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St Patrick’s College student Payten Salter has been selected as Campbelltown’s Youth Parliament representative

St Patrick's College - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Publication: Daniel Zautsen, Macarthur Chronicle Campbelltown

St PATRICK’S College student Payten Salter will be Campbelltown’s representative when students from across NSW try their hand at politics later this year.

Payten, 17, will present a bill to the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament in September.

The Year 11 student said she would be part of the women’s affairs committee and hoped to present a Bill to parliament on the rights of indigenous women.

“We have two camps, one in July where we will be learning what it’s all about and start preparing a Bill to present,” Payten said.

“The second is in September when we will spend four days in parliament. It’s a first for me and I’m excited because these are issues I’m passionate about it.”

Payten said after leaving school she was looking to pursue a career in psychology.

“I really want to get into psychology but this is a good opportunity because it gives me that experience in a leadership role,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to it but it will be a bit nerve wracking standing up and presenting in front of senior MPs.”

Campbelltown state Labor MP Greg Warren personally nominated Payten for the position and believes she will represent the region proudly.

“Payten has a passion for social issues and the myriad challenges young people face today,” Mr Warren said.

“Youth Parliament empowers our young leaders to speak up about community issues and achievements because the future is so important.

“Payten is a great example of strength and leadership in our young citizens.”

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Initiative warms bodies and hearts

St Patrick's College - Friday, June 02, 2017

Published: Friday, 2 June 2017
Publication: Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser

Most teenagers spend their lunchtime at school socialising with friends or playing sport.

But a group of girls at St Patrick’s College for Girls in Campbelltown have dedicated that small window to helping those in need.

The students, along with several staff, have spent their lunchtime knitting blankets to donate to St Vincent de Paul.

Teenagers from the school’s knitting club recently 28 blankets to the organisation.

Representatives from St Vincent de Paul recently attended the school to pick up the blankets.

St Patrick’s College for Girls principal Sue Lennox praised the initiative.

“The knitting group started in 2006 and over the past 11 years, hundreds of blankets have been donated to the less fortunate in the Macarthur community,” she said.

“Many grandmothers from our college community also knit squares along with past staff who help our knitting club which then form these large blankets.”

Anyone who would like to assist the club or donate knitted squares can call 4629 2999.

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Youth representative in parliament wants to be voice of all young people

St Patrick's College - Friday, June 02, 2017

Published: Friday, 2 June, 2017
Publication: South West Voice

The local student selected as Campbelltown’s representative in this year’s NSW Youth Parliament wants to be the voice of all young people.

Payten-Rae Salter, who attends St Patrick’s College for Girls, has been selected as the Member for Campbelltown in the Youth Parliament, which will sit in September.

“It’s an honour to have this opportunity to be a voice for the many issues confronting young people in our region,’’ Ms Salter said.

She was nominated and supported for the role by Campbelltown MP Greg Warren.

“I thank Mr Warren for his support and this unique opportunity.

“I encourage any of Campbelltown’s local young people to speak to me about any issues or ideas they think I should pursue,” Ms Salter said.

The Campbelltown MP met Ms Salter during a recent visit to St Patrick’s College, and when nominations for the program opened he says he did not hesitate in nominating her as Campbelltown’s representative.

“Payten-Rae has a passion for social issues and the myriad challenges young people face today,’’ Mr Warren said.

“Youth Parliament empowers our young leaders to speak up about community issues and achievements because the future is so important.

“Campbelltown has many talented and amazing students and youth leaders.

“They’re all fantastic and Payten-Rae is a great example of strength and leadership in our young citizens,’’ he said.

The Youth Parliament is part of the YMCA NSW Youth & Government (Y&G) program and is widely acknowledged for empowering and supporting young people to reach their potential.

Mr Warren said Payten-Rae had highlighted social inclusion, women’s rights, Indigenous affairs and mental health amongst youth as some of the issues that she looks forward to focusing on when she joins the other youth representatives from around NSW in September.

“Payten-Rae will be an exceptional representative,” Mr Warren said.

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St Patrick’s College students remember the fallen

St Patrick's College - Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Published: Tuesday, 2 May, 2017
Publication: Macarthur Advertiser

A local Catholic girl’s school has again honoured the Protestant Diggers buried next to it.

St Patrick’s College at Campbelltown was one of many schools across Macarthur that held packed Anzac Day assemblies in the past week.

After the formal event, a contingent of students with wreaths in hand placed them at the headstones of Stephen Longhurst and Herbert ’Snowy’ Kitching in the old Methodist/Congregationalist cemetery next to the college.

Longhurst was killed at Bullecourt in 1917 and is buried in France, but named on a family headstone, and Kitching was gassed in 1917 and died shortly after his return from the war, in 1920.

Special guests included Advertiser columnist Jeff McGill, who delivered an address, Macarthur federal MP Dr Michael Freelander and Walter Robinson from Campbelltown RSL. Also in attendance was the family of student Amelia Aguiar, who has been awarded a special scholarship to tour the Western Front battlefields later this year.

Lest we forget.

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It takes a village

St Patrick's College - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Published: Saturday, 18 February, 2017
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Talking to young people about mental health isn't always easy, but it's a conversation that must be had.

Stephanie Dunn, a teacher and year co-ordinator at St Patrick's College, Campbelltown, is involved in the development and implementation of a range of student-centred wellbeing programs that focus on resilience and positive psychology.

"Each year we lose too many young people to suicide," Dunn says. "These young people were in our schools and it was within our capacity to reach out, to start that life-saving conversation. Schools alone cannot prevent a mental health crisis, we are one link in the chain of survival for young people, but what we can do is ensure that we are connecting and collaborating more effectively with others in that network of support."

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Stem Challenge: St Patricks College Campbelltown leading by example

St Patrick's College - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Published: Thursday, 22 September, 2016
Publication: South West Voice

The jobs of the future will be in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM for short.

But girls and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are missing out because of a low uptake of STEM subjects at school.

Now a Campbelltown school wants to do something about closing the STEM gap in the Macarthur region.

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St Patrick's College Campbelltown School Musical a Hit

St Patrick's College - Thursday, June 23, 2016

You can bet your bottom dollar that this year’s St Patrick’s and St Gregory’s school musical will be a treat not a trick.

Nearly 100 students from the colleges will perform one of the world’s best-loved musicals, Annie, later this week.

Based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, the musical tells the story of Annie, who lives a difficult life at Ms. Hannigans’s orphanage.

Annie’s fortune changes and audiences are taken along through her adventures.

St Patrick’s College principal Sue Lennox said the musical would be a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family and the community.

The script will remain the same but the production team has experimented with visual effects and the set and costumes will add a twist to this classic production.

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St Patrick’s College Campbelltown chooses pot of gold theme for fundraiser ball

St Patrick's College - Saturday, February 22, 2014

AT THE end of the St Patrick’s College rainbow is a pot and the school is hoping the Campbelltown region community will fill it with gold at its annual fundraiser ball.

The college will host the fundraising ball – with the “pot of gold” theme at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club on March 15.

College principal Sue Lennox said the event would raise money for its scholarship program, which assisted girls who wanted to attend the college.

“The money is used to support girls who would like to come to St Patrick’s and need some financial assistance,” Mrs Lennox said.

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