This week some very important information regarding Chess, Music and Debating.

Chess Club

Chess Club is back for 2016. Our highly successful Junior and Senior Chess Clubs will commence in Week 3. All students are welcome. We cater for beginners and future Grand Masters. Seniors (Years 9 to 12) Monday from 3:00 to 4:30, Juniors (Years 5 to 8) Tuesday from 3:00 to 4:15 in the AV rooms.

Inter-House Chess Round One - 2016

Please note:

  • The designations (a) and (b) refer to the two representatives from each House playing in each round (the same 2 players can play both rounds or 2 new players can play Round 2)
  • Rice House is designated by the letter “E” (to distinguish from Ryan House “R”)
  • We will have table cards clearly identifying each table with the teams to play Round 1 and Round 2.
  • We don’t register individual names of players, simply House/year designations. It is up to individual players to find the appropriate table for each round.
  • Games are timed and points awarded according to the following schedule (students write their points in the appropriate section on the table card).


  • Win by checkmate/forfeit - 5 points
  • Win on points after 15 mins - 4 points
  • Draw (stalemate or equal pieces) - 3 points
  • Loss on points - 2 points
  • Loss outright (checkmate) - 1 point
  • Forfeit - 0 points



Co-Curricular Music

Over 45 students participated in the St Patrick’s College Annual Music Camp over the weekend. The camp consisted of several intensive rehearsals and tutorials as well as a concert held at the end of the two days. The students were lucky enough to have Dr Robert McWilliams as a guest conductor and tutor for the weekend. Dr McWilliams brought with him a plethora of experience and knowledge, having toured the world as both a conductor and professional trumpet and keyboard player.

Students rehearsed in four ensembles, which included the Contemporary Band, Middle School Band, Middle School String Ensemble, and Drum Corps. The concert on Sunday afternoon showcased the hard work and dedication that these students put into their rehearsals. The students have set themselves up for a successful year in Music and should be commended for their efforts.

All music ensemble rehearsals will begin in week 3, except for the String Ensemble which will start this week.

Please note the rehearsal times for ensembles below:


Year 5 Music - New Student Co-Curricular Interest

All students in Year 5 have the opportunity to take Co-curricular Music lessons on the same instrument they are undertaking in the classroom curriculum program. Co-curricular Music lessons run at a fixed time once a week, and students participate in a smaller group lesson of around 4-5 people at $10 a week. Co-curricular Music is a great way to extend your son on the instrument he has been given in the classroom. By being a part of the Co-curricular program, he will also be able to participate in the appropriate music ensemble, which plays at many events throughout the year. The Queensland Catholic Music Festival was a highlight for the Year 5s in 2016.

Please click Connect - link here » to access the enrolment form. If you would like your son to participate in these lessons, please read it carefully, fill it in and hand it into the Cultural Office which is located in the library.

Alternatively, if your son is in Years 6-12 and would like to sign up for lessons, please visit the Co-curricular Music Connect - link here » where you will find forms for these year levels, as well as more information regarding these lessons.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on

Ms Kelly Simmers – Program Leader - Music

Debating - Upcoming Events

St Patrick's College has always performed strongly in the Queensland Debating Union Secondary Schools competition and 2016 will likely shape up to be just as good a year. It is exciting to see so many young men show interest in a co-curricular activity that has strong correlations with academic success, particularly in English and the Humanities.

All students who have signed on for Debating in 2016 must attend the QDU Summer School:

  • Cost: $20 per student (lunch included)
  • Venue: Brisbane Grammar School, Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill
  • Date: Sunday 14 February
  • Time: 10am - 3pm

The College will register students online as a group. Money is to be brought to the Student Office by Friday 12 February at the latest.

Secondly, a new component of the St Patrick's Debating program will be fortnightly training for all debaters. Training will involve skill development and speaking, and will feature guest speakers including experienced QDU debaters, past student debating stars and staff:

  • Year 11 and 12: Mondays of Week A
  • Year 9 and 10: Mondays of Week B
  • Year 7 and 8: Tuesdays of Week A
  • Time: 3.10-4.30pm
  • Venue: AV Rooms
  • Cost will be free, and students will be provided with afternoon tea.

I look forward to working with all young men this year, and hope to meet parents throughout the season.

Ms Rebecca Hewitt - Debating Coordinator