Volume 29 Issue 9 - 16 June 2017

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

Sue Lennox - 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 is a more favourable model for our parents. Please let us know if you continue to have difficulties in attending these important events. The OECD has released the third volume of analysis of 2015 PISA results which focus on student wellbeing as reported by the students. The findings include some very interesting evidence of parental impact on student success. It found that students whose parents reported 'spending time just talking to my child', 'eating the main meal with my child around a table' or 'discussing how well my child is doing at school' regularly were between 22 percent to 39 percent more likely to report high levels of life satisfaction. 'Spending time just talking' is the parental activity that is most frequently and most strongly associated with students' life satisfaction. These same students were also one third to two thirds of a school year ahead in science learning. Given this data, parental involvement in their daughter's education and life experiences continues to have a significant influence on that child's growth and development. I would like to urge those parents who repeatedly do not access this opportunity to meet with their daughter's teachers to contact the College to find a suitable time when a meeting can be held. 

Can I warmly invite you to the College musical, hosted this year at St Gregory's College. The young people have been busy preparing for this wonderful experience and are very keen to display their talents and abilities. Beauty and the Beast has a wonderful score and stage sets which I am sure will delight the audience. Tickets can now be purchased at the door and hopefully we will see you at one of the evening performances. I extend my appreciation to Mrs Sue Dein from St Greg's for her wonderful organisation of this event. It is always a great pleasure to work with the staff and young men at St Greg's on this joint project. 

We are once again hosting the Year 5 and 6 girls primary school STEM Challenge. All the local primary schools will again be invited to compete. Last year, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School won the trophy. It is a very positive experience for our students in assisting on the day and it gives the visitors a good insight into the rigour and fun of an all-girls' challenge. If you would like further information on this, please contact the College. 

Next week, we will hold the subject preferences evening for Year 11 2018. All Year 10 parents and students are required to be present. The girls have gone through a process, up to this point, gaining valuable information on the different courses available in the preliminary and HSC years. Parents will receive information about the HSC credential and the NESA requirements. We will also launch the #class2019spc Facebook page to the girls. Please let Mr Quigley know if it is impossible for you to attend. 

Finally, I would like to welcome you to our NAIDOC assembly on 26 June at 1.30pm. You are also most welcome to the St Benedict Day Mass on 30 June beginning at 10am. Both of these events will celebrate our community and the gifts we have each been given to share. 

I will leave you with a small reflection Catch a Glimpse written by Susan Gardner

Blessings

Sue Lennox - Principal 

Catch a glimpse of the wonder that is around you
Shout and sing the goodness of what and who you are.

Shout and sing, for the goodness of the one who sent me.
Yes, sent me out to be a light, a true sign of hope and love.

So, in your freedom, I will send you out and you will bring about order and truth.
And your life will be one of freedom; but only in me, and I will teach all to you.
Remember, I am the teacher and the one who loves without end.

 



Scholastica Presentation

This term the students taking part in the Scholastica Program have been very busy exploring and solving a number of engineering challenges. 

The challenges have all resulted in some fantasic creations and, upon testing, some very strong ones too. There have been a range of materials available for use from paddle pop sticks and spaghetti, to dental floss and foam mats.

The students taking part are now busy working on an engineering solution to a problem they have identified. Their solutions are going to be presented on Tuesday 27 June at 1:30pm - 2:30pm in the Benedict Centre. Family, friends and the wider school community are welcome to attend by emailing Mrs Stalker-Booth at cstalker-booth@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au

 

Term 2 MISA Update

We are currently up to the semi final / final stage of the MISA championships for Term 2. It has been another outstanding season for St Patrick's, with a number of teams claiming the title of overall champions, as well as a number of other teams vying for the title next week in grand final matches. 

 

MISA Year 8/9 Oz Tag Team

Below is a summary of the season so far:

Year 10/11/12 AFL - Overall Champions. The AFL team went through the season undefeated and have finished as overall champions for term 2.

Year 11/12 Netball - Joint Champions. The netball team went through the season only suffering one loss. Fortunately two other teams also suffered a single loss leaving all teams to be named joint premiers for term 2.

Year 9/10 Netball - Finished the season in 1st place after going through the season undefeated. They will now play Good Samaritan in the grand final.

Year 8/9 Soccer - Finished the season in 2nd place overall. In the semi final they placed Clancy who finished 3rd overall and were successful in advancing through to the grand final with a 1-0 win and will now play Freeman in the grand final.

Year 8/9 Oz Tag - Finished the season in 3rd place overall. In the semi final they placed Clancy who finished 2nd overall and were unfortunately too strong for the St Pats's girls, going down 5-0.

 

Scott Ashcroft - Sports and Activities Coordinator

Congratulations Amy S

Congratulations to Amy S (Year 10 student)who was recently selected in the NSW All Schools 15 years AFL team to contest the National Championship being held in Perth in July. Being selected in a NSW All Schools team is the highest honour a student in NSW can attain. We wish Amy the best of luck with her preparation for the tournament.

Amy S - Year 10 Student

Beauty And The Beast

Knitting Group Presentation to St Vincent De Paul

On 22 May, the Knitting Group presented 28 blankets to the St Vincent de Paul Society representatives, Mr Joe Magro and Mrs Jane Willoughby, during the whole school assembly. They were very appreciative of the donation as they had recently given out the last blanket from last year's donation.Our blankets do not go overseas but to the local Macarthur community and are distributed by the St Vincent de Paul Society. 
 
 
The St Pat’s Knitting Group began in 2006 and over the last 11 years we have made hundreds of blankets for the less fortunate in our community. Each Thursday lunch we meet in the Library and knit squares which are later joined together into blankets. Mrs McCann, Mrs O'Brien and myself help the girls each week.  We are fortunate that many past staff from St Pat’s, such as Mrs Evans, Mrs St John, Mrs Mills and Mrs McLeod, and friend of the College, Mrs Johnson, come in each week to help us. The donations of squares from many of the grandmothers of the College help us to achieve the large numbers of blankets we do each year. We are always looking for new members and beginners are welcome. We keep knitting until Term 4.
 
We would also like to pay tribute to Mrs Maureen O'Brien who is retiring this week. She has been an absolute asset to the Knitting Group and volunteers her time to help the girls and to assemble many of the blankets. We are going to miss her company, wisdom and practical know-how on fixing up those dropped stitches! 

Fran Musico Rullo - HSIE Department

Invitation to our NAIDOC Assembly

College Holiday Opening Times

The College Reception will be closed during the first week of the holidays and will re-open on 10 July 2017. Office hours are from 8am to 4pm.

The College Reception will also be closed on Friday 21 July 2017 for Staff Spirituality Day.

Students will return for Term 3 on Monday 24 July 2017.

The College Uniform Shop will be closed during the school holidays. The shop will re-open on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Term 3, from 2pm to 4pm.

CatholicCare Workshops

Important Dates

What's On ...

Image courtesy of Joshua Combes - CAPA Coordinator

16 June - NSW CCC Cross Country, CSDA Debating Elimination 1, Year 12 Ancient/Modern History Excursion
16 - 17 JUNE - COLLEGE MUSICAL AT ST GREGORY'S COLLEGE
19 June - Year 11, 2018 Information Night, Year 11 and Year 12 Vaccinations
21 June - Year 7 - 9 Cyberbullying Pastoral Incursion, Year 12 Biology Excursion 
22 June - Dio CCC Basketball Playoffs, MISA Debating, Winter Sleepout 
23 June - Year 10 Community Service Incursion, GDay, CSDA Debating Quarter Final
26 June - NAIDOC Assembly
28 June - NSW Oztag
29 June - HSC Dance Evening
30 June - Benedict Day, Mass, STAFF AND STUDENTS FINISH FOR TERM 2
17 July - Staff Return for Term 3
21 July - CSDA Debating Semi Final
24 July - STUDENTS RETURN FOR TERM 3, DIO Netball
25 July - College Assembly
26 July - Year 8 Italian Excursion, Year 11 SOR Excursion
27 July - MISA Debating
28 July - Mater Dei Feast Day, Year 11 Hospitality/Business Services Excursion
31 July - 14 August Year 12 Trial Examinations 
1 August - Middle School Parent Forum, ANCQ Chemistry Quiz
3 - 4 August - Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Interviews
4 August - Year 9,10,11 AIME Excursion, CSDA Debating Grand Final
8 August - Senior School Parent Forum
9 August - Year 9 English Incursion
10 - 11 August - Year 11 Leaders Camp
11 August - Year 11 Dinner Dance at St Gregory's College, Year 5 & 6 STEM Challenge
14 -18 August - Science Week
15 August - CCC Netball Championships
16 August - Year 9 2018 Information Evening, MISA Debating
18 August - Dio Athletics Carnival