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Welcome Back

On behalf of the St Patrick’s College community, I would like to welcome you to the 2018 academic year. I trust that your son/s have had a restful and refreshing break, and returned to St Patrick’s ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. The first week sees the Big Brother / Little Brother relationships develop and strengthen considerably. The excitement in the eyes of the new students and the Year 12 Big Brothers as they participated in the College Treasure Hunt was clearly evident. I hope all our young men enjoyed their first week and developed many new friendships.

If your son is in Years 5 or 7, I hope he has come home talking passionately about the wonderful activities afternoons that have taken place for these grades. This week, your son has learnt the ‘Call’ and his House War Cry. Can I encourage all our new families to please ensure they have made contact with their son’s House Dean and Group Tutor. A strong relationship between your family and these members of staff will certainly ensure a smoother journey as your son progresses through St Patrick’s College.

School transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means that the children are growing up! However, for many it may also be a very anxious and stressful time for both parents and children. Parents need to be aware of their child’s feelings during any school transition and minimise anxiety, so the process is an enjoyable experience for all. Familiarisation is often key to reducing stress levels. It is also important for parents to talk to their children about their expectations and being more responsible for their own needs.

St Patrick’s College staff will work tirelessly to ensure your son feels a sense of belonging and respect within our College community. However, we can only achieve our goals through the formation of strong partnerships with our families.Please assist us by ensuring that your son is an active member of our community. That he utilises all the support networks available within the College. Is he attending tutorials? Does he have a practical space designed for study? Is he managing his time effectively? Is he connecting with the community of St Patrick’s via the wonderful co-curricular program?

SchoolTV

This week we launch the St Patrick's College SchoolTV service, a link to the page has been placed onto your REALM Dashboard, and can also be found under College Services. SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended APPS, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.

This month, there are two topics of interest, both of which have been sent to you today as News Notifications from Mrs Jackie Upton:

Surviving Year 12

The final year of secondary school is a year of hard work and a huge commitment for students. With so much going on it can be hard to find the balance between study and life. It is a time when personalities start to emerge, there are more complex interpersonal relationships and there is the pressure to perform academically. With all of this going on, it’s not surprising that some students have an emotional response and it is therefore extremely important for parents to know how to support their children during this time. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice for students and parents to help get through the final year of secondary school. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month's edition https://stpatricks.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/surviving-year-12

School Transitioning

Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up! However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours. Such behaviours can become problematic making the transitioning process even more difficult for children and parents. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn practical strategies to assist your child during the transition process and reduce stress and anxiety levels. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month's edition and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month's edition https://stpatricks.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/school-transitions

Fight the good Fight

Darren Kearney – Dean of Students