Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends,
We welcome our new students, staff and families to St Patrick’s Marist College and I am very excited for the year ahead. We have had a wonderful start to 2019. There is such a positive energy both within and outside the classrooms and our new Year 7 students have settled in really well.
At the start of the year, staff came together and we were reminded of our role as teachers and staff in a Catholic School in the Marist Tradition and of our collective and individual responsibilities in the holistic development of each young person: in forming and transforming young people to be people of and for God. We continue to have our Mission, Vision for Learning and Wellbeing Framework driving our focus and direction.
The Mission of St Patrick’s Marist College is to lead young people in the way of Mary, to know and love God in the belief that they can all become good Christians and good citizens. Inspired by the Gospel, we commit ourselves as disciples of Jesus, and in the spirit of Marcellin Champagnat strive to help all people grow to their full potential.
Last week at assembly, I reminded students that every teacher believes in them, believes not only that they are a good person, but also that we recognise that people make mistakes and poor judgment can happen, but we believe they can learn and grow through the experience. “Walk into a classroom believing that your teacher is seeing you with fresh eyes in a new year. You have a clean slate! How your teachers respond will be completely up to you: your behaviour and the attitude you bring to your learning will be key to how your year unfolds.”
This week we gathered to recognise and congratulate our 2018 High Achievers. What wonderful graduates who exemplify what it means to be a Marist. As I look at these students, I don’t just see a HSC result. I see a group of young people who took the opportunity to be part of the full experience of St Patrick’s Marist College. Through cultural pursuits, in sport, through their service to the community and many took roles as leaders both formally and informally in the School.
While honouring these individuals we also recognise the outstanding success of the whole cohort. Last year we were recognised in the SMH for our outstanding growth moving from 140 to 88 in the state, the third ranked Catholic Systemic School.
In 28 of the 30 courses offered we were above state average, with 52% of students named on the Merit List, 24% of students gaining an ATAR above 90 and 60% Band 5 and 6 results. It was very pleasing to see Standard English ranking 10thin the state and General Mathematics 20th.
We recognise and congratulate:
- 1st Place ATAR and Dux of the College - Jonathan Nakad (99.05)
- 2nd Place ATAR - Theo Sugita (98.2)
- 3rd Place ATAR - Daniel Shan (97.45)
- Dominika Zhigunov - twelfth in the State for Standard English
- All Rounders (Band 6 in every subject) Jonathan Nakad and Chloe Bou Serhal.
Importantly I want to acknowledge all of the students that performed well above what was expected. They are the silent heroes that don’t get acknowledged in the newspapers and on High Achievers days, but we recognise their commitment, hard work and achievements and our staff are very proud of each of them.
I thank the staff for their dedication, the many, many extra classes before and after school and during the holidays, their willingness to respond to last minute requests for assistance and feedback and their genuine commitment to ensuring that all of our students achieved their personal best.
As always, I remind students as we start the year that we own our own behaviour. That together we create the great Marist spirit that is evident particularly in our relationships with one another. We are responsible of our learning and our teachers are there to help us be successful.
Another awesome St Patrick’s Marist Swimming Carnival. I could not be prouder of our students. Their enthusiasm, participation and respect for themselves, each other and the environment were outstanding. A very special thankyou to: Mrs Pavlovich for her organisation of the day and to the parents and families who attended.
Our Year 12 House Captains exemplified all that we wish to see in our College leaders. Their house performances were creative and entertaining and they rallied students to participate.
Congratulations to Edwin for taking first place in the carnival and to Paul and Edwin as joint winners of the Spirit Cup.
As we started the year together we have talked about our individual and collective responsibility in creating a positive tone both in and out of the classroom. We have no tolerance for behaviours or actions that impact on the wellbeing or happiness of others. We will continue in our education and discussion with our students about the use of mobile technology and social media to inflict intentional hurt on others, or on occasions posting things that impact on ourselves. Please keep the conversation going with your children, know how they are using social media, who they may be following, let us know immediately if you have any concerns.
I remind everyone about the College expectations including:
- Tolerance and respect
- Being ready to learn and to be active in that learning
- School procedures
- Rights and responsibilities
- Prohibited substances (refer to page 9 of the College Diary)
Concerns or Complaints
From time to time you may have a concern or complaint. I encourage you to contact the College so it can be resolved as soon as possible. For subject specific matters contact the relevant Leader of Learning KLA, for general or Wellbeing concerns the relevant Leader of Learning Pastoral or a member of the College Leadership Team. Names and information can be found on Page 1 of the College Diary.
Our afternoons on Kirby Sreet are very congested, it is important that we always obey the traffic and parking rules, not only providing good role modelling for our students as future drivers, but ensuring we maintain the positive and respectful relationships in our community. Mr Paton will be sending you an email regarding parking and driving in Kirby Street. There are very clear ‘No Parking’ signs. We have always had a very positive relationship with our neighbours; however there is mounting frustration at parents parking across driveways and in ‘No Stopping’ or ‘No Parking’ zones. If the matter is not redressed, the council will restrict parking on Kirby Steet to residents only. There is supervision in the bus bay until 3:45. It is not essential that you pick up at 3:15, coming a little later will ease the congestion.
TWO DAYS ABSENCE PER MONTH = ONE MONTH OF MISSED SCHOOL PER YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last year at our System Leader’s day we spent time discussing the importance of regular attendance. Simply put in order for students to receive quality learning experiences, to be able to engage in their learning fully they need to show up each and every day, every day counts. We had a goal as a system and as a school to reach 90% attendance. I am very happy to say that last Year’s 7, 9 and 12 met that target, with Year 10 very close to that target.
This year we will continue with our College Attendance Plan. Our goal in partnership with you is to have a consistent daily attendance rate over 90% for every year group.