Over the past two weeks we have been interviewing many young men and their families who wish to attend our College in Year 7, 2019. Inevitably, when asked about why the parents have chosen St Patrick’s as a school of choice the response centres on the type of young man who is formed at our school. A as Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, the formation of young men is integral to what we do. St Patrick’s is more than simply an educational institution for young men to attend and receive intellectual stimulation. We are a...
Over the past two weeks we have been interviewing many young men and their families who wish to attend our College in Year 7, 2019. Inevitably, when asked about why the parents have chosen St Patrick’s as a school of choice the response centres on the type of young man who is formed at our school. A as Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition, the formation of young men is integral to what we do. St Patrick’s is more than simply an educational institution for young men to attend and receive intellectual stimulation. We are a College that desires to deliver “the full package”. This “package” is often referred to as a wholistic education. In definition, this means that in addition to intellectual stimulation we also aim to stimulate and develop spiritual, physical, emotional and cultural growth. It is our belief as an EREA school that such things cannot be developed in isolation as each is intrinsically connected to the other.
Central to this is our core belief that Jesus Christ is central to our personal and community life. In effect we are forming our young men to be Christ-like in their thoughts, words and deeds. This requires our College community to expect this of each other and model such behaviours particularly to the students as they grow and develop into young men. We often talk of role models for young men to follow. It is unfortunate in contemporary times that the model of Jesus Christ is often not only shunned by many but also disregarded as irrelevant to the modern young man. At St Patrick’s, wholistic formation is about making our young men Christ-like in their hearts, minds and hands. The spiritual development shapes not only what we learn but how we use our intellect for the greater good of others, it shapes our emotions forms us into the people that we become. For a young man to be Christ-like he is “like all others but also like no other”. By this I mean that each of us is a living being with feelings, aspirations, wants and needs. But they are all different for each one of us. To be Christ-like we are called not only to understand that each of us will be different in this respect but also not only accept the other for who they are but also show love to them for who they are. It is in our actions to each other that make this love real to others. The staff and students within the College community will endeavour to continue to try to be Christ-like ourselves and develop our young men into Men of Action who are Christ-like as well.
The AIC Swimming Championships will be held at the Chandler pool next Monday. Mrs Kelsey Duke has led a coaching team of Chris Brown, Alec Gold, Adrian Brown, Alex Paznikov and Jack Graham. I would like to thank all of the coaches for their assistance and support during the season and wish the team the very best on Monday. I am sure that each young man will try to do the best of his abilities in each of his races. We can ask for no more than that.
This weekend is also the last home game for our senior Cricketers and Volleyballers. I am sure that it will be an emotional time for the young men as they complete their last game on home soil over a 5-8 year period associated with the College. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire community in thanking each of them for their loyalty, dedication and commitment when representing the College. Everyone who plays for St Patrick’s is invited to represent our school and with that privilege comes the responsibility of playing with passion for the school, commitment to the team and respect for the opponent and officials. Our Year 12 students have shown these qualities over their many years of representing our community.
We will complete our Year 7 (2019) interviews in the next two weeks and the letters of acceptance will be forwarded in the last days of this term. I would like to thank the many senior students and staff members who assisted with the interviews and showing the families around the College.
On Wednesday, I had the good fortune to attend the first EREA Queensland Principal’s meeting for 2017. It is always great to network with all of our other EREA schools including Ignatius Park College (Townsville), St Brendan’s College (Yeppoon), St Joseph’s Nudgee College, St James College, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, St Laurence’s College, St Edmund’s College (Ipswich) and Ambrose Treacy College. We were also joined by the Director of the Montessori school (Indooroopilly) and the Directors of the many Flexi-Learning Centres across the state. During the day we covered many topics including EREA strategic directions, future funding, school improvement etc.
I would also like to commend the work that Ms Elizabeth Gaber (Dean of Administration and Business Intelligence) is doing with the staff to build our data literacy and track our students. Elizabeth works particularly with Mr Troy Schultz and Mr Ben Greenfield to keep staff and students updated about cohort results and trends. They have done an enormous amount of work assisting students and staff set subject result targets for this term and make them available to each class teacher.
Next week, I will be in Melbourne for three days to participate in a School Improvement seminar and workshop being held by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER). I am looking forward to working with educators from each state across the country to look at new initiatives and research into school improvement.
I look forward to meeting many parents around the courts, pool and grounds this weekend.