The centenary of ANZAC Day allowed Australians the opportunity to herald just what a great nation they believe we have become as a result of foundations laid during the first world war. I was particularly taken by the final line of Mr Abbott's speech at the dawn service at Gallipoli."They were as good as they could be in their time; now let us be as good as we can be in ours"
He also made the point that each ANZAC was an ordinary citizen who was called upon to do...
The centenary of ANZAC Day allowed Australians the opportunity to herald just what a great nation they believe we have become as a result of foundations laid during the first world war. I was particularly taken by the final line of Mr Abbott's speech at the dawn service at Gallipoli.
"They were as good as they could be in their time; now let us be as good as we can be in ours"
He also made the point that each ANZAC was an ordinary citizen who was called upon to do extraordinary things in the harshest of conditions. Not trying or letting others down was never considered to be an option. It is in these simple phrases that our young men can gain inspiration from the past and make their present and future the best it can be.
One often learns things from failures. In fact a compelling argument could be put forward that this is the best way to learn in some cases. Therefore when we talk about being the best we can be, it does not mean that everything has to be right every time. In other words, it is fine to try AND fail but it is not acceptable to try TO fail. Any young man who does not attempt to do something because they think that it might be a little too hard or out of their comfort zone places themselves into this position of failing to try. Ultimately, not trying at certain things can become a part of their work ethic. In schools, we often see this with students who are great at sport and try hard at this because they are good at this and it is easy to them. However, the minute a Math problem gets a little more difficult and they need perseverance, they give up. The same can also be said about an academic student who chooses not to participate in school activities such as the Cross Country. A well-rounded St. Patrick's Man of Action aims to be the best he can be at all that comes his way. If they do this and make the most of everything that they can at school, they will truly experience a holistic multi-dimensional education.
Next Monday we have the Parent/Teacher interviews for the first term. I would encourage all parents to attend these interviews if possible. As we are working together to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for your sons, I think that it sends a very powerful message to them that we are all very interested in their efforts in class and their results within their reports. I would also encourage all parents to spend time with each student to review their report together to ascertain the priority areas for improvement and effort for this term. The Year 12 students who are sitting the QCS Test MUST be at the College on that day. This day will be used for practice for the test. Any Year 12 students who miss this practice day without good reason will be expected to make up the time and the practice paper that they have missed. Again, I ask all parents to support us in this endeavour as the QCS Test result has an impact upon all of the OP eligible students within the cohort. The study sessions for Year 12 students are back on again this term. They occur in the College Library commencing at 3:15pm and concluding at 4:45pm. Past students, Sam Huth and Aiden Molloy assist the students with their work during this time as well.
This term is the biggest term for Co-Curricular activities at the College. Our Football and Rugby teams have more teams than other sports and more students involved, our Chess teams have increased, we have a musical production that will perform later in May and our Debating teams will continue throughout the rest of the term. I have been impressed so far by the student's commitment to training and efforts in trial matches, practices and rehearsals.
In regard to our sporting teams this term (and in future), we have decided to set up a "judiciary" system. This group will be chaired by the College Dean - Students and the members will include the College Head of Sport, the respective sports' coordinators and the student captains of the sports. They will deal with inappropriate actions that have occurred during competition or at training. These actions may not necessarily draw a card response from the referee, but fall short of our expected behaviours of students. In this regard, they are also learning about behaviours being exhibited in everything that they do not just when they are at school. The judiciary will decide any actions that will be required as a result of the student's actions or behaviour. I encourage all parents to support the College with regard to this process. This is a very good way that some of our young men can learn from their actions if they have made a mistake. I have spoken to the student body this morning at the spirit assembly and have been very clear about the College expectations around sportsmanship and respect for opponents and referees. I would also ask that all adults at the ground support us with these messages in what they say to the students and with their own actions at sporting events. I have also been very clear to the students about our expectations in regard to language on the field. It is unfair for adults and young people to attend games and have to put up with swearing on the field. This behaviour is not accepted at home, in the classroom or other events, why would we accept it on a sporting field?
The College Foundation Board has organized the annual Business Breakfast to be held on the morning of Wednesday 13 May. Each year, they arrange for a guest speaker to address the gathering. This year's speaker is Mr Ian Davies. Ian is an old boy of the College (1994) and has recently won awards for his stewardship and leadership within business in the Brisbane area. I will also give a short presentation as well. My presentation will be around the future direction of St. Patrick's College. All parents are invited to this occasion and bookings can be made through the College Office and on the College website.
Tomorrow's Mass for Fr Liam has been moved from Curlew Park due to the forecasted inclement weather. It will now be held, at the same time of 9:15am, in the Callan Centre. It promises to be a very memorable occasion for Fr Liam.