During this week, we held three important events for our community. Firstly, on Tuesday morning we held the Academic Assembly to celebrate the efforts of many of our students during the first semester. I would like to congratulate each and every young man who received an award at the assembly. It was particularly pleasing that we had a record number of students receive academic awards this time. We were also very fortunate to have Mr Chris Murdoch QC present the awards and address our students. Chris is an St Patrick’s Old Boy having completed his studies as the...
During this week, we held three important events for our community. Firstly, on Tuesday morning we held the Academic Assembly to celebrate the efforts of many of our students during the first semester. I would like to congratulate each and every young man who received an award at the assembly. It was particularly pleasing that we had a record number of students receive academic awards this time. We were also very fortunate to have Mr Chris Murdoch QC present the awards and address our students. Chris is an St Patrick’s Old Boy having completed his studies as the College Dux in 1988. Upon completion of his senior studies he went on to study law at UQ. Since graduation from his law studies, Chris went on to build a very successful career as a Barrister. In 2016, he was recognised for his work by being appointed a Queens Counsel (QC). This is a very prestigious appointment within the legal profession.
During his address to the student body, he spoke of his time at the College and some of his own life learnings. He particularly spoke of the need to set targets for achievement and work to get to them through persistence and effort. I am sure that the whole student body would have got something from what Chris said to them. It is always a special event for us when a past student returns to pass on some wisdom to our current students. St Patrick’s College has much to be proud of, not just in Mr Chris Murdoch QC, but also the many other past students who have forged great careers and service to the community since their graduation.
Our second major event was the Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday afternoon and night. I know that the teachers had prepared for these interviews by focussing on the student targets for this term and ways to work with them to further improve over this semester. It was really pleasing to also see so many of our young men join with their parents at the interviews and be a part of the discussions around their plans for the remainder of the year. I hope that all our students and parents found the interviews to be relevant and supportive. We are always interested in feedback after such events and if you would like to make comment regarding the interviews, please contact me by email at your convenience.
The other big event for this week was our Spirit Assembly held yesterday morning. During the assembly, we thanked all the students from all year levels who have accepted our invitation to represent our College in basketball and tennis this term. The First V Basketball and First IV Tennis squads were presented to the student body during the assembly. I would particularly like to congratulate Pearson Locke (Tennis) and Jacob Arthur (Basketball) for their appointment as captains for their particular sports. I would also like to acknowledge the work done so far by Mr Steve Copping (Basketball) and Br Chris Pritchard (Tennis) in their roles as co-ordinators of the sports.
This term is also a busy term for our Theatresports, Debating and Music and Choral teams and ensembles. Our music ensembles were a part of the Brisbane City Council Festival of Music held this week in the Queen Street Mall. The College Big Band also performed with distinction during our College Academic Assembly on Tuesday. Our ensembles and choirs appear to grow in confidence and skill with every performance. Mr Geoff Samuels, Mrs Kate Albury, Mrs Kelly Jensen and Mrs Carmel Moir have been instrumental in the organisation and planning for the opportunities offered to our students. The high level of student performance is due to the skills and teaching skills of our music and choral teachers. Mrs Janet Garside and Mr Adam Mc Phee have also worked over the past term and holidays to prepare our Theatresports teams for their competitions.
When our students commence their studies in Year 11 and 12, they choose subjects that they feel relevant to their areas of interest and possible employment considerations for the future. Currently, there are three distinct pathways that they may consider. The first is a pathway that will allow them to be awarded an Overall Position (OP) score which will allow them to gain entry into a tertiary institution to undertake further studies after school. The second is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathway that will prepare them specifically for work or TAFE offerings immediately after completing their senior subjects. The third pathway is a mixture of both whereby the students undertake school subjects and VET Certificates within and outside of the College. This pathway allows for immediate work or a rank to be accepted into a tertiary institution.
Since around 2000, St Patrick’s has worked hard to increase the subject offerings and pathways for the senior student body. One of the added dimensions of the VET pathway is that students can sign into school-based apprenticeships or traineeships with employers whilst still at school if the employer is prepared to start the apprenticeship or traineeship during this time. At the moment, there are several young men from Years 11 and 12 who have been signed. I would like to congratulate the following students for their achievements through hard work in the workplace and have been able to achieve a school-based apprenticeships or traineeship.
- Jake Kelly – Apprenticeship in Carpentry
- Garth Woodward – Apprenticeship in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology
- Zac Caldwell – Apprenticeship in Carpentry
- Lee Smart – Apprenticeship in Plumbing
- Michael Symonds – Apprenticeship in Carpentry
- Blade Taylor - Traineeship in Information Technology, specialising in Multimedia
This Friday afternoon and Saturday heralds the start of our Term 3 AIC sports competitions in Basketball and Tennis. Our Cross Country team is also well into their training and preparation for the AIC Cross Country Championships to be held at Limestone Park on Wednesday 9 August.
Next Week, we join with more than 300 Catholic primary and secondary schools across Queensland, from the Torres Straits in the north to Mt Isa and Quilpie in the west and Currumbin in the south,to celebrate Catholic Education Week. Each year a theme is selected for the week. This year the theme for catholic Education Week is Sharing the Journey. The week will be launch through a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Coleridge at the St Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday at 2:00pm. For more information on this week can be found at http://www.catholiceducationweek.com.au/
I hope that everyone enjoys a peaceful and fulfilling week.
Live Jesus in our hearts!