Weekly College Update

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I welcome all the staff and students back to the College as we end Week six of Term Two.

At the end of seven weeks of online learning @ home 93% of our school population arrived for school on Monday morning. During first period the boys had a House liturgy led by the Ministry team followed by tutor time. The climax for each liturgy was the planting of four shrubs representing each of the four Houses, dug into the garden in the quad. Each shrub signifying the resurrection, a new beginning as we gathered together on our return from lockdown.

It is great to be back at school. There was a positive vibe among the whole community throughout the week. Staff and students reconnecting with one another, face to face teaching, checking in each day at tutor time and being among friends. For some of us it may take some time to readjust back to school life and that is okay. We will support you so long as you let a staff member know. The Chapel is available for everyone as a quiet space. Mr Fouhy and Fr Pat Brophy SM are also available if you need someone to talk to.

Thank you for keeping the faith and doing the MAHI.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: please note that it is school as usual next Friday 29 May as the Wellington wide Loop Ed professional development day for local secondary school’s teachers scheduled on that day is now cancelled. The College will also be closed on Monday 1 June (Queen’s Birthday Monday) and Tuesday 2 June for midterm break.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2021 ARE NOW OPEN: The College is now accepting enrolments for 2021 and the forms can either be downloaded from the College website –  www.stpats.school.nz under Enrolments or you can request a Prospectus from the College office.  Enrolments close on Friday 31 July.  Please note that the College has cancelled Open Day which was to be held on Sunday 7 June at 1.30pm due to restrictions on large gatherings under COVID-19 Alert level 2.

VINNIES FOOD BANK AND THE WINTER PROJECT APPEAL: As one way to pay it forward in our post-Covid world, next week, we will be collecting non-perishable food & toiletries for the Vinnies food bank as well as good quality winter clothing for children and young people for the Winter Project. The Winter Project is an initiative organised by Samuel Marsden Collegiate Year 12s that donates items to low-decile schools in the Wellington area.  If you are able to contribute anything to this collection, please get your son to bring it to his tutor teacher any day next week. Clothes must be clean and in good condition.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP EXTRA OPENING TIMES: We look forward to seeing you back in the uniform shop and also receiving your donations! Before we get back to business as usual we will take some extra precautions in the uniform shop. Weekend openings will be 9am-12pm by appointment to FOSPC2018@gmail.com. Email with your preferred time and we will do our best to accommodate. You can also text 021 629081 on the morning to check availability. While we are at Alert Level 2 the following conditions will apply:

  • Maintain a list of names and times of people visiting the shop
  • hand sanitiser on the way in and the way out
  • weekend openings by appointment only
  • limit customers in the shop to the student and one parent. Siblings and family members are welcome to wait in the corridor.
  • 1-2 students at a time during lunchtime openings.

We are pleased to offer the following opening dates and times:

  • Sat 23 May 9am-12pm – by appointment please email  FOSPC2018@gmail.com
  • Monday 25 May –  lunchtime
  • Sunday 31 May 9am-12pm – by appointment
  • Saturday 6 June 9am-12pm – by appointment
  • Monday 8 June – lunchtime as per original schedule.

Further dates will be advised when we have more clarity around COVID-19 Alert levels. Thank you for your support.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali