Parent Weekly Update 10 May

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

O’SHEA SHIELD: This weekend St Peter’s College, Palmerston North host the O’Shea Shield – the annual speech and drama competition between the 17 Catholic secondary schools in the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses. We wish our team every success over the weekend.

FORMAL UNIFORM: In terms 2 and 3 our expectation is that all our students wear formal uniform every day. We specifically state that black socks must be worn with formal uniform. Please ensure your son is wearing black socks.

BOARD OF TRUSTEE ELECTIONS: Every state and state-integrated school in New Zealand has a Board of Trustees. St Patrick’s College has 5 elected parent trustees on our Board. The Board of Trustees are responsible for setting the broad direction of the College and the employment of the Rector. Trustees need to be interested in the school, they need to work well in a team, be able to ask challenging questions and have good communication skills. Boards need a balance of skills and experiences to ensure effective processes for planning, monitoring, reporting and reviewing the school’s performance are all in place. All parents of students who are enrolled should participate in the elections for parent representatives. Learn more at St Patrick’s College has contracted Canterbury Education Services (CES) to manage our election. The Key Dates are – Nominations open Friday 10 May and close at noon on Friday 24 May. If an election is required, then voting papers will be issued by Wednesday 29 May and voting will close on Friday 7 June. Votes will be counted and results declared by Friday 14 June. If you have any questions about the election process or would like to stand for election or to nominate someone else and wish to discuss this you are most welcome to email or to phone 939 3070 ext 231.

DATES TO DIARY: Monday 13 May – Polynesian Parents’ Association meeting at 6pm in the staffroom, Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May – Sports exchange with St John’s College at SPC. The game times can be viewed on the College website.

LOCKDOWN PRACTICE: On Thursday 16 May there will be a “lockdown” exercise. Parents will receive a notification via email, text and website notice that the school is in lockdown. This is a practice exercise. There is no need for concern. (For further details see the website).

ADVANCE NOTICE: The College will be closed on Friday 31 May for a Wellington wide Loop Ed professional development day for local secondary school’s teachers and also on Monday 3 June (Queen’s Birthday Monday) and Tuesday 4 June for midterm break.

TASTE OF ST PAT’S DAY: St Patrick’s College, Wellington is holding a “Taste of St Pat’s Day” on Thursday 30 May for Year 8 Catholic boys interested in attending St Patrick’s College in 2020. This day will provide a good insight into life at St Patrick’s College and what we can offer the boys next year. It will run from 9.30am to 2.15pm. If parents would like to register their son please email Our official Open Day is on Sunday 9 June from 1.30-4pm.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME: Each year the College provides, for students who wish to, the opportunity to celebrate Catholic Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. This Programme will begin shortly. If your son has not been baptised or baptised in another church this is an opportunity for him to be received into the Catholic Church.  Similarly, if he is baptised and but has not made his First Communion or Confirmation, this is a good time to do so. It is his personal decision to receive the sacraments or not, in consultation with you, his parent or caregiver. If you are interested, please contact Fr Pat, by email at or telephone 939 3070 extension 235.

HOST FAMILIES REQUIRED FOR SHORT TERM STUDENTS: We have a group of students from Hong Kong arriving in Wellington on 27 July and leaving on 12 August. We need homestay accommodation for the 20 students for a period of 16 days. These students have asked to be hosted in pairs. They can share one bedroom, but with separate beds. Homestays are paid $800 for the 16 days. We also require homestays for 4 Japanese students coming for Term 3. They will arrive at the start of the term and leave on the last day. Their homestay payment is $290 per week. There may also be two other students, but this has not been confirmed yet. If you are able to offer your home for these student please contact Maria Elenio either by email, or phone 027 4187500.

Sectare Fidem

Neal Swindells

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