Middle School Report

February 18, 2021

by Mr Michael Busscher, Director of the Middle School 

Year 9 Queenscliff/Anglesea Camps

Over the coming week the Year 9 students will attend the first of their experiential experiences.

By now you will have received the information letter and permission form via PAM. This needs to be attended to with permission granted and the medical profile updated otherwise you son cannot attend the camp.

The three day – two-night camp will see the students involved in a variety of outdoor activities; snorkelling, canoeing, surfing, hiking, camping, beach fitness and team building initiatives.

They will operate in four groups, rotating through the activities and will be accompanied by a St Patrick’s College staff member as well as the YMCA or Anglesea Valley Lodge staff.

During the evenings the boys will spend time further exploring The Rite Journey Program.

The camp dates are as follows:

Camp 1 (Queenscliff)

Monday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 3 = 9A, 9C & 9E

Camp 2 (Anglesea)

Monday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 3  = 9B & 9D

Camp 3 (Queenscliff)

Wednesday, March 3 to Friday, March 5  = 9F & 9I

Camp 4 (Anglesea)

Wednesday, March 3 to Friday, March 5 = 9G & 9H

Please contact your son’s Pastoral Care Teacher, Shane Hayes, Sam Cue or myself if you have any further questions around the camp.

Community Service Placements will begin following the COVID Lock-Down.

We have had a tremendous level of support from our parents in light of this initiative and the boys are gearing up to really get involved. Unfortunately the COVID lock-down has put a stop to this week’s group going out of the College do this placement. At this point in time all of our boys have completed their internal Community Service Induction, they are in the process of been allocated to their specific placement location and they have been issued with their individualized Passport and Reflection Journal. I ask that the Community Service Student/Parent contract, located within the Passport and Reflection Journal be signed prior to your son attending his Community Service placement. Please be aware that our first group of students will now begin their out of school placements on Tuesday, February 23 and our second group of students will begin on Wednesday, March 17. I have asked all of our boys to arrive at their Community Service placement by 1.45pm or as close to that time as possible.  Understandably, transportation issues can cause delays but I would expect NO Student to be later than 2.00pm to start their Community Service Placement.

The Passport and Reflective Journal will be required to be carried by our students whenever they are on Community Service. This will contain all of their personal contact details should a situation arise that this information be required whilst out of the College. The Reflection Journal element is a wonderful way to discuss with your son how their Community Service has gone each time that they have attended it. I remind you also that one of our teaching staff will also call in each week to check up on the boys.

Mr Michael Busscher

Director of Middle School