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We celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday. Father’s Day is a chance for all members of our community to thank our fathers and recognise the special place that they have in our life. At St Patrick’s, we celebrate the strong male role models that play a part in the formation of our young men. Fathers are at the top of this list. It is so important to young men to have other men, who are close to them, model how to be a good man. If that is not done well and consistently by someone who is close to them, they will seek this role-modelling from other people such as sportsman, celebrities etc. This is not always a good thing. I hope that every father enjoys a wonderful day on Sunday. I am certainly looking forward to spending time with my wife, daughters and grandson.

This morning we held a Father’s Day Breakfast in the Christian Brothers Building. The event was sold out and we had the pleasure of hearing Darius Boyd and Fr Bryan Roe be interviewed by Michael Crutcher. They both gave some great commentary on their sporting lives and the battles and challenges that they have had to face. In both cases, they told the audience about the importance of friendship to them when they were struggling with challenges. They also advised our young men to remember to be grateful for all that is good in their lives and always remember to keep this attitude of gratitude at the forefront of what they do into the future.

Next Friday morning, Tim Kenny, Jackie Upton and Janet Garside will fly to Melbourne with me to participate in the EREA Congress. This will be held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The purpose of the 2018 Congress is to gather the EREA community and its partners, reflect upon EREA’s mission as it has been expressed since the 2012 Congress and to determine the broad directions of EREA in the next period of its story. Congress delegates will include representatives from EREA Member and Associate Schools, EREA Council, Board, Executive and National Office teams, Christian Brothers and other Religious Institutes, Catholic Education as well as invited guests from a range of international and local communities and traditions. The EREA Congress will provide the opportunity to:

  • engage in dialogue about the experiences of EREA since the last Congress;
  • identify and celebrate the significant areas of growth and transformation;
  • vision the new horizons for EREA within the context of the broader Australian Church.

Each of us is looking forward to being a part of such a great occasion.

We are very fortunate to host two College Principal’s from India for the week after the Congress. Mr Nigel D’Souza (St Patrick’s College Asansol) and Mr Ravi Victor (St Vincent’s College, Asansol) are the College Principal’s who hosted our staff who visited India at the end of last year. We have forged a relationship with them, and their College, and our staff and student on this year’s Indian immersion will spend some days at their schools. We are excited to have the opportunity to return the favour when they visit and spend time at our school from 9-14 September.

Our Year 12 students will be undertaking the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Tests next Tuesday and Wednesday. The tests take the entirety of both days. The first test on both days is a two hour test. On Tuesday morning the young men will complete the Writing Task and on Tuesday morning, it will be the Short Response Item (SRI) Test. In the afternoons of both days, they will complete a test of 50 Multiple Choice questions. They are quite draining days for the students. The QCS teachers are very proud of the efforts of our students to date as they have improved with each practice. This is usually quite a stressful time for the young men and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts over the two days.

Mr Chris Herrod has also organised an excellent and relevant program for the other Year 12 students who will not be undertaking the QCS Tests. All students are expected to attend on these days.

Last Saturday evening, I had the great pleasure of attending the final of the QUT Mooting Competition at the Supreme Court complex. Our team competed against Somerville House. The young men and women argued a legal case in front of three experienced barristers who acted as judges in the Banco Court within the complex. Both schools were very well versed in mooting and gave strong arguments for their case. At the conclusion, the judges awarded the moot to Somerville House. Our team was made up of Nicholas Easey, Tom Kelman, Lucas McKerihan and Oscar O’Brien. This was the second year in a row that our team has made the finals. Congratulations to all members of the team and to Mr Jonathan Brough from our teaching staff who assisted with the coaching and the organisation of the team.

This year’s NAPLAN test results have been finally sent to schools. Our data team, led by Ms Elizabeth Gaber, is currently reviewing the results to identify any trends or challenges for us to work on into the future. Whilst there has been much in the media regarding the tests, we currently use them as one of many pieces of information to know more about our individual students and cohorts of students.

On Wednesday night, our First XI Football team played against St Laurence’s College in the semi-final of the Uhlsport knock-out competition. In a very hard-fought game, both teams were locked at 3-3 at full-time. This was followed by extra time and finally a penalty shoot-out. In the end our team prevailed in a very exciting game. This means that we will play against Kimberley College next Wednesday night at Annerley Football Club grounds. We will not be supplying a bus to the venue and any students who wish to attend as spectators and support the team will need to get their own way to the ground and wear their school uniform. I am sure that it will be another very exciting and close game.

This weekend, our older Tennis and Basketball teams travel to Ipswich to play St Edmund’s College whilst our junior teams play at home. Our Chemical Titration team also competes in the National finals at the University of Queensland this Saturday as well.

Mr Chris Mayes – College Principal