Dear Parents, Students and Friends of St Patrick’s College.
WELCOME BACK TO TERM 3!
I hope all students and families have had a restful break.
When you have been involved with teaching young people you very much recognise the signs of tiredness amongst the students and after 10 weeks of intensity their break was well deserved.
In some cases however, the College continued to engage students over the break. It was pleasing to see some of our students enjoying the hospitality of our sister school, Omi Brotherhood, in Japan.
I am sure their perceptions and beliefs of what happened so many years ago in Hiroshima were challenged or reinforced when they visited the memorial.
Our First Boys and Girls Basketball teams both had successful tours in Brisbane. One comment that made me smile was not only that they played successfully, but how well the students presented themselves at the tournament.
Term 3 is unique in the need to concentrate on the subjects at hand while looking to the future. Subject selections occur throughout the term and it is important that parents and students fully engage in this process. There are no wrong subject selections - the joy is in the journey and engaging in new experiences.
SPORTS UNIFORM UPDATE
A wise Principal once told me that the poison of a Principalship is to change the school uniform. There will be no changes to the formal College uniform, which is quite impressive when worn correctly. With the College sports uniform however, our hand has been forced because the manufacturer can no longer source the fabric and colours from the end of this year.
As a result, in 2019 St Patrick’s College will begin the introduction of a new sports uniform which will be transitioned in over a two year period. By 2021 all students will be wearing the new sports uniform in full.
Changes to the sports uniform has been well considered and include enhancements such as more wearable and washable fabrics and the introduction of a new College sports jacket to replace the current spray jacket, which is a warmer option for students. Unlike the current spray jacket, students will be able to wear the sports jacket inside on days in which they are permitted to wear the sports uniform.
SPORTS JACKET & HOUSE POLO
From 2019 all Year 7 students coming into the College must wear the new sports jacket and new House polo for the commencement of their enrolment. Other students may wear the current striped sports top and House polo prior to 2021.
The new sports jacket and House polo will be available for purchase from the College Uniform Store from November 2018 onwards. By 2021 all students will wear the new sports jacket and House polo.
TRACK PANTS & SHORTS
Parents/guardians will have the option of purchasing either the current style (while stock lasts) or new style of track pants and shorts. The current style of track pants and shorts will be available at a slightly reduced cost. New and existing students may wear the current track pants and shorts prior to 2021.
The new track pants and shorts will be available to purchase from the College Uniform Store from November 2018 onwards. By 2021 all students will wear the new track pants and shorts.
CROAGH PATRICK POLO
Parents/guardians will have the option of purchasing either the current style (while stock lasts) or the new style polo. The current style of Croagh Patrick polo will be available at a slightly reduced cost.
The new Croagh Patrick polo will be available to purchase from the College Uniform Store from November 2018 onwards. By 2021 all students will wear the new Croagh Patrick polo.
REDUCED COST SPORTS UNIFORM ITEMS
Parents/guardians may purchase the following current uniform items (while stock lasts) at below-cost prices:
* House Polo - $25.00
* Spray Jacket - $50.00
Croagh Patrick Polo - $25.00
Sports Shorts - $20.00
Track Pants - $30.00
* Not for purchase for Year 7 2019 students.
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Mr Tony Daley