Principal's Message

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I am honoured to be commencing as Principal of St Patrick’s College in 2019 and on behalf of my family I thank the community for extending a warm welcome to us. We are enjoying the Gympie lifestyle and look forward to getting to know many more families from the commencement of the school year.

A positive partnership between families and our college is crucial in ensuring that our students are able to enjoy coming to school and achieve to a high standard in all aspects of college life.


St Patrick’s College is renowned for having high academic standards and a commitment to the pastoral care of all community members.


For families who are already members of the St Patrick’s community I thank you for your continued trust in us to do the very best we can for your children. I welcome those families of students who are new to St Patrick’s and on behalf of all staff we look forward to supporting you with our hospitality and care.


We invite you to add our website to your 'favourites', 'like' our Facebook page My St Patrick's College and to participate in our Open Day, Information evenings, College Tours and interviews with me to gain a fuller appreciation of the pastoral context we offer our students and their families. 

St Patrick's College is a Year 7-12 co-educational facility that provides academic rigor and a range of career pathway options.


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.

Warm regards,

Mark Newton
College Principal 2019.