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Our Year 12 students had their final House Assembly yesterday and today was the last formal day of school for them. We will hold our Farewell Assembly next Monday and the students will then leave to prepare for their final exams. Their year will finally finish with the Graduation Mass and Dinner on Thursday 16 November.

Over the past weeks, the Year 12 students have undertaken a Rite of Passage led by Darren Kearney and the House Deans. This has been a time of listening to others and reflecting about themselves and their own journeys through school. I recently found this lovely article that may be of some worth to them (and others) in this time of reflection.

We are missioned to be Christ’s hands, words and presence in our world today. We are to be Him: feeding the hungry. Those who are hungry for bread, for understanding, for love. We are to be Christ filling the hunger for those who need to be wanted, those who need to be somebody to somebody. You are missioned to be His touch and smile that calms fears and fills the loneliness of being unwanted and unloved. Our words will be His words; encouraging, guiding, supporting, building up, not breaking down. Our ears will be His, listening to those who need to unburden themselves. Our hands and smile and words will be welcome, support and heal and in doing so, Christ will be welcome, support and heal. We are missioned right here, right now, to be Christ in our world.

To me, the message is quite simple. Rather than looking around to find the right people, I must first be the right person! The first actions, and possibly the only actions, that I control are my own. I always look upon this piece of writing as a challenge to myself and what I do to make the world a better place for others. At St Patrick’s we strive to develop young Men of Action who will make a difference to the world. Here is a very practical way to make that happen.

Whilst the final two weeks include many opportunities to farewell the senior students, they are also important weeks of schooling for everyone. It is most important that each young man plans well and studies hard for his exams so that he can achieve his best possible results. Leaving everything to the night before will not help them to achieve to their potential.

In last week’s article, I mentioned that our senior Chemical Titration Team topped the state in their competition. This week, we learned that the team came fifth across all of Australia. This is an outstanding effort given the number of schools who compete in this competition. We are very proud of the team’s (and Mrs O’Sullivan’s) achievement.

We held our final Trimester Awards ceremony last Tuesday. Whilst the awards were given to students who participated in Basketball, Tennis and Track and Field, there were also a very special presentation. Lachlan Connors was awarded the MacMillan Family Trophy for the Queensland Schoolboy Rugby Player of the Year. This is a very prestigious award that covers all schoolboy Rugby players, no matter what competition, from across the entire state. It is the first time that a student from St Patrick’s College has received the award. Mr Damian Barker (Vice-President – Australian Schoolboys Rugby) and two members of the McMillan family were on hand to present the award. Lachlan also received the news, yesterday, that he has received the Bond University John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship. Lachlan will continue his studies at Bond next year.

Live Jesus in our Hearts

Mr Chris Mayes – College Principal