Principal's Message

AGIUS WebMrs Janelle Agius   Principal

At St Patrick’s College we have a number of core beliefs about our students as late adolescents in a senior school environment:

  • they are beginning to see themselves as adults in an adult world
  • they are beginning to see themselves as individuals separate from both their families and also peers
  • they often use the move to St Patrick’s as an opportunity to reassess their attitudes and efforts – to make a new start if necessary.
  • their relationships with teachers begin to be characterized by partnership rather than an us-them attitude.
  • These assumptions mean that St Patrick’s College has an atmosphere different from many secondary schools in the way students are treated and how they respond.

To Our Students

During your stay at St. Patrick's, we hope to help you to:

  • grow in relationship with God so that you make, or are working towards making, an adult choice in the area of your faith
  • become qualified to pursue the next stage of your life be it further study or employment
  • grow as a human being, respecting and caring for others and using all your talents to the fullest.

Ultimately, you are the only one who can accomplish these goals. The staff at St. Patrick's will certainly do all they can to help you but it is you who must take responsibility for your own life.

Some of the areas of your life we will be encouraging you to take charge of are:

Religious Belief

We hope that in these important years of your life you will learn to "Seek Christ" more closely by growth in prayer and faith. We require you to bring, at least, an open mind and attentive presence to all aspects of the religious education programme at St. Patrick's which includes class lessons, class prayer, liturgical celebrations and retreats.


St Patrick’s aims to help you develop into a self directed learner. You will find academic work in the senior school challenging, both in the amount of study necessary for success, and the difficulty of the work covered.

To be successful, you should:

  • achieve an appropriate balance between study, work, sport and social life
  • study regularly at home
  • co-operate fully with all your teachers
  • organise your home time so that assignments are submitted on time.

Adult Relationships

Probably one of the aspects of senior secondary life you will appreciate will be the changed relationship you may develop with your teachers. Their role will become that of a guide who takes you through the subjects you choose. Certainly, their role will include challenging you if you are not using your time well or not fulfilling your potential. Primarily, the teachers are not disciplinarians who impose rules on you but people who outline the guidelines for successful study and living at St. Patrick's. They are there to assist you to develop self-discipline that is vital for success in any field.

Non-academic Activities

If you have a talent in any area - sporting, cultural, service, or leadership - you will be strongly encouraged to develop that talent at St. Patrick's. If you exercise this talent, you will certainly grow as a person and the rest of the St. Patrick's community will take pride in your achievements.

To Our Parents

Your son or daughter is embarking on a significant stage of life. You will be conscious of their great desire for independence and the need on your part to cut them loose from the apron strings or at least to lengthen those strings. The college would appeal strongly to you not to let these very valid and valuable feelings interfere with your involvement in your son's / daughter's education. Education is a three way partnership - parent, teacher and student. If any part is missing or weakened, the process will falter. Some of the ways that you can be involved with your son or daughter’s education are outlined in later sections.


In seeking to make the Mission Statement a reality St Patrick’s College proactively pursues the ideal of partnership.

Partnership at St Patrick’s College is characterized by:

  • joint ownership
  • active commitment

Partnership needs:

  • a willingness to work together
  • good and growing relationships
  • a respectful, listening attitude.

Partnership finds expression in:

  • setting and pursuing common goals
  • sharing joys and sorrows, successes and failures.