School Advisory Council

As an Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) school, the St Patrick’s School Advisory Council has as its Mission to provide a Catholic Education in the Edmund Rice tradition within the wider Catholic Church.

Further, within the ministry of Governance, EREA School Boards embrace this Mission through fidelity to the Charter and the cultural characteristics of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition. The EREA Governance Framework articulates the roles, delegations, authorities and responsibilities of EREA Council, EREA Board, EREA Executive, EREA Principals and EREA School Advisory Councils.

The School Advisory Council works in partnership with the Principal in order to undertake a range of delegated responsibilities aimed at providing optimum learning outcomes for all students attending the College.

The 2021 school advisory council are:
  • Mr Adam Carter (Board Chair)
  • Mr Zane Barron
  • Mr Greg Bolton
  • Dr Kerry Manton
  • Ex-Officio Member: Mr Chris Mayes (College Principal)
  • Guest Member: Mr Frank Torrisi (College Deputy Principal)
  • Guest Member: Mr Liam Casey (College Business Manager)

College Board Report 2019

This has been an exciting year for St Patrick’s College and the first year I have had the pleasure to Chair the College Board.

I would like to thank Mr David Molloy, the previous Board Chair, for his contribution to the College and the community during his years of service.

In 2019 we welcomed four new members, Mr Greg Bolton, Dr Kerry Manton, Mr Zane Barron and Mr Lachlan Moore who bring with them vast experience to our Board.

During the year, the Board farewelled Ms Cathy Thomsen and Mr Craig Henderson, after their three-year terms were completed.  On behalf of the Board I would like to thank each of them for their commitment and expertise offered to the College.
Over the past two years the staff, students, families and Board have worked together to develop the College Shared Vision for the next five years.  This document informed the design of the College Strategic Plan (2019-2023).  I would like to thank the members of our community who participated in the future direction of the College.

At the beginning of this year, St Patrick’s received its School Renewal Report from EREA. The purpose of this report is to authenticate the practices of the College against the Touchstones set out in the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.  It gave me great pleasure to read such an affirming report and the Board is committed to assisting and supporting the College to meet the recommendations set out in the report.

Our Board is made up of several sub committees.  This year has been a particularly busy one for our master planning and finance committees, as we plan the physical resourcing of the campus spaces for the next decade.  It is envisaged that the Master Plan will be completed by the beginning of 2020.  During 2019, the College has undertaken the refurbishment of classrooms and the construction of a new café, both these projects are in line with the Master Plan.  The Board has also supported the College in working towards more sustainable practices including the development of green spaces around the campus.

I would like to thank all members who have given service to various Board sub committees and the Foundation Board.  Their expertise and commitment to the College is valuable and valued by the St Patrick’s Community.  In my capacity as Board Chair and father, I had the pleasure of attending numerous award ceremonies.  I would like to congratulate the College on not only its successes in the many dimensions of the College, but the participation of so many students in the many opportunities offered to them.

The strong demand for student places and growth and development of the College is evidence that St Patrick’s is certainly a school of choice on the northside of Brisbane.  We will continue to be mindful of the balance of affordability for families and the continuing need to provide quality education opportunities for students into the future.

I would like to thank my fellow Board members for willingly giving their time and expertise to the College during this year.

I would also like to thank the families for choosing this great school and the sacrifices and time you make to send your son/s here.

Finally, I would like to thank College Principal Mr Chris Mayes, Deputy Principal Mr Frank Torrisi and Dean of Administration and Business Intelligence, Ms Elizabeth Gaber for leading the College so well during Chris’s absence for a significant part of the second semester. My sincerest thanks also to the College staff for affording the young men a quality education in a safe and supportive environment. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.

The College Board also wishes the very best to the Senior cohort of 2019 in the next step of their life journey.  

Certa Bonum Certamen – Fight the Good Fight

Mr Adam Carter
Board Chair
St Patrick's College