Weekly College Update

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I hope this message finds you and your whanau in good health as you keep warm and dry during the cold, winter days and nights.

Next Friday, we will celebrate Mass with the whole College community, and parents/whānau/caregivers are invited to attend. The Mass will be in honour of Corpus Christi. The Feast of Corpus Christi honours the real presence of Christ when the bread and wine are transubstantiated to become His holy body and blood. It also reminds us of the first Eucharist at the Last Supper.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Next Friday, we will also celebrate the annual House Sasa competition and parents/whānau/caregivers are invited to attend. In the last four weeks the students and staff involved have put in a number of hours as they work to perfect the art of a traditional Samoan dance. We look forward to the performances and may the best House best win.

The Service Committee have come up with an awesome initiative starting next Monday till the end of the week where as a community we will celebrate Kindness Week. The following days will focus on:

  • Make a new mate Monday – students encouraged to meet with new students.
  • Tutor Tuesday – shared breakfast, interval or lunch with your tutor group.
  • Wi-Fi-less Wednesday – activities and games set up for students during interval and lunch.
  • Trash-free Thursday – Let’s all do our part and be a tidy kiwi.
  • Fist pump Friday – fist pump and compliment

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO OUR COLLEGE COMMUNITY: We continue to reinforce the message to all staff and students from the Ministry of Health about following basic hygiene rules:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and drying thoroughly – before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow, and putting used tissues in the bin.

During this time of winter coughs and colds I strongly urge parents to ensure that if your son is feeling unwell that he does not come to school and that you keep him at home.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK: Friday 3 July is the last day of Term 2.  A newsletter will be available.

Term Dates 2020

  • Term 3 – 20 July to 25 September
  • Term 4 – 12 October to 7 December.  Please note that College was originally due to end for the 2020 school year on Wednesday 9 December however due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of Teacher Only days we are now finishing on Monday 7 December.

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.  1. 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, or if you require help with travel costs for your son to help him get to and from College.  2. If you wish to seek financial assistance to help rebate the cost of Attendance Dues, please email Gerardine Parkinson admin@stpats.school.nz or phone 939 3070 ext 231 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.nzor 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.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali