Parent Weekly Update 29 March

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

ADVANCE NOTICE: In the final week of this term – Monday 8 to Friday 12 April there will be no normal school for students on Wednesday 10 April as it is Progress Conference Day or on Friday 12 April as it is a staff professional development day. The whole staff are having initial training on “Restorative Practice”.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK:

  • Thursday 4 April – Grandparents’ morning for Year 9 students at 9.30am in the College Hall, and the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime – 1.40 to 2.20pm. Thursday evening – Home School Partnership meeting in the hall at 6pm.
  • Advance notice: the Parents’ Association invites members of the College community to attend their AGM on Monday 8 April at 7.30pm in the College Boardroom.

HOME SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP MEETING: All Pacific families are warmly invited to attend our first Home-School Partnership next Thursday evening at 6pm in the hall.
This is a great opportunity for our parents to hear from Old Boys Heston Stanley (also a parent) and Damien Ekenasio (Senior A Basketball coach) about the best ways we can help our sons to achieve success in all aspects of college life at St Pat’s. 25 staff members will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about your son’s progress so far and also inform you about the systems we have in place that help monitor your son’s attendance, academic progress and Weekly Notes. I look forward to seeing you all there and if you have any questions or queries, please feel free to call me at the college. Faafetai lava. Ms Ainslie Sauvao.

KAPA HAKA WHAANAU HUI: Kia ora e te whaanau – you are invited to attend the combined St Pat’s, St Catherine’s and St Mary’s Kapa Haka whaanau hui next Wednesday, 3 April, starting at 5.30pm in the St Patrick’s College staffroom. Please bring kai for a shared meal. We look forward to meeting as many whaanau as possible.

HOMEWORK HUB: The Academic Committee has set up a Homework Hub after school every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Homework Hub means that if a student is struggling with anything from Calculus to English that they will find a Year 13 that can help them. Homework Hub is a service available for students of all year levels. Ms Duffy will be there to help juniors in particular plus the senior committee students will provide help for NCEA subjects. This is a great opportunity to have one-on-one help.

PROGRESS CONFERENCE DAY: All students and their caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend a 20-minute in-depth discussion with the student’s Tutor Teacher (or another teacher allocated accordingly). These Parent-Teacher-Student interviews will be conducted on Wednesday 10 April from 12 – 2pm, 3 – 5pm and 5.20 – 7pm. Students only need to come into school for the duration of their appointment. There are no classes that day.
All Year 9 – 12 students will have an interview with their Tutor Teacher, House Leader or a senior staff member. Year 13 students will not have an interview on this day. They had their mentoring session with their Tutor Teacher on Wednesday 27 March.
For these interviews we are using an internet-based booking system called Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). It will save time for parents, staff and students! Using this system, you will be able to book the interview times that suit you best from any internet-connected computer. Bookings are now open. If you require help to make an appointment you are welcome to come into the College office and ask Mrs Yardley to assist you.

SANDALS: Could families please ensure the only sandals our students wear as part of our summer uniform are in-line with our uniform requirements which clearly state: “brown or black roman sandals with no socks may be worn. Sandals must have a back strap”.

Sectare Fidem

Neal Swindells
RECTOR

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