Volume 32 Issue 04 - 20 March 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Friends of St Patrick’s College

Sue Lennox - 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 different work arrangements in the face of social distancing, self-isolating and healthy hygiene regimes. Some of our families may well be under pressure due to reduced work hours, loss of income and trade and vulnerable health of self or family. I can’t imagine there would be any part of our community that hasn’t been affected by this pandemic.

I would like to assure you that we are a community that cares for each other. If you are feeling under stress or pressure due to changes in your circumstances, I would like to encourage you to let the College know and we will do what we can to support or ease the burden. We will all get through this crisis and when it is finished we need to be able to rebuild and restore the balance.  So please contact the College if you have concerns.

Last Tuesday we celebrated St Patrick's Day. It was the most discreet celebration of 17 March I can recall. Due to the Government restrictions, the assembly was cancelled, which meant we missed the beauty of the Irish dancers and Year 12 received their badges in their homeroom instead of in front of the whole College. In spite of this, I must commend the girls on how resilient they were in managing the restrictions. We gave out green cupcakes just before lunch and they were so excited and appreciative. One of the staff played Irish music whilst the cakes were handed out and the girls were dancing in appreciation.

You will have received my letter informing you of a pupil free day on Tuesday 24 March. At present, in most subjects, teachers and coordinators are populating their class Canvas page with course work and resources for the girls. They are reassessing assessments and exploring different ways of delivering the learning. In amongst the busyness of the day to day, some of the more complex skills and then testing are not covered. For this reason we believe a full day of PD will be very beneficial.

Staff will use this time to upskill on a number of applications that they will use should we begin instruction offsite. I appreciate your support of this extraordinary day. If your daughter needs to come to the College, supervision will be provided, however she will be working independently during the day as lessons will not be provided. Girls have work in their Canvas files that they are continuing with. This is not a holiday for the girls.

In the event that we transition to offsite learning, the establishment of a daily routine is very important. As parents, you can support your daughter by:

  • Being familiar of the routine and supporting your daughter in following these
  • Identifying a quiet space for her to work
  • Monitoring communications with teachers
  • Checking in on how she is processing her learning
  • Encouraging physical exercise and activity
  • Monitoring how much time your daughter is spending online

Further information about the online learning will be sent in the following week.

I would like to acknowledge the work of the staff at the moment. Whilst a number of other professions are able to work from home, teachers and support staff, like health care workers, are required to stay at work so that children can stay at school. They are fully supportive of the students and very keen to make a potential offsite learning environment work for all. We are very grateful for such dedicated and professional staff.

Sadly, we have had to postpone our Mass which would have happened last Wednesday and our Ball which would have been held this Saturday. This is disappointing as each event had had 12 months of planning and preparation. Whilst we will not be able to stage a ball again this year, which means there will be no new income for the Scholarship Fund for 2020, we are hoping we may be able to have the mass later in the year. Regrettably, the year is shaping up to be one that will be remembered for the events that never happened due to a series of unprecedented catastrophes that impacted on many people and their lives.

I will finish this week’s edition with a short reflection on pandemic which was recently provided by the GSE Mission Team.

Blessings

Sue Lennox - Principal 

Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.
Amen.

Who is St Patrick?

St Patrick is Ireland’s most famous and most loved saint. The Irish settlers who set up and established our College, founded in 1840, chose St Patrick when naming it. The founding occurred on 17 March, the Feast Day of St Patrick, the date of his death. On this day we celebrate his life because he remains a guiding light for our community. His example shows us the importance of being in right relationship with God and each other. St Patrick was extraordinary at building communities, most notably in Ireland where he spread the Word to pagans after receiving a vision from God.

His writing of the Breastplate of St Patrick was another significant contribution. According to tradition, St Patrick wrote it in 433 AD for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armour worn in battle.) More recent scholars suggest its author was anonymous. In any case, this prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St Patrick brought our faith to Ireland! St Patrick's Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of Saint Patrick was popular enough to inspire a hymn based on this text as well. (This prayer has also been called The Deer’s Cry). The words of the shorter version of the prayer are as follows:

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Louise East - Religious Education Coordinator

"All Will Be Well"

We are all experiencing very unusual times and circumstances. It is during such times that it is more prudent than ever to turn to prayer and to gain strength from what matters most. It is fitting that throughout the 2020 school year, the St Patrick’s community will be focussing on the Benedictine values of Pax through the lens of Stability and Justice.

In particular, a focus on Stability in an anniversary year is most apt. Stability is about solid foundations. Stability is about holding steadfastly to what is right and true and good. Stability is that which anchors a community to the things that last. For the St Patrick’s College community, the celebration of its one hundred and eightieth year is a celebration of all that is enduring, true, and good. May the patronage of St Patrick and the grace of the Holy Spirit continue to bless the St Patrick’s College community.

In the words of the Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi, “Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us bring your love. Where there is injury, may we offer forgiveness. Where there is doubt, enliven our faith. Where there is despair, fill us with hope. Where there is darkness, may we bring your light. And where there is sadness, fill us with joy.” St Francis asserts that we are called to be loving, forgiving, hopeful, enlightening, and joyful. These are the important things for us to be and live by. In a world gripped with panic, fear, and uncertainty, we are at our best when we tap into that which gives us stability in such uncertain times. Let us live out the values we espouse every day; let us be instruments of peace and love in our world. 

This call to live out our Stability is in contrast to the attitudes we have witnessed in shopping centres. A focus on the self in a time of crisis is counter-productive. Consideration for others, compassion and care are the means by which a crisis can be handled in a way that is productive and life-giving. 

Let us pray for our world—a world in distress. Let us pray that, in the words of Mother  Julian of Norwich, “all shall be well.”

Angelo Gattone - Mission Coordinator

Year 7 Camp

At the beginning of Week 7, Year 7 had the opportunity to attend their annual camp at Teen Ranch, Cobbity.

Activity Group 2 - Waiting patiently for the Giant Swing with Mrs Reader

This was a timely event as the students were given the opportunity to mix with a variety of students in their year group that they haven't really had the opportunity to mix with so far and further develop connections with students that they already know. It was a pleasure to spend this time with your daughters in this environment and learn a little more about each of them. I was able to see them challenge themselves, support each other and most of all have fun.

All of the girls had a great time and are feeling fortunate that they were actually able to attend this event this term. There were many Year 7 students who were willing to share their reflections on their camp experiences. I hope that you enjoy reading the variety of reflections selected.

Tarna Tannous - Year 7 Coordinator 

My camp experience was a great memory from Year 7 so far. We had the ability to do lots of fun activities like horse riding, rock climbing, swimming, bush skills and archery and canoeing which was my favourite. At the end of Day 1, we had a drumming activity, making some drumming music together. I would consider this the biggest highlight of my Year 7 journey so far.  - Maram A 7B

This year's Year 7 Camp was a memory that can never be forgotten. Making friendships, memories and accomplishments were the best part of this adventure. Learning new things in bush skills and climbing to the top of the tower, connecting and riding a beautiful horse and encouraging friends and peers that are also helping you. I wouldn't take any of these things for granted. Those two days spent at Teen Ranch have really been beneficial to connect with others and learn so many new skills, to reach greater heights and to find courage and bravery in yourself. - Diadem A 7C

The 2020 Year 7 Camp was amazing and awesome. The theme was “fun with friends” and that was so true. We got to learn bush skills and also how to canoe. Personally, I made new friends but also made stronger friendships with the ones I already had. What was great is that we got to challenge ourselves and support the other girls in our grade. This was a great camp to work on friendships and teamwork. Overall, this was the best camp ever! - Sophie V 7C

Going to camp was amazing. Making new friends, the activities and the wonderful time had by all. When I went to the camp at Teen Ranch, I made so many new friends. Friends in my cabin group, my activity group and even at mealtimes. I was really sceptical about making new friends and talking to new people, but it is really easy. If you just talk to someone and say ‘Hi’ it can start an amazing conversation. Everyone is in the same boat as you. We also got to participate in many fun activities. The Teen Ranch staff had a policy, ‘Challenge by Choice’, where they are never going to force you to do something, but they sure are going to encourage you. The teachers, staff and students that came along were also very supportive along our journey. Overall, Teen Ranch was amazing and so much fun, making new friends, all the fun activities and so many supportive people. - Erin N - 7E

Year 7 Camp was an extraordinary experience. The activities were different and fun. My favourite part was exploring new skills and having fun with friends. I was able to participate in canoeing, wet games, archery, giant swing and bush skills although my favourite activity was the giant swing because there was a sudden drop which I love. It was different from primary school camps because we did not have to learn things related to school. I didn't mind the food however it was not as good as my mum's though. Year 7 camp was exciting and different. I personally loved the experience and would love to go back again. - Bree M 7F

Year 10 Retreat 2020

On 5 and 6 March, the Year 10 cohort attended travelled to Mulgoa to participate in their Year 10 retreat.

The retreat was held at the Winbourne retreat centre; a beautiful facility set in a location that was tranquil and ideal for what had been organised for them. Although the weather was quite rainy, this was a perfect time for our girls to disconnect from their everyday lives and embrace a time of reflection. The overnight event saw the girls take opportunity to search within themselves about the place of spirituality in their own lives. The girls were able to form connections, bonds, friendships, and ultimately develop a greater sense of community that will live with them during their future years at the College.

The concept of servant leadership was a key component to the retreat, and this idea was demonstrated by the girls in the way they showed care and compassion to each over the two days. I was so extremely proud of the girls by the way in which they applied themselves to all activities and discussion. This cohort is a wonderful group of young women who are continuing to learn about and embody all Benedictine values in their daily lives.

I would like to thank Mr Gattone for his energy and effort in facilitating the retreat. I would also like to thank Mrs Nash, Ms Roa, Ms Wallin, Ms Sharma, Mr Ashcroft and Mr Muller for their valuable support and contributions to making the retreat a great success for the girls.

Jared Baca - Year 10 Coordinator

Opportunities for Year 12 Students

The HSC reforms that have been in place over the past couple of years were designed to help motivate and challenge students to achieve at their highest possible level and reduce excessive stress. The changes to school-based assessment requirements in each course included capping the maximum number of formal assessment tasks to three in Year 11 and four in Year 12 and capping the number of formal written examination tasks that mimic the HSC examination to one per course.

It had been well documented that teachers and students feel that more examination practice was needed. At St Patrick's, we are committed to providing students with every opportunity to experience success. We also believe that there is a need to provide our students with opportunities to prepare for and experience written examination practice under examination conditions.

To that end, we have introduced a practice examination period which allows students to get a sense of what it means to sit an exam under exam conditions. Taking practice examinations has a range of benefits. Students can ascertain where their strengths lie and what requires further study. The results are also crucial for students as it provides additional feedback.

Undertaking these practice examinations does reduce some of the anxiety often associated with this type of assessment and prepares the student for HSC trial examinations and the actual HSC examinations. Practice examinations provide an opportunity to improve familiarity and potentially identify strategies that may require some additional focus. After completing the practice exams, students will have a chance to unpack the feedback and discuss strategies for improvement with her teacher.

The practice examinations will take place on Tuesday afternoons from Week 10 in Term 1 and will continue until the end of Term 3. We are excited and looking forward to providing this worthwhile experience for our Year 12 students.

Chris Bettiol - Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching

Happy Pi Day

Pi Day is a celebration of the mathematical constant pi. Using the American dating system, this occurs on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi. The occasion is also sometimes observed on 22 July, a date chosen as pi can be approximated using the fractional value of 22/7.

To celebrate Pi Day, the Maths faculty sold party pies and apple pies at recess on Monday. There was also a vegetarian option of cheese triangles. The spirit of the occasion was enhanced by some mathematical attire. The photos show Mr Lord sporting his pi-rate t-shirt and Ms Sharma wearing a t-shirt featuring pi-zza.

The money raised from the sales was donated to Project Compassion.

Michelle Parker - Mathematics Teacher

Remote Learning Plan

Distance does not mean our students will lose access to education and our teachers are literally working overtime to ensure the continuation of the delivery of high-quality educational experiences. To that end, Tuesday provides a time to consolidate their understanding of a range of remote teaching and learning strategies and develop a structure to guide the delivery of lessons using a range of elearning tools. I thank our parents, in advance, for accommodating our need to focus on our preparations for a potential transition to remote learning and teaching.

A Canvas Course landing page designed by Mr Combes to support in school and remote delivery of the Year 11 Drama course.

College infrastructure is well positioned to support remote learning. St Patrick’s College's Remote Learning Platform is underpinned by a Learning Management System (LMS) called Canvas. Canvas incorporates a number of learning technologies such as access to course materials, delivery of online content, online discussions, assessment tools, educational video, video conferencing and information services.  

The delivery of our Remote Learning Strategy will depend on the expertise of our staff.  Mr Gargoura, our IT Manager and Mrs Feely, College Librarian, have developed a structure that enables the continuity of services to the College community. Their teams will continue to offer IT Support and Library Services to staff, students and parents - regardless of location during the school day.

A typical day of remote learning is likely to resemble the current timetable as much as possible. Teachers and support services will be available for home delivery of lessons if and when needed. As in the classroom, at-home learning experiences will consist of a balance of online and offline activities. More detail will become available after Tuesday.

Parents, College staff and students working collaboratively will maximise the success of at-home learning experiences. To this end we are developing a set of roles and responsibilities for key stakeholders, including College Leadership, teaching staff, support staff, students and parents. 

Further information about specific technologies and online learning processes will be posted through our communication portals next week. Thank you, families, in advance for your support.

Year 11 Design and Technology Shape Excursion

On Friday 13 March, Year 11 Design and Technology students made their way into the Powerhouse Museum to view the “Shape” Exhibition. 

A range of exemplar projects from throughout the state were on display. The students were in awe of the work from these students and now have a good idea on many aspects of the Major Design Project including the documentation process, the importance of time management and what it means to be innovative. Students were also privileged to hear from a range of designers working in the industry who presented information on the importance of collaboration, working to clients' needs and getting feedback from end users. A really eye opening and inspiring experience for our girls.

Alicia Pollicina - TAS/VET Teacher

From the Students: Year 10 SEPEP

As the PDHPE program SEPEP continues for Year 10, skills such as dedication, time management, competence, communication as well as social and cognitive skills continue to develop across the class. Due to school excursions, wet weather and people being away sick, the class has needed to work around these obstacles, sometimes on the spot. 

 

Team 5 Group Photo

With each student having a different role and responsibilities, we have needed to work together to produce the best possible game we can. Some of these roles include photographer, coach, board member etc. Communication skills have been tested, as well as our skills on the playing field. With new information, members have had obstacles that have made the class stop and re-evaluate how the game is being played and what needs to be done to make the game even better. 

With each team having a various amount of skill, from total newbies to people who have been playing for years, teams have had to communicate with one another to and work on game plans that will work efficiently. Each team has been tested during games in their level to participate and to challenge themselves to improve every game. Each student has tried her hardest during every game and is also improving as well.

As round 5 has finished and round 6 to come on 18 March the competition is heating up with various points spread around the board. Renegades are coming in first with a total point score of 10 and no losses so far. The Koalas are coming up close with a total of six points and ENDGAME not far behind with 4 points. Thunder and Chicken Nuggets are tying for last with a total of 2 points. Some of the best and fairest awards from round 5 include Charlotte F, Golda S and Lilly Dr. These girls have shown game spirit, persistent effort and improvements throughout the game. 

With each lesson, 10.3’s sporting skills, communication, participation and time management have slowly but surely improved and I can confidently say that they will continue to improve as time goes on.

Emma G - Year 10 Student

The SEPEP program has been a huge success so far. Everyone in 10.5 is enjoying themselves while playing and also while doing their duty roles. Team members have become closer with each other and duty members more confident in their roles. From the first round till now, we can see a huge improvement in our netball and soccer skills but also a huge improvement in confidence and teamwork. Everyone in the class has been fulfilling their role with great passion. Coaches have been working hard with their team to improve their physical abilities and have been giving great encouragement throughout the rounds. Coaches have also taken time out of their lunch or recess to help their team practice. Our communication officer has also been very dedicated to her role, sending emails every night before the round to remind everyone so no one forgets or misses out. The administrative officer has a big role from making the scoresheet to updating the ladder, her role requires a lot but she never fails to complete it. The celebrations team have also been preparing for the end of term party which will be a time when everyone reflects and enjoys all the effort they have put in. There will be food, drinks, music and a wonderful video created by our our board members who have also been working very hard organising rounds, duty teams and timings. Overall the SEPEP program has been a really fun experience for all of 10.5 and that is all thanks to all members of the class putting in a lot of effort and dedication. Good job girls!

Eknoor G - Year 10 Student

Comments: 

I have enjoyed the SEPEP program so far. Now that I have become more organised, I am enjoying it much more than I did before. I have been trying my hardest to improve each lesson and I believe that I have! - 10.5 student 

This SEPEP program has been so fun, and it’s been great working alongside my team and all working together to improve our skills. I loved having two sports that were diverse because it made the game our own. - Madison M

SEPEP is a really fun and engaging program that is extremely rewarding physically and socially. It teaches us good life skills such as communication and teamwork while getting us fit.  - Amber M

I think SEPEP has been a fun, collaborative activity where we've had to put our organisation and teamwork skills to the test in order to successfully run our own competition. I've found it to be a good opportunity to share my skills with others and get to know the skills and talents of other players within the class.  - Serina B

My opinion would be that SEPEP is a good way for girls to step outside of their box and really get involved in something they may not have done before. Everyone has built a stronger bond with their teams who may have people in it that they haven’t interacted with before. Overall SEPEP is something I have really enjoyed and believe others have too.  - Ella F

SEPEP has given me an amazing opportunity to gain confidence, and build new friendships with people I have not spoken to as much. It has also given me the chance to learn how to work with people I have not worked with before. SEPEP has tested my organisation skills and helped me improve in many different ways. - Kamaria N

I think SEPEP is a great course, it is so different to anything else we do in class which makes me look forward to PDHPE. Preparing the lessons ourselves also gives us an insight into what it’s like as a teacher so it gives us an indication as to whether or not we would like to become a teacher in the future. - Emma N

SEPEP for me is a time for us to reflect on our fitness and wellbeing, making sure everyone has a go and has a fair turn. It lets us communicate with girls in our class that we don’t usually communicate with and lets us become a  family. SEPEP is really fun and when you get into it, you can get competitive. Personally, I love it and I think the rest of our class does as well! - Mia C

 

Year 12 Hospitality and Business Services Excursion

On Friday 13 March 2020 our Year 12 Hospitality and Business Services classes went on an excursion to the Campbelltown Catholic Club. The Hospitality students examined the kitchen operations and met with staff there including Peter, Roger, Emma and Kimberly.

 

The Business Services students met with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the club who discussed the structure of how the club operates and how each area of the club budgets for its revenue and expenditure. He outlined which current and non-current assets the club has and what future assets the club is thinking about acquiring, as well as it's liabilities. The club makes many financial contributions to community groups and schools in the Macarthur region.

The students were then taken on a tour of the Catholic Club and Rydges. They visited staff in the newly built offices and noted the various styles of work stations (some with stand up desks and multiple computer monitors) as well as the new staff kitchen and board rooms.

The Hospitality girls then combined with the Business Services’ girls to tour Rydges. They examined both the old and new hotel rooms and even the industrial laundry. They were then treated to a three-course lunch in the esteemed restaurant Kyubi where they were hosted by their chef, Kimberly. Kim is an ex-student of St Patrick's who previously won the Macarthur Workplace Student of the Year in 2018. She graciously met with the girls after cooking a beautiful lunch and answered questions about her experience working full time in the Hospitality industry. She recalled fond memories of her time at St Pat's and how she was drawn to this career after leaving school.

The students learned a lot about the business and hospitality world and enjoyed their experience on the day.

Jason Muller - Business Services Teacher and Maree Durrington - VET Coordinator

 

Year 10 Visit The Sydney Jewish Museum

Last week Year 10 students visited the Sydney Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst.

 

During their post-excursion debrief, many students have said how interesting and informative the Museum sources were, and how emotional the Museum experience was, in particular the Children's Exhibit. 

Whilst there, students were privileged to hear from 83 year old Holocaust survivor, Lucy, who shared her painful WWll childhood memories. Some students also had the opportunity to speak with 100 year old survivor, Eddie Jaku, who claims to be "the happiest man on earth". Eddie's TED Talk can be accessed via this link.

It was comforting to hear how many students hope they will have the opportunity to revisit the museum in the near future and listen to other survival stories and explore the Sydney Jewish Museum sources in more detail. 

Wendy McDonald - HSIE Teacher

Research Databases - a world of valuable information online

St Patrick's College Library subscribes to a broad range of research databases to assist students when completing assessment tasks. 

Research databases are home to thousands of quality information articles across all subject areas, and the Library's subscription to many databases allows students access to these, all free of charge. Databases includes History & Reference Centre, Science Reference Centre, Religion & Philosophy, Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre and Encyclopedia Britannica. Students can contact Library staff if they require assistance accessing these databases, or if they require instruction on how best to search these databases to find relevant information for their assessments.

Databases can be found on the Library module via connect.saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au.

The College Library

 

ePlatform by Wheelers Books

Want free books? Of course you do!

 

Did you know as a St Patrick’s College student or staff member you have free access to a HUGE range of ebooks and audiobooks?

It’s true!

ePlatform by Wheelers is an eBook and audiobook platform St Patrick's subscribes to, for the benefit of all staff and students. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device (phone, iPad or laptop). Once the app is downloaded, you can log in using your St Pat's login details and start browsing - it's as easy as that!

ePlatform gives you free access to the latest releases, contemporary favourites, and classic literature. eBooks are a great alternative to carrying a few books around at once, and audiobooks are excellent to listen to when travelling.

We encourage all students to check out all the great titles, and ask the Library staff if any help is needed. 

The College Library

Where To Find Your Next Great Read

Looking for your next great read? The Library can help.

With Easter and the school holidays fast approaching, combined with the cooler weather, now is the perfect time to think about your holiday reading list.

Perhaps you already know a few books you would like to read? That’s great, you can check our catalogue to see if the Library has a hard copy or an ebook you can borrow.

But if you’re not sure, or still deciding, you might want to check out one of the following excellent resources:

What’s New @ your College Library is a comprehensive listing of new resources including fiction, non-fiction, biographies and memoirs, graphic novels, picture books, ebooks and audiobooks and magazines. Find the What’s New booklet attached.

The Good Reading Hub - can be found on the Library’s homepage. Here you will find articles about books, interviews with authors and independent book reviews. You will also find the latest edition of Good Reading magazine and Spine Out magazine, specifically for Young Adult (YA) readers.

In addition, the Good Reading Hub includes a Featured Author spotlight, Featured Books, plus numerous competitions for the opportunity to win books! 

The College Library

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, as well as to enable them to experience quality literature.

The 2020 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge is now open and will run until 28 August 2020.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are invited to participate by reading a total of 20 books during the challenge. Students who manage to complete the challenge will receive a certificate.

If you would like to participate, please register your interest with Mrs Denford in the Library and pick up your Welcome Pack.

The College Library

Wollongong Diocesan Touch Championships

Congratulations to our three College teams that competed at the recent Wollongong Diocesan Touch Championships in Wollongong.

 

Open Touch Team

The teams consisted of:

13 Years College Touch Team

Darcy E, Paige R, Siena B, Jiselle P, Ella D, Gabriella A, Sophie A, Lilliana A, Grace F and Inez F

15 Years College Touch Team

Aaliyah B, Amelia B, Amy Y, Ava H, Darcy E, Eden G, Keesha D, Mia F, Mirae Q, Olivia H, Sophie A and Lucy G

Open College Touch Team

Ellie H, Ellie F, Lara M, Olivia Z, Tara B, Ruby D, Alexandra F, Sarah P, Loretta T, Carrera K and Madison M

All teams played extremely well throughout the day, with our 15 Years team being the standout performers by finishing in second place overall.

A massive thank you must go to our team coaches - Mr Baca for taking the Opens, Mr Ashkar for taking the 15s and former student Julia Paparo (class of 2019) for taking the 13s.

Congratulations to Darcy E and Aaliyah B who were selected in the Wollongong Diocesan 15 years team and Sarah P and Olivia Z who were selected in the Wollongong Diocesan Open team to compete at the NSWCCC Championships on the Central Coast later in the term.

Scott Ashcroft - Sports and Activities Coordinator

Diocesan Swimming Championships

On Friday 13 March we had one of our strongest swim teams head down to Corrimal for the 2020 Diocesan Swimming Carnival. The day was filled with lots of PBs, cheering, photos and fun with all girls giving their best.

There are a couple of congratulations in order:

Firstly, congratulations to the girls who qualified for the NSWCCC Championships: Ava A (Year 7), Brianna H (Year 10), Abbie H (Year 10), Annalise D (Year 9), Alana P (Year 9) and Ilori P (Year 9).

Congratulations to our Intermediate Medley Relay team (Brianna H, Abbie H, Annalise D, Alana P) and our 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay team (Annalise D, Alana P, Ilori P and Abbie H) that dominated their races and qualified to represent the College at the NSWCCC Championships.

A huge congratulations to our Age Champions Ava A (12 Years) and Abbie H (16 Years) who swam incredibly on the day. To be Age Champion is a huge feat and we are very proud of you!

A special congratulations are in order for our record breaker, Abbie H. Abbie broke the records for 100m & 50m breaststroke.   

Unfortunately, NSW CCC has been cancelled. However, we wish all our swimmers the best of luck with training and future races!

Lastly, from all the girls who went down to Corrimal, we would like to thank Mr Lord for supervising and supporting on the day and to Mr Ashcroft for all your organisation and work behind the scenes.

Jarian H - College Swim Team Captain

Clean up Schools Day

On Thursday 27 February, the College community participated in a whole school clean up for Clean up Schools Day.

The theme for the day was #StepUpToCleanUp and our wonderful girls and staff did just that. Our gardens were rubbish free and our new playground bin stations were being used as house points to create some house spirit and raise awareness for the sustainability of our planet. Well done to all involved!

Maria Boulatsakos - Environment Council teacher 

Happy 95th Birthday Phyllis!

Phyllis Callahan (nee Baxter) Alumni St Patrick's College 1934 -1939.

"Once a St Pat's Girl - Always a St Pat's Girl"

College Archives

Our recent Open Day was an opportunity for St Patrick's College Archives to showcase the many artefacts now housed in our collection. The response to several newspaper ads placed in 2019 was amazing, leading to the acquisition of original St Patrick's College memorabilia.

Through the very generous donations of some past students, who had these items "just lying around in an old shoe box", our rich history is starting to come alive. I have had the pleasure of meeting those past students from the 1930s and 1940s, conducting both oral and written histories with them.

I have also met with two past boarders, (circa 1939 and 1966), at St John's Preparatory College "Westview." That College, for boys aged 5 years to 12 years, was the original school on our current site and, like St Patrick's College, operated by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. These men have very generously shared their school days' stories on video.

The College Archives is open during the school term on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 12.30pm. For donations of memorabilia relating to St Patrick's College or St John's Preparatory College "Westview", that may be "just lying around in an old shoebox" please contact College Reception on 4629-2999 or email jcavallin@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au.

Joanne Cavallin - Volunteer College Archivist

Uniform Shop Holiday Opening Times

The College Uniform Shop will be open in the school holidays. See dates and times below.

Image courtesy of Joshua Combes - CAPA Coordinator

Uniform Shop Opening Times:

Tuesday 21 April 2020 - 9am to 3pm

Wednesday 22 April 2020 - 9am to 3pm

Thursday 23 April 2020 - 9am to 3pm

 

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