Parent Weekly Update 28 June

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

SCHOOL VALUES: From my perspective we have had another very good term. Please encourage your son to continue to strive to live by our values “Keep the Faith and do the Mahi”.

Thank you to those parents who came to the address by Chris Bowden on “Building Resilient Boys”.  It was an excellent evening.  His slides are available on request from Mrs Gerardine Parkinson – email but these should not be shared without Chris Bowden’s permission.


  • Monday 1 July  Parents’ Association meeting in the staffroom at 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday 3 July – 2nd XV Rugby and Under 15B rugby travel to Hato Paora College for the annual exchange.
  • Friday 5 July – Term 2 ends, and newsletter available.

TAYLORFEST: The last week of Term 2 is our Taylorfest Week – a week of fun, creative activities in memory of former Art teacher Rob Taylor who died in 1997. The week culminates on Friday when students and staff dress in something creative that they have made and have an inter-House singing and haka competition. The theme this year is “Heroes”. Please note that when students “dress up” on Friday that we do not want any toy weapons brought to school. There are no normal classes on Friday 5 July. The day will finish between 2pm and 2.30pm.

Part of Taylorfest is a giveathon which this year is for Foster Hope, a charity that provides essentials for children in foster care. Each tutor group will be collect enough new items to provide (at least) one backpack for a child moving into foster care. These children can arrive at the foster homes with almost nothing, so these backpacks provide the essentials as well as the comforting nice things that children always need and want. We hope that each tutor group collects quality over quantity and takes time to think about the children in these situations.  For more information about this charity see

DEADLINE FOR YEAR 9 ENROLMENTS NEXT YEAR: A reminder that enrolments for Year 9, 2020 close on Friday 2 August. It would be helpful if parents could please submit any enrolment applications ahead of that date.

WHANAU MEETING: On Tuesday 23 July at 5.30pm we invite all parents of Maori students to a meeting to discuss how we can best support our Maori learners.  The meeting will be in “Te Hue o te Reo” our Maori language classroom.

HOME-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP: Talofa lava, Kia orana, Tena Koutou, Malo ni, Malo e lelei, Kamusta to all our families. You are all warmly invited to attend our second Home-School Partnership of the year on Thursday 25 July at 6pm in our college hall. Our Poly Club will be performing their bracket for Tu Tagata followed by a Tausala for each Year group. There will also be Old Boys Aaron Itinteang and Poasa Poasa speaking to our Pasifika community about the importance of strengthening cultural identity which can help improve success in other areas of school life for our boys. As always, many of our teaching staff will be present to help answer questions or give updates on how your son’s are tracking with their academic studies. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me on

FOUNDATION ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER AND AUCTIONSaturday 24 August: Auction items requested. We are currently seeking auction items for the Benefit Dinner. We run both live and silent auctions on the night. Cinema tickets, meal deals, holiday homes, a coffee machine and adventure experiences are some of the previously auctioned items. If you or someone in your network could support us by donating, we can auction it. All proceeds from the auction support the Foundation. We raise money each year for a variety of causes, including assisting students who cannot afford to buy Chromebooks, teacher aides, development of the Learning Support Department for students with learning difficulties or where English is not the first language, investment in sports coaches, sporting, musical and educational equipment, music scholarships, and assistance with any building maintenance and development required.

Tickets for the dinner are on sale now. Email to secure your tickets. They are $80 each and include a glass of bubbles on arrival, canape, a seated two course meal and table wine. We have been very lucky to secure Sir Bryan Williams as the guest speaker and have some fabulous student-led entertainment lined up. Join us for a fabulously fun evening.

FOSPC – SAVE THE DATE: SPC Mother and Son Dinner Thursday 8th August 2019: The FOSPC (Friends of St Patricks College) Mother and Son Dinner will be held in the College hall on Thursday 8 August, starting at 7pm.Guest Speaker: Dave Greenberg, from the Westpac Wellington Rescue Helicopter.

  • Tickets are $35 per person, this includes dinner, spot prizes and entertainment.To purchase your tickets please see the cashier during school hours.
  • Mother /Son dinner tickets that have been paid are ready for collection now.
  • We are seeking donations for the Mother and Son dinner spot prizes. If you can donate an item or a voucher please drop the item into the school office, before Friday 26 July 2019.

GET READY FOR THE ST PAT’S SPORT SALE: These holidays clear out your unwanted, grown-out-of, surplus sporting gear and clothing in good condition. Next term, support the College by donating it for the Term 3 Parents’ Association sports sale fundraiser. All codes and ages are included – anything from cricket bats and pads to rugby/football boots, running spikes, hockey sticks, shin-pads, balls, swimming goggles, ski gear, snorkels, kit bags etc. Information on drop off and collection options is coming soon, along with the date for the event. Keep an eye on the weekly notices and the St Pat’s Facebook page. Thank you for your support!

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK: Goodbye to the Old – Hello to the New 2019/20 Entertainment Membership. With the 2018/19 Entertainment Membership now expired, it is time to purchase a new Entertainment Book, enjoy the many offers and help support St Patrick’s College, all you have to do is click here, it is as easy as that!

Sectare Fidem

Neal Swindells

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