The Middle School (Year 7 and 8) at St Patrick’s College is a caring environment which focuses on nurturing and developing the individual potential of each student in a supportive setting. It provides a challenging academic, social and spiritual learning environment, structured to encourage our students to strive for success. Students in the middle years are growing towards independence. Our aim in these critical transition years is to support students in achieving their potential and to foster a love for life-long learning.
We value learning that:
- Equips students with knowledge, life and thinking skills
- Encourages enthusiasm for knowledge and creativity
- Is relevant and rigorous
- Strengthens individual potential to grow as citizens of the future, making a valued and compassionate contribution to society
While providing an environment where students feel safe and connected, the middle years are also about challenging our students to be independent learners, to work cooperatively with others and to engage in a broad and rich curriculum. The curriculum in the Middle School has been designed to expose students to a diverse and varied range of disciplines. During these years, our students are provided with a balance of academic, sporting and artistic opportunities as they develop an understanding of their gifts and talents. The curriculum offered recognises that learning is most effective when it is relevant and purposeful and that the learning needs of Middle School students are specific. Our dedicated Middle School staff are familiar with the specialised social and academic needs of adolescent learners and they aspire to meet the learning needs of these students as they grow in understanding of their place in the world. A supportive environment encourages students to explore their physical, social and technological world with confidence, and become independent learners.
To provide this climate, Middle School students are placed in a core group with teachers who closely monitor their general progress and pastoral needs and normally teach the students for more than one subject.
The Middle School Handbook can be accessed at the following link:
The Middle School Team
Mr Casimir Douglas - Head of Middle School (Acting)
Mr Andrew Martin - Pastoral Coordinator
Miss Deborah Cottle - Curriculum Coordinator (Acting)
Croagh Patrick is our College’s Year 9 Campus. Established in 2012, Croagh Patrick is named after the holy mountain of St Patrick in County Mayo, Ireland. Situated across the ovals from the main campus (Peel Street entrance) ensures that the students are in their own learning community for the year, whilst still connected to the main campus for co-curricular pursuits, buses and the use of some specialist facilities.
As the logo suggests, Croagh Patrick is designed to be a challenging experience (like climbing a mountain) and most importantly a year where strong relationships are built between the students, and with the staff. This has proven to be the key lived experience at Croagh Patrick as the staff work very closely with the students, guiding them on their journey towards becoming loving and respectful adults. The Rite Journey program plays a significant part in this process, and importantly involves parents in key ceremonies in first and fourth terms.
Please refer to the links below for more information on the vision for Croagh Patrick, the existing curriculum and outdoor education opportunities, and the Rite Journey program:
The Croagh Patrick Team
Mr Stuart Ralph - Head of Croagh Patrick - Year 9
Ms Leigh Hart - Curriculum Coordinator
Mr Shaun Leatherbarrow - Pastoral Coordinator
Central to the mission of St Patrick’s College, senior students are an integral part of our school community of faith, learning, respect and service in the Catholic tradition. In order to prepare senior students for the final journey of their secondary school experience, all aspects of Senior School are designed to meet the needs of all students. They are encouraged to be independent thinkers, make informed decisions, and take responsibility for their own actions as learners. Senior students work in partnership with a dedicated team of senior school staff to realise their full potential and future pathways.
The Senior School comprising of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students together with Senior School staff, opens many doors and opportunities for enriched learning.
The breadth of curriculum meets the needs of a wide range of students and provides students with excellent pathways to pursue tertiary study, VET, employment or other post school life choices.
For more detailed information click on the following:
- Senior School Handbook (2017)
- University College Program
- Cooperative classes in arrangement with other northern independent schools
The Senior School Team
Dr Julienne Colman - Head of Senior School
Mrs Lindsey Hills - Curriculum Coordinator (Acting)
Mrs Kim McInnes - Pastoral Coordinator
Mrs Ann Viney – Senior Study Supervisor
Mrs Marilyn Thomas – Personal Assistant
The National School Chaplaincy Program
Ms Meegan Hughes
Phone: 03 6341 9988