As we enter Week 3, I can still hear the voices of our St Patrick’s men ringing in my ears. Standing alongside your son and singing “The Calling” is always a great moment. I hope our new Year 5 and 7 students will hold onto this memory for a very long time. Having the opportunity to stand on stage and announce our College Leaders is also a wonderful privilege. Watching our mums and dads help their son into his blazer during the Opening Mass always makes me realise how special my role is at St Patrick’s College. If the opportunity presents itself please make mention to your son that the behaviour and respect demonstrated by our young men during the Opening Mass was of the highest standard.

Last Friday, also provided me with the opportunity to inspect the appearance of all our men as they paraded into the sports centre. Can I thank all those families who have addressed their son’s appearance, both uniform and hair. Although we still have some students with the detached hair style and long fringes, the number is diminishing. As I promised in last week’s Calling I will work tirelessly with the House Deans to ensure that we achieve a consistent level of expectation regarding student appearance throughout the College.

The next few weeks are full of wonderful events within the St Patrick’s community and we would ask all our families to make certain their son is well prepared. Week 4 is ‘Men of Action’ week and also the launch of our Anti-Bullying program for 2017. Our College leaders have put a huge amount of work and preparation into this event and I am excited by the activities they have organised for the younger grades. Next Friday, is the first special events day of the year with the Inter-House Swimming Carnival being held at Sandgate Pool. Can I remind all parents that this is a compulsory school day and being a special events day we ask any student who is not present to obtain a Medical Certificate. On Saturday 18 February, we are holding our annual Years 9 – 12 Dance at the Sandgate PCYC, and the following week we wave goodbye to our Years 5 and 7 students as they go off to camp.

As I said, an action packed few weeks coming up.

Fight the good Fight.

Darren Kearney – Dean of Students