Junior School Report – February 21, 2019

February 20, 2019

The school 2019 year has started smoothly in the St Patrick’s College Junior School. The new Year 7 students have entered the College with a good degree of enthusiasm and eagerness to get involved in the College and all it has to offer. Our teachers have worked for many hours to ensure that curriculum, class groups, timetables and materials are ready to go so as we can provide quality learning experiences for the students in our care.

The many Year 7’s that I have spoken to have indicated that they are enjoying the many things that St Patrick’s has to offer. I encourage every Year 7 boy to become involved with some activity around the College, whether it be sporting, cultural or in the social justice sphere. By becoming involved in a co-curricular activity it is an excellent way for the boys to get to know other students and members of staff.

Please be aware that from time to time your son may well feel uncertain or anxious about some aspect of his schooling. This is normal and natural and every student will feel this way from time to time. It is important that parents support their sons and enable them to deal with issues without necessarily fighting their -battles- for them.

Parents can assist by ensuring that the school timetable is posted in a prominent place and they are reminded to refer to it to assist with planning and the organization of study and materials.

If you do have any concerns regarding your son’s transition to secondary schooling please contact your son’s Pastoral Tutor as a first port of call.

Pastoral Tutors:

Our Pastoral tutors (homeroom teachers) are the first port of call for any issues or concerns that parents may have regarding their son, here at St Patrick’s.

Pastoral tutors are easily contactable via email and this means of communication should ensure a timely reply to any queries. All staff email addresses follow the same format e.g.: Margie Dodd- mdodd@stpats.vic.edu.au, Jacinta Burge- jburge@stpats.vic.edu.au etc-¦

For a list of the Junior School Pastoral Tutors please refer to the table below:

7A – Monique Allen

8A – David Carpenter

7B – Jacinta Reidy

8B – Glenda Morris

7C – Kate Brusamarello

8C – Claud Procaccino

7D – Brianah Walsh

8D – Rosalie Rajki

7E – Kerryn Parkinson

8E – Melissa Griffin

7F – Jenny Willis

8F – Gerry Willis

7G – Katrina Bird

8G – Melissa Delaland

7H – Fiona Wilson

8H – Jarrod Ryan

7I – Brett Earl

8I – Mark Holland


One of the greatest challenges facing students commencing their secondary education is the ability to manage and plan their study program. According to College Policy, it is recommended that boys in Years 7 and 8 set aside 1-1.5 hours per weeknight for study and completion of homework. An expectation of 1-1.5 hours of homework over each weekend is also a recommendation.

The development of sound study habits is of utmost importance to your son’s development as a student. It is important that your son has:

  • A designated area in which to study away from distractions such as television and computer games etc-¦
  • A designated study time each night- it is of vital importance to establish a routine.
  • The foresight to manage time effectively. To work around sporting and other commitments throughout the week
  • The ability to record tasks for completion in the App4 Student Diary on the iPad. This takes the guesswork out of what needs to be completed on a nightly basis.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding homework or assignment work please contact your son’s subject teacher to clarify the situation.

Items of Value

All boys in the Junior School are reminded that any items of value should be stored in their lockers whilst at school.

Items such as phones, iPods, wallets, money and suit coats should be placed in lockers at the commencement of the school day and only removed when required.

IPads should be stored in lockers during recess and lunch breaks and only removed for classes. They must be taken home at the end of the school day.