We Value Learning and Each Learner.

This week the staff have been working through some professional leaning on the Inspire pedagogy which is gradually being scaled through the college from 2019 onwards. Supported by Professor Helen Timperley from the University of Auckland it is bringing to bear what we know makes a difference in learning. The notion of a guiding or inspiring learning question which leads the learner through  a process of collaboration with other learners guided by the teacher towards an answer builds on the work we have been doing in 2017/18.

The core skill of writing has been a focus in the college and will be developed even further with enhancements to the TEEL writing framework. Boys generally across schools don’t like to write. The trick for us is to convince the boys that the skills of writing are attainable and that good success for them should be achieveable.

It’s about high expectations of thmselves as learners and high expectations by teachers of every young man that he can be the best he can be. That of course looks different for every young man.

The Inspire pedagogy puts each young man in the driver’s seat of his learning. It helps him see that he can grow and achieve. We talk with the boys often about having a growth mindset, based on the work of Carol Dweck. 

In 2019 we begin the process of developing individual planning for students involving goal setting and coaching. This will particularly engage parents as a guiding light in their son’s education. Over time we will grow this through the college.

It is important that our young men are optimistic about their learning and hopeful. However they need to be clear on what success for them looks like, what to do to get there and persist toward their success with a ‘can do’ attitude, that failure is an opportunity to learn about themselves, not a judgement.  I’ve always found Thomas Edison inspiring in this space;


It is very useful in the development of a goal setting strategy for our young men to be aware of where they are at in their learning. End of year reports give parents an insight into this and I encourage you to approach this positively, without a deficit lense, that they arent deficient but are someone with dignity in the eyes of God with enormous potential, that they can learn and improve. This is achieved by targeting areas just above where they are at, set achievable goals that stretch them from their current comfort zone and have the support to take them to a different and better place.

We look forward to what 2019 is going to bring with such an exciting learning agenda. What an amazing time to be a student at St. Paul’s.

God Bless

Chris Browne




Planning for an Even Brighter Future for the Young Men of St.Paul’s and our Community- Strategic Improvement Plan 2019-21.

The College has just come through a significant period of review and planning involving our whole community. For this we are very grateful. The feedback has been honest and intentional for the development of St. Paul’s to be the best it can be as a Catholic College with an Edmund Rice tradition serving the region. The input for the plan has been drawn from surveys of staff, students and parents, the College review by CSO and with an eye to best and emerging practice in education that builds on the good work already happening.

We are committed to continuing the foundations enlivened by Blessed Edmund Rice in all aspects of our College life. St Paul’s Catholic College Manly is committed to developing young men who identify with their faith and are flexible, innovative and well-rounded decision makers prepared to take their place in a changing world.  Our hope is that students leave here to make a significant difference well prepared to face the dynamism of our modern world. As you could read below from last week much is happening. We havent been and won’t be standing still. 

It may be cheeky to say it but we believe we are the best school for young men in this region and we want to ensure we stay that way and become even better. We should believe in excellence for our young men. We are the jewel on the hill of Catholic education in this area. Edmund would be poroud.

Being an all boys school we provide an education for male learners that takes advantage of their thirst for inquiry and active learning whilst providing a broad offering of opportunities so that every young man can thrive. Our values of Respect, Responsibility, Results and Reverence underpin our motto of Prima Primum, First Things First, focusing our young men out from themselves with a concern for actively helping the marginalised.

We are all very enthusiastic with the opportunities of a 90th Anniversary in 2019 to reflect on not only the richness of the past, but also to step up with our new Strategic Improvement Plan 2019-2021, creating a positive and hopeful future for our students. It is an exciting time not only in the ongoing story of St Paul’s, but also in education more widely, even internationally. How do we prepare our young men for the world of the future which they will create and lead?

Our goals going forward are:

  • To deepen the College’s Catholic identity, recognising its Edmund Rice Tradition, empowering our young men to respond to the needs of a changing world
  • To promote agency in students’ learning that drives a culture of excellence
  • To enhance the wellbeing of all students
  • To develop an inclusive sustainable College community committed to growth
  • To develop a growth culture for students and staff.


In 2019 our Annual Strategic Improvement Plan is drawn from these objectives.

Key Domains


To deepen the College’s Catholic identity, recognising its Edmund Rice tradition, empowering our young men to respond to the needs of a changing world

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Implemented  Professional Learning for staff  on (i) scripture (ii) differentiation in Religious Education (iii) prayer (iv) Edmund Rice charism  
  • Incorporated Catholic Schools Youth Ministry  Australia (CSYMA)  into Stage 5 Religious Education from 2019
  • Explored opportunities to model contemporary challenges across Key Learning Area (KLA) activities that incorporate Religious Education
  • Expanded student leadership opportunities  across the College to engage students of all years.  

Learning and Teaching

To promote agency in students’ learning that drives a culture of excellence

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Further developed the St Paul’s pedagogy based on the principles of inquiry, feedback and project based learning that is data and best evidence practice informed  
  • Implemented Professional Learning on (i) pedagogy that enables student agency  (ii) the concept of: one year’s growth for one year’s input
  • Reviewed assessment practices across KLA’s to foster student agency in learning through an emphasis on feedback
  • Incorporated an instructional coaching focus as a basis for collaboration in Professional Development.  

Wellbeing for Learning

To enhance the wellbeing of all students

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Implemented Professional Learning on (i) Positive Education (ii) Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)  (iii) Positive Behaviour for Wellbeing and Learning (PBWL)
  • Reinvigorated the Merit / Demerit program to further emphasise the positive aspects of student engagement with College life
  • Implemented a scope and sequence of student presentations based on the SPCCM Positive Psychology framework and Social Emotional Learning
  • Reviewed the current Wellbeing structure, considered and implemented changes for 2020.


To develop an inclusive sustainable college community committed to growth

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Developed a Marketing plan encompassing more broadly local feeder Catholic schools
  • Developed a strategy for increased engagement with primary schools that links learning across stages including co-curricular
  • Established a  College Advisory Group
  • Established a bi-annual induction program that recognizes ex-students of distinction
  • Progressed a strategy for the development of a sustainable ex-students association


As you can see this is a comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan to take St. Paul’s forward into the future as a college of excellence.


God Bless,

Chris Browne

College Principal.

Exciting Learning Initiatives at St.Paul’s.

We have recently had  wonderful feedback about the exciting work happening with learning here at St. Paul’s covered in the local press- see below.

Manly Daily

The Inspire project developed at St. Paul’s but in partnership with Dr Tony Bracken from the Catholic Schools Office and Professor Helen Timperley from The University of Auckland  (Bio) ,  whose work on the Inquiry Spiral underpins our work, is evolving into a college wide pedagogy which will develop greater student agency in their learning as they progress through high school

The model of learning evolving from the Inspire project also encompasses aspects of Project Based Learning which is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. Together they meet the principles of authentic learning that have been foundational in state and more recently the national curiculum.

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The Inspire project has built on our college wide focus on literacy which has been seeing good growth in NAPLAN but more importantly is contributing to improved outcomes for our students.

This emerging pedagogy also incorporates the Learning Principles of this diocese which influences learning Years 7-12 but is also at the forefront of our development of a St. Paul’s pedagogy.


A critical agenda for us has been the work we have been doing on thinking skills through Dr Ron Ritchart and the Harvard Project Zero team  making thinking more visble to each student.


Clearly you can see the college insists that we base our learning on solid evidence based foundations. We are preparing our young men for an exciting and uncertain fure as the Foundation for Young Australians notes in it’s reports which I’d encourage you to read.

Clearly we are venturing into a world where the skills students have as they enter the workforce of the future. We have an obligation to develop these skills. Looking above at the question mark shaped initial diagram of the St. Paul’s pedagogy we see the centrality of critical thinking and problem solving.



This graphic of Michael Fullan’s work you will note points to Wellbeing which we see as a wrap around, foundational if you like before good learning can occur. It is a good time to be at St. Paul’s with so many interesting things happening to enhance the achievements of our young men, to assist them to achieve their own personal best, their own excellence.

God Bless.

Chris Browne

College Principal



Term Three- That’s a Wrap.

As the term draws to a close we farewell Year 12. They have had a beautiful farwell with a breakfast, farewell assembly by students and staff, a mass said by Fr. Paul and a presentation ceremony witnessed by staff, students, parents and Ms Anne Duncan from the Catholic Schools Office.

A nice tradition has been established with, for the second year the rest of the college , staff and students line the driveway at the end of the student assembly and clap Year 12 out honouring them for their time at the college.

They have been a very positive group, deeply committed to social justice in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice and have left a significant legacy with the major revival of the House competition in particular. Thank you for the example you have been Year 12 and good luck with your exams!

I thank the staff on a weekly basis for the many many things they do above and beyond in support of our young men. In one sense gratitude is never enough but I do ask all of our community to take the opportunity to thank the teachers your sons have. As a group they are giving and very supportive of your sons above and beyond of what is normally apparent in most schools. We are very lucky with the staff we have. The media are tough on the teaching profession yet our teachers rise above that and continue to give. Please thank them.

I will be away from 16th October to 29th October on Long Service Leave. Ms. Karen Shawcross will be Acting Principal in my stead and Ms. Julie Hearn will be Acting Assistant Principal.

Have a great holiday and we look forward to our young men’s safe return on Tuesday 16th October when all students return in Summer uniform.

God Bless.

Chris Browne

College Principal


Safeguarding Month and St. Paul’s

This month is identified as Safeguarding Month in the Diocese of Broken Bay. This was launched with a beautiful liturgy last Tuesday at the Cathedral at Waitara. 

St. Paul’s prides itself on being a safe school and I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that every young man at our college is safe. We are all acutely aware of the difficult times we are facing as a church in the face of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and its recommendations.

We are further encouaraged in our awareness by the history of some events that occurred in the college’s history thirty years ago or longer which have had a very significant impact on the lives of young people into adulthood. We need to respond very compassionately to them and ensure that such actions that have caused harm , even broken the law, must never happen again.

I worry that anyone’s perception or experince of the college over thirty years ago may colour their sense of us now.

It is clear too,  given media coverage,  that such actions haven’t been confined to religious schools and other social welfare organisations, religious and lay,  as now some public schools are under the spotlight for allegations in their history.

It is a shameful period of history in education and social welfare that much has been learnt from to safeguard our young people into the future. One posiutive to be thankful for.

It is useful to read the college policy on this whole area which I have included below and ask your forbearance in reading it. .

You should have every confidence we are a safe school, have procedures in place and training for all involved to maintain that and are wholeheartedly committed to remaining so. 

“All staff  at St. Paul’s  take our responsibility to protect children very seriously. All staff are expected to promote child safety by having a clear understanding of their legal child protection responsibilities and act in accordance with those responsibilities.

In particular the school will:

1. Maintain professionalism in our interactions with children at all times by exercising appropriate duty of care and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

2. Follow an established process to address allegations of inappropriate behaviour by staff towards children.

3. Ensure all people working in our school including parent volunteers, are appropriately screened for working with children.

4. Respond appropriately when we suspect a child is at risk of significant harm due to possible abuse or neglect by a parent/carer or other adult.

Maintaining Professionalism

All staff are expected to act professionally and in accordance with the school’s expectations regarding staff conduct toward children. Members of staff receive guidance and professional development in relation to appropriate interactions with students, how to exercise duty of care and how to maintain professional boundaries. We understand that staff have a duty of care to:

• Ensure no child is exposed to foreseeable risk of harm

• Take action to minimise risk

• Supervise actively and

• If we see others acting inappropriately with children, report concerns to the Principal or seek further advice

School staff also understand that they are in a position of trust, authority and influence in relation to children and that it is important that we do not take advantage of that position to mistreat or misguide students either intentionally or inadvertently.

Staff strive to:

• Demonstrate appropriate relationships with children that cannot be misinterpreted as overly personal or intimate;

• Remain within the responsibilities of their roles and allow those appropriately trained to deal with student welfare concerns;

• Minimise physical contact with children unless it is necessary to exercise appropriate duty of care;

• Follow the school’s policies and procedures relating to pastoral care and wellbeing including serious incidents and reporting risk of harm.

Addressing complaints of inappropriate behaviour by staff

We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for both students and staff. This includes addressing complaints of inappropriate behaviour by staff towards any child or young person.

Such complaints are handled differently to other types of complaints which may arise in the school because of legal obligations established by the NSW Ombudsman Act 1974. The NSW Ombudsman is a government agency which requires schools and other organisations working with children to ensure systems are in place for recording and responding to all allegations of a child protection nature against staff.

You should be aware that ‘staff’ includes volunteer helpers as well as paid staff

If you have concerns about alleged inappropriate behaviour by a staff member towards any child or young person it is important that you discuss your concerns with the Principal who in turn will consult with the CSO’s Child Protection Team.

All complaints are investigated and resolved through a fair and confidential process which involves listening to ‘both sides of the story’ and giving all involved an opportunity to be heard. If the concerns involve alleged criminal behaviour they will be reported to the Police and the CSO will wait for the outcome of the Police investigation before continuing its own investigation.

At the end of an investigation a finding will be made and appropriate follow up determined. In relation to the staff member this may include no action, increased support, professional development, increased supervision/monitoring or disciplinary action, removal from duties or termination of employment. If harm has occurred to a child, counselling or other support will be offered to the child.

Parent Volunteers

Parent participation, involvement and help are welcome and appreciated for various activities both in school and on excursions. \It is important that all parent helpers / volunteers are aware that they are subject to child protection legislation. This means all volunteers must:

• not engage in any inappropriate behaviour towards any children. In particular although volunteers are technically not employed by the school, they are considered to be ‘staff’ for legal purposes and need to be aware that complaints about inappropriate behaviour towards any child or young person must be investigated.

• sign on at the front office, be inducted and get a visitors badge from the office as per school procedure.

• check with the school what the current legal requirements are for working with children.

Responding to risk of harm

All school staff are mandatory reporters. This means that if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is at risk of ‘significant harm’ from abuse or neglect, then a report must be made to the Community Services Child Protection Helpline (CP Helpline).

School staff are expected to inform the Principal if they are concerned that a child may be at risk. It is the role of the Principal (or delegate) to make the report to the CP Helpline.

In making a report the Principal will consider all of the information and seek appropriate advice from the CSO’s child protection team (CP team). Any information about a child at risk is kept confidentially by the Principal. In situations where a child is considered to be at risk the school will work with the child and family to assist them as much as possible.

If you have concerns about a child who you consider may be at risk, please discuss your concerns with the Principal as soon as possible and maintain confidentiality.

If you would like further information regarding any of the above please speak to your Principal first or feel free to contact the CSO Child Protection Team on: Phone: 9847 0618″

Thank you and God Bless.

Chris Browne

College Principal.

The Importance of Fathers for our Sons.

With Fathers’ Day coming up this Sunday we send best wishes to all fathers and grandfathers and thank you for the critical influence you are in the lives of our young men. If your son doesnt have a father in his life then we know that it is vital that he have other significant males in his life to set the rules on how to behave and navigate life as a male.

Having the right guidance in his life for our young men can’t be underestimated. Adolescence is an important time to lay those foundations, to guide him on the right path to become the fine young men we hope they all become. School provides important role modelling but that has to occur in partnership with parenting that reinforces those messages, the programming if you like , that we are seeking to impart.

Celia Lashlie spoke of the Bridge of Adolescence:

Bridge of Adolescence

She emphasised that at this age it is important for mothers to step off the bridge and allow fathers to step up and walk their sons over the bridge into manhood. There are so many learnings our sons make from their father where words aren’t actually spoken, where they obeserve the heroes in their lives, where the look from Dad, the raised eyebrow, the crooked finger directing them can speak volumes in a language they understand.

As human beings, we grow up by imitating the behavior of those around us; that’s how we learn to function in the world. If a father is caring and treats people with respect, the young boy will grow up much the same.

If we consider the diagram above we can picture fathers stopping their sons fal linto bad habits at critical points by the appropriate guidance. Are mothers influential? Of course they are but we know that the teenage years are the important time for fathers to step up.

A parenting commentator Michael Grose has some useful suggestions also

This Friday we have our Year 7 Fathers day BBQ as well as it being Jersey Day in honour of Nathan Gremmo and in support of the Donate Life Network. We would encourage all boys, staff and parents to wear their favourite jersey on the day. We look forward to seing our Year 7 Dad’s for breakfast!


In closing. again best wishes to all Dad’s, grandfathers and males who are significant to the young men in our college. Thank you for the enormous formative difference you make.

God Bless,

Chris Browne

College Principal

Others at our Centre-Drought Relief.

The efforts inspired by Jack Berne from St John the Baptist Primary School, Freshwater to raise money for drouight relief , the Fiver for a Farmer movement has seen an amazing response all over the country to the movement. Our own college came together and raised in one week over $4000 which was a great outcome in so short a period.


I’ve encouraged the young men of our college many times that Blessed Edmund Rice’s example living today is to place others at our centre, not ourselves; the gospel message of Jesus,  in action. That our young men in very insular and selfish times, reflect on the gospel message of Jesus, who commaded us to loved one another, who placed himself with the poorest and most marginalised of his times, can reflect on this and act with the level of generosity they have, was wonderful to see.

We asked our men to give what they could. $5 was a general minimum but I’m always reminded of the story of the widow’s offering from the Gospel of Mark 12 :41-44:

” Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.  But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” “

Many gave much more than the minimum, some less and few, none at all. That always raises questions about whether they could afford it or were they not moved by the appeal at all or had they already given elsewhere. One can never assume and one must never judge. We hope the seed planted in them of the example of Jesus and Blessed Edmund  is growing well.

What was clear was that the community has been moved to respond and our young men outdid themselves. My hope is that they place the same priority in their minds of all the needy in our society as we should; those who live on the street, refugees whether they be those who come by plane, boat or however, the economic battlers, those with health issues whether it be physical or mental or any other sort of affliction.

It was great too to see the boys and staff respond so well to the suggestio of a mufti day and to show their empathy by dressing in a rural theme for the day.Y7 FFF

As we move through the year the young men of St.Paul’s and their families have been very generous. We have ongoing needs in our local and international communities that we can respond from but more importantly I beleive is that our young men are putting their learning into action, that they are changed as young people by the giving and that they are moved always in life to keep others at their centre.

God Bless.

Chris Browne

College Principal.

The Richness of the Life of a Great School – Part Two.

A browse through the college Facebook page over the past week has seen a number of aspects of the life of the college that mark us as a great school for young men. It is a place clearly where our young men receive a quality education provided by experienced and accomplished teachers, immersed in current best and emerging practice. It is a holistic education in an inclusive community founded in it’s Catholic traditions in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice.

We celebrate what we value is a notion I believe marks a school and we certainly try to recognise the many and varied talents our boys have, both in and out of the classroom, regardless of ability. As I’ve always said its about growth from one point to another and that is where the achievement lies; the notion of Personal Bests.

Our assembly this week showcased a rich tapestry of the life of the college. Our Prima Primum awards, various sport awards and a range of awards connected with the Waseda school visit to the college which concluded yesterday along with the report from our Cambodia Immersion team made for an inspiring experience of the college.

To quote from Mr Hutchinson’s preamble to the Prima Primum (First Things First) Awards;

“The Prima Primum Class Award acknowledges students who have been committed to their academic study. The recipient of this award has throughout the term worked with due diligence to achieve his best by always putting his learning first. He has shown a genuine engagement in whole-class, small group and individual activities, completed class tasks and home-study with interest and care, contributed positively to the learning environment and has been consistently organised and prepared for class.”

It was particularly pleasing to see the number of students who were receiving an award for the first time or the first for a significant period of time. They should be very proud of these awards which count towards consideration for the cumulative award at the end of the year. It was also pleasing to see those back for another one, term by term, showing the consistency of effort and attitude which is truly admirable.

A number of boys represented in snow sports over the holiday break on behalf of the college and it was terrific to see the scope and breadth of their involvement.

Our athletes from our Twilight Athletics carnival also were presented with their age championship medals. We further awarded the winner of the carnival which was for the second year in a row, Bourke House.

The past two weeks has seen the college host the Waseda School from Japan. We are very grateful to the families who hosted the boys, the great work doen by our staff Mrs Kibby and Mr Chaney and to the boys who worked as mentor coaches with their Japanese brethren, teaching them English. They in turn coached our boys in Japanese. The product of all this culminated in awards given at Assembly.

Our Cambodia Immersion team presented at assembly a video of the many experiences of the tour and spoke from the heart about the impact the tour has had. Our tradition encourages such a tour as the core business of any school with a spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice who encouraged us to ‘give to the poor in handfuls’, a call to liberation from poverty and hopelessness.

As Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, retired Bishop of Chiapas, the poorest Diocese in Mexico, once famously said: ‘The only question we will have to answer at the end of time is how we have treated the marginalised.’ (with thanks to Dr Wayne Tinsey for this quote)

I challenged the boys though to not see such experiences as disconnected from their daily lives and their call to be the face of Jesus to each other, lest they be considered hypocrites. Jesus did not give us dispensation for some days of the year or some people we don’t like ar for any other reason such as faith, background or even sexuality. We are all equal in the eyes of God.

God Bless

Chris Browne

College Principal



The Richness of the Life of a Great School.

As we near the end of this term this week has provided much inspiration for reflection on the richness of the life of a great school like St. Paul’s. With our assembly and the myriad of presentations and reflections, basketball finals, Year 12 Parent Teacher night, the Cambodia Immersion group departing, the College Twilight Athletics selection carnival , staff professional learning, staff – student European Handball, ongoing work with Year 12 projects, the list goes on; there is much to point to about the quality of our college and the diversity of experiences. Just one week should be multiplied by 40 to get a sense of the huge richness on offer. I am one very proud Principal!

Our College Assembly was opened by Dr. Tony Bracken, Assistant Director School Improvement and Chair of the CSO Review panel,  reflecting on the school review conducted by the Catholic Schools Office noting some key affirmations of the college that are summarised in this quote from the review report;

“The College is at an important educational point in its history as it continues to articulate and embed a vision of high quality contemporary boys’ education in a Catholic faith context on the lower northern beaches.

The panel’s consultation with students and parents confirms a loyalty and affection for the welcoming, inclusive and respectful environment at St Pauls.

The College leadership and staff reflect a commitment to the wellbeing of each boy and to the provision of educational opportunities that build authentic agency, confidence in learning and life-long competencies.

The College’s academic results over recent times point to an ongoing commitment to improving academic standards.”

Dr Bracken also spoke about three particular areas in response to our prayer inspired by the Cambodia Immersion namely the college’s comitment to social justice, its connection to parish through Wednesday morning masses and the improvement and innovation in learning that saw an increasing level of student independence in their learning.

From this the college sets to work on its next strategic plan.

It was a very positive start to our assembly which saw many awards such as Bronze and Silver Awards for effort in class, participation in the many peninsula cup teams including the presentation of jersey to First XI football and our First XV premiership winning rugby team, TAS awards for the bridge building competition, the House Film competition, all achieving house points.

Further we celebrated the House Battles last week and the contribution they made to the sopirit within the college. This culminated in an update of House points seeing Moran move to the lead for the moment.

What we have also seen this week has been three basketball finals, Year 7, 8 and 10 with two teams going close- the Year 7 and 10 teams. One step further next season.

Our Parent Teacher meetings saw many parents and their sons meet with Year 12 teachers for the final pieces of advice as they prepare for their trial HSC examinations after the holidays starting in week three. The Year 12’s were also working away on major projects to be able to take them home, supported by teachers putting in many hours outside of school time.

On a community level we had the staff student European Hndball game which was charcterised by not only a wonderful spirit but also great enthusiasm. That the staff won was immaterial but it was noted that playing older lads may have seen a different result.

This generosity of spirit and enthusiasm continued into the Twilight Athletics carnival on Wednesday evening. That so many staff gave of their time was wonderful tribute to the work done. There is a more detailed report in the next newsletter but there is some detail and photos on the facebook page.

Above all the Cambodia Immersion group that headed off on Tuesday night are in our thoughts. This trip goes to the heart of why a school like St. Paul’s exist. That we can plant the seed of care for the other in their lives, to stand with the poor as Blessed Edmund implored, is a wonderful gift. They will be the face of Jesus to those they meet. I would encourage you to follow the trip through the blog linked here . It is a life changing experience and we look forward to their safe return. Prima Primum!

As we head off to holidays we ask for the Lord’s blessing on all staff, parents and families and pray that all our boys return safely on Tuesday 24th July.

God Bless,

Chris Browne

College Principal




Role Modeling how to be a Man

I spent a very challenging time yesterday with all the Diocesan principals and priests listening to a presentation from Catholic Care Broken Bay on Domestic Violence. A key figure stood out which was that 95% of all domestic violence was perpetrated by men.



Consequently the messages we give directly and indirectly by our behaviour and gender stereotyping at home make all the difference. The following clip for Our Watch is well worth your time in outlining this issue. The men in the lives of our sons need to be good role models if we are to break the cycle of Domestic Violence or ensure it never occurs. Catholic Care stand ready to suport families in need.

A very impactful point was the reality that a young person witnessing domestic violence has a similar impact to experiencing the violence themselves. That any young person faces such experiences is heart breaking but given that we know statistically that one in four 12-20 year-old Australians surveyed was aware of domestic violence against their mothers or step-mothers by their fathers or step-fathers. One quarter of a national survey of young people.

It raises questions for us too about how we respond to bullying. Gus Worland’s Man Up program that Year 11 experienced last year challenged us to focus on the need to allow our young men to be real , to not suppress their emotions, that expressing hurt isn’t feminine behaviour but is a normal human response. The notion of the ‘angry young man’ too is a result of years of experience.

Adolescence can be a turbulent time for parents but we know as Michael Carr-Gregg writes in ‘The Prince Boofhead Syndrome’, through a mixture of personality, temperament and good parenting, it is clear that the vast majority  of boys turn out to be fine, considerate, contributing and valuable members of society’. As we know the good parenting bit isn’t easy and requires day by day effort to give our young men the tools they need to manage their temperament.

We know too that our role modeling as males makes an enormous difference. Celia Lashlie in ‘He’ll Be Ok’ encouraged men to walk their sons across the bridge of adolescence, to step up, be involved in their lives, mould their sons into the fine young men we need them to be.

The college also stands ready to support you as we already do for so many.

God Bless,

Chris Browne

College Principal