Weekly College Update

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Life under Alert Level 2 has seen all of us make adjustments to life at the College. I commend the resilience, patience and consideration of staff and students. Thank you for keeping the faith and doing the MAHI.

For an event to take place planning and organisation is an essential element. It’s the things that are not in our control that have an impact and adjustments are made. Careful consideration and the implications of hosting or cancelling an event have been shared, discussed and reflected upon by the Senior Leadership Team, staff and College stakeholders. Therefore, the following events have either been cancelled, rescheduled or pending.

  • Home School Partnership is cancelled.
  • Taylorfest is cancelled.
  • Mass for the Feast of the Assumption to be advised.
  • Art Auction to be advised.
  • Year 13 Formal to be advised.
  • Mother and Son Dinner rescheduled to 22 October.

I want to publicly acknowledge our Year 13s who continue to keep the faith and do the MAHI. At the beginning of each year schools will challenge and ask their Year 13 cohort what will be your legacy? What culture of influence will you create? How do you want to be remembered by your staff and peers? It is difficult to create a legacy when many events and opportunities do not take place. However, I thank all our Year 13s for their faith, perseverance and support. For their positive influence on everyday life of the College in the classroom, their interaction with staff and peers, in the hallways, around the quad or on the turf. Sectare Fidem.

TAYLORFEST: After deliberating with the senior leadership team and the Taylorfest committee I have made a decision to cancel Taylorfest for 2020. The decision is based on the following: there is already enough pressure everyone is under with the current circumstances around COVID-19 and alert levels; there are too many variables and what the next four weeks may look like is still uncertain. Our priority has to focus on learning with the time that is available, particularly for our senior students. I hope you understand the decision I have made.

SPORT UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2: A reminder to all parents, caregivers and supporters that College Sport Wellington advise no spectators to be present at any sports event.

DATES TO DIARY FOR NEXT WEEK:  Wednesday 26 August – Board of Trustees meet at 6.00pm in the College staffroom. 

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

CANCELLATION OF HOME SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP MEETING: Talofa lava, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia orana, Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings.  In regards to the recent announcement from the Government around the shift into Alert Level 2, unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the Home School Partnership on Thursday 27 August. Our number one priority is the safety and health of our young people, the elderly and families. With the limited amount of people allowed to gather, this has been the right decision. I would like to assure you all that the school is doing its best to communicate with home and students as events occur. Please look out for our young people, elderly and families as we journey through such a time as this. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at penina.suluape@stpats.school.nz

FOSPC MOTHER & SON DINNER: FOSPC is pleased to share the new Mother and Son dinner event date is Thursday 22 October 2020. If you are not able to attend the dinner due to the event date change, please contact the College Cashier, Jacky Reid. I am sure those who are on the waitlist, would be open to purchasing your ticket. Due to COVID, we need to make a note of the new name, with each ticket transfer.

SPC YEAR 13 FORMAL DINNER: Saturday 12 September 2020, at Te Papa, starts at 6.30pm, finishes at midnight. Look out for the Year 13 Formal Dinner posters around the college. Tickets go on sale on Monday 24 August. The tickets will be on sale for a very short time as we need to confirm catering on Friday 4 September. Dress code: Black tie.
Student formal dinner tickets are $125pp, parents tickets $35pp. Parents are invited to attend the event, from 6.30 – 7.45pm, the parent ticket covers; 1 x welcome drink, canapés and the opportunity to take a formal photo with your son. After the event, photos will be available to all attendees online where you can download them and print as you please.
We anticipate that the alert levels will drop to Alert Level 1, by the time we reach the formal dinner event date, therefore we will continue to run with the event as planned.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali