Thursday, 23 August 2018

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

I love my sporting analogies and one of my favourites is that the third quarter of an AFL grand final is the championship quarter.  This certainly correlates with the third term for our Senior School students.

10 weeks of absorbing content and processes before the final four weeks of revision and the external assessment begins. 

Which leads me to my second sporting analogy…..the 5 P’s:

  • Perfect
  • Preparation
  • Prevents
  • Poor
  • Performance

The 5 P’s can be used in both life and certainly assessment performance.  For our Seniors it is now time to start preparing for their external assessment. Not leaving it until the last minute will relieve much tension as going in prepared means students are poised to do the very best they can.

NETBALL & HOCKEY

Once again St Leonards did not let me down - it is still the coldest place on earth!

I had the pleasure of watching the U/16 Hockey Girls win their match on Friday evening. What was impressive and pleasing to me was seeing how much the students are wearing the St Patrick’s College uniform with pride.  How they arrived, played in and left in perfect uniform is building the St Patrick’s College culture.

It was the same at Hoblers Bridge and the Nano Nagle Gym on Saturday where the College netballers were all in correct uniform and also played with great spirit. It was the first time I have seen the new College hoodie on display and it looked very flash! 

MUSIC TOUR

The all conquering Music Tour arrived back last week after receiving two golds in the Band Competition in Brisbane.

From all reports they all had an enjoyable time, especially when they went to the primary schools to perform. This is certainly living out our mission and values by giving to others.

BYOD PROGRAMME

Finally, I would like to update the community on the Bring Your Own Device Future Directions for 2020 and beyond. After surveys, reviews and research, the College has decided to move away from iPads in 2019 with the preferred device being the Chromebook or equivalent. Some of the reasons that have instigated this change are listed below:

  • The cost of the device is much more reasonable for parents.
  • The use of Chrome as a web browser for students.
  • The College wide platform of Gmail and the Google Suite.
  • The use of a full sized keyboard due to the introduction of online testing.
  • Corresponding add ons in Chrome that replace iPad apps.
  • The Chromebook is less conducive to gaming than iPads.

The introduction of Chromebooks will begin from the start of 2020 with Year 7.  Year 7 students from 2019 will still use iPad in Years 7,8 and 9. 

Currently staff are well versed with using iPads in the classroom. The College will need to upskill them over the next 12 months for there to be a seamless transition to Chromebooks. For more detailed information on the reasons for changing, you are able to contact Mr David Mohr - Director of eLearning. 

Education is an ever changing landscape and as a College we consistently need to reflect and review the educational process to produce the best outcomes for our students.

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God Bless

Mr Tony Daley
Principal