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A very warm welcome to all our families for the start of what we hope will be a safe, happy and successful year. I encourage all students to take up the many opportunities that are offered at St. Patrick's College. Students who are involved and participate in College life become well connected to the broader community and have a greater sense of belonging. It is important that all students feel safe and accepted at St. Patrick's College. If there are any concerns regarding the wellbeing of your son/s please do not hesitate to contact your son's House Dean in the first instance.

Mr Mayes has also included in his article that we will be restricted in the use of the Callan Centre this year. This will impact on a number of functions throughout the year. In particular, the Academic Assembly on Tuesday, 3 February, will proceed in the Callan Centre, but in a modified format. The Induction Mass on Friday, 6 February, will be held at the Boondall Entertainment Sports Centre. All students will be transported to and from the Entertainment Centre by bus. All students are to be dressed in the formal uniform. Parents are welcome to attend and parking is available at the Centre

Year 7 Camp and Retreat Program

Week 4 (16 February to 20 February). All Year 7 students are expected to attend their camp and retreat as part of the overall curriculum. Forms for the camp were distributed this week and must be returned by end of the week.

Year 8 and 10 Immunisation

BCC forms were distributed this week and must be completed and returned to the Student Office by Friday, 6 February.

Years 5 to 9 House Family Nightand Parent Information Evening - Monday 2 February.

The evening is an opportunity to meet your son's House Dean, Group Tutor, Big Brother, classroom teachers and other parents from the same year level and House.


Expectations

The standard we expect from our young men is high but it challenges them to grow. A strong sense of personal and school pride comes from the way the students present themselves at the College. I have outlined a number of key areas that require support from parents to ensure a clear and consistent message from both home and school is given to our young men:

  • Uniform: All students are reminded that the uniform is to be worn correctly at all times. This includes shirts tucked in and socks pulled up. Students in Years 11 and 12 must wear their school ties at all times and these must be worn correctly with top buttons done up.
  • Hair and Grooming: In order to maintain a high standard of dress and grooming, so as to present an appropriate image of the College to the broader community and to each other, it is an expectation that hair be kept neat, tidy and above the collar, ears and eyebrows at all times.
  • School Bag: All students in Years 5 to 12 are expected to carry the St. Patrick's College school bag to and from school each day.
  • Mobile Phones, iPods and other personal electronic devices are not permitted to be used in the College grounds. If a student is caught using one of these electronic devices a consequence will occur.
  • Student Absences: Parents are requested to telephone the College Absentee line on 3631 9077 by 9.00am when their son is absent. A SMS text message will be sent to parents' mobile phones at approximately 11.00am each day if we believe a student is absent from the College or classes without explanation.
  • Lateness:The school bell goes at 8.28am and all students are expected to be present at this time. On occasion, a bus or train may be late but where a student is repeatedly late without any significant reason, he will be required to make up time after school.
  • Public Transport: St. Patrick's College is a great school but it can be let down with respect for its public image if our young men are poorly behaved on public transport. The College will not tolerate poor behaviour on public transport. Students misbehaving in this area will face a range of consequences as a result of their actions. No food or drink is to be consumed on the buses.
  • Lockers: All students in Years 7 to 12 have been issued with lockers together with combination locks. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he does not disclose his combination to anybody. A student who damages or loses his lock will be required to replace it at a cost of $15.

I would like to take the opportunity to again welcome you all and if there is any way I can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Frank Torrisi - College Dean - Student Formation