Weekly College Update

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At assembly this week I asked the boys’ this question, what does it mean to be a young man in Aotearoa New Zealand? Our young men face many pressures. Some examples are social media, peer pressure, seeking acceptance from your peers or trying to fit in.  As a community and as a country we need to break the silence on mental health issues, including suicide and challenge the ideas of what it means to be a young man in Aotearoa New Zealand.

It’s important that when they are around their friends that they take notice of the little things and ask the question if they sense a change in one of them.

Our young men need to hear the message more often that being emotionally expressive and sharing their feelings with people who care for them is absolutely okay. That if they need to lean on someone’s shoulder to cry on is okay. That taking the next step to seek help and call a helpline is okay. That it is absolutely okay to speak to a counsellor. There is no shame in asking for help. No shame in reaching out for support.

It is important that our young people know they can reach out to people that love and care for them. Family, friends or a trusted teacher.

What does it mean to be a young man in Aotearoa New Zealand?

A young man who expresses faith, love, empathy, compassion and courage.

If you need someone to talk to:

  • Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Lifeline            0800 543 354
  • Youthline         0800 376 633
  • Samaritans      0800 726 666

“UNLOCKED”- the Art Exhibition – a St Patrick’s College Parents’ Association fundraiser on Friday 6 November at 6.30pm in the College hall.   With a week to go until this year’s main fundraiser for St Patrick’s College, now is the time to buy your tickets and let family, friends, and colleagues know about this fabulous night out that comes around only once every two years. Check out just some of the amazing artwork that will be for sale this year on the Facebook event page https://fb.me/e/5Icd368tP All art is for sale- eftpos/credit card facility available.  Support local artists and support our College. Tickets are $25 each from the school office. Contact jacky.reid@stpats.school.nz for online payment instructions.

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.


  • Monday 2 November – the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at lunchtime. 
  • Monday 9 November – Leavers Mass at 10.30am in the College hall. 
  • Tuesday 10 November – Year 13 Leavers Cocktail party at 6.00pm followed by Senior Prizegiving is at 7.30pm in the College hall.

SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP: Open Monday 2 November at lunchtime and special openings on Tuesday 3 November and Thursday 5 November from 3.30-5.00pm. Eftpos available. Open days for the rest of 2020 are Monday 7 December (lunchtime) and Saturday 12 December 10.00am-12.00pm.

MOTHER & SON DINNER: What a wonderful occasion the Mother and Son dinner was recently (22 October). With nearly 400 students, mothers and caregivers attending the dinner, this was one of the largest dinners FOSPC has organised. We heard from Joel Bouzaid, a motivational speaker, who inspired us to see the positive even when something is seemingly a negative, and ‘to play the cards we are dealt’.

We were entertained by the school’s most accomplished jazz band, as well as pianist Otis Prescott-Mason and vocalist Michael Taliau. The tribute to Year 13 mothers by their sons was a moving part of the evening, when, as in past years, they go on stage and sing ‘Ka waiata ki a Maria.’

We were humbled by the generosity of our sponsors who contributed to the many raffles and prizes making it a memorable night for many. Well done to head Boy Anton Juan for being co-MC with Sally Dunbar. Huge thanks and appreciation to the FOSPC committee and particularly Sally Dunbar for the effort she put into making this event a highlight on the college calendar.

FOSPC AGM: All are welcome to attend our AGM on Wednesday 4 November at 6.00pm in the College staffroom, there will be nibbles!


  • Term 1: Tuesday 2 February (for Years 9 & 13), Wednesday 3 February (Years 10, 11, and 12) 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.

YEAR 13 BALL:  Photos from the recent Year 13 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.



Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali