Weekly College Update

24 September 2021

Tēnā koutou katoa

Giving Week

I would like to thank all students and whānau that kindly donated food items to this week’s giving week. Each of the grocery parcels will be delivered to support families from our community who are going through some form of hardship.

I am reminded of this scripture passage from Matthew 25:35-40: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Our duty is to support those in need particularly, those less fortunate than ourselves. We are a caring community and I am grateful to everyone that when we ask for assistance, it is answered with generosity and kindness.

During the week each Tutor Group has been encouraged to buy a raffle ticket to raise money for the Needy Boys’ Fund. The Needy Boys’ Fund covers the cost of lunch per term, transport costs, payment of extracurricular activities, uniform items, etc. The prize for the raffle is a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.01. The raffle draw will be drawn on Monday 27 September.

Modernisation and Resilience Masterplan 

You will have received a communication on September 13 about the up-coming building project that will start in early October. This is an exciting journey for our community to ensure our campus buildings will be ‘future fit’ educationally and structurally. The letter also included a few commonly asked questions. We hope to host an event later this term where we can share more details.

There will be questions that may come to mind as the building project progresses and so a special email address has been set up: futurefit@stpats.school.nz to make sure that we capture and respond to any questions you may have now, or in the future.

VAPING

Vaping is an issue that is having an adverse effect on our College. We are not the only school community dealing with this issue as it is a concern for many schools across the country. It is an on-going concern that has been addressed by principals to the Secondary Principals Council. Members of the Secondary Principals Council had met with the Ministry of Health over their concerns about vaping at school.  The advice they received from the Ministry of Health is below:

Vaping education campaign for youth coming soon

A new behaviour change campaign from the Ministry of Health, expected to be underway in November, will be aimed at rangatahi and focused on supporting youth to make the decision not to vape.

The campaign will be informed by comprehensive research into youth, parents/whānau and schools. The research will help to ensure the messaging and channels used are meaningful to young people. The first phase will roll out across social media.

The Vaping Facts website will continue to provide a trusted source of information for

consumers and run alongside the new campaign for youth.

All schools across the motu, country, are smoke and vape free zones. Everyone is to abide by this rule. I have included a resource website called ‘Don’t get sucked in’ that you may find useful. I encourage all whānau to have this discussion with family members. https://dontgetsuckedin.co.nz/

FACE MASKS

While face masks are not mandatory in school it is strongly recommended that your son wear one. Face masks must be worn on all public transport at Level 2 apart from school buses.  I would encourage whānau to ensure that your son has one with him even if he does not wear it. When it is worn he must also wear it correctly. Staff will remind students to wear it properly if it is not worn the correct way. This is for his wellbeing and the wellbeing of those he interacts with.

PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE ETIQUETTE

We ask all students to 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 your son is sick or feeling unwell please keep him 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.

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

Sunday 26 September – Daylight savings begins.

Friday 1 October – Term 3 ends.  Tracking sheet and newsletter available.

Future events in Term 4

Monday 18 October – Term 4 commences.  Parents’ Association meet at 7.00pm in the Colin Boardroom and FOSPC meet at 7.30pm in the staffroom.

Senior Assessment Week runs from Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October.

Tuesday 19 October – Pasifika Parents’ Asosi meet at 6.00pm.

Friday 22 October – Year 9 Retreat.

Thursday 4 November – Sports Prizegiving at St Catherine’s College at 7.00pm.

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

Wednesday 10 November – Leavers Mass at 2.00pm at the Wellington Anglican Cathedral of St Paul and then Senior Prizegiving at 4.30pm at the Wellington Anglican Cathedral, cnr Hill and Molesworth Streets.

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

Saturday 13 November – Year 13 Ball at Te Papa.

MOTHER AND SON DINNER PHOTOS

Remember that wonderful night? Your photographic memories are here! For those who ordered digital photos you should have been sent a link by now. If not there may have been a problem with reading handwritten email addresses. Let us know and we will follow up – email FOSPC2018@GMAIL.COM. Your printed copies are now at office reception for collection.

FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON DRAFT CYCLE/WALK WAY

Wellington City Council are currently looking for feedback on the draft plan for the cycle/walk way between Cobham Drive and Greta Point and want as much engagement as possible from the public. Below is the link:

 https://www.transportprojects.org.nz/current/evans-bay/greta-point-to-cobham-drive/

2021 KNOWLEDGE SHOP NCEA 1 & 2 HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN. Knowledge Shop has run NCEA Exam Preparation classes in Wellington for the last fifteen years. This year’s programme will of particular benefit to students with the disruptions to schooling caused by Covid-19 lockdown. Our programme will be held at the Johnsonville Community Centre during the first week of the holidays from Monday 4 October to Friday 8 October. Subjects offered include English, Science, Mathematics, Physics and study skills. Classes will revise core aspects of the curriculum, discuss exam preparation and offer exam tips in each subject. Whether your goal is to pass or gain excellence, these classes will benefit you. Students can book single or multiple sessions. Classes are limited to fifteen students in a group, and are taught by highly regarded NCEA teachers. Please visit our website at www.knowledgeshopnz.co.nz for further details and to book. Limited spaces are available so please book early.

Kia haumaru, stay safe.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali

TUMUAKI | RECTOR