This week in Culture we have updates about the recent Moot Competition, Co-curricular Music, Debating, Chess People, Advanced Life Family Portrait fundraiser and information/program for this year's SHOWCASE.

QUT Law Society High School Moot Competition

The weekend of October 15 and 16 saw the culmination of this year’s QUT Law Society High School Moot Competition. The team of year 11 and 12 Legal Studies students have spent the last 2 months preparing legal arguments to a fictional negligence appeal that was to be heard in the Queensland Court of Appeal.

Unfortunately after advancing to the semi-finals on Sunday afternoon the boys were narrowly defeated by Brisbane State High School who went on to become the eventual winners of the competition. For a team of young men who had never mooted before to finish 3rd in a competition that had such outstanding written and oral submissions was a credit to our young men and many members of the QUT Law Society and Legal profession commented on how excellent our men were and that they all have a bright future in the legal profession should they chose to continue their studies.

Our team, consisting of Daniel Pozzi (Captain), Jordan Vezzoli (Senior Counsel), Ethan Green (Junior Counsel), Patrick Broughan, Ethan Callaway and Ethan Harvey (Instructing Solicitors) were prepared and mentored in this competition by QUT Law students Mahsa Taiebi and Jake Stacey who provided excellent assistance in the structure of written submissions and the nature of a Moot. A special thanks to Mr Robertson for his assistance in locating precedent cases upon which to build our case.

Mr Jonathan Brough - Mooting Coach


St Columban’s Band Spectacular

Well done to the String Ensemble, Drum Corps, Woodwind Ensemble and Concert band who performed at the St Columban’s Band Spectacular on the weekend. The event was host to many schools in the Brisbane area, and it was great to play alongside some impressive ensembles. The Concert Band came home with third place winning a prize of $250! Congratulations to the Concert Band. Special thanks goes to our supportive parent - Melinda Bell, who accompanied for the string ensemble on the day.


Junior Theory Club

This term, we will be launching the Junior Theory Club. These study sessions are for students in Years 5-8 who would like to extend themselves by learning more about music theory. The session will be on a Thursday during junior lunchtime in the music rooms. If you would like more information about these sessions, or would like to put your son’s name down, please email

Senior Theory Club

Please remember that the Senior Theory Club will continue to run on a Friday during senior lunchtime.


Please note that there will be a spot for some ensembles to perform at Showcase this year. Ensembles performing include:

  • Drum Corps
  • Middle School String Ensemble
  • Contemporary Band
  • Concert Band
  • Vocal Group
  • Guitar EnsembleThe ensemble’s performances above will be between each houses item on the side stage. Please keep an eye out in your e-mails for specific playing times and set up information.

Mrs Kelly Jensen - Program Leader - Music


This year’s Showcase evening will be staged on Thursday 27 October in the Christian Brothers Building.

The evening will commence with a BBQ on the oval from 5:00pm. Doors will be open from 6:00 pm to allow entry by parents, family members and guests only. Entry will be via the doors from Pier Avenue and the stairway from the oval of the Christian Brothers Building. ALL STUDENTS will be seated on the oval and watch the show on a large outdoor television screen with concert style speakers.

The program for SHOWCASE 2016 is:

We will have a variety of entertaining acts performing between each House to round out a great night of entertainment.

If you are able to assist with cooking or serving at the BBQ for an hour or so throughout the evening, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please send a short email to Carmel Moir: to register your availability and we will schedule you for a time slot that doesn’t coincide with your son’s performance.


The beginning of Term 4 has proven busy for the college’s debating program. Our Year 7 debating team consisting of Byron Tot, Stevan Van Stam, Sean Affleck and Caleb Williams competed in the final round of the QDU Junior Secondary School round-robin last night at Craigslea State High School. The boys competed strongly against St Columban’s College in a short-preparation debate with both teams only given one hour to prepare their arguments. Unfortunately the St Patrick’s team lost by two points. The Year 7 students have learned a lot and enjoyed the QDU Competition this year and will no doubt continue to serve the college’s debating program well in the years ahead.

Today will see the annual staff vs students debate with the 12.1 team of Liam Morgan, Max Ryan and Adam Lukacs up against a staff team made up of Tim Merrett, Kate Belfrage and Jonathan Brough. Deputy Principal Frank Torrisi will perform the role of adjudicator.

Last Sunday, the college sent a team to the University of Queensland Debating Society’s annual schools competition at Brisbane Grammar School. TJ Reupena and Josep Grew Figuerola (Year 11) competed alongside Nicholas Easey and Maxwell Freedman (Year 10) in a series of short preparation debates against some of Brisbane’s elite debating schools including BGS, Gregory Terrace and Brisbane State High School.

Dennis Clough - Debating Co-ordinator



Cultural Support Group News

Advanced Life Studios - Family Portrait Fundraiser - New Appointment Times

Advanced Life Studios family portrait sittings will take place in the Waterford Building on Saturday 19 November 2016. The sitting fee is $20.00 and all proceeds raised will support the cultural activities of the College. The website is open now to book your preferred times. Book Now - places are filling fast! These photos make an ideal Christmas present for family and friends!

Flyers and reminders will be sent out this week.

Mr Geoff Samuels - Head of Culture