Weekly College Update

18 June 2021


Tēnā koutou katoa


Term 2 Focus – Achievement – ‘doing the small things well’

Thank you to all the students that acted as tour guides during the two Open Days held this week. We had a large number of prospective Year 8 students together with whānau attend. I acknowledge our whole staff who continued teaching their classes as each of the tours popped in and out of the different classrooms. Our staff and students acknowledged all our visitors and we hope that they were able to gain a sense of faith and MAHI in action on a normal school day at St. Patrick’s College.

This week’s reading and reflection at assembly was shared by Fox Cobb. The bible passage he used focused on ‘being one in union with Christ.’ For all of us to be one in union with Christ, Fox challenged us to acknowledge everyone in our Kura, our College. Acknowledging students that are on their own, those that are left out, those students that feel vulnerable and those that are still seeking friendships among their peers.

Our next step is to ensure we get this right by checking in on those students whilst acting with kindness and speaking to any student that we come into contact with. To include those students in an activity or conversation. The message of being one with Christ empowers us to build a sense of belonging, by being friendly and inclusive so that we are a warm, welcoming community.


Men’s Health Week

At assembly this week Mr Chris Fouhy, the College Guidance Counsellor spoke to the whole school. This week is Men’s Health Week and he encouraged our students to speak up if they are seeking support. He used former Olympian Michael Phelps and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as examples who shared their experience in dealing with mental health. Here are some ways your son can start with in taking the initial, courageous first step in sharing:

Finding your way

  1. Talk to someone you know and trust. They will respect the trust you show.
  2. You’re not on your own. Help is there for you. Other people will be experiencing similar problems.
  3. 1% courageous. Take the smallest step you need to becoming better.

Here are some options your son can do to assist in finding his way

  • Talk to one of your teachers – they can listen and guide you.
  • Talk to one of the Manu Taupua – these guys have experience to share.
  • Talk to a good friend – they can listen and just be there.
  • Talk to the counsellor – they can offer you another perspective and some skills.
  • Find help online – good help that is free and available 24/7.
  • Talk to a family member – they know you best.

I encourage all of us to focus on men’s health not just for this week but all year round.


Sports Blues

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Sports Blues at assembly:

a Swimming Blue for Alessandro Esposito who gained 1st place in the 16-year category for the 50m Backstroke.

a Baseball Blue for Noah-Sea Nui who was a member of the New Zealand U18 Baseball team.



The latest College newsletter is available on the College website.


Valuable items

A reminder please for all students to keep any items of value at home.  In the last few weeks the House Leaders and SLT have had to deal with a number of students losing wireless headphones, cell phones, money and various items of clothing. Often these items have been left behind in class or other places.  We know that it causes stress to the students who lose these valuable items, and it can take considerable time for the staff who have to help work out what has happened.  Please encourage your son to not bring valuable items to school.


Dates to diary for next week

Wednesday 23 June – Board of Trustee meeting at 6.00pm in the Colin Boardroom.  Parents are most welcome to attend.


FOSPC – Mother Son Dinner
Wow – tickets have **SOLD OUT**

If you have tickets and your plans change and no longer require your tickets, please do get in touch with us as we have a waiting list. If you have not got a ticket yet you can add yourself to the waiting list using the same booking link: https://www.trybooking.co.nz/HGR.

This year we are asking that mothers and sons please sit at the same table. It’s your night out together! Tables with 10 students are strongly discouraged. As previously mentioned our speaker is St Pat’s Old Boy Li’i Alaimoana who will share the journey of his career in the comedy industry. There is a buffet dinner, raffles, photos and a cash bar – a fun night guaranteed! Eftpos will be available but bring your cash for raffles and for quicker service at the bar. Any queries to fospc2018@gmail.com

Mother and Son Dinner photos –  $10 (6×4), $20 (8 x 12), $45 (A3). Also this year our photographer Simon Woolf is offering a digital option for $35.



All students must wear their uniform to and from school. We set high expectations that all students are wearing their uniform correctly and are tidy in their appearance. Students in our uniform represent all of us and promote whom they represent in the public space.

If a student is caught wearing a non-regulation uniform, he will be asked to put it into his bag. If he is caught again wearing a non-regulation uniform the item will be confiscated. As we move into the later part of autumn into winter students should wear the regulation school jacket. Non-regulation coats and jackets are not to be worn. 

If a student does not have a tie parents and caregivers must purchase one within a practical time frame. If the time frame surpasses and your son still has not does not have a tie he will be advised to wear summer uniform until a tie is purchased.

I would appreciate your cooperation in this matter.


Complaints regarding Face Coverings

A reminder to everyone that face coverings are mandatory on all public transport under Alert Level 1. This is a mandate from the Government. We have informed and reminded our students that they must wear face coverings. Unfortunately, a number of our students continue to ignore the mandate outlined by the Government. We have numerous received complaints from members of the public informing us of St Pat’s students who do not have a face covering or have a face covering but wear it around their neck. I ask that all students be considerate towards those around them on public transport. Everyone’s health and safety is paramount. If your son does not have a face covering he can collect one from the office.


Research Request

Can you spare 5 minutes to answer an online survey to help students that struggle in school? As part of a research project at Victoria University Wellington, I am inviting 16-18 year old students who have no history of any learning support needs to be involved. If you would like to know more, please email me on goochholl1@myvuw.ac.nz.


I am a teacher who is completing a Master of Educational Psychology at Victoria University in Wellington. I am interested in finding ways to better support students with complex learning needs as a result of being gifted and having a disability that affects learning, such as dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the same time. To this end, I’m designing a tool to screen for these students with concurrent exceptionalities (twice-exceptional students).

I’m testing out whether this tool can distinguish between students who are twice-exceptional and students who are not. This research project has Victoria University Wellington Human Ethics Committee approval (0000029309). I am hoping that some students from your school and their parents would be willing to be involved as part of the control group. I look forward to hearing from you and would be very grateful for your help. Holly Gooch.


Support St Pat’s Cricket Development  

The First XI and a development team are going to the Bay of Plenty in October and are raising funds for this trip. You can support the boys by attending their major fundraiser Quiz and Auction night on Saturday 26 June at 7.00pm in the College hall. Get together a group of 8 and purchase a table for $200 and come and join the fun.  There are plenty of amazing raffle and auctions to be won.  Contact Marina Scoble if you would like further details.  Email: marina.scoble@mikepero.com  Cell: 021 2795444


Rowing Fundraiser

Pre-loved clothing and book sale on Sunday 25 July in the College hall from 11.00am to 3.00pm.  We are taking donations of well cared for clothing (no underwear, swimwear, sleepwear, stained or ripped things), shoes and books (novels, kids’ books, excellent condition cook books) up until 24 July.  There will be live music, food and lots of bargains.


Donations can be dropped at the school office between 8.30am and 9.00am on Monday and Thursday next week as this is when we will have parents to remove the items so the school doesn’t become swamped. Donations can be collected so get in touch by the social media channels or text me directly 0274817961.  Angela McKeefry, Sponsorship and Fundraising – St Patrick’s College Rowing Team.


SCC Hāngi Fundraiser for NMOTR kapa haka group

Friday, 2nd July 2021 – $12 for each Hāngī which will be individually served in an aluminium tray and foil bag.  Please refer to the attached flyer about ordering.


Ngā mihi nui


Mike Savali