Tuesday 24 March 2020



Tēnā koutou katoa

As a country we are faced with an unprecedented event. Over the past fortnight the spread of COVID-19 has moved rapidly and we have been met with uncertainty. We will continue to face these daily challenges in the next month. I thank the whole College community and particularly our staff and students.

Our staff and students have learned to adapt quickly each time there is an announcement. Our staff have kept normality by continuing on as usual with their teaching and keeping routines in their classes. They have also followed the practices as outlined by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

This morning in our daily staff briefing, I asked staff to prioritise their wellbeing, and that of their whānau, as we move to Alert Level 4. This is an opportunity for our staff to make the necessary arrangements for their whanau.

Since the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday I would like to reiterate some elements of importance.

  • Our country will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 at midnight on Wednesday 25 March.Information about the four level alert system is here.
  • School is officially closed as of today.
  • The Ministry of Education has confirmed that the school holidays will be from Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April inclusive.
  • Our College will be open today and tomorrow of this week for students of essential workers. Please email admin@stpats.school.nz if your son will be attending. If he could wait inside the front  office by 8.55am. We will continue to support good hygiene practices with these students and also undertake physical distancing.
  • If students have been away from school over the past days and need to collect books or other items, our staff will be available in their classrooms today (Tuesday) between 10.00am and 12.00pm for that purpose.
  • If you require a chromebook to borrow over the holidays please see Ms Parkinson at the front office.
  • Teachers will prepare work for students this week and will notify your son within the next day or two. The classwork will be uploaded to an online learning platform that the teacher will be using.
  • Student Progress conferences which were to be held on Wednesday 8 April are cancelled.
  • Services available to support your son and your whanau include:
    # Help line 1737 either call or text available 24/7 with a trained counsellor
    # The Low Down on 0800 111 757 or text 5626
  • Looking after your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 from the Mental Health Foundation that include top tips to get you through.

I ask that you all continue to pray for our College community, our country and our world. It is important that we continue to offer our prayers, love and support for all. Reach out to family, friends as well as neighbours. Be kind and compassionate to each other. The coming weeks are an opportunity for whanau to gather for prayer, mindfulness and incorporate gratefulness into your daily lives. Remind your son to keep the faith and do the MAHI. We all must play our part and work to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. May the love of our Lord’s grace and peace be with you all and keep you safe.

Sectare Fidem

Mike Savali