Thursday, 20 September 2018

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


As Term 3 draws to a close it provides me time to reflect on the term: 

The Year 11 and 12s are busy making their final push towards the finish line.  We have achieved outstanding NAPLAN results for Year 7 and 9 and excellent results in the History and Maths competitions, all of which are strong indicators of improved student outcomes in academics. 

The students, with the support of the staff, need to be congratulated on their achievements.

In regards to Catholic Identity and Mission, Lap It Up, the reinvigorated Outreach program in Year 9 and the continued success of Ascent with school visits to St Finn Barr’s and St Paul’s are true highlights of the term.

For me, another highlight was receiving the following letter from a Senior Firefighter from the 

Launceston Fire Brigade.

I am writing this email to bring to your attention the great work, compassion and professionalism of two of your students I had contact with last night at a motor vehicle accident at Howick and Wellington streets Launceston. 

I am a senior firefighter based at Launceston Fire Station. While on night shift last night my crew was called to a collision at the above address. On arrival I was tasked with location of the driver of a vehicle involved and located him in the Metro building being looked after by two students that my colleagues identified as being from St Patrick’s College. 

These students were not involved in the incident other than as bystanders/witnesses. 

I wish to commend these two students for showing compassion, professionalism and maturity in assisting with the welfare of the approximately 80 year old male driver involved. They had made him comfortable where making observations and attending to his welfare in such a manner that I was not required to spend excessive time ascertaining injuries or possible unseen trauma. They provided information as to the incident in a calm manner and kept the patient comfortable. I asked them to remain in the first-aider’s role so I could check the vehicle making it safe and locating the gentleman’s property without exposing him to further dangers.

On completion of the job I did not get to personally thank these students. 

It was very pleasing to have a positive outcome and interaction with your students.  They have shown great leadership to take control of the situation before emergency services had arrived.  

Please feel free to share my thanks to your staff and students alike as I believe it is a great reflection on both.

One aspect I am trying to stress with our students is that the character of a person is measured by how they behave when they are not being watched. As a College we are certainly very proud of the way the students took control at the accident. 

Students continue to impress with the immensely successful Music Tour to Queensland, the Rock Challenge, Drama and Music at the Launceston Eisteddfod, Drama competitions at Deloraine and the announcement of next year’s Musical Seussical.

Another successful term of sport with Netball, Soccer, Hockey, Chess, Athletics, Basketball, Junior Football and Mountain Biking all achieving great results. 

I wish that you all have a restful break before we power on towards the end of the year.

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God Bless

Mr Tony Daley