Thursday May 17, 2018

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

This week’s newsletter provides the community with a vision of the future for St Patrick’s College.

Out of the Mission and Vision statements and College values we have consulted widely to produce the Strategic Plan for the next four years and beyond.

The three main strategic priorities are underwritten by the Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools. They are:

Catholic Identity and Mission
Learning and Achievement
Wellbeing and Leadership

Generated from the College Strategic Plan are the College Operational priorities to enable us to continue to grow and prosper. The Strategic Plan is formulated to continue the School Improvement Process.

I would encourage you to take the time to read the Strategic Plan in order for you to have a deeper understanding of the goals and aspirations for St Patrick’s College in the future.

The term has certainly began in earnest now. The weekend saw the commencement of many winter sporting competitions, such as Hockey, Netball, Junior Soccer, Badminton and AFL. On Saturday, St Patrick’s College won the Senior Girls, Boys 2nds and Boys Senior 1sts AFL games against Scotch Oakburn College. These games were played in great spirit.

Last week the Launceston Drama Competitions were held and St Patrick’s College competed with great success.  

The College debating continues with the Parliamentary Shield being hotly contested on the 25th and 26th May.  

This week Year 7 and Year 9 students have been undertaking NAPAN testing.  I do find it perplexing that every commentator, paper and columnist has an opinion on the worth of such testing. If we claim to be a school that is data driven then NAPLAN simply becomes another source of data in which we can reflect on what and how the curriculum is delivered in the classroom.

The NAPLAN data is a snapshot in time and a small piece of the puzzle that evaluates student achievement.

Finally, I look forward to seeing the Year 11 and 12 students at the College Ball this Saturday evening. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to shine and interact on a formal occasion. I do try to stress to students that the joy is in the journey and I encourage you to make time to spend with them in their preparations. It was pleasing to hear from one parent this week that he went with his son to buy his first suit so he could wear it to the Ball.

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

God Bless

Mr Tony Daley