(Game Day Programme St Peter’s Lutheran College)
One of the most powerful lessons that sport can teach its participants (players, coaches and spectators) is the fact that success only follows from hard work and the inevitable failures and falls, or as Winston Churchill observed “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” The ability to persist and to commit to incremental improvement is what marks champions from the rest. This is reflected in the many aphorisms that exalt not quitting as the cornerstone of success.
(Game Day Programme St Peter’s Lutheran College)
I have taken the above quote from St Peter’s Lutheran College game day program which I thought was fitting for the young men in our care. In today’s world, we are often judged by visual success rather than the hard work that has enabled the success to occur. I have certainly been impressed throughout this term, by the hard work that the young men of St Patrick’s College have demonstrated both in their academic pursuits or extra curricular activities. This term, we have seen large numbers of students contributing to the Co-curricular program, in both the sporting and cultural area. As a result of the hard work and with a mindset of self-belief we have: a number of our Debating teams have progressed through to the final series of the QDU Debating competition; all Theatresports teams have made it through to the final series; our Instrumental Music Ensembles achieved great results in the recent Brisbane Music Competition; a large number of students were involved in the AIC Chess competition and only narrowly missed out on the aggregate result following a loss to St Peter’s Lutheran College on Friday night; and a great number of students were also involved in Football and Rugby.
As a result, we call upon a large number of coaches to support our students involved in co-curricular activities. A special thank you to all the coaches who come from our teaching staff, parents, Old Boys and members of the broader community who have helped make this term so successful. I think it is important to acknowledge the following staff who have contributed to their respective activity:
- Head of Sport - Mr Dan Nethery
- Athlete Development Coordinator – Mr Jacob Jennings
- Sports Development and Performance and Rugby Coordinator – Mr Matt Ingram
- Football Coordinator – Mr David Ludlow
- Chess Coordinator – Mrs Rosemary Butt
- Instrumental Coordinator – Mr Kane McNally
- Facilities – Mr Darren Wells and the Maintenance crew
- Curlew Park Staff - Mr David Brushfield, Wally and Ian
On Tuesday night, I was very fortunate to attend the Year 8 Celebration of the Arts Evening. It was a great opportunity for our young men to showcase their talents and achievements following a dedicated semesters’ work. Every student had an opportunity to select and participate in a range of activities. Too often students don’t try for fear of failure. This program allows the young men to experience success, have fun and hopefully ignite a passion in the area of the arts. The performance was indicative of the hard work by both students and staff. I would like to certainly thank the staff who have developed interesting and fun units for our students and the work involved in preparing for evening presentation; Mrs Garside, Mr Vanni, Mr McNally, Ms Albury, Mrs Catalan and Mrs Hulme, supporting the classroom teacher Mrs Jensen; Mrs Moore, Mrs Engwirda, Mr Lester, Mrs Sutton, Mrs Smith and Mr McPhee for providing extra supervision. The behind scenes work of Mr Geoff Samuels, Mrs Jackie Upton, Mr Darren Wells and his maintenance and cleaning staff. A special thank you, to the Head of Faculty, Ms Kate Albury whose vision and hard work made this evening possible. An opportunity for all our Year 8 students to enjoy and try without the fear of failure. It was a fantastic night which showcased the hidden talents of 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). 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.
Mr Jacob Jennings, our Athlete Development Officer has been given an opportunity to begin his Doctorate in Bendigo and will leave us at the end of this term. In addition, Mr Paul Pollock teacher of English and HASS, who was on a contract until the end of the year, has been successful in obtaining a full-time position with Education Queensland, working with Indigenous students. We wish them all the best and thank them for their wonderful contribution. We also have Mrs Tayla Fitzsimon taking parental leave commencing at the end of the term.
We would also ask if you can keep the following staff in your prayers:
- Mrs Janet Garside’s father passed away this week
- Mr Dan Nethery’s grandmother passed away this week
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
I hope the holidays are rewarding for all and look forward to an action packed Term 3.