Weekly College Update

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Term three should primarily focus on school work. Sport is also important as it contributes to a balanced lifestyle. At assembly this week I have asked all students to prioritise their academic studies and set aside time, effort and energy to this.

I also shared this formula: Attendance + Attitude = Achievement.

So, how can your son put this formula into practise so that he can thrive?

Attendance: Attend all his classes. Be on time. Be considerate to his subject teachers and peers for learning. Be present. Be supportive.

Attitude: Be in the right frame of mind. Have a positive mind-set. Ask for help. Display positive interactions between the teacher and peers. Make good decisions. Have a sense of humour. Being in the classroom is a privilege. We know this after spending seven weeks in lockdown so we should not take things for granted.

Achievement: This is the reward. This is the goal. The whānau expectations, our expectations as well as your son’s.

Tomorrow, all Year 11 students will be involved in a study skills session. A team of staff will prepare and facilitate this session. I recommend your son take on board the learnings and resources that will be provided for him to assist in his preparation for learning.

Academic attendance + Academic attitude = Academic achievement.

TUTOR CONFERENCES: Thank you to all whānau that were able to attend the Tutor Conferences. I hope that you and your son gained a sense of his current progression and given an outline of what he needs to do to work towards the next steps to ensure he is on track.

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.

ENROLMENTS FOR 2021: a reminder that enrolments for Year 9 close tomorrow, Friday 31 July. 


  • Monday 3 August – the Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open at lunchtime.  Parents’ Association meet at 4.00pm in the College Boardroom and FOSPC meet in the staffroom at 7.30pm. 
  • Wednesday 5 August – premier sports exchange with Wellington College at Wellington College.  This is optional attendance for Year 12 and 13 students from 12.15pm onwards.
  • Thursday 6 August – Blood Donor Day in the College hall. 
  • Friday 7 August – mufti day for the Home of Compassion Soup Kitchen. Gold coin donation or give what you can afford.

STUDY SKILLS FOR YEAR 11: Year 11 students will participate in a study skills session tomorrow.  This programme was developed and will be facilitated by St Patrick’s College teachers, and presented to students in House groups.  Students will look at:

  • What studying is
  • Learning styles and how you can use those to help you study
  • Brain gym tasks and eating brain food
  • Exam tips and techniques

You can find the handout that will be given to the students on the College website under the ‘Academic’ tab.  Students in 10M will cover the same study skills material in Science class in the next week or so.  There will be an optional Study Skills session run in the Year 12 and 13 study period on a Wednesday before the end of term also.

St Catherine’s College Reporting Schedule: St Catherine’s College will email home a full report on any St Patrick’s College students studying there at the end of Term Three.


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 7.00pm. Guest Speaker: Joel Bouzaid (SPC old boy!). Topic: These are the moments that matter, right here, right now!

  • Tickets purchased include dinner, spot prizes, and entertainment.
  • Tickets will not be allocated until a payment transaction has been completed; this means there are no holds. Those tickets awaiting payment will be released on Monday 3 August if payment still has not been made. We have a waitlist who is eagerly waiting for a ticket to become available.
  • Please note: For those of you who paid for your tickets online, after Monday 27 July this may mean that you have missed out. Please contact Jacky Reid, to confirm if this is the case,
  • 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!

The FOSPC freezer has finally stopped working! Are you able to donate to the school/FOSPC a new or late model freezer, or fund the cost of a new freezer? If so, please send us an email to E: fospc2018@gmail.com.

SECOND-HAND UNIFORM SHOP: The Second-Hand uniform shop will be open at lunchtime on Monday 3 August. You can also call/text 021629081 in the morning to check availability. Eftpos is available. Thank you for your support.

Monday 3 August – the FOSPC committee meet in the staffroom, under the chapel, at 7.30pm.

“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



Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali