During this week, our community has gathered for four significant events. Firstly, on Tuesday morning we held our Scholar’s Assembly to recognise the efforts of our young men from their first semester of work. It was a great pleasure to be able to present so many of our students to the rest of the College. The students received a gold, silver or bronze award based on their overall Semester One results. There were also several students who received Learning Gains Awards for the improvement in their results from their last year’s results. I would like to thank...
During this week, our community has gathered for four significant events. Firstly, on Tuesday morning we held our Scholar’s Assembly to recognise the efforts of our young men from their first semester of work. It was a great pleasure to be able to present so many of our students to the rest of the College. The students received a gold, silver or bronze award based on their overall Semester One results. There were also several students who received Learning Gains Awards for the improvement in their results from their last year’s results. I would like to thank the large number of parents who were able to join us for the occasion and congratulate the many young men who showed great persistence, effort and a positive attitude throughout the semester to achieve such results.
We also held our Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday as well. They started in the afternoon and extended into the night. There was a strong presence from parents and students and a healthy energy throughout the afternoon and night. Such events can be quite draining for teachers as there is a constant stream of interviews spread over a long period of time. I hope that these meetings were helpful and supportive for both you and your son in assisting him further improve over this second semester. If you have any feedback that may assist us to improve this process, please send me an email at your convenience.
The third significant event was our Spirit Assembly held on Thursday morning. During this assembly, we launched the Basketball and Tennis seasons. Benjamin Colbert (Tennis) and Reuben Gale (Basketball) were presented as the captains for these sports and they both spoke about the seasons ahead during this term. Once again, I would like to thank the many students who have accepted the invitation to play for our College. Unfortunately, the limited number of courts has meant that some young men may have missed out on selection into a team. This is very disappointing for them I am sure. We would always like to have maximum opportunities for our students to be involved but we are limited with facilities within some of our sports. I would also like to thank Mr Doug Locke, Mrs Dianne Twist, Daniel Nethery and Jacob Jennings from our sports office for their organisation and planning for the games and Mr Steve Copping (Basketball) and Br Chris Pritchard (Tennis) for coordinating the sports.
Our final event occurred this morning when we packed out the Callan Centre for our Grandparents Mass. It was a pleasure having so many young men accompany their grandparents and great grandparents to our celebration. We are also very fortunate to have Fr Bryan Roe to celebrate our community Masses and liturgical events at St Patrick’s. Fr Bryan is a proud Old Boy of the College and has a great rapport with our young men. Bryan spoke very passionately about the importance of relationships and making time to spend with those that are important to us. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and great grandparents who were able to attend the Mass. I hope that you found it to be a joyful occasion.
On Tuesday, many of our students involved in the school music and choral groups performed in the Queen Street Mall as a part of the Brisbane Bands Festival. We received great feedback from many of the spectators and the boys certainly enjoyed the experience.
Can I please ask parents, who drop off or pick up their son in Signal Row, to talk to them about safety when walking along the narrow laneway? Whilst there are only a few residents who back on to this laneway, they do still use it as access for their motor vehicles.
The Year 11 students have their Dinner Dance tonight. This is always an enjoyable occasion where our young men and their partners enjoy a meal together and dance the night away. We are also very fortunate to have so many staff members take time from their own family schedules to join the students. I am sure that it will be a great night.
Please keep Conor Tweedy in your thoughts and prayers. Conor is a student at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, a fellow EREA school. He sustained a spinal injury in a game of Rugby representing his school last Saturday. Conor had operations on Saturday afternoon and night and the extent of his injuries will be known over the coming weeks.
This afternoon, our Year 5 and 6 Basketball teams compete against Villanova College. The rest of the teams compete tomorrow along with our Tennis teams. I hope that every young man enjoys his game and works hard to bring out his own best and that of the players around him. We also hosted a Cross Country trial run at Curlew Park this afternoon.
Live Jesus in our Hearts!