A successful 2010 for College
AT its commemoration night, St Patrick’s College principal Tricia Kennedy reflected on the year’s challenges, from developments in the wider educational world to more local concerns; challenges from the national curriculum and the digital revolution, to college building projects.
The year saw the addition, through the BER (Building the Education Revolution) of a Science and Language Centre, (Catherine McAuley Extension) and the Multipurpose Hall (the Matthew Horan Centre).
Acknowledging that communities thrive in aesthetically sound and well-resourced environments and the importance of a common purpose and understanding in the forming and nourishing of those communities, Ms Kennedy announced the College’s Vision for Learning statement – Fostering Talent, Providing Challenge, Pursuing Wisdom – which, she said, reflects that “We want more for our students than securing an economic and employment future – though these are important”.
In 2011 the college will begin implementation of the national curriculum in English, maths, science and history, despite a staggered approach being the norm. An individual laptop program will begin in Year 9, with teachers having worked throughout the current year upskilling, resourcing and preparing units of work.