Parent Weekly Update 9 August

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We have just completed our latest ERO Review by four reviewers from the Education Review Office.  The last time they came to our College was in 2014.  They gave an oral report to our Board of Trustees on Tuesday afternoon.  We will not receive the final report for some time.  This is my summary of some of the key points they said:

Our school vision matches our Catholic Special Character
Our Special Character is visible
Most students gain NCEA Level One, Level Two and Level Three and the majority gain U.E.
Nearly all students gain NCEA Level Two before they leave school
Our NCEA results are consistently above national averages and above average for Decile 8 boys’ schools
Our retention rates – students who stay for 5 years is high
There are positive and respectful relationships between students and teachers
There is good engagement in the classrooms
There is increasing use of student voice
There are strong partnerships with Pasifika parents and strengthening relationships with Maori whanau
We are working together with families to make a difference
There is a commitment to improvement
Our curriculum has been developed to provide better pathways for student needs.

They outlined two key areas for us to work on:

  1. Continue to develop our Curriculum to ensure it is localised and relevant to our students.
  2. Ensure that our evaluation of data of programmes that we offer goes deeper to more clearly identify factors that will ensure constant improvement.

This is a very positive review and an independent affirmation of the great work of our Board and staff. 

DATES TO DIARY:

  • Monday 12 August – Polynesian Parents’ Association meeting at 6pm in the staffroom.  
  • Thursday 15 August – on Thursday 15 August at 12.30pm we have Cardinal John Dew coming to say Mass for the Feast of the Assumption.  A small number of students will be making their First Holy Communion and will be Confirmed during this Mass.  All our students are expected to attend.  Parents and friends of the College are all invited to join us. Formal uniform must be worn.

YEAR 13 ATTENDANCE: A reminder to parents that we expect all our Year 13 students to be present for Tutor Time at 8.55am each morning (except Wednesday).

OUR COLLEGE POLICIES: We have been working with a company called SchoolDocs to rewrite our policies and procedures.  We are excited to announce that the site is now live and available to our school community.  SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are then tailored to our school.  SchoolDocs updates, and modifies policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry Guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team.  Our Board of Trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented.  We invite you to visit the site at https://stpats.schooldocs.co.nz/ (note that there’s no “www”).  Our Username is stpats and the password marist.

2019 FOUNDATION DINNER: Our Annual SPC Foundation Fundraising dinner is on Saturday 24 August. Tickets are $80.  We are thrilled to have Sir Bryan Williams, one of New Zealand’s great All Blacks as our guest speaker.  This dinner is open to all our families.  There are still tickets available. Contact: email development@stpats.school.nz

ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE SPORTS SALE: Donate now|Save the date: 10am-2pm, Saturday 17 August.  Now is the time to donate your pre-loved sports gear and clothing (all codes included) in good and clean condition.  Drop items in the clearly-marked tub in the college office between now and 16 August.  Smaller items e.g. boots, sports clothes, cricket bats and pads, hockey sticks, goggles, snorkels, balls, shin pads, kit bags etc., (anything smaller than a bike) can be dropped off.  For larger items email us at parentsassociation@stpats.school.nz to arrange a time and place for drop-off.  If you’re not sure whether or not your donation is appropriate for the sports sale, please email us to check.  Available to help for an hour or two on 17 August on the sales tables or the sausage sizzle? Email us at parentsassociation@stpats.school.nz  Thank you for your support! The Sports Sale is a Parents’ Association fundraiser for St Patrick’s College.

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Neal Swindells
RECTOR