Friends of St Patrick's College

FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College is responsible for the hospitality at the College. We support the College and its community by hosting several functions throughout the year.

The SPC Women’s Group was set up in the early 1900s to support the priests within the College, preparing food and the like. The group evolved and became the backbone of the College, being responsible for the hospitality of the College. We continue to play a vital role within the College and maintain a strong parent base.

We welcome parents, caregivers, and extended family to volunteer to help us support our College community. To volunteer, join the group, or get on our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletters, send your email address to FOSPC2018@gmail.com or join our Facebook page (FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College), or simply come along to our monthly committee meetings, which are held in the College staff room on the 3rd Monday of the month (during term time) at 7:45 pm.

As a group we can be self-funded by operating the Second-Hand Uniform shop which is run by FOSPC volunteers. The Shop is open on the first Thursday of each month during lunchtime and various Saturday mornings throughout the year.

Another branch of our group is the ‘St Pat’s Angels’. The aim of this group is to support college families and staff through illness or bereavement. We ask all families in the school to consider volunteering to be an Angel. This network offers practical help such as meals and transport to hospital appointments – whatever is needed. We have divided the school catchment area into zones, each with a coordinator. If a family in your zone needs help, the coordinator will be in touch and ask who can help. FOSPC will reimburse Angels for up to $20 to the cost for meals etc. so that money is not a barrier to helping out. Angels (male or female) might only be called on once a year. We certainly hope that there are not troubling times for people. Volunteering to be an Angel is a valuable way to show that we care.

The school calendar has many regular events with which we assist. The following overview gives you an indication on the type of events we support at the College:

January: Second-Hand Uniform Shop open during selected days in the holidays.


February:
• Year 9 Meet the Tutor teachers – we provide refreshments before the meeting.
• Academic Mass – we help with the morning tea for parents and prefects.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.


March:
• Parents of Patricians session – we provide refreshments before the meeting.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.


April:
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.


May:
• Parents of Patricians – we provide refreshments before the meeting.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.
• FOSPC sub-committee meeting – in preparation of the Mother and Son Dinner.


June:
• Parent/Teacher interviews held over two evenings – we provide refreshments.
• College Open Day – we host an afternoon tea for the families visiting the college as well as a mobile tea and coffee service for the staff.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.
• FOSPC sub-committee meeting – in preparation of the Mother and Son Dinner.


July:
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.
• FOSPC sub-committee meeting – in preparation of the Mother and Son Dinner.


August:
• Mother and Son dinner – this is our BIG event for the year. We organise this dinner, which is a very popular event within the college. We have raffles, spot prizes and other entertainment.
• Parents of Patricians session where we provide refreshments before the meeting.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.
• FOSPC sub-committee meeting – debrief of the Mother and Son Dinner.


September:
• Family Mass held in the Chapel on a Sunday morning – we provide a light lunch of soup and slice in the staffroom afterwards.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.


October:
• Cocktail function for school leavers and their parents – before Senior Prize Giving. We also provide supper after prize giving.
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom.


November:
• FOSPC committee meeting 3rd Monday of month, 7:45pm in the college staffroom – this is the last meeting of the year.
• Christmas BBQ for parents of students who are joining the College the next year – we provide the BBQ in the college staffroom.
• FOSPC End of the Year Function – a pot-luck evening meal during which we spend time as a group reflecting on the year that has been and just enjoying each other’s company.


December: Second-Hand Uniform Shop open during selected days in the holidays.

The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open on the following days, during December 2018 and January 2019;

  • Saturday 8 December 2018: 10am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 17 January 2019: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Saturday 19 January 2019: 10am - 1pm
  • Tuesday 22 January 2019: 4.30 - 6.30pm
  • Saturday 26 January 2019: 10am - 1pm

FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College
Facebook: FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College
Email: FOSPC2018@gmail.com