Weekly College Update

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Welcome back to the fourth and final term of the year. This week the senior students will have sat their senior derived grade exams. In the next three weeks all senior students should make the most of taking in as much learning in all their classes and revision in preparation for the external exams.

On 26 September the Year 13 Ball was held at Te Papa. A warm celebration among staff, parents and students. I reminded the attendees of how grateful we should be to have had the opportunity to host the event. I thank Paul Eagle, the MP for Rongotai who was the guest speaker. A special thanks to Sally Dunbar, Deputy Rector Wayne Mills and the Ball Committee for all the work behind the scenes in making the night a memorable occasion for everyone.

Photos from the Ball are available to download for free from https://okan-nz.photoshelter.com/portfolio  The photos are high resolution (300dpi) and will remain available on this site until the end of November.

To our Year 13’s as they near the end of their secondary education journey. All of us have had to face challenges this year. None more so than the Year 13 cohort. I encourage all Year 13’s in the next three weeks to begin reflecting on their time here at St Pat’s: their personal faith formation between God, others and our community; the friendships they have formed that will eventuate into friendships for life; all the learning experiences gained, learned and shared, and to fully understand what it means to be a Patrician; and the influence of the Society of Mary providing Catholic, Marist education. The time is for them to look ahead to the next stage in life as a school leaver and Old Boy of the College. Kia ū ki te Ariki, whakatinanahia. | Keep the faith, do the MAHI.

NON-REGULATION UNIFORM: A number of students are wearing non-regulation uniform to school. Please have your son wear the correct uniform. School sports jackets and hoodies, black jackets and coloured beanies are not part of our uniform. Our students wear the uniform with pride and represent us well when worn correctly.

SPC MOTHER AND SON DINNER – Thursday 22 October 2020: ALL TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT.  FOSPC is looking forward to seeing you all at the Mother and Son Dinner 2020 on Thursday, 22 October; the event starts at 7.00 pm in the St. Patricks College Hall. We welcome Year 9 and Year 13 students and their mothers only, from 6.15 pm onwards.

All tickets holders are welcome from 6.30 pm onwards, to be seated at 7.00 pm.

  • Guest speaker; Joel Bouzaid (SPC old boy!). Topic: These are the moments that matter, right here, right now!
  • Please ensure you write your name on the back of your ticketbefore arrival.
  • Drinks will be available for purchase from the bar (EFTPOS/limited cash). No BYO.
  • Multiple raffles and spot prizes to be won.
  • On-site photographer, Simon Woolf – $10, $20, and $45 per photo. Group photos welcome.
  • It would be helpful if you can bring cash on the night for the purchase of photos and raffle tickets.

If you are now unable to attend the dinner due to the date change, the college will arrange a refund or speak to one of the many people on the waitlist who are eagerly waiting for a ticket to become available. All transfers need to be arranged via the college to make a note of any name change; this is for COVID tracing requirements. Please contact the college to arrange by Friday, 16 October 2020; after this date, we no longer can offer a refund.

“UNLOCKED”- the Art Exhibition – a St Patrick’s College Parents’ Association fundraiser on Friday 6 November at 6.30pm in the College hall.  All artwork is for sale – eftpos/credit card facility available.  Tickets are $25 each from the school office.

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.

SPC ROWING CLUB FUNDRAISER AT BUNNINGS LYALL BAY: Please support our rowers this Sunday, 18 October from 9.00am to 4.00pm who are doing a BBQ and bake sale.  They would very much welcome your support.

DATES TO DIARY: Friday 23 October – Mufti Day to raise money for Youthline.  Thursday 29 October – Sports Prizegiving at 7.00pm in the College hall.  Friday 6 November – UNLOCKED:The Art Exhibition” in the College hall at 6.30pm. Monday 9 November – Leavers Mass at 10.30am in the College hall.  Tuesday 10 November – Senior Prizegiving at 7.30pm in the College hall.


  • 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.

I ask the whole community to pray for all our students particularly our Year 13’s. To keep in our prayers our loved ones and particularly those that have recently deceased. To pray for our country, Aotearoa New Zealand with the election tomorrow. To pray for the people of our world who are affected by the current pandemic in the hope that a vaccine will be created. And for God’s love, kindness and peace in our hearts, in our homes and our community.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali