Middle School Report – May 12, 2016

May 11, 2016

The past week has seen the Middle School students involved in a variety of different activities and events ranging from the Edmund Rice Day celebrations to the NAPLAN Testing, ensuring a very busy fortnight for both students and staff.

Edmund Rice Day

Last Thursday, May 5 witnessed the annual celebration of Blessed Edmund Rice, which provided the students and staff with the opportunity to celebrate Mass together and then undertake the annual Walkathon aimed at raising much needed funds for those less fortunate in our community and beyond. Time was provided during mass to reflect on the life and legacy of Blessed Edmund and the Christian Brothers and their contributions to the history of St. Patrick’s College. I was impressed with the conduct and behaviour of the boys as they participated in the Walkathon around Victoria Park and Lake Wendouree and the significance of the occasion was clearly not lost. Their engagement during St. Pats has talent is also to be commended.

Melbourne Experience Parent Information Session

Last Wednesday, May- 3 over 100 parents and students attended the Melbourne Experience Information Session held at the College. This was an excellent opportunity for key staff to address parents about the upcoming experience in the last week of term and hopefully quell any fears which may have existed. The boys and staff are looking forward to Melbourne and Pastoral Tutors will commence the necessary preparatory work in the coming weeks so that the boys are fully prepared. If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Experience Coordinator Mrs. Ashleigh Giampaolo at the College.


The Year 9 NAPLAN Testing took place from Tuesday,- May 10- to Friday,- May 13. The students were tested on their Literacy and Numeracy and these results will provide valuable data in relation to teaching and learning as the boys progress into the Senior School in 2017. May I take this opportunity to congratulate the boys on their attitude and application towards the testing process and to the staff for their diligence and professionalism in their undertaking of the necessary supervision. Well done to all!

Semester One Exams

The timetable for the end of semester exams are currently being finalised. All students will undertake examinations in English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Humanities, Japanese and relevant Elective subjects. I encourage the boys to commence their study routines and revision as soon as possible and that all assessment tasks are up to date. Parents are also advised to monitor your sons’ progress on PAM and read through the provided feedback to assist your son is his learning. The schedule will be published shortly and emailed to all students and parents.

Kindest regards,

Mr Ross Wise

Director of Middle School