Weekly College Update

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This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. The first reading is from Acts 2: 1-4.

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves.

Pentecost is the fulfilment of a promise Jesus made when he said that he will send an advocate. That advocate is God the Holy Spirit. I am reminded of the ‘violent wind which filled the entire house’, the wind representing the Holy Spirit that fills me with courage and enables me to confidently act with truth to the best of my ability. God the Holy Spirit is the fire that kindles my faith just as it did for the disciples on that day of Pentecost. To act as his witness and live out the Gospel values.

This week we celebrate Samoan Language Week. The theme is, Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga which in English means ‘Prepare yourself a gift for your travels’.

My role as the Ali’i Pule/Rector together with our faiāoga/staff is to support our students in finding, developing and honouring their gift, alongside our faith in God, that will enable them to share that gift as they travel the journey of life. Ia manuia lau malaga. All the best in your travels.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: 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.

The College is holding tours for prospective families on the following dates – Tuesday 16 June, Thursday 18 June and Friday 19 June.  There are two time slots offered to book on each day at 11.30am and then a second tour at 12.30pm.  The tours are for a one-hour time block and the maximum amount of people booked for each time slot is set at 100.  Families will be divided up into 6 small tour groups of 15 people each.  Families are required to register for a tour on a set date and time so that we are able to control the numbers.  We will need families to provide their contact information also so that we can contract trace for COVID-19 requirements. If you would like to book, then please phone the College office to register on 939 3070 or alternatively email admin@stpats.school.nz

NEWSLETTER: The latest College Newsletter will be available on the College website late this afternoon.

FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College is one of the many wonderful parent committees, who support the College and its community. FOSPC is responsible for the hospitality at the College, we host several functions throughout the year. As a group we are self-funded by operating the Second-Hand Uniform shop which is run by FOSPC volunteers. Another branch of our group is the ‘St Pat’s Angels’. The aim of this group is to support college families and staff through illness or bereavement. We ask all families in the school to consider volunteering to be an Angel.

Over the next few months we would like to encourage you to join the FOSPC committee. Several parents on the committee will be leaving us, as their son finishes Year 13 therefore we will have several committee vacancies that will need to be filled at our AGM at the start of October. We welcome parents, caregivers, and extended family to volunteer to help us support our College community, by being on the FOSPC committee or volunteering on a needs basis. If you wish to join us, please send us an email, E: FOSPC2018@gmail.com, join our Facebook page (FOSPC – Friends of St Patrick’s College), or simply come along to our monthly committee meetings, which are held at the college, typically on the first Monday of the month (during term time) at 7:30 pm. Check our newsletter and or Facebook page for further information.

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:

  • 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