Thursday, 1 March 2018

Dear Parents, Students and Friends of St Patrick’s College.

Early this week St Patrick’s College lost a valued staff member, Mr Darryl Kerkham, who had been at the College for many years.

Playing music is a very personal experience that requires self satisfaction but also gives pleasure to others. Teaching people how to play music is a gift and one that Darryl treasured.

On the weekend I watched one of my favourite movies (especially as a teacher) Mr. Holland’s Opus, where it clearly details and displays the impact teachers can have on young people’s lives.

Mr. Holland’s Opus followed the flawed life of a music teacher who sometimes failed to realise the impact he had on young people’s lives. I suspect there would be hundreds of Darryl’s previous and current students who reflected on the impact he had on them this week.

I would like to thank the College and wider community for their sympathy and prayers during this very difficult time.

Please keep Darryl’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months as they struggle to come to terms with the passing of their loved one. 
Darryl Kerkham - Rest in Peace.

The Music Program at the College continues to grow in quality and numbers. The performance in the opening assembly was outstanding considering the short amount of lead time.

The Big Band was recently invited to play prior to the TSO at Symphony Under the Stars. What a wonderful opportunity to showcase the College Music Program. I would especially like to thank Miss Fiona Mowat and her team for all the dedication shown towards the students.

What a weekend of basketball St Patrick’s College had. We won a total of 16 from 18 games played, but it is one of the losses I wish to comment on. The Senior Open A Boys game against Scotch was one of the most exciting games of basketball I have watched. The commitment and effort of the boys, who fought all the way until the final buzzer, was outstanding. You can always tell the character of someone by the way in which they accept defeat and I must say I was extremely impressed with the character of all team members. I have no doubt these students will achieve great things this season.

The learning and achievement of students at the College has been the focus for the first four weeks of the school year. Your sons and daughters should now be in full study mode. Homework is not an optional activity and at St Patrick’s College we are working on encouraging students to manage their time appropriately in order to achieve their goals. It is important the students have a balanced life of study, sport, cultural, faith and pleasure. Enjoyment in life needs to be celebrated at every opportunity. In conclusion at this time of Lent, I think it is appropriate to finish with a quote from Pope Francis: Lent is a time to pause, see and return to the tenderness of God.

Please stay safe all.

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God Bless

Mr Tony Daley