Weekly College Update

Mālō e lelei

This week is Tongan Language Week. The theme for the week is Fakakoloa ‘o Aotearoa ‘aki ‘a e Lotu Mo’oni, Enriching Aotearoa New Zealand through prayer and faith. It was great to see students wear their taovala over their school uniform. The taovala is the traditional formal wear. Each day a ‘word of the day’ was posted on the daily notices. We wish our Tongan community all the best in the week’s celebrations.

This week is also Social Justice Week. Each day students have been encouraged to take part in being socially conscious in our community.

  • Mother Earth Monday: Show some stewardship today and pick up any rubbish you see around the school.
  • Talk to Others Tuesday: Show some manaakitanga and help the common good. Talk to anyone around the school you see.
  • Wellbeing Wednesday: Check up on your mates and see if they are doing ok. Everyone has the right to feel comfortable at school.
  • Thoughtful Thursday: Respect your brothers’ human dignity. Give a compliment to anyone you see today.
  • Faithful Friday: Say a prayer before every class. Let us celebrate our faith by thanking the Lord for this amazing week.

ONLINE SAFETY: Please remember that internet safety is important. If your son comes across any concerning or questionable online content please contact your son’s tutor teacher, House Leader, a member of the senior leadership team, the College Guidance Counsellor Mr Chris Fouhy (chris.fouhy@stpats.school.nz), or the College Priest Fr Pat Brophy (pat.brophy@stpats.school.nz).

Other Services available for support include: call or text Help line on 1737. They are available 24/7 with a trained counsellor. The Low Down on 0800 111 757 or text 5626. NetSafe (www.netsafe.org.nz) is another resource that is accessible for parents and whānau. The resources available are called ‘Helping students exposed to upsetting content’ and ‘Online safety parent toolkit’.


  • Tuesday 15 September – the Pasifika Parents’ Association meet at 6.00pm in the College staffroom.

STUDY SKILLS: The College senior derived grade exams are only a few weeks away starting in week 1 of term 4. There is a selection of books on how to study smarter as well as lots of support and advice on how to deal with the stress of the exam season. These can be found in the College library. They can be found on the shelves on the wall overlooking the quad.

A reminder of the Google Classroom Study Skills and Advice resource tool that is available for all students. To join please enter the class code: qo337ta

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

SPC FAMILY MASS: Due to restrictions on gatherings under Alert Level 2 and Mass restrictions the planned Family Mass and luncheon on Sunday 13 September has been cancelled.  We hope to be able to organise another date once the Alert level has been reduced down to 1.

YEAR 13 FORMAL: I am pleased to share that we have a new Year 13 formal date: Saturday 26 September 2020. Parent and student tickets for the SPC Year 13 Formal Dinner at Te Papa, are STILL on sale!  Tickets sales close on Friday 18 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.

“UNLOCKED: The Art Exhibition” which is a major fundraiser for St Patrick’s College has been postponed from Friday 18 September until Friday 6 November.

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.

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.

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 & 2 EXAM PREPARATION PROGRAMME: This highly successful programme will be run by Knowledge Shop in the first week of the upcoming holidays from Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October. Visit our website at www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz for the programme timetable, cost and further details.  All bookings can be made online.

Mālō ‘aupito

Mike Savali