It wasn't thunder you heard last Saturday, at 6:15am, it was the almighty cheer from parents who received the St Patrick's College message, via the College App, that due to the weather sport had been cancelled. However, the students and some coaches were shattered! Although not ideal with our short season I hope everyone enjoyed a sleep in and a quiet day at home. The College App is an integral form of communication between the College and the Community. If you haven't already done so, please take the time to download the St Patrick's College App via the links below:

Once you download the App be sure to select the sports and/or year levels of interest to you/your sons to make sure you only get the messages that you want and need.

This Saturday is Back to Shorncliffe Day, where the St Patrick's College Community make a special effort to attend and enjoy catching up with old friends while watching the new generation compete in Football and Rugby. To add to the interest 10A Football have enjoyed an undefeated season so far and a premiership beckons with a positive result this weekend. As I mentioned last week, take time out after the 9:45am kick-off to watch this great team on Football Field 1. Both 1st XV and 1stXI can also win their respective competitions. 1st Football are playing St Edmund’s to decide the premiership. The Rugby men need to win and hope for a St Peter's Lutheran College defeat of Padua. St Peter's are running confident at the moment having defeated Marist College and knowing that a result against Padua College will give them a tie with ourselves and Padua College for the 1st premiership. Our 15A and 15B Rugby teams also need to secure a win and cross their fingers on other College’s game results to tie a premiership. Plenty of exciting games to watch this weekend. Come early and enjoy the day.

The students on Assembly this week were requested to support all St Patrick's College teams by arriving early, before games or remaining after games to lend extra vocal encouragement. School boy sport is not about how many premierships are won but when the opportunity presents through hard training, team commitment and a little luck, we as a school community will strive to bring the trophies to the College.

Our St Patrick's College Old Boy Association will present the 1st players in Football and Rugby a commemorative medal for participating in Back to Shorncliffe Day. This will begin at 10am. A special presentation to student Liam Bolton will also take place. Liam was seriously injured in Round 1 against Iona and hasn’t been able to attend school since the accident. We invite the St Patrick's College community to attend this presentation to support Liam. Between 10:00am and 11:30am all Year 12 parents are invited to a Farewell to Curlew Park morning tea hosted by our College Leadership Team.

Our Football and Rugby team photos will be taken before each team’s game this weekend. Parents and students are asked to make special note of their team’s photo time (Click here for the photo schedule »). With over 40 teams to be photographed the schedule is tight and photos will not be delayed to accommodate late arrivals. This is the photo that will be used in the College Yearbook. Correct uniform must be worn in the photo.

The Curlew Park canteen will be very busy this week. Parents are requested to set aside a 30 minute part of their day to assist. The system that works best is for parents to volunteer 30 minutes on the BBQ or serving while their son is participating in their warm up activities. As kick off approaches parents can move to the field to spectate. A roster of times available will be emailed to everyone on Friday.

A number of meat tray and jersey raffles will be run throughout the day on Saturday. The money raised will support our Confraternity Rugby League team’s tour to Rockhampton during the holidays. The students selected for the India Immersion will also be carrying buckets through the crowd in support of the December Immersion.

Date claimer: Please keep the EKKA Wednesday 10 August free. The annual Sportsman’s Lunch will be held at the Eaton’s Hill Hotel, Grand Function room. Last year was a great success. It’s an excellent day to organise a table of friends to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment. This is the perfect event for the time poor community members to attend a St Patrick's College function and connect with our vibrant community. For further details regarding sponsorship opportunities, table bookings and auction item donations please email Mr Ryan Schultz -

Contacts for Trimester 2 Sport

Parents are reminded that all weekly fixture venues and times are available on the specific sports Connect pages (link here ») and on the College App.

It is always advised to check the draw on Friday night in case a last minute change has been made.

Contacts for Trimester 3 Sport

Outstanding Student Achievements

Congratulations to Kian Milburn who has gained selection in the Metropolitan North U15 Basketball and his participation in club Basketball at the National Championships in Melbourne.

Hamish Langenberg competed in the Australian Club Handball Championships in Geelong last weekend (Hamish is pictured below). Hamish, one of the older members of the team, was the leading goal scorer for his team throughout the competition. The team finished in 5th position. As a normal course of events at Handball tournaments, a Dream Team is announced to reward the best players in their position at the tournament. Hamish was announced as the best Right Wing. Congratulations!

Mr Doug Locke - Head of Sport