Friday, March 3, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

2023 Leaders Presented At St Patrick’s Mass And Investiture

St Patrick’s College Mackay Years 7 to 12 recently celebrated its inaugural Opening Mass as a combined college and investiture of the 2023 College Leaders at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre.

Fifteen hundred people attended the special Mass which included students from the school’s Senior Campus and Junior Mercy Campus along with staff members, parents and local dignitaries.

Diocesan Director Catholic Education – Diocese of Rockhampton Miss Leesa Jeffcoat AM gave her first address to the new combined College and was joined by Kellie Jenkinson, Assistant Director: Mission; Michael McCusker, Assistant Director: Schools (Northern Region); Sister of Mercy Marise Casey; Member for Mackay Julie-Anne Gilbert MP; Member for Mirani Stephen Andrew MP; Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm MP as well as St Patrick’s College board members and local Catholic School principals.

The celebration was led by Parish Priest Southern Cluster Father Matthias Ogwo and Parish Priest Northern Cluster Father Stephen Hanly.

St Patrick’s College Principal Janelle Agius and College board members received their respective certificates and pledge during the Commissioning ceremony before the blessing of the new College banners, badges and candles.

Miss Jeffcoat presented Primrose Sands with the St Patrick’s Medal – the Bishop Bernard Wallace Award for Dux of the College.

Primrose was also the recipient of a Joan McGarry bursary and will study for a Bachelor of International Relations and Languages.

During the ceremony Miss Jeffcoat and Mrs Agius presented the 2023 Student Leaders with their College badge.

These included College Captains Richard Baskara, Meghan Connolly, George Mann and Olivia Price.

Others to receive badges were the Senior Student Representative Council: Matilda Ralph (Cultural Committee Chairperson); Nataya Perry (Indigenous Committee Chairperson); Joshua Williamson (Social Justice Committee Chairperson); Trinity Grigg (Sport Committee Chairperson); Mason Davies (Senior House Captain Argos); Paityne Johns (Senior House Captain Badila); Hannah Meakins (Senior House Captain Midas); Brayden Oliver (Senior House Captain Oraya); Haylee Holdsworth (Senior House Captain Pindar); Lillian Newland (Senior House Captain Triton) and Nicola Chimes and Anna Zhang (College Board Student Representatives).

Badge recipients for the Junior Student Representative Council were: Shaylee Noy and Jaxon Anderson (Junior Cultural Committee Chairpersons); Kingston Grigg (Junior Indigenous Committee Chairperson); Elena Mathew (Junior Social Justice Committee Chairperson); Shaylah Pershouse (Junior Sport Committee Chairperson); Declan Grady and Lars Gall (Junior House Captains Argos); Maya Quattromani and Ryan John (Junior House Captains Badila); Francesca Vella and Mikayla Green (Junior House Captains Midas); Cooper Cavell and Keeley Logan( Junior House Captains Oraya); Lance Allan and Elisha Holdsworth (Junior House Captains Pindar) and Tenille Cotter and Gracie Bell (Junior House Captains Triton).            

Badges were also presented to the Junior Homeroom Captains:

ARGOS – Parker Porter; Bethany Collis; Tahlia Davey; Taylah Blaney; John Trifelly-Jones and Madalyn Finch.

BADILA – Mia Spreadborough; Samuel Anderson; Chloe Zammit; Braithan Vickers; Mya Jamieson and Riley Sellentin.

MIDAS – Charlize West; Connor Germanotta; Georgia Price; Noah Williams; Billy Cruden and Francis Prado.

ORAYA – Lucy McKendry; Estelle Appo; Sophie Greaves; Zanthia Noon; Alice Camilleri and Trinity Sturdy.

PINDAR – Sophie Harp; Sophie Brown; Jake Battaia; Charlotte Stevenson; Sophie Hodder and Reagan Tame.

TRITON – Will Schmidtke; Addyson Moohin; Sophie Searle; Briannon Kaddatz; Amelia Crouch and Sophie Durelli.

Other recipients of McGarry bursaries included Grace Brown (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery); Olivia Coppin (Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies); Annaliese Craig (Bachelor of Biomedical Science); Grace Druery (Bachelor of Advanced Humanities - Honours); Natan Gooch (Bachelor of Engineering – Honours); Brodie Hocking (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery); Aaron Lange (Bachelor of Medical Imaging); Mandy Li (Bachelor of Laws/Arts); Jann Carlo Macatangay (Bachelor of Design – Architecture/Bachelor of Engineering – Civil- Honours); Jason Mauchline (Bachelor of Engineering – Honours); Ryan McSherry (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy); Laura Morris (Bachelor of Advanced Humanities – Honours); Jemma Rasmussen (Bachelor of International Relations/Arts); Hayley Symons (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery); Logan Watt (Bachelor of Engineering – Honours); Henry Williamson (Bachelor of Engineering – Honours/Master of Engineering); Paige Zeller (Bachelor of Veterinary Science – Honours) and Jackson Ziekenheiner (Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science – Honours).

Gemma Martin (Bachelor of Nursing Science) received the Joan McGarry Nursing Bursary while Sophie Novosel (Advanced Diploma Musical Theatre) accepted the Cultural Bursary.  

By Chris Karas

St Patrick’s College 2023 Student Leaders Senior Campus at the Opening Mass at Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

Parish Priest Southern Cluster Father Matthias Ogwo (left) and Parish Priest Northern Cluster Father Stephen Hanly led the celebrations at the St Patrick’s College Opening Mass held at Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

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