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2019 Ireland tour

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2019  Tour of Ireland and the UK

 

IRELAND TOUR 2019

The St Patricks’ College’s Football program is again planning to offer an opportunity for students to tour Ireland in the Term 1 holidays in 2019.

This tour follows successful trips to Ireland (2007, 2010 2013 and 2016), and Melbourne (2006, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018) and aims to visit a number of Edmund Rice sites and play a series of International Rules games – the hybrid game incorporating Gaelic and Australian Rules skills and rules. 

The tour would be open to students from Year 10 to 12, 2019 and is offered in line with the Football Programme’s Strategic Plan (2012-2015) in providing participants with educational opportunities both on and off the field. Members of the Australian Rules Football program are invited to apply. This tour is offered in line with the College’s Overseas Trips Policy

Objectives of Tour 

The tour would have the following educational objectives:

  1. To heighten understandings of the heritage of the College, specifically the history and traditions of the world wide Edmund Rice network of schools.

  2. In doing so to increase boys’ awareness that they are part of a world-wide network of secondary schools, with the shared charism of Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

  3. To provide participants with an invaluable learning experience. Those travelling would spend some time playing International Rules but would also take in the sights of Ireland, in particular some of the places integral to the history of St Patrick’s College and the story of Blessed Edmund Rice.

  4. To develop further ongoing relationships with schools in Ireland in the Edmund Rice tradition and to explore the possibility of reciprocal visits for sporting, social justice, academic and cultural events.

  5. To provide an extension activity for players in the SPC Football program and work on physical conditioning, skill development and team building opportunities prior to the season.

  6. To provide an extension activity for student leaders among the College to assist in the development of a strong leadership culture within the College.

  7. To enhance the profile and status of the program by providing a significant point of difference from other school football programs thereby assisting in attracting players, coaches, volunteer medical and administration staff and umpires to the College’s football program in the current and subsequent seasons.

  8. To enhance further the profile of International Rules as a valuable physical activity in its own right and an integral part of the College’s Physical Education and Sporting Programs.

  9. To provide an inclusive educational experience through the joint efforts of tour support group members. Funds from football program fundraising efforts will be utilised to support students in line with the College’s guidelines on Student Bursaries for financially disadvantaged students.

  10. To develop further the College’s football and sporting programs through exposure to best practice models of sports management. The tour would take in visits to iconic sporting venues and organisations including Chelsea FC, Wimbledon, and Lords.

  11. To provide opportunities for personal development through use of reflective learning practices and the requirement of all students to complete a detailed trip report and presentation to parents and other tour supporters following the group's return to Ballarat.

Tour Planning Committee

The Tour Planning Committee will consist of the Headmaster, The Deputy Headmaster Student & Staff Wellbeing, the Head of Sport, the Director of Football and Leonie Spencer from Lifestyle Travel who is our preferred Travel Agency.

Selection Criteria – Students

All boys wishing to attend the Ireland Tour will need to apply to the tour planning committee. Boys will be asked to respond to specific questions in line with the tour objectives, in particular an appreciation of the purpose of the tour as an Edmund Rice educational experience, as well as make a commitment to abide by all College expectation and tour rules.

Applications will be assessed by members of the Tour Planning Committee. Invitations to apply to attend the proposed tour will be issued to the following students within the College community:

  • Students with a demonstrated record of participation within the College’s football program from Years 9-11.

  • Boarding students entering the College at Year 10, 11 or 12 will be considered for the tour in line with commitment to football at their previous school and upon analysis of their tour application.

  • Students in Year 10 or 11 who have a demonstrated record of supporting the school football programme through provision of umpiring, administration or team management services.

The number of students able to attend the tour will be dependent upon a number of factors. The tour will be limited to a maximum of 50 players. It should be noted that 24 students (including 20 players) is the minimum viable number for the trip to proceed. In line with the educational objectives of the tour it is preferable to take more rather than less students, given:

  • Availability of staff to provide a 1:6 adult to student ratio;

  • Availability of suitable accommodation for tour party – either hotel or billets from host schools;

  • Limitations for transport arrangements in Ireland. It is preferable to restrict group to one coach load plus one accompanying car (approx. 55 bus seats) for transportation purposes.

Should the number of applications from the College’s football program exceed the number of places available on the tour the following selection criteria will be applied by the Tour Planning Committee:

  1. The tour is a part of the 1st XVIII football program. In line with this the Committee will select its best team to represent the College, provided that players considered for selection are making sound academic progress and have a behavioural record that suggests they would represent the College in the manner expected of St Patrick’s College students.

  2. The committee will be responsible for the selection of students based on their football merit. Factors taken into account include but are not limited to:

    1. AIS/AFL Academy program members

    2. Previous Victorian Country State Representatives

    3. Current U/18 TAC squad members

    4. Previous State representation in the AFL National U/16 or U/18 competitions including NSW/ACT, NT, Qld, SA, WA, Victorian Metropolitan.

    5. Current U/16 TAC squad members

    6. Previous State representation in the National VSSSA U/15 schoolboys’ carnival

    7. Community Interleague representation at any level.

    8. Representation of the College at First XVIII level

    9. Played senior community football

  3. The committee will also take into account student involvement with major fundraising initiatives such as the hosting of student’s from Shibuya High School, Tokyo, the Trots evening and the viewing of a film at the Regent Theatre, Ballarat.

  4.  Parents/Guardians of Tour participants must have appropriate financial arrangements (a fee payment schedule) in place with the College and be up to date with fee payments to enable their son to be considered for the tour.

  5. The Headmaster will have discretion to select or omit students for the tour in light of circumstances communicated to him in confidence.  

Leadership Component of the Tour

The objectives of the tour complement the College’s leadership program. Places for other students to attend the tour will be considered on merit and will be judged by the Tour Planning Committee using the following criteria:

  1. The tour complements the College’s Leadership program. In line with this the Committee will select its most appropriate students to represent the College, provided that students considered for selection are making sound academic progress and do not have a behavioural record that could suggest they may not represent the College in the manner expected of St Patrick’s College students.

  2. Preference will be given to the College Captain and Vice Captains to represent the College on the tour. Places for other students will be decided upon the merit of their application.

  3. Parents/Guardians of Tour participants must have appropriate financial arrangements (a fee payment schedule) in place with the College and be up to date with fee payments to enable their son to be considered for the tour.

  4. The Headmaster will have discretion to select or omit students for the tour in light of circumstances communicated to him in confidence, for example financial circumstances.

 

How to Apply

Any student wishing to apply to join the tour must do so by completing the questions at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ireland2019

 

Key Dates

Tour Departure: Wednesday April 3, 2019

Tour Returning: Wednesday April 17, 2019

A Parent and Student Information Night was held on Tuesday June 12, 2018. Information provided on that night can be found at this link

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SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 14

6 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 14 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland and the UK   Oh what a night! It would be fair to say that when most of our students saw their itinerary for the entire tour they were probably dreading this night the most. After all, most of the boys on this trip are more inclined towards enjoying sport rather than the theatre. A night at the Piccadilly Theatre was greeted

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 13

5 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 13 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland and the UK – Day 13   Sport can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. It can be savoured and relished, like a fine wine by the open fireplace in a reclining leather chair. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, it can be raucously celebrated with club colours, passionate cheers (and jeers), a hot pie, cold drinks and the backslappin

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 12

4 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 12 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland and the UK – Day 12 If there is any city in the world which could lay claim to being a better sporting city than Melbourne, it would be London. Today, our boys were presented the opportunity to experience two of the iconic sporting venues in this wonderful city. First stop was Stamford Bridge – the home of the famous Chelsea

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 11

3 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 11 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland and the UK – Day 11   After ten amazing days touring the green fields, the rocky northern terrain and the many wonderful cities and towns, it was time to bid farewell to the island and Ireland and cross the Irish Sea bound for London. A busy morning ensued with loading and unloading luggage and saying goodbye and thank you to

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 10

2 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 10 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 10 An early departure from Maghera meant boys had to be returned from their homestay families by 7.30am. The students returned with many varied tales of enjoying the wonderful hospitality from their Irish hosts, including many who had spent a couple of nights on rural properties, being put to the test with some manual la

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 9

1 Apr

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 9 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 9   We’ve often commented on this tour how blessed and how lucky we have been with the weather. Crisp, sunny days have greeted us for most of the time and even when the heavens have opened the showers have seemed to coincide with our time in transit or under shelter. Well, today the luck of the Irish ran out. It was wet

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 8

31 Mar

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 8 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 8   Our convoy (well, one bus and a car) moved from Derry to the smaller regional city of Maghera this morning where the students were introduced to their host families who will provide lodging for them over the next two days. After a couple of hours of familiarisation the host families then dropped the boys off at the

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 7

30 Mar

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 7 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 7   Another long day of travelling greeted our touring party on Wednesday as we headed further north from Galway bound for Derry (also known as Londonderry). En route, we were able to enjoy a couple of quick stops while also enjoying the ever-changing but always spectacular Irish countryside. Our first break for mornin

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 6

29 Mar

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 6 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 6 – Cork to Galway   A day of travelling through the south western corner of Ireland today as our group of 55 students and eight staff relocated from Cork to Galway. First stop of the journey was a morning tea at the historic tourist town of Adare, south of Limerick, which is famous for its thatched-roof homes and histo

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 5

28 Mar

SPC Tour of Ireland - Day 5 author:

SPC Tour of Ireland – Day 5   The Blarney Castle is described as the most famous and most photographed building in Ireland and today our boys had the opportunity to see this 650-year-old structure and climb to its parapets. More glorious, clear spring weather greeted our trip to Blarney, presenting the perfect conditions to explore and enjoy the

2016 Ireland Tour - Day 4

27 Mar

2016 Ireland Tour - Day 4 author:

Day 4 – Easter Sunday, March 27 Easter Sunday was welcomed with an early wake up call for all members of the touring party who were asked to regather as one at 8am at the Parnell Gaelic Football Club. Following yesterday’s games, the boys were billeted out to local families for the night to experience a brief taste of Irish hospitality. Upon rec

2016 Ireland Tour - Day 3

26 Mar

2016 Ireland Tour - Day 3 author:

SPC v Dublin Invitational Day 3 of the 2016 St Patrick’s College tour of Ireland and the UK welcomed the first competitive hit-out with a match against representative teams made up of the best Gaelic football players from Dublin and surrounds. The 1sts and 2nds matches were played concurrently at the pristine surrounds of the Parnell Gaelic Athle

2016 Ireland Tour - Day 2

25 Mar

2016 Ireland Tour - Day 2 author:

Our first full day in Ireland for the 2016 Tour provided some memories of a lifetime and the chance to meet some Irish sporting royalty. Following a long 35-hour journey to arrive in Dublin on Thursday night, the touring party was fighting off the effect of jet lag on Good Friday morning. As a result the majority were up and about early taking ful