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It has been a positive start to the term for our young men. However, the College is certainly feeling the impact of the ongoing building works, with constraints from the crane in the College grounds, the front door access to the Callan Centre still restricted and certainly the lack of air conditioning in the Callan Centre making things uncomfortable for a number of events. The young men have risen to these challenges and obstacles though and it is business as usual for Term 4.

On Tuesday afternoon and evening the seniors together with young ladies from St John Fisher College participated in a social afternoon followed by a talk from two police officers about domestic violence. This was a student driven initiative and was well received by both schools. It is a credit to both schools to have students who are willing to become informed and prepared to take a stand on such an issue.

Despite countless reminders in the Calling and end of term letters and emails, I have unfortunately had to issue notices to a number of students about inappropriate hair and grooming. I am asking that if your son has a haircut with very short sides and long overhanging top then he is required to have his hair cut to meet the College Guidelines.

It is also important that if your son is sick during the day he must report to the Student Office. The Student Office will call parents to come and pick up your son.

Green and Gold Day Thursday 29 October - Students are allowed to wear clothes to school that are predominantly green and gold. The aim of the day is to provide students with a chance to wear something different to school, but also to show their pride in their school. Students can wear blue denim shorts or jeans but all other pieces of clothing must be predominately green and/or gold. Closed shoes are compulsory and black school shoes are required for Manual Arts classes.Thongs and singlets are not permitted. We ask all students to bring a gold coin donation to support “Men’s Health Awareness”.

Showcase - Our Inter-House competition culminates on the evening of Thursday 29 October with Showcase. It should be a great spectacle with over 1300 students on stage during the night. Please ensure your son knows when and where he is to meet his House Dean and what time his House is performing. We have asked the students to ensure they do not move around the school on the evening but are always with their parents, their House or performing on stage.

Orientation Evening

The Callan Centre was full last Monday night with families here for the 2016 Orientation Evening. We welcomed 250 new students and families into the St. Patrick’s community. I would like to thank all the current parents who volunteered to help out on the night. The Parents and Friends Association cooked and served a wonderful welcome BBQ for new students and their families, a wonderful introduction to our community.I was very pleased to see over 160 of our current Year 11 students also attend the night and begin their leadership role. Well done gentlemen! A special thank you goes to the House Deans, Mrs Fowlie, Mrs Emanuelli and Mrs Thompson for their tireless effort in making the evening run smoothly with a very welcoming atmosphere.

Mr Frank Torrisi - College Dean - Student Formation