Parent Weekly Update 24 May

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

DATES TO DIARY:

  • Tuesday 28 May – Catholic Schools Day and Sports exchange with Wellington College hosted at St Patrick’s College. The sports timetable for the day’s fixtures is available on the College website.  Students will be allowed to watch the various sports from lunchtime (12.50pm) for the afternoon and it is expected that students will be released home at the conclusion of the games at approximately 3pm. 
  • Wednesday 29 May – Teacher Strike Day. The school is open but we cannot offer any classes for students and school buses will not be running. See details below. 
  • Thursday 30 May – Taste of St Pat’s Day for Year 8 boys and Barbershop Regional Competition at Lower Hutt.
  • Friday 31 May – the College is closed for Staff Professional Development. Newsletter available.

Catholic Schools Day:  Tuesday 28 May is Catholic Schools Day when we celebrate all that is special about our Catholic Schools in New Zealand.  It is a special privilege to work in a Catholic College and try to pass on the Faith to our students

Teachers Strike: The Board of Trustees considered the issues around the strike by PPTA Members (most of our teaching staff) at their meeting on Wednesday.  They agreed that we could not offer any normal classes for students but we could offer supervision for Year 9 and 10 students.  So, if your son is in the junior school and you wish him to be supervised at school on Wednesday 29 May please email the College (admin@stpats.school.nz) by lunchtime on Tuesday (28 May).  Please note that there will be no school buses operating.   Thank you for your understanding.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT CONCERT: Tuesday 28 May at 7.30pm in the College Hall. Parents, relatives and friends are warmly invited to attend the Music Department Concert which is on Tuesday 28 May at 7.30pm in our hall.  We are combining with St Catherine’s College music students.  There will be a variety of entertaining solo and group items in a variety of styles. Entry is free.

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.

FEES AND DONATIONS: A reminder to families that we need you to pay your fees and donations.  This money is important in the running of our College and in providing the wide range of opportunities we offer to your sons.  Remember all donations are tax deductible.  For most families an automatic payment of $20 per week will cover most of the fess and donations.  Note: We learnt this week that NZQA fees have been abolished.  These are still showing on our school accounts but will be removed over the next few weeks.

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, maria.elenio@stpats.school.nz or phone 027 4187500.

Sectare Fidem

Neal Swindells
RECTOR

 

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