Headmaster’s Message – July 20, 2017

July 19, 2017

Dear Parents, Carers, Friends and Students of St Patrick’s College,

It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome all members of the St Patrick’s College community back to school for Term 3.

The commencement of the new semester signals an important milestone for all our Year 12 students in particular, who are now entering a critical stage of their final year. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of maintaining a comprehensive study routine throughout this term, one that incorporates careful planning and a strong work ethic. Students need to maintain a high degree of self belief that effort will equal reward, as well as maintaining strong levels of self motivation. All our Year 12 students are reminded that we are on this journey together: you are supported by your parents, the College and your dedicated teachers who remain committed to ensuring you reach your potential. Keeping the lines of communication open at all times is so important over the remainder of your secondary journey.- –

In addition, the beginning of a new semester offers all students the opportunity to have a fresh start. I challenge all students to strive to reach their potential in everything you do. Whether in your conversations with other students, staff, in your academic pursuits or in your extra-curricular participation, the College’s expectations are that every student gives their very best at all times. No one can ask for more than your best and only you can make the decision to give your best.

Throughout Term 3, we have a number of staff who have taken a period of Long Service Leave or Parental Leave. With this in mind, we warmly welcome the following new members of staff who will fill vacancies over this term:

  • Bridie Laffey -“ English / Humanities

  • Caitlin Herington -“ English

  • Lynette McClenaghan -“ English

  • Miles Kerr -“ Food

  • Stephanie Mahony -“ PE / Humanities

  • Arras Mathieson -“ GAP Tutor

    In addition, there are some changes to some leadership positions for this term/semester. Please note these carefully for your records:

  • John Richards -“Acting Deputy Headmaster Wellbeing for the next two weeks.

  • Janelle Spierings -“ Year 8 Coordinator for Term 3

  • Shane Hayes -“ Year 9 Coordinator.

  • Marian Haddrick -“ Head of Co-Curricular Performance for Term 3.

    On Wednesday, our 1st XVIII Football Team played Essendon and Keilor College in the Semi-Final of the Herald Sun Shield. Winning comfortably, the team has now reached an impressive and unprecedented 9th consecutive Herald Sun Shield Grand Final. The premiership will be decided when we play against St Bernard’s College, West Essendon on August 16 at Simmonds Stadium Geelong. We look forward to cheering on our students who have shown enormous commitment and dedication to playing at the highest possible standard. In acknowledging this success, we also congratulate Howard Clark, our First XVIII Coach and Director of Football, who has led the development of this wonderful program with great inspiration and dedication over many years at the College, together with our dedicated coaching team of Gavin Webb, Jarrett Giampaolo, Joe Carmody, Andrew Chamings, Charlie Flynn, Jamie Grant and Peter Brown.

    Over the comings weeks, certain year levels are involved in a number of information sessions around subject offerings and selections for 2018. I would stress the importance of parents engaging in a conversation with their son at home around subject pathways and choices, and being mindful of contacting the College should you have any questions or queries. The College always welcomes and encourages a chat with parents and carers to ensure that every student is given the information necessary to make wise choices. Parents should contact their relevant Director of School, or Deputy Headmaster, Learning and Teaching, Mr Stephen Hill, for further information or enquiries.

    Finally, I am very mindful that there are a number of people within our community who have experienced the loss of a loved one recently, or who have members of their family who are unwell. As a Catholic community in Christ we pray with one voice for all members of St Patrick’s College. We pray to our loving God to fill each of us with strength and courage particularly at this time, and throughout our lives as we journey together as people of the Gospel.

    Finally, I share a short yet powerful reflection with the community from Pope Francis:

    Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    John Crowley