Year 7 2024 Families
In Term 1 and Term 4, students should wear the full Summer uniform. In Term 2 and Term 3, they need to wear the full Winter uniform.ÌýSchool uniforms can be purchased through the College Shop, which is located next to our Reception. It is highly recommended you act now to purchase your sonâ€™s uniform if you haven’t already done so. The College Shop is open weekdays from 8.15am-3.45pm and will remain open until Monday 11 December, before re-opening on 18 January 2024.ÌýPlease contact the College Shop for an appointment, by emailing Michelle at email@example.com or phone 5331 1688.
Instrumental Music Showcase
On Orientation Day, your son will have the opportunity to attend a Music performance and instrument demonstration, presented by a range of ensembles and the Music Staff.
Individual instrumental Music lessons are offered on a range of instruments (including voice), with our specialist Music teachers. These are 30 minutes in length and are scheduled by negotiation, between parents and the instrumental teacher. If your son is interested and would like to commence instrumental Music lessons, application forms will be handed out on Orientation Day.
Please note that Year 7 students who take up instrumental lessons will be exempt from paying an instrument hire fee for the first year however lesson fees apply. Students are also invited to take part in our co-curricular ensemble program. There is no fee to join the ensemble program.
The Year 7 Booklist will be available to all families in the coming weeks. All required books and stationery are included on this list. The College will supply some resources for certain subjects, as needed. Families will be notified when the Booklist is available.ÌýÌý
Your son will be allocated a laptop computer on Wednesday 31 January 2024 as part of the St Patrickâ€™s College 1:1 Device program.
The College laptop, like the school unform is a source of pride and expected to be carefully looked after. Further information regarding cost, care, use and expectations of the College 1:1 Device program will be issued in the coming weeks.Ìý
Bus and Conveyance Allowance
For students who will be travelling to school by bus in the areas listed below, it will be necessary to advise the appropriate bus company of your sonâ€™s intention to travel for the 2024 school year.ÌýFamilies who live in the Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh areas are asked to make contact with the appropriate bus company listed below:
Christians BusÌý(Bacchus Marsh Coaches): 1800 775 295
Littles CoachesÌý(Daylesford Area): (03) 5339 6600
If you live in other country areas, you will need to contact the Ballarat Bus Co-ordinator to advise of your intention.
Ballarat Bus Co-ordinator: (03) 5334 3579
For all other areas, please contactÌýCDC Bus Lines for information regarding bus and train routes.
CDC Bus Line: (03) 5331 7777
School Student ID and Student Pass application forms are available atÌý. The College also strongly encourages parents to refer to theÌý to download the School Bus Programâ€™s policy and procedures and eligibility brochure.ÌýFurther information regarding claiming conveyance allowance will be provided by the Finance office at a later date. Should you have any further queries regarding bus travel, please contact Mrs Maureen Ralton at the College atÌýaccountsreceivable@stpats.vic.edu.au
The College is set to finalise tuition fees and other charges shortly and fee notices will be issued towards the end of December. Payment plans are available but need to be in place before the start of Term 1.
Parent Access Module (PAM)
The Parent Access Module (PAM) will become your key portal for ongoing communication with the College. This will be the place where you can upload and update crucial student information, including medical and dietary requirements (these are required prior to your son starting the school year).
It will also be the place where you will provide permission for your son to attend excursions/camps etc.ÌýShould your son be absent from school, you can also use PAM to notify the College. Through PAM, you will also be able to monitor your sonâ€™s academic progress and contact his teachers. Your PAM login details will be emailed to you before your son commences school.
The College App
The College App is a convenient source of up-to-date information and communication from the College. It can also be used to let the College know of your sonâ€™s absence, as well as providing easy access to our College newsletter (The Crest), and a variety of other College communications. We recommend that all families download the App onto their preferred device.
Year 7 Camp
Year 7 Camp will be held between 5 February and 9 February 2024. On allocated days, each class will spend one night at Creswick’s Log Cabin Camp.ÌýFurther information, including specific dates for Homerooms, will be communicated to families prior to the camp early next year.
The Canteen is open every school day.ÌýParents and Caregivers are invited to volunteer in the College Canteen for 2024. To register to assist for recess or lunch, please complete the.
Parent Information Evening
All parents of Year 7 students will be invited to attend a Parent Information evening on Thursday 1 February 2024 in the OCA Pavilion.ÌýAt this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from Principal Steven Oâ€™Connor, before being able to spend some time in your sonâ€™s Homeroom with his teacher.