Thursday, 12 April 2018

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

You would have to be living under a rock this year if you have not realised that there has been a determined effort to increase the learning and achievement at the College. Whether it be student focus on higher ATAR, completing a VET course to the best of their ability, increasing their knowledge of numeracy and literacy or simply being the best student they can be.

I highlight this focus because this week our Year 11 and 12 students have been on Retreat.  It is a week of reflection and thinking, which helps the students face the challenges that they will encounter in the future. While I will never retreat from the value of learning and achievement, this is only one part of educating the individual.

As a staff, the growth of the whole student by living out the St Patrick’s College mission is important. In this ever changing world we need to ensure our students are world citizens who care for the disadvantaged, demonstrate empathy towards others and protect the environment through sustainability.

Retreats and camps are just one small part of a suite of learning experiences we offer at the College that assist to develop the 21st Century skills which are required to be successful once the students leave the confines of College life.

Winter Uniform_girl_boy.jpgAnother 21st Century skill we endeavour to educate the students in is how they present themselves. Next term we move into the winter uniform and I ask that all students are in the full correct uniform by the first day of Term 2.   The Uniform Store school holiday opening hours are varied to regular hours and can be found by selecting the ‘Uniform Store’ tile on the Schoolbox Parent Homepage. 

Congratulations to all students who have participated in all the activities provided by the College in Term 1.  This first term has been an anomaly due to the impact of the Easter break falling mid term making it one of the most congested College calendars for a number of years. Term 2 will be far less congested and I look forward to all the winter activities that I know are already being prepared.

I wish for those travelling over the holidays to please do so safely and I hope that everyone enjoys a restful break and comes back refreshed for Term 2.

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

God Bless

Mr Tony Daley