Weekly College Update

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Season of Lent
The Season of Lent officially began on Ash Wednesday on 17 February. Lent is a 40-day preparation that includes prayer, fasting, reflection and alms giving. This is a time for you together with your whānau to reflect on how your faith, your personal life, your interactions with others and how you contribute to the common good. Lent is also a time where in your personal life you may give something up. A form of self-sacrifice. What are you prepared to sacrifice during this season? It does not have to be a significant sacrifice but something that is manageable. It is also a time of thinking of those that are less fortunate than ourselves. What can I do to support those in need? As a community of faith let us all pray for one another during Lent.


COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Response
Thank you to all students and whānau for your cooperation when the College was in Alert Level 2. We continue to remind all students to wash their hands with soap regularly; that they cough or sneeze into their elbow; that hand sanitisers are available in all classrooms; that face coverings can be worn at school; and that face coverings must be worn on all public transport as per instructions from the Metlink website.


2020 NCEA provisional results
I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and effort put in by all our senior students, our staff and support by whānau, parents and caregivers. These results are a celebration of what our students have achieved considering the circumstances we were all under last year. Thank you for keeping the faith and doing the MAHI.



OLD BOYS’ CUP (ST PAT’S TOWN V ST PAT’S SILVERSTREAM) ATHLETICS WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY at NEWTOWN STADIUM: On Wednesday students are to be at Newtown Park by 9.00am for a roll check.  A second roll check will be done at the end of the day.   Summer uniform must be worn.  Students who are not competing will be supporting our Athletes from the grandstand.  Remember to take some sunscreen.  If you take a hat it would be great if it could represent our school colours i.e. blue and/or white.  It would also be great if you left your schoolbag, Chromebook or laptop and other valuables at home on this day.  There will be food available for purchase at Newtown Park.

At the end of the day’s programme students will be released from Newtown Park.  The day’s events should be finished by 2.30pm.
Transport: Students will need to make their own way to and from Newtown Park in both the morning and afternoon.  The College has organised a bus from the College to take students to Newtown Park at 8.45am in the morning.  All other students using public transport will need to make their own way to and from Newtown Park.


Dates to Diary for next week

  • Tuesday 23 February: Parents of Patrician” evening for all Year 9 parents at 7.00pm in the staffroom.
  • Wednesday 24 February: The Board of Trustees meet in the Colin Boardroom at 6.00pm.  Parents are most welcome to attend the meeting.
  • Thursday 25 February: Year 10-13 NCEA Information Evening for parents in the staffroom at 5.30pm.


Parents of Patrician Evening
You are asked to attend our first POP evening at 7.00pm on Tuesday 23 February in the staffroomPlease join us in for wine and cheese followed by a presentation from our Ministry team in the College chapel.  The presentation will introduce you to the special Character of St Patrick’s College and how you and your son can best engage with life here at the College. We will have some guest speakers with knowledge of life at St Pat’s and an opportunity to meet other parents with sons at the College.  It is a relaxed evening that begins with social time and will finish by 8.30pm.  This is a great opportunity for parents.  If you are unable to attend please email my PA, Gerardine Parkinson – admin@stpats.school.nz


National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Information Evening
Are you new to NCEA or just need a refresher about what credits are and how to get them?  Not sure about how your son could gain University Entrance? Parents are invited to come along to the session run on Thursday 25 February in the staffroom where the Assistant Rector, Sarah Parkinson will go over the basics of NCEA.  The session will run from 5.30 to 6.00pm.


College newsletter
A full College newsletter will be available on the College website today and some hard copies will be available in the College office.


College Campus Masterplan
We are excited to announce that a building masterplan has been developed for our

St Patrick’s College campus. This masterplan will be implemented over a number of years with stage 1 commencing later this year in 2021. The objectives of the plan are to modernise and enhance a range of educational spaces, improve the school entrance and landscaping of the site as well as to further improve the overall safety of the site.

These works will ensure that St Patrick’s College Wellington continues to play a critical role in the Wellington education environment into the next century & beyond.

To attend a Presentation of the College Masterplan on Thursday 4 March at 6.00pm please register no later than Monday 1 March by advising the college with your details.

To Register for the Presentation: Please advise the name and contact phone number of each person planning to attend to Yvonne Small, College Secretary. Email: yvonne.small@stpats.school.nz  or Telephone: 04 939 3070.


Big Boy’s Breakfast
This event is fast approaching on 17 March 2021 and we are calling for Sponsorship and volunteers for this awesome event.  This Breakfast is a highlight in the St Patrick’s College calendar, an opportunity for our boys and the significant males in their lives to come together and enjoy each other’s company on St Patrick’s Day.  This event needs sponsors and volunteers to help make it special.  Please email parentsassociation@stpats.school.nz if you are interested in either sponsoring or joining our awesome Parents’ Association team of volunteers.  We are asking for a major sponsor as well as minor sponsors so nothing is too small to support this event.


All students have been reminded of how they should wear their uniform to and from school. I expect that all students are tidy in their appearance. Students in our uniform represent all of us and they promote whom they represent in the public space. Please remind your son to wear the correct uniform with pride. A reminder that formal uniform is to be worn every Wednesday.


Multicultural Dinner Night – a Fundraiser for the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
This fundraising event will be held in the St Patrick’s College hall on Saturday 27 February at 7.00pm. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased from the parish office – phone (04) 496 1700.  For online payment: bank account 02-0506-0138488-025 and include your surname and initials with “MDINNER” as the reference.


Kia u ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. Keep the faith, do the MAHI.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali