Thursday, 29 March 2018

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

As we journey through Holy Week we are reminded of the Easter story.  It is one of trial and sorrow, but ultimately there is new life. As we all know this is represented by the eggs on Easter Sunday

It is also a time that we should look to the disadvantaged in our community to see how we can help them towards new beginnings and independence. 

As a College we need to be thankful for our gifts and then fulfil our mission in the service of others.

I would encourage you to take the time to experience the Stations of the Cross at either the Church of Apostles or at Westbury, where a number of College students will be helping with services. Please check the times of these which are advertised further in the newsletter (page 20).

You don’t need to look very hard to see the Mission of our College being lived.  On the past weekend the Relay for Life 24 hour walk was conducted.  St Patrick’s College students and staff walked in shifts in the pouring rain and organisers were extremely thankful for those students who manned the face painting and Easter egg basket making stations.  I would especially like to thank Mrs Ann Viney for organising the event and to Mr Gilbert Viney for ensuring participants were well fed. 

The last few weeks have been an extremely busy time for the College.  This week saw our SATIS Swimming team head to Hobart to take on all corners of the state.  The team had a successful day, winning five Shields across age groups. Special mention to the U/15 Freestyle Relay Boys who won their third successful relay, breaking the record for the third year in a row.

On a totally different note, while I was waiting in Hobart for the team to arrive I was sitting on a bench next to an elderly couple.  Not knowing I was from St Patrick’s College, the gentleman leaned over to me when the team arrived and said “look at that school, the way they are presented puts all those other schools to shame.”.  I just smiled back, but it certainly made me feel very proud of the students.

The Head of the River was a great success this year.  The number of rowers has increased dramatically and it was great to see the ‘sea of green’ with the launch of the St Patrick’s College supporters shirt that is now available to purchase from the Uniform Store.

St Patrick’s Day is quickly becoming one of my favourite days of the year.  It is a time to give thanks, honour our student leaders and enjoy the festive activities.  It is a crucial day in the College calendar that helps set the culture of thanks and respect we are trying to develop and instil in our students.

The music on the day was spectacular, with the College bands excelling once again.  The cantors throughout the Mass set a beautiful tone. An amazing job when you consider that the College band also played at Sacred Heart’s fair later that day.

It is worth highlighting that I did speak to a number of students on the following Monday who were not present on St Patrick’s Day for various reasons. Whilst some students had genuine reasons for not attending, a number decided to take the day off because they did not see it as important.  As a community, I ask that we all support these important days on the College calendar.

We have a number of basketball and tennis teams playing in the finals over the next few weeks. I am told that it is the first time in a number of years that the Boys 1sts and Girls 1sts basketball teams are both in the grand final.  

Good luck to all involved in finals. 

Lastly, I wish you a happy and holy Easter and if you are travelling this weekend, please do so safely.

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

God Bless

Mr Tony Daley