This week is exam week for most of our students and heralds the end of their second term. I would like to thank each of them for what they have done for the College community during the term and I hope that each has an opportunity to relax and refresh over the holiday period. I would like to make particular mention of our Year 12 students at this time. The end of the second term marks the half-way point for their final year at school. To date, their culture of promoting student inclusivity and school spirit has been outstanding. From...
This week is exam week for most of our students and heralds the end of their second term. I would like to thank each of them for what they have done for the College community during the term and I hope that each has an opportunity to relax and refresh over the holiday period. I would like to make particular mention of our Year 12 students at this time. The end of the second term marks the half-way point for their final year at school. To date, their culture of promoting student inclusivity and school spirit has been outstanding. From a co-curricular perspective, they will leave a legacy of participation and successful outcomes in many sports and cultural activities. Their final hurdle over the next semester will be to focus even more on their academic studies so that they can achieve to the best of their abilities and open as many opportunities as possible to themselves in whatever pathway they may choose to take next year. It will certainly be our endeavour to work with them to achieve this over the remainder of the year. I am also very mindful that some schools can become quite "senior-centric" during the latter stages of the year. Whilst it is the final year at school for these young men and they will receive a larger amount of mentions and attention during this time, the College teaching staff is also very much aware of and aligned to the needs of the rest of the student body.
Next week will be time for the teaching staff to mark, report and undertake a series of professional development opportunities. The professional development activities will include meetings and workshops around such topics including updates and review of the new curriculum and pedagogical framework (The Art and Science of Teaching) introduced this year, the use of IT as a pedagogical tool, how to use report data to inform teaching practice, the meaning and purpose of learning at St.Patrick's College and how this informs teaching practices. Members of the College support staff will also be present during this week.
Unfortunately, the end of the term will also mark the conclusion of employment for some staff members of the College. At the end of this term Mrs Helen Dacy and Ms Hannah Ryan will finish at St. Patrick's. On behalf of the College community I would like to thank each of them for their support and efforts in assisting and teaching our young men. Their time and efforts have been greatly appreciated. Mr Peter Bancroft and Mr Dan Reid will also be commencing a period of long service leave that will stretch until the end of the year. Both of these teachers have been great servants to the College and we certainly hope that their time on leave is very relaxing and refreshing for both men. Mrs Susan Harris will also be absent for the remainder of the school year. Susan will be on maternity leave during this time. From our College support staff, Mrs Sandra Fowlie will be absent for the first six weeks of the term on long service leave. We wish Sandra a relaxing and refreshing break. Mrs Yvonne Murray has resigned from her position as teacher aide within the learning support department. Yvonne has been associated with this College as a parent and work colleague for over twenty years. She is well respected by staff and students alike and over this time she has left an indelible mark on many students particularly those who have required learning support during their time at St. Patrick's. On behalf of the community I would like to particularly thank Yvonne for her many years of support, time and effort with so many in this community. We wish her well in her retirement. Mr John Pandelakis from our IT Department leaves to further his education within the IT field. We thank him for his support and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
Next term we also welcome back some staff from their leave during this term. Teaching staff members include Mr Andrew Pashley, Mrs Katie Moro and Ms Selena Fisk whilst Mrs Lee Schultz returns from the support staff.
Last Saturday was the final round of the AIC sporting and Chess competitions for the term. Our football and rugby teams had another very strong season with large numbers of young men representing the College. I am sure that they all enjoyed themselves and we are very proud of their efforts across the season. A special congratulations to the 1 st XI, 3rd XI, Year 10 As, Year 9 As and the Year 5 Ds for winning their respective premierships in football and the Under 14 As for their rugby premiership.
As usual, there will be a number of sporting events, camps and clinics that will occur during the holidays. I would like to thank the staff members for their time in planning and facilitating the activities and the students for their attendance and participation. We also have a number of students and staff attending the Confraternity Rugby League Carnival in Ipswich over the middle week of the student holidays. I wish them well in the carnival. This is the first year that St. Patrick's will compete in the highest division.
The student reports will be posted on Friday 26 June. The reports are a "point in time" result and feedback based upon the student's work over this semester. Once again, I would ask all parents to sit with their son(s) and read through the reports and discuss what has worked well and what other challenges need to be addressed. Further opportunity to discuss the results with the individual teachers will occur on Tuesday 21 July during the Parent/Teacher interviews.
I hope that all of the young men of the College have a relaxing and refreshing break and are very helpful around the family home during this time. I also hope that many of our parents are also able to spend some time away from their work and enjoy the company of their children during this time, although I know that this can often be difficult to get the time from work.
I look forward to working with you again next term.