Thursday, 1 November 2018

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

As I write this week’s newsletter it is World Teachers’ Day - a day where we give thanks for those teachers who made an impact on our lives. 

For me, it was a young Biology teacher that showed me how much developing positive relationships with students was important to positive outcomes. I will always value the time he gave me and ultimately the direction that lead me to a profession of teaching.

This week has been one of celebrations for our Year 12 students.  Last week I had the opportunity to talk to them as a group in an informal setting and we discussed a number of issues:

1. They need to try their best, but sometimes their best is not always rewarded in the way in which it should be or how they wanted it to be.  If they don’t receive the score they were striving for, there is always different pathways to the ultimate goal.  Never lose faith and hope.

2. As a College we will be here for them if and when they need help in the future if required.

3. This is a time of gratitude.  Students need to thank parents and guardians for their support over the years. They need to be grateful to their teachers who have supported them and for the friendships that have been made over the past number of years.

4. It is important not to give up interests - play sport, join a Drama Club, play in a community band or join the local Church Youth Group. Being connected is one of the most important things going forward.

It is timely to remind you of our End of Year Mass and Presentation Evening on Thursday, 13th December (6.30 for 7.00pm start) at the Silverdome. It is a College expectation that all students and parents/guardians will attend the End of Year Mass and Presentation Evening to celebrate Eucharist together, receive the College magazine and farewell our Year 12 leavers.  

This year we will be farewelling Father Richard who has been transferred to the Bellerive Parish in Hobart. Father Richard has been affiliated with St Patrick’s College for over 18 years and has Baptised, Confirmed and Married thousands of College community members and provided unwavering support to both the Parish and College.  Father Richard is celebrating the End of Year Mass and we look forward to his last Homily on this occasion.

Finally, I wish all the Year 10, 11 and 12 students all the best in their upcoming external assessments.

To read this week's full newsletter, please click here.

God Bless

Mr Tony Daley