Weekly College Update

Tēnā koutou katoa

Term two has come to an end and we celebrated two significant events on the final day of the term. In the morning as a College community we celebrated Mass to honour the feast of Corpus Christi and in the afternoon we witnessed the annual House Sāsā competition.

I want to congratulate all the students that performed on stage representing their House. In the last four weeks these students have sacrificed their lunch time. These two events highlight our College’s identity and strength of our faith, our diversity, inclusiveness and cultural pride. We are fortunate to have senior students teach, motivate and share the Sāmoan culture in this traditional dance.

Our staff have encouraged our students to apply the initiatives by the Service Committee for Kindness Week. An act of kindness for each day towards one another is a great way to strengthen unity. These small acts make a difference in our day and it is a great way to pay it forward for others.

TERM DATES IN 2020

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

 SPC FOUNDATION DINNER:  Due to the disruption this year from the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting financial stress that is occurring across the broader community, the SPC Foundation has made the decision not to hold a fundraising dinner this year. The Foundation is continuing to pursue its other operations in order to assist the College this year.


HE PĀNUI: WHĀNAU HUI: This Pānui is to extend a warm welcome to the Māori community of Hato Patariki, staff, students and whānau, to come to our Whānau hui.

When: Tuesday, 21 July, from 5.30pm
Where: SPC Staffroom
What to bring: some finger-food kai for light refreshments

Any agenda items, please email through to me jarrad.porima@stpats.school.nz

Noho ora mai i raro i te manaakitanga o te runga rawa.


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 7 pm. 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 from Monday 20 July 2020, 9 am.
  • Tickets can be purchased by depositing the correct funds in the school bank account with your son’s name and M & S Dinner as reference. These tickets can then be collected from the cashier five working days after purchase.
  • Tickets can also be bought with cash or EFTPOS at the office during college hours.
  • Tickets will not be allocated until a payment transaction has been completed, this means there are no holds.
  • Once tickets are purchased, there will be no refunds, so please check the date and time of the event carefully before purchasing.

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!

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: The Second Hand uniform shop will be open from 9-12 pm on Sunday 5 July. Please email fospc2018@gmail.com for an appointment. You can also call/text 021629081 on the morning to check availability. Eftpos is available. Thank you for your support.

COLLEGE OFFICE HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS: The school office will be closed from Monday 6 July 2020 to Monday 13 July 2020 inclusive.  The office will re-open on Tuesday 14 July 2020 to Friday 17 July 2020 with reduced hours of 9.30 am to 3.00 pm.  Normal term time hours will resume on Monday 20 July 2020.

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

STUDENT REPORTS: As the Parent Teacher Interviews were unable to take place in Term Two, teachers have written report comments for each student.  These reports will be available on the Parent Portal next week on Thursday 9 July.  A printed copy will also be given out at the Tutor Teacher Conferences on Tuesday 28 July.  Information will be emailed to parents on Monday 20 July about the process for booking appointment times.

DATES TO DIARY FOR WEEK 1 OF TERM 3

  • Monday 20 July – Parents’ Association meet at 4.00pm in the staffroom and FOSPC meet at 7.30pm in the staffroom.
  • Wednesday 24 July – Winter sports exchange with St Patrick’s College Silverstream hosted at Town.  

I wish you all the very best during the school holidays. The College will reopen on July 20 for the start of Term Three.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali
TUMUAKI