The Parish and our College have welcomed many students and their families since the Sisters of Mercy came to Gympie in 1879 and the Christian Brothers later joined them in 1904. The charisms of Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice form our strong educational community focusing on the spiritual, pastoral, academic and physical support of the students. This is reflected in our Mission today.
St. Patrick's College aspires to be a community based on Gospel values of love, forgiveness, respect, sensitivity and justice.
We strive to:
Foster a deepening personal commitment to God.
Our connection to St Patrick's Church and Parish is important as we recognise and contribute to our broader faith community. This, with our Religious Education program and the prayer life of the College contributes to the students living the ethos of the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers.
Witness to Gospel values and the Christian way of life in our dealings with each other and the wider community
In a respectful community such as ours, each student and community member strives to accept their individual responsibility of witnessing the Gospel values of the Catholic Church. These are at the core of our relationships with one another and are significant in supporting adolescent students in the global digital context in which we live. Our values of sensitivity for others, forgiveness and justice are modelled through our fundraising initiatives and projects working for social justice. Our students often lead activities that engage our local community and contribute to both local and global communities.
Promote spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical development
As life long learners, all members of our community are encouraged to develop their skills in all areas in the pursuit of personal excellence. As each student's light is different, many diverse curriculum and co-curricular opportunities are provided so that each has the opportunity for 'their light to shine'. Witnessing their development is a privilege.
Recognise and foster the talents and potential of each member of our College community
The Vision for Learning at St Patrick's College provides opportunity for each student through experiences that foster talent and provide challenge in the pursuit of wisdom. Our academic excellence, success in student pathways beyond school, and partnerships with local businesses and other educational institutions demonstrate our commitment in meeting the needs of all members of our community.
I encourage you to further explore our website to cultivate a sense of our Catholic community – a community that nurtures the growth of each member of our College community.