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No. 18 

07 June 2012

Dear Members of the St Patrick’s Family The end of semester is very close but it is important that we all continue to work together to ensure all work is completed to the students’ best ability. Can I please remind families that the Semester ends at 1.30pm next Friday (15 June). All students should be in attendance until that time and completing all set work and assessment. Year 11 and 12 students are on Block Exams for the next week and it is important this time has a strong focus on study. The annual Confraternity Carnival will be held at Curlew Park from 24 June. This is a significant event as part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations. Zac Koitka (College Captain 2009 ) spoke on Assembly this week about the importance that playing for St Pat’s at the Confraternity meant for him. It is a major event with 40 Colleges from around Queensland participating. With only a couple of weeks to go until the Confraternity Carnival, I would like to make one final appeal for our community to be involved in some way in this magnificent week. We are still in need of a considerable number of volunteers to ensure the week runs smoothly and I am hopeful that more parents and students may have some spare time over the holidays and be prepared to assist in some capacity. A Program of Events and a flyer for the Carnival Dinner are included in this edition of the Calling. The program of events provides you with a simple overview of the week and the dinner features several guest speakers of prominent stature in the world of Rugby League. The carnival will be a great week and I encourage as many families as possible to be involved. If you are interested in volunteering for some time during the week, please contact Mr John Tucker. Likewise if you would love to spend an evening with Rugby League royalty at the dinner, please contact Mrs Shari Faloon in the Main Office. Congratulations to our CIC Cross Country runners who performed so well at last week’s CIC Cross Country Championships. Under the coaching of Ms Harden, Mr Maynard and Mr Locke, the team came an admirable 6th overall out of 14 competing schools. This was our best result at the CIC Championships and our U12 team came within a mere two points of winning their age group. The aspect I have been particularly impressed with is watching the boys train throughout a long season not only to focus on improving fitness and performance, but there has been a wonderful element of fun and team spirit instilled by the coaches. Well done by all involved. Congratulations also to our Senior Theatre Sports team who performed incredibly well to win their State Quarter Final this week. We eagerly look forward to them performing in the Semi Finals in July. Thank you to all the students who performed at the Instrumental Performance Night last Thursday and to all the families who were able to come along and enjoy the evening. The music skills of our students are certainly improving and many great performances were on show during the night. St Patrick’s has strong connections with East Timor through the Coffey House Coffee Project and O’Rourke House sponsorship of an orphanage. This connection has been further strengthened this week with a teacher from East Timor visiting us. Apolinario Dos Santos is from the village of Fatuguero and teaches Business and Computers. This is the village our Year 11 Immersion students will visit and work in during September. On Assembly this week, Mr Troy Schultz (HOC Mathematics) introduced the finalists in the ‘pi challenge’. The competition involved the students reciting from memory the number pi. Ryan O’Dea (Year 12) was the inaugural winner of the pi challenge trophy being able to recite pi to an amazing 70 decimal places. The other finalists were Luke Micallef (Year11) and Matt Podisky (Year 10). Our AIC Rugby and Football teams are away this week and Villanova College has asked the St Patrick’s community to support their fundraising project this Saturday. The main overseas ministry for Villanova is called AFAS (Australian- Filipino- Augustinian Solidarity) and it involves sponsoring students at 3 “sister” schools through high school. Villanova students will be shaking a few “Time for Change” tins on Saturday and are inviting parents and students to pop some change in the tins to help support the Filipino students whose schools have very little. Some of these families live on just $2 a day. Your donations can make a difference. So look out for the orange-vested students shaking the tins this Saturday and think, “Time for Change!” Fight the Good Fight

Mr David Gardiner A / College Principal

A Catholic Boys' School in the Edmund Rice Tradition catering for Years 5 to 12


AP Identity Last Friday, we celebrated the 250th birthday of Blessed Edmund Rice, Founder of the Christian Brothers. And what would a birthday party be without cake, a birthday card and singing “Happy Birthday”! So, believe it or not, over 1600 cupcakes were cooked and donated for Edmund’s birthday, and every student and staff member gladly celebrated in the festivities.

Mr Matthew Hawkins Under Edmund's influence, Johnny became well-known for his piety and devotion to religion.

Let’s say a short prayer for Blessed Edmund Rice: O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice. He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice. May we follow his example of faith and generosity. In the week leading up to the birthday, a card was placed in Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service. the “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” Memorial Garden, and hundreds of students and staff wrote messages of thanks to We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Blessed Edmund. One student even wrote: “Happy Birthday Edmund – wish you were here!” In keeping the celebration going, boys were even treated with the day being given the rare status of “Coke Day”, and we raised $750 for Edmund Rice ministries. I would like to sincerely thank the following mums and families for their generous donation of cupcakes (though I know more mums dropped off some cupcakes on the day!): Bernadine Denaro, Pam Harvey, Bonnie Flaherty, Su Gray, Yvonne Gills, Carmel Sinclair, Veronica Wicks, Christine Hogan, Pat Pashley, Mel Potter, Kylie Pashley, Sandra Gascoigne, Kim Jennings, Cherie O’Malley, Andrea Sked, Judy Jones, Helen McCarthy, Lynn Cusick, Gaby Morrison, Susanne Steiger, Karen Traversari, Jenny Evans, Jan Thompson, Jenny Cotton, Donna Flanagan, Helen Righetti, Sandra Fowlie, Robyn Donaldson, Julie Parker and Maxine Nott. On the morning, Houses gathered together, ate their cupcakes, sang “Happy birthday”, and shared this simple reflection about Edmund: Today is the birthday of Blessed Edmund Rice. It is a special day for us, because without Edmund Rice, St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe would not be here. The Christian Brothers would not have started, they would not have travelled to Australia in the 1800s, they would not have travelled to Shorncliffe in 1951 and renovated Morven, and the gates of our College would not have opened in January 1952. The birth of Edmund Rice set all those wheels in motion. Today we celebrate Edmund’s birth, his life and his legacy. One story seems to sum up Edmund’s faith and his determination to make the world a better place for everyone he met – the story of Black Johnny, the slave. After the tragic death of his wife, Edmund began to devote much of his time to works of charity. On one particular day while Edmund was walking the streets, he came across a boy by the name of Johnny, a black slave whom Edmund saw on a ship moored at the Waterford quay. Slaves at this time were bought and sold freely by land-holders for a small price and provided cheap labour for their owners. Edmund, in an action typical of his charity, purchased the young boy from the ship's captain, paid for his schooling, saw him baptised and eventually set him up in a small business.

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AP Curriculum

Mr Chris Campbell

reaches its half-way point, let’s encourage our boys to look for something that may trigger a love of reading – a character that looks like them, or thinks and feels like them, perhaps a villain they can unite against. The novel itself may not excite your son. However, a love of reading need not stem from ‘highbrow’ literature. Boys should be urged to read anything, be it for information, enlightenment or even practical advice. Way back in 2007 The New York Times ran an article by Motoko An entrance into reading may well stem from what some label ‘trash’. For the sport aficionados, reading can be treated like Rich that claimed that the most fantastical story of that any pursuit, something that simply requires practice. We just particular year wasn’t Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, keep on doing it, eventually realising that we kind of like it. rather, it was a novella titled The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. Perhaps now even more fittingly, the hero of the Some of our favourite books: story was the Queen of England. Bennett imagined that the Queen had suddenly turned into a voracious reader late in life. Mr Hawkins – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Mr Torrisi – It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong and Ask your children what they’d rather be doing – watching clips Sally Jenkins Mr Gunn – Johnno by David Malouf on YouTube, catching the latest episode of The Voice or reading a book and it appears that books are fighting a losing Perhaps give one a try…learn what makes your teachers tick, laugh at their favourites or have a conversation about the battle. As Rich contested, the notion that in today’s society someone, even the Queen, could move so quickly from literary great new book you discovered. indifference to devouring passion seems, sadly, More information: far-fetched. The National Year of Reading Website is a portal to a world of It is estimated that nearly half of Australia’s population can’t reading fun - http://www.love2read.org.au/index.cfm read with fluency. That means that nearly half of our population can’t read a newspaper, can’t read a recipe or can’t follow written instructions on items such as medication. This doesn’t even take into account the rapidly declining amount of Australians, particularly teenagers and young adults, who simply don’t read for fun.

As I mentioned last week I will continue to share some of the more specific activities which are being undertaken across curriculum areas. This week we will feature information from the English Department.

Is all hope gone? Can young people still be drawn to the literary landscape? What is it that can tear teenagers away from movies, television shows and electronic gadgets and back to written words? 2012 has been labelled the National Year of Reading. The National Year of Reading is an initiative linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country (St Patrick’s included). Just as there is no guide to what makes a bestseller book, there is no definitive answer as to what inspires ‘a reader’. What makes an enduring reader is in some ways a magical process, shaped in part by external forces but also by a spark within the imagination. Children surrounded by committed readers in their family will naturally gravitate to books. Devoted teachers who read and librarians, just like those that abound at St Patrick’s, can also prove inspirational. Just as is the case for many, in The Uncommon Reader it is the right book at the right time that ignites a lifelong habit. Term 3 at St Patrick’s is, for most English classes, a term devoted to the in-depth study of a novel. Not all our young men will eagerly devour these novels. As the National Year of Reading

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AP Curriculum

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Mr Chris Campbell


AP Student Formation

Mr Frank Torrisi

Block Exams All students in Years 11 and 12 receive block exam privileges. Students in these year levels only come to school when they have exams. While at home it is important to utilise this time productively for exam preparation. When attending school for exams it is important to stay on the grounds of the College. IPods and Mobile phones are not permitted to be used on the school grounds. If students are staying at school to study the library will be available.

The Yr 8-9-10 Social The next social will be held on Saturday 14 July. Normal school rules and expectations apply. We need parents to assist with the running of the Social – on the front door, in the cloakroom, selling drinks, general supervision. We cannot run the social without parental support. If you can help please contact Mrs Fowlie in the Student Office (36319070) Venue – Sandgate PCYC Dempster Street, Deagon Time- 7.00 to 10.00 pm Clothing – closed footwear is essential, no offensive T-Shirts Exit Procedures for Years 8, 9 and 10 etc All students in Year 8, 9 and 10 will be required to complete a Cost - $10 form before they exit from Term 1. The form has been included in the Student Diary on Page 60 and 61. It will be required Lost Property to be signed off by various staff members and parents. LapThere is an abundance of lost property in the Student Office tops by their Teachers, Library books by Library Staff, lockers from lunch boxes to uniforms and particularly shoes (black and locks, by House Deans, assessment by Mr Campbell and leather and sporting). At the end of this term we will be incomplete duties/detentions by Mr Torrisi. The form has doing our usual donation to St Vincent de Paul of any lost been developed to make students accountable and serves as property which has not been claimed before then. Please a check that your son has completed all his duties at school. come in and check it out. Students who do not complete this form will be required to attend school until 3.00pm on the final day of school. Senior Formal and Year 11 Dinner Dance: Year 11 Dinner Dance and the Year 12 Formal payment is due on Friday 15 June. Mobile Phones We understand the need for many students to have a phone, particularly for communication purposes. St Patrick’s has a policy of taking a student’s phone if it is seen or heard during school hours. This aims to minimize the inappropriate use of mobile phones at school. The Mobile Phone Policy is clearly outlined in the College Diary. I encourage all parents to read the policy and to support the College in maintaining a good teaching and learning environment. Contacting Your Son If you need to get messages to your son or collect your son from school during the day please note that the only times the Student Office can make PA announcements to contact boys is at AM Tutor Group (8.28 am), morning tea (10.25 am), the beginning of Year 5-8 lunch (12.25 pm) and PM Tutor Group (2.50 pm). Also, if you need to collect your son for an appointment, please ensure that a note is in his diary regarding the appointment and that he knows to leave class at the appropriate time as we are not able to call over the PA other than the times listed above.

Senior Formal & Year 11 Dinner Dance Year 11 Dinner Dance & Year 12 Formal Payments are due on Friday 15 June.

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Confraternity Carnival

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Mr John Tucker


Confraternity Carnival

Mr John Tucker

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Confraternity Carnival

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Mr John Tucker


Director of Sport Confraternity at Curlew We Need You! Well we have only a few weeks left before the annual Confraternity Shield Rugby League Carnival comes to Curlew Park. This great event boasts some 800 (40 teams) schoolboy players displaying their best and exciting rugby league talent and skills and it is all on show at Curlew Park. The Confraternity Shield Carnival can lay claims to some of the best NRL players within Australia, some of whom have also played Origin Football as well as represented Australia. St Patrick’s College is not only honoured to host this event but we are also inspired to make the 2012 Confraternity Shield Carnival the best of all time. This goal cannot be achieved without YOUR SUPPORT. We are still in need of volunteers from our College community to offer up some time to assist us during the week of Confraternity. So, please put up your hand to volunteer and in doing so be part of, and witness, some of the best senior schoolboy rugby league within Australia all on show at Curlew Park. Guaranteed, you will be watching some of our future NRL stars playing league in Shorncliffe at Curlew Park’s Confraternity Carnival. Following are all the details that you need to know to get you organised to volunteer: Carnival Dates:

Sunday 24 June to Friday 29 June

Where:

Curlew Park, Sandgate

Contact Persons: Mr John Tucker 3631 9023 jtucker@stpatricks.qld.edu.au Mrs Narelle Cathcart confraternity2012@gmail.com

Any amount of your time volunteered is GOOD TIME!

Mr Luke Donatini Outstanding Achievements  Corey Wagner (Year 10) – selected into the Queensland U15 Australian Rules Team to compete at the National Championships later this year.

 Carter Bell (Year 9) – selected in the Queensland Baseball Team to compete at an International tournament in the USA in July.  Murdoch Hogan (Year 6) & Harry Tonks (Year 6) selected in the Queensland U12 Indoor Cricket Team to compete at the junior nationals in Brisbane in July.

SPC Trimester Three Sporting Coordinators Following are the names of coordinators and contact details for next term’s sports. Basketball – Mr Corey Meehan cmeehan@stpatricks.qld.edu.au Cross Country – Mr Paul Toohey ptoohey@stpatricks.qld.edu.au Tennis - Br Chris Pritchard cpritchard@stpatricks.qld.edu.au Track and Field – Mr Rob Morris rmorris@stpatricks.qld.edu.au

Metropolitan North Regional Sport Information Any student interested in the below sports are to register their interest with the respective coordinator mentioned below or see Mr Ryan Schultz at the SPC Sports Department (located within the SPC Gym). Further information can be found on the Metropolitan North Sport Website. U15 Rugby Union (July 19) – contact Mr Ryan Schultz for nominations and further information. It is important to understand that only students who are actively participating within our College’s sporting program will be eligible to attend these trials. Please Note: The information supplied above is the current information available to us at this point in time. Changes to venue information may occur as the season commences and progresses.

Sports Information Line (Wet Weather) The telephone number for St Patrick’s College Sports Information Line/Wet Weather Update is 3631 9080. Please be reminded that in the event of Wet Weather, any changes to the published schedule for sporting fixtures will be made just before 7.00am on the day of the fixtures. St Patrick’s College Calling | 9 


Director of Sport

Mr Luke Donatini

SPC TRACK AND FIELD SIGN ON IS NOW ON We would like ALL SPC students from Year 5 to Year 12 to   seriously  consider being part of the   2012 SPC Track and Field Experience.           

SIGN UP AT THE GYM ALL NEXT WEEK

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Director of Sport

Mr Luke Donatini

ALL STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN RUGBY THIS SEASON ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT THEIR GAME THIS SATURDAY AIC Round 7 - Rugby St Patrick’s College vs. Villanova College Villa Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa

SPC Team

Opposition

Time

Location

1st’s

VILLA 1st’s

3:15pm

Andrew Slack Oval

2nd’s

VILLA 2nd’s

2:00pm

Andrew Slack Oval

3rd’s

VILLA 3rd’s

1:00pm

John Seary West (No.6)

16A’s

VILLA 16A’s

2:00pm

Charles Fisher Oval (No.2)

16B’s

VILLA 16B’s

1:00pm

Charles Fisher Oval (No.2)

15A’s

VILLA 15A’s

1:00pm

Andrew Slack Oval

15B’s

VILLA 15B’s

12:00pm

Charles Fisher Oval (No.2)

15C’s

VILLA 15C’s

11:00am

Charles Fisher Oval (No.2)

15D’s

VILLA 15D’s

10:00am

BYE

14A’s

VILLA 14A’s

12:00pm

Andrew Slack Oval

14B’s

VILLA 14B’s

11:00am

John Seary West (No.6)

14C’s

VILLA 14C’s

10:00am

John Seary West (No.6)

13A’s

VILLA 13A’s

11:00am

Andrew Slack Oval

13B’s

VILLA 13B’s

10:00am

Andrew Slack Oval

13C’s

VILLA 13C’s

9.00am

Andrew Slack Oval

Playing Uniform: SPC Jersey, Green SPC Rugby Shorts, SPC Rugby Socks All players will be required to wear a mouth guard and the use of headgear is strongly recommended. Please Note Students must wear their St Patrick’s College Formal Grey Uniform if they are attending as spectators or are intending on staying to watch the First XV Rugby Game at 3.15pm. CIC Round 7 – Rugby St Patrick’s College vs. Nudgee College Nudgee College Flat Fields -Sandgate Road, Boondall TEAM 7A 7B 6A 6B 6C 5A 5B

Vs NC (Away) Nudgee College Flat 4 - 10.30am Nudgee C ollege Flat 4 - 9.40am Nudgee College Flat 5 - 10.30am Nudgee College Flat 5 - 9.40am Nudgee College Flat 5 - 8.50am Nudgee College Flat 7 - 9.40am Nudgee College Flat 7 - 8.50am

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Director of Sport

Mr Luke Donatini

ALL STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN FOOTBALL THIS SEASON ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT THEIR GAME THIS SATURDAY AIC Round 7 - Football Saturday 9 June 2012 St Patrick’s College vs. Villanova College Villa Park, Manly Road Tingalpa

SPC Team

Opposition

Time

Field

1st’s

VILLA 1st’s

1:45pm

Field No.5

2nd’s

VILLA 2nd’s

12:30pm

Field No.5

3rd’s

VILLA 3rd’s

12:45pm

Field No.4

16A’s

VILLA 16A’s

11:00am

Field No.5

15A’s

VILLA 15A’s

9:45am

Field No.5

15B’s

VILLA 15B’s

10:45pm

Field No.4

14A’s

VILLA 14A’s

8:30am

Field No.5

14B’s

VILLA 14B’s

9:45am

Field No.3

13A’s

VILLA 13A’s

8:30am

Field No.4

13B’s

VILLA 13B’s

9:45am

Field No.4

Playing Uniform: SPC Football Shirt, Green SPC PE Shorts, SPC Football Socks Please Note Students must wear their St Patrick’s College Formal Grey Uniform if they are attending as spectators or are intending on staying to watch the First XV Rugby Game at 3.15pm.

CIC Round 7 – Football Saturday 9 June 2012 St Patrick’s College vs. Nudgee College Nudgee College Flat Fields – Sandgate Road, Boondall TEAM 7A 7B 7C

6A 6B 5A

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JUNE 9

Vs

NC (Away)

Nudgee College Flat 1 - 8.00am Nudgee College Flat 11 - 9.00am Vs NC 6C Nudgee College Flat 12 - 8.00am Nudgee College Flat 11 - 8.00am Nudgee College Flat 12 - 9.00am Nudgee College Flat 9 - 9.00am


Director of Sport

Mr Luke Donatini

AIC INVITATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL Friday 8th June, 2012 Iona College will be hosting the AIC Invitational Cross Country Carnival on Friday 8 June commencing at 4.00pm. Venue: 85 North Road Wynnum West Programme of Events 4.00pm 4.15pm 4.30pm

13yrs 14 & 15yrs 16 & Opens

3000m 4000m 6000m

Placings and Results Each school will be responsible for collating its own placings and results. There is no limit to the number of competitors per age group. Assembly Point All teams are asked to assemble on main playing fields of Iona College Course The course will incorporate a variety of surfaces and terrain. Runners must wear shoes. The course will start/finish on main playing fields of Iona College Oval. Facilities Toilets are located next to Oval. Canteen facilities will be available on the day. First Aid Each school should provide its own basic first aid kit although a sports medic will be on hand. Parking All teams and buses are asked to park along Sandy Camp Road.

AIC/CIC SCHEDULE 2012 The following are the proposed meets and events for our Cross Country Runners in 2012. Please note that these details may change on a weekly basis.

Date

Host College

Venue

Time Commencing

Friday 8 June

VILLA (AIC Trial)

Villanova Playing Fields, Tingalpa

4.00pm

Tuesday 12 June

Met North Regional Trials SPC AIC Team Event

Met North Championships St Paul’s School, Bald Hills SPC Cross Country Camp Stradbroke Island

Am until mid afternoon

Saturday 14 July

SPLC/SEC

Limestone Park, Ipswich

AM Meet

Saturday 21 July

SLC

AM Meet

July 22 & 23 (Saturday & Sunday) Saturday 28 July

Qld Schools Cross Country Champs AIC (SPLC/SEC/ PADUA)

St Laurence’s Playing Fields Runcorn Maroochydore Queensland

June 17 to 19 (Sunday to Tuesday)

AIC Championships Limestone Park, Ipswich

Sunday 17 June (AM Departure)

Am of 22 July AM until midday

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Basketball Coordinator

Mr Corey Meehan

Dear Parents, Over the coming weeks and into next term a series of emails regarding basketball will be sent out to parental and student email accounts. Please ensure that you check your email and also ask your son to check his email account as regularly as possible. If in the future you have any questions or concerns regarding Basketball please don’t hesitate to contact me: Corey Meehan: cmeehan@stpatricks.qld.edu.au 3631 9028

AIC/CIC Basketball sign on 2012 It is not too late to sign on for this upcoming basketball season, we still require more boys for the U14 and U15 age groups especially. If you are interested in playing basketball in 2012 please ensure you see Mr Meehan in the gym to get your name down.

AIC/CIC Basketball Training Training will commence in week 1 of term three (CIC) and week 3 of term three (AIC). If boys have signed on to play they are expected to attend all training sessions and games or communicate any difficulties with their respective coaches. It is not acceptable to simply fail to show up to training or games without prior notification; boys are to make every effort to fulfil their basketball responsibilities. A draft training schedule for AIC/CIC is as follows (this may be subject to change):

TEAM 7A 7B 7C 7D 6A 6B 6C 5A 5B

LOCATION

CIC TIME

DAY

3:15pm  –  4:45pm

TUE  &  THUR

Front Court 1 Back oval courts Front Court 2 Back Oval Courts Front Court 1

TEAM 1ST V ND

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AIC LOCATION CALLAN CENTRE/  B.E.C

BOONDALL ENTERTAINMENT  CENTRE (B.E.C.)

Lunch time x2/week on  P.E. days to be negotiated by coach

TIME

DAY

Private transport to Boondall is not required.

3:15-5:00pm

3:30-5:00pm

NOTE

TUE  &  THUR

Most boys catch the first available train from Shorncliffe to North Boondall station, it is only a short walk to the sports hall.


Basketball Coordinator

SPC BASKETBALL UNIFORM

Mr Corey Meehan

CIC BASKETBALL CLINIC’S NORTH SIDE WIZARDS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

TRAINING All boys are required to wear their College P E uniform or Basketball uniform, at no stage are boys allowed to wear other club singlet’s, NBA singlet’s, rugby jersey’s etc. If boys are found wearing the incorrect uniform they will be asked to sit out of training which may affect selection chances. If boys are continually found wearing the wrong uniform they may lose the opportunity to represent the College in basketball, I ask for all parents support with this matter.

During the final week of school a representative from North Side Wizards Basketball Association will be holding development clinics for all boys in the junior school interested in basketball. It is expected that any boy in Years 5, 6, and 7 who have signed on plus any other boys who may be interested in playing attend. The sessions are FREE and will be run during junior lunch. Boys are required to wear their P E uniform, the dates are as follows:

GAMES Boys are permitted to wear the college P E uniform during the initial trials but all boys are required to have a college basketball singlet by Round 1. Boys are permitted to wear college P E shorts during games so long as all pockets have zips. SPC basketball shorts are available for purchase from the uniform shop if desired.

Tuesday 12 June: Year 5 and 6, Junior Lunch, Back Courts. Thursday 14 June: Year 7, Junior Lunch, Back Courts.

SPECTATORS For all boys who wish to stay around and spectate after These sessions will be an excellent way to begin to focus their respective game, full college formal uniform is to be on next terms sport and also learn some valuable tips. I worn, you will be not be permitted to stay unless you meet strongly encourage all boys in the junior school to attend! this requirement.

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Tennis/Sport Support Group

Brother Chris Pritchard

Thursday 7th June 2012 Hi Parents and Players Our commitment to run a clinic for five days in our third week of June/July holidays, Monday 2nd July – Friday 6th July has been cancelled due to the paucity of numbers and the fact that coaches need time to change arrangements and courts to be cancelled. I do understand the current financial situation in which most families find themselves but urge all players to continue with their signed-on sport through Term 3 and 4. During our final academic week the CIC players will begin training, 7.00am to 8.10am on the College Morven Courts; Thursday, 14th June, Year 7 Friday, 15th June, Year 5 & 6 May we all have an enjoyable, safe and successful tennis season.

God bless Br Chris Pritchard St Patrick’s College Tennis Coordinator

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incere thanks to all parents and friends who assisted in the Curlew Park Canteen and BBQ area on our ‘Back to Shorncliffe Day’ Saturday 19 May vs. St Edmund’s, Ipswich. We grossed $10, 000 plus which is our highest total for one day. This was especially due to having our new cold room in full operation.

Our Group has contributed $3, 000 towards a new ‘tennis ball machine’ requested by Director of Sport, Luke Donatini, and our professional tennis coach, Brad Harbottle. We have also contributed $900 towards our sportsmen who have been selected for Queensland School Sport Representation. We are assisting the forthcoming Confraternity Shield Carnival, 25 - 29 June. Any parental assistance, especially those associated with the Carnival, will be greatly appreciated. If available, even for a few hours, please contact David Row on mobile phone 0409 531457 or phone 3869 4585. Our prayerful support is offered for our Chairman, Terry McMahon who is to undergo an operation and will be away for approximately two months.

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Director of Culture

Mr Geoff Samuels BIS COMPETITION

The chess, debating and public speaking BIS competition has been postponed from Tuesday 5 June until Tuesday 12 June. It will be held at SPC in the Morrissey Building. Be there at 6:45 for a 7pm start. Andrea Hey. BIS Coordinator INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE EVENING As a culmination of our Semester One Instrumental Program we held a performance evening in the Waterford Building last Thursday evening. This provided an informal atmosphere in which our boys can develop performance skills and confidence before a warm audience of family and friends. It was terrific to see a number of our new instrumental groups performing with our junior percussion and junior guitar showing a level of musicianship which shows a great deal of promise for the future. We witnessed a diverse range of music styles on the night with boys tackling jazz, classical, bossanova, folk and rock. All in all a great night. Thanks to all of the performers and to the many parents and friends who supported the boys on the night.

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Director of Culture SENIORS THROUGH TO SEMI FINALS!

Mr Geoff Samuels usual panache, confidence and very witty retorts. Liam Spargo, (an old boy and member of the Theatresports team in 2007) is the coach, and he did a wonderful task in preparing the team this season.

Our senior Theatresports team was victorious on Tuesday night in the Queensland Theatresports quarter final round, held here at St Patrick’s College. They now move on to the Semi-finals will be held at St Patrick’s College on Monday 16 semi- finals on the 16th July. The teams they faced were wellJuly at 7 pm. Please support our senior team. prepared and talented, but our boys played a strong, structured and very funny “Super Heroes” in the four minute round. Marthy Watson - Theatresports Coordinator There is no doubt that this performance propelled them into the semis. The experience of Regan Samuels and Damian Tatum was evident supported by the other team members in an inspiring manner. Congratulations to Miss Hewitt (coach) Damian Tatum, Regan Samuels, Duncan Moir, Jonathan Ricks, Aidan McArthur and Josh Smith. The Intermediate team played in their quarter finals quest at Albany Creek SHS on Monday night and was unfortunately knocked out of the competition. The teams in this round were all very experienced but our team played valiantly, with their

DEBATING

our dream team. They moved through the preliminary rounds undefeated, nay a mark on their debating record. There must have been something in the water that year as our other Year 10 team, led by the passionate Ms Hewitt, annihilated their opposition last night with a 5 point victory (for the debating novices this is big, imagine a 100-5 rugby score-line). Amongst a team of champions, particular note, should go to Matthew Travers who spoke confidently, without palm cards, for the full 7 minutes.

We’ve tried to keep a lid on the debating excitement this year, fearful that the incredible successes of 2011 couldn’t possibly be seen again, let alone in consecutive years. However, electrifying things are happening in the St Patrick’s debating world. Next week will be the final preliminary round for QDU debating, yet we have already secured finals births for 75% of our teams, an incredible achievement. Last night provided so many highlights that it is hard to pick which to preview first in a slow-motion replay of the adrenaline induc- Sadly our Seconds were unable to record a victory. However, ing adventures of our ‘Opinionators’… they have developed somewhat of a reputation as one of the most entertaining teams on the circuit and their exit from the The Firsts led from the front last night, clocking up a solid 2 point victory over some formidable opponents from Mount competition will leave a notable absence. Congratulations to Mr Corfield for managing to harness the potential of these Alvernia. Loosely arguing that we should ban the media from printing sexist and racist comments made by celebrities likeable young men. (we say loosely because the debate veered wildly off course early on, but as the adjudicator noted, this coincided with a dramatic increase in the level of humour so it was kind of forgivable), Tom Huth, Duncan Moir and Joshua Smith have certainly demonstrated that they are peaking at the right end of the season. Dedicated strategist Lachlan Marsh continues to show his value in the short preparation debates, with some excellent insight. Even chairperson Angus Lane was particularly smooth in his delivery last night.

Time is fast running out to be part of this year’s action – be sure to get along to our final preliminary round next week (note – Thursday debates to allow us all to support the Maroons).

Mr Watts and his amazing band of Year 10s continue to be

Ms Zoe Morgan, Debating Coordinator

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Year 8 at St Paul’s, Strathpine: Both teams (Georgakis/Seers and Gibb) debate at 8.15pm. This is a short preparation debate so boys will need to be at the venue by 7.15pm to receive their topic.


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WANTED Prizes to auction at the Gala Dinner. If you can help please call Kath Richardson on 0412772123.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTS Term 2 school accounts were due for payment on 16 April 2012 unless alternative payment arrangements have been set in place Please note any additional charges on Term 2 accounts will need to be paid separately. If paying by direct deposit into the school bank account please ensure that your surname and parent account number is included in the reference area. If you have not received a Term 2 account or have not received a copy of your receipt via email for payments made please contact Judy Kelly on 3631 9019.

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Meeting of concerned parents and teachers

Assessment Methods in Queensland Mansfield Tavern, Function Room, 2 pm 16th June 2012 181 Wecker Road, Mansfield, Brisbane Plenty of parking Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied. Organised by Professor Peter Ridd (Head of Physics, James Cook University) Dr Matthew Dean, Mathematics Department, University of Queensland in association with an organising committee of teachers, parents and academics.

The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) is responsible for the content and assessment methods of every school in the state. Its syllabi are almost unique in the world particularly the way assessment is carried out. This meeting is a gathering of concerned parents (and teachers) to express concern that there are serious problems in the system that must be addressed. Two other meetings have already been held in Cairns and Townsville. Are your children or students buckling under the load of multiple large assignments, EEIs and ERTs, just before the exams? Are they up all night trying to finish the assignments? Do you think that physics, chemistry and even maths have far too much written work? Are they turning these subjects into de-facto English classes where it is more important to be able to write well than to solve problems? Is it fair that some students are using tutors to do their assignments that are the dominant contributor to the final grade? Do parents and students have any idea how the non-marks based assessment systems work? How are teachers supposed to “add” all the letter grades from all the assignment pieces? Are teachers struggling with the massive workload that the non-marks based assessment system requires?

One outcome of the meeting might be ask the new education minister to carry out a full independent inquiry into the QSA methods. Please come and share your experiences and suggestions If possible, for catering purposes RSVP to mel.boer@jcu.edu.au or contact peter.ridd@jcu.edu.au, or mdean@uq.edu.au . But come along anyway if you cannot RSVP.

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Mundie Bria, Tyler Caruana, Marcus Reed, Daniel Seagrott, Rylie Thompson-Bagshaw

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Queen’s Birthday Holiday

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Weeks 8 & 9

WEEK NINE June 11 - Queen’s Jubilee Holiday June 12 11/12 Exam Block June 13 11/12 Work Placement - 11/12 Exam Block - AIC Cross Country Trial June 14 11/12 Exam Block - QDU Round 4 Year 8/Sen A June 15 11/12 Exam Block Last Day of Term - Students dismissed at 1.30pm June 16 Confraternity RL Trials

WEEK ONE - TERM 3 July 9 Term 3 Fees due/Sport Support Meeting July 10 Drama Club Performance CIC Basketball/Tennis training commences July 11 Curlew Park Association meeting July 12 Year 10 Retreat July 13 Year 10 Retreat July 14 Years 8-10 School Social AIC Cross Country Trial (Limestone Park) CIC Tennis Trials

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Calling - Issue 18 (07 June 2012)