SENIOR ALL-ROUNDERS: The Rotary Senior All-Rounder Award was won by Conor Ryan and Nicholas Daunt.
SENIOR ALL-ROUNDERS: The Rotary Senior All-Rounder Award was won by Conor Ryan and Nicholas Daunt. Gympie Times

St Patrick’s celebrates triumphs

ST Patrick’s commemoration evening had plenty to celebrate this year, recognising some significant milestones as well as a wide range of students’ achievements.

It was the first awards night for principal Tricia Kennedy, who was appointed in 2009 after three years as deputy principal of St Laurence’s College in Brisbane.

Also during the evening, deputy principal Daryl Wease announced the establishment of a fourth house for the college.

Chisholm House was so named to honour the work of Caroline Chisholm, pioneering advocate for social justice, especially for women.

Ms Kennedy’s address highlighted the importance of an education that was “spiritual, intellectual, relational, and practical” and one that stirred “the hearts, heads and hands of young people”.

She said 2009 marked the 150th birthday of Queensland as a state, Brisbane as a capital city and the establishment of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brisbane.

“Birthdays are a great time to celebrate and reflect. This year also marks 129 years since the Sisters of Mercy, and 104 years since the Christian Brothers, came to Gympie,” she said.

“Catholicism in this corner of the world is inextricably linked to Catholic education.

“The pioneering bishops and priests established Catholic parishes and integral to parish life were parish schools.”

St Patrick’s College is an amalgam of the girls’ school established by the Mercy sisters and the boys’ school established by the Christian Brothers.

The school’s founders Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice were passionate about education and its capacity to empower young minds and liberate their souls.

The Rice and McAuley mission springing from a particular time with particular needs, still guides them today.

The values and vision of these two people are the values and vision the College aspires to.

“At St Patrick’s College we want an education that develops skills for entry to the workforce or further study; allows students to flourish in personal and professional relationships – to contribute to community – their local, national and global communities; and supports their journey to find God in this world – (through each other and the environment) and beyond,” she said.

“This mission forms the heart of St Patrick’s College educational philosophy.

“How has this mission been evident in 2009?

“Informing all we do is our Catholic faith. Students continue to study religion as a subject of equal value with other academic subjects.

“They learn the history, beliefs and practices of their faith. Regular liturgies with Fr Patrick Cassidy allow us to gather as a community.

“A group of students regularly lead the Parish Sunday Mass. This, combined with outreach programs such as community service and fundraising for various charities and those in need (such as the wonderful effort for those suffering from the Victorian bushfires), allow action for the head, heart and hands. Through appealing to the head, heart and hands we hope students find God in themselves, in each other and in the community.

“We hope they develop an awareness of their community and a capacity to challenge and change what is not just through critical analysis and community service.”

St Patrick’s College has always enjoyed outstanding academic results.

They are immensely proud of this and determined to maintain and better student academic outcomes.

They make no apologies for challenging students and for expecting the best from them – they deserve that.

The College also makes no apologies for the hard work and occasional disappointments that come with striving to achieve.

If success comes easily, then students do not develop the habit of hard work and the skill of resilience.

And the College really wants to develop the habits of hard work, resilience and striving for excellence.

Major Awards

BR G Barfield Trophy – College Captains: Nicholas Daunt and Courtney Kingston.

Dr PV Kenny Trophy – Champion House: Rice House/

JLA Property Valuers Trophy – Vocational Student of the Year: Ashleigh Duin.

P&F Trophy – SRC: Todd Pooley.

College Staff Award – Service to the College: David Faranda.

Bryan Baker Memorial Award: Todd Pooley.

Honourable FI Power Award: James Mount.

Rotary Senior All-rounder Award: Nicholas Daunt and Conor Ryan.

Caltex Senior All-rounder Award: James Mount.

Nathan O’Neill Diligence Award: Nathaniel Mills.

Wilf Tobin Award – Senior Contribution to the Spiritual Dimension of the College: Alexandria Tierney.

Kevin Murphy Senior Cultural Award: Geoffrey Devereaux.

Kevin Murphy Junior Cultural Award: Laura Manton.

ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award: James Mount.

Charter Partner Junior All Rounder Award: Lucie Davies and Katie Connolly.

Junior Contribution to the Spiritual Dimension of the College: James Thomson.

SRC Junior Spirit of St Patrick’s Award: Lucie Davies.

USQ Community Award: Laura Manton.

Academic Excellence

DUX: Nicholas Dodt and James Mount.

Year 12: Nicholas Daunt, Courtney Kingston, Conor Ryan.

Year 11: Jacky Lui, Tyler Makin, James Morris, Lachlan Mount.

Year 10: Natalie Callaghan, Katie Connolly, Daniel Stoker, Varnan Suresh.

Year 9: Patrick Last, Laura Millar, Joshua Millard.

Year 8: Tamika Anderson, Jasmine Colley, Patrick Connolly.

First Place in Subject

ENGLISH and Economics: Clare Manton; Modern History and Biology: Conor Ryan; Legal Studies: Nicholas Daunt; Maths A: Claire Garrett-Bird; Maths B, Maths C, Chemistry and Graphics: James Mount;Physics and Study of Religion: Nicholas Dodt;

Multistrand Science: David Faranda; BCT: Ashley Timbs; Physical Education: Courtney Kingston and Bonnie Pryor; Visual Art: Bonnie Pryor; Drama: Sarah Tweed; FTV: Carissa Fogarty;

Hospitality: Ashleigh Duin; English Communication: Alexandria Tierney; Religion and Ethics: Nathaniel Mills and James Mount;

Pre Vocational Maths: Crystal Hellmrich and Trent Holmes; Industrial Skills: Trent Holmes.

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