Weekly College Update

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There is great anticipation from all, as we look forward to returning to the campus as a college community next Monday. We all long to be back in familiar surroundings, to be among friends, to reconnect and re-engage. This is an opportunity for us to learn from the last few weeks and progress as a community to build stronger relationships. With the return to campus, it is time for us to find our routines and focus on the school work ahead of us.

I strongly recommend your son(s) bring a water bottle and hand sanitiser to school. There will be hand sanitisers available in each of the classrooms. He should bring his device and all necessary school equipment for all his classes. Also, remind your son(s) and if you plan to visit the College please remember:

  • If you start to feel or are unwell, stay home.
  • Hand hygiene – washing hands regularly with soap and water and drying well, or using hand sanitiser.
  • Coughing or sneezing into tissues or your elbow.
  • Physical distancing measures should be maintained.
  • Any visitors that come into the College will have to sign in the visitors’ register in the College office as part of the contact tracing.

Thank you to those parents/caregivers that made time to complete the ‘Capture the Moment’ survey. I look forward to reading your responses.

Metlink

A separate communication outlining the steps that Metlink and the College is provided here. Please ensure that you and your son read this.

Lateness

Due to restrictions on the capacity of public trains and public or school buses under Alert Level 2 normal lateness rules will not apply. Students who arrive to school late will not be marked late. They will still need to sign in at the Student Centre on arrival.

Impact of COVID-19

The College is very mindful that a number of our families are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The College wants to offer our support during this challenging time in a couple of ways:

  1. If you wish to seek financial assistance to help rebate the cost of Attendance Dues please email Gerardine Parkinson – admin@stpats.school.nz and she will make an appointment for you to meet with the Rector.
  2. If you are aware of any families in our college community who would appreciate receiving a one-off food parcel from the College please email admin@stpats.school.nz and we will do our best to support them.

Reflection on returning to school

This resource was produced by our Guidance Counsellor, Mr. Chris Fouhy. If you could work together with your son on this resource, write or type it up and have him return it to school. The reflections will be used in tutor time. A copy of the resource can be found here.

Sport

Due to the current mass gathering limitation (10 people) there will be no organised training for any SPC sports teams in the first week back at school. When the Government announces any changes to the mass gathering limits we will review our position on group training. The announcement is expected on May 25th. Keep up your own fitness and training because we are hopeful of a resumption of winter sports competition in mid-June.

Managing public health and safety in schools at Alert Level 2

This document was produced by the Ministry of Education. Schools around the country have been using this as a guide for when schools have all students return on May 18. The document will be uploaded to the College website under the COVID-19 tab. I encourage you to read it in the hope that it may answer some of your questions.

The following excerpt from yesterday’s reading and reflection written by Lucas Boennic sums up what we as a community must do in the next few weeks.

“It is important now more than ever that we are supportive and compassionate to the people around us. We have all had different experiences over the course of the lockdown, both positive and negative. This means that as we come back together as a community, as we rekindle the brotherhood, we must be aware of the people around us. 

As we return to school, and reconnect with the community, we should listen to Jesus’ teachings, and look to act as workers – be compassionate and helping to anyone who needs it. In the same way, if we ourselves, feel overwhelmed or unsure, we should not hesitate to reach out to our brothers and seek help and support.”

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali
TUMUAKI