Middle School Report – June 21, 2018

June 20, 2018

This week has seen the entire Year 9 cohort move down to Melbourne for classes and despite the public transport issues all has been running very smoothly. The Melbourne Experience is designed to promote important life skills, such as independence, initiative and responsibility, and provide a real world link to the Year 9 Curriculum.

The Melbourne Experience Objectives include:

  • Learn about different aspects of Melbourne

  • History, Culture, Arts, Sport, Design and Innovation

  • Learn how to use public transport

  • How to navigate around the Melbourne CBD

  • Develop teamwork and independence skills

  • Experience a range of activities across the CBD

In Term Three, Year 9 students will have the opportunity to participate in Ballroom Dancing Classes with Year 9 students from Loreto College starting the first week back on Wednesday July 18.- Classes will be conducted in the Pavilion at St Patrick’s College, from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.- There is a 200 student limit of places available in both the lessons and the Social. This is of course a combination of both schools, thus only 100 St Patrick’s College boys will be able to attend.

Cost:– – – – – – – – – – – – – $25.00 (including GST) which covers the four dancing lessons.

There will be a culminating -‘Social’ following the 4 dancing classes.

I hope your son will have the opportunity to participate in this most enjoyable activity.-

Letters have been sent home with your son outlining the Year 9 Dance Program with Loreto College.

Also during Week 1 our boys will undertake the Ballarat Community Health led SSMART ASSK Program. The purpose of this experience is to reduce the risk of alcohol and other drug harm to young people and the broader community of Ballarat


  • Increase knowledge of risk

  • Reduce risk of harm associated with partying


1.- – – – – – – – To increase the knowledge of young people about:

a.- – – – – – – – The risks of alcohol and other drugs in relation to binge drinking and unsafe partying

b.- – – – – – – – The support and emergency services available in the community

c.- – – – – – – – Basic first aid in a party situation

2.- – – – – – – – To improve attitudes and behaviours of young people about adopting harm minimization strategies to keep them safe in party situations.

So as you can see, we are going to be off to a very fast start next term!!


Mr Michael Busscher

Director of Middle School.