As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we are called to be authentic to the mission of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). This mission is articulated in the four Touchstones of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition, which articulate the purpose of our schools. Our authenticity to EREA's mission is tested through the visibility of these Touchstones. A central thread to the Touchstones is the type of community and the relationships that we develop as a College. Our community and the notion of 'right relationships' are anchored by the values of...
As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we are called to be authentic to the mission of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). This mission is articulated in the four Touchstones of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition, which articulate the purpose of our schools. Our authenticity to EREA's mission is tested through the visibility of these Touchstones. A central thread to the Touchstones is the type of community and the relationships that we develop as a College. Our community and the notion of 'right relationships' are anchored by the values of our Catholic faith (Gospel values) and the particular faith values espoused by Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. These values include compassion, justice, love and respect for the dignity of all. They have been, and will continue to be, at the heart of the journey of many thousands of young men who pass through our College. It is important for us that each young man grow and develop in a community that shows these values through both words and actions. Hopefully, this will mean that they, in turn, will move into other communities and workplaces with the values entrenched in their own words and actions. In essence, these values will become their own moral compass for their decisions and behaviours throughout their life.
It would appear that at the moment every time the news is broadcast some form of violence or terrorist act has taken place. It would appear that some of these are caused through allegiance to the beliefs of radical groups. As a Catholic community, it is our hope that the young men that we form during their time in our community grow to appreciate and tolerate the diverse nature of the world. This includes understanding the different cultures, religions and lifestyles that make up society. It also means that the values that they have developed at St Patrick’s will also direct each of them to make sense of the world. As I have said in previous articles, our young men need to see hope in the future and giving tolerance to one another is a good way to start propagating that hope. I would like to think that our St Patrick’s community is inclusive to all members and very much grounded in compassion, love, justice and tolerance and respect for the dignity of all within it.
Last Saturday, our teams played their final rounds of Chess, Rugby and Football for the year. Our Chess team competed successfully in Ipswich with the Firsts Team finishing 2nd overall. Our Rugby and Football teams competed against St Edmund’s at Curlew Park. This fixture was our annual Back to Shorncliffe Day. This year, we tried a few different things in a bid to capture a more carnival-like atmosphere. The Music department came to the fore and their positive addition to the day was very much appreciated. We will continue to enhance this carnival style approach in the coming years. During the morning, the St Patrick’s College Old Boys' Association presented medals to the First XI and First XV. These medals serve as a memento of the occasion.
Back to Shorncliffe Day is meant to be an occasion when the past members of the community can come and join the current members and enjoy the sport on offer. The medals remind our young men of the humble beginnings from where we began. Some of our teams in the 60s and 70s chose from only 15-20 students in Year 11 and the same number in Year 12. In those days, the games were played in the middle of the Deagon Racecourse and the opposition schools were much bigger. The past teams played “above their weight” and were on the receiving end of some large scores, but they persevered and never gave up. Consequently, St Patrick’s has remained a founding member of the AIC competition and is now considered to be a formidable force within the competitions. Our current teams stand upon these giants of the past. It was a very enjoyable and successful day with some great wins for our younger teams. Our First XI Football team were beaten by the better team on the day. This was St Edmund’s first ever Football premiership. Our First XV Rugby team had a convincing win, but Padua College also won their fixture and therefore retained the premiership in Rugby. However, we had our most successful overall seasons in Chess, Rugby and Football with all three of the Firsts teams coming 2nd in their respective competitions. This is great testimony not only to the players, but the many coaches who have formed the players from their beginning year. I would like to pass special congratulations and thanks to the members of Sport department – Mr Doug Locke, Mr Ryan Schultz (also Rugby coordinator) and Mr Corey Meehan as well as the coordinators – Mrs Rosemary Butt (Chess) and Mr David Ludlow (Football), for their organisation and support of the programs.
I would like to thank members of the Canberra Raiders Rugby League team, Josh Papalii, Jarrod Croker and Paul Vaughan, who recently took time out of their schedule to visit St Patrick's College fan Liam Bolton. Liam suffered a serious injury during his Rugby Union game against Iona earlier this term. He has has been at home recuperating for several weeks and we are grateful for the team's generosity in paying him a visit and no doubt bringing a smile to his recovery period (please see the gallery below for some images from their visit to Liam).
Over the holiday break we will have the Cross Country team take part in a training camp on the North Coast. The Confraternity Rugby League team will travel to Rockhampton for the carnival and some Tennis and Basketball clinics will be held. I hope that all students and staff involved enjoy themselves during this time.
Next term we continue with Debating and Theatresports and our Music program competes at the Catholic Colleges Musical Festival. Our sporting program involves Basketball and Tennis.
As you are aware from my previous article, Mr Frank Torrisi recently completed an appraisal process facilitated by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). During the process a number of students, staff members and parents were contacted and interviewed. Frank’s feedback from the community has been most affirming of the work that he does at St Patrick’s. I am not surprised by the commendations that have been given to Frank for all of the work that he has done and continues to do at the College. I would like to publicly congratulate him on a job very well done.
During staff week next week, we will farewell several staff members; Firstly Ms Zoe Morgan will be leaving us to join the CLT at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace. I have already mentioned the high regard that this community has for Zoe and I am sure that she will be a great asset to the Terrace community. As I have indicated earlier this week, Zoe’s position will be taken by Ms Elizabeth Gaber. Having worked at the College since 2011, College Counsellor Ms Emily Rotta has accepted a position with Education Queensland beginning next term. Emily has worked with many of our young men to offer personal counselling, well-being assistance and career guidance in her time at the College. We wish her the best in her new role. The College will advertise for her replacement in the coming weeks. We also have several teachers leaving us who have been on contract for this term. Mr Deen Mewburn will be finishing his contract period and Mrs Cassandra Purcell will return from maternity leave. Deen has worked at the College since the start of last year and has not only been a great teacher, but also been heavily involved in the co-curricular program. Mrs Susan Maddock has been with us since the beginning of the last term last year. Ms Kate Mulvihill will be returning from maternity leave in place of Susan. Ms Tanya North has been at the College for this term replacing Mr Tim Kenny’s classes whilst we appointed a new Head of Curriculum – Religious Education. Ms Kylie Johnson will commence next term in this role. Mr Ross Thomson has also been replacing Mrs Katerina Tilley’s classes for the last four weeks of the term whilst Katerina has started her maternity leave. Ms Anjulee Singh will replace Katerina for all of the second semester in place of Ross. Mrs Marthy Watson has also resigned from staff. Marthy has been on study leave for the past two years and will move away from secondary school teaching. Consequently, we have appointed Mrs Kate Albury as the Head of Curriculum – Creative and Performing Arts. Kate joins us from Brisbane Grammar School and will commence in the role from the beginning of next term. Mr Justin Hockey has also left the Music department and he has been replaced by Ms Monique Matthews.
We also have two staff members, Mr Mike McGrath and Ms Nicola Bone taking long service leave during the third term. Ms Marissa Price will replace Nicola and we have yet to appoint a replacement for Mike. Finally, as I mentioned in an earlier communication to the community, Mr Kevin Van der Weide will be absent on leave for the remainder of the year. Mrs Ann-Louise Newman and Ms Nicole Draisey will also be absent for the early part of next term due to injury. Anne-Louise will commence on a return-to-work plan as she is recovering from a broken hip and Nicole has a badly fractured ankle.
I would like to thank all of the staff at the College for their dedication and efforts during the term. Thankfully, it has been a longer term, which has allowed us to spend more time teaching in the classrooms and assisting the students to establish and maintain routines. As usual, the staff dedication has also extended to a number of sporting and cultural co-curricular activities as well as camps, sporting and music clinics, retreats and other competitions. This is all possible due to the time and effort given by the many staff members who make themselves so readily available to offer these opportunities.
I hope that every student has a relaxing and enjoyable break and returns ready to start fresh next term. The student reports will be forwarded on Monday 27 June. They will be accompanied by a letter explaining the booking procedures for the Parent/Teacher interviews that will take place on Tuesday 19 July.