St Patrick’s College’s Mission responds in many ways to act in solidarity with poor and marginalised people and communities. The ‘Paddy's Van’ is a practical response to this call, providing basic services that bring joy and enhance dignity to people in the Shorncliffe and Sandgate areas.

It is a College expectation that all students in Years 7-10 are rostered on to and attend one service ministry per year. These ministries are as follows:

  • Year 7: Humpybong State School, Thursday mornings 7:30am-9:00am
  • Year 8: Sandgate Lagoon, Saturday evenings 5:00pm-7:00pm. This is voluntary to attend
  • Year 9: Dekker Park, Tuesday mornings 7:15am-9:00am
  • Year 10: Zillmere Library, Tuesday Afternoons 3:15pm-5:00pm

Mrs Helen Righetti (Student Office) compiles a roster at the beginning of each term, where emails are sent approximately one week before, with ministry details for both parents and students. Boys have also received information in their respective Religious Education classes about their ministry. On completion, your son is required to reflect on his experience, by contributing to a ‘blog’ on the Paddy’s Van REALM page.

If your son is unable to attend due to prior commitments or sickness, your son is required to inform Mrs Helen Righetti immediately so that another time to attend can be organised. If applicable, your son is required to inform his College sporting and/or cultural supervisors that he will be absent.

Thank you for your anticipated participation.

God Bless

Clinton McGoldrick - Program Leader: Ministry and Service