Acting Principal’s Message

August 7, 2020

By Acting Principal, Mr Stephen Hill

August 8 – The feast day of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop

In more usual times, the College would gather as a whole school this week to celebrate the feast day of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop.

Mary MacKillop was committed to serving the poor – to going to where the need was and living amongst those in need. She faced fierce opposition throughout her life and yet in the face of this trial, Mary was a model of forgiveness, insisting no ill be spoken of those who wronged her, while also remaining resolute in her convictions. Mary MacKillop was remarkable as a strong female leader in 19th century Australia.

The words and sentiments of the Saint Mary MacKillop Blessing are a source of comfort and inspiration as we seek meaning during these most difficult and challenging of times:

May the abiding presence of God encourage us

May the abundance of God’s love enliven us

May the vision of Julian Tenison Woods inspire us

May our love for one another support us

May God bless us – Provident, Overflowing Generosity,

and Ground of our Hope


Remote learning returns!

As we commence the second round of remote learning, I would like to acknowledge and thank each member of the St Patrick’s College staff for the work they have done this week to ensure that we are once again ready and thoroughly prepared to deliver a high quality online program to your boys.  Success at St Patrick’s comes about because of the efforts of the many, where collegiality is the cornerstone of our professional relationships and the collective knowledge, skill and expertise of all allows the boys flourish and grow.

During my online meetings this week as part of the 2021 subject selection process, I have been asking parents if their son is ready for the return to remote learning. While each recounted their son’s own unique experience and level of engagement with the previous version of remote learning, each was also very thankful for work of the teachers and classroom support staff in making it the best learning experience possible. So, as we head into this next incarnation of online learning, please know that the staff of St Patrick’s will continue to work diligently to ensure the very best learning outcomes for your sons.


A message from EREA Executive Director

Dr Wayne Tinsey, EREA Executive Director,  has sent the following message to the communities of all  EREA Victorian schools.

Message from EREA

Many thanks and all the best

Mr Stephen Hill

Acting Principal