We are now in the middle week of the first term. Whilst much has happened, there is still much more to do. For our students, this week needs to be a time for them to take stock of where they are with their school work and study. If they have yet to set a regular routine with this, they are fast running out of time and this will be reflected in their first term reports. During the parent information sessions over the first weeks of the term, I emphasised the importance of our young men developing a work ethic...
We are now in the middle week of the first term. Whilst much has happened, there is still much more to do. For our students, this week needs to be a time for them to take stock of where they are with their school work and study. If they have yet to set a regular routine with this, they are fast running out of time and this will be reflected in their first term reports. During the parent information sessions over the first weeks of the term, I emphasised the importance of our young men developing a work ethic that allowed them to become the best that they could be in whatever they embraced. At this point in the term, their focus should now be well and truly on the best that they can be with their studies.
Earlier this week, I received a letter from the Academic Registrar at the University of Queensland advising that Sam Huth (senior student 2014) had been awarded a UQ Excellence Scholarship. The letter also informed that there were over 1300 applications for the scholarships. The St Patrick's community is very proud of Sam's achievements and we wish him well with his studies in Medicine into the future.
During Tuesday's College assembly, I read a poem entitled Man in the Mirror to the student body. I enjoy the poem because it captures the notion of self - acceptance and success:
For he is with you clear to the end
and you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
and get pats on the back as you pass,
but the final reward will be heartache and tears, if you've cheated the man in the glass.
My point to the students was that we have already said on a number of occasions that we, as a College staff, want them to work hard to be the best that they can be. This poem illustrates that they truly know if they are striving to achieve this. In the end, they are cheating themselves and this may cause them to not be proud of who they are. Being honest to ourselves can be one of the most difficult but rewarding feelings. The earlier in life that we can develop this attribute, the more authentic and fruitful our life experiences will become. I also connected this idea to the theme of Lent as I mentioned in last week's Calling article. I encourage our young men to use this as a time to abstain from and change habits and characteristics that cause them to be uncomfortable when they look into the mirror.
All of the Year 12 cohort leave for their KAIROS retreat this Sunday morning. The retreat will run over Sunday, Monday and much of Tuesday. The students will return and meet with their parents on Tuesday evening. This is a great experience offered to the Year 12 students and I am sure that they will benefit greatly from it.
Tomorrow will mark a significant occasion in our Year 9 Rite Journey Program with the "Call" ceremony. The occasion will commence in the Plaza area of the College at 5:00am. This is a particularly stirring ceremony and the early start is meant to incorporate the sunrise into the ceremony. I am sure that it will be a great experience for these young men and their mentors and I would like to thank all of the Year 9 men, their families and mentors for assisting us with this program. I would also like to thank Mr Brian Polich (Program Coordinator) for his efforts in planning this occasion.
The AIC swimming carnival will be held next Thursday 5 March at the Chandler pool. This is the first year that the carnival will be a full AIC carnival from Years 5 – 12. We will be sending our Year 12 and Year 6 students as spectators on the day. The students will depart the school after Tutor Group and return in time to catch buses after school. The St. Patrick's Shindig is also on again this year on Saturday 28 March. Tickets are on sale and there is a limited number due to the Callan Centre changes. Please get in early before you are disappointed.
It would be fair to say that last Friday turned into quite a disruptive day due to the inclement weather. At the beginning of the day I made the decision to continue school as usual. As the day progressed, many parents needed to collect their sons due to the conditions within their suburbs and residences. At various times during the day, this situation caused significant impact upon our Student Office. Whilst I appreciate that the circumstances may have caused some stress and anxiety to some of the members of our community, in some cases this was transferred onto our staff within the student services office. At school, we spend a significant amount of time reminding our young men of the College community's expectations around respectful communication and understanding and I believe that this needs to be modelled by all adults within the community so that we can work in partnership to form these young men into gentlemen.
Would parents please note that Twamley Street is a private access road for local traffic only. Parents are not to use this as an access road to drop their sons off to school or for early morning training sessions. Please use Yundah Sreet, Pier Ave or Park Parade entrances only.