Weekly College Update

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Welcome back to school and to the beginning of term three. I hope your son as well as your whānau had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

On Wednesday, we hosted the annual traditional fixture between our brother College St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream. The annual fixture between our two Colleges is a celebration of our communities coming together. Our Colleges share a common bond: our origins began at Cambridge Terrace, we share the namesake of our patron saint and the same motto – Sectare Fidem. All the competitors performed admirably to the best of their ability considering the cold and wet conditions. I wish to thank all the sports staff, coaches and managers of both Colleges for organising the day and preparing the teams. Across all codes and throughout the day there was a great sense of spirit, faith, belonging and sportsmanship. I congratulate Silverstream in winning the overall sporting traditional.

TUTOR CONFERENCES: Next Tuesday 28 July we will host the Tutor Conferences at the College. Information was sent out to all parents and caregivers on Monday. I strongly encourage you all you to register via the College website and book an appointment to meet with your son’s Tutor Teacher to discuss his progress so far this year. Your son will be expected to attend and does not have to wear school uniform.

NON-REGULATION UNIFORM: A number of students are wearing non-regulation uniform to school. Please have your son wear the correct uniform. School sports jackets and hoodies, black jackets and coloured beanies are not part of our uniform. Our students wear the uniform with pride and represent us well when worn correctly.

IDENTITY DIVERSITY: Over the past 18 months the Board of Trustees has worked in partnership with the College Senior Leadership team and staff, to develop a statement on Identity Diversity at St Patrick’s College.  The Identity Diversity statement has been socialised fully and updated with input, from our Board of Proprietor’s, the Marist Senate and the Society of Mary, prior to its adoption and ratification at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.  In sharing the statement with our wider College community today and on our website (https://tinyurl.com/y2jmlbzj), we hope that you will welcome and support this statement.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2021: 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.


  • Tuesday 28 July – Tutor teacher/student conferences (please note that there is no school that day) and the Pasifika Parents’ Association meet at 6pm in the staffroom.
  • Friday 31 July – Year 9 enrolments for 2021 close.
  • Advance notice: Blood Donor Day will be held in the College hall on Thursday 6 August from 9am to 2pm. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/y2z4y2f6 to access information for parents and students about how the process works to donate blood.

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 went on sale on Monday 20 July 2020.
  • Tickets can be purchased by depositing the correct funds in the school bank account – ANZ Kilbirnie: 060513 0193557 00 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!


“Unlocked: The Art Exhibition” Major Fundraiser for St Patrick’s College, Friday 18 September 2020 | 6.30pm to 9.30pm: Our popular biennial art exhibition and sale is going ahead and we need the support of the St Patrick’s College community to make this year’s event a great community and fundraising success. Please get in touch with the Parents’ Association as soon as possible if you are:

  • A sponsor who would like to advertise your business;
  • An SPC parent or caregiver who can assist with art sales, set up and pack up (no experience required; 17, 18, 19 September at various times of the day)

The exhibition showcases art from locally established and upcoming artists. There are a number of new artists exhibiting this year. All artworks are for sale and there will be a diverse range of media including paintings, limited edition prints, photography, ceramics and jewellery. Tickets are available from the College from Friday 21 August 2020. Entry is $25.00 per person and includes one beverage and nibbles. Bar sales will be available. The exhibition will be held in the College Hall.

If you are or know of a local artist (including senior students) who would like to be considered to present, their work for sale please also contact us. If you can help in another way, or for further information, please email parentsassociation@stpats.school.nz

Save the date now and let your family, friends and colleagues know. Keep an eye on the weekly news and on the St Patrick’s College Facebook page for updates coming soon.

MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF WELLINGTON DUES TEAM: Are you struggling financially to pay Attendance Dues? Please contact our office as soon as possible so we can help you. We have some options available for payment plans and rebate assistance so we encourage you to please get in touch by calling us on 0800 462 725 or email dues@wn.catholic.org.nz. We look forward to being of assistance to you during this difficult time.


Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali