This week in Culture there is information on Chess Club, Theatresports Quarter Final competition dates, Debating results for Years 10 and 12, Film Crew photos, Junior Art Club news/photos and a congratulations to Jackson Hughesman of Year 5.

Chess Club

Last Friday night saw a hard fought and narrow loss to St Laurence's College. Our Intermediate and Junior teams once again shone and showed what an incredibly bright future SPC Chess has in the coming years.

Illness and unavailability of some of our Senior squad saw the need to bring in some first-timers. Jahred Mauricio, Brian Tiu and Alister Kerr kindly stepped in to fill the empty seats. Congratulations must go to Alister for winning a game.

This Friday sees a home game against our great rivals, Marist College, Ashgrove.This will be a tough match and I am sure that the chessmen, who have been training hard, are up to the challenge.

Due to the public holiday next Monday all Chess training for next week will be held on Tuesday June 9 2015.

SPC Chessmen – Play Well, Be Awesome.

Youth Theatresports News

Theatresport Quarter Final dates and venues are:

  • The Year 12 Team compete at 7.00pm Wednesday 10 June 2015 at St. Patrick's. Admission Adults - $9.00 and Concession $7.00.
  • The Year 11 compete at 7.00pm Tuesday 16 June 2015 at North Lakes State College, Joyner Circuit, North Lakes. Admission Adults - $9.00 and Concession - $7.00.

Team members need to arrive by 6.15pm at their respective venues.

Please come along and support our teams!

Congratulations to Jackson Hughesman of Year 5

The following extract and photo are taken from an article written by Ellen Moynihan which appeared in the June 2015 edition of the Sandgate Guide.

'Jackson Hughesman, a student at St. Patrick's College, will be playing the role of Oliver (in the JAFA Production of Oliver!). Since beginning acting at the age of 3, Jackson has trained at Fame Musical Theatre, Brisbane Junior Theatre, and Performance Power, and has high aspirations for the future. "I am honoured to be playing the part of Oliver," he says. "I have loved theatre since the day I could walk. My dream in the future is to have my name in lights on New York's Broadway.'

Well done Jackson! We will certainly be following your career, all the way to Broadway.

Art Club

Junior Art Club

This semester many aspiring young artists have been participating in Art Club each Friday afternoon. During this time we have been exploring a range of materials and techniques in a variety of ways. Art Club has provided an opportunity for students to express themselves in a more relaxed environment where there has been flexibility and self-direction towards the final product.

Students have been working on developing a series of works which will be exhibited during Open Day in the coming term. These art works range from cardboard name sculptures, surreal drawings of animals and clay sculptures - please explore the gallery photos below to take a sneak peek at our work.

Film Crew

  • Junior Film Crew (Years 5 to 8) meets in the Library every Monday lunch of Week B.
  • Senior Film Crew (Years 9 to 12) meets in the Library every Monday lunch of Week A.

Photos from some of our aspiring photographers can be seen below.

Debating News

QDU Debating News – Mrs Lorraine O'Sullivan - Debating Coordinator (

Debating captain, Harrison Hanelt, organised a Staff/student debate for lunchtime yesterday to promote supporters at the Grade 12 debate last night. Representing the staff, Paul Corfield, Jonathan Brough and Adam McPhee argued in support of the topic, "That teachers are paid too much" however, the negative team, of Harrison Hanelt, Lachlan Kuhr and Will Sked, were far too strong in their rebuff of that statement and were awarded the win by the adjudicator, Geoff Samuels, Director of Culture.

Last night was the last debate in the preliminary rounds for our Grade 10 and 12 debaters. All had a secret topic- the Grade 10s, "That internet debating should be banned" and the 12s, "That there should be live broadcast of major criminal trials." Despite a valiant effort by all, unfortunately our 12.1, 10.1 and 10.2 teams were narrowly beaten (by two points each) and will not be able to progress to the finals competition. I would like to thank Zoe Morgan, Jonathan Brough, Phil Webb and Selena Fisk for all their efforts with these teams.

12.2 and 11.1 are the only SPC teams that have qualified for the knockout finals rounds next term. These debaters should keep their knowledge of politics and world and current affairs up to date, ready for the draw.

Our last Grade 8 debate for the year will be at St Paul's School at 8.15pm on Wednesday 10 June. Boys need to be at the venue by 7.00pm ready to receive and prepare for their secret topic debate.

Grade 7s have been preparing for their first debate with Luke Vanni.

I would encourage all debaters to approach their House Deans to put their name forward for the Inter-house Debating Competition next term.

Ms Paige McDonald's Year 11.1 Team (Liam Morgan, Adam Lukacs and Jordan Vezzoli) remain undefeated this season and now move into the Finals. Well done!

Mr Geoff Samuels - Head of Culture