This week in Culture you can read updates from Chess, Co-Curricular Music, Debating, Theatresports and the Cultural Support Group. Don't forget this is the last week for Entertainment Book orders.

AIC Chess

Last Friday we traveled to Marist College, Ashgrove for a much-anticipated match. The highlight was a thrilling victory by our First IV against the highly rated Ashgrove team. Well done gentlemen.

This week we travel to Ipswich for the final match of the year. Our Chessmen have had an extremely impressive season and we look forward to the growth of the Chess program here at the College.

Next Tuesday will be the final Chess Club for the year. Our weekly games over the first semester have seen some intense competition among our Senior and Junior players. Under the tutelage of our amazing coach, Mr Mark Stokes, the boy’s knowledge and game play has vastly improved.

We look forward to the future as the Chessmen continue to gain momentum and strive for success.

Mark's tip of the week - have a look at the following websites:

Chess Club

Please note the finishing times for 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 (final one nest week)

St Patrick's College Chessmen – Play Well, Be Awesome!

Mrs Rosemary Butt – Chess Coordinator

Co-Curricular Music

Please note the following date claimers for music ensemble performances and events in Term 3.

Brisbane Bands Festival: Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 July

Excursion information and permission letters will go out to students soon. Performances times and dates for each ensemble are below:

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

Queensland Catholic Music Festival: 11 – 14 August

Ensembles entered are: Junior Band, Year 5 String Ensemble, Middle School String Ensemble, Concert Band, Contemporary Band, Guitar Ensemble, Senior Vocal Group

Please note that many of the performances will be on the weekend (either Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 of August). Exact times and dates for these performances are yet to come out, but you will be notified as soon as we are aware.

Bramble Bay Music Festival: 25 – 28 July (concert on the evening of 28 July)

This festival is open to invited students in Year 5 and Year 6 only. Information to be distributed soon.

Rehearsals – Week 10 and Term 3

Please note that all rehearsals in Week 10 have been cancelled due to exam block and through this busy time of exams and assignments. Students are to focus fully on their academic work in Week 10.

Note: We need to be prepared and ready to go for Term 3. Please make sure your son is practicing his ensemble pieces through the holidays, and turning up to rehearsals right from Week 1 of Term 3.

Mrs Kelly Jensen - Program Leader – Music

QDU Debating

At long last, the QDU Preliminaries have drawn to a close, and with it, a handful of St Patrick's College teams have deservedly earned their berth in the finals competition next term. Of particular note were the 12.1s, who won by an overwhelming victory on June 2 with the short prep. format on the topic that company directors and CEOs should be found criminally liable for environmental damage caused by their companies. Well done to all speakers – Liam Morgan, Will Gallett and Adam Lukacs, who devastated their opponents and seem to be a force to be reckoned with.

Likewise, the 8.1 team also had a strong win in an excellent first attempt at the short prep. format last night, where they won by 2 points against a great team from Craigslea State High School on the topic that we should not use social media. Well done to all these young men!

Sadly, our 12.2s and 8.2s came away with losses, but what they lost in a debate they have learned in vital life skills (including arriving at venues on time and checking with their coaches as to what time they need to debate). It is a good time to remind all students, across all co-curricular areas, to be prudent in checking their obligations and times for all events.

So well done to our three Finals teams – the 8.1s, 12.1s and our 11.2s who will be Fighting the Good Fight next term in a bid for St Patrick's College Debating glory. We have historically punched above our own weight in terms of results, and with a track record of beating giants like Brisbane Boys' College, Brisbane State High School, Anglican Church Grammar School and Marist College, Ashgrove, we hope to continue this run of glory this year and into the future.

I’d like to thank all coaches who participated this season – Luke Vanni, Susan Maddock, old boy Rhys Bayliss, Jonathon Brough, Selena Fisk, Phil Webb, Paige McDonald and Dennis Clough – who is also our new Coordinator of Debating. I wish contesting teams the best of luck for the finals, and I thank all young men for their participation.

Ms Rebecca Hewitt - Debating Coordinator


Youth Theatresports Competition - Firsts Report

The First Theatresport team competed at Nudgee College on Monday 2 June against North Lakes State College, St John’s College, Nudgee College and All Hallows’ School. The ‘Fellas’ made up of Cillian McDonald, Adam Lukacs, Matthew Smith, Jared Noble and Oliver Blansjaar represented the College with pride scoring a 9 for their three minute game - Genre Rollercoaster, which cemented their place in the semi-finals. The team is improving each week under the guidance of their coach, Jonathan Ricks. Best of luck to the team as they prepare for the next round.


Mr Adam McPhee - Theatresport Coordinator

Cultural Support Group News

Entertainment Books

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