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Welcome back to Term 2, I hope the Easter break was an opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends. Certainly the weather was very kind to those that had the opportunity to get away. The term has started very well and it was good to see the young men with eager faces, ties and a positive attitude to get the most of their opportunities.

The end of the term unfortunately did not conclude as we would have liked. The inclement weather did create a number of issues especially for our exams and our annual Shore 2 Gate event. Therefore on Monday, 24 April we will be hosting a number of key events at the College. This day is known as a 'Special Event Day' and any absences will require a Medical Certificate. As a result of the disruption in early in this term with public holiday, we have made the decision to combine a number of events to maximise your son's curricular load. Whilst we understand that some may think this will be onerous for our young men, please be assured we have put together a very achievable program.

The program will be as follows:

  • When: Monday, 24 April 2017
  • Dress Code: Sports Uniform

ANZAC Day Service

  • 8:30am - students assemble in House areas
  • 8:40am - students move across to Lower Moora Park
  • 8:50am - service begins
  • 10:00am - morning tea at the College
  • 10:20am - students move to House areas for briefing

PLEASE NOTE: Students may wear their sports uniform to school that day, except for those young men who are participating in the service, they will be required to wear their formal uniform.

Shore 2 Gate

  • 10:30am - students will walk along Park Parade to the Full Moon cross road and walk to Curlew Park. This walk will contribute to their Shore 2 Gate kilometre tally.

Cross Country - Curlew Park

  • Year 5 - 11:30am
  • Year 6 - 11:45am
  • Year 7 - 12:00noon
  • Year 8 - 12:15pm
  • Year 9 - 12:25pm
  • Year 10 - 12:40pm
  • Year 11 - 12:55pm
  • Year 12 - 1:05pm

At the conclusion of the Year 12 race, students will walk back along the foreshore route as part of the Shore 2 Gate kilometre tally. Distances run by students during the Interhouse Cross Country event will also go towards their Shore 2 Gate tally.

We will complete the day with a sausage sizzle back at the College in House groups and the students will be dismissed at normal time.

INFORMATION/MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS

At the beginning of the year the College invested a considerable amount of time and money introducing digital signage throughout the College. As a result, a number of communication screens have been placed around the School. These monitors display vital information regarding upcoming events, notices, room changes, meetings and also showcases our students as “Men of Action”. One important aspect of these monitors is to inform students who have messages waiting for them in the Student Office. These are updated regularly. We have slowly reduced the number of announcements throughout the day over the past couple of years. Reducing the background noise promotes a calm environment not only for our students but our neighbours. As a result, students will not be called to the Student Office via the PA throughout the day.

If students need to leave school early for appointments I am asking all parents to follow some simple procedures:

  • Inform the student of the appointment, time, etc.
  • Write a note in your son’s diary so that he can present it to his Group Tutor and House Dean in the morning. This note needs to be presented to his class Teacher and Student Office when he needs to leave the class or school and to sign out.
  • We understand emergencies do happen from time to time and will deal with them.

I ask that parents are respectful of this process and not vent at our wonderful office staff who are doing their job and following College protocols. If there are any concerns please do not hesitate to call me on 3631 9084 or email me on ftorrisi@stpatricks.qld.edu.au

Anzac Day Sandgate March Tuesday 25 April

Each year St Patrick’s College is well represented at this event and this year we will continue the tradition. I have extended an invitation to all students who would like to participate in this year’s Anzac Day March to be at Keogh Street Sandgate between 8:30 – 8:45am. If your son is attending he must be in full winter school uniform, students in Years 10-12 must wear their blazer.

Finally, Term 2 is the biggest term for involvement of students in sport. Students playing Rugby and Football who are training at Curlew Park must use the Zeehan Lane exit and cross at the appropriate Student Crossing located outside Shorncliffe State School. It is important that students are picked up promptly at the conclusion of training.

Mr Frank Torrisi - College Deputy Principal