Thursday, 28 June 2018

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

The morning after the Vinnies CEO Sleepout I spent time reflecting on the previous eight hours.

For me, after a night in the freezing cold without a bed there was a hot shower, egg and bacon burger and a new set of clothes; so there were no comparisons with people who have to sleep rough every night for any number of reasons.

For us as a community, to show compassion and contribute in some small way to help somebody worse off than ourselves is truly living out our mission.

For me personally, I have so many people to thank. Firstly, thank you to the College Captains and Student Executive for encouraging me to represent them. This was certainly an honour and to see how the fundraising machine went into action was impressive. The Cross Country Day, Sausage Sizzle and the Middle School Coin Line were fun activities that raised valuable funds for the homeless. These would not have occurred without the help and support of the students, staff and families.

To all the staff who provided me warm clothes, socks, sleeping bags, gloves and hand warmers etc, I thank you so much. I even received a number of hand knitted beanies!

To those members of the College community who donated, thank you very much for your contribution. It is certainly valued by St Vinnies in order to support their helping and caring for the homeless.

Thank you to Ms Tracey Owers and the students she organised to make hot chocolates, coffee and tea for us during the night. This just demonstrates the growing connection the College has with St Vinnies.

Finally, thanks to all for the encouraging words, texts and emails, even after all the advice, it was still freezing - however for me it was only one night.

The St Patrick’s College community is truly one of compassion and mission.

The Martin-Lyall Scholarship arose from the generosity of the late Mrs Rosemary Gleeson-West in memory of her parents, Mr Athol Winton Martin and Mrs Maida Kathleen Lyall, who both lived and worked in Tasmania.

Sadly, Mrs Gleeson-West passed away in 2016, however it was her wish to continue the scholarship via her Estate.  Mrs Gleeson-West had a great affinity for both the Tasmanian and St Patrick’s College communities and her generosity will always be fondly remembered.

Two students from both Year 10 and 11 will be awarded the scholarship, which is a once off contribution of 50% of the annual tuition fees at St Patrick’s College and will be credited in January, 2019.

Next week, Year 10 and 11 students and parents will be emailed information on how to apply for the scholarship. This information will also be available on the Schoolbox student and parent portals.

All applications are to be received by close of business on Friday, 3 August 2018. I look forward to receiving many applications.

It was a pleasure to watch our Senior 1st Football Girls in their inaugural SATIS state final on Saturday. It was pleasing to see the spirit in which the game was played against The Friends’ School and even more pleasing to see Jess Murphy kick the goal on the final siren to ensure victory for the girls. It has certainly been a pleasure watching the girls co-curricular program become more diverse as new opportunities arise. 

The PARTS festival for both the Middle School and Croagh Patrick were held last week and it was, from all reports of a very high standard and well supported by the community.

It’s been pleasing to see how well the students have engaged in their assesment over the past week and a half.  We’re now looking forward to having them back to regular classes. 

I wish all the families, students and staff a restful break and look forward to seeing everyone return in Term 3.  

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

God Bless

Mr Tony Daley