Boarding Bulletin Board
July 23, 2020
Although many of our St Patrick’s College students returned to campus last week, a large contingent of Boarders remained in the Boarding Precinct due to the closure of Interstate Boarders. This was certainly a difficult time for our St Patrick’s College Boarders, but one that they should be congratulated upon. A set schedule was in place so that the Boarders could enjoy some relaxing time, while also making the most of their time at the College. Trips to X-treme Bounce and Bowling brought out the competitive spirit in many, while others took the opportunity to study and keep on top of their schoolwork. A special thanks to Deanne Gilson who gave up her time to share her story surrounding the development of the Murrup Laarr sculpture around Lake Wendouree. This was an amazing opportunity for our Boarders and one that was appreciated by all who attended.
As we are all aware, things are far from normal in the current situation we find ourselves in, so it is important that we continue to engage our Boarders in activities to keep their minds and bodies active. Our Boarding student leaders have developed several opportunities over the past two weeks to keep spirits high and enable our Boarders to look forward to different events. One such event was held last Wednesday when the whole Boarding cohort descended on the Main Oval to play a football match. There was plenty of friendly rivalries between the two teams and the game came down to the final kick of the match. It was a fantastic chance for all year levels to have a run around and enjoy time together. Other activities that have occurred over the past two weeks include a table tennis competition and 3v3 Basketball matches.
At the time of writing, we are gearing up to make History as for the first time ever a joint Indigenous/Boarding students’ team will take the field against an All-Stars team to compete for the Taatee Shield. The Indigenous/Boarding team will be known as the Pumarali Dreamers. The word “pumarali” hails from the Indigenous language and means “lightning and thunder”. For the past week, the excitement for this match has grown as many of our Senior Boarders have been discussing tactics and game plays to impress on the ground. To make it special for the entire Boarding cohort, following the match we will be inviting all our Boarders to a special dinner, followed by a night of activities including a lip sync battle amongst students! From the practices that have been seen, it is quite possible that the next big boy band could be unearthed this evening!
Unfortunately, with the current conditions as they are, St Patrick’s College had to withdraw from the BAS Sport Competition in Term 3. While we understand and realise this is disappointing, in the absence of the BAS Competition St Patrick’s College will be offering internal sport throughout Term 3.
Below a list of sports available this term and we encourage all our Boarders to get involved where possible.
|WEEK 3 – SENIOR FOOTBALL MATCH DETAILS TO COME
WEEK 4,5,6 – SENIOR HOUSE COMPETITION
SIGN-UP INFORMATION WILL BE SENT OUT SOON
|3, 4, 5
|TUES – JUNIOR
WEDS – INTER
THURS – SENIOR
|3 V 3 BASKETBALL
|3, 4, 5
|3, 4, 5
|SENIOR – 10,11,12
|3, 4, 5
|EMAIL BRENDAN SCOTT IF YOU MISSED THE SIGN-UP MEETING
It continues to be our privilege to support our Boarders on their journey through St Patrick’s College. We are confident that we continue to do so in a safe and positive fashion, even in these most difficult of times. As always, all our decisions, policies and protocols are driven by the priority of our Boarder’s safety.
Message from the Director of Students, Mr Mike Silcock
Last week, we accepted an invitation from the DHHS COVID Prevention Team to walk through our Boarding Precinct. The purpose of such was to allow us to consider our current response to COVID and seek the team’s advice / assistance in relation to what our response would be if a case occurred. We wanted to share with you all that we received a resoundingly positive report, complimentary of the comprehensive measures we currently have in place for the support of our Boarders at this time and in the case of a Boarder (or a member of our community) contracting COVID. This is a testament to the outstanding, collaborative work of so many and should be a measure of reassurance for us all as to the capacity of the College to support us all at this time.
Get to Know SPC Boarding
Introducing: Ethan Councillor
Ethan is a current Yr12 student here at St Patrick’s and is one of our Vice Captains of Boarding
Where is your Hometown?
How long have you been a Boarder at St Patrick’s College?
Why did you choose Boarding at St Patrick’s College?
My older brother came here as a Boarder
What do you enjoy most about Boarding?
Getting to make friends from all over Australia
Food: Honey Mustard Chicken
Drink: Ice tea
Sport: Football, basketball, rugby
Movie: How to train your dragon 3
Introducing: Gabe Connolly
Gabe is a current GAP Tutor working within the Boarding Precinct.
Where is your Hometown?
St Austell, Cornwall
How long have you been in Ballarat for?
What were your first impressions of Ballarat?
Friendly town obsessed with AFL.
What do you enjoy most about SPC Boarding?
Getting to know boys from a range of differing backgrounds.
Food: Steak and Chips
Movie: Shawshank Redemption