Finally, winter has arrived, even though a cool westerly has been blowing through the College the young men have been taking advantage of the glorious days of sun and clear skies. It is an absolute delight being able to look across Moreton Bay and admire the wonderful location of St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. I reflect on the foresight, back in the early 1950's, of Fr O’Rourke and Archbishop Duhig in purchasing a block of land (approx. 3 acres) with an old run down building on it. Their vision has evolved, over time, into a wonderful facility educating and forming young men who are challenged to make a difference.

The College is looking forward to seeing the completion of the the Christian Brothers Building. This quality cultural and sporting facility will house the Creative Arts and Music Departments. As seen on the assembly this morning, it has been wonderful to see the young men in the Instrumental Music Program continue to grow in confidence and ability week in and week out and the new facilities should only help to maximise their potential. It is certainly hoped that the Christian Brothers Building is ready to be used from the beginning of Term 3 2016. With the opening of the new building the demolition of the Br Rodgers building will begin over the winter break. Please note:the Twamley Street entrance to the College will become a building zone, with no access through the gate in Term 3. Students will be advised on how to access the Signal Row pick up area.

This week we farewelled Mrs Katerina Tilley who leaves on maternity leave and Mr Justin Hockey who finishes up this week to take up a teaching position in South Korea. We wish both of them the very best. Other staff changes occurring in Term 3 will be outlined in next week’s Calling.

This weekend Back to Shorncliffe Day is the final round of AIC Football and Rugby fixtures against St Edmund’s College, Ipswich. Team photos will be taken on this day which will reduce the impact on teaching time, as photos normally take a full day. It is important that students are aware of their team’s photo slot (click here for photo schedule ») and are dressed accordingly in the correct Rugby or Football playing kit. Back to Shorncliffe Day normally draws a very large crowd of current and past students and families who travel some distance to catch up with classmates. All students, except Years 5 and 6, must arrive at Curlew Park in their formal uniform at least 40-50 minutes before their game (please note that most photos are about an hour before the game). At the conclusion of the game all students (including Years 5 and 6) who intend staying on to support other teams must change into their formal College grey uniform. The College will see a number of teams across both codes competing for premierships. It is important to be loud and proud when supporting our teams, remembering that respect and sportsmanship must be the guiding principle of our cheering and support. Curlew Park is a non-smoking and drinking area, there will be security staff and Queensland Police personnel to assist College Staff in maintaining a positive environment.

All students need to be aware of their exam timetable and I encourage them to display it in a prominent area. Students should have devised an effective study plan with a suitable reduction in any extra activities that may deter them from concentrating on their school work. Students in Years 10-12 should be studying a minimum of two hours per night in addition to a considerable amount of study over the weekend.

Mr Frank Torrisi - Deputy Principal