St Patrick's College, Wellington

Parent Weekly Update 10 August

Dear Parents and Caregivers

KEY SPORTS EVENTS: Our Senior A basketball have an important “Top 4” game vs Wellington College at ASB Stadium at 7.30pm tonight. This Saturday our 1st XV play Scots College in the Premier Grade semi-final. The game is at Scots at 2.30pm. The winner will play in the final at Porirua Stadium on Sunday 19 August.

STUDY SKILLS EVENING: On Wednesday, 15 August, parents are invited to a Study Skills session in the Hall from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. The speaker will be Stuart Wright from UCANDO. He is an expert in this field. On the same day Stuart will also be running Study Skills sessions for all Year 11 students, together with a session for staff. The purpose of the session is to better prepare students for their upcoming College and NCEA exams by giving them some guidance around how to revise. By offering a session that parents can attend it is hoped that parents will be able to support and re-inforce ideas that are being covered at school. Your sons are also very welcome to attend. While the focus is on NCEA, the material is relevant to students at all year levels.

DATES TO DIARY:

  • Monday 13 August: Polynesian Parents’ Association meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.
  • Wednesday 15 August: Mass for the Feast of the Assumption at 11.30am in the College hall and also Study Skills evening for parents in the hall at 5.30pm.
  • Thursday 16 August: Junior Dance in the College hall for Year 9 and 10 students from 7-10pm. Doors close at 7.30pm and any student arriving after that time will need to be escorted by a parent. Doors open again from 9.30 to 10pm for students to be allowed to leave. (No student will be allowed to leave before then unless a parent collects them at the door). A high standard of dress and behaviour is expected. Tickets are $10 and will be on sale from Monday at interval and lunch time only.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION MASS: Cardinal John Dew is saying Mass for us on Wednesday at 11.30am as state above. We have a group of our students making the “Rites of Initiation” into the Catholic Church – Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. All students must be in formal uniform. Families and friends are very welcome.

YEAR 9 – PARENTS OF PATRICIAN MEETING: The College would like to give you advance notice that the planned meeting to be held on Tuesday 21 August is postponed till September, at a date yet to be confirmed.

ST PATRICK’S ART AUCTION, TICKETS ON SALE SOON: Our renowned Art auction is showing on Friday 21 September, 6.30pm-9.30pm, in the College hall. Held once every two years, this is your opportunity to view and purchase fantastic artworks from established and upcoming artists at great prices. Tickets will be on sale soon – $25 which includes nibbles and refreshments. This is a St Patrick’s Parents’ Association fundraiser for the College.

SNAPPER TOP-UP: Students are now able to top-up their Snapper Card at the College from the Cashier but only when paying by credit card.

MANA COACH SERVICES TO JOHNSONVILLE, CHURTON PARK, TAWA AND PORIRUA: The changes to bus contracts in Wellington City will affect these bus routes and bus fares which will increase. We will be in touch with affected families next week.

2018 NCEA FEE: The 2018 NCEA fee of $76.70 has now been attached to all senior and some Year 10 student’s accounts, please be advised that payment must be made by the 31st August 2018. If you have a current Community Services Card, you can fill in a Financial Assistance form available from the cashier and the cost will be reduced to $20.00. All fees can be checked via the Parent Portal. Any queries please contact Jacky Reid 939-3070 ext 226 or email jacky.reid@stpats.school.nz

KNOWLEDGE SHOP NCEA 1 and 2 EXAM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: Bookings are now open for the St Patrick’s College NCEA Preparation Programme. This highly successful programme will be run by Knowledge Shop in the first week of the upcoming holidays from Monday 1 October to Friday 5 October. Subjects offered include English, science, mathematics and study skills. The aim of the programme is to assist students to achieve the very best possible results in the end-of-year NCEA exams. Students can book single or multiple sessions. Subjects are taught by highly regarded, current NCEA teachers from around New Zealand. Classes are limited to only fifteen students per group, and as we are expecting a sell-out, it is important to book early. Visit our website at www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz for the programme timetable, cost and further details. All bookings can be made online.

Kind regards,

Neal Swindells
RECTOR

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