It may be hard to believe but we are about to finish the fifth week of a nine week term. This means that many of our young men will start to have draft work for assignments due and should be well into their preparations for exam revision. This revision work should be done each night as a part of each student’s study program. I would encourage all parents to work with their son(s) and encourage each of them to ensure that these practices become habits, as this will be of great assistance to the students whilst at...
It may be hard to believe but we are about to finish the fifth week of a nine week term. This means that many of our young men will start to have draft work for assignments due and should be well into their preparations for exam revision. This revision work should be done each night as a part of each student’s study program. I would encourage all parents to work with their son(s) and encourage each of them to ensure that these practices become habits, as this will be of great assistance to the students whilst at school and with any further courses or studies afterwards.
It is with mixed emotions that I congratulate Mr Matthew Hawkins in his appointment to the role of Head of Campus, Hemmant Flexi-learning Centre. He will commence the new role from the beginning of the second term. Matthew has been a valued member of the College Leadership Team and staff at St Patrick’s College since 2010. In his role as Dean of Identity, Matthew has planned and implemented many initiatives that have been recognised and copied by many EREA school across Australia. His influence on our College and many of the current and past young men has been immense. This moves will allow Matthew to grow professionally and continue to be a part of the EREA network. I am sure that everyone in our community will agree that he will be a great gift to the Youth+ network and especially the school at Hemmant. We will advertise the Dean of Identity role over the next two weeks and expect to make an appointment to be ready to start from the beginning of the second term.
This week is our Men of Action week. During the week, our students are exposed to many varied ways that they can indeed become ‘men of action’. One such way was shown during last Tuesday’s College Assembly, where our senior students presented a very powerful statement about bullying and what each of us can do about it. The presentation was planned and prepared by members of the senior cohort with assistance from Mr Darren Kearney. It can be viewed on YouTube (stpatsofficial). The students used the simple statement “not on my watch” to challenge each of us within the community to stand up to bullying and not accept such behaviours. Quite simply, in matters of bullying, if we are not a part of the solution then we become a part of the problem. If bullying behaviours are not challenged than the perpetrators are left free to continue their actions again and again. As mentioned by the senior students, challenging such actions is never easy, but there is always help and assistance, particularly from staff members. The students launched a t-shirt that they will wear throughout the term at assemblies and other College events to remind everyone that there is no place for bullying in our College community or any other community. I would like to congratulate the senior students for their initiative and commitment to this cause.
It was wonderful to see so many parents take advantage of the recent Parent Education Evening (Taming the Adolescent). I hope that everyone who attended had an enjoyable evening and went away with some relevant and useful information. I would also like to thank Mr Frank Torrisi and Mr Darren Kearney for their organisation of the event.
Last Saturday morning, Mr Brian Polich held an information session with parents of Year 9 students. During this time, Brian explained TheRite Journey program and the expectations on students, parents and mentors. As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition we are very much committed to the holistic education of all of our students. We see this program as a great opportunity in the formation of our students into young gentlemen who understand what it means to be a Man of Action. The first part of the journey started today with a series of activities and will continue with fathers and mentors tomorrow morning.
This Saturday, we will complete our interviews for Year 7 students (2018). We will go back to seven classes in the cohort, therefore it is important that any interested parents enrol their son as soon as possible. If you know of anyone who might be interested in starting their son in Year 7 in 2018, please remind them to contact Mrs Stacey Bishop (College Development Officer) as a matter of urgency.
Please keep Tom Hardyman (Year 12) in your prayers. Tom underwent a serious operation on his leg as a result of bone cancer. The operation went well and Tom now starts a long period of chemotherapy, rehabilitation and convalescence.