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Can I begin by welcoming all our families back from holidays. I hope everyone had a great break and our young men have returned re-energised and keen to attack another term. The first few weeks of Term 3 are certainly action packed from a pastoral care aspect with the Inter-House Athletics Carnival, Year 7–10 School Dance, Year 11 Dinner Dance, Year 12 Leadership afternoon / Parent Evening and the Year 10 and 11 Parent night.

Year 7 – 10 College Dance

This Saturday is the Year 7–10 St Patrick’s College School Dance. The dance will be at Sandgate Police Youth Citizens Club, Kempster Street, Deagon and will be supervised by Police, Staff and Parents. The evening starts at 7:00pm.Entry will not be permitted after 7:45pm, and once students enter, they may not leave until 10:00pm.

The following rules apply:

  • Students will only be admitted with a current ID Card from invited Colleges.
  • All bags will be checked at the door and are then to be left in the Cloak Room.
  • Alcohol, smoking and drugs will not be permitted or tolerated.
  • No girls other than those from invited colleges and in Years 7-10 will be admitted.
  • All student must be dressed appropriately – shoes, no inappropriate slogans on shirts.

Year 11 Dinner Dance

  • The Dinner Dance is on Friday 21 July, 2017 at the Blue Pacific Room, Kedron Wavell Services Club, Hamilton Road, Wavell Heights.
  • All students are requested to be seated by 7:00pm, with dinner commencing at 7:30pm.The evening will conclude at 10:30pm.

We also ask all families and students to ensure that they are familiar with the expectations of the College surrounding this event.

  • This is not a Formal or Semi-Formal, but an informal social. No attempt is to be made by the boys to put pressure on parents for expensive clothing or other formal trappings. We do however expect the boys to be dressed appropriately. The standard is smart casual. This would mean that the boys need to wear dress slacks, a collared shirt and a tie. Dress shoes are also required. Formal overtones such as the provision of hire cars and limousines are not in keeping with the spirit of this function.
  • We strongly urge parents to resist the pressure to hold 'pre' or 'post' parties or allow their son to attend same. A school social function should not be a trigger for boys and girls to indulge in binge drinking. Such parties should not be seen as a 'Right of Passage" nor as a sign that you 'trust' your son. We wish the Dinner Dance to be the main focus of the evening.
  • If students arrive under the influence of alcohol they will be sent home and suspended from the College. Students are not to bring bags to the Dinner Dance.
  • Staff organising the function want to also enjoy their evening and have their own family commitments. Please confirm that appropriate plans have been put in place to ensure both St Patrick’s students and their partners are picked up on time and arrive home safely.

Year 10 and 11 Parent Night

The Year 10 and 11 Parent Night will be held on 27 July, running from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.

At the start of the year when speaking at the Year 10 and Year 11 parent evenings I highlight the risks facing our young men in relation to parties and illicit drugs. Over the next few years your son will attend many gatherings where there is a large possibility of drugs being offered, in particular marijuana and speed. To help prepare our St Patrick’s families for this journey and to ensure that we as a community are doing all we can to keep the young men of St Patrick’s College safe we have organised an information evening on Thursday, 27 July.

We are extremely lucky to have booked in Davina Donovan for this evening. Davina Donovan is a fully registered psychologist with many years experience working with children, adolescents and families. She has been collaborating with St Patrick's College since 2012, providing education and training sessions to staff, students and parents. Davina has vast experience with young people and families in the alcohol and other drug area, gaining invaluable experience working with incarcerated offenders through the Department of Corrective Services, as an associate psychologist at Headspace and Principal Psychologist at a busy private practice.

The topic being covered during this presentation will include:

  • Up to date data on drug and alcohol use in teens
  • Signs that your son is using drugs/alcohol
  • How to start a conversation with your son about drug and alcohol use
  • How to buffer them against future use
  • Harm minimisation - the leading technique to mitigate against harmful use
  • The role of family and peers in the starting and stopping of use.

This is a night that I believe all parents should make an effort to attend. I look forward to seeing you there.

Fight the Good Fight

Mr Darren Kearney – Dean of Students