Erindale College

- 2018

Photography – Botanic GardensIn Term 3 students studying photography went to the Australian National Botanic Gardens with the assistance of Scott Stramyk from the Canon Collective. Scott provided us with some macro lenses, so students could see the natural world through a new lens.

We had over 10 students submit final prints to the Friends of the National Botanic Gardens annual photography competition. This year we had many wonderful photographs selected as winners of various prizes given out through the competition.

First Prize - $250 cash for the winner and $200 for the school:

Amy Jones – Year 12

Highly Commended or Commended:

Daniel Oshyer – Year 12

Emily Cook – Year 12

Mitchell Steele – Year 11
Tara Saeck – Year 11

Well done to all the students that participated in the excursion and spent many hours editing and fine tuning their work. It was wonderful to watch their skills and confidence with the cameras grow this year.

Jenny Gray

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 November 2018

Laura Hughes starts for Canberra United

Congratulations to Laura Hughes for securing a contract with Canberra United this season.

With two games played Laura has started both matches.

Their next home game is at McKellar Park on Sunday 2nd Dec against Sydney FC.

Newsletter Issue Date: 12 November 2018


Congratulations to Matt Gaughran and Liam Shearer

The have both been selected into the Canberra Cavalry Squad for the upcoming season.
They have started their training and we look forward to seeing then playing soon.

Newsletter Issue Date: 12 November 2018

TDP Sydney Dance Camp

The Talented Dance class had a great camp in Sydney on the 31st – 2nd November where they participated in 3 different Dance workshops and saw Jersey Boys – The Musical. It was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to extend their dance skills within a professional environment and experience some of the unique culture that Sydney offers.

Mary-Anne Kirk

Newsletter Issue Date: 12 November 2018

Erindale Bolt

The Erindale Bolt has been run and won for the 9th consecutive year. The 100m footrace pits the fastest runners from each of the TSP squads against each other. In the girls, defending Champion Lauren Freeman (Hockey) went back to back in the biggest female field seen. In the boys race,  Connor Griffiths (Rugby League) beat off Ngarima Low and Wes Alexander to take the title in a close race.

In the popular “piggy back” race, the powerful John Madjaga (Union) stormed home carrying Tristan Eldridge in front of a large and boisterous crowd.

Newsletter Issue Date: 5 November 2018

Mixed Netball

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of taking 2 netball teams out to Charnwood to participate in the ACT College Mixed Netball day.
For a number of the boys it was their first time out on the netball court – and they were surprised by the speed and (different) fitness requirements of the game.

It was a great deal of fun to watch the difference in the way the two genders play the game and the boys were most impressive in their adjusted skill sets!

We had some tough opposition (including a 7 foot 2 inches NBA identified basketballer) and unfortunately did not take out the day, however a great day was had by all!

It is great to hear the boys asking about other netball opportunities that might be available for them. Hopefully we will see some of them trying out for the ACT Boys Griffin teams.

Newsletter Issue Date: 5 November 2018


During the holidays, the Erindale Netball squad were invited to participate in a training session and match play with a group of Singapore netball players.

Netball ACT coaches ran a training session for all 14 of the players that focussed on attacking footwork and hand-eye coordination.
The girls then had a match play opportunity that included playing with the Singapore athletes in their teams.

The players were very fortunate to be involved in this opportunity and were great ambassadors for the school.
Thanks to all involved.

Newsletter Issue Date: 5 November 2018

Erindale takes on Endeavour Sports High

The girls and boys Football (soccer) squads travelled to Sydney to take on Endeavour Sports high. The conditions were very hot but the girls put in a gutsy effort. We went down 2-0 but were 0-0 until the last 15. We had many impressive players, who continued to perform under difficult conditions.

Well done to all players: Sabrina, Abi, Cat, Alex, Chloe, Mackenzie, Alyssa, Aaliyah, Celeste, Logan and Lyla.

Newsletter Issue Date: 5 November 2018

Rugby Union

During week 10 of term 3 current students John Madjaga and Mika Eli and former students Petau Lefau, Fred Kaihea and Turi Hides all represented the Brumbies u19’s at the recent URC tournament held in Canberra.

The gruelling week-long tournament saw the Brumbies win three out of four games, their only blemish being a hard fought loss to the eventual winners Brisbane City.

Newsletter Issue Date: 22 October 2018

Rugby League - Womens

In week 9 last term the Girls Rugby League squad travelled to Sydney to compete in the State Finals for Rugby League 9’s. As a part of the trip the girls had the opportunity to visit the brand new multi-million dollar complex at Penrith Panthers and were grateful for the tour of the amazing facility.

The girls finished 3rd in the state; after initialling playing the two top teams early on in the day the girls bounced back to win their final two games and finish the day off on a high. The level of competition continues to increase as the popularity of women’s football booms. This trip was a real eye opener for the younger girls to see the level that the game now demands.

Newsletter Issue Date: 22 October 2018


Congratulations to the male and female basketball squads who recently participated in the Kate Tominac and John Stelzer Cups. It was a great day for both teams who had a chance to compete against some of the best talent in the region including several Canberra Capitals Academy players. Special mention must go to the male team who played 4 games back to back!

Newsletter Issue Date: 24 September 2018


During August up and coming star Courtney “Steggles” Stengel competed for the ACT at the School Sport Australia Basketball Championships in Darwin. This was just reward for Courtney who is a tireless worker that is always looking for new ways to improve her game. While Courtney might not be a prolific conversationalist off the court, she certainly lets her on court performances do the talking for her. We look forward to seeing her continued growth over the next few years.

Newsletter Issue Date: 24 September 2018


The following students attended a VEX Robotics Scrimmage at Daralmalan College on Saturday 15 September:

Team 1
Nathan GRAY
Ethan LONG

Team 2

All students had a fantastic day learning some practical applications of the robotics we have been looking at. By the end of the day both teams had evaluated and started drafting improved robot designs and plans for adding code to their strategies.
Students experienced working in an alliance for the duration of the 2-minute games with seven other teams. Some teams had travelled from Wangaratta and Wadonga to take part in the day.

Both teams held their own against some much larger robots with experienced teams. We placed 5th and 6th on the ladder but the experience was far more valuable.

There will be another scrimmage competition in the first week after the break and regional finals in November in Melbourne.
Jenny Gray

Newsletter Issue Date: 24 September 2018


In Week 4 students from the Visual Arts, Photography and Textiles classes visited the National Gallery of Australia. While they were at the gallery students got to experience a variety of different art mediums. There were virtual reality, conceptual art and Picasso illustration exhibitions along with works from the Galleries own collections. Students were required to frame a written task around their experiences using art language relevant to their area of study. These written tasks have now been submitted and it was fantastic to see each student expand on their visual literacy skills. The visit also enhanced our in-class discussions around what art means to the individual.

Newsletter Issue Date: 17 September 2018


In Week 5 this semester students from the Visual Arts and Photography classes were able to visit the National Botanic Gardens to capture the space in photographs or drawings. We were fortunate to have Scott Stramyk from the Canon Collective come and visit us from Sydney to share macro lenses and techniques with students throughout the day. Students were able to use the whole Gardens space, focusing on art and photography elements such as line, shape, form and colour to express their ideas.

Newsletter Issue Date: 17 September 2018


On Thursday 6 September the Erindale Rugby Union squad travelled to Cowra to meet James Sheahan High School from Orange. Once again, this game was organised to compensate the boys who did not have the opportunity to defend their title in the Waratah Cup. James Sheahan qualified for the semi-finals of the Waratah Cup and after another dominant display by Erindale it was evident that this team again could have achieved something special. It is disappointing and we will always wonder how far this year’s team could have gone if given the opportunity.

A big thank you must go to Jarrad Simpson from the NSW Waratahs who arranged the game.

Daniel Hawke

Newsletter Issue Date: 17 September 2018


Our newly formed Talented Sports Program AFLW squad continues to attract great interest within the local AFL community. Today we were fortunate to spend time with AFLW Giants player, Jodie Hicks, who shared her AFL story. Jodie gave a great account of the commitment required to make the AFLW and also the wonderful opportunities that are opening up for young players.

Newsletter Issue Date: 17 September 2018


photo credit:     @maddogboris   Boris Beyer

After finishing 4th in the 2018 MTB Downhill World Cup, Year 11 student Kye A’Hern, has finished his first full season on the international circuit by achieving 2nd place in this year’s World Championships held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

In his race Kye rode strongly throughout the course, achieving the highest speed of any rider in his division of 60.212kmh, finally finishing just 4 seconds behind the winner.

It has been a big year for every member of the A’Hern family with all of the overseas travel and balancing training, competing and all the while keeping up with his school work. So, for the last word regarding his first season on the World stage, we quote Kye saying in his post:

"Stoked to come away with silver at world champs today!
A great end to the season!  Thank you to everyone for such a great year!"

Newsletter Issue Date: 17 September 2018


I had the pleasure of taking 16 Y10 boys to Sydney for the Oz-tag state knockout ‘champions of champions’. We played four games, had two draws and two wins which ranked our team 4th in the state. From there we progressed to the quarter finals but ended up being beaten 5-4 in a close and intense match. Our students represented the College in a proud and honourable way. One referee commented on how disciplined our students were and said they were a pleasure to referee.

Matt Adams

Newsletter Issue Date: 17 September 2018


Congratulations to Sabrina Sanchez and Chloe Daisley for making the ACT School Girls Football team.
Both girls had a great competition.

The ACT placed equal third at Nationals earlier this year.

Newsletter Issue Date: 10 September 2018


Friday 24 August Erindale entered a boys and girls volleyball team in the intercollege competition. With only one volleyball player in our Sports Program, we filled the teams with enthusiastic students. A great day was had by all involved. A huge thanks and congratulations to all who played and those that were 'extra's' on the day.

Natalie Keen

Newsletter Issue Date: 3 September 2018


Congratulations to the TDP girls who performed in Limelight on Friday 31 August, in front of thousands of staff, students and families from across ACT public schools. The girls were magnificent and made Erindale College very proud.


Newsletter Issue Date: 3 September 2018


On Wednesday 29 August Erindale College entered a boys and girls team into the 9/10 ACT Touch Gala Day.

With the increase in numbers to the year 10 program the opportunity to play in team sporting gala days has also increased.
Both Erindale teams had a tremendous day remaining undefeated all day, were named ACT champions and even took out the sprint relay in both the boys and girls divisions.

Both teams were well behaved and displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the day. Congratulations to all the students involved.

Dan Hawke

Newsletter Issue Date: 3 September 2018


Year 11 student Kye A’Hern has finished his first year on the International Downhill Mountain Bike Circuit (The Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup) on a high finishing 4th overall in the final standings, just 6 points behind 2nd place!

The World Cup saw competition rounds in Croatia, Scotland, Austria, Italy, Andorra, Canada & France with Kye securing two firsts and two thirds among his results during the season.

To finish 4th out of a field of 38 riders in your first season is an outstanding result and bodes well when you consider it is an u19 division and Kye has just turned 17.

It’s not time to come home just yet for Kye though. He now turns his attention to representing Australia as a member of the team contesting the 2018 Downhill World Championships to be held in Switzerland September 5 - 9.

On behalf of all of Erindale College congratulations Kye! Best wishes for the World Championships and here’s to a great season next year!!

Newsletter Issue Date: 3 September 2018


Over the past 2 days the Rugby Union squad travelled up to Sydney to do a tour of the new Rugby Australia Headquarters and to play Westfields Sports High. The brand-new Rugby AU building located in Paddington is an amazing facility with an indoor synthetic training pitch, gym, recovery pools and medical rooms. It also hosts the Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams where they also have access to top of the line game analysis and digital software.

The game against Westfields was only a friendly due to the team unable to play in the Waratah Cup this year. The team was very impressive in their first hit out of the season sticking to the structure and having the discipline to stay calm although being under pressure at times. It really was a team effort with every player contributing to the games success with Erindale running away winners 35-7. A big thank you to Westfields Sports High for hosting us.

Daniel Hawke

Newsletter Issue Date: 27 August  2018


The Social and Community work course at Erindale College allows students to gain knowledge and understanding of the Community Services Industry. Over two years the students gain an insight into how children grow and develop, the disability and aged care sectors and issues that affect young people.

In Year 11 the students are also required to complete volunteer work and as a result the class went to Goodwin Village in Farrer. The students supported the Activities Coordinator to organise activities for the residents over a five-week period.

The experience was wonderful for all involved and here are a few comments from the students regarding their experience:
*Dancing with all the residents, including Garry! (Chloe)
*Meeting new people from different walks of life and hearing all their cool stories. They were the most gorgeous people. (Abby)
*I loved building relationships with the lovely residents and hearing their stories (Dom)

Newsletter Issue Date: 27 August  2018


The students from the Learning Support Unit at Erindale College volunteered their time to support the Malkara Model Railway Exhibition which was held on the 4-5 August this year.

The students made cupcakes, slice and biscuits during their food studies class and these were sold at the Exhibition to raise money for the Malkrara Specialist School.

A BIG thank you to Ali Fraser, Meg Lennard and all the mentors (Mikayla, Shannen, Emma, Abby and Jai) for all your help and support!

Newsletter Issue Date: 27 August  2018


On Tuesday 21 August we competed in the ACT girls College Football Carnival.
Game 1 – Vs McKillop  Won 2 – 1 (Goals scored by Keeley and Mackenzie)
Game 2 – Vs Burgmann  Won 2 – 0 (Keeley and Chloe)
Game 3 – Vs Trinity    Won 3 – 0 (Celeste x2, Chloe)
Game 4 – Vs Saint Francis and Gungahlin Combined Lost 0 – 1Semi Final – Vs McKillop  
Won 2 – 0 (Keeley and Celeste)
Grand Final – Vs Lake Ginninderra Won 2 – 0 (Jess and Alex)

A fantastic team effort. Despite only having one sub all day the girls battled on through injuries in cold and windy conditions. We came out fired up against a strong Lake G side in the final. Jess was waiting at the back post to finish a cross. Alex then scored a screamer over the keeper to secure the win. Best on the day were Chloe Daisley, Mackenzie Alcock and Alyssa Bozinovska.
Congratulations to the team!!!
Tracey Marris

Newsletter Issue Date: 27 August  2018


On Friday 10 August Erindale College entered 4 teams into the annual ACT College Oztag Gala Day. We were the most represented school there and every team had a fun day in the sun despite at times a very cool breeze. Erindale’s boys team were overall winners beating St Edmunds College 7-3 in the final. Congratulations to those boys involved and thank you to everyone else participating.

Daniel Hawke

Newsletter Issue Date: 20 August  2018


On Tuesday 7 August, Legal Studies students had a visit from Associate Judge Verity McWilliam. The Associate Judge discussed how she studied arts and law at ANU before embarking on a career in law mostly in NSW before returning to the ACT and being appointed to the ACT Supreme Court.  She was engaging and gave the students an insight to some of the cases she hears and types of careers that can come from law, also to keep focussed and not give up as there are lots of different options to study law these days and students were able to see connections from what they are studying and the world beyond the classroom.

Leica Burt

Newsletter Issue Date: 20 August  2018


In Science Week 2018, I took 8 students to the Girls in STEM Breakfast at ANU. Dr Ceri Brenner from the UK’s Central Laser Facility gave a fascinating and inspirational presentation about her work with lasers and the myriad uses they are put to. She also spoke about the importance of creativity in Science and what it was like as a woman working in STEM (including her strategies for dealing with people who forget that she is the expert in the room).

Ingrid Bean

Newsletter Issue Date: 20 August  2018



CONGRATULATIONS to the 25 wonderful, talented Music Students who participated in the Semester One Music Night on Thursday 14 June. It was a very special evening, where many students worked together to create a high-quality evening of which they should all be very proud. The love and support in the theatre that night was palpable, and we thank all those parents, grandparents, friends and teachers who came out to support us, making the struggle and hard work all worth it.
The evening featured music from all three Music classes and included some very fine performances of the old classics from the likes of Etta James and Frank Sinatra, through to some newer works by Sticky Fingers as well as some old rock staples by Pat Benatar and Bon Jovi.

Sandy France

Newsletter Issue Date: 20 August  2018



On Tuesday 14 August, over 40 Year 5 and 6 students from primary schools across the Tuggeranong Valley came to Erindale College to participate in a day full of challenging and engaging activities designed to promote enthusiasm for STEM subjects and encourage interest in future career pathways involving STEM.

The activities included a rocket challenge where students used water and air pressure to launch a rocket, a glider challenge which involved investigating how weight impacts on the flight of a glider, attempting to fly a plane on the VR flight simulator, a maths murder mystery, identifying unknown chemicals and substances in the science lab and a presentation from a UK laser scientist.

Congratulations to Richardson Primary School who were the overall winning primary school on the day, and to Wanniassa Hills Primary School who were the second placed team out of the eleven primary school teams.  Also, a big thank you to our wonderful Year 10, 11 and 12 STEM students who helped run the day and were excellent role models for our primary school visitors.

Newsletter Issue Date: 20 August  2018


The AFLW and AFL squads have journeyed down to Melbourne last week for a variety of AFL experiences. The list of activities included a tour of the St Kilda facilities with Canberra boys Jack Steele and Logan Austin, MCG tour, a visit to the Punt Road Richmond training venue and Collingwood's home ground - the Holden Centre.

The AFLW and AFL squads finished the day on Tuesday with another great experience - this time dinner and Q&A with ex-Erindale college students Lochie and Jordan Harper. The boys are both pursuing their AFL careers - Lochie in VAFA and Jordan for North Melbourne in the VFL.

Wednesday was match day. In wet and windy conditions the boys played hard against the Hallam Secondary School team. It was a tough and tight encounter with Hallam winners on the day 4-11-35 to Erindale's 3-7-25. Best on ground for Erindale were Sam Frost, Jarrod Barker, James McCormack and Lachlan Squire.

Newsletter Issue Date: 13 August  2018

MacKenzie Alcock

Mackenzie Alcock (Year 10) competed in the NSW Country Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) in Newcastle during the school holidays and achieved the following results:

*        1st in FX, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon
*        1st overall and named 2018 Level 8 (Senior) RG Country Champion

Newsletter Issue Date: 30 July 2018

Brumbies Schoolboys Team

Congratulations to the following boys being named in the ACT U18’s Brumbies Schoolboys team.
John Madjaga, Reece Chin, Mika Eli and Daryl Bailey.

They will compete in the Australian School Rugby Union Championship held during the first week of school holidays.

Newsletter Issue Date: 18 June 2018

Basketball - Kade Tomsic

Going from strength to strength over the past few months is Erindale College basketball squad member Kade Tomsic. In April Kade represented the ACT at the U18 Basketball Championships in Geelong. He followed that up by again representing ACT at the National Junior Classic over the long weekend. A definite highlight was Kade’s 19-point haul against Central Districts which included four 3 pointers. It is great to see his determination and hard work rewarded by his selection to the representative sides.

Newsletter Issue Date: 18 June 2018

Basketball - Ethan Young

Throughout Term 1 this year, basketball squad member Ethan Young was kept very busy during the Intercollege Cup as both a player and referee. Ethan works hard to improve his skills in both areas and was rewarded last month by being allocated one of the referee’s spots for the U16 Boys Division2 Grand Final in the Southern Junior League competition. Ethan has refereed the U12s and U14s in previous years and was justly recognised for his ongoing development by being placed in charge of Batemans Bay White vs Goulburn Bears. Goulburn came away with the win and Ethan once again showed his development as a high-quality official.

Newsletter Issue Date: 18 June 2018

Rugby - ASC (Private School) vs CSC (Public School)

On Wednesday 6 June, 11 Erindale students competed in the annual ASC (Private School) vs CSC (Public School) Rugby match held at Grammar. The game is the final trial before the ACT Schoolboys team is selected and sees the best private school players play against the best public school players. It was a game of 2 halves with the ASC scoring 4 tries to nil in the first half. In the second half the CSC hit back with 3 tries of their own but unfortunately it wasn’t enough with the ASC winning by 1 try.

Congratulations to Chris Dennis, Erying Fiso, Daryl Bailey, Mika Eli, Reece Chin, Wez Alexander, John Madjaga, Zion Going, James Cahill, Francois Le Grange, Jack MacFadyen for being selected.

Newsletter Issue Date: 18 June 2018

Rugby - Stephen Larkham Shield

On Wednesday 13 June the Erindale Rugby squad competed in the local Stephen Larkham Shield to see who would qualify for the NSW state wide knockout ‘The Waratah Cup’. With a number of students unavailable due to injury, it required a big effort from the entire squad and a helping hand from some league players to play 3 games in one day. The Erindale boys were too strong in their 2 of the 3 games convincingly beating Lake Ginninderra and John Paul College. In a much more competitive game the Erindale boys played against Gungahlin College and managed to stick to the structure and shape they have been learning in class, eventually running away winners to take out the Stephen Larkham Shield and progress through to ‘The Waratah Cup’ which begins in week 10 this term. Throughout the day all the students were well behaved and helped pack up the ground.
Thank you to all those involved for a great day.

Newsletter Issue Date: 18 June 2018

Judo - Michael Eichner

Congratulations to Michael Eichner who won GOLD in Judo at the National Championships last week in Queensland. Michael is now the Q Grade National Champion in the 66kg division.

Well done Michael.

Newsletter Issue Date: 18 June 2018

Alex McDonald

Congratulations to Year 12 TSP student Alex McDonald who was named ACT Gymnast of the Year for 2018 in late April.

Newsletter Issue Date: 4 June 2018

Achievement of TDP students

Congratulations to Izzy Grame (right) from the Talented Dance Program who is part of CTM Management – an agency for young performers. She was hand-picked for an audition for the main role of a TV show. She will find out soon if she has been selected successfully in the main role.

Newsletter Issue Date: 4 June 2018

Congratulations to Natalee Mosslar who has been selected to be the 2018 Diva Dance Ambassador. She will be the face of the company which includes travelling to Melbourne and Sydney.

Newsletter Issue Date: 4 June 2018


Congratulations to Olivia Clark, Reeghan deBono, Holly Hancox (Pictured) and Jordyn Kearney who recently participated in the 17 and Under National Netball Championships in Adelaide. Following the championships an Australian Squad was named. Both Reeghan and Holly were named in the squad. Holly will attend a camp in October with the opportunity for match play against both England and New Zealand.

A huge congratulations to all the girls for this outstanding effort.

Newsletter Issue Date: 4 June 2018

Intercollege Basketball

In Week 8 of Term 1, the female basketball team played in the crossover finals for the Intercollege competition. The girls played the Lake Ginninderra College Year 11 side in the first game of the day. In a tight contest we managed to sneak away with a 39-35 win to make the Grand Final.

The Grand Final was very physical against the Lake Ginninderra Year 12 team. With 4 of our 7 players in Year 10 and only one Year 12 with us on the day, our opponents proved to be too quick and well drilled for us to stay with them for the whole match. Despite the losing score line, the players never gave up and if they maintain their current rate of development, the future looks bright for this squad.

The players should be commended for their outstanding camaraderie and sportsmanship throughout the competition.

Newsletter Issue Date: 7 May 2018

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Isaiah Latu

congraulations to former Erindale College student Isiah Latu for beeing selected in the Junior Wallabies squad to play Tonga  in the Oceania u20’s Championship.

30 April 2018

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WPL: Tuggeranong family affair as Mal Dainsley coaches three daughters

Malcolm Daisley with his daughters Rhiannon (Former EC Student), 22, Sarah (Former EC Student), 19, and Chloe, 16 (Current EC Student).
Photo: Jamila Toderas

The man who worked his way up from greenkeeper to his "dream job" as the Brumbies team manager could oversee another dream in a different code on Saturday.

Mal Daisley has coached his three daughters Rhiannon, Sarah and Chloe at Tuggeranong United over the past 15 years and this week the sisters could make their first-team debut as a trio.

Mal was the Brumbies manager for several years but ultimately gave up the role to spend more time with his family and coach his daughters.

Rhiannon, 22, and Sarah, 19, will start against Belconnen United in the Canberra women's premier league and if Chloe, 16, comes off the bench, it will be the first time the sisters have played together.
Malcolm Daisley with his daughters Rhiannon, 22, Sarah, 19, and Chloe, 16.

Mal is the assistant coach at Tuggeranong and said he would steer clear of the selection meeting this week, but added his girls had been preparing for this moment in the backyard for years.

"If it happens it's probably something I didn't think would happen, but whether it's this week or in the coming weeks, I'll be very proud," Mal said.

"When it comes to selection for those three I try to have no input, it’s up to the head coach, but they’re all supportive of each other, even know they are very competitive too."

Rhiannon is the oldest player in the young side and she believes Tuggeranong can knock off powerhouse Belconnen on a special day for her family.

"I haven't really thought about it too much because I train with my sisters all the time and when we’re not at training we're at home belting each other in hallway," Rhiannon said.

"It would be pretty special though. It's going to be a tough game but I think the team we’ve got this season works really well together and if there was a day to do it this is the day."

Rhiannon is the team's captain and physio which sees her teammates come to her with their injuries, but she doesn't fall for her sister's cries of pain anymore.

"At training on Thursday Sarah fell over and hurt herself and everyone said 'where’s Rhi' but I wasn't too worried because she was crying and I know what she's like," Rhiannon said.

"If she's actually hurt she's a lot more quiet and doesn't want to say anything if she knows it's serious, but if it's not serious she likes people to know they've whacked her and she rolls out the tears."

Rhiannon praised her father's commitment to their development but emphasised there was no special treatment for his daughters.

"It’s really good having dad coach us but also a bit tough sometimes because he doesn't go easy on us and goes out of his way to show people he doesn't favour us," Rhiannon said.

"He doesn't want anyone to say he gives us a free ride so in a way we've probably had to work harder than everyone else over the years.

"He’s been my coach since I started but he's also organised overseas tours to New Zealand which everyone’s family came to, we went to Queensland and he did the same thing.

"Dad has always made soccer about family and not just our family but everyone's. He really celebrates the family aspect of sport."

Article published In The Sydney Morning Herald on 20 April 2018

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Kye A’Hern earns a Podium Finish at Opening World Cup Race

At the opening round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Lošinj, Croatia Year 11 student Kye A’Hern took third in his first junior men’s world cup race only 3 ½ seconds behind the winner, continuing his stellar form from the Australian season where he won the National u19 title.

Former Erindale Male Sport Star of the Year Jackson Frew, competing in the Mens Elite (Open Division) at the same venue finished just 9 seconds behind the overall winner (33rd).

The next round of the world cups will be in Fort William, Scotland followed by a week later in Leogang, Austria. Sian A’Hern , Kye’s older sister and former Erindale Female Sport Star of the Year will also be going to Europe to compete in these World Cup rounds.

Newsletter Issue Date: 7 May 2018

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AFL - Boys

On Wednesday 14 March Erindale's AFL team played Hallam Secondary College (Melbourne) at Allinsure Oval in Queanbeyan. This was the 5th annual visit between the two schools. Later this year we plan to travel to Melbourne for a return visit. On this occasion Erindale proved too strong with a 90-39 win. Best players were Lachlan Squire, Liam Creech, Brad Hancock, James Atonio and James McCormack.

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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AFL - Girls

Erindale wins AFLW  Giants Cup - Canberra Region. The influx of 10 AFL girls to the Talented Sports Program sees the beginning of a new era for the TSP. Mark Armstrong,  TSP co-coordinator,  is hopeful of a bright future for AFL girls at Erindale College. The team has now qualified for the State Finals after strong wins against Lake Ginninderra, Dicskon and St Francis Xavier College's.

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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Kye A'Hern

Congratulations to Kye A’Hern who came away with the Gold in the Junior men category and is now the Under 19 National champion in Downhill Mountain Biking.

"The weekend conditions saw lots of riders go down with crashes and injury, but Kye rode smart and consistent. His race time of 3.55, also would have given him a 4th in the Elite men category, with only a hand full actually coming under the 4 minutes.This result ( a win in the under 19’s as well as top 10 result in Elite men) now secures his spot in the World champs team later this year in Switzerland."

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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Vikings Group Sports Awards

The annual Vikings Group Sports Awards for 2017 were held last month. These awards recognise the talents and efforts of athletes, coaches and administrators from the 51 Affiliated Vikings clubs.

A number of Erindale college students, both past and present, were nominated for these awards.  As well, past student and Olympian Caroline Buchanan was the guest speaker.

Congratulations to the following students for recognition of their achievements:
Outstanding Junior Achievement: Felicia Thomas (BMX), Harper Paniora (Netball), Keesha Kapea (Touch Football).
Outstanding Senior Achievement: Josh White (Softball), Grace West (Rowing), Shane Devoy (Cricket).
Affiliated Club Scholarship: Caitlin Keen (Netball).

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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School Sports ACT

On Wednesday 7 March School Sport ACT held their Excellence Awards for 2017.

This ceremony celebrates success of individuals, teams, volunteers and Australian selection at the School Sport level.

Both Brett Levier (Pictured) and Josh Torley were congratulated on their selection in the Australian Schoolboys golf and athletics teams respectively.

A huge congratulations also to Brett Levier who was nominated for the Achievement Award in the 13 years and over boys category. Brett was shortlisted to the final four students.

Well done Brett and Josh.

Newsletter Issue Date: 19 March 2018

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Canberra squash star Christine Nunn (Former Erindale College student) to realise 'terrifying' Commonwealth Games dream
By Caden Helmers

Canberra product Christine Nunn will realise a dream when she represents Australia at the Commonwealth Games - but she admits that dream is "mildly terrifying".

The squash star is firing ahead of the Commonwealth Games having won the Malaysian Squash Tour VI title last weekend - days after winning an Australian tour event in Brisbane.
Christine Nunn will represent Australia in squash at the Commonwealth Games.

World No.69 Nunn's Gold Coast preparations had already enjoyed a perfect start after she claimed the Australian championship last month.

But all the victories in the world might not be enough to help Nunn through the next month as she grapples with her final year of studying teaching in Melbourne.

"It's going to be madness, it's the calm before the storm at the moment," Nunn laughed.

"I just want to try and get a little bit ahead on stuff but we'll see. The first two weeks I was away for, most of the stuff is online so I can kind of teach myself but it makes it difficult with group assignments, and the placements are always at a crazy time, but we'll see.

"I'd like to get it done so hopefully I can power on through."

She admits she isn't sure what to expect from her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance but a recent run of success has Nunn stoked she took a punt on moving south.

Nunn lived her entire life in Canberra and battled to win a major tournament before relocating to Melbourne to follow her squash career - at which point she won three in a row.

Nunn is coached by former world No. 1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald and says relocating to Melbourne "six or seven years" ago was the perfect storm to kickstart her career.

Prior to that she had living at the AIS residence in Brisbane as part of the squash program since her late teens - but some big changes in the squash landscape forced her to relocate.

"We had a couple of changes in the program and we lost the house that we were all living in," Nunn said.

"The AIS changed completely so squash was no longer underneath the AIS umbrella. It was probably a couple of things that coincided at the same time.

"I was thinking about going to study anyway and I had family here in Melbourne, my partner was from Melbourne, and I had access to world class coaching here as well so everything aligned

"It's always a work in progress, as is everything in life. I'm happy with how my preparations have been going.

"I've got a lot of work-life-study-family balance here in Melbourne so that's been really nice, which is very different to how it was in Brisbane.

"It has made a bit of a difference to my performances on court as well which is good."

A Commonwealth Games on home soil has her family and friends champing at the bit to get to the Gold Coast and see her play - something of a rarity in a sport Nunn predominantly plays overseas.

Article published in the Canberra Times, first published 15 March 2018 — 11:16am

Updated 16 March 2018 — 7:27pm

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After a good year in 2017 that saw him crowned Prince of Crankwerx (Whistler,Can.) and Erindale College Year 10 Male Sport Star of the Year, Year 11 student Kye A’Hearn has leapt out of the starting gate into 2018. Canyon Factory Racing DH have just announced they are expanding their team from 2 to 3 riders, with Kye joining World No.2 in the UCI World  Cup Troy Brosnan and World No. 8 Mark Wallace.

Team Manager Gabe Fox says “The season (2018) is going to be exciting; heading into a season with three young top ranked riders is a great position to be in.”

With the 2018 UCI World Cup season starting in April on Lošinj, a Croatian island the team have already enjoyed their first training camp in France and all 3 team riders expressing excitement about the upcoming season.
Kye said. “I’d like to be consistently in the top-5 in 2018, and hopefully find myself on a few podiums! Overall, just have a great year.”

(With thanks to AMB Magazine & Photos by Ben Sykes, Phil Gale)

Newsletter Issue Date: 12 February 2018

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On Sunday 4th of March a small group of photography students gave up their own time to work through a low light and long exposure workshop with Scott Stramyk from the Canon Collective at the Enlighten festival. Students worked through some complicated techniques and produced some vivid and engaging images. Many of the students had never worked with a tripod or experimented with long exposure times before. It was wonderful to watch them being challenged and engaging in the atmosphere of the Enlighten festival. A great representation of the creative minds we foster here at Erindale College.

9 March 2018

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2018 Public Schools Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarship recipients.

Cultural Integrity in practice. Erindale College Year 12 students Madison Walker (centre) and Liam Ellis (second from right) receive their scholarship from the Director General Natalie Howson (right) and the Deputy Director General Meg Brighton (left) at a celebration of their excellence.

The awards were presented at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning on Monday 5 March 2018. This was a great afternoon celebrating the achievements of these students and having both the Director General and the Deputy Director General there to make the presentations recognises the importance of this event.

Well done and richly deserved Maddy and Liam.

6 March 2018

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Canberra cyclist Nathan Hart (Former Erindale College student) gunning for gold at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
By Eamonn Tiernan

He may be an Olympian and a Commonwealth Games medallist, but Canberra cyclist Nathan Hart has never raced in a major championships in Australia.

As a result, some of his closest family and friends have never seen him race, and Hart wants to channel that added pressure into Commonwealth Games glory on the Gold Coast in April.

Hart was just 21 when he won bronze in the team sprint at the Glasgow Games four years ago and fell an agonising .015 seconds short of a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 24-year-old trained in ACT development programs alongside reigning Tour de France green jersey winner Michael Matthews, and now Hart wants to make his own announcement on the world stage.

"It comes around real quick and it's pretty cool having gone to Glasgow that I've gone through a full cycle now with an Olympics in the middle," Hart said.

"I'm still improving and it does feel different this time because I've done it before, but it's still really exciting, especially being in Australia because lots of family and friends are coming who have never seen me race before.

"It would be absolutely incredible to win in front of them because I've never raced a big race in Australia, we haven't had any world cups here for a while and the last time world champs were in Australia was 2012.

"I raced up on the Gold Coast for the national championships a few weeks ago with a 1000 people in crowd and every time a Queenslander went to the front it was deafening, so add another 3000 fans to that and it's going to awesome."

With six weeks to go Hart said the hard work has been done and now it's about fine-tuning their preparation to give themselves the best chance of gold.

"It's just finishing touches now, tapering and recovery and doing more racing specific stuff and training on gears close to what we'll be racing on," Hart said.

"It's a cliche but it's just another event. We're hitting it hard but for me personally the build up still feels pretty low key, but I'm sure once we get there I'll be pretty hyped."

With Great Britain split into England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland for the Games, Hart said their main rivals are the Kiwis.

"Gold is the aim but the New Zealanders are really strong too," Hart said.

"We're going there with good form and we've prepared as well as we can so we'll put our best foot forward and see what comes, but we're definitely going there to win."

On the track he'll team up with Rio compatriot Matthew Glaetzer and Commonwealth Games debutants Patrick Constable and Jacob Schmid.

"The good thing about the Comm Games is you can take four riders which allows you to change things up a bit, whereas in Rio we only had three," Hart said.

"There's heats and finals, top four go through to finals, first two race for gold and third and fourth race for bronze, but with an extra man you have the option to race different people in heats and finals."

Aricle published in The Canberra Times 24 February 2018 at 2:31pm

Updated 24 February 2018 — 8:39pm

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