Weekly College Update

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Kia kaha te reo Māori. | Let’s make the Māori language strong.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is an opportunity for all of us as a people and a nation to celebrate, promote and encourage the use of te reo in our everyday life. Resources and activities have been shared with staff, karakia (prayer), waiata (song), whakatauki (proverbs/phrases) have also been included in the school day. Our kapa haka rōpu (group), Ngā Maioha have been practising over the last few weeks. Their strength and unity is clearly evident in their stance, their actions and voices.

It was awesome to see students showcasing their talent in music at the Music Department concert in the College hall on September 15. It was a great occasion and a rare opportunity under the current alert level to witness the level of skill the performers displayed.

I would like to point out some important matters for you and your son to consider in the final week of term and during the holidays. This is particularly important for senior students.  Are you and your son aware of how he is tracking academically? Has your son made time to speak to his teachers of what he needs to work on before the start of term four? Is your son setting aside time for homework and revision? Has your son attended any of the Maths or Science tutorials that are available each day during lunch time? Ask your son what additional support he needs in the lead up to the Senior Exams.

All the very best to the following teams who will all play finals this weekend. The Senior C Basketball team, Year 11 Football team and U15A Football team. Humble in victory, gracious in defeat. The Junior B Basketball team played their final on Tuesday evening. They had a thrilling game that came down to the wire and unfortunately were pipped in the one-point loss.

SENIOR EXAMS: Senior Exams take place in the first week of term 4.  A copy of the exam timetable is on the College website.  These exams are particularly important for students as the grades they earn in these exams are the ones given if for some reason the student cannot sit the actual NCEA external exam in November/December.  During this week seniors only have to attend school when they have an exam or a timetabled study session in one of their classes.  Students may wear either summer uniform or formal uniform for these exams.  The Library is available for study during exam week.  If students are coming to school, they need to be in uniform.  The senior exam timetable is included in this newsletter.

Junior classes continue as normal during this week.  Junior Exams start on Tuesday 10 November.

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

ACADEMIC PROGRESS: At the end of this term all teachers of senior students will have posted a new comment on the Parent Portal commenting on a piece of work.  On Friday senior students will also be given a hard copy of a “Tracking Sheet” showing their NCEA results so far this year.  For junior students all teachers will have commented on one of the student’s assessments completed during term 3.

LATENESS TO SCHOOL AND CLASSES DURING THE DAY: Recently we have been emphasising to all student to turn up on time for all classes especially the period after lunch. From Monday all students who are late to school or any period during the day without a valid reason will be kept in after school for 10 minutes.  It is important that students are on time for tutor time and all other periods during the day.

FOOD DRIVE APPEAL: Next week we will be running a food drive with a difference. Students will be asked to bring in food and toiletries for families within our own community to help fill the pantry over the holidays.  As a school, we recognise that a lot of our families are finding things tougher than usual. We hope that this food drive provides some tangible support for our families, and for our students to consider our different situations.


  • Wednesday 23 September – Board of Trustee meeting at 7.00 pm in the staffroom.
  • Friday 25 September – Term 3 ends; NCEA tracking sheet distributed and newsletter available.  Year 12 and Year 13 students will be attending the Careers Expo during periods 4 and 5 on Friday 25 September, if we drop down to Covid alert level 1. Information has been sent to students via Mymahi regarding presenters.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The NZ Uniforms Thorndon Quay Store will be closed for Stocktake from Sunday 27 September to Tuesday 29 September, and will re-open at 9.00am on Wednesday 30 September 2020.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

YEAR 13 FORMAL: 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 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 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: St Patrick’s College NCEA 1 & 2 Exam Preparation Holiday Programme, Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October (the first week of the holidays). The programme will be held at St Patrick’s College. Enrol online at www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz


Kia ū ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. | Keep the faith, do the MAHI.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali