This week we have celebrated Catholic Education Week across Queensland. This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day. The theme for this year’s celebrations is: Many Voices. One Spirit.

Catholic education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society.

There are 306 Catholic schools in Queensland that educate around 149,000 students and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff. I would like to thank the staff of St Patrick’s College for their dedication, hardwork and contribution to forming the young men of this College. This week is a celebration of all those who work in our Catholic Schools.

This week, we celebrated the achievement of students who were involved in Trimester 2 AIC Sports of Cross Country, Football, Rugby Union and Confraternity Rugby League. As always, we are grateful for the large number of staff who are involved in coaching and managing teams. I thank Mr Daniel Nethery, Mr Matthew Ingram and Mrs Kate Grainger for their hard work in preparing and communicating all information regarding our AIC Sporting Competition. A special mention of thanks and gratitude to our past employees of Mrs Di Twist and Mr Jacob Jennings who worked tirelessly in the sports office.

The first of the information evenings occurred on Monday night with a Parent Information Evening for Years 10 and 11. It was an opportunity to gain an understanding of the new QCE system that commenced this year for the Year 11 Cohort. The Seniors of 2020 will be the first students to experience external exams under the new ATAR system. The teaching staff have been involved in professional development in conjunction with working with teachers from other schools across both private and state education systems sharing resources and collectively working on assessment tasks. Over the next few weeks, there will be a number of subject selection evenings occurring. These have been published on REALM. I ask that parents of students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 make themselves available to attend these informative evenings. These evenings will provide vital information that will assist students to make wise decisions regarding their subject selection.

Last weekend, was the start of the first round of Trimester 3 sport with the commencement of the Basketball, Tennis and Rugby League (trial) season. There were mixed results across the weekend but I would like to congratulate the young men for their spirit and sportsmanship. They certainly represent the College and participated with pride and passion. I would like to thank all those that assisted in the Curlew Park canteen for the first round of the Rugby League games in which we witnessed all colleges playing in the one venue. We also received many positive comments on the state of the ovals and the general hospitality provided. Thank you to all. It is important to remind all members of our community that respect needs to be demonstrated at all times to match officials. The College will not tolerate inappropriate comments being made or directed towards match officials or the opposition.

I would also like to congratulate the young men of St Patrick's College who performed at the local Einbunpin Festival last weekend, we have received wonderful feedback from our local Community on their performances.

Today, we capped off our Harry Potter week at the College with the inaugural Year 12 Quidditch Match, thank you to our staff who have so enthusiastically supported this initiative which has allowed our young men to immerse themselves in the world of Harry Potter. A special thank you to our Library staff who have expertly coordinated this week, topping it off with treats from the Lolly Trolley and Butter Beer (ginger beer spiders).

This weekend the College Leadership Team and members of the teaching staff will commence enrolment interviews for 2022. Having been part of this process for many years I look forward to hearing the many positive experiences of the applicants with current and former St Patrick’s College students.

I wish you all the very best this week.

God Bless

Mr Frank Torrisi – Acting Principal