Wellbeing Report – October 12, 2017

October 11, 2017

Welcome back to Term 4. A term that is jam-packed with teaching, learning and extra curricula events.

Ove the holidays I had the opportunity to read a recently published book by Michael Carr-Greig and Elly Robinson called the PRINCE BOOFHEAD syndrome(Surviving adolescent boys.) I would highly recommend this as mandatory reading for all parents of boys. It accurately identifies and articulates many issues currently trending with a large number of the students who attend our College and provides parents with some simple and practical strategies which they may choose to adopt to address them.

Edmund Rice Community Fundraiser

The Edmund Rice community currently work with those people living in the villages of the Ermera District of Timor-Leste. These communities represent some of the poorest people in the world. In an effort to support the ongoing work of Edmund Rice volunteers in this district a movie fundraiser followed by afternoon tea has been organised.- I hope you can support this initiative.

Details are as follows:

When: Sunday October 22, 2017 at 2:30pm

Where: Regent Theatre Ballarat (49 Lydiard Street North)

Film: The Mountain Between us

Cost: $20 per person Students $15:00

For further information and tickets contact Liz 0417347262 or lizh@aanet.com

Student Leadership Conference

Our 2018 Student Council will join with other secondary student leaders attending the GRIP Student Leadership Conference being held in Ballarat on November 2 2017. I am sure that the skills and knowledge gained on this day will equip them well to lead and serve all in the College community in 2018.

I would also like to congratulate Year 9 and 10 students Matt Duffy, Aidan Hanrahan, Jobe Quick, Bill Walker, Tom Barry, Jon Debono, Finn Lappin and Nick Stevens who will be representing St Patrick’s College at the 2017 Roads to Leadership Day this Thursday. Our students will join with approximately 50 students from across Ballarat to participate in a fun skill building day around leadership and social impact. Students will also have the opportunity to network with their peers and have a say on what they envision for youth in our community.- –

Student Wellbeing Assembly

As part of the acknowledgement and celebration of Mental Health Week our Student Wellbeing Group will next week lead a College Assembly devoted to Mental Health. The group have worked very hard to present a number of speakers and film clips which I know will promote both awareness and discussion around metal health issues. This is in an effort to de-stigmatise mental health illness and develop and foster an attitude toward positive mental health.

The VCE Arts and Technology Showcase

The VCE Arts and Technology Showcase opened on Wednesday. The exhibit is open until Friday and I encourage all to take the opportunity to view the fantastic effort and talent on show in the showcase. We would like to congratulate all boys exhibiting pieces and wish them well in their VCE studies.

Lost and Found

At the end of Term 3 an iPhone was handed to me. It was found on school property. Despite efforts to locate the owner no one has come forth to claim the phone. Please contact me if it may be yours.