Weekly College Update

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If you remember my message earlier this term I introduced the idea of: Attendance + Attitude = Achievement. We have noticed that there has been a culture of lateness over the last few weeks. Lateness to class impedes the learning for your son and disrupts the learning for those that are on time. Punctuality is an important attribute to have. The boys’ need to understand the importance of punctuality to prepare them for life. I would be very interested in your thoughts in how we, your College can resolve this issue. One option is for students to make up time every time they are late to Tutor Time and any of his classes. How can we support your son with our staff working alongside him so that he can be on time. Please have a chat with your son and ask him for his thoughts regarding this matter. Why are boys late? What ways can this be remedied? If you would like to share your solutions please email me on admin@stpats.school.nz or your son is welcome to come speak with me to share his thoughts and ideas. We can all play our part to ensure we keep the faith and do the MAHI.

INFORMATION REGARDING FACE MASKS: Face coverings will be required on public transport (buses, trains and commuter ferries) from 11.59pm on Sunday 30 August.
The key impact the new requirement will have on the school community is that students aged 12 and above will be required to wear a face covering when on public transport.
School transport is not included in this requirement. We know who is on school transport and have good systems in place to identify potential close contacts, should there be a case. Vehicles will be sanitised after each school run and drivers have been asked to wear face masks. A detailed information segment from the Ministry of Education is included.


  • Do children and young people need to wear face coverings at schools at Alert Level 2?
    No. Children and young people do not need to wear face coverings because the risk of infection within the school environment is low. Other public health control measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.
  • Do teachers need to wear face coverings at early learning services and schools at Alert Level 2?
    No. Teachers do not need to wear face coverings at Alert Level 2. Other public health measures will be in place including children and staff staying home if they are sick, contact tracing, and hygiene requirements.
  • Do children and young people need to wear face coverings on school transport, or transport provided by early learning services, at Alert Level 2?
    No. Children and young people are not required to wear face coverings wrapped around the nose and mouth on school transport or early learning service transport. This includes buses or vans chartered or used by schools or early learning services to carry children, students and staff. Good hygiene measures, contact tracing and staying away if sick will remain in place.
  • Do all children and young people need to wear face coverings on public transport at Alert Level 2?
    No. Children under 12 years of age are not required to wear face coverings on public transport at Alert Level 2. Children aged 12 and over are required to wear face coverings at Alert Level 2 (as are the majority of New Zealanders).
  • Who is exempted from wearing face coverings on public transport at Alert Level 2?
    Children under 12 years of age are not required to wear face coverings on public transport at Alert Level 2. For people with a physical or mental health illness or condition or disability that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, they will be exempted from having to wear a face covering on public transport.

Further information on face coverings is available on the covid19.govt.nz website.


  • Monday 31 August – Parents’ Association meeting at 7.30pm in the College staffroom.

SPORT AT 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.

WINTER TOURNAMENT WEEK: The Hurricanes U14 rugby team is the only winter tournament our College will be involved in. We wish the team and the coaches all the best. Unfortunately, under Alert Level 2 there are to be no spectators at the games.

REQUEST FOR SNEAKERS: The Service committee is collecting good quality used sneakers for the Soup Kitchen who are in desperate need of them for their clients. If you have any, preferably men’s size 9+ but we will take others, please get your son to bring them in next week and drop them off to Miss MacLeod in W014. Thank you.

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 wait list, 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: Parent and student tickets for the SPC Year 13 Formal Dinner: Saturday 12 September 2020, at Te Papa, are now on sale! Tickets sales close on Friday 4 September. Student tickets $125pp. The student can purchase a ticket upon returning the Year 13 college consent form.

Parents tickets $35pp. Parents are invited to attend the event, from 6.30 – 7.45pm, the parent ticket covers a welcome drink, canapés and the opportunity to have a formal photo taken with your son. Formal photos will be provided to all attendees online, you can download and print as you please.

All tickets are being sold through the college cashier, Jacky Reid. Simply pop your online payment through to the college account, ref; Year13ball and the ticket name. 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.

SPC FAMILY MASS: Once a year, FOSPC and St Patrick’s College invite all families within the College community to attend the SPC Family Mass. We want to invite members of our College community – students, staff and their families to attend our Family Mass on Sunday 13 September in the SPC College Chapel at 11.00am. Students are not required to wear uniform. Mass will be followed by a complimentary light luncheon afterward in the College staffroom. We look forward to seeing you all at this wonderful college community event.

ENTERTAINMENT FUNDRAISER FOR THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION: Have you experienced an Entertainment Membership? For more information about supporting fundraising efforts here at the College please follow the direct link to the page: https://www.stpats.school.nz/entertainment-book-app/

2020 Knowledge Shop NCEA 1 and 2 Exam Preparation Programme – ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN. Knowledge Shop will be holding its highly successful NCEA Exam Preparation Programme at St Patrick’s College from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October.

Good preparation, both for the derived grade exams as well as the finals, is more important than ever after the disruptions to education that students have endured this year. Our NCEA Exam Preparation Programme offers students the ideal opportunity to catch up, revise and enhance their learning in key subjects before the exams.

Subjects offered include NCEA 1 and 2 English, Mathematics, and Study Skills. Each session focuses on a particular Achievement Standard and students can choose to book for a single class or an entire course. Subjects are taught by highly regarded, current NCEA teachers. Classes are limited to only fifteen students per group.

Visit our website at www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz for the programme timetable, cost and further details.  All bookings can be made online.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali