Thursday, 15 March 2018

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

Recently I read an article about the role of schools in preparing students for the workforce and life beyond. The emphasis was not on the recognition of facts, but on the 21st century skills that the youth of today have to develop in order to thrive in the ever changing world they will enter when they finish school. 

These skills include:

The ability to work collaboratively and develop teamwork to be creative and use imagination to solve real issues.
To observe and critically analyse different situations.
To creatively problem solve to achieve the required outcomes.
To be flexible and adaptable in order to cope with constant changes that occur.

Another article referred to the reasons why applicants for positions of employment were selected. 75% was based on the applicant’s 21st century skills and 25% on their academic ability. The ability for students to learn to look future employers in the eye and communicate at an efficient level is an absolute must.

This is why it is so important to value the co-curricular activities that St Patrick’s College provides which develop these skills.  Ascent, Young Vinnies camps, Sport, Debating and Drama all play a role in developing these skills and therefore make up a valuable part of your son’s and daughter’s education.

Good luck to all students competing this week, including the rowers at Head of the River and the swimmers at NSATIS and SATIS. 

Finally, as we draw close to the anniversary of Isaac Walter’s passing, can we please ensure to keep Isaac, his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

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God Bless

Mr Tony Daley