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August 25, 2016

From the Principal

Over the past two weeks I have been conducting interviews for prospective Year 5 students for 2018. Whilst the young men are only in Year 3 at this point in time, it is an opportunity to listen to them and their parents’ thoughts about our College, and why they might want to join our community. One of the dangers in my role is that I can take things for granted, in that I become used to the great abilities of our staff...


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August 25, 2016

From Little Things - 50 Years Ago

50 years ago this week, a group of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, began a protest by walking off the Wave Hill cattle station and refusing to work under unjust conditions. The people were led by a quietly spoken stockman called Vincent Lingiari. This struggle was made famous by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly’s song – ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’. The walk-off started a protest that cast the national spotlight on Aboriginal land rights and human rights...


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August 24, 2016

NAPLAN & QCS

Earlier this month the 2016 NAPLAN results were released resulting in a number of media articles critiquing how well Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students have performed throughout Australia. Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham expressed his concern for what has been referred to as flat-lining. Minister Birmingham stated that "we need to focus on evidence-based measures that will get results for our students." We couldn’t agree more! At St Patrick's, we have outstanding teachers, continually reflecting on their practice. During the Staff...


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