There have been many celebrations in the past week. Last Friday evening, our community had the opportunity to recognize the many great academic achievements of our students at the annual Celebration of Excellence Night. There were just over 400 proud students represented throughout the evening. The presentation of awards was also punctuated by musical and choral performances from the students. Overall, I found the evening to be very rewarding and enjoyable. I would like to congratulate all of the young men who received awards and the many staff who assisted in the planning and facilitation of the night. I would...
There have been many celebrations in the past week. Last Friday evening, our community had the opportunity to recognize the many great academic achievements of our students at the annual Celebration of Excellence Night. There were just over 400 proud students represented throughout the evening. The presentation of awards was also punctuated by musical and choral performances from the students. Overall, I found the evening to be very rewarding and enjoyable. I would like to congratulate all of the young men who received awards and the many staff who assisted in the planning and facilitation of the night. I would particularly like to mention Ms Zoe Morgan for her planning and production of the event and Mr Justin Hockey, Ms Kelly Simmers, Ms Claire Carvolth and Mr Andrew Will from the Music department, Mr Nic Consiglio for his direction with the choir and Mr Geoff Samuels and Mr Jonathan Miers for their work in the technical production. Nights such as this are also more than just awards ceremonies, they are also great community events. Next year, the venue will be more spacious (and air-conditioned) and the stage area will allow us to try different things. It would also be great to have even more award winners to be presented on the night.
On Monday morning, we held our farewell assembly for the senior students. It was quite an emotional experience. This year’s Grade 12 cohort have been outstanding ambassadors for the College. The respect afforded to them from the other students was apparent throughout the assembly. This year Jacob Lawrence has been exceptional as the College Captain as well as Isaak Woods, Carter Bell and Taitaifono Reupena as the College Vice Captains. Over the past weeks, each of these young men have taken the opportunity to deliver their final speeches to the students and staff at our College assemblies. Each has been very good. On Monday, Jacob Lawrence gave a very emotional address regarding his time at St. Patrick’s. His pride and passion for the College was evident through his words and his actions, particularly over this past year. The assembly finished with the whole school forming a guard of honour from the Callan Centre around the College Campus to the front gate. Each Year 12 students walked through this line. This gave all of the students their opportunity say a personal thanks. On a personal note, I would like to thank all of these young men for what they have done for the College this year. Their commitment to everything that they have undertaken, together with their enthusiasm and willingness to persevere with all tasks, has been exceptional. They have certainly left a very positive footprint on our College’s history. On Tuesday morning, the Year 12 cohort started their final exams. They will continue with these until Thursday 19 November when they will hold their final Mass and Graduation.
There have been some updates with the new Sporting and Cultural Precinct and the Seaview Building. The Sporting and Cultural Precinct will not be ready for the beginning of next year. At this stage, realistic completion will most likely be sometime in March. Consequently we are planning for temporary classrooms for some of the classes that were timetabled into this building. This will also include temporary staff rooms for the staff that were also meant to be in the building. Whilst this is far from ideal, unfortunately we have little choice but to plan around this late completion. We have recently been granted a DA from the Brisbane City Council to place the Uniform Shop in the lower sections of the Seaview Hotel. The planning for this is underway and we expect the new Uniform Shop to be open around the beginning of February. Again, we would have preferred for this to be ready for a mid-January opening, but delays in receiving the DA from the Brisbane City Council have slowed down the progress of this change. The current Uniform Shop arrangements will be in place until this time. The hours of opening will be lengthened until the 5 December and there will also be an earlier opening date in January next year. I would urge parents to consider making purchases at the end of this year if possible.
During the Night of Excellence, the College Foundation presented a cheque for $50 000 to me to assist with the payment for the new refurbishments of the upstairs Callan Centre for the Exceptional Learner Department and to assist with the payment for the new seating in the new building. Earlier this year, the Foundation also presented a cheque to the College for $25 000 to assist with these areas. This is a clear example of how the College Foundation gives direct assistance to the students, through both their work in raising funds for expenditure as well as student bursaries for young men from Catholic Schools who ordinarily would not been able to attend the school due to financial circumstances. This would not be possible if not for the generous support of the College community through donations when paying fees and also other businesses from the broader community. On behalf of the staff and student body, I would like to thank the many parents and businesses for this support.
This evening, Mr Paul Corfield will attend the Catholic Leaders Community Awards. Paul has been nominated for his great work around the College and wider community in the area of community service. I am sure that I speak on behalf of everyone within the St. Patrick’s community when I wish him well during the presentation.
Finally, I would ask all parents to please be conscious of our neighbours when parking and picking up your sons. We are part of a wonderful community and it is important that we allow our neighbours to have full enjoyment of their properties. Parking across driveways, even if you think it is for a short time, is not appropriate.
There are only three more weeks of class time left for our students in Years 5 – 9 and the Year 10 and 11 students commence their exam block in two weeks. All of our young men should be revising their work and studying in preparation for their coming exams.