Friday 27 March, 2020

Tēnā koutou katoa

Keep the faith, do the MAHI
In a previous weekly College update I mentioned that “the season of Lent is a time of prayer and reflection. It is important that as a community we make time with our God, with whānau and time for ourselves to live out our faith and do the MAHI in our daily life.”

Yesterday, Cardinal John Dew’s message in his newsletter was that of hope, love and kindness for one another. The next four weeks is an opportunity for you and your whānau to share this message and apply this in your home. Cardinal John has invited the whole Catholic community to join with him during these weeks at mid-morning (10.30am) and mid-afternoon (3.00pm) to pause and pray. This is an opportunity for us all to place God in the centre of our lives and practice our faith full of hope, love and kindness. I hope that this will strengthen you and your whānau as well as our College community.

I ask that in your prayers you keep in mind all of your loved ones, Cardinal John, the leaders of our country and our communities, the elderly, the vulnerable, the sick, all the essential workers and the deceased. I pray that God’s love and grace be with you all and keep you safe during this time.

Learning @ Home
Your son should have received work from all his subject teachers by now. In my correspondence to parents on March 25 it outlines the guidelines for Learning @ Home. I encourage you and your whanau to put into place these routines.

School Holidays
The holidays have been moved forward. The new dates are Monday 30 March to Tuesday 14 April. Term two will begin on Wednesday 15 April.

Support for your son during COVID-19 Alert Level 4
A reminder that support is available for your son during this time. Here are some options for your son if he needs to reach out:

  • Contact the Tutor Teacher and/or Tutor Leaders from your son’s tutor group.
  • Mr. Chris Fouhy, the College Guidance Counsellor (chris.fouhy@stpats.school.nz)
  • Call or text 1737 this service is available for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week speaking to a
    trained counsellor.

Wellbeing during COVID-19
Let us all be kind and supportive and look out for one another. Here are a few resources that could assist you and your whanau. They are from the Mental Health Foundation, New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience and our own SPC Challenge COVID Card.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali
TUMUAKI