This week in Culture there are updates from Chess, Co-Curricular Music, Debating, Theatresports and the Cultural Support Group.


AIC Chess

Last week was a very successful week for the Chessmen. Following on from our second place at the Brisbane Interschool Chess Competition, we travelled to St Peter’s Lutheran College at Indooroopilly. Some excellent play saw our players score a resounding 59 to 21 victory.

This Friday we are hosting St Laurence’s College in our final home game of the season. They will be formidable opponents and we are hoping that our good form continues.

Mark’s tip of the week: have a look at this website: Kenilworth Chess Club – Stonewall Attack (click here for link») for a great chess lecture and lots of games.

Chess Club

Please note the finishing times of Chess Club:

  • Senior Chess Club (Years 9 to 12) – Monday 3:00 to 4:30pm
  • Junior Chess Club (Years 5 to 8) – Tuesday 3:00 to 4:15pm
St Patrick's College Chessmen – Play Well, Be Awesome!

Mrs Rosemary Butt – Chess Coordinator

Co-Curricular Music

Music Night – Next Week

The music night is this coming Monday night.

The ensembles that will be playing at this concert are as follows:

  • String Ensemble
  • Year 5 String Ensemble
  • Year 5 Band
  • Concert Band
  • Contemporary Band
  • Junior Vocal Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble

If your son is a part of one of the above ensembles, he will be required to attend and play at this music night. All other ensembles will not be performing. Please note that drinks and refreshments will be provided from 5:45pm and the concert will begin at 6:30pm. Students must arrive no later than 6:00pm. Please see above flyer for more information.

Brisbane City Bands Festival

We have entered the following bands/ensembles into the Brisbane City Bands Festival where students will be involved in performances in the Queen Street Mall in the City. Dates and times of performances are noted below. More information about this performance will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Wednesday 20 July:

  • Concert Band – 11:45am performance
  • Contemporary Band – 12:00pm performance

Friday 22 July:

  • Middle School String Ensemble – 12:00pm performance
  • Guitar Ensemble – 12:15pm performance
  • Senior Vocal – 12:30pm performance

Junior and Senior Vocal Ensemble

The Junior and Senior Vocal Ensemble have been progressing along very well. We have many interested students attending. However, we are always looking for more and more students to join. If your son is interested, it is not too late to be a part of these groups. Rehearsals for these ensembles are as follows:

  • Junior Vocal (Years 5-8): Friday lunch in W201
  • Senior Vocal (Years 9-12): Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm and Thursday morning 7:30am – 8:15am in W201.

Guitar Tuition Spots Available

We currently have a limited amount of guitar tuition spots available for students from Year 7 and above. If your son is interested in learning the guitar, and in particular if he has had past experience, please e-mail Mrs Kelly Jensen if he would like to be considered. Please note that there are limited spots available, and it is possible that not all applicants will be able to secure a position.

Mrs Kelly Jensen - Program Leader – Music

QDU Debating

The 2016 QDU sadly came to an end last night for our Year 9 debaters, who fought valiantly with a man down to only narrowly lose. Nevertheless, the season was, overall, a win for our young men, who developed their confidence, logical reasoning, public speaking skills and team work in this the most excellent of co-curricular activities – I truly hope they stay with it next year!

Our Year 11s also had a night of upsets, with both the 11.1s and 11.2s going down to their opponents – nevertheless, they have to be congratulated on their determination and work ethic in getting so far! Short prep debates are mentally and physically gruelling – with teams only getting an hour to prep three eight-minute speeches on their side, with no access to resources, we can only boggle at the stress and strain this puts on the young men. Whilst nevertheless being impressed by their resilience and grit, this sadly means an end to the season for our 11.1 team. However, I congratulate our 11.2s on their berth in the finals series!

Next week, our Year 10s and 12s battle on home turf again in a night of exciting short-prep topics! As usual, spectators are extremely welcome, particularly for the 12.1s, who need to win this round to make it into the finals series.

QDU Round 4 Debates for Year 10 and Year 12 will be held Thursday, June 2 2016 at St Patrick’s College. Please see below for details of your debate:

  • Year 10.1 - St Patrick's College 9.1 versus Mt Maria College Petrie 10.1 at 7:00pm. Topic: Short preparation topic
  • Year 12.1 - St Patrick's College versus Craigslea State High School 12.1 at 7:00pm. Topic: Short preparation topic
  • Year 12.2 - St Patrick's College versus Unity College 12.1at 7:00pm. Topic: Short preparation topic

Ms Rebecca Hewitt and Mr Dennis Clough - Debating Coordinators


Dates for the Quarter Finals:

  • Team A: Thursday 2 May at Albany Creek State High School
  • Firsts: Monday 6 May at St Joseph's Nudgee College

Youth Theatresports Competition (YTS)

We have one team left fighting it out for a place in the YTS Quarter finals:

  • Team B: Wednesday 25 May at North Lakes State High School - game begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at approximately 9:15 pm.

Training Times


All YTS competitors are welcome and encouraged to attend training on a Tuesday afternoon from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm.

Mr Adam McPhee - Theatresport Coordinator

Cultural Support Group News

Entertainment Books

A reminder that the cut-off date for orders is Friday 17 June. Entertainment Books will be ready for pick up at the end of the first week of Term 3.

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