Weekly College Update

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Welcome to new staff

I would like to formally welcome Yvonne Small and Reuben Misa to our kura. Yvonne is our new College Receptionist/Administrator, and comes with extensive office experience.  Reuben is the College’s YC (Young Catholic) Tuakana/Youth Minister. He will work alongside our Ministry Team. Ngā mihi ki a korua.

KEEP THE FAITH, DO THE MAHI!: Keeping the faith and doing the MAHI should be at the forefront of our minds as a community. The season of Lent is a time of prayer, reflection and an opportunity to be compassionate, merciful and forgiving. It is important that as a community we make time with our God, with whānau, friends as well as time for ourselves to live out our faith and do the MAHI as part of our daily life. We face many challenges in all areas of our lives. It is how we cope with these challenges that can determine how people will respond to us, particularly, when an outcome may not go how we hoped. I encourage you and your whānau to reflect upon the College values. It is up to us to establish the kind of community we wish to study in, play sport in, culturally engage in and socially interact in. It is up to us to establish what kind of school culture we want our community to be and how we want to be seen. It is up to us to lead and be an example to the wider community to establish a welcoming, compassionate and empathetic society. Our Catholic, Marist values are at the core of what we stand for as a community. It is during the challenging times when we must ensure that we keep the faith, continue to do the MAHI and uphold the mana of our College community and our own self-dignity.

PARENTS OF PATRICIAN EVENING: Thank you to those Year 9 parents that attended this function. The significant nature of our College is the Special Character. I hope you gained some sense of what it means to be Marist having listened to the panel of interviewees in how their Catholic, Marist faith has enabled them to develop and grow.

CARITAS MUFTI DAY APPEAL: In our annual appeal to Caritas the College raised $3,046.50. Thank you for your generosity.

TUESDAY 17 MARCH – ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS: The day starts with the Big Boy’s Breakfast (see details below).  Students are to wear formal uniform.  All students will attend school at the normal time of 8.55am with classes as normal. At 12.30pm all Years 10 – 13 will assemble in the hall in preparation for their departure. They will travel via bus under staff supervision to St Mary of the Angels church on Boulcott Street for Mass at 1.30 p.m. It would be helpful if Year 10 to 13 students do not bring a bag to school on Tuesday however if they do want to bring their school bag then they will need to leave it locked in their tutor room till Wednesday morning as we do not want students taking their school bags into town.  At the conclusion of Mass, the students will be dismissed, and will need to make their own way home from St Mary of the Angels.

All Year 9 students will remain at school for the duration of the day. They will celebrate Mass in the College Chapel at 1.15 p.m. At approximately 2.15 p.m. the Year 9’s will be dismissed for the day.  Please note there will be no afternoon school buses operating and they will need to make their own way home.

I extend an invitation to whānau who wish to attend Mass at either venue and celebrate our patron feast day as a community.

TUESDAY 17 MARCH AT 7.00 a.m. – BRIGHT BUILD BIG BOYS’ BREAKFAST:  This is a wonderful event for boys and their father, grandfather, uncle, or other significant male to begin St Patrick’s Day celebrations sharing breakfast and being entertained by this year’s speaker, Billy Graham. The tickets are now sold out.  There will be some great raffles on the morning so bring some coins. Remember to write your name on the back of your ticket for the spot prize draw. Two tables are reserved for Year 9 students. There is no parking in the College on Tuesday morning. Please park on the street, in the carpark at the rear of the Aquatic Centre, in Kemp Street or at Evans Bay Marina.

WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION: Thank you for the amazing response to winter sports registration. Current sports on offer are rugby, football, basketball, hockey, underwater hockey, badminton and cross country. If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time. Please do so online using the following link: https://www.sporty.co.nz/stpatstown/Registration

If you have any questions, contact our Director of Sport jonathan.millmow@stpats.school.nz

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali