Weekly College Update

10 September 2021

Mālo e lelei

It was great to welcome back all the staff and students in person yesterday. There was a sense of mixed emotions across the two days of school on our return. Feelings of relief, happiness, nervousness, enthusiasm in seeing friends in person, reconnecting and more importantly, checking in with one another. There are three weeks left in the term and it is important that we make the most of the teaching time available. This week and next, staff will evaluate where the students are at with their studies and what the next steps will be so that they are on track. The priority this term is to have all internal assessments completed before the end of the term. This will also include preparation for the Senior Derived Grade Exams held in the first week of Term 4.

Yesterday, NZQA informed schools that there will be further changes to NCEA to support students at school due to the disruption by alert levels. Information will be shared with parents next week.

Secondary Schools Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

Congratulations to Sam Glynan who is a finalist in the 2021 Secondary Schools Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition – a great achievement. For his achievement Sam has won a $50 Giftcard from NZ Rockshop and his song will be recorded in a professional recording studio, valued at $750. His recording will go on the official 2021 Play it Strange album. Well done Sam.

Reminder to all students posted on the daily notices

FACE COVERINGS: All students are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Make sure it is worn correctly. Staff will remind students to wear it properly if it is not worn the correct way. This is for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others. Keep a spare in your bag. Face coverings are mandatory in all public places, particularly at Pak n Save where a large number of our students go to buy food.

CONSIDERATE TO OTHERS: Please be respectful and considerate to all staff and your peers. Please respect and socially distance yourself from others. It is to keep everyone safe so that we can all learn and interact with positive enthusiasm in familiar surroundings. All students are encouraged to bring a face covering, a small hand sanitiser and a water bottle.

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE ETIQUETTE: All students should continue to practice good hygiene in the form of: washing and drying hands with soap regularly; coughing or sneezing into their elbow; and more importantly, if you are sick or feeling unwell, please stay at home.

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS: If you are feeling anxious being at school or feel overwhelmed or need someone to talk to please see your tutor teacher or a staff member you get on well with. Our staff are here to support you. This is your school. It is absolutely ok if you are feeling this way. Our Guidance Counsellor Mr Fouhy; our College Priest Fr. Pat Brophy SM or HoD of Learning Support, Ms Duffy are also available if you need it.

Covid Vaccination Centre at St Patrick’s College

The team doing the Covid 19 Vaccinations over at the Poneke Hub have approached the College to say that they have some extra capacity to run a Covid 19 vaccination clinic at St Patrick’s College on Thursday 16 September.  This opportunity is for any students and their whanau who are 12 years of age and over.

Students aged 16 and over do not need parental permission to get the Covid 19 vaccination.  Students aged under 16 would need to bring a permission note from their parent or caregiver and have their NHI (National Health Index) number.  Any other whānau attending would also need to bring their NHI number.

If you would like your son and/or any other whānau to have an opportunity to get a Covid 19 vaccination, please email the College Secretary, Mrs Yvonne Small on yvonne.small@stpats.school.nz stating your son’s name and the names of any other people that will be attending on the day.  She will then arrange for groups of students and any whānau to have their vaccination done in the College Hall and let you know what time to attend.

You do not need to book online or via the formal Covid 19 Vaccination booking line for this, however if you already have an appointment for your first vaccination and need to cancel, please do so.

We recommend you read the information about the vaccine.  Please see these links for further information:

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines

https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/how-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccination/book-your-covid-19-vaccination/

Expectations around shaving

A number of students have returned from lockdown sporting a variety of facial hair and we would ask parents for their support in encouraging their son to shave before he comes to college.  All students are expected to be clean shaven.

Updated Calendar Events for September

Monday 13 September – FOSPC meeting at 7.30pm is to be held via Zoom.

Thursday 16 September – Whanau Ropu Hui is to be held via Zoom.

Friday 17 September – Sports and Cultural photos in the hall.  Formal uniform must be worn for those in the photos.

Thursday 30 September – Home School Partnership in the College hall.

Monday 8 November – last day of school for Year 12 and 13.

Friday 12 November – last day of school for Year 11.

Please pray for all school communities in Auckland and the wider citizens of Auckland city while they are in Alert Level 4.

Kia haumaru, stay safe. Malo ‘aupito

Mike Savali

TUMUAKI | RECTOR