Thursday, 3 May 2018

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

Term 2 began in earnest this week. It commenced with the production of Moments from Stage & Screen. Sharp and snappy performances of tap, contemporary and jazz dances intertwined with 60 second drama performances and Brass Class produced an evening that was both spectacular and entertaining.

I congratulate all students who performed and assisted on the evening. In addition, I wish to thank all staff who were involved in preparing students and enabling the night to be so successful.

ANZAC Day is truly a special day. It is an intergenerational day and as parents and guardians, we play a pivotal role in instilling the gratitude and thanks for the current and ex service men and women who have sacrificed so much in order for us to live the life we have today.

As parents and guardians, you have the opportunity to educate, take the time, show the gratitude and experience the day with your children - whether it be going to a dawn service or a march to show thanks to the service men and women.

In turn, your children will likely appreciate this as they mature, and once they are grown up and move away, perhaps they will continue this tradition with their own families. The first line of the Ode of Remembrance, which is used in association with ANZAC commemoration services, requires some reflection:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

The men and women who did not make it back from their service will be ‘forever young'. They will only ever be remembered as young men and women because they will never ever grow old.

St Patrick’s College plays a privileged role in many ANZAC Day ceremonies around Launceston. It was with great pride that I was able to march with the Year 12 Student Executive in the Parade. Olivia Cullen and Caleb Robinson laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the College community.

Sasha Massey gave an address during the service at Evandale, while Miss Fiona Mowat played the Last Post at the Launceston Racing Club, flanked by students from our Cadet and VET courses. Finally, Eliza Fox and Cooper Smith represented the College at the Deloraine Service by laying a wreath for the fallen.

These events demonstrate the close ties that St Patrick’s College has with the greater Launceston region and represents how we live out our Mission ‘To be a community of faith, learning, respect and service in the Catholic tradition’.

Lest We Forget.

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Mr Tony Daley