TERM 4: Principal's Message


Dear Parents and Caregivers

I hope that you and your son(s) have had an enjoyable and fulfilling year. By now you would have received your son’s academic report through the parent portal. I trust the information made available to you on the report is informative to you both, and that you can take some time together to carefully review the results and comments. Whilst the report is a “point in time” view of your son’s academic progress, it should also provide a stimulus for discussion regarding his persistence, effort, attitude and work ethic across the year. It also provides information to allow you both to start planning goals that will assist him fulfil his potential during 2018.

In this email I have included a 2017 Financial Report for the College. This report is designed to give you an insight into the financial operations of the College, along with detailed expenditure in 2017 and proposed budgets and expenditure in 2018. You will already have been sent an email outlining the College Fees for 2018. There is a small increase of 3.6% in fees for 2018, however, I would point out that this increase is in line with the Education Index and is again one of the smallest increase in fees in many years at St Patrick’s College.

The positive changes to the College campus environments over the past few years, clearly indicates that the College Building Fund is being put to very good use, and I am thankful for the generous support of the parent body to this fund and for the added support of the College Foundation. I am very conscious of the sacrifices and efforts our families make to invest in a St Patrick’s College education and I am appreciative of the efforts you make in addressing your financial commitments to the College. The 2018 budget has been prepared to ensure that resources are in place to allow us to continue to offer an excellent educational pathway for your son to reach his potential.

Once again in 2018, the College tuckshop will continue to provide excellent service to the students and staff each day. A critical part of this service is the large number of parents who generously give of their time to volunteer on a roster basis. The 2018 roster is currently being developed. If you can assist or wish to find out more, please contact Mrs Demetri Karydas via the College Office on 3631 9000.

Textbooks for each student are provided as part of tuition fees. However, for us to be able to continue this practice, it is imperative that all textbooks are returned in an acceptable state. If your son has not returned all his textbooks or library books I ask that he does so by Friday, 8 December. Any outstanding books after this date will be billed to you. Each of these books is needed for next year. Your assistance with this issue is greatly appreciated.

Students are also provided a laptop. To assist with the ongoing maintenance of these laptops, the following devices were collected at the end of the school year:

  • Year 6 laptops and chargers
  • Year 9 laptops and chargers
  • Year 10 laptops and chargers
  • Year 12 laptops and chargers
  • Any damaged laptops (cosmetic damage only will not be collected)
If your son did not return his laptop and charger, the full amount of a replacement device will be added to your parent account.

All other year levels will be maintaining their laptops over the holiday period. Please read and understand the following conditions for safe maintenance of College laptops over the holiday period:

  • If you have any technical issues or incur any damage with the device over the holiday period, please contact the IT Support Office via Please do not attempt to have any third party fix the device as this will void our warranty support and insurance on the device.
  • The insurance on the device is only valid in Australia, please do not take the device overseas.
  • If your son has lost his charger, please contact Please do not purchase a generic charger as this can damage the device and void our warranty support.
  • The College’s One to One Computer Policy still applies to the device over the holiday period. The device remains the property of St Patrick’s College and is subject to all relevant College policies and procedures regarding its use outside the College boundaries.
Next year, we will change our parent portal format to sync to the College APP and the student Learning Management System known as REALM. This means that we will move from Connect to our new REALM system. Parents who are new to the College will receive their log-in details on 19 January, 2018. Current parents will not need to do anything as the current login details will continue. The format of the portal however will be different, and information will be forwarded to parents regarding this before the new system goes live. The new REALM and SPC APP will go live on 22 January. Student timetables will also be available from 22 January, 2018.

2017 Financial Report

The following report for the 2017 academic year gives an overview of the financial operation of the College in the context of current and future directions.
  • We were pleased to officially bless and open the Christian Brothers Building in Term 1 this year. It was a memorable day and the College was privileged to be joined by His Grace Archbishop Mark Coleridge and, importantly, numerous Christian Brothers, both past and present, to celebrate this important occasion in the life of the College.
  • The issue of changes to the way the Commonwealth Government provides funding to Catholic schools in Australia has become a significant issue. We are grateful for the assistance of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission for the critical role they play in advocating to the Governments on behalf of Catholic schools. Fortunately, St Patrick’s has been largely unaffected by these changes for next year. I am also mindful that there will be a review of some of the current system for school funding allocation by the Commonwealth government during 2018.
  • The ongoing investment into the College’s facilities is only made possible because of the generous support of the College community through donations to the College Foundation and Building Levy. I thank all families for their past support and request your commitment to continuing this into the future.
College Income

The College receives about 55% of its income from State and Federal Government Grants. Income from school fees form the bulk of the remaining 45% of income. As mentioned above, despite the changes to government funding, the College has been fortunate to be largely unaffected at this point in time. There remains however the constant tension between income and the increasing cost of education.

College Expenditure

Salaries and Related Expenses
A significant part of the Annual College Budget (approximately 65%) is related to salaries, wages and superannuation. The non-government Enterprise Bargaining Agreement EB8 was finalised in 2018 and this provides for wage increases of 2.5% p.a. until 2019.

Capital Developments

  • Christian Brothers Building. The College was finally able to officially bless and open the building in March 2017. As well as providing a magnificent venue for sporting occasions, the building accommodates numerous specialty curriculum areas and provides an outstanding gathering space for the College community.
  • Seaview Building. The College has renovated the front area of the ground floor of the Seaview Building which has allowed the Uniform and Merchandise Store to vacate the demountable building behind the Saward Building and the Foundation and Enrolments Office and Marketing and Communications Office relocate.
  • Maintenance and Cleaning. The College takes great pride in in the presentation and condition of its buildings and grounds. Each year it invests significant resources in ensuring that its facilities are well presented. The annual maintenance and cleaning costs, excluding wages now total approximately $520,000.
  • Curricular and Co-Curricular Expenditure. The College continues to invest in the ongoing development of both the curricular and co-curricular programs. This includes investments in individual subject areas, a range of camps and retreats and excursions, increased and improved IT infrastructure, specialist co-curricular coaching, software licencing and equipment for activities both in and out of the classroom. This investment again increased in 2017 due to the increased numbers of students, teams and opportunities offered to the students.

Tuition Fees and information for 2018

College fees for 2018 will be increased by 3.6% and a schedule of proposed fees will be emailed to all parents and found on the College website following approval from the EREA Board. The increase of 3.6% is the same as the fee increase in the 2017 year. The increase is consistent with the annual increase in the Educational Index, which forms part of the Consumer Price Index prepared by the Australian Government’s Bureau of Statistics. For the coming year, the Building Levy will remain at $700 per family for 2017. The College continues to support in excess of $16 million in capital loans from the developments of recent years and this investment in quality buildings has been very beneficial to the teaching practices and overall physical development and environment of the College.

The setting of tuition fees is always a process of balancing the financial needs of the College and continuing to provide a high-quality education against the desire to maintain fees at levels within the reach of the parent population. The fees cover the cost of your son’s tuition, book hire, outdoor education camp, excursions, laptop equipment and music programs (Years 5, 6) but do not include Instrumental or Music Tuition or Design Technology Levies. The College Board devotes considerable time in deliberating over any fee increase to ensure that it reflects sound financial management, while remaining consistent with EREA’s focus on affordability and the Mission of the College.

Merchandise Store and Textbooks - 2018

Please find following the scheduled dates and times for the Merchandise Store and the collection of Textbooks for 2018:


9:00am - 3:30pm

  • 10 January - Year 5
  • 11 January - Years 5 & 6
  • 12 January - Year 7
  • 15 January - Years 7 & 8
  • 16 January - Years 8 & 9
  • 17 January - Year 10
  • 18 January - Years 11 & 12
  • 19 January - Year 12
  • 22 January - All Year levels
  • 23 January - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • 24 January - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • 25 January - 7:30am - 11:30am
  • 27 January - 10:00am - 2:00pm

8:30am - 3:00pm : Library

  • 12 January - Year 7
  • 15 January - Year 8
  • 16 January - Year 9
  • 17 January - Year 10
  • 18 January - Year 11
  • 19 January - Year 12
  • 22 January - All Year levels
  • Years 5 & 6 textbooks handed out in class


The 2018 calendar will be available to families when textbooks are collected in the New Year. However, I have included below some information that may be useful over the Christmas holiday period.
  • College Office closes - Wednesday, 20 December 2017
  • College Office opens - Monday, 8 January 2018
  • Finance Office closes - Friday, 15 December 2016
  • Finance Office opens - Monday, 15 January 2017
  • College Leadership Team resumes - Wednesday, 10 January 2018
  • Teaching Staff resume - Tuesday, 16 January 2018
  • REALM and update to SPC APP go live - Monday, 22 January 2018
  • First day for Years 5, 7, 12 and new students in other year levels - Tuesday, 23 January 2018 (8.30am – 3.00pm)
  • Classes resume for all students - Wednesday, 24 January 2018.
The College website is also available for additional information at

There are some families whose son(s) will also be finishing at the College this year. I hope that they, and you, found their time with us to be memorable and fulfilling. On behalf of the entire community, we wish you well in your future endeavours.

I pray that all members of the St Patrick’s College community enjoy a safe, Holy and happy Christmas and joyful New Year and I look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Live Jesus in our Hearts!

Mr Chris Mayes
College Principal
St Patrick's College