2021 Term 2, Week 6/7 - 30 May 2021


“Make reconciliation part of the business of your workplace culture and decision-making. Practical, reportable actions will drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation internally and in the communities in which it operates.”

– Reconciliation Australia 2021.

This week we once again gathered as a community to acknowledge National Sorry Day 26 May, followed by various activities, story sharing and a deepening of understanding as National Reconciliation Week began on 27 May. Our College recognises that we must provide the time and space to allow real dialogue to happen, learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

The theme of National Reconciliation Week 2021 is “More than a word – Reconciliation Takes Action” which challenges everyone to take more meaningful and brave actions towards a better future for all. There needs to be a far greater effort from everyone to speak up, to ask hard questions and to take action during and beyond National Reconciliation Week. The Reconciliation Australia website provides excellent information and resources including a suggested ‘20 actions for reconciliation’ which can be found at:  https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/actions-for-reconciliation/

I would like to thank Lauren Newman, our College Cultural Program Leader, who works closely with our students and staff to provide any required support and guidance to ensure there is greater awareness and organisation of events and activities in our College. Lauren would appreciate any assistance from community members and families that would like to help in this way.

As a formal commitment to our action as a College, we are developing an official Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) through the Reconciliation Australia Narragunnawali program.mI would like to thank Ms Athena Costopoulos, our Director of Mission, who will be instrumental in leading this project. A College Working Group consisting of College staff, students, parents and community members will facilitate the RAP plan. If you would like to help, please contact Ms Costopoulos.


I am thrilled to announce that Mr Zak Plumridge has been appointed to the role of Director of Business Operations and will join our College community from Monday 14 June 2021. As a member of the College Leadership Team, Zak will lead and oversee the strategic and day-to-day business administration portfolio of our College, performing the functions of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary to our Board of Governance. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. With over ten years’ experience in the property and development industry, Zak brings a breadth of knowledge in financial management across a broad range of projects and business environments. 

Zak is passionate about professional growth and is an active member of the CPA North Queensland Branch Council, having previously held the position as Chair. Driven to support business within the region, Zak has worked with a number of prominent local companies that aim to advance Townsville and the community. Previously working with key stakeholders, aiding in the financial management during construction of key commercial properties around Townsville, he is very excited to bring his expertise, passion and purpose to support our College as it continues to roll out its Towards 2025 Strategic Plan alongside the associated College Master plan.

God’s blessings to all.

Amber Hauff




With the bulk of Term 2 behind us, I thought it timely to remind everyone of the benefits of participating in extracurricular activities. After the mid-year break is a good time for students to return to the College reinvigorated and ready to embrace the new term. Along with organising their academic schedule, students need to ensure they have balance in their lives and this means engaging in a variety of extracurricular pursuits. The College provides a plethora of activities to suit varied student interests. From sport, to music, community service, dramatic and visual arts, students are encouraged to give something a go. Empirical evidence proves that, on the whole, students who participate in extracurricular activities experience higher levels of academic achievement. In fact, one study from the Brandon University Journal of Graduate Studies found that “participation in extracurricular activities is associated with a 2% increase in math and science test scores.” The good news does not end there. “Students who participate in extracurricular activities report higher levels of self-concept and self-worth.” Increased feelings of self-worth help build a young person’s resilience and ability to accept constructive criticism. These valuable life-skills flow on to later life aiding continued personal growth and development.

You can support your daughter’s involvement by reading her interests and considering what activities are available at the College or within the local community. At St Patrick’s College Townsville, we have seen our students achieving great things in the fields of netball, rowing, debating, community service and the Arts. Our clubs and activities are always keen to engage with our students and look forward to welcoming new and returning members in Term 3.


Cameran Triffett





Congratulations to all our Year 7 and 9 students who participated in the 2021 NAPLAN tests in Week 4. Students are to be commended on their positive attitude throughout the three days of testing. Students were prepared with the correct equipment, on time to each session and showed true determination in attempting these tests. 

As we enter the final few weeks of term it is important that students are well-prepared for their upcoming assessment and have implemented good study habits to assist them. One important strategy to manage time is to ensure that students regularly refer to the Assessment Calendars and Exam Blocks on the College Website.

Some further helpful hints to prepare for exams include:

  • Start Early – don’t leave your study until the week before the exam.
  • Plan a Study Timetable – this will ensure a certain amount of time each day is allocated to study. Students will find study timetables in their College diary on pages 18 to 21.
  • Find a place that is quiet and not distracting.
  • Turn off social media, text messages and phone calls to avoid interruptions.



A friendly reminder that 2022 Subject Information Evening will be held in Week 8. This evening allows parents and students to find out information about choosing subjects for 2022. 

Held on Wednesday, 9 June 2021 in the Auditorium, the night will be broken into the following sessions:

  • Year 8 2022 – 5.30pm
  • Year 10 2022 – 6.00pm
  • Year 11 2022 – 6.45pm

This event is compulsory for students in these year levels and students must attend in their College academic uniform. Following the evening, Heads of Faculty and teachers will be available to discuss specific subject choices in the College Library.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents/guardians will be required to use the COVID tracking up to sign in at the event. Entry will be via the Strand Convent Gate with exit only via the Fryer Street Gates.


The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) released the 2021 General and General (Extension) External Exam Timetable for all Year 12 students.

Further information in relation to preparing for External Assessment as published by the QCAA can also be found on their website


Report Cards will be issued in the June/July holidays to all year levels via email. 

Year 7 to 10 students will receive a Semester 1 Report, Year 11 students will receive a Unit 1 Report and Year 12 students a Unit 3 Provisional Report.

If your email address has changed please advise the College Office to ensure our records are updated and you receive your daughter’s report.

Amy Byrnes







Teenagers friendships can be complex, intense and filled with unpredictable ups and downs. Even though we might wish they could “just get on with it”, most girls need our active guidance to problem solve daily challenges.

Teenage friendships can sometimes turn ‘toxic’. Or sometimes toxic friendships can develop if your daughter hangs out with ‘frenemies’ – teenagers who are mean to her.

Instead of making your daughter feel good – like she belongs and is accepted – toxic friendships can lead to your daughter having negative feelings about herself or others. That’s because toxic friends often put people down, manipulate them, leave them out or behave in other mean ways.


  • To help your daughter avoid toxic friendships, you can try talking with your daughter about what ‘good’ friends are like – they’re the ones who look out for her, care about her, include her in activities and treat her with respect. This will help her work out which people might be good to hang out with.
  • Encourage your daughter to have a wide range of friends from a variety of places, like school, sports or social clubs, family friends and neighbours. This means she’ll have other people to turn to if something goes wrong with a friendship.
  • When you get to know your daughter’s friends, you get the chance to quietly observe your daughter’s social interactions and pick up on any issues.
  • Talking with your daughter can also give you the chance to start a conversation about how she’s going with her friends. Listen to your daughter and use open-ended questions. When you keep the lines of communication open, your daughter is more likely to talk with you about any problems that come up.
  • As part of your talks, you could let your daughter know about your own friendship history. This might help her see other options and help her feel understood. Finally, you can be a role model for forming and maintaining positive relationships – with your own friends, partner and colleagues. Your daughter will learn from observing relationships where there’s ways of respect, empathy and positive resolving conflict.


It’s a good idea to give your daughter the chance to sort out friendship issues herself before you step in. This can help her learn valuable life skills like conflict resolution, assertiveness and problem-solving. But when you feel you need to step in, here are some ideas.


If your daughter really wants to keep the friendship, help her find ways to change it. For example, can your daughter work out what’s causing the problems? It might be that a friend who makes a lot of negative comments about your daughter’s appearance gets away with it because your daughter isn’t clearly saying she doesn’t like it. Encourage your daughter to tell her friend to stop. Sometimes a bit of assertiveness is all that’s needed to stop unwanted behaviour. Sometimes frenemies act in negative ways because they get good reactions. You can use our problem-solving steps with your daughter to work out what the frenemy is getting out of the behaviour. Then you might be able to work out a solution. Using a witty comeback, being assertive, or walking away without comment can change the dynamic.


If your daughter is prepared to end the friendship, she needs to decide how to tell the frenemy. Your daughter might need to say something like, ‘I don’t like the way you gossip about me behind my back. Unless that changes, I can’t be your friend anymore’.

Be prepared for the fall-out from the end of a toxic friendship. The frenemy might try to make life difficult for your daughter. Watch out for any bullying or harassment, both face to face and online. If this happens, contact the college to work on a solution and talk with your daughter about this. Support your daughter by listening to what’s going on, trying to find solutions, and linking her in with support like her Head of House, if needed.


Your daughter might need to find new friends. This can be a daunting task, so here are some tips to help:

  • Encourage your daughter to list all the other peers she could link up with. For example, does she sit with other students in other classes? Does she have one or two friends in another friendship circle, sporting club or activity outside school?
  • Encourage your daughter to find ways to hang around with these other peers. This could be sitting together at lunch, working on assignments, or doing some social or sporting activities.
  • Encourage her to find out about extracurricular activities available at school – for example, drama club, sporting groups, chess club and so on. Your daughter might be able to find others with shared interests.
  • If you can, help encourage new friendships by making friends welcome at home, and encouraging your daughter to join in the college’s many extracurricular activities.

It might help your daughter to know that many teenage friendships don’t last. She might hang out with them for a while, but she’ll find people she has more in common with in the future. For more excellent information, go to: www.raisingdaughterren.net.au

Maria Franettovich






This week we, along with the other Townsville Catholic Diocesan schools, attended the 200 Years of Catholic Education Mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Presided over by Bishop Tim, we acknowledged the gifts of a Catholic education, the community spirit and the long history of service by religious and lay educators.




Representatives of Mercy Girls In Action and McAuley Ministry and College Chaplain, Ms Veukiso attended the Catholic Woman’s League Mary Help of Christians Celebration Mass at Holy Spirit Church. Bishop Tim celebrated the mass and it was followed by lunch at the Ignatius Park Hall. The guest speaker was the wonderful Ms Trudy Clarke, former Director of Mission at Mater Hospital Townsville. Year 12s are encouraged to apply for a CWL Education Award.



We have one more week to have a spring clean of our wardrobes and bring in good quality clothes that no longer fit. All donations can be dropped off at the Mission Office in A13. Our Fashion Friday Pop Up Shop will open at lunchtime on Friday in week 7 at the Sports Complex. All clothes are being sold for $2 each and money raised will go to the Vinnies Winter Appeal.



VRAP (Vinnies Refugee Assistance Program) is a volunteer-run program that provides help with English in the homes of refugee families in Townsville. Tutors, working in pairs, visit the home of a refugee family for one hour a week. We are looking for people who want to know that they can make a difference to a family and to a person’s future.

Volunteers can work with a friend or be placed in a team who match their own time availability.

Anyone who wants to assist families to practise their English can volunteer. You need no qualifications, experience or special skills, although you will need your own transport. Please join us by giving an hour a week to one of our families. To become a VRAP tutor, or for more information, email vrap@svdpqld.org.au or call 0403 273 797.



Athena Costopoulos




Almost from the beginning of my time as Director of Boarding, I was given the title, “Mumma DC”. This week I’ve really felt like the proud mother of so many beautiful girls and here are a few of the reasons why:

  • Once again, nearly all of our AFL, Rugby Union and Rugby League teams were undefeated. The one team that suffered a loss stayed strong to the end and remained steadfast and uncomplaining in their defeat.
  • Though most of our girls play a superb and fearless game of football, they are always fair and gracious in their triumphs. I have never heard or seen a single girl gloat over their opposition. This makes me prouder than the win.
  • I tasted Yum Yum balls for the first time. And YUM! The girls that made them bought the ingredients, made the balls and then shared them widely with their College sisters. It was a beautiful show of generosity.
  • As you might imagine, living away from your family can difficult. A few of our girls have experienced a difficult time recently, but they have been surrounded with love, care, time, warm hugs, cups of tea and buttery toast. These kindnesses occur without any adult prompting and demonstrates true sisterhood in action.
  • Our boarders have the biggest smiles and the loudest, most joyous laughter I’ve ever experienced. How lucky I am to be surrounded by this beautiful energy every day?

Thank you for entrusting us with your girls and for the support you offer every day by your presence from afar and warmth via the telephone. To support our lines of communication between home and the boarding house, we have a series of House Mothers that can answer any day to day questions regarding the welfare of your daughter. They are:

Year 7: Stacey Sergeant (ssergeant@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au

Year 8 & 9: Kearley Robinson (krobinson@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au)

Year 10: Mary Galletly (mgalletly@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au)

Year 11 & 12: Pam McHugh (pmchugh@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au)

Please enjoy the photos below taken over the last fortnight in boarding.


Ms Katie de Carteret










Year 11 students considering subject changes or pathway changes for Unit 2 are encouraged to make a time to meet with myself. Subject changes for Unit 2 will close on Friday, 4 June 2021 (Week 7, Term 2). Unit 2 officially commenced on Monday, 24 May 2021 (Week 6, Term 2).


Any Year 8, 9 or 10 students considering subject changes for Semester Two are encouraged to make a time to meet with myself. Such changes may be required to complement their subject selection for 2022. Subject changes for Semester Two will close on Friday, 23 July 2021 (Week 2, Term 3).  


The Year 10 Exam Block will run from Friday 4 June to Tuesday 6 June 2021 per the timetable. It is compulsory for all students in Year 10 to attend these exams. A reminder that students:

  • must attend all exams in their full Academic College uniform.
  • are not permitted to study at home for this exam block.
  • must remain at school for all days and sessions in the assigned classrooms.

If students are absent for any exams, they are reminded that they must request special provisions and if it is for medical purposes, provide a medical certificate.


The Year 12 Exam Block will run from Monday 14 June to Thursday 17 June per the timetable. Year 12 students are the permitted to study at home, or for Boarders in the Boarding School, during study sessions. If a Year 12 student has an exam in the morning and in the afternoon on the same day, they cannot leave the College unless prior arrangements have been made with the Deputy Principal – Academic. 

If you have any questions or concerns in relation to the Year 10 or Year 12 exam block, please contact the Dean of Academic Operations, Chris Pacey (cpacey@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au).

Mr Chris Pacey






Year 9 students are learning how to cut and plate fruit. The focus is on how to make healthy food choices fun, accessible and appetising to young children. 


Ms Camille Flores

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT – HOSPITALITY & FUNCTIONS.  E: cflores@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au



The Year 8 Dance class are delivering cultural dance workshops to their peers. Students are researching features and functions of their chosen dance styles in groups and teaching the class a small routine to perform. So far we have been learning the Highland Fling.

Over the next two weeks we will be travelling the world through Japan, Philippines, Cuba, Spain and Italy to experience; Bon Odori, Tinikling, Salsa, Cha cha, Samba and Tarantella. 

Ms Jojo Butler

DANCE & DRAMA TEACHER.  E: jbutler@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au

The Year 10 Engineering students test out their STEM projects at Tobruk Pool remotely powering boats using the EV3 Lego Mindstorm. 

A few weeks’ ago, St Patrick’s College Townsville fielded a STEM Team for the JCU STEM Challenge event. The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with JCU. Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.
Year 10 students from across the region battled it out for a place at the State Super Challenge by building bridges, wiring cities, building a bionic hand, constructing earthquake proof towers and designing a catapult.
Students were supported to explore scientific principles for themselves rather than being guided to a pre-determined answer. The Science and Engineering Challenge strives to encourage students in Year 10 to consider a future career in science or engineering as they enter their senior schooling. 


Congratulations to our 2021 STEM Team members: Kate Barr, Lily Barra, Mia Bassett, Chelsea Bath, Emily Black, Sarah Bourke, Grace Burbidge, Chloe Ferrara, Georgia Hamilton, Bonnie Hughes, Estella Johnson, Lilly McCarthy, Jane McKinley, Madaya McMillan, Dannika McMillan, Sarah Robinson and Hailie Smith-Johns.

(Dannika McMillan and Bonnie Hughes attempt some bridge building)

Ms Gayle Walkom

YEAR 10 ENGINEERING TEACHER. E: gwalkom@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au
Junior Science classes have been learning the skills and processes required for dissection. This can be a stomach-churning task, but once the students move beyond this, they find it fascinating. There’s so much to be learnt about how organism or body parts function and you can see the how engaged the girls are. 
Year 7 Science – Fish Dissection: 
Year 8 Science – Heart Dissection:
Year 9 Science – Eyeball Dissection: 

Ms Shari Finlay

HEAD OF FACULTY -SCIENCE. E: sfinlay@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au

This term students have been enjoying creating their own Japanese restaurant role plays. Dressing up has also been part of the fun!

Year 8 Gyoza Making: This term Year 8 Japanese students have been learning about making different types of Japanese cuisine. Students have learnt about the variety of dishes available and different tastes and textures of Japanese food. In addition, they have learnt how to interact in a restaurant or café, and which customs they need to observe. As a practical activity, students looked recipes in Japanese and then made gyoza (dumplings). Gyoza (餃子)are often eaten at home and in restaurants in Japan. The students enjoyed working as team to create dumplings, and ,of course, eating them!

Ms Anna Kendall

JAPANESE TEACHER. E: akendall@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au

Our students have already been show casing their talent in a range of mediums and techniques in a broad range of units across the Year levels.

Our Year 7s completed their first foray into the Elements and Principles of Art last term with the production of some quirky ceramic bugs which will be followed with a ‘Bugged Out’ installation of their giant coloured card bugs this term.

Year 8 students have been inspired by the artwork of Cath Maharry and have produced beautiful mixed media concertina books, a selection of which are on view in the library until the end of Term 2, where you can also view the Year 9, ‘Up Close’ macro paintings.



Our Year 10 Visual Art class have completed Fauvist inspired paintings and 10 Visual Arts in Practice students produced their larger than life cardboard sculptures, which you may have seen installed in the courtyard last term in their Under the Sun, In the Rain Unit. 10 Visual Art students are now well underway exploring four colour lino printing in their Cross-Currents Unit exploring the work of Brian Robinson and Mary Preston.






Year 11 Visual Arts in Practice have completed their Textiles Surfaces and Sculpt It Units, creating tie die t-shirts, silk painted bags and some quirky animals made from natural materials. Both the 11 & 12 VAP students are looking forward to presenting many of their works for sale next semester so look out for information here in the newsletter and on our media sites.

Year 12 VAP students have completed their Wearable Art Accessorise Unit and are currently in the process of installing their ‘stained glass’ effect murals in the windows of Café By the Sea. Do check out their fabulous work when you drive by on The Strand.


We hope you enjoy the following gallery of images showcasing our talented students’ work. Our Year 12s have just finished their internal assessment 2 (IA2) a few images of which we have included, but we look forward to bringing you the Senior Year 12 Art Students’ exhibition later in the year.


As always the Art department would be very happy to receive any donations of newspapers, materials, old containers for water pots and palettes and any specialist materials that could be used for wearable art construction. If you have or work for a business that does create waste material that may be suitable please contact Ms Walsh to discuss collection.

Ms Kirsten Walsh

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT – VISUAL ARTS & EXHIBITIONS. E: kwalsh@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au





As mentioned on our Website, the College’s network does not support Mac computers. The newest version of Mac OSX operating system is completely locked down and the IT Department cannot change anything to ensure they will work. College Website BYOD 



St Patrick’s College Townsville is delighted to be joining Ignatius Park College and St Margaret Mary’s College for this year’s musical extravaganza, BACK TO THE 8Os. Students across all three Colleges have been rehearsing for many months and with just over a week to go, everyone involved is feeling equal parts excited and scared! After so many cancelled events in 2020, this performance opportunity has certainly filled a void in our artists’ hearts! Based on these pictures, it looks as though the show is going to be amazing fun.

For tickets, head to Ticketshop

(photographs courtesy of Greg Hamblin of G Digital Media)
The U18 Women’s Rugby Union Sand Crabs team were asked to play the opener for the Reds vs Chiefs main event at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday 29 May. We were beyond thrilled to hear this as the majority of the team is made up of our students! The Sand Crabs didn’t win, but the score of 15 – 17 showed just how close it was. Congratulations to: Ethel Babia, Marama McCarthy, Adrianna Namaibai, Belna Stachell, Geraldine Songoro, Jermia Ahmat-Nona, Tabie Sagigi, Olive Gesa, Rebecca David and Ruby Audas-Ryan. 
Year 9 student and talented football player, Lilly Hannay, has just competed in the U15 NQ team for Football. Congratulations, Lilly!



Held in Week 5, Nation Career Week witnessed a hub of activity in the Library with events each day. Including the Launch of Year 13 Expo (Virtual); a visit by the ADF; workshop on how to write an effective resume.


  • A number of universities are promoting early offers and JCU forms have been emailed to students.
  • Carrie Smith from CQU spoke with students during our Career Lesson on Wednesday 26 May. She addressed the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme – the CCU’s New Medicine program (NB: UCAT is required for this programme https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/ucat-anz-2021/  late booking deadline is 31 May). She also cover the SUN program and their STEPS program. For more detail please go the College’s career website.

Parents can still book Career Preparation Interviews via the Parent Lounge.



Year 12 students Summer Donnelly and Piper James attended the Women in Defence event at the RAAF Base, Townsville on Tusday 25 May. The intent of the event was to inspire candidates who have an interest in aircrew and aviation roles, to pursue a career within the Australian Defence Force. Participants were able to explore static aircraft and interact with aircrew, groundcrew, and support staff. The event culminated with all participants getting to go for a flight in a Chinook helicopter around the Townsville region.


Ms Catherine Rentoule

HEAD OF FACULTY – CAREERS & VOCATIONAL TRAINING. E: crentoule@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au



Running from 27th May – 3rd June, National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

These dates remain the same each year to commemorate two significant milestones in our nation’s reconciliation journey – the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Our recognition of this special week began with our annual National Reconciliation Week assembly on Wednesday 26th May. This occasion allowed us to come together as a College community to learn more about the significant dates above, to say a prayer for reconciliation, and to listen to the words of wisdom and encouragement from our guest speakers – Ronelle Bobongie and Marion Calliope from DATSIP (Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships). We were also privileged to hear a musical performance of Took The Children Away by two of our Aboriginal students Yasmina Tomich (Year 11) and Sanije Krasniqi (Year 10). This sombre assembly reminded us all that we need to take more meaningful action on our nation’s reconciliation journey, but also within our College community as well.

We then held other activities throughout the week such as a ‘Sea of Hands’ (visible at the front of the College), where all staff and students were able to write down just one action that they would like to take towards reconciliation. We displayed a ‘Reconciliation Recognition Wall’ where members of our College community were encouraged to leave notes of thanks to those who are already taking action, in their own way. We also viewed documentaries about reconciliation and Eddie Mabo, as well as ran a poetry workshop and a yarning circle. It was throughout these activities that our whole College community was encouraged to think deeper about the actions that they take every day, and if they are meaningful on the reconciliation journey.


Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.

We invite you all to come on the reconciliation journey with us.


Ms Lauren Newman

CULTURAL SUPPORT PROGRAM LEADER.  E: lnewman@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au



May is the month of “Find your place at the Library”. Our library is many things, a study space, a place to meet quietly with your friends. A space to get some space. Everyone is welcome and valued in our library. 

Some Librarians love the smell of old books, me personally, it is the new book smell and intriguing cover art that peaks my senses. So far this month we have had a total of 24 books arrive on our doorstep and they are processed and ready to go! All books that are on display are for you to peruse and borrow, not to sit there and look shiny, come and check them out! Don’t be afraid of leaving the display bare, any empty easels will be filled quickly with a new read.

Perhaps stimulating your olfactory senses with new books is not your thing, well luckily, we have over 2000 titles and over 800 audio books that can be accessed using the Wheelers Platform. How do you do that I hear you ask? You can access Wheelers via the St Patrick’s Library Website found via the Library tile on the Learning Hub. If you have any questions, pop up to the library and I can assist you in your pursuit of online reading.

Look out for the end of term Staff versus Students jigsaw challenge, register your team of four puzzlers before Week 8!

Ms Marie Jerome

COLLEGE LIBRARIAN. E: mjarome@stpatscollege.qld.edu.au




It takes more than natural ability to be picked for a “Rep” side. Determination, commitment and a positive attitude are all important factors that determine how successful someone will be. The following students have either recently competed in a North Queensland Representative Team or will do so over the next few weeks. Congratulations to all of these girls.

Already competed:

  • Savanna Burney – Netball
  • Zara Dalton – Water polo

Soon to compete:

  • Grace Burbidge – Touch
  • Grace Kenneally – Hockey
  • Lindsay Thorley – Football (soccer)



Congratulations to the entire team on an amazing second regatta. Special thanks go to:

  • Ms Rentoule – College Rowing coordinator
  • Harrison Parks – College Rowing coach
  • Hayley Neilson-Burke – College Rowing coach (assistant)

On a near perfect weather day, the St Patrick’s College Townsville rowing squad proved that they are growing in numbers and ability. By the end of the day, we had a number of students rowing in finals and some excellent placings. 

  • Year 7/8 Singles – 4th Emily Edison
  • Year 7/8 Quad – 4th Emily Edison, Matilda Schroder, Amelie Morris, Lucia Lau; 5th Eliza Betteridge, Jorja Clarke, Amelia Ponti, Ella D’Mello
  • Year 7/8 Double – 4th Ella D’Mello and Ella Woodhouse.
  • Year 9/10 Girls’ Singles – 1st Lily Bragg; 4th Olive Dury; 5th Emily Black.
  • Open Girls’ Singles – 2nd Sarah Bourke
  • Year 9/10 Girls’ Doubles – 1st Sarah Bourke and Emily Black; 4th Lily Bragg and Olive Dury. 
  • Year 9/10 Girls’ Quad – 1st Sarah Bourke, Emily Black, Olive Dury, Lilly Bragg and Ella D’Mello.

Congratulations to the whole squad and to the 2021 Rowing Captains, Emily Black and Sarah Bourke, for a wonderful day of competition. 

The squad will also be travelling to Bundaberg for the CQ Rowing Regatta in June. This will be a great opportunity for students to experience a larger competition. 

(photographs courtesy of Mindframe Images)



St Patrick’s College Townsville fielded two teams for this event which was held over a weekend. Both teams played multiple games and really gave of their best. The teams were supported by Year 12 students, Ella Hall and Sophie Miller, but the event couldn’t have happened without Ms Dot Rush and Ms Karen Hyne. 

(photographs are courtesy of David Eakin)




Also held in the stunning East Precinct Auditorium, Tales over Tea is a High Tea event. Connecting with the College’s rich history has shaped our planning of this event, which includes attendees contributing a story of their time at the College for our growing archives and bringing a much-loved teacup and saucer for you to use on the day.

“My mother has a cupboard full of beautiful tea cups and saucers. We get these out and hold a morning tea with my Aunt and cousins. It’s always a lovely event. The delicate china becomes a conduit for stories of my family’s history.” Ms Turner

“My grandparents were from Finland and I have the full tea set they were given as a wedding gift. We love using it to mark special occasions and it always reminds me of my family’s connections with their birthplace.” Ms Pacey

As well as a delicious selection of sweets and boutique teas, attendees can book either as individuals or in tables of four (4). We have timed the event to follow a morning service at Mary Help of Christians Parish (St Joseph’s Church) which commences at 8.30am. Alumni members would also be welcome to attend this service which will be led by our Parish Priest, Fr. Siby.


Tales over Tea

When: Sunday 11 July

Where: East Precinct Auditorium

Fryer Street, Townsville

St Patrick’s College Townsville

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm

Dress: Smart Casual

Cost: $30.00

Trybooking link for Tales over Teahttps://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=749811&

RSVP: 14 June