Weekly College Update

6 March 2020

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SEASON OF LENT: At assembly this week I asked the students three questions. I would like your son to reflect on these questions as we move into the second Sunday of Lent. The questions I asked were: What is important in my life right now? What do I hope to achieve this term? What is something I am grateful for. These questions could be something you may like to discuss together with your whānau/family and generate a kōrero/conversation that identifies where your son is at in this point of time of his life.

HEALTH AND SAFETY – CORONA VIRUS: We are receiving regular updates on the appropriate response to the Corona virus outbreak from the Ministry of Education. Our staff and students (including international students) are all compliant with Government preventative measures.

Please inform the College office (admin@stpats.school.nz) if there has been any change to contact details or student circumstances so we can keep our database current.
Please continue to refer to the Ministry of Health website for further information.

Handwashing to prevent spread: All schools and early learning services are still in the Keep it Out phase of a pandemic plan. The preventative measures the Ministry of Health is encouraging schools and early learning services to practice are those of good hygiene, which include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with clean tissues or with an elbow
  • Putting used tissues in the bin
  • Encouraging staff and students to stay home if they are unwell

You will be aware that advice from the Ministry of Health asks everyone to wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, making sure you dry them thoroughly.  Encourage anyone to stay home if unwell. If you are concerned that someone is showing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, encourage them to first ring Healthline (0800 358 5453) or contact their GP by phoning ahead of their visit to explain symptoms and travel history. Take care of yourself, your whānau and your community through these measures.

KEEP THE FAITH, DO THE MAHI!: You may be aware that as a kura/school we are continuing to embed our core values of faith, manaakitanga, achievement, hauora (wellbeing) and integrity – MAHI. Yesterday the whole school will have had a lesson on faith. Faith is the value that underpins everything about who we are as a college and is the essence of who we are as a community.

Our motto Sectare Fidem means hold firm to the faith. If we are keeping the faith, we will do the MAHI. However, there is more to keeping the faith than just showing manaakitanga and being a young man of integrity. I would encourage you to have a kōrero/discussion and sharing your perspective on the faith and how that applies in your whānau.

McEVEDY SHIELD: Congratulations to Wellington College for winning the McEvedy Shield for a record equal sixth title in a row. Our athletes were competitive throughout and performed to the best of their ability. They were humble in victory and gracious in defeat. I would like to thank Mr Lidstone and all staff who were involved as coaches and managers throughout the athletics season. A special mention to Va’a Tui who broke the ten-year-old U14 Discus record with a massive throw of 50.50m.

I was very happy with the rest of the school’s support toward our athletes. I want to commend the school for their cooperation, sportsmanship and positive vibe. Thank you for upholding the mana of our College.


  • Monday 9 March: Polynesian Parents’ Association meeting at 6.00 p.m. in the College staffroom. 
  • Tuesday 10 March: Parents of Patrician evening for Year 9 parents in the staffroom at 7.00 p.m.

KŌRERO/CHAT WITH THE RECTOR: This is an invitation to your son as well as to whānau/parents/caregivers that I have allocated a day and time for the community to meet with me. Each Wednesday at lunch time is the day reserved for students and each Thursday between 4.30pm – 6.30pm for whānau. I am interested in hearing your perspective of our College – whether we are doing lots of great things to areas that need improvement. Please make an appointment with my PA, Mrs Gerardine Parkinson.

TUESDAY 17 MARCH – ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS – BRIGHT BUILD BIG BOYS’ BREAKFAST WITH BILLY GRAHAM: Now is the time to get your tickets for this year’s breakfast, featuring Billy Graham, New Zealand’s best-loved motivator and fitness advisor as guest speaker. The Big Boys’ Breakfast is for boys and their father, grandfather, uncle, or other significant male and we especially welcome Year 9 boys attending their first breakfast. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now and can be reserved by depositing the correct funds in the school bank account – ANZ Bank 060513 0193557 00 with your son’s name and BBB as reference.  These tickets can then be collected from the cashier 3 working days after purchase. Tickets can also be bought with cash or EFTPOS at the office.  Tickets will not be allocated until cash or EFTPOS transaction is complete so please do not email the office asking for tickets to be held. Once tickets are purchased, there will be no refunds so please check the date and time of the event carefully before purchasing. Event details for those attending will be in next week’s newsletter. 

Can you help with the Big Boys’ Breakfast?  If you can help with setting up the hall on 16 March from 3.30pm, or on 17 March with serving food from 6.00 a.m. or clean up from 8.00 a.m., please contact us at parentsassociation@stpats.school.nz

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali