Weekly College Update

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Today was only the second time this term we have gathered together as a whole school community. As in Term 2, we will end this term with a Mass to celebrate and honour Mary, the Mother of God for the Feast of the Assumption. We were fortunate to have the New Zealand Provincial of the Society of Mary, Fr. Tim Duckworth SM as the main celebrant.

At the Mass we were blessed to witness students receive the sacraments of confirmation and first holy communion. Congratulations to the following students for completing the sacramental programme and accepting the Catholic faith into their lives. Cormac Chesney, Zachary Ellis, Joshua London, Gabriel Loughnane, Alexander Mino and Marco Scoble.

As a Catholic Marist College, Mary’s faith in God and the influential role she plays is significant. The life she lived is one that we should all aspire to. The same can be said of the Society of Mary. The Marists continue to be a guiding influence on the College. They model their lives in the way of Mary and we embody this by keeping the faith and doing the MAHI.

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). The theme for MHAW was ‘Reimagine wellbeing together/He tirohanga anamata’. Mental health is an important topic and an opportunity for our students to develop awareness and start having conversations among their peers and/or families. Each day this week the Wellbeing Committee have initiated activities to engage students emphasising the importance of mental health.

  • Monday’s Mental Health Message for the day: The boys’ were encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and show their support for wellbeing.
  • Tuesday’s Mental Health Message for the day: Refresh your mind/hinegaro. When the mind is free and the spirit is willing anything is possible. Today take five minutes to think of five positive thoughts or good things that have happened so far this week.
  • Wednesday’s Mental Health Message for the day: Recharge with others including your whānau. My strength is not that of one but of many. How can you connect with others in a positive and enhancing way?
  • Thursday’s Mental Health Message for the day: Refuel your body/tinana. An active soul for your wellbeing. How can you add more movement and fun to your day?
  • Friday’s Mental Health Message for the day: Rediscover everyday wonders. When it touches your heart it lifts your spirit. Make and share a playlist of songs that make you feel good. Identify someone or something that has helped you through the last six months and find a way to express appreciation.

Below is a list of some of the services available in New Zealand that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.

  • National helplines: If you or someone you care about are in immediate physical danger to themselves or others, call 111. For more information, see www.mentalhealth.org.nz/in-crisis.
  • Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email: talk@youthline.co.nz

Remember it’s okay to get support for yourself when you’re supporting someone you care about. Supporting Families (www.supportingfamilies.org.nz) provides this throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

FAREWELL: Today, we farewell a member of staff Andrew Sargent who has taught here for the last five years. Andrew has taught physics and science. During his time with us he has been involved in scholarship physics, the Wellington Young Physicist tournament and rugby. He was also a member of the PB4L committee and a Within-School Lead teacher in the Kahui Ako/Community of Learning. We wish Andrew all the best in his new role at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.

 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.

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.  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

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: A reminder that we need all our families to be paying school fees, donations and Attendance Dues.  The Attendance Dues are a compulsory payment to the Archdiocese of Wellington of $1,092.00 per student.  Failure to pay the Attendance Dues can lead to the debt being passed over to a debt collection agency.  If any family needs assistance with these costs, please make an appointment to meet with me – please email Gerardine at admin@stpats.school.nz.

COLLEGE OFFICE HOLIDAY TIMETABLE: The school office will be closed from Monday 28 September 2020 to Tuesday 6 October 2020 inclusive.  The office will re-open on Wednesday 7 October to Friday 9 October 2020 with reduced hours of 9.30am to 3.00pm.  Normal term time hours will resume on Monday 12 October.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP HOLIDAY HOURS: The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open from 10.00am to 12.00pm on Saturday 26 September. We still have some times between 10.45am and 12.00pm- please email FOSPC2018@GMAIL.COM to make a time or text/phone 021 629081 to check availability.

NZ UNIFORMS THORNDON QUAY STORE: 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 Wednesday 30 September 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

“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.

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/

KNOWLEDGESHOP PROGRAMME:  It is not too late to enrol for this.  St Patrick’s College NCEA 1 & 2 Exam Preparation Holiday Programme. Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October – next week. The programme will be held at St Patrick’s College. Enrol online   www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz

NEWSLETTER: The latest College newsletter will be available on the College website later this afternoon.


  • Monday 12 October; Term 4 begins.  Senior exams are scheduled from Monday 12 to Friday 16 October.
  • Monday 12 October: the Parents’ Association meet at 7.30pm and the Friends of St Patrick’s College meet at 7.45pm.
  • Tuesday 13 October: Pasifika Parents’ Association meet at 6.00pm in the staffroom.

TERM DATES 2021: Term 1: Tuesday 2 February (for Years 9 & 13) to Friday 16 April. Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July.  Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October.  Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December.

VACANCY AT SPC FOR A GATEWAY ADMINISTRATOR: Hours: 20 hours per week starting February 2021 – term time Only.  Role: Administrating and mentoring senior students in the Gateway programme into work. Job Description on enquiry to Rector’s Secretary – admin@stpats.school.nzClosing date: Friday 16 October 2020.


I pray you all have an enjoyable and restful holiday. I pray that God’s guidance and protection be with all whānau planning to travel outside of Wellington.

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

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali