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St Patrick’s College Middle School program

The St Patrick’s College Middle School aims to be a significant and positive experience in the life of the Year 9 boys in our care. We acknowledge the special needs of adolescents and strive to provide opportunities for each student to become an independent and active learner through rich and innovative curriculum, a curriculum that awakens and stimulates the intelligence.

We aim to maintain and enhance student enthusiasm for learning by means of an open and user-friendly curriculum. We foster the concept of a mental and physical new start and encourage student involvement whenever possible.

The Middle School Pastoral Care Programme picks up the key tenets of the journey from boyhood to manhood. The ‘Rite Journey’ programme engages the senses, acknowledges the challenges inherent in the adolescent years and provides an ideal platform to support boys in making their transition to senior school. The highly acclaimed programme is relational, practical and provides students with experiences compatible with the challenges of adolescence whilst fostering our boys’ life-long learning skills.

In 2017, the Director of the Middle School is Mr Michael Busscher.

2018 Year 9 Subject Selection

2018 Year 9 Information Booklet 
2018 Year 9 Student Presentation 
2018 Year 9 Subject Selection Guide 



Middle School Report - September 15, 2017

11 Sep

Middle School Report - September 15, 2017 author: Michael Busscher

PAT Reading comprehension and PAT Maths testing will be conducted this week or next dependent on which Maths and English classes your son is in. For the first time at St Patrick’s College both tests will be undertaken on line with results being made available to teachers almost instantaneously. This testing is very important in helping the College

2018 Student Leaders Announced

3 Sep

2018 Student Leaders Announced author: John Crowley

Dear Parents and Students of St Patrick’s College, Today it is a great honour to be able to announce the student leadership team for St Patrick’s College in 2018. The selection process over the past few weeks involved a detailed online vote involving students and staff, followed by a rigorous interview process whereby the candidates met last week w

Middle School Report - August 31, 2017

30 Aug

Middle School Report - August 31, 2017 author: Michael Busscher

Classroom and Yard Behaviour It seems an import time in the term when I remind boys that their journey into the Senior School is assisted by their subject results and classroom behaviour, as this information is used to assess their readiness to undertake VCE Units 1/2 in Year 10 and thus accelerate their schooling. Poor classroom behaviour is detr

Headmaster's reflection at EREA apology

31 May

Headmaster's reflection at EREA apology author: John Crowley

Headmaster John Crowley delivered the following speech in Canberra on Thursday, June 1, 2017 as the College's governing body, Edmund Rice Education Australia, delivered a formal apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. This reflection represents another significant step in the College's journey towards reconciliation with victims and

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi

9 Aug

1st XVIII match report - 2015 Herald Sun Shield Fi author: Xavier Carey

2015 Herald Sun Shield Grand Final St Patrick’s College 10.12 (72) d Essendon Keilor College 6.7 (43) Goal Kickers: Jackson Carrick 2, Jacob Wheelahan 2, Jacob Hopper 1, Hamish Coulton 1, Daniel Rioli 1, Leigh Spiteri 1, Tanner Blackney-Noter 1, Bailey Veale Best Players: Joel Cowan, Ben Hurley, Jacob Hopper, Ben Simpson, Ben Lusby, Hasker Dawbo