Weekly College Update

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On June 16 our Year 12 students had their annual retreat that was held at the Home of Compassion. My thanks to the Ministry Team and other staff members that assisted in leading the retreat. A year level retreat has a significant role in the faith formation of our young men. We are privileged to have this spiritual element as part of our daily life in the busyness of everything around us. I hope you will find an opportunity to encounter with Christ in the hope that it may give you peace, joy and love.

I have included a summary written by Fr. Matt Crawford that gives a brief overview of the retreat.

Our Year 12 Retreat at the Home of Compassion, did not have a great start. The rain forced us to change one of our activities and then the buses were not allowed to drive up the driveway, so we had to walk up to the Home of Compassion in the rain. However, from that point on, the retreat went brilliantly. The Home of Compassion was a perfect venue to open up our theme of ‘Encounter with Christ’. The students were split into four groups and went around four different stations. They included the sacrament of reconciliation, encountering Christ within themselves, encountering Christ in others, and encountering Christ through service. A number of our students commented on how much they enjoyed different aspects of the day. Some found the quiet time during reconciliation and the reflective questioning very fruitful. Other students enjoyed the more physical activities. Overall, it was a real quality time of reflection in the middle of a busy term – which is exactly what a retreat is designed to be.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: Wednesday 24 June – the Board of Trustees meet at 6pm in the Colin Boardroom.  Parents are most welcome to attend.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEThe College is very mindful that a number of our families are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and we want to offer support during this challenging time.  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 me.

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.

FOSPC – SAVE THE DATE: SPC Mother and Son Dinner – Thursday 20 August 2020: The FOSPC (Friends of St Patrick’s College) Mother and Son Dinner will be held in the College hall on Thursday 20 August, starting at 7pm. Guest Speaker: Joel Bouzaid (SPC old boy!)

Topic: These are the moments that matter, right here, right now!

  • Tickets are $35 per person, this includes dinner, spot prizes and entertainment.
  • Tickets go on sale at the start of Term 3, Monday 20 July; simply email the SPC Cashier: jacky.reid@stpats.school.nz or pop into the school office to purchase a ticket, during school hours.
  • Can you help? We are seeking donations for the Mother and Son dinner spot prizes. If you can donate an item or a voucher please drop the item into the school office, before Friday 7 August 2020.

If you have any questions please send them to E: fospc2018@gmail.com. We are looking forward to welcoming you all along to the dinner! FOSPC Chair – Sally Dunbar.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISING – THE ENTERTAINMENT MEMBERSHIP APP: Please support this fundraiser and support the work of the Parents’ Association.  20% of every Entertainment Membership sold goes to support the school.  Order your memberships online today (refer to this flyer).

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali