Partnership with Parents

At St Patrick's College we believe that success in education is best achieved through a supportive and collaborative partnership where parents are welcomed as members of the school community. Our open door policy means that parents and guardians are encouraged to be involved in all facets of their son or daughters education and work together to help students reach their full potential.

Communication with Parents

Newsletters and School Diary

As a college with a strong focus on the overall development of a child it is important that we communicate often and well with the parents of our students. Every second Friday the newsletter is emailed to all parents. The newsletter contains relevant information such as upcoming events, school activity, assessment updates and other college issues. We encourage parents to read this newsletter as it provides a vital link to the school.

Additionally, students are required to ensure parents have read their student diary which updates them on homework tasks, results and assignments. This ensures parents are aware of their child’s progress and feel included in the education of their child.

Teacher / Parent Communication

Parents may communicate with teachers through any one of the following ways:

  1. Student diary
  2. Phone call
  3. Email: Visit Staffing to access teacher email addresses

Please be aware it is often not possible for teachers to return phone calls or emails the same day but in all instances teacher’s will respond to parent communication as soon as practicable.

Google Classroom

St Patrick's College utilises Google Classroom, which is an online service used to manage the distribution of school work and receive assignments. Parents will receive an invite and can opt in to receive notifications from Google Classroom about the student's work and progress in their classes.

Opportunities for Parent Involvement

Parents and Friends Association

The Parents and Friends Association general meetings are open to all parents and are held on the first Wednesday of each month in the Mercy Campus Library (check the calendar for dates and time). The St Patrick's College P & F arranges both social and fund raising activities on behalf of the College particularly with a view to enhancing student facilities. The P & F also organises support for grounds improvement, library assistance, tuckshop and uniform shop.

The Parents and Friends Association general meetings are open to all parents and are held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding school holidays) in the Mercy Campus Library.

Committee Members

Michelle King
Vice President
Deborah Millar
Gillian Hayles
Sharon Pengelly
Bikeathon Committee Chair
Michelle King
Bikeathon Committee

Policy – Mercy College P & F Levy

This policy has been developed in recognition of, and in support of, the partnership that exists between Mercy College and the parent community of Mercy College.

It is acknowledged that the parent community of Mercy College provides the College with financial and other in kind support.

The parent community of Mercy College may also be business owners who support the College through financial donations, the provision of services, in kind support or by providing casual work and work placement opportunities for Mercy students.

To demonstrate support for the business owners of our community, expenditure of the Parents’ and Friends’ Levy administered by the Mercy College Parents and Friends Association will be as follows:

  • Teachers and/or Head of Departments in preparation of their submissions will seek quotes or tenders in the first instance from the Mercy parent community.
  • This will occur by advertising same in the weekly newsletter and through the Mercy College website.
  • Businesses, through this process, will then have the opportunity to provide a quote/tender to the teacher/Head of Department; such quote/tender will then be attached to the application for funding to the P & F Association.
  • It is the intention that if possible in the first instance purchases will be made from business owners who are parents of Mercy College students and in the second instance from businesses of Mackay (before purchasing from outside of Mackay).
  • Consideration will be given to any tender/quote but the P & F Association or Mercy College will not be bound to accept such tender/quote.

College Board

Board members work with the Principal, Staff and Parent groups to develop policies and provide support. Board membership includes representation from parents, school administration, staff, clergy and religious orders. Meetings are held monthly and any member of the school community who undertakes a short in-service training program is eligible for election to the College Board.

Board Memebers

Spiritual Leader
Mrs Janelle Agius
Leadership Team Representative
Scott McSherry
Staff Representative

Five Year Planning Committee

This committee is made up of P & F, staff, administration, office, student and Board representatives to assist the Principal in setting priorities for future planning.


The Tuckshop is an integral part of the College and provides a great opportunity to meet other parents and staff.  Parents are required to assist from 9.30am  –  2.30pm.

Parent/Teacher Contact

Parents should feel free to contact the college if they have any questions or concerns.  It does not have to be a major problem for parent/teacher communication to occur.  In fact, if parents and teachers can sort out any worries early, major problems will be averted.  Because of class commitments, co-curricular activities, and staff meetings, it could take a couple of days for a teacher to reply to your call.  For this reason the Student Diary is a good way to communicate.  If the matter is urgent, please indicate this when you write, phone, or email.  Two formal parent/teacher nights are organised in Terms 1 and 3. Contact with the subject teacher or Homeroom teacher can be facilitated by the Head of Department.