Parent Weekly Update 28 September

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

NEWSLETTER: To access the latest College Newsletter which will be available late this afternoon please follow the link and then choose the Newsletter link from that page:

ACADEMIC PROGRESS: Senior students have finished most internal assessments this week so in Term 4 we can concentrate on preparing students for external exams. Tracking sheets showing each student’s NCEA credits to date will be sent home with students today. Senior Exams take place in the first week of Term 4. Our exam timetable is on the website. During this week seniors only have to attend school when they have an exam or a timetabled study session in one of their classes. Students may wear either summer uniform or formal uniform for these exams. The Library is available for study during exam week. If students are coming in to school, they need to be in uniform.

SPORTS PRIZEGIVING: We had a wonderful Sports Prizegiving last night. Junior Sportsman of the Year was Thomas Pou and Senior Sportsman of the Year was Liberato Cacace. Thank you to all those families who attended.


  • Saturday 13 October: Year 13 Formal at the Intercontinental Hotel, Grey Street, Wellington. The function starts at 6pm and finishes at midnight. The theme is Stars and Stripes, the guest speaker is Luigi Cacace and the DJ is Arturo Santos. Dress attire is black tie / formal.
  • Monday 15 October: Women’s Group meet at 7.15pm in the staffroom (refer notice below) and the Parents’ Association meet at 7.30pm.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS: Between Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 October the school office will be open from 9am to 3pm daily. Please note that the office will be closed on Monday 1 October and also during week 2 of the holidays from Monday 8 to Friday 12 October. Normal office hours will resume on Monday 15 October.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open on Saturday 13 October from 10am to 12 noon.

TERM DATES: Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Wednesday 12 December.

CHANGES TO MORNING ROUTE 774 from HOUGHTON BAY TO KILBIRNIE: Commencing from Term 4 the departure time of the morning route 774 school bus from Houghton Bay serving Island Bay, Owhiro Bay, Happy Valley, Berhampore and Newtown to Kilbirnie is changing to depart Houghton Bay 10 minutes earlier at 7.57am instead of 8.07am. There will also be an additional 753 Station bus in the afternoon from the start of next term.

ST PATRICK’S ART EXHIBITION: Thank you! Last Friday’s biennial art exhibition was a great success both as a fundraiser and as a social event. The St Patrick’s Parents’ Association would like to thank everyone in the College community for their support – all the staff, students, and parents who contributed to the weeks of organising, and all those who performed, exhibited, helped, and attended on the night. Thanks also to the artists who exhibited their work, and to all our sponsors: David & Maria’s Carpet & Vinyl Warehouse, Hammond Decorators, Evett Electrical, Liz Potter-Tommy’s Real Estate, Habit Fitness, MartinJenkins, Gilmours, Displayways, New World, Ecostore, Gazley Nissan, Little Sprig, Seatoun, Milne Print, Shott Beverages, Unity Books.

SPC WOMEN’S GROUP: Would you like to use your skills and creativity to give back to the school? Have you thought about joining the Women’s Group? (Don’t be put off by the current name of the group–men and women are welcome!) We are looking for mums, dads and whanau to help plan next year’s mother-son dinner, get involved in the running of the 2nd Hand Uniform Shop, provide hospitality at several college events, and much more. Come and find out what we are all about and celebrate the end of the financial year with us on Monday 15 October (the first day of term 4!) in the college staff room for drinks and nibbles at 7.15pm, followed by our AGM at 7:30. Nomination submissions are now open for Women’s Group Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and other Committee roles for 2019. Please email Secretary Heidi Meudt with your nominations by Friday 12 October –

KNOWLEDGE SHOP NCEA 1 and 2 EXAM 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. Visit our website at for the programme timetable, cost and further details. All bookings can be made online. Remember if your child attended in 2017 they receive a 25% discount. Please use the code which has been emailed to you.

Kind regards,

Neal Swindells

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