Thursday, 17 August 2017

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

Education is ever changing, especially here in Tasmania. The new state legislation that increased the school leaving age for students has prompted educators to rethink the seniors’ pathways that exist in education. 

This was certainly on display at the VET information evening held recently, where in many areas there was standing room only. The evening was such a success, with families working together to find the best pathways for their sons and daughters. It is interesting to note that there are over 270 students participating in VET courses at St Patrick’s College, with 65 engaging in the aquaculture program. Not only do these courses prepare students for work readiness, with the cooperation of UTAS, they now have a pathway to university via the Associate Degrees they are offering.

It is also worth noting that if a student is capable of further education, the College will certainly be advising the students to consider this pathway. To highlight the benefits of further education one needs only look at the unemployment statistics for people aged 25-30.  These statistics indicate the unemployment rate for adults without further education is almost two and half times the unemployment rate of adults with further education. Education gives choice! 

The Arts are flourishing at St Patrick’s College! I had the pleasure of watching The Addams Family presented by Stage Right Youth Theatre last week and it was so pleasing to see so many students involved. The majority of the leads were from St Patrick’s College while the chorus and backstage was littered with our students.

Next week St Patrick’s College will be launching TAP (Talented Athlete Program). This program will provide avenues for students to chase their sporting dreams, however this is secondary to the main goal of the program, which is to ensure students also have an educational ‘back up plan’. History is littered with stories of talented young athletes who start at under age sport but fail to transpose their talents into the open division. It is often quoted, that even if you make it into the AFL, the average player only lasts three and half years at the top level. This leaves many years of employment, so we would be negligent as educators and parents if we did not value the benefits of education and employment pathways for athletes.

Information Evenings are now in full swing and I encourage parents and guardians to discuss the many options and choices that are presented to students. While I will always say subject choice is not life-defining, it certainly can save time if you discuss and choose wisely.

Have a great week!

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God Bless

Mr Tony Daley