Senior School Report – May 26, 2016

May 25, 2016

Newman College Forum Dinner

Newman College is one of the residential Colleges located on the grounds of the University of Melbourne. Last Friday night Year 12 students Cameron Adams and Glyn Kendal and I joined old boys James McKinnon, Will Briggs and David Adams at the Newman College Annual Forum Dinner. A great night was had by all.

2016 VCAA Examination timetable

The 2016 VCAA Examination timetable has been published. You can access this via the following link:

Semester One Examination Timetable (Years 10 and 11) commence on June 1.

The Semester one examination timetable has been published and is available on the school homepage or click- on this link for a copy of the Year 10 exam timetable and for a copy of the Year 11 timetable please click on this link. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In preparation for the semester one examinations please note:

  • Pens, pencils, sharpeners, highlighters, rulers and erasers must be contained in a CLEAR plastic pocket. Pencil cases will not be permitted in the examination room.

  • Only water in clear bottles (without labels) will be permitted in the examination room.

  • Liquid paper in any form will not be permitted in the examination room.

  • Mobile phones and IPods will not be permitted in the examination room.

  • Food will not be permitted in the examination room.

  • Please refer to your subject teacher’s examination revision guide for subject specific items which are permitted in the examination room (For example; in the English examination students will be permitted to bring a dictionary into the examination room)

Please take time over the remaining weeks to get organized and ensure that you have all the items which you will require for the upcoming examinations ready to hand. This will avoid unnecessary stress and panic at the last minute.

General Achievement Test (GAT)

Date: June 7, 2016

Time: 10:00am start

Venue: St Patrick’s College

All students undertaking a Unit 3 VCE subject will be undertaking the General Achievement Test (GAT) on 7th of June, 2016.– The GAT is a three-hour test, undertaken by all students enrolled in one or more Unit 3 / 4 studies. The results have been used in statistical moderation of course work against exam performance and in the calculation of derived examination scores should an unforeseen event (accident, illness etc.) occur which results in your son missing the final VCE written examinations conducted in November.


Year 10 Morrisby Parent Information Evening

Date: Wednesday, June 1

Time: 7:30pm to 8:30PM

Venue: St Patrick’s College

This session will inform parents on how to interpret the data contained in your son’s individual Morrisby report there by ensuring the Report will be a tool that will assist you and your son in subject selection in years 11 and 12 and beyond. I strongly encourage all parents of Year 10 boys to set aside time to attend this session. As I me mentioned in the last Crest, the College values this initiative and accordingly, we invest a significant amount of time and money in ensuring that both the boys and their parents understand how to interpret that data thus rendering the final report a valuable tool in subject selection and career planning in the final years at St Patrick’s College.

Date Claimer Year 10 Parents

We need your support.

At St Patricks College we have identified an increasing number of students who are struggling to cope with the increased pressure of study and developments in technology thus it is vital for students to develop self-awareness and personal leadership.

In an effort to develop these traits in your son we have engaged the services of Hugh van Cuylenburg, Founding Director of the Resilience Project to work with your son and we need your support.

On Monday July 18, 2016 we are requesting your involvement in the development of skills that focus on Resilience by helping your son to be mentally healthy in the areas of Empathy, Gratitude and Mindfulness.

– -‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Off the back of Hugh’s post grad. studies into mental resilience, Hugh’s presentations emphasise the value of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness. Of note, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 220 schools Australia wide. In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every single club in the competition to ensure the entire NRL community were emotionally engaged on the challenges of mental health. Hugh has also worked closely with Collingwood, Gold Coast Suns, Geelong, Essendon and Hawthorn in the AFL. He has also served as CEO of Step Back Think.

Hugh delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and business’s and provides them with evidence based, practical strategies to build resilience.

I shall be sending home a letter in the near future with further details about this initiative.


Mrs Elizabeth Ryan

Director of Senior School