Weekly College Update

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Since Tuesday’s announcement from the Government that COVID has re-emerged outside the quarantine hotels things have been evolving quickly. I commend everyone in keeping the faith and doing the MAHI.

During the last two days our staff and students continue to work in keeping the usual normal school routine as much as possible. Unfortunately, due to Alert Level 2 restrictions we have had to postpone the Mass for the Feast of the Assumption. We will inform you once we have set a date.

If your son is beginning to feel anxious or emotionally or mentally challenged there is support available. Our staff are available to provide support and guidance. Our Guidance Counsellor can be contacted via his email, chris.fouhy@stpats.school.nz; or our College Priest Fr. Pat Brophy, pat.brophy@stpats.school.nz. Outside of the College there is the free call or text 1737 hotline, this service is available 24/7 with a trained counsellor. The Mental Health Foundation website, www.mentalhealth.org.nz also has some great resources that are available for you and your son.

Please remember to practice good hygiene etiquette including coughing and sneezing into your elbow and frequent hand washing. If your son wants to wear a mask to school that is acceptable. If he is feeling sick or unwell please keep him home and contact your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

During these times we need to maintain a positive attitude and continue to support each other, our whānau, and our community. We need to show respect for ourselves, our teachers and our peers. This means that students need to be present. They need to be on time, attend all their classes, engage and contribute in the lesson. By having a positive attitude and being present the students and the greater college community as a whole can do great things and achieve any goals set out for themselves.

Last Friday, a mufti day was held to raise funds for the Home of Compassion Soup Kitchen. I thank everyone in our College community for their generosity. A total of $3,468.00 was collected. Thank you to the Service Committee for organising the event.

After 33 years of service to our College community, a valued staff member, Kevin McGrath, has informed me of his resignation. Mr McGrath was a dedicated Economics teacher and the majority of his teaching career has been at our College. He was involved with golf, cricket and football over many years as a convenor, coach and manager. On behalf of our staff, students and the College community, I thank Mr McGrath for his service and loyalty. He kept the faith and did the MAHI. I wish him all the very best as he pursues the next stage in his life. Sectare Fidem.

STUDY SKILLS: Staff that were involved in the study skills session last week for Year 11s have collated resources that is available for all students. The resources and advice can be used to assist in preparing for exams. These will be posted on Google Classroom called Study Skills and Advice. To join please enter the class code: qo337ta

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.


  • The planned Parents of Patrician evening for Year 9 parents on Tuesday 18 August has been cancelled

FOSPC – SPC Mother and Son Dinner SPC Mother and Son Dinner – Thursday 20 August 2020: ALL TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUTFOSPC is looking forward to seeing you all at the Mother and Son Dinner 2020, on Thursday 20 August; the event starts at 7.00pm, in the St. Patricks College Hall.  We welcome Year 9 and Year 13 students and their mothers only, from 6.15 pm onwards.

All tickets holders are welcome from 6.30pm onwards, to be seated at 7.00pm.

  • Guest speaker; Joel Bouzaid (SPC old boy!). Topic: These are the moments that matter, right here, right now!
  • Please ensure you write your name on the back of your ticket, before arrival.
  • Drinks will be available for purchase from the bar (EFTPOS/limited cash). No BYO.
  • Multiple raffles and spot prizes to be won.
  • On-site photographer, Simon Woolf – $10, $20 and $45 per photo. Group photos welcome.
  • It would be helpful if you can bring cash on the night, for the purchase of photos, and raffle tickets.

“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



I invite everyone to pray for the individuals and their whānau and all who have been affected by COVID-19 during the week. I ask everyone to pray for strong leadership from our Government as they advise and guide our country in the hope to contain the spread. Be safe. Be kind and support one another.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali