The next few weeks are certainly action-packed for your son with exams, assignments and the excitement of holidays just around the corner. This week’s article is based more around ensuring that your son is on track to complete Term 1 effectively rather than celebrating the achievements and events of the week.

However, I will begin with a quick mention of the staff versus students Cricket match that occurred last Friday. It is with great pleasure that I once again congratulate the staff on a well-deserved win. You son may ask over the dinner table how the staff won with many teachers being hit for consecutive sixes, and the game being stopped on numerous occasions to retrieve the many balls that had gone over the fence. Well gentlemen, the answer is simply, as all great Aussie backyard cricketers know, that it is 'six and out'. So any runs scored from by that batsmen from that point on didn’t count!

End of Term Procedures

To help the young men of St Patrick’s College finish Term 1 smoothly we ask that all our families familiarise themselves with the Term Exit Procedures.


  • Locker must be clean and well-organised with a St Patrick’s College issued lock (checked by House Dean).
  • All library books must be returned (Diary signed by Mr Toohey).
  • All assessment must be completed (Diary signed by Mr Campbell).
  • Diary must be filled out correctly and in good order (Diary signed by Group Tutor).
  • All detentions must be complete (Diary signed by Mr Kearney).
  • Laptop and bag condition checked (Diary signed by IT staff).

Students who have failed to fulfil these commitments will not be issued an exit statement from their House Dean. This will result in these students remaining at the College for the times outlined below.

  • Years 11 and 12 students who have not fulfilled their commitments will not be granted the privilege of block exams. Students in Years 11 and 12 will be required to attend school throughout the block exam period until these commitments have been met.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 Exit lessons will be held on 23 March in Periods 1 to 4 respectively.

  • Students who have fulfilled the commitments listedwill be allowed to finish their term at 12:30pm on Thursday 24 March. Students in Years 7-10 who have not fulfilled their commitments will not be granted early leave on 24 March. Those students who have not met with all the expectations of the College will be required to remain at the College until the commitments have been met or 3.00pm.

Years 10, 11 and 12 students - Global Immersion Project - Bernie Kelly

Last week your son may have brought home some information regarding the Youth of Australia trek. If your family is interested in this program please read the information below:

St Patrick's to KILIMANJARO and TANZANIA - Information Hour

  • Wednesday 23 March - commencing 6:30 pm
  • Waterford Building

This program is run by Bernie Kelly, long time St Patrick's parent and supporter and founder of ‘Global Immersion’ - The St Patrick’s community has used the services of Bernie for many years to assist with developing leadership skills with our senior school students.

However, 2016-Week-8-From-the-Deanof-Students.PNGthis week he offered a brilliant opportunity for all Years 10, 11 and 12 students to join the Youth of Australia program. As part of this program the students will trek the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro in East Africa, this December. This experience is a unique blend of extraordinary adventure with servitude opportunities to some of Africa’s neediest communities. Most have heard of the School of St Jude in Tanzania, which welcomes Bernie’s groups each December. If your son is interested in being part of this trip there will be an opportunity to meet Bernie on Wednesday in the Waterford Building. During this 1 hour presentation you will receive all the information you could possibly want to make an informed decision about your son’s or family’s participation. Although this is not a College run activity we certainly support this experience.

Fight the Good Fight!

Mr Darren Kearney - Dean of Students