Parent Weekly Update 3 August

Dear Parents and Caregivers

SCHOOL PRODUCTION: Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat this week. The show was of very high quality and well received by our College community. I would like to acknowledge the skill and dedication of all our College staff members involved with the show particularly the Directors – Derek Wood and Denise Moran, Musical Director – Roger Powdrell, and all the wonderful volunteers.

TU TANGATA: It was a great privilege to attend the Tu Tangata Poly Festival last Friday night where 9 schools performed. St Pat’s was last and our performance was outstanding! Thank you so much to our staff, our Old Boys and our Polynesian Parents’ Association who made this possible, and of course well done to our students.

STAFF CHANGES: Mr Peter Wadsworth, our College Counsellor will be away on sabbatical leave from Monday 6 August to Friday 26 October. We welcome Ms Sarah Parker who will taking over as College Counsellor in his absence. Ms Parker can be contacted on 939 3070 ext 229 or email


  • Monday 6 August: Parents’ Association meeting at 7.30pm in the staffroom.
  • Thursday 9 August: Mother and Son Dinner in the College hall at 6.30pm. Students must wear formal uniform.

MOTHER AND SON DINNER: If you have purchased a Mother and Son Dinner ticket but are now unable to attend, please let SPC cashier Jacky Reid know as soon as possible (, even if it is on the morning of the event. This way we can reimburse you, and release your ticket/s for purchase to another family on the wait list. For those of you who are holding tickets, please arrange payment today. As of Monday morning, they will be released to those on the wait list.

SNAPPER TOP UP: Students are now able to top up their Snapper Card at the College from the Cashier but only when paying by credit card.

MANA COACH SERVICES TO JOHNSONVILLE, CHURTON PARK, TAWA AND PORIRUA: The changes to bus contracts in Wellington City will affect these bus routes and bus fares which will increase. Currently we are working with Mana Coach Services and will be in touch with affected families as soon as we have more details.

2018 NCEA FEE: The 2018 NCEA fee of $76.70 has now been attached to all senior and some Year 10 student’s accounts, please be advised that payment must be made by the 31st August 2018. If you have a current Community Services Card, you can fill in a Financial Assistance form available from the cashier and the cost will be reduced to $20.00. All fees can be checked via the Parent Portal. Any queries please contact Jacky Reid 939-3070 ext 226 or email

STUDY SKILLS EVENING: On Wednesday, 15 August, parents are invited to a Study Skills session in the Hall from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. The speaker will be Stuart Wright from UCANDO. On the same day Stuart will also be running Study Skills sessions for all Year 11 students, together with a session for staff. The purpose of the session is to better prepare students for their upcoming College and NCEA exams by giving them some guidance around how to revise. By offering a session that parents can attend it is hoped that parents will be able to support and re-inforce ideas that are being covered at school. Your sons are also very welcome to attend. While the focus is on NCEA, the material is relevant to students at all year levels.

KNOWLEDGE SHOP NCEA 1 and 2 EXAM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: Bookings are now open for the St Patrick’s College NCEA 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. Subjects offered include English, science, mathematics and study skills. The aim of the programme is to assist students to achieve the very best possible results in the end-of-year NCEA exams. Students can book single or multiple sessions. Subjects are taught by highly regarded, current NCEA teachers from around New Zealand. Classes are limited to only fifteen students per group, and as we are expecting a sell-out, it is important to book early. Visit our website at for the programme timetable, cost and further details. All bookings can be made online.

Kind regards

Neal Swindells

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