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 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 the ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, one ...

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