Acting Headmaster’s Message – March 28, 2018

March 27, 2018

This Sunday, we will acknowledge and celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Easter Sunday also marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent and the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday).

As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.

As Easter Sunday approaches, it is good to reflect on the example Jesus has left us in terms of integrity, commitment and of accepting the consequences of our actions and beliefs. Amidst the great joy of family time this Easter, we should also spare a thought for the price sometimes paid by those who stand up for what we know is right, for speaking the truth in the face of opposition and for taking the road less travelled because it is an inconvenience. Theirs is the faithfulness we see in Jesus and the example we should all turn to.

The renewal of our baptismal promises, which is customary at the Easter Day Mass, invites us to reflect upon the immense implications of our sharing in the Saviour’s risen life, for the sake of the whole world.

Term 2 staff changes:

Following is an update of the staff changes for the beginning of Term 2:


Staff changes

Mr John Crowley

Headmaster – returns from leave.

Mr Stephen Hill returns to Deputy Headmaster T & L

Mrs Julia Petrov return to Director of KRC

Mrs Leonie Darken returns to Assistant Director of KRC

Mrs Jo McKee

Headmaster’s EA -“ returns from leave

Ms Kylie O’Brien to Enhanced Learning Administrator

Mr Leigh McKee

Long Service Leave

Mrs Jacinta Burge – to Year 8 YLC

Mrs Margie Dodd -“ to Year 7 YLC for Term 2

Mr Liam Towell -“ HaPE, Science, RE teaching and Yr 7 PC

Mr Peter Hutchins

Long Service Leave

Mr Sam Hoffman -“ Media teaching

Mrs Melissa Griffin-“ Head of The Arts Faculty for Term 2

Ms Belinda Lees

Long Service Leave

Mr Jal Nicholl -“ English teaching and Yr 11 PC

Other changes will be communicated as confirmed at the beginning of Term 2.

Good news from the end of the end of last week:

A sea of Easter eggs!

Thank you to all students and parents who supported the work of our Mission Trainee, Mr Tiernan Somers, in gathering such a large number of Easter eggs last Friday. The hundreds of eggs collected will be distributed this week to children at the Base Hospital to help brighten their Easter Sunday. Thank you to all for contributing to such a worthy cause.


Congratulations to our Firsts Crew, Hamish Crawley, Connor Shugg, James Crilly, Regan Champley and Jackson Long (cox), on all they achieved at the National Rowing Championships. It started with a bronze medal in the Under 19 coxed four, continued with a silver medal in the Under 19 eights (when they combined with rowers from Melbourne High) and concluded with a Gold medal last Sunday when the boys won the National Schoolboys Coxed Four title. Well done to Hamish, Connor, James, Regan, Jackson (cox) and to their Coach, Mr Brendan Scott!


Congratulations to Mr Luke Corden and our 1st XI cricketers who won the BAS Two Day Grand Final last Friday with a comfortable six wicket win over Ballarat Clarendon College. Captain Jack Riding led the way with a superb 65 not out.


Congratulations to our Senior Golf team which won last Wednesday’s Annual BAS Golf Championships with Josh Canny also taking the title as individual stableford winner!

Monday, April 16 -“ Staff Professional Development Day:

A reminder to all parents and students that Term 2 classes will resume on Tuesday, April 17. Teaching staff will be using Monday, April 16 for the ongoing work of reviewing, auditing and updating our curriculum documentation for all aspects of our teaching and learning programs -“ Awakenings (Religious Education), Victorian Curriculum, VCE, VCAL and VET alike.

Administration staff will be working with an external PD provider to further their Word, Excel and Outlook skills and knowledge.

Thanks for the term!

Term 1 is always an incredibly busy one for all at St Patrick’s and the success of the many events, functions and activities that have taken place can only occur through the combined efforts of the many. My time as Acting Headmaster has been made all the more enjoyable thanks to the knowledge and commitment of our staff who bring so much energy to the College every day. As I have noted on a number of occasions to the staff, we are always better when we work together!

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday break and look forward to welcoming you back in Term 2. May the good news of the risen Christ be a source of hope and joy for all families over the Easter Season.


Mr Stephen Hill