Weekly College Update

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If you were to ask one of our students about the strengths of our College the common responses would be faith, the ‘brotherhood’ or our MAHI values. Keeping the faith and doing the MAHI is one of the key elements that make up who we are as a community. One of many interpretations of the ‘brotherhood’ would be our young men making good choices and doing the right thing.

I spoke to all students this week about their attitude towards lateness. I hope that this will continue to improve. I want to thank those parents that shared their thoughts regarding this matter.

Additionally, I shared with all the students a concern that arose from Monday afternoon’s staff meeting around interaction with staff and how students treat staff, particularly female staff.

In Luke 6:31, Jesus teaches us the valuable lesson to ‘do to others as you would have them do to you.’ How we treat one another is an important life skill. The relationship between staff and students is a key element in teaching and learning. When this relationship is damaged or broken it can create a lack of faith; a feeling of distrust; and a sense of insecurity. When this relationship is strengthened we establish a community that is built on faith, trust, respect, and friendship. No one should have to tolerate disrespect in our College, nor should it be tolerated in our home and in our society. The boys need to understand that this type of behaviour is not acceptable. The dignity and mana of all staff and students is the essence of who we are as human beings. It is our identity. When I shared this with the boys I asked them to think about this and to remember Jesus’s teachings to treat others with the respect that they themselves want to receive.


  • Monday 7 September – the Course Choices 2021 portal opens.  The Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime, the Parents’ Association meet at 4.00pm in the College boardroom, and FOSPC meet at 7.30pm in the College staffroom.
  • Tuesday 8 September – Course Selection evening in the hall.
  • Friday 11 September – Course choices for 2021 portal closes and team photos in the hall.  Formal uniform must be worn.

COURSE SELECTION EVENING: The College has scheduled a Course Selection evening for Tuesday 8 September from 5.30 until 7.00pm in the College Hall.  The evening will begin with a talk from a Victoria University liaison officer, and then we will go over how to do course selection on the Parent Portal.  Representatives from the different subject departments will be available to talk about the courses they offer, and answer any questions you may have.

If New Zealand remains at Covid Level 2 the evening will have to be structured differently in order to keep to a maximum of 100 people.  If this is the case, we will run two sessions: Session One from 5.30 – 6.10pm and Session Two from 6.15 – 7.00pm.  Entry will be limited to students and one parent or caregiver.  All guests will need to sign up via email to sarah.parkinson@stpats.school.nz and then sign in on the night as they enter.  This information will be shared with you as soon as we hear which Covid level we will be at on.

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. 

ADVANCE NOTICE: The NZ Uniform Store in Porirua will be closed for the day on Tuesday 15 September for stock take.

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.

INFORMATION REGARDING FACE MASKS: A reminder to all students that Face coverings are required on public transport (buses, trains and commuter ferries).  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.

FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2020 | 6.30pm to 9.30pm:“Unlocked: The Art Exhibition” Major Fundraiser for St Patrick’s College. Tickets for our popular biennial art exhibition are going on sale Tuesday 8 September.  We need the support of the St Patrick’s College community to make this year’s event a great community and fundraising success.

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 $25.00 per person and includes one beverage and nibbles. Bar sales will be available. Tickets can be purchased by depositing the correct funds in the school bank account – ANZ: 06 0513 0193557 00 – with your son’s name (or associated college student) and ‘Art Exhbtn’ as a reference. These tickets can then be collected from the cashier Jacky Reid.

  • Tickets can also be bought with cash or EFTPOS at the cashier’s office during college hours.
  • Tickets will not be allocated until a payment transaction has been completed and are on a first come, first served basis until sold out, so get in quick!

SPC YEAR 13 FORMAL DINNER: Parent and student tickets for the SPC Year 13 Formal Dinner: Saturday 12 September 2020, at Te Papa, are on sale! Tickets sales close today. 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 take a formal photo 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.

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.

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 the 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