for study at the Australian National University was established by Canberra-born multimillionaire global commodities trader Graham Tuckwell and his wife Louise.

The $50 million fund was the largest ever donation to an Australian university by an Australian citizen.

Twenty-five successful students will receive $20,000 each year for the length of a single or double undergraduate degree, and will be offered ongoing academic and career mentoring.

Ms Kirk, who is in her final year at Erindale College, said she was ''so excited'' when Mr Tuckwell called her to tell her she would receive the award.

She said the selection process had involved lengthy questionnaires and a weekend spent at the ANU, where candidates were interviewed by nine panel members, including Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Professor Brian Schmidt, the Tuckwells, and ANU deputy vice-chancellor Marnie Hughes-Warrington.

''I was pretty nervous, well we all were, but I was pretty excited as well to meet and talk with such highly esteemed people,'' Ms Kirk said.

''Even if I didn't get through, I was excited enough just meeting them and spending the weekend with them.''

Ms Kirk is studying mathematics, advanced English, chemistry, and philosophy and ethics this year, and hopes to study medical science at the ANU, then medicine.

The keen road cyclist said she was an active member of the ACT cycling community and her local church. She has dreams of a career in rural and population health.

Ms Kirk was looking forward to living on campus, where she planned to get involved with the ANU cycling club and student Christian association.

She said the scholarship would give her the opportunity to focus on her studies and remain involved in the community.

Larissa Nicholson
Journalist at The Canberra Times.



Jordan Smith

Jordan has been successful in his application to the ANU National Scholars Program.

As an ANU National Scholar he is guaranteed a place in a program of study at The Australian National University in 2015.

Congratulations Jordan.



Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith, an Erindale College Mathematics student achieved an excellent result in the Australian Mathematics Competition.  Aaron was in the top 1% of students in Year 12, achieving a High Distinction Certificate.  When you take into account that only the best Mathematics students in the country participate in this competition, this is an outstanding achievement.  Congratulations Aaron!



Mooting Competiion 

Chloe Agius, Brittany Earle and Natalie Guilfoyle recently competed in the Bond University high school mooting competition.

After preparing for several weeks, these three stellar students presented arguments for a complicated law case between a teenager and a local council after the teenager became a quadriplegic through diving into a creek at a council party.

Presenting to legal academics from Bond University, the girls had to prepare reasoned arguments by understanding the relevant Queensland law whilst being constantly interrupted by the judges with challenging questions. The results were recently released for the competition and Brittany Earle was presented with the prestigious Advocacy award for her tenacious approach to the judge's questioning. Well done to all the girls for an outstanding performance!




Beaux-Ashley Ackland

Beaux-Ashley Ackland has won 1 of only 4 issued, Direct Entry into ADFA Officer Training in 2015.
Congratulations Beaux.



Josh White

The Pierre de Coubertin Awards are named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The Awards take place on an annual basis and recognise senior secondary students who demonstrate values which are consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities.

All secondary government and non-government schools are invited to nominate one recipient for the Pierre de Coubertin Award each year (only) from year 10, 11 or 12.  Each nominee must participate actively in the school's physical education program with a consistently positive attitude.

Erindale's representative was year Twelve student Josh White one of the college softball squad representatives and an Australian softball representative. Josh has also participated in athletics and basketball at college and high school level, both being Olympic sports.

Josh produced a written piece titled 'Olympism in the Digital World' towards the award. Congratulations to Josh as our representative of this unique and special award.



Georgia Baff  

Georgia Baff has recently returned from the Junior World Championships in China. Georgia is a Snowboarder and is a member of the NSW Institute of Sports (NSWIS). She lives in Jindabyne and commutes to Erindale most days of the week.

She is an elite athlete who spends large amounts of time competing nationally and internationally. The support shown to Georgia from Erindale staff is much appreciated by Georgia and her family. 

Pictured (3rd from the right) after finishing 4th in the Junior World Championships in China , Georgia has now earned a spot on the World Cup circuit! This has been a goal for hers and puts her future goal of Olympic representation firmly in her sights. 

Well done Georgia.



Ben Pratt Youth Olympics

He signed up for wrestling at 12, sick of bullying at school and thinking he would be able to protect himself by mimicking the moves of World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.

Four years on, Canberra's Ben Pratt is Australia's only wrestling representative at the World Youth Olympics, in Nanjing, China.

''I was getting picked on a lot when I was younger, especially in primary school and early on in high school, and basically I didn't like getting picked on. So I took up wrestling in Year 7,'' Pratt said.

''I used to watch the WWE when I was younger and when I first signed up I thought it was going to be like that.

''Then, when it wasn't, I still really enjoyed myself and stuck with it ... now that I'm older, I'm sick of the WWE and I love this.''

Pratt, 16, participates in freestyle wrestling, an Olympic sport. He was dominant during the recent Oceania Championships held in American Samoa, claiming gold in the 100kg cadet division. He won the final 10-0.

Pratt also plays rugby union with Uni-Norths Owls and Erindale College, the ACT Brumbies fan hoping wrestling could also help him on the way to a professional rugby career.

''I've been playing rugby for close to nine years and  ... another reason why I took up wrestling was to improve on that. Wrestling has gone well and all the rest but I'm still doing it for rugby, I suppose.''

Pratt joins an Australian team of 90 at the Youth Olympic Games, which runs from August 16 to 28, and includes athletes from 200 countries.

''I don't compete until the second-last day of competition, so I don't have to worry too much about acclimatising early,'' Pratt said.

''There is so much to do and plenty of activities that will keep me busy, and I'll definitely be going down and supporting the girls in the rugby sevens.''




Isacc Dean

Isaac Dean, Erindale College student won 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the 2014 World Stick-Fighting Championships in Rome.

Isaac, is a junior national and world champion in the Filipino martial art of Eskrima, a very offensive weapons-based martial art in which opponents use sticks and blades to strike one another.




Caroline Buchanan

Three different disciplines with three different bicycles in three different countries: Caroline Buchanan's self-described ''logistical nightmare'' has ended, with the cyclist becoming only the second woman to win two world championships in the same year.

Having claimed the BMX world title in New Zealand in July, Buchanan added the UCI Four Cross World Championships mantle in Austria on Sunday.

Only 56 days separated her two crowns, and her fifth place in the world downhill mountain bike championships in South Africa earlier this month.

The young Canberran sportswoman has won five world titles at just 22.

The weekend's four-cross win was Buchanan's third, adding to back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. She also won the BMX time trial world championship last year.

She said she was relieved her title quest was over. ''It's time to have a breather,'' Buchanan told The Canberra Times.

She can afford to relax now and enjoy the rest of the year. After a brief visit to her parents and dogs, Buchanan is off to race in the Caribbean and then Mexico City.

From now her focus will be BMX, with Olympic qualifiers for Rio de Janeiro.

After her efforts at last year's Olympics in London, Buchanan wanted to test herself, which is why she went to three world championships.

While proud of her achievement, Buchanan was a bit disappointed that she had not become the first person to win three rainbow jerseys in a year.

Of her five world titles, she said the first was the sweetest.

As a 17-year-old, she stormed to victory in the 2009 four cross titles in front of her home crowd at Stromlo Forest Park.

David Polkinghorne
Sports reporter at The Canberra Times

Read more at: Canberra Times




Kamil Quimio 

Congratulations to  Kamil Quimio, who tried his luck at the X Factor auditions in Canberra.
Musicians hoping to snag the small screen spotlight trickled through Canberra's QT hotel to audition for reality juggernaut the X Factor. 

The capital is one of several audition stopovers across the country as a group of judges selects the lucky contenders for the 2015 reality television contest.

Kamil Quimio, who has been singing for a couple of years and is learning the guitar, was among a flock of Canberrans vying for a spot on Friday afternoon.

Kamil made it through the first audition to the second and final phase. He will find out if he's successful next month.



Adam Hazelton

One of our past students Adam Hazelton (from 2012-2013)  won an Australian Hotel Association for Best Apprentice Chef award



Hospitality: Andria Bencich and Nathan Ballard Hospitality Food

Reid hosted the annual Australian Culinary Federation ACT chapters Secondary Schools Culinary Competition. The competition gave ACT secondary school students studying a food or hospitality course the opportunity to cook off against each other. Teams had one hour to prepare and cook their masterpiece comprising of Atlantic Salmon, vegetables, starch and a garnish that was then judged by some of Canberra's top Chefs; Tom McDonnell, Hartmut Kehm, Paul Butler and Keaton McDonnell.

19 teams consisting of two students each participated from a range of public and private secondary schools from around the ACT. Erindale College entered three teams comprising of Andria Bencich & Nathan Ballard, Bec Neill & Paige Gibson and Sam Carpenter & Zoe Blackman. Erindale won the competition for the second consecutive year and is now heading to the Gold Coast for the National competition and to Taiwan for the international finals.

The remaining two Erindale teams also received silver medals for their achievements and are already planning meals to take out the competition next year. Every team that entered created food to an exceptionally high standard and the professionalism shown by our students is a fantastic reflection on Erindale College. 

Congratulations to Andria and Nathan who won a Gold Medal in Taiwan!!!




Zoe Winters

The Youth Coalition of the ACT and the ACT Minister for Children and Young People, Mick Gentleman, announced the 2014 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards and YOGIE Award in Civic Square.

The annual Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards and YOGIE Awards (YOGIES) have been combined to shine a brighter light on young people and those who provide services to young people.

The Youth Coalition is really excited to be working in partnership with the Minister and the great team from the Community Services Directorate to bring a combined Young Canberra Citizen of the Year and YOGIES Awards Ceremony.

You might know the YOGIES is an annual end of year celebration, and the awards celebrate and recognise the innovative and outstanding workers, programs, services and partnerships that highlight the integral role the youth sector plays in the Canberra community.

These awards shine a light on inspirational groups and individual young people who are driving positive change and shaping our community, not only for the future but here and now.

Zoe Winters, of the Erindale College Mindyigari Centre, was nominated for the Outstanding Contribution to Young People Award, and was recently announced the winner.

Above she is pictured receiving her award from Minister Mick Gentleman.

Unfortunately for us, Zoe is leaving to pursue her dreams to live and work in London. However, she receives a fabulous send-off from all her friends in the Erindale College and wider Canberra community.


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