We are just about to complete the fifth week of a nine week term. This means that many of the young men across all year levels will be beginning to have more assessment items due and should be well into their preparation for the exams just around the corner. This term also coincides with the largest co-curricular participation of all of the school terms. What is important during this time is that the students balance their activities between co-curricular and classroom requirements. In many cases, students have plenty of time to become the best they can in these endeavours, but may need some guidance in ensuring that they are effective and efficient in their use of the time. In my experience, it is usually the study dimension that appears to be allocated less time. I would encourage all parents to spend some time in the next week sitting with their son(s) and assisting them plan their time allocation allowing for priorities and balance over the final weeks of the term.

During Tuesday's assembly, I addressed the students about the matter of behaviours. I relied upon the work of Mr Bill Rogers who presented at a conference in my second year of teaching. Bill is an education consultant who worked with teachers in the area of student behaviour management. One part of his presentation that struck me at the time, and followed me ever since, is his concept of primary and secondary behaviours. All of us behave differently and change to suit the circumstances. By and large, we are responsible for our own behaviours and do not have to be controlled by others. Likewise, whilst we control our own behaviours we cannot control those of other people. A primary behaviour, according to Rogers, is the behaviour or reaction that we display in a given situation. As explained to the students, this may mean the way that they react to a comment from a peer or from their teacher or how they react to certain things on a sporting field such as a referee's decision or the actions of an opponent. If their reaction is one that further exacerbates the situation, then this may cause a secondary behaviour. This may be through argument about their behaviour with the teacher or the referee about their decision. Unfortunately, secondary behaviours can often lead to the situation becoming worse rather than better. Therefore, my point to the students was for them to consider their reactions (if they can) before reacting to someone or something because they have control over this but if it becomes a secondary behaviour it may become a different matter entirely.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Doug Locke and I received an email from the AIC Sport's administrator regarding student behaviour across all of the schools in all of the sports so far this term. In the memo, she indicated that there appears to be an increase in the number of instances where match officials are being challenged and sworn at by players. She has requested that this matter be followed up by all of the AIC schools. I raised this on Tuesday's assembly using the above illustration regarding behaviours by way of explanation. We have been very clear to the students that swearing on any sporting field, particularly when representing St. Patrick's, is not acceptable nor ever excusable. Furthermore, we have also been clear that the referee is always right (even when we think he may be wrong), and that no amount of argument or behaviour tantrums will change his mind. Good team players concentrate on playing to the best of their ability not trying their best to assess the ability of the referee. On behalf of all of the staff of the College, particularly the coaches, we ask all parents to support us in this endeavour. Collectively, we need to move the student's mindset away from blaming officials for poor performance or results but rather onto how we can become the best player and team that we can be and how we can continue to improve in the game.

During this week, we have had cause to celebrate the great efforts of the St. Patrick's College Chemistry and Mathematics students. The First XV Chemical Analysis Squad for 2015 comprising of Anto Chacko, Jesse Cooper, Michael Doyle, Jeremiah Dufourq, Jack Graham, Cory Grindrod, Emmettt Hanley, Saxon King, Lachlan Kuhr, Jacob Lawrence, Adyn Maher (Captain), Isaiah Simeone, Xavier Stringer, Brian Tiu and Nick Yarrow must be congratulated for their performance at the recent Titration Competition. In particular, the team consisting of Emmett Hanley, Jack Graham and Jeremiah Dufourq, who effectively won the competition with the lowest score, will now compete in the National finals in October. The College Mathematics teams have also performed well. In particular, our First V team were successful in all three recent rounds at the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane North District event, finishing first overall in the senior division, consisting of Will Sked, Lachlan Kuhr, Jack Graham, Gerard Warland and Bhavin Maisuria. We certainly have some very talented scholars at the College and I am sure that their efforts will drive other students to try and emulate their feats into the future.

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend last night's P & F meeting. It is always a pleasure to meet with parents from the College and hear their views on events, activities and plans for the College. Next Tuesday evening we will host Mr Steve Biddulph as a part of our parent information series. Steve is both nationally and international renowned for his work regarding boys and their behaviours. The evening is well and truly booked out and promises to be a informative night of learning for both parents and teachers. I look forward to catching up with many parents during the evening.

God Bless

Mr Chris Mayes - College Principal