Boarding Bulletin Board

August 11, 2022

by Director of Boarding, Mr Brendon Gilbert

Student Achievements

Eric Yang – congratulations to Eric for representing the College in debating at the recent South Street Competition.

Ollie Hannaford – congratulations to Ollie on debuting for the GWV Rebels, a terrific achievement for a Year 10 student. Ollie played an essential role in the game, which saw the GWV Rebels defeat Gippsland Power, the ladder leader.

Boarding House Awards

Gratitude Awards – we are very grateful to those boys who show initiative and generosity to contribute to the smooth running of our busy boarding house. We want to thank Hugo Delany and Harry Gorman for raising and lowering the school flags in the absence of the boys on duty. Despite some mornings being below zero, Hugo and Harry generously offered their time to assist with this job. Furthermore, we are grateful to Luke Smith, who showed the initiative to help wash the dishes following several of the duty group members being absent. Again, this is not a desirable job; however, Luke kindly rolled up his sleeves and helped.

Boarders’ Basketball

The boarders’ basketball team recorded one win and one loss in the past fortnight. In Week 3, the boys went point for point against Ballarat Grammar and narrowly defeated them 27 to 25. In Week 4, we came up against a formidable Ballarat Clarendon side that jumped us and took a 9-point lead into halftime. Despite matching the opposition in the second half, the damage was done early, and we could never claw our way back into contention. Clarendon ran out 10-point victors, 49 to 39.

Value Add

Over the past fortnight, we have been exploring and discussing the importance of sleep on learning, health and sports performance. Sleep is essential, especially for our boarders who live active lives and often don’t get opportunities to unwind and decompress. Furthermore, we discussed the importance of forming effective bedtime routines to support healthy sleeping patterns. I encourage you to talk to your sons about their bedtime routines, so a consistent message is delivered to them.

The Year 11s are nearing their leadership journey in the boarding house. We have been exploring leadership concepts to set them up to take on the responsibility of being the most senior students. In our most recent session, we unpacked ‘values’ and how this looks as an individual and part of a larger living arrangement in a boarding context.

Circuit Breaker Weekend

On the recommendation of Catholic Education Ballarat, all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Ballarat have announced a circuit breaker weekend during Term 3. As part of this measure, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat, has decided to close on Friday, 12 August and Monday, 15 August. We encourage all boarders to make the most of this long weekend at home to decompress and return refreshed and ready to finish Term 3 in good shape.

As part of this circuit breaker weekend, we planned to hold the Years 10 – 12 Taatee Shield on Thursday after school. However, this will not go ahead due to many students’ unavailability to play.

We hope the boys have a restful long weekend.

Many thanks,

The Boarding Team