2013 School Performance Report

St Patrick’s Technical College is pleased to present the 2013 School Performance Report.

As a requirement of the Schools Assistance Act (2008), the College must report school performance information annually to the school community. This report provides an opportunity to share valuable information regarding staffing, student and community aspects of the 2013 school year.

The 2013 St Patrick’s Technical College School Performance Report has been presented to the College Council and is available from the Downloads section of the Community page on the College website at

A hard copy can be provided upon request by contacting the College Front Office.

QuickSmart literacy support program

quicksmart-logoAs part of our commitment to improving literacy in our school, St Patrick’s Technical College is starting the QuickSmart Literacy Program in 2014. This program is run with the support of the University of New England and has a proven track record of improving students’ fluency and accuracy in reading and literacy.

We are currently looking for up to 6 campus based students to participate in QuickSmart lessons. Selection will be based on students’ performance in TORCH and PAT-R Literacy Tests. Students can be in Year 11 or Year 12, but must be campus-based.

Selected students will participate in 3 x 30 minute lessons per week with one of our QuickSmart instructors: Mr Prokopec, Mrs Holliday or Ms Hamilton.

The aim of these lessons is to help students develop speed, accuracy and fluency in reading.

If you would like to express interest for your son / daughter to participate in the QuickSmart program, please download, sign and return the permission slip below to the QuickSmart Coordinator, via your son’s / daughter’s Pastoral Care Teacher by Friday 27 June, 2014.

Alternatively, you can contact Ms Annasofia Hamilton via email or phone at the College on 8209 3700.


From Catholic Education SA


Dear Community Members

I write to inform you that Mr Rob Thomas is taking Long Service Leave for 4 weeks of Term 2 this year commencing on 9 June (Week 7) until 4 July (Week 10).

I am pleased to announce that Mr Mark Flaherty will take on the role of Acting Principal at St Patrick’s Technical College while Rob is on leave.

Mark is a very experienced educational leader and is currently the Deputy Principal at Xavier College, Gawler Belt.  He has previously undertaken the role of Acting Principal at St Patrick’s technical College and at Xavier College.

I would like to thank him for taking on this key leadership position and know that you will show your support and join me in wishing him all the best as he undertakes this important work at St Patrick’s Technical College.

With best wishes

Your sincerely

Dr Paul Sharkey
Director, Catholic Education SA

5 May 2014


St Patrick’s Day 2014

The Patron Saint of our College was a person of vision, determination, courage, sacrifice, honesty, integrity, faith and resilience. These are just a few of the qualities that enabled him to perform the work that he did against constant and often hostile opposition. These are also the qualities we try to instil and expect in our students as they journey into the world of employment.

On Monday 17 March we are once again celebrating St Patrick’s Day at our college. The day will begin with a Liturgy in our Flexible Learning Area at 9.00-10.00am.

Normal lessons will resume at the conclusion of the Liturgy until the fun begins at 1.00pm when stalls and activities will be operating outside.

Students will be operating a number of minor fundraising events, which will include a barbecue, drinks and ice-cream, long kick competition, show and shine and sound-off, a “Minute to Win It”, hammer time, how many students can fit into…, cupcakes, hairspray, guessing how many lollies in a jar and strength competitions. There will be plenty to eat and do!

Proceeds from the day’s activities will be donated to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion.

If you are in a position to donate any goods or services that could be offered as prizes or used to assist our fundraising, please let Mr Mark Prokopec know asap. Donations gratefully received.

The day will conclude with our annual inter-trade tug-o-war on the oval.

Family members are most welcome to join us for the Liturgy and again later for the fun and fundraising in the yard from 1.00pm.

It’s a great day and an occasion we look forward to celebrating each year.

Students are encouraged to join in the spirit of the day by wearing something green.

Please note that there is an early dismissal on St Patrick’s Day at 2.30pm or following the conclusion of the tug-o-war and presentation of prizes.

Mr Mark Prokopec
Assistant Principal – Student Welfare