St Patrick's College Campbelltown Newsletters

The publication "Inside Out" is a fortnightly St Patrick's newsletter distributed to current students, their families and staff. Complete with information from sporting outings and planting trees to debate team and visual arts displays, "Inside Out" keeps the St Patrick's community up to date on current events within the community. Please ensure that your family email address is current with the Administration at St. Pat's to ensure fortnightly delivery of this important education community communication tool.

  • Volume 32 Issue 16 - 28 August 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    As you would be aware St Patrick’s College is a Good Samaritan College. We are part of a network of Good Samaritan Colleges that are in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. In total there are ten Colleges. Wollongong diocese has three Good Sam schools which are Mater Dei, St Mary Star of the Sea, Wollongong and ourselves.  Under Good Samaritan Education we are provided support and guidance in living out and demonstrating the Benedictine values in our communities. More recently, Good Samaritan Education has developed a statement on ‘the Voice and Experience of Women in Leadership’. They are currently ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 15 - 14 August 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    Over the past few weeks we have been working with the Year 11 cohort to finalise the new College student leadership team. The girls have put themselves forward and either offered themselves or voted after careful consideration for the person they felt best fits the role.

    As a final stage of this process, Mr Bettiol, Mrs Wright, Mr Combes, Mr Gattone, Mr Ashcroft and I have met with three or four girls and interviewed them about leadership and what they can bring to the different roles. It has been an absolute delight to hear these girls speak about servant leadership ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 14 - 31 July 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    As we finished term 2 the mood was one of excitement and optimism. Benedict Day, whilst constrained by the regulations at the time, were a great celebration of the talents in the community. We began with a lovely liturgy, which I hoped you have been able to view, then the MP3 project on the top oval and the piece de resistance, the talent quest of students and staff. There was much laughter and appreciation coming from the classrooms as they enjoyed watching pure talent represented on their screen. We managed to raise $4,621.75 for the Good Samaritan Foundation on the ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 13 - 26 June 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    This week we held the parent/teacher/student interviews. It was a bold step to hold them all via Zoom with pastoral advisors speaking with parents for the day. I appreciate the preparation all pastoral advisors did so that they could provide some helpful and relevant feedback to you about your daughter’s progress. I know some spent over four hours online speaking with parents and girls on Tuesday. I also extend my thanks to parents. Once again, you have had to be agile in your adjustments and accommodate the changes. Thank you for your flexibility. We had just over four hundred Zoom ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 12 - 12 June 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    With the refurbishments in Westview completed the girls were timetabled back into the building this Tuesday. The new spaces are beautiful. They include new art spaces, a Design Centre, areas for collaboration and areas to create and print. The new display spaces are able to showcase the work of the girls and the interiors provide both light and an open airy ambience. These areas will be very well served by the girls and we are very grateful to the Board for their support in this refurbishment project. We are also appreciative of the State and Commonwealth funding we received through ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 11 - 29 May 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    From next Monday all students will be back at the College. We look forward to this and hope the girls enjoy their return to onsite learning. As we return to a normal program at the College, the Inside Out will resume to fortnightly editions.

    You will have heard in the media that a few schools have closed recently as a result of a positive diagnosis of someone in their community. All the safety measures in place in a school will not be able to negate all risk of this happening. At St Patrick's we have a number of safety measures ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 10 - 22 May 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    This week we have seen a number of changes with the welcome back of Years 7 to 10 across the week and all staff now on site. On each of their first days the student leadership team were at the front gate to welcome the girls, handing them lolly pops and a warm smile. Later at lunchtime on the top oval, the music was on and banners of welcome were around the buildings. For all those girls who were a little apprehensive about a return to the site, their fears were dispelled as the hospitality was clearly genuine and inclusive. ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 09 - 15 May 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    Happy Mother's Day to all in our community who hold a mothering role. I hope you were able to spend some time with some of the family over the weekend. We cannot underestimate the impact our mothers have on our development over the years. The selflessness and devotion to their children is unmatched and I hope all were able to express their gratitude to the mother figures in their lives last week.

    The transition back for girls in Years 11 and 12 has been smooth. Whilst the lessons have been shorter than in the past, the girls have used their ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 08 - 8 May 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    This week we had our first virtual full College assembly. It was a great logistical exercise for the three IT staff and they were exceptional in delivering the event. There were a few agenda items and the feedback from staff and students was very positive. Here is the link to the assembly for you to enjoy. Click Here 

    Later in the day we had our first Remote Activities lesson. Again a number of people worked behind the scenes so that this could be offered for the girls. Thanks again to the IT team and Mr Ashcroft in organising this. ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 07 - 1 May 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    We have now been back into Remote Learning for a week.  The girls have settled well in the familiar routine which they established earlier. The leadership and management team members have been popping into the Zoom pastoral periods at the start of each day and it is lovely to see the girls once again. Some of the girls are optimising the convenience of not having to allocate time to travel to school as they look very comfortable in their spaces with drinks and breakfast at the ready. Their attendance has been exceptional. Our total absences have been the lowest in ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 05 - 27 March 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    This edition will be slightly smaller as the Inside Out will operate weekly whilst we have this extraordinary situation of girls learning off site for the remainder of the term. In listening to the Prime Minister's address the other evening there was a suggestion that these arrangements may continue into the start of next term as well. These are new and interesting times.

    Staff started the pupil free day placed in rows in the MSC ready for our instruction on all the applications available to use with the girls. The social distancing requirements meant we were spread out not unlike ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 04 - 20 March 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    What unprecedented times we currently find ourselves in! Coronavirus fills every part of the day at the College. We are listening to what the Government is directing and ensuring we are appropriately responding, we are working with staff in preparation for offsite learning and supporting and skilling them so that they are confident and ready should we move in that direction, we are assessing the access girls will have to technology to enable them to work offsite and exploring ways we can be sure they are all supported. Likewise, I would imagine you are equally disrupted. You may have very ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 03 - 6 March 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    International Women’s Day is tomorrow.  This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women whilst also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The global theme for 2020 is Generation Equality. This theme will run for the year.

    The message is that we challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perspectives, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help to create a gender equal world. When we have a gender equal world our communities and economies thrive.

    Last Saturday we hosted our Open Day. Close to two hundred families ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 02 - 21 February 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    As we make our way through the term I would like to draw your attention to some key events that are coming up over the next few weeks. Each of these are significant and I believe you will find them very informative and worthwhile.

    29 February - College Open Day will be held. It is a great day that showcases what we do at the College and why we provide such an advantage to the girls in the Macarthur area. Please encourage your friends and family members who still have not decided where their daughter will go for high school ...

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  • Volume 32 Issue 01 - 7 February 2020
  • Message from the Principal

    Welcome to the new year. It is hard to believe we have returned to begin a new year and that we have now transitioned into the 20’s. I am aware that a number of our families would have had little rest over Christmas. The bushfires were a constant threat and if you were not trying to protect your own property, you may have been out saving the property of others. If you have been directly or indirectly affected by these fires and are feeling the strain as a result, please come and have a conversation with us at the College ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 18 - 6 December 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    It is hard to believe that this will be the last edition of the Inside Out for 2019. There has been a lot of activity over the last weeks as staff have completed marking, reporting and programs for the year. You will receive your daughter's report in the coming days. I encourage you to sit with your daughter and go through the document. Affirm where there has been improvement and growth and discuss a plan where the growth has been disappointing. In a few weeks, the Year 12 girls will receive their HSC results and it is the attentive students, ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 17 - 22 November 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    As I write this editorial, we are experiencing hazardous weather conditions with very poor air quality and soaring temperatures never before recorded this early in the summer season. We have had three critical weather warnings in the last week alone. To be honest, I am fearful of what the coming months will bring. Added to this, we have many in our country who are experiencing the worst drought conditions ever. Even our families living in the Wollondilly area are feeling the effects of the conditions, as are those in the more regional areas of New South Wales. We have heard ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 16 - 8 November 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    Last week I finished reading the book “No Friend but the Mountain” by Behrouz Boochani. It is the true story of life incarcerated in Manus Island detention centre for refugees and asylum seekers who arrived by boat. It was awarded the Victorian Premiers Literary Award this year. I didn’t find it an easy read. In fact, I have found that it continues to confront and challenge me. The life of the detainees in the detention centre was horrendous.  Behrouz described the social system in the centre as Kyriarchal. This term was first coined in 1992 and describes a theory of ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 15 - 25 October 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    It is hard to believe we are now entering the last term and soon it will be Christmas. There is a lot of activity in the College at this time as teachers and students are busy bringing the year to completion with courses and assessments and the planning for 2020 is well under way. It is not uncommon  at this time of the year to see staff movement as our current staff pursue positions in other schools and we have the opportunity to welcome new staff to our community.

    Ms Dunn, who has been on parental leave for the year, ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 14 - 20 September 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    This Friday 20 September, students across the world are encouraged to take action to entice their politicians to be more proactive in combating climate change. You will have read or heard about the school strike that has been planned for Sydney on this day. In fact, there are 4,638 actions across 139 countries. This is not a strike about a local or whimsical issue. It is about an issue of significant impact and a concern for the entire world.

    The whole notion of striking to draw attention to climate change was originally created by an exceptional teenager, Greta Thurnberg. Greta ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 13 - 6 September 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    On Wednesday evening, we hosted Showcase. Here the Year 12 girls displayed the major projects they had worked on over the year for the HSC. The quality of the pieces was outstanding. On display were works from Visual Arts, Design and Tech, Music, Dance, Society and Culture, Aboriginal Studies and History Extension.

    Each piece reflected considerable planning, devoted attention and a commitment to excellence. It was thrilling to hear the girls explain their written pieces to the audience, sharing the complexities of their research and formulation of their responses. It was highly entertaining to see and hear the maturity of ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 12 - 23 August 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    As I write this editorial the Year 12 girls will be resuming classes after their Trial examinations. This can be a difficult time for some of the girls. They have been working hard and preparing for the HSC and invariably, as they receive their results for the exams, some will be pleasantly surprised, and some will be disappointed. The mark of their drive to do well and achieve their best will be demonstrated in their responses to these feelings. Some will decide it is too hard and resign themselves to the fact that they have reached their best and some ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 11 - 9 August 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    Last week I attended the Good Samaritan Principals Meeting as well as the meeting with Good Samaritan Education in Melbourne.

    One of the presentations over the two days was made by the Chair of Good Samaritan Education as she shared with us the experience the Congregational Leader Sr Patty Fawkner had when she met the Pope with leaders of other religious institutes. As she recollected in The Good Oil (July 2019) the highlight was when the Pope opened the discourse with those gathered by saying “let’s have a conversation”. Through this invitation he encouraged the 850 leaders present not to ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 10 - 5 July 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    I read an article recently about ‘Concierge parents'. (Baker, J (2019, 24 Mar), " 'Profoundly dangerous': A generation at risk from 'concierge parents' ". The Sydney Morning Herald). Retrieved from https://www.smh.com.au

    This is a term used to describe parents who rush to rescue their children from the everyday challenges and minor failures such as a grievance with a friend, an approach from a teacher or a consequence for an inappropriate action. This is a growing phenomenon in schools where parents will  sort out any problem so that their child will not be confronted with set back, disappointment or challenge. ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 9- 21 June 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    We are coming into the last two weeks of term. It is hard to believe that we will be half way through the year!

    Have you been following the progress of the Matildas as they compete in the football World Cup? How refreshing it is to see young women stir the hopes and dreams of a nation as they achieve success with each game. How equally refreshing is it to see a strident Sam Kerr respond to media reports to a less than favourable result in their first game. As Australians, we love it when we win. When we are ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 8 - 7 June 2019
  • Student Drop off and Pick Up

    The College has provided a safe drive through loop with entry at gate 1.

    Any student being dropped off in the morning, via the front reception and compromising the safety of others, may be issued a lunchtime detention. 

    If parents are visiting the College and entering reception, visitor parking spaces are available for your use.

    I thank you for your partnership in keeping our students safe.

    Sue Lennox - Principal

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  • Volume 31 Issue 7 - 24 May 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    As we move into the middle of the term I would think that many students will be working hard to complete assessments and are preparing for examinations. Our assessments are primarily of learning and so unfortunately it is necessary that a body of knowledge and learning has happened before it can be assessed. The reality is that these assessments can then arrive in close proximity to each other, which can result in a very busy calendar. I was recently speaking with some girls in Years 8,9 and 10 and the one thing they have learnt over the years in high ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 6 - 10 May 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    Happy Easter! I do hope you had a beautiful Easter and had opportunity to share in the joy of the risen Christ. I hope that you also had some time to relax with family and friends over the holiday period.

    You may have noticed articles and images posted in the local papers of the girls who represented the College in the ANZAC Day March in Campbelltown. Under the direction of Mrs Musico Rullo, a number of girls marched, dressed in the uniforms of women who served in WW1. Some of these uniforms were on loan from the 
    RSL and some ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 5 - 5 April 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    I recently read an article written by a parent who chose an all-girls' school for her daughter. It was pleasing to read the thoughts and sentiments expressed in the article echoed those expressed here at the College. I am regularly surprised at the number of times our families are quizzed by others about why they would send their daughter to an all-girls' school.

    We see evidence of the benefits of an all-girls' education on a daily basis. The number of girls who feel free to participate in the swimming carnival is higher as the stands are full of only girls, ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 4 - 22 March 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    We have been shocked with the devastating news that came out of Christchurch last Friday. It will be one of those events in our lives where we will remember where we were when we first heard the news. A city that has had its fair share of grief and tragedy in the past has now been subjected to another tragedy. Our prayers and thoughts are with the people of New Zealand and particularly those in Christchurch. The victims, their families and all in their community are in our prayerful offerings. I am struck with the leadership and response given by ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 3 - 8 March 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    International Women's Day 
    Yesterday morning we hosted our annual International Women’s Day breakfast. Two of our ex-students spoke at the event. Dr Joanna Winchester and Baylie Trostian shared their experiences since leaving the College and gave some insightful words of wisdom to the gathered audience. We don’t often allow ourselves the opportunity to listen to other women and reflect on the messages they deliver. This morning was one of those nurturing opportunities where we walked away feeling empowered and hopeful of the future of women and our society. The unifying thread throughout their presentations was the impact and influence the ...

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  • Volume 31 Issue 2 - 22 February 2019
  • Message from the Principal

    College Open Day
    This week we are experiencing the thrill of the swimming carnival and then Open Day on the Saturday. It is wonderful to see all the girls engage with these events and enjoy the opportunity to learn new skills or hone others. I encourage you to visit the College on Saturday and let those who may be interested in all girls' education for their girls to come and experience the St Pat’s atmosphere.

    International Women's Day
    In the coming weeks we will be celebrating International Women’s Day. We host a breakfast (7 March) at the College and invite ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 19 - 7 December 2018
  • Message from the Acting Principal

    As we come to the end of another year, it is a time to look back and be thankful for all the year has held. As a College we are very grateful for all the members of the community who make this a special place – students, staff and parents. 2018 has, like all years, been a busy one and no doubt all of us will be looking forward to that first morning when we don’t have to wait for the alarm to wake us. But in saying that we must remember how lucky we are for all that we ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 18 - 23 November 2018
  • Message from the Acting Principal

    As we move to the end of another school year, our thoughts always turn back to the year that has passed. As teachers we always ask ourselves about what we have done during the year and most importantly have we made a difference in the lives of our students? The College is a very busy place as we look to offer as many opportunities as we can to the girls. This also means it is a busy place for the staff and over recent weeks we have had a number of significant events where we have asked staff to give ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 17 - 9 November 2018
  • Message from the Acting Principal

    Over the last two weeks in Chapel we have been launching the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal. This is something the College has been involved in for a number of years and it is always a wonderful sight to see the hampers all completed and presented at our end of year Mass.

    By doing this launch in Chapel time we have been able to spend some time talking to the girls about why we do this each year and what it means for the people we help. Abby Malone, the College Social Justice Captain, spoke to the girls ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 16 - 26 October 2018
  • Message from the Acting Principal

    As we begin a new term it is hard to believe that in eight weeks we will be coming to the end of another school year. When we finished last term, we farewelled the Year 12 group who left with the prospect of the HSC ahead of them – yet here we are now with them already well and truly in the middle of this final stage of their life at St Patrick’s. In that last week there were many special moments for the girls where they were able to reflect on their time at the College and whilst there ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 15 - 21 September 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    It is hard to believe that in a few days we will be farewelling our class of 2018. They have been at the College for the past six years and are ready to now sit their exams and then begin a new transition into life after school. We will have opportunity to wish them well next week, but I would like to acknowledge the positive contributions they have made to the College over those years and wish them every success in their future.

    We have a world champion in our midst! Mr Scott Ashcroft recently competed in the International Triathlon ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 14 - 7 September 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Last Friday night the College hosted the 10th annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance. Once again it was a very festive event with dads, grandfathers, uncles and older brothers escorting the girls. With over 200 participants on the night, all had a wonderful time dancing and enjoying each other’s company. It can be difficult for these men to sometimes find time with their growing daughter and this evening offers an opportunity for all to reconnect. We cannot underestimate the significance a father or father figure can have on the development of a young girl. He offers her an insight into ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 13 - 24 August 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Several years ago I attended a conference in Auckland about the changing face of learning environments. One of the key note addresses was by two young principals who had lead their schools throughout the earthquake in Christchurch a few years prior. Their story was compelling as they shared their attempts to keep their school students safe, inform concerned parents that their children were safe and support staff who were desperate to ensure their own children were safe in neighbouring schools during this natural disaster. School staff train, prepare and routinely participate in drills which aim to ensure all are ready ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 12 - 10 August 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Welcome back to term 3 . I hope you had a good break and that you and your family are feeling refreshed. It was great to welcome the girls back and hear of their experiences over their break.

    We also welcome back Mrs Caffrey from her parental leave and Mrs Nicolaou who had some leave for family reasons. We have a number of new families joining our community this term. I extend a very warm welcome to you and encourage you to connect in ways that you feel comfortable.

    Thank you for your support of our staff PD week this ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 11 - 6 July 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Every five years all non-government schools are inspected by NESA. The inspection is of the school’s compliance on Registration and Accreditation for the delivery of the NSW educational credentials of the HSC and the RoSA. For the past year, the College has been preparing for this audit. In March, the College sent to NESA all the relevant policies and made available all the curriculum documentation for each of the Key Learning Areas. Wednesday this week, two inspectors visited the College to view some work samples and further evidence of the College's implementation of its policies. Whilst we have full confidence ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 10 - 22 June 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Winter has come with a vengeance! The cold winds and the rain have certainly made all of us realise that we are well into winter. This is also a time that people start to develop sniffles and colds. I hope you are all able to keep warm and dry indoors if you are feeling too unwell for work or school.

    Over the past few weeks Year 10 have been participating in the subject preferences process. They have heard information from several staff on various subjects. They have had to complete a checklist that identifies what the specific requirements are for ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 9 - 8 June 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Yesterday we had the athletics carnival at Campbelltown Stadium. With the weather being particularly awful on Wednesday afternoon, it was wonderful to see the sun shine and the pleasant temperatures from the start of the following day. Throughout the day, girls were busy participating in numerous events. They were cheering and active either running, jumping or just encouraging each other. These are the days that students will remember when they reminisce their school days decades later. These days are very important in the life of a developing adolescent. They offer activity that is different to the normal school day. Students ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 8 - 25 May 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Last Mother’s Day my father passed away. He was 91 and had been ill, particularly so, in the last seven weeks. Whilst I believe him going is a blessing given the suffering he was experiencing, it is still a significant loss to say farewell to a parent. I am not the first one to lose a parent nor will I be the last, so many will identify with this experience. Nevertheless, irrespective of how old, mature or established we are, our parents remain our parents for the entirety of our lives and the relationship we have with them is unique ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 7 - 11 May 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Welcome to term 2. I hope you had a good break and feel refreshed having had time with family and friends. I warmly welcome Mrs McGeachie and Mrs Ibbett back to work. Both had some time away, which had been unplanned but essential. It is fabulous to have them back. A few other staff also had some time away during last term and it is good to have all staff back on deck for the start of the new term.

    We have jumped into the term with Year 9 camp, diocesan sports competitions, debating and excursions. Soon Years 11 and ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 6 - 13 April 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Easter blessings to you as we return after the miracle of Easter Sunday. I hope you had a wonderful break and that you took the opportunity to join some of the many services across the region during the Easter season.

    Whilst the girls have returned after Easter feeling a little refreshed, it is evident they are ready for a more substantial break as we come to the end of term 1. The same can be said of the staff as they busily mark assessments and exams and provide feedback to students on the ways they could have improved. You will ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 5 - 28 March 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    It is hard to believe that we are coming up to Easter. The girls have been working hard and I imagine that many will be looking forward to the break ahead. Assessments are coming to a close and activities are winding up. Give a thought for the teaching staff, who after a long term, will be bringing home assessments to mark, books to mark and programs to write. Hopefully they also will have some time with family and friends over the Easter season.

    Each fortnight I meet with the girls in year groups for chapel. The process is that the ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 4 - 16 March 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Happy St Patrick’s Day to you. Today we celebrated our feast day at the College with the Blessing and Opening of the new building,  a mass to open the school year and the Challenge. It was a massive day and I am grateful for all the parents and guests that could come to join us for the day.  Thank you to Fr John who celebrated our mass, to Sr Patty Fawkner, Congregational Leader, who conducted the Blessing and Opening, Sr Helen Foley’s family who could join us  and the many friends of St Patrick’s College who came along. Thank you ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 3 - 2 March 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Last Saturday we hosted Open Day. Once again we had many, many visitors who used the time to see the site and gain a sense of what we have to offer. We had a large number of girls acting as tour guides and assisting in the demonstrations and displays around the College. The positive feedback was overwhelming. The visiting parents recognised the very helpful staff and the confidence of the students. I am very grateful to the staff and students for being present on their Saturday. I am also grateful to the Parents and Friends who worked the barbeque and ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 2 - 16 February 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    Tuesday 13 February marks the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. I recall all the girls at the College gathering in the MSC to watch this momentous event for our country. It provided hope in a belief that we would be moving further towards reconciliation and that the disproportionate statistics weighing against Aboriginal people in health, mortality, incarceration and education would be corrected.

    Unfortunately it is well documented that in 2018 there are more Aboriginal children in state care, and the Closing the Gap initiatives have largely fallen short. Inter ...

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  • Volume 30 Issue 1 - 2 February 2018
  • Message from the Principal

    It was lovely to see all the girls arrive back at school this week refreshed and ready for another school year. In addition to the Year 7 students, we also have quite a few girls joining us in other year groups this year. To all those girls and their families we extend a very warm welcome. I am confident you will find this community a warm and friendly place, where you will feel very much at home.

    We welcomed some new staff also this week. Ms Elizabeth Fenton (Science), Ms Sophie Lansley (HSIE), Mrs Madeleine Lytton (Music) and Mr Jared ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 18 - 1 December 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    As I put this editorial together, the news is breaking about the behaviour of Don Burke towards women whilst he was anchoring the ‘Burke’s Backyard’ series of lifestyle television shows in the 80s and 90s. This  comes after the revelation of Harvey Weinstein and his predatory behaviour towards women over decades in the entertainment industry. As parents of girls who will one day graduate into the world to make their mark based on their talents and abilities, you must be feeling very troubled and concerned. As a College that shares your hopes and dreams,  and invests many resources, at all ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 16 - 3 November 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Imagine you live in a country that is ravaged by war. Against the odds you escape with the intention of finding a location that is safe and secure. Imagine you come across to Australia and find yourself placed on Manus Island Detention Centre. Imagine trying to reconcile the fact that you are fleeing persecution but find yourself in detention. 

    As you wait to be processed, you find the country that brought you to this detention centre has now left the island and you are in the custody of the police of the host island. Is this ethical? UNHCR has repeatedly ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 15 - 20 October 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Over the last two weeks we have seen you at the College either attending your daughter's Parent Teacher Interview or attending the Year 11 Information Evening. Thank you to those parents who were able to attend. There is a plethora of information which proves that children, whose parents are engaged in their child’s education, achieve at much higher levels than those who do not have engaged parents. It is not always easy to come to the school after a day at work or when you have to balance numerous commitments to have the flexibility to be able to attend. Your ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 14 - 15 September 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Next week we celebrate the graduation of our Year 12 students. These girls have come to the end of their 13 years of school and are ready to move out into various paths that will create the rest of their lives. It is always a time of excitement, tinged with sadness and relief. They still have the HSC to finish, of course, but it marks the end of their time as a full time student at St Patrick's College. It also marks the end of a partnership with many families as well. The week ahead will have a number of ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 13 - 1 September 2017
  • Message from the Principal

     

    Last night we were indulged with the display of the HSC projects. The various works represented many, many hours of attention, consideration, research, processing and fine tuning. Once again, the quality of the work was outstanding. All the girls can be justifiably proud of their final products. My thanks go to their teachers and their families as they supported the girls through the journey. We enjoyed the service of the Year 11 Hospitality class throughout the night. Thank you to all who contributed to such an enjoyable evening.

    This Friday we will again kick our heels up at the ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 12 - 18 August 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    This week the College received the NAPLAN results for our current Year 7 and Year 9 students. We will have the letter out to families later in the week, so you should get your letters next week. As the exam is held in May, the Year 7 results are a better reflection of the achievements of the girls in primary school. The Year 9 results reflect the growth or learning gain of the girls whilst they have been at St Patrick’s College. We are delighted with the results of the girls. We are particularly delighted with the growth shown in ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 11 - 4 August 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Welcome back to Term 3. We are very mindful of the Year 12 girls as they sit for their Trials at the moment. They have studied and prepared and we all hope that they are able to reap the rewards of their hard earned efforts during this exam block.

    I warmly welcome back Mrs Thomas from maternity leave. It is wonderful to have her back with us. Sadly we had to farewell Mrs Breeze at the end of the term. We wish her the very best in her new role. Sadly, we will also farewell Mrs Stalker-Booth at the end ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 10 - 30 June 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    When you next visit the College you will see the fencing up again as we prepare for the second stage of the building project. We will be refurbishing the old classrooms above the chapel and new integration rooms. Many parents who are ex-students in our community would recall these as rooms 1, 2, 3 and 3A. We will update these rooms and include operable doors so that they can be opened up to hold the HSC examinations in the future. Having this exam space will free up the Mary Sheil Centre for the rest of the College during the HSC ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 9 - 16 June 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    We recently held our parent teacher student meetings and it was good to see so many parents use the opportunity to meet teachers and receive feedback on their daughter's progress. It is equally valuable that the girls receive the affirmation they deserve or hear the suggested changes that will bring about a better outcome for them. We have adjusted the configuration several times over the years in an effort to find a model that is most conducive to the busy lifestyle our parents are now managing. The parent attendance percentages were higher on this model, so we are assuming it ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 8 - 2 June 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    I am watching the NRL State of Origin 1 game as I work on this editorial tonight and I have to say, it is wonderful to see the Blues finally looking so strong at Suncorp Stadium! My sincere condolences to our Queensland families who will be feeling just a bit gutted at the moment. The competition is the best of three games, so the final outcome could be anyone’s.

    At the beginning of the year, the College moved to a different information platform. It has proven to be a bumpy transition and we continue to have problems with the integrity ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 7 -19 May 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Happy Mother's Day to all of our mothers and mother figures, aunties and grandmothers. We hope you had a lovely Sunday last weekend and that the family suitably acknowledged your support and contributions over time. We hosted our Mother Daughter High Tea and once again it was a very enjoyable afternoon. The food was delicious and the stalls were very enticing. Michelle Fox, ex-student, entertained us with music and the photo booth kept guests very busy. I would like to extend our thanks to the P&F for their organisation of the event. Particularly President Denise Egan, who did a great ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 6 - 5 May 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Welcome back to school and to Term 2. You will have noticed that the media at the moment is filled with the announcement made by the Prime Minister of the new funding model know as 'Gonski 2.0.' Part of the report is that a number of Catholic independent schools will lose  a significant amount of funding over the next 10 years. I would like to reassure you that St Patrick's College has at no time been overfunded by any of the governments, so is not one of the 24 schools that will be most impacted by this change. If the ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 5 - 7 April 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Where has this term gone? It is hard to believe that as you read this, you will be preparing for Easter and the girls will be welcoming their first break in the year.

    We have had a number of events more recently which has seen the College hosting groups of people for various reasons. Last Thursday, we hosted 310 Year 5 girls from the local area for the Year 5 workshops. Despite pouring rain and windy conditions, the girls had a wonderful time experiencing life at St Patrick’s. They made sherbet in the Science labs, paper mache animals in Art ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 4 - 24 March 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Last week we celebrated St Patrick’s Day and you could be forgiven for thinking we were in Ireland with the rain and the overcast conditions. Despite the weather, it was a good day as we celebrated mass at St Paul's, Camden, then travelled back to school for a barbeque which was kindly cooked by our P&F and followed by the cross country and activities. The rain held off so we could still run most of the activities but the conditions were boggy. Thank you to those girls who had a role to play and entered into the spirit of the day with such ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 3 - 10 March 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    Last Wednesday was International Women's Day. It was pleasing to note the attention this received in the media and the discussion generated about equity across the genders. Unfortunately, women continue to experience discrimination because of gender, which impacts on their opportunities and access to resources. In addition to this, women experience greater levels of sexual harassment and violence across the community. Whilst there have been great strides in access to education and attainment of education qualifications so that women now surpass men, that isn't translating into securing employment in the higher pay brackets.

    Last Friday we celebrated International Women's Day ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 1 - 10 February 2017
  • From the Principal

    Welcome back to the school year.  We warmly welcome all of our new families and girls. It certainly has been a very hot and humid start and we can only hope that the weather will settle over February so that the girls are feeling more comfortable. Fortunately all of the classrooms have air conditioning so the girls and staff are able to continue working and the learning isn't compromised. We have opened the Mary Sheil Centre during the breaks so the girls can sit in there, however conditions are less than pleasant. The irony is not lost on many of ...

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  • Volume 29 Issue 2 - 24 February 2017
  • Message from the Principal

    This Saturday we are hosting our annual open day. There will be many activities and displays at the College which will showcase the wonderful opportunities available to the girls enrolled. We have many students who will take parents and girls on tours of the site and as well we have our new facilities open for all to see. Please come along if you would like to view the College. Perhaps there are friends or family who are considering St Patrick's for their high school years? Bring them along or let them know we are open on Saturday 25 February from ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 19 - 2 December 2016
  • Merry Christmas

    You would have recently received a link to a survey we are conducting with our parents. Every year, independent schools are required to complete an annual report for the Board of Studies. As part of the report, I am required to comment on parent satisfaction. This data is gathered in a variety of ways and every few years we use surveys to inform the comment. I encourage you to complete the survey as it will assist us in our future planning and reporting.

    In 2009 the College established the Middle School and Senior School Coordinator roles. We decided to cluster ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 18 - 18 November 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    There is once again material in the media about the benefits of both single sex and co-educational schools. There is available a plethora of research material that supports the benefits of an all-girls' education, but this is regularly dismissed by the advocates of the co-educational context. Over the last year a number of high profile boys' schools in NSW have announced their transition from all boys to co-educational. Why is this?  Why would you change if you are providing a product which has demonstrated strong benefits? Why would an advocate of an all-boys' educational institution, having promoted all-boys' education for ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 17 - 4 November 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s Community

    As you read this edition of the Inside Out, another group of students across New South Wales will have completed their HSC. In just over a month they will receive their results and begin to put in place the plans for future study, work or a gap year. The girls have been excellent in their attention to their exams and conducted themselves admirably throughout. They have been pleased with the various examinations and hold a modest sense of confidence in their performance. I would like to congratulate them on their efforts and thank our presiding officer, Mrs Thomson, for her ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 16 - 21 October 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

     

    Welcome back to term 4. It has started very quickly and before we know it we will be singing Christmas carols and setting up the Christmas tree!

    As we finished off at the end of last term we learnt that a few Year 12 students had achieved nomination at the highest level of their area in their Year 12 performance courses with BOSTES. For Dance, I would like to acknowledge Rhiannon B for being nominated in both core performance and major study performance and Alexandra W for core performance for Callback. As well in Drama, Megan K was nominated ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 15 - 23 September 2016
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    This week we farewelled our Year 12 class of 2016. What a week of mixed emotions. Joy and jubilation that 13 years of school education have come to a close, hope that the years of guidance and support will equip them with skills for future endeavours and sadness that it is time to leave the security and familiarity of St Patrick’s. This year group have been a hard working dedicated group of young women who are ready to make their mark on the world. We bid them well and ask that they don’t become a stranger to the College. ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 14 - 9 September 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

     

     

    Last Sunday was Father's Day. I hope all of our Father and father figures had a fabulous day and were truly spoiled and appreciated throughout the day by family.  

    Fathers hold a specific role in every family. Apart from being the person who delivers those sad and often forgettable 'dad jokes', fathers can offer stability, security and set appropriate boundaries for all members in the family group. For girls, dads are the first men to provide some feedback and encouragement on how she will be perceived as a young woman in a social setting. Girls long to ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 13 - 26 August 2016
  • From the Principal

     

     

    Recently the Campbelltown Catholic Club held their communion mass and luncheon. Once again all the local Catholic schools received a donation from the club for individual projects. We are very fortunate to have this wonderful support from the Catholic Club and I extend my sincere appreciation. The glass doors in Westview were funded by the Catholic Club and P&F money donated last year.

    Last week we held the P&F AGM. I would like to thank Jodie Stuart for her role as President over the years. Jodie has stepped down after almost 13 years on the P&F. The following ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 12 - 12 August 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    At the end of last year the Australian Education Council released the National STEM School Education Strategy for 2016. Research has found that the students most likely to experience disadvantage in future access to jobs and career progression due to their limited engagement with STEM subjects are girls, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent and students from non-metropolitan areas. There is ample evidence available now to support the notion that STEM skills and knowledge are necessary for success in the future. To this end, St Patrick’s College is hosting a STEM challenge on ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 11 - 29 July 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    I hope you had an enjoyable break and that the time with your daughter was pleasant. We have returned to the College with the building work in full swing. There are jack hammers working above the reception block and there is sun streaming through the rear of the building, which before was a maze of corridors and offices. We had our first tour of the site at the last building meeting, this week. With hard hat on and enclosed shoes on our feet, we walked through the open spaces that will become beautiful learning spaces and revitalised traffic areas in ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 10 - 24 June 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    "Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, You're only a day away "Since last weekend's musical performance of "Annie" I have had the tune of "Tomorrow" in my mind. It creeps in most days and stays for a few hours. Such was the impact of this wonderful event. It was delightful to see the girls perform so professionally and competently. The whole production was exceptional and it was clear that all involved enjoyed themselves immensely. I would like to acknowledge the Creative and Performing Arts department in bringing such a big event to fruition. Lead by Mr Combes and ably supported by Mrs Glynn, Mrs Samyia, Mrs ...

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  • Volume 28 Issue 4 - 18 March 2016
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    This week we celebrated St Patrick's Day. We had a beautiful mass at St Paul's Church in Camden followed by a sausage sandwich, cooked by our loyal parents and friends and then were entertained by Irish dancing and later Chris Glynn. It was a great day, prepared and orchestrated by many generous people and enjoyed by all. Thank you for sharing parts of it with us if you were able to join us.

    Last Saturday we hosted our Gala Ball. I would like to thank the committee Julie O’Keefe (chair), Peta Borg, Marion Windle, Katherine Power, ably assisted by Deborah ...

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  • Volume 27 Issue 9 - 12 June 2015
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    At the conclusion of this first profession ceremony they became Sisters of the Good Samaritan. It was moving to see the joy on their faces at this significant point in their lives and the joy on the faces of all the other sisters present as they include them into their congregation. For myself and the other principals of Good Samaritan Schools present it epitomized what it means to be part of a broader community. We all felt joy and pride for Sr. Tuata and Sr. Juniko as they had travelled a long journey to get to this point.

    On a ...

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  • Volume 27 Issue 6
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    During the past term, the girls had worked on preparing for the ANZAC assembly which was held on Monday 27th April. Year 7 and 8 made poppies. Year 9 completed slouch hats which had the name of an Australian killed in the Vietnam war on it. Year 10 created paper rose wreaths with the names of Australians killed in WW1. Year 11 and 12 made crosses, each colour representing a different conflict from the Boxer rebellion right to Afghanistan naming service persons who were killed in the conflict. RE students looked at the symbols of ANZACS , indigenous perspectives and ...

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  • Volume 27 Issue 7
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    Last Friday we hosted the debating for the CSDA competition. It was delightful to see so many of our ex-students return to assist with adjudicating and coaching the younger teams. They stood out as articulate, responsive women who have the world ahead of them. These young women are a credit to their families and the College. 

    Six years at St Patrick’s College produces women who are confident, self assured and competent. I see this regularly in the various arenas around the community. Whilst at St Patrick’s they can develop without pressure or bias into the person they truly can become. ...

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  • Volume 27 Issue 5
  • I would like to thank all the people involved in these celebrations as they truly mark a very special year. 
    The Ball raised over $10,000 which will make a significant difference to the lives of some of the girls and their families. Thank you to the organising committee Mary Ellen Bland, Marion Windle, Sarah Hardie , and Julie O’Keefe. All these women have busy working and family lives and their work on this committee is very much appreciated. I would also like to acknowledge the work of staff member Ms Deborah Renshaw who has had a very busy time negotiating ...

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  • Volume 27 Issue 8 - 29 May 2015
  • Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

    Valerie Hannon spoke about the new culture of engagement needed in schools. It was pleasing to realise that many of the strategies we have implemented at St Patrick’s College Campbelltown reflect what she was advocating. The implementation of an integrated curriculum, high levels of professional learning for staff and a focus on the needs of the whole student, which is our Academic Care model, are all in line with the current educational research. Yang Zhao spoke about the need for us to encourage the development of the entrepreneur in our classes. The current educational regime satisfies an old paradigm, ...

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