Last Friday, was a significant day in the history of St Patrick’s College. Apart from the fact that we celebrated St Patrick’s Day, we also had the great honour of Archbishop Coleridge bless and open the Christian Brothers Building. We were also blessed with the presence of 13 current and past Christian Brothers who have been associated with the College during a particular time within our history. The ceremony went extremely well and our guests were very taken aback by our young men as hosts and the passion that they showed when singing The Call....
Last Friday, was a significant day in the history of St Patrick’s College. Apart from the fact that we celebrated St Patrick’s Day, we also had the great honour of Archbishop Coleridge bless and open the Christian Brothers Building. We were also blessed with the presence of 13 current and past Christian Brothers who have been associated with the College during a particular time within our history. The ceremony went extremely well and our guests were very taken aback by our young men as hosts and the passion that they showed when singing The Call.
During the Mass, Archbishop Coleridge spoke to our young men about the life and Mission of St Patrick and the legacy that such a story has not only on our Catholic Church and faith but also on our purpose as a College. He also spoke about our College Motto; Certa Bonum Certamen – Fight the Good Fight. In his address the Archbishop talked about what do we really mean by the good fight and how does one do this. He spoke of the good fight being about “building up” rather than “pulling down”. Whenever we advocate or work to support those in the margins or a particular cause, our good fight is to build up the capacity of those who need another voice to help them. In the case of humanity, very little comes from pulling down others except hurt and destruction. His challenge to our young men was to continue to be followers of the St Patrick’s way and to make sure that we are always in the good fight.
From the start of this year, the College Leadership Team has been consulting with staff to gather feedback and information to develop a shared vision for the College. The purpose of this vision is for us to make a compelling statement about what we would like St Patrick’s College to look like by 2022. The statement would include such things as the purpose of the College, the preferred attributes of the students and staff, what our community values (or would like to value) most and the physical spaces and environment within the College campus. We are now seeking feedback from the parent and student bodies to assist us with information and feedback for this vision. This can be done in two ways. Firstly, an email was forwarded out yesterday to all families from me explaining the need for a shared vision and what it means for the St Patrick’s. Included in this email were four questions to be answered and a link for parents to give an on-line response to the questions. Alternatively, we will host a Parent Forum on Thursday 20 April at 6:00pm at the College for those parents who may wish to come and have input within group discussions. I would encourage all parents to take some time to review content of the email and answer the questions so that we have more feedback to assist us. We will gather feedback from student representatives across a number of year levels within the first two weeks of next term. This will mean that feedback and information will be gathered from the College Leadership Team, College teaching and support staff, College Board, students and parents.
Last Saturday night, our College Foundation hosted many of our families with the Dancing through the Decades extravaganza. Stacey Bishop with the assistance of a small but energetic group of parents went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that the Christian Brothers Building was decked out for a great night of fun and dancing. It was a great night and all of their efforts were very much appreciated by all of the families who were able to attend. I would also like to thank the Year 11 and Year 12 students who assisted with the service during the night. Many of the people who attended also went to extraordinary lengths to dress up for the occasion. There were some memorable outfits on display. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to join us, the money raised is going to the College Foundation Bursary.
The remaining days of the Term are usually quieter due to the senior students undertaking their block exams. To date, the students have been very co-operative with their attendance and preparation for the exams. However, I would ask parents to assist us by reminding their son that the usual schools rules around uniform and personal grooming still apply and all students are expected to be at the exam room at least 15 minutes prior to their exam starting.
Next Friday we will finish the term with our annual Shore to Gate event. I would like to thank all of the students who have been very active in raising money for the event to date. We are aiming for each young man to raise $40. This is the only whole school fundraising event that we hold each year and the money raised will go towards our own school improvements and various House charities. It would be fantastic if each of our young men can reach their target. Currently, we are a fair way below our target amount.
Last weekend saw the final rounds of sport for cricket and volleyball. I would like to thank the many coaches who have given their time over the term so that our young men could have the opportunity to compete in these sports. Your time and efforts were very much appreciated. Over the coming holiday period there will be some camps and clinics for our football and rugby teams and I know that the cross country team will also start to train in earnest over the second term. These sports will start quite quickly after the holiday break.
Our Cultural program will also grow from next Term with competitions in Debating, Chess and Theatresports. Our music and choral program also develops further in preparation for a busy Term 3 of competitions. I often sit back and look, in awe, at all of the opportunities that our young men have available to them thanks to the expertise and time given by our staff members. Certainly there is no reason why our students cannot graduate from this College as a well-rounded “multi-dimensional” young man.
Enjoy the week ahead.