Today, we will launch our appeal to raise funds to buy a new Paddy’s Van and trailer. This service program holds great significance amongst our College community and has been in place for the past 15 years. The van has served many people over its existence and been a conduit for hundreds of our young men to become involved in community service and to have a better understanding of the marginalised within communities. The van also needs to be replaced so that we can continue to offer such a great service and program. We are aiming to raise $60,000 which...
Today, we will launch our appeal to raise funds to buy a new Paddy’s Van and trailer. This service program holds great significance amongst our College community and has been in place for the past 15 years. The van has served many people over its existence and been a conduit for hundreds of our young men to become involved in community service and to have a better understanding of the marginalised within communities. The van also needs to be replaced so that we can continue to offer such a great service and program. We are aiming to raise $60,000 which will cover the cost of a new van that can carry people and equipment and a new trailer, purpose-built for the service. The Paddy’s Van and its service program is maintained by the College Foundation who do a magnificent job in assisting the College with this worthy cause. If you are able, please give generously to this worthy cause so that the Paddy’s Van continues to be able to provide such a wonderful service to those in need. Further details will be forwarded through our College communication channels. If you have any further queries, please contact Mrs Stacey Bishop through our College Office. Please use this LINK HERE to hear the appeal message directly from our young men.
At the end of this term, we will say farewell to two long standing members of the College community who will be retiring. Mrs Anne-Maree Bliss has been a member of the teaching staff at St Patrick’s College since 1995. Prior to teaching here, Anne-Maree taught at St Bernard’s Primary School, Upper Mt Gravatt; St Joseph’s Primary School, Julia Creek; St John Fisher’s College, Townsville and Nudgee Junior College (now Ambrose Treacy). During her time at St Patrick’s, Anne-Maree has taught from Year 5 through to Year 12 and was also the Head of Curriculum – Religious Education for many years. Mr Paul Toohey commenced teaching at St Patrick’s in 1996. Paul has also taught at St John’s College, Darwin; St Francis Xavier College, Daly River and Burdekin Catholic College, Ayr. Paul has also been the Head of Curriculum – SoSE and the College Librarian during his time with us. Both Paul and Anne-Maree have had a great involvement with our co-curricular and service programs and have had a positive influence on so many young people during their teaching careers and can look back on their time in the St Patrick’s community with a great amount of pride. I am sure that there will also be a sense of fondness for the College as well. I am sure that I speak on behalf of the entire community in wishing them both well in the retirement. We will also take the opportunity to thank them at our final whole school assembly next Tuesday.
Last Saturday’s Back to Shorncliffe Day was an outstanding success. Apart from the sport and music, we were also able to thank our Year 12 parents with a lovely morning tea. Such an event only happens due to the hard work of many people. Mr Frank Torrisi and Mrs Jackie Upton do a significant amount of work with the planning and organisation and Mrs Stacey Bishop with the parent morning tea. Mr David Brushfield and the grounds team had the fields in great condition and Mr Darren Wells and the Property and Services team also assisted with setting up all the stalls and equipment. Mr Jonathan Miers and members of the IT team set up all the equipment required for the musicians. Finally, Mr Daniel Nethery and the team from the Sports Office ran a very full, well organised day of sport. Whilst Mr Geoff Samuels, Mr Nic Consiglio and Mr Kane McNally ran a very busy music schedule. I was really proud of our young men for the way they competed in sports and performances and as such wonderful hosts to Padua College. I would also like to thank the many parents who were also able to join us, especially those who gave their time to assist in the canteen or other areas during the day. It was a real community effort and a memorable day for our departing senior students who played their last fixture for St Patrick’s College at Curlew Park.
An article appeared in yesterday’s on-line version of The Courier-Mail and in today’s printed version stating that St Patrick’s College was serving bankruptcy papers on a past parent for unpaid fees. This story is inaccurate, and I have contacted the paper expressing my disappointment in what has been published. At no stage have we been contacted by The Courier-Mail for a comment before the article was written and published.
Our plans to build a new tuckshop have been finalised and passed through the Council. We are now at the “tender stage” with builders. The new café self-serve style tuckshop will be built in the Plaza area outside of the library. It is expected that the work will start during our staff week with the noisy demolition work done first. This will mean that the plaza area will be fenced and out of bounds for students for most of the remaining year. It is expected that this will be completed, and two new classrooms will be placed in the current tuckshop space by the beginning of next year. I am excited by the new developments which will give us a pleasant and relaxing eating space and added learning spaces.
This afternoon we compete against Villanova College in Chess and travel to Villa Park tomorrow where all our teams will play in Rugby and Football. Presently, our Chess team is still undefeated and our First XI Football team is still sharing the lead in the AIC competition.
Live Jesus in our Hearts!