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CONFRO 2023: This year's Queensland Independent Secondary School Confraternity Rugby League Carnival (QISSRL) was hosted by St Laurence's College during the first week of the June/July break, with the weeklong carnival held at their Runcorn fields in Brisbane.

St Patrick's College, Gympie was one of 46 teams to participate in the Carnival and this year partnered with Good Samaritan Catholic College, Bli Bli for what turned out to be a successful week. 

Beginning with a disrupted preparation, many boys were committed to going one better than 2022.  Combining with Good Samaritan Catholic College, the boys played with passion and discipline to finish 3rd of 20 teams in their division.  The lack of consistent games as a team was always going to be the biggest hurdle to overcome to compete at the carnival.

What the players lacked in experience, they more than made up with effort and teamwork.  The boys came together very well to build positive relationships with each other which was evident in their rugby League.

Some of the players do not play League as their club sport.  A mix of Union, Soccer and AFL proved to be a great combination for the team as they won their way to the semi-finals.  Unfortunately, the team lost to a more experienced school.  However, their character was revealed in the play off for 3rd position with a comfortable win against another experienced opposition.

Darren Burns – Brisbane Broncos Game Development Officer said, as their coach, I could not have been happier with their efforts on and off the field.  They represented their school, team, families, and themselves with great character at all times.  I am looking forward to the experience again in 2024.

St Patrick's College Captain, George Finger, was awarded Team Spirit Award and Noah Noke from GSCC awarded Best and Fairest, for the overall carnival.  St Pat's Students Zavier Burness, Jordan Brown, and Bill Davies also received Player of the Match throughout the carnival.

Thank you to families, staff, and sponsors; Roadcraft, Dore and Webb Lawyers, Power & Cartwright Solicitors, P&N Electrical, Nolan Meats, Rob Crawford Consulting, and Dragon Garden Family Restaurant for their support in making this experience possible.

The 2024 Carnival will be hosted by Ignatius Park College in Townsville.

     Photos courtesy BCE school - St Patrick's College, Gympie image library - 2023

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College Open Day May 2023

     Article with Permssion - Gympie Today - 2023

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​On Wednesday 10th of May, St Patrick's College Gympie hosted its inaugural Industry Day. This day was designed to showcase the future opportunities for employment in the Gympie Region for our students and to continue building connections between the school and local industries. As Gympie continues to grow, St Patrick's has invested in researching employment trends for now and into the future to enable us to provide pathways that promote our students next step when they leave school.

Over 30 businesses and training organisations joined us on the day, providing our students with invaluable knowledge and a chance to explore how they can begin to forge their own path. Many of our students walked away from the event with job interviews and school based traineeships and apprenticeships.

When the call went out to the Gympie region, we received a huge positive response and were delighted at the depth and breadth of the local businesses that were willing to come on board to support our school. On behalf of St Patrick's College, we sincerely thank them for giving up their time and expertise.  

As we see new pathways developed that enable our students to achieve success after school it is important that we, as a College, continue to reflect, adapt and change so that our students are getting every opportunity that is relevant for their desired career path. 

​​​     Photos courtesy BCE school - St Patrick's College, Gympie image library - 2023

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2022 College Vice-Captain, Rhys Jenkins has been awarded Dux of St Patrick's College for 2022 as part of a High Achievers Assembly held before the whole school last week.

Rhys's ATAR of 99.85 placed him amongst the top 99 year 12 students in Queensland out of more than 27,000 students who received an ATAR.  Rhys has accepted an offer at UQ to enrol in their Doctor of Medicine (MD). As a result of his outstanding achievements, Rhys was awarded a Vice Chancellor's scholarship of $24,000, which he will use towards the cost of completing his degree.

In his address to the College Rhys stated, “I'd like to express my gratitude for the high-quality education I have received at St Patrick's.  A fantastic quality about this school is that they acknowledge and emphasise individual differences and provide an exceptionally diversified curriculum which caters to varying interests.  Because of this, success comes down to the attitude of the individual.  Ultimately, it is up to you, and only you, to set your own expectations and goals and decide how hard you are willing to work to achieve them."

The following students were also recognised for an ATAR above 95, 2022 College Captains, Grace Bekker and Kaitlyn Collyer, Vice-Captain Alex Stahl, and Saif Malek.

In 2022 St Patrick's had its highest number of students successfully completing a Vocational Education Qualification, including some students obtaining up to a Certificate IV level.

Congratulations students on "letting your light shine".

      Photo​ courtesy BCE school - St Patrick's College, Gympie image library - 2023

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 Tea​​​​chers of St Patrick's College, Ms Ally Williams Forsyth and Miss Kayla Smit, were presented with the NGS Super Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, at our 2022 Awards Night. 

These Excellence awards recognise teachers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to deepening learning for each of their students, cultivating partnerships and positive relationships with colleagues, parents, and the community.

Ally and Kayla have continually demonstrated their capacities in these areas in how they plan for student learning, respond to individual students, seek the support of and support their colleagues, use data and current best-practice. They are truly life-giving professionals who help others around them engage in the positivity of education.

       Photo courtesy BCE school - St Patrick's College, Gympie image library - 2023

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