Thursday, 18 October 2018

It is with heavy heart that I write the first news of Term 4. Last Friday, Year 12 student Joseph Cash was laid to rest at The Church of the Apostles. Joseph was an intelligent and sensitive young man who was loved by his family and popular among his friendship group.  

The College extends our deepest sympathies and support to Angelina, Joseph’s mother, and his family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they struggle to come to terms with Joseph’s passing.

As a College community, we will concentrate on supporting our students and staff over the following months. Students will have access to speak with counsellors, teachers or a priest, depending on their preference and needs. 

If you have any concerns for your child, please contact their Tutor, House Head or myself and we will arrange support.  

The following services are available to support people in a time of loss and grief:

• Headspace, an organisation specialising in mental health services for 12-25 year olds - 6335 3100

• Standby - Support After Suicide - 6282 1519 (24 hour standby response 0400 183 490)

• Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800

• Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

• Tasmanian Mental Health Helpline - 1800 332 388

• Contact with a GP to assess for a Better Access to Mental Health Program referral to a registered mental health clinician

I would like to thank the College and wider community for their outpouring of support and offers of assistance during this very difficult time.

The last week of Term 3 saw the East Africa Day celebrations take centre stage at the College.  The students take the opportunity to engage in the African culture while raising money in order to benefit the education of the young people of East Africa.

On this day, past student Getasew Ferguson spoke to the student body. Getasew was a humanitarian student who, after completing his education at St Patrick’s College last year, raised funds to travel back to his home town in Ethiopia to donate to his former school. A truly amazing journey! 

The gift is in the giving - congratulations to all students and staff who contributed on the day. 

With most co-curricular activities finishing last term, the College has now been participating in presentation evenings. All students are expected to attend the evenings in full school uniform. It is an uplifting way to finish off the season.

Special thanks must go to all coaches, officials and parents for making the season so successful 

NHSSA Basketball and Cricket continues this term - good luck to all those involved. 

On Monday I sat with Year 12s at recess and there was the usual Term 4 buzz among the students. They are finishing their courses, preparing for resits and resubmissions and ultimately their final examinations. The joy of the morning was when a Year 11 student informed me that she had just been offered an apprenticeship as a carpenter with construction company, Fairbrother. The student has been completing a construction course at TAFE while completing her Year 11 studies. It is wonderful that there are so may pathway options to prepare our students for life and careers after school has finished.

It is timely to remind you of our End of Year Mass and Presentation Evening on Thursday, 13th December (6.30pm 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 is the one night of the year when our entire St Patrick’s College community comes together as one to celebrate our life as a Catholic learning community.

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

God Bless

Mr Tony Daley